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Revelation, April 1829–A [D&C 6]

9 Behold thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto  thee because of thy desires, therefore, treasure up  these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent  in keeping the commandments of God, and I will  incircle thee in the arms of my love.
10 Behold I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I  am the same that came unto my own and my own  received me not. I am the light which shineth in  darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
11 Verily, verily I say unto you, if you desire a  further witness, cast your mind upon the night that  you cried unto me in your heart, that you might  know concerning the truth of these things; did I not  speak peace to your mind concering the matter?—  What greater witness can you have than from God?  And now behold, you have received a witness, for  if I have told you things which no man knoweth,  have you not received a witness? And behold I  grant unto you a gift if you desire of me, to trans late even as my servant Joseph.
12 Verily, verily I say unto you, that there are  records which contain much of my gospel, which  have been kept back because of the wickedness of  the people; and now I command you, that if you  have good desires, a desire to lay up treasures for  yourself in heaven, then shall you assist in bringing to  light, with your gift, those parts of my scriptures  which have been hidden because of iniquity.
13 And now behold I give unto you, and also un to my servant Joseph, the keys of this gift, which  shall bring to light this ministry; and in the mouth  of two or three witnesses, shall every word be estab lished.
14 Verily, verily I say unto you, if they reject my  words, and this part of my gospel and ministry, bles [p. 16]
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By April 1829, JS had witnessed a number of hardships and setbacks over the course of the previous year in producing the Book of Mormon translation, including Martin Harris’s loss of the 116-page manuscript containing a portion of the text. The work of translation stalled. Oliver Cowdery journeyed in company with Samuel Smith from the Smith family home in New York to Harmony, Pennsylvania, where on 5 April 1829, he joined JS and Emma Smith at their residence. Cowdery’s arrival provided JS with a full-time transcriber beginning on 7 April.
Cowdery received a revelation through JS near the time of his arrival in Harmony. Cowdery later wrote to his friend David Whitmer that JS had “enquired of the Lord” for him and that the response disclosed “secrets of his life.”
The 1833 Book of Commandments provides the earliest extant version of this revelation, initially produced in April 1829.

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