“Doctrine and Covenants 35,” Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers (2020)
“Doctrine and Covenants 35,” Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers
Revelation, [Fayette Township, Seneca Co., NY], to Sidney Rigdon, 7 Dec. 1830. Featured version, titled “38th Commandment AD 1830. Dec.m. 7th,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 46–48; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1 on the Joseph Smith Papers website.
The conversion of Sidney Rigdon and others in northeastern Ohio in fall 1830 transformed the new Church of Christ geographically and demographically. Within a few weeks after missionaries arrived in Ohio, more than one hundred individuals were baptized,1 and by the end of December church members in New York were commanded to move to Ohio.2 Kirtland, where the first baptisms in Ohio took place, became an important gathering place for church members for the next seven years. The visit of Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge to New York only a few weeks after Rigdon’s baptism helped bring about this transition.3 According to John Whitmer’s history, Rigdon made the trip because he had “much anxiety to see Joseph Smith Jr. the Seer whom the Lord had raised up in these last days.”4 Rigdon and Partridge arrived in early December 1830, and shortly thereafter JS dictated a revelation for each of them. This revelation, for Rigdon, praised his previous ministerial labors and positioned him as JS’s scribe for JS’s inspired translation of the Bible. Rigdon remained in New York with JS for the next two months until they both moved to Ohio.
38th Commandment AD 1830. Dec.m. 7th
A Commandment to Joseph & Sidney [Rigdon]. Sidneys call to writing for Joseph &c5
Saying Listen to the voice of the Lord your God even Alpha & Omega the begining & the end whose course is one6 eternal round the same to day as yesterday & for ever I am Jesus Christ the son of God who was crusified for the sins of the World even as will believe on my name that they may become the sons of God even one in me as I am in the Father as the Father is one in me that we may be one7 Behold Verily Verily I say unto my Servent Sidney I have looked upon thee & thy works8 I have heard thy prayers & prepared thee for a greater work thou art blessed for thou shalt do great things Behold thou wast sent forth even as John to prepare the way before me & Elijah which should come & thou knew it not9 thou didst Baptize by water unto Repentance but they received not the Holy Ghost but now I give unto you a commandment that thou shalt Baptize by water &
give <& they shall receive> the Holy Ghost by <the> laying on of hands even as the Apostles of old10 & it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land even among the gentiles for their folly their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all People for I am God & mine arm is <not> shortened & I will shew miricles signs & wonders unto all those who believe [p. 46] who believe on my name & whoso shall ask it in my name in faith they shall cast out Devils they shall heal the sick they shall cause the blind to receive their sight & the deaf the to hear & the dumb to speak & the lame to walk11 & the time speedily cometh12 that great things are to be shewn forth unto the Children of men but without faith not any thing shall be shewn forth except desolations upon Babylon the same which has made all Nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication13 & there are none that do good except they that are ready to receive the fulness of my Gospel which I have sent forth to this generation Wherefore I have called upon the weak things of the world they that are unlearned & dispised14 to thresh the Nations by the Power of my spirit & their arm shall be mine arm & I will be their shield & their Buckler & I will gird up their loins & they shall fight manfully for me & their enemies shall be under their feet15 & I will let fall the sword in their behalf & by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them16 & the poor & the meek shall have the Gospel preached unto them17 & they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming for it is nigh at hand & they shall learn the Parible of the figg tree for even now already summer is nigh18 & I have sent forth the fullness of the <my> Gospel by the hand of my servent Joseph & in weakness have I blessed him & I have given unto him the Keys of the mystery of those things which have been sealed even things which was from the foundation of the world & the things which shall come from this time until the time of my coming if he abide in me & if not another will I plant in his stead Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not19 & it shall be given by the comforter (the Holy Ghost) Which knoweth all things & a commandment I give unto you that thou shalt write for him & the scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom20 to the salvation of mine own elect for th[e]y will hear my voice & shall see me & shall not be asleep & shall abide the day of my coming for they shall be purified even as I am pure21 & now I [p. 47] Say unto you tarry with him & he shall Journey with thee forsake him not & shurely these things shall be fulfilled22 & in as much as ye do not write behold it shall be given him to prophecy & thou shalt Preach my gospel & call on the Holy Prophets to prove his words as they shall be given him23 keep all the commandments & covenants by which ye are bound & I will cause the Heavens to shake for your Good & satan shall tremble & Zion shall rejoice upon the Hills & florish & Israel shall be saved in mine own due time & by the Keys which have shall been given shall they be led & no more be confounded at all[.] lift up your hearts & be Glad your redemption draweth nigh fear not little flock24 the Kingdom is yours untill I come Behold I come quickly25 even so amen