Revelation, , Seneca Co., NY, to , [Sept.] 1830. Featured version, titled “31 Commandment AD 1830,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, p. 42; handwriting of ; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.
The revelation to featured here, as well as the two that follow (directed to Peter Whitmer Jr. and John Whitmer, respectively), originated during the second of the , held in , New York, in late September 1830. In describing that conference, JS’s history stated that “peace, and faith, and hope, and charity abounded in our midst” and then added, “Before we separated we obtained the following, Revelation to David Whitmer, Peter Whitmer Jr. and John Whitmer.” Although these three texts were treated as separate revelations in Revelation Book 1 and the 1833 Book of Commandments, they were combined into a single revelation in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.
According to the conference minutes, “Br. [was] appointed to keep the Church records until the next Conference,” which was scheduled for January 1831. The revelation itself did not mention that appointment; rather, it declared that Whitmer “feared man” and gave no “heed unto my Spirit & to those who were set over thee.” Whether this rebuke alluded to Whitmer’s support of in his recent challenge to JS’s authority—a topic discussed at the conference—is not clear. In any case, this revelation instructed Whitmer to stay at his ’s house and preach nearby. In what way or to what extent Whitmer fulfilled the mandate to “attend to the ministery in the Church & before the world & in these regions round about” during the ensuing fall and winter is unknown.
A commandment to tellilg [telling] him that he feared man more than god &c given at Seneca County New York
Behold I say unto you that thou hast feared man & hast not relyed upon me for strength as thou hast ought But thy mind has been on the things of Earth more than on the things of me thy Maker & the ministery whereunto thou hast been called & thou hast not given heed unto my Spirit & to those who were set over thee But hast been persuaded by those whom I have not commanded wherefore thou art left to enquire for thy self at my hand & ponder upon the things which you have Received & thy home shall be at thy s house until I give unto thee further commandment & thou shalt attend to the ministery in the & before the world & in these regions round about amen [p. 42]