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Revelation, 2 August 1833–A [D&C 97]

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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I the Lord am well pleased that there should be a 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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in Zion and also with my servant Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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for he abideth in me and inasmuch as he continue to abide in me4

See John 15:4, 7.  


he shall continue to preside over the school in the Land of 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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and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings in expounding all scriptures

The sacred, written word of God containing the “mind & will of the Lord” and “matters of divine revelation.” Members of the church considered the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and JS’s revelations to be scripture. Revelations in 1830 and 1831 directed JS to ...

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See Luke 24:27; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 286, 503 [Alma 22:13; 3 Nephi 23:14].  


and mysteries to the Edefication of the school and of the church 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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No official records exist concerning the organization of the school of the prophets in Missouri or of Parley P. Pratt’s call to be the teacher. A June 1833 letter from the church presidency, however, contains a possible reference to the school and to Pratt’s appointment: “We commend the plan highly of your choossing a teacher to instruct the High Priests that they may be able to silence gainsayers.” Pratt wrote in his autobiography that he was called to preside over a “school of Elders” in the summer of 1833. It is uncertain if these two references are about the same school. Nevertheless, a school was organized in Missouri, and Pratt further explained that approximately sixty men attended the school once a week “in the open air, under some tall trees, in a retired place in the wilderness, where we prayed, preached and prophesied, and exercised ourselves in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Pratt, Autobiography, 99–100.)  


and to the residue of the school I the Lord am willing to shew mercy7

See Exodus 33:19.  


nevertheless there are those that must needs be chastened and their work shall be made known,8

The statement that some in the school stood in need of “chastening” is similar to a statement made two months earlier about the School of the Prophets in Kirtland. (See Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:10].)  


the ax is laid at the root of the trees and evry tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be hewn down and cast into the fire9

See Matthew 3:10; Luke 3:9; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 237 [Alma 5:52].  


I the Lord hath spoken it, verily I say unto you all among them who know their hearts are honest and are broken and their spirits contrite and are willing to observe their covenants

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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by sacrifice10

See Psalms 50:5; 51:17.  


yea every sacrifice which I the Lord shall command they11

Instead of “they,” the copy of this revelation found in the 6 August letter has “them.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 97:8].)  


are all accepted of me for I the Lord will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land by a pure stream that yealdeth much precious fruit,12

Likening the righteous individual to a fruitful tree planted by a river is a common biblical metaphor. (See, for example, Psalm 1:3; and Jeremiah 17:8.)  


Verely I say unto you that it is my will that an house

Plans for Far West included temple on central block. Latter-day Saints in Caldwell Co. made preparations for construction and commenced excavating for foundation, 3 July 1837. However, while visiting Latter-day Saints in Far West, 6 Nov. 1837, JS gave instructions...

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should be built unto me in the Land of 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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like unto the pattern which I have given you13

Church leaders in Kirtland, Ohio, sent a package of letters on 25 June 1833, which included the “pattern” for the House of the Lord mentioned here and a plat for the city of Zion. The package arrived in Independence, Missouri, on 29 July 1833. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833; Plat of the City of Zion, ca. Early June–25 June 1833; Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833.)  


yea let it be built speedely14

When they sent the pattern on 25 June, church leaders in Kirtland informed the Missouri recipients that the House of the Lord was “to be built immediately in Zion.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833.)  


by the tithing

A free-will offering of one-tenth of a person’s annual interest or income, given to the church for its use. The Book of Mormon and JS’s revision of the Bible explained that “even our father Abraham paid tithes of one tenth part of all he possessed.” Additionally...

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of my people behold this is the tithing [p. 62]
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...

More Info
I the Lord am well pleased that there  should be a 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
in Zion and also with  my servant Parley [P. Pratt]

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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for he abideth in me  and inasmuch as he continue to abide  in me4

See John 15:4, 7.  


he shall continue to preside over  the school in the Land of 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...

More Info
and I  will bless him with a multiplicity of  blessings in expounding all scriptures

The sacred, written word of God containing the “mind & will of the Lord” and “matters of divine revelation.” Members of the church considered the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and JS’s revelations to be scripture. Revelations in 1830 and 1831 directed JS to ...

View Glossary
5

See Luke 24:27; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 286, 503 [Alma 22:13; 3 Nephi 23:14].  


 and mysteries to the Edefication of the  school and of the church 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...

More Info
6

No official records exist concerning the organization of the school of the prophets in Missouri or of Parley P. Pratt’s call to be the teacher. A June 1833 letter from the church presidency, however, contains a possible reference to the school and to Pratt’s appointment: “We commend the plan highly of your choossing a teacher to instruct the High Priests that they may be able to silence gainsayers.” Pratt wrote in his autobiography that he was called to preside over a “school of Elders” in the summer of 1833. It is uncertain if these two references are about the same school. Nevertheless, a school was organized in Missouri, and Pratt further explained that approximately sixty men attended the school once a week “in the open air, under some tall trees, in a retired place in the wilderness, where we prayed, preached and prophesied, and exercised ourselves in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Pratt, Autobiography, 99–100.)  


and to  the residue of the school I the Lord am  willing to shew mercy7

See Exodus 33:19.  


nevertheless there  are those that must needs be chastened  and their work shall be mad[e] known,8

The statement that some in the school stood in need of “chastening” is similar to a statement made two months earlier about the School of the Prophets in Kirtland. (See Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:10].)  


the  ax is laid at the root of the trees and  evry tree that bringeth not forth good  fruit shall be hewn down and cast into  the fire9

See Matthew 3:10; Luke 3:9; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 237 [Alma 5:52].  


I the Lord hath spoken it, verily  I say unto you all among them who  know their hearts are honest and are broken  and their spirits contrite and are willing  to observe their covenants

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...

View Glossary
by sacrifice10

See Psalms 50:5; 51:17.  


yea  every sacrifice which I the Lord shall  command they11

Instead of “they,” the copy of this revelation found in the 6 August letter has “them.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 97:8].)  


are all accepted of me  for I the Lord will cause them to bring  forth as a very fruitful tree which  is planted in a goodly land by a pure  stream that yealdeth much precious  fruit,12

Likening the righteous individual to a fruitful tree planted by a river is a common biblical metaphor. (See, for example, Psalm 1:3; and Jeremiah 17:8.)  


Verely I say unto you that it is  my will that an house

Plans for Far West included temple on central block. Latter-day Saints in Caldwell Co. made preparations for construction and commenced excavating for foundation, 3 July 1837. However, while visiting Latter-day Saints in Far West, 6 Nov. 1837, JS gave instructions...

More Info
should be built  unto me in the Land of 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...

More Info
like unto  the pattern which I have given you13

Church leaders in Kirtland, Ohio, sent a package of letters on 25 June 1833, which included the “pattern” for the House of the Lord mentioned here and a plat for the city of Zion. The package arrived in Independence, Missouri, on 29 July 1833. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833; Plat of the City of Zion, ca. Early June–25 June 1833; Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833.)  


yea  let it be built speedely14

When they sent the pattern on 25 June, church leaders in Kirtland informed the Missouri recipients that the House of the Lord was “to be built immediately in Zion.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833.)  


by the tithing

A free-will offering of one-tenth of a person’s annual interest or income, given to the church for its use. The Book of Mormon and JS’s revision of the Bible explained that “even our father Abraham paid tithes of one tenth part of all he possessed.” Additionally...

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 of my people behold this is the tithing [p. 62]
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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, 2 Aug. 1833. Featured version copied [ca. 6 Aug. 1833] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 61–64; 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. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2.

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