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Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24]

Things which shall be given thee by the Comforter7

JS’s principal writings in this period were revelations. By fall 1830, his revision of the Bible was under way. (See Historical Introduction to Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1].)  


& 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 Churches9

See Acts 15:41. The church’s founding “Articles and Covenants” directed the elders to confirm the church members by “the laying on of the hands” and “the giving of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:43].)  


& 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 Church10

Shortly after this revelation, Cowdery left Pennsylvania and moved in with the Whitmers in Fayette, New York. (JS History, vol. A-1, 50.)  


& he shall not suppose that he can say enough in my cause & lo! I11

A later redaction in unknown handwriting inserted “I”; John Whitmer possibly misinterpreted an “I” as an exclamation point when he copied this revelation into Revelation Book 1. All published versions of the revelation have “and lo I am” with no exclamation point. (Book of Commandments 25:19; Doctrine and Covenants 9:5, 1835 ed. [D&C 24:10].)  


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 Poison12

See Mark 16:17–18.  


& 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 wayside13

See Matthew 10:14–15; and Acts 13:51.  


& 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 time14

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 533 [Mormon 8:18–19].  


& 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 Comforter7

JS’s principal writings in this period were revelations. By fall 1830, his revision of the Bible was under way. (See Historical Introduction to Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1].)  


& 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◊◊8

TEXT: Possibly “labors” or “labor”.  


 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...

View Glossary
the Churches9

See Acts 15:41. The church’s founding “Articles and Covenants” directed the elders to confirm the church members by “the laying on of the hands” and “the giving of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:43].)  


& 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 Church10

Shortly after this revelation, Cowdery left Pennsylvania and moved in with the Whitmers in Fayette, New York. (JS History, vol. A-1, 50.)  


& he shall not suppose that he can say enough in  my cause & lo! [I]11

A later redaction in unknown handwriting inserted “I”; John Whitmer possibly misinterpreted an “I” as an exclamation point when he copied this revelation into Revelation Book 1. All published versions of the revelation have “and lo I am” with no exclamation point. (Book of Commandments 25:19; Doctrine and Covenants 9:5, 1835 ed. [D&C 24:10].)  


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  Poison12

See Mark 16:17–18.  


& 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 wayside13

See Matthew 10:14–15; and Acts 13:51.  


& 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 time14

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 533 [Mormon 8:18–19].  


 & 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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Revelation, Harmony Township

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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, Susquehanna Co., PA, to JS, July 1830. Featured version, titled “25th. Commandment AD July 1830,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 32–34; handwriting of 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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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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