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Minutes, 18 March 1833

thus, and again verely I say unto my brethren Sidney

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...

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and Frederick

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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their sins are forgiven them also and they are accounted5

The three earliest complete manuscript versions of this revelation include the word “as” here. (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 168; Revelation Book 2, p. 52 [D&C 90:6].)  


equal in holding the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of this last Kingdom. and again6

Several intervening lines of the revelation were not included in these minutes. The words “and again” were inserted by Frederick G. Williams and are not found in any of the complete manuscript versions of the revelation. (See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:7–12].)  


I give unto you a 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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that you continue in this ministry and presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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and when you have finished the translating7

Instead of “translating,” the manuscript versions of the revelation found in the Newel K. Whitney Papers and Revelation Book 1 have “translation.” The version in Revelation Book 2 has “translations.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 169; Revelation Book 2, p. 53 [D&C 90:13].)  


of the prophets you shall from thenceforth preside over the affairs of 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 the school

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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8

The earliest complete manuscripts of this revelation include the word “and” here. (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 169; Revelation Book 2, p. 53 [D&C 90:14].)  


from time to time as shall be manifest by the comforter9

The manuscript version in the Newel K. Whitney Papers similarly misspells “comforter.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:14].)  


receive revelation to unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom and set in order the church.10

Instead of “church,” the earliest complete manuscripts of this revelation have “churches.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 169; Revelation Book 2, p. 53 [D&C 90:15].)  


Accordingly Bro Joseph proceded to and ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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them by the Laying on of the hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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to be equal with him in holding the Keys of the Kingdom and also to the Presidency of the high Priest hood

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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. After which several exertations were given to faithfulness and obedience to the commandments of God and much useful instruction given for the benefit of the saints with a promise that the pure in heart that were present should see a heavenly vision, and after remaining for a short time in secret prayer the promise was verified to many present having the eyes of their understandings11

See Ephesians 1:18.  


opened so as to behold many things after which the bread and wine was distributed

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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by Bro Joseph after which many of the brethren saw a heavenly vision of the saviour and concourses of angels12

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 6, 325 [1 Nephi 1:8; Alma 36:22]. Zebedee Coltrin later stated that the appearance of Jesus Christ occurred two to three weeks after the School of the Prophets opened. He also described the effect that the vision had on one participant: “After the Father had passed through, Joseph told us to again take our positions in prayer. We did so, and in a very short time he drew our attention and said to us that Bro. Reynolds Cahoon was about to leave us—and told us to look at him. He (Bro. Cahoon) was on his knees, and his arms were extended, his hands and wrists, head, face and neck down to his shoulders were as a piece of amber—clear and transparent, his blood having apparently left his veins. Upon the attention of the brethren being thus called to Bro. Cahoon, the change seemed to pass away and Joseph said that in a few minutes more Bro. Cahoon would have left us; but he came to himself again.” (School of the Prophets Salt Lake City Minutes, 3 Oct. 1883.)  


and many other things of which each one has a reccord of what they saw &c13

Zebedee Coltrin offered a detailed account of this vision of God and Jesus Christ in the minutes of a later meeting in Salt Lake City: “When asked about the kind of clothing the Father had on, Bro. Coltrin said: I did not discover His clothing, for He was surrounded as with a flame of fire, which was so brilliant that I could not discover any thing else but His person. I saw His hands, His legs, his feet, his eyes, nose, mouth, head and body in the shape and form of a perfect man. He sat in a chair as a man would sit in a chair, but His appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in His presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones. The Prophet Joseph said: Brethren now you are prepared to be the Apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the Father and the Son, and know that They exist, and that They are two separate Personages.” (School of the Prophets Salt Lake City Minutes, 3 Oct. 1883.)  


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F G Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Ck PT. pro tempore [p. 17]
thus, and again verely I say unto thy <my> brethren  Sidney

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...

