Revelation, , OH, 7 Mar. 1832. Featured version copied [between 15 Mar. and ca. 1 Apr. 1832] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 18–19; handwriting of and JS; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2.
The index to Revelation Book 2, which was keeping in in March 1832, identifies the subject of this 7 March 1832 revelation as . At age seventeen, Burnett was to the at the October 1831 held in , Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Three months later, at the 25 January 1832 conference in , Ohio, JS dictated a revelation appointing Burnett to travel and preach with , though it is not known if Burnett and Eames fulfilled that assignment. This 7 March revelation appointed Burnett to travel and preach again, this time with . However, the two did not preach together until August 1832 because Eden Smith became sick on 7 March and remained ill “for sometime.” Instead, two weeks after this revelation was dictated, Burnett began his mission with John Smith, Eden’s father.
The revelation was probably originally inscribed by , , or , who served as scribes to JS in 1832. JS and Williams copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2, probably sometime before JS departed for on 1 April. The date on this copy of the revelation is 7 March 1832, written in JS’s handwriting. The copy of the revelation in Revelation Book 1, made sometime after April 1832, bears the date 17 March. However, the ink flow of the “1” is heavier than that of the surrounding text, suggesting that it was inserted at a later time. When the revelation was published, the date was given as March 1832 and the revelation followed a 12 March revelation. Because JS originally inscribed the date of 7 March on the copy in Revelation Book 2 so close to the time of the original inscription, that date is probably correct.
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.
Verily thus saith the Lord u[n]to you my sevent [servant] go ye go ye into the world & preach the Gospel to every creature that cometh under the Sound of your voice and inasmuch as you desire a companion I will give unto you my servant therefore go ye and preach my gospel whither to the North or to the South, to the East or to the west it mattereth not for you cannot go amiss therefore declare the things [p. 18]