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Revelation, 30 August 1831 [D&C 63]

nevertheless I the Lord am with them & will come down in Heaven from the presence of God & consume the wicked with unquenchable fire17

See Matthew 3:12; and Luke 3:17.  


& behold this is not yet but by & by Wherefore seeing that I the Lord have decreed all these things upon the face of the earth I willeth that my saints should be assembled upon the land of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus 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 ...

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& that every man should take righteousness in his hands & faithfulness upon his loins18

See Isaiah 11:5; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 98, 117 [2 Nephi 21:5; 30:11].  


& lift a warning voice unto the inhabitants of the earth & declare both by word & by flight that desolation shall come upon the wicked Wherefore let my Desiples 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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arrange their temporal concerns which dwell upon this farm19

The Morley farm.  


let my servant Titus Billings

24 Mar. 1793–6 Feb. 1866. Stonemason, carpenter, musician. Born in Greenfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ebenezer Billings and Esther Joyce. Moved to Mentor, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1817. Married Diantha Morley, 16 Feb. 1817, in Geauga Co. Moved to...

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who has the care thereof dispose of the land20

Before leaving for Missouri in June 1831, Isaac Morley gave his brother-in-law Titus Billings power of attorney over his farm. Billings finalized the sale of portions of Morley’s farm in October 1831 while Morley remained in Missouri. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 14, pp. 583–584; vol. 15, pp. 492–494, microfilms 20,235 and 20,236, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; see also Minute Book 2, 25–26 Oct. 1831; and Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  


that he may be prepared in the coming spring to take his journey up unto the land of Zion with those that dwell upon the face thereof excepting those whom I shall reserve unto myself that shall not go until I shall command them & let all the moneys which can be spared (it mattereth not unto me21

Three revelations dictated consecutively in August appear to be the only others that contain the phrase “it mattereth not unto me.” (Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:5]; Revelation, 12 Aug. 1831 [D&C 61:22]; Revelation, 13 Aug. 1831 [D&C 62:5].)  


whether it be little or much) sent up unto the land of Zion unto them whom I have appointed to receive.22

As assigned in a July 1831 revelation, Edward Partridge, bishop in Zion, and Sidney Gilbert, agent to the church, were responsible for receiving money and making land purchases in Missouri. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:6–7].)  


Behold I the Lord will give unto my servant Joseph power that he shall be enabled to descern by the spirit those who shall go up 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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& those of my Desiples that shall tarry23

An earlier revelation in August indicated that not all elders were to migrate to Missouri at once, stating that some were not to receive their inheritance in Zion for many years. This same revelation also indicated that conferences of elders would help regulate who moved to Missouri. Here, JS receives instruction that he should decide who will go and who will stay in Kirtland, Ohio. Therefore, at least two parties—JS and conferences of elders—had authority to make such decisions. The day after this revelation was dictated, JS dictated another “by the voice of the Spirit,” indicating that John Burk, David Elliott, and Erastus Babbitt should “Journey this fall to the land of Zion.” A few months later, Reynolds Cahoon appeared before a conference of elders to receive direction on whether to go or stay. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:44]; Revelation, 31 Aug. 1831; Minutes, 11 Nov. 1831.)  


Let my servant 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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retain his store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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or in other words the store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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The N. K. Whitney & Co. white store (so named for its color). Whitney established a store in Kirtland, Ohio, by 1824 (known as the red store) and built another store in 1827 (the white store), after which the red store was used as a residence. By the beginning of 1827, he had partnered with Sidney Gilbert to form N. K. Whitney & Co. (Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 209, 214, 217–218.)  


yet for a little season nevertheless let him impart all the money which he can impart to be sent up 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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behold these things are in his own hands let him do according to wisdom25

In company with Oliver Cowdery in September 1831, Whitney raised money from other church members to send to Missouri. He also partnered with Sidney Gilbert to establish a store in Missouri in 1832 under the name Gilbert & Whitney. (Whitmer, History, 37; Jackson Co., MO, Deed Records, 1827–1909, vol. B, pp. 32–33, 20 Feb. 1832, microfilm 1,017,978, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Eakin and Eakin, Jackson County Missouri Court Minutes Book 1, 144, 196.)  


verily I say 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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as an agent unto the Desiples that shall tarry & let him be ordained unto this power26

A 1 August 1831 revelation declared, “let there be an agent appointed by the voice of the Church.” This direction apparently applied to the church in Ohio since Sidney Gilbert had already been appointed an agent for Missouri. Whitney was ordained an “agent unto the Disciples” in Ohio at a conference in Kirtland on 1 September 1831 and in that role gathered money to send to Missouri. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:49, 51]; Minutes, 1 Sept. 1831; see also Whitmer, History, 37.)  


