“Doctrine and Covenants 26,” Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers (2020)
“Doctrine and Covenants 26,” Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers
Revelation, Harmony Township, Susquehanna Co., PA, to JS, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer, [July] 1830. Featured version, titled “26th Commandment AD 1830,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, p. 34; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1 on the Joseph Smith Papers website.
From the time that JS took possession of the gold plates in September 1827, his days were increasingly filled with work relating to the translation. After the publication of the Book of Mormon in March 1830, he spent much of his time building up the church and ministering to its members. He traveled back and forth between Harmony, Pennsylvania, and the three branches of the church in New York, leaving him less time to work on his farm and care for his material needs.1 Around mid-July 1830, a revelation addressed these matters, instructing him to “magnify thy office & after that thou hast sowed thy fields & Secured them then go speedily unto the Church which is in Colesvill Fayette & Manchester & they shall support thee.”2 Shortly thereafter, this revelation called JS, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer to study the scriptures, preach, confirm the Colesville believers, and work on JS’s farm until the next conference.
26th Commandment AD 1830
A Revelation to Joseph Oliver [Cowdery] & John [Whitmer] given at Harmony Susquehannah County State of Pennsylvania3
Behold I say unto you that ye shall let your time be devoted to the studying the Scriptures4 & to preaching & to confirming the Church at Colesvill5 & to performing thy labours on the Land such as is required until after ye shall go to the west to hold the next conference6 then it shall be made known what thou shalt do & all things shall be done by common consent in the Church7 by much prayer & faith for all things ye shall receive by faith & thus it is amen