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Revelation, February 1831–A [D&C 43]

Come before you as Revelations or 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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& this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me for Verily I say unto you that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate & be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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as I have told you before to teach those Revelations which you have received & shall receive through him whom I have appointed— & now Behold I give unto you a commandment that when ye are assembled yourselves together ye shall note with a Pen how to act, & for my Church to act upon the points of my law & commandments which I have given & thus it shall become a law unto you being Sanctified by that which ye have received that ye shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before me that in as much as ye do this glory shall be added to the Kingdom which ye have received, inasmuch as ye do it not it shall be taken even that which ye have received, purge ye out the iniquity which is among you Sanctify yourselves before me & if ye desire the glories of the Kingdom appoint ye my Servent & uphold him before me by the prayer of faith & again I say unto you that if you desire the mysteries of the Kingdom provide for him food & raiment & whatsoever thing he needeth to accomplish the work which I have commanded him & if ye do it not he shall remain unto them that have received him that I may reserve unto myself a pure People before me—
Again I say hearken ye Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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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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whom I have appointed ye are not sent forth to be taught but to teach the Children of men the things which I have put in your hands by the power of my Spirit & ye are to be taught from on high Sanctify yourselves & ye shall be endowed with power that ye may give even as I have spoken hearken ye for Behold the great day of the Lord is nigh at hand for the day cometh that the Lord shall utter his voice out of [p. 68]
Come before you with as Revelations or 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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 & this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that  you may know they are not of me for Verily I say unto  you that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the  gate & be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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as I have told you before to teach those  Revelations which you have received & shall receive  through him whom I have appointed— & now Behold  I give unto you a commandment that when ye are  assembled yourselves together ye shall note with a  Pen how to act, & for my Church to act upon  the points of my law & commandments which I have  given & thus it shall become a law unto you being  Sanctified by that which ye have received that ye  shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before  me that in as much as ye do this glory shall be  ad[d]ed to the Kingdom which ye have received, inasmuch  as ye do it not it shall be taken even that which  ye have received, purge ye out the iniquity which  is among you Sanctify yourselves before me & if ye  desire the glories of the Kingdom appoint ye my  Servent & uphold him before me by the prayer of faith  & again I say unto you that if you desire the mysteries  of the Kingdom provide for him food & raiment &  whatsoever is thing he needeth to accomplish the work  which I have commanded him & if ye do it not he shall  remain unto them that have received him that I may  reserve unto myself a pure People before me—
Again I say hearken ye Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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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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whom I  have appointed ye are not sent forth to be taught but to  teach the Children of men the things which I have put  in your hands by the power of my Spirit & ye are  to be taught from on high Sanctify yourselves & ye  shall be endowed with power from on high that ye  may give even as I have spoken hearken ye for  Behold the great day of the Lord is nigh at hand for the  day cometh that the Lord shall utter his voice out of [p. 68]
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In February 1831, a “Mrs. Hubble” (likely Laura Fuller Hubbell) claimed to have received divine communications and shared them with church members in Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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. At this early stage the church lacked widely disseminated guidelines regarding prophetic authority. As others made claims similar to Hubble’s, JS prayed about the matter.
The ensuing revelation reiterated the message given in response to a similar episode involving Hiram Page

1800–12 Aug. 1852. Physician, farmer. Born in Vermont. Married Catherine Whitmer, 10 Nov. 1825, in Seneca Co., New York. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 11 Apr. 1830, at Seneca Lake,...

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—that JS should be the only one to receive revelations for the church as a society or institution (Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]). It also elaborated on the themes of the end of days and the second coming of Christ.
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 “45th Commandment AD1831,” sometime between March and June 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to February 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. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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