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Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18]

38 Wherefore you shall testify they are of me, and not of man; for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you:
39 For they are given by my Spirit

A right or privilege bestowed through the confirmation ordinance. Individuals were confirmed members of the church and received the gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands. The Book of Mormon explained that remission of sins requires not only...

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unto you:
40 And by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power, you could not have them:
41 Wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.
42 And now behold I give unto you, 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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, and also unto David

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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, that you shall search out the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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which shall have the desires of which I have spoken; and by their desires and their works, you shall know them:
43 And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.
44 And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name:
45 And you must preach unto the world, saying, you must repent and be baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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in the name of Jesus Christ:
46 For all men must repent and be baptized; and not only men, but women and children, which have arriven to the years of accountability.
47 And now, after that you have received this, you must 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:
48 And by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance; and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father:
49 Wherefore the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.
50 And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments, you cannot be saved [p. 38]
38 Wherefore you shall testify they are of me,  and not of man; for it is my voice which speaketh  them unto you:
39 For they are given by my Spirit

A right or privilege bestowed through the confirmation ordinance. Individuals were confirmed members of the church and received the gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands. The Book of Mormon explained that remission of sins requires not only...

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unto you:
40 And by my power you can read them one to  another; and save it were by my power, you could  not have them:20
41 Wherefore you can testify that you have heard  my voice, and know my words.
42 And now behold I give unto you, 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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, and  also unto David

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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, that you shall search out the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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 which shall have the desires of which I have spoken;  and by their desires and their works, you shall know  them:21

The immediacy of this statement suggests that Cowdery and Whitmer were to choose the twelve soon. It appears, however, that they may not have called disciples immediately.  


43 And when you have found them you shall  show these things unto them.
44 And you shall fall down and worship the Fa ther in my name:
45 And you must preach unto the world, saying,  you must repent and be baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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in the name of Je sus Christ:
46 For all men must repent and be baptized; and  not only men, but women and children, which have  arriven to the years of accountability.22

The Book of Mormon denounces infant baptism. A later revelation indicated that children reached the “years of accountability” and could be baptized at age eight. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 581–582 [Moroni 8:8–22]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A, in Revelation Book 1, p. 114.)  


47 And now, after that you have received this,  you must 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:
48 And by your hands I will work a marvelous  work among the children of men, unto the convin cing of many of their sins, that they may come unto  repentance; and that they may come unto the king dom of my Father:
49 Wherefore the blessings which I give unto you  are above all things.
50 And after that you have received this, if you  keep not my commandments, you cannot be saved [p. 38]
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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 Oliver Cowdery

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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, 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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, and the future twelve disciples, June 1829. Featured version, titled “Chapter XV,” typeset [ca. early 1833] for Book of Commandments, 34–39. 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 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 information, see the source note for the Book of Commandments.

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