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

faithful in all things shall not be weary in mind neither darkened neither body , limb, or Joint and an hair of your heads shall not fall to the ground unnoticed and they shall not go hungry, neither athirst, therefore take no thought for the morrow for what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink or wherewith all ye shall be clothed for consider the lillies of the field how they grow they toil not neither do they spin and the kingdoms of the world in all ther glory are not arayed like one of them for your father who art in heaven knoweth that you have need of all these thing therefore let the morrow take thought for the things of itself, neither take ye thought before hand what ye shall say but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meeted unto evry man therefore let no man among you (for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God in the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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unto the ministry) therefore let no man from this hour take purse or scrip that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom behold I send you out to reproove the world of all there unrighteous deeds and to t[ea]ch them of a Judgment which is to come and whoso receiveth you there I will be also for I will go before your face I will be on your right hand and on your lift [left] and my spirit shall be in your hearts and mine Angels round about you to bear you up, whoso receiveth you receiveth me and the same will feed you and clothe you, and give you money and he who feedeth you or chothe you or giveth you money shall in no wise loose his reward and he that doeth not these things is not my deciple, by this you may know my deciples he that receiveth you not, go away from him, alone by yourselves and cleanse your feet even with water, pur water, whether in heat or in cold and bare testamony of it unto your father which is in heaven and return not again unto that man, and in whatsoevr village or city ye enter do likewise, nevertheless search dilligently and spare not, wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you or your words or testamony concerning me, wo I say again unto that house or that village or city that rejecteth you or your words or your testamony of me for I the Almighty have laid my hand upon the nations to scorge them for ther wickedness and plagues shall go forth and it shall not be taken from the earth untill I have completed my work which shall be cut short in righteousness until all shall know me who remain even from the least to the greatest and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord and shall see eye to eye, and shall lift up the voice, and with the voice together sing this new song, saying the lord hath brought again Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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the Lord hath redeemed his people Israel, according to the election of grace which was brought to pass by the faith and covenant of ther fathers, the Lord hath redeemed his people and Satan is bound and time is no longer the Lord hath gathered all things in one the Lord hath brought down Zion from above the Lord hath brought up Zion from benieth the earth hath travailed and brought forth her [p. [4]]
faithful in all things shall not be weary in mind neither darkened neither body  limb, limb, or Joint and an hair of your heads shall not fall to the ground unnoti[c]ed  and they shall not go hungry, neither athirst, therefore take no thought for the morrow for  what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink or wherewith all ye shall ye shall be cloth ed for consider the lillies of the field how they grow they toil not neither do they spin  and the kingdoms of the world in all ther glory are not arayed like one of them  for your father who art in heaven knoweth that you have need of all these thing  therefore let the morrow take thought for the things of itself, neither take ye  thought before hand what ye shall say but treasure up in your minds con tinually the words of life and it shall be given you in the very hour that  po[r]tion that shall be meeted unto evry man therefore let no man among  you (for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God  in the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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unto the ministry) therefore let no man from this hour  take purse or scrip that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom behold  I send you out to reproove the world of all there unrighteous deeds and to t[ea]ch  them of a Judgment which is to come and whoso receiveth you there I will be also  for I will go before your face I will be on your right hand and on your  lift [left] and my spirit shall be in your hearts and mine Angels round about  you to bear you up, whoso receiveth you receiveth me and the same will feed  you and clothe you, and give you money and he who feedeth you or chothe  you or giveth you money shall in no wise loose his reward and he that  doeth not these things is not my deciple, by this you may know my  deciples he that receiveth you not, go away from him, alone by your selves and cleanse your feet even with water, pur water, whether in  heat or in cold and bare testamony of it unto your father which is  in heaven and return not again unto that man, and in whatsoevr  village or city ye enter do likewise, nevertheless search dilligently and  spare not, wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth  you or your words or testamony concerning me, wo I say again unto  that house or that village or city that rejecteth you or your words or  your testamony of me for I the Almighty have laid my hand upon  the nations to scorge them for ther wickedness and plagues shall go  forth and it shall not be taken from the earth untill I have com pleted my work which shall be cut short in righteousness until  all shall know me who remain even from the least to the greatest  and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord and shall see eye  to eye, and shall lift up the voice, and with the voice together  sing this new song, saying the lord hath brought again Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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 the Lord hath redeemed his people Israel, according to the election  of grace which was brought to pass by the faith and covenant  of ther fathers, the Lord hath redeemed his people and Satan is  bound and time is no longer the Lord hath gathered all things in one  the Lord hath brought down Zion from above the Lord hath brought  up Zion from benieth the earth hath travailed and brought forth her [p. [4]]
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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

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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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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