Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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25th. AD 1831 1830
A Revelation to Joseph & given at Susquehannah County Pennsylvania telling them concerning their Calls &c
Behold thou wast called & Chosen to write the Book of Mormon & to my ministery & I have lifted thee up out of thine afflictions & have counseled thee that thou hast been delivered from all thine enemies & thou hast been delivered from the power of satan & from darkness Nevertheless thou art not excusable in thy Transgressions Nevertheless go thy way & sin no more magnify thy office & after that thou hast sowed thy fields & Secured them then go speedily unto the which is in & & they shall support thee & I will bless them both spiritually & temporally but if they receive thee not I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing & thou shalt continue in calling upon [God] in my name & writing the [p. 32] Things which shall be given thee by the Comforter & thou shalt expound all scriptures to unto the & it shall be given thee in the very moment what thou shalt speak & write & they shall hear it or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing for thou shalt devote all thy service to in & in this thou shalt have strength be patient in afflictions for thou shalt have many but endure them for Lo! I am with thee even unto the end of thy days & in temporal labo◊◊ thou shalt not have strength for this is not thy calling attend to thy calling & thou shalt have wherewith to magnify thine Office & to expound all scriptures & continue in the laying of on of the hands & the Churches & thy brother Shall continue to in bearing my name before the world & also to the Church & he shall not suppose that he can say enough in my cause & lo! [I] am with him to the end in me he shall have glory & not of himself whether in weakness or in strength whether in bonds on or free & at all times & in all places he shall open his mouth & declare my Gospel as with the voice of a Trump both day & night & I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men[.] require not Miracles except I shall command you except casting [out] Devils healing the sick & against Poisones [poisonous] Serpents & against deadly Poison & these things ye shall not do except it be required of you by them who desire it that the Scriptures might be fulfilled for ye shall do according to that which is written in the Scriptures & in whatsoever place ye shall enter in & they receive you not in my name ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing by casting off the dust of your feet against them as a testimony & cleansing your feet by the wayside & it shall come to pass that whosoever shall lay their hands upon you by violence ye shall command to be smitten <​in my name​> & behold I will smite them according to their <​thy​> words in mine own due time & whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the Law & thou shalt tak[e] no purse nor scrip neither staves neither two Coats for the Church shall give unto thee in the verry hour what thou needest for food & for raiment for shoes & for [p. 33] Money & for scrip for thou art called to prune my vineyard with a mighty pruneing yea even for the last time yea & also all those which whom thou hast & they shall do even according to this pattern amen [p. 34]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer later inserted “July” here. As explained in the historical introduction, this revelation fits a July 1830 setting. In addition, this, the “25th. Commandment” in Revelation Book 1, was not likely dictated any later than early August, when the “28th. Commandment” was apparently dictated (the “26th” and “27th.” commandments bear no month designation). (See Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830 [D&C 27]; Revelation, July 1830–B [D&C 26]; and Revelation, July 1830–C [D&C 25].)  

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    The nature of any “transgressions” is unknown. JS’s “office” was described in a revelation three months earlier: “Thou shalt be called a seer & Translater & Prop[h]et an Apostle of Jesus Christ an Elder of the Church.” (Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:1].)  

  4. 4

    This late sowing of JS’s fields was necessary because JS did not return home from New York until mid-June and thereafter found himself making several trips from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Colesville, New York. A revelation dictated shortly after this one also dealt with JS’s labor on his farm. (See JS History, vol. A-1, 42–49; and Revelation, July 1830–B. [D&C 26:1])  

  5. 5

    The demands of church leadership required much of JS’s time and energy. Other revelations contained similar instructions to provide for JS and his family. (See, for example, Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41:7]; and Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:13].)  

  6. 6

    Word supplied based on a later redaction in the manuscript and on published versions of the revelation. (Book of Commandments 25:7; Doctrine and Covenants 9:3, 1835 ed. [D&C 24:5].)  

  7. 7

    JS’s principal writings in this period were revelations. By fall 1830, his revision of the Bible was under way. (See Historical Introduction to Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1].)  

  8. 8

    TEXT: Possibly “labors” or “labor”.  

  9. 9

    See Acts 15:41. The church’s founding “Articles and Covenants” directed the elders to confirm the church members by “the laying on of the hands” and “the giving of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:43].)  

  10. 10

    Shortly after this revelation, Cowdery left Pennsylvania and moved in with the Whitmers in Fayette, New York. (JS History, vol. A-1, 50.)  

  11. 11

    A later redaction in unknown handwriting inserted “I”; John Whitmer possibly misinterpreted an “I” as an exclamation point when he copied this revelation into Revelation Book 1. All published versions of the revelation have “and lo I am” with no exclamation point. (Book of Commandments 25:19; Doctrine and Covenants 9:5, 1835 ed. [D&C 24:10].)  

  12. 12

    See Mark 16:17–18.  

  13. 13

    See Matthew 10:14–15; and Acts 13:51.  

  14. 14

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 533 [Mormon 8:18–19].  

  15. 15

    See Matthew 6:25–34; 10:5–15; Mark 6:7–12; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 483 [3 Nephi 13:25–34].  

  16. 16

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 137–138 [Jacob 5:61–72].