Revelation, July 1830–C [D&C 25]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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27th. AD 1830
A Revelation to given at Susquehan[na] County state of Pennsylvania giving her a command to select Hymns &c
A Revelation I give unto you concerning my will Behold thy sins are for given thee & thou art an Elect Lady whom I have called murmer not because of the things which thou hast not seen for they are withheld from thee & the World which is wisdom in me in a time to come & the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my Servent Joseph thy husband in his afflictions with consoleing words in the spirit of meekness & thou shalt go with him at the time of his going & be unto him a Scribe that I may send whithersoever I will & thou shalt be under his hand to expound Scriptures & exhort the according as it shall be given thee by my spirit for he shall lay his hands upon the[e] & thou shalt & thy time shall be [p. 34] Given to writings & to Learning & thou needest not fear for thy husband shall support thee from the for unto them is thy his calling that all things might be revealed unto them whatsoever I will according to their faith & verily I say unto you thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world & seek for the things of a better & it shall be given thee also to make a selection of Sacred Hymns as it shall be given thee which is pleasing unto me to be had in my Church for my Soul delighteth in the song of the heart yea the song of the heart righteous is a prayer unto me & it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads wherefore lift up thy heart & rejoice & cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made continue in the spirit of meekness & beware of Pride let thy soul delight in thy husband & the glory which shall come upon him keep my continually & a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive & except thou do this where I am thou ye cannot come & verily I say unto you that this is my voice unto all even so amen [p. 35]


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    See 2 John 1:1; see also Relief Society Minute Book, 17 Mar. 1842. In 1842, JS commented on the meaning of “Elect Lady,” explaining that “Elect meant to be Elected to a certain work &c, & that the revelation was then fulfilled by Sister Emma’s Election to the Presidency of the Society.” (JS, Journal, 17 Mar. 1842, underlining in original.)  

  3. 3

    In early nineteenth-century America, women’s participation as exhorters or teachers in Protestant churches was generally limited to informal meetings; women customarily were barred from the pulpit on worship days. No extant sources indicate that Emma acted as a teacher either publicly or privately in this early period of the Church of Christ. (See Brekus, Strangers and Pilgrims, chap. 3.)  

    Brekus, Catherine A. Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740–1845. Gender and American Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

  4. 4

    Emma Smith was confirmed a church member and received the gift of the Holy Ghost in August 1830. (JS History, vol. A-1, 52.)