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Revelation, June 1829–A [D&C 14]

CHAPTER XII.
1 A Revelation given to David [Whitmer], in Fayette, New- York, June, 1829.
A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth unto the children of men: behold I am  God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and  powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the  dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might, and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, who soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same  is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me  you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be  opened unto you.
3 Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.—  Keep my commandments in all things, and if you  keep my commandments, and endure to the end,  you shall have eternal life; which gift is the great est of all the gifts of God.
4 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask  the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall  receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance,  that you may stand as a witness of the things of  which you shall both hear and see; and also, that  you may declare repentance unto this generation.
5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the living  God, which created the heavens and the earth; a  light which cannot be hid in darkness: wherefore,  I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the [p. 32]
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David Whitmer arrived in Harmony, Pennsylvania, in spring 1829 as work on the Book of Mormon translation progressed. Lucy Mack Smith later recalled that JS and Oliver Cowdery were in some danger at that time. The Whitmers generously offered to let JS and Cowdery stay at their home in Fayette Township, New York, while they completed work on the Book of Mormon. David, who had previously become friendly with Cowdery, came to provide transportation.
In his history, JS later described David Whitmer and two of his brothers, John and Peter, as “zealous friends and assistants.” JS dictated revelations for these three Whitmers at their request. Portions of these revelations are similar in wording to previous revelations directed to Joseph Knight Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery. This particular revelation is addressed to David Whitmer.
This text is drawn from the 1833 Book of Commandments. An earlier transcription was apparently recorded in Revelation Book 1 on pages that are now missing.

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