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Revelation, circa 7 March 1831 [D&C 45]

And in this ye say truly for so it is But these things which I have told you shall not pass away but all shall be fulfilled & this I have told you concerning Jerusalum & when that day shall come shall a remnant be scattered among all Nations but they shall be gethered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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again but they shall remain untill the times of the gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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be fulfelled & in that day shall be heard of wars & rumours of wars & the whole Earth shall be in commotion & mens hearts shall fail them & shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the world & the love of men shall wax cold & inequity shall abound & when the times of the gentiles is come in a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness & it shall be the fulness of my Gospel but they receive it not for they perceive not the light & they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men & in that generation shall the times of the gentiles be fulfilled & there shall be men standing in that generation that shall not pass untill they shall see an overflowing scourge for a desolating sicknes shall cover the land but my Deciples shall stand in Holy places & shall not be moved but among the wicked men shall lift up their voices & curse God & die & there shall be earthqakes also in diverse places & many desolations yet men will harden their hearts against me & they will take up the sword one against another & they will kill one another And now when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my Deciples they were troubled & I said unto them be not troubled for when all these things shall come to pass ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled & when the light shall begin to break forth it shall be with them like unto a Parable which I will shew you ye look & behold the figgtrees & ye see them with your eyes & ye say when they begin to shoot forth & th their leaves are yet tender ye say that summer [p. 73]
And in this ye say truly for so it is But these things  which I have told you shall not pass away but all shall  be fulfilled & this I have told you concerning Jerusalum  & when that day shall come shall a remnant shall a be  scattered among all Nations but they shall be gethered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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 again but they shall remain untill the times of the  gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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be fulfelled & in that day shall be heard of  wars & rumours of wars & the whole Earth shall be in  commotion & mens hearts shall fail them & & shall say  that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the  world & the love of men shall wax cold & inequity shall  abound & when the times of the gentiles shall be is come  in And a light shall break forth among them that sit in  darkness & it shall be the fulness of my Gospel but they  receive it not for they perceive not the light & they turn their  hearts from me because of the precepts of men & in that  generation shall the times of the gentiles be fulfilled &  there shall be men standing in that generation that shall  not pass untill they shall see an overflowing scourge  for a desolating sicknes shall cover the land & shall not be  moved but my Deciples shall stand in Holy places & shall  not be moved but among the wicked men shall lift  up their voices & curse God & die & there shall be earthq akes also in diverse places & many desolations yet men  will harden their hearts against me & they will take  up the sword one against another & they will kill one  another And now when I the Lord had spoken these words  unto my Deciples they were troubled for when all these  things shall come & I said unto them be not troubled for  when all these things shall come to pass ye may know  that the promises which have been made unto you shall  be fulfilled & when the light shall begin to break  forth it shall be with them like unto a Parable which  I will shew you ye look & behold the figgtrees & ye see  them with your eyes & ye say when they begin to shoot  forth & th◊◊◊ [their] leaves are yet tender ye say that summer [p. 73]
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This prophecy, with its thematic focus on “the great day of the Lord” and its depiction of the future glory of the New Jerusalem, was received with joy by the early Saints. It can be seen as shedding additional light on the meaning of Matthew 24. The text offers a solution to the longstanding controversy over how to interpret that chapter by suggesting that some of the predicted events took place in the first century and that others would not occur until the end of time.
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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copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “A Prophecy March 7th 1831,” sometime between March and June 1831. Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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and William E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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also made copies in 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to March 1831 at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the date as 7 March 1831 without giving a location.

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