Revelation, 30 December 1830 [D&C 37]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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40th AD 1830
A Revelation to & Joseph at at time that they went from to to &c given at Ontario County State of New York
A Commandment to & Joseph saying Behold I say unto ye that it is not Expedient in me that ye should Translate any more until ye shall go to the & this because of the enemy & for your sakes & again I say unto you that ye shall not go untill ye have Preached my Gospel in those parts & have strengthened up the whithersoever it is found & more especially in for Behold they pray unto me in much faith & again a commandment I give unto the Church that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the by <​against​> the time that my Servent shall return unto them Behold here is wisdom & let evry man Choose for himself until I come amen even so amen [p. 49]


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    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    Members of the church in New York, especially in Colesville, had been frequently harassed during the previous six months. (JS History, vol. A-1, 42–48, 53; see also Letter to the Church in Colesville, 2 Dec. 1830.)  

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    Newel Knight later recalled that at this time “the Spirit was being poured out copiously upon the Saints at Colesville, and a spirit of deep inquiry was manifesting itself, the Saints gave themselves to the study of the Scriptures, and in much prayer and supplication sought to understand them, and to more perfectly comprehend their import, and the revelations as given through the Prophet Joseph.” (Knight, History, 228–229.)  

    Knight, Newel. History. Private possession. Copy in CHL. MS 19156.

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    Cowdery, the church’s “second elder,” was then leading the Lamanite mission in western Missouri.