1835 original DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS: commandments

copyright 2000, Samuel E. West

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

                                                COVENANTS AND COMMANDMENTS

OF THE LORD,

To his servants of the church of the

LATTER DAY SAINTS.

The 1978 Reprint of the 1835 Edition and the 1993 Photo Reprint of the 1846 Edition were used as sources for this work. Sections added in the Nauvoo Editions, were included for the readers information.

Covenants and Commandment was organized to agree in number with the 1876 Utah Edition (U) section numbers. The 1835 Kirtland Edition (K) section number follows the Salt Lake City Edition. The 1846 Nauvoo Edition (N) section number is last. Utah sections not a part of either the 1835 Kirtland (K) Edition, or the 1846 Nauvoo (N) Edition, were omitted.

SECTION 60 (U); 70 (K); 71 (N) U=Utah Section; K=Kirtland Section; N=Nauvoo Section

Abbreviations:

BC:   BOOK OF COMMANDMENTS, 1833,
Independence, Missouri

KE:    KIRTLAND EDITION, 1835, 1st ed. of
Doctrine and Covenants, Kirtland, Ohio

NE:   NAUV00 EDITIONS, 1844, 1845, 1846,
Nauvoo, Illinois

CE:    CINCINNATI EDITION, 1864, 1st RLDS
ed., Cincinnati, Ohio

SLC: SALT LAKE CITY EDITION, 1876, Utah
Mormon Church, Salt Lake City, Utah

LE:    LAMONI EDITION, 1911, RLDS Church,
Lamoni, Iowa

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8/17/35                          General Assembly                                                                259

Paragraphs from the Kirtland Edition (and added Nauvoo sections) and verses from the Utah Edition are both shown as in section 45: 13 [68]. The first number is the original paragraph from the 1835 Kirtland Edition (or Nauvoo Edition). The second number [68] is the verse number from the Utah Edition. Brackets indicate added text.

SECTION 1 (U); 1 (K); 1 (N)

A preface or instruction unto the Book of Commandments, which were given of the Lord unto his church, through him whom he appointed to this work, by the voice of his saints through the prayer of faith: This church being organized according to the will of him, who rules all things, on the sixth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty:” (Book of Commandments, p. 3)

1 [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.

2 [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.

3 [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:

4 [17] Wherefore I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith jr. 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.

5 [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 jr. 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.

6 [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 willeth 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.

7 [37] Search these commandments, for they are true and faith­ful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.

8 [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 (U)

 

SECTION 3 (U); 30 (K); 30 (N)

 

ON PRIESTHOOD AND CALLING.

 

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. given July, 1828, concerning certain manuscripts on the first part of the book of Mormon, which had been taken from the possession of Martin Harris.

 

1 [1] The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God, can­not be frustrated, neither can they come to nought, [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 strait and his course is one eternal round.

2 [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 nought 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.

3 [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 nought 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.

4 [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.

5 [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 nought 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.

6 [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 (U); 31 (K); 31 (N)

 

Revelation to Joseph Smith, Sen., given February, 1829.

 

1 [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 perish not, but bringeth salvation to his soul, [5] and faith, hope, charity, and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualifies him for the work.

2 [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 (U); 32 (K); 32 (N)

 

Revelation given March, 1829.

 

1 [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, jr. 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, jr. and have commanded you that you shall 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 command you; [4] and you have no power over them ex­cept I grant it unto you. 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.

2 [5] Verily I say unto you, that wo 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 could show them all these things which I have committed unto you. [8] O this unbelieving and stiffnecked generation, mine anger is kindled against them.

3 [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.

4 [21] And now I command you, my servant Joseph, to repent and walk more uprightly before me, and 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.

5 [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 has shown unto Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

6 [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 (U); 8 (K); 8 (N)

 

Revelation given April, 1829, to Oliver Cowdery, and Joseph Smith jr.

 

1 [1] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men: [2] behold I am God, and 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [8] Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it 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.

5 [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.

6 [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.

7 [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 is true.

8 [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.

9 [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.

10 [21] Behold I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto my own and my own received me not. I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

11 [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.

12 [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.

13 [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.

14 [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 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.

15 [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.

16 [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 (U); 33 (K); 33 (N)

 

A Revelation given to Joseph Smith, jr. and Oliver Cowdery, in Harmony, Pennsylvania, April, 1829, when they desired to know whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried on earth. Translated from parchment, written and hid up by himself.

 

1 [1] And the Lord said unto me, John, my beloved, what de­sireth thou? For if ye 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 desiredst this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory, and shall prophesy before nations, kindreds, tongues and people.

2 [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 desiredst of me that he might bring souls unto me; but thou desiredst that thou might 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.

3 [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 (U); 34. (K); 34 (N)

 

Revelation given April, 1829.

 

1 [1] Oliver Cowdery, verily, verily I say unto you, that assu­redly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your Redeemer, even so sure 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 have 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.

2 [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.

3 [5] O 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 who spake unto you from the beginning. Amen.

 

SECTION 9 (U); 35 (K); 35 (N)

 

Revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, April, 1829.

 

1 [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, jr. even so I would that you 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [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 (U); 36 (K); 36 (N)

 

Revelation given to Joseph Smith, jr. May 1829, informing him of the alteration of the Manuscript of the fore part of the book of Mormon.

 

1 [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 conquerer; 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 has 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 has put it 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.

2 [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 translate 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,

3 [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, [26] 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, 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.

4 [28] Verily, verily I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive, because he supposes that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.

5 [29] Now, behold they have altered those 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.

6 [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; 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.

7 [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.

8 [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, are 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.

9 [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.

10 [44] Behold they have only got a part, or an abridgment of the account of Nephi. [45] Behold there are many things engraven on 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.

11 [49] Now this is not all, their faith in their prayers were, 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.

12 [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.

13 [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 buildeth up churches unto themselves, to get gain, yea, and all those that do wickedly, and buildeth 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.

14 [57] Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God: I came unto my own, and my 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.

15 [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.

16 [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.

17 [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.

18 [70] And now, remember the words of him who is the life and the light of the world, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Amen.

 

SECTION 11 (U); 37 (K); 37 (N)

 

Revelation given to Hyrum Smith, May, 1829.

 

1 [1] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men: [2] behold I am God and 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [8] Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it 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.

5 [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 thy power which speaketh unto thee: [11] for behold it is I that speaketh: behold I am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee.

6 [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.

7 [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 is pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.

8 [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.

9 [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 have been spoken: yea, the translation of my work: be patient until you shall accomplish it.

10 [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 thereunto.

11 [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 hearts 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 sickles to reap.

12 [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 my own, and my own received me not: but verily, verily I say un­to you, that as many as receiveth me, them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen.

 

SECTION 12 (U); 38 (K); 38 (N)

 

Revelation given to Joseph Knight, Sen. May, 1829.

 

1 [1] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men: [2] behold I am God, and give heed to my work, 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [9] Behold I am the light and the life of the world, that speak­eth these words: therefore, give heed with your might, and then you are called. Amen.

SECTION 13 (U)

Ordination of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 15, 1829 (History of the Church, Vol. 1, p. 39).

“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 (U); 39 (K); 39 (N)

Revelation given to David Whitmer, June, 1829.

1 [1] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men: [2] behold I am God, and 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [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 (U); 40 (K); 40 (N)

 Revelation given to John Whitmer, jr. June, 1829.

1 [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.

2 [5] Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you, according to my command­ments:

3 [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 (U); 41 (K); 41 (N)

Revelation given to Peter Whitmer, June, 1829.

1 [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.

2 [5] Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments:

3 [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 (U); 42 (K); 42 (N)

Revelation to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Har­ris, June, 1829, given previous to their viewing the plates containing the book of Mormon:

1 [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 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.

2 [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, jr. 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, jr. 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.

3 [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 (U); 43 (K); 43 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, making known the calling of twelve apostles in these last days, and also, instructions relative to building up the church of Christ, according to the fulness of the gospel: Given in Fayette, New York, June, 1829.

1 [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.

2 [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 hand of my servant, Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

3 [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 every where 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?

4 [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 is 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.

5 [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 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.

6 [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 to the years of accountability.

7 [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 (U); 44 (K); 44 (N)

A   commandment of God and not of man to Martin Harris, given [Manchester, New York, March. 1830,] by him who is eternal:

1 [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.

2 [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, jr. 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 by 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 nought 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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [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 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.

6 [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 (U); 2 (K); 2 (N)

“Revelation on Church Organization and Government, Given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, April, 1830.”

1 [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 agreeably 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 jr. 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.

2 [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, to‑day, and forever. ­Amen.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [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.

6 [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 temptations; [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.

7 [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.

8 [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.

9 [45] The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revela­tions of God.

10 [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.

11 [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.

12 [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.

13 [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.

14 [63] The elders are to receive their licenses from other elders by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences.

15 [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.

16 [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 counselors, high priests, and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the church, that a vote may be called.

17 [67] Every president of the high priesthood, (or presiding el­der,) bishop, high counselor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a high counsel, or general conference.

18 [68] The duty of the members after they are received by baptism:

19 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.

20 [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.

21 [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.

22 [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 him 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.

23 [75] It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in 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.

24 [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.

25 [80] Any member of the church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken in a fault, shall be dealt with as the scriptures direct.

26 [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, whoever 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.

