Revelation, , Ontario Co., NY, to , [Apr.] 1830. Featured version, titled “21st Commandment AD 1830,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, p. 30; handwriting of ; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.
was one of JS’s earliest supporters and confidants. He was the first person JS told about the visitation of Moroni and later became one of the witnesses of the . As early as February 1829, Joseph Sr. asked JS what the Lord required of him and subsequently became one of the first recipients of JS’s recorded revelations. This, then, was the second revelation directed to Joseph Sr. It was one of five similarly worded revelations directed to individuals who desired to know the Lord’s will.
JS’s history states that “came forward shortly after” the 6 April 1830 meeting and was . recalled, “Joseph stood on the shore when his father came out of the water and as he took him by the hand he cried out Oh! my God I have lived to see my father baptized into the true church of jesus christ and he covered his face in his fathers bosom and wept aloud for joy.”
Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, bk. 9, . Although JS’s mother and some of the family had affiliated with the Presbyterians, Joseph Smith Sr. had never formally associated with any church. (JS History, vol. A-1, 2.)
A Commandment to given to at Ontario County State of New York
Behold I speak a few words unto you f unto you for thou art under no condemnation & thy calling also is to Exhortation & to strengthen the Church & this is thy duty from henceforth & forever amen [p. 30]
TEXT: After reaching the end of the line at “speak a few words”, John Whitmer mistakenly inscribed “unto you Joseph” at the beginning of the same line, in the space created by the paragraph indention. He then canceled the three words and continued the inscription on the next line.