Revelation, April 1830–A [D&C 23:1–2]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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18th. Commandment AD 1830
A Revelation to given at Ontario Co State of New York Soon after his calling to the Minstery
Behold I say unto you a few words Behold thou art Blessed & art under no condemnation but beware of pride lest thou shouldest enter into temptation make known thy Calling unto the & also before the World & thy heart shall be opened to Preach the truth from henceforth & for ever amen [p. 29]


  1. 1

    Later Oliver Cowdery himself inserted “Ap[r]il” before the year.  

  2. 2

    John Whitmer probably created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1. At the time this revelation was dictated, Cowdery and JS were likely at the Hyrum Smith residence in Palmyra. If this is the case, the revelation originated in Palmyra, not in Manchester. The “calling to the Minstery” apparently refers to Cowdery’s appointment and ordination on 6 April 1830 as second elder of the newly organized church and to his calling as “first Preacher of this Church.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 37; Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:12].)  

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    Since Cowdery was already designated “first Preacher of this Church unto the Church & before the world,” he may have been acting in obedience to this injunction to “make known thy Calling” when at a church meeting on 11 April, he “preached the first public discourse that was delivered by any of our number.” In addition, a Palmyra, New York, newspaper reported in early June that Cowdery was “on board a boat, with a load of ‘gOld bibles,’ under a command, (as he says) to declare the truth (according to Jo Smith,) ‘in all the principal cities in the Union.’” (Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:12]; JS History, vol. A-1, 39; News Item, Reflector (Palmyra, NY), 1 June 1830, 28, nonstandard capitalization in original.)  

    Reflector. Palmyra, NY. 1821–1831.