Revelation, 8 March 1833 [D&C 90]

This revelation marked an important step in the development of the church’s principal governing council, the First Presidency. A March 1832 revelation had indicated that JS was to be assisted by two counselors; that same month he ordained Jesse Gause and Sidney Rigdon. This revelation directed that JS’s current counselors, Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams (who had replaced Gause), be made equal with him in holding the keys of the kingdom and directing church affairs.
Williams recorded a copy of this revelation, perhaps from the original dictation copy, as early as March 1833. The text is designated “A Commandment given unto Joseph.” Williams also recorded the text in Revelation Book 2 about the same time with the designation “Revelation given Kirtland 8th March 1833.” Oliver Cowdery later copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included the text with a date of 8 March 1833 but did not give a location.