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THE DOCTRINE

AND

COVENANTS

 

 

Title page  

Explanatory introduction 

Testimony of the twelve apostles 

 

Sections: 

01  02  03  04  05  06  07  08  09  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  51  52  53  54  55  56  57  58  59  60  61  62  63  64  65  66  67  68  69  70  71  72  73  74  75  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  83  84  85  86  87  88  89  90  91  92  93  94  95  96  97  98  99  100  101  102  103  104  105  106  107  108  109  110  111  112  113  114  115  116  117  118  119  120  121  122  123  124  125  126  127  128  129  130  131  132  133  134  135  136  137  138

 

Official declaration 1 

Official declaration 2

 

 

 

THE DOCTRINE

AND

COVENANTS

OF

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

 

 

CONTAINING REVELATIONS GIVEN TO

JOSEPH SMITH, THE PROPHET

 

WITH SOME ADDITIONS BY HIS SUCCESSORS

IN THE PRESIDENCY OF THE CHURCH

 

 

PUBLISHED BY

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA

1989 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY INTRODUCTION

 

The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of divine revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last days. Although most of the sections are directed to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the messages, warnings, and exhortations are for the benefit of all mankind, and contain an invitation to all people everywhere to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to them for their temporal well-being and their everlasting salvation.

 

Most of the revelations in this compilation were received through Joseph Smith, Jun., the first prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Others were issued through some of his successors in the Presidency. (See headings to Sections 135, 136, and 138, and Official Declarations 1 and 2.)

 

The book of Doctrine and Covenants is one of the standard works of the Church in company with the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Pearl of Great Price. However, the Doctrine and Covenants is unique because it is not a translation of an ancient document, but is of modern origin and was given of God through his chosen prophets for the restoration of his holy work and the establishment of the kingdom of God on the earth in these days. In the revelations one hears the tender but firm voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking anew in the dispensation of the fulness of times; and the work that is initiated herein is preparatory to his second coming, in fulfillment of and in concert with the words of all the holy prophets since the world began.

 

Joseph Smith, Jun., was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont. During his early life he moved with his family to Manchester, in western New York. It was while he was living near Manchester in the spring of 1820, when he was fourteen years of age, that he experienced his first vision, in which he was visited in person by God, the Eternal Father, and his Son Jesus Christ. He was told in this vision that the true Church of Jesus Christ that had been established in New Testament times, and which had administered the fulness of the gospel, was no longer on the earth. Other divine manifestations followed in which he was taught by many angels; it was shown to him that God had a special work for him to do on the earth, and that through him the Church of Jesus Christ would be restored to the earth.

 

In the course of time Joseph Smith was enabled by divine assistance to translate and publish the Book of Mormon. In the meantime he and Oliver Cowdery were ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist in May 1829 (D&C 13), and soon thereafter they were also ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood by the ancient apostles Peter, James, and John (D&C 27:12). Other ordinations followed in which priesthood keys were conferred upon them by Moses, Elijah, Elias, and many ancient prophets (D&C 110; 128:18, 21). These ordinations were, in fact, a restoration of divine authority to man on the earth. On April 6, 1830, under heavenly direction, the Prophet Joseph Smith organized the Church, and thus the true Church of Jesus Christ is once again operative as an institution among men, with authority to teach the gospel and administer the ordinances of salvation. (See Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith—History 1:1–75; D&C 20.)

 

These sacred revelations were received in answer to prayer, in times of need, and came out of real-life situations involving real people. The Prophet and his associates sought for divine guidance, and these revelations certify that they received it. In the revelations one sees the restoration and unfolding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times. The westward movement of the Church from New York and Pennsylvania, to Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, and finally to the Great Basin of western America, and the mighty struggles of the saints in attempting to build Zion on the earth in modern times, are also shown forth in these revelations.

 

Several of the earlier sections involve matters regarding the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon (see Sections 3, 5, 10, 17, 19). Some later sections reflect the work of the Prophet Joseph Smith in making an inspired translation of the Bible, during which many of the great doctrinal sections were received (see, for example, Sections 37, 45, 73, 76, 77, 86, 91, and 132, each of which has some direct relationship to the Bible translation).

 

In the revelations the doctrines of the gospel are set forth with explanations about such fundamental matters as the nature of the Godhead, the origin of man, the reality of Satan, the purpose of mortality, the necessity for obedience, the need for repentance, the workings of the Holy Spirit, the ordinances and performances that pertain to salvation, the destiny of the earth, the future conditions of man after the resurrection and the judgment, the eternity of the marriage relationship, and the eternal nature of the family. Likewise the gradual unfolding of the administrative structure of the Church is shown with the calling of bishops, the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, and the Seventy, and the establishment of other presiding offices and quorums. Finally, the testimony that is given of Jesus Christ—his divinity, his majesty, his perfection, his love, and his redeeming power—makes this book of great value to the human family and of more worth than the riches of the whole earth.

 

A number of the revelations were published in Zion (Independence), Missouri, in 1833, under the title A Book of Commandments for the Government of the Church of Christ. Concerning this publication the elders of the Church gave solemn testimony that the Lord had borne record to their souls that these revelations were true. As the Lord continued to communicate with his servants, an enlarged compilation was published two years later in Kirtland, Ohio, with the title Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. To this publication in 1835, the written testimony of the Twelve Apostles was attached as follows:

 

 

 

TESTIMONY OF THE

TWELVE APOSTLES TO THE TRUTH OF THE

BOOK OF DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

 

The Testimony of the Witnesses to the Book of the Lord's Commandments, which commandments He gave to His Church through Joseph Smith, Jun., who was appointed by the voice of the Church for this purpose:

 

We, therefore, feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of the earth, that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost shed forth upon us, that these commandments were given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for all men, and are verily true.

We give this testimony unto the world, the Lord being our helper; and it is through the grace of God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, that we are permitted to have this privilege of bearing this testimony unto the world, in the which we rejoice exceedingly, praying the Lord always that the children of men may be profited thereby.

 

The names of the Twelve were:

 

    Thomas B. Marsh

    David W. Patten

    Brigham Young

    Heber C. Kimball

    Orson Hyde

    Wm. E. McLellin

    Parley P. Pratt

    Luke S. Johnson

    William Smith

    Orson Pratt

    John F. Boynton

    Lyman E. Johnson

 

In successive editions of the Doctrine and Covenants, additional revelations or other matters of record have been added, as received, and as accepted by competent assemblies or conferences of the Church.

 

Beginning with the 1835 edition a series of seven theological lessons was also included; these were titled the "Lectures on Faith."  These had been prepared for use in the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1834–1835. Although profitable for doctrine and instruction, these lectures have been omitted from the Doctrine and Covenants since the 1921 edition because they were not given or presented as revelations to the whole Church.

 

In the current edition of the Doctrine and Covenants three documents have been included for the first time. These are Sections 137 and 138, setting forth the fundamentals of salvation for the dead; and Official Declaration 2, announcing that all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.

 

It is evident that some errors have been perpetuated in past editions, particularly in the historical portions of the section headings. Consequently this edition contains corrections of dates and place names and also a few other minor corrections when it seemed appropriate (such as discontinuing the unusual names beginning with Section 78). These changes have been made so as to bring the material into conformity with the historical documents. Other special features of this latest edition include maps showing the major geographical locations in which the revelations were received, plus improvements in cross references, section headings, and subject-matter summaries, all of which are designed to help readers to understand and rejoice in the message of the Lord as given in the Doctrine and Covenants.

 

 

 

 

 

THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

 

 

SECTION 1

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, during a special conference of elders of the Church, held at Hiram, Ohio, November 1, 1831. HC 1:221–224. Many revelations had been received from the Lord prior to this time, and the compilation of these for publication in book form was one of the principal subjects passed upon at the conference. This section constitutes the Lord's Preface to the doctrines, covenants, and commandments given in this dispensation.

 

1–7,            The voice of warning is to all people;

8–16,          Apostasy and wickedness precede the Second Coming;

17–23,        Joseph Smith called to restore to earth the Lord's truths and powers;

24–33,        The Book of Mormon brought forth and true Church established;

34–36,        Peace shall be taken from the earth;

37–39,        Search these commandments.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.

2  For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated.

3  And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.

4  And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.

5  And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.

6  Behold, this is mine authority, and the authority of my servants, and my preface unto the book of my commandments, which I have given them to publish unto you, O inhabitants of the earth.

7  Wherefore, fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed in them shall be fulfilled.

8  And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to seal both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious;

9  Yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure—

10  Unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.

11  Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear:

12  Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh;

13  And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth.

14  And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people;

15  For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;

16  They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.

17  Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments;

18  And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets—

19  The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—

20  But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;

21  That faith also might increase in the earth;

22  That mine everlasting covenant might be established;

23  That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.

24  Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding.

25  And inasmuch as they erred it might be made known;

26  And inasmuch as they sought wisdom they might be instructed;

27  And inasmuch as they sinned they might be chastened, that they might repent;

28  And inasmuch as they were humble they might be made strong, and blessed from on high, and receive knowledge from time to time.

29  And after having received the record of the Nephites, yea, even my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., might have power to translate through the mercy of God, by the power of God, the Book of Mormon.

30  And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually—

31  For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance;

32  Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven;

33  And he that repents not, from him shall be taken even the light which he has received; for my Spirit shall not always strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts.

34  And again, verily I say unto you, O inhabitants of the earth: I the Lord am willing to make these things known unto all flesh;

35  For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion.

36  And also the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world.

37  Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.

38  What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

39  For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen.

 

SECTION 2

 

An extract from the words of the angel Moroni to Joseph Smith the Prophet, while in the house of the Prophet's father at Manchester, New York, on the evening of September 21, 1823. HC 1:12. Moroni was the last of a long line of historians who had made the record that is now before the world as the Book of Mormon. Compare Malachi 4:5–6; also Sections 27:9; 110:13–16; and 128:18.

 

1,               Elijah is to reveal the priesthood;

2–3,            Promises of fathers are planted in hearts of children.

 

1  BEHOLD, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

2  And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.

3  If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.

 

SECTION 3

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1828, relating to the loss of 116 pages of manuscript translated from the first part of the Book of Mormon, which was called the "Book of Lehi."  The Prophet had reluctantly allowed these pages to pass from his custody to that of Martin Harris, who had served for a brief period as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon. The revelation was given through the Urim and Thummim. HC 1:21–23. See also Section 10.

 

1–4,            The Lord's course is one eternal round;

5–15,          Joseph Smith must repent or lose the gift to translate;

16–20,        The Book of Mormon comes forth to save the seed of Lehi.

 

1  THE works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught.

2  For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.

3  Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men;

4  For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.

5  Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments; and remember also the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them.

6  And behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men.

7  For, behold, you should not have feared man more than God. Although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words—

8  Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.

9  Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.

10  But remember, God is merciful; therefore, repent of that which thou hast done which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work;

11  Except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.

12  And when thou deliveredst up that which God had given thee sight and power to translate, thou deliveredst up that which was sacred into the hands of a wicked man,

13  Who has set at naught the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises which were made before God, and has depended upon his own judgment and boasted in his own wisdom.

14  And this is the reason that thou hast lost thy privileges for a season—

15  For thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.

16  Nevertheless, my work shall go forth, for inasmuch as the knowledge of a Savior has come unto the world, through the testimony of the Jews, even so shall the knowledge of a Savior come unto my people—

17  And to the Nephites, and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers—

18  And this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquity of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their brethren the Nephites, because of their iniquities and their abominations.

19  And for this very purpose are these plates preserved, which contain these records—that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people;

20  And that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance they might be saved. Amen.

 

SECTION 4

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his father, Joseph Smith, Sen., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, February 1829. HC 1:28.

 

1–4,            Valiant service saves the Lord's ministers;

5–6,            Godly attributes qualify them for the ministry;

7,               Things of God must be sought after.

 

1  NOW behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

2  Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.

3  Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;

4  For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;

5  And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.

6  Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

7  Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

 

SECTION 5

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, March 1829, at the request of Martin Harris. HC 1:28–31.

 

1–10,          This generation shall receive the Lord's word through Joseph Smith;

11–18,        Three witnesses shall testify of the Book of Mormon;

19–20,        The word of the Lord will be verified as in previous times;

21–35,        Martin Harris may repent and be one of the witnesses.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you, that as my servant Martin Harris has desired a witness at my hand, that you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., have got the plates of which you have testified and borne record that you have received of me;

2  And now, behold, this shall you say unto him—he who spake unto you, said unto you: I, the Lord, am God, and have given these things unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and have commanded you that you should stand as a witness of these things;

3  And I have caused you that you should enter into a covenant with me, that you should not show them except to those persons to whom I commanded you; and you have no power over them except I grant it unto you.

4  And you have a gift to translate the plates; and this is the first gift that I bestowed upon you; and I have commanded that you should pretend to no other gift until my purpose is fulfilled in this; for I will grant unto you no other gift until it is finished.

5  Verily, I say unto you, that woe shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth if they will not hearken unto my words;

6  For hereafter you shall be ordained and go forth and deliver my words unto the children of men.

7  Behold, if they will not believe my words, they would not believe you, my servant Joseph, if it were possible that you should show them all these things which I have committed unto you.

8  Oh, this unbelieving and stiffnecked generation—mine anger is kindled against them.

9  Behold, verily I say unto you, I have reserved those things which I have entrusted unto you, my servant Joseph, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto future generations;

10  But this generation shall have my word through you;

11  And in addition to your testimony, the testimony of three of my servants, whom I shall call and ordain, unto whom I will show these things, and they shall go forth with my words that are given through you.

12  Yea, they shall know of a surety that these things are true, for from heaven will I declare it unto them.

13  I will give them power that they may behold and view these things as they are;

14  And to none else will I grant this power, to receive this same testimony among this generation, in this the beginning of the rising up and the coming forth of my church out of the wilderness—clear as the moon, and fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.

15  And the testimony of three witnesses will I send forth of my word.

16  And behold, whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit—

17  And you must wait yet a little while, for ye are not yet ordained—

18  And their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation if they harden their hearts against them;

19  For a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out from time to time, if they repent not, until the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming.

20  Behold, I tell you these things, even as I also told the people of the destruction of Jerusalem; and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.

21  And now I command you, my servant Joseph, to repent and walk more uprightly before me, and to yield to the persuasions of men no more;

22  And that you be firm in keeping the commandments wherewith I have commanded you; and if you do this, behold I grant unto you eternal life, even if you should be slain.

23  And now, again, I speak unto you, my servant Joseph, concerning the man that desires the witness—

24  Behold, I say unto him, he exalts himself and does not humble himself sufficiently before me; but if he will bow down before me, and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith, in the sincerity of his heart, then will I grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see.

25  And then he shall say unto the people of this generation: Behold, I have seen the things which the Lord hath shown unto Joseph Smith, Jun., and I know of a surety that they are true, for I have seen them, for they have been shown unto me by the power of God and not of man.

26  And I the Lord command him, my servant Martin Harris, that he shall say no more unto them concerning these things, except he shall say: I have seen them, and they have been shown unto me by the power of God; and these are the words which he shall say.

27  But if he deny this he will break the covenant which he has before covenanted with me, and behold, he is condemned.

28  And now, except he humble himself and acknowledge unto me the things that he has done which are wrong, and covenant with me that he will keep my commandments, and exercise faith in me, behold, I say unto him, he shall have no such views, for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I have spoken.

29  And if this be the case, I command you, my servant Joseph, that you shall say unto him, that he shall do no more, nor trouble me any more concerning this matter.

30  And if this be the case, behold, I say unto thee Joseph, when thou hast translated a few more pages thou shalt stop for a season, even until I command thee again; then thou mayest translate again.

31  And except thou do this, behold, thou shalt have no more gift, and I will take away the things which I have entrusted with thee.

32  And now, because I foresee the lying in wait to destroy thee, yea, I foresee that if my servant Martin Harris humbleth not himself and receive a witness from my hand, that he will fall into transgression;

33  And there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee from off the face of the earth; and for this cause, that thy days may be prolonged, I have given unto thee these commandments.

34  Yea, for this cause I have said: Stop, and stand still until I command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee.

35  And if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments, thou shalt be lifted up at the last day. Amen.

 

SECTION 6

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829. HC 1:32–35. Oliver Cowdery began his labors as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon, April 7, 1829. He had already received a divine manifestation of the truth of the Prophet's testimony respecting the plates on which was engraved the Book of Mormon record. The Prophet inquired of the Lord through the Urim and Thummim and received this response.

 

1–6,            Laborers in the Lord's field gain salvation;

7–13,          There is no gift greater than the gift of salvation;

14–27,        Witness of truth comes by the power of the Spirit;

28–37,        Look unto Christ, and do good continually.

 

1  A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.

2  Behold, I am God; give heed unto my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my words.

3  Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.

4  Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.

5  Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

6  Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion;

7  Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.

8  Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you desire of me so it shall be unto you; and if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation.

9  Say nothing but repentance unto this generation; keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work, according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.

10  Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above—

11  And if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous; therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift, that thou mayest find out mysteries, that thou mayest bring many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, convince them of the error of their ways.

12  Make not thy gift known unto any save it be those who are of thy faith. Trifle not with sacred things.

13  If thou wilt do good, yea, and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation.

14  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast inquired of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.

15  Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth;

16  Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart.

17  I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee—that the words or the work which thou hast been writing are true.

18  Therefore be diligent; stand by my servant Joseph, faithfully, in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be for the word's sake.

19  Admonish him in his faults, and also receive admonition of him. Be patient; be sober; be temperate; have patience, faith, hope and charity.

20  Behold, thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.

21  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto mine own, and mine own received me not. I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

22  Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.

23  Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter?  What greater witness can you have than from God?

24  And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?

25  And, behold, I grant unto you a gift, if you desire of me, to translate, even as my servant Joseph.

26  Verily, verily, I say unto you, that there are records which contain much of my gospel, which have been kept back because of the wickedness of the people;

27  And now I command you, that if you have good desires—a desire to lay up treasures for yourself in heaven—then shall you assist in bringing to light, with your gift, those parts of my scriptures which have been hidden because of iniquity.

28  And now, behold, I give unto you, and also unto my servant Joseph, the keys of this gift, which shall bring to light this ministry; and in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

29  Verily, verily, I say unto you, if they reject my words, and this part of my gospel and ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no more unto you than unto me.

30  And even if they do unto you even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory.

31  But if they reject not my words, which shall be established by the testimony which shall be given, blessed are they, and then shall ye have joy in the fruit of your labors.

32  Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as touching one thing, behold, there will I be in the midst of them—even so am I in the midst of you.

33  Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward.

34  Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

35  Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and sin no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you.

36  Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

37  Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

 

SECTION 7

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829, when they inquired through the Urim and Thummim as to whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried in the flesh or had died. The revelation is a translated version of the record made on parchment by John and hidden up by himself. HC 1:35–36.

 

1–3,            John the Beloved shall live until the Lord comes;

4–8,            Peter, James, and John hold gospel keys.

 

1  AND the Lord said unto me: John, my beloved, what desirest thou?  For if you shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you.

2  And I said unto him: Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.

3  And the Lord said unto me: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, because thou desirest this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory, and shalt prophesy before nations, kindreds, tongues and people.

4  And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?  For he desired of me that he might bring souls unto me, but thou desiredst that thou mightest speedily come unto me in my kingdom.

5  I say unto thee, Peter, this was a good desire; but my beloved has desired that he might do more, or a greater work yet among men than what he has before done.

6  Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him as flaming fire and a ministering angel; he shall minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth.

7  And I will make thee to minister for him and for thy brother James; and unto you three I will give this power and the keys of this ministry until I come.

8  Verily I say unto you, ye shall both have according to your desires, for ye both joy in that which ye have desired.

 

SECTION 8

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829. HC 1:36–37. In the course of the translation of the Book of Mormon, Oliver, who continued to serve as scribe, writing at the Prophet's dictation, desired to be endowed with the gift of translation. The Lord responded to his supplication by granting this revelation.

 

1–5,            Revelation comes by the power of the Holy Ghost;

6–12,          Mysteries of God and the power to translate ancient records come by faith.

 

1  OLIVER Cowdery, verily, verily, I say unto you, that assuredly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your Redeemer, even so surely shall you receive a knowledge of whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart, believing that you shall receive a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records, which are ancient, which contain those parts of my scripture of which has been spoken by the manifestation of my Spirit.

2  Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

3  Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

4  Therefore this is thy gift; apply unto it, and blessed art thou, for it shall deliver you out of the hands of your enemies, when, if it were not so, they would slay you and bring your soul to destruction.

5  Oh, remember these words, and keep my commandments. Remember, this is your gift.

6  Now this is not all thy gift; for you have another gift, which is the gift of Aaron; behold, it has told you many things;

7  Behold, there is no other power, save the power of God, that can cause this gift of Aaron to be with you.

8  Therefore, doubt not, for it is the gift of God; and you shall hold it in your hands, and do marvelous works; and no power shall be able to take it away out of your hands, for it is the work of God.

9  And, therefore, whatsoever you shall ask me to tell you by that means, that will I grant unto you, and you shall have knowledge concerning it.

10  Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not.

11  Ask that you may know the mysteries of God, and that you may translate and receive knowledge from all those ancient records which have been hid up, that are sacred; and according to your faith shall it be done unto you.

12  Behold, it is I that have spoken it; and I am the same that spake unto you from the beginning. Amen.

 

SECTION 9

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829. HC 1:37–38. Oliver is admonished to be patient, and is urged to be content to write, for the time being, at the dictation of the translator, rather than to attempt to translate.

 

1–6,            Other ancient records are yet to be translated;

7–14,          The Book of Mormon is translated by study and by spiritual confirmation.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you, my son, that because you did not translate according to that which you desired of me, and did commence again to write for my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., even so I would that ye should continue until you have finished this record, which I have entrusted unto him.

2  And then, behold, other records have I, that I will give unto you power that you may assist to translate.

3  Be patient, my son, for it is wisdom in me, and it is not expedient that you should translate at this present time.

4  Behold, the work which you are called to do is to write for my servant Joseph.

5  And, behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced, when you began to translate, that I have taken away this privilege from you.

6  Do not murmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner.

7  Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.

8  But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

9  But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.

10  Now, if you had known this you could have translated; nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now.

11  Behold, it was expedient when you commenced; but you feared, and the time is past, and it is not expedient now;

12  For, do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph sufficient strength, whereby it is made up?  And neither of you have I condemned.

13  Do this thing which I have commanded you, and you shall prosper. Be faithful, and yield to no temptation.

14  Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day. Amen.

 

SECTION 10

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1828. HC 1:20–23. Herein the Lord informs Joseph of alterations made by wicked men in the 116 manuscript pages from the translation of the "Book of Lehi," in the Book of Mormon. These manuscript pages had been lost from the possession of Martin Harris, to whom the sheets had been temporarily entrusted. See heading to Section 3. The evil design was to await the expected retranslation of the matter covered by the stolen pages, and then to discredit the translator by showing discrepancies created by the alterations. That this wicked purpose had been conceived by the evil one, and was known to the Lord even while Mormon, the ancient Nephite historian, was making his abridgment of the accumulated plates, is shown in the Book of Mormon (The Words of Mormon 1:3–7).

 

1–26,          Satan stirs up wicked men to oppose the Lord's work;

27–33,        He seeketh to destroy the souls of men;

34–52,        The gospel is to go to Lamanites and all nations through Book of Mormon;

53–63,        The Lord will establish his Church and his gospel among men;

64–70,        He will gather the repentant into his Church and will save the obedient.

 

1  NOW, behold, I say unto you, that because you delivered up those writings which you had power given unto you to translate by the means of the Urim and Thummim, into the hands of a wicked man, you have lost them.

2  And you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened.

3  Nevertheless, it is now restored unto you again; therefore see that you are faithful and continue on unto the finishing of the remainder of the work of translation as you have begun.

4  Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate; but be diligent unto the end.

5  Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work.

6  Behold, they have sought to destroy you; yea, even the man in whom you have trusted has sought to destroy you.

7  And for this cause I said that he is a wicked man, for he has sought to take away the things wherewith you have been entrusted; and he has also sought to destroy your gift.

8  And because you have delivered the writings into his hands, behold, wicked men have taken them from you.

9  Therefore, you have delivered them up, yea, that which was sacred, unto wickedness.

10  And, behold, Satan hath put it into their hearts to alter the words which you have caused to be written, or which you have translated, which have gone out of your hands.

11  And behold, I say unto you, that because they have altered the words, they read contrary from that which you translated and caused to be written;

12  And, on this wise, the devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he may destroy this work;

13  For he hath put into their hearts to do this, that by lying they may say they have caught you in the words which you have pretended to translate.

14  Verily, I say unto you, that I will not suffer that Satan shall accomplish his evil design in this thing.

15  For behold, he has put it into their hearts to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God, in asking to translate it over again.

16  And then, behold, they say and think in their hearts—We will see if God has given him power to translate; if so, he will also give him power again;

17  And if God giveth him power again, or if he translates again, or, in other words, if he bringeth forth the same words, behold, we have the same with us, and we have altered them;

18  Therefore they will not agree, and we will say that he has lied in his words, and that he has no gift, and that he has no power;

19  Therefore we will destroy him, and also the work; and we will do this that we may not be ashamed in the end, and that we may get glory of the world.

20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, that Satan has great hold upon their hearts; he stirreth them up to iniquity against that which is good;

21  And their hearts are corrupt, and full of wickedness and abominations; and they love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil; therefore they will not ask of me.

22  Satan stirreth them up, that he may lead their souls to destruction.

23  And thus he has laid a cunning plan, thinking to destroy the work of God; but I will require this at their hands, and it shall turn to their shame and condemnation in the day of judgment.

24  Yea, he stirreth up their hearts to anger against this work.

25  Yea, he saith unto them: Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm. And thus he flattereth them, and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him.

26  And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare.

27  And thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.

28  Verily, verily, I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive because he supposeth that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.

29  Now, behold, they have altered these words, because Satan saith unto them: He hath deceived you—and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God.

30  Behold, I say unto you, that you shall not translate again those words which have gone forth out of your hands;

31  For, behold, they shall not accomplish their evil designs in lying against those words. For, behold, if you should bring forth the same words they will say that you have lied and that you have pretended to translate, but that you have contradicted yourself.

32  And, behold, they will publish this, and Satan will harden the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you, that they will not believe my words.

33  Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation, that the work may not come forth in this generation.

34  But behold, here is wisdom, and because I show unto you wisdom, and give you commandments concerning these things, what you shall do, show it not unto the world until you have accomplished the work of translation.

35  Marvel not that I said unto you: Here is wisdom, show it not unto the world—for I said, show it not unto the world, that you may be preserved.

36  Behold, I do not say that you shall not show it unto the righteous;

37  But as you cannot always judge the righteous, or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous, therefore I say unto you, hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning the matter.

38  And now, verily I say unto you, that an account of those things that you have written, which have gone out of your hands, is engraven upon the plates of Nephi;

39  Yea, and you remember it was said in those writings that a more particular account was given of these things upon the plates of Nephi.