27 [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 (U); 46 (K); 46 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. given April 6, 1830.

1 [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.

2 [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.

3 [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 (U); 47 (K); 47 (N)

Revelation to the church of Christ, which was established in these last days, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty: Given April, 1830, in consequence of some desiring to unite with the church without re‑baptism, who had previously been baptized.

1 [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 straight 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 (U); 45 (K); 45 (N)

Revelation to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith Sen. and Joseph Knight, Sen. given April, 1830.

1 [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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [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.

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Revelation given to Joseph Smith, jr. and Oliver Cowdery, July, 1830.

1 [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 thy 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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 you, 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.

5 [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 to 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.

6 [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.

7 [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.

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Revelation given July, 1830.

1 [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.

2 [5] And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

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Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer, given July, 1830.

1 [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.

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 Revelation given September, 1830.

1 [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.

2 [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, or the restorer 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, jr. and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto this 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:

3 [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 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.

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Revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, September, 1830.

1 [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 [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, jr. 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.

3 [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 shall be built, but it shall be given hereaf­ter. Behold I say unto you, that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.

4 [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 any thing 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.

5 [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 that thou shalt go, until the time that 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.

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Revelation given in the presence of six elders, in Fayette, New York, September, 1830.

1 [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 gathered 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.

2 [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] 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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [18] Wherefore I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants ther­of, 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 forests, and the fowls of the air, shall devour them up: [21] and that 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, which spoke of these things, which have not come to pass, but surely must, as I live, for abomination shall not reign.

6 [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.

7 [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.

8 [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] firstly spiritual, secondly tem­poral, which is the beginning of my work: and again, firstly 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.

9 [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.

10 [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.

11 [40] Wherefore, it came to pass, that the devil tempted Adam and he partook 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.

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

13 [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.

14 [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 (U); 52 (K); 52 (N)

 Revelation to David Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, jr. and John Whitmer, given September, 1830.

1 [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.

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

3 [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 (U); 53 (K); 51 (N)

Revelation to Thomas B. Marsh, given September, 1830.

1 [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.

2 [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, jr. 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.

3 [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.

4 [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 (U); 54 (K); 54(N)

Revelation to Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson, given Octo­ber, 1830.

1 [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, jr. 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. [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 them to their understanding; [5] and they shall give heed unto these words and trifle not, and I will bless them. Amen.

SECTION 33 (U); 55 (K); 55 (N)

Revelation to Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet, given October, 1830.

1 [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 a perverse generation: [3] for behold the field is white already to harvest; and it is the eleventh hour, and for 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.

2 [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.

3 [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 no wise 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 (U); 56 (K); 56 (N)

Revelation to Orson Pratt, given November [4], 1830.

1 [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.

2 [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 de­struction 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 (U); 11 (K); 11 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith jr. and Sidney Rigdon, December, 1830.

1 [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 to‑day 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 in the Father, as the Father is one in me, that we may be one.

2 [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 knew 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.

3 [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 any thing 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 to this generation:

4 [13] Wherefore, I have called upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thresh 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.

5 [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.

6 [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 (U); 57 (K); 57 (N)

Revelation to Edward Partridge, given December, 1830.

1 [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.

2 [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, jr. 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.

3 [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 (U); 58 (K); 58 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, given December, 1830.

1 [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 withersoever it is found, and more especially in Colesville: for behold they pray unto me in much faith.

2 [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 (U); 12 (K); 12 (N)

Revelation given January [2], 1831.

1 [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 on my name, for I am Christ, and in mine own name, by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I plead 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.

2 [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 vail 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.

3 [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 corrup­tible 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.

4 [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 design 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.

5 [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 practice 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 to 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.

6 [27] Behold, this I have given unto you 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 them 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.

7 [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, whomsoever 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.

8 [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.

9 [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 is 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 (U); 59 (K); 59 (N)

Revelation to James Covill, given January [5], 1831.

1 [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 my own, and my 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.

2 [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.

3 [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 they 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.

4 [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 to 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.

5 [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 nor 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.

6 [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 (U); 60 (K); 60 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, given Jan­uary, 1831, explaining why James Covill, obeyed not the rev­elation which was given unto him.

1 [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 in me to do with him as seemeth me good. Amen.

SECTION 41 (U); 61 (K); 61 (N)

Revelation given February [4], 1831.

1 [1] Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest 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.

2 [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.

3 [7] And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith, jr. 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 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 Nathaniel 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 (U); 13 (K); 13 (N)

Revelation given February [9], 1831.

1 [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 they 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.

2 [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, jr. 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 my 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 voice 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.

3 [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 wherewith I have appointed him. And it shall come to pass that if he transgress another shall be appointed in his stead; even so: Amen.

4 [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.

5 [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 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: [4] 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 are 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.

6 [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.

7 [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 shall 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.

8 [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 or has appointed and set apart for that purpose.

9 [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, inasmuch as is sufficient for himself and family.

10 [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 store house, 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.

11 [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.

12 [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!

13 [48] And again, it shall come to pass, that he that has faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed: [49] he who has faith to see shall see: [50] he who has faith to hear shall hear: [51] the lame who have 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.

14 [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 store house, that all things may be done accor­ding to that which I have said.

15 [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.

16 [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 continues.

17 [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.

18 [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.

19 [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.

20 [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.

21 [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 proven according to the laws of the land.

22 [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 is 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] If he or she do any manner of iniquity, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law, even that of God.

23 [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. (U); 14 (K); 14 (N)

A Revelation given February, 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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.

3 [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, jr. 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.

4 [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.

5 [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, least 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?

6 [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.

7 [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 Millennial, 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.

8 [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 (U); 62 (K); 62 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, given Feb­ruary, 1831.

1 [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 [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 band may be broken wherewith the enemy seeketh to destroy my people.

3 [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 (U); 15 (K); 15 (N)

Revelation given March 7, 1831.

1 [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 host 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.

2 [6] Hearken O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen to­gether, and hear my voice while it is called to‑day 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 my own and my 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 it 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 that 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 fulfill 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.

3 [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.

4 [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 time 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.

5 [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.

6 [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 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.

7 [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.

8 [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.

9 [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.

10 [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.

11 [60] And now, behold I say unto you, it shall not be given un­to you to know any farther 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.

12 [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.

13 [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 is 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.

14 [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.

15 [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 (U); 16 (K); 16 (N)

Revelation given March [8], 1831.

1 [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.

2 [5] And again I say unto you, ye shall not cast any one out of your sacrament meetings, who is earnestly seeking the king­dom: I speak this concerning those who are not of the church.

3 [6] And again I say unto you, concerning your confirmation meetings, that if there be any that is not of the church, that is 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.

4 [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 seeketh or that asketh of me, that ask­eth and not for a sign that he may consume it upon his lusts.

5 [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 it 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.                        `

6 [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 it be of God, that the manifestations of the Spirit may be given to every man to profit withal.

7 [17] And again, verily I say unto you, to some it is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom; [18] to another it 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 it 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 it is given the interpretation of tongues: [26] and all these gifts cometh 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.

8 [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.

9 [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 practice virtue and holiness be­fore me continually; even so: Amen.

SECTION 47 (U); 63 (K); 63 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. and John Whitmer, given March [8], 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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 (U); 64 (K); 64 (N)

Revelation given March, 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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 lands 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 ye shall 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 (U); 65 (K); 65 (N)

Revelation to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Lemon Cop­ley, given March, 1831.

1 [1] Hearken unto my word, my servant Sidney, and Parley, and Lemon, 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 Lemon 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.

2 [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 angles in heav­en, nor shall they know until he comes: [8] wherefore I will that all men shall repent, for all are under sin, except them 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 this church.

3 [15] And again, 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.

4 [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.

5 [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 (U); 17 (K); 17 (N)

A Revelation given May, 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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.

3 [7] Behold verily I say unto you, there are hypocrites among you, and 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.

4 [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 asketh 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.

5 [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 be 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 be 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?

6 [22] Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, un­derstandeth 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, for [26] he that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appoint­ed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is 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:

7 [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, that 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 is 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.

8 [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 of 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 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 (U); 23 (K); 23 (N)

Revelation given May, 1831.

1 [1] Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, and I will speak unto my servant Edward Partridge, and give unto him directions: [2] for it must needs be that he receive directions how to organize this people: for it must needs by that they are 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 portion, every man equal according to their families, according to their circumstances, and their 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 in the church, he shall not have power to claim that portion which he has consecrated unto the bishop for the poor and the 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [13] And again, let the bishop appoint a storehouse unto this church, and let all things, both in money and in meat, which is more than is needful for the want 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.

5 [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 (U); 66.A (K); 66 (N)

Revelation given June [7], 1831.

1 [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, who are a remnant of Jacob, and those who are heirs according to the covenant.

2 [3] Wherefore, verily I say unto you, let my servant Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon take their journey as soon as preparation 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.

3 [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 cometh that I will send forth judgment unto victory. [12] And let my servant Lyman Wight beware, for satan desireth to sift him as chaff.

4 [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.

5 [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 the same land.

6 [24] And again, let my servants Edward Partridge and Martin Harris, take their journey with my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, jr. [25] Let my servants David Whitmer and Harvy Whitlock also take their journey, and preach by the way unto this same land. [26] 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 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.

7 [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.

8 [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 Rider.

