Revelation, 2 August 1833–B [D&C 94]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

2d August 1833
And again verely I say unto you my friends a I give unto you that ye shall commence a work of laying out and preparing a begining and foundation of the city of the of [p. 64] here in the land of begining at my and behold it must be done according to the pattern which I have given unto you and let the first lot on the south <​be​> consecrated unto me for the building of an house for the for the work of the presidency in obtaining revelations and for the work of the ministry of the presidency in all things pertaining to the Church and Kingdom verely I say unto you that it shall be built fifty five by sixty five in the width thereof and in the length thereof in the inner court and there shall be a lower court and an higher court according to the pattern which shall be given unto you hereafter and it shall be dedecated unto the Lord from the foundation thereof according to the order of the according to the pattern which shall be given unto you hereafter and it shall be wholly dedecated unto the Lord for the work of the presedency and ye shall not suffer any unclean thing to come into it and my glory shall be there and my presence shall be there but if ther shall come into it any unclean thing my glory shall not be there and my presence shall not come into it and again verily I say unto you the seccond lot on the south shall be dedecated unto me for the building of an house unto me for the work of the printing of the translation of my and all things whatsoever I shall command you [p. 65] and it shall be fifty five by sixty five in the width therof and in the length there of— in the inne[r] court and there shall be a lower and an higher court and this house shall be wholly dedecated unto the Lord from the foundation there of for the work of the printing in all thing[s] whatsoever I shall command you to be holy and undefiled according to the pattern in all things as it shall be given unto you and on the third lot shall my servant receive his and on the first and seccond lots on the North shall my servants and receive their inheritence that they may do the work which I have appointed unto them to be a committe[e] to build mine houses according to the which I the Lord God have given unto you and now I give unto you no more at this time Amen [p. 66]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    See John 15:14–15.  

  2. 2

    See Isaiah 54:2. In the summer of 1831, Jackson County, Missouri, was designated as Zion, the place appointed “for the gethering of the Saints.” A later revelation indicated that Kirtland, Ohio, would be interconnected with Jackson County as another place for gathering and as “a strong hold” for at least five years. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:1]; Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:21–22].)  

  3. 3

    “My house” refers to the House of the Lord, or temple, then under construction in Kirtland. Its centrality to the city and its relationship to the other “houses” and property assignments mentioned in this revelation can be seen on the plat of Kirtland. (See Plat of Kirtland, OH, Not before 2 Aug. 1833.)  

  4. 4

    See Plat of the City of Zion, ca. Early June–25 June 1833; and Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833.  

  5. 5

    See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:12–16].  

  6. 6

    These dimensions are the same as those given for the Kirtland temple in a revelation two months earlier. (See Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:15]; see also Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.)  

  7. 7

    This building was never built, and there is no record that a detailed architectural pattern was ever created. (See Historical Introduction to Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  

  8. 8

    Since this building was never constructed, there is no record of the “order of the Priesthood” that was to be followed in dedicating it.  

  9. 9

    See Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:15–17].  

  10. 10

    The copy of this revelation in the 6 August 1833 letter does not include the phrase “for the building of an house unto me.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 94:10].)  

  11. 11

    On 2 July 1833, Sidney Rigdon wrote that he and JS had “finished the translation of the bible a few hours since.” The previous week, as the translation neared completion, they informed church leaders in Missouri that “the printing of the New translation . . . cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permit.” A month later that permission was given in the revelation featured here. The presidency reported to the leaders in Missouri, “You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new translation here at kirtland for which we will prepare as soon as possible.” Because they viewed the directives of this 2 August revelation to be equally applicable to the church members in Jackson County, the presidency added, “You are to print an Edition of the schriptures there at the same time we do here so that two additions [editions] will be struck at the same time the one here and the other there.” However, subsequent events in both Jackson County and Kirtland interfered with this plan. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 2 July 1833; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 25 June 1833; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  

  12. 12

    TEXT: “a” possibly inserted.  

  13. 13

    Like the “house for the presidency,” this building was given the same dimensions as the Kirtland temple; however, no detailed architectural “pattern” for the printing house has been located and the edifice was never built. For the intended location of these two buildings, see Plat of Kirtland, OH, Not before 2 Aug. 1833; see also Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:15]; and Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.  

  14. 14

    The lot immediately north of the central block was occupied by a Methodist church and cemetery; therefore, Cahoon and Carter received the first and second available lots in the block north of the House of the Lord. (See Plat of Kirtland, OH, Not before 2 Aug. 1833.)  

  15. 15

    Instead of “mine houses,” the copy of this revelation in the 6 August 1833 letter has “my house.” Smith, Cahoon, and Carter composed the Kirtland committee responsible for overseeing the construction of the House of the Lord. Their inheritances near the temple site are represented on the plat of Kirtland. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 94:15]; see Minutes, 4 May 1833; Minutes, 6 June 1833; and Plat of Kirtland, OH, Not before 2 Aug. 1833.)  

  16. 16

    At a later date, Frederick G. Williams inserted the following at the end of this revelation: “These two houses are not to be built until I give unto you a commandment concerning them.” The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter does not include this sentence. The inclusion of this sentence may have reflected the need to avoid diverting scarce resources away from the construction of the Kirtland temple until it was completed. The presidency made this prioritization clear in their comments about the revelation in the 6 August 1833 letter: “the two last mentioned houses are to be built as soon after the other as means can be obtaind so to do.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)