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Revelation, September 1830–F [D&C 31]

34th Commandment AD 1830
A Revelation to Thomas [B. Marsh] his call to the ministiry &c  gaven at Fayette Seneca County State of New York
Thomas my Son Blessed art thou Be[c]ause of thy faith in  my words Behold thou hast had many afflictions because of thy  family Nevertheless I will bless thee & thy family yea thy little  ones & the day cometh that they will believe & know the  truth & be one with thee in my Church lift up your heart &  rejoice for the hour of your Mishion mission is come & thy  tongue shall be loosed & thou shalt declare glad tidings of  great joy unto this generation thou shalt declare the things  which have been revealed unto my Servent Joseph thou shalt  begin to preach from this time forth yea to Reap in the field  which is white already to be burned Therefore thrust in thy  Sickle with all thy Soul & thy sins are forgiven thee & thou  shalt be laden with sheaves upon thy Back for the labourer is  worthy of his hire Wherefore thy family shall live Behold  Verily I say unto you go from them only for a little time &  declare my word & I will prepare a place for them yea I will  open the hearts of the People & they will Receive thee & I will  establish a church by thy hand & thou shalt strengthen them  & prepare them against the time when the gethering shall  be[.] be patient in afflictions & sufferings revile not against [p. 43]
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This revelation was addressed to Thomas B. Marsh, who first learned of JS and his activities in fall 1829, when he visited Palmyra, New York. While there he saw proof sheets of the Book of Mormon. Favorably impressed by what he heard and saw, he embraced the book’s message, and the following year, in September 1830, he and his wife, Elizabeth, moved their family to Palmyra. After he was baptized into the new church, Marsh was ordained an elder and then sought instruction on what to do next.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “34th Commandment AD 1830,” sometime between March and June 1831. Edward Partridge made a copy of this revelation at the end of 1830 or early in 1831, but only a portion is extant. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to September 1830, as does the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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