Revelation, 14 November 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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Thus came the word of the Lord unto me saying:
verily thus saith the the Lord unto my servant Joseph concerning my servant , behold [p. 35] his sins are forgiven him because of his desires to do the works of righteousness therefore in as much as he will continue to hearken unto my voice he shall be blessed with wisdom and with a sound mind even above his fellows, behold it shall come to pass in his day that he shall <​see​> great things shew forth themselves unto my people, he shall see much of my ancient records, and shall know of hid[d]en things, and shall be with a knowledge of hiden languages, and if he desires and shall seek it at my hand, he shall be privileged with writing much of my word, as a scribe unto me for the benefit of my people, therefore this shall be his calling until I shall order it otherwise in my wisdom and it shall be said of him in a time to come, behold the Lords Scribe, for the Lords whom he hath appointed in Israel; Therefore <​if he will​> keep my he shall be lifted up at the last day, even so Amen [p. 36]


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    JS and other early church leaders demonstrated an abiding interest in ancient languages, including Egyptian, Hebrew, and even the “pure” or “Adamic” language believed to be spoken by Adam, Eve, and their children. (See Book of Abraham Manuscript, ca. Early July–ca. Nov. 1835–A [Abraham 1:4–2:6]; Letter to Henrietta Raphael Seixas, between 6 and 13 Feb. 1836; and Sample of Pure Language, between ca. 4 and ca. 20 Mar. 1832.)  

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    It appears Parrish kept JS’s journal until Parrish left for a mission in May 1836. Upon his return in November 1836, he began to act as clerk for the Kirtland Safety Society. (Warren Parrish, “Mission in the South,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Nov. 1836, 3:404; Kirtland Safety Society, Stock Ledger, 1836–1837, Collection of Manuscripts about Mormons, Chicago History Museum, copy at CHL.)  

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