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Remarks delivered on November 12-13, 1831 at Hiram, Portage County, Ohio
(Joseph's "translating room," an upstairs room at the home of John Johnson).
Source: Oliver Cowdery record copied into the Far West Record
Prayer for Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer
. . . Br. Joseph Smith jr. said one item he wished acted upon was that our brs.
Oliver Cowdery & John Whitmer & the sacred writings which they have entrusted to
them to carry to Zion be dedicated to the Lord by the prayer of faith.
Temporal Support Requested of the Church
Secondly, Br. Oliver has labored with me from the beginning in writing &c Br. Martin
[Harris] has labored with me from the beginning, brs. John [Whitmer] and Sidney [Rigdon]
also for a considerable time, & as these sacred writings are now going to the Church for
their benefit, that we may have claim on the Church for recompense, if this conference
think these things worth prizing to be had on record to show hereafter I feel that it
will be according to the mind of the Spirit for by it these things were put into my heart
which I know to be the Spirit of truth, &c. . . .
Importance of the Revelations - Foundation of Church
[The following statement was probably given or proposed by Joseph Smith.]
the book of Revelation [the Book of Commandments] now to be printed being the foundation of
the Church & the salvation of the world & the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom & the
riches of Eternity to the Church . . .
1. Joseph and Oliver had selected, from among the written revelations
given to Joseph thus far, a corpus to be published under the name "Book of Commandments,
for the government of the Church of Christ, organized according to the law on the 6th of
April, 1830." Oliver copied the manuscripts and was assigned by revelation, with John
Whitmer, to deliver these copies to the church printing establishment in Independence,
MO. Ten thousand copies were to be run initially but this was reduced to 3,000. However, a
mob of disgruntled locals in Independence, destroyed the press while printing was in
progress. Some of the raw sheets were saved from the ensuing fire, but not all the intended
revelations had been set. Roughly enough sheets to make 100 sets of 65 revelations
were saved. The texts of these copies contained minor variations resulting from type corrections
made during the printing process. About 40 copies survive today and may trade on the collectors
market for as much as a half-million dollars.
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