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Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24]

Things which shall be given thee by the Comforter & thou shalt expound all scriptures unto the 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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& it shall be given thee in the very moment what thou shalt speak & write & they shall hear it or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing for thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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& in this thou shalt have strength be patient in afflictions for thou shalt have many but endure them for Lo! I am with thee even unto the end of thy days & in temporal labo thou shalt not have strength for this is not thy calling attend to thy calling & thou shalt have wherewith to magnify thine Office & to expound all scriptures & continue in the laying on of the hands & confirming

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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the Churches & thy brother Oliver

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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Shall continue in bearing my name before the world & also to the Church & he shall not suppose that he can say enough in my cause & lo! [I] am with him to the end in me he shall have glory & not of himself whether in weakness or in strength whether in bonds or free & at all times & in all places he shall open his mouth & declare my Gospel as with the voice of a Trump both day & night & I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men. require not Miracles except I shall command you except casting [out] Devils healing the sick & against Poisones [poisonous] Serpents & against deadly Poison & these things ye shall not do except it be required of you by them who desire it that the Scriptures might be fulfilled for ye shall do according to that which is written in the Scriptures & in whatsoever place ye shall enter in & they receive you not in my name ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing by casting off the dust of your feet against them as a testimony & cleansing your feet by the wayside & it shall come to pass that whosoever shall lay their hands upon you by violence ye shall command to be smitten in my name & behold I will smite them according to thy words in mine own due time & whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the Law & thou shalt take no purse nor scrip neither staves neither two Coats for the Church shall give unto thee in the verry hour what thou needest for food & for raiment for shoes & for [p. 33]
Things which shall be given thee by the Comforter & thou  shalt expound all scriptures to unto the 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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& it shall be  given thee in the very moment what thou shalt speak &  write & they shall hear it or I will send unto them a cursing  instead of a blessing for thou shalt devote all thy service to in  Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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& in this thou shalt have strength be patient in afflictions  for thou shalt have many but endure them for Lo! I am  with thee even unto the end of thy days & in temporal labo◊◊  thou shalt not have strength for this is not thy calling attend  to thy calling & thou shalt have wherewith to magnify thine  Office & to expound all scriptures & continue in the laying  of on of the hands & confirming

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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the Churches & thy brother Oliver

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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 Shall continue to in bearing my name before the world & also to  the Church & he shall not suppose that he can say enough in  my cause & lo! [I] am with him to the end in me he shall have  glory & not of himself whether in weakness or in strength  whether in bonds on or free & at all times & in all places he  shall open his mouth & declare my Gospel as with the voice  of a Trump both day & night & I will give unto him  strength such as is not known among men[.] require not  Miracles except I shall command you except casting [out] Devils  healing the sick & against Poisones [poisonous] Serpents & against deadly  Poison & these things ye shall not do except it be required of you  by them who desire it that the Scriptures might be fulfilled  for ye shall do according to that which is written in the Scriptures  & in whatsoever place ye shall enter in & they receive you not in  my name ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing by  casting off the dust of your feet against them as a testim ony & cleansing your feet by the wayside & it shall come to  pass that whosoever shall lay their hands upon you by  violence ye shall command to be smitten <in my name> & behold I will  smite them according to their <thy> words in mine own due time  & whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the Law  & thou shalt tak[e] no purse nor scrip neither staves neither  two Coats for the Church shall give unto thee in the verry  hour what thou needest for food & for raiment for shoes & for [p. 33]
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A period of intense opposition provided the immediate historical context for this revelation. Following the conference in Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, New York, held on 9 June 1830, JS returned to Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Pennsylvania. Later that month he traveled to nearby Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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, New York, where hostile neighbors destroyed a dam prepared for baptisms. When the baptisms subsequently took place, JS and others were harassed at Joseph Knight Sr.

3 Nov. 1772–2 Feb. 1847. Farmer, miller. Born at Oakham, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Benjamin Knight and Sarah Crouch. Lived at Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont, by 1780. Married first Polly Peck, 1795, in Windham Co. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge...

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’s home, and JS was arrested for “being a disorderly person.” JS was soon twice acquitted of the charges before returning to Harmony on 30 June 1830. In his history, JS described one more attempt to unite with the believers at Colesville but reported that he was “forced to seek safety from our enemies by flight.”
In the revelation, JS and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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are forgiven unidentified transgressions. Their callings are reconfirmed, and they are promised the Lord’s protection. The revelation also directed the church to provide the necessary temporal support for JS and his family since church leadership required all of his time and energy.
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 “25 Commandment AD 1830,” sometime between March and June 1831. Whitmer initially wrote “1831” and then altered the “1” to “0” and later added “July” to the date. The revelation is directed to JS and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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at Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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. The 1833 Book of Commandments adopted the “July 1830” date, as did the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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