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Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]

Even as Aaaron to declare faithfully the commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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& the Revelations with power & authority unto the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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& if thou art led at any time by the comforter to speak or teach or at all times by the way of Commandment unto the Church thou mayest do it But thou shalt not write by way of Commandment but by wisdom & thou shalt not command him which is at thy head & at the head of the Church for I have given him the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mysteries of the Revelations which are sealed until I shall appoint unto him another in his stead & now Behold I say unto you that thou shalt go unto the Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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& Preach my Gospel unto them & cause my Church to be established among them & thou shalt have Revelations but write them not by the way of Commandment & Now Behold I say unto you that it is not Revealed & no man knoweth where the City shall be built But it shall be given hereafter Behold I say unto you that it shall be among the Lamanites. thou shalt not leave this place until after the Conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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& my servent Joseph shall be appointed to rule the conference by the voice of it & what he saith to thee that thou shalt tell And again thou shalt take thy Brother Hyram [Hiram Page]

1800–12 Aug. 1852. Physician, farmer. Born in Vermont. Married Catherine Whitmer, 10 Nov. 1825, in Seneca Co., New York. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 11 Apr. 1830, at Seneca Lake,...

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Between him & thee alone & tell him that those things which he hath written from that Stone are not of me & that Satan deceiveth him for Behold those things have not been appointed unto him Neither shall any thing be appointed unto any of this Church contrary to the Church Articles & Covenants

A foundational document presented at the first conference of the church for the approval of church members. The Articles and Covenants included a brief historical prologue, a declaration of beliefs, and a description of the offices, ordinances, and procedures...

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for all things must be done in order & by Common consent in the Church by the prayer of faith & thou shalt settle all these things according to the Covenants of the Church before thou shalt take thy Journey among the Lamanites & it shall be given thee from the time that thou shalt go until the time that thou shalt return what thou shalt do & thou must open thy mouth at all times declaring my Gospel with the sound of Rejoiceing even so amen [p. 41]
Even as Aaaron to declare faithfully the commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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&  the Revelations with power & authority unto the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
& if  thou art led at any time by the comforter to speak or  teach or at all times by the way of Commandment unto  the Church thou mayest do it But thou shalt not write  by way of Commandment unto the Church but by  wisdom & thou shalt not command him which is at thy  head & at the head of the Church for I have given him  the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mysteries of the Revelations which are  sealed until I shall appoint unto him another in his  stead & now Behold I say unto you that thou shalt go unto  the Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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& Preach my Gospel unto them & cause my  Church to be established among them & thou shalt have  Revelations but write them not by the way of Commandment  & Now Behold I say unto you that it is not Revealed & no man  knoweth where the City shall be built But it shall be given  hereafter Behold I say unto you that it shall be among the  Lamanites[.] thou shalt not l[e]ave this place until after the  Conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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& my servent Joseph shall be appointed to rule  the conference by the voice of it & what he saith to thee  that thou shalt tell And again thou shalt take thy  Brother Hyram [Hiram Page]

1800–12 Aug. 1852. Physician, farmer. Born in Vermont. Married Catherine Whitmer, 10 Nov. 1825, in Seneca Co., New York. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Baptized into LDS church by Oliver Cowdery, 11 Apr. 1830, at Seneca Lake,...

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Between him & thee alone & tell him  that those things which he hath written from that Stone  are not of me & that Satan deceiveth him for Behold  those things have not been appointed unto him Neither  shall any thing be appointed unto any of this Church  contrary to the Church Articles & Covenants

A foundational document presented at the first conference of the church for the approval of church members. The Articles and Covenants included a brief historical prologue, a declaration of beliefs, and a description of the offices, ordinances, and procedures...

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for all things  must be done in order & by Common consent in the Church  by the prayer of faith & thou shalt settle all these things  according to the Covenants of the Church before thou shalt  take thy Journey among the Lamanites & it shall be  given thee from the time that thou shalt go until the  time that thou shalt return what thou shalt do & thou  must open thy mouth at all times declaring my  Gospel with the sound of Rejoiceing even so amen [p. 41]
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In 1830, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, Peter Whitmer Jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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, Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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, and Ziba Peterson

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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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

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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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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