9 [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 among them. And let them la­bor with their own hands, that there be no idolatry nor wick­edness practiced. [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, jr. 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 (U); 66.B (K); 67 (N)

Revelation to Sidney Gilbert, given June, 1831.

1 [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 this church, which I the Lord have raised up in these last days.

2 [2] Behold I the Lord, who was crucified for the sins of the world, giveth unto you a commandment, that you shall forsake the world. [3] Take upon you mine ordinances, 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.

3 [5] And again, verily I say unto you, you shall take your jour­ney with my servants Joseph Smith, jr. 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 it is he only who is saved, that endu­reth unto the end; even so. Amen.

SECTION 54 (U); 67 (K); 68 (N)

Revelation to Newel Knight, given June, 1831

1 [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 where­with I have appointed you: [3] and if your brethren desire to es­cape their enemies let them repent of all their sins; and be come 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.

2 [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.

3 [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 (U); 68 (K); 69 (N)

Revelation to William W. Phelps, given June, 1831.

1 [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 shall be ordained by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

2 [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, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, that you may be planted in the land of your inheri­tance, to do this work.

3 [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 (U); 69 (K); 70 (N)

Revelation given June, 1831.

1 [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.

2 [3] Behold I the Lord commandeth, and he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time: and after that 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.

3 [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.

4 [12] And if my servant Joseph Smith, jr. 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 pardened, 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.

5 [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, who will not labor with their own hands!

6 [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 (U); 27 (K); 27 (N)

Revelation given in Zion, July, 1831.

1 [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 the spot for the temple is lying westward upon a lot which is not far from the court house: [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.

2 [6] And let my servant Sidney Gilbert, stand in the office 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 in righteousness, and as wisdom shall direct.

3 [7] And let my servant Edward Partridge, stand in the office which I have appointed him, to divide the saints their inher­itance, even as I have commanded: and also those whom he has appointed to assist him.

4 [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.

5 [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 receiveth 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.

6 [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 (U); 18 (K); 28 (N)

Revelation given in Zion, August [1], 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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 cometh the bles­sings. Wherefore, the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory, the hour is not yet but is nigh at hand.

3 [5] Remember this which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which shall 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 of laying the foundation, and of 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] Firstly 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.

4 [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 laws shall be kept on this land.

5 [20] Let no man think that he is ruler, but let God rule him that judgeth, according to the counsel of his own will: or in other words, him that counselleth, 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.

6 [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 no wise lose their reward. [29] But he that doeth not any thing 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 a man obeys 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.

7 [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.

8 [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.

9 [40] And also let my servant William W. Phelps stand in the office 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 re­membereth 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.

10 [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.

11 [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, to purchase lands for an inheritance for the children of God, of himself or the agent, as seemeth him good, or as he shall direct. [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.

12 [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.

13 [57] And let my servant Sidney Rigdon consecrate and dedi­cate this land, and the spot of the temple, unto the Lord. [58] And let a conference meeting be called, and after that, let my ser­vant Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

14 [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.

15 [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.

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Revelation given in Zion, August [7], 1831.

1 [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 them that live shall inherit the earth, and them 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:

2 [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 any thing 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 obligations, and thy sacraments, unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

3 [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.

4 [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 fields, 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 cometh 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 cometh of the earth, in the season thereof, is 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 enliven the soul.

5 [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.

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Revelation given August [8], 1831.

1 [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 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.

2 [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 ruleth 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, and Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

3 [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.

4 [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, jr. it shall be made known concerning Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdery, the residue hereafter; even so. Amen.

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Revelation given August [12], 1831.

1 [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 forgiveth 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.

2 [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 are chastened for all your sins, that you might be one; that you might not perish in wickedness; [9] but now verily I say, it behoveth 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.

3 [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 and 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 her 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 to‑day 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.

4 [23] And now, concerning my servants Sidney Rigdon, and Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

5 [26] And behold this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren: [27] nevertheless unto whom it 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 it 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, and Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

6 [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.-‑

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Revelation given August [13], 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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 all together, 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 promised the faithful and cannot lie.

3 [7] I the Lord am willing, if any among you desireth 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 to I am with the faithful always; even so. Amen.

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Revelation given in Kirtland, August, 1831.

1 [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 please; and is able to cast the soul down to hell.

2 [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.

3 [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 cometh by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God. [11] Yea, signs cometh 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.

4 [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 gave 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 judg­ments 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.

5 [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.

6 [19] And now behold, I the Lord saith 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.

7 [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.

8 [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 holdeth it in mine own hands: [26] nevertheless, I the Lord rendereth unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s: [27] wherefore I the Lord willeth, 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.

9 [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 willeth 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, which dwell upon this farm.

10 [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, sent up unto the land of Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive.

11 [41] Behold I the Lord will give unto my servants Joseph Smith, Jr. 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.

12 [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.

13 [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 have 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.

14 [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 which I have appointed him.

15 [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 searcheth 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 useth the name of the Lord, and useth 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.

16 [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 servant Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

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A Revelation given in Kirtland, September [11], 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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, jr. 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 forgiveth 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 he that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, then ye shall bring him before the church, and do with him as the Scriptures saith unto you, either by commandment, or by revelation. [13] And this ye shall do that God might 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.

3 [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, they repent of the evil, and they shall be forgiven.

4 [18] And now verily I say, that it is expedient in me that my servant Sidney Gilbert, after a few weeks, should 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. [20] And for this cause 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 this farm should be sold. [21] I willeth not that my servant Frederick G. Williams should sell his farm, for I the Lord willeth 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 re­quireth the hearts of the children of men.

5 [23] Behold now it is called to‑day, (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 to‑day cometh the burning: this is speaking after the manner of the Lord; for verily I say, to‑morrow 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 remaineth in Babylon. [25] Where­fore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called to‑day. [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.

6 [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, and ye are on the Lord’s er­rand; and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord, is the Lord’s business, and [30] 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.

7 [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 an hill, or in an 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.

8 [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.

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Revelation on prayer, given October, 1831.

1 [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 may be glorified in heaven, so on earth, that thy enemies may be subdued; for thine is the honor, power and glory, forever and ever: Amen.

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Revelation given October, 1830.

1 [1] Behold, thus saith the Lord, unto you 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.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

5 [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.

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Revelation given November, 1831.

1 [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.

2 [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, jr.: 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.

3 [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 vail 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.

4 [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, jr. Amen.

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A Revelation, given November, 1831, to Orson Hyde, Luke Johnson, Lyman Johnson and William E. McLellin. The mind and will of the Lord, as made known by the voice of the Spirit to a conference concerning certain elders; and also certain items, as made known, in addition to the covenants and commandments.

1 [1] My servant, Orson Hyde, was called, by his ordinance, 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, [10] and he that believeth not shall be damned; and he that believeth shall be blessed 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 it shall be given power to seal them up unto eternal life: Amen.

2 [13] And now concerning the items in addition to the covenants and commandments, they are these: [14] There remaineth 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 first born among the sons of Aaron: [17] for the first born holds the right of 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 first born 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.

3 [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 repents he shall be forgiven, according to the covenants and commandments of the church.

4 [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 head 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.

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Revelation given November, 1831.

1 [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 willeth 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.

2 [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 (U); 26 (K); 26 (N)

Revelation given November, 1831.

1 [1] Behold and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people of my church, who are far off, and hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith, jr.; 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 Wm. 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:

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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.

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Revelation given December [1], 1831.

1 [1] Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, Joseph Smith, jr. 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 [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 these commandments: they are true and faithful, even so. Amen.

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Revelation given December [4], 1831.

1 [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 has 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 them 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 which 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.

2 [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.

3 [9] The word of the Lord, in addition to the law which has been given, making known the duty of the bishop, which 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.

4 [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 in 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.

5 [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.

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A Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, January [10], 1832. The word of the Lord unto them concerning the elders of the church of the living God, established in the last days, making known the will of the Lord unto the elders, what they shall do until conference.

1 [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.

2 [3] Now verily I say unto you, my servants Joseph Smith, jr. 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.

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[Given January, 1832] An explanation of the epistle to the first Corinthians, 7th chapter, 14th verse.

1 [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 [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.

3 [4] And it came to pass that the children being brought up in subjection to the law of Moses, and give heed to the traditions of their fathers, and believed not the gospel of Christ, where­in they become 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.

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Revelation given January [25], 1832.

1 [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 mights [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.

2 [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 chas­teneth 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.

3 [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 unto 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 blessings 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.

4 [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 made known from on high, even by the Comforter wither they shall go.

5 [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 no wise 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 repents and mends 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 Silvester 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.

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Vision given to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon February 16, 1832

1 [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 they any who can stay his hand: [4] from eternity to eternity, he is the same and his years never fail.

2 [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] 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 nought; [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.

3 [11] We, Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth 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 and shall come forth; [17] 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 they who are sanctified before his throne, worshipping 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– and 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 encompasses 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.

4 [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 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: having deni­ed the Holy Spirit, after having received it, and [35] 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 them 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!

5 [50] And again, we bear record for we saw and heard, and this, is the testimony of the gospel of Christ, concerning them who 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 that 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 first‑born: [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 first born: [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.

6 [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 first born, who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun of 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 obtained 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.

7 [81] And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differ 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 forever: [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 first born; 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 first born, 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 the 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 wine­press 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 sea shore, [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, and 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.

