Mormon History, Jul 17, 1831

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-- Jul 17, 1831
Revelation (west of Independence) for Oliver Cowdery, W. W. Phelps, Joseph Coe, and Ziba Peterson as they were about to commence a mission to Native Americans in Missouri, as recalled by W. W. Phelps in 1861: "For it is my will, that in time, ye should take unto you wives of the Lamanites and Nephites, that their posterity may become white, delightsome and Just, for even now their females are more virtuous than the gentiles." Since three of the four were already married, and the fourth-Ziba Peterson-would marry Rebecca Hooper within a monththis passage is sometimes used as an argument that plural marriage was envisioned as early as 1831.
Phelps recorded the revelation, apparently from memory,
Ezra Booth refers to this revelation in 1831. Ezra Booth Letters (8-9) (1)

[Joseph Smith] Plural marriage is allowed by a revelation which is never canonized or officially published. (2)

[Polygamy] Polygamy revealed
Plural marriage is allowed by a revelation which is never canonized or officially published ( Quinn, Origins, p 617 ) Missionaries were sent to Missouri. In the 1850s, the claim is that they were told to marry the Indians, thus inferring polygamy. There is some evidence of this from a non-Mormon contemporary source, as well as implied evidence from section 101 of the
1835 Doctrine and Covenants. However, there is no evidence that the instructions, if ever given, were acted upon. Note that, at the time, it was not unusual for frontiersmen to marry Indian women while they were staying in the Indian lands, and then abandon them when they returned to their homes. (3)

-- Jul 20, 1831
Site for city of Zion in Independence, MO, revealed to Joseph Smith (D&C 57). (4)

Site revealed to Joseph Smith for center of Zion in Independence, Missouri (D&C 57). (5)

D&C 57 (Independence): Promised land and city of Zion is in and around Independence; Sidney Gilbert to establish a store; W. W. Phelps to be the church printer, Oliver "to copy, and to correct, and select" the documents to print. (1)

Site for the city of Zion (the New Jerusalem) in Independence, Missouri, revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith (see D&C 57; A of F 10). (6)

[Joseph Smith] Jackson County, Missouri. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 57, a revelation concerning the building up of Zion in Independence, Missouri. (7)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Revelation, site for city in Zion. (8)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph receives revelation that the site of Zion is Independence, Missouri. (9)

[Joseph Smith] In Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, receives a revelation identifying Independence as the center place of Zion (see D&C 57:1-3). (10)

[Revelations] Independence, Jackson county, Missouri. Doctrine and Covenants 57. Missouri land of promise, city of Zion to be built. Build temple west of courthouse. Purchase lands up to the Indian Territory for inheritances. Church agent Sidney Gilbert provide goods for the Saints and get a license to trade with the Indians so gospel can be preached to them. Edward Partridge assign inheritances, W. W. Phelps serve as church printer, Oliver assisting. Sidney Gilbert, W. W. Phelps, and Oliver move to Zion.
Kirtland Revelation Book, 89-91, heading: Revelation given in independence July the 20 1831 shewing that to be the place of the city of Zion and the gathering -.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 27 heading: Revelation given in Zion, July, 1831. (11)

-- Jul 25, 1831
About sixty members of the Colesville branch under Newel Knight arrive in Independence. (1)

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2 - 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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4 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
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7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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10 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
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