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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 6 August 1833

pattern in all things as it shall be given unto you, and on the third lot shall my servent Hiram 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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receive his inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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and on the first and second lots on the north shall my servents Reynolds Cahoon

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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and Jared Carter

14 June 1801–6 July 1849. Born at Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. Son of Gideon Carter and Johanna Sims. Moved to Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont, by 1810. Married Lydia Ames, 20 Sept. 1823, at Benson. Moved to Chenango, Broome Co., New York, by Jan...

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receive their inheritance that they may do the work which I have appointed unto them to be a committee to build my house

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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according to the 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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which I the Lord God have given unto you and now I give unto you no more at this time.
You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new translation here at kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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for which we will prepare as soon as possible9

JS had completed a “new translation” of the Bible the previous month. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833.)  


here follows another revelation received to day
Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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August 6th 183310

See Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98].  


Verily I say unto you my friends fear not let your heart be comforted yea rejoice ever more &c in every thing give thanks waiting patiently on the Lord for your prayer have entered into the ears of the Lord of sabbath and are recorded with this seal

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted therefor he giveth this promise unto you with an immutable covenant

A binding agreement between two parties, particularly between God and man. The term covenant was often associated with “commandments,” referring to revelation texts. The gospel as preached by JS—including the need for faith, repentance, baptism, and reception...

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that they shall be fulfilled and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord God.
And now verily I say unto you concerning the Laws of the Land it is my will that my peopl should observe to do all things whatsoever I command

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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them and that law of the Land which is constitutional supporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privileges to all mankind and is justifyeble before me therefor I the Lord justifieth you and your brethren of my church in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the Land and as pertaining to law of men whatsoever is more or less then this cometh of evil. I the Lord your God maketh you free therefor you are free indeed and the law also maketh you free nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn wherefor honest men and wise men should be saught for dilligently and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold otherwise whatsoever is less then these cometh of evil and I give unto you a commandment that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that procedeth out forth out of the mouth of God for he will give unto the faithful line upon line precept upon precept and I will try you and prove you herewith and whoso layeth down his life in my cause for my names sake shall find it again even life eternal therefore be not affraid of your enemies for I have decreed in my heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in all things whether you will abide in my covenant even unto death that you may be found worthy for if you will not abide in my covenant ye are not worthy of me therefor renounce war and proclaim peace and seek dilligently to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children and again the hearts of Jews to the prophets and the prophets unto the Jews lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse and all flesh be consumed before me let not your hearts be troubled for in my fathers house are many mansions and I have prepared a place for you and where my father and I am there you shall be also.
Behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in 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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at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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for they do not forsake their sins and their wicked ways the pride of their hearts and their coveteousness and all their detestable things and observe the words of wisdom and eternal life which I have given unto them verily I say unto you that I the Lord will chasten them and will do whatsoever I list if they do not repent and observe all thing whatsoever I have said unto them.
And again I say unto you if ye observe to do whatsoever I command you I the lord will turn away all wrath and indignation from you and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
Now I speak unto you concerning your families if men will smite you or your families once and ye bear it patiently and revile not against them neither seek revenge ye shall be rewarded but if ye bear it not patiently it shall be accounted unto you as being meeted out a just measur unto you. and again if your enemies shall smite you a seccond time and you revile not against your enemies and bear it patiently your reward shall be an hundred fold and again if he shall smite you a third time and ye bear it patiently your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold and these three testamonies shall stand against your enemy if he repent not and shall not be blotted out and now verily I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengence that he be not brougt into Judgment before me then you shall see to it that ye warn him in my name that he come no more upon you either upon your family either your children or your children’s children unto the third and fourth generation and then if he shall come upon you or your children or your childrens children unto the third and forth generation. I have delivered thine enemy into thine hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness and thy children and thy childrens children unto the third and fourth generation nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands and if thou reward him according to his works thou art Justified if he has saught thy life and thy life is endangered by him thine enemy is in thine hands and thou art Justified. Behold this is the Law I gave unto my servant Nephi and thy father Joseph and Jacob and Isaac and Abram and all mine anciett ancient prophets and Apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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and again this is the law that I gave unto mine ancients that they should not go out unto battle against any nation kindred tongue or people save I the Lord Commanded them and if any Nation tongue or people should proclaim war against them they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people Nation or tongue and if that people did not ecept accept the offering of peace neither the seccond nor third time they should bring their testamonies before the Lord then I the Lord would give unto them a commandment and Justify them in going out to battle against that nation tongue or people [p. [3]]
pattern in all things as it shall be given unto you, and on the third  lot shall my servent Hiram [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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receive his inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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and on the first  and second lots on the north shall my servents Reynolds Cahoon

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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and  Jared Carter

14 June 1801–6 July 1849. Born at Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. Son of Gideon Carter and Johanna Sims. Moved to Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont, by 1810. Married Lydia Ames, 20 Sept. 1823, at Benson. Moved to Chenango, Broome Co., New York, by Jan...

