had a mission to perform among these Ten Tribes
, as does John theRevelator according to Latter-day revelation.
One of Joseph Smith’scontemporaries recolected:The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Joseph in an unusual manner, and[he] prophesied that John the Revelator was then among the TenTribes of Israel who had been led away by Shalmaneser, King of Assyria to prepare them for their return from their long dispersion,to again possess the land of their fathers.
It seems that Joseph gained firsthand knowledge of the mission of the beloved apostle John, from meeting with him personally:While 'the camp of Zion' was on the way to Missouri in 1834Joseph was some ways ahead of the company one day, when therewas seen walking with him by the roadside a man, a stranger.When the company came up there was no person with him. Whenat camp that night, Heber asked the Prophet who that man was;Joseph replied it was the beloved Disciple, John, who was then onhis way to the Ten Tribes in the North.
The Lord has prophesied that Joseph, or one of his successorswill yet take part in the return of these tribes.
That return will take placein an astounding way, when: “they who are in the North countries shallcome in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear hisvoice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite therocks, and ice shall flow down at their presence. And a highway shall becast up in the midst of the great deep. ... And the boundaries of theeverlasting hills shall tremble at their presence.”
Where could this North country they reside in be? Where is itthey will be returning from? Where are they now? Some Churchmembers, such as Benjamin F. Johnson and Oliver B. Huntington, have
53 Ne 28:296D&C 77:14
7History of the Church, John Whitmer, see DHC 1:176.“Joseph said that John [the Revelator] was to tarry until Christ came. He is now withthe Ten Tribes preaching to them, and when we can get ready for them they willcome.” (Life of Levi Ward Hancock, June 4th, 1831)
8Heber C. Kimball letter to Addison Everett, Oliver B. Huntington Journal,13th January, 1881.9D&C 110:1110D&C 133:26-27,31