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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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family, coming into the Church Historian’s Office in the 1960s.1

Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830, in Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 35:13–18]. The opposite side of this revelation fragment contains a few verses of Revelation, 9 Dec. 1830 [D&C 36].  


Symonds Rider supplied the text to the editor of the Ohio Star (Ravenna), which published it in the 5 January 1832 issue. Rider claimed that he received his version from David Whitmer.2

“Mormonism,” Ohio Star (Ravenna), 5 Jan. 1832, [3]; Symonds Rider, Letter to the Editor, Ohio Star (Ravenna), 29 Dec. 1831, [3].  


The text featured here, the Star version, and the existing portion of the Whitmer version from the Rider family are all similar, with no significant variants.

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