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Revelation, April 1829–B [D&C 8]

A Revelation to Oliver [Cowdery] he being desirous to know whether  the Lord would grant him the gift of Revelation & th Translation  given in Harmony Susquehannah Pennsylvania
Oliver Verily Verily I say unto you that as Shuredly  as the Lord liveth which is your God & your Redeemer even  so shure shall ye receive a knowledge of whatsoever things  ye shall ask with an honest heart believeing that ye [p. 12]
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Oliver Cowdery was granted the gift to translate ancient records in an earlier revelation, also dated April 1829. His desire for further clarification resulted in this text.
In the revelation, the phrase “the gift of working with the sprout” appears, possibly describing Cowdery’s use of a divining rod or similar “thing of Nature.” The phrase was later revised to read “the gift of working with the rod” in the 1833 Book of Commandments and ‘the gift of Aaron” in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.
The earliest extant copy of this document, recorded by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1, gives its date as 1829. The 1833 Book of Commandments specifies April 1829.

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