Revelation, circa 2 November 1831 [D&C 67]
Revelation, [Hiram Township, OH], ca. 2 Nov. 1831. Featured version, titled “71 Revelation given Nov 2nd. 1831,” copied [ca. Nov. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 114–115; handwriting of
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 InfoJohn Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.
27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...View Full Bio
At a 1–2 November 1831conferencethat discussed the publication of the Book of Commandments, JS “received” a “testimony of the witnesses to the book of the Lord’s
A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...View Glossarycommandments.”
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...View Glossaryelderssigned the statement and, by so doing, testified that the Holy Ghost had “born record” that the revelations “are given by inspiration of God & are profitable for all men & are verily true.”
A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...View GlossaryThe original manuscript of this revelation is not extant, butJohn Whitmerdated it 2 November when he copied it into Revelation Book 1, likely sometime before his departure for
27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...View Full BioMissourion 20 November 1831.minutes for proceedings of the conference on 1 November, the minutes for 2 November do not specifically mention dictation of a revelation, leaving open the possibility that this revelation could be the one referred to in the 1 November minutes as coming after JS “asked the conference what testimony they were willing to attach to these commandments.” According to the minutes, several elders “arose and said that they were willing to testify to the world that they knew that they were of the Lord.” Thereafter, a revelation was “received relative to the same”—perhaps this revelation, despite its being dated 2 November.preface to the Book of Commandments on 1 November, “some conversation was had concerning Revelations and language.” The history then presents this revelation as following that conversation.
Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...More Info
- 1 JS History, vol. A-1, 162. For additional information on this conference, see Minutes, 1–2 Nov. 1831.
- 2 Testimony, ca. 2 Nov. 1831.
- 3 Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:24].
- 4 See Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 1; Whitmer, History 38.
- 5 Minutes, 1–2 Nov. 1831.
- 6 JS History, vol. A-1, 161.
- 7 It is possible that Whitmer simply made an error in dating the document—either because he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1 on 2 November or because he remembered the date of its dictation incorrectly. It is also possible that the JS history is referencing a different revelation.