Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53]
Revelation, [, OH], to , 8 June 1831. Featured version, titled “56th Commandment June 8th. 1831,” copied [ca. June 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 89–90; handwriting of ; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.
, the recipient of this revelation, was ’s business partner and an early convert to the church. He may have been present at a 5 June 1831 meeting at which JS taught that “the would have large congregations to speak to and they must soon take there departure into the Reagions west.” The next evening, JS dictated a revelation that commissioned a number of elders to accompany him to , which the text called “the land which I will unto my People which are a remnant of Jacob & those who are heirs according to the .” The 6 June revelation did not name Gilbert among those who should travel to Missouri. JS’s history records that shortly after the reception of that revelation, Gilbert approached JS and requested direction for himself. In response, JS dictated this revelation that gave Gilbert assignments in the church, including the instruction to travel to Missouri with JS and . Gilbert left for Missouri on 18 June with JS and Rigdon.
Hancock, Autobiography, 92. According to Levi Hancock, following the 5 June meeting a group of participants “went to Gilberts” where they talked “with brother Whitnies [Newel K. Whitney] and told him what hapend at the conferance.”
Hancock, Levi. Autobiography, ca. 1854. Photocopy. CHL. MS 8174.
Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:2].
JS History, vol. A-1, 121.
William W. Phelps, “Letter No. 6,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Apr. 1835, 1:97.
Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.