40  And now, because the account which is engraven upon the plates of Nephi is more particular concerning the things which, in my wisdom, I would bring to the knowledge of the people in this account—

41  Therefore, you shall translate the engravings which are on the plates of Nephi, down even till you come to the reign of king Benjamin, or until you come to that which you have translated, which you have retained;

42  And behold, you shall publish it as the record of Nephi; and thus I will confound those who have altered my words.

43  I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.

44  Behold, they have only got a part, or an abridgment of the account of Nephi.

45  Behold, there are many things engraven upon the plates of Nephi which do throw greater views upon my gospel; therefore, it is wisdom in me that you should translate this first part of the engravings of Nephi, and send forth in this work.

46  And, behold, all the remainder of this work does contain all those parts of my gospel which my holy prophets, yea, and also my disciples, desired in their prayers should come forth unto this people.

47  And I said unto them, that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in their prayers;

48  Yea, and this was their faith—that my gospel, which I gave unto them that they might preach in their days, might come unto their brethren the Lamanites, and also all that had become Lamanites because of their dissensions.

49  Now, this is not all—their faith in their prayers was that this gospel should be made known also, if it were possible that other nations should possess this land;

50  And thus they did leave a blessing upon this land in their prayers, that whosoever should believe in this gospel in this land might have eternal life;

51  Yea, that it might be free unto all of whatsoever nation, kindred, tongue, or people they may be.

52  And now, behold, according to their faith in their prayers will I bring this part of my gospel to the knowledge of my people. Behold, I do not bring it to destroy that which they have received, but to build it up.

53  And for this cause have I said: If this generation harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them.

54  Now I do not say this to destroy my church, but I say this to build up my church;

55  Therefore, whosoever belongeth to my church need not fear, for such shall inherit the kingdom of heaven.

56  But it is they who do not fear me, neither keep my commandments but build up churches unto themselves to get gain, yea, and all those that do wickedly and build up the kingdom of the devil—yea, verily, verily, I say unto you, that it is they that I will disturb, and cause to tremble and shake to the center.

57  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not.

58  I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

59  I am he who said—Other sheep have I which are not of this fold—unto my disciples, and many there were that understood me not.

60  And I will show unto this people that I had other sheep, and that they were a branch of the house of Jacob;

61  And I will bring to light their marvelous works, which they did in my name;

62  Yea, and I will also bring to light my gospel which was ministered unto them, and, behold, they shall not deny that which you have received, but they shall build it up, and shall bring to light the true points of my doctrine, yea, and the only doctrine which is in me.

63  And this I do that I may establish my gospel, that there may not be so much contention; yea, Satan doth stir up the hearts of the people to contention concerning the points of my doctrine; and in these things they do err, for they do wrest the scriptures and do not understand them.

64  Therefore, I will unfold unto them this great mystery;

65  For, behold, I will gather them as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if they will not harden their hearts;

66  Yea, if they will come, they may, and partake of the waters of life freely.

67  Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church.

68  Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me; therefore he is not of my church.

69  And now, behold, whosoever is of my church, and endureth of my church to the end, him will I establish upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.

70  And now, remember the words of him who is the life and light of the world, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Amen.

 

SECTION 11

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his brother Hyrum Smith, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 1829. HC 1:39–46. This revelation was received through the Urim and Thummim in answer to Joseph's supplication and inquiry. "History of the Church" suggests that this revelation was received after the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood.

 

1–6,            Laborers in the vineyard will gain salvation;

7–14,          Seek wisdom, cry repentance, trust in the Spirit;

15–22,        Keep the commandments and study the Lord's word;

23–27,        Deny not the spirit of revelation and of prophecy;

28–30,        Those who receive Christ become the sons of God.

 

1  A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

2  Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.

3  Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.

4  Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.

5  Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

6  Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.

7  Seek not for riches but for wisdom; and, behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.

8  Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you desire of me so it shall be done unto you; and, if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation.

9  Say nothing but repentance unto this generation. Keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work, according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.

10  Behold, thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me in faith, with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee;

11  For, behold, it is I that speak; behold, I am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee.

12  And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.

13  Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy;

14  And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.

15  Behold, I command you that you need not suppose that you are called to preach until you are called.

16  Wait a little longer, until you shall have my word, my rock, my church, and my gospel, that you may know of a surety my doctrine.

17  And then, behold, according to your desires, yea, even according to your faith shall it be done unto you.

18  Keep my commandments; hold your peace; appeal unto my Spirit;

19  Yea, cleave unto me with all your heart, that you may assist in bringing to light those things of which has been spoken—yea, the translation of my work; be patient until you shall accomplish it.

20  Behold, this is your work, to keep my commandments, yea, with all your might, mind and strength.

21  Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.

22  But now hold your peace; study my word which hath gone forth among the children of men, and also study my word which shall come forth among the children of men, or that which is now translating, yea, until you have obtained all which I shall grant unto the children of men in this generation, and then shall all things be added thereto.

23  Behold thou art Hyrum, my son; seek the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added according to that which is just.

24  Build upon my rock, which is my gospel;

25  Deny not the spirit of revelation, nor the spirit of prophecy, for wo unto him that denieth these things;

26  Therefore, treasure up in your heart until the time which is in my wisdom that you shall go forth.

27  Behold, I speak unto all who have good desires, and have thrust in their sickle to reap.

28  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world.

29  I am the same who came unto mine own and mine own received me not;

30  But verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen.

 

SECTION 12

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Joseph Knight, Sen., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 1829. HC 1:47–48. Joseph Knight believed the declarations of Joseph Smith concerning his possession of the Book of Mormon plates and the work of translation then in progress, and several times had given material assistance to Joseph Smith and his scribe, which enabled them to continue translating. At Joseph Knight's request the Prophet inquired of the Lord and received the revelation.

 

1–6,            Laborers in the vineyard are to gain salvation;

7–9,            All who desire and are qualified may assist in the Lord's work.

 

1  A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

2  Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore, give heed unto my word.

3  Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.

4  Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.

5  Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

6  Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.

7  Behold, I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work;

8  And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.

9  Behold, I am the light and the life of the world, that speak these words, therefore give heed with your might, and then you are called. Amen.

 

SECTION 13

 

Ordination of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood along the bank of the Susquehanna River, near Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 15, 1829. HC 1:39–42. The ordination was done by the hands of an angel, who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament. The angel explained that he was acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, the ancient apostles, who held the keys of the higher priesthood, which was called the Priesthood of Melchizedek. The promise was given to Joseph and Oliver that in due time the Priesthood of Melchizedek would be conferred upon them. See also Section 27:7, 8, 12.

 

Keys and powers of Aaronic Priesthood are set forth.

 

1  UPON you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.

 

SECTION 14

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June 1829. HC 1:48–50. The Whitmer family had become greatly interested in the translating of the Book of Mormon. The Prophet established his residence at the home of Peter Whitmer, Sen., where he dwelt until the work of translation was carried to completion and the copyright on the forthcoming book secured. Three of the Whitmer sons, each having received a testimony as to the genuineness of the work, became deeply concerned over the matter of their individual duty. This revelation and the two next following (Sections 15 and 16) were given in answer to an inquiry through the Urim and Thummim. David Whitmer later became one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

 

1–6,            Laborers in the vineyard will gain salvation;

7–8,            Eternal life is the greatest of God's gifts;

9–11,          Christ created the heavens and the earth.

 

1  A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.

2  Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.

3  Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.

4  Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.

5  Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

6  Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.

7  And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.

8  And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see, and also that you may declare repentance unto this generation.

9  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who created the heavens and the earth, a light which cannot be hid in darkness;

10  Wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel.

11  And behold, thou art David, and thou art called to assist; which thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be your reward. Amen.

 

SECTION 15

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June 1829. HC 1:50; see also heading to Section 14. The message is intimately and impressively personal, in that the Lord tells of what was known only to John Whitmer and himself. John Whitmer later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

 

1–2,            The Lord's arm is over all the earth;

3–6,            To preach the gospel and save souls is the thing of most worth.

 

1  HEARKEN, my servant John, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.

2  For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.

3  And I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone—

4  For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.

5  Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.

6  And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

 

SECTION 16

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Peter Whitmer, Jun., at Fayette, New York, June 1829. HC 1:51; see also heading to Section 14. Peter Whitmer, Jun., later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

 

1–2,            The Lord's arm is over all the earth;

3–6,            To preach the gospel and save souls is the thing of most worth.

 

1  HEARKEN, my servant Peter, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.

2  For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.

3  And I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone—

4  For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.

5  Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given unto you according to my commandments.

6  And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

 

SECTION 17

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, at Fayette, New York, June 1829, prior to their viewing the engraved plates that contained the Book of Mormon record. HC 1:52–57. Joseph and his scribe, Oliver Cowdery, had learned from the translation of the Book of Mormon plates that three special witnesses would be designated. See Ether 5:2–4; also 2 Nephi 11:3 and 27:12. Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris were moved upon by an inspired desire to be the three special witnesses. The Prophet inquired of the Lord, and this revelation was given in answer, through the Urim and Thummim.

 

1–4,            By faith the Three Witnesses shall see the plates and other sacred items;

5–9,            Christ bears testimony to the divinity of the Book of Mormon.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you do with full purpose of heart, you shall have a view of the plates, and also of the breastplate, the sword of Laban, the Urim and Thummim, which were given to the brother of Jared upon the mount, when he talked with the Lord face to face, and the miraculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of the Red Sea.

2  And it is by your faith that you shall obtain a view of them, even by that faith which was had by the prophets of old.

3  And after that you have obtained faith, and have seen them with your eyes, you shall testify of them, by the power of God;

4  And this you shall do that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., may not be destroyed, that I may bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men in this work.

5  And ye shall testify that you have seen them, even as my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., has seen them; for it is by my power that he has seen them, and it is because he had faith.

6  And he has translated the book, even that part which I have commanded him, and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true.

7  Wherefore, you have received the same power, and the same faith, and the same gift like unto him;

8  And if you do these last commandments of mine, which I have given you, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; for my grace is sufficient for you, and you shall be lifted up at the last day.

9  And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it unto you, that I might bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men. Amen.

 

SECTION 18

 

Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer, given at Fayette, New York, June 1829. HC 1:60–64. When the Aaronic Priesthood was conferred, the bestowal of the Melchizedek Priesthood was promised. See heading to Section 13. In response to supplication for knowledge on the matter, the Lord gave this revelation.

 

1–5,            Scriptures show how to build up the Church;

6–8,            The world is ripening in iniquity;

9–16,          The worth of souls is great;

17–25,        To gain salvation, men must take upon them the name of Christ;

26–36,        The calling and mission of the Twelve are revealed;

37–39,        Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer are to search out the Twelve;

40–47,        To gain salvation, men must repent, be baptized, and keep the commandments.

 

1  NOW, behold, because of the thing which you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:

2  Behold, I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true; wherefore you know that they are true.

3  And if you know that they are true, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written;

4  For in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my rock.

5  Wherefore, if you shall build up my church, upon the foundation of my gospel and my rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.

6  Behold, the world is ripening in iniquity; and it must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gentiles and also the house of Israel.

7  Wherefore, as thou hast been baptized by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., according to that which I have commanded him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I commanded him.

8  And now, marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me; wherefore, if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments he shall be blessed unto eternal life; and his name is Joseph.

9  And now, Oliver Cowdery, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer, by the way of commandment; for, behold, I command all men everywhere to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called.

10  Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;

11  For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.

12  And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.

13  And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!

14  Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.

15  And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!

16  And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!

17  Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation.

18  Ask the Father in my name, in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost, which manifesteth all things which are expedient unto the children of men.

19  And if you have not faith, hope, and charity, you can do nothing.

20  Contend against no church, save it be the church of the devil.

21  Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness.

22  And as many as repent and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

23  Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;

24  Wherefore, all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day;

25  Wherefore, if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.

26  And now, behold, there are others who are called to declare my gospel, both unto Gentile and unto Jew;

27  Yea, even twelve; and the Twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name; and the Twelve are they who shall desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart.

28  And if they desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature.

29  And they are they who are ordained of me to baptize in my name, according to that which is written;

30  And you have that which is written before you; wherefore, you must perform it according to the words which are written.

31  And now I speak unto you, the Twelve—Behold, my grace is sufficient for you; you must walk uprightly before me and sin not.

32  And, behold, you are they who are ordained of me to ordain priests and teachers; to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and according to the callings and gifts of God unto men;

33  And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.

34  These words are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;

35  For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;

36  Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.

37  And now, behold, I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that you shall search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken;

38  And by their desires and their works you shall know them.

39  And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.

40  And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name.

41  And you must preach unto the world, saying: You must repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ;

42  For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and children who have arrived at the years of accountability.

43  And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things;

44  And by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance, and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father.

45  Wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.

46  And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father.

47  Behold, I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit have spoken it. Amen.

 

SECTION 19

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, at Manchester, New York, March 1830. HC 1:72–74. In his history the Prophet introduced it as "a commandment of God and not of man, to Martin Harris, given by him who is Eternal."

 

1–3,            Christ has all power;

4–5,            All men must repent or suffer;

6–12,          Eternal punishment is God's punishment;

13–20,        Christ suffered for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

21–28,        Preach the gospel of repentance;

29–41,        Declare glad tidings.

 

1  I AM Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.

2  I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—

3  Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done.

4  And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.

5  Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my left hand.

6  Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless torment.

7  Again, it is written eternal damnation; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my name's glory.

8  Wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles.

9  I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest.

10  For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it!  For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name. Wherefore—

11  Eternal punishment is God's punishment.

12  Endless punishment is God's punishment.

13  Wherefore, I command you to repent, and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., in my name;

14  And it is by my almighty power that you have received them;

15  Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.

16  For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

17  But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

18  Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

19  Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

20  Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit.

21  And I command you that you preach naught but repentance, and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me.

22  For they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish.

23  Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.

24  I am Jesus Christ; I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will.

25  And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; nor seek thy neighbor's life.

26  And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the truth and the word of God—

27  Which is my word to the Gentile, that soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant, that they may believe the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.

28  And again, I command thee that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private.

29  And thou shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see.

30  And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.

31  And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior, and remission of sins by baptism, and by fire, yea, even the Holy Ghost.

32  Behold, this is a great and the last commandment which I shall give unto you concerning this matter; for this shall suffice for thy daily walk, even unto the end of thy life.

33  And misery thou shalt receive if thou wilt slight these counsels, yea, even the destruction of thyself and property.

34  Impart a portion of thy property, yea, even part of thy lands, and all save the support of thy family.

35  Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage.

36  Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy family;

37  And speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice, with a sound of rejoicing, crying—Hosanna, hosanna, blessed be the name of the Lord God!

38  Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing—yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth and corruptibleness to the extent thereof.

39  Behold, canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness?

40  Or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide?

41  Or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me?  Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.

 

SECTION 20

 

Revelation on Church Organization and Government, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, April 1830. HC 1:64–70. Preceding his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote: "We obtained of him [Jesus Christ] the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation; which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his Church once more here upon the earth."

 

1–16,          The Book of Mormon proves the divinity of the Latter-day work;

17–29,        The doctrines of creation, fall, atonement, and baptism are affirmed;

29–37,        Laws governing repentance, justification, sanctification, and baptism are set forth;

38–67,        Duties of elders, priests, teachers, and deacons are summarized;

68–74,        Duties of members, blessing of children, and mode of baptism are revealed;

75–84,        Sacramental prayers and regulations governing church membership are given.

 

1  THE rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April—

2  Which commandments were given to Joseph Smith, Jun., who was called of God, and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the first elder of this church;

3  And to Oliver Cowdery, who was also called of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the second elder of this church, and ordained under his hand;

4  And this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory, both now and forever. Amen.

5  After it was truly manifested unto this first elder that he had received a remission of his sins, he was entangled again in the vanities of the world;

6  But after repenting, and humbling himself sincerely, through faith, God ministered unto him by an holy angel, whose countenance was as lightning, and whose garments were pure and white above all other whiteness;

7  And gave unto him commandments which inspired him;

8  And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;

9  Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;

10  Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them—

11  Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;

12  Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

13  Therefore, having so great witnesses, by them shall the world be judged, even as many as shall hereafter come to a knowledge of this work.

14  And those who receive it in faith, and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life;

15  But those who harden their hearts in unbelief, and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation—

16  For the Lord God has spoken it; and we, the elders of the church, have heard and bear witness to the words of the glorious Majesty on high, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

17  By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God, the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them;

18  And that he created man, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them;

19  And gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should worship.

20  But by the transgression of these holy laws man became sensual and devilish, and became fallen man.

21  Wherefore, the Almighty God gave his Only Begotten Son, as it is written in those scriptures which have been given of him.

22  He suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them.

23  He was crucified, died, and rose again the third day;

24  And ascended into heaven, to sit down on the right hand of the Father, to reign with almighty power according to the will of the Father;

25  That as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved—

26  Not only those who believed after he came in the meridian of time, in the flesh, but all those from the beginning, even as many as were before he came, who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life,

27  As well as those who should come after, who should believe in the gifts and callings of God by the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and of the Son;

28  Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen.

29  And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.

30  And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true;

31  And we know also, that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true, to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds, and strength.

32  But there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God;

33  Therefore let the church take heed and pray always, lest they fall into temptation;

34  Yea, and even let those who are sanctified take heed also.

35  And we know that these things are true and according to the revelations of John, neither adding to, nor diminishing from the prophecy of his book, the holy scriptures, or the revelations of God which shall come hereafter by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost, the voice of God, or the ministering of angels.

36  And the Lord God has spoken it; and honor, power and glory be rendered to his holy name, both now and ever. Amen.

37  And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.

38  The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the church of Christ—An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize;

39  And to ordain other elders, priests, teachers, and deacons;

40  And to administer bread and wine—the emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ—

41  And to confirm those who are baptized into the church, by the laying on of hands for the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures;

42  And to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church;

43  And to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost;

44  And to take the lead of all meetings.

45  The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revelations of God.

46  The priest's duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament,

47  And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties.

48  And he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons.

49  And he is to take the lead of meetings when there is no elder present;

50  But when there is an elder present, he is only to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize,

51  And visit the house of each member, exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties.

52  In all these duties the priest is to assist the elder if occasion requires.

53  The teacher's duty is to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them;

54  And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking;

55  And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty.

56  And he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest—

57  And is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires.

58  But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;

59  They are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.

60  Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him; and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in the one who ordains him.

61  The several elders composing this church of Christ are to meet in conference once in three months, or from time to time as said conferences shall direct or appoint;

62  And said conferences are to do whatever church business is necessary to be done at the time.

63  The elders are to receive their licenses from other elders, by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences.

64  Each priest, teacher, or deacon, who is ordained by a priest, may take a certificate from him at the time, which certificate, when presented to an elder, shall entitle him to a license, which shall authorize him to perform the duties of his calling, or he may receive it from a conference.

65  No person is to be ordained to any office in this church, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church;

66  But the presiding elders, traveling bishops, high councilors, high priests, and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the church that a vote may be called.

67  Every president of the high priesthood (or presiding elder), bishop, high councilor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a high council or general conference.

68  The duty of the members after they are received by baptism.—The elders or priests are to have a sufficient time to expound all things concerning the church of Christ to their understanding, previous to their partaking of the sacrament and being confirmed by the laying on of the hands of the elders, so that all things may be done in order.

69  And the members shall manifest before the church, and also before the elders, by a godly walk and conversation, that they are worthy of it, that there may be works and faith agreeable to the holy scriptures—walking in holiness before the Lord.

70  Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.

71  No one can be received into the church of Christ unless he has arrived unto the years of accountability before God, and is capable of repentance.

72  Baptism is to be administered in the following manner unto all those who repent—

73  The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

74  Then shall he immerse him or her in the water, and come forth again out of the water.

75  It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus;

76  And the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it—he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying:

77  O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

78  The manner of administering the wine—he shall take the cup also, and say:

79  O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

80  Any member of the church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken in a fault, shall be dealt with as the scriptures direct.

81  It shall be the duty of the several churches, composing the church of Christ, to send one or more of their teachers to attend the several conferences held by the elders of the church,

82  With a list of the names of the several members uniting themselves with the church since the last conference; or send by the hand of some priest; so that a regular list of all the names of the whole church may be kept in a book by one of the elders, whomsoever the other elders shall appoint from time to time;

83  And also, if any have been expelled from the church, so that their names may be blotted out of the general church record of names.

84  All members removing from the church where they reside, if going to a church where they are not known, may take a letter certifying that they are regular members and in good standing, which certificate may be signed by any elder or priest if the member receiving the letter is personally acquainted with the elder or priest, or it may be signed by the teachers or deacons of the church.

 

SECTION 21

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York, April 6, 1830. HC 1:74–79. This revelation was given at the organization of the Church, on the date named, in the home of Peter Whitmer, Sen. Six men, who had previously been baptized, participated. By unanimous vote these persons expressed their desire and determination to organize, according to the commandment of God; see Section 20. They also voted to accept and sustain Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery as the presiding officers of the Church. With the laying on of hands, Joseph then ordained Oliver an elder of the Church; and Oliver similarly ordained Joseph. After administration of the sacrament, Joseph and Oliver laid hands upon the participants individually, for the bestowal of the Holy Ghost and for the confirmation of each as a member of the Church.

 

1–3,            Joseph Smith is called to be a seer, translator, prophet, apostle, and elder;

4–8,            His word shall guide the cause of Zion;

9–12,          The saints shall believe his words as he speaks by the Comforter.

 

1  BEHOLD, there shall be a record kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ,

2  Being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith.

3  Which church was organized and established in the year of your Lord eighteen hundred and thirty, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.

4  Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;

5  For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.

6  For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name's glory.

7  For thus saith the Lord God: Him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers I have heard.

8  Yea, his weeping for Zion I have seen, and I will cause that he shall mourn for her no longer; for his days of rejoicing are come unto the remission of his sins, and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works.

9  For, behold, I will bless all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given him through me by the Comforter, which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins of the world, yea, for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart.

10  Wherefore it behooveth me that he should be ordained by you, Oliver Cowdery mine apostle;

11  This being an ordinance unto you, that you are an elder under his hand, he being the first unto you, that you might be an elder unto this church of Christ, bearing my name—

12  And the first preacher of this church unto the church, and before the world, yea, before the Gentiles; yea, and thus saith the Lord God, lo, lo!  to the Jews also. Amen.

 

SECTION 22

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Manchester, New York, April 1830. HC 1:79–80. This revelation was given to the Church in consequence of some who had previously been baptized desiring to unite with the Church without rebaptism.

 

1,               Baptism is a new and everlasting covenant;

2–4,            Authoritative baptism is required.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing; and this is a new and an everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning.

2  Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing, for you cannot enter in at the strait gate by the law of Moses, neither by your dead works.

3  For it is because of your dead works that I have caused this last covenant and this church to be built up unto me, even as in days of old.

4  Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.

 

SECTION 23

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Manchester, New York, April 1830, to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith, Sen., and Joseph Knight, Sen. HC 1:80. As the result of earnest desire on the part of the five persons named to know of their respective duties, the Prophet inquired of the Lord, and received this revelation.

 

1–7,            These early disciples are called to preach, exhort, and strengthen the Church.

 

1  BEHOLD, I speak unto you, Oliver, a few words. Behold, thou art blessed, and art under no condemnation. But beware of pride, lest thou shouldst enter into temptation.

2  Make known thy calling unto the church, and also before the world, and thy heart shall be opened to preach the truth from henceforth and forever. Amen.

3  Behold, I speak unto you, Hyrum, a few words; for thou also art under no condemnation, and thy heart is opened, and thy tongue loosed; and thy calling is to exhortation, and to strengthen the church continually. Wherefore thy duty is unto the church forever, and this because of thy family. Amen.

4  Behold, I speak a few words unto you, Samuel; for thou also art under no condemnation, and thy calling is to exhortation, and to strengthen the church; and thou art not as yet called to preach before the world. Amen.

5  Behold, I speak a few words unto you, Joseph; for thou also art under no condemnation, and thy calling also is to exhortation, and to strengthen the church; and this is thy duty from henceforth and forever. Amen.

6  Behold, I manifest unto you, Joseph Knight, by these words, that you must take up your cross, in the which you must pray vocally before the world as well as in secret, and in your family, and among your friends, and in all places.

7  And, behold, it is your duty to unite with the true church, and give your language to exhortation continually, that you may receive the reward of the laborer. Amen.

 

SECTION 24

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1830. HC 1:101–103. Though less than four months had elapsed since the Church was organized, persecution had become intense, and the leaders had to seek safety in partial seclusion. The following three revelations were given at this time to strengthen, encourage, and instruct them.

 

1–9,            Joseph Smith is called to translate, preach, and expound scriptures;

10–12,        Oliver Cowdery is called to preach the gospel;

13–19,        Law is revealed relative to miracles, cursings, casting off the dust of one's feet, and going without purse or scrip.

 

1  BEHOLD, thou wast called and chosen to write the Book of Mormon, and to my ministry; and I have lifted thee up out of thine afflictions, and have counseled thee, that thou hast been delivered from all thine enemies, and thou hast been delivered from the powers of Satan and from darkness!

2  Nevertheless, thou art not excusable in thy transgressions; nevertheless, go thy way and sin no more.

3  Magnify thine office; and after thou hast sowed thy fields and secured them, go speedily unto the church which is in Colesville, Fayette, and Manchester, and they shall support thee; and I will bless them both spiritually and temporally;

4  But if they receive thee not, I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing.

5  And thou shalt continue in calling upon God in my name, and writing the things which shall be given thee by the Comforter, and expounding all scriptures unto the church.

6  And it shall be given thee in the very moment what thou shalt speak and write, and they shall hear it, or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing.

7  For thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion; and in this thou shalt have strength.

8  Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.

9  And in temporal labors thou shalt not have strength, for this is not thy calling. Attend to thy calling and thou shalt have wherewith to magnify thine office, and to expound all scriptures, and continue in laying on of the hands and confirming the churches.

10  And thy brother Oliver shall continue in bearing my name before the world, and also to the church. And he shall not suppose that he can say enough in my cause; and lo, I am with him to the end.

11  In me he shall have glory, and not of himself, whether in weakness or in strength, whether in bonds or free;

12  And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night. And I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men.

13  Require not miracles, except I shall command you, except casting out devils, healing the sick, and against poisonous serpents, and against deadly poisons;

14  And these things ye shall not do, except it be required of you by them who desire it, that the scriptures might be fulfilled; for ye shall do according to that which is written.

15  And in whatsoever place ye shall enter, and they receive you not in my name, ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing, by casting off the dust of your feet against them as a testimony, and cleansing your feet by the wayside.

16  And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall lay their hands upon you by violence, ye shall command to be smitten in my name; and, behold, I will smite them according to your words, in mine own due time.

17  And whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the law.

18  And thou shalt take no purse nor scrip, neither staves, neither two coats, for the church shall give unto thee in the very hour what thou needest for food and for raiment, and for shoes and for money, and for scrip.

19  For thou art called to prune my vineyard with a mighty pruning, yea, even for the last time; yea, and also all those whom thou hast ordained, and they shall do even according to this pattern. Amen.

