Revelation, 12 October 1833 [D&C 100]

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  • Historical Introduction

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Chatocqua [Chautauque] Co NY
Saturday October 12th 1833
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my friends & Joseph your families are well they <​are​> in mine hands and I will do with them as seemeth me good for in me there is all power therefore follow me and listen to the council which I shall give unto you behold and lo I have much people in this place in the regeons round about and an effectual door shall be opened in the regeons round about in this eastern land therefore I the Lord have suffired you to come unto this place for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls therefore verely I say unto you lift up your voices unto this people speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts and ye shall not be confounded before men for it shall be given you in the very hour yea in the very moment what ye shall say but a I give unto you that ye shall declare whatsoever things ye declare in my name in solemnity of heart in the spirit of meekness in all things and I give unto you this promise that inasmuch as ye do this the holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say and it is expedient in me that you should be spokesman unto this people yea verily I will you [p. [1]] unto this calling even to be a spokesman unto my servant Joseph and I will give unto him power to be mighty in testimony and I will give unto the<​e​> power to be mighty in expounding all that thou mayest be a spokesman unto him and he shall be a revelator unto thee that thou mayest know the certanty of all things pertaining to the things of my kingdom on the earth Therefore continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice for behold and lo I am with you even unto the end and
And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion Zion shall be redeemed altho she is chasened for a little season thy breatheren my servents and are in my hands and inasmuch as they keep my they shall be saved therefore let your hearts be comforted for all things shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly and to the sactifycation [sanctification] of the for I will raise up unto myself a pure people that will serve me in righteousness and all that call on the name of the Lord and keep his commandments shall be saved even so Amen [p. [2]]


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    TEXT: This revelation bears punctuation marks that have not been transcribed because they appear to be later redactions. However, the punctuation may have been inserted at the time of original inscription. The heading for this revelation in Revelation Book 2 reads, “A Revelation to Joseph and Sidney, given them while on their journey to Canada, according to direction of the Spirit.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 71.)  

  2. 2

    Perrysburg, New York, is located in Cattaraugus County, not Chautauque County.  

  3. 3

    Several Church of Christ missionaries had previously labored in this region. (See “Progress of the Church of Christ,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1833, 108–109; Letter to Vienna Jaques, 4 Sept. 1833; and “Amasa Lyman’s History,” Deseret News [Salt Lake City], 8 Sept. 1858, 117.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

    Deseret News. Salt Lake City. 1850–.

  4. 4

    See Luke 12:11–12.  

  5. 5

    According to JS, the day after he dictated this revelation, “the Lord gave his spirit in marvilous man[n]er.” John P. Greene, who attended the 13 October meeting, stated that Sidney Rigdon “preac[h]ed in the demmonstrtion [demonstration] of the Spirrit.” Two weeks later, at the conclusion of his and Rigdon’s mission in Canada, JS wrote that during one of their meetings, “the spirit was given in great power to some and the rest had great peace.” (JS, Journal, 13 and 27–28 Oct. 1833; Greene, Diary, 13 Oct. 1833.)  

    Greene, Evan Melbourne. Diaries, 1833–1852. CHL. MS 1442.

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    Rigdon later stated that he had been “consecrated a spokesman” to JS. The day after this revelation was dictated, JS noted each of their ministerial roles: “Brother Sidney preached & I bear record to the people.” Shortly after their return from Canada, JS wrote that Sidney Rigdon was “a man of great power of words and [could] gain the friendship of his hearrers very quick.” (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Minutes, 7 Aug. 1844; JS, Journal, 13 Oct. and 14–19 Nov. 1833; see also Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:23].)  

    Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Minutes, 1840–1844. CHL.

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    See Matthew 28:20.  

  8. 8

    Regarding the Saints’ recent troubles in Missouri and the notion that Zion must be chastened, see Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833.  

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    Responding to the news of violence perpetrated against church members in Jackson County, Missouri, JS sent Orson Hyde and John Gould with letters, other documents, and information to the Church of Christ leadership in Jackson County in late August 1833. Hyde and Gould arrived in Jackson County in the latter half of September and assisted beleaguered church members in their efforts to obtain protection against violence. Hyde and Gould returned to Kirtland shortly after attacks against church members again erupted in early November. They arrived on 25 November 1833 with “the melencholly intelegen [intelligence] of the riot in Zion with the inhabitants in pers[e]cuting the breth[r]en.” (Historical Introduction to Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; Knight, History, 439; “History of Orson Hyde,” 12, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1856–1858, 1861, CHL; JS, Journal, 25 Nov. 1833.)  

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

    Historian’s Office. Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861. CHL. CR 100 93.

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    See Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:1].  

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    See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:24]; and Romans 8:28.