Revelation, September 1830–A [D&C 29]

Spiritual & Temperally firstly spiritual secondly temporally  which is the Begining of my work & again firstly temporal &  secondly spiritual which is the last of my work speaking unto  you that ye may naturally understand but unto myself my  work hath no end neither begining But it is given unto you  that ye may understand because ye have asked it of me & are  agreed Wherefore Verily I say unto you that all things unto  me are Spiritual & not at any time have I given unto you  a law which was temporal neither any man nor the childern  of men Neither Adam your father whom I created Behold  I give <gave> unto him that he should be an agent unto himself  & I gave unto him a commandment but no temporal Com mandment gave I unto him for my commandments are spi ritual they are not Natural nor temporal neither carnal  nor sensual & it came to pass that Adam being tempted  of the Devil for Behold the Devil was before Adam for  he rebelled against me saying give me thine honour  which is my Power & also a third part of the host of  Heaven turned he away from me Because of their agency  & they were thrust down & thus came the Devil & his Angels  & Behold a place prepared for them which place is Hell &  it came to pass Must needs be that the Devil should tempt  the children of men or they could not be agents unto  themselves for if they never should have bitter they could  not k[n]ow the Sweet Wherefore it came to pass that the Devil  tempted Adam & he partook of the forbiden fruit & trans gressed the commandment wherein he became subject to  the will of the Devil Because he yielded unto temptation  Wherefore I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out  from the Garden of Edan from my presence because of  his transgression Wherein he became spiritually dead  which death is the first death even that same death which is  the last death which is spiritual which shall be pronoun ced upon the wicked which shall be when I shall say  depart ye Cursed But Behold I say unto you that I the Lord  God gave unto Adam & unto his seed that they should not [p. 39]
This revelation added an American setting to the concept of a literal gathering of Israel. (The Book of Mormon had already indicated that a New Jerusalem was to be built somewhere on the American continent.) Much of this revelation focuses on the implications of a “gathering” in regard to the end of the world and Jesus’ second coming. Disagreements among some church members over the nature of Adam’s fall apparently precipitated the revelation.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1 as “29th Commandment AD 1830” sometime between March and June 1831. Subsequently, Oliver Cowdery added “September” to the date. The 1833 Book of Commandments assigns the date of September 1830, as does the1835 Doctrine and Covenants. Orson Hyde also recorded a copy into his notebook of revelations, perhaps in early 1832.