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receive their inheritance that they may do the work which  I have appointed unto them to be a committee to build my house

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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 according to the 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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which I the Lord God have given unto  you and now I give unto you no more at this time.
You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new  translation of here at kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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for which we will prepare as soon as possible9

JS had completed a “new translation” of the Bible the previous month. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833.)  


here foll ows another revelation received to day
Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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August 6th 183310

See Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98].  


Verily verily I say unto you my friends fear not let your heart be comforted yea rejoice ever more &c in  every thing give thanks waiting patiently on the Lord for your prayer have entered into the ears of the Lord of sabbath  and are recorded with this seal

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted therefor he  giveth this promise unto you with an immutable covenant

A binding agreement between two parties, particularly between God and man. The term covenant was often associated with “commandments,” referring to revelation texts. The gospel as preached by JS—including the need for faith, repentance, baptism, and reception...

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that they shall be fulfilled and all things wherewith  you have been afflicted shall work togethe[r] for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord God.
And now verily I say unto you concerning the Laws of the Land it is my will that my peopl  should observe to do all things whatsoeve[r] I command

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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them and that law of the Land which is consti[tu]tional11

TEXT: “consti[ink blot]tional”.  


 supporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privileges belongs to all mankind  and is justifyeble before me therefor I the Lord justifieth your and your brethren of my church in bef riending that law which is the constitutional law of the Land and as pertaining to the law of the land men  whatsoev[er] is more or less then this cometh of evil. I the Lord your God maketh you free therefor you are  free indeed and the law also maketh you free nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn wh erefor honest men and wise men should be saught for dilligently and good men and wise men ye  should observe to uphold otherwise whatsoever is less then these cometh of evil and I give unto you a comm andment that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that  procede<th> out of the forth out of the mouth of God for he will give unto the faithful line upon lin[e]  precept upon precept and I will try you and prove you herewith and whoso layeth down  his life in my cause for my names sake shall find it again even life eternal therefore be not  affraid of you[r] enemies for I have decreed in my heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in all  things whether you will abide in my covenant even unto death that you may be found  worthy for if you will not abide in my covena[n]t ye are not worthy of me therefor renounce  war and proclaim peace and seek dilligently to turn the hearts of the children to the  fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children and again the hearts of Jews to the pro phets and the prophets unto the Jews lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse and  all flesh be consumed before me let not your hearts be troubled for in my  fathers house are many mansions and I have prepared a place for you and where  my father and I am there you shall be also.
Behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in the chur[c]h

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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at Kirt land

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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for they do not forsake their sins and their wicked ways the pride of their hearts and  their coveteousness and all their detestable things and observe the words of wisdom and eternal  life which I have given unto them verily I say unto you <that> I the Lord will chasten them and will do  whatsoev[er] I list if they do not repent and observe all thing whatsoev[er] I have said unto them.
And again I say unto you if ye observe to do whatsoev[er] I command you I the lord will  turn away all wrath and indignation from you and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
Now I speak unto you concerning your families if men will smite you or your families once and  ye bear it patiently and revile not against them ye neithe[r] seek revenge ye shall be rewarded but if ye  bear it not patiently it shall be accounted unto you as being meeted out a just measur unto you. and  again if your enemies shall smite you [a]12

TEXT: Hole in paper.  


seccond time and you revile not against your enemies  and bear it patiently your reward shall be an hundred fold and again if he shall smite you a third  time and ye bear it patiently your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold and these13

TEXT: Possibly “there” or “their”.  


three  testamonies shall stand against your enemies enemy if he repent not and shall not be blotted out  and now verily I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengence that he be not brougt  into Judgment before me then you shall see to it that ye warn him in my name that he  come no more upon you neither u either upon your families family eithe[r] your children or yo[u]r  children[’s] children unto the third and fourth generation <and then if he shall come upon you or your children or your childrens children unto the third and forth generation.> I have delivered thine enemy into thine  hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness and thy  children and thy childrens children unto the third and fourth generation nevertheless thine  enemy is in thine hands and if thou reward him according to his works thou art Justified  if he hath has saught thy life and thy life is endangered by him thin[e] enemy is in thine hands  and thou art Justified. Behold this is the Law I gave unto my servant Le Nephi and  thy fath[er] Joseph and Jacob and Isaac and Abram and all mine anciett [ancient] prophets and  Apostl[es]

