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Revelation Book 2

Zion, and her law, be executed and fulfilled after her redemp tion. There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for  a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy:  and it shall be manifest unto my servant Joseph by the voice  of the Spirit those who are chosen, and they shall be sanctified;  and inasmuch as they follow the counsels which they receive, they  shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertain ing to Zion.
And again, I say unto you, sue for peace, not only the people  that have smitten you, but also to all people; and lift up an  ensign of peace, and make a proclamation for peace unto the  ends of the earth: and make proposals for peace unto those  who have smitten you, according to the voice of the Spirit which  is in you; and all things shall work together for your good; and be  faithful: and behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end,  even so; Amen.

Revelation, 23 April 1834 [D&C 104]

Oliver Cowdery handwriting ends; Frederick G. Williams begins.  

 
Revelation given April 23d— 1834  appointing to each member of the united firm  their Stewardship
Verily I say unto you my friends I give unto  you council and a commandment concerning  all the properties which belong to the Firm which I  commanded to be established organised and establish ed to be a united firm and an everlasting firm  for the benefit of my church and for the salvation  of men until I come, with promise immutable  and unchangable that inasmuch as those whom  I commanded were faithful they should be blessed  with a multiplicity of blessings. but inasmuch as some of45

TEXT: Orson Hyde possibly made revisions throughout this revelation when he inscribed the latter portion of the revelation, likely reviewing not only his own work, but also that of Frederick G. Williams. The ink flow of this revision appears to match that of Orson Hyde’s other revisions throughout the revelation, suggesting that he wrote all of them at the same time.  

 
 my servants have not kept the commandment but  have broken the covenant by Coviteousness and with  feigned words, I have cursed them with a very soar  and grievous curse, for I the Lord have decreed in my [p. 100]
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“Book of Revelations,” Revelation Book 2, [ca. Feb. 1832–ca. Nov. 1834]; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams, Orson Hyde, Oliver Cowdery, and JS in both original inscription and later redactions; handwriting of William W. Phelps, Sidney Rigdon, and an unknown number of unidentified scribes in later redactions only; 121 pages and two inserted leaves; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking. Volume also contains Willard Richards and William W. Phelps, “Facts left out Re[g]istered herei[n],” Notes for JS History, [Nauvoo, IL], [ca. 1843]; handwriting of Willard Richards and William W. Phelps; 4 pages and one inserted leaf.
This volume consists of 152 leaves—including three flyleaves in the front, three flyleaves in the back, and two pastedowns—measuring 1115/16 x 7⅝ inches (30 x 19 cm). There are twelve gatherings of twelve leaves each. All but the pastedowns and flyleaves are ruled paper with thirty-four horizontal lines in faded blue-green ink. The text block is sewn all along over recessed cords, and the front and back covers of the volume are pasteboard. The book has a tight-back case binding with a brown calfskin quarter-leather binding. The outside covers are adorned in shell marbled paper, with red and black body and veins of green. The bound volume measures 12¼ x 7⅞ x 15/16 inches (31 x 19 x 2 cm). The front cover of the book is labeled “Book of Revelatio[ns] | <A> | <B>” in black ink. An “A” was written over the inserted “A”. The inserted “B” is written in a formal style that matches the covers of other manuscript volumes in the CHL’s holdings.1

See, for example, JS, Journal, 1835–1836.  

 
The inside front cover has “c c/i | pep” or “c c/i | pe/=” written in graphite pencil. Although this notation was written at an unknown time, similar markings appear in at least three other extant volumes.2

See JS Letterbook 1; Minute Book 1; and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Record.
Comprehensive Works Cited

 

 

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Record / Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “A Record of the Transactions of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of the Latter Day Saints from the Time of Their Call to the Apostleship Which Was on the 14th Day of Feby. AD 1835,” Feb.–Aug. 1835. In Patriarchal Blessings, 1833–, vol. 2. CHL.

These may be merchandising notations. A slip of white paper pasted on the spine reads “KIRTLAND REVELATIONS”.
Affixed to the inside front cover is a half-page sheet containing an index of the volume’s contents through manuscript page 47. The partial index, written on cut ruled paper measuring 7¾ × 7⅝ inches (20 × 19 cm), was attached to the inside front cover with an adhesive wafer on each corner. The two upper wafers are now detached. On the verso of the index, “FGW” is written in the upper left-hand corner and a “J”, “I”, or “T” is centered along the top. What appears to be an “L” is written close to the bottom of the page. The index, which was inscribed by Frederick G. Williams, was likely begun before the revelation that begins at the bottom of manuscript page 13 was inscribed. All seven index entries up to that point appear to have been written in one sitting in the same ink flow, while the remaining entries indicate a continually updated index rather than a retrospective index. Williams interlineated the final three index entries (two for manuscript page 33 and one for manuscript page 37) where there was space in the existing text of the index, likely because no space remained at the bottom of the page. Three blank flyleaves follow the index.
The first fifteen pages contain six revelations, one vision, and one journal-like note that were copied into the book as early as February 1832. These eight items are dated circa March 1831–March 1832 and do not appear in chronological order. Manuscript pages 15–83 contain twenty-two revelations and one song, dated March 1832–December 1833, that are largely in chronological order. Manuscript pages 83–97 contain ten items, dated October 1830–April 1832, that were copied into the volume out of chronological order sometime before summer 1834. Manuscript pages 97–116 contain six items, dated February 1834–November 1834, that are out of chronological order. Manuscript pages 117–120 contain three items dated 1830, 23 February 1831, and June 1829. The first two of these items were copied into the manuscript book at the same time. The final copied revelation is followed by eighty-one blank leaves, three leaves of historical notes, three blank flyleaves, and one final pastedown.
Revelation Book 2 was used for the preparation of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants circa 1834–1835 in Kirtland, Ohio. Because there is no known reference to this book in church records from 1836 to 1843—when the church’s headquarters moved from Kirtland to Far West, Missouri, and then to Nauvoo, Illinois, and it was not being used to record revelations—it is unknown who had possession of the manuscript book during this time. When compiling JS’s history in 1843, Willard Richards and William W. Phelps turned the manuscript book upside down and used three blank leaves at the back of the volume for notations about their history-writing effort. The title on the back cover, partially worn off and written in black ink that later turned brown, reflects this usage: “Facts left out | Re[g]istered | herei[n]”. Revelation Book 2 is listed on the Church Historian’s Office 1846 inventory as “Book of ‘Revelations B.’” Subsequent inventories have listed similar titles, indicating continuous custody.3

“Schedule of Church Records. Nauvoo 1846,” [1]; “Inventory. Historian’s Office. 4th April 1855,” [1], Historian’s Office, Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL.
Comprehensive Works Cited

 

 

Historian’s Office. Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904. CHL.

Note: At present, the transcript of Revelation Book 2 on this website includes only the original inscriptions, not the later redactions made to the manuscript book to prepare the revelations for publication. A transcript showing the later redactions will eventually be added to this site. Until that time, readers will notice many discrepancies between the images and the transcript. For a transcript that includes the redactions, consult Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books, facsimile ed. (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2009) or Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2011).
Except as described in this note, Revelation Book 2 is presented here electronically as a complete record. In contrast, the Documents series (multiple volumes forthcoming in print; selections also available on this site) presents each revelation separately, placed in chronological order with other documents of various genres. That series includes the earliest and best extant version of each revelation, providing contextual annotation and a historical introduction for each. Readers should consult the Documents series for information about the setting and significance of individual revelations.

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