8 [114] But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord and the mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpasses 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.

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Revelation given March, 1832. The order given of the Lord to Enoch, for the purpose of establishing the poor.

1 [1] The Lord spake unto Enoch, 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] or in other words, the city of Enoch, 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 have unto you a place in the celestial world, you may prepare your­selves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.

2 [8] And now, verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient that all things be done unto my glory, that ye should, who are joined together in this order: [9] or in other words, let my servant Ahashdah [Newel K. Whitney], and my servant Gazelam, or Enoch, and my servant Pelagoram, 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.

3 [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‑ondi­Ahman; [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.

4 [17] Verily, verily I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father has 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 first born, and he will take you up in the cloud, and appoint every man his portion, [22] And he that is a faithful and wise steward shall inherit all things. Amen.

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Revelation given March, 1832.

1 [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.

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Revelation given March, 1832.

1 [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.

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Revelation given March, 1832.

1 [1] Verily, verily I say unto you my servant Frederick G. Williams, listen to the voice of him who speakest, 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, jr. [2] unto whom I have given the keys of the kingdom, which belongeth 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 council, 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 will 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.

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Revelation given April [26], 1832, showing the order given to Enoch and the church in his day.

1 [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 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 judg­ments is 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.

2 [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 the soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God.

3 [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.

4 [11] Therefore, verily I say unto you, that it is expedient for my servant Alam and Ahashdah [Newel K. Whitney], Mahalaleel and Pelagoram [Sidney Rigdon], and my servant Gazelam [Joseph Smith], and Horah and Olihah [Oliver Cowdery], and Shale­manasseh and Mehemson [Martin Harris], 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 Shinehah [Kirtland], [13] for I have consecrated the land of Shinehah 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.

5 [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.

6 [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.

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Revelation given April [30], 1832.

1 [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.

2 [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, that widows and orphans shall be provided for, as also the poor. Amen.

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A Revelation given the 22d and 23d of Sept. 1832.

ON PRIESTHOOD.

1 [1] A revelation of Jesus Christ unto his servant Joseph Smith, jr. 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 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, jr. and others, with whom the Lord was well pleased.

2 [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.

3 [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.

4 [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 this people, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord, in whose hand is given all power.

5 [29] And again, the office of elder and bishop are necessary appendages belonging unto the high priesthood. [30] And again, the offices of teachers and deacons are necessary appendages belonging to the lesser priesthood, which priesthood was confirmed upon Aaron and his sons.

6 [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 receiveth 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 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.

7 [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.

8 [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 hath 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 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 and meat for their Father’s kingdom, otherwise there remaineth a scourge and a 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.

9 [60] Verily, verily, I say you, who now have my words, which is 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.

10 [62] Therefore go ye into all the world, and whatsoever place ye cannot go into 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:

11 [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.

12 [74] Verily, verily, I say unto you, they who believe not on your words, and are not baptized by 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.

13 [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 this 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 or joint; and an hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirst.

14 [81] Therefore, take 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 art 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.

15 [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.

16 [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 no wise 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 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, & 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,

17 [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 his is full of mercy, Justice, grace and truth; and peace, For ever and ever Amen.

18 [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 moneys by gift, that they should sent 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 moneys, 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.

19 [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 your way rejoicing. [106] And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him he that is weak, that he may be edified. In all meekness, that he may become strong also.

20 [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.

21 [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.

22 [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.

23 [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, and 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 awaits 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 an hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.

24 [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.

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SECTION 86 (U); 6 (K); 6 (N)

Revelation explaining the parable of the wheat and the tares, December 6, 1832.

ON PRIESTHOOD.

1 [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, that 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.

2 [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.

3 [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 hath 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.

4 [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.

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Revelation given December 27, 1832.

1 [1] Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, who have assembled yourselves together to receive his will concerning you. [2] Be­hold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angels rejoice over you; the alms of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified: even them of the celestial world.­ [3] Wherefore, I now send upon you another comforter; even up­on you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.

2 [4] This comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life; even the glory of the celestial kingdom: [5] which glory is that of the church of the first born; even of God the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son: [6] he that ascended up on high; as also he descended below all things; in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all, and through all things; the light of truth; [7] which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made. [8] As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made. [9] As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made. [10] And the earth also, and the power thereof; even the earth upon which you stand.

3 [11] And the light which now shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; [12] which light pro­ceedeth forth from the presence of God, to fill the immensity of space. [13] The light which is in all things; which giveth life to all things; which is the law by which all things are governed: even the power of God, who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

4 [14] Now verily, I say unto you, that through the redemption which is made for you, is brought to pass the resurrection from the dead. [15] And the spirit and the body is the soul of man.­ [16] And the resurrection from the dead is the redemption of the soul; [17] and the redemption of the soul is through him who quickeneth all things, in whose bosom it is decreed, that the poor and the meek of the earth shall inherit it. [18] Therefore, it must needs be sanctified from all unrighteousness, that it may be prepared for the celestial glory; [19] for after it hath filled the measure of its creation, it shall be crowned with glory, even with the presence of God the Father; [20] that bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever, and ever; for, for this intent was it made, and created; and for this intent are they sanctified.

5 [21] And they who are not sanctified through the law which I have given unto you; even the law of Christ, must inherit another kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom. [22] For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom, cannot abide a celestial glory: [23] and he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial kingdom, cannot abide a terrestrial glory: [24] he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom, cannot abide a telestial glory: therefore, he is not meant for a kingdom of glory. Therefore, he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.

6 [25] And again, verily I say unto you, the earth abideth the law of a celestial kingdom, for it filleth the measure of its creation, and transgresseth not the law. [26] Wherefore, it shall be sanctified; yea, notwithstanding it shall die, it shall be quickened again, and shall abide the power by which it is quickened. and the righteous shall inherit it: [27] for notwith­standing they die, they also shall rise again a spiritual body: [28] they who are of a celestial spirit, shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened. [29] Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory, shall then receive of the same, even a fulness: [30] and they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory, shall then receive of the same, even a fulness: [31] and also, they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory, shall then receive of the same, even a fulness: [32] and they who remain, shall be also quickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.

7 [33] For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.

8 [34] And again, verily I say unto you, that which is governed by law, is also preserved by law, and perfected and sanctified by the same [35] that which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, or judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still.

9 [36] All kingdoms have a law given; [37] and there are many king­doms; for there is no space in which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or lesser kingdom. [38] And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds, also, and conditions.

10 [39] All beings who abide not in those conditions, are not jus­tified; [40] for intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom re­ceiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy, and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course, and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne, and governeth and executeth all things; [41] he comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things: and all things are by him, and of him; even God, forever, and ever.

11 [42] And again, verily I say unto you, he hath given a law unto all things by which they move in their times, and their seasons; [43] and their courses are fixed; even the courses of the heavens, and the earth; which comprehend the earth and all the planets; [44] and they give light to each other in their times, and in their seasons, in their minutes, in their hours, in their days, in their weeks, in their months, in their years: all these are one year with God, but not with man.

12 [45] The earth rolls upon her wings; and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night; and the stars also giveth their light, as they roll upon their wings, in their glory, in the midst of the power of God. [46] Unto what shall I liken these kingdoms, that ye may understand? [47] Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these, hath seen God moving in his majesty and power. [48] I say unto you, he hath seen him: nevertheless, he who came unto his own was not comprehended. [49] The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall comprehend even God; being quickened in him, and by him. [50] Then shall ye know that ye have seen me, that I am, and that I am the true light that is in you, and that you are in me, otherwise ye could not abound.

13 [51] Behold, I will liken these kingdoms unto a man having a field, and he sent forth his servants into the field, to dig in the field; [52] and he said unto the first, go ye and labor in the field, and in the first hour I will come unto you and ye shall behold the joy of my countenance: [53] and he said unto the second, go ye also into the field, and in the second hour I will visit you with the joy of my countenance: [54] and also unto the third, saying, I will visit you; [55] and unto the fourth, and so on unto the twelfth.

14 [56] And the lord of the field went unto the first in the first hour, and tarried with him all that hour, and he was made glad with the light of the countenance of his lord; [57] and then he withdrew from the first that he might visit the second also, and the third, and the fourth, and so on unto the twelfth; [58] and thus they all received the light of the countenance of their lord: every man in his hour, and in his time, and in his season; [59] beginning at the first, and so on unto the last, and from the last unto the first, and from the first unto the last; [60] every man in his own order, until his hour was finished, even according as his lord had commanded him, that his lord might be glorified in him, and he in him, that they all might be glorified.

15 [61] Therefore, unto this parable will I liken all these kingdoms, and the inhabitants thereof; every kingdom in its hour, and in its time, and in its season; even according to the decree which God hath made.

16 [62] And again, verily I say unto you, my friends, I leave these sayings with you, to ponder in your hearts with this com­mandment which I give unto you, that ye shall call upon me while I am near; [63] draw near unto me, and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you: [64] whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you; [65] and if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation.

17 [66] Behold, that which you hear is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness; in the wilderness, because you cannot see him: my voice, because my voice is spirit; my spirit is truth; truth abideth and hath no end; and if it be in you it shall abound.

18 [67] And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you, and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things. [68] Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds be­come single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him: for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.

