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Revelation, 6 May 1833 [D&C 93]

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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