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Revelation, 27 February 1832

Hyram Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage County Ohio Febry. 27th. 1832
Behold thus saith the Lord unto you my servants1

Likely JS and Sidney Rigdon. Rigdon was working as JS’s scribe for the Bible revision. That the revelation was not addressed specifically to Lincoln Haskins may indicate that Haskins was not present at its dictation, although according to Samuel Smith (who conversed with Haskins a month later), Haskins “had seen Joseph & Sidney” while in Ohio. (Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832.)  


that I have chosen Lincoln Haskins

27 Aug. 1779–10 Dec. 1855. Farmer. Born in Shutesbury, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Nathan Haskins and Phebe Lincoln. Moved to Savoy, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, by Mar. 1802. Married Experience Paine, 12 Apr. 1802, in Savoy. Moved to Nunda, Allegany...

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to be a servant unto me wherefore verily I say unto you lit let him be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde met with Haskins within a month after this revelation was dictated and recorded that he held the office of elder. (Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832; Hyde, Journal, 21 Mar. 1832.)  


and receive the articles and covenants which I have givin unto you and some of the commandments

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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The “articles and covenants” are the church’s foundational document, whereas the “commandments” are revelatory texts that give direction or require obedience. Although church leaders were in the process of publishing JS’s revelations at this point, no authorized copies were yet in print. Church elders often made their own copies to inform their proselytizing message and their administration of local groups of converts. (See Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20]; see also, for example, Samuel Smith, Diary, 16 Nov. 1832; and Woodford, “Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ and the Book of Mormon,” 265.)  


that he may go forth and proclaim my gospel whithersover I will send him in the congregrations of the wicked4

See Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:8].  


and in asmuch as he is faithful I will prosper him even so Amen [p. 10]
Hyram [Hiram]

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage County Ohio Febry. 27th. 1832
Behold thus saith the Lord unto you my servants1

Likely JS and Sidney Rigdon. Rigdon was working as JS’s scribe for the Bible revision. That the revelation was not addressed specifically to Lincoln Haskins may indicate that Haskins was not present at its dictation, although according to Samuel Smith (who conversed with Haskins a month later), Haskins “had seen Joseph & Sidney” while in Ohio. (Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832.)  


 that I have chosen Lincoln [Haskins]

27 Aug. 1779–10 Dec. 1855. Farmer. Born in Shutesbury, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Nathan Haskins and Phebe Lincoln. Moved to Savoy, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, by Mar. 1802. Married Experience Paine, 12 Apr. 1802, in Savoy. Moved to Nunda, Allegany...

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to be a servant unto me  wherefore verily I say unto you lit [let] him be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde met with Haskins within a month after this revelation was dictated and recorded that he held the office of elder. (Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832; Hyde, Journal, 21 Mar. 1832.)  


 and receive the articles and covenants which I  have givin unto you and some of the comm andments

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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3

The “articles and covenants” are the church’s foundational document, whereas the “commandments” are revelatory texts that give direction or require obedience. Although church leaders were in the process of publishing JS’s revelations at this point, no authorized copies were yet in print. Church elders often made their own copies to inform their proselytizing message and their administration of local groups of converts. (See Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20]; see also, for example, Samuel Smith, Diary, 16 Nov. 1832; and Woodford, “Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ and the Book of Mormon,” 265.)  


that he may go forth and proclaim  my gospel whithersover I will send him in the  congregrations of the wicked4

See Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:8].  


and in asmuch as he  is faithful I will prosper him even so Amen [p. 10]
The index to Revelation Book 2 identifies the subject of this 27 February 1832 revelation—presented in the revelation only as “Lincoln”—as Lincoln Haskins

27 Aug. 1779–10 Dec. 1855. Farmer. Born in Shutesbury, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Nathan Haskins and Phebe Lincoln. Moved to Savoy, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, by Mar. 1802. Married Experience Paine, 12 Apr. 1802, in Savoy. Moved to Nunda, Allegany...

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, who lived in the far western tip of New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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in the vicinity of Westfield

Formed 1829. Population in 1830 about 2,500. Population in 1835 about 3,000. Included Westfield village; settled 1800; incorporated Apr. 1833. Westfield branch of LDS church had about seventy-five members, 1835. Latter-day Saint Job Lewis hosted conferences...

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and Portland, Chautauque County.1

Hyde, Journal, 21 Mar. 1832; Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832.  


Earlier in February 1832, Haskins traveled to 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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, Ohio, where he was 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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Hyrum Smith, Diary and Account Book, 21 Feb. 1832.  


He also went to Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, Ohio, and met JS and 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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Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832. Haskins apparently discussed the recently received vision of postmortal worlds of glory with them. (See Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76].)  


This revelation directed that Haskins be ordained and supplied with copies of revelations with which to undertake a proselytizing mission. JS probably dictated the revelation to Rigdon in the upstairs room of the John

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson home, where he was working on the Bible revision with Rigdon as his scribe.
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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likely copied this revelation into Revelation Book 2 by 8 March 1832, though he may have copied it later in the month.4 Since Williams lived in 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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, he may have copied the revelation when JS visited Kirtland between 29 February and 4 March 1832.5

See Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 2; and Note, 8 Mar. 1832.  


In the index, Williams listed the document as “A Revelation to Lincoln Hasskin

27 Aug. 1779–10 Dec. 1855. Farmer. Born in Shutesbury, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Nathan Haskins and Phebe Lincoln. Moved to Savoy, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, by Mar. 1802. Married Experience Paine, 12 Apr. 1802, in Savoy. Moved to Nunda, Allegany...

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Feby 27— 1832.”6

Revelation Book 2, Index, [1].  


Sometime thereafter—probably in preparation for the publication of the revelations in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants—a large “X” was drawn through this revelation, apparently to indicate that it was not to be published.7

Revelation Book 2, p. 10.  


No other known copies of this revelation exist.

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