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Revelation, April 1829–A [D&C 6]

sed are ye, for they can do no more unto you than  unto me; and if they do unto you, even as they have  done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell  with me in glory: but if they reject not my words,  which shall be established by the testimony which  shall be given, blessed are they; and then shall ye  have joy in the fruit of your labors.
15 Verily, verily I say unto you, as I said unto  my disciples, where two or three are gathered togeth er in my name, as touching one thing, behold there  will I be in the midst of them: even so am I in the  midst of you. Fear not to do good my sons, for  whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap: there fore, if ye sow good, ye shall also reap good for your  reward:
16 Therefore fear not little flock, do good, let earth  and hell combine against you, for if ye are built up on my Rock, they cannot prevail. Behold I do not  condemn you, go your ways and sin no more: per form with soberness the work which I have com manded you: look unto me in every thought, doubt  not, fear not: behold the wounds which pierced my  side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands  and feet: be faithful; keep my commandments, and  ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven: Amen. [p. 17]
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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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