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Revelation, 8 August 1831 [D&C 60]

631

John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

 
Commandment
given in  Missorie Jackson County Independence August 8th. 1831  directions to some of the Elders to return to their homes  & & own land &c &c2

This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it at the time he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  

 
Behold thus saith the Lord unto the Elders of this Church who are to  return speedily to the land from whence they came behold it  pleaseth me that you have come up hither but with some  I am not well pleased for they will not open their mouths  but hide the tallent which I have given <unto> them because of  the fear of man3

Ezra Booth, who traveled to Missouri at this time but later left the church, recounted, “For more than two weeks, while I remained there [in Missouri], the disposition of the Elders appeared to be averse to preaching.” (Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. V,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 10 Nov. 1831, [3].)
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Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

wo unto such for mine anger is kindelled  against them & it shall come to pass if they are not more  faithfull unto me it shall be taken away even that which  they have4

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 565 [Ether 12:35].
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The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

for I the Lord ruleth in the heavens above & among  the armies of the Earth5

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 115 [2 Nephi 29:7].
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The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

And in the day when I shall make  up my Jewels6

See Malachi 3:17.  

 
all men shall know what it is that bespeak eth the power of God but verily I will speak unto you  concerning your Journey unto the Land from whence you  came let there be a craft made or bought as seemeth  you good it mattereth not unto me7

A 1 August 1831 revelation states, “It is not meet that I should command in all things for he that is compelled in all things the same is a slothfull & not a wise Servent.” (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:26].)  

 
& take your Journey  speedily for the place which is called St. Lewis.8

On the trip to Independence in June, JS and his companions went on foot from St. Louis, Missouri, parallel to the eastward-flowing Missouri River. On their return trip, they could more easily travel downriver to St. Louis by water. Ezra Booth later recollected that he and one other elder were given the task of “procuring the means of conveyance down the river.” JS and others began their return to Ohio in canoes. (JS History, vol. A-1, 126, 142; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. V,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 10 Nov. 1831, [3]; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831.)
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JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). CHL. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

& from thence  let my Servent Sidney [Rigdon] & Joseph & Oliver [Cowdery] take their Journey for  Cincinnati9

JS visited Cincinnati on the way to Independence and met there with Walter Scott of the reformed Baptist movement. (JS History, vol. A-1, 126.)
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JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). CHL. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

& in this place let them lift up their voice &  declare my word with loud voices without wrath or doubting  lifting up holy hands upon them10

See 1 Timothy 2:8.  

 
for I am able to make  you holy & your sins are forgiven you & let the residue  take their Journey from St. Lowis two by two & preach the  word not in haste among the congregations of the wicked untill  they return to the churches from whence they came & all this  for the good of the churches for this intent have I sent them & let  my servent Edward [Partridge] impart of the money which I have given him  a portion unto mine Elders which are commanded to return11

As the church’s bishop, Partridge was in charge of administering funds from church members who consecrated their property to the church. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:35–36]; Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–33].)  

 
&  he that is able let him return it by the way of the agent12

Sidney Gilbert, who was traveling to Ohio with the others.  

 
& he  that is not of him it is not required And now I speak of the [p. 100]
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Revelation, Independence, Jackson Co., MO, 8 Aug. 1831. Featured version, titled “63 Commandment given in Missorie Jackson County Independence August 8th. 1831,” copied [ca. Sept. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 100–101; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions.

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