Revelation, 12 January 1838–C

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

Thus saith the Lord Let the of my take their families as soon as it is praticable and a door is open for them and move on to the west as fast as the way is made plain before their faces and let their hearts be comforted for I will be with them
Verily I say unto you the time [has] come that your laibours are finished in this place, for a season, Therefore arise and get yourselves on to a land which I shall show unto you even a land flowing with milk and honey you are clean from the blood of this people and wo unto those who have become your enimies who <​have​> professed my name saith the Lord, for their judgement lingereth not and their damnation slumbereth not, let all your faithfull friends arise with their families also and get out of this place and gather themselves together unto and be at peace among yourselves O ye inhabitants of Zion or there shall be no saf[e]ty for you [p. [1]]
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    TEXT: “[Page damaged]”. Text supplied based on the copy of the revelation in JS, Journal, 8 July 1838.  

  2. 2

    See Exodus 3:8. This language was used in earlier revelations to describe Zion in Missouri. (Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:18–20]; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:1–5].)  

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    For more information on those individuals identified as dissenters in contemporary records, see Historical Introduction to Revelation, 12 Jan. 1838–A; and Introduction to Part 5: 5 Oct. 1836–10 Apr. 1837.  

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    Writing to her husband in January 1838, Vilate Murray Kimball noted, “The Presidency have advised the wives of the Elders to write to their husbands to come home as soon as posable, and get there families out of this place.” In a January 1838 letter John Smith wrote that “it seems to be the will of the Lord that those who came here first and have Done their Duty to their friend abroad Should go to the west with their families as soon as is convenient.” Receiving news of the events in Kirtland in March 1838, Wilford Woodruff wrote in his journal that “Joseph & Sidney had gone to the far west with their family & the faithful are to follow them for Kirtland will be scorged.” (Vilate Murray Kimball, Kirtland, OH, to Heber C. Kimball, Preston, England, 19–24 Jan. 1838, Heber C. Kimball, Collection, CHL; John Smith and Don Carlos Smith, Kirtland, OH, to George A. Smith, 15–18 Jan. 1838, George Albert Smith, Papers, CHL; Woodruff, Journal, 8 Mar. 1838.)  

    Kimball, Heber C. Collection, 1837–1898. CHL. MS 12476.

    Smith, George Albert. Papers, 1834–1877. CHL. MS 1322.

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

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    The copy of this 12 January revelation in JS’s journal adds “Even so Amen” to the end of the revelation. (JS, Journal, 8 July 1838.)