Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105]

Clay County

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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, Missouri, June 22, 1834

22 Jun. 1834

Revelation in Washington, Clay County, Missouri, effectively disbanded Camp of Israel, stating redemption of Zion must wait until elders were “endowed with power from on high” in Kirtland, Ohio, temple [D&C 105].

Verily, I say unto you, who have assembled yourselves together  that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of Zion  mine afflicted people: Behold, I say unto you, were it not  for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning 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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,  and not individuals, they might have been redeemed, even now  now; but, behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the  things which I require at their hands, but are full of all man ner of evil, and do not impart of their substance as becom eth saints, to the poor and afflicted among them, and are not  united according to the union required by the law of the ever lasting <celestial> kingdom

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

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The dedicating of money, lands, goods, or one’s own life for sacred purposes. Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon referred to some groups having “all things common” economically; the Book of Mormon also referred to individuals who consecrated or dedicated...

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; and 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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cannot be built up unless it  is by the principles of the law of the Celestial kingdom

Highest kingdom of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the sun. According to a vision dated 16 February 1832, inheritors of the celestial kingdom “are they who received the testimony of Jesus, & believed on his name, & were baptized,” “receive...

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, other wise I cannot receive her unto myself. And my people  must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it  must needs be by the things which they suffer. I speak not  concerning those who are appointed to lead my people,  who are the first elders

In 1830, JS was designated by revelation as the “first elder” in the specific sense of his authority as the church’s presiding priesthood officer. During the period before the elaboration of church offices, he functioned in this role with Oliver Cowdery as...

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of my church, for they are not all  under this condemnation; but I speak concerning the  churches abroad: there are many who will say, Where is  their God? Behold, he will deliver in time of trouble,  otherwise we will not go up unto the land of Zion,  and will keep our moneys.
Therefore, in consequence of the transgression<s> of my people,  it is expedient in me that mine elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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should wait for a  little season for the redemption of Zion

The name of the spring 1834 military expedition from Kirtland, Ohio, to Clay County, Missouri. It later came to be known as “Zion’s Camp.” This relief expedition, appointed by revelation and led by JS, consisted of about two hundred armed but largely untrained...

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, that they themselves [p. 97]
Revelation, Fishing River, MO, 22 June 1834; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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; in Revelation Book 2, pp. 97–100; Revelations Collection, CHL.