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Revelation, 29 October 1831 [D&C 66]

Samuel (Smith) go with <you> and forsake  him not and give him thine instructions7

McLellin recorded in his journal that at some point prior to his and Samuel Smith’s departure on 16 November, “Bro Samuel . . . heard the revelation.” (McLellin, Journal, 16 Nov. 1831.)
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McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

 and he that is faithful shall be made  strong in every place And I the Lord will  go with you. Lay your hands upon the  sick and they shall recover.8

The “Laws of the Church of Christ” explained that when individuals were sick, two or more elders were to “pray for and lay their hands upon them” in Christ’s name. (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:44].)  

 
Return not  until I the Lord shall send you, Be patien[t]9

TEXT: “t” likely missing because of torn edge. Versions of this document in William E. McLellin’s journal and Revelation Book 1 have “patient” and “patiant”, respectively.  

 
 in afflictions.10

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 270 [Alma 17:11]; Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:8]; and Revelation, Sept. 1830–F [D&C 31:9].
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The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

Ask and ye shall receive  Knock and it shall be opened unto you11

See, for example, John 16:24; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 509 [3 Nephi 27:29]; Revelation, June 1829–A [D&C 14:5]; and Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49:26].
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The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

 Seek not to be cumbered. Forsake all  unrighteousness. Commit not adultery, 12

John Whitmer’s copy in Revelation Book 1 has “a.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 112, in JSP, MRB:197.)  

 
 temptation with which thou hast been  troubled.13

Exactly how McLellin had been tempted with adultery is unclear. His wife, Cynthia Ann, whom he married in 1829, had died recently, leaving McLellin to experience “many lonesome & sorrowful hours.” (William E. McLellin, Independence, MO, to “Beloved Relatives,” Carthage, TN, 4 Aug. 1832, photocopy, CHL.)
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McLellin, William E. Letter, Independence, MO, to “Beloved Relatives,” Carthage, TN, 4 Aug. 1832. Photocopy. CHL.

Keep these sayings true and fait[h] ful and thou shalt magnify thine office  and push many people to Zion with  songs of everlasting joy upon their heads14

See Deuteronomy 33:17; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:45].  

 
 Continue in these things even unto the  end and you shall have a Crown of etern[al]15

TEXT: “al” likely missing because of torn edge. Versions of this document in William E. McLellin’s journal and Revelation Book 1 have “Eternal” and “eternal”, respectively.  

 
 life on the right hand of my Father w[ho]16

TEXT: “ho” likely missing because of torn edge. Versions of this document in William E. McLellin’s journal and Revelation Book 1 have “who”.  

 
 is full of grace and truth.17

See John 1:14.  

 
Verily thus  saith the Lord your God, your Redeemer  even Jesus Christ. Amen——
A revelation given to Wm. E. McLelin  a true decendant from Joseph who  was sold into Egypt down through the  loins of Ephraim his son——
Given in Portage Co. Ohio. Hiram  Township on the 29th. of October 1831
Joseph Smith, Revelator [p. [10]]
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On 29 October 1831, William E. McLellin wrote in his journal, “The Lord condecended to hear my prayr and give me a revelation of his will, through his prophet or Seer (Joseph).”1

McLellin, Journal, 29 Oct. 1831.
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Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. CHL.

McLellin, a recent convert from Paris, Illinois, met JS for the first time at the 25–26 October 1831 conference in Orange, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where McLellin was ordained to the high priesthood. At the conclusion of the conference, he accompanied JS to Hiram, Ohio, arriving there on 29 October.2

McLellin, Journal, 26–29 Oct. 1831; see also Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831.
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Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. CHL.

McLellin later recalled that on that day, he “went before the Lord in secret, and on my knees asked him to reveal the answer to five questions through his Prophet.”3

William E. McLellin, Editorial, Ensign of Liberty, Jan. 1848, 61.
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Ensign of Liberty. Kirtland, OH. Mar. 1847–Aug. 1849.

At McLellin’s request, JS dictated a revelation for him,4

JS History, vol. A-1, 156.  

 
perhaps in the southeast upstairs bedroom of the John and Alice (Elsa) Johnson home, where JS worked on his revision of the Bible.5

This “translating” room was the largest room upstairs and probably originally the bedroom of John and Alice (Elsa) Johnson. The Johnsons created a new bedroom by partitioning off a “single large work space on the west end of the second floor” into two smaller rooms while JS was attending the October conference in Orange. Much of the work was done by the time JS and McLellin reached the Johnson home on 29 October, but the partition wall was not plastered until that evening. (Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 314.)
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Staker, Mark L. Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2009.

According to McLellin, the revelation answered the questions “to my full and entire satisfaction.”6

William E. McLellin, Editorial, Ensign of Liberty, Jan. 1848, 61. McLellin noted that these questions “had dwelt upon my mind with anxiety yet with uncertainty.” (McLellin, Journal, 29 Oct. 1831.)
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Ensign of Liberty. Kirtland, OH. Mar. 1847–Aug. 1849.

McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

Although McLellin never explained what his five queries were, the revelation’s contents indicate that he was probably concerned about his standing before God and about what the Lord desired him to do.
McLellin recounted that he wrote the words of this revelation as JS spoke them.7

McLellin, Journal, 29 Oct. 1831.
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McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

Two copies of the revelation in McLellin’s hand exist, but it does not appear that either is the original manuscript.8

Both are fairly clean copies written in small script and with an even hand.  

 
One copy is in McLellin’s journal,9

McLellin, Journal, 29 Oct. 1831.
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McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

probably made soon after the revelation was dictated. The other is the copy in McLellin’s notebook, featured below. McLellin apparently inscribed this copy sometime before 16 November 1831, when he departed on a mission. Three revelations precede the 29 October revelation in McLellin’s notebook, including one dated 30 October 1831, indicating McLellin did not make these copies before that date. McLellin’s journal corroborates this dating, stating that he stayed in Hiram from 29 October to 16 November and “read and copyed revelations, &c.”10

McLellin, Journal, 29 Oct.–16 Nov. 1831.
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McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

John Whitmer also copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1 sometime before he left for Missouri on 20 November.11

See Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 1, in JSP, MRB:5; and Revelation Book 1, pp. 111–112, in JSP, MRB: 195–197. For the date of Whitmer’s departure, see Whitmer, History, 38, in JSP, H2:49.
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JSP, H2 / Davidson, Karen Lynn, Richard L. Jensen, and David J. Whittaker, eds. Histories, Volume 2: Assigned Historical Writings, 1831–1847. Vol. 2 of the Histories series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman. Salt Lake City, Church Historian’s Press, 2012.

McLellin’s notebook copy appears to be a more complete reflection of the original revelation than either the journal copy or the copy John Whitmer made in Revelation Book 1. The journal copy probably predates the other two versions, but the spelling of certain words (“shew” instead of “show,” which is in the journal copy, for example), the use of contractions, and the lack of punctuation suggest that the copies in McLellin’s notebook and in Revelation Book 1 were derived from a nonextant copy of the original. The notebook version also appears to be more complete than the copy in Revelation Book 1 because the notebook contains an endnote regarding McLellin belonging to the lineage of Ephraim in the Old Testament (a note that also appears in the journal copy).

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