Revelations in 1830

Canandian Copyright Revelation

Revelation received at Manchester, New York, [circa January] 1830 for Joseph Smith Jr., Oliver Cowdery, Hiram Page, Josiah Stowell, and Joseph Knight Sr. Below is a copy of the Canadian copyright revelation made by John Whitmer. The early text is used and brackets added.

From Book of Commandments and Revelations, 30-31, LDS Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

A Revelation given to Joseph Oliver Hyram Josiah & Joseph Knight given at Manchester Ontario C[ounty] New York

Behold I the Lord am God I Created the Heavens & the Earth & all things that in them is wherefore they are mine & I sway my scepter over all the Earth & ye are in my hands to will & to do that I can deliver you out of ev[e]ry difficulty & affliction according to your faith & dilligence & uprightness Before me & I have covenanted with my Servent [Joseph Smith Jr.] that earth nor Hell combined againsts him shall not take the Blessing out of his hands which I have prepared for him if he walketh uprightly before me neither the spiritual nor the temporal Blessing & Behold I also covenanted with those who have assisted him in my work that I will do unto them even the same Because they have done that which is pleasing in my sight yea even all save M[ar]tin [Harris] only it be one only

Wherefore be dilligent in Securing the Copy right of my work upon all the face of the Earth of which is known by you unto my Servent Joseph & unto him whom he willeth accordinng as I shall command him that the faithful & the righteous may retain the temperal [temporal] Blessing as well as the Spirit[u]al & also that my work be not destroyed by the workers of iniquity to their own distruction [destruction] & damnation when they are fully ripe

& now Behold I say unto you that I have covenanted & it Pleaseth me that Oliver Cowderey Joseph Knight Hyram Page & Josiah Stowel shall do my work in this thing yea even in securing the Copy right & they shall do it with an eye single to my Glory that it may be the means of bringing souls unto Salvation through mine only Begotten Behold I am God I have spoken it & it is expedient in me

Wherefor[e] I say unto you that ye shall go to Kingston seeking me continually through mine only Begotten & if ye do this ye shall have my spirit to go with you & ye shall have an addition of all things which is expedient in me & I grant unto my servent a privelige [privilege] that he may sell a copyright through you speaking after the manner of men for the four Provinces if the People harden not their hearts against the enticeings of my spirit & my word for Behold it lieth in themselves to their condemnation or to their salvation

Behold my way is before you & the means I will prepare & the Blessing I hold in mine own hand & if ye are faithful I will pour out upon you even as much as ye are able to Bear & thus it shall be Behold I am the father & it is through mine only begotten which is Jesus Christ your Redeemer amen

From Book of Commandments and Revelations, 35-36, LDS Church History Library (cf. LDS D&C 27; RLDS D&C 26; BC 28)

Commandment received at Harmony, Pennsylvania, on September 4, 1830 for the Church of Christ

A Revelation to the Church given at Harmony susquehannh [Susquehanna] County State of Pennsylvania given to Joseph the Seer at a time that he went to purchase wine for Sacrament & he was stop[p]ed by an Angel & he spok[e] to him as follows Saying

Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ your Lord your God & your Redeemer whose word is quick & powerful

for Behold I say unto you that it mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink when ye partake of the sacrament if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory

Remembering unto the father my Body which was laid down for you & my blood which was shed for the Remission of your sins

Wherefore a commandment I give unto you that ye shall not Purchase Wine neither strong drink of your enemies

Wherefore ye shall partake of none except it is made new among you yea in this my Father[']s Kingdom which shall be built up on the earth

Behold this is wisdom in me Wherefore marvel not for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the Vine with you on the Earth & with all those whom my father hath given me out of the world

Wherefore lift up your hearts & rejoice & Gird up your loins & be faithful untill I come even so amen

From Book of Commandments and Revelations, 45-46, LDS Church History Library (cf. LDS D&C 34; RLDS D&C 33; BC 36)

Revelation received at Fayette, New York, on November 4, 1830 for Orson Pratt

A Commandment to Orson his call to the ministery [ministry] &c given at Fayette Seneca county State of New York

My Son Orson, hearken & hear, & Behold what I the Lord God shall say unto you, even Jesus Christ your Redeemer, the light & the life of the world:

a light which shineth in darkness & the darkness Comprehendeth it not:

who so loved the world that he gave his own life, that as many as would believe might become the Sons of God:

Wherefore ye are my Son, & blessed are ye because ye have believed, & more blessed are ye because ye are called of me to Preach my Gospel; to lift up your voice as with the sound of a Trump, both long & loud, & cry repentance unto a crooked & perverse generation; prepareing the way of the Lord for his second Coming: for Behold, Verily, Verily I say unto you, the time is soon at hand, that I shall come in a cloud with power & great glory, & it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble.

but before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, & the moon be turned into blood, & the stars shall refuse their shineing, & some shall fall, & great distructions [destructions] await the wicked:

Wherefore lift up thy voice & spare not, for the Lord God hath spoken:

therefore Prophecy & it shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost; & if ye are faithful behold I am with you until I come:

& Verily Verily I say unto you I come quickly.

I am your Lord & your redeemer, even so: amen.


This revelation was originally given through a seer stone, placed in a hat by Joseph Smith and recorded by John Whitmer. It is of interest that Whitmer did not include this background in his introduction. See James R. B. Vancleave to Joseph Smith III, September 29, 1878, "Miscellaneous Letters and Papers," Community of Christ Library-Archives, and John Logan Traughber to "Dear Friend," October 10, 1881, Schroeder Collection, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison.

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