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Revelation, 6 August 1833 [D&C 98]

that they shall be fulfilled and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord2

See Romans 8:28. The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “God” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:3].)  


and now verely I say unto you concerning the Laws of the land it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them3

See Matthew 28:20.  


and that Law of the land which is constitutonal suporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privealiges belonging to all mankind4

The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “and” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:5].)  


is justifyable before me therefore I the Lord5

Missing word supplied from the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter. Frederick G. Williams later inserted “Lord” in the Revelation Book 2 copy. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6]; Revelation Book 2, p. 67 [D&C 98:6].)  


justify6

Instead of “justify,” the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter has “justifieth.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6].)  


you and your Brotheren of my Chirch in befriending that Law which is7

Missing word supplied from the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter. Frederick G. Williams later inserted “is” in the Revelation Book 2 copy. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6].)  


the constitutoonal Law of the land8

Several earlier revelations instructed church members to abide by the laws of the land. (See, for example, Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:79, 84–86]; Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:4–6]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:21].)  


and as pertaining to law of man whatsoever is more or less then this cometh of evil9

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 479 [3 Nephi 11:40].  


I the Lord your God maketh you free therefore ye are free indeed and the law also maketh you free— nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn10

See Proverbs 29:2.  


wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought for dilligently and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold11

Later in August 1833, after receiving Oliver Cowdery’s firsthand report of the trouble in Missouri, JS emphasized the church’s fundamental commitment to obey civil law. “We think it would be wise,” he wrote to church officers in Missouri, “to try to git influence by offering to print a paper in favor of the goverment as you know we are all friends to the Constitution yea true friends to that Country for which our fathers bled.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  


otherwise whatsoever is less then these cometh of evil12

Several months later, Oliver Cowdery echoed the sentiments of this paragraph in a letter to his friend John Whitmer: “We are pleased to hear that the Governor is likely to give you aid; for we pray continually that the Lord will stir up the hearts of the Rulers & men in authority, to avenge his children. The Law is sufficient, the constitution was established according to the will of Heaven, and all the lack, is, for those whose duty it is to see that they are kept inviolable do their duty; pray that this may be the case; for God is able to turn the hearts of all men sufficiently to bring his purposes to pass.” (Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to John Whitmer, Missouri, 1 Jan. 1834, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 14.)  


and I give unto you a commandment

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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that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that procedeth forth out of the mouth of God13

See Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; and Luke 4:4.  


for he will give unto the faithful line upon line precept upon precept14

See Isaiah 28:10, 13; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 114 [2 Nephi 28:30].  


and I will try you and prove you herewith15

See Malachi 3:10; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 504 [3 Nephi 24:10].  


and whoso layeth down his life in my cause for my name sake shall find it again even life eternal16

See Matthew 10:39; 16:25.  


therefore be not afraid of your enemies for I have decreed in my heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in all things whether you will abide in my covenant

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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even unto death that ye may be found worthy for if ye will not abide in my covenant ye are [p. 67]
that they shall be fulfilled and all things where with you have been afflicted shall work  together for your good and to my names  glory saith the Lord2

See Romans 8:28. The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “God” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:3].)  


and now verely I say  unto you

Frederick G. Williams handwriting ends; JS begins.  


concerning the Laws of the land it is  my will that my people should observe to do  all things whatsoever I command them3

See Matthew 28:20.  


and that  Law of the land which is constitutonal supor ting the principles of freedom in maintaning  rights and privealiges belonging to all mankind4

The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “and” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:5].)  


 is justifyable before me therefore I the [Lord]5

Missing word supplied from the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter. Frederick G. Williams later inserted “Lord” in the Revelation Book 2 copy. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6]; Revelation Book 2, p. 67 [D&C 98:6].)  


justify6

Instead of “justify,” the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter has “justifieth.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6].)  


 you and your Brotheren of my Chirch in  befriending that Law which [is]7

Missing word supplied from the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter. Frederick G. Williams later inserted “is” in the Revelation Book 2 copy. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6].)  


the constituto onal Law of the land8

Several earlier revelations instructed church members to abide by the laws of the land. (See, for example, Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:79, 84–86]; Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:4–6]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:21].)  


JS handwriting ends; Frederick G. Williams begins.  


and as pertaining to law  of man whatsoever is more or less then this cometh of evil9

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 479 [3 Nephi 11:40].  


 I the Lord your God maketh you free therefore ye are  free indeed and the law also maketh you free—  nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn10

See Proverbs 29:2.  


 wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought  for dilligently and good men and wise men ye should  observe to uphold11

Later in August 1833, after receiving Oliver Cowdery’s firsthand report of the trouble in Missouri, JS emphasized the church’s fundamental commitment to obey civil law. “We think it would be wise,” he wrote to church officers in Missouri, “to try to git influence by offering to print a paper in favor of the goverment as you know we are all friends to the Constitution yea true friends to that Country for which our fathers bled.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  


otherwise whatsoever is less then these  cometh of evil12

Several months later, Oliver Cowdery echoed the sentiments of this paragraph in a letter to his friend John Whitmer: “We are pleased to hear that the Governor is likely to give you aid; for we pray continually that the Lord will stir up the hearts of the Rulers & men in authority, to avenge his children. The Law is sufficient, the constitution was established according to the will of Heaven, and all the lack, is, for those whose duty it is to see that they are kept inviolable do their duty; pray that this may be the case; for God is able to turn the hearts of all men sufficiently to bring his purposes to pass.” (Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to John Whitmer, Missouri, 1 Jan. 1834, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 14.)  


and I give unto you a commandm ent

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...

View Glossary
that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto  all good that ye shall live by evry word that procedeth  forth out of the mouth of God13

See Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; and Luke 4:4.  


for he will give unto the  faithful line <line> upon line precept upon precept14

See Isaiah 28:10, 13; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 114 [2 Nephi 28:30].  


and I  will try you and prove you herewith15

See Malachi 3:10; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 504 [3 Nephi 24:10].  


and whoso layeth  down his life in my cause for my name sake shall  find it again even life eternal16

See Matthew 10:39; 16:25.  


therefore be not  afraid of your enemies for I have decreed in my  heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in  all things whether you will abide in my covenant

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
 even unto death that ye may be found worthy  for if ye will not abide in my covenant ye are [p. 67]
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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, 6 Aug. 1833. Featured version copied [ca. 6 Aug. 1833] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 66–71; 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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