“Verily thus saith the Lord: It is wisdom in my servant David W. Patten, that he settle up all his business as soon as he possibly can, and make a disposition of his merchandise, that he may perform a mission unto me next spring, in company with others, even twelve including himself, to testify of my name and bear glad tidings unto all the world. For verily thus saith the Lord, that inasmuch as there are those among you who deny my name, others shall be planted in their stead and receive their bishopric. Amen.”
Joseph Smith, Jr., Doctrine and Covenants – section 114 (Far West, MO: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11 April 1838), 1-2.
This revelation was received on 11 April 1838. David W. Patten was killed six months later in the ‘Battle of Crooked River,’ and would never see the spring of 1839.