Revelation, April 1829–A [D&C 6]

1 A Revelation to Oliver [Cowdery], given in Harmony,  Pennsylvania, April, 1829, when employed a  scribe for Joseph, while translating the book of  Mormon.
A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth unto the children of men: behold I am  God, and give heed unto my word, which is quick  and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to  the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow:—  Therefore give heed unto my words.
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, whoso ever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is  called of God; therefore, if you will ask of me you  shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened  unto you.
3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you,  keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and  establish the cause of Zion: seek not for riches but  for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall  be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made  rich. Behold he that hath eternal life is rich.
4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire  of me, so shall it be unto you; and, if you desire,  you shall be the means of doing much good in this  generation. Say nothing but repentance unto this  generation; keep my commandments and assist to  bring forth my work according to my command ments, and you shall be blessed. [p. 14]
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.