Revelation, , Seneca Co., NY, to , [Sept.] 1830. Featured version, titled “33 Commandment AD 1830,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, p. 43; handwriting of ; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.
This revelation for originated, like the two that precede it, at the second of the , which was held in , New York, in late September 1830. It commanded John Whitmer, who was one of the six founding of the church and who had received a as an elder and an , to preach the gospel. After the church’s first conference in June, Whitmer traveled with JS, , and to , Pennsylvania, and they later traveled to , New York, to believers. In July, after they returned to Harmony, JS dictated a revelation that instructed Whitmer, along with JS himself and Cowdery, to study the , preach, confirm the Colesville believers, and help on JS’s farm. The revelation featured here called Whitmer to “proclaim my Gospel as with the voice of a Trump” in Seneca Falls, New York, near his boyhood home.
, who was and an elder on 1 September 1830, had preached successfully in Seneca Falls shortly after his conversion; he gave a sermon at ’s home, a few miles northeast of the Whitmer farm, where he “spoke the word of God with power, reasoning out of the Scriptures and the Book of Mormon. The people were convinced, overwhelmed in tears, and four heads of families came forward, expressing their faith, and were baptized.” This revelation informed , “Thy Labour shall be at thy Brother Philips. [Philip Burroughs’s]” and in the surrounding area.
Pratt, Autobiography, 43; 1830 U.S. Census, Seneca Falls, Seneca Co., NY, 23.
Pratt, Parley P. The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Parley P. Pratt Jr. New York: Russell Brothers, 1874.
Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.
A Revelation to his call to the Ministery give &c given at Seneca County State of New York
Behold I say unto that thou shalt commence from this time forth to proclaim my Gospel as with the voice of a Trump & thy Labour shall be at thy Brother & in that region round about yea wheresoever thou canst be heard until I command thee to go from hence & thy whole Labour shall be in my with all thy Soul from henceforth yea thou shalt ever open thy mouth in my cause not fearing what man can do for I a◊ with thee even so amen [p. 43]
It is unclear whether Burroughs was baptized into the church. According to a 12 March 1831 letter from an unidentified group of Palmyra citizens, Burroughs had previously been one of the principal “men of property” among the Mormons but by that time had “refused” to “obey Jo any longer.” Burroughs’s wife, however, seems to have joined the church and continued as a member. (Palmyra, NY, 12 Mar. 1831, Letter to the Editor, Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 22 Mar. 1831, ; Samuel Smith, Journal, 24 Apr. 1832.)