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Revelation, 15 March 1833 [D&C 92]

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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15th March 1833—
Verely thus saith the Lord I give unto the united firm

An organization that supervised the management of church enterprises and properties from 1832 to 1834. In March and April 1832, revelations directed that the church’s publishing and mercantile endeavors be organized. In accordance with this direction, the...

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organized agreeable to the commandment previously given1 a revelation & commandment concerning my servant 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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that ye shall receive him into the firm2

In Minute Book 1, Williams expanded on this statement, writing that this revelation indicated he “should be received into the United firm in full partnership agreeable to the specification of the bond.” The “bond” refers to the covenant, or legal agreement, that William W. Phelps and Sidney Gilbert were assigned to draft the day after the United Firm was constituted. The founding members of the firm entered into this agreement, which enabled them to act as equal trustees of the church’s financial resources. The bond is not extant and its exact wording is unknown, but it seems to have had both religious and legal elements. The revelation dictated by JS on 26 April 1832 offers some insight into the content of the bond and Williams’s understanding of his new role as a member of the United Firm. The revelation states: “I give unto you this commandment that ye bind yourselves by this covenant & it shall be done according to the Laws of the Land behold here is wisdom also in me for your good & you are to be equal or in other words you are to have equal claims on the properties” and to seek “the interest of his neighbour & doing al[l] things with an eye single to the glory of God.” (Note, 15 Mar. 1833; Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:15–17, 19].)  


what I say unto one I say unto all.3

See Mark 13:37; Luke 7:8; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 255 [Alma 12:5].  


and again I say unto you my servent 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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thou shalt be a lively member in this firm and inas much as thou art faithful in keeping all former commandments thou shalt be blessed for ever Amen—— [p. 55]
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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15th March 1833—
Verely thus saith the Lord I give unto the united firm

An organization that supervised the management of church enterprises and properties from 1832 to 1834. In March and April 1832, revelations directed that the church’s publishing and mercantile endeavors be organized. In accordance with this direction, the...

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 organized agreeable to the commandment previously  given1 a revelation & commandment concerning  my servant 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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that ye shall r[e]ceive him into  the firm2

In Minute Book 1, Williams expanded on this statement, writing that this revelation indicated he “should be received into the United firm in full partnership agreeable to the specification of the bond.” The “bond” refers to the covenant, or legal agreement, that William W. Phelps and Sidney Gilbert were assigned to draft the day after the United Firm was constituted. The founding members of the firm entered into this agreement, which enabled them to act as equal trustees of the church’s financial resources. The bond is not extant and its exact wording is unknown, but it seems to have had both religious and legal elements. The revelation dictated by JS on 26 April 1832 offers some insight into the content of the bond and Williams’s understanding of his new role as a member of the United Firm. The revelation states: “I give unto you this commandment that ye bind yourselves by this covenant & it shall be done according to the Laws of the Land behold here is wisdom also in me for your good & you are to be equal or in other words you are to have equal claims on the properties” and to seek “the interest of his neighbour & doing al[l] things with an eye single to the glory of God.” (Note, 15 Mar. 1833; Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:15–17, 19].)  


what I say unto one I say unto all.3

See Mark 13:37; Luke 7:8; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 255 [Alma 12:5].  


and  again I say unto you my servent 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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thou shalt  be a lively member in this firm and inas much as thou  art faithful in keeping all former commandments  thou shalt be blessed for ever Amen—— [p. 55]
Revelation, Kirtland Township

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, 15 Mar. 1833. Featured version copied [ca. late Mar. 1833] in Revelation Book 2, p. 55; 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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; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2.

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