 

SECTION 25

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1830. See HC 1:103–104; see also heading to Section 24. This revelation manifests the will of the Lord to Emma Smith, the Prophet's wife.

 

1–6,            Emma Smith, an elect lady, is called to aid and comfort her husband;

7–11,          She is also called to write, to expound scriptures, and to select hymns;

12–14,        The song of the righteous is a prayer unto the Lord;

15–16,        Principles of obedience in this revelation are applicable to all.

 

1  HEARKEN unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto you, Emma Smith, my daughter; for verily I say unto you, all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my kingdom.

2  A revelation I give unto you concerning my will; and if thou art faithful and walk in the paths of virtue before me, I will preserve thy life, and thou shalt receive an inheritance in Zion.

3  Behold, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou art an elect lady, whom I have called.

4  Murmur not because of the things which thou hast not seen, for they are withheld from thee and from the world, which is wisdom in me in a time to come.

5  And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., thy husband, in his afflictions, with consoling words, in the spirit of meekness.

6  And thou shalt go with him at the time of his going, and be unto him for a scribe, while there is no one to be a scribe for him, that I may send my servant, Oliver Cowdery, whithersoever I will.

7  And thou shalt be ordained under his hand to expound scriptures, and to exhort the church, according as it shall be given thee by my Spirit.

8  For he shall lay his hands upon thee, and thou shalt receive the Holy Ghost, and thy time shall be given to writing, and to learning much.

9  And thou needest not fear, for thy husband shall support thee in the church; for unto them is his calling, that all things might be revealed unto them, whatsoever I will, according to their faith.

10  And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.

11  And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.

12  For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.

13  Wherefore, lift up thy heart and rejoice, and cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made.

14  Continue in the spirit of meekness, and beware of pride. Let thy soul delight in thy husband, and the glory which shall come upon him.

15  Keep my commandments continually, and a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive. And except thou do this, where I am you cannot come.

16  And verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my voice unto all. Amen.

 

SECTION 26

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1830. See HC 1:104; see also heading to Section 24.

 

1,               They are instructed to study the scriptures and to preach;

2,               The law of common consent is affirmed.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you that you shall let your time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures, and to preaching, and to confirming the church at Colesville, and to performing your labors on the land, such as is required, until after you shall go to the west to hold the next conference; and then it shall be made known what you shall do.

2  And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith, for all things you shall receive by faith. Amen.

 

SECTION 27

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, August 1830. HC 1:106–108. In preparation for a religious service at which the sacrament of bread and wine was to be administered, Joseph set out to procure wine for the occasion. He was met by a heavenly messenger and received this revelation, a portion of which was written at the time, and the remainder in the September following. Water is now used instead of wine in the sacramental services of the Church.

 

1–4,            The emblems to be used in partaking of the sacrament are set forth;

5–14,          Christ and his servants from all dispensations are to partake of the sacrament;

15–18,        Put on the whole armor of God.

 

1  LISTEN to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God, and your Redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful.

2  For, behold, I say unto you, that it mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink when ye partake of the sacrament, if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory—remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins.

3  Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, that you shall not purchase wine neither strong drink of your enemies;

4  Wherefore, you shall partake of none except it is made new among you; yea, in this my Father's kingdom which shall be built up on the earth.

5  Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;

6  And also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;

7  And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;

8  Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron;

9  And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse;

10  And also with Joseph and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain;

11  And also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days;

12  And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them;

13  Unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;

14  And also with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world.

15  Wherefore, lift up your hearts and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand.

16  Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, which I have sent mine angels to commit unto you;

17  Taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked;

18  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, which I will pour out upon you, and my word which I reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also. Amen.

 

SECTION 28

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Fayette, New York, September 1830. HC 1:109–111. Hiram Page, a member of the Church, had a certain stone, and professed to be receiving revelations by its aid concerning the upbuilding of Zion and the order of the Church. Several members had been deceived by these claims, and even Oliver Cowdery was wrongly influenced thereby. Just prior to an appointed conference, the Prophet inquired earnestly of the Lord concerning the matter, and this revelation followed.

 

1–7,            Joseph Smith holds keys of the mysteries, and only he receives revelations for the Church;

8–10,          Oliver Cowdery is to preach to the Lamanites;

11–16,        Satan deceived Hiram Page and gave him false revelations.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto thee, Oliver, that it shall be given unto thee that thou shalt be heard by the church in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the Comforter, concerning the revelations and commandments which I have given.

2  But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses.

3  And thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and the revelations, with power and authority unto the church.

4  And if thou art led at any time by the Comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of commandment unto the church, thou mayest do it.

5  But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom;

6  And thou shalt not command him who is at thy head, and at the head of the church;

7  For I have given him the keys of the mysteries, and the revelations which are sealed, until I shall appoint unto them another in his stead.

8  And now, behold, I say unto you that you shall go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive thy teachings thou shalt cause my church to be established among them; and thou shalt have revelations, but write them not by way of commandment.

9  And now, behold, I say unto you that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the city Zion shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter. Behold, I say unto you that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.

10  Thou shalt not leave this place until after the conference; and my servant Joseph shall be appointed to preside over the conference by the voice of it, and what he saith to thee thou shalt tell.

11  And again, thou shalt take thy brother, Hiram Page, between him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath written from that stone are not of me and that Satan deceiveth him;

12  For, behold, these things have not been appointed unto him, neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church contrary to the church covenants.

13  For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.

14  And thou shalt assist to settle all these things, according to the covenants of the church, before thou shalt take thy journey among the Lamanites.

15  And it shall be given thee from the time thou shalt go, until the time thou shalt return, what thou shalt do.

16  And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen.

 

SECTION 29

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the presence of six elders, at Fayette, New York, September 1830. HC 1:111–115. This revelation was given some days prior to the conference beginning September 26, 1830.

 

1–8,            Christ gathers his elect;

9–11,          His coming ushers in the Millennium;

12–13,        The Twelve shall judge all Israel;

14–21,        Signs, plagues, and desolations will precede the Second Coming;

22–28,        The last resurrection and final judgment follow the Millennium;

29–35,        All things are spiritual unto the Lord;

36–39,        The devil and his hosts were cast out of heaven to tempt man;

40–45,        Fall and atonement bring salvation;

46–50,        Little children are redeemed through the atonement.

 

1  LISTEN to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I AM, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins;

2  Who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.

3  Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that at this time your sins are forgiven you, therefore ye receive these things; but remember to sin no more, lest perils shall come upon you.

4  Verily, I say unto you that ye are chosen out of the world to declare my gospel with the sound of rejoicing, as with the voice of a trump.

5  Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the Father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom.

6  And, as it is written—Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith, being united in prayer according to my command, ye shall receive.

7  And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;

8  Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.

9  For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth;

10  For the hour is nigh, and that which was spoken by mine apostles must be fulfilled; for as they spoke so shall it come to pass;

11  For I will reveal myself from heaven with power and great glory, with all the hosts thereof, and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall not stand.

12  And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, and it hath gone forth in a firm decree, by the will of the Father, that mine apostles, the Twelve which were with me in my ministry at Jerusalem, shall stand at my right hand at the day of my coming in a pillar of fire, being clothed with robes of righteousness, with crowns upon their heads, in glory even as I am, to judge the whole house of Israel, even as many as have loved me and kept my commandments, and none else.

13  For a trump shall sound both long and loud, even as upon Mount Sinai, and all the earth shall quake, and they shall come forth—yea, even the dead which died in me, to receive a crown of righteousness, and to be clothed upon, even as I am, to be with me, that we may be one.

14  But, behold, I say unto you that before this great day shall come the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall be turned into blood, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and there shall be greater signs in heaven above and in the earth beneath;

15  And there shall be weeping and wailing among the hosts of men;

16  And there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth.

17  And it shall come to pass, because of the wickedness of the world, that I will take vengeance upon the wicked, for they will not repent; for the cup of mine indignation is full; for behold, my blood shall not cleanse them if they hear me not.

18  Wherefore, I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them;

19  And their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me; and their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets;

20  And it shall come to pass that the beasts of the forest and the fowls of the air shall devour them up.

21  And the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall be cast down by devouring fire, according as it is spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the prophet, who spoke of these things, which have not come to pass but surely must, as I live, for abominations shall not reign.

22  And again, verily, verily, I say unto you that when the thousand years are ended, and men again begin to deny their God, then will I spare the earth but for a little season;

23  And the end shall come, and the heaven and the earth shall be consumed and pass away, and there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.

24  For all old things shall pass away, and all things shall become new, even the heaven and the earth, and all the fulness thereof, both men and beasts, the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea;

25  And not one hair, neither mote, shall be lost, for it is the workmanship of mine hand.

26  But, behold, verily I say unto you, before the earth shall pass away, Michael, mine archangel, shall sound his trump, and then shall all the dead awake, for their graves shall be opened, and they shall come forth—yea, even all.

27  And the righteous shall be gathered on my right hand unto eternal life; and the wicked on my left hand will I be ashamed to own before the Father;

28  Wherefore I will say unto them—Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

29  And now, behold, I say unto you, never at any time have I declared from mine own mouth that they should return, for where I am they cannot come, for they have no power.

30  But remember that all my judgments are not given unto men; and as the words have gone forth out of my mouth even so shall they be fulfilled, that the first shall be last, and that the last shall be first in all things whatsoever I have created by the word of my power, which is the power of my Spirit.

31  For by the power of my Spirit created I them; yea, all things both spiritual and temporal—

32  First spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, first temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work—

33  Speaking unto you that you may naturally understand; but unto myself my works have no end, neither beginning; but it is given unto you that ye may understand, because ye have asked it of me and are agreed.

34  Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created.

35  Behold, I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him, for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.

36  And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency;

37  And they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels;

38  And, behold, there is a place prepared for them from the beginning, which place is hell.

39  And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet—

40  Wherefore, it came to pass that the devil tempted Adam, and he partook of the forbidden fruit and transgressed the commandment, wherein he became subject to the will of the devil, because he yielded unto temptation.

41  Wherefore, I, the Lord God, caused that he should be cast out from the Garden of Eden, from my presence, because of his transgression, wherein he became spiritually dead, which is the first death, even that same death which is the last death, which is spiritual, which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say: Depart, ye cursed.

42  But, behold, I say unto you that I, the Lord God, gave unto Adam and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the temporal death, until I, the Lord God, should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through faith on the name of mine Only Begotten Son.

43  And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation—that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe;

44  And they that believe not unto eternal damnation; for they cannot be redeemed from their spiritual fall, because they repent not;

45  For they love darkness rather than light, and their deeds are evil, and they receive their wages of whom they list to obey.

46  But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten;

47  Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;

48  For it is given unto them even as I will, according to mine own pleasure, that great things may be required at the hand of their fathers.

49  And, again, I say unto you, that whoso having knowledge, have I not commanded to repent?

50  And he that hath no understanding, it remaineth in me to do according as it is written. And now I declare no more unto you at this time. Amen.

 

SECTION 30

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Jun., and John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, September 1830, following the three-day conference at Fayette, but before the elders of the Church had separated. HC 1:115–116. Originally this material was published as three revelations; it was combined into one section by the Prophet for the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.

 

1–4,            David Whitmer is chastened for failure to serve diligently;

5–8,            Peter Whitmer, Jun., is to accompany Oliver Cowdery on a mission to the Lamanites;

9–11,          John Whitmer is called to preach the gospel.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you, David, that you have feared man and have not relied on me for strength as you ought.

2  But your mind has been on the things of the earth more than on the things of me, your Maker, and the ministry whereunto you have been called; and you have not given heed unto my Spirit, and to those who were set over you, but have been persuaded by those whom I have not commanded.

3  Wherefore, you are left to inquire for yourself at my hand, and ponder upon the things which you have received.

4  And your home shall be at your father's house, until I give unto you further commandments. And you shall attend to the ministry in the church, and before the world, and in the regions round about. Amen.

5  Behold, I say unto you, Peter, that you shall take your journey with your brother Oliver; for the time has come that it is expedient in me that you shall open your mouth to declare my gospel; therefore, fear not, but give heed unto the words and advice of your brother, which he shall give you.

6  And be you afflicted in all his afflictions, ever lifting up your heart unto me in prayer and faith, for his and your deliverance; for I have given unto him power to build up my church among the Lamanites;

7  And none have I appointed to be his counselor over him in the church, concerning church matters, except it is his brother, Joseph Smith, Jun.

8  Wherefore, give heed unto these things and be diligent in keeping my commandments, and you shall be blessed unto eternal life. Amen.

9  Behold, I say unto you, my servant John, that thou shalt commence from this time forth to proclaim my gospel, as with the voice of a trump.

10  And your labor shall be at your brother Philip Burroughs', and in that region round about, yea, wherever you can be heard, until I command you to go from hence.

11  And your whole labor shall be in Zion, with all your soul, from henceforth; yea, you shall ever open your mouth in my cause, not fearing what man can do, for I am with you. Amen.

 

SECTION 31

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh, September 1830. HC 1:115–117. The occasion was immediately following a conference of the Church. See heading to Section 30. Thomas B. Marsh had been baptized earlier in the month, and had been ordained an elder in the Church before this revelation was given.

 

1–6,            Thomas B. Marsh is called to preach the gospel and is assured of his family's well-being;

7–13,          He is counseled to be patient, pray always, and follow the Comforter.

 

1  THOMAS, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.

2  Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones; and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.

3  Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.

4  You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.

5  Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.

6  Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.

7  Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand;

8  And you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered.

9  Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.

10  Behold, I say unto you that you shall be a physician unto the church, but not unto the world, for they will not receive you.

11  Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do and whither you shall go.

12  Pray always, lest you enter into temptation and lose your reward.

13  Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you. These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen.

 

SECTION 32

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson, October 1830. HC 1:118–120. Great interest and desires were felt by the elders respecting the Lamanites, of whose predicted blessings the Church had learned from the Book of Mormon. In consequence, supplication was made that the Lord would indicate his will as to whether elders should be sent at that time to the Indian tribes in the West. The revelation followed.

 

1–3,            Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson are called to preach to the Lamanites and to accompany Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer, Jun.;

4–5,            They are to pray for an understanding of the scriptures.

 

1  AND now concerning my servant Parley P. Pratt, behold, I say unto him that as I live I will that he shall declare my gospel and learn of me, and be meek and lowly of heart.

2  And that which I have appointed unto him is that he shall go with my servants, Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer, Jun., into the wilderness among the Lamanites.

3  And Ziba Peterson also shall go with them; and I myself will go with them and be in their midst; and I am their advocate with the Father, and nothing shall prevail against them.

4  And they shall give heed to that which is written, and pretend to no other revelation; and they shall pray always that I may unfold the same to their understanding.

5  And they shall give heed unto these words and trifle not, and I will bless them. Amen.

 

SECTION 33

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet, at Fayette, New York, October 1830. HC 1:126–127. In recording this revelation the Prophet affirmed that "the Lord is ever ready to instruct such as diligently seek in faith."

 

1–4,            Laborers are called to declare the gospel in the eleventh hour;

5–6,            The Church is established and the elect are to be gathered;

7–10,          Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand;

11–15,        The Church is built upon the gospel rock;

16–18,        Prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you, my servants Ezra and Northrop, open ye your ears and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, whose word is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow, soul and spirit; and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

2  For verily, verily, I say unto you that ye are called to lift up your voices as with the sound of a trump, to declare my gospel unto a crooked and perverse generation.

3  For behold, the field is white already to harvest; and it is the eleventh hour, and the last time that I shall call laborers into my vineyard.

4  And my vineyard has become corrupted every whit; and there is none which doeth good save it be a few; and they err in many instances because of priestcrafts, all having corrupt minds.

5  And verily, verily, I say unto you, that this church have I established and called forth out of the wilderness.

6  And even so will I gather mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, even as many as will believe in me, and hearken unto my voice.

7  Yea, verily, verily, I say unto you, that the field is white already to harvest; wherefore, thrust in your sickles, and reap with all your might, mind, and strength.

8  Open your mouths and they shall be filled, and you shall become even as Nephi of old, who journeyed from Jerusalem in the wilderness.

9  Yea, open your mouths and spare not, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your backs, for lo, I am with you.

10  Yea, open your mouths and they shall be filled, saying: Repent, repent, and prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand;

11  Yea, repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.

12  Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and remember that they shall have faith in me or they can in nowise be saved;

13  And upon this rock I will build my church; yea, upon this rock ye are built, and if ye continue, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.

14  And ye shall remember the church articles and covenants to keep them.

15  And whoso having faith you shall confirm in my church, by the laying on of the hands, and I will bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost upon them.

16  And the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given of me for your instruction; and the power of my Spirit quickeneth all things.

17  Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom—

18  For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 34

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Orson Pratt, at Fayette, New York, November 4, 1830. HC 1:127–128. Brother Pratt was nineteen years old at the time. He had been converted and baptized when he first heard the preaching of the restored gospel by his older brother, Parley P. Pratt, six weeks before. This revelation was received in the Peter Whitmer, Sen., home.

 

1–4,            The faithful become the sons of God through the atonement;

5–9,            Preaching of the gospel prepares the way for the Second Coming;

10–12,        Prophecy comes by the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

1  MY son Orson, hearken and hear and behold what I, the Lord God, shall say unto you, even Jesus Christ your Redeemer;

2  The light and the life of the world, a light which shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not;

3  Who so loved the world that he gave his own life, that as many as would believe might become the sons of God. Wherefore you are my son;

4  And blessed are you because you have believed;

5  And more blessed are you because you are called of me to preach my gospel—

6  To lift up your voice as with the sound of a trump, both long and loud, and cry repentance unto a crooked and perverse generation, preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming.

7  For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, the time is soon at hand that I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory.

8  And it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble.

9  But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood; and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked.

10  Wherefore, lift up your voice and spare not, for the Lord God hath spoken; therefore prophesy, and it shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.

11  And if you are faithful, behold, I am with you until I come—

12  And verily, verily, I say unto you, I come quickly. I am your Lord and your Redeemer. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 35

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at or near Fayette, New York, December 1830. HC 1:128–131. At this time the Prophet was engaged almost daily in making a translation of the Bible. The translation was begun as early as June 1830, and both Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer had served as scribes. Since they had now been called to other duties, Sidney Rigdon was called by divine appointment to serve as the Prophet's scribe in this work (verse 20). As a preface to his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote: "In December Sidney Rigdon came [from Ohio] to inquire of the Lord, and with him came Edward Partridge. . . . Shortly after the arrival of these two brethren, thus spake the Lord."

 

1–2,            How men may become the sons of God;

3–7,            Sidney Rigdon is called to baptize and confer the Holy Ghost;

8–12,          Signs and miracles are wrought by faith;

13–16,        The Lord's servants shall thrash the nations by the power of the Spirit;

17–19,        Joseph Smith holds the keys of the mysteries;

20–21,        The elect shall abide the day of the Lord's coming;

22–27,        Israel shall be saved.

 

1  LISTEN to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday, and forever.

2  I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was crucified for the sins of the world, even as many as will believe on my name, that they may become the sons of God, even one in me as I am one in the Father, as the Father is one in me, that we may be one.

3  Behold, verily, verily, I say unto my servant Sidney, I have looked upon thee and thy works. I have heard thy prayers, and prepared thee for a greater work.

4  Thou art blessed, for thou shalt do great things. Behold thou wast sent forth, even as John, to prepare the way before me, and before Elijah which should come, and thou knewest it not.

5  Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received not the Holy Ghost;

6  But now I give unto thee a commandment, that thou shalt baptize by water, and they shall receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, even as the apostles of old.

7  And it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land, even among the Gentiles, for their folly and their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all people.

8  For I am God, and mine arm is not shortened; and I will show miracles, signs, and wonders, unto all those who believe on my name.

9  And whoso shall ask it in my name in faith, they shall cast out devils; they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.

10  And the time speedily cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men;

11  But without faith shall not anything be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

12  And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.

13  Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit;

14  And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their enemies shall be under their feet; and I will let fall the sword in their behalf, and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them.

15  And the poor and the meek shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming, for it is nigh at hand—

16  And they shall learn the parable of the fig-tree, for even now already summer is nigh.

17  And I have sent forth the fulness of my gospel by the hand of my servant Joseph; and in weakness have I blessed him;

18  And I have given unto him the keys of the mystery of those things which have been sealed, even things which were from the foundation of the world, and the things which shall come from this time until the time of my coming, if he abide in me, and if not, another will I plant in his stead.

19  Wherefore, watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be given by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, that knoweth all things.

20  And a commandment I give unto thee—that thou shalt write for him; and the scriptures shall be given, even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect;

21  For they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming; for they shall be purified, even as I am pure.

22  And now I say unto you, tarry with him, and he shall journey with you; forsake him not, and surely these things shall be fulfilled.

23  And inasmuch as ye do not write, behold, it shall be given unto him to prophesy; and thou shalt preach my gospel and call on the holy prophets to prove his words, as they shall be given him.

24  Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound; and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills and flourish;

25  And Israel shall be saved in mine own due time; and by the keys which I have given shall they be led, and no more be confounded at all.

26  Lift up your hearts and be glad, your redemption draweth nigh.

27  Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 36

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Edward Partridge, near Fayette, New York, December 1830. HC 1:131. See heading to Section 35. The Prophet said that Edward Partridge "was a pattern of piety, and one of the Lord's great men."

 

1–3,            The Lord lays his hand upon Edward Partridge by the hand of Sidney Rigdon;

4–8,            Every man who receives the gospel and the priesthood to be called to go forth and preach.

 

1  THUS saith the Lord God, the Mighty One of Israel: Behold, I say unto you, my servant Edward, that you are blessed, and your sins are forgiven you, and you are called to preach my gospel as with the voice of a trump;

2  And I will lay my hand upon you by the hand of my servant Sidney Rigdon, and you shall receive my Spirit, the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which shall teach you the peaceable things of the kingdom;

3  And you shall declare it with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna, blessed be the name of the most high God.

4  And now this calling and commandment give I unto you concerning all men—

5  That as many as shall come before my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, Jun., embracing this calling and commandment, shall be ordained and sent forth to preach the everlasting gospel among the nations—

6  Crying repentance, saying: Save yourselves from this untoward generation, and come forth out of the fire, hating even the garments spotted with the flesh.

7  And this commandment shall be given unto the elders of my church, that every man which will embrace it with singleness of heart may be ordained and sent forth, even as I have spoken.

8  I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God; wherefore, gird up your loins and I will suddenly come to my temple. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 37

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, near Fayette, New York, December 1830. HC 1:139. Herein is given the first commandment concerning a gathering in this dispensation.

 

1–4,            The saints are called to gather at the Ohio.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you that it is not expedient in me that ye should translate any more until ye shall go to the Ohio, and this because of the enemy and for your sakes.

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 whithersoever it is found, and more especially in Colesville; for, behold, they pray unto me in much faith.

3  And again, a commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio, against the time that my servant Oliver Cowdery shall return unto them.

4  Behold, here is wisdom, and let every man choose for himself until I come. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 38

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York, January 2, 1831. HC 1:140–143. The occasion was a conference of the Church.

 

1–6,            Christ created all things;

7–8,            He is in the midst of his saints, who shall soon see him;

9–12,          All flesh is corrupted before him;

13–22,        He has reserved a land of promise for his saints in time and in eternity;

23–27,        The saints are commanded to be one and esteem each other as brethren;

28–29,        Wars are predicted;

30–33,        The saints are to be given power from on high and go forth among all nations;

34–42,        The Church is commanded to care for the poor and needy, and to seek the riches of eternity.

 

1  THUS saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made;

2  The same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes;

3  I am the same which spake, and the world was made, and all things came by me.

4  I am the same which have taken the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom; and verily, I say, even as many as have believed in my name, for I am Christ, and in mine own name, by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I pleaded before the Father for them.

5  But behold, the residue of the wicked have I kept in chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day, which shall come at the end of the earth;

6  And even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and wo, wo, wo, is their doom.

7  But behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me;

8  But the day soon cometh that ye shall see me, and know that I am; for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified shall not abide the day.

9  Wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared. Behold, the kingdom is yours, and the enemy shall not overcome.

10  Verily I say unto you, ye are clean, but not all; and there is none else with whom I am well pleased;

11  For all flesh is corrupted before me; and the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven—

12  Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be burned; and, behold, the enemy is combined.

13  And now I show unto you a mystery, a thing which is had in secret chambers, to bring to pass even your destruction in process of time, and ye knew it not;

14  But now I tell it unto you, and ye are blessed, not because of your iniquity, neither your hearts of unbelief; for verily some of you are guilty before me, but I will be merciful unto your weakness.

15  Therefore, be ye strong from henceforth; fear not, for the kingdom is yours.

16  And for your salvation I give unto you a commandment, for I have heard your prayers, and the poor have complained before me, and the rich have I made, and all flesh is mine, and I am no respecter of persons.

17  And I have made the earth rich, and behold it is my footstool, wherefore, again I will stand upon it.

18  And I hold forth and deign to give unto you greater riches, even a land of promise, a land flowing with milk and honey, upon which there shall be no curse when the Lord cometh;

19  And I will give it unto you for the land of your inheritance, if you seek it with all your hearts.

20  And this shall be my covenant with you, ye shall have it for the land of your inheritance, and for the inheritance of your children forever, while the earth shall stand, and ye shall possess it again in eternity, no more to pass away.

21  But, verily I say unto you that in time ye shall have no king nor ruler, for I will be your king and watch over you.

22  Wherefore, hear my voice and follow me, and you shall be a free people, and ye shall have no laws but my laws when I come, for I am your lawgiver, and what can stay my hand?

23  But, verily I say unto you, teach one another according to the office wherewith I have appointed you;

24  And let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practise virtue and holiness before me.

25  And again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself.

26  For what man among you having twelve sons, and is no respecter of them, and they serve him obediently, and he saith unto the one: Be thou clothed in robes and sit thou here; and to the other: Be thou clothed in rags and sit thou there—and looketh upon his sons and saith I am just?

27  Behold, this I have given unto you as a parable, and it is even as I am. I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.

28  And again, I say unto you that the enemy in the secret chambers seeketh your lives.

29  Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land.

30  I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.

31  And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless—

32  Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law; and there you shall be endowed with power from on high;

33  And from thence, whosoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do; for I have a great work laid up in store, for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them whithersoever I will, and no power shall stay my hand.

34  And now, I give unto the church in these parts a commandment, that certain men among them shall be appointed, and they shall be appointed by the voice of the church;

35  And they shall look to the poor and the needy, and administer to their relief that they shall not suffer; and send them forth to the place which I have commanded them;

36  And this shall be their work, to govern the affairs of the property of this church.

37  And they that have farms that cannot be sold, let them be left or rented as seemeth them good.

38  See that all things are preserved; and when men are endowed with power from on high and sent forth, all these things shall be gathered unto the bosom of the church.

39  And if ye seek the riches which it is the will of the Father to give unto you, ye shall be the richest of all people, for ye shall have the riches of eternity; and it must needs be that the riches of the earth are mine to give; but beware of pride, lest ye become as the Nephites of old.

