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Revelation, 8 March 1833 [D&C 90]

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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8th of March 1833
A Commandment given unto Joseph saying thus saith the Lord verily verily I say unto you my son thy sins are forgiven thee according to thy petition for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears therefore thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the kingdom2

The 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants expanded the text of a previously published revelation, originally dictated in summer 1830. The expanded text, which refers to the “keys of the kingdom,” reported the voice of the Lord speaking to JS about many of the angelic visitations JS had received by mid-1830: “Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry: and of the same things which I revealed unto them: unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times.” (Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830, in Doctrine and Covenants 50:3, 1835 ed. [D&C 27:12–13].)  


given unto you3

See Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2]; and Revelation, 15 Mar. 1832 [D&C 81:2].  


which kingdom is coming forth for the Last time4

See Luke 11:2; 1 John 2:18; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 137 [Jacob 5:62]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:84]; see also Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:5–6].  


verily I say unto you the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you whilst thou art in the world neither in the world to come5

See Matthew 16:19. Regarding JS’s receipt of divine keys, see Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:7]; and Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:5].  


nevertheless through you shall the oricles6

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states that “among christians, oracles . . . denotes the communications, revelations or messages delivered by God to prophets.” (“Oracle,” in American Dictionary, italics in original; see also 1 Peter 4:11.)  


be given unto another yea even unto the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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and all they who receive the oricles of God let them be aware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing and are brought under condemnation thereby7

A JS revelation dictated the previous September similarly declared, “And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief and because you have treated lightly the things you have received which vanity and unbelief hath brought the whole church under condemnation . . . and thay shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant even the book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them not only to say but to do according to that which I have writen.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:54–57]; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 446, 583–584 [Helaman 14:19; Moroni 9:6].)  


and stumble and fall8

See Isaiah 8:15; Romans 11:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 94 [2 Nephi 18:15].  


when the storms descend & the winds blow and the rains descend and beat upon their house9

See Matthew 7:27.  


and again verily I say unto thy brethren Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and Fredrick 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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there sins are forgiven them also and they are accounted as equal with thee in holding the keys of this Last Kingdom as also through your administration the keys of the School of the prophets

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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which I have commanded

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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to be organized that thereby they may be perfected in their minstry for the salvation of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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and of the Nations of Israel and of the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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11

Two months earlier, a revelation called for the establishment of an “Elders school” to help educate the men of the church in doctrinal, social, and political matters. It was intended that through instruction, study, fasting, and prayer, church elders would “be prepared, in all things . . . that you may be perfected, in your ministry to go forth among the gentiles, for the last time.” The School of the Prophets was organized 22–23 January in Kirtland and met thereafter until late March, when many of the elders were sent on missions. (Revelation Book 2, Index, [1]; Revelation, 3 Jan. 1833 [D&C 88:127–137]; Letter to Edward Partridge et al., 14 Jan. 1833; Minutes, 22–23 Jan. 1833; Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–A; Coltrin, Diary and Notebook, 23 Mar. 1833; see also Samuel Smith, Diary, 8 May 1833.)  


as many as will believe that through your administration they may receive the word and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth unto the Gentiles first and then behold and Lo they shall turn unto the Jews12

The theology of the Church of Christ envisioned that in the last days, in an apparent reversal of the New Testament sequence given in Romans 2:9–10, the Jews would receive the gospel only after the “times of the Gentiles” were fulfilled. A revelation in November 1831, therefore, exhorted the church to “send forth the Elders of my Church” to “call upon all nations firstly upon the gentiles & then upon the Jews.” (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:25]; Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:8]; see also Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 32 [1 Nephi 13:42].)  


and then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be reveiled in power in convincing the nations the heathen nations the house of Joseph of the Gospel of their salvation13

Early church members believed that the “house of Joseph” referred to American Indians. When chronicling the first appointments of missionaries to go to the American Indians, JS’s history described the native peoples as “remnants of the house of Joseph—the Lamanites residing in the west.” (“The Elders in the Land of Zion to the Church of Christ Scattered Abroad,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [5]; JS History, vol. A-1, p. 60; Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28]; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 485, 566 [3 Nephi 15:12; Ether 13:7–8].)  


for it shall come to pass in that day that evry man shall hear the fulness of the Gospel14

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 23, 36 [1 Nephi 10:14; 15:13].  


in his own Tongue15

See Acts 2:6–8; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 303, 565 [Alma 29:8; Ether 12:39].  


and in his own Language through thou who are ordained

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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unto this power [p. [1]]
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TEXT: It is likely that the punctuation found in this manuscript was added after its initial inscription; however, it is possible that the punctuation is contemporaneous with the document’s initial creation. In the transcript featured here, all punctuation has been omitted.  


