JS dictated this revelation for and his counselor on 7 November 1835. Partridge and Morley had recently arrived in , Ohio, from a five-month proselytizing and fund-raising mission in the eastern .
On 1 June 1835, JS had called for and to “visit the churches in the east and obtain donations for the poor saints” and to provide counsel to church members generally. On the following day, Partridge and Morley “started with a one horse waggon on a tour to visit the churches, in the eastern states, strengthning them; and instructing them concerning the gathering.” They began by visiting Partridge’s family and preaching in western . The bishop and his counselor then traveled approximately two thousand miles through Pennsylvania, , , , , and , visiting twenty-five branches of the church with a combined membership of seven hundred. During this time, they held some fifty meetings. According to Partridge, “I preached about thirty two sermons and spoke by the way of exhortion about half a dozen times. Elder Morley preached from fifteen to twenty times and spoke a number of times more. We baptized three. We spent most of our time and labours in the churches, and collected some donations for the poor. We found the churches doing as well as could reasonably be expected.” At some point, Partridge and Morley separated, but by 5 November, both men had returned to , Ohio.
The revelation featured here instructed and to remain in until the completion of the , and they did so. JS dictated this revelation to , who recorded it on 7 November 1835 in JS’s journal.
The five-month journey was the second multiple-month mission for both Isaac Morley and Edward Partridge in 1835. Morley had proselytized while traveling from Missouri to Kirtland from 17 February to 29 April 1835, preaching mostly in Illinois and Indiana. Partridge traveled from late January through the end of April 1835 in similar regions, in company with Thomas B. Marsh. (Isaac Morley, Report, ca. 1835, Missionary Reports, 1831–1900, CHL; Edward Partridge, Report, 29 Apr. 1835, Missionary Reports, 1831–1900, CHL.)
The word <of the Lord> came to me saying, behold I am well pleased with my servant and my servant , because of the integrity of their harts in laboring in my vinyard for the salvation of the souls of men, Verily I say unto you their sins are [p. 20]