Revelation, 8 July 1838–E [D&C 117]

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A revelation given at July 8th A.D. 1838
verily thus saith the Lord unto my servants and , Let them settle up their businss speedily and journey from the land of , before I the Lord sendeth snow again upon the ground. Let them awake and arise and come forth and not tarry, for I the Lord commandeth it.— therefore if they tarry, it shall not be well with them.— Let them repent of all their sins, and all their covetous desires before me saith the Lord: And whatsoever remaineth, let it remain in your hands for what is property unto me saith the Lord. Let the properties at be turned out for debts saith the Lord. Let them go saith the Lord; and whatsoever remaineth, let it remain in your hands saith the Lord: for have I not the fowls of Heaven, and also the fish of the sea, and the beasts of the mountains. Have I not made the earth? Do I not hold the destinies of all the armies of the nations of the earth? Therefore will I not make the solitary places to bud and to blossom and to bring forth in abundance saith the Lord. Is there not room enough upon the mountains of , or upon the plains of , or the land where Adam dwelt, that you should not covet that which is but but the drop, and neglect the more w[e]ighty matters.— Therefore come up hither unto the land of my people even . Let my servant be faithful over a few things, and he shall be ruler over many things. Let him preside in the midst of my people in the city , and let him be blessed with the blessings of my people.— Let my servant be ashamed of the Nicolitans, and of all their secret abominations, and of all his littleness of soul before me saith the Lord, and come up unto the land of and be a man unto my people saith the Lord, not in name but in deed saith the Lord. And again verily I say unto you I remember my servant . Behold verily I say unto him, that his name shall be had in sacred rememberance from generation to generation forever and ever saith the Lord. Therefore let him contend earnestly for the redemption of the of my church saith the Lord; and when he falls he shall rise again; for his sacrifice shall be more sacred to me, than his increase saith [p. [1]] the Lord; therefore let him come up hither speedily unto the land of , and in due time he shall be made a merchant unto my name saith the Lord for the benefit of my people: therefore let no man despise my servant , but let the blessings of my people be upon him forever and ever. Amen.
And again I say unto you let all the saints in the land of remember the Lord their God, and mine to preserve it holy, and to overthrow the money changers in mine own due time said the Lord [3/4 page blank] [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    TEXT: Possibly “servant<​s​>”.  

  2. 2

    Instead of “snow,” Robinson’s copy has “the snows.” (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838.)  

  3. 3

    See Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:10].  

  4. 4

    Marks was engaged in selling Mormon property in order to pay the debts of JS and Rigdon. (See Pay Order to Edward Partridge for William Smith, 21 Feb. 1838.)  

  5. 5

    See Genesis chap. 1.  

  6. 6

    See Isaiah 35:1.  

  7. 7

    Here and later in the revelation, Mulholland’s copy uses the spelling “Adam Ondi Ahman.” According to John Corrill, when JS applied this name to Spring Hill, Missouri, he gave the English interpretation of the name as “the valley of God, in which Adam blessed his children.” (Revelation, 8 July 1838–E, copy, Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 117:8]; Corrill, Brief History, 28; see also Letter to Stephen Post, 17 Sept. 1838.)  

    Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583.

  8. 8

    Instead of “or,” Robinson’s and Whitney’s copies have “and.” (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838; Letter to William Marks and Newel K. Whitney, 8 July 1838.)  

  9. 9

    Robinson’s copy uses the spelling “Olaha Shinehah.” In JS’s translation of the Book of Abraham, the Lord shows Abraham a vision of the Lord’s heavenly creations and names some of them: “And he [the Lord] said unto me this is Shinehah, (which is the sun.) . . . And he said unto me, Olea, which is the moon.” (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838; “The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 15 Mar. 1842, 3:719–720 [Abraham 3:13].)  

  10. 10

    Instead of “or the land,” Robinson’s and Whitney’s copies have “or in the land.” (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838; Letter to William Marks and Newel K. Whitney, 8 July 1838.)  

  11. 11

    See Matthew 23:23.  

  12. 12

    See Matthew 25:21, 23.  

  13. 13

    Kirtland president William Marks was apparently intended to replace Thomas B. Marsh, who was serving as the pro tempore president of Zion. (Minutes, 6 Apr. 1838.)  

  14. 14

    Robinson’s copy has “Nicholatine band.” (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838.)  

  15. 15

    Ten days earlier, when a stake of Zion was organized in Adam-ondi-Ahman, Vinson Knight was appointed the bishop pro tempore. It may have been intended that Knight, who had previously served as a counselor to Bishop Whitney in Ohio, would be replaced by Whitney when Whitney arrived. However, that plan may have changed with the revelation’s chastisement of Whitney and its statement that he would serve in Adam-ondi-Ahman as a bishop “not in name but in deed.” Bishop Edward Partridge wrote to Whitney about the revelation two weeks later, stating, “I some expect that you will have to take the tithing at Adamondiahman the same as I have to here.” (Minutes, 28 June 1838; Edward Partridge, Far West, MO, to Newel K. Whitney, Kirtland, OH, 24 July 1838, in Reynolds Cahoon, Far West, MO, to Newel K. Whitney, Kirtland, OH, 23 July 1838, CHL.)  

    Cahoon, Reynolds, and Edward Partridge. Letter, Far West, MO, to Newel K. Whitney, Kirtland Mills, OH, 23 and 24 July 1838. CHL.

  16. 16

    A revelation JS dictated in 1831 appointed Sidney Gilbert to a similar position. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8–10].)  

  17. 17

    See 1 Corinthians 16:11; 1 Timothy 4:12; and Titus 2:15.  

  18. 18

    Granger may have been looked down on by others because of his partial blindness. He had lost much of his eyesight in 1827 from exposure to the cold. (JS History, vol. C-1 Addenda, 11.)  

  19. 19

    This phrasing is an allusion to John 2:13–16 and to attempts by creditors or dissenters to take control of the House of the Lord in Kirtland. (Hepzibah Richards, Kirtland, OH, to Willard Richards, Bedford, England, 18–19 Jan. 1838, Willard Richards, Papers, CHL.)  

    Richards, Willard. Journals and Papers, 1821–1854. CHL.