Revelation, 8 August 1831 [D&C 60]

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given in Missorie Jackson County August 8th. 1831 directions to some of the to return to their homes & & own land &c &c
Behold thus saith the Lord unto the Elders of this who are to return speedily to the land from whence they came behold it pleaseth me that you have come up hither but with some I am not well pleased for they will not open their mouths but hide the tallent which I have given <​unto​> them because of the fear of man wo unto such for mine anger is kindelled against them & it shall come to pass if they are not more faithfull unto me it shall be taken away even that which they have for I the Lord ruleth in the heavens above & among the armies of the Earth And in the day when I shall make up my Jewels all men shall know what it is that bespeaketh the power of God but verily I will speak unto you concerning your Journey unto the Land from whence you came let there be a craft made or bought as seemeth you good it mattereth not unto me & take your Journey speedily for the place which is called . & from thence let my Servent & Joseph & take their Journey for & in this place let them lift up their voice & declare my word with loud voices without wrath or doubting lifting up holy hands upon them for I am able to make you holy & your sins are forgiven you & let the residue take their Journey from two by two & preach the word not in haste among the congregations of the wicked untill they return to the churches from whence they came & all this for the good of the churches for this intent have I sent them & let my servent impart of the money which I have given him a portion unto mine Elders which are commanded to return & he that is able let him return it by the way of the & he that is not of him it is not required And now I speak of the [p. 100] residue which is to come to this Land Behold they have been sent to preach my gospel among the congregations of the wicked wherefore I give unto them a Thus thou shalt not Idle away thy time neither shalt thou bury thy tallent that it may not be known & after thou hast come up unto the & have proclaimed my word thou shalt speedily return preaching the word among the congregations not in haste neither in wrath nor with strife & shake off the dust of thy feet against those who receive thee not not in their presence lest thou provoke them but in secret & wash thy feet as a testimony against them in the day of Judgement this is sufficient for you & the will of him who hath sent you & by the mouth of my servent Joseph it shall be made known concerning & the residue hereafter even so amen—— [p. 101]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  

  3. 3

    Ezra Booth, who traveled to Missouri at this time but later left the church, recounted, “For more than two weeks, while I remained there [in Missouri], the disposition of the Elders appeared to be averse to preaching.” (Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. V,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 10 Nov. 1831, [3].)  

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

  4. 4

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 565 [Ether 12:35].  

  5. 5

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 115 [2 Nephi 29:7].  

  6. 6

    See Malachi 3:17.  

  7. 7

    A 1 August 1831 revelation stated, “It is not meet that I should command in all things for he that is compelled in all things the same is a slothfull & not a wise Servent.” (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:26].)  

  8. 8

    On the trip to Independence in June, JS and his companions went on foot from St. Louis, Missouri, parallel to the eastward-flowing Missouri River. On their return trip, they could more easily travel downriver to St. Louis by water. Ezra Booth later recollected that he and one other elder were given the task of “procuring the means of conveyance down the river.” JS and others began their return to Ohio in canoes. (JS History, vol. A-1, 126, 142; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. V,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 10 Nov. 1831, [3]; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831.)  

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

  9. 9

    JS visited Cincinnati on the way to Independence and met there with Walter Scott of the reformed Baptist movement. (JS History, vol. A-1, 126.)  

  10. 10

    See 1 Timothy 2:8.  

  11. 11

    As the church’s bishop, Partridge was in charge of administering funds from church members consecrated to the church. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:35–36]; Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–33].)  

  12. 12

    Sidney Gilbert, who was traveling to Ohio with the others.  

  13. 13

    Several elders appointed to travel to Missouri, including Hyrum Smith, John Murdock, David Whitmer, and Harvey Whitlock, had yet to arrive. (Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52]; see, for example, Murdock, Journal, Aug. 1831.)  

    Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 2.

  14. 14

    See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:42].  

  15. 15

    See Matthew 25:25.  

  16. 16

    See Mark 6:11; Luke 10:10–11; and Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:15].