-- Feb 4, 1831
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. advises Isaac Morley to abandon his "common stock" farm, calls Partridge to be the first bishop. (1)
[Partridge, Edward] Called as first bishop of Church 4 February 1831. (2)
[Partridge, Edward] Returned to Ohio by 4 February 1831. (2)
[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 41. Lord blesses and curses. Church to gather and agree on the word of the Lord. Pray to receive laws to govern church. Lord comes quickly. Whoever keeps the law is the Lord's disciple; others to be cast out. Don't cast pearls before swine. Build a house for Joseph. Sidney can live wherever he likes , as he keeps the commandments. Edward Partridge, "in whom there is no guile" , is called to be bishop.
First revelation given in Kirtland.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 93-94, heading: A Commandment given Febury 4th 1831 to choose A Bishop &c.
Book of Commandments 43 heading: A Revelation to the church in Kirtland, Ohio, and also the calling of Edward to the office of bishop, given February, 1831.
1835 D&C 61 heading: Revelation given February, 1831.
John Whitmer's history is consistent with the 1835 D&C text except for one minor difference as noted.
Manuscript History of the Church heading: The Lord gave unto the church the following revelation at Kirtland, Ohio, February 4, 1831. (3)
-- Feb 6, 1831-23
D&C 43 (Kirtland): Only Joseph to receive revelations as long as he lives and remains faithful, only he can appoint a successor if he falls. (4)
-- Feb 7, 1831
Alexander Campbell's "Delusions," the first substantive critique of the Book of Mormon, is published in the Millennial Harbinger. (4)
-- Feb 9, 1831
Revelation on Church government and Law of Consecration received (D&C 42). (5)
Joseph Smith received "the law of the Church," including the law of consecration (D&C 42). (6)
D&C 42:1-73 (Kirtland): Law of the Lord: ordination by recognized authorities only, missionaries, penalties for sins, consecration, plain clothing; idleness, elders bless the sick, the New Jerusalem, live together in love. (4)
Joseph Smith revelation: Elders to go forth two by two, except Smith and Rigdon to go for a little time. Also, Edward Partridge to stand in office as appointed unless he transgresses and another will be appointed. Also, cleave to wife and none else. And, surpluses to go to Church. (7)
Section 42 is received, laying out the law of the church, including naming specific sins and the punishments thereof. (8)
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 42, a revelation containing the law of the Lord to his Church, including the law of consecration and stewardship of property. (9)
[Joseph Smith] The revelation on the economic "Law of Consecration" is recorded. (10)
1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
4 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
5 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
6 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
7 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
8 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
9 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
10 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
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