& now speedily visit the churches expounding these things unto them with my servant 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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behold this is my will obtaining moneys even as I have directed27

According to Sidney Rigdon, Cowdery and Whitney would read to the Saints the revelations touching on the “way and means of possessing” the land of Zion as they visited the churches. John Whitmer later recorded that “the disciples truly opened their hearts” to Cowdery and Whitney, enabling them to obtain money “for the purpose of buying lands for the Saints according to commandments.” (Whitmer, History, 36–37.)  


he that is faithful & endureth shall overcome the world he that sendeth up treasures 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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shall receive an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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in this world & his works shall follow him & also a reward in the world to come yea & blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth28

See Revelation 14:13.  


when the Lord shall come & old things shall pass away & all things become new29

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 566–567 [Ether 13:8–9]; and Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:22–24].  


they shall rise from the dead & shall not die & shall receive an inheritance before the Lord in the Holy City30

A 7 August 1831 revelation explained that the faithful who died in Zion would “receive a crown in the mansions of my Father.” (Revelation, 7 Aug. 1831 [D&C 59:2].)  


& he that liveth when the Lord shall come & have kept the faith blessed is he nevertheless it is appointed unto him to die at the age of man Wherefore children shall grow up until they become old.31

See Isaiah 65:20; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:58–59].  


Old men shall die but they shall not sleep in the dust but they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye32

See 1 Corinthians 15:51–52; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510 [3 Nephi 28:8]; and Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:32].  


Wherefore for this cause preached the apostles unto the world the resurrection of the dead these things are the things that ye must look for & speeking after the manner of the Lord they are now nigh at hand & in a time to come even in the day of the coming of the Son of man & until that hour there will be foolish virgins among the wise33

See Matthew 25:1–13.  


& at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous & the wicked34

See Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:68–71].  


& in that day will I send mine angels & pluck out the wicked & cast into unquenchable fire35

See Matthew 13:30; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:12].  


And now behold verily I say unto you I the Lord am not pleased with my servant 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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he exaulted himself in his heart & received not counsel but grieved the spirit Wherefore his writing is not acceptable unto the Lord & he shall make another & if the Lord receive it not behold he standeth no longer in the office which he hath appointed him36

Ezra Booth, who had become disaffected from the church by this time, implied that Rigdon had exaggerated the character of the land in his first draft of the description of Zion, which a 1 August 1831 revelation had commanded him to write. According to Booth, Rigdon’s description differed markedly from one that Edward Partridge had composed. In 1844, Jedediah Grant, who was not acquainted with Rigdon in 1831, declared that “men of the strictest veracity” had told him that Rigdon’s original draft was “extravagant in [its] description of the upper country.” According to Grant, Rigdon “expatiated on the beauties of Jackson county in such a profuse manner, that fears were entertained by the brethren that it would cause the saints from the east to apostatize, as soon as they should arrive, not finding things as set forth by Elder R.” (Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; Grant, Collection of Facts, [4], 7.)  


And again verily I say unto you let those who desire in their hearts in meekness to warn sinners to repentance let them be ordained unto this power for this is a day of warning & not a day of many words37

A January 1831 revelation counseled the elders to “let your preaching be the warning voice evry man to his Neighbour in mildness & in meekness.” (Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:41].)  


for I the Lord am not to be mocked in the last days Behold I am from above & my power lieth beneath I am over all & in all & through all & searcheth all things & the days cometh that all things shall be subject unto me.38

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 585 [Moroni 9:26].  


Behold I am Alpha & Omega even Jesus Christ39

These titles for Jesus Christ were used in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and earlier JS revelations. (See, for example, Revelation 1:8, 11; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473–474 [3 Nephi 9:18]; and Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:1].)  


Wherefore let all men be ware how they take my name in their lips for behold verily I say that many there be who are under this condemnation who useth the name of the Lord & useth it in vain having not authority Wherefore let the church

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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repent of their sins & I the Lord will own them otherwise they shall be cut off. Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred & must be spoken with care & by constraint of the spirit & in this there is no condemnation [p. [2]]
nevertheless I the Lord am with them & will come down in Heaven from  the presence of God & consume the wicked with unquenchable fire17

See Matthew 3:12; and Luke 3:17.  


