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Revelation, October 1830–A [D&C 32]

Revelation to Parley [P.] Pratt to go to th[e] wilderness
And now concerning my servant Parley behold  I say unto him that as I live I will that he shall  declare my gospel and Learn of me and be [p. 83]
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In connection with the September 1830 conference, revelations instructed several church elders to go west and preach to the American Indians. Early church members often referred to Indians as “Lamanites” because they associated them with a Book of Mormon people identified by that name. Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer Jr. had previously been designated as missionaries (Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]). This revelation, addressed to Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson, directed them to join Cowdery and Whitmer on their mission.
Frederick G. Williams copied this text into Revelation Book 2 in August 1834. A closing textual notation dates the revelation to October 1830 at Manchester, New York. That information does not appear in Revelation Book 1 or in the 1833 Book of Commandments. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants follows the October 1830 dating but does not identify the location.

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