Revelation Book 2
Revelation Book 2
“Book of Revelations,” Revelation Book 2, [ca. Feb. 1832–ca. Nov. 1834]; handwriting ofSidney Rigdon, and an unknown number of unidentified scribes in later redactions only; 121 pages and two inserted leaves; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking. Volume also contains
19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...View Full BioWillard Richardsand William W. Phelps, “Facts left out Re[g]istered herei[n],” Notes for JS History, [
24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...View Full BioThis volume consists of 152 leaves—including three flyleaves in the front, three flyleaves in the back, and two pastedowns—measuring 1115/16 x 7⅝ inches (30 x 19 cm). There are twelve gatherings of twelve leaves each. All but the pastedowns and flyleaves are ruled paper with thirty-four horizontal lines in faded blue-green ink. The text block is sewn all along over recessed cords, and the front and back covers of the volume are pasteboard. The book has a tight-back case binding with a brown calfskin quarter-leather binding. The outside covers are adorned in shell marbled paper, with red and black body and veins of green. The bound volume measures 12¼ x 7⅞ x 15/16 inches (31 x 19 x 2 cm). The front cover of the book is labeled “Book of Revelatio[ns] | <A> | <B>” in black ink. An “A” was written over the inserted “A”. The inserted “B” is written in a formal style that matches the covers of other manuscript volumes in the Church History Library’s holdings.2These may be merchandising notations. A slip of white paper pasted on the spine reads “KIRTLAND REVELATIONS”.
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Record / Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “A Record of the Transactions of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of the Latter Day Saints from the Time of Their Call to the Apostleship Which Was on the 14th Day of Feby. AD 1835,” Feb.–Aug. 1835. In Patriarchal Blessings, 1833–, vol. 2. CHL. CR 500 2.Affixed to the inside front cover is a half-page sheet containing an index of the volume’s contents through manuscript page 47. The partial index, written on cut ruled paper measuring 7¾ × 7⅝ inches (20 × 19 cm), was attached to the inside front cover with an adhesive wafer on each corner. The two upper wafers are now detached. On the verso of the index, “FGW” is written in the upper left-hand corner and a “J”, “I”, or “T” is centered along the top. What appears to be an “L” is written close to the bottom of the page. The index, which was inscribed byThe first fifteen pages contain six revelations, one vision, and one journal-like note, all of which were copied into the book as early as February 1832. These eight items are dated circa March 1831–March 1832 and do not appear in chronological order. Manuscript pages 15–83 contain twenty-two revelations and one song, dated March 1832–December 1833, which are largely in chronological order. Manuscript pages 83–97 contain ten items, dated October 1830–April 1832, which were copied into the volume out of chronological order sometime before summer 1834. Manuscript pages 97–116 contain six items, dated February 1834–November 1834, which are out of chronological order. Manuscript pages 117–120 contain three items dated 1830, 23 February 1831, and June 1829. The first two of these items were copied into the manuscript book at the same time. The final copied revelation is followed by eighty-one blank leaves, three leaves of historical notes, three blank flyleaves, and one final pastedown.Revelation Book 2 was used for the preparation of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants circa 1834–1835 inFar West, Missouri, and then to
Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...More InfoNauvoo, Illinois, and it was not being used to record revelations—it is unknown who had possession of the manuscript book during this time. When compiling JS’s history in 1843,
Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...More Info3
Historian’s Office. Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904. CHL. CR 100 130.Revelation Book 2 is a manuscript book of revelations and other texts copied into the book over a period of almost three years, from as early as February 1832 to late 1834. The February and March 1832 revelations, as well as other documents transcribed on pages 1–19 of Revelation Book 2, were likely copied before JS leftHiram, Ohio, on 1 April 1832 to journey to
Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...More Info4
Minute Book 1 / “Conference A,” 1832–1837. CHL. Also available at josephsmithpapers.org.Ten items within the book (manuscript pages 83–97) are dated between October 1830 and the end of April 1832. While three of the ten had been published previously,Note: At present, the transcript of Revelation Book 2 on this website includes only the original inscriptions, not the later redactions made to the manuscript book to prepare the revelations for publication. A transcript showing the later redactions will eventually be added to this site. Until that time, readers will notice many discrepancies between the images and the transcript. For a transcript that includes the redactions, consult Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books, facsimile ed. (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2009) or Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2011).Except as described in this note, Revelation Book 2 is presented here electronically as a complete record. In contrast, the Documents series presents each revelation separately, placed in chronological order with other documents of various genres. That series includes the earliest and best extant version of each revelation, providing contextual annotation and a historical introduction for each. Readers should consult the Documents series for information about the setting and significance of individual revelations.
- 1 See, for example, JS, Journal, 1835–1836.
- 2 See JS Letterbook 1; Minute Book 1; and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Record.
- 3 “Schedule of Church Records. Nauvoo 1846,” ; “Inventory. Historian’s Office. 4th April 1855,” , Historian’s Office, Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL.
- 4 Minute Book 1, 22 Jan. 1833.
- 5 Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831, in Book of Commandments 43 [D&C 41]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831, in “A Revelation on Prayer, Given October 30, 1831,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Sept. 1832,  [D&C 65]; Revelation, 30 Apr. 1832, in “Items in Addition to the Laws for the Government of the Church of Christ, Given April, 1832,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Jan. 1833,  [D&C 83].
- 6 Revelation, 15 May 1831, was not published in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. (See Revelation Book 2, pp. 91–92.)
Revelation Book 2, also known as “Book of Revelations” or “Kirtland Revelation Book,” is a manuscript book of revelations and other items. Some of these items, such as a revelation toLincoln Haskins, are not found anywhere else.
