Revelation, 10 June 1831 [D&C 54]

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  • Historical Introduction

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57th. June 10th. 1831
A Revelation to the at giving them Directions what to do &c
Behold thus saith the Lord even Alpha & Omega the begining & the end even him that was crusified for the sins of the World Behold verily verily I say unto you my servent you shall stand fast in the office wherewith I have appointed you & if your Brethren desire to escape their enemies let them repent of all their sins & become truly humble before me & contrite & as the covenant which they make unto me has been broken even so it hath become void & of none affect & wo to him by whom this offence cometh for it had been better for him that he had been drownded in the depth of the sea but blessed are they who have kept the covenant & observed the commandment for they shall obtain mercy wherefore go to now & flee the land lest your enemies come upon you And take your Journey & appoint whom you will to be your leader & to pay moneyes for you & thus you shall take your Journeys into the regions westward unto unto the borders of the & after you have done Journeying Behold I say unto you seek ye a living like unto men untill I prepare a place for you & again be patient in tribulation untill I come & Behold I come quickly & my reward is with me [p. 90] & he that hath sought me early shall find rest to their Souls even So amen —— [p. 91]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    It is unknown whether Knight was appointed to a specific priesthood office, but Shaker leader Ashbel Kitchell clearly recognized Knight as the leader of the Mormons living in Thompson. A revelation dictated four days earlier called Knight, along with many others, to journey to Missouri, preaching as they went. (“Mormon Interview,” 15; Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:32].)  

    “A Mormon Interview. Copied from Brother Ashbel Kitchell’s Pocket Journel,” 1856. Elisha D. Blakeman copy of Ashbel Kitchell, Reminiscences. Photocopy in editors’ possession. Original at Shaker Museum and Library, Old Chatham, NY. Also available as Lawrence R. Flake, “A Shaker View of a Mormon Mission,” BYU Studies 20, no. 1 (Fall 1979): 94–99.

  3. 3

    See Matthew 18:6.  

  4. 4

    Concerning the eviction from Leman Copley’s land, Joseph Knight Sr. explained that “we sold out what we Could But Copley took the advantege of us, and we Could not git any thing for what we had done so we left Copleys in June.” According to a newspaper report, the group was forced to “leav their spring crops all upon the ground.” (Knight, Reminiscences, 9; News Item, Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 28 June 1831, [3].)  

    Knight, Joseph, Sr. Reminiscences, no date. CHL. MS 3470.

    Painesville Telegraph. Painesville, OH. 1822–1986.

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    The church members at Thompson wanted Newel Knight to continue as their leader. (See Revelation, 15 June 1831 [D&C 56:6–7].)  

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    After the group left Thompson, they departed Wellsville, Ohio, on 3 July by boat and arrived in St. Louis on the thirteenth. From there they traveled on the steamer Chieftain to Independence, Missouri. (Knight, History, 310–311.)  

    Knight, Newel. History. Private possession. Copy in CHL. MS 19156.

  7. 7

    See Romans 12:12.  

  8. 8

    See Proverbs 8:17; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 329 [Alma 37:34].