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Revelation, 30 August 1831 [D&C 63]

Hearken O ye people and open your hearts and give ear from afar and listen you that call yourselves the people of the Lord & hear the word of the Lord & his will concerning you yea verily I say hear the word of him whose anger is kindled against the wicked & rebellious who willeth to take even them whom he will take & preserveth in life them whom he will preserve who buildeth up at his own will & pleasure & destroyeth when he please & is able to cast the soul down to hell. Behold I the Lord uttereth my voice & & it shall be obeyed wherefore verily I say let the wicked take heed & let the rebellious fear & tremble & let the unbelieving hold their lips for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind & all flesh shall know that I am God.1

See Isaiah 49:26; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 56, 75 [1 Nephi 21:26; 2 Nephi 6:18].  


And he that seeketh signs shall see signs but not unto salvation Verily I say unto you There are those among you who seeketh signs & there has been such even from the beginning2

A March 1831 revelation similarly warned against an individual asking “for a sign” in order to “consume it upon his lusts.” (Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–A [D&C 46:9]; see also Matthew 12:38–39; Mark 8:11–12; and Luke 11:16, 29.)  


But behold faith cometh not by signs but signs follow those that believe3

See Mark 16:17; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 537, 547 [Mormon 9:24; Ether 4:18]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:64].  


yea signs cometh by faith not by the will of men nor as they please but by the will of God4

A July 1830 revelation instructed JS to “require not Miracles except I shall command you.” (Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:13].)  


yea signs cometh by faith unto mighty works for without faith no man pleaseth God5

See Hebrews 11:6.  


& with whom God is angry he is not well pleased wherefore unto such he sheweth no signs only in wrath unto their condemnation Wherefore I the Lord am not pleased with those among you who have sought after signs & wonders for faith & not for the good of men unto my glory Nevertheless I gave 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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& many have turned away from my commandments & have not kept them There were among you adulterers & adulteresses some of whom have turned away from you & others remain with you that hereafter shall be revealed let such be aware & repent speedily lest judgements shall come upon them as a snare & their folly shall be made manifest6

See 2 Timothy 3:8–9.  


& their works shall follow them in the eyes of the people & verily I say unto you as I have said before he that looketh on a woman to lust after her or if any shall commit adultry in his heart they shall not have the spirit but shall deny the faith & shall fear7

See Matthew 5:28; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 481 [3 Nephi 12:28]; and Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:23].  


Wherefore I the Lord have said that the fearful & the unbelieving & all liars & whosoever loveth & maketh a lie & the whoarmunger & the sorcerer should have their part in that lake which burneth with fire & brimstone which is the second death8

See Revelation 21:8; 22:14–15.  


Verily I say that they shall not have part in the first resurrection And now behold I the Lord saith unto you that ye are not justified because these things are among you nevertheless he that endureth in faith & doeth my will the same shall overcome & shall receive an inheritance upon the Earth when the day of transfiguration shall come when the earth shall be transfigured even according to the pattern which was shown unto mine apostles upon the mount of which account the fulness ye have not yet received.9

This passage seems to promise further information on transfiguration. The only extant record of such comes from JS’s Bible revision. When JS revised Matthew 17:1–13, sometime between 7 April and 19 June 1831, he added clarifying information about the identity and mission of Elias, who appeared on the mount at the time that Christ was transfigured. (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 66; New Testament Revision 1, pp. 41–42 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 17:8–14].)  


And now verily I say unto you that as I said that I would make known my will unto you behold I will make it known unto you not by the way of commandment for their are many who observe not to keep my commandments but unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of my Kingdom & the same shall be in him a well of living water springing up unto everlasting life10

See John 4:10–14.  


And now behold this is the will of the Lord your God concerning his saints that they should assemble themselves together unto the land of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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See Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49:25]; and Revelation, 13 Aug. 1831 [D&C 62:4].  


not in haste lest there should be confusion which bringeth pestilence12

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, “pestilence” denotes not only infectious disease but also “corruption or moral disease destructive to happiness.” (“Pestilence,” in American Dictionary [1828].)  


Behold the land of Zion I the Lord holdeth it in mine own hands nevertheless I the Lord rendereth unto Cezar the things which are Cezars13

See Luke 20:25.  


Wherefore I the Lord willeth that you should purchase the lands that you may have advantage of the world that you may have claim on the world14

See Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:4–5]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:52].  


that they may not be stired up unto anger for satan putteth it into their hearts to anger & to the shedding of blood Wherefore the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase or by blood otherwise there is none inheritance for you & if by purchase behold you are blessed & if by blood as ye are forbidden to shed blood lo your enemies are upon you15

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:53].  


& ye shall be scourged from city to city & from Synagogue to synagogue & but few shall stand to receive an inheritance I the Lord am angry with the wicked I am holding my spirit from the inhabitants of the earth I have sworn in my wrath & decreed wars upon the face of the earth & the wicked shall slay the wicked & fear shall come upon every man & the Saints also shall hardly escape16

A March 1831 revelation explained that Zion would be a “City of refuge,” protecting those living therein, who would “be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.” (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:66, 69].)  


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Hearken O ye people and open your hearts and give ear from afar  and listen you that call yourselves the people of the Lord & hear the word  of the Lord & his will concerning you yea verily I say hear the word of him  whose anger is kindled against you <the> wicked & rebellious who willeth to take even  them whom he will take & preserveth in life them whom he will preserve  who buildeth up at his own will & pleasure & destroyeth when he please  & is able to cast the soul down to hell. Behold I the Lord uttereth my voice & <&>  it shall be obeyed wherefore verily I say let the wicked take heed & let  the rebellious fear & tremble & let the unbelieving hold their lips for the  day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind & all flesh shall know  that I am God.1

See Isaiah 49:26; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 56, 75 [1 Nephi 21:26; 2 Nephi 6:18].  


