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Revelation, February 1831–A [D&C 43]

Come before you with as Revelations or commandments  & 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 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 of my Church 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. 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—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 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, Ohio. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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