Revelation, July 1830–C [D&C 25]
- Source Note
JS dictated this revelation for , his wife, in July 1830. As with the other two July 1830 revelations, the precise date of the revelation is unknown. The earliest manuscript copy noted only the year, but its first printing in 1833 included the July 1830 date that has been carried forward in all subsequent editions. That the revelation discusses much of the same subject matter found in the other two July 1830 revelations strengthens this July 1830 identification. The period from April to mid-July 1830 involved a flurry of activity that included the organization of the , meetings in three different locations, and many convert baptisms. Emma was one of those baptized on 28 June at , New York, but the confirmations were delayed because of opposition.The 1833 Book of Commandments placed the revelation directed to between the other two July 1830 texts, but when , who was in in July and was the recipient of one of these revelations, originally copied all three into Revelation Book 1, he placed this one last, the order accepted here. In addition to the Revelation Book 1 copy, private copies also were made, such as ’s. This was also one of the few revelations reproduced in ’s Mormonism Unvailed in 1834.By July 1830, JS had dictated almost thirty revelations for individuals or small groups, but no women are known to have been included among the recipients. This revelation reflected the vital role that played in JS’s life and also foreshadowed a larger role for her in his work. The revelation called her “an Elect Lady” and charged her to comfort JS in his afflictions, select hymns for the church, preach to church members, and write for JS so that could serve elsewhere.When copied this text into Revelation Book 1, he described it as a to “to select Hymns.” In 1835, she, along with , compiled the church’s first hymnal, A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, one of the few church publications at the time and a book that played an important part in the church’s worship practices. The revelation also explained to Emma, “Thou shalt be ordained under his hand to expound & exhort the Church.” When the was founded in 1842 and the members selected Emma as the president, JS read this revelation to those who were present and explained that Emma had been “ at the time, the Revelation was given, to expound the scriptures to all; and to teach the female part of community.”
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