40  And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a commandment, that every man, both elder, priest, teacher, and also member, go to with his might, with the labor of his hands, to prepare and accomplish the things which I have commanded.

41  And let your preaching be the warning voice, every man to his neighbor, in mildness and in meekness.

42  And go ye out from among the wicked. Save yourselves. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 39

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to James Covill, at Fayette, New York, January 5, 1831. HC 1:143–145. James Covill, who had been a Baptist minister for about forty years, covenanted with the Lord that he would obey any command that the Lord would give to him through Joseph the Prophet.

 

1–4,            The saints have power to become the sons of God;

5–6,            To receive the gospel is to receive Christ;

7–14,          James Covill is commanded to be baptized and labor in the Lord's vineyard;

15–21,        The Lord's servants are to preach the gospel before Second Coming;

22–24,        Those who receive the gospel shall be gathered in time and in eternity.

 

1  HEARKEN and listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity to all eternity, the Great I AM, even Jesus Christ—

2  The light and the life of the world; a light which shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not;

3  The same which came in the meridian of time unto mine own, and mine own received me not;

4  But to as many as received me, gave I power to become my sons; and even so will I give unto as many as will receive me, power to become my sons.

5  And verily, verily, I say unto you, he that receiveth my gospel receiveth me; and he that receiveth not my gospel receiveth not me.

6  And this is my gospel—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.

7  And now, behold, I say unto you, my servant James, I have looked upon thy works and I know thee.

8  And verily I say unto thee, thine heart is now right before me at this time; and, behold, I have bestowed great blessings upon thy head;

9  Nevertheless, thou hast seen great sorrow, for thou hast rejected me many times because of pride and the cares of the world.

10  But, behold, the days of thy deliverance are come, if thou wilt hearken to my voice, which saith unto thee: Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on my name, and you shall receive my Spirit, and a blessing so great as you never have known.

11  And if thou do this, I have prepared thee for a greater work. Thou shalt preach the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth in these last days, the covenant which I have sent forth to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel.

12  And it shall come to pass that power shall rest upon thee; thou shalt have great faith, and I will be with thee and go before thy face.

13  Thou art called to labor in my vineyard, and to build up my church, and to bring forth Zion, that it may rejoice upon the hills and flourish.

14  Behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, thou art not called to go into the eastern countries, but thou art called to go to the Ohio.

15  And inasmuch as my people shall assemble themselves at the Ohio, I have kept in store a blessing such as is not known among the children of men, and it shall be poured forth upon their heads. And from thence men shall go forth into all nations.

16  Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that the people in Ohio call upon me in much faith, thinking I will stay my hand in judgment upon the nations, but I cannot deny my word.

17  Wherefore lay to with your might and call faithful laborers into my vineyard, that it may be pruned for the last time.

18  And inasmuch as they do repent and receive the fulness of my gospel, and become sanctified, I will stay mine hand in judgment.

19  Wherefore, go forth, crying with a loud voice, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand; crying: Hosanna!  blessed be the name of the Most High God.

20  Go forth baptizing with water, preparing the way before my face for the time of my coming;

21  For the time is at hand; the day or the hour no man knoweth; but it surely shall come.

22  And he that receiveth these things receiveth me; and they shall be gathered unto me in time and in eternity.

23  And again, it shall come to pass that on as many as ye shall baptize with water, ye shall lay your hands, and they shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and shall be looking forth for the signs of my coming, and shall know me.

24  Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 40

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Fayette, New York, January 1831. HC 1:145. Preceding the record of this revelation, the Prophet wrote: "As James Covill rejected the word of the Lord, and returned to his former principles and people, the Lord gave unto me and Sidney Rigdon the following revelation."

 

1–3,            Fear of persecution and cares of the world cause rejection of the gospel.

 

1  BEHOLD, verily I say unto you, that the heart of my servant James Covill was right before me, for he covenanted with me that he would obey my word.

2  And he received the word with gladness, but straightway Satan tempted him; and the fear of persecution and the cares of the world caused him to reject the word.

3  Wherefore he broke my covenant, and it remaineth with me to do with him as seemeth me good. Amen.

 

SECTION 41

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 4, 1831. HC 1:146–147. The Kirtland Branch of the Church at this time was rapidly increasing in numbers. Prefacing this revelation the Prophet wrote: "The members were striving to do the will of God, so far as they knew it, though some strange notions and false spirits had crept in among them . . . [and] the Lord gave unto the Church the following."

 

1–3,            The elders shall govern the Church by the spirit of revelation;

4–6,            True disciples will receive and keep the Lord's law;

7–12,          Edward Partridge is named as a bishop unto the Church.

 

1  HEARKEN and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings.

2  Hearken, O ye elders of my church whom I have called, behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to agree upon my word;

3  And by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my law, that ye may know how to govern my church and have all things right before me.

4  And I will be your ruler when I come; and behold, I come quickly, and ye shall see that my law is kept.

5  He that receiveth my law and doeth it, the same is my disciple; and he that saith he receiveth it and doeth it not, the same is not my disciple, and shall be cast out from among you;

6  For it is not meet that the things which belong to the children of the kingdom should be given to them that are not worthy, or to dogs, or the pearls to be cast before swine.

7  And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., should have a house built, in which to live and translate.

8  And again, it is meet that my servant Sidney Rigdon should live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments.

9  And again, I have called my servant Edward Partridge; and I give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bishop unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church;

10  To see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him in my laws in the day that I shall give them.

11  And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto Nathanael of old, in whom there is no guile.

12  These words are given unto you, and they are pure before me; wherefore, beware how you hold them, for they are to be answered upon your souls in the day of judgment. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 42

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 9, 1831. HC 1:148–154. It was received in the presence of twelve elders, and in fulfillment of the Lord's promise previously made that the "law" would be given in Ohio; see Section 38:32. The Prophet specifies this revelation as "embracing the law of the Church."

 

1–10,          The elders are called to preach the gospel, baptize converts, and build up the Church;

11–12,        They must be called and ordained, and are to teach the principles of the gospel found in the scriptures;

13–17,        They are to teach and prophesy by the power of the Spirit;

18–29,        The saints are commanded not to kill, steal, lie, lust, commit adultery, or speak evil against others;

30–39,        Laws governing the consecration of properties are set forth;

40–52,        The sick are to be healed through administrations and by faith;

53–60,        Scriptures govern the Church and are to be proclaimed to the world;

61–69,        Site of the New Jerusalem and the mysteries of the kingdom shall be revealed;

70–73,        Consecrated properties are to be used to support Church officers;

74–93,        Laws governing fornication, adultery, killing, stealing, and confession of sins are set forth.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together in my name, even Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; inasmuch as ye believe on my name and keep my commandments.

2  Again I say unto you, hearken and hear and obey the law which I shall give unto you.

3  For verily I say, as ye have assembled yourselves together according to the commandment wherewith I commanded you, and are agreed as touching this one thing, and have asked the Father in my name, even so ye shall receive.

4  Behold, verily I say unto you, I give unto you this first commandment, that ye shall go forth in my name, every one of you, excepting my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon.

5  And I give unto them a commandment that they shall go forth for a little season, and it shall be given by the power of the Spirit when they shall return.

6  And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God.

7  And ye shall go forth baptizing with water, saying: Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8  And from this place ye shall go forth into the regions westward; and inasmuch as ye shall find them that will receive you ye shall build up my church in every region—

9  Until the time shall come when it shall be revealed unto you from on high, when the city of the New Jerusalem shall be prepared, that ye may be gathered in one, that ye may be my people and I will be your God.

10  And again, I say unto you, that my servant Edward Partridge shall stand in the office whereunto I have appointed him. And it shall come to pass, that if he transgress another shall be appointed in his stead. Even so. Amen.

11  Again I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church.

12  And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.

13  And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.

14  And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.

15  And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.

16  And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;

17  For, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son.

18  And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come.

19  And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall die.

20  Thou shalt not steal; and he that stealeth and will not repent shall be cast out.

21  Thou shalt not lie; he that lieth and will not repent shall be cast out.

22  Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.

23  And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out.

24  Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery, and repenteth not, shall be cast out.

25  But he that has committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive;

26  But if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out.

27  Thou shalt not speak evil of thy neighbor, nor do him any harm.

28  Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures; he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out.

29  If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments.

30  And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.

31  And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint or has appointed and set apart for that purpose.

32  And it shall come to pass, that after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church, that they cannot be taken from the church, agreeable to my commandments, every man shall be made accountable unto me, a steward over his own property, or that which he has received by consecration, as much as is sufficient for himself and family.

33  And again, if there shall be properties in the hands of the church, or any individuals of it, more than is necessary for their support after this first consecration, which is a residue to be consecrated unto the bishop, it shall be kept to administer to those who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need may be amply supplied and receive according to his wants.

34  Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the high council of the church, and the bishop and his council;

35  And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed—

36  That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.

37  And it shall come to pass, that he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out of the church, and shall not receive again that which he has consecrated unto the poor and the needy of my church, or in other words, unto me—

38  For inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, ye do it unto me.

39  For it shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled; for I will consecrate of the riches of those who embrace my gospel among the Gentiles unto the poor of my people who are of the house of Israel.

40  And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands;

41  And let all things be done in cleanliness before me.

42  Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.

43  And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be healed, but believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of an enemy.

44  And the elders of the church, two or more, shall be called, and shall pray for and lay their hands upon them in my name; and if they die they shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me.

45  Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die, and more especially for those that have not hope of a glorious resurrection.

46  And it shall come to pass that those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them;

47  And they that die not in me, wo unto them, for their death is bitter.

48  And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed.

49  He who hath faith to see shall see.

50  He who hath faith to hear shall hear.

51  The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap.

52  And they who have not faith to do these things, but believe in me, have power to become my sons; and inasmuch as they break not my laws thou shalt bear their infirmities.

53  Thou shalt stand in the place of thy stewardship.

54  Thou shalt not take thy brother's garment; thou shalt pay for that which thou shalt receive of thy brother.

55  And if thou obtainest more than that which would be for thy support, thou shalt give it into my storehouse, that all things may be done according to that which I have said.

56  Thou shalt ask, and my scriptures shall be given as I have appointed, and they shall be preserved in safety;

57  And it is expedient that thou shouldst hold thy peace concerning them, and not teach them until ye have received them in full.

58  And I give unto you a commandment that then ye shall teach them unto all men; for they shall be taught unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people.

59  Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church;

60  And he that doeth according to these things shall be saved, and he that doeth them not shall be damned if he so continue.

61  If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.

62  Thou shalt ask, and it shall be revealed unto you in mine own due time where the New Jerusalem shall be built.

63  And behold, it shall come to pass that my servants shall be sent forth to the east and to the west, to the north and to the south.

64  And even now, let him that goeth to the east teach them that shall be converted to flee to the west, and this in consequence of that which is coming on the earth, and of secret combinations.

65  Behold, thou shalt observe all these things, and great shall be thy reward; for unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom, but unto the world it is not given to know them.

66  Ye shall observe the laws which ye have received and be faithful.

67  And ye shall hereafter receive church covenants, such as shall be sufficient to establish you, both here and in the New Jerusalem.

68  Therefore, he that lacketh wisdom, let him ask of me, and I will give him liberally and upbraid him not.

69  Lift up your hearts and rejoice, for unto you the kingdom, or in other words, the keys of the church have been given. Even so. Amen.

70  The priests and teachers shall have their stewardships, even as the members.

71  And the elders or high priests who are appointed to assist the bishop as counselors in all things, are to have their families supported out of the property which is consecrated to the bishop, for the good of the poor, and for other purposes, as before mentioned;

72  Or they are to receive a just remuneration for all their services, either a stewardship or otherwise, as may be thought best or decided by the counselors and bishop.

73  And the bishop, also, shall receive his support, or a just remuneration for all his services in the church.

74  Behold, verily I say unto you, that whatever persons among you, having put away their companions for the cause of fornication, or in other words, if they shall testify before you in all lowliness of heart that this is the case, ye shall not cast them out from among you;

75  But if ye shall find that any persons have left their companions for the sake of adultery, and they themselves are the offenders, and their companions are living, they shall be cast out from among you.

76  And again, I say unto you, that ye shall be watchful and careful, with all inquiry, that ye receive none such among you if they are married;

77  And if they are not married, they shall repent of all their sins or ye shall not receive them.

78  And again, every person who belongeth to this church of Christ, shall observe to keep all the commandments and covenants of the church.

79  And it shall come to pass, that if any persons among you shall kill they shall be delivered up and dealt with according to the laws of the land; for remember that he hath no forgiveness; and it shall be proved according to the laws of the land.

80  And if any man or woman shall commit adultery, he or she shall be tried before two elders of the church, or more, and every word shall be established against him or her by two witnesses of the church, and not of the enemy; but if there are more than two witnesses it is better.

81  But he or she shall be condemned by the mouth of two witnesses; and the elders shall lay the case before the church, and the church shall lift up their hands against him or her, that they may be dealt with according to the law of God.

82  And if it can be, it is necessary that the bishop be present also.

83  And thus ye shall do in all cases which shall come before you.

84  And if a man or woman shall rob, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of the land.

85  And if he or she shall steal, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of the land.

86  And if he or she shall lie, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of the land.

87  And if he or she do any manner of iniquity, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law, even that of God.

88  And if thy brother or sister offend thee, thou shalt take him or her between him or her and thee alone; and if he or she confess thou shalt be reconciled.

89  And if he or she confess not thou shalt deliver him or her up unto the church, not to the members, but to the elders. And it shall be done in a meeting, and that not before the world.

90  And if thy brother or sister offend many, he or she shall be chastened before many.

91  And if any one offend openly, he or she shall be rebuked openly, that he or she may be ashamed. And if he or she confess not, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of God.

92  If any shall offend in secret, he or she shall be rebuked in secret, that he or she may have opportunity to confess in secret to him or her whom he or she has offended, and to God, that the church may not speak reproachfully of him or her.

93  And thus shall ye conduct in all things.

 

SECTION 43

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, in February 1831. HC 1:154–156. At this time some members of the Church were disturbed by people making false claims as revelators. The Prophet inquired of the Lord and received this communication addressed to the elders of the Church. The first part deals with matters of Church polity; the latter part contains a warning that the elders are to give to the nations of the earth.

 

1–7,            Revelations and commandments come only through the one appointed;

8–14,          The saints are sanctified by acting in all holiness before the Lord;

15–22,        Elders are sent forth to cry repentance and prepare men for the great day of the Lord;

23–28,        The Lord calls upon men by his own voice and through the forces of nature;

29–35,        The Millennium and the binding of Satan shall come.

 

1  O HEARKEN, ye elders of my church, and give ear to the words which I shall speak unto you.

2  For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.

3  And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.

4  But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead.

5  And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments;

6  And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me.

7  For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.

8  And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other, that ye may know how to act and direct my church, how to act upon the points of my law and commandments, which I have given.

9  And thus ye shall become instructed in the law of my church, and be sanctified by that which ye have received, and ye shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before me—

10  That inasmuch as ye do this, glory shall be added to the kingdom which ye have received. Inasmuch as ye do it not, it shall be taken, even that which ye have received.

11  Purge ye out the iniquity which is among you; sanctify yourselves before me;

12  And if ye desire the glories of the kingdom, appoint ye my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and uphold him before me by the prayer of faith.

13  And again, I say unto you, that if ye desire the mysteries of the kingdom, provide for him food and raiment, and whatsoever thing he needeth to accomplish the work wherewith I have commanded him;

14  And if ye do it not he shall remain unto them that have received him, that I may reserve unto myself a pure people before me.

15  Again I say, hearken ye elders of my church, whom I have appointed: Ye are not sent forth to be taught, but to teach the children of men the things which I have put into your hands by the power of my Spirit;

16  And ye are to be taught from on high. Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken.

17  Hearken ye, for, behold, the great day of the Lord is nigh at hand.

18  For the day cometh that the Lord shall utter his voice out of heaven; the heavens shall shake and the earth shall tremble, and the trump of God shall sound both long and loud, and shall say to the sleeping nations: Ye saints arise and live; ye sinners stay and sleep until I shall call again.

19  Wherefore gird up your loins lest ye be found among the wicked.

20  Lift up your voices and spare not. Call upon the nations to repent, both old and young, both bond and free, saying: Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord;

21  For if I, who am a man, do lift up my voice and call upon you to repent, and ye hate me, what will ye say when the day cometh when the thunders shall utter their voices from the ends of the earth, speaking to the ears of all that live, saying—Repent, and prepare for the great day of the Lord?

22  Yea, and again, when the lightnings shall streak forth from the east unto the west, and shall utter forth their voices unto all that live, and make the ears of all tingle that hear, saying these words—Repent ye, for the great day of the Lord is come?

23  And again, the Lord shall utter his voice out of heaven, saying: Hearken, O ye nations of the earth, and hear the words of that God who made you.

24  O, ye nations of the earth, how often would I have gathered you together as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, but ye would not!

25  How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgment, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!

26  Behold, the day has come, when the cup of the wrath of mine indignation is full.

27  Behold, verily I say unto you, that these are the words of the Lord your God.

28  Wherefore, labor ye, labor ye in my vineyard for the last time—for the last time call upon the inhabitants of the earth.

29  For in mine own due time will I come upon the earth in judgment, and my people shall be redeemed and shall reign with me on earth.

30  For the great Millennium, of which I have spoken by the mouth of my servants, shall come.

31  For Satan shall be bound, and when he is loosed again he shall only reign for a little season, and then cometh the end of the earth.

32  And he that liveth in righteousness shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and the earth shall pass away so as by fire.

33  And the wicked shall go away into unquenchable fire, and their end no man knoweth on earth, nor ever shall know, until they come before me in judgment.

34  Hearken ye to these words. Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.

35  Be sober. Keep all my commandments. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 44

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Kirtland, Ohio, in the latter part of February 1831. HC 1:157. In compliance with the requirement herein set forth, the Church appointed a conference to be held early in the month of June following.

 

1–3,            Elders are to assemble in conference;

4–6,            They are to organize according to the laws of the land and to care for the poor.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, it is expedient in me that the elders of my church should be called together, from the east and from the west, and from the north and from the south, by letter or some other way.

2  And it shall come to pass, that inasmuch as they are faithful, and exercise faith in me, I will pour out my Spirit upon them in the day that they assemble themselves together.

3  And it shall come to pass that they shall go forth into the regions round about, and preach repentance unto the people.

4  And many shall be converted, insomuch that ye shall obtain power to organize yourselves according to the laws of man;

5  That your enemies may not have power over you; that you may be preserved in all things; that you may be enabled to keep my laws; that every bond may be broken wherewith the enemy seeketh to destroy my people.

6  Behold, I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief, that they may be kept until all things may be done according to my law which ye have received. Amen.

 

SECTION 45

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 7, 1831.  HC 1:158–163. Prefacing his record of his revelation, the Prophet states that "at this age of the Church many false reports and foolish stories were published and circulated, to prevent people from investigating the work or embracing the faith; but to the joy of the saints . . . I received the following."

 

1–5,            Christ is our Advocate with the Father;

6–10,          The gospel is a messenger to prepare the way before the Lord;

11–15,        Enoch and his brethren received by the Lord unto himself;

16–23,        Christ revealed signs of his coming as given on the Mount of Olives;

24–38,        The gospel shall be restored, the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, and a desolating sickness cover the land;

39–47,        Signs, wonders, and the resurrection are to attend the Second Coming;

48–53,        Christ shall stand on Mount of Olives, and Jews shall see the wounds in his hands and feet;

54–59,        The Lord shall reign during the Millennium;

60–62,        The Prophet is instructed to begin the translation of the New Testament, through which important information would be made known;

63–75,        The saints are commanded to gather and build the New Jerusalem, to which people from all nations will come.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, to whom the kingdom has been given; hearken ye and give ear to him who laid the foundation of the earth, who made the heavens and all the hosts thereof, and by whom all things were made which live, and move, and have a being.

2  And again I say, hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved.

3  Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—

4  Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;

5  Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.

6  Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen together, and hear my voice while it is called today, and harden not your hearts;

7  For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of the world—a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

8  I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not; but unto as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God; and even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life.

9  And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.

10  Wherefore, come ye unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning.

11  Wherefore, hearken ye together and let me show unto you even my wisdom—the wisdom of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch, and his brethren,

12  Who were separated from the earth, and were received unto myself—a city reserved until a day of righteousness shall come—a day which was sought for by all holy men, and they found it not because of wickedness and abominations;

13  And confessed they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth;

14  But obtained a promise that they should find it and see it in their flesh.

15  Wherefore, hearken and I will reason with you, and I will speak unto you and prophesy, as unto men in days of old.

16  And I will show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples as I stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them, saying: As ye have asked of me concerning the signs of my coming, in the day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of heaven, to fulfil the promises that I have made unto your fathers,

17  For as ye have looked upon the long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage, I will show unto you how the day of redemption shall come, and also the restoration of the scattered Israel.

18  And now ye behold this temple which is in Jerusalem, which ye call the house of God, and your enemies say that this house shall never fall.

19  But, verily I say unto you, that desolation shall come upon this generation as a thief in the night, and this people shall be destroyed and scattered among all nations.

20  And this temple which ye now see shall be thrown down that there shall not be left one stone upon another.

21  And it shall come to pass, that this generation of Jews shall not pass away until every desolation which I have told you concerning them shall come to pass.

22  Ye say that ye know that the end of the world cometh; ye say also that ye know that the heavens and the earth shall pass away;

23  And in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these things which I have told you shall not pass away until all shall be fulfilled.

24  And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations;

25  But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

26  And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men's hearts shall fail them, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.

27  And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.

28  And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

29  But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

30  And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

31  And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.

32  But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.

33  And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another.

34  And now, when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my disciples, they were troubled.

35  And I said unto them: Be not troubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled.

36  And when the light shall begin to break forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable which I will show you—

37  Ye look and behold the fig-trees, and ye see them with your eyes, and ye say when they begin to shoot forth, and their leaves are yet tender, that summer is now nigh at hand;

38  Even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh.

39  And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.

40  And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath.

41  And they shall behold blood, and fire, and vapors of smoke.

42  And before the day of the Lord shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood, and the stars fall from heaven.

43  And the remnant shall be gathered unto this place;

44  And then they shall look for me, and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels; and he that watches not for me shall be cut off.

45  But before the arm of the Lord shall fall, an angel shall sound his trump, and the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud.

46  Wherefore, if ye have slept in peace blessed are you; for as you now behold me and know that I am, even so shall ye come unto me and your souls shall live, and your redemption shall be perfected; and the saints shall come forth from the four quarters of the earth.

47  Then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon the nations.

48  And then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount, and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens also shall shake.

49  And the Lord shall utter his voice, and all the ends of the earth shall hear it; and the nations of the earth shall mourn, and they that have laughed shall see their folly.

50  And calamity shall cover the mocker, and the scorner shall be consumed; and they that have watched for iniquity shall be hewn down and cast into the fire.

51  And then shall the Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?

52  Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.

53  And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king.

54  And then shall the heathen nations be redeemed, and they that knew no law shall have part in the first resurrection; and it shall be tolerable for them.

55  And Satan shall be bound, that he shall have no place in the hearts of the children of men.

56  And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

57  For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

58  And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

59  For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.

60  And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known;

61  Wherefore I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come.

62  For verily I say unto you, that great things await you;

63  Ye hear of wars in foreign lands; but, behold, I say unto you, they are nigh, even at your doors, and not many years hence ye shall hear of wars in your own lands.

64  Wherefore I, the Lord, have said, gather ye out from the eastern lands, assemble ye yourselves together ye elders of my church; go ye forth into the western countries, call upon the inhabitants to repent, and inasmuch as they do repent, build up churches unto me.

65  And with one heart and with one mind, gather up your riches that ye may purchase an inheritance which shall hereafter be appointed unto you.

66  And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God;

67  And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion.

68  And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.

69  And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.

70  And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.

71  And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.

72  And now I say unto you, keep these things from going abroad unto the world until it is expedient in me, that ye may accomplish this work in the eyes of the people, and in the eyes of your enemies, that they may not know your works until ye have accomplished the thing which I have commanded you;

73  That when they shall know it, that they may consider these things.

74  For when the Lord shall appear he shall be terrible unto them, that fear may seize upon them, and they shall stand afar off and tremble.

75  And all nations shall be afraid because of the terror of the Lord, and the power of his might. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 46

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 8, 1831. HC 1:163–165. In this early time of the Church, there had not yet developed a unified pattern for the conducting of Church services. However, a custom of admitting only members and earnest investigators to the sacrament meetings and other assemblies of the Church had become somewhat general. This revelation expresses the will of the Lord relative to governing and conducting meetings.

 

1–2,            Elders are to conduct meetings as guided by the Holy Spirit;

3–6,            Truth seekers should not be excluded from sacramental services;

7–12,          Ask of God and seek the gifts of the Spirit;

13–26,        An enumeration of some of these gifts;

27–33,        Church leaders are given power to discern the gifts of the Spirit.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye people of my church; for verily I say unto you that these things were spoken unto you for your profit and learning.

2  But notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the elders of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to conduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.

3  Nevertheless ye are commanded never to cast any one out from your public meetings, which are held before the world.

4  Ye are also commanded not to cast any one who belongeth to the church out of your sacrament meetings; nevertheless, if any have trespassed, let him not partake until he makes reconciliation.

5  And again I say unto you, ye shall not cast any out of your sacrament meetings who are earnestly seeking the kingdom—I speak this concerning those who are not of the church.

6  And again I say unto you, concerning your confirmation meetings, that if there be any that are not of the church, that are earnestly seeking after the kingdom, ye shall not cast them out.

7  But ye are commanded in all things to ask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.

8  Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given;

9  For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts.

10  And again, verily I say unto you, I would that ye should always remember, and always retain in your minds what those gifts are, that are given unto the church.

11  For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.

12  To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.

13  To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

14  To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.

15  And again, to some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know the differences of administration, as it will be pleasing unto the same Lord, according as the Lord will, suiting his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men.

16  And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations, whether they be of God, that the manifestations of the Spirit may be given to every man to profit withal.

17  And again, verily I say unto you, to some is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom.

18  To another is given the word of knowledge, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge.

19  And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed;

20  And to others it is given to have faith to heal.

21  And again, to some is given the working of miracles;

22  And to others it is given to prophesy;

23  And to others the discerning of spirits.

24  And again, it is given to some to speak with tongues;

25  And to another is given the interpretation of tongues.

26  And all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.

27  And unto the bishop of the church, and unto such as God shall appoint and ordain to watch over the church and to be elders unto the church, are to have it given unto them to discern all those gifts lest there shall be any among you professing and yet be not of God.

28  And it shall come to pass that he that asketh in Spirit shall receive in Spirit;

29  That unto some it may be given to have all those gifts, that there may be a head, in order that every member may be profited thereby.

30  He that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God; wherefore it is done even as he asketh.

31  And again, I say unto you, all things must be done in the name of Christ, whatsoever you do in the Spirit;

32  And ye must give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with.

33  And ye must practise virtue and holiness before me continually. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 47

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 8, 1831. HC 1:166. Prior to this time Oliver Cowdery had acted as Church historian and recorder. John Whitmer had not sought an appointment as historian, but, being asked to serve in this capacity, he had said that he would obey the will of the Lord in the matter. He had already served as a secretary to the Prophet in recording many of the revelations received in the Fayette, New York, area.

