Revelation, 5 January 1831 [D&C 39]

Cometh the Baptism of fire & the Holy ghost yea even the  comforter which knoweth all things & teacheth the peacibl things  of the Kingdom & Now Behold I say unto you my servent  James I have looked upon thee & thy works & I know thee  & now verily I say unto the[e] thine heart is right before me  at present Behold I have bestowed great blessings upon thy  head Nevertheless thou hast seen great Sorrow for thou hast  rejected me many times because of pride & be cause of the  world but behold the days of thy deliverance is come  arise & be baptized & wash away your sins calling on my  name & ye shall receive my spirit & a blessing so great  as ye have never known5

See Acts 22:16.  

& I have prepared thee for a greater  work6 thou shalt Preach the fulness of my Gospel which  I have sent forth in these last days. yea even the covenant  which I have sent forth to recover my People which are  of the house of Israel & it shall come to pass that power  shall rest upon thee thou shalt have great faith & I will  be with thee & go before thy face yea thou art called to  Labour in my Vineyard & to build up my Church & to bring  forth Zion that it may Rejoice upon the hills & flourish Behold  Verily Verily I say unto you thou art not called to go to unto  the Eastern countries7

This is likely a reference to the eastern seaboard of the United States, including New York City, where Covel had earlier established a medical practice and was active in the Methodist church. (Longworth, Longworth’s American Almanac, 146–147; Doughty, Life of Samuel Stilwell, 44.)
Comprehensive Works Cited



Longworth, Thomas. Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory,for the Forty-Seventh Year of American Independence. Containing a List of Banks,Insurance Companies, Post-Office Establishments, &c. &c. New York: By the author, 1822.

Doughty, Samuel Stilwell. The Life of Samuel Stilwell, with Notices of Some of His Contemporaries. New York: Brown and Wilson, 1877.

but thou art called to go to Ohio & in  asmuch as my People shall assemble themselves at the Oohio  I have kept in store a blessing such as is not known among  the children of men & it shall be poured forth upon your  their heads & from thence ye shall go forth into all Nations8  Behold Verily Verily I say unto you that the people in Ohio  call upon me in much faith believeing I would stay my  hand in Judgement upon the Nations but I cannot deny  my word Wherefore lay to with your might & call forth  Labourers into my Vinyard that it may be pruned for the  last time9 & inasmuch as they do Repent & receive the fulness  of my Gospel & become sanctified & I will stay my hand  in Judgement wherefore go forth crying with a loud voice  saying the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand crying Hosannah  blessed is the name of the most high God go forth [p. 59]
Revelation, Fayette Township, Seneca Co., NY, to James Covel, 5 Jan. 1831. Featured version, titled “42nd Commandment Recd Jan. 5th. 1831,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 58–60; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.