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Revelation, circa 8 March 1831–B [D&C 47]

50th Commandment March 8th. 1831
Given 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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Geauga Ohio— given to 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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in consequence of not feeling reconsiled to write at the request of Joseph without a commandment &c
Behold it is expedient that my servent John

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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should write & keep a regulal [regular] history & assist my servent Joseph in Transcribing all things which shall be given him And again verily I say unto you that ye can also lift [p. 79]
50th Commandment March 8th. 18311

In dating this revelation, Revelation Book 2 lists “March 7th. 1831” while the Book of Commandments simply has “March 1831.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 12; Book of Commandments 50.)  


Given 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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Geauga Ohio— given to 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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in consequenc[e] of not feeling reconsiled to write at the request of Joseph with[o]ut  a commandment &c2

John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1. In Revelation Book 2, a partial table of contents on a sheet attached to its frontispiece describes this revelation as “A Revelation to John Whitmer calling him to be a hystorian to the church.” (Revelation Book 2, Index, [1].)  


Behold it is expedient that my servent John

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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should write  & keep a regulal [regular] history & assist my servent Joseph in  Transcribing all things which shall be given him3

On 8 March 1831 or soon thereafter John Whitmer began “transcribing” (that is, copying) JS’s translation of the Old Testament while JS and Sidney Rigdon moved on to the New Testament, as they had been commanded in a revelation dictated a short time before. (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 586; Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:60–61]; New Testament Revision 1, p. 1.)  


And  again verily I say unto you that ye can can also lift [p. 79]
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Revelation, Kirtland Township

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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, OH, to 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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, ca. 8 Mar. 1831. Featured version, titled “50th Commandment March 8th. 1831,” copied [between ca. Mar. and June 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 79–80; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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