Revelation, 8 August 1831 [D&C 60]
Revelation, , Jackson Co., MO, 8 Aug. 1831. Featured version, titled “63 Commandment given in Missorie Jackson County Independence August 8th. 1831,” copied [ca. Sept. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 100–101; handwriting of ; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.
On 8 August 1831, JS dictated a revelation instructing “some of the ” who had traveled to to return to , preaching along the way. These elders had reached Missouri in mid- to late July and participated in the dedication of the land for the building of the , the dedication of a , and a with JS and other leaders. “Finding but little or no business for us to accomplish” once this “work” was done, wrote, “most of us became anxious to return home.” A later JS history recounts that the elders inquired of JS “what they were to do,” and this revelation was the response.The original manuscript of this revelation is not extant. copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1 (which he was keeping in ), probably shortly after the elders returned from . Others present at the time the revelation was dictated may have made personal copies as well; , for example, referenced the revelation in a September letter to , suggesting that he had his own copy.