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Revelation, June 1829–A [D&C 14]

CHAPTER XII.
1 A Revelation given to David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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, in Fayette

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, June, 1829.1

Because the page or pages in Revelation Book 1 that apparently contained this revelation are missing, it is unknown whether this heading was included in Revelation Book 1 or was added by the editors of the Book of Commandments.  


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: therefore, 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 everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, whosoever 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

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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.—2

The revelation’s wording to this point is quite similar to that of the opening paragraphs of Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:1–6]; Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:1–6]; and Revelation, May 1829–B [D&C 12:1–6].  


Keep my commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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in all things, and if you keep my commandments, and endure to the end, you shall have eternal life; which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.3

See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:13].  


4 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name,4

See John 16:23; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 491 [3 Nephi 18:20].  


in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost,5

See Matthew 3:11–16; Acts 1:5, 2:38; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 119–120 [2 Nephi 31:8–17].  


which giveth utterance,6

See Acts 2:4; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 112 [2 Nephi 28:4].  


that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see;7

An earlier revelation stated that three “witnesses” would see the gold plates; this statement may have anticipated the invitation to Whitmer to be one of the three. (Revelation, Mar. 1829 [D&C 5:11–14]; Testimony of Three Witnesses, Late June 1829; see also Revelation, June 1829–E [D&C 17]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 548 [Ether 5:2–4].)  


and also, that you may declare repentance unto this generation.
5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the living God,8

See Matthew 16:16.  


which created the heavens and the earth;9

See Genesis 1:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473 [3 Nephi 9:15].  


a light which cannot be hid in darkness:10

See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:21], which states, “I am the light which shineth in darkness”; see also Matthew 5:14; 1 Timothy 5:25; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:14]; and Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:11].  


wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel11

The phrase “fulness of my gospel” does not appear in the Bible. It is repeated several times in two separate places in the third book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 487–488, 498 [3 Nephi 16:10, 12; 20:28, 30].)  


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CHAPTER XII.
1 A Revelation given to David [Whitmer]

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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, in Fayette

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, June, 1829.1

Because the page or pages in Revelation Book 1 that apparently contained this revelation are missing, it is unknown whether this heading was included in Revelation Book 1 or was added by the editors of the Book of Commandments.  


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

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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.—2

The revelation’s wording to this point is quite similar to that of the opening paragraphs of Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:1–6]; Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:1–6]; and Revelation, May 1829–B [D&C 12:1–6].  


 Keep my commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

View Glossary
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.3

See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:13].  


4 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask  the Father in my name,4

See John 16:23; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 491 [3 Nephi 18:20].  


in faith believing, you shall  receive the Holy Ghost,5

See Matthew 3:11–16; Acts 1:5, 2:38; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 119–120 [2 Nephi 31:8–17].  


which giveth utterance,6

See Acts 2:4; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 112 [2 Nephi 28:4].  


 that you may stand as a witness of the things of  which you shall both hear and see;7

An earlier revelation stated that three “witnesses” would see the gold plates; this statement may have anticipated the invitation to Whitmer to be one of the three. (Revelation, Mar. 1829 [D&C 5:11–14]; Testimony of Three Witnesses, Late June 1829; see also Revelation, June 1829–E [D&C 17]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 548 [Ether 5:2–4].)  


and also, that  you may declare repentance unto this generation.
5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the living  God,8

See Matthew 16:16.  


which created the heavens and the earth;9

See Genesis 1:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473 [3 Nephi 9:15].  


a  light which cannot be hid in darkness:10

See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:21], which states, “I am the light which shineth in darkness”; see also Matthew 5:14; 1 Timothy 5:25; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:14]; and Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:11].  


wherefore,  I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel11

The phrase “fulness of my gospel” does not appear in the Bible. It is repeated several times in two separate places in the third book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 487–488, 498 [3 Nephi 16:10, 12; 20:28, 30].)  


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Revelation, 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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, Seneca Co., NY, to David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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, June 1829. Featured version, titled “Chapter XII,” typeset [between 1 Nov. 1832 and ca. early 1833] for Book of Commandments, 32–33. 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 revelation [ca. Mar. 1831] into Revelation Book 1, but the page or pages on which it was copied were removed at some point from that volume and are no longer extant.1

See Revelation Book 1, p. [207].  


The version found in the Book of Commandments and featured below is the earliest extant version. For more complete source information, see the source note for the Book of Commandments.

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