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Revelation, 16–17 December 1833 [D&C 101]

Verily I say unto you concerning your brethren who have been afflicted and persecuted and cast out from the Land of their inheritences

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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A July 1831 revelation stated that land in Missouri was to be purchased “for an everlasting inheritance” and instructed Edward Partridge, in his role as bishop, to divide the land among church members for their inheritances. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:5, 7].)  


I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come upon them wherewith they have been afflicted in consequence of their transgressions yet I will own them and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels3

See Malachi 3:17; and Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:4].  


Therefore they must needs be chastened and tried even as Abraham who was commanded to offer up his only son4

In August 1833, JS told William W. Phelps, John Whitmer, Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, John Corrill, and Sidney Gilbert that “the affliction of my Brotheren reminds me of Abraham offering up Isaac his only son but my Brotheen [brethren] have have been called to give up even more than this their wives and their children yea and their own life also.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  


for all those who will not endure chastening but deny me cannot be sanctified Behold I say unto you there were jarrings and contentions envyings and strifes and lustful and covetous desires among them Therefore by these things they poluted their inheritances5 they were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God Therefore the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers to answer them in the day of their trouble In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my council6

A September 1832 revelation also chastised church members because they had “treated lightly the things [they] have received which vanity and unbelief hath brought the whole church under condemnation.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:54–55].)  


but in the day of their trouble of necessity they feel after me7

See Acts 17:27.  


Verely I say unto you notwithstanding their sins my bowels are filled with compassion toward them8

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 186–187, 489 [Mosiah 15:9; 3 Nephi 17:6].  


I will not utterly cast them off and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy I have sworn and the decree hath gone forth by a former commandment which I have given unto you that I would let fall the sword of mine indignation in the behalf of my people9

See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:14]; see also Revelation, 25 Dec. 1832 [D&C 87:6–7].  


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TEXT: This revelation bears punctuation marks that have not been transcribed because they appear to be later redactions. However, the punctuation may have been inserted at the time of original inscription.  


Verily I say unto you concerning your breth ren who have been afflicted and persecuted  and cast out from the Land of their inheriten[ces]

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...

View Glossary
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A July 1831 revelation stated that land in Missouri was to be purchased “for an everlasting inheritance” and instructed Edward Partridge, in his role as bishop, to divide the land among church members for their inheritances. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:5, 7].)  


 I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come  upon them wherewith they have been afflicted  in consequence of their transgressions yet I  will own them and they shall be mine in that  day when I shall come to make up my jewels3

See Malachi 3:17; and Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:4].  


 Therefore they must needs be chastened and  tried even as Abraham who was comman ded to offer up his only son4

In August 1833, JS told William W. Phelps, John Whitmer, Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, John Corrill, and Sidney Gilbert that “the affliction of my Brotheren reminds me of Abraham offering up Isaac his only son but my Brotheen [brethren] have have been called to give up even more than this their wives and their children yea and their own life also.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  


for all those  who will not endure chastening but deny me  cannot be sanctified Behold I say unto you  there were jar[r]ings and contentions envyings  and strifes and lustful and covetous desires  among them Therefore by these things they  poluted their inheritances5 they were also  slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord  their God Therefore the Lord their God  is slow to hearken unto their prayers to  answer them in the day of their trouble  In the day of their peace they esteemed  lightly my council6

A September 1832 revelation also chastised church members because they had “treated lightly the things [they] have received which vanity and unbelief hath brought the whole church under condemnation.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:54–55].)  


but in the day of their  trouble of necessity they feel after me7

See Acts 17:27.  


 Verely I say unto you notwithstanding  their sins my bowels are filled with compas sion towards them8

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 186–187, 489 [Mosiah 15:9; 3 Nephi 17:6].  


I will not utterly cast  them off and in the day of wrath I will  remember mercy I have sworn and the  decree hath gone forth by a former com mandment which I have given unto  you that I would let fall the sword  of mine indignation in the behalf  of my people9

See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:14]; see also Revelation, 25 Dec. 1832 [D&C 87:6–7].  


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