My blog post on Come Follow Me: D&C 1 – Hearken O Ye People
Excerpt: A Voice of Warning This section was written in November 1831, 1 1/2 years after the Church was officially organized. It is a proclamation, not just to the members, but to “ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.” Imagine, a church of just a few hundred people, with just a few congregations in New York and Pennsylvania, coming forth with a proclamation to people throughout the world. Missionary work was just beginning. The members had yet to gather to Kirtland, or to open the great proselyting mission in England (still several years ahead). For a Church which now has millions of members worldwide, and experienced the “Mormon Moment” (2012-13), this proclamation may not seem so profound. But for the little church in the woods to call the world to repentance was definitely a foreshadow of what was to come.