Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]

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30 AD 1831 [1830]
A Revelation to his Call to the &c given at Seneca County State of New York
Behold I say unto you that it shall be given thee that thou shalt be heard by the in all things Whatsoever thou shalt teach <​them​> by the Comforter concerning the Revelations & commandments which I have given But Behold Verily Verily I say unto you no one shall be appointed to Receive commandments & Revelations in this Church excepting my Servent Joseph for he Receiveth them even as Moses & thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him [p. 40] Even as Aaaron to declare faithfully the & the Revelations with power & authority unto the & if thou art led at any time by the comforter to speak or teach or at all times by the way of Commandment unto the Church thou mayest do it But thou shalt not write by way of Commandment unto the Church but by wisdom & thou shalt not command him which is at thy head & at the head of the Church for I have given him the of the mysteries of the Revelations which are sealed until I shall appoint unto him another in his stead & now Behold I say unto you that thou shalt go unto the & Preach my Gospel unto them & cause my Church to be established among them & thou shalt have Revelations but write them not by the way of Commandment & Now Behold I say unto you that it is not Revealed & no man knoweth where the shall be built But it shall be given hereafter Behold I say unto you that it shall be among the Lamanites[.] thou shalt not l[e]ave this place until after the & my servent Joseph shall be appointed to rule the conference by the voice of it & what he saith to thee that thou shalt tell And again thou shalt take thy Brother Between him & thee alone & tell him that those things which he hath written from that Stone are not of me & that Satan deceiveth him for Behold those things have not been appointed unto him Neither shall any thing be appointed unto any of this Church contrary to the Church Articles & Covenants for all things must be done in order & by Common consent in the Church by the prayer of faith & thou shalt settle all these things according to the Covenants of the Church before thou shalt take thy Journey among the Lamanites & it shall be given thee from the time that thou shalt go until the time that thou shalt return what thou shalt do & thou must open thy mouth at all times declaring my Gospel with the sound of Rejoiceing even so amen [p. 41]


  1. 1

    The index of Revelation Book 1 indicates that this revelation should actually be dated September 1830. This scribal error suggests that John Whitmer copied the text into Revelation Book 1 in 1831. (Revelation Book 1, p. [207].)  

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    At the church’s formal organization nearly six months earlier, a revelation stated that JS would be known as “a seer & Translater & Prop[h]et an Apostle of Jesus Christ an Elder of the Church.” The minutes of the second conference, held in late September 1830, stated, “Brother Joseph Smith jr. was appointd by the voice of the Conference to receive and write Revelations & Commandments for this Church.” (Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:1]; Minutes, 26 Sept. 1830.)  

  4. 4

    Earlier in September, a revelation decreed that God’s elect “shall be gethered in unto one place upon the the face of this land.” The place, here referred to as “the City,” was to be the New Jerusalem that the Book of Mormon predicted would be built upon the American continent. This statement that “no man knoweth” the location may also be in response to one of Hiram Page’s revelations “concerning the upbuilding of Zion.” Later accounts indicate that Zion was identified in July 1831, and Thomas B. Marsh explained in an April 1831 letter that at that time the location was still unknown. He wrote, “Perhaps it will be to take our march to the Grand preraras [prairies] in the Missouri teretori [territory] or to the shining mountains which is 1500 to 2000 miles west from us,” speculating about its whereabouts. (Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:8]; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 566 [Ether 13:2–8]; JS History, vol. A-1, 54; Thomas B. Marsh and Elizabeth Godkin Marsh to Lewis Abbott and Ann Marsh Abbott, [ca. 11 Apr. 1831], Abbott Family Collection, CHL; see also Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 Oct. 1830.)  

    Abbott Family Collection, 1831–2000. CHL. MS 23457.

  5. 5

    The expectation that the New Jerusalem would be built “among the Lamanites,” or the Indians, reflected the Book of Mormon teaching that the city was to be built “unto the house of Israel,” who were a “remnant of the seed of Joseph.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 566 [Ether 13:5–6].)  

  6. 6

    A reference to the prescribed quarterly conference of church elders that, according to previous appointment, convened on Sunday, 26 September 1830. (Minutes, 9 June 1830; Minutes, 26 Sept. 1830; Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:61].)  

  7. 7

    Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20].  

  8. 8

    The earliest publication of this revelation, in the Ohio Star in December 1831, has “by commandment” instead of “by Common consent in the Church.” (Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—Nos. VIII–IX,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 8 Dec. 1831, [1] [D&C 28:14].)  

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

  9. 9

    The phrase “according to the Covenants of the Church” is not found in the Ohio Star version. (Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—Nos. VIII–IX,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 8 Dec. 1831, [1] [D&C 28:14].)  

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.