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Revelation, April 1829–D [D&C 9]

no thought, save it was to ask me; but behold I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right, I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you: therefore, you shall feel that it is right; but if it be not right, you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought, that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong: therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred, save it be given you from me.
4 Now if you had known this, you could have translated

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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: nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now. Behold it was expedient when you commenced, but you feared and the time is past, that it is not expedient now: for, do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph sufficient strength, whereby it is made up? and neither of you have I condemned.
5 Do this thing which I have commanded you, and you shall prosper. Be faithful, and yield to no temptation. Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day: Amen. [p. 21]
no thought, save it was to ask me; but behold I say  unto you, that you must study it out in your mind;  then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right,  I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you:  therefore, you shall feel that it is right; but if it be  not right, you shall have no such feelings, but you  shall have a stupor of thought, that shall cause you  to forget the thing which is wrong: therefore, you  cannot write that which is sacred, save it be given  you from me.
4 Now if you had known this, you could have  translated

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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: nevertheless, it is not expedient that you  should translate now. Behold it was expedient  when you commenced, but you feared and the time  is past, that it is not expedient now: for, do you not  behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph  sufficient strength, whereby it is made up? and nei ther of you have I condemned.
5 Do this thing which I have commanded you,  and you shall prosper. Be faithful, and yield to no  temptation. Stand fast in the work wherewith I  have called you, and a hair of your head shall not  be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day:  Amen. [p. 21]
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Although Oliver 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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had been granted the opportunity to translate a portion of the ancient record, his attempt did not turn out as he hoped. The introductory note to the earliest extant partial text of this revelation states that it was given because Cowdery “was desirous to know the reason why he could not translate.” After words of reassurance and counsel, Cowdery was promised that he would yet assist in the translation of other records.
Copied into Revelation Book 1 by John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, this revelation was initially dated 1829. Subsequently, 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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added “April 1829” to the introductory heading. Though Revelation Book 1 provides the earliest text, it is incomplete due to the loss of several pages from the manuscript book. This text is drawn from the 1833 Book of Commandments, “given to Oliver, in 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, April, 1829.”

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