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Testimony, circa 2 November 1831

<73 Revelation>
The Testimony of the witnesses to the Book of the Lords comm andments which he gave to his church through Joseph Smith Jr  who was appointed by the vos [voice] of the Church for this purpose
We the undersigners feel willing to bear testimony to all  the world of mankind to every creature upon all the face of  all the Earth upon the Islands of the Sea that god hath  born record to our souls through the Holy Ghost shed forth  upon us that these commandments are given by inspiration  of God & are profitable for all men & are verily true we  give this testimony unto the world the Lord being my  helper & it is through the grace of God the father & his Son  Jesus Christ that we are permitted to have this privelege of  bearing this testimony unto the world in the which we rejoice  exceedingly by praying the Lord always that the children of  men may be profited thereby Amen
Sidney Rigdon
Joshua Fairchild Orson Hyde
Peter Dustin Wm.. E. Mc.lel[l]in
Newel Knight Luke Johnson
Levi Hancock<; never to be eraised>Lyman Johnson
Thomas B MarshReynolds Cahoon
John Corrill
Parley [P.] Pratt
Harv[e]y Whitlock
Lyman Wight
John Murdock
Calvin Beebe
Zebedee Coltrin
[p. 121]
During the first half of November 1831, JS held a series of conference meetings in Hiram, Ohio, at which the primary business was planning the publication of a compilation of revelations. JS intended to append this testimony of eighteen witnesses to the volume, just as he had published witness statements in the Book of Mormon. He copied from a text bearing the signatures of the Ohio signatories. After he carried the book to Missouri, other men added their signatures to the copy in the book.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “73 Revelation,” and dated it to 1 November 1831 at Hiram, Ohio. He copied from a text bearing the signatures of the Ohio signatories. After he carried the book to Missouri, other men added their signatures to the copy in the book.

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