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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. 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 beginning But behold faith cometh not by signs but signs follow those that believe yea signs cometh by faith not by the will of men nor as they please but by the will of God yea signs cometh by faith unto mighty works for without faith no man pleaseth God & 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 manifest & 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 fear 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 death 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

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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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

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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upon the mount of which account the fulness ye have not yet received. 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 life 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

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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not in haste lest there should be confusion which bringeth pestilence 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 Cezars 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 world 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 you & 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 escape [p. [1]]
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. 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 beginning But behold faith cometh not  by signs but signs follow those that believe yea signs cometh by faith  not by the will of men nor as they please but by the will of God yea  signs cometh by faith unto mighty works for without faith no man pleaseth  God & 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 manifest & 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 fear 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 death 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

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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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

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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upon the mount of which account the fulness ye have  not yet received. 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 life 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

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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not  in haste lest there should be confusion which bringeth pestilence 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 Cezars 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 world 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 you  & 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 escape [p. [1]]
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JS and his party returned 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, from Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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on 27 August 1831.  

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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JS instructed Ohio members, who were eager for direction regarding the gathering to Missouri, on the precise location for Zion and its temple. However, in JS’s absence a number of elders had apostatized.
This revelation addressed both issues, calling for a spiritual reformation among the “churches” in Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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and also elaborating on the establishment of Zion. Much of the revelation articulated a rational and paced approach to the building up of Zion, including specific provisions for raising the necessary funds.
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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inscribed this text on 31 August 1831 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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, Ohio, for 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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. Cowdery and Whitney likely used that same copy as they toured the branches with Sidney Rigdon

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’s epistle to the churches, also dated 31 August 1831. John Whitmer

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copied the text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “66 Commandment received at Kirtland Geauga Ohio August 30th, 1831,” sometime in September 1831. Sidney Gilbert

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also copied it into his revelation notebook in September 1832. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates the revelation to August 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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