Revelation, April 1829–B [D&C 8]

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6th. AD 1829
A Revelation to he being desirous to know whether the Lord would grant him the gift of Revelation & th given in Susquehannah Pennsylvania
Verily Verily I say unto you that as Shuredly as the Lord liveth which is your God & your Redeemer even so shure shall ye receive a knowledge of whatsoever things ye shall ask with an honest heart believeing that ye [p. 12] Shall receive, a knowledge concerning the engraveings of old Records which are ancient which contain those parts of my Scriptures of which hath been spoken by the manifestation of my Spirit yea Behold I will tell you in your mind & in your heart by the Holy Ghost which Shall come upon you & which shall dwell in your heart now Behold this is the spirit of Revelation Behold this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the red Sea on dry ground therefore this is thy gift apply unto it & blessed art thou for [it] shall deliver you out of the hands of your enemies when if it were not so they would sley thee & bring thy soul to distruction O remember these words & keep my commandments remember this is thy gift now this is not all for thou hast another gift which is the gift of working with the sprout Behold it hath told you things Behold there is no other power save God that can cause this thing of Nature to work in your hands for it is the work of God & therefore whatsoever ye shall ask to tell you by that means that will he grant unto you that ye shall know remember that without faith ye can do nothing trifle not with these things do not ask for that which ye had not ought ask that ye may know the mysteries of God & that ye may all those ancient Records which have been hid up which are Sacred & according to your faith shall it be done unto you Behold it is I that have spoken it & I am the same which spake unto you from the begining amen [p. 13]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    Cowdery’s opportunity to translate is discussed in Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:25–27]; and Revelation, Apr. 1829–D [D&C 9:1–3].  

  3. 3

    See Exodus 14:16–22.  

  4. 4

    See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:30, 34].  

  5. 5

    In preparing the text of Revelation Book 1 for publication, Sidney Rigdon replaced “sprout” with “rod.” Green, flexible shoots or rods cut from hazel, peach, or cherry trees were sometimes used as divining rods. (Revelation Book 1, p. 13 [D&C 8:6]; see also Silliman, “Divining Rod,” 202; and “The Divining-Rod,” Milwaukie [Wisconsin Territory] Sentinel, 7 Sept. 1842, [1].)  

    [Silliman, Benjamin]. “The Divining Rod.” The American Journal of Science, &c 11, no. 2 (Oct. 1826): 201–212.

    Milwaukie Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Territory. 1841–1845.

  6. 6

    In preparing the text of Revelation Book 1 for publication, Sidney Rigdon replaced “thing of Nature” with “rod.” Editors of the Book of Commandments reinstated “of nature” so that the phrase read “rod of nature.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 13; Book of Commandments 7:3 [D&C 8:7].)  

  7. 7

    Accounts of how divining rods were held and how they functioned were prevalent in 1820s America. Wrote one skeptic: “To use the divining rod, the hands are spread, with the palms upward and the thumbs pointing out, when the ends of the forks are grasped by closing the fingers, and the rod is carried along perpendicularly over the ground to be explored. The practitioners pretend, that on arriving over water, or mass of precious ore, the top of the rod will bend over, and point at it.” (“Divining Rods,” Aurora and Franklin Gazette [Philadelphia], 14 Nov. 1826, [2]; see also “The Electrometrical or Divining Rod,” Daily National Intelligencer [Washington DC], 5 Sept. 1820, [2]; “The Divining Rod,” Maryland Gazette and Political Intelligencer [Annapolis], 28 Sept. 1820, [3]; “The Divining Rod,” Worcester Magazine and Historical Journal, Oct. 1825, 29; and Silliman, “Divining Rod,” 201–212.)  

    Aurora and Franklin Gazette. Philadelphia. 1824–1828.

    Daily National Intelligencer. Washington DC. 1800–1869.

    Maryland Gazette and Political Intelligencer. Annapolis, MD. 1813–1823.

    Worcester Magazine and Historical Journal. Worcester, MA. 1825–1826.

    [Silliman, Benjamin]. “The Divining Rod.” The American Journal of Science, &c 11, no. 2 (Oct. 1826): 201–212.

  8. 8

    The injunction to Cowdery to “trifle not” with his gifts but to use them to unlock the “mysteries of God” and the translation of “ancient Records” is similar to counsel Cowdery received in another April 1829 revelation. (See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:10–12, 26–27].)  

  9. 9

    TEXT: Or “spoke”.