Revelation, 12 March 1832 [D&C 79]

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A Revelation given to March 12th 1832 in Pordage [Portage] County Ohio,——
Verily verily I say unto you that it is my will that my Servant should go again into the eastern countries from place, to place, and from City, City, in the power of the wherewith he has been proclaiming glad tidings of great joy even the everlasting gospel and I will send upon him the comforter which shall teach him the truth and his way whither he shall go and in as much as he is faithful I will crown him again with sheaves wherefore let your heart be glad my servant and fear not saith your Lord even Jesus Christ Amen—— [p. 12]


  1. 1

    It is unknown whether this heading appeared in the original manuscript. The copy made by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1 contains the heading “Revelation given March 12 1832 Hiram Portage Ohio.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 147.)  

  2. 2

    In his journal, Carter wrote that “the power of the ordinan[c]e where with I had been ordained . . . was to the high privilige of administering in the name of Jesus Christ even to seal on earth and to build up the Church of Christ and to work meracles in the name of Christ.”a JS stated earlier that “the order of the High priesthood is that they have power given them to seal up the Saints unto eternal life.”b This similar terminology, as well as Carter’s reference to “the high privilege,” suggests that “the ordinence wherewith he has been ordained” refers to Carter’s ordination to the high priesthood. Though the date of his ordination is unknown, Carter’s journal provides hints. It refers to him being given “the authority of an apostle” prior to 22 September 1831 and relates an event that occurred sometime between 6 June and 22 September 1831 in which he was “endowed with power from on high” and thereafter had the ability to cast out devils and heal the sick.c Later accounts of the June 1831 conference at which the high priesthood was first bestowed referred to its conferral as an “endowment” of power, while former church member Ezra Booth noted in October 1831 that many of the Saints had “been ordained to the High Priesthood, or the order of Milchesidec; and profess to be endowed with the same power as the ancient apostles were.”d  

    Carter, Gideon Hayden. Journal, Apr.–Dec. 1832. CHL. MS 1732.

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

    (aCarter, Journal, 53.bMinutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831.cCarter, Journal, 35.dCorrill, Brief History, 18; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. II,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 20 Oct. 1831, [3].)
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    See Revelation, Sept. 1830–F [D&C 31:3]; and Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:40–43].  

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    See Revelation, Sept. 1830–F [D&C 31:11]; and Revelation, 9 May 1831 [D&C 50:14].  

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    “Sheaves” is used here as a metaphor for converts. (See Micah 4:12; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 497 [3 Nephi 20:18]; and Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–A [D&C 75:5]; see also Carter, Journal, 123.)  

    Carter, Gideon Hayden. Journal, Apr.–Dec. 1832. CHL. MS 1732.