19 [69] Remember the great and last promise which I have made unto you: cast away your idle thoughts and your excess of laughter far from you; [70] tarry ye, tarry ye in this place, and call a solemn assembly, even of those who are the first laborers in this last kingdom; [71] and let those whom they have warned in their traveling, call on the Lord, and ponder the warning in their hearts which they have received, for a little season.-‑ [72] Behold, and lo, I will take care of your flocks and will raise up elders and send unto them.

20 [73] Behold, I will hasten my work in its time; [74] and I give unto you who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a com­mandment, that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves; and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean; [75] that I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation: that I may fulfill this promise, this great and last promise which I have made unto you, when I will.

21 [76] Also, I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall con­tinue in prayer and fasting from this time forth. [77] And I give unto you a commandment, that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom; [78] teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that is expe­dient for you to understand; [79] of things both in heaven, and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been; things which are; things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home; things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations; and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries, and of kingdoms, [80] that ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again, to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you.

22 [81] Behold I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned, to warn his neighbor. [82] Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads. [83] He that seeketh me early shall find me, and shall not be forsaken.

23 [84] Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry, to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lard shall name, to bind up the law, and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come; [85] that their souls may escape the wrath of God, the desolation of abomination, which await the wicked, both in this world, and in the world to come. Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders, continue in the vineyard, until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation.

24 [86] Abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free; en­tangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean, until the Lord come, [87] for not many days hence and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro as a drunken man, and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light, and the moon shall be bathed in blood, and the stars shall become exceeding angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a fig‑tree.

25 [88] And after your testimony, cometh wrath and indignation upon the people; [89] for after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground, and shall not be able to stand. [90] And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea, heaving themselves beyond their bounds. [91] And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people; [92] and angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of God, saying, prepare ye, prepare ye, O inhabitants of the earth; for the judgment of our God is come: behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him.

26 [93] And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together. [94] And another angel shall sound his trump, saying, that great church, the mother of abominations, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, that persecuteth the saints of God, that shed their blood: her who sitteth upon many waters, and upon the islands of the sea; behold, she is the tares of the earth, she is bound in bundles, her bands are made strong, no man can loose them; therefore, she is ready to be burned. And he shall sound his trump both long and loud, and all nations shall hear it.

27 [95] And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour, and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled; [96] and the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened, and be caught up to meet him. [97] And they who have slept in their graves, shall come forth; for their graves shall be opened, and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven: [98] they are Christ’s, the first fruits: they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him: and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.

28 [99] And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ’s at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh.

29 [100] And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump: and then cometh the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation: [101] and these are the rest of the dead, and they live not again until the thousand years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth.

30 [102] And another trump shall sound, which is the fourth trump, saying, these are found among those who are to remain until that great and last day, even the end, who shall remain filthy still.

31 [103] And another trump shall sound, which is the fifth trump, which is the fifth angel who committeth the everlasting gospel, flying through the midst of heaven, unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people; [104] and this shall be the sound of his trump, saying to all people, both in heaven, and in earth, and that are under the earth; for every ear shall hear it, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, while they hear the sound of the trump, saying, fear God, and give glory to him who sitteth upon the throne, forever, and ever; for the hour of his judgment is come.

32 [105] And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the sixth angel, saying, she is fallen, who made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication: she is fallen! is fallen!

33 [106] And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the seventh angel, saying, it is finished! it is finished! the Lamb of God hath overcome, and trodden the wine‑press alone; even the wine‑press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God: [107] and then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

34 [108] And then shall the first angel again sound his trump in the ears of all living, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the mighty works of God in the first thousandth year.

35 [109] And then shall the second angel sound his trump, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the thoughts and intents of their hearts, and the mighty works of God in the second thou­sandth year: [110] and so on, until the seventh angel shall sound his trump: and he shall stand forth upon the land and upon the sea, and swear in the name of him who sitteth upon the throne, that there shall be time no longer, and satan shall be bound, that old serpent who is called the devil, and shall not be loosed for the space of a thousand years. [111] And then he shall be loosed for a little season, that he may gather together his armies: [112] and Michael the seventh angel, even the archangel, shall gather together his armies, even the hosts of heaven.­ [113] And the devil shall gather together his armies; even the hosts of hell, and shall come up to battle against Michael and his armies: [114] and then cometh the battle of the great God! and the devil and his armies shall be cast away into their own place, that they shall not have power over the saints any more at all; [115] for Michael shall fight their battles, and shall overcome him who seeketh the throne of him who sitteth upon the throne, even the Lamb. [116] This is the glory of God, and the sanctified; and they shall not any more see death.

36 [117] Therefore, verily I say unto you, my friends, call your solemn assembly, as I have commanded you; [118] and as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom: seek learning even by study, and also by faith. [119] Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; [120] that your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High.

37 [121] Therefore, cease from all your light speeches; from all laughter; from all your lustful desires: from all your pride and lightmindedness, and from all your wicked doings. [122] Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokes­men at once; but let one speak at a time, and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken, that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege.

38 [123] See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous, learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires; [124] cease to be idle, cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated: [125] and above all things clothe yourselves with the bonds of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace: [126] pray always, that you may not faint until I come: behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto himself: Amen.

39 [127] And again, the order of the house prepared for the presidency of the school of the prophets, established for their instruction in all things that are expedient for them, even for all the officers of the church, or in other words, those who are called to the ministry in the church, beginning at the high‑priests, even down to the deacons: [128] and this shall be the order of the house of the presidency of the school: He that is ap­pointed to be president, or teacher, shall be found standing in his place, in the house, which shall be prepared for him. [129] Therefore, he shall be first in the house of God, in a place that the congregation in the house may hear his words care­fully and distinctly, not with loud speech. [130] And when he cometh into the house of God, (for he should be first in the house; behold this is beautiful, that he may be an example,)

40 [131] Let him offer himself in prayer upon his knees before God, in token, or remembrance, of the everlasting covenant, [132] and when any shall come in after him let the teacher arise, and with uplifted hands to heaven; yea, even directly, salute his brother or brethren with these words:

41 [133] Art thou a brother or brethren, I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token, or remembrance of the ev­erlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellow­ship in a determination that is fixed, immovable and unchang­able, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God, in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever. Amen.

42 [134] And he that is found unworthy of this salutation, shall not have place among you; for ye shall not suffer that mine house shall be polluted by them.

43 [135] And he that cometh in and is faithful before me, and is a brother, or if they be brethren, they shall salute the president or teacher with uplifted hands to heaven with this same prayer and covenant, or by saying, Amen, in token of the same.

44 [136] Behold, verily I say unto you, this is a sample unto you for a salutation to one another in the house of God, in the school of the prophets. [137] And ye are called to do this by prayer and thanksgiving as the Spirit shall give utterance, in all your doings in the house of the Lord, in the school of the prophets, that it may become a sanctuary, a tabernacle, of the Holy Spirit to your edification.

45 [138] And ye shall not receive any among you, into this school save he is clean from the blood of this generation: [139] and he shall be received by the ordinance of the washing of feet; for unto this end was the ordinance of the washing of feet instituted.

46 [140] And again, the ordinance of washing feet is to be administered by the president, or presiding elder of the church. [141] It is to be commenced with prayer: and after partaking of bread and wine he is to gird himself, according to the pattern given in the thirteenth chapter of John’s testimony concerning me. Amen.

SECTION 89 (U); 80 (K); 81 (N)

[1] A word of wisdom for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and church; and also, the saints in Zion: [2] to be sent greeting: not by commandment, or constraint: but by revelation and the word of wisdom: show­ing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days. [3] Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak, and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.

1 [4] Behold, verily thus saith the Lord unto you, in conse­quence of evils and designs which do, and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation, [5] that inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him. [6] And behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make. [7] And again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies. [8] And again, tobac­co is not for the body, neither for the belly; and is not good for man; but is an herb for bruises, and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill. [9] And again, hot drinks are not for the body, or belly.

2 [10] And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man.­ [11] Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof. All these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving. [12] Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I the Lord hath ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving. Never­theless, they are to be used sparingly; [13] and it is pleasing unto me, that they should not be used only in times of winter or of cold, or famine. [14] All grain is ordained for the use of man, and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man, but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth: [15] and these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine, and excess of hunger.

3 [16] All grain is good for the food of man, as also the fruit of the vine, that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground. [17] Nevertheless wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls, and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks; as also other grain. [18] And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel, and marrow to their bones [19] and shall find wisdom, and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; [20] and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint: [21] and I the Lord give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

SECTION 90 (U); 84 (K); 85 (N)

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. given March [8], 1833.

1 [1] Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily I say unto you, my son, thy sins are forgiven thee, according to the petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren, have come up into my ears: [2] therefore thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.

2 [3] Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall nev­er be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come: [4] nevertheless, through you shall the ora­cles be given to another; yea, even unto the church. [5] And all they who receiveth the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them, lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall, when the storms descent, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house,

3 [6] And again, verily I say unto thy brethren Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams, their sins are forgiven them also, and they are accounted as equal with thee in holding the keys of this last kingdom: [7] as also through your administration the keys of the school of the prophets, which I have commanded to be organized, [8] that thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe, [9] that through your administration, they may receive the word, and through their administration, the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews: [10] and then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph of the gos­pel of their salvation.

