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Revelation, 25 January 1832–B [D&C 75:23–36]

This is the second of two revelations dictated at a general conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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of 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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held on 25 January 1832 in Amherst

Located in northeastern Ohio on southern shore of Lake Erie. Area settled, ca. 1810. County organized, 1824. Formed from Black River Township, Dec. 1829. Population in 1830 about 600. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Parley P. Pratt settled in township, Dec...

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, Ohio.1

For additional information on this revelation, see Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–A [D&C 75:1–22].  


As with the first revelation, this revelation called several individuals to serve missions. It is unclear why these individuals were not included in the appointments made in the first 25 January revelation. The elders appointed in that revelation were expressly described as those who volunteered to travel to preach.2 The elders in this second revelation are described as those who requested to know the Lord’s will concerning them, perhaps indicating that they did not volunteer with the first group but nevertheless desired counsel.
This revelation also instructed the recipients on ways to provide for the families of absent elders, a previous topic of concern in the church. The February 1831 “Laws of the Church of Christ

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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” instructed the bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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to ensure that the families of those elders who were “proclaiming repentance” were “supported out of the property which is consecrated

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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to the Lord,” but some families still struggled.3

Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:71].  


For example, Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, one of those appointed to preach in this 25 January revelation, was 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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during the summer and fall of 1831. While he was away, his family was “somewhat destitute,” according to the minutes of an October 1831 conference. After a discussion about the family’s situation at that conference, JS emphasized that “the Lord held the Church bound to provide for the families of the absent Elders while proclaiming the Gospel.”4 This 25 January revelation suggested that one way of providing this support was by having other church members take the families of those preaching into their own homes to care for them. Recently appointed bishop 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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, who had been commanded to administer to the wants of the elders, was likely responsible for coordinating aid for these families.5 Perhaps because of this assignment, Whitney was given a copy of the revelation.
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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’s copy of the revelation, which was inscribed by Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, is transcribed here. Although manuscript copies, including Whitney’s, present the 25 January 1832 revelations as separate revelations, both were combined into a single text upon publication.6

For more information on the presentation of these revelations in manuscript and published form, see Historical Introduction to Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–A [D&C 75:1–22].  


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