Dictated by JS on 14 November 1835, this revelation was directed to the man who recorded it, . Since joining the church in 1833, Parrish had become a trusted associate of JS and had already served informally as a clerk. Less than a year after his conversion, Parrish and his wife, Elizabeth Patten Parrish, marched with JS and approximately 225 other men, women, and children to , Missouri, on the expedition. Sometime in late June or early July, Elizabeth Parrish died from cholera, as did approximately twelve other members of the expedition. Warren Parrish likely remained in until 12 September, when he and his brother-in-law, , left on a proselytizing mission that took them through Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Patten and Parrish, later joined by , established several small branches in those states between October 1834 and July 1835, when Parrish returned to . Shortly after his return, Parrish was named to the First Quorum of the .
Upon his return, fulfilled a number of clerical responsibilities during fall 1835 and winter 1836. In addition to periodically taking minutes for the , acting as a scribe to the , keeping a personal journal for JS, and copying material from the journal and other records into JS’s 1834–1836 history, Parrish acted as a scribe as JS translated portions of the Egyptian papyri that had arrived in Kirtland sometime in late June. It is to these “ancient records” that the following revelation most likely refers.
“History of George Albert Smith,” ca. 1857–1858. George Albert Smith, Papers, 1834–1877. CHL. MS 1322, box 1, fd. 1.
Bradley, James L. Zion’s Camp 1834: Prelude to the Civil War. Logan, UT: By the author, 1990.
Burgess, Harrison. Autobiography, ca. 1883. Photocopy. CHL. MS 893. Also available as “Sketch of a Well-Spent Life,” in Labors in the Vineyard, Faith-Promoting Series 12 (Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1884), 65–74.
David W. Patten and Warren Parrish, Paris, TN, to Oliver Cowdery, 11 Oct. 1834, in LDS Messenger and Advocate, Nov. 1834, 1:24; “A Summary,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Dec. 1834, 1:44; “A Summary,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Feb. 1835, 1:76; “A Summary,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Apr. 1835, 1:104. According to Wilford Woodruff, he and Parrish parted company on 23 July 1835. (Woodruff, Journal, 23 July 1835.)
Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.
Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.
Hauglid, Brian M. A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions. Studies in the Book of Abraham, edited by John Gee and Brian M. Hauglid. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, 2010.