Revelation, 6 May 1833 [D&C 93]

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—— May 6— 1833——
Verely thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass, that evry soul who forsaketh their sins and cometh unto me and calleth on my name and obeyeth my voice and keepeth all my commandments shall see my face and know that I am and that I am the true light that lighteth evry man who cometh into the world; and that I am in the fathe[r] and the father in me and the fathe[r] and I are one the father because he gave me of his fulness and the son becaus I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle and dwelt among the sons of men I was in the world and received of my father, and the works of him were plainly manifest and John saw and bear record of the fulness of his <​my​> glory and the fulness of Johns reccord is hereafter to be reveiled and he bear reccord saying I saw his glory that he was in the begining before the world was therefore in the beg[inn]ing the word was for he was the word even the messenger of salvation the light and the redeemer of the world the spirit of truth who came into the world becaus the world was made by him and in him was the <​fife​> light <​Life​> of men and the light of men the worlds were made by him [p. [1]] men were made by him all things were made by him and through him and of him and I, John bear reccord that I beheld his glory as the glory of the only begotten of the fathe[r] full of grace and truth even the spirit of truth which came and dwelt in flesh and dwelt among us and I John saw that he received not of the fulness at the first but received grace for grace and he received not of the fulness but continued from grace to grace until he received a fulness and thus he was called the son of God because he received not of the fulness at the first and I John bear reccord and lo the heavens were opened and the holy ghost decended upon him in the form of a dove and set upon him and there came a voice out of heaven saying this is my beloved son, and I John bear reccord that he received a fulness of the glory of the eternal God father and he receivd all power both in heaven and on earth and the glory of the father was with him for he dwelt in him and it shall come to pass that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the reccord of John I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship and know what you worship [p. [2]] that you may come unto the fathe[r] in my name and in due time receive of his fulness for if you keep my you shall receive of his fulness and be glor[i]fied in me as I am glor[i]fied in the father, therefore I say <​unto​> you you shall receive grace for grace and now verely I say unto you I was in the begining with the fathe[r] and am the first born and all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the same and are the church of the first born, ye were also in the begining with the fathe[r] that which is Spirit even the spirit of truth and truth is knowledge of things as they are and as they were and as they are to come and whatsoever is more or less than these is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the begining the spirit of truth is of God, I am the spirit of truth, and John bear reccord of me say<​ing​> he received a fullness of truth yea even all truth and no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments he that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light untill he is glor[i]fied in truth and knoweth all things, man was also in the begining with God, inteligence or the Light of truth was not created or made neith[er] indeed can be all truth is independent in that sphere <​in which God has placed it—​> to act for itself as all inteligenc[e] also otherwise there is no existance behold here is the agency of man and here is the condemnation of man [p. [3]] because that which was from the begining is p[l]ainly manifest unto them and they receive not the light and evry man whose spirit rec[e]iveth not the light for man is spirit the Elements are eternal and spirit and element inseperably connected receiveth a fulness of Joy and when seperated man cannot receiv <​a​> fulness of Joy the elements are the tabernacle of God, yea man is the tabernacle of God even temples and whatsoeve[r] temple is defiled God shall distroy that temple, the glory of God is inteligence or in other words light & truth light and truth forsaketh that evil one evry spirit of man was innocent in the begining, and God having redeemed man from, the fall <​man​> became again in their infant state <​innocent​> before God and that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth through disobeidienc [disobedience] from the children of men and becam[e] of the tradition of their fathers but I have you to bring up your Children in light and truth, but verily I say unto you my servant you have continued under this condemnation you have not taught your Children light and truth according to the Commandments and that wicked one hath power as yet over you and this is the caus of your affliction and now a commandment I give unto you and if ye will be delivered you shall set in order your own house for there are many things that are not right in your house verely I say unto my servant [p. [4]] that in some things he hath not kept the concerning his children therefore firstly set in order thy house, and verely I say unto my servant Joseph (or in othe[r] words I will call you friends) for ye are my friends) and ye shall have an inheritance with me I called you servants for the worlds sake and ye are their servants for my sake and now verely I say unto you Joseph you have not kept the commandments and must needs stand rebuked before the lord your family must needs repent and forsake some things and give more earnest heed unto your sayings or be removed out of their place what I say unto one I say unto all pray always lest that wicked one have power in you and remove you out of your place my servant also the of my hath need to be chastened and set in order his family and see that they are more diligent and concerned at home and pray always or they shall be removed out of their place now I say unto you my friends let my servant go his Journey and make haste and also proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the gospel of salvation as I shall give him utterence and by your prayr of faith with one consent I will uphold him and let my servants Joseph & make haste also and it shall be given them even according to the prayer of faith [p. [5]]
and inasmuch as you keep my sayings you shall not be confounded in this world nor in the world to come Am
and verely I say unto you that it is my will that ye should hasten to my Scriptures and to obtain a knowledg of history and of Countries and of Kingdoms and of laws, of man & of God <​God & man​> and all these for the salvation of Zion Amen [p. [6]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    See John 6:45.  