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and Frederick

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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their sins are forgiven  them also and they are accounted5

The three earliest complete manuscript versions of this revelation include the word “as” here. (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 168; Revelation Book 2, p. 52 [D&C 90:6].)  


equal in  holding the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of this <last> Kingdom. and again6

Several intervening lines of the revelation were not included in these minutes. The words “and again” were inserted by Frederick G. Williams and are not found in any of the complete manuscript versions of the revelation. (See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:7–12].)  


 I give unto you a 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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that you  continue in this ministry and presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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 and when you have finished the translating7

Instead of “translating,” the manuscript versions of the revelation found in the Newel K. Whitney Papers and Revelation Book 1 have “translation.” The version in Revelation Book 2 has “translations.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 169; Revelation Book 2, p. 53 [D&C 90:13].)  


 of the prophets you shall from thenceforth  preside over the affairs of 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  the school

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...

View Glossary
8

The earliest complete manuscripts of this revelation include the word “and” here. (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 169; Revelation Book 2, p. 53 [D&C 90:14].)  


from time to time as shall be  manifest by the comfo[r]ter9

The manuscript version in the Newel K. Whitney Papers similarly misspells “comforter.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:14].)  


receive revelation  to unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom and  set in order the church.10

Instead of “church,” the earliest complete manuscripts of this revelation have “churches.” (Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833; Revelation Book 1, p. 169; Revelation Book 2, p. 53 [D&C 90:15].)  


Accordingly Bro  Joseph proceded to and ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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them  by the Laying on of the hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

View Glossary
to be equal  with him in holding the Keys of the Kingdom  and also to the Presidency of the high Priest  hood

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...

View Glossary
. After which several exertations  were given to faithfulness and obedience  to the commandments of God and much  useful instruction given for the benefit  of the saints with a promise that the pure  in heart that were present should see a  heavenly vision, and after remaining for  a short time in secret prayer the promise  was verified to many present having the  eyes of their understanding<s>11

See Ephesians 1:18.  


opened so as  to behold many things afte[r] which the  bread and wine was distributed

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

View Glossary
by Bro  Joseph after which many of the brethren  saw a heavenly vision of the saviour  and concourses of angels12

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 6, 325 [1 Nephi 1:8; Alma 36:22]. Zebedee Coltrin later stated that the appearance of Jesus Christ occurred two to three weeks after the School of the Prophets opened. He also described the effect that the vision had on one participant: “After the Father had passed through, Joseph told us to again take our positions in prayer. We did so, and in a very short time he drew our attention and said to us that Bro. Reynolds Cahoon was about to leave us—and told us to look at him. He (Bro. Cahoon) was on his knees, and his arms were extended, his hands and wrists, head, face and neck down to his shoulders were as a piece of amber—clear and transparent, his blood having apparently left his veins. Upon the attention of the brethren being thus called to Bro. Cahoon, the change seemed to pass away and Joseph said that in a few minutes more Bro. Cahoon would have left us; but he came to himself again.” (School of the Prophets Salt Lake City Minutes, 3 Oct. 1883.)  


and many othe[r]  thing[s] of which each one has a reccord  of what they saw &c13

Zebedee Coltrin offered a detailed account of this vision of God and Jesus Christ in the minutes of a later meeting in Salt Lake City: “When asked about the kind of clothing the Father had on, Bro. Coltrin said: I did not discover His clothing, for He was surrounded as with a flame of fire, which was so brilliant that I could not discover any thing else but His person. I saw His hands, His legs, his feet, his eyes, nose, mouth, head and body in the shape and form of a perfect man. He sat in a chair as a man would sit in a chair, but His appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in His presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones. The Prophet Joseph said: Brethren now you are prepared to be the Apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the Father and the Son, and know that They exist, and that They are two separate Personages.” (School of the Prophets Salt Lake City Minutes, 3 Oct. 1883.)  


——
<F G Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Ck PT. [pro tempore]> [p. 17]
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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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, Geauga Co., OH, 18 Mar. 1833. Featured version copied [between 4 June and ca. 6 June 1833] in Minute Book 1, pp. 16–17; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.

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