 

1–4,            John Whitmer is designated to keep the history of the Church and to write for the Prophet.

 

1  BEHOLD, it is expedient in me that my servant John should write and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servant Joseph, in transcribing all things which shall be given you, until he is called to further duties.

2  Again, verily I say unto you that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it shall be expedient.

3  And again, I say unto you that it shall be appointed unto him to keep the church record and history continually; for Oliver Cowdery I have appointed to another office.

4  Wherefore, it shall be given him, inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these things. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 48

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 1831. HC 1:166–167. The Prophet had inquired of the Lord as to the mode of procedure in procuring lands for the settlement of the saints. This was an important matter in view of the migration of members of the Church from the eastern United States, in obedience to the Lord's command that they should assemble in Ohio. See 37:1–3; 45:64.

 

1–3,            The saints in Ohio are to share their lands with their brethren;

4–6,            The saints are to purchase lands, build a city, and follow the counsel of their presiding officers.

 

1  IT is necessary that ye should remain for the present time in your places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances.

2  And inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren;

3  And inasmuch as ye have not lands, let them buy for the present time in those regions round about, as seemeth them good, for it must needs be necessary that they have places to live for the present time.

4  It must needs be necessary that ye save all the money that ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye can in righteousness, that in time ye may be enabled to purchase land for an inheritance, even the city.

5  The place is not yet to be revealed; but after your brethren come from the east there are to be certain men appointed, and to them it shall be given to know the place, or to them it shall be revealed.

6  And they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and to make a commencement to lay the foundation of the city; and then shall ye begin to be gathered with your families, every man according to his family, according to his circumstances, and as is appointed to him by the presidency and the bishop of the church, according to the laws and commandments which ye have received, and which ye shall hereafter receive. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 49

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 1831. HC 1:167–169. (Some historical sources give the date of this revelation as May 1831.)  Leman Copley had embraced the gospel, but still held to some of the teachings of the Shakers (United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing) to which he had formerly belonged. Some of the beliefs of the Shakers were that Christ's second coming had already occurred and he had appeared in the form of a woman, Ann Lee; baptism by water was not considered essential; the eating of pork was specifically forbidden, and many did not eat any meat; and a celibate life was considered higher than marriage. In prefacing this revelation, the Prophet wrote, "In order to have a more perfect understanding on the subject, I inquired of the Lord, and received the following."  The revelation refuted some of the basic concepts of the Shaker group. The aforementioned brethren took a copy of the revelation to the Shaker community (near Cleveland, Ohio) and read it to them in its entirety, but it was rejected.

 

1–7,            Day and hour of Christ's coming shall remain unknown until he comes;

8–14,          Men must repent, believe the gospel, and obey the ordinances to gain salvation;

15–16,        Marriage is ordained of God;

17–21,        Eating of meat is approved;

22–28,        Zion shall flourish and the Lamanites blossom as the rose before the Second Coming.

 

1  HEARKEN unto my word, my servants Sidney, and Parley, and Leman; for behold, verily I say unto you, that I give unto you a commandment that you shall go and preach my gospel which ye have received, even as ye have received it, unto the Shakers.

2  Behold, I say unto you, that they desire to know the truth in part, but not all, for they are not right before me and must needs repent.

3  Wherefore, I send you, my servants Sidney and Parley, to preach the gospel unto them.

4  And my servant Leman shall be ordained unto this work, that he may reason with them, not according to that which he has received of them, but according to that which shall be taught him by you my servants; and by so doing I will bless him, otherwise he shall not prosper.

5  Thus saith the Lord; for I am God, and have sent mine Only Begotten Son into the world for the redemption of the world, and have decreed that he that receiveth him shall be saved, and he that receiveth him not shall be damned—

6  And they have done unto the Son of Man even as they listed; and he has taken his power on the right hand of his glory, and now reigneth in the heavens, and will reign till he descends on the earth to put all enemies under his feet, which time is nigh at hand—

7  I, the Lord God, have spoken it; but the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes.

8  Wherefore, I will that all men shall repent, for all are under sin, except those which I have reserved unto myself, holy men that ye know not of.

9  Wherefore, I say unto you that I have sent unto you mine everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning.

10  And that which I have promised I have so fulfilled, and the nations of the earth shall bow to it; and, if not of themselves, they shall come down, for that which is now exalted of itself shall be laid low of power.

11  Wherefore, I give unto you a commandment that ye go among this people, and say unto them, like unto mine apostle of old, whose name was Peter:

12  Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, who was on the earth, and is to come, the beginning and the end;

13  Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, according to the holy commandment, for the remission of sins;

14  And whoso doeth this shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of the hands of the elders of the church.

15  And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man.

16  Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation;

17  And that it might be filled with the measure of man, according to his creation before the world was made.

18  And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God;

19  For, behold, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which cometh of the earth, is ordained for the use of man for food and for raiment, and that he might have in abundance.

20  But it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin.

21  And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need.

22  And again, verily I say unto you, that the Son of Man cometh not in the form of a woman, neither of a man traveling on the earth.

23  Wherefore, be not deceived, but continue in steadfastness, looking forth for the heavens to be shaken, and the earth to tremble and to reel to and fro as a drunken man, and for the valleys to be exalted, and for the mountains to be made low, and for the rough places to become smooth—and all this when the angel shall sound his trumpet.

24  But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.

25  Zion shall flourish upon the hills and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be assembled together unto the place which I have appointed.

26  Behold, I say unto you, go forth as I have commanded you; repent of all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

27  Behold, I will go before you and be your rearward; and I will be in your midst, and you shall not be confounded.

28  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, and I come quickly. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 50

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, May 1831. HC 1:170–173. The Prophet states that some of the elders did not understand the manifestations of different spirits abroad in the earth, and that this revelation was given in response to his special inquiry on the matter. So-called spiritual phenomena were not uncommon among the members, some of whom claimed to be receiving visions and revelations.

 

1–5,            Many false spirits are abroad in the earth;

6–9,            Wo unto the hypocrites and those who are cut off from the Church;

10–14,        Elders are to preach the gospel by the Spirit;

15–22,        Both preachers and hearers need to be enlightened by the Spirit;

23–25,        That which doth not edify is not of God;

26–28,        The faithful are possessors of all things;

29–36,        Prayers of the purified are answered;

37–46,        Christ is the Good Shepherd and the Stone of Israel.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye elders of my church, and give ear to the voice of the living God; and attend to the words of wisdom which shall be given unto you, according as ye have asked and are agreed as touching the church, and the spirits which have gone abroad in the earth.

2  Behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many spirits which are false spirits, which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world.

3  And also Satan hath sought to deceive you, that he might overthrow you.

4  Behold, I, the Lord, have looked upon you, and have seen abominations in the church that profess my name.

5  But blessed are they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life.

6  But wo unto them that are deceivers and hypocrites, for, thus saith the Lord, I will bring them to judgment.

7  Behold, verily I say unto you, there are hypocrites among you, who have deceived some, which has given the adversary power; but behold such shall be reclaimed;

8  But the hypocrites shall be detected and shall be cut off, either in life or in death, even as I will; and wo unto them who are cut off from my church, for the same are overcome of the world.

9  Wherefore, let every man beware lest he do that which is not in truth and righteousness before me.

10  And now come, saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders of his church, and let us reason together, that ye may understand;

11  Let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face.

12  Now, when a man reasoneth he is understood of man, because he reasoneth as a man; even so will I, the Lord, reason with you that you may understand.

13  Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question—unto what were ye ordained?

14  To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth.

15  And then received ye spirits which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God; and in this are ye justified?

16  Behold ye shall answer this question yourselves; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto you; he that is weak among you hereafter shall be made strong.

17  Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?

18  And if it be by some other way it is not of God.

19  And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?

20  If it be some other way it is not of God.

21  Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?

22  Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.

23  And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.

24  That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

25  And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;

26  He that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all.

27  Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son.

28  But no man is possessor of all things except he be purified and cleansed from all sin.

29  And if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done.

30  But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask; and as ye are appointed to the head, the spirits shall be subject unto you.

31  Wherefore, it shall come to pass, that if you behold a spirit manifested that you cannot understand, and you receive not that spirit, ye shall ask of the Father in the name of Jesus; and if he give not unto you that spirit, then you may know that it is not of God.

32  And it shall be given unto you, power over that spirit; and you shall proclaim against that spirit with a loud voice that it is not of God—

33  Not with railing accusation, that ye be not overcome, neither with boasting nor rejoicing, lest you be seized therewith.

34  He that receiveth of God, let him account it of God; and let him rejoice that he is accounted of God worthy to receive.

35  And by giving heed and doing these things which ye have received, and which ye shall hereafter receive—and the kingdom is given you of the Father, and power to overcome all things which are not ordained of him—

36  And behold, verily I say unto you, blessed are you who are now hearing these words of mine from the mouth of my servant, for your sins are forgiven you.

37  Let my servant Joseph Wakefield, in whom I am well pleased, and my servant Parley P. Pratt go forth among the churches and strengthen them by the word of exhortation;

38  And also my servant John Corrill, or as many of my servants as are ordained unto this office, and let them labor in the vineyard; and let no man hinder them doing that which I have appointed unto them—

39  Wherefore, in this thing my servant Edward Partridge is not justified; nevertheless let him repent and he shall be forgiven.

40  Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.

41  Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me;

42  And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost.

43  And the Father and I are one. I am in the Father and the Father in me; and inasmuch as ye have received me, ye are in me and I in you.

44  Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall.

45  And the day cometh that you shall hear my voice and see me, and know that I am.

46  Watch, therefore, that ye may be ready. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 51

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Thompson, Ohio, May 1831. HC 1:173–174. At this time the saints migrating from the eastern states began to arrive in Ohio, and it became necessary to make definite arrangements for their settlement. As this undertaking belonged particularly to the bishop's office, Bishop Edward Partridge sought instruction on the matter, and the Prophet inquired of the Lord.

 

1–8,            Edward Partridge is appointed to regulate stewardships and properties;

9–12,          The saints are to deal honestly and receive alike;

13–15,        They are to have a bishop's storehouse and to organize properties according to the Lord's law;

16–20,        Ohio is to be a temporary gathering place.

 

1  HEARKEN unto me, saith the Lord your God, and I will speak unto my servant Edward Partridge, and give unto him directions; for it must needs be that he receive directions how to organize this people.

2  For it must needs be that they be organized according to my laws; if otherwise, they will be cut off.

3  Wherefore, let my servant Edward Partridge, and those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint unto this people their portions, every man equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs.

4  And let my servant Edward Partridge, when he shall appoint a man his portion, give unto him a writing that shall secure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it, even this right and this inheritance in the church, until he transgresses and is not accounted worthy by the voice of the church, according to the laws and covenants of the church, to belong to the church.

5  And if he shall transgress and is not accounted worthy to belong to the church, he shall not have power to claim that portion which he has consecrated unto the bishop for the poor and needy of my church; therefore, he shall not retain the gift, but shall only have claim on that portion that is deeded unto him.

6  And thus all things shall be made sure, according to the laws of the land.

7  And let that which belongs to this people be appointed unto this people.

8  And the money which is left unto this people—let there be an agent appointed unto this people, to take the money to provide food and raiment, according to the wants of this people.

9  And let every man deal honestly, and be alike among this people, and receive alike, that ye may be one, even as I have commanded you.

10  And let that which belongeth to this people not be taken and given unto that of another church.

11  Wherefore, if another church would receive money of this church, let them pay unto this church again according as they shall agree;

12  And this shall be done through the bishop or the agent, which shall be appointed by the voice of the church.

13  And again, let the bishop appoint a storehouse unto this church; and let all things both in money and in meat, which are more than is needful for the wants of this people, be kept in the hands of the bishop.

14  And let him also reserve unto himself for his own wants, and for the wants of his family, as he shall be employed in doing this business.

15  And thus I grant unto this people a privilege of organizing themselves according to my laws.

16  And I consecrate unto them this land for a little season, until I, the Lord, shall provide for them otherwise, and command them to go hence;

17  And the hour and the day is not given unto them, wherefore let them act upon this land as for years, and this shall turn unto them for their good.

18  Behold, this shall be an example unto my servant Edward Partridge, in other places, in all churches.

19  And whoso is found a faithful, a just, and a wise steward shall enter into the joy of his Lord, and shall inherit eternal life.

20  Verily, I say unto you, I am Jesus Christ, who cometh quickly, in an hour you think not. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 52

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 7, 1831. HC 1:175–179. A conference had been held at Kirtland, beginning on the 3rd, and closing on the 6th of June. At this conference the first distinctive ordinations to the office of high priest were made, and certain manifestations of false and deceiving spirits were discerned and rebuked.

 

1–2,            The next conference is designated to be held in Missouri;

3–8,            Appointments of certain elders to travel together are made;

9–11,          The elders are to teach what the apostles and prophets have written;

12–21,        Those enlightened by the Spirit bring forth fruits of praise and wisdom;

22–44,        Various elders are appointed to go forth preaching the gospel, while traveling to Missouri for the conference.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord unto the elders whom he hath called and chosen in these last days, by the voice of his Spirit—

2  Saying: I, the Lord, will make known unto you what I will that ye shall do from this time until the next conference, which shall be held in Missouri, upon the land which I will consecrate unto my people, which are a remnant of Jacob, and those who are heirs according to the covenant.

3  Wherefore, verily I say unto you, let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon take their journey as soon as preparations can be made to leave their homes, and journey to the land of Missouri.

4  And inasmuch as they are faithful unto me, it shall be made known unto them what they shall do;

5  And it shall also, inasmuch as they are faithful, be made known unto them the land of your inheritance.

6  And inasmuch as they are not faithful, they shall be cut off, even as I will, as seemeth me good.

7  And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Lyman Wight and my servant John Corrill take their journey speedily;

8  And also my servant John Murdock, and my servant Hyrum Smith, take their journey unto the same place by the way of Detroit.

9  And let them journey from thence preaching the word by the way, saying none other things than that which the prophets and apostles have written, and that which is taught them by the Comforter through the prayer of faith.

10  Let them go two by two, and thus let them preach by the way in every congregation, baptizing by water, and the laying on of the hands by the water's side.

11  For thus saith the Lord, I will cut my work short in righteousness, for the days come that I will send forth judgment unto victory.

12  And let my servant Lyman Wight beware, for Satan desireth to sift him as chaff.

13  And behold, he that is faithful shall be made ruler over many things.

14  And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations—

15  Wherefore he that prayeth, whose spirit is contrite, the same is accepted of me if he obey mine ordinances.

16  He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth, the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances.

17  And again, he that trembleth under my power shall be made strong, and shall bring forth fruits of praise and wisdom, according to the revelations and truths which I have given you.

18  And again, he that is overcome and bringeth not forth fruits, even according to this pattern, is not of me.

19  Wherefore, by this pattern ye shall know the spirits in all cases under the whole heavens.

20  And the days have come; according to men's faith it shall be done unto them.

21  Behold, this commandment is given unto all the elders whom I have chosen.

22  And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Thomas B. Marsh and my servant Ezra Thayre take their journey also, preaching the word by the way unto this same land.

23  And again, let my servant Isaac Morley and my servant Ezra Booth take their journey, also preaching the word by the way unto this same land.

24  And again, let my servants Edward Partridge and Martin Harris take their journey with my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, Jun.

25  Let my servants David Whitmer and Harvey Whitlock also take their journey, and preach by the way unto this same land.

26  And let my servants Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt take their journey, and preach by the way, even unto this same land.

27  And let my servants Solomon Hancock and Simeon Carter also take their journey unto this same land, and preach by the way.

28  Let my servants Edson Fuller and Jacob Scott also take their journey.

29  Let my servants Levi W. Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin also take their journey.

30  Let my servants Reynolds Cahoon and Samuel H. Smith also take their journey.

31  Let my servants Wheeler Baldwin and William Carter also take their journey.

32  And let my servants Newel Knight and Selah J. Griffin both be ordained, and also take their journey.

33  Yea, verily I say, let all these take their journey unto one place, in their several courses, and one man shall not build upon another's foundation, neither journey in another's track.

34  He that is faithful, the same shall be kept and blessed with much fruit.

35  And again, I say unto you, let my servants Joseph Wakefield and Solomon Humphrey take their journey into the eastern lands;

36  Let them labor with their families, declaring none other things than the prophets and apostles, that which they have seen and heard and most assuredly believe, that the prophecies may be fulfilled.

37  In consequence of transgression, let that which was bestowed upon Heman Basset be taken from him, and placed upon the head of Simonds Ryder.

38  And again, verily I say unto you, let Jared Carter be ordained a priest, and also George James be ordained a priest.

39  Let the residue of the elders watch over the churches, and declare the word in the regions round about them; and let them labor with their own hands that there be no idolatry nor wickedness practised.

40  And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.

41  And again, let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge take with them a recommend from the church. And let there be one obtained for my servant Oliver Cowdery also.

42  And thus, even as I have said, if ye are faithful ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.

43  But, behold, I, the Lord, will hasten the city in its time, and will crown the faithful with joy and with rejoicing.

44  Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and I will lift them up at the last day. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 53

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Algernon Sidney Gilbert, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831. HC 1:179–180. At Sidney Gilbert's request, the Prophet inquired of the Lord as to Brother Gilbert's work and appointment in the Church.

 

1–3,            Sidney Gilbert's calling and election in the Church is to be ordained an elder;

4–7,            He is also to serve as a bishop's agent.

 

1  BEHOLD, I say unto you, my servant Sidney Gilbert, that I have heard your prayers; and you have called upon me that it should be made known unto you, of the Lord your God, concerning your calling and election in the church, which I, the Lord, have raised up in these last days.

2  Behold, I, the Lord, who was crucified for the sins of the world, give unto you a commandment that you shall forsake the world.

3  Take upon you mine ordination, even that of an elder, to preach faith and repentance and remission of sins, according to my word, and the reception of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands;

4  And also to be an agent unto this church in the place which shall be appointed by the bishop, according to commandments which shall be given hereafter.

5  And again, verily I say unto you, you shall take your journey with my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon.

6  Behold, these are the first ordinances which you shall receive; and the residue shall be made known in a time to come, according to your labor in my vineyard.

7  And again, I would that ye should learn that he only is saved who endureth unto the end. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 54

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Newel Knight, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831. HC 1:180–181. Members of the Church in the branch at Thompson, Ohio, were divided on questions having to do with the consecration of properties. Selfishness and greed were manifest, and Leman Copley had broken his covenant to consecrate his large farm as a place of inheritance for the saints arriving from Colesville, New York. Ezra Thayre was also involved in the controversy. As a consequence, Newel Knight (president of the branch at Thompson) and other elders had come to the Prophet asking how to proceed. The Prophet inquired of the Lord and received this revelation. See also Section 56, which is a continuation of the matter.

 

1–6,            The saints must keep the gospel covenant to gain mercy;

7–10,          They must be patient in tribulation.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world—

2  Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, my servant Newel Knight, you shall stand fast in the office whereunto I have appointed you.

3  And if your brethren desire to escape their enemies, let them repent of all their sins, and become truly humble before me and contrite.

4  And as the covenant which they made unto me has been broken, even so it has become void and of none effect.

5  And wo to him by whom this offense cometh, for it had been better for him that he had been drowned in the depth of the sea.

6  But blessed are they who have kept the covenant and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy.

7  Wherefore, go to now and flee the land, lest your enemies come upon you; and take your journey, and appoint whom you will to be your leader, and to pay moneys for you.

8  And thus you shall take your journey into the regions westward, unto the land of Missouri, unto the borders of the Lamanites.

9  And after you have done journeying, behold, I say unto you, seek ye a living like unto men, until I prepare a place for you.

10  And again, be patient in tribulation until I come; and, behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, and they who have sought me early shall find rest to their souls. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 55

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to William W. Phelps, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831. HC 1:184–186. William W. Phelps, a printer, and his family had just arrived at Kirtland, and the Prophet sought the Lord for information concerning him.

 

1–3,            W. W. Phelps is called and chosen to be baptized, ordained an elder, and preach the gospel;

4,               He is also to write books for children in church schools;

5–6,            He is to travel to Missouri, which will be the area of his labors.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant William, yea, even the Lord of the whole earth, thou art called and chosen; and after thou hast been baptized by water, which if you do with an eye single to my glory, you shall have a remission of your sins and a reception of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands;

2  And then thou shalt be ordained by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to be an elder unto this church, to preach repentance and remission of sins by way of baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

3  And on whomsoever you shall lay your hands, if they are contrite before me, you shall have power to give the Holy Spirit.

4  And again, you shall be ordained to assist my servant Oliver Cowdery to do the work of printing, and of selecting and writing books for schools in this church, that little children also may receive instruction before me as is pleasing unto me.

5  And again, verily I say unto you, for this cause you shall take your journey with my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, that you may be planted in the land of your inheritance to do this work.

6  And again, let my servant Joseph Coe also take his journey with them. The residue shall be made known hereafter, even as I will. Amen.

 

SECTION 56

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831. HC 1:186–188. Ezra Thayre, who had been appointed to travel to Missouri with Thomas B. Marsh (52:22), was unable to start on his mission when the latter was ready. Elder Thayre was not ready to depart on his journey because of his involvement in the problems at Thompson, Ohio. See heading to Section 54. The Lord answered the Prophet's inquiry on the matter by giving this revelation.

 

1–2,            The saints must take up their cross and follow the Lord to gain salvation;

3–13,          The Lord commands and revokes, and the disobedient are cast off;

14–17,        Wo unto the rich who will not help the poor, and wo unto the poor whose hearts are not broken;

18–20,        Blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, for they shall inherit the earth.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye people who profess my name, saith the Lord your God; for behold, mine anger is kindled against the rebellious, and they shall know mine arm and mine indignation, in the day of visitation and of wrath upon the nations.

2  And he that will not take up his cross and follow me, and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved.

3  Behold, I, the Lord, command; and he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time, after I have commanded and the commandment is broken.

4  Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.

5  Wherefore, I revoke the commandment which was given unto my servants Thomas B. Marsh and Ezra Thayre, and give a new commandment unto my servant Thomas, that he shall take up his journey speedily to the land of Missouri, and my servant Selah J. Griffin shall also go with him.

6  For behold, I revoke the commandment which was given unto my servants Selah J. Griffin and Newel Knight, in consequence of the stiffneckedness of my people which are in Thompson, and their rebellions.

7  Wherefore, let my servant Newel Knight remain with them; and as many as will go may go, that are contrite before me, and be led by him to the land which I have appointed.

8  And again, verily I say unto you, that my servant Ezra Thayre must repent of his pride, and of his selfishness, and obey the former commandment which I have given him concerning the place upon which he lives.

9  And if he will do this, as there shall be no divisions made upon the land, he shall be appointed still to go to the land of Missouri;

10  Otherwise he shall receive the money which he has paid, and shall leave the place, and shall be cut off out of my church, saith the Lord God of hosts;

11  And though the heaven and the earth pass away, these words shall not pass away, but shall be fulfilled.

12  And if my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., must needs pay the money, behold, I, the Lord, will pay it unto him again in the land of Missouri, that those of whom he shall receive may be rewarded again according to that which they do;

13  For according to that which they do they shall receive, even in lands for their inheritance.

14  Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my people—you have many things to do and to repent of; for behold, your sins have come up unto me, and are not pardoned, because you seek to counsel in your own ways.

15  And your hearts are not satisfied. And ye obey not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.

16  Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!

17  Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men's goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands!

18  But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.

19  For behold, the Lord shall come, and his recompense shall be with him, and he shall reward every man, and the poor shall rejoice;

20  And their generations shall inherit the earth from generation to generation, forever and ever. And now I make an end of speaking unto you. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 57

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, July 20, 1831. HC 1:189–190. In compliance with the Lord's command (Section 52), the elders had journeyed from Kirtland to Missouri with many varied experiences and some opposition. In contemplating the state of the Lamanites and the lack of civilization, refinement, and religion among the people generally, the Prophet exclaimed in yearning prayer: "When will the wilderness blossom as the rose?  When will Zion be built up in her glory, and where will thy Temple stand, unto which all nations shall come in the last days?"  Subsequently he received this revelation.

 

1–3,            Independence, Missouri, is the place for the City of Zion and the temple;

4–7,            The saints are to purchase lands and receive inheritances in that area;

8–16,          Sidney Gilbert is to establish a store, W. W. Phelps is to be a printer, and Oliver Cowdery is to edit material for publication.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God, who have assembled yourselves together, according to my commandments, in this land, which is the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints.

2  Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion.

3  And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.

4  Wherefore, it is wisdom that the land should be purchased by the saints, and also every tract lying westward, even unto the line running directly between Jew and Gentile;

5  And also every tract bordering by the prairies, inasmuch as my disciples are enabled to buy lands. Behold, this is wisdom, that they may obtain it for an everlasting inheritance.

6  And let my servant Sidney Gilbert stand in the office to which I have appointed him, to receive moneys, to be an agent unto the church, to buy land in all the regions round about, inasmuch as can be done in righteousness, and as wisdom shall direct.

7  And let my servant Edward Partridge stand in the office to which I have appointed him, and divide unto the saints their inheritance, even as I have commanded; and also those whom he has appointed to assist him.

8  And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Sidney Gilbert plant himself in this place, and establish a store, that he may sell goods without fraud, that he may obtain money to buy lands for the good of the saints, and that he may obtain whatsoever things the disciples may need to plant them in their inheritance.

9  And also let my servant Sidney Gilbert obtain a license—behold here is wisdom, and whoso readeth let him understand—that he may send goods also unto the people, even by whom he will as clerks employed in his service;

10  And thus provide for my saints, that my gospel may be preached unto those who sit in darkness and in the region and shadow of death.

11  And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William W. Phelps be planted in this place, and be established as a printer unto the church.

12  And lo, if the world receive his writings—behold here is wisdom—let him obtain whatsoever he can obtain in righteousness, for the good of the saints.

13  And let my servant Oliver Cowdery assist him, even as I have commanded, in whatsoever place I shall appoint unto him, to copy, and to correct, and select, that all things may be right before me, as it shall be proved by the Spirit through him.

14  And thus let those of whom I have spoken be planted in the land of Zion, as speedily as can be, with their families, to do those things even as I have spoken.

15  And now concerning the gathering—Let the bishop and the agent make preparations for those families which have been commanded to come to this land, as soon as possible, and plant them in their inheritance.

16  And unto the residue of both elders and members further directions shall be given hereafter. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 58

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, August 1, 1831. HC 1:190–195. On the first Sabbath after the arrival of the Prophet and party in Jackson County, Missouri, a religious service was held and two members were received by baptism. During that week, members of the Colesville saints from the Thompson Branch and others arrived. Many were eager to learn the will of the Lord concerning them in the new place of gathering.

