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Revelation, April 1829–A [D&C 6]

5 Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above; and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous: therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift, that thou mayest find out mysteries, that thou mayest bring many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, convince them of the error of their ways. Make not thy gift known unto any, save it be those which are of thy faith.— Trifle not with sacred things. If thou wilt do good, yea and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation.
6 Verily, verily I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done, for thou hast inquired of me, and behold as often as thou hast inquired, thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.
7 Behold thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me, and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things, that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth; yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God, that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart: I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee, that the words or the work which thou hast been writing is true:
8 Therefore be diligent, stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be, for the word’s sake. Admonish him in his faults and also receive admonition of him. Be patient; be sober; be temperate; have patience, faith, hope and charity. [p. 15]
5 Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou be cause of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and com eth from above; and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt  know mysteries which are great and marvelous:  therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift, that thou may est find out mysteries, that thou mayest bring many  to the knowledge of the truth; yea, convince them  of the error of their ways. Make not thy gift known  unto any, save it be those which are of thy faith.—  Trifle not with sacred things. If thou wilt do good,  yea and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be  saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest  of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater  than the gift of salvation.
6 Verily, verily I say unto thee, blessed art thou  for what thou hast done, for thou hast inquired of  me, and behold as often as thou hast inquired, thou  hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not  been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place  where thou art at this time.
7 Behold thou knowest that thou hast inquired of  me, and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell  thee these things, that thou mayest know that thou  hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth; yea, I  tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none  else save God, that knowest thy thoughts and the in tents of thy heart: I tell thee these things as a wit ness unto thee, that the words or the work which  thou hast been writing is true:
8 Therefore be diligent, stand by my servant Jo seph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances  he may be, for the word’s sake. Admonish him in  his faults and also receive admonition of him. Be  patient; be sober; be temperate; have patience,  faith, hope and charity. [p. 15]
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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

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’s loss of the 116-page manuscript containing a portion of the text. The work of translation stalled. Oliver Cowdery

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journeyed in company with Samuel Smith

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from the Smith family home in New York

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to Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Pennsylvania, where on 5 April 1829, he joined JS and Emma Smith

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at their residence. Cowdery’s arrival provided JS with a full-time transcriber beginning on 7 April.
Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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received a revelation through JS near the time of his arrival in Harmony. Cowdery later wrote to his friend David Whitmer

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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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