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Revelation, between circa 8 and circa 24 March 1832

Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servent Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and Joseph I reveal unto you for your own prophet profit and instruction concerning the Bishops

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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of my church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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what is their duty in the church behold it is their duty to stand in the office of their Bishoprick

Initially referred to a bishop’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but eventually described the ecclesiastical body comprising the bishop and his assistants, or counselors. John Corrill and Isaac Morley were called as assistants to Bishop Edward Partridge in 1831...

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and to fill the judgement seat1

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:14–18].  


which I have appointed unto them to administer the benefits of the church or the overpluss of all who are in their stewardships

One who managed property and goods under the law of consecration; also someone given a specific ecclesiastical responsibility. According to the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” members of the church were to make donations to the bishop, who would record the...

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according to the Commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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2

The process of consecrating property and receiving back a stewardship was explained in a February 1831 revelation known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ.” In addition, a November 1831 revelation instructed that those who had been appointed “stewards over the revelations” should be supported from “the profits” of their stewardship. If any surplus remained after taking care of their necessities, it was to be deposited into the church storehouse. (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–38, 71–72]; Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:3–8].)  


as they are severly appointed and the property or that which they receive of the church is not their own but belongeth to the church wherefore it is the property of the Lord and it is for the poor of the church to be administered according to the law3

That is, the “Laws of the Church of Christ.”  


for it is the will of the Lord that the church should be made equal in all things wherefore the bishops are accountable before the Lord for their stewardships to administer of their stewardship in the which they are appointed by commandment jointly with you my servents4

A 1 March 1832 revelation stated that the “time [had] come” for the church to organize its “Literary and Merchantile establishments” into “a perminent and everlasting establishment and firm.” When this firm was organized in April 1832, a revelation declared that those in the firm (among whom were Bishop Edward Partridge, Bishop Newel K. Whitney, JS, Rigdon, and others) were “bound together . . . in your several Stewartships to manage the literary & Mercantile concerns & the Bishoprick both in the Land of Zion & in the Land of Kirtland.” (Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:3–4, 9]; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:11–12].)  


unto the Lord as well as you my servents or the rest of the church that the benefits of all may be dedicated unto the Lord that the Lords storehouse

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The book of Malachi directed the house of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

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may be filled always that ye may all grow in temporal as well as spiritual things5

A 12 November 1831 revelation commanded members of the church, “In all your temporal things you shall be equal in all things & this not grudgeingly otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the spirit shall be withheld.” (Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:14].)  


and now verily I say unto you the bishops must needs be seperated unto their bishoppricks and judgement seats from care of business6

This commandment reiterated an injunction in a 4 February 1831 revelation directing Edward Partridge to “leave his merchandise & spend all his time in the labours of the Church.” One historian records that, despite this commandment, Newel K. Whitney “did not leave his merchandise but continued operating his store to support himself and his family.” (Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41:9]; Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 242.)  


but not from claim neither from council wherefore I have given unto you commandment that you should be joined together by covenent and bond7

See Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:11].  


wherefore see that ye do even as I have Commanded and unto the office of the presidency of the high Priesthood

Both the office of the president of the high priesthood and the body comprising the president and his counselors; the presiding body of the church. In November 1831, a revelation directed the appointment of a president of the high priesthood. The individual...

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I have given authority to preside with the assistence of his councellers8

JS was ordained president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832 at a conference in Amherst, Ohio. On 8 March 1832, JS appointed Jesse Gause and Rigdon “to be my councillers of the ministry of the presidency of th[e] high Pristhood.” Here, the phrase “office of the presidency of the high Priesthood” apparently refers to just the office of the president. (“History of Orson Pratt,” 12, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL; Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Note, 8 Mar. 1832.)  


over all the Concerns of the church wherefore stand ye fast claim your Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

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in authority yet in meekness and I am able to make you abound and be fruitfull and you shall never fall9

See 2 Peter 1:8–10.  


for unto you I have given the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the kingdom10

See Matthew 16:19; see also Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; and Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2].  


and if you transgress not they shall never be taken from you,11

An 11 September 1831 revelation proclaimed, “I have given unto you the Kingdom & the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my Servent Joseph while he liveth in-as-much as he obeyeth mine ordinances.” Likewise, a 30 October 1831 revelation declared, “The keys of the kingdom of God is committed unto man on the Earth.” (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2].)  


wherefore feed my sheep12

See John 21:15–17.  


even so amen [p. [1]]
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servent Sidney [Rigdon]

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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 and Joseph I reveal unto you for your own prophet [profit] and  instruction concerning the Bishops

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

View Glossary
of my church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
what is  their duty in the church behold it is their duty to stand in the  office of their Bishoprick

Initially referred to a bishop’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but eventually described the ecclesiastical body comprising the bishop and his assistants, or counselors. John Corrill and Isaac Morley were called as assistants to Bishop Edward Partridge in 1831...