  2. 2

    A similar promise had been made in a revelation JS dictated four months earlier in conjunction with the establishment of the School of the Prophets: “Therefore sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, The days come, that you shall see him, for he will, unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according, to his own will.” The idea that the faithful would see Jesus Christ was reiterated in a meeting of the School of the Prophets held on 18 March 1833. The minutes of that meeting record JS declaring that “the pure in heart that were present should see a heavenly vision.” Frederick G. Williams recorded that during that meeting “after remaining for a short time in secret prayer the promise was verified to many present having the eyes of their understandings opened so as to behold many things afte[r] which the bread and wine was distributed by Bro Joseph after which many of the brethren saw a heavenly vision of the saviour and concourses of angels and many othe[r] thing[s] of which each one has a reccord of what they saw &c.” (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:68]; Minutes, 18 Mar. 1833.)  

  3. 3

    See John 8:28; 14:20.  

  4. 4

    Instead of “who,” the Bible has “that.” “That” was changed to “who” in JS’s Bible revision. (New Testament Revision 2, p. 105 [second numbering] [Joseph Smith Translation, John 1:9].)  

  5. 5

    See John 1:9.  

  6. 6

    The copies in both revelation books have the word “father.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 178; Revelation Book 2, p. 56 [D&C 93:3].)  

  7. 7

    See John 14:10–11.  

  8. 8

    See Colossians 1:19.  

  9. 9

    A passage in the Book of Mormon similarly deals with the nature of Christ in relation to the Father: “Because he dwelleth in flesh, he shall be called the Son of God: and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son; the Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son: and they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of Heaven and of Earth.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 186 [Mosiah 15:2–4].)  

  10. 10

    See John 17:5, 24.  

  11. 11

    See John 9:5. The phrase “redeemer of the world,” though not found in the Bible, is found in the Book of Mormon and in a summer 1829 revelation. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 22, 25 [1 Nephi 10:5; 11:27]; Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:1].)  

  12. 12

    See John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13.  

  13. 13

    See John 16:28; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 508, 581 [3 Nephi 27:13; Moroni 8:8]; and Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:41].  

  14. 14

    The Gospel according to John reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1–4.)  

  15. 15

    John 1:14 reads, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  

  16. 16

    John 1:16 reads, “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” In his translation of the Bible JS modified this verse to read, “For in the begining was the word, even the son, who is made flesh, and sent unto us by the will of the Father. And as many as beleive on his name shall receive of his fullness. And of his fullness have all we received, even imortality and eternal life, through his grace.” (New Testament Revision 2, p. 105 [second numbering] [Joseph Smith Translation, John 1:16].)  

  17. 17

    See John 1:32; Matthew 3:16–17; Mark 1:10–11; and Luke 3:21–22.  

  18. 18

    The phrase “eternal God” is not found in any other extant version of this revelation and is, except for one usage in the Old Testament, a term exclusive to the Book of Mormon. (See, for example, Deuteronomy 33:27; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 28, 107, 319 [1 Nephi 12:18; 2 Nephi 26:12; Alma 34:9].)  

  19. 19

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 163 [Mosiah 4:9].  

  20. 20

    See John 4:22.  

  21. 21

    See John 14:13; 17:5, 10.  

  22. 22

    See John 1:16.  

  23. 23

    While found in several places in the New Testament, the term firstborn is not in any book attributed to John.  

  24. 24

    See Hebrews 12:23.  

  25. 25

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 130 [Jacob 4:13].  

  26. 26

    See John 8:44.  

  27. 27

    Instead of “bear,” the Revelation Book 1 copy has “bore.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 179 [D&C 93:26].)  

  28. 28

    TEXT: Possibly “inteligences,” or “inteligence,”.  

  29. 29

    The term sphere also appears in several earlier JS documents. (See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 5 [Moses 3:9]; and Answers to Questions, between ca. 4 and ca. 20 Mar. 1832 [D&C 77:3].)  

  30. 30

    See, for example, Old Testament Revision 1, p. 19 [Moses 7:67]; Psalm 16:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510 [3 Nephi 28:10].  

  31. 31

    See Revelation 21:3.  

  32. 32

    See 1 Corinthians 3:16–17.  

  33. 33

    See John 3:21.  

