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Revelation, September 1830–A [D&C 29]

Die as to the temporal death untill I the Lord God  should send forth Angels to declare unto them Repent ance & redemption through faith on the name of mine  only begotten Son & thus did I the Lord God appoint  unto man the days of his probation that by his natural  death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal  life even as many as would believe on my name & they  that believe not unto eternal damnation for they cannot  be redeemed from their spiritual fall Because they  repent not for they love darkness more than light &  their deeds are evil & they receive their wages of whom  they list to obey But Behold I say unto you that little  children are redeemed from the foundation of the word world  through mine only begotten Wherefore they cannot  sin for power is not given to Satan to tempt little children  until they begin to be accountable before me for it is given  unto them even as I will according to mine own will  pleasure that great things may be required at the  hand of their fathers & again I say unto you that  whoso having knowledge have not I commanded to  Repent & he that hath no understanding it remaineth  in me to do according as it is written & now behold  I declare no more unto you at this time amen [p. 40]
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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.

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