Revelation, 27 July 1842

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Wednesday 27th July 1842.
Verily, thus saith the Lord unto my servant , the thing that my servant Joseph Smith has made known unto you and your family and which you have agreed upon, is right in mine eyes, and shall be crowned upon your heads with honor and immortality and eternal life to all your house both old and young. Because of the lineage of my , saith the Lord, it shall be upon you and upon your children after you from generation to generation, by virtue of the holy promise which I now make unto you, saith the Lord. These are the words which you shall pronounce upon my servant Joseph and your daughter S. A. [Sarah Ann] Whitney: They shall take each other by the hand, and you shall say, You both mutually agree (calling them by name) to be each other’s companion so long as you both shall live, preserving yourselves for each other and from all others, and also throughout eternity, reserving only those rights which have been given to my servant Joseph by revelation and commandment and by legal authority in times past. If you both agree to covenant and to <​do​> this, I then give you, S. A. Whitney, my daughter, to Joseph Smith, to be his wife, to observe all the rights between you both that belong to that condition. I do it in my own name and in the name of my , your mother, and in the name of my holy progenitors by the right of birth, which is of Priesthood vested [p. [1]] in me by revelation, and commandment, and promise of the living God, obtained by the Holy Mechisedek, Jethro, and others of the holy fathers, commanding, in the name of the Lord, all those powers to concentrate in you, and through you to your posterity forever. All these things I do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that through this order He may be glorified, and that through the power of , David may reign King over Israel, which shall hereafter be revealed. Let immortality and eternal life henceforth be sealed upon your heads forever and ever. [1/2 page blank] [p. 2]

Footnotes

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    TEXT: A comma in this location was canceled by a graphite strikethrough; it is unclear whether this was done by Orson F. Whitney or another individual.  

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    JS had previously explained the ancient and eternal lineage of the priesthood, tracing priesthood authority back to Adam. (See Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:6–16]; and Discourse, between ca. 26 June and ca. 4 Aug. 1839–A.)  

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    TEXT: Written originally as “virture”. The cancellation to correct the spelling was made in ink; it is unclear whether the correction was made by Whitney after he made the typescript or by another individual.  

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    TEXT: The original period was replaced by a colon. The change was made in ink; it is unclear whether this was done by Whitney or another individual.  

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    TEXT: The word “to” was changed to “do”. The change was made in ink; it is unclear whether this was done by Whitney or another individual.  

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    Similar to this clause in the revelation, when JS performed the marriage of Newel Knight and Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey in 1835, he directed the couple to “covenant to be each others companions through life, and discharge the duties of husband & wife in every respect,” without enumerating what those duties included. (JS, Journal, 24 Nov. 1835; see also Flake, “Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites,” 79–84.)  

    Flake, Kathleen. “The Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites, 1831–53.” Journal of Mormon History 41, no. 1 (Jan. 2015): 77–102.

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    For more on the expansion of women’s ecclesiastical roles, see Flake, “Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites,” 84–90.  

    Flake, Kathleen. “The Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites, 1831–53.” Journal of Mormon History 41, no. 1 (Jan. 2015): 77–102.

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    TEXT: The same writer who made revisions earlier in the document in ink added a comma here.  

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    TEXT: The same writer who made revisions earlier in the document in ink added a comma here.  

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    Jethro, spelled phonetically as “Gethrow” in other versions of the revelation, was a prince and priest of Midian who provided Moses with a home after he fled from Egypt. Moses married his daughter, Zipporah. JS taught that Jethro also gave Moses the Melchizedek Priesthood. (See Exodus 2:16, 21; 3:1; 4:18; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:6–7].)  

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    TEXT: Written originally as “annointing”; the same writer who made revisions elsewhere in the document canceled the second “n” by strikethrough in ink and added a comma after the word.