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Revelation, 8 March 1833 [D&C 90]

by the administration of the comforter shed forth16

See Acts 2:33.  


upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ17

See Galatians 1:12; 1 Peter 1:13; and Revelation 1:1.  


and now verely I say unto you 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 you continue in this ministry and 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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and when you have finished the translation of the prophets18

A note in Minute Book 1 suggests that JS completed his review and translation of the New Testament on 2 February 1833. Having completed that work, JS, with the assistance of Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, turned to revising the Old Testament. In March 1833, JS and Williams were translating books “of the prophets” in the Old Testament, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. They completed that work on 2 July 1833. (Minute Book 1, 2 Feb. 1833; Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833; see also Old Testament Revision 2, p. 119; for more information on JS’s Bible translation, see Historical Introduction to Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]; and Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 6, 72.)  


you shall from thence forth preside over the affairs of 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 the 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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and from time to time as shall be manifest by the comforter19

See John 14:21–26.  


receive revelations to unfold the mystres mysteries of the kingdom20

See, for example, Matthew 13:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 131, 333–334 [Jacob 4:18; Alma 40:3].  


and set in order the churches and study and Learn and become acquainted with all good books and with Languages tongues and people &c &c21

A previous revelation spoke of the need to seek out the “best books” for learning and to take the “everlasting gospel” to “all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.” (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:80, 84, 118].)  


and this shall be your business and mission in all your Lives22

At this point, the revelation transitions to addressing the entire presidency of the high priesthood, not just JS.  


to preside 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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and set in order all the affairs of this Church and kingdom be not ashamed neither confounded but be admonished in all your high mindedness and pride for it bringeth a snare upon your souls23

See Proverbs 18:7; 22:25.  


set in order your houseses keep slothfulness and uncleanliness far from you24

Two months before this revelation was dictated, an editorial comment in the church’s newspaper encouraged readers to “be cleanly; no matter what condition yours may be, cleanliness is a virtue, that will be required in Zion. Heaven shines with glory, and the Lord clothes his angels with white robes: How necessary, then, that his saints should be decent.” (“Let Every Man Learn His Duty,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Jan. 1833, [5], emphasis in original; see also Ecclesiastes 10:18; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 537 [Mormon 9:28].)  


now verily I say unto you let there be a place provided as soon as it is possable for the family of thy councellor & scribe even Frederick

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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Since early 1831, Williams had allowed JS to use 144 acres of land in Kirtland for church purposes. This revelation seems to be reiterating a decision made by a conference in October 1831 that “Br Frederick G Williams’ family be provided with a comfortable dwelling by this Church.” (Minute Book 2, 10 Oct. 1831; see also Historical Introduction to Revelation, 15 May 1831.)  


and let mine Aged servant Joseph Smith Sr.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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continue with his family upon the place where he now lives and let it not be sold untill the mouth of the Lord shall name26

In January 1833, a revelation directed Williams to “let thy farm be consecratd f[o]r bringing forth of the revelations.” In early May 1834, after a revelation gave JS stewardship over the farm and lot “upon which his father now resides,” Williams formally deeded the title to JS. Williams’s property was immediately south of the planned location for future church buildings in Kirtland. (Revelation, 5 Jan. 1833; Revelation, 23 Apr. 1834 [D&C 104:43]; Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 18, pp. 477–478, 5 May 1834, microfilm 20,237, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Parkin, “Joseph Smith and the United Firm,” 17; regarding the lodgings of Joseph Smith Sr. and his family in relationship to Frederick G. Williams’s property, see Historical Introduction to Revelation, 15 May 1831.)  


and let thy councellor even Sidney

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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remain where he now resides untill the mouth of the Lord shall name27

In his journal entry for 26 May 1832, Reynolds Cahoon recorded that Sidney Rigdon had just returned from Jackson County, Missouri, and moved to the Kirtland flats. (Cahoon, Diary, 26 and 31 May 1832.)  


and let the Bishop

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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28 search dilligently to obtain an agent and let it be a man who has got riches in store a man of God and of strong faith that thereby he may be enabled to discharge evry debt that the store house

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The book of Malachi directed the house of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

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of the Lord may not be brought in to disrepute before the eyes of the people29

A September 1832 revelation similarly directed that Bishop Newel K. Whitney employ “an agent for to take charge and to do his [Whitney’s] seccular business as he shall direct.” The identity of this agent remains unknown. An agent would have been needed in part because the revelation indicated that Whitney would be away from Kirtland, traveling “round about and among all the churches searching after the poor.” If Whitney did not travel as extensively as the revelation directed, he may not have employed such an agent at all and may have taken care of such matters himself. (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:112–113].)  


search diligently pray always and be believing and all things shall work together for your good if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant where with ye have covenanted [p. [2]]
by the administration of the comforter shed forth16

See Acts 2:33.  


upon  them for the revelation of Jesus Christ17

See Galatians 1:12; 1 Peter 1:13; and Revelation 1:1.  


and now verely  I say unto you 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...

