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Revelation, September 1830–E [D&C 30:9–11]

33 Commandment

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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AD 1830
A Revelation to 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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his call to the Ministery &c given at Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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Seneca County State of New York1

John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  


Behold I say unto John

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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that thou shalt commence from this time forth to proclaim my Gospel as with the voice of a Trump & thy Labour shall be at thy Brother Philips. Philip Burroughs’s

1794–25 July 1865. Farmer. Born in New Jersey. Son of Jonathan Burroughs and Mercy Edington. Served in War of 1812. Married Anna Parker, 12 Mar. 1815, in Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Moved to Junius, Seneca Co., by 1819. Moved to Seneca Falls, Seneca Co...

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It is unclear whether Burroughs was baptized into the church. According to a 12 March 1831 letter from an unidentified group of Palmyra citizens, Burroughs had previously been one of the principal “men of property” among the Mormons but by that time had “refused” to “obey Jo any longer.” Burroughs’s wife, however, seems to have joined the church and continued as a member. (Palmyra, NY, 12 Mar. 1831, Letter to the Editor, Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 22 Mar. 1831, [2]; Samuel Smith, Journal, 24 Apr. 1832.)  


& in that region round about yea wheresoever thou canst be heard until I command thee to go from hence & thy whole Labour shall be in my Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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with all thy Soul from henceforth yea thou shalt ever open thy mouth in my cause not fearing what man can do for I a with thee even so amen [p. 43]
33 Commandment

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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AD 183[0]
A Revelation to 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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his call to the Ministery give &c  given at Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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Seneca County State of New York1

John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  


Behold I say unto John

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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that thou shalt commence  from this time forth to proclaim my Gospel as with the  voice of a Trump & thy Labour shall be at thy Brother  Philips. [Philip Burroughs’s]

1794–25 July 1865. Farmer. Born in New Jersey. Son of Jonathan Burroughs and Mercy Edington. Served in War of 1812. Married Anna Parker, 12 Mar. 1815, in Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Moved to Junius, Seneca Co., by 1819. Moved to Seneca Falls, Seneca Co...

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It is unclear whether Burroughs was baptized into the church. According to a 12 March 1831 letter from an unidentified group of Palmyra citizens, Burroughs had previously been one of the principal “men of property” among the Mormons but by that time had “refused” to “obey Jo any longer.” Burroughs’s wife, however, seems to have joined the church and continued as a member. (Palmyra, NY, 12 Mar. 1831, Letter to the Editor, Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 22 Mar. 1831, [2]; Samuel Smith, Journal, 24 Apr. 1832.)  


& in that region round about yea wheresoever thou  canst be heard until I command thee to go from hence  & thy whole Labour shall be in my Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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with all thy  Soul from henceforth yea thou shalt ever open thy mouth  in my cause not fearing what man can do for I a  with thee even so amen [p. 43]
Revelation, Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, Seneca Co., NY, to 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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, [Sept.] 1830. Featured version, titled “33 Commandment AD 1830,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, p. 43; handwriting of 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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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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