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

that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it, yea and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God; but if it be defiled I will not come into it, and my glory shall not be there, for I will not come into an unholy temple. And now behold if Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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do these things she shall prosper and spread herself and become very glorious very great and very terable, and the nations of the earth shall honor her, and shall say surely Zion is the City of our God, and surely Zion cannot fall neither be removed, out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord is there and he hath sworn by the power of his might, to be her salvation and her high tower: therefore verily thus saith the Lord let Zion rejoice (for this is Zion the pure in heart.) Therefore let Zion rejoice while all the wicked shall mourn, for behold and lo! vengence cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind and who shall escape, it, the Lords scourge shall pass over, by night, and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people, yet it shall not be staid untill the Lord come; for the indignation of the lord is kindled against their abominations, and all their wicked works, nevertheless Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded

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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her, but if she observe not whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilince, with plague with, sword, with vengence, with devouring fire, nevertheless let it be read this once in their ears that I the Lord have accepted of their offering and if she sin no more none of these things shall come upon her, but I will bless her with blessings and multiply a multiplicity of blessings upon her and upon her generations forever and ever saith the Lord your God Amen.
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The second revelation dated 2 August begins at this point. (See Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–B [D&C 94].)  


And again verily I say unto you my friends, a commandment

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I give unto you that ye shall commence a work of laying out and preparing a begining and foundation of the City of the stake

Ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to” or...

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of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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here in the land of 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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; begining at 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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, and behold it must be done according to the pattern which I have given unto you, and let the first lot on the south be consecrated

The dedicating of money, lands, goods, or one’s own life for sacred purposes. Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon referred to some groups having “all things common” economically; the Book of Mormon also referred to individuals who consecrated or dedicated...

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unto me for the building of an house for the presidency

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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, in obtaining revelations and for the work of the ministry of the presidency in all things pertaining to 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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and kingdom; verily I say unto you it shall that it shall be built fifty five by sixty five in the width thereof and in the length thereof in the inner court, and there shall be a lower court and a higher court according to the pattern, which shall be given unto you hereafter; and it shall be dedicated unto the Lord from the foundation thereof according to the order of the priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

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according to the pattern which shall be given unto you hereafter and it shall be wholy dedicated unto the Lord, for the work of the presidency; and ye shall not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, and my glory shall be there, and my presence shall be there, but if there shall come into it any unclean thing my glory shall not be there and my presence shall not come into it.
And again verily I say unto you the second lot on the south shall be dedicated unto me for the work of the printing of the translation of my schriptures, and all things whatsoever I shall command you; and it shall be fifty five by sixty five in the width thereof, and in the length thereof in the inner court, and there shall be a lower and higher court, and this house shall be wholy dedicated unto the Lord from the foundation thereof for the work of the printing in all things whatsoever I shall command you, to be holy and undefiled according to the [p. [2]]
that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it, yea and my pres ence shall be there, for I will come into it and all the pure in heart that  shall come into it shall see God; but if it be defiled I will not come into  it, and my glory shall not be there, for I will not come into an unholy  temple. And now behold if Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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do these things she shall pros per And now behold if Zion do these things and sp[r]ead herself and become very glorious very great and very tera ble, and the nations of the earth shall honor her, and shall say surely  Zion is the City of our God, and surely Zion cannot fall neither be  removed, out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord is  there and he hath sworn by the power of his might, to be her salvati on and her high tower: therefore verily thus saith the Lo[r]d let Zion rejoice (for this is Zion the pure in heart.) Therefore let Zion rejoice  while all the wicked shall mourn, for behold and lo! vengence cometh  speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind and who shall escape, it,  the Lords schourge scourge shall pass over, by night, and by day, and  the report thereof shall vex all people, yet it shall not be staid untill  the Lord come; for the indignation of the <lord>7

TEXT: “lord” inserted in small letters in unknown handwriting; possibly inserted when this revelation was copied into Revelation Book 1.  


is kindled against their abom inations, and all their wicked works, nevertheless Zion shall escape if  she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded

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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her, but if  she observe not whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her acc ording to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilince, with plague  with, sword, with vengence, with devouring fire, nevertheless let it be  read read this once in their ears that I the Lord have accepted of their offering  and if she sin no more none of these things shall come upon her, but  I will bless her with blessings and multiply a multiplicity of blessings  upon her and upon her generations forever and ever saith the Lord your  God Amen.
8

The second revelation dated 2 August begins at this point. (See Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–B [D&C 94].)  


And again verily I say unto <you> my friends, a commandm ent

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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I give unto you that ye shall commence a work of laying out and  preparing a begining and foundation of the City of the stake

Ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to” or...

View Glossary
of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

View Glossary
 here in the land of 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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; begining at 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...

More Info
, and behold it must  be done according to the pattern which I have given you unto you, and  let the first lot on the south be consecrated

The dedicating of money, lands, goods, or one’s own life for sacred purposes. Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon referred to some groups having “all things common” economically; the Book of Mormon also referred to individuals who consecrated or dedicated...

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unto me for the  building of an house for the presidency

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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, in obtaining revelations and  for the work of the ministry of the presidency in all things pertain ing to 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...

View Glossary
and kingdom; verily I say unto you it shall that it  shall be built fifty five by sixty five in the width thereof and in the bread th thereof length thereof in the inner court, and there shall be a lower  and higher court and a higher court according to the pattern, which shall  be given unto you hereafter; and it shall be dedicated unto the Lord for  from the foundation thereof according to the order of the p[r]iesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

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acc ording to the pattern which shall be given you unto you hereafter  and it shall be wholy dedicated unto the Lord, for the work of the pre sidency; and ye shall not suffer any unclean thing to come into it,  and my glory shall be there, and my presence shall be there, but if there  shall come into it any unclean thing my glory shall not be there  and my presence shall not be there come into it. And a
And again verily I say unto you the second lot on the south shall  be dedicated unto me for the work of the printing of the translation  of my schriptures, and all things whatsoever I shall command you;  and it shall be fifty five by sixty five in the width thereof, and in the leng th thereof in the inner court, and there shall be a lower and higher  court, and this house shall be wholy dedicated unto the Lord from the  foundation thereof for the work of the printing in all things whatso ever I shall command you, to be holy and undefiled according to the [p. [2]]
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, and JS; four pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes address, postal markings, and docket.
Bifolium measuring 11⅛ × 9 inches (28 × 23 cm). The document was trifolded twice in letter style, addressed, and sealed with a red adhesive wafer. The letter was later refolded for filing. A docket in the handwriting of Edward Partridge

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reads: “Letter from S. R. | F. G. W. & J. S— | Aug. 1833”. At some point, probably in the twentieth century, “sec 97”, “sec 94”, and “sec 98” were written with a felt-tip pen in purple ink; the first number precedes the first revelation in the letter, the second precedes the second revelation, and the third precedes the third revelation. The numbers correspond to the section numbers of these revelations in Latter-day Saint editions of the Doctrine and Covenants published in 1876 and thereafter. The document has mold staining and has undergone conservation.
This letter, along with other papers belonging to Edward Partridge

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, was in the Partridge family’s possession until at least the mid-1880s, sometime after which it came into the possession of the Church Historian’s Office.1

See Whitney, “Aaronic Priesthood,” 5–6; Partridge, Genealogical Record, 1; and the full bibliographic entry for the Edward Partridge Papers in the CHL catalog.  


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