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Revelation, 22–23 September 1832 [D&C 84]

under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant even the book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say but to do according to that which I have writen that they may bring forth fruit meet for there fathers kingdom otherwise there remaineth a scorge and a Judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion for shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land verily Verily I say unto you nay. verily, verily, I say unto you who now hear my words which is my voice blessed are you inasmuch as you receive these things for I will forgive you of your sins with this commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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that you remain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of prayer in bearing testamony to all the world of those things which are communicated unto you, therefore go ye into all the world and whatsoever place ye cannot go into ye shall send, that the testamony may go from you into all the world unto every creature, and as I said unto mine apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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even so I say unto you, for you are mine Apostles, even Gods High priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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ye are they whom my father hath given me, ye are my friends therefore as I said unto mine Apostles I say unto you again that evry soul who believeth on your words and are baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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by water for the remission of there sins shall receive the holy-ghost

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were given at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March 1831...

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, and these signs shall follow them, in my name they shall do many wonderful works, in my name they shall cast out devels. in my name they shall heal the sick

JS’s revelations instructed elders to lay their hands on those who were ill and offer a blessing of healing. Beginning in the mid-1830s, blessings usually included a preliminary anointing with oil. As in the New Testament, having faith was a necessary component...

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in my name they shall open the eyes of the blind and unstop the ears of the deaf, and the tongue of the dumb shall speak, and if any man shall administer poison unto them it shall not hurt them, and the poison of a serpent shall not [have] power to harm them, but a commandment I give unto them that they shall not boast themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world for these things are given unto you for your proffet and for salvation, verily, verily I say unto you he who believeth not on your words, and are not baptized by water in my name for the remission of there sins, that they may receive the holy ghost shall be damned and shall not come into my fathers kingdom where my father and I am and this revelation unto you and commandment is in force from this very hour upon all the world, and this gospel is unto all who have not received it, but verily I say unto all those to whom the kingdom has been given from you it must be preached unto them that they shall repent of ther former evil works for they are to be upbraded for there evil hearts of unbelief and your brethren in Zion for there rebellion against you at the time I sent you, and again I say unto you my friends, for from this time forth I shall call you friends, it is expedient that I give unto you this commandment that you become even as my friends in days when I was with them in travling to preach this gospel in my power for I suffered them not to have purse or scrip, neither two coats behold I send you out to proove the world, and the Laborer is worthy of his hire and any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom and fail not to continue [p. [3]]
under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant even the book  of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to  say but to do according to that which I have writen that they may bring forth  fruit meet for there fathers kingdom otherwise there remaineth a scorge  and a Judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion for shall  the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land verily Verily I say unto  you na[y]. verily, verily, I say unto you who now hear my words which is  my voice blessed are you inasmuch as you receive these things for  I will forgive you of your sins with this commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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that you rem ain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of p[r]ayer in  bearing testamony to all the world of those things which are commu nicated unto you, therefore go ye into all the world and whatsoever pl ace ye cannot go into ye shall send, that the testamony may go from  you into all the world unto every creature, and as I said unto mine apos tles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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even so <I> says unto you, for you are mine Apostles, even Gods High priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

View Glossary
 ye are they whom my father hath given me, ye are my friends therefore as I said  unto mine Apostles I say unto you again that evry soul who believeth on your  words and are baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

View Glossary
by water for the remission of there sins shall receive the  holy-ghost

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were given at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March 1831...

View Glossary
, and these signs shall follow them, in my name they shall do  many wonderful works, in my name they shall cast out devels. in my na me they shall heal the sick

JS’s revelations instructed elders to lay their hands on those who were ill and offer a blessing of healing. Beginning in the mid-1830s, blessings usually included a preliminary anointing with oil. As in the New Testament, having faith was a necessary component...

View Glossary
in my name they shall open the eyes of the  blind and unstop the ears of the deaf, and the tongue of the dumb  shall speak, and if any man shall administer poison unto them it  shall not hurt them, and the poison of the <a> serpent shall not [have] power to  harm them, but a commandment I give unto them that they shall not boast  themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world for these things are given  unto you for your proffet and for salvation, verily, verily I say unto you  he who believeth not on your words, and are not baptized by water in my name  for the remission of there sins, that they may receive the holy ghost shall be  damned and shall not come into my fathers kingdom where my father and  I am and this revelation unto you and commandment is in force from  this very hour upon all the world, and this gospel is unto all who have not  received it, but verily I say unto all those to whom the kingdom has been given  from you it must be preached unto them that they shall repent of ther former  evil works for they are to be upbraded for there evil hearts of unbelief and your  brethren in Zion for there rebellion against you at the time I sent you, and again  I say unto you my friends, for from this time forth I shall call you friends, it is  expedient that I give unto you this commandment that you become even as my  friends in days when I was with them in travling to preach this gospel in my po wer for I suffered them not to have purse or scrip, neither two coats behold I send  you out to proove the world, and the Laborer is worthy of his hire and any man  that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom and fail not to continue [p. [3]]
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This revelation, among the more lengthy at the time, was early considered to be of both practical and theological importance. It begins with a reminder of the expansive commission to gather the saints and to build Zion, a New Jerusalem, in Missouri

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, but the text also chastises the church for failing to live up to its high purpose. Passages herein on priesthood order and responsibilities connected authority to priesthood anciently but also had practical implications as the church expanded administratively. For example, an explanation of the “greater” and the “lesser” priesthoods, followed by an outline of the duties of various officers of these priesthoods (elder, bishop, teacher, deacon) suggested procedure and structure.
Several of the instructions included in this revelation were related to the priority of missionary service or proselytizing. High priests were given a ministerial charge similar to what Christ gave his apostles anciently. Elders and high priests were assigned to travel as missionaries, while teachers and deacons were assigned to serve as “standing ministers” in local congregations. Missionaries were to travel without purse or scrip.
Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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probably wrote this text in late September 1832, perhaps for JS and Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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to take with them on a trip to the east the following month. John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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included it in Revelation Book 1 with the designation “A Revelation given at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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September 22 & 23, 1832.” JS and Williams also copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2, probably in fall 1832, as “A Revelation given 22 & 23d. of Sept. 1832.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation with a date of 22-23 September 1832 but no location.

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