 

1–5,            Those who endure tribulation shall be crowned with glory;

6–12,          The saints are to prepare for the marriage of the Lamb and the Supper of the Lord;

13–18,        Bishops are judges in Israel;

19–23,        The saints are to obey the laws of the land;

24–29,        Men should use their agency to do good;

30–33,        The Lord commands and revokes;

34–43,        To repent, men must confess and forsake their sins;

44–58,        The saints are to purchase their inheritance and gather in Missouri;

59–65,        The gospel must be preached unto every creature.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye elders of my church, and give ear to my word, and learn of me what I will concerning you, and also concerning this land unto which I have sent you.

2  For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.

3  Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.

4  For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.

5  Remember this, which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which is to follow.

6  Behold, verily I say unto you, for this cause I have sent you—that you might be obedient, and that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the things which are to come;

7  And also that you might be honored in laying the foundation, and in bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand;

8  And also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor; yea, a feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined, that the earth may know that the mouths of the prophets shall not fail;

9  Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.

10  First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble;

11  And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come.

12  Behold, I, the Lord, have spoken it.

13  And that the testimony might go forth from Zion, yea, from the mouth of the city of the heritage of God—

14  Yea, for this cause I have sent you hither, and have selected my servant Edward Partridge, and have appointed unto him his mission in this land.

15  But if he repent not of his sins, which are unbelief and blindness of heart, let him take heed lest he fall.

16  Behold his mission is given unto him, and it shall not be given again.

17  And whoso standeth in this mission is appointed to be a judge in Israel, like as it was in ancient days, to divide the lands of the heritage of God unto his children;

18  And to judge his people by the testimony of the just, and by the assistance of his counselors, according to the laws of the kingdom which are given by the prophets of God.

19  For verily I say unto you, my law shall be kept on this land.

20  Let no man think he is ruler; but let God rule him that judgeth, according to the counsel of his own will, or, in other words, him that counseleth or sitteth upon the judgment seat.

21  Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land.

22  Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be, until he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet.

23  Behold, the laws which ye have received from my hand are the laws of the church, and in this light ye shall hold them forth. Behold, here is wisdom.

24  And now, as I spake concerning my servant Edward Partridge, this land is the land of his residence, and those whom he has appointed for his counselors; and also the land of the residence of him whom I have appointed to keep my storehouse;

25  Wherefore, let them bring their families to this land, as they shall counsel between themselves and me.

26  For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.

27  Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

28  For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.

29  But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.

30  Who am I that made man, saith the Lord, that will hold him guiltless that obeys not my commandments?

31  Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?

32  I command and men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing.

33  Then they say in their hearts: This is not the work of the Lord, for his promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto such, for their reward lurketh beneath, and not from above.

34  And now I give unto you further directions concerning this land.

35  It is wisdom in me that my servant Martin Harris should be an example unto the church, in laying his moneys before the bishop of the church.

36  And also, this is a law unto every man that cometh unto this land to receive an inheritance; and he shall do with his moneys according as the law directs.

37  And it is wisdom also that there should be lands purchased in Independence, for the place of the storehouse, and also for the house of the printing.

38  And other directions concerning my servant Martin Harris shall be given him of the Spirit, that he may receive his inheritance as seemeth him good;

39  And let him repent of his sins, for he seeketh the praise of the world.

40  And also let my servant William W. Phelps stand in the office to which I have appointed him, and receive his inheritance in the land;

41  And also he hath need to repent, for I, the Lord, am not well pleased with him, for he seeketh to excel, and he is not sufficiently meek before me.

42  Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.

43  By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.

44  And now, verily, I say concerning the residue of the elders of my church, the time has not yet come, for many years, for them to receive their inheritance in this land, except they desire it through the prayer of faith, only as it shall be appointed unto them of the Lord.

45  For, behold, they shall push the people together from the ends of the earth.

46  Wherefore, assemble yourselves together; and they who are not appointed to stay in this land, let them preach the gospel in the regions round about; and after that let them return to their homes.

47  Let them preach by the way, and bear testimony of the truth in all places, and call upon the rich, the high and the low, and the poor to repent.

48  And let them build up churches, inasmuch as the inhabitants of the earth will repent.

49  And let there be an agent appointed by the voice of the church, unto the church in Ohio, to receive moneys to purchase lands in Zion.

50  And I give unto my servant Sidney Rigdon a commandment, that he shall write a description of the land of Zion, and a statement of the will of God, as it shall be made known by the Spirit unto him;

51  And an epistle and subscription, to be presented unto all the churches to obtain moneys, to be put into the hands of the bishop, of himself or the agent, as seemeth him good or as he shall direct, to purchase lands for an inheritance for the children of God.

52  For, behold, verily I say unto you, the Lord willeth that the disciples and the children of men should open their hearts, even to purchase this whole region of country, as soon as time will permit.

53  Behold, here is wisdom. Let them do this lest they receive none inheritance, save it be by the shedding of blood.

54  And again, inasmuch as there is land obtained, let there be workmen sent forth of all kinds unto this land, to labor for the saints of God.

55  Let all these things be done in order; and let the privileges of the lands be made known from time to time, by the bishop or the agent of the church.

56  And let the work of the gathering be not in haste, nor by flight; but let it be done as it shall be counseled by the elders of the church at the conferences, according to the knowledge which they receive from time to time.

57  And let my servant Sidney Rigdon consecrate and dedicate this land, and the spot for the temple, unto the Lord.

58  And let a conference meeting be called; and after that let my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, Jun., return, and also Oliver Cowdery with them, to accomplish the residue of the work which I have appointed unto them in their own land, and the residue as shall be ruled by the conferences.

59  And let no man return from this land except he bear record by the way, of that which he knows and most assuredly believes.

60  Let that which has been bestowed upon Ziba Peterson be taken from him; and let him stand as a member in the church, and labor with his own hands, with the brethren, until he is sufficiently chastened for all his sins; for he confesseth them not, and he thinketh to hide them.

61  Let the residue of the elders of this church, who are coming to this land, some of whom are exceedingly blessed even above measure, also hold a conference upon this land.

62  And let my servant Edward Partridge direct the conference which shall be held by them.

63  And let them also return, preaching the gospel by the way, bearing record of the things which are revealed unto them.

64  For, verily, the sound must go forth from this place into all the world, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth—the gospel must be preached unto every creature, with signs following them that believe.

65  And behold the Son of Man cometh. Amen.

 

SECTION 59

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, August 7, 1831. HC 1:196–201. Preceding his record of this revelation, the Prophet writes descriptively of the land of Zion wherein the people were then assembled. The land was consecrated, as the Lord had directed, and the site for the future temple was dedicated. The Lord makes these commandments especially applicable to the saints in Zion.

 

1–4,            The faithful saints in Zion shall be blessed;

5–8,            They are to love and serve the Lord and keep his commandments;

9–19,          By keeping the Lord's day holy, the saints are blessed temporally and spiritually;

20–24,        The righteous are promised peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.

 

1  BEHOLD, blessed, saith the Lord, are they who have come up unto this land with an eye single to my glory, according to my commandments.

2  For those that live shall inherit the earth, and those that die shall rest from all their labors, and their works shall follow them; and they shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father, which I have prepared for them.

3  Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.

4  And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with commandments not a few, and with revelations in their time—they that are faithful and diligent before me.

5  Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him.

6  Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it.

7  Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.

8  Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

9  And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

10  For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

11  Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;

12  But remember that on this, the Lord's day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

13  And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.

14  Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.

15  And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances, not with much laughter, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance—

16  Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;

17  Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

18  Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

19  Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

20  And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.

21  And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.

22  Behold, this is according to the law and the prophets; wherefore, trouble me no more concerning this matter.

23  But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.

24  I, the Lord, have spoken it, and the Spirit beareth record. Amen.

 

SECTION 60

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Jackson County, Missouri, August 8, 1831. HC 1:201–202. On this occasion the elders who had been appointed to return to the East desired to know how they should proceed, and by what route and manner they should travel.

 

1–9,            The elders are to preach the gospel in the congregations of the wicked;

10–14,        They should not idle away their time, nor bury their talents;

15–17,        They may wash their feet as a testimony against those who reject the gospel.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord unto the elders of his church, who are to return speedily to the land from whence they came: Behold, it pleaseth me, that you have come up hither;

2  But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them.

3  And it shall come to pass, if they are not more faithful unto me, it shall be taken away, even that which they have.

4  For I, the Lord, rule in the heavens above, and among the armies of the earth; and in the day when I shall make up my jewels, all men shall know what it is that bespeaketh the power of God.

5  But, verily, I will speak unto you concerning your journey unto the land from whence you came. Let there be a craft made, or bought, as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me, and take your journey speedily for the place which is called St. Louis.

6  And from thence let my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, take their journey for Cincinnati;

7  And in this place let them lift up their voice and declare my word with loud voices, without wrath or doubting, lifting up holy hands upon them. For I am able to make you holy, and your sins are forgiven you.

8  And let the residue take their journey from St. Louis, two by two, and preach the word, not in haste, among the congregations of the wicked, until they return to the churches from whence they came.

9  And all this for the good of the churches; for this intent have I sent them.

10  And let my servant Edward Partridge impart of the money which I have given him, a portion unto mine elders who are commanded to return;

11  And he that is able, let him return it by the way of the agent; and he that is not, of him it is not required.

12  And now I speak of the residue who are to come unto this land.

13  Behold, they have been sent to preach my gospel among the congregations of the wicked; wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, thus: Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.

14  And after thou hast come up unto the land of Zion, and hast proclaimed my word, thou shalt speedily return, proclaiming my word among the congregations of the wicked, not in haste, neither in wrath nor with strife.

15  And shake off the dust of thy feet against those who receive thee not, not in their presence, lest thou provoke them, but in secret; and wash thy feet, as a testimony against them in the day of judgment.

16  Behold, this is sufficient for you, and the will of him who hath sent you.

17  And by the mouth of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., it shall be made known concerning Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdery. The residue hereafter.  Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 61

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River, McIlwaine's Bend, August 12, 1831. HC 1:202–205. On their return trip to Kirtland the Prophet and ten elders had traveled down the Missouri River in canoes. On the third day of the journey many dangers were experienced. Elder William W. Phelps, in daylight vision, saw the destroyer riding in power upon the face of the waters.

 

1–12,          The Lord has decreed many destructions upon the waters;

13–22,        The waters were cursed by John, and the destroyer rideth upon their face;

23–29,        Some have power to command the waters;

30–35,        Elders are to journey two by two and preach the gospel;

36–39,        They are to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man.

 

1  BEHOLD, and hearken unto the voice of him who has all power, who is from everlasting to everlasting, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

2  Behold, verily thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who are assembled upon this spot, whose sins are now forgiven you, for I, the Lord, forgive sins, and am merciful unto those who confess their sins with humble hearts;

3  But verily I say unto you, that it is not needful for this whole company of mine elders to be moving swiftly upon the waters, whilst the inhabitants on either side are perishing in unbelief.

4  Nevertheless, I suffered it that ye might bear record; behold, there are many dangers upon the waters, and more especially hereafter;

5  For I, the Lord, have decreed in mine anger many destructions upon the waters; yea, and especially upon these waters.

6  Nevertheless, all flesh is in mine hand, and he that is faithful among you shall not perish by the waters.

7  Wherefore, it is expedient that my servant Sidney Gilbert and my servant William W. Phelps be in haste upon their errand and mission.

8  Nevertheless, I would not suffer that ye should part until you were chastened for all your sins, that you might be one, that you might not perish in wickedness;

9  But now, verily I say, it behooveth me that ye should part. Wherefore let my servants Sidney Gilbert and William W. Phelps take their former company, and let them take their journey in haste that they may fill their mission, and through faith they shall overcome;

10  And inasmuch as they are faithful they shall be preserved, and I, the Lord, will be with them.

11  And let the residue take that which is needful for clothing.

12  Let my servant Sidney Gilbert take that which is not needful with him, as you shall agree.

13  And now, behold, for your good I gave unto you a commandment concerning these things; and I, the Lord, will reason with you as with men in days of old.

14  Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters.

15  Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters.

16  And it shall be said in days to come that none is able to go up to the land of Zion upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart.

17  And, as I, the Lord, in the beginning cursed the land, even so in the last days have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof.

18  And now I give unto you a commandment that what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail and they are caught in snares;

19  I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree.

20  I, the Lord, was angry with you yesterday, but today mine anger is turned away.

21  Wherefore, let those concerning whom I have spoken, that should take their journey in haste—again I say unto you, let them take their journey in haste.

22  And it mattereth not unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land; let this be as it is made known unto them according to their judgments hereafter.

23  And now, concerning my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, let them come not again upon the waters, save it be upon the canal, while journeying unto their homes; or in other words they shall not come upon the waters to journey, save upon the canal.

24  Behold, I, the Lord, have appointed a way for the journeying of my saints; and behold, this is the way—that after they leave the canal they shall journey by land, inasmuch as they are commanded to journey and go up unto the land of Zion;

25  And they shall do like unto the children of Israel, pitching their tents by the way.

26  And, behold, this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren.

27  Nevertheless, unto whom is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways;

28  Wherefore, let him do as the Spirit of the living God commandeth him, whether upon the land or upon the waters, as it remaineth with me to do hereafter.

29  And unto you is given the course for the saints, or the way for the saints of the camp of the Lord, to journey.

30  And again, verily I say unto you, my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, shall not open their mouths in the congregations of the wicked until they arrive at Cincinnati;

31  And in that place they shall lift up their voices unto God against that people, yea, unto him whose anger is kindled against their wickedness, a people who are well-nigh ripened for destruction.

32  And from thence let them journey for the congregations of their brethren, for their labors even now are wanted more abundantly among them than among the congregations of the wicked.

33  And now, concerning the residue, let them journey and declare the word among the congregations of the wicked, inasmuch as it is given;

34  And inasmuch as they do this they shall rid their garments, and they shall be spotless before me.

35  And let them journey together, or two by two, as seemeth them good, only let my servant Reynolds Cahoon, and my servant Samuel H. Smith, with whom I am well pleased, be not separated until they return to their homes, and this for a wise purpose in me.

36  And now, verily I say unto you, and what I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you;

37  And inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours.

38  Gird up your loins and be watchful and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man, for he cometh in an hour you think not.

39  Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 62

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River at Chariton, Missouri, August 13, 1831. HC 1:205–206. On this day the Prophet and his group, who were on their way from Independence to Kirtland, met several elders who were on their way to the land of Zion, and, after joyful salutations, received this revelation.

 

1–3,            Testimonies are recorded in heaven;

4–9,            The elders are to travel and preach according to judgment and as directed by the Spirit.

 

1  BEHOLD, and hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, your advocate, who knoweth the weakness of man and how to succor them who are tempted.

2  And verily mine eyes are upon those who have not as yet gone up unto the land of Zion; wherefore your mission is not yet full.

3  Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you.

4  And now continue your journey. Assemble yourselves upon the land of Zion; and hold a meeting and rejoice together, and offer a sacrament unto the Most High.

5  And then you may return to bear record, yea, even altogether, or two by two, as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me; only be faithful, and declare glad tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, or among the congregations of the wicked.

6  Behold, I, the Lord, have brought you together that the promise might be fulfilled, that the faithful among you should be preserved and rejoice together in the land of Missouri. I, the Lord, promise the faithful and cannot lie.

7  I, the Lord, am willing, if any among you desire to ride upon horses, or upon mules, or in chariots, he shall receive this blessing, if he receive it from the hand of the Lord, with a thankful heart in all things.

8  These things remain with you to do according to judgment and the directions of the Spirit.

9  Behold, the kingdom is yours. And behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 63

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, late in August 1831. HC 1:206–211. The Prophet, Sidney Rigdon, and Oliver Cowdery had arrived in Kirtland on August 27, from their visit to Missouri. Prefacing his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote: "In these infant days of the Church, there was a great anxiety to obtain the word of the Lord upon every subject that in any way concerned our salvation; and as the land of Zion was now the most important temporal object in view, I inquired of the Lord for further information upon the gathering of the Saints, and the purchase of the land, and other matters."

 

1–6,            A day of wrath shall come upon the wicked;

7–12,          Signs come by faith;

13–19,        The adulterous in heart shall deny the faith and be cast into the lake of fire;

20,              The faithful shall receive an inheritance upon the transfigured earth;

21,              Full account of the events on the Mount of Transfiguration has not yet been revealed;

22–23,        The obedient receive the mysteries of the kingdom;

24–31,        Inheritances in Zion are to be purchased;

32–35,        The Lord decrees wars, and the wicked slay the wicked;

36–48,        The saints are to gather to Zion and provide moneys to build it up;

49–54,        Blessings are assured the faithful at the Second Coming, in the resurrection, and during the Millennium;

55–58,        This is a day of warning;

59–66,        The Lord's name is taken in vain by those who use it without authority.

 

1  HEARKEN, O ye people, and open your hearts and give ear from afar; and listen, you that call yourselves the people of the Lord, and hear the word of the Lord and his will concerning you.

2  Yea, verily, I say, hear the word of him whose anger is kindled against the wicked and rebellious;

3  Who willeth to take even them whom he will take, and preserveth in life them whom he will preserve;

4  Who buildeth up at his own will and pleasure; and destroyeth when he pleases, and is able to cast the soul down to hell.

5  Behold, I, the Lord, utter my voice, and it shall be obeyed.

6  Wherefore, verily I say, let the wicked take heed, and let the rebellious fear and tremble; and let the unbelieving hold their lips, for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God.

7  And he that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvation.

8  Verily, I say unto you, there are those among you who seek signs, and there have been such even from the beginning;

9  But, behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe.

10  Yea, signs come by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God.

11  Yea, signs come by faith, unto mighty works, for without faith no man pleaseth God; and with whom God is angry he is not well pleased; wherefore, unto such he showeth no signs, only in wrath unto their condemnation.

12  Wherefore, I, the Lord, am not pleased with those among you who have sought after signs and wonders for faith, and not for the good of men unto my glory.

13  Nevertheless, I give commandments, and many have turned away from my commandments and have not kept them.

14  There were among you adulterers and adulteresses; some of whom have turned away from you, and others remain with you that hereafter shall be revealed.

15  Let such beware and repent speedily, lest judgment shall come upon them as a snare, and their folly shall be made manifest, and their works shall follow them in the eyes of the people.

16  And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he that looketh on a woman to lust after her, or if any shall commit adultery in their hearts, they shall not have the Spirit, but shall deny the faith and shall fear.

17  Wherefore, I, the Lord, have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

18  Verily I say, that they shall not have part in the first resurrection.

19  And now behold, I, the Lord, say unto you that ye are not justified, because these things are among you.

20  Nevertheless, he that endureth in faith and doeth my will, the same shall overcome, and shall receive an inheritance upon the earth when the day of transfiguration shall come;

21  When the earth shall be transfigured, even according to the pattern which was shown unto mine apostles upon the mount; of which account the fulness ye have not yet received.

22  And now, verily I say unto you, that as I said that I would make known my will unto you, behold I will make it known unto you, not by the way of commandment, for there are many who observe not to keep my commandments.

23  But unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of my kingdom, and the same shall be in him a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life.

24  And now, behold, this is the will of the Lord your God concerning his saints, that they should assemble themselves together unto the land of Zion, not in haste, lest there should be confusion, which bringeth pestilence.

25  Behold, the land of Zion—I, the Lord, hold it in mine own hands;

26  Nevertheless, I, the Lord, render unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's.

27  Wherefore, I the Lord will that you should purchase the lands, that you may have advantage of the world, that you may have claim on the world, that they may not be stirred up unto anger.

28  For Satan putteth it into their hearts to anger against you, and to the shedding of blood.

29  Wherefore, the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase or by blood, otherwise there is none inheritance for you.

30  And if by purchase, behold you are blessed;

31  And if by blood, as you are forbidden to shed blood, lo, your enemies are upon you, and ye shall be scourged from city to city, and from synagogue to synagogue, and but few shall stand to receive an inheritance.

32  I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth.

33  I have sworn in my wrath, and decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man;

34  And the saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire.

35  And behold, this is not yet, but by and by.

36  Wherefore, seeing that I, the Lord, have decreed all these things upon the face of the earth, I will that my saints should be assembled upon the land of Zion;

37  And that every man should take righteousness in his hands and faithfulness upon his loins, and lift a warning voice unto the inhabitants of the earth; and declare both by word and by flight that desolation shall come upon the wicked.

38  Wherefore, let my disciples in Kirtland arrange their temporal concerns, who dwell upon this farm.

39  Let my servant Titus Billings, who has the care thereof, dispose of the land, that he may be prepared in the coming spring to take his journey up unto the land of Zion, with those that dwell upon the face thereof, excepting those whom I shall reserve unto myself, that shall not go until I shall command them.

40  And let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not unto me whether it be little or much, be sent up unto the land of Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive.

41  Behold, I, the Lord, will give unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., power that he shall be enabled to discern by the Spirit those who shall go up unto the land of Zion, and those of my disciples who shall tarry.

42  Let my servant Newel K. Whitney retain his store, or in other words, the store, yet for a little season.

43  Nevertheless, let him impart all the money which he can impart, to be sent up unto the land of Zion.

44  Behold, these things are in his own hands, let him do according to wisdom.

45  Verily I say, let him be ordained as an agent unto the disciples that shall tarry, and let him be ordained unto this power;

46  And now speedily visit the churches, expounding these things unto them, with my servant Oliver Cowdery. Behold, this is my will, obtaining moneys even as I have directed.

47  He that is faithful and endureth shall overcome the world.

48  He that sendeth up treasures unto the land of Zion shall receive an inheritance in this world, and his works shall follow him, and also a reward in the world to come.

49  Yea, and blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth, when the Lord shall come, and old things shall pass away, and all things become new, they shall rise from the dead and shall not die after, and shall receive an inheritance before the Lord, in the holy city.

50  And he that liveth when the Lord shall come, and hath kept the faith, blessed is he; nevertheless, it is appointed to him to die at the age of man.

51  Wherefore, children shall grow up until they become old; old men shall die; but they shall not sleep in the dust, but they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye.

52  Wherefore, for this cause preached the apostles unto the world the resurrection of the dead.

53  These things are the things that ye must look for; and, speaking after the manner of the Lord, they are now nigh at hand, and in a time to come, even in the day of the coming of the Son of Man.

54  And until that hour there will be foolish virgins among the wise; and at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous and the wicked; and in that day will I send mine angels to pluck out the wicked and cast them into unquenchable fire.

55  And now behold, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, am not pleased with my servant Sidney Rigdon; he exalted himself in his heart, and received not counsel, but grieved the Spirit;

56  Wherefore his writing is not acceptable unto the Lord, and he shall make another; and if the Lord receive it not, behold he standeth no longer in the office to which I have appointed him.

57  And again, verily I say unto you, those who desire in their hearts, in meekness, to warn sinners to repentance, let them be ordained unto this power.

58  For this is a day of warning, and not a day of many words. For I, the Lord, am not to be mocked in the last days.

59  Behold, I am from above, and my power lieth beneath. I am over all, and in all, and through all, and search all things, and the day cometh that all things shall be subject unto me.

60  Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.

61  Wherefore, let all men beware how they take my name in their lips—

62  For behold, verily I say, that many there be who are under this condemnation, who use the name of the Lord, and use it in vain, having not authority.

63  Wherefore, let the church repent of their sins, and I, the Lord, will own them; otherwise they shall be cut off.

64  Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation.

65  Let my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, seek them a home, as they are taught through prayer by the Spirit.

66  These things remain to overcome through patience, that such may receive a more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, otherwise, a greater condemnation. Amen.

 

SECTION 64

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, September 11, 1831. HC 1:211–214. The Prophet was preparing to move to Hiram, Ohio, to renew his work on the translation of the Bible, which had been laid aside while he had been in Missouri. A company of brethren who had been commanded to journey to Zion (Missouri) was earnestly engaged in making preparations to leave in October. At this busy time, the revelation was received.

 

1–11,          The saints are commanded to forgive one another, lest there remain in them the greater sin;

12–22,        The unrepentant are to be tried in church courts;

23–25,        He that is tithed shall not be burned at the Lord's coming;

26–32,        The saints are warned against debt;

33–36,        The rebellious shall be cut off out of Zion;

37–40,        The Church shall judge the nations;

41–43,        Zion shall flourish.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord your God unto you, O ye elders of my church, hearken ye and hear, and receive my will concerning you.

2  For verily I say unto you, I will that ye should overcome the world; wherefore I will have compassion upon you.

3  There are those among you who have sinned; but verily I say, for this once, for mine own glory, and for the salvation of souls, I have forgiven you your sins.

4  I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the kingdom.

5  And the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., through the means I have appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch as he obeyeth mine ordinances.

6  There are those who have sought occasion against him without cause;

7  Nevertheless, he has sinned; but verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, forgive sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto death.

8  My disciples, in days of old, sought occasion against one another and forgave not one another in their hearts; and for this evil they were afflicted and sorely chastened.

9  Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.

10  I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.

11  And ye ought to say in your hearts—let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds.

12  And him that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, ye shall bring before the church, and do with him as the scripture saith unto you, either by commandment or by revelation.

13  And this ye shall do that God may be glorified—not because ye forgive not, having not compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the law, that ye may not offend him who is your lawgiver—

14  Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do these things.

15  Behold, I, the Lord, was angry with him who was my servant Ezra Booth, and also my servant Isaac Morley, for they kept not the law, neither the commandment;

16  They sought evil in their hearts, and I, the Lord, withheld my Spirit. They condemned for evil that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless I have forgiven my servant Isaac Morley.

17  And also my servant Edward Partridge, behold, he hath sinned, and Satan seeketh to destroy his soul; but when these things are made known unto them, and they repent of the evil, they shall be forgiven.

18  And now, verily I say that it is expedient in me that my servant Sidney Gilbert, after a few weeks, shall return upon his business, and to his agency in the land of Zion;

19  And that which he hath seen and heard may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not. And for this cause have I spoken these things.

20  And again, I say unto you, that my servant Isaac Morley may not be tempted above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt, I gave commandment that his farm should be sold.

21  I will not that my servant Frederick G. Williams should sell his farm, for I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some.

22  And after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any guilty that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.

23  Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.

24  For after today cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.

25  Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.

26  And it is not meet that my servants, Newel K. Whitney and Sidney Gilbert, should sell their store and their possessions here; for this is not wisdom until the residue of the church, which remaineth in this place, shall go up unto the land of Zion.

27  Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden, to get in debt to thine enemies;

28  But behold, it is not said at any time that the Lord should not take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good.

29  Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord's errand; and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord's business.

30  And he hath set you to provide for his saints in these last days, that they may obtain an inheritance in the land of Zion.

31  And behold, I, the Lord, declare unto you, and my words are sure and shall not fail, that they shall obtain it.

32  But all things must come to pass in their time.

33  Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

34  Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.

35  And the rebellious shall be cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land.

36  For, verily I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out.

37  Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations.

38  For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.

39  And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.

40  And even the bishop, who is a judge, and his counselors, if they are not faithful in their stewardships shall be condemned, and others shall be planted in their stead.

41  For, behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish, and the glory of the Lord shall be upon her;

42  And she shall be an ensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven.

43  And the day shall come when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of her terrible ones. The Lord hath spoken it. Amen.