4 [11] For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this pow­er, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them, for the revelation of Jesus Christ.

5 [12] And now verily I say unto you, I give unto you a com­mandment, that you continue in the ministry and presidency, [13] and when you have finished the translation of the prophets, you shall from thenceforth preside over the affairs of the church and the school; [14] and from time to time, as shall be mani­fest by the Comforter, receive revelations to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom, [15] and set in order the churches, and study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues and people. [16] And this shall be your business and mission in all your lives to preside in counsel and set in order all the affairs of this church and kingdom. [17] Be not ashamed neither confounded; but be admonished in all your highmindedness and pride, for it bringeth a snare upon your souls. [18] Set in order your houses; keep slothfulness and un­cleanness far from you.

6 [19] Now verily, I say unto you, let there be a place provided as soon as it is possible, for the family of thy counselor and scribe, even Frederick G. Williams: and let mine aged servant Joseph Smith, sen. continue with his family upon the place where he now lives, [20] and let it not be sold until the mouth of the Lord shall name. [21] And let thy counselor, even Sidney Rigdon, remain where he now resides, until the mouth of the Lord shall name. [22] And let the bishop search diligently, to ob­tain an agent; and let it be a man who has got riches in store; a man of God and of strong faith: [23] that thereby he may be en­abled to discharge every debt; that the storehouse of the Lord may not be brought into disrepute before the eyes of the peo­ple. [24] Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly, and remember the covenant wherewith ye have convenanted one with another. [25] Let your families be small, especially mine aged servant Joseph Smith, sen. as pertaining to those who do not belong to your families: [26] that those things that are pro­vided for you, to bring to pass my work, are not taken from you and given to those that are not worthy, [27] and thereby you are hindered in accomplishing those things which I have commanded you.

7 [28] And again, verily I say unto you, it is my will that my handmaid, Vienna Jaques, should receive money to bear her expenses, and go up unto the land of Zion; [29] and the residue of the money may be consecrated unto me, and she be reward­ed in mine own due time. [30] Verily I say unto you, that it is meet in mine eyes, that she should go up unto the land of Zion, and receive an inheritance from the hand of the bishop, [31] that she may settle down in peace inasmuch as she is faithful, and not be idle in her days from thenceforth.

8 [32] And behold, verily I say unto you, that ye shall write this commandment, and say unto your brethren in Zion, in love greeting, that I have called you also to preside over Zion in mine own due time: [33] therefore let them cease wearying me concerning this matter. [34] Behold, I say unto you, that your brethren in Zion begin to repent, and the angels rejoice over them: [35] nevertheless, I am not well pleased with many things: and I am not well pleased with my servant William E. McLell­in, neither with my servant Sidney Gilbert; and the bishop also: and others have many things to repent of: [36] but verily I say unto you, that I the Lord will contend with Zion and plead with her strong ones, and chasten her, until she overcomes and is clean before me: [37] for she shall not be removed out of her place: I the Lord have spoken it. Amen.

SECTION 91 (U); 92 (K); 93 (N)

Revelation given March [9], 1833.

1 [1] Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, concerning the Apoc­rypha, there are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correct: [2] there are many things con­tained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. [3] Verily I say unto you, that it is not need­ful that the Apocrypha should be translated. [4] Therefore, whoso readeth it let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; [5] and whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain ben­efit therefrom; [6] and whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefitted: therefore, it is not needful that it should be trans­lated. Amen.

SECTION 92 (U); 93 (K); 94 (N)

Revelation to Enoch, on the order of the Church for the benefit of the poor, given to the saints in Kirtland, March [15], 1833.

1 [1] Verily, thus saith the Lord, I give unto the united order organized agreeable to the commandment previously given, a revelation and commandment concerning my servant Shederla­omach [Frederick G. Williams], that ye shall receive him into the order. What I say unto one I say unto all.

2 [2] And again, I say unto you, my servant Shederlaomach, you shall be a lively member in this order; and inasmuch as you are faithful in keeping all former commandments, you shall be blessed forever. Amen.

SECTION 93 (U); 82 (K); 83 (N)

Revelation given May [6], 1833.

1 [1] Verily thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh their sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my com­mandments, shall see my face, and know that I am, [2] and that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world: [3] and that I am in the Father and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one: [4] the Father because he gave me of his fulness; and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men: [5] I was in the world and received of my Father, and the works of him were plainly manifest; [6] and John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory; and the fulness of John’s record is here­after to be revealed: [7] And he bore record, saying, I saw his glory that he was in the beginning before the world was: [8] there­fore, in the beginning the Word was; for he was the Word, even the messenger of salvation, [9] the light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth, who came into the world because the world was made by him; and in him was the life of men and the light of men. [10] The worlds were made by him. Men were made by him. All things were made by him, and through him, and of him: [11] And I, John, bare record that I be­held his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Fath­er, full of grace and truth; even the Spirit of truth which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.

2 [12] And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace: [13] and he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he re­ceived a fulness: [14] and thus he was called the Son of God, be­cause he received not of the fulness at the first. [15] And I, John, bare record, and lo, the heavens were opened and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying, this is my beloved Son. [16] And I, John, bare record that he received a ful­ness of the glory of the Father; [17] and he received all power, both in heaven and on earth; and the glory of the father was with him, for he dwelt in him.

3 [18] And it shall come to pass that if you are faithful, you shall receive the fulness of my record of John. [19] I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to wor­ship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness [20] for if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his ful­ness and be glorified in me as I am in the Father: therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.

4 [21] And now verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the first born; [22] and all those who are be­gotten through me, are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the first born. [23] Ye were also in the begin­ning with the Father: that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth; [24] and truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come; [25] and whatsoever is more or less than this, is the spirit of that wicked one, who was a liar from the beginning. [26] The Spirit of truth is of God: I am the Spirit of truth. And John bore record of me, saying, he received a fulness of truth; yea, even of all truth, [27] and no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. [28] He that keepeth his commandments, receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth, and knoweth all things.

5 [29] Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth was not created or made, neither indeed can be. [30] All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also, other­ wise there is no existence. [31] Behold here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they re­ceive not the light. [32] And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light, is under condemnation, [33] for man is spirit. The ele­ments are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connect­ed, receiveth a fulness of joy; ([34] UTAH ONLY: And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.) [35] The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple.

6 [36] The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth: [37] light and truth forsaketh that evil one. [38] Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning, and God having re­deemed man from the fall, men became again in their infant state, innocent before God. [39] And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fa­thers. [40] But I have commanded you, to bring up your children in light and truth: [41] but verily I say unto you, my servant Frederick G. Williams, you have continued under this condemna­tion; [42] you have not taught your children light and truth, ac­cording to the commandments, and that wicked one hath pow­er, as yet, over you, and this is the cause of your affliction.­ [43] And now a commandment I give unto you, if you will be de­livered, you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house.

7 [44] Verily I say unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, that in some things he hath not kept the commandments, concerning his children: therefore, firstly set in order thy house.

8 [45] Verily I say unto my servant Joseph Smith, jr. or, in oth­er words, I will call you friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall have an inheritance with me. [46] I called you servants for the world’s sake, and ye are their servants for my sake, [47] and now verily I say unto Joseph Smith, jr. you have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord. [48] Your family must needs repent and forsake some things, and give more earnest heed unto your sayings, or be removed out of their place. [49] What I say unto one I say unto all: pray always lest that wicked one have power in you, and remove you out of your place.

9 [50] My servant Newel K. Whitney, also a bishop of my church, hath need to be chastened and set in order his family and see that they are more diligent and concerned at home, and pray always or they shall be removed out of their place.

10 [51] Now I say unto you, my friends, let my servant Sidney Rigdon go his journey, and make haste, and also proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the gospel of salvation, as I shall give him utterance, and by your prayer of faith with one consent, I will uphold him.

11 [52] And let my servants Joseph Smith, jr. and Frederick G. Williams, make haste also, and it shall be given them even according to the prayer of faith, and inasmuch as you keep my sayings, you shall not be confounded in this world, nor in the world to come.

12 [53] And verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures, and to obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion. Amen.

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Revelation given same date [May 6, 1833].

1 [1] And again, verily I say unto you, my friends, a command­ment I give unto you, that ye shall commence a work of lay­ing out and preparing a beginning and foundation of the city of the stake of Zion, here in the land of Kirtland, beginning at my house: [2] and behold it must be done according to the pat­tern which I have given unto you. [3] And let the first lot on the south, be consecrated unto me for the building of an house for the presidency, for the work of the presidency, in obtaining revelations; and for the work of the ministry of the presidency, in all things pertaining to the church and kingdom.

2 [4] Verily I say unto you, that it shall be built fifty‑five by sixty‑five feet in the width thereof, and in the length thereof, in the inner court; [5] and there shall be a lower court, and an higher court, according to the pattern which shall be given unto you hereafter: [6] and it shall be dedicated unto the Lord from the foundation thereof, according to the order of the priesthood, according to the pattern which shall be given un­to you hereafter: [7] and it shall be wholly dedicated unto the Lord for the work of the presidency. [8] And ye shall not suffer any unclean thing to come in unto it; and my glory shall be there, and my presence shall be there: [9] but if there shall come into it any unclean thing my glory shall not be there; and my presence shall not come into it.

