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Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]

Even as Aaaron to declare faithfully the commandments &  the Revelations with power & authority unto the Church & 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 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 & 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 & 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] 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 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, 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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