Revelation, 13 August 1831 [D&C 62]

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given Aug 13th. 1831 on the Bank of the at a meeting of some of the which had not yet arived at their Journeys end &c
Behold & hearken oh ye Elders of my saith the Lord your God even Jesus Christ your advocate who knoweth the weakness of man & how to sucour they that are tempted & verily mine eyes are upon you those who have not as yet gone up unto the wherefore your mission is not yet full nevertheless ye are blessed for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the Angels to look upon & they rejoice over you & your sins are forgiven you & now continue your Journey assemble yourselves upon the land of Zion & hold a meeting & rejoice together & offer a unto the most high & then you may return to bear record yea even all together or two by two as seemeth you good it mattereth not unto me only be faithfull & declare glad tidings unto the inhabitants of the Earth or among the Congregations of the wicked Behold I the Lord have brought you together that the promise might be fulfilled that the faithfull among you should be preserved & rejoice together in the Land of I the Lord promised the faithfull, & cannot lie I the Lord am willing if any among you desireth to ride upon horses or upon mules or in chariots shall receive this blessing if he receive it from the hand of the Lord with <​a​> thankfullness hearts in all things these things remain with you to do according to Judgement & the directions of the spirit Behold the kingdom is yours And Behold & lo I am with the faithfull always even so Amen—— [p. 104]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    TEXT: “&c” possibly inserted at a later time. This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  

  3. 3

    See Hebrews 2:18.  

  4. 4

    Although this is a clear reference to John Murdock, Hyrum Smith, Harvey Whitlock, and David Whitmer, who were present at this revelation’s dictation, it apparently also applied to other elders traveling to Missouri, including Zebedee Coltrin and Levi Hancock. Coltrin and Hancock were shown the revelation when they arrived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, in late 1831. (“Autobiography of Levi Ward Hancock,” ca. 1896, 40–41.)  

  5. 5

    For examples of these testimonies, see Murdock, Journal, June 1831; and “Autobiography of Levi Ward Hancock,” 27–40.  

    Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 2.

  6. 6

    This instruction reiterates direction given in an August 1831 revelation. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:61–62].)  

  7. 7

    The elders held a conference in Kaw Township, Missouri, on 24 August 1831 “to fill the commandment which they received at Charatin.” According to William E. McLellin, the conference “offer[ed] a sacrament to the most High.” The 2 August date of the minutes as recorded in Minute Book 2 is in error. The meeting was held on 24 August, as McLellin’s journal relates. Several of the individuals listed in the minutes as attending, including McLellin, David Whitmer, Hyrum Smith, and Harvey Whitlock, were not in Jackson County on 2 August. (McLellin, Journal, 24 Aug. 1831; see also Minute Book 2, 2 Aug. 1831; and Revelation, 7 Aug. 1831 [D&C 59:12].)  

    McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 1. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

  8. 8

    See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:59, 63].  

  9. 9

    John Murdock, Hyrum Smith, Harvey Whitlock, and David Whitmer traveled to Independence together. Smith and Whitmer apparently traveled back to Ohio in September, though whether they went together is not certain. Both men were listed as attending conferences in Ohio in October 1831. Murdock stayed in Missouri until 26 January 1832, when he departed with Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and Levi Hancock on a preaching mission. When Whitlock departed is not known, but he was still in Missouri in January 1832. (Murdock, Journal, Aug. 1831 and Jan. 1832; Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; Minutes, 11 Oct. 1831; see also Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 Jan. 1832.)  

    Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 2.

  10. 10

    See Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:42].  

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    John Murdock, Hyrum Smith, Harvey Whitlock, and David Whitmer subsequently purchased a horse that Murdock rode because he was still ill. (Murdock, Journal, Aug. 1831.)  

    Murdock, John. Journal, ca. 1830–1859. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 2.

  12. 12

    The 1 August 1831 revelation told the elders to “do many things of their own free will” because “the power is in them wherein they are agents unto themselves.” (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:26–28].)  

  13. 13

    See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:27]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:9, 15].