27 Aug. 1779–10 Dec. 1855. Farmer. Born in Shutesbury, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Son of Nathan Haskins and Phebe Lincoln. Moved to Savoy, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, by Mar. 1802. Married Experience Paine, 12 Apr. 1802, in Savoy. Moved to Nunda, Allegany...View Full BioSome items within Revelation Book 2 contain ink or graphite editing marks made to prepare them for printing in publications such as the 1835–1836 reprint of The Evening and the Morning Star and the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.The first item in the manuscript book, titled “The Vision” and dated 16 February 1832, commands JS andThe first two items in Revelation Book 2 (manuscript pages 1–10) were most likely copied between 16 February 1832, the date the first item bears, and 8 March 1832, the date the third item bears. The revelations on manuscript pages 11–19 were likely copied before JS leftThe next two revelations in the manuscript book (manuscript pages 19–31) are dated August and September 1832, and both are signed by9The next five items (manuscript pages 48–55) were likely copied soon after the dates they bear—late winter and early spring 1833.
Minute Book 1 / “Conference A,” 1832–1837. CHL. Also available at josephsmithpapers.org.10Hyde likely copied these revelations before he left on a proselytizing mission to
Minute Book 1 / “Conference A,” 1832–1837. CHL. Also available at josephsmithpapers.org.Pennsylvaniathe last week of July 1833.
Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...More Info13The revelation following this (manuscript pages 73–83) was likely copied into the manuscript book before being published as a broadsheet circa January 1834.
Cowdery, Oliver. Letterbook, 1833–1838. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.14
Verily, I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted. [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834]. Copy at CHL.The next ten revelations (manuscript pages 83–97) are dated between October 1830 and the end of April 1832 and are not in chronological order. While three of the ten had been published previously (one in the 1833 Book of CommandmentsThe Evening and the Morning StarWhileWilliams, the scribe for all ten revelations, might have coped this portion of the manuscript book in late 1833 or early 1834, internal and external evidence suggests that he copied the revelations following his return from the “Camp of Israel” expedition to
A group of approximately 205 men and about 20 women and children led by JS to Missouri, May–July 1834, to redeem Zion by helping the Saints who had been driven from Jackson County, Missouri, regain their lands; later referred to as “Zion’s Camp.” A 24 February...View GlossaryCowdery,Hyde, andThough space remained, scribes copied no additional revelations into Revelation Book 2. It is unknown why later revelations were not copied or who possessed the book from 1834 to 1843. Revelations of that period were recorded in other places, such as JS’s journals. When working on JS’s history inIn addition to marking corrections, those preparing the items in Revelation Book 2 for publication pinned into the manuscript book slips of paper that contained additions or clarifications to the original text. Two such slips are extant in Revelation Book 2, and they are transcribed as separate leaves where they appear in the manuscript book. Elsewhere in Revelation Book 2, visible pinholes likely mark where additional slips were fastened to the page as texts were copied or prepared for publication.The leaf containing pages 54–55 of JS’s March–September 1838 journal, entitled “Scriptory Book,” was torn from that journal and inserted into Revelation Book 2, probably in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century when revelations from different locations in the Church Historian’s Office were assembled into one collection. That leaf is no longer in Revelation Book 2; it remains separated from the journal and is in the Revelations Collection. The leaf includes two revelations dated 8 July 1838 and is transcribed in its original location in the first volume of the Journals series. A document related to the history-writing effort in
- 1 Revelation, 27 Feb. 1832.
- 2 Note, 8 Mar. 1832.
- 3 See Revelation, 23 April 1834 [D&C 104], Revelation, 24 February 1834 [D&C 103], and Revelation, 28 April 1834.
- 4 For an example of editing marks that were likely made in preparation for the 1835–1836 reprint of The Evening and the Morning Star, see Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76]. For an example of editing marks made in preparation for the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, see Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97].
- 5 The following items herein from Revelation Book 2 were not published in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants: Revelation, 27 Feb. 1832; Revelation, 20 Mar. 1832; Revelation, 25 Dec. 1832 [D&C 87]; Song, 27 Feb. 1833; Revelation, 15 May 1831; Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105]; Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103]; and Revelation, 28 Apr. 1834.
- 6 The following revelations from Revelation Book 2 were published in the Book of Commandments: Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–B [D&C 47]; Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41]; and Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–77].
- 7 The following revelations herein from Revelation Book 2 were first published in the 1844 Doctrine and Covenants: Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105]; and Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103].
- 8 See Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76].
- 9 Minute Book 1, 22 Jan. 1833.
- 10 Minute Book 1, 6 June 1833.
- 11 Coltrin, Diary, 30 July 1833, .
- 12 Sidney Rigdon et al., Kirtland, OH, to Edward Partridge et al., Independence, MO, 6 Aug. 1833, JS Collection, CHL.
- 13 See Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to Warren Cowdery, Freedom, NY, 30 Oct. 1833, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 1–3.
- 14 Verily, I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, [Kirtland, OH: ca. Jan. 1834], copy at CHL [D&C 101].
- 15 Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41] was published as chapter 43 in the Book of Commandments.
- 16 Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65] was published in the September 1832 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star. Revelation, 30 Apr. 1832 [D&C 83] was published in the January 1833 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star.
- 17 See Revelation, 15 May 1831 for the revelation not published in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.
- 18 See Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51].
- 19 Minute Book 1, 24 Sept. 1834; see also Frederick G. Williams, Kirtland, OH, to “Dear Brethren,” Independence, MO, 10 Oct. 1833, in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 58; and F. G. Williams and Company, Account Book, 1.
- 20 See the following herein: Revelation, 23 Apr. 1834 [D&C 104]; Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103]; and Revelation, 28 Apr. 1834.
- 21 See here for an example of a slip of paper that was pinned to the page. A series of pinholes is also visible on manuscript page 69.
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...View Glossary