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Revelation, June 1829–D [D&C 16]

CHAPTER XIV.
1 A Revelation given to Peter [Whitmer Jr.], in Fayette, New- York, June, 1829.
HEARKEN my servant Peter, and listen to  the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and  your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with  sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all  the earth, and I will tell you that which no man  knoweth save me and thee alone: for many times  you have desired of me to know that which would  be of the most worth unto you.
2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for  speaking my words which I have given you, accor ding to my commandments:
3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing  which will be of the most worth unto you, will be to  declare repentance unto this people, that you may  bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them  in the kingdom of my Father. Amen [p. 34]
Before either of them knew JS, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer met each other and discussed rumors of the “Gold Bible.” After Cowdery traveled from New York to assist JS in Pennsylania, in April 1829, he wrote letters to Whitmer, informing him of the progress of the Book of Mormon translation. When opposition to JS and his work increased in Harmony, the Whitmers generously offered to let JS and Cowdery stay at their home in Fayette Township, New York, while they completed work on the Book of Mormon.
In his history, JS later described Peter Whitmer Sr.’s sons, David, John, and Peter, as “zealous friends and assistants.” The three Whitmer sons requested guidance, and JS dictated revelations directed to each of them. Portions of these revelations are similar in wording to previous revelations directed to Joseph Knight Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery. This particular revelation is addressed to Peter Whitmer Jr. This text is drawn from the 1833 Book of Commandments.

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