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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8th of March 1833
A Commandment given unto Joseph saying  thus saith the Lord verily verily I say unto you my son  thy sins are forgiven thee according to thy petition  for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have  come up into my ears therefore thou art blessed  from henceforth that bear the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

View Glossary
of the kingdom2

The 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants expanded the text of a previously published revelation, originally dictated in summer 1830. The expanded text, which refers to the “keys of the kingdom,” reported the voice of the Lord speaking to JS about many of the angelic visitations JS had received by mid-1830: “Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry: and of the same things which I revealed unto them: unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times.” (Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830, in Doctrine and Covenants 50:3, 1835 ed. [D&C 27:12–13].)  


 given unto you3

See Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2]; and Revelation, 15 Mar. 1832 [D&C 81:2].  


which kingdom is coming forth for  the Last time4

See Luke 11:2; 1 John 2:18; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 137 [Jacob 5:62]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:84]; see also Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:5–6].  


verily I say unto you the keys of this  kingdom shall never be taken from you whilst thou  art in the world neither in the world to come5

See Matthew 16:19. Regarding JS’s receipt of divine keys, see Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:7]; and Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:5].  


nev er[the]less through you shall the oricles6

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states that “among christians, oracles . . . denotes the communications, revelations or messages delivered by God to prophets.” (“Oracle,” in American Dictionary, italics in original; see also 1 Peter 4:11.)  


be given unto another  yea even unto the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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and all they who receive  the oricles of God let them be aware how they hold  them lest they are accounted as a light thing and  are brought under condemnation thereby7

A JS revelation dictated the previous September similarly declared, “And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief and because you have treated lightly the things you have received which vanity and unbelief hath brought the whole church under condemnation . . . and thay shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant even the book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them not only to say but to do according to that which I have writen.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:54–57]; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 446, 583–584 [Helaman 14:19; Moroni 9:6].)  


and stum ble and fall8

See Isaiah 8:15; Romans 11:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 94 [2 Nephi 18:15].  


when the storms descend <&> the winds blow  and the rains descend and beat upon their house9

See Matthew 7:27.  


 and again verily I say unto thy brethren Sidney [Rigdon]

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and  Fredrick [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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TEXT: Possibly “their”.  


sins are forgiven them also and  they are accounted as equal with thee in holding  the keys of this Last Kingdom as also through  your administration the <keys of the> School of the prophets

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
 which I have commanded

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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to be organized that  thereby they may be perfected in their minstry  for the salvation of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

View Glossary
and of the Nations  of Israel and of the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

View Glossary
11

Two months earlier, a revelation called for the establishment of an “Elders school” to help educate the men of the church in doctrinal, social, and political matters. It was intended that through instruction, study, fasting, and prayer, church elders would “be prepared, in all things . . . that you may be perfected, in your ministry to go forth among the gentiles, for the last time.” The School of the Prophets was organized 22–23 January in Kirtland and met thereafter until late March, when many of the elders were sent on missions. (Revelation Book 2, Index, [1]; Revelation, 3 Jan. 1833 [D&C 88:127–137]; Letter to Edward Partridge et al., 14 Jan. 1833; Minutes, 22–23 Jan. 1833; Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–A; Coltrin, Diary and Notebook, 23 Mar. 1833; see also Samuel Smith, Diary, 8 May 1833.)  


as many as will  believe that through your administration they  may receive the word and through their adm inistration the word may go forth unto the  ends of the earth unto the Gentiles first and  then behold and Lo they shall turn unto the  Jews12

The theology of the Church of Christ envisioned that in the last days, in an apparent reversal of the New Testament sequence given in Romans 2:9–10, the Jews would receive the gospel only after the “times of the Gentiles” were fulfilled. A revelation in November 1831, therefore, exhorted the church to “send forth the Elders of my Church” to “call upon all nations firstly upon the gentiles & then upon the Jews.” (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:25]; Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:8]; see also Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 32 [1 Nephi 13:42].)  


and then cometh the day when the arm  of the Lord shall be reveiled in power in  convincing the nations the heathen nations the  house of Joseph of the Gospel of their salvation13

Early church members believed that the “house of Joseph” referred to American Indians. When chronicling the first appointments of missionaries to go to the American Indians, JS’s history described the native peoples as “remnants of the house of Joseph—the Lamanites residing in the west.” (“The Elders in the Land of Zion to the Church of Christ Scattered Abroad,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [5]; JS History, vol. A-1, p. 60; Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28]; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 485, 566 [3 Nephi 15:12; Ether 13:7–8].)  


for  it shall come to pass in that day that evry man shall  hear the fulness of the Gospel14

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 23, 36 [1 Nephi 10:14; 15:13].  


in his own Tongue15

See Acts 2:6–8; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 303, 565 [Alma 29:8; Ether 12:39].  


 and in his own Language through thou who are ordained

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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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, 8 Mar. 1833; copied [ca. Mar. 1833]; 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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; three pages; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU. Includes docket and archival marking.
Bifolium measuring 12⅜ × 7¾ inches (31 × 20 cm). The document was trifolded both lengthwise and width-wise. A docket was added by 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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in ink, with a later addition in graphite: “Revelation relative to | the Bishops Search. for | an agent | 8 March 1833. <also | to have our families Small>”.
This and several other revelations, along with many other personal and institutional documents kept by 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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, were inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. This collection was passed down in the Groo family and donated by members of the family to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University during the period 1969–1974.1

Andrus and Fuller, Register of the Newel Kimball Whitney Papers, 24.  


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