Today's Favorite Verse: Doctrine & Covenants 37:2
"And again, I say unto you that ye shall not go until ye have preached my gospel in those parts, and have strengthened up the church withersoever it is found, and more especially in Colesville; for, behold, they pray unto me in much faith."
The header to this section says "Herein is given the first commandment concerning a gathering in this dispensation." The Lord then tells the saint they are to gather in "the Ohio". But, they can't go until the gospel has been preached there. He tells them who is to go and where. What I loved in this verse is the Lord knows where his elect are. He has heard their prayers. He knows where to send his servants to bring the gospel to those ready to receive it.
I could not help but think about Revelation 14:6 "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people."
What was important about going to Ohio? That is the place the Lord would have his temple built and his people would be endowed with power from on high. This was needed before the restored gospel could sweep the earth, one last time, in preparation for the Lord's second coming. I have heard other Christian faiths say this part of Revelation is fulfilled. I believe it has not been. The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the priesthood keys to officiate in saving ordinances has not had a chance to be preached in every land. We are close, but it not yet finished. There is work still needed to be done. The Lord is still in the midst of gathering his elect.