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Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24]

Money & for scrip for thou art called to prune my vineyard  with a mighty pruneing yea even for the last time yea &  also all those which whom thou hast ordained & they shall do even  according to this pattern amen [p. 34]
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A period of intense opposition provided the immediate historical context for this revelation. Following the conference in Fayette Township, New York, held on 9 June 1830, JS returned to Harmony, Pennsylvania. Later that month he traveled to nearby Colesville, 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.’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 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 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 at Harmony. The 1833 Book of Commandments adopted the “July 1830” date, as did the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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