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Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]

30 Commandment AD 1831 [1830]
A Revelation to Oliver [Cowdery] his Call to the Lamanitse &c  given at Fayette Seneca County State of New York
Behold I say unto you Oliver that it shall be given  thee that thou shalt be heard by the Church in all things  Whatsoever thou shalt teach <them> by the Comforter concerning  the Revelations & commandments which I have given  But Behold Verily Verily I say unto you no one shall  be appointed to Receive commandments & Revelations  in this Church excepting my Servent Joseph for he  Receiveth them even as Moses & thou shalt be obed ient unto the things which I shall give unto him [p. 40]
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In 1830, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, and Ziba Peterson were commissioned to go west and preach among 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. Cowdery was also given additional instructions concerning his church leadership responsibilities in relationship to JS. He had recently challenged JS’s authority by questioning wording found in the “Articles and Covenants” of the church. This revelation reminded him that JS alone was appointed to receive commandments and revelations for the church.
In a related matter, the revelation also established the procedure for the church’s acceptance of a new revelation, due to church member Hiram Page’s claim to divine illumination. The convention of “order,” “common consent,” and adherence to the church’s Articles and Covenants were advanced as protocols.
John Whitmer copied the text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “30 Commandment AD 1831,” sometime between March and June 1831. The revelation was also published in December 1831 in two Ohio newspapers, the Ravenna Ohio Star and the Painesville Telegraph. The 1833 Book of Commandments assigns a date of September 1830, as does the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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