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Revelation, circa Summer 1829 [D&C 19]

mighty power, that you confess your sins, lest you  suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of  which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree  you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit.6

Lucy Mack Smith later wrote that when Harris announced the loss of the initial manuscript pages of the Book of Mormon translation, JS said, “Have you broken your oath and brought down condemnation upon my head as well as your own?” (Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, bk. 7, [6]; see also Historical Introduction to Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3].)
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Smith, Lucy Mack. History, 1844–1845. 18 books. CHL. Also available in Lavina Fielding Anderson, ed., Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2001).

22 And I command

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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you, that you preach nought  but repentance; and show not these things,7

A number of JS’s revelations contain a caveat that they not be shown to unbelievers. (See, for example, Revelation, Spring 1829 [D&C 10:35–37]; Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1:42]; and Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831, in Doctrine and Covenants 100:6, 1835 ed. [D&C 133:60].)
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Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints: Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. Compiled by Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams. Kirtland, OH: F. G. Williams, 1835.

neither  speak these things unto the world, for they can not  bear meat, but milk they must receive:8

See 1 Corinthians 3:1–3; and Hebrews 5:11–14.  

 
23 Wherefore, they must not know these things  lest they perish:
24 Wherefore, learn of me, and listen to my words;  walk in the meekness of my Spirit and you shall  have peace in me, Jesus Christ by the will of the  Father.
25 And again: I command you, that thou shalt  not covet thy neighbor’s wife.9

See Exodus 20:17. Lucy Harris, after she was estranged from Martin, insinuated publicly that he had carried on an illicit relationship with the wife of Daniel Haggard, who was living on his property at the time. (Lucy Harris, Statement, Palmyra, NY, 29 Nov. 1833, in Howe, Mormonism Unvailed, 256–257.)
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Howe, Eber D. Mormonism Unvailed: Or, A Faithful Account of That Singular Imposition and Delusion, from Its Rise to the Present Time. With Sketches of the Characters of Its Propagators, and a Full Detail of the Manner in Which the Famous Golden Bible Was Brought before the World. To Which Are Added, Inquiries into the Probability That the Historical Part of the Said Bible Was Written by One Solomon Spalding, More Than Twenty Years Ago, and by Him Intended to Have Been Published as a Romance. Painesville, OH: By the author, 1834.

26 Nor seek thy neighbor’s life.
27 And again: I command you, that thou shalt  not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to  the printing of the book of Mormon, which contains  the truth and the word of God,10

The copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 1 originally read, “which contains the word of God.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 27 [D&C 19:26].)
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Revelation Book 1 / “A Book of Commandments and Revelations of the Lord Given to Joseph the Seer and Others by the Inspiration of God and Gift and Power of the Holy Ghost Which Beareth Re[c]ord of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost Which Is One God Infinite and Eternal World without End Amen,” 1831–1835. CHL.

which is my word to  Gentile

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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, that soon it may go to the Jew, of which  the Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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are a remnant; that they may be lieve the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come  which has already come.
28 And again: I command you, that thou shalt  pray vocally as well as to thyself:
29 Yea, before the world as well as in secret; in  public as well as in private.
30 And thou shalt declare glad tidings; yea, pub lish it upon the mountains, and upon every high  place, and among every people which thou shalt be  permitted to see.11

See Isaiah 52:7.  

 
31 And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting  in me, reviling not against revilers. [p. 41]
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Revelation, Manchester Township

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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, Ontario Co., NY, to Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s Landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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, [ca. summer 1829, though possibly Mar. 1830]. Featured version, titled “Chapter XVI,” typeset [ca. early 1833] for Book of Commandments, 39–42. 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 revelation [ca. Mar. 1831] into Revelation Book 1, but the pages on which the first part of the revelation was copied were removed at some point from that volume and are no longer extant.1

See Revelation Book 1, pp. 27–28, [207].
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Revelation Book 1 / “A Book of Commandments and Revelations of the Lord Given to Joseph the Seer and Others by the Inspiration of God and Gift and Power of the Holy Ghost Which Beareth Re[c]ord of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost Which Is One God Infinite and Eternal World without End Amen,” 1831–1835. CHL.

The version found in the Book of Commandments and featured below is the earliest complete, extant version. For more information, see the source note for the Book of Commandments.

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