3 [10] And again, verily I say unto you, the second lot on the south shall be dedicated unto me for the building of an house unto me, for the work of the printing of the translation of my scriptures, and all things, whatsoever I shall command you; [11] and it shall be fifty-five by sixty-five feet in the width thereof, and the length thereof in the inner court; and there shall be a lower and a higher court; [12] and this house shall be wholly dedicated unto the Lord from the foundation thereof, for the work of the printing, in all things whatsoever I shall com­mand you, to be holy, undefiled, according to the pattern in all things, as it shall be given unto you.

4 [13] And on the third lot shall my servant Hyrum Smith re­ceive his inheritance. [14] And on the first and second lots on the north shall be servants Reynolds Cahoon and Jared Carter receive their inheritance, [15] that they may do the work which I have appointed unto them, to be a committee to build mine houses, according to the commandment, which I the Lord God have given unto you. [16] These two houses are not to be built until I give unto you a commandment concerning them.

5 [17] And now I give unto you no more at this time. Amen.

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Revelation given June [1], 1833.

1 [1] Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten, that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliver­ance, in all things out of temptation: and I have loved you: [2] Wherefore ye must needs be chastened, and stand rebuked be­fore my face, [3] for ye have sinned against me a very grievous sin, in that ye have not considered the great commandment in all things, that I have given unto you, concerning the buil­ding of mine house, [4] for the preparation wherewith I design to prepare mine apostles to prune my vineyard for the last time, that I may bring to pass my strange act, that I may pour out my Spirit upon all flesh. [5] But behold, verily I say unto you, there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called, but few of them are chosen: [6] they who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon‑day; [7] and for this cause, I gave unto you a commandment, that you should call your sol­emn assembly; that your fastings and your mourning might come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, which is, by in­terpretation, the Creator of the first day; the beginning and the end.

2 [8] Yea, verily I say unto you, I gave unto you a command­ment, that you should build an house, in the which house I design to endow those whom I have chosen with power from on high: [9] for this is the promise of the Father unto you: there­fore I commanded you to tarry, even as mine apostles at Je­rusalem: [10] nevertheless my servants sinned a very grievous sin; and contentions arose in the school of the prophets, which was very grievous unto me, saith your Lord: therefore I sent them forth to be chastened.

3 [11] Verily I say unto you, it is my will that you should build an house: if you keep my commandments, you shall have power to build it; [12] if you keep not my commandments the love of the Father, shall not continue with you: therefore you shall walk in darkness. [13] Now here is wisdom and the mind of the Lord: let the house be built, not after the manner of the world, for I give not unto you, that ye shall live after the manner of the world: [14] therefore let it be built after the manner which I shall show unto three of you, whom ye shall appoint and ordain unto this power. [15] And size thereof shall be fifty and five feet in width, and let it be sixty‑five feet in length, in the inner court thereof; [16] and let the lower part of the inner court be dedicated unto me for your sacrament offering, and for your preaching: and your fasting; and your praying, and the of­fering up your most holy desires unto me, saith your Lord.­ [17] And let the higher part of the inner court, be dedicated unto me for the school of mine apostles, saith Son Ahman; or, in other words, Alphus; or in other words, Omegus; even Je­sus Christ your Lord. Amen.

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A Revelation to Enoch, showing the order of the city or stake of Zion, Shinehah, given for a sample to the saints in Kirtland, June [4], 1833.

1 [1] Behold, I say unto you, here is wisdom whereby ye may know how to act concerning this matter: for it is expedient in me that this stake that I have set for the strength of Zion, should be made strong: [2] therefore, let my servant Ahashdah [Newel K. Whitney] take charge of the place which is named among you, upon which I design to build mine holy house: [3] and again let it be divided into lots according to wisdom, for the benefit of those who seek inheritances, as it shall be determined in council among you. [4] Therefore, take heed that ye see to this matter, and that portion that is necessary to benefit mine order, for the purpose of bringing forth my word to the children of men, [5] for behold verily I say unto you, this is the most expedient in me, that my word should go forth unto the children of men, for the purpose of subduing the hearts of the children of men, for your good; even so. Amen.

2 [6] And again, verily I say unto you, it is wisdom and expedient in me, that my servant Zombre [John Johnson], whose offering I have accepted, and whose prayers I have heard: unto whom I give a promise of eternal life inasmuch as he keepeth my command­ments from henceforth: [7] for he is a descendant of Seth, and a partaker of the blessings of the promise made unto his fathers. [8] Verily I say unto you, it is expedient in me that he should become a member of the order, that he may assist in bringing forth my word unto the children of men: [9] therefore ye shall ordain him unto this blessing: and he shall seek diligently to take away incumbrances, that are upon the house named among you, that he may dwell therein; even so. Amen.

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Revelation given August [2], 1833.

1 [1] Verily I say unto you my friends, I speak unto you with my voice, even the voice of my Spirit, that I may show unto you my will concerning your brethren in the land of Zion, many of whom are truly humble, and are seeking diligently to learn wisdom and to find truth: [2] verily, verily I say unto you, blessed are all such for they shall obtain, for I the Lord show­eth mercy unto all the meek, and upon all whomsoever I will, that I may be justified, when I shall bring them into judg­ment.

2 [3] Behold I say unto you, concerning the school in Zion, I the Lord am well pleased that there should be a school in Zi­on: and also with my servant Parley P. Pratt, for he abideth in me: [4] and inasmuch as he continueth to abide in me, he shall continue to preside over the school, in the land of Zion, until I shall give unto him other commandments; [5] and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings, in expounding all scrip­tures and mysteries to the edification of the school, and of the church in Zion: [6] and to the residue of the school, I the Lord am willing to show mercy, nevertheless there are those that must needs be chastened, and their works shall be made known: [7] The ax is laid at the root of the trees, and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be hewn down and cast into the fire; I the Lord have spoken it. [8] Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice; yea, every sacrifice which I the Lord shall command, they are all accepted of me, [9] for I the Lord will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit.

3 [10] Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that an house should be built unto me in the land of Zion, like unto the pat­tern which I have given you; [11] yea, let it be built speedily by the tithing of my people: [12] behold this is the tithing and the sacrifice which I the Lord require at their hands, that there may be an house built unto me for the salvation of Zion: [13] for a place of thanksgiving, for all saints, and for a place of in­struction for all those who are called to the work of the minis­try, in all their several callings, and offices: [14] that they may be perfected in the understanding of their ministry: in theory; in principle, and in doctrine, in all things pertaining to the kingdom of God on the earth, the keys of which kingdom have been conferred upon you.

4 [15] And inasmuch as my people build an house unto me, in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it; [16] yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it, shall see God: [17] but if it be defiled I will not come into it, and my glory shall not be there, for I will not come into unholy temples.

5 [18] And now behold if Zion do these things, she shall prosper and spread herself and become very glorious, very great, and very terrible; [19] and the nations of the earth shall honor her, and shall say, surely Zion is the city of our God: and surely Zion cannot fall, neither be moved out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord is there, [20] and he hath sworn by the power of his might to be her salvation, and her high tower: [21] therefore verily thus saith the Lord let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion, THE PURE IN HEART: therefore let Zion rejoice, while all the wicked shall mourn: [22] for behold and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly, as the whirlwind, and who shall escape it: [23] the Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day; and the report thereof shall vex all people; yet, it shall not be stayed until the Lord come: [24] for the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations, and all their wick­ed works: [25] nevertheless Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her, [26] but if she ob­serve not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will vis­it her according to all her works: with sore affliction; with pestilence; with plague; with sword; with vengeance, with devouring fire: [27] nevertheless, let it be read this once in their ears, that I the Lord have accepted of their offering; and if she sin no more, none of these things shall come upon her, [28] and I will bless her with blessings, and multiply a multiplicity of blessings upon her, and upon her generations, forever and ever, saith the Lord your God. Amen.

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Revelation given August [6], 1833.

1 [1] Verily I say unto you, my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted: yea, rejoice evermore, and in every thing give thanks, [2] waiting patiently on the Lord: for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are record­ed with this seal and testament: the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted: [3] therefore he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant, that they shall be fulfilled, and all things wherewith you have been afflicted, shall work together for your good, and to my name’s glory saith the Lord.

2 [4] And now verily I say unto you, concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them, [5] and that law of the land, which is constitutional, supporting the principle of free­dom, in maintaining rights and privileges belong to all man­kind and is justifiable before me: [6] therefore I the Lord justifi­eth you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land: [7] and as per­taining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than these, cometh of evil. [8] I the Lord God maketh you free: therefore ye are free indeed: and the law also maketh you free: [9] never­theless when the wicked rule the people mourn: [10] wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought for, diligently, and good men and wise men, ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these, cometh of evil.

3 [11] And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God: [12] for he will give unto the faithful, line upon line; precept upon pre­cept: and I will try you, and prove you herewith: [13] and whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again; even life eternal: [14] therefore be not afraid of your enemies, for I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you in all things, whether you will abide in my cov­enant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy: [15] for if ye will not abide in my covenant, ye are not worthy of me: [16] therefore renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligent­ly to turn the hearts of their children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children. [17] And again the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets; and the prophets unto the Jews, lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me. [18] Let not your hearts be troubled, for in my Father’s house are many mansions, and I have pre­pared a place for you, and where my Father and I am, there ye shall be also.