And he that seeketh signs shall see signs but not unto  salvation Verily I say unto you There are those among you who seeketh signs  & there has been such even from the beginning2

A March 1831 revelation similarly warned against an individual asking “for a sign” in order to “consume it upon his lusts.” (Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–A [D&C 46:9]; see also Matthew 12:38–39; Mark 8:11–12; and Luke 11:16, 29.)  


But behold faith cometh not  by signs but signs follow those that believe3

See Mark 16:17; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 537, 547 [Mormon 9:24; Ether 4:18]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:64].  


yea signs cometh by faith  not by the will of men nor as they please but by the will of God4

A July 1830 revelation instructed JS to “require not Miracles except I shall command you.” (Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:13].)  


yea  signs cometh by faith unto mighty works for without faith no man pleaseth  God5

See Hebrews 11:6.  


& with whom God is angry he is not well pleased wherefore unto  such he sheweth no signs only in wrath unto their condemnation Wherefore  I the Lord am not well pleased with those among you who have sought  after signs & wonders for faith & not for the good of men unto my glory  Nevertheless I gave 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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& many have turned away from  my commandments & have not kept them There were among you adulte rers & adulteresses some of whom have turned away from you & others  remain with you that hereafter shall be revealed let such be aware  & repent speedily lest judgements shall come upon them as a snare & their  folly shall be made manifest6

See 2 Timothy 3:8–9.  


& their works shall follow them in the eyes  of the people & verily I say unto you as I have said before he that  looketh on a woman to lust after her or if any shall commit adultry  in his heart they shall not have the spirit but shall deny the faith &  shall fear7

See Matthew 5:28; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 481 [3 Nephi 12:28]; and Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:23].  


Wherefore I the Lord have said that the fearful & the unbe lieving & all liars & whoso<ever> loveth & maketh a lie & the whoarmunger <& the> sorcerer  should have their part in that lake which burneth with fire & brimstone  which is the second death8

See Revelation 21:8; 22:14–15.  


Verily I say <that> they shall not have part in the first res urrection And now behold I the Lord saith unto you that ye are not  justified because of these things are among you nevertheless he that endu reth in faith & doeth my will the same shall overcome & shall receive  an inheritance upon the Earth when the day of transfiguration shall come  when the earth shall be transfigured even according to the pattern which was  shown unto mine apostles upon the mount of which account the fulness ye have  not yet received.9

This passage seems to promise further information on transfiguration. The only extant record of such comes from JS’s Bible revision. When JS revised Matthew 17:1–13, sometime between 7 April and 19 June 1831, he added clarifying information about the identity and mission of Elias, who appeared on the mount at the time that Christ was transfigured. (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 66; New Testament Revision 1, pp. 41–42 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 17:8–14].)  


And now verily I say unto you that as I said that I would  make known my will unto you behold I will make it known unto you not by the  way of commandment for their are many who observe not to keep my command ments but unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of  my Kingdom & the same shall be in him a well of <living> water springing up unto everlas ting life10

See John 4:10–14.  


And now behold this is the will of the Lord your God concerning his  saints that they should assemble themselves together unto the land of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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11

See Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49:25]; and Revelation, 13 Aug. 1831 [D&C 62:4].  


not  in haste lest there should be confusion which bringeth pestilence12

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, “pestilence” denotes not only infectious disease but also “corruption or moral disease destructive to happiness.” (“Pestilence,” in American Dictionary [1828].)  


Behold the  land of Zion I the Lord holdeth it in mine own hands nevertheless I the  Lord rendereth unto Cezar the things which are Cezars13

See Luke 20:25.  


Wherefore I the Lord will eth that you should purchase the lands that you may have advantage of the  world that you may have claim on the world14

See Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:4–5]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:52].  


that they may not be stired up  unto anger for satan putteth it into their hearts to anger & to the shedding of blood  Wherefore the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase or by blood  otherwise there is none inheritance for you & if by purchased behold ye you are blessed  & if by blood as ye are forbidden to shed blood lo your enemies are upon you15

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:53].  


 & ye shall be scourged from city to city & from Synagogue to synagogue & but  few shall stand to receive an inheritance I the Lord am angry with the wick ed I am holding my spirit from the inhabitants of the earth I have sworn in  my wrath & decreed wars upon the face of the earth & the wicked shall slay the  wicked & fear shall come upon every man & the Saints also shall hardly escape16

A March 1831 revelation explained that Zion would be a “City of refuge,” protecting those living therein, who would “be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.” (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:66, 69].)  


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Revelation, Kirtland Township

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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, OH, 30 Aug. 1831; copied [ca. 30 Aug. 1831]; 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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; three pages; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes docket and archival marking.
Bifolium (a single sheet folded once to form two leaves) measuring 12⅜ × 7¾ inches (31 × 20 cm). At one time, the document was folded in half three more times—possibly for an initial pocket folding. At another time, the document was folded in half and then trifolded in the conventional filing pattern, and a docket was added by 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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in graphite: “31 Augt. 1831—revelation | to Church & Oliver

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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& | Newell

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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to Visit Church”.
This and several other revelations, along with many other personal and institutional documents kept by 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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, were inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. This collection was passed down in the Groo family and donated by members of the family to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University during the period 1969–1974.1

Andrus et al., “Register of the Newel Kimball Whitney Papers, 1825–1906,” 5–6.  


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