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Revelation, 7 December 1830 [D&C 35]

on my name & whoso shall ask it in my name in faith they shall cast out Devils they shall heal the sick they shall cause the blind to receive their sight & the deaf to hear & the dumb to speak & the lame to walk7

See Mark 16:17–18. A similar promise was given in Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:13].  


& the time speedily cometh8

For “the time speedily cometh,” the Ohio Star version has “this speedily cometh.” (“Mormonism,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 5 Jan. 1832, [3].)  


that great things are to be shewn forth unto the Children of men but without faith not any thing shall be shewn forth except desolations upon Babylon the same which has made all Nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication9

See Revelation 14:8.  


& there are none that do good except they that are ready to receive the fulness of my Gospel which I have sent forth to this generation Wherefore I have called upon the weak things they that are unlearned & dispised10

See 1 Corinthians 1:27.  


to thresh the Nations by the Power of my spirit & their arm shall be mine arm & I will be their shield & their Buckler & I will gird up their loins & they shall fight manfully for me & their enemies shall be under their feet11

See 1 Corinthians 15:25.  


& I will let fall the sword in their behalf & by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them12

The Ohio Star version has “pursue them.” In August 1830, JS and John Whitmer wrote to the church members in Colesville, New York, “Brethren be not dis-couraged when we tell you of perilous times, for they must shortly come, for the sword, famine, and pestilence are approaching, for there shall be great destructions upon the face of this land . . . and the Lord hath said that a short work will he make of it, and the righteous shall be saved if it be as by fire.” (“Mormonism,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 5 Jan. 1832, [3]; Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 Aug. 1830.)  


& the poor & the meek shall have the Gospel preached unto them13

See Matthew 11:5.  


& they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming for it is nigh at hand & they shall learn the Parible of the figg tree for even now already summer is nigh14

See Matthew 24:32. One of JS’s contemporaries recalled that the Mormons “gained many proselytes . . . even among persons of intelligence, who had been filled with vague expectations of a speedy millennium.” (Richardson, Memoirs of Alexander Campbell, 347.)  


& I have sent forth the fullness of my Gospel by the hand of my servent Joseph & in weakness have I blessed him & I have given unto him the Keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mystery of those things which have been sealed even things which was from the foundation of the world & the things which shall come from this time until the time of my coming if he abide in me & if not another will I plant in his stead Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not15

An 1828 revelation reprimanded JS for the loss of the first part of the Book of Mormon manuscript, warning him that if he did not repent, he would “be delivered up & become as other men & have no more gift.” The command here to Rigdon to “watch over” JS acknowledges JS’s gifts but also his fallibility. Similarly, an earlier revelation admonished Oliver Cowdery to “stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be, for the word’s sake. Admonish him in his faults and also receive admonition of him.” (Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3:11]; Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:18–19].)  


& it shall be given by the comforter (the Holy Ghost) Which knoweth all things & a commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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I give unto you that thou shalt write for him & the scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom16

This passage refers to JS’s revision of the Bible, a project he commenced earlier in 1830. By December he had reached Genesis 5. Pursuant to this revelation, Rigdon promptly commenced his scribal labors, writing JS’s dictation of a lengthy expansion of Genesis 5:22–24. (See Old Testament Revision 1, pp. 12–19 [Moses 6:26–8:4].)  


to the salvation of mine own elect for they will hear my voice & shall see me & shall not be asleep & shall abide the day of my coming for they shall be purified even as I am pure17

See Malachi 3:2–3; and 1 John 3:2–3.  


& now I [p. 47]
who believe on my name & whoso shall ask it in my name  in faith they shall cast out Devils they shall heal the sick  they shall cause the blind to receive their sight & the deaf  the to hear & the dumb to speak & the lame to walk7

See Mark 16:17–18. A similar promise was given in Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:13].  


& the time  speedily cometh8

For “the time speedily cometh,” the Ohio Star version has “this speedily cometh.” (“Mormonism,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 5 Jan. 1832, [3].)  


that great things are to be shewn forth unto  the Children of men but without faith not any thing shall  be shewn forth except desolations upon Babylon the same  which has made all Nations drink of the wine of the wrath  of her fornication9

See Revelation 14:8.  


