Revelation, , OH, 12 Mar. 1832. Featured version, titled “A Revelation given to March 12th 1832 in Hiram Pordage County Ohio,” copied [between 12 Mar. and ca. 1 Apr. 1832] in Revelation Book 2, p. 12; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2.
spent much of late 1831 and early 1832 proselytizing in , , , and . A few weeks after returning to his home in , Ohio, he traveled to , Ohio, where JS was living in the home of and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson. Carter recorded in his journal that the purpose of his trip was to visit “the Seaer to enquier the will of the Lord concerning my minestry the ensuin[g] season.” On 12 March 1832, JS dictated a revelation directing Carter to preach the gospel again in the eastern . When Carter departed for his new mission on 15 April 1832, he likely had the original manuscript of the revelation or a copy of it in his possession. The revelation was probably originally inscribed by , , or , who served as scribes for JS in 1832. Williams copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2, probably sometime before JS left for on 1 April 1832.
Carter, Journal, 53–54. Carter recorded exact phrases from the revelation when discussing it in his journal. However, his journal appears to be a retrospective account, so he could have obtained a copy of the revelation after his return. (See Carter, Journal, 33–122.)
Carter, Gideon Hayden. Journal, Apr.–Dec. 1832. CHL. MS 1732.
See Scribal Directory, in JSP, MRB:683–684; Jennings, “Consequential Counselor,” 183; and Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 46–48.
JSP, MRB / Jensen, Robin Scott, Robert J. Woodford, and Steven C. Harper, eds. Manuscript Revelation Books. Facsimile edition. First volume of the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2009.
Jennings, Erin B. “The Consequential Counselor: Restoring the Root(s) of Jesse Gause.” Journal of Mormon History 34 (Spring 2008): 182–227.
Faulring, Scott H., Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds. Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004.
A Revelation given to March 12th 1832 in Pordage [Portage] County Ohio,——
Verily verily I say unto you that it is my will that my Servant should go again into the eastern countries from place, to place, and from City, City, in the power of the wherewith he has been proclaiming glad tidings of great joy even the everlasting gospel and I will send upon him the comforter which shall teach him the truth and his way whither he shall go and in as much as he is faithful I will crown him again with sheaves wherefore let your heart be glad my servant and fear not saith your Lord even Jesus Christ Amen—— [p. 12]
It is unknown whether this heading appeared in the original manuscript. The copy made by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1 contains the heading “Revelation given March 12 1832 Hiram Portage Ohio.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 147.)
In his journal, Carter wrote that “the power of the ordinan[c]e where with I had been ordained . . . was to the high privilige of administering in the name of Jesus Christ even to seal on earth and to build up the Church of Christ and to work meracles in the name of Christ.”a JS stated earlier that “the order of the High priesthood is that they have power given them to seal up the Saints unto eternal life.”b This similar terminology, as well as Carter’s reference to “the high privilege,” suggests that “the ordinence wherewith he has been ordained” refers to Carter’s ordination to the high priesthood. Though the date of his ordination is unknown, Carter’s journal provides hints. It refers to him being given “the authority of an apostle” prior to 22 September 1831 and relates an event that occurred sometime between 6 June and 22 September 1831 in which he was “endowed with power from on high” and thereafter had the ability to cast out devils and heal the sick.c Later accounts of the June 1831 conference at which the high priesthood was first bestowed referred to its conferral as an “endowment” of power, while former church member Ezra Booth noted in October 1831 that many of the Saints had “been ordained to the High Priesthood, or the order of Milchesidec; and profess to be endowed with the same power as the ancient apostles were.”d