Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95]

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June 1st. 1833—
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation and I have loved you therefore ye must needs be chast[e]ned and stand rebuked before my face. for ye have sinned against me a verry grievous sin in that ye have not considered the great commandment in all things that I have given unto you concerning the building of mine for the preparation wherewith I deign to prepare mine to prune my vineyard for the last time that I may bring to pass my strange act that I may pour out my spirit upon all flesh. But behold verily I say unto you there are many who have been among you whom I called but few of them are chosen. they who are not chosen have sinned a verry grievous sin in that they are walking in darkness at noon day, and for this cause I gave unto you a that you should call your that your fastings and your mourning might come up into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth which is by interpretation the creator of all things the first day the beginning and the end. Yea verily I say unto you I gave unto you a commandment that you should build an in the which house I design to those whom I have [p. 59] chosen with power from on high, for this is the promise of the Father unto you. Therefore, I you to tarry even as mine Apostles at Jerusalem. nevertheless my servants sinned a verry grievous sin and contentions arose in the , which was verry grievous unto me saith your Lord. therefore I sent them forth to be chastened. Verily I say unto you, it is my will that you should build an . If ye keep my commandments ye shall have power to build it. If ye keep not my commandments the love of the father shall not continue with you therefore ye shall walk in darkness. now here is wisdom and the mind of the Lord, Let the be built not after the manner of this <​the​> world. for I give not unto you that ye shall live after the manner of the world. Therefore let it be built after the manner which I shall show unto three of you whom ye shall appoint and unto this power and the size thereof shall be fifty and five feet in width and let it be sixty and five feet in length in the inner court thereof, and let the lower part of the inner court thereof be dedicated unto me for your offering and for your preaching and your fasting and your praying and the offering up your most holy desires unto me saith your lord, and let the higher part of the inner court be dedicated unto me for the school of mine Apostles saith Son Ah Man, or in otherwords Alphas, or in other words Omegas even Jesus Christ your lord Amen.—— [p. 60]


  1. 1

    See Revelation 3:19.  

  2. 2

    See 1 Corinthians 10:13.  

  3. 3

    See Hebrews 12:5–7. JS used similar language in a letter to Edward Partridge one month earlier. JS told Partridge, “The Lord loveth you, and also Zion, for he chasteneth whom he loveth, and scourgeth every son & daughter whom he receiveth, and he, will not suffer you to be confounded, and of this thing you may rest assured.” (Letter to Edward Partridge, 2 May 1833.)  

  4. 4

    See Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:119].  

  5. 5

    This sentence reiterates an earlier message that asserted the School of the Prophets was necessary so that its members “may be prepared, in all things when I shall send you again, to magnify the calling, whereunto I have called you . . . that you may be perfected, in your ministry to go forth among the gentiles, for the last time.” (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:80, 84].)  

  6. 6

    See Isaiah 28:21. According to Oliver Cowdery, the angel Moroni told JS that God had “chosen you as an instrument in his hand to bring to light that which shall perform his act, his strange act, and bring to pass a marvelous work and a wonder.” (Oliver Cowdery, “Letter IV,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Feb. 1835, 1:79.)  

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

  7. 7

    See Joel 2:28; and Acts 2:17.  

  8. 8

    See Matthew 22:14.  

  9. 9

    See Deuteronomy 28:29; and Job 5:14.  

  10. 10

    See Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:70].  

  11. 11

    See James 5:4; and Romans 9:29.  

  12. 12

    A similar promise appears in Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:32].  

  13. 13

    See Luke 24:49; see also Acts 1:8; 2:1–4.  

  14. 14

    Extant records offer no information on the nature of this contention or its consequences. Several men, some of whom attended the School of the Prophets, were called to serve missions in late March, about the time that the first School of the Prophets ended. (See Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–B; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 21 Apr. 1833; and Minutes, 2 May 1833; see also Backman, Heavens Resound, 264–268.)  

    Backman, Milton V., Jr. The Heavens Resound: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, 1830–1838. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1983.

  15. 15

    See John 15:10; and 1 John 2:15.  

  16. 16

    According to an architectural study of the Kirtland temple, the building was unlike other churches built around the same time, especially in its use of interior space and pulpits. The Kirtland temple also incorporated contemporaneous architectural styles with an eclectic “mixture of Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, and Gothic elements.” (Robison, First Mormon Temple, 16.)  

    Robison, Elwin C. The First Mormon Temple: Design, Construction, and Historic Context of the Kirtland Temple. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1997.

  17. 17

    See John 15:19; 17:16; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 42, 47 [1 Nephi 17:8; 18:1–2].  

  18. 18

    At a conference held in early June 1833, JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams were appointed “to obtain a draft or construction of the inner court of the house.” Reportedly, Williams later said that the three men were shown by revelation “the plan or model of the House to be built.” “We went upon our knees,” he remembered, “called on the Lord, and the Building appeared within viewing distance, I being the first to discover it Then all of us viewed it together. After we had taken a good look at the exterior, the building seemed to come right over us; and the makeup of this Hall seems to coincide with what I there saw to a minutia.” Several weeks later, the presidency sent plans for a similar structure to church leaders in Missouri with the counsel that “should you not understand the explanations Sent with the drafts you will inform us, so as you may have a propper understanding, for it is meet that all things should be done according to the pattern.” On the actual draft Williams wrote, “For your satisfaction we inform you that . . . the size form and dime[n]sions of the house were given us of the Lord.” (Minutes, ca. 1 June 1833; Angell, Autobiography, 14–15; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.)  

    Angell, Truman O. Autobiography, 1884. CHL. MS 12334. Also available in Archie Leon Brown and Charlene L. Hathaway, 141 Years of Mormon Heritage: Rawsons, Browns, Angells—Pioneers (Oakland, CA: By the authors, 1973), 119–135.

  19. 19

    The dimensions of the interior of the completed assembly halls of the Kirtland temple closely match the dimensions given here. However, a vestibule added at the entrance to accommodate stairways and a vestry, as well as the thickness of the walls, makes the actual exterior dimensions 79 feet by 59 feet, 2 inches. (See Historic American Buildings Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service, “Kirtland Mormon Temple, Ohio Route Number 306, Kirtland, Ohio,” Mar. 1934, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC.)  

    Historic American Buildings Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. “Kirtland Mormon Temple, Ohio Route Number 306, Kirtland, Ohio,” Mar. 1934. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC. Digital image accessed 7 Oct. 2013.

  20. 20

    “Lower part” refers to the ground floor.  

  21. 21

    “Higher part of the inner court” refers to the upstairs assembly hall.  

  22. 22

    “School of mine Apostles” is another name for the School of the Prophets.  

  23. 23

    See Sample of Pure Language, between ca. 4 and ca. 20 Mar. 1832.  

  24. 24

    See Revelation 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13. Nowhere in the Greek transliterations or standard English translations of the Bible or in other JS revelations do the plural words “Alphas” or “Omegas” appear in place of the singular “Alpha” and “Omega.”