 

SECTION 65

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, October 1831. HC 1:218. The Prophet designates this revelation as a prayer.

 

1–2,            Keys of the kingdom of God are committed to man on earth, and the gospel cause shall triumph;

3–6,            The millennial kingdom of heaven shall come and join the kingdom of God on earth.

 

1  HEARKEN, and lo, a voice as of one sent down from on high, who is mighty and powerful, whose going forth is unto the ends of the earth, yea, whose voice is unto men—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

2  The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.

3  Yea, a voice crying—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.

4  Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name, make known his wonderful works among the people.

5  Call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of Man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which is set up on the earth.

6  Wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come, that thou, O God, mayest be glorified in heaven so on earth, that thine enemies may be subdued; for thine is the honor, power and glory, forever and ever. Amen.

 

SECTION 66

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Orange, Ohio, October 25, 1831. HC 1:219–221. This was the first day of an important conference. In prefacing this revelation, the Prophet wrote: "At the request of William E. McLellin, I inquired of the Lord, and received the following."

 

1–4,            The everlasting covenant is the fulness of the gospel;

5–8,            Elders are to preach, testify, and reason with the people;

9–13,          Faithful ministerial service assures an inheritance of eternal life.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord unto my servant William E. McLellin—Blessed are you, inasmuch as you have turned away from your iniquities, and have received my truths, saith the Lord your Redeemer, the Savior of the world, even of as many as believe on my name.

2  Verily I say unto you, blessed are you for receiving mine everlasting covenant, even the fulness of my gospel, sent forth unto the children of men, that they might have life and be made partakers of the glories which are to be revealed in the last days, as it was written by the prophets and apostles in days of old.

3  Verily I say unto you, my servant William, that you are clean, but not all; repent, therefore, of those things which are not pleasing in my sight, saith the Lord, for the Lord will show them unto you.

4  And now, verily, I, the Lord, will show unto you what I will concerning you, or what is my will concerning you.

5  Behold, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should proclaim my gospel from land to land, and from city to city, yea, in those regions round about where it has not been proclaimed.

6  Tarry not many days in this place; go not up unto the land of Zion as yet; but inasmuch as you can send, send; otherwise, think not of thy property.

7  Go unto the eastern lands, bear testimony in every place, unto every people and in their synagogues, reasoning with the people.

8  Let my servant Samuel H. Smith go with you, and forsake him not, and give him thine instructions; and he that is faithful shall be made strong in every place; and I, the Lord, will go with you.

9  Lay your hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. Return not till I, the Lord, shall send you. Be patient in affliction. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10  Seek not to be cumbered. Forsake all unrighteousness. Commit not adultery—a temptation with which thou hast been troubled.

11  Keep these sayings, for they are true and faithful; and thou shalt magnify thine office, and push many people to Zion with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads.

12  Continue in these things even unto the end, and you shall have a crown of eternal life at the right hand of my Father, who is full of grace and truth.

13  Verily, thus saith the Lord your God, your Redeemer, even Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

SECTION 67

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831. HC 1:224–225. The occasion was that of a special conference, and the publication of the revelations already received from the Lord through the Prophet was considered and acted upon. See heading to Section 1. It was decided that Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer should take the manuscripts of the revelations to Independence, where W. W. Phelps would publish them as the "Book of Commandments."  Many of the brethren bore solemn testimony that the revelations then compiled for publication were verily true, as was witnessed by the Holy Ghost shed forth upon them. The Prophet records that after the revelation known as Section 1 had been received, some negative conversation was had concerning the language used in the revelations. The present revelation followed.

 

1–3,            The Lord hears the prayers and watches over his elders;

4–9,            He challenges the wisest person to duplicate the least of his revelations;

10–14,        Faithful elders shall be quickened by the Spirit and see the face of God.

 

1  BEHOLD and hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard, and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me.

2  Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.

3  Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were fears in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.

4  And now I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you.

5  Your eyes have been upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and his language you have known, and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge that you might express beyond his language; this you also know.

6  Now, seek ye out of the Book of Commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most wise among you;

7  Or, if there be any among you that shall make one like unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true;

8  But if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true.

9  For ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them, and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.

10  And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.

11  For no man has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God.

12  Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.

13  Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.

14  Let not your minds turn back; and when ye are worthy, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. Amen.

 

SECTION 68

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831, at the request of Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and William E. McLellin. HC 1:227–229. Although this revelation was given in response to supplication that the mind of the Lord be made known concerning the elders named, much of the content pertains to the whole Church.

 

1–5,            Words of elders when moved upon by the Holy Ghost are scripture;

6–12,          Elders are to preach and baptize, and signs shall follow true believers;

13–24,        Firstborn among the sons of Aaron may serve as the Presiding Bishop (that is, hold the keys of presidency as a bishop) under the direction of the First Presidency;

25–28,        Parents are commanded to teach the gospel to their children;

29–35,        The saints are to observe the Sabbath, labor diligently, and pray.

 

1  MY servant, Orson Hyde, was called by his ordination to proclaim the everlasting gospel, by the Spirit of the living God, from people to people, and from land to land, in the congregations of the wicked, in their synagogues, reasoning with and expounding all scriptures unto them.

2  And, behold, and lo, this is an ensample unto all those who were ordained unto this priesthood, whose mission is appointed unto them to go forth—

3  And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.

4  And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.

5  Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.

6  Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.

7  This is the word of the Lord unto you, my servant Orson Hyde, and also unto my servant Luke Johnson, and unto my servant Lyman Johnson, and unto my servant William E. McLellin, and unto all the faithful elders of my church—

8  Go ye into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, acting in the authority which I have given you, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

9  And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.

10  And he that believeth shall be blest with signs following, even as it is written.

11  And unto you it shall be given to know the signs of the times, and the signs of the coming of the Son of Man;

12  And of as many as the Father shall bear record, to you shall be given power to seal them up unto eternal life. Amen.

13  And now, concerning the items in addition to the covenants and commandments, they are these—

14  There remain hereafter, in the due time of the Lord, other bishops to be set apart unto the church, to minister even according to the first;

15  Wherefore they shall be high priests who are worthy, and they shall be appointed by the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood, except they be literal descendants of Aaron.

16  And if they be literal descendants of Aaron they have a legal right to the bishopric, if they are the firstborn among the sons of Aaron;

17  For the firstborn holds the right of the presidency over this priesthood, and the keys or authority of the same.

18  No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant and the firstborn of Aaron.

19  But, as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power, under the hands of the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

20  And a literal descendant of Aaron, also, must be designated by this Presidency, and found worthy, and anointed, and ordained under the hands of this Presidency, otherwise they are not legally authorized to officiate in their priesthood.

21  But, by virtue of the decree concerning their right of the priesthood descending from father to son, they may claim their anointing if at any time they can prove their lineage, or do ascertain it by revelation from the Lord under the hands of the above named Presidency.

22  And again, no bishop or high priest who shall be set apart for this ministry shall be tried or condemned for any crime, save it be before the First Presidency of the church;

23  And inasmuch as he is found guilty before this Presidency, by testimony that cannot be impeached, he shall be condemned;

24  And if he repent he shall be forgiven, according to the covenants and commandments of the church.

25  And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.

26  For this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized.

27  And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands.

28  And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.

29  And the inhabitants of Zion shall also observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

30  And the inhabitants of Zion also shall remember their labors, inasmuch as they are appointed to labor, in all faithfulness; for the idler shall be had in remembrance before the Lord.

31  Now, I, the Lord, am not well pleased with the inhabitants of Zion, for there are idlers among them; and their children are also growing up in wickedness; they also seek not earnestly the riches of eternity, but their eyes are full of greediness.

32  These things ought not to be, and must be done away from among them; wherefore, let my servant Oliver Cowdery carry these sayings unto the land of Zion.

33  And a commandment I give unto them—that he that observeth not his prayers before the Lord in the season thereof, let him be had in remembrance before the judge of my people.

34  These sayings are true and faithful; wherefore, transgress them not, neither take therefrom.

35  Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, and I come quickly. Amen.

 

SECTION 69

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831. HC 1:234–235. The compilation of revelations intended for early publication had been passed upon at the special conference of November 1. On November 3, the revelation herein appearing as Section 133 was added, and called the Appendix. By action of the conference, Oliver Cowdery was appointed to carry the manuscript of the compiled revelations and commandments to Independence, Missouri, for printing. He was also to take with him moneys that had been contributed for the building up of the Church in Missouri. As the course of travel would lead him through a sparsely settled country to the frontier, a traveling companion was desirable.

 

1–2,            John Whitmer is to accompany Oliver Cowdery to Missouri;

3–8,            He is also to preach and to collect, record, and write historical data.

 

1  HEARKEN unto me, saith the Lord your God, for my servant Oliver Cowdery's sake. It is not wisdom in me that he should be entrusted with the commandments and the moneys which he shall carry unto the land of Zion, except one go with him who will be true and faithful.

2  Wherefore, I, the Lord, will that my servant, John Whitmer, should go with my servant Oliver Cowdery;

3  And also that he shall continue in writing and making a history of all the important things which he shall observe and know concerning my church;

4  And also that he receive counsel and assistance from my servant Oliver Cowdery and others.

5  And also, my servants who are abroad in the earth should send forth the accounts of their stewardships to the land of Zion;

6  For the land of Zion shall be a seat and a place to receive and do all these things.

7  Nevertheless, let my servant John Whitmer travel many times from place to place, and from church to church, that he may the more easily obtain knowledge—

8  Preaching and expounding, writing, copying, selecting, and obtaining all things which shall be for the good of the church, and for the rising generations that shall grow up on the land of Zion, to possess it from generation to generation, forever and ever. Amen.

 

SECTION 70

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, November 12, 1831. HC 1:235–237. The history written by the Prophet states that four special conferences were held from the 1st to the 12th of November, inclusive. In the last of these assemblies the great importance of the Book of Commandments, later called the Doctrine and Covenants, was considered; and the Prophet refers to it as being "the foundation of the Church in these last days, and a benefit to the world, showing that the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom of our Savior are again entrusted to man."

 

1–5,            Stewards are appointed to publish the revelations;

6–13,          Those who labor in spiritual things are worthy of their hire;

14–18,        The saints should be equal in temporal things.

 

1  BEHOLD, and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people of my church who are afar off, and hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also unto my servant Martin Harris, and also unto my servant Oliver Cowdery, and also unto my servant John Whitmer, and also unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also unto my servant William W. Phelps, by the way of commandment unto them.

2  For I give unto them a commandment; wherefore hearken and hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them—

3  I, the Lord, have appointed them, and ordained them to be stewards over the revelations and commandments which I have given unto them, and which I shall hereafter give unto them;

4  And an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgment.

5  Wherefore, I have appointed unto them, and this is their business in the church of God, to manage them and the concerns thereof, yea, the benefits thereof.

6  Wherefore, a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not give these things unto the church, neither unto the world;

7  Nevertheless, inasmuch as they receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants, it shall be given into my storehouse;

8  And the benefits shall be consecrated unto the inhabitants of Zion, and unto their generations, inasmuch as they become heirs according to the laws of the kingdom.

9  Behold, this is what the Lord requires of every man in his stewardship, even as I, the Lord, have appointed or shall hereafter appoint unto any man.

10  And behold, none are exempt from this law who belong to the church of the living God;

11  Yea, neither the bishop, neither the agent who keepeth the Lord's storehouse, neither he who is appointed in a stewardship over temporal things.

12  He who is appointed to administer spiritual things, the same is worthy of his hire, even as those who are appointed to a stewardship to administer in temporal things;

13  Yea, even more abundantly, which abundance is multiplied unto them through the manifestations of the Spirit.

14  Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.

15  Now, this commandment I give unto my servants for their benefit while they remain, for a manifestation of my blessings upon their heads, and for a reward of their diligence and for their security;

16  For food and for raiment; for an inheritance; for houses and for lands, in whatsoever circumstances I, the Lord, shall place them, and whithersoever I, the Lord, shall send them.

17  For they have been faithful over many things, and have done well inasmuch as they have not sinned.

18  Behold, I, the Lord, am merciful and will bless them, and they shall enter into the joy of these things.  Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 71

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, December 1, 1831. HC 1:238–239. The Prophet had continued to translate the Bible with Sidney Rigdon as his scribe until this revelation was received, at which time it was temporarily laid aside so as to enable them to fulfill the instruction given herein. The brethren were to go forth to preach in order to allay the unfriendly feelings that had developed against the Church as a result of the publication of some newspaper articles by Ezra Booth, who had apostatized.

 

1–4,            Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are sent forth to proclaim the gospel;

5–11,          Enemies of the saints shall be confounded.

 

1  BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, that the time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel, the things of the kingdom, expounding the mysteries thereof out of the scriptures, according to that portion of Spirit and power which shall be given unto you, even as I will.

2  Verily I say unto you, proclaim unto the world in the regions round about, and in the church also, for the space of a season, even until it shall be made known unto you.

3  Verily this is a mission for a season, which I give unto you.

4  Wherefore, labor ye in my vineyard. Call upon the inhabitants of the earth, and bear record, and prepare the way for the commandments and revelations which are to come.

5  Now, behold this is wisdom; whoso readeth, let him understand and receive also;

6  For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly, even power.

7  Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.

8  Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.

9  Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you—there is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;

10  And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time.

11  Wherefore, keep my commandments; they are true and faithful. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 72

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, December 4, 1831. HC 1:239–241. Several elders and members had assembled to learn their duty and to be further edified in the teachings of the Church. This section is a compilation of two revelations received on the same day. Verses 1–8 make known the calling of Newel K. Whitney as a bishop. He was then called and ordained, after which verses 9–26 were received giving additional information as to a bishop's duties.

 

1–8,            Elders are to render an account of their stewardship unto the bishop;

9–15,          The bishop keeps the storehouse and cares for the poor and needy;

16–26,        Bishops are to certify worthiness of elders.

 

1  HEARKEN, and listen to the voice of the Lord, O ye who have assembled yourselves together, who are the high priests of my church, to whom the kingdom and power have been given.

2  For verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient in me for a bishop to be appointed unto you, or of you, unto the church in this part of the Lord's vineyard.

3  And verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.

4  For he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of my Father.

5  Verily I say unto you, the elders of the church in this part of my vineyard shall render an account of their stewardship unto the bishop, who shall be appointed of me in this part of my vineyard.

6  These things shall be had on record, to be handed over unto the bishop in Zion.

7  And the duty of the bishop shall be made known by the commandments which have been given, and the voice of the conference.

8  And now, verily I say unto you, my servant Newel K. Whitney is the man who shall be appointed and ordained unto this power. This is the will of the Lord your God, your Redeemer. Even so. Amen.

9  The word of the Lord, in addition to the law which has been given, making known the duty of the bishop who has been ordained unto the church in this part of the vineyard, which is verily this—

10  To keep the Lord's storehouse; to receive the funds of the church in this part of the vineyard;

11  To take an account of the elders as before has been commanded; and to administer to their wants, who shall pay for that which they receive, inasmuch as they have wherewith to pay;

12  That this also may be consecrated to the good of the church, to the poor and needy.

13  And he who hath not wherewith to pay, an account shall be taken and handed over to the bishop of Zion, who shall pay the debt out of that which the Lord shall put into his hands.

14  And the labors of the faithful who labor in spiritual things, in administering the gospel and the things of the kingdom unto the church, and unto the world, shall answer the debt unto the bishop in Zion;

15  Thus it cometh out of the church, for according to the law every man that cometh up to Zion must lay all things before the bishop in Zion.

16  And now, verily I say unto you, that as every elder in this part of the vineyard must give an account of his stewardship unto the bishop in this part of the vineyard—

17  A certificate from the judge or bishop in this part of the vineyard, unto the bishop in Zion, rendereth every man acceptable, and answereth all things, for an inheritance, and to be received as a wise steward and as a faithful laborer;

18  Otherwise he shall not be accepted of the bishop of Zion.

19  And now, verily I say unto you, let every elder who shall give an account unto the bishop of the church in this part of the vineyard be recommended by the church or churches, in which he labors, that he may render himself and his accounts approved in all things.

20  And again, let my servants who are appointed as stewards over the literary concerns of my church have claim for assistance upon the bishop or bishops in all things—

21  That the revelations may be published, and go forth unto the ends of the earth; that they also may obtain funds which shall benefit the church in all things;

22  That they also may render themselves approved in all things, and be accounted as wise stewards.

23  And now, behold, this shall be an ensample for all the extensive branches of my church, in whatsoever land they shall be established. And now I make an end of my sayings. Amen.

24  A few words in addition to the laws of the kingdom, respecting the members of the church—they that are appointed by the Holy Spirit to go up unto Zion, and they who are privileged to go up unto Zion—

25  Let them carry up unto the bishop a certificate from three elders of the church, or a certificate from the bishop;

26  Otherwise he who shall go up unto the land of Zion shall not be accounted as a wise steward. This is also an ensample. Amen.

 

SECTION 73

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, January 10, 1832.  HC 1:241–242. Since the early part of the preceding December, the Prophet and Sidney had been engaged in preaching, and by this means much was accomplished in diminishing the unfavorable feelings that had arisen against the Church (see heading to Section 71).

 

1–2,            Elders are to continue to preach;

3–6,            Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are to continue to translate the Bible until it is finished.

 

1  FOR verily, thus saith the Lord, it is expedient in me that they should continue preaching the gospel, and in exhortation to the churches in the regions round about, until conference;

2  And then, behold, it shall be made known unto them, by the voice of the conference, their several missions.

3  Now, verily I say unto you my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, saith the Lord, it is expedient to translate again;

4  And, inasmuch as it is practicable, to preach in the regions round about until conference; and after that it is expedient to continue the work of translation until it be finished.

5  And let this be a pattern unto the elders until further knowledge, even as it is written.

6  Now I give no more unto you at this time. Gird up your loins and be sober. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 74

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, January 1832. HC 1:242. The Prophet writes, "Upon the reception of the foregoing word of the Lord [D&C 73], I recommenced the translation of the Scriptures, and labored diligently until just before the conference, which was to convene on the 25th of January. During this period I also received the following, as an explanation of 1 Corinthians 7:14."

 

1–5,            Paul counsels the church of his day not to keep the law of Moses;

6–7,            Little children are holy and are sanctified through the atonement.

 

1  FOR the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; else were your children unclean, but now are they holy.

2  Now, in the days of the apostles the law of circumcision was had among all the Jews who believed not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

3  And it came to pass that there arose a great contention among the people concerning the law of circumcision, for the unbelieving husband was desirous that his children should be circumcised and become subject to the law of Moses, which law was fulfilled.

4  And it came to pass that the children, being brought up in subjection to the law of Moses, gave heed to the traditions of their fathers and believed not the gospel of Christ, wherein they became unholy.

5  Wherefore, for this cause the apostle wrote unto the church, giving unto them a commandment, not of the Lord, but of himself, that a believer should not be united to an unbeliever; except the law of Moses should be done away among them,

6  That their children might remain without circumcision; and that the tradition might be done away, which saith that little children are unholy; for it was had among the Jews;

7  But little children are holy, being sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ; and this is what the scriptures mean.

 

SECTION 75

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Amherst, Ohio, January 25, 1832. HC 1:242–245. The occasion was that of a conference previously appointed. At this conference Joseph Smith was sustained and ordained President of the High Priesthood. Certain elders, who had encountered difficulty in bringing men to an understanding of their message, desired to learn more in detail as to their immediate duties. This revelation followed.

 

1–5,            Faithful elders who preach the gospel will gain eternal life;

6–12,          Pray to receive the Comforter, which teaches all things;

13–22,        Elders shall sit in judgment on those who reject their message;

23–36,        Families of missionaries are to receive help from the Church.

 

1  VERILY, verily, I say unto you, I who speak even by the voice of my Spirit, even Alpha and Omega, your Lord and your God—

2  Hearken, O ye who have given your names to go forth to proclaim my gospel, and to prune my vineyard.

3  Behold, I say unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be idle but labor with your might—

4  Lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, proclaiming the truth according to the revelations and commandments which I have given you.

5  And thus, if ye are faithful ye shall be laden with many sheaves, and crowned with honor, and glory, and immortality, and eternal life.

6  Therefore, verily I say unto my servant William E. McLellin, I revoke the commission which I gave unto him to go unto the eastern countries;

7  And I give unto him a new commission and a new commandment, in the which I, the Lord, chasten him for the murmurings of his heart;

8  And he sinned; nevertheless, I forgive him and say unto him again, Go ye into the south countries.

9  And let my servant Luke Johnson go with him, and proclaim the things which I have commanded them—

10  Calling on the name of the Lord for the Comforter, which shall teach them all things that are expedient for them—

11  Praying always that they faint not; and inasmuch as they do this, I will be with them even unto the end.

12  Behold, this is the will of the Lord your God concerning you. Even so. Amen.

13  And again, verily thus saith the Lord, let my servant Orson Hyde and my servant Samuel H. Smith take their journey into the eastern countries, and proclaim the things which I have commanded them; and inasmuch as they are faithful, lo, I will be with them even unto the end.

14  And again, verily I say unto my servant Lyman Johnson, and unto my servant Orson Pratt, they shall also take their journey into the eastern countries; and behold, and lo, I am with them also, even unto the end.

15  And again, I say unto my servant Asa Dodds, and unto my servant Calves Wilson, that they also shall take their journey unto the western countries, and proclaim my gospel, even as I have commanded them.

16  And he who is faithful shall overcome all things, and shall be lifted up at the last day.

17  And again, I say unto my servant Major N. Ashley, and my servant Burr Riggs, let them take their journey also into the south country.

18  Yea, let all those take their journey, as I have commanded them, going from house to house, and from village to village, and from city to city.

19  And in whatsoever house ye enter, and they receive you, leave your blessing upon that house.

20  And in whatsoever house ye enter, and they receive you not, ye shall depart speedily from that house, and shake off the dust of your feet as a testimony against them.

21  And you shall be filled with joy and gladness; and know this, that in the day of judgment you shall be judges of that house, and condemn them;

22  And it shall be more tolerable for the heathen in the day of judgment, than for that house; therefore, gird up your loins and be faithful, and ye shall overcome all things, and be lifted up at the last day. Even so. Amen.

23  And again, thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who have given your names that you might know his will concerning you—

24  Behold, I say unto you, that it is the duty of the church to assist in supporting the families of those, and also to support the families of those who are called and must needs be sent unto the world to proclaim the gospel unto the world.

25  Wherefore, I, the Lord, give unto you this commandment, that ye obtain places for your families, inasmuch as your brethren are willing to open their hearts.

26  And let all such as can obtain places for their families, and support of the church for them, not fail to go into the world, whether to the east or to the west, or to the north, or to the south.

27  Let them ask and they shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto them, and be made known from on high, even by the Comforter, whither they shall go.

28  And again, verily I say unto you, that every man who is obliged to provide for his own family, let him provide, and he shall in nowise lose his crown; and let him labor in the church.

29  Let every man be diligent in all things. And the idler shall not have place in the church, except he repent and mend his ways.

30  Wherefore, let my servant Simeon Carter and my servant Emer Harris be united in the ministry;

31  And also my servant Ezra Thayre and my servant Thomas B. Marsh;

32  Also my servant Hyrum Smith and my servant Reynolds Cahoon;

33  And also my servant Daniel Stanton and my servant Seymour Brunson;

34  And also my servant Sylvester Smith and my servant Gideon Carter;

35  And also my servant Ruggles Eames and my servant Stephen Burnett;

36  And also my servant Micah B. Welton and also my servant Eden Smith. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 76

 

A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, February 16, 1832. HC 1:245–252. Prefacing his record of this vision the Prophet wrote: "Upon my return from Amherst conference, I resumed the translation of the Scriptures. From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled. It appeared self-evident from what truths were left, that if God rewarded every one according to the deeds done in the body, the term `Heaven,' as intended for the Saints' eternal home, must include more kingdoms than one. Accordingly, while translating St. John's Gospel, myself and Elder Rigdon saw the following vision."  It was after the Prophet had translated John 5:29 that this vision was given.

 

1–4,            The Lord is God;

5–10,          Mysteries of the kingdom will be revealed to all the faithful;

11–17,        All shall come forth in the resurrection of the just or the unjust;

18–24,        Inhabitants of many worlds are begotten sons and daughters unto God through the atonement of Jesus Christ;

25–29,        An angel of God fell and became the devil;

30–49,        Sons of perdition suffer eternal damnation; all others gain some degree of salvation;

50–70,        The glory and reward of exalted beings in the celestial kingdom;

71–80,        Those who shall inherit the terrestrial kingdom;

81–113,       Status of those in the telestial, terrestrial, and celestial glories;

114–119,     All the faithful may see the vision of the degrees of glory.

 

1  HEAR, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof, for the Lord is God, and beside him there is no Savior.

2  Great is his wisdom, marvelous are his ways, and the extent of his doings none can find out.

3  His purposes fail not, neither are there any who can stay his hand.

4  From eternity to eternity he is the same, and his years never fail.

5  For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.

6  Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.

7  And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.

8  Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.

9  And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught.

10  For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will—yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man.

11  We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—

12  By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—

13  Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning;

14  Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision.

15  For while we were doing the work of translation, which the Lord had appointed unto us, we came to the twenty-ninth verse of the fifth chapter of John, which was given unto us as follows—

16  Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who shall hear the voice of the Son of Man:

17  And shall come forth; they who have done good in the resurrection of the just; and they who have done evil, in the resurrection of the unjust.

18  Now this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the Spirit.

19  And while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the glory of the Lord shone round about.

20  And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness;

21  And saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever.

22  And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

23  For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

24  That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

25  And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son,

26  And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning.

27  And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen!  is fallen, even a son of the morning!

28  And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—

29  Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.

30  And we saw a vision of the sufferings of those with whom he made war and overcame, for thus came the voice of the Lord unto us:

31  Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power—

32  They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born;

33  For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity;

34  Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come—

35  Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame.

36  These are they who shall go away into the lake of fire and brimstone, with the devil and his angels—

37  And the only ones on whom the second death shall have any power;

38  Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath.

39  For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were made.

40  And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—

41  That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;

42  That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;

43  Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

44  Wherefore, he saves all except them—they shall go away into everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment—

45  And the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows;

46  Neither was it revealed, neither is, neither will be revealed unto man, except to them who are made partakers thereof;

47  Nevertheless, I, the Lord, show it by vision unto many, but straightway shut it up again;

48  Wherefore, the end, the width, the height, the depth, and the misery thereof, they understand not, neither any man except those who are ordained unto this condemnation.

49  And we heard the voice, saying: Write the vision, for lo, this is the end of the vision of the sufferings of the ungodly.

50  And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—

51  They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—

52  That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;

53  And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

54  They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

55  They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—

56  They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

57  And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

58  Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—

59  Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

60  And they shall overcome all things.

61  Wherefore, let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God, who shall subdue all enemies under his feet.

62  These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.

63  These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall come in the clouds of heaven to reign on the earth over his people.

64  These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

65  These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just.

66  These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.

67  These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

68  These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.

69  These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.

70  These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.

71  And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.

72  Behold, these are they who died without law;

73  And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;

74  Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.

75  These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.

76  These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.

77  These are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.

78  Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.

