By March 1832, JS’s primary concern for more than a year had been the establishment of Zion as an earthly New Jerusalem and divinely appointed gathering place. In conjunction with this focus, two other interests figured prominently—the publication of a Book of Commandments and the completion of his revision of the Bible. This revelation addressed both projects. At the time of JS’s departure for Missouri
were almost ready to print the Book of Commandments. Apparently, they lacked only an adequate supply of paper. Traveling along waterways to Missouri in April 1832, JS and his companions stopped in Wheeling, West Virginia, and purchased paper for the Missouri printing press, as authorized by this revelation.