Revelation, 27 February 1832

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Portage County Ohio Febry. 27th. 1832
Behold thus saith the Lord unto you my servants that I have chosen to be a servant unto me wherefore verily I say unto you lit [let] him be and receive the articles and covenants which I have givin unto you and some of the that he may go forth and proclaim my gospel whithersover I will send him in the congregrations of the wicked and in asmuch as he is faithful I will prosper him even so Amen [p. 10]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    Likely JS and Sidney Rigdon. Rigdon was working as JS’s scribe for the Bible revision. That the revelation was not addressed specifically to Lincoln Haskins may indicate that Haskins was not present at its dictation, although according to Samuel Smith (who conversed with Haskins a month later), Haskins “had seen Joseph & Sidney” while in Ohio. (Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832.)  

    Smith, Samuel. Diary, Feb. 1832–May 1833. CHL. MS 4213.

  2. 2

    Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde met with Haskins within a month after this revelation was dictated and recorded that he held the office of elder. (Samuel Smith, Diary, 21 Mar. 1832; Hyde, Journal, 21 Mar. 1832.)  

    Smith, Samuel. Diary, Feb. 1832–May 1833. CHL. MS 4213.

    Hyde, William. Journal, ca. 1868–1873. CHL. MS 1549.

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    The “articles and covenants” are the church’s foundational document, whereas the “commandments” are revelatory texts that give direction or require obedience. Although church leaders were in the process of publishing JS’s revelations at this point, no authorized copies were yet in print. Church elders often made their own copies to inform their proselytizing message and their administration of local groups of converts. (See Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20]; see also, for example, Samuel Smith, Diary, 16 Nov. 1832; and Woodford, “Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ and the Book of Mormon,” 265.)  

    Smith, Samuel. Diary, Feb. 1832–May 1833. CHL. MS 4213.

    Woodford, Robert J. “The Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ and the Book of Mormon.” In Doctrines for Exaltation: The 1989 Sperry Symposium on the Doctrine and Covenants, 262–273. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989.

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    See Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:8].