Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53]

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55 56th June 8th. 1831
A Revelation to his Call &c
Behold I say unto you my servent that I have heard your prayers & ye have called upon me that it should be made known unto you of the lord your God concerning your calling & election in this which I the Lord have raised up in these last days [p. 89] Behold I my the Lord who was crusified for the sins of the world giveth unto you a that you shall forsake the world take upon you mine even that of an to Preach faith & repentance & remission of sins according to my word & the reception of the Holy spirit by the & also to be an agent unto this in the Place which shall be appointed by the according to commandments which shall be given hereafter & again verily I say unto you you shall take your Journey with my servent Joseph & Behold these are the <​firist​> ordinances which you shall receive & the residue shall be made known unto you in a time to come according to your labour in my vinyard & again I would that ye should learn that it is hi only who is saved that endureth unto the end even so amen [p. 90]


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    See New Testament Revision 1, p. 41 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 16:29].  

    New Testament Revision 1 / “A Translation of the New Testament Translated by the Power of God,” 1831. CCLA. Also available in Scott H. Faulring, Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004), 153–228.

  3. 3

    Gilbert’s name is included on a June 1831 list of elders ordained by JS. His ordination likely occurred between 8 and 18 June 1831. (Note on Ordinations, ca. 16 June 1831.)  

  4. 4

    Gilbert was the first person to be appointed “an agent unto this Church.” A previous revelation outlined the duties of Bishop Edward Partridge and called for the appointment of an agent: “Let there be an agent appointed unto this people to take the money to provide food & raiment according to the wants of this people.” (Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:8].)  

  5. 5

    Once the elders arrived in Missouri, Gilbert was commanded by revelation to settle there and assist Edward Partridge with the church’s temporal affairs. Specifically, the revelation directed Gilbert to keep a store and act as land agent. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:6–8].)