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Revelation, 2 August 1833–B [D&C 94]

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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“My house” refers to the House of the Lord, or temple, then under construction in Kirtland. Its centrality to the city and its relationship to the other “houses” and property assignments mentioned in this revelation can be seen on the plat of Kirtland. (See Plat of Kirtland, OH, Not before 2 Aug. 1833.)  


and behold it must be done according to the pattern which I have given unto you4 and let the first lot on the south be consecrated unto me for the building of an house for the presidency

An organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and other ecclesiastical organizations. A November 1831 revelation first described the office of president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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for the work of the presidency in obtaining revelations and for the work of the ministry of the presidency in all things pertaining to the Church and Kingdom5

See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:12–16].  


verely I say unto you that it shall be built fifty five by sixty five in the width thereof and in the length thereof in the inner court6

These dimensions are the same as those given for the Kirtland temple in a revelation two months earlier. (See Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:15]; see also Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.)  


and there shall be a lower court and an higher court according to the pattern which shall be given unto you hereafter7

This building was never built, and there is no record that a detailed architectural pattern was ever created. (See Historical Introduction to Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  


and it shall be dedecated 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 hereafter8

Since this building was never constructed, there is no record of the “order of the Priesthood” that was to be followed in dedicating it.  


and it shall be wholly dedecated unto the Lord for the work of the presedency 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 ther shall come into it any unclean thing my glory shall not be there and my presence shall not come into it9

See Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:15–17].  


and again verily I say unto you the seccond lot on the south shall be dedecated unto me for the building of an house unto me10

The copy of this revelation in the 6 August 1833 letter does not include the phrase “for the building of an house unto me.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 94:10].)  


for the work of the printing of the translation of my scripturs

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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On 2 July 1833, Sidney Rigdon wrote that he and JS had “finished the translation of the bible a few hours since.” The previous week, as the translation neared completion, they informed church leaders in Missouri that “the printing of the New translation . . . cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permit.” A month later that permission was given in the revelation featured here. The presidency reported to the leaders in Missouri, “You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new translation here at kirtland for which we will prepare as soon as possible.” Because they viewed the directives of this 2 August revelation to be equally applicable to the church members in Jackson County, the presidency added, “You are to print an Edition of the schriptures there at the same time we do here so that two additions [editions] will be struck at the same time the one here and the other there.” However, subsequent events in both Jackson County and Kirtland interfered with this plan. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  


and all things whatsoever I shall command you [p. 65]
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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3

“My house” refers to the House of the Lord, or temple, then under construction in Kirtland. Its centrality to the city and its relationship to the other “houses” and property assignments mentioned in this revelation can be seen on the plat of Kirtland. (See Plat of Kirtland, OH, Not before 2 Aug. 1833.)  


and behold it must be done  according to the pattern which I have given  unto you4 and let the first lot on the south <be>  consecrated unto me for the building of an  house for the presidency

An organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and other ecclesiastical organizations. A November 1831 revelation first described the office of president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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for the work of the  presidency in obtaining revelations and  for the work of the ministry of the presidency  in all things pertaining to the Church and  Kingdom5

See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:12–16].  


verely I say unto you that it  shall be built fifty five by sixty five in  the width thereof and in the length thereof  in the inner court6

These dimensions are the same as those given for the Kirtland temple in a revelation two months earlier. (See Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:15]; see also Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.)  


and there shall be a  lower court and an higher court according  to the pattern which shall be given unto you  hereafter7

This building was never built, and there is no record that a detailed architectural pattern was ever created. (See Historical Introduction to Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  


and it shall be dedecated 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 hereafter8

Since this building was never constructed, there is no record of the “order of the Priesthood” that was to be followed in dedicating it.  


and it shall  be wholly dedecated unto the Lord for  the work of the presedency and ye shall not  suffer any unclean thing to come into it  and my glory shall be there and my pres ence shall be there but if ther shall  come into it any unclean thing my  glory shall not be there and my pres ence shall not come into it9

See Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:15–17].  


and again  verily I say unto you the seccond lot on  the south shall be dedecated unto me for  the building of an house unto me10

The copy of this revelation in the 6 August 1833 letter does not include the phrase “for the building of an house unto me.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 94:10].)  


 for the work of the printing of the  translation of my scripturs

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
11

On 2 July 1833, Sidney Rigdon wrote that he and JS had “finished the translation of the bible a few hours since.” The previous week, as the translation neared completion, they informed church leaders in Missouri that “the printing of the New translation . . . cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permit.” A month later that permission was given in the revelation featured here. The presidency reported to the leaders in Missouri, “You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new translation here at kirtland for which we will prepare as soon as possible.” Because they viewed the directives of this 2 August revelation to be equally applicable to the church members in Jackson County, the presidency added, “You are to print an Edition of the schriptures there at the same time we do here so that two additions [editions] will be struck at the same time the one here and the other there.” However, subsequent events in both Jackson County and Kirtland interfered with this plan. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  


and all  things whatsoever I shall command you [p. 65]
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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. 64–66; 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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