& behold this  is not yet but by & by Wherefore seeing that I the Lord have decreed all these  things upon the face of the earth I willeth that my saints should be asse mbled upon the land of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus 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 ...

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& that every man should take righteousness  in his hands & faithfulness upon his loins18

See Isaiah 11:5; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 98, 117 [2 Nephi 21:5; 30:11].  


& lift a warning voice unto the  inhabitants of the earth & declare both by word & by flight that desolation  shall come upon the wicked Wherefore let my Desiples 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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arrange  their temporal concerns which dwell upon this farm19

The Morley farm.  


let my servant Titus [Billings]

24 Mar. 1793–6 Feb. 1866. Stonemason, carpenter, musician. Born in Greenfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ebenezer Billings and Esther Joyce. Moved to Mentor, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1817. Married Diantha Morley, 16 Feb. 1817, in Geauga Co. Moved to...

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 who has the care thereof dispose of the land20

Before leaving for Missouri in June 1831, Isaac Morley gave his brother-in-law Titus Billings power of attorney over his farm. Billings finalized the sale of portions of Morley’s farm in October 1831 while Morley remained in Missouri. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 14, pp. 583–584; vol. 15, pp. 492–494, microfilms 20,235 and 20,236, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; see also Minute Book 2, 25–26 Oct. 1831; and Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  


that he may be prepared in the  coming spring to take his journey up unto the land of Zion with those  that dwell upon the face thereof excepting those whom I shall reserve unto  myself that shall not go until I shall command them & let all the  moneys which can be spared (it mattereth not unto me21

Three revelations dictated consecutively in August appear to be the only others that contain the phrase “it mattereth not unto me.” (Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:5]; Revelation, 12 Aug. 1831 [D&C 61:22]; Revelation, 13 Aug. 1831 [D&C 62:5].)  


whether it  be little or much) sent up unto the land of Zion unto them whom I  have appointed to receive.22

As assigned in a July 1831 revelation, Edward Partridge, bishop in Zion, and Sidney Gilbert, agent to the church, were responsible for receiving money and making land purchases in Missouri. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:6–7].)  


Behold I the Lord will give unto my servant  Joseph power that he shall be enabled to descern by the spirit those who shall  go up 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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& those of my Desiples that shall tarry23

An earlier revelation in August indicated that not all elders were to migrate to Missouri at once, stating that some were not to receive their inheritance in Zion for many years. This same revelation also indicated that conferences of elders would help regulate who moved to Missouri. Here, JS receives instruction that he should decide who will go and who will stay in Kirtland, Ohio. Therefore, at least two parties—JS and conferences of elders—had authority to make such decisions. The day after this revelation was dictated, JS dictated another “by the voice of the Spirit,” indicating that John Burk, David Elliott, and Erastus Babbitt should “Journey this fall to the land of Zion.” A few months later, Reynolds Cahoon appeared before a conference of elders to receive direction on whether to go or stay. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:44]; Revelation, 31 Aug. 1831; Minutes, 11 Nov. 1831.)  


Let my  servant 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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retain the his store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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or in other words the store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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The N. K. Whitney & Co. white store (so named for its color). Whitney established a store in Kirtland, Ohio, by 1824 (known as the red store) and built another store in 1827 (the white store), after which the red store was used as a residence. By the beginning of 1827, he had partnered with Sidney Gilbert to form N. K. Whitney & Co. (Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 209, 214, 217–218.)  


yet for  a little season nevertheless let him impart all the money which he can  impart to be sent up 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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behold these things are in  his own hands let him do according to wisdom25

In company with Oliver Cowdery in September 1831, Whitney raised money from other church members to send to Missouri. He also partnered with Sidney Gilbert to establish a store in Missouri in 1832 under the name Gilbert & Whitney. (Whitmer, History, 37; Jackson Co., MO, Deed Records, 1827–1909, vol. B, pp. 32–33, 20 Feb. 1832, microfilm 1,017,978, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Eakin and Eakin, Jackson County Missouri Court Minutes Book 1, 144, 196.)  


verily I say let him be or dained

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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as an agent unto the Desiples that shall tarry & let him be ordained  unto this power26

A 1 August 1831 revelation declared, “let there be an agent appointed by the voice of the Church.” This direction apparently applied to the church in Ohio since Sidney Gilbert had already been appointed an agent for Missouri. Whitney was ordained an “agent unto the Disciples” in Ohio at a conference in Kirtland on 1 September 1831 and in that role gathered money to send to Missouri. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:49, 51]; Minutes, 1 Sept. 1831; see also Whitmer, History, 37.)  


