Revelation, 8 July 1838–A [D&C 118]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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Revelation given July 8th. 1838 at Caldwell Co Mo
Shew unto us thy will O Lord concerning the
Ans— Verily thus saith the Lord let a conference be held immediately let the Twelve be organized and let men be appointed to supply the place of those who are fallen let my servant remain for a little season in the Land of to publish my word let the remainder continue to prech from that hour and if they will do this in all lowliness of [p. 105] heart in meekness and pureness and long sufferring, I the Lord God give unto them a promise that I will provide for their families and an effectual door shall be opened for their families them from henceforth and next spring let them depart to go over the great waters and there promulge my gospel the fulness thereof and to bear record of my name let them take leave of my saints in the City on the 26th. day of April next on the building spot of my saith the Lord let my servant and also my servant [p. 106[a]] and also my servant and also my servant be appointed to fill the places of those who have fallen and be officially notified of their appointment [11 lines blank] [p. 106[b]]


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    Robinson’s version adds “in the presence of J smith Jr. S[idney] Rigdon, H[yrum] smith, E[dward] Partridge I, Morly [Isaac Morley] J[ared] Carter, S[ampson] Avard T[homas] B, Marsh & G[eorge] W, Robinson Making known the will of the Lord concerning the Twelve.” (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838.)  

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    TEXT: Young inscribed two dashes, one on top of the other, possibly intending an equal sign.  

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    Thomas B. Marsh was the publisher of the church newspaper as well as “sole proprietor of the printing establishment.” A year earlier, JS had dictated a revelation for Marsh directing him to “let thy habitation be known in Zion, and remove not thy house, for I the Lord have a great work for thee to do, in publishing my name among the children of men.” (Minutes, 21 Apr. 1838; Prospectus for Elders’ Journal, 30 Apr. 1838; Minute Book 2, 23 June 1838; Revelation, 23 July 1837 [D&C 112:6].)  

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    Instead of “pureness,” Woodruff’s and Richards’s versions have “humility.” (Woodruff, “Book of Revelations,” [9]; Richards, “Pocket Companion,” 3.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. “Book of Revelations,” ca. 1837–1860. CHL.

    Richards, Willard. “Willard Richards Pocket Companion Written in England,” ca. 1838–1840. Willard Richards, Papers, 1821–1854. CHL. MS 1490, box 2, fd. 6.

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    JS dictated a revelation in April directing Brigham Young to “provide for his family until an effectual door is op[e]ned for the suport of his family untill I shall command [him] to go hence.” (Revelation, 17 Apr. 1838.)  

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    Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde wrote a letter reporting their dramatic proselytizing successes in England, declaring that the church had been established “on the other side of the great waters.” (Letter from Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde, between 22 and 28 May 1838.)  

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    An archaic form of promulgate. (“Promulge,” in American Dictionary.)  

    An American Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibit, I. the Origin, Affinities and Primary Signification of English Words, as far as They Have Been Ascertained. . . . Edited by Noah Webster. New York: S. Converse, 1828.

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    Three months earlier, on 11 April 1838, JS dictated a revelation directing Patten to settle his business affairs in order to go on a mission the following spring “in company with others even twelve including himself.” On this mission, they were to “testify of my name and bear glad tidings unto all the world.” (Revelation, 11 Apr. 1838 [D&C 114:1].)  

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    Four days prior to this revelation, the church dedicated the cornerstones for the Far West temple according to directions in a 26 April 1838 revelation. The revelation also instructed the Latter-day Saints to “recommence laying the foundation of my house” on 26 April 1839. The apostles apparently intended to depart from the temple site in connection with this recommencing of the temple’s construction. Though the Latter-day Saints were expelled from Missouri in early 1839, some of the apostles returned to the temple site to formally begin their mission, as directed in the revelation. (“Celebration of the 4th of July,” Elders’ Journal, Aug. 1838, 60; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1838 [D&C 115:11]; Woodruff, Journal, 26 Apr. 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

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    TEXT: Young numbered two manuscript pages as “106”.  

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    Robinson’s version adds “even so Amen.a The calling of the new apostles may have been related to the apostolic mission “over the great waters” commanded in this revelation. John Taylor, an English native who lived in Upper Canada, had been instrumental in the conversion of the English Canadian missionaries who accompanied apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde on their mission to England and who had helped arrange their original contacts there.b John E. Page was completing a successful mission in Upper Canada and was expected to travel to Missouri with a large group of newly converted Latter-day Saints.c Wilford Woodruff—a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy—was serving a successful mission in New England and had spent a few months preaching in the Fox Islands off the coast of Maine.d Woodruff and others saw great significance in preaching the gospel in and gathering the House of Israel from “the islands of the sea,” as the Old Testament prophet Isaiah had prophesied and as JS’s revelations had commanded.e Willard Richards had joined apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde on their mission to England and continued proselytizing there after his companions returned to America.f  

    Porter, Larry C. “Beginnings of the Restoration: Canada, an ‘Effectual Door’ to the British Isles.” In Truth Will Prevail: The Rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Isles, 1837–1987, edited by V. Ben Bloxham, James R. Moss, and Larry C. Porter, 3–43. Cambridge: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1987.

    Historian’s Office. Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861. CHL. CR 100 93.

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

    Baugh, Alexander L. “A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri.” PhD diss., Brigham Young University, 1996. Also available as A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri, Dissertations in Latter-day Saint History (Provo, UT: Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History; BYU Studies, 2000).

    (aJS, Journal, 8 July 1838.bPorter, “Beginnings of the Restoration,” 20–33.c“History of John E. Page,” 1–2, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861, CHL; John E. Page, Kirtland, OH, to “Dear brother in Christ,” 24 Jan. 1837, in LDS Messenger and Advocate, Jan. 1837, 3:446–447; JS, Journal, 5 May 1838; Baugh, “Call to Arms,” 158.dLetter from Wilford Woodruff et al., 9 Mar. 1838.eSee Isaiah 11:11; Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:8]; and Letter from Wilford Woodruff and Jonathan H. Hale, 18 Sept. 1837.fSee Historical Introduction to Letter from Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde, between 22 and 28 May 1838.)
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    TEXT: This is the second of two manuscript pages numbered “106”.