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Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51]

which is more then is needful for the want of this People  be kept in the hands of the Bishop & let him also reserve  unto himself for his own wants & for the wants of his family  as he shall be employed in doing this Business & thus I  grant unto this People a privelige of organizeing themselves  according to my laws & I consecrate unto them this land for  a little season untill I the Lord shall provide for them othe rwise & command them to go hence & the hour & the day is  not given unto them wherefore let them act upon this land as  for years & this shall turn unto them for their good Behold this  shall be an example unto my Servent Edward in other places  in all Churches & whoso is found a faithful & Just & a wise  stewart shall enter into the Joy of his lord & shall inherit  eternal life verily I say unto you I am Jesus Christ who  cometh quickly in an hour you think not even so Amen [p. 87]
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At a conference held 2 January 1831, church members in New York accepted the challenge to move to Ohio. The sixty-plus members of the Colesville “branch” (congregation), who lived in Broome and Chenango counties, New York, began their journey in mid-April 1831. Upon arrival in the Western Reserve, they settled as directed in the village called Thompson, on property held by Leman Copley. This revelation directed Bishop Edward Partridge to organize the settlers according to the recently dictated “Law” that governed the consecration of property to the church.
Sometime between May and June 1831, John Whitmer copied this text, addressed to the bishop at Thompson, Ohio, into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “54 Commandment.” Sidney Gilbert also copied it into his revelation notebook, possibly in June or September 1831. The document does not appear in the 1833 Book of Commandments, although it is included in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants with the date of May 1831.

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