& there are none that do good except they  that are ready to receive the fulness of my Gospel which I have  sent forth to this generation Wherefore I have called upon  the weak things of the world they that are unlearned &  dispised10

See 1 Corinthians 1:27.  


to thresh the Nations by the Power of my spirit  & their arm shall be mine arm & I will be their shield & their  Buckler & I will gird up their loins & they shall fight manf ully for me & their enemies shall be under their feet11

See 1 Corinthians 15:25.  


& I will  let fall the sword in their behalf & by the fire of mine indig nation will I preserve them12

The Ohio Star version has “pursue them.” In August 1830, JS and John Whitmer wrote to the church members in Colesville, New York, “Brethren be not dis-couraged when we tell you of perilous times, for they must shortly come, for the sword, famine, and pestilence are approaching, for there shall be great destructions upon the face of this land . . . and the Lord hath said that a short work will he make of it, and the righteous shall be saved if it be as by fire.” (“Mormonism,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 5 Jan. 1832, [3]; Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 Aug. 1830.)  


& the poor & the meek shall have  the Gospel preached unto them13

See Matthew 11:5.  


& they shall be looking forth  for the time of my coming for it is nigh at hand & they shall  learn the Parible of the figg tree for even now already sum mer is nigh14

See Matthew 24:32. One of JS’s contemporaries recalled that the Mormons “gained many proselytes . . . even among persons of intelligence, who had been filled with vague expectations of a speedy millennium.” (Richardson, Memoirs of Alexander Campbell, 347.)  


& I have sent forth the fullness of the <my> Gospel  by the hand of my servent Joseph & in weakness have I blessed  him & I have given unto him the Keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mystery of  those things which have been sealed even things which was  from the foundation of the world & the things which shall  come from this time until the time of my coming if he  abide in me & if not another will I plant in his stead  Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not15

An 1828 revelation reprimanded JS for the loss of the first part of the Book of Mormon manuscript, warning him that if he did not repent, he would “be delivered up & become as other men & have no more gift.” The command here to Rigdon to “watch over” JS acknowledges JS’s gifts but also his fallibility. Similarly, an earlier revelation admonished Oliver Cowdery to “stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be, for the word’s sake. Admonish him in his faults and also receive admonition of him.” (Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3:11]; Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:18–19].)  


& it shall  be given by the comforter (the Holy Ghost) Which knoweth  all things & a commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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I give unto you that thou  shalt write for him & the scriptures shall be given even as  they are in mine own bosom16

This passage refers to JS’s revision of the Bible, a project he commenced earlier in 1830. By December he had reached Genesis 5. Pursuant to this revelation, Rigdon promptly commenced his scribal labors, writing JS’s dictation of a lengthy expansion of Genesis 5:22–24. (See Old Testament Revision 1, pp. 12–19 [Moses 6:26–8:4].)  


to the salvation of mine  own elect for th[e]y will hear my voice & shall see me &  shall not be asleep & shall abide the day of my coming  for they shall be purified even as I am pure17

See Malachi 3:2–3; and 1 John 3:2–3.  


& now I [p. 47]
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The conversion of Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and others in northeastern 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 fall 1830 transformed the new Church of Christ

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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geographically and demographically. Within a few weeks after missionaries arrived in Ohio, more than one hundred individuals were baptized

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,1

Pratt, Autobiography, 50; Anderson, “Impact of the First Preaching in Ohio,” 478.  


and by the end of December church members in New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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were commanded to move to Ohio.2

See Revelation, 30 Dec. 1830 [D&C 37:2–3]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:32].  


Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, where the first baptisms in Ohio took place, became an important gathering place for church members for the next seven years. The visit of Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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to New York

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only a few weeks after Rigdon’s baptism helped bring about this transition.3

See [Matthew S. Clapp], “Mormonism,” Painesville (OH) Telegraph, 15 Feb. 1831, [1] –[2]; Knight, Reminiscences, 8; and Walter Scott, “Mormon Bible.—No. V,” Evangelist, 1 June 1841, 132–136.  


According to 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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’s history, Rigdon made the trip because he had “much anxiety to see Joseph Smith Jr. the Seer whom the Lord had raised up in these last days.”4

Whitmer, History, 1.  


Rigdon and Partridge arrived in early December 1830, and shortly thereafter JS dictated a revelation for each of them. This revelation, for Rigdon, praised his previous ministerial labors and positioned him as JS’s scribe for JS’s inspired translation

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of the Bible. Rigdon remained in New York with JS for the next two months until they both moved to Ohio.

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