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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14

TEXT: “Apostl[hole in paper]”.  


and again this is the law of my prophets <that I gave unto mine ancients> that they should not go out <un>to battle  against any nation kindred tongue or people save I the Lord Commanded them and if any  Nation tongue or people should proclaim war against them they should first lift a  standard <of peace> unto that people Nation or tongue and if that people did not ecept [accept]  the offering of peace neithe[r] the seccond nor the third time they should bring thei[r]  testamo[ni]es15

TEXT: “testamo[hole in paper]es”.  


before the Lord then I the Lord would [giv]e16

TEXT: “[Hole in paper]e”. The copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 2 has “give” here. (Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:36].)  


unto them a commandment  and Justify them in going out to battle [ag]ainst17

TEXT: “[Hole in paper]ainst”.  


that nation tongue or people [p. [3]]
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Just before the outbreak of violent confrontations between members of the Church of Christ

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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and other Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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residents in late July 1833,1 Missouri

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...

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church leaders sent two letters to Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio—one from the school of the prophets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

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in Jackson County and one from Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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. The content of those letters, including what they asked of JS and Kirtland leaders, is largely unknown, but they prompted the presidency of the high priesthood

Both the office of the president of the high priesthood and the body comprising the president and his counselors; the presiding body of the church. In November 1831, a revelation directed the appointment of a president of the high priesthood. The individual...

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to write this lengthy epistle, which contains the texts of three revelations along with other brief comments and instructions. JS dictated two of the revelations on 2 August and the third on 6 August 1833. The three revelations were copied into and constitute most of this original letter. Because other contemporaneous versions of each of these three revelations are transcribed earlier in this volume as individual documents with accompanying historical annotation, only the lines in this letter that are not part of a revelation are annotated.2

Significant textual variations between the text presented in this 6 August 1833 letter and the revelations copied in Revelation Book 2 are noted in the annotation for Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97]; Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–B [D&C 94]; and Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98].  


In their letter, members of the school of the prophets in Missouri

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...

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apparently requested that the presidency seek divine revelation regarding their school. The presidency complied and then included in this letter a copy of the resulting revelation, which states, “I the Lord am well pleased that there should be a school in Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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.”3

See also Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:3]. The revelation also indicated that Parley P. Pratt should continue to preside over the school and that the Missouri congregation should construct an edifice for ministerial instruction and “for the salvation of Zion.”  


Likely one or both of the other two revelations inscribed herein responded to issues raised in Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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’s letter. Cowdery was involved with the church’s printing operation in Missouri as an assistant to editor William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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at this time, and in his letter he may have asked the presidency about their plans for the printing establishment

JS revelations, dated 20 July and 1 Aug. 1831, directed establishment of LDS church’s first printing office in Independence, Missouri. Dedicated by Bishop Edward Partridge, 29 May 1832. Located on Lot 76, on Liberty Street just south of courthouse square....

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. One of the revelations copied in this letter called for the construction of two additional church buildings in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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: an administrative “house” for the presidency and a “house” for printing. Cowdery may also have reported on the growing opposition that church members in Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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faced and asked for advice on how to respond to the conflict. The final revelation copied herein provided guidance on how to respond to aggression from enemies and reminded church members to “proclaim peace” and obey the “law of the Land,” though it also described conditions in which violence was justifiable.
The presidency of the high priesthood offered little commentary on these revelations. They did, however, emphasize the obligation of church members in Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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to carry out the same construction program in Missouri

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...

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that the Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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members were required to undertake, including erecting an administrative building for church leadership and a print shop. The presidency also announced their intention to simultaneously issue an edition of the scriptures

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, which would have included JS’s recently completed revision of the Bible, in both Ohio and Missouri.4 The presidency of the high priesthood sent this letter to Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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on 7 August. At this time, the presidency was not aware that violence had already broken out in Jackson County or that church leaders in Missouri, including Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, had already acceded to demands to vacate the county by the beginning of 1834.5

Cowdery arrived in Kirtland two days after this letter was sent. Church leaders and their families were instructed to vacate the county with half of the church population by 1 January 1834, and other church members were to leave by 1 April 1834. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 10 Aug. 1833; Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833; see also Memorandum of Agreement, 23 July 1833, CHL.)  


The implementation of construction and printing plans was postponed indefinitely because of the difficulties leaders and members of the Church of Christ encountered in summer 1833. By the time Partridge received this letter, around the beginning of September, only the third revelation therein was immediately applicable to the Saints in Missouri.

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