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Revelation, 4 June 1833 [D&C 96]

benefit of those who seek inheritances

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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Church members who consecrated their property through the bishop—in this case, Newel K. Whitney—were eligible to receive an “inheritance” of land on which to live. (See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–33]; see also Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:3–4].)  


as it shall be determined in council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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among you. Therefore take heed that ye see to this matter, and that portion that is necessary to benefit the 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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for the purpose of bringing forth my word to the children of men,5

“The firm” refers to the United Firm. A subset of the United Firm, the Literary Firm was responsible for publishing the revelations. “That portion” to be devoted to bringing forth God’s word may refer either to acreage allotted for building a print shop or to land-sale proceeds that could be used to support such a printing operation. Although a later revelation called for the construction of a printing house on land belonging to Frederick G. Williams, the print shop was eventually housed in the schoolhouse built, not on Williams’s land to the south of the temple, but to the west, on the former French farm property. (See Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:3–12]; and Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82]; for information on the formation of the Literary Firm, see Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70]; Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–B [D&C 94:10–12]; Parkin, “Joseph Smith and the United Firm,” 19, 32; and “Portion of Kirtland Township, Ohio, 31 December 1835.”.)  


for Behold verily I say unto you, this is the most expedient in me that my word should go forth unto the children of men for the purpose of subdueing the hearts of the children of men for your good even so Amen— and again verily I say unto you it is wisdom and expedient in me that my servant John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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John Johnson owned a farm in Hiram, Ohio, and had previously housed JS and his family. (JS History, vol. A-1, 153.)  


whose offering I have accepted and whose prayers I have heared, unto whom I give a promise of Eternal life inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments

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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from hence forth, for he is a descendant of Joseph7

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 66–68 [2 Nephi chap. 3].  


and a partaker of the blessings of the promise made unto his fathers.8

See Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:36].  


Verily I say unto you it is expedient in me that he should become a member of the 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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that he may assist in bringing forth my word unto the children of men.9

Johnson was the second person added to the United Firm since its founding in April 1832. (Revelation, 15 Mar. 1833 [D&C 92]; see also Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82].)  


Therefore ye shall ordain

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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him unto this blessing,10

Johnson was ordained to the high priesthood and formally admitted to the United Firm in the same meeting at which JS dictated this revelation. (Minutes, 4 June 1833.)  


and he shall seek dilligently to take away incumberances that are upon the house named among you that he may dwell therein11

The house mentioned here refers to the two-story brick tavern on the former French farm that later became known as the John Johnson inn. One “incumberance” on the house was a preexisting contract between Thomas Knight and Peter French that allowed Knight to use the main floor as a store. This arrangement would have prevented Johnson from fully using the building as a dwelling for him and his family or, later, as an inn. Presumably, the problem was resolved by the fall of 1833 when Knight liquidated his Kirtland holdings and moved away. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 17, pp. 38–39, 359–360, 10 Apr. 1833, microfilm 20,237, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 414–415.)  


even so Amen—— [p. 61]
benefit of those who seek inheritances

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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4

Church members who consecrated their property through the bishop—in this case, Newel K. Whitney—were eligible to receive an “inheritance” of land on which to live. (See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–33]; see also Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:3–4].)  


as it shall be determined  in council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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among you. Therefore take heed that ye see to this  matter, and that portion that is necessary to benefit the 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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for  the purpose of bringing forth my word to the children of men,5

“The firm” refers to the United Firm. A subset of the United Firm, the Literary Firm was responsible for publishing the revelations. “That portion” to be devoted to bringing forth God’s word may refer either to acreage allotted for building a print shop or to land-sale proceeds that could be used to support such a printing operation. Although a later revelation called for the construction of a printing house on land belonging to Frederick G. Williams, the print shop was eventually housed in the schoolhouse built, not on Williams’s land to the south of the temple, but to the west, on the former French farm property. (See Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:3–12]; and Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82]; for information on the formation of the Literary Firm, see Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70]; Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–B [D&C 94:10–12]; Parkin, “Joseph Smith and the United Firm,” 19, 32; and “Portion of Kirtland Township, Ohio, 31 December 1835.”.)  


for  Behold verily I say unto you, this is the most expedient in me  that my word should go forth unto the children of men for  the purpose of subdueing the hearts of the children of men  for your good even so Amen— and again verily I say unto you  it is wisdom and expedient in me that my servant John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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John Johnson owned a farm in Hiram, Ohio, and had previously housed JS and his family. (JS History, vol. A-1, 153.)  


 whose offering I have accepted and whose prayers I have  heared, unto whom I give a promise of Eternal life inasmuch  as he keepeth my commandments

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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from hence forth, for he is  a descendant of Joseph7

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 66–68 [2 Nephi chap. 3].  


and a partaker of the blessings of  the promise made unto his fathers.8

See Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:36].  


Verily I say unto you  it is expedient in me that he should become a member of  the 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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that he may assist in bringing forth my word unto  the children of men.9

Johnson was the second person added to the United Firm since its founding in April 1832. (Revelation, 15 Mar. 1833 [D&C 92]; see also Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82].)  


Therefore ye shall ordain

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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him unto this  blessing,10

Johnson was ordained to the high priesthood and formally admitted to the United Firm in the same meeting at which JS dictated this revelation. (Minutes, 4 June 1833.)  


and he shall seek dilligently to take away incum berances that are upon the house named among you that  he may dwell there<in>11

The house mentioned here refers to the two-story brick tavern on the former French farm that later became known as the John Johnson inn. One “incumberance” on the house was a preexisting contract between Thomas Knight and Peter French that allowed Knight to use the main floor as a store. This arrangement would have prevented Johnson from fully using the building as a dwelling for him and his family or, later, as an inn. Presumably, the problem was resolved by the fall of 1833 when Knight liquidated his Kirtland holdings and moved away. (Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 17, pp. 38–39, 359–360, 10 Apr. 1833, microfilm 20,237, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 414–415.)  


even so Amen—— [p. 61]
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On 4 June 1833, a meeting of high priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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assembled in the translating room at Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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’s store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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in 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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, Ohio, to discuss the use and management of the recently acquired Peter French

Ca. 1774–after 1850. Farmer, tavern keeper, hotelier. Born in New York. Moved to Willoughby, Western Reserve (later Lake Co.), Ohio, 1799. Married Sally. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1811, as one of its earliest settlers. Named as one of town proprietors...

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farm

Consisted of 103 acres formerly owned by Peter French. Purchased for LDS church for $5,000, 1833. Area used to build houses, including JS’s; community buildings, such as new schoolhouse; and House of the Lord. Kirtland residents called area “French farm” ...

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. Unable to arrive at a consensus as to who should manage the French property, the high priests agreed to “enquire of the lord” about the issue. JS subsequently dictated the following revelation during the meeting. The minutes of the 4 June conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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indicate that church leaders took immediate action on the instructions given in the revelation; that same day they formally assigned Newel K. Whitney to manage the French farm and admitted John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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to 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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