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Revelation, October 1830–B [D&C 33]

35 & 36th Commands Commandment AD 1830
A Commandment to Ezra [Thayer] & Northrop [Sweet] th[e]ir call to the  ministery &c given at Fayette Seneca County State of New York
Saying I say unto you Ezra & Northrop open ye your ears  & hearken to the voice of the Lord your God whose word is  quick & powerfull sharper than a twoedged sword to the  dividing asunder of the Joints & marrow Soul & spirit & is  a decerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart for Verily Verily  I say unto you that ye are called to lift up voices as with the  sound of a Trump to declare my Gospel unto a Crooked &  a perverse generation for Behold the field is white already  to harvest & it is the Elvenenth hour & for the last time that I  shall call labouerers into my vineyard & my vineyard has become  corrupted evry whit & there is none that doeth good save it is a few  only <& they do err in many instances because of Priest crafts> all having corrupt minds & Verily Verily I say unto you that  this Church have I established & called forth out of the Wilderness  & even so will I gether mine elect elect from the four quarters  of the Earth even as many as will believe in <on> my name &  hearken unto my voice yea Verily Verily I say unto you that  the field is white already to harvest Wherefore thrust in thy  sickles & reap with all thy mights mind & strength open thy  mouth & it shall be filled & thou shalt become even as  Nephi of old who Journ[ey]ed from Jerusalem in the wilderness  yea open thy mouth & spare not & thou shalt be laden with  Sheaves upon thy Back for lo I am with thee you yea [p. 44]
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Ezra Thayer and Northrop Sweet, to whom this October 1830 revelation was directed, had been members of the church for less than a month at the time. The revelation appointed them to the ministry and provided instruction regarding their preaching. It touched on several themes that pervade the early revelations—the corrupt state of Christendom, the imminence of Jesus’s return, the gathering of the elect, and the restoration of Christ’s church.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “35th Commandment AD 1830,” sometime between March and June 1831. Edward Partridge made a copy of this revelation at the end of 1830 or early in 1831, but only a portion is extant. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to October 1830 at Fayette Township, New York. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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