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Revelation, 7 December 1830 [D&C 35]

38th Commandment AD 1830. Dec.m. 7th
A Commandment to Joseph & Sidney [Rigdon]. Sidneys call  to writing for Joseph &c
Saying Listen to the voice of the Lord your God even  Alpha & Omega the begining & the end whose course is  one eternal round the same to day as yesterday & for ever  I am Jesus Christ the son of God who was crusified for  the sins of the World even as will believe on my name  that they may become the sons of God even one in me  as I am in the Father as the Father is one in me that  we may be one Behold Verily Verily I say unto my Servent  Sidney I have looked upon thee & thy works I have heard  thy prayers & prepared thee for a greater work thou art  blessed for thou shalt do great things Behold thou wast  sent forth even as John to prepare the way before me &  Elijah which should come & thou knew it not thou didst  Baptize by water unto Repentance but they received not the  Holy Ghost but now I give unto you a commandment  that thou shalt Baptize by water & give <& they shall receive> the Holy Ghost  by <the> laying on of hands even as the Apostles of old & it shall  come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land  even among the gentiles for their folly their abominations  shall be made manifest in the eyes of all People for  I am God & mine arm is <not> shortened & I will shew  miricles signs & wonders unto all those who believe [p. 46]
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A few weeks after his baptism in fall 1830, Sidney Rigdon journeyed from Ohio to New York with Edward Partridge to visit JS, arriving in early December 1830. This revelation was directed to JS and Rigdon. The revelation acknowledged Rigdon’s previous ministerial labors in the denomination called the “Disciples of Christ” and hinted at even greater things ahead. It also appointed him to write for JS. Rigdon remained in New York at JS’s side for the next two months, until JS moved to Ohio.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1 as “38th Commandment AD 1830 Decm 7th” sometime between March and June 1831. David Whitmer made a copy of this revelation sometime in May or June 1831. A published version appeared in the The Telegraph (Painesville, Ohio) on 17 January 1831, as well as in the Ravenna Ohio Star on 4 January 1832. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to December 1830 at Fayette Township, New York, as does the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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