View Glossary
 that you continue in this ministry and 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 ...

View Glossary
 and when you have finished the translation of the  prophets18

A note in Minute Book 1 suggests that JS completed his review and translation of the New Testament on 2 February 1833. Having completed that work, JS, with the assistance of Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, turned to revising the Old Testament. In March 1833, JS and Williams were translating books “of the prophets” in the Old Testament, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. They completed that work on 2 July 1833. (Minute Book 1, 2 Feb. 1833; Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833; see also Old Testament Revision 2, p. 119; for more information on JS’s Bible translation, see Historical Introduction to Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]; and Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 6, 72.)  


you shall from them <thence> forth preside over  the affairs of 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...

View Glossary
and the 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
and from  time to time as shall be manifest by the com fo[r]ter19

See John 14:21–26.  


receive revelations to unfold the mystres [mysteries]  of the kingdom20

See, for example, Matthew 13:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 131, 333–334 [Jacob 4:18; Alma 40:3].  


and set in order the churches  and study and Learn and become acquainted  with all good books and with Languages tongues  and people &c &c21

A previous revelation spoke of the need to seek out the “best books” for learning and to take the “everlasting gospel” to “all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.” (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:80, 84, 118].)  


and this shall be your business  and mission in all your Lives22

At this point, the revelation transitions to addressing the entire presidency of the high priesthood, not just JS.  


to preside 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...

View Glossary
 and set in order all the affairs of this Church and  kingdom be not ashamed neither confounded  but be admonished in all your high mindedness  and pride for it bringeth a snare upon your  souls23

See Proverbs 18:7; 22:25.  


set in order your houseses keep slothfulness  and uncleanliness far from you24

Two months before this revelation was dictated, an editorial comment in the church’s newspaper encouraged readers to “be cleanly; no matter what condition yours may be, cleanliness is a virtue, that will be required in Zion. Heaven shines with glory, and the Lord clothes his angels with white robes: How necessary, then, that his saints should be decent.” (“Let Every Man Learn His Duty,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Jan. 1833, [5], emphasis in original; see also Ecclesiastes 10:18; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 537 [Mormon 9:28].)  


now verily I say  unto you let there be a place provided as soon  as it is possable for you for the family of thy coun cellor & scribe even Frederick

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...

View Full Bio
25

Since early 1831, Williams had allowed JS to use 144 acres of land in Kirtland for church purposes. This revelation seems to be reiterating a decision made by a conference in October 1831 that “Br Frederick G Williams’ family be provided with a comfortable dwelling by this Church.” (Minute Book 2, 10 Oct. 1831; see also Historical Introduction to Revelation, 15 May 1831.)  


and <let> mine Aged serv ant Joseph [Smith Sr.]

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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continue with his family upon the  place <where he now lives> and let it not be sold untill the mouth  of the Lord shall name26

In January 1833, a revelation directed Williams to “let thy farm be consecratd f[o]r bringing forth of the revelations.” In early May 1834, after a revelation gave JS stewardship over the farm and lot “upon which his father now resides,” Williams formally deeded the title to JS. Williams’s property was immediately south of the planned location for future church buildings in Kirtland. (Revelation, 5 Jan. 1833; Revelation, 23 Apr. 1834 [D&C 104:43]; Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 18, pp. 477–478, 5 May 1834, microfilm 20,237, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; Parkin, “Joseph Smith and the United Firm,” 17; regarding the lodgings of Joseph Smith Sr. and his family in relationship to Frederick G. Williams’s property, see Historical Introduction to Revelation, 15 May 1831.)  


and let thy councellor  even Sidney

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...

View Full Bio
remain where he now resides  untill the mouth of the Lord shall name27

In his journal entry for 26 May 1832, Reynolds Cahoon recorded that Sidney Rigdon had just returned from Jackson County, Missouri, and moved to the Kirtland flats. (Cahoon, Diary, 26 and 31 May 1832.)  


<and>  let the Bishop

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...

View Full Bio
28 search dilligently to obtain an  agent and let it be a man who has got riches  in store a man of God and of strong faith that  thereby he may be enabled to discharge evry  debt that the store house

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The book of Malachi directed the house of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

View Glossary
of the Lord may not  be brought in to disrepute before the eyes of  the people29

A September 1832 revelation similarly directed that Bishop Newel K. Whitney employ “an agent for to take charge and to do his [Whitney’s] seccular business as he shall direct.” The identity of this agent remains unknown. An agent would have been needed in part because the revelation indicated that Whitney would be away from Kirtland, traveling “round about and among all the churches searching after the poor.” If Whitney did not travel as extensively as the revelation directed, he may not have employed such an agent at all and may have taken care of such matters himself. (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:112–113].)  


search diligently pray always and  be believing and all things shall work together  for your good if ye walk uprightly and remem ber the covenant where with ye have covenanted [p. [2]]
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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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