Testimony, circa 2 November 1831

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<​73 Revelation​>
The Testimony of the witnesses to the Book of the Lords commandments which he gave to his through Joseph Smith Jr who was appointed by the vos [voice] of the Church for this purpose
We the undersigners feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind to every creature upon all the face of all the Earth upon the Islands of the Sea that god hath born record to our souls through the Holy Ghost shed forth upon us that these are given by inspiration of God & are profitable for all men & are verily true we give this testimony unto the world the Lord being my helper & it is through the grace of God the father & his Son Jesus Christ that we are permitted to have this privelege of bearing this testimony unto the world in the which we rejoice exceedingly by praying the Lord always that the children of men may be profited thereby Amen
Joshua Fairchild
<​; never to be eraised​>
[p. 121]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation after recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    At a 26 September 1830 conference of elders, JS “was appointd by the voice of the Conference to receive and write Revelations & Commandments for this Church.” This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the testimony into Revelation Book 1. (Minutes, 26 Sept. 1830; see also Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:13]; and Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:1–5].)  

  3. 3

    The preface to the Book of Commandments similarly addressed itself to “ye People from afar & ye that are upon the Islands of the sea.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:1].)  

  4. 4

    TEXT: “eraised” possibly “excised”.  

  5. 5

    Rigdon, Hyde, McLellin, Johnson, and Johnson all attended the 1–2 November 1831 conference. John Whitmer copied their signatures when he transcribed the testimony into Revelation Book 1. (Minutes, 1–2 Nov. 1831.)  

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    John Whitmer handwriting ends; individual signatories begin. The remaining signatures in this column and all the signatures in the left column except Marsh’s were likely inscribed at a conference held in Missouri in late January 1832. Marsh returned to Kirtland in January 1832 from a trip to Missouri and Indiana, arriving nearly two months after Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer left Ohio with Revelation Book 1. However, in late November and early December 1831, while traveling back to Kirtland, Ohio, Marsh attended conferences in Indiana. Cowdery and Whitmer, on their way to Missouri, were at these conferences as well, and it is possible that Marsh signed the testimony at that time. If he did not sign it then, he would not have been able to sign it until he moved to Jackson County, Missouri, in November 1832. (See Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 Jan. 1832; Minute Book 2, 29 Nov.–1 Dec. and 6–7 Dec. 1831; “T B Marsh,” [1], Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL.)  

    Historian’s Office. Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861. CHL. CR 100 93.