View Glossary
and to fill the judgement seat1

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:14–18].  


 which I have appointed unto them to and to administer  the benefits of the church or the overpluss of all who  are in their stewardships

One who managed property and goods under the law of consecration; also someone given a specific ecclesiastical responsibility. According to the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” members of the church were to make donations to the bishop, who would record the...

View Glossary
according to the Commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

View Glossary
2

The process of consecrating property and receiving back a stewardship was explained in a February 1831 revelation known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ.” In addition, a November 1831 revelation instructed that those who had been appointed “stewards over the revelations” should be supported from “the profits” of their stewardship. If any surplus remained after taking care of their necessities, it was to be deposited into the church storehouse. (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–38, 71–72]; Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:3–8].)  


 as they are severly appointed and the property or that  which they receive of the church is not their own but belongeth  to the church wherefore it is the property of the Lord and  it is for the poor of the church to be administered acc ording to the law3

That is, the “Laws of the Church of Christ.”  


for it is the will of the Lord that the  church should be made equal in all things wherefore the  bishops are accountable before the Lord for their stewardships  to administer of their stewardship in the which they are  appointed by commandment jointly with you my servents4

A 1 March 1832 revelation stated that the “time [had] come” for the church to organize its “Literary and Merchantile establishments” into “a perminent and everlasting establishment and firm.” When this firm was organized in April 1832, a revelation declared that those in the firm (among whom were Bishop Edward Partridge, Bishop Newel K. Whitney, JS, Rigdon, and others) were “bound together . . . in your several Stewartships to manage the literary & Mercantile concerns & the Bishoprick both in the Land of Zion & in the Land of Kirtland.” (Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:3–4, 9]; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:11–12].)  


 under <unto> the Lord as well as you my servents or the rest of  the church that the benefits of all may be dedicated unto  the Lord that the Lords storehouse

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The book of Malachi directed the house of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

View Glossary
may be filled always that  ye may all grow in temporal as well as spiritual things5

A 12 November 1831 revelation commanded members of the church, “In all your temporal things you shall be equal in all things & this not grudgeingly otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the spirit shall be withheld.” (Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:14].)  


 and now verily I say unto you the bishops must needs  be seperated unto their bishoppricks and judgement seats  from care of business6

This commandment reiterated an injunction in a 4 February 1831 revelation directing Edward Partridge to “leave his merchandise & spend all his time in the labours of the Church.” One historian records that, despite this commandment, Newel K. Whitney “did not leave his merchandise but continued operating his store to support himself and his family.” (Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41:9]; Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 242.)  


but not from claim neither from coun cil wherefore I have given unto you commandment that you  should be joined together by covenent and bond7

See Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:11].  


wherefore see that  ye do even as I have Commanded and unto the office of the  presidency of the high Priesthood

Both the office of the president of the high priesthood and the body comprising the president and his counselors; the presiding body of the church. In November 1831, a revelation directed the appointment of a president of the high priesthood. The individual...

View Glossary
I have given authority to  preside with the assistence of his councellers8

JS was ordained president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832 at a conference in Amherst, Ohio. On 8 March 1832, JS appointed Jesse Gause and Rigdon “to be my councillers of the ministry of the presidency of th[e] high Pristhood.” Here, the phrase “office of the presidency of the high Priesthood” apparently refers to just the office of the president. (“History of Orson Pratt,” 12, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL; Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Note, 8 Mar. 1832.)  


over all the  Concerns of the church wherefore stand ye fast claim your  Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

View Glossary
in authority yet in meekness and I am able to  make you abound and be fruitfull and you shall never fall9

See 2 Peter 1:8–10.  


 for unto you I have given the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

View Glossary
of the kingdom10

See Matthew 16:19; see also Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; and Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2].  


and if you  transgress not they shall never be taken from you,11

An 11 September 1831 revelation proclaimed, “I have given unto you the Kingdom & the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my Servent Joseph while he liveth in-as-much as he obeyeth mine ordinances.” Likewise, a 30 October 1831 revelation declared, “The keys of the kingdom of God is committed unto man on the Earth.” (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2].)  


wherefore  feed my sheep12

See John 21:15–17.  


even so amen [p. [1]]
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Revelation, [between ca. 8 and ca. 24 Mar. 1832]. Featured version copied [ca. Mar. 1832]; handwriting of Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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; one page; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes docket and archival marking.
One leaf. The uneven left edge of the recto indicates the leaf was cut from a book. The excised leaf measures 12½ × 7⅝ inches (32 × 19 cm). The leaf was later folded for filing and bears two dockets in graphite by Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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: “Duty of Bishops

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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| To Joseph & Sidney

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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| m” and “Duty of Bishops & c | To Joseph & Sidney | march 1832”. The first docket is overwritten by the second.
This document and several other revelations, along with many other personal and institutional documents kept by Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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, were inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. This collection was passed down in the Groo family and donated by members of the family to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University during the period 1969–1974.1

Andrus et al., “Register of the Newel Kimball Whitney Papers, 1825–1906,” 5–6.  


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