& now speedily go with <visit> the churches expounding these things  unto them with my servant 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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behold this is my <will> with obtaining mo neys even as I have directed27

According to Sidney Rigdon, Cowdery and Whitney would read to the Saints the revelations touching on the “way and means of possessing” the land of Zion as they visited the churches. John Whitmer later recorded that “the disciples truly opened their hearts” to Cowdery and Whitney, enabling them to obtain money “for the purpose of buying lands for the Saints according to commandments.” (Whitmer, History, 36–37.)  


he that is faithful & endureth shall over come the world he that sendeth up treasures 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...

More Info
shall  receive an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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in this world & his works shall follow him & also  a reward in the world to come yea & blessed are the dead that die in  the Lord from henceforth28

See Revelation 14:13.  


when the Lord shall come & old things shall pass  away & all things become new29

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 566–567 [Ether 13:8–9]; and Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:22–24].  


they shall rise from the dead & shall  not die & shall receive an inheritance before the Lord in the Holy City30

A 7 August 1831 revelation explained that the faithful who died in Zion would “receive a crown in the mansions of my Father.” (Revelation, 7 Aug. 1831 [D&C 59:2].)  


& he  that liveth when the Lord shall come & have kept the faith blessed is he nev ertheless it is appointed unto him to die at the age of man Wherefore children  shall grow up until they become old.31

See Isaiah 65:20; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:58–59].  


Old men shall die but they shall not sleep in the  dust but they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye32

See 1 Corinthians 15:51–52; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510 [3 Nephi 28:8]; and Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:32].  


Wherefore for this cause  preached the apostles unto the world the resurrection of the dead these  things are the things that ye must look for & speeking after the manner of the Lord  they are now nigh at hand & in a time to come even in the day of the coming of the  Son of man & until that hour there will be foolish virgins among the wise33

See Matthew 25:1–13.  


&  & at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous & the wicked34

See Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:68–71].  


& in  that day will I send mine angels & pluck out the wicked & cast into unquen chable fire35

See Matthew 13:30; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:12].  


And now <behold> verily I say unto you I the Lord am not pleased with  my servant 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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he exaulted himself in his heart & received not counsel  but grieved the spirit Wherefore his writing is not acceptable unto the Lord  & he shall make another & if the Lord receive it not behold he standeth no longer in  the office which he hath appointed him36

Ezra Booth, who had become disaffected from the church by this time, implied that Rigdon had exaggerated the character of the land in his first draft of the description of Zion, which a 1 August 1831 revelation had commanded him to write. According to Booth, Rigdon’s description differed markedly from one that Edward Partridge had composed. In 1844, Jedediah Grant, who was not acquainted with Rigdon in 1831, declared that “men of the strictest veracity” had told him that Rigdon’s original draft was “extravagant in [its] description of the upper country.” According to Grant, Rigdon “expatiated on the beauties of Jackson county in such a profuse manner, that fears were entertained by the brethren that it would cause the saints from the east to apostatize, as soon as they should arrive, not finding things as set forth by Elder R.” (Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; Grant, Collection of Facts, [4], 7.)  


And again verily I say unto you let  those who desire in their hearts in meekness to warn sinners to repentance let  them be ordained unto this power for this is a day of warning & not a day of many  worlds words37

A January 1831 revelation counseled the elders to “let your preaching be the warning voice evry man to his Neighbour in mildness & in meekness.” (Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:41].)  


for I the Lord am not to be mocked in the last days Behold  I am from above & my power lieth beneath I am over all & in all & through  all & searcheth all things & the days cometh that all things shall be subject  unto me.38

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 585 [Moroni 9:26].  


Behold I am Alpha & Omega even Jesus Christ39

These titles for Jesus Christ were used in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and earlier JS revelations. (See, for example, Revelation 1:8, 11; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473–474 [3 Nephi 9:18]; and Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:1].)  


Wherefore let all  men be ware how they take my name in their lips for behold verily I say  that many there be who are under this condemnation who useth the name of the  Lord & useth it in vain having not authority Wherefore let the church

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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repent of  their sins & I the Lord with <will> own them otherwise they shall be cut off.  Remember that that cometh which cometh from above is sacred & must be  spoken with care & by constraint of the spirit & in this there is no condemnation [p. [2]]
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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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