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Revelation, 8 August 1831 [D&C 60]

residue which is to come to this Land13

Several elders appointed to travel to Missouri, including Hyrum Smith, John Murdock, David Whitmer, and Harvey Whitlock, had yet to arrive. (Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52]; see, for example, Murdock, Journal, Aug. 1831.)
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Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. CHL.

Behold they have been  sent to preach my gospel among the congregations of the wicked  wherefore I give unto them a commandment Thus thou shalt not  Idle away thy time14

See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:42].  

 
neither shalt thou bury thy tallent that it  may not be known15

See Matthew 25:25.  

 
& after thou hast come up unto the land  of Zion & have proclaimed my word thou shalt speedily return  preaching the word among the congregations not in haste neither  in wrath nor with strife & shake off the dust of thy feet against  those who receive thee not not in their presence lest thou provoke  them but in secret & wash thy feet as a testimony against them  in the day of Judgement16

See Mark 6:11; Luke 10:10–11; and Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:15].  

 
this is sufficient for you & the will of  him who hath sent you & by the mouth of my servent Joseph  it shall be made known concerning sidney & Oliver the residue  hereafter even so amen—— [p. 101]
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On 8 August 1831, JS dictated a revelation instructing “some of the Elders” who had traveled to Missouri to return to Ohio, preaching along the way. These elders had reached Missouri in mid- to late July and participated in the dedication of the land for the building of the city of Zion, the dedication of a temple site,1

JS History, vol. A-1, 126–127, 129, 137, 139.
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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.

and a conference with JS and other leaders.2 “Finding but little or no business for us to accomplish” once this “work” was done, Ezra Booth wrote, “most of us became anxious to return home.”3

Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VI,” Ohio Star (Ravenna), 17 Nov. 1831, [3].  

 
A later JS history recounts that the elders inquired of JS “what they were to do,” and this revelation was the response.4

JS History, vol. A-1, 141.
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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.

The original manuscript of this revelation is not extant. John Whitmer copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1 (which he was keeping in Ohio), probably shortly after the elders returned from Missouri.5

See Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 1, in JSP, MRB:5.  

 
Others present at the time of its dictation may have made personal copies as well; Booth, for example, referenced the revelation in a September letter to Edward Partridge, suggesting that he had his own copy.6

Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VII,” Ohio Star (Ravenna), 24 Nov. 1831, [1].  

 

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