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Revelation, 5 January 1831 [D&C 39]

Cometh the Baptism of fire & the Holy ghost

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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yea even the comforter which knoweth all things & teacheth the peacibl things of the Kingdom & Now Behold I say unto you my servent James

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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I have looked upon thee & thy works & I know thee & now verily I say unto thee 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

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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& 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

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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& to bring forth 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 it may Rejoice upon the hills & flourish Behold Verily Verily I say unto you thou art not called to go 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.)  


but thou art called to go to 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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& in asmuch as my People shall assemble themselves at the Oohio

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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I have kept in store a blessing such as is not known among the children of men & it shall be poured forth upon their heads & from thence ye shall go forth into all Nations8 Behold Verily Verily I say unto you that the people 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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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]
Cometh the Baptism of fire & the Holy ghost

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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yea even the  comforter which knoweth all things & teacheth the peacibl things  of the Kingdom & Now Behold I say unto you my servent  James

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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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

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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& 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

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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& to bring  forth 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 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.)  


but thou art called to go to 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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& in  asmuch as my People shall assemble themselves at the Oohio

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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 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

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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 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]
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Revelation, Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, Seneca Co., NY, to James Covel

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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, 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

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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