Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class Doctrine and Covenants Sections 78, 80
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D&C 80.a)This revelation commanded Stephen Burnett and Eden Smith to go and preach wherever they felt disposed to go.
D&C 81.a)This revelation is particularly interesting for two reasons:i)First, it tells us something about Joseph Smith’s understanding of “scripture.”(1)
When the revelation was received on 15 March 1832, it was directed toJesse Gause, and his name appeared at the beginning of what is now verse 1.
(a)Not much is known about Jesse Gause.
What we do know is that he was aformer Quaker who had converted to the Shaker faith
and then was baptizeda Mormon in late 1831.(b)He quickly gained the trust of Joseph Smith, who wrote on 8 March 1832:“Chose this day and ordained brother Jesse Gause and Broth[er] Sidney [Rigdon] to be my councillers of the ministry of the presidency of th[e] highPristhood.”
Seven days later Joseph received this revelation confirmingGause’s ordination as “a high priest in my church, and a counselor unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.” (81:1).(c)Between April and June 1832 Gause accompanied Joseph to Missouri. Afterthat he served a mission in August 1832, ending it apparently still firm in thefaith.(d)
The only note about him after this comes from Joseph Smith’s journal entry for 3 December 1832, in which he states that “Br Jese” and twoother men “was excommunicated from the church.”
The reason for hisexcommunication is unknown, and from there Jesse Gause literally disappeared from history.(2)
In March 1833, Joseph called Frederick G. Williams as a counselor toreplace Jesse Gause (90:6). All printed editions of the Doctrine and Covenants, beginning with the 1835 first edition, have included this revelation, but with Williams’ name instead of Gause’s.
The earliest manuscript copies of this revelation are
Revelation Book 1
Revelation Book 2
). In both copies, the revelation is directed to “my servant Jesse.”
What little is known is summarized in D. Michael Quinn, “Jesse Gause: Joseph Smith’s Little-Known Counselor,”
23/4 (Fall 1983), 487–93 (
For background on the Shaker religion, see lesson 12, page 7–8(
Revelation Book 2
, 10–11 (
Joseph Smith, Journal, 1832–34, 3 (
See 1835 D&C 79 (