79  These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.

80  And now this is the end of the vision which we saw of the terrestrial, that the Lord commanded us to write while we were yet in the Spirit.

81  And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament.

82  These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus.

83  These are they who deny not the Holy Spirit.

84  These are they who are thrust down to hell.

85  These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work.

86  These are they who receive not of his fulness in the eternal world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial;

87  And the terrestrial through the ministration of the celestial.

88  And also the telestial receive it of the administering of angels who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to be ministering spirits for them; for they shall be heirs of salvation.

89  And thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding;

90  And no man knows it except him to whom God has revealed it.

91  And thus we saw the glory of the terrestrial which excels in all things the glory of the telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion.

92  And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things—where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever;

93  Before whose throne all things bow in humble reverence, and give him glory forever and ever.

94  They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;

95  And he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion.

96  And the glory of the celestial is one, even as the glory of the sun is one.

97  And the glory of the terrestrial is one, even as the glory of the moon is one.

98  And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;

99  For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.

100  These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;

101  But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant.

102  Last of all, these all are they who will not be gathered with the saints, to be caught up unto the church of the Firstborn, and received into the cloud.

103  These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.

104  These are they who suffer the wrath of God on earth.

105  These are they who suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.

106  These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work;

107  When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.

108  Then shall he be crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit on the throne of his power to reign forever and ever.

109  But behold, and lo, we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the telestial world, that they were as innumerable as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the seashore;

110  And heard the voice of the Lord saying: These all shall bow the knee, and every tongue shall confess to him who sits upon the throne forever and ever;

111  For they shall be judged according to their works, and every man shall receive according to his own works, his own dominion, in the mansions which are prepared;

112  And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end.

113  This is the end of the vision which we saw, which we were commanded to write while we were yet in the Spirit.

114  But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpass all understanding in glory, and in might, and in dominion;

115  Which he commanded us we should not write while we were yet in the Spirit, and are not lawful for man to utter;

116  Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;

117  To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;

118  That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

119  And to God and the Lamb be glory, and honor, and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

SECTION 77

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. HC 1:253–255. The Prophet wrote, "In connection with the translation of the Scriptures, I received the following explanation of the Revelation of St. John."

 

1–4,            Beasts have spirits and shall dwell in eternal felicity on an immortal earth;

5–7,            This earth has a temporal existence of 7,000 years;

8–10,          Various angels restore the gospel and minister on earth;

11,              The sealing of the 144,000;

12–14,        Christ will come in the beginning of the seventh thousand years;

15,              The two prophets who are to be slain in Jerusalem.

 

1  Q. What is the sea of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation?

 A. It is the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.

2  Q. What are we to understand by the four beasts, spoken of in the same verse?

 A. They are figurative expressions, used by the Revelator, John, in describing heaven, the paradise of God, the happiness of man, and of beasts, and of creeping things, and of the fowls of the air; that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created.

3  Q. Are the four beasts limited to individual beasts, or do they represent classes or orders?

 A. They are limited to four individual beasts, which were shown to John, to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined order or sphere of creation, in the enjoyment of their eternal felicity.

4  Q. What are we to understand by the eyes and wings, which the beasts had?

 A. Their eyes are a representation of light and knowledge, that is, they are full of knowledge; and their wings are a representation of power, to move, to act, etc.

5  Q. What are we to understand by the four and twenty elders, spoken of by John?

 A. We are to understand that these elders whom John saw, were elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry and were dead; who belonged to the seven churches, and were then in the paradise of God.

6  Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals?

 A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.

7  Q. What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed?

 A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh.

8  Q. What are we to understand by the four angels, spoken of in the 7th chapter and 1st verse of Revelation?

 A. We are to understand that they are four angels sent forth from God, to whom is given power over the four parts of the earth, to save life and to destroy; these are they who have the everlasting gospel to commit to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; having power to shut up the heavens, to seal up unto life, or to cast down to the regions of darkness.

9  Q. What are we to understand by the angel ascending from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?

 A. We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things.

10  Q. What time are the things spoken of in this chapter to be accomplished?

 A. They are to be accomplished in the sixth thousand years, or the opening of the sixth seal.

11  Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe?

 A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn.

12  Q. What are we to understand by the sounding of the trumpets, mentioned in the 8th chapter of Revelation?

 A. We are to understand that as God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things, and shall redeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years—the preparing of the way before the time of his coming.

13  Q. When are the things to be accomplished, which are written in the 9th chapter of Revelation?

 A. They are to be accomplished after the opening of the seventh seal, before the coming of Christ.

14  Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation?

 A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.

15  Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?

 A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.

 

SECTION 78

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. The order given of the Lord to Joseph Smith for the purpose of establishing a storehouse for the poor. HC 1:255–257. It was not always desirable that the identity of the individuals whom the Lord addressed in the revelations should be known by the world; hence, in the publication of this and some subsequent revelations the brethren were referred to by other than their own names. When the necessity had passed for keeping the names of the individuals unknown, their real names were thereafter given in brackets. Since there exists no vital need today to continue the code names, the real names only are now used herein, as given in the original manuscripts.

 

1–4,            The saints should organize and establish a storehouse;

5–12,          Wise use of their properties will lead to salvation;

13–14,        The Church should be independent of earthly powers;

15–16,        Michael (Adam) serves under the direction of the Holy One (Christ);

17–22,        Blessed are the faithful, for they shall inherit all things.

 

1  THE Lord spake unto Joseph Smith, Jun., saying: Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, who are ordained unto the high priesthood of my church, who have assembled yourselves together;

2  And listen to the counsel of him who has ordained you from on high, who shall speak in your ears the words of wisdom, that salvation may be unto you in that thing which you have presented before me, saith the Lord God.

3  For verily I say unto you, the time has come, and is now at hand; and behold, and lo, it must needs be that there be an organization of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the storehouse for the poor of my people, both in this place and in the land of Zion—

4  For a permanent and everlasting establishment and order unto my church, to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven;

5  That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things.

6  For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;

7  For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.

8  And now, verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient that all things be done unto my glory, by you who are joined together in this order;

9  Or, in other words, let my servant Newel K. Whitney and my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and my servant Sidney Rigdon sit in council with the saints which are in Zion;

10  Otherwise Satan seeketh to turn their hearts away from the truth, that they become blinded and understand not the things which are prepared for them.

11  Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, to prepare and organize yourselves by a bond or everlasting covenant that cannot be broken.

12  And he who breaketh it shall lose his office and standing in the church, and shall be delivered over to the buffetings of Satan until the day of redemption.

13  Behold, this is the preparation wherewith I prepare you, and the foundation, and the ensample which I give unto you, whereby you may accomplish the commandments which are given you;

14  That through my providence, notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, that the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world;

15  That you may come up unto the crown prepared for you, and be made rulers over many kingdoms, saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Zion, who hath established the foundations of Adam-ondi-Ahman;

16  Who hath appointed Michael your prince, and established his feet, and set him upon high, and given unto him the keys of salvation under the counsel and direction of the Holy One, who is without beginning of days or end of life.

17  Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;

18  And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.

19  And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

20  Wherefore, do the things which I have commanded you, saith your Redeemer, even the Son Ahman, who prepareth all things before he taketh you;

21  For ye are the church of the Firstborn, and he will take you up in a cloud, and appoint every man his portion.

22  And he that is a faithful and wise steward shall inherit all things. Amen.

 

SECTION 79

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. HC 1:257.

 

1–4,            Jared Carter is called to preach the gospel by the Comforter.

 

1  VERILY I say unto you, that it is my will that my servant Jared Carter should go again into the eastern countries, from place to place, and from city to city, in the power of the ordination wherewith he has been ordained, proclaiming glad tidings of great joy, even the everlasting gospel.

2  And I will send upon him the Comforter, which shall teach him the truth and the way whither he shall go;

3  And inasmuch as he is faithful, I will crown him again with sheaves.

4  Wherefore, let your heart be glad, my servant Jared Carter, and fear not, saith your Lord, even Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

SECTION 80

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. HC 1:257.

 

1–5,            Stephen Burnett and Eden Smith are called to preach in whatever place they choose.

 

1  VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Stephen Burnett: Go ye, go ye into the world and preach the gospel to every creature that cometh under the sound of your voice.

2  And inasmuch as you desire a companion, I will give unto you my servant Eden Smith.

3  Wherefore, go ye and preach my gospel, whether to the north or to the south, to the east or to the west, it mattereth not, for ye cannot go amiss.

4  Therefore, declare the things which ye have heard, and verily believe, and know to be true.

5  Behold, this is the will of him who hath called you, your Redeemer, even Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

SECTION 81

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. HC 1:257–258. Frederick G. Williams is called to be a high priest and a counselor in the Presidency of the High Priesthood. The historical records show that when this revelation was received in March 1832, it called Jesse Gause to the office of counselor to Joseph Smith in the Presidency. However, when he failed to continue in a manner consistent with this appointment, the call was subsequently transferred to Frederick G. Williams. The revelation (dated March 1832) should be regarded as a step toward the formal organization of the First Presidency, specifically calling for the office of counselor in that body and explaining the dignity of the appointment. Brother Gause served for a time, but was excommunicated from the Church in December 1832. Brother Williams was ordained to the specified office on March 18, 1833.

 

1–2,            The keys of the kingdom are always held by the First Presidency;

3–7,            If Frederick G. Williams is faithful in his ministry, he shall have eternal life.

 

1  VERILY, verily, I say unto you my servant Frederick G. Williams: Listen to the voice of him who speaketh, to the word of the Lord your God, and hearken to the calling wherewith you are called, even to be a high priest in my church, and a counselor unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.;

2  Unto whom I have given the keys of the kingdom, which belong always unto the Presidency of the High Priesthood:

3  Therefore, verily I acknowledge him and will bless him, and also thee, inasmuch as thou art faithful in counsel, in the office which I have appointed unto you, in prayer always, vocally and in thy heart, in public and in private, also in thy ministry in proclaiming the gospel in the land of the living, and among thy brethren.

4  And in doing these things thou wilt do the greatest good unto thy fellow beings, and wilt promote the glory of him who is your Lord.

5  Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.

6  And if thou art faithful unto the end thou shalt have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which I have prepared in the house of my Father.

7  Behold, and lo, these are the words of Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

SECTION 82

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Jackson County, Missouri, April 26, 1832. HC 1:267–269. The occasion was a general council of the Church at which Joseph Smith the Prophet was sustained as the President of the High Priesthood, to which office he had previously been ordained at a conference of high priests, elders, and members, at Amherst, Ohio, January 25, 1832 (see heading to Section 75). Formerly unusual names were used in the publication of this revelation to conceal the identity of the persons named (see heading to Section 78). These unusual names have now been dropped, except in cases where the identification is not known (see verse 11).

 

1–4,            Where much is given, much is required;

5–7,            Darkness reigns in the world;

8–13,          The Lord is bound when we do what he says;

14–18,        Zion must increase in beauty and holiness;

19–24,        Every man should seek the interest of his neighbor.

 

1  VERILY, verily, I say unto you, my servants, that inasmuch as you have forgiven one another your trespasses, even so I, the Lord, forgive you.

2  Nevertheless, there are those among you who have sinned exceedingly; yea, even all of you have sinned; but verily I say unto you, beware from henceforth, and refrain from sin, lest sore judgments fall upon your heads.

3  For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation.

4  Ye call upon my name for revelations, and I give them unto you; and inasmuch as ye keep not my sayings, which I give unto you, ye become transgressors; and justice and judgment are the penalty which is affixed unto my law.

5  Therefore, what I say unto one I say unto all: Watch, for the adversary spreadeth his dominions, and darkness reigneth;

6  And the anger of God kindleth against the inhabitants of the earth; and none doeth good, for all have gone out of the way.

7  And now, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any sin to your charge; go your ways and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God.

8  And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a new commandment, that you may understand my will concerning you;

9  Or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may act before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation.

10  I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

11  Therefore, verily I say unto you, that it is expedient for my servants Edward Partridge and Newel K. Whitney, A. Sidney Gilbert and Sidney Rigdon, and my servant Joseph Smith, and John Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery, and W. W. Phelps and Martin Harris to be bound together by a bond and covenant that cannot be broken by transgression, except judgment shall immediately follow, in your several stewardships—

12  To manage the affairs of the poor, and all things pertaining to the bishopric both in the land of Zion and in the land of Kirtland;

13  For I have consecrated the land of Kirtland in mine own due time for the benefit of the saints of the Most High, and for a stake to Zion.

14  For Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.

15  Therefore, I give unto you this commandment, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant, and it shall be done according to the laws of the Lord.

16  Behold, here is wisdom also in me for your good.

17  And you are to be equal, or in other words, you are to have equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of managing the concerns of your stewardships, every man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch as his wants are just—

18  And all this for the benefit of the church of the living God, that every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents, yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord's storehouse, to become the common property of the whole church—

19  Every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.

20  This order I have appointed to be an everlasting order unto you, and unto your successors, inasmuch as you sin not.

21  And the soul that sins against this covenant, and hardeneth his heart against it, shall be dealt with according to the laws of my church, and shall be delivered over to the buffetings of Satan until the day of redemption.

22  And now, verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, and they will not destroy you.

23  Leave judgment alone with me, for it is mine and I will repay. Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you.

24  For even yet the kingdom is yours, and shall be forever, if you fall not from your steadfastness. Even so. Amen.

 

SECTION 83

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Independence, Missouri, April 30, 1832. HC 1:269–270. This revelation was received as the Prophet sat in council with his brethren.

 

1–4,            Women and children have claim upon their husbands and fathers for their support;

5–6,            Widows and orphans have claim upon the Church for their support.

 

1  VERILY, thus saith the Lord, in addition to the laws of the church concerning women and children, those who belong to the church, who have lost their husbands or fathers:

2  Women have claim on their husbands for their maintenance, until their husbands are taken; and if they are not found transgressors they shall have fellowship in the church.

3  And if they are not faithful they shall not have fellowship in the church; yet they may remain upon their inheritances according to the laws of the land.

4  All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until they are of age.

5  And after that, they have claim upon the church, or in other words upon the Lord's storehouse, if their parents have not wherewith to give them inheritances.

6  And the storehouse shall be kept by the consecrations of the church; and widows and orphans shall be provided for, as also the poor. Amen.

 

SECTION 84

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, September 22 and 23, 1832. HC 1:286–295. During the month of September, elders had begun to return from their missions in the eastern states and to make reports of their labors. It was while they were together in this season of joy that the following communication was received. The Prophet designates it a revelation on priesthood.

 

1–5,            The New Jerusalem and the temple shall be built in Missouri;

6–17,          Line of priesthood is given from Moses to Adam;

18–25,        The greater priesthood administers the gospel ordinances;

26–32,        The lesser priesthood administers the preparatory gospel;

33–44,        Men gain eternal life through the oath and covenant of the priesthood;

45–53,        The Spirit of Christ enlightens men, and the world lies in sin;

54–61,        The saints must testify of those things they have received;

62–76,        They are to preach the gospel, and signs shall follow;

77–91,        Elders are to go forth without purse or scrip, and the Lord will care for their needs;

92–97,        Plagues and cursings await those who reject the gospel;

98–102,       The new song of the redemption of Zion;

103–110,     Let every man stand in his own office and labor in his own calling;

111–120,     The Lord's servants are to proclaim the abomination of desolation of the last days.

 

1  A REVELATION of Jesus Christ unto his servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and six elders, as they united their hearts and lifted their voices on high.

2  Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.

3  Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.

4  Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation.

5  For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.

6  And the sons of Moses, according to the Holy Priesthood which he received under the hand of his father-in-law, Jethro;

7  And Jethro received it under the hand of Caleb;

8  And Caleb received it under the hand of Elihu;

9  And Elihu under the hand of Jeremy;

10  And Jeremy under the hand of Gad;

11  And Gad under the hand of Esaias;

12  And Esaias received it under the hand of God.

13  Esaias also lived in the days of Abraham, and was blessed of him—

14  Which Abraham received the priesthood from Melchizedek, who received it through the lineage of his fathers, even till Noah;

15  And from Noah till Enoch, through the lineage of their fathers;

16  And from Enoch to Abel, who was slain by the conspiracy of his brother, who received the priesthood by the commandments of God, by the hand of his father Adam, who was the first man—

17  Which priesthood continueth in the church of God in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years.

18  And the Lord confirmed a priesthood also upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations, which priesthood also continueth and abideth forever with the priesthood which is after the holiest order of God.

19  And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.

20  Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.

21  And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;

22  For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.

23  Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;

24  But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.

25  Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;

26  And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel;

27  Which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the law of carnal commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb.

28  For he was baptized while he was yet in his childhood, and was ordained by the angel of God at the time he was eight days old unto this power, to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord, in whose hand is given all power.

29  And again, the offices of elder and bishop are necessary appendages belonging unto the high priesthood.

30  And again, the offices of teacher and deacon are necessary appendages belonging to the lesser priesthood, which priesthood was confirmed upon Aaron and his sons.

31  Therefore, as I said concerning the sons of Moses—for the sons of Moses and also the sons of Aaron shall offer an acceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the Lord, which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation, upon the consecrated spot as I have appointed—

32  And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord's house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my church.

33  For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.

34  They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God.

35  And also all they who receive this priesthood receive me, saith the Lord;

36  For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me;

37  And he that receiveth me receiveth my Father;

38  And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father's kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him.

39  And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood.

40  Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved.

41  But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come.

42  And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.

43  And I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves, to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life.

44  For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.

45  For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

46  And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.

47  And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.

48  And the Father teacheth him of the covenant which he has renewed and confirmed upon you, which is confirmed upon you for your sakes, and not for your sakes only, but for the sake of the whole world.

49  And the whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin.

50  And by this you may know they are under the bondage of sin, because they come not unto me.

51  For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.

52  And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me.

53  And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now.

54  And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—

55  Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

56  And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.

57  And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—

58  That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father's kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.

59  For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land?  Verily, I say unto you, Nay.

60  Verily, verily, I say unto you who now hear my words, which are my voice, blessed are ye inasmuch as you receive these things;

61  For I will forgive you of your sins with this commandment—that you remain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of prayer, in bearing testimony to all the world of those things which are communicated unto you.

62  Therefore, go ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature.

63  And as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God's high priests; ye are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends;

64  Therefore, as I said unto mine apostles I say unto you again, that every soul who believeth on your words, and is baptized by water for the remission of sins, shall receive the Holy Ghost.

65  And these signs shall follow them that believe—

66  In my name they shall do many wonderful works;

67  In my name they shall cast out devils;

68  In my name they shall heal the sick;

69  In my name they shall open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf;

70  And the tongue of the dumb shall speak;

71  And if any man shall administer poison unto them it shall not hurt them;

72  And the poison of a serpent shall not have power to harm them.

73  But a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not boast themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world; for these things are given unto you for your profit and for salvation.

74  Verily, verily, I say unto you, they who believe not on your words, and are not baptized in water in my name, for the remission of their sins, that they may receive the Holy Ghost, shall be damned, and shall not come into my Father's kingdom where my Father and I am.

75  And this revelation unto you, and commandment, is in force from this very hour upon all the world, and the gospel is unto all who have not received it.

76  But, verily I say unto all those to whom the kingdom has been given—from you it must be preached unto them, that they shall repent of their former evil works; for they are to be upbraided for their evil hearts of unbelief, and your brethren in Zion for their rebellion against you at the time I sent you.

77  And again I say unto you, my friends, for from henceforth I shall call you friends, it is expedient that I give unto you this commandment, that ye become even as my friends in days when I was with them, traveling to preach the gospel in my power;

78  For I suffered them not to have purse or scrip, neither two coats.

79  Behold, I send you out to prove the world, and the laborer is worthy of his hire.

80  And any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom, and fail not to continue faithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirst.

81  Therefore, take ye no thought for the morrow, for what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, or wherewithal ye shall be clothed.

82  For, consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin; and the kingdoms of the world, in all their glory, are not arrayed like one of these.

83  For your Father, who is in heaven, knoweth that you have need of all these things.

84  Therefore, let the morrow take thought for the things of itself.

85  Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.

86  Therefore, let no man among you, for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God in the church unto the ministry, from this hour take purse or scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom.

87  Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgment which is to come.

88  And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

89  Whoso receiveth you receiveth me; and the same will feed you, and clothe you, and give you money.

90  And he who feeds you, or clothes you, or gives you money, shall in nowise lose his reward.

91  And he that doeth not these things is not my disciple; by this you may know my disciples.

92  He that receiveth you not, go away from him alone by yourselves, and cleanse your feet even with water, pure water, whether in heat or in cold, and bear testimony of it unto your Father which is in heaven, and return not again unto that man.

93  And in whatsoever village or city ye enter, do likewise.

94  Nevertheless, search diligently and spare not; and wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony concerning me.

95  Wo, I say again, unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony of me;

96  For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.

97  And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness—

98  Until all shall know me, who remain, even from the least unto the greatest, and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and shall see eye to eye, and shall lift up their voice, and with the voice together sing this new song, saying:

99  The Lord hath brought again Zion;

The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel,

According to the election of grace,

Which was brought to pass by the faith

And covenant of their fathers.

100  The Lord hath redeemed his people;

And Satan is bound and time is no longer.

The Lord hath gathered all things in one.

The Lord hath brought down Zion from above.

The Lord hath brought up Zion from beneath.

101  The earth hath travailed and brought forth her strength;

And truth is established in her bowels;

And the heavens have smiled upon her;

And she is clothed with the glory of her God;

For he stands in the midst of his people.

102  Glory, and honor, and power, and might,

Be ascribed to our God; for he is full of mercy,

Justice, grace and truth, and peace,

Forever and ever, Amen.

103  And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, it is expedient that every man who goes forth to proclaim mine everlasting gospel, that inasmuch as they have families, and receive money by gift, that they should send it unto them or make use of it for their benefit, as the Lord shall direct them, for thus it seemeth me good.

104  And let all those who have not families, who receive money, send it up unto the bishop in Zion, or unto the bishop in Ohio, that it may be consecrated for the bringing forth of the revelations and the printing thereof, and for establishing Zion.

105  And if any man shall give unto any of you a coat, or a suit, take the old and cast it unto the poor, and go on your way rejoicing.

106  And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also.

107  Therefore, take with you those who are ordained unto the lesser priesthood, and send them before you to make appointments, and to prepare the way, and to fill appointments that you yourselves are not able to fill.

108  Behold, this is the way that mine apostles, in ancient days, built up my church unto me.

109  Therefore, let every man stand in his own office, and labor in his own calling; and let not the head say unto the feet it hath no need of the feet; for without the feet how shall the body be able to stand?

110  Also the body hath need of every member, that all may be edified together, that the system may be kept perfect.

111  And behold, the high priests should travel, and also the elders, and also the lesser priests; but the deacons and teachers should be appointed to watch over the church, to be standing ministers unto the church.

112  And the bishop, Newel K. Whitney, also should travel round about and among all the churches, searching after the poor to administer to their wants by humbling the rich and the proud.

113  He should also employ an agent to take charge and to do his secular business as he shall direct.

114  Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.

115  For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate.

116  Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.

117  And verily I say unto you, the rest of my servants, go ye forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.

118  For, with you saith the Lord Almighty, I will rend their kingdoms; I will not only shake the earth, but the starry heavens shall tremble.

119  For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people.

120  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.

 

SECTION 85

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, November 27, 1832. HC 1:298–299. This section is an extract from a letter of the Prophet to W. W. Phelps, who was living in Independence, Missouri. It was given to answer questions about those saints who had moved to Zion, but who had not received their inheritances according to the established order in the Church.

 

1–5,            Inheritances in Zion are to be received though consecration;

6–12,          One mighty and strong shall give the saints their inheritance in Zion.

 

1  IT is the duty of the Lord's clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a history, and a general church record of all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties, and receive inheritances legally from the bishop;

2  And also their manner of life, their faith, and works; and also of the apostates who apostatize after receiving their inheritances.

3  It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their inheritance by consecration, agreeable to his law, which he has given, that he may tithe his people, to prepare them against the day of vengeance and burning, should have their names enrolled with the people of God.

4  Neither is their genealogy to be kept, or to be had where it may be found on any of the records or history of the church.

5  Their names shall not be found, neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the book of the law of God, saith the Lord of Hosts.

6  Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:

7  And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;

8  While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.

9  And all they who are not found written in the book of remembrance shall find none inheritance in that day, but they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers, where are wailing and gnashing of teeth.

10  These things I say not of myself; therefore, as the Lord speaketh, he will also fulfil.

11  And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found written in the book of the law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have been cut off from the church, as well as the lesser priesthood, or the members, in that day shall not find an inheritance among the saints of the Most High;

12  Therefore, it shall be done unto them as unto the children of the priest, as will be found recorded in the second chapter and sixty-first and second verses of Ezra.

 

SECTION 86

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, December 6, 1832. HC 1:300. This revelation was received while the Prophet was reviewing and editing the manuscript of the translation of the Bible.

 

1–7,            The Lord gives the meaning of the parable of the wheat and tares;

8–11,          Priesthood blessings to those who are lawful heirs according to the flesh.

 

1  VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tares:

2  Behold, verily I say, the field was the world, and the apostles were the sowers of the seed;

3  And after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign—behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.

4  But behold, in the last days, even now while the Lord is beginning to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender—

5  Behold, verily I say unto you, the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to reap down the fields;

6  But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also.

7  Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned.

8  Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers—

9  For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God—

10  Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

11  Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.

 

SECTION 87

 

Revelation and prophecy on war, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, December 25, 1832. HC 1:301–302. This section was received at a time when the brethren were reflecting and reasoning upon African slavery on the American continent and the slavery of the children of men throughout the world.

 

1–4,            War foretold between the Northern States and the Southern States;

5–8,            Great calamities shall fall upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

 

1  VERILY, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls;

2  And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place.

3  For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations.

4  And it shall come to pass, after many days, slaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war.

5  And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land will marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation.

6  And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations;

7  That the cry of the saints, and of the blood of the saints, shall cease to come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, from the earth, to be avenged of their enemies.

8  Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord. Amen.

 

SECTION 88

 

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet at Kirtland, Ohio, December 27, 1832. HC 1:302–312. It was designated by the Prophet as the "olive leaf . . . plucked from the Tree of Paradise, the Lord's message of peace to us."  It appears from the historical records that portions of this revelation were received on December 27 and 28, 1832, and January 3, 1833.

 

1–5,            Faithful saints receive that Comforter which is the promise of eternal life;

6–13,          All things are controlled and governed by the light of Christ;

14–16,        The resurrection comes through the redemption;

17–31,        Obedience to celestial, terrestrial, or telestial law prepares men for those respective kingdoms and glories;

32–35,        Those who will to abide in sin remain filthy still;

36–41,        All kingdoms are governed by law;

42–45,        God hath given a law unto all things;

46–50,        Man shall comprehend even God;

51–61,        The parable of the man sending his servants into the field and visiting them in turn;

62–73,        Draw near unto the Lord, and ye shall see his face;

74–80,        Sanctify yourselves and teach one another the doctrines of the kingdom;