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Revelation, 29 October 1831 [D&C 66]

Samuel (Smith)

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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go with you and forsake him not and give him thine instructions 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. Return not until I the Lord shall send you, Be patient in afflictions. Ask and ye shall receive Knock and it shall be opened unto you Seek not to be cumbered. Forsake all unrighteousness. Commit not adultery, temptation with which thou hast been troubled. Keep these sayings true and faithful and thou shalt magnify thine office and push many people to 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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with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads Continue in these things even unto the end and you shall have a Crown of eternal life on the right hand of my Father who is full of grace and truth. Verily thus saith the Lord your God, your Redeemer even Jesus Christ. Amen——
A revelation given to Wm. E. McLelin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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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

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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on the 29th. of October 1831
Joseph Smith, Revelator [p. [10]]
Samuel (Smith)

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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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.)  


 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].  


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].  


 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.)  


Keep these sayings true and fait[h] ful and thou shalt magnify thine office  and push many people to 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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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

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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 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

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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on the 29th. of October 1831
Joseph Smith, Revelator [p. [10]]
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Revelation, Hiram Township

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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, OH, 29 Oct. 1831. Featured version copied [between ca. 30 Oct. 1831 and 15 Nov. 1831]; handwriting of William E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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; two pages; in back of William E. McLellin notebook, “W. E. Mc.Lellan Jan— 1877”; William E. McLellin, Papers, CHL. Includes redactive pagination.
The revelation is copied on the recto and verso of the fifth of five leaves measuring 6⅛ × 3 ⅝ inches (16 × 9 cm) found in the back of a notebook made up of larger leaves. These smaller leaves, bearing copies of a few revelations, may have originally been a gathering. They were apparently tucked into the back of the larger notebook, although it is possible that they were sewn in. The leaves of the larger notebook measure 7 × 4¼ × ⅛ inches (18 × 11 × ½ cm), and the reddish brown paper cover of the notebook measures 7¼ x 4½ inches (18 × 11 cm). The leaf containing the 29 October 1831 revelation—like the other smaller leaves—has suffered marked browning, brittleness, and wear. The primitive nature of the notebook, the worn edges of the leaves, and the conserved state of the document make the original sewing of the notebook, in general, and the sewing of the 29 October 1831 revelation, in particular, difficult to determine.
The notebook containing the revelation, along with other William E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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documents, was apparently inherited by McLellin’s widow, Emeline Miller McLellin, who gave the documents to J. L. Traughber Jr. of Doucette, Texas. Traughber apparently acquired these items in 1884, when he also obtained a copy of the Book of Commandments from McLellin’s widow. Traughber sold the documents to the LDS church in 1908. These documents were kept in the vault of the church’s First Presidency until 1986, when they were loaned to the Historical Department (now Church History Department).1

Turley, “Provenance of William E. McLellin’s Journals,” 257–261; see also Turley, Victims, 248–250.  


Later, custody was permanently transferred to the Church History Library.2

Letter of Transfer, Salt Lake City, UT, 27 Nov. 2012, CHL.  


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