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Revelation, July 1830–B [D&C 26]

26th Commandment AD 1830
A Revelation to Joseph Oliver [Cowdery] & John [Whitmer] given at Harmony  Susquehannah County State of Pennsylvania
Behold I say unto you that ye shall let your time  be devoted to the studying the Scriptures & to preaching &  to confirming the Church at Colesvill & to performing  thy labours on the Land such as is required until after  ye shall go to the west to hold the next conference  then it shall be made known what thou shalt do &  all things shall be done by common consent in the  Church by much prayer & faith for all things ye  shall receive by faith & thus it is amen [p. 34]
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 (now Oakland), Pennsylvania. Later that month, he traveled to nearby Colesville (now Afton), New York, where angry 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.” Twice acquitted of the charges, JS returned 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.”
This revelation directed JS to devote his time to the study of the Bible, counsel that may be related to his revision of the Bible, a project he began sometime after June 1830. In addition, the revelation instructed JS to proceed with the confirmations of Saints baptized earlier in Colesville.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “26th Commandment AD 1830,” sometime between March and June 1831. The revelation is directed to JS, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer at Harmony. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates the document to “July 1830,” as does the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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