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Revelation, April 1830–B [D&C 23:3]

19th. 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 Commandment to Hyram Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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given at Manchester

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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Ontario County State of New York1

John Whitmer probably created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1. At the time this revelation was dictated, Hyrum Smith and JS were likely at Hyrum’s residence in Palmyra. If this is the case, the revelation originated in Palmyra, not in Manchester.  


Behold I speak unto you Hyram

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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a few words for thou also art under no condemnation & thy heart is opened & thy tongue loosed & thy Calling is to exhortation & to strengthen the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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continually2

Compare Revelations, Apr. 1830–C through E [D&C 23:4–7].  


wherefore thy duty is unto the Church forever & this because of thy family [p. 29]
19th. 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 Commandment to Hyram [Hyrum Smith]

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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given at Manchester

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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Ontario  County State of New York1

John Whitmer probably created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1. At the time this revelation was dictated, Hyrum Smith and JS were likely at Hyrum’s residence in Palmyra. If this is the case, the revelation originated in Palmyra, not in Manchester.  


Behold I speak unto you Hyram

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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a  few words for thou also art under no condemnation & thy  heart is opened & thy tongue loosed & thy Calling is to exhorta tion & to strengthen the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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continually2

Compare Revelations, Apr. 1830–C through E [D&C 23:4–7].  


wherefore thy  duty is unto the Church forever & this because of thy family [p. 29]
Soon after the 6 April 1830 organizational meeting, JS dictated revelations to five individuals who were “anxious to know of the Lord what might be their respective duties” now that the church was formally established.1

JS History, vol. A-1, 38; see also Historical Introduction to Revelation, Apr. 1830–A [D&C 23:1–2].  


This revelation was directed to one of the five, JS’s older brother Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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. Almost a year earlier, Hyrum visited Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Pennsylvania, while JS was translating the Book of Mormon. During that visit JS announced a revelation that instructed Hyrum, “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongues be loosed; then, if you desire you shall have my Spirit, and my word: Yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men: but now hold your peace.”2

Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:21–22].  


During the next year, Hyrum testified as one of the Eight Witnesses to the gold plates

A record engraved on gold plates, which JS translated and published as the Book of Mormon. The text explained that the plates were an abridgement of other ancient records and were written by an American prophet named Mormon and his son Moroni. The plates ...

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, safeguarded the Book of Mormon manuscript during printing, and proofread the printer’s copy of the Book of Mormon.3

Testimony of Eight Witnesses, Late June 1829; John H. Gilbert, Memorandum, 8 Sept. 1892, photocopy, CHL.  


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