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Revelation, 6 May 1833 [D&C 93]

that in some things he hath not kept the  commandments concerning his children  therefore firstly set in order thy house, and  verely I say unto my servant Joseph (or  in othe[r] words I will call you friends) for ye are  my friends) and ye shall have an inheri tance with me I called you servants for  the worlds sake and ye are their servants  for my sake and now verely I say unto  you Joseph you have not kept the  commandments and must needs stand  rebuked before the lord your family must  needs repent and forsake some things  and give more earnest heed unto your  sayings or be removed out of their place  what I say unto one I say unto all pray  always lest that wicked one have power  in you and remove you out of your place  my servant Newel [K. Whitney] also the Bishop of my  Church hath need to be chastened and set  in order his family and see that they are  more diligent and concerned at home and  pray always or they shall be removed out  of their place now I say unto you my  friends let my servant Sidny go his  Journey and make haste and also proclaim  the acceptable year of the Lord and the gospel  of salvation as I shall give him utterence  and by your prayr of faith with one consent  I will uphold him and let my servants Joseph  & Frederick make haste also and it shall  be given them even according to the prayer of faith [p. [5]]
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Many of the early revelations focused on church government or other matters of temporal concern, and this one includes admonition to specific leaders to better oversee their families. But most of this revelation is distinctly theological in nature. The circumstances surrounding the revelation are not certain, although this text possibly illuminated doctrinal issues raised in recent sessions of Kirtland, Ohio’s school of the prophets. It also may have been prompted by JS’s revision of the New Testament, which was completed in February 1833. Regardless, this revelation was of great importance to the early church.
Frederick G. Williams copied this document, probably in May 1833. It came into the possession of Newel K. Whitney at an early date and may even be the dictation copy. Orson Hyde transcribed this text in mid-1833 into Revelation Book 2, where it appears without specific identification. John Whitmer later recorded a copy in Revelation Book 1 as “Revelation given May 6, 1833.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes this revelation with a date of May 1833 but no location.

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