  34. 34

    Both Revelation Book 1 and Revelation Book 2 include the word “innocent” as original text rather than as an insertion. (Revelation Book 1, p. 180; Revelation Book 2, p. 58 [D&C 93:38].)  

  35. 35

    Instead of “becam[e],” the copies in both revelation books have “because.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 180; Revelation Book 2, p. 58 [D&C 93:39].)  

  36. 36

    At the time this revelation was dictated, Frederick G. Williams’s family consisted of his wife, Rebecca Swain, and their four children: Lovina, sixteen; Joseph, fourteen; Lucy, eleven; and Ezra, nine (ages are approximate). (See “Records of Early Church Families,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Jan. 1937, 38.)  

    “Records of Early Church Families.” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 28 (Jan. 1937): 36–39.

  37. 37

    Eighteen months earlier, JS dictated a revelation in which parents were charged with sin if they failed to teach their children to understand, among other things, the doctrines of faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. (See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:25–28].)  

  38. 38

    See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:18].  

  39. 39

    At this time, Sidney Rigdon’s family included his wife, Phebe Brooks, and their seven children: Athalia, twelve; Nancy, eleven; Eliza, ten; Sarah, nine; Sidney, five; John, two; and Lucy, one (ages are approximate). (See “Records of Early Church Members,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Oct. 1936, 161; 1830 U.S. Census, Mentor, Geauga Co., OH, 264; and “Record of the Names of the Members,” [6]–[7].)  

    “Records of Early Church Families.” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 27 (Oct. 1936): 156–162.

    Census (U.S.) / U.S. Bureau of the Census. Population Schedules. Microfilm. FHL.

    “A Record of the Names of the Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, as Taken by the Lesser Priesthood, in the Spring of the Year 1842, and Continued, to Be Added as the Members Arrive at the City of Nauvoo, Hancock County; Illinois. Also the Deaths of Members, & Their Children, & Names of Children Under 8 Years of Age,” after 1844–after 1846. In Far West and Nauvoo Elders’ Certificates, 1837–1838, 1840–1846. CHL.

  40. 40

    See John 15:15. An earlier revelation directed to JS and others had declared in the voice of the Lord, “Again I say unto you my friends, for from this time forth I shall call you friends.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:77].)  

  41. 41

    The term “wicked one” in reference to Satan is not found in the Book of Mormon or any other revelation dictated by JS, but it appears several times in 1 John and Matthew.a In addition, as part of his Bible revision, JS had recently modified 2 Thessalonians 2:8 to include the term.b  

    (aSee, for example, 1 John 2:13–14; 3:12; and Matthew 13:19, 38.bNew Testament Revision 2, p. 136 (second numbering) [Joseph Smith Translation, 2 Thessalonians 2:8].)
  42. 42

    In 1833, Newel K. Whitney’s family consisted of his wife, Elizabeth Ann Smith, and their four children: Horace, nine; Sarah, eight; Orson, three; and John, eight months (ages are approximate). (See “Whitney, Newel Kimball,” 5 Feb. 1795, submitted by Mary E. H. Cotterell, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942–1969, microfilm 1,275,394, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  43. 43

    On 23 March 1833, several elders of the church were “designated to Journey to gethe [together] by the Spirit” on proselytizing missions. Sidney Rigdon was assigned with Luke Johnson to “go to Pittsburgh and preach by the way.” At the time this revelation was dictated, these two men evidently had not yet begun their journey. If, in response to this revelation, Sidney Rigdon departed for his mission, he would have returned to Kirtland by Sunday, 26 May 1833, when he preached to a congregation of church members. (Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–B; John Smith, Journal, 26 May 1833.)  

    Smith, John (1781-1854). Journal, 1833–1841. John Smith, Papers, 1833-1854. CHL. MS 1326, box 1, fd. 1.

  44. 44

    This sentence quotes Isaiah 61:2, which Jesus read in the synagogue as described in Luke 4:19.  

  45. 45

    JS and Frederick G. Williams were assigned at a meeting held on 23 March 1833 “to visit the several churchs as shall be given by the spirit.” If they did so, they would have returned to Kirtland by the beginning of June 1833. (Minutes, 23 Mar. 1833–B; Minutes, ca. 1 June 1833.)  

  46. 46

    See James 5:15.  

  47. 47

    It would be another two months before JS’s revision of the Bible was completed. In a 2 July 1833 letter to Missouri, JS and Sidney Rigdon informed the recipients, “We this day finished the translating of the Scriptures for which we returned gratitude to our heavenly father.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833.)  

  48. 48

    An earlier revelation instructed the men to “teach ye diligently” so that they could then be instructed in, among other things, “a knowledge also, of Countries, and of kingdoms.” (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:78–79]; see also Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:15].)