4 [19] Behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in the church at Kirtland, [20] for they do not forsake their sins, and their wicked ways, the pride of their hearts, and their covetousness, and all their detestable things, and ob­serve the words of wisdom and eternal life which I have given unto them. [21] Verily I say unto you, that I the Lord will chas­ten them and will do whatsoever I list, if they do not repent and observe all things whatsoever I have said unto them.­ [22] And again I say unto you, if ye observe to do whatsoever I command you, I the Lord will turn away all wrath and indig­nation from you, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.

5 [23] Now I speak unto you, concerning your families: if men will smite you, or your families, once and ye bear it patient­ly and revile not against them, neither seek revenge, ye shall be rewarded; [24] but if ye bear it not patiently, it shall be accounted unto you as being meted out a just measure unto you.­ [25] And again if your enemy shall smite you the second time, and you revile not against your enemy, and bear it patiently, your reward shall be an hundred fold. [26] And again if he shall smite you the third time, and ye bear it patiently, your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold: [27] and these three testimonies shall stand against your enemy, if he repent not, and shall not be blotted out. [28] And now verily I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengeance that he be not brought into judg­ment before me, than ye shall see to it, that ye warn him in my name that he come no more upon you, neither upon your family, even your children’s children unto the third and fourth generation: [29] and then if he shall come upon you, or your chil­dren, or your children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation: I have delivered thine enemy into thine hands, [30] and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness; and also thy children and thy children’s chil­dren unto the third and fourth generation: [31] nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands, and if thou reward him according to his works, thou are justified, if he has sought thy life, and thy life is endangered by him; thine enemy is in thine hands, and thou art justified.

6 [32] Behold this is the law I gave unto my servant Nephi; and thy father Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, and all mine ancient prophets and apostles. [33] And again this is the law that I gave unto mine ancients, that they should not go out unto battle against any nation, kindred, tongue, or peo­ple, save I the Lord commanded them. [34] And if any nation, tongue, or people should proclaim war against them, they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people, nation, or tongue, [35] and if that people did not accept the offering of peace, neither the second nor the third time, they should bring these testimonies before the Lord; [36] then I the Lord would give unto them a commandment, and justify them in going out to battle against that nation, tongue, or people, [37] and I the Lord would fight their battles, and their children’s battles and their chil­dren’s children until they had avenged themselves on all their enemies, to the third and fourth generation, [38] behold this is an ensample unto all people, saith the Lord your God, for justifi­cation before me.

7 [39] And again verily I say unto you, if, after thine enemy has come upon thee the first time, he repent and come unto thee praying thy forgiveness thou shalt forgive him and shall hold it no more as a testimony against thine enemy, [40] and so on unto the second and the third time; and as oft as thine enemy repenteth of the trespass wherewith he has trespassed against thee, thou shalt forgive him, until seventy times seven; [41] and if he trespass against thee and repent not the first time, never­theless thou shalt forgive him; [42] and if he trespass against thee the second time, and repent not, nevertheless thou shalt forgive him; [43] and if he trespass against thee the third time and repent not thou shalt also forgive him; [44] but if he trespass against thee the fourth time, thou shalt not forgive him but shall bring these testimonies before the Lord, and they shall not be blotted out until he repent and reward thee four fold in all things wherewith he has trespassed against you; [45] and if he do this thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart, and if he do not this, I the Lord will avenge thee of thine enemy and hun­dred fold; [46] and upon his children, and upon his children’s chil­dren, of all them that hate me, unto the third and fourth gen­eration: [47] but if the children shall repent, or the childrens chil­dren and turn unto the Lord their God with all their hearts, and with all their might, mind, and strength, and restore four fold for all their trespasses, wherewith they have trespassed, or wherewith their fathers have trespassed or their father’s fathers then thine indignation shall be turned away [48] and ven­geance shall no more come upon them, saith the Lord your God, and their trespasses shall never be brought any more as a testimony before the Lord against them. Amen.

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Revelation given August, 1832.

1 [1] Behold thus saith the Lord unto my servant John Murdock, thou art called to go into the eastern countries from house to house, from village to village, and from city to city, to pro­claim mine everlasting gospel unto the inhabitants thereof, in the midst of persecution and wickedness; [2] and whoso receiveth you receiveth me, and you shall have power to declare my word in the demonstration of my Holy Spirit; [3] and whoso re­ceiveth you as a little child, receiveth my kingdom and bles­sed are they, for they shall obtain mercy; [4] and whoso rejecteth you shall be rejected of my Father, and his house: and you shall cleanse your feet in the secret places by the way for a testimony against them.

2 [5] And behold, and lo, I come quickly to judgment, to con­vince all of their ungodly deeds which they have committed against me, as it is written of me in the volume of the book. [6] ­And now verily I say unto you, that it is not expedient that you should go until your children are provided for, and kindly sent up unto the bishop in Zion, [7] and after a few years, if thou desirest of me thou mayest go up also unto the goodly land, to possess thine inheritance; [8] otherwise thou shalt continue proclaiming my gospel until thou be taken. Amen.

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Revelation given in Perrysburgh, N. Y. to Joseph Smith jr. and Sidney Rigdon, October [12], 1833.

 1 [1] Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my friends, Sidney, and Joseph, your families are well: they are in mine hands, and I will do with them as seemeth me good; for in me there is all power: [2] therefore, follow me, and listen to the council which I shall give unto you: [3] Behold, and lo, I have much peo­ple in this place, in the regions round about, and an effectual door shall be opened in the regions round about in this eastern land: [4] Therefore, I the Lord have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls: [5] therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices un­to this people; speak the thought that I shall put into your hearts, and ye shall not be confounded before men; [6] for it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.

2 [7] But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever things ye declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things. [8] And I give un­to you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this, the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say.

3 [9] And it is expedient in me that you, my servant Sidney, should be a spokesman unto this people; yea, verily, I will ordain you unto this calling, even to be a spokesman unto my servant Joseph; [10] and I will give unto him power to be mighty in testimony; [11] and I will give unto thee power to be mighty in expounding all scriptures, that thou mayest be a spokesman unto him, and he shall be a revelator unto thee, that thou mayest know the certainty of all things pertaining to the things of my kingdom on the earth. [12] Therefore, continue your jour­ney and let your hearts rejoice; for, behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end.

4 [13] And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion: Zion shall be redeemed, although she is chastened for a little season. [14] Thy brethren, my servants, Orson Hyde and John Gould, are in my hands, and inasmuch as they keep my commandments they shall be saved. [15] Therefore, let your hearts be comforted, for all things shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly, and to the sanctification of the church; [16] for I will raise up unto myself a pure people, that will serve me in righteousness; [17] and all that call on the name of the Lord and keep his commandments, shall be saved; even so. Amen.

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Revelation given December [16], 1833.

1 [1] Verily, I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted, and cast out from the land of their inheritance, [2] I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come upon them, wherewith they have been afflicted in con­sequence of their transgressions; [3] yet, I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels.

2 [4] Therefore, they must needs be chastened, and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son; [5] for all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified.

3 [6] Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, and conten­tions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous de­sires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances. [7] They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble. [8] In the day of their peace they esteemed light­ly my counsel; but in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me.

4 [9] Verily, I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins my bow­els are filled with compassion toward them: I will not utterly cast them off; and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy. [10] I have sworn, and the decree hath gone forth by a former com­mandment which I have given unto you, that I would let fall the sword of mine indignation in the behalf of my people; and even as I have said, it shall come to pass. [11] Mine indignation is soon to be poured out without measure upon all nations, and this will I do when the cup of their iniquity is full. [12] And in that day, all who are found upon the watch tower, or in other words, all mine Israel shall be saved. [13] And they that have been scattered shall be gathered: [14] and all they who have mourned shall be comforted; [15] and all they who have given their lives for my name shall be crowned. [16] Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands: be still, and know that I am God. [17] Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scat­tered, [18] they that remain and are pure in heart shall return and come to their inheritances; they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy; to build up the waste places of Zion. [19] And all these things, that the prophets might be fulfilled. [20] ­And behold, there is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed; neither shall there be any other place appointed than that which I have appointed for the work of the gathering of my saints, [21] until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains, or the strength of Zion.

5 [22] Behold it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together and stand in holy places, [23] and prepare for the revelation which is to come when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together. [24] And every corruptible thing, both of man, or of the beasts of the field, or of the fowls of heaven, or of the fish of the sea, that dwell up­on all the face of the earth, shall be consumed; [25] and also, that of element shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth. [26] And in that day the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts; yea, the enmity of all flesh shall cease from before my face. [27] And in that day whatsoever any man shall ask it shall be given unto him. [28] And in that day satan shall not have power to tempt any man. [29] And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death. [30] In that day an infant shall not die until he is old, and his life shall be as the age of a tree, [31] and when he dies he shall not sleep, (that is to say in the earth,) but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious. [32] Yea, veri­ly I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come he shall reveal all things; [33] things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew; things of the earth by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof; [34] things most precious; things that are above, and things that are beneath; things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heav­en. [35] And all they who suffer persecution for my name, and endure in faith, though they are called to lay down their lives for my sake, yet shall they partake of all this glory. [36] Where­fore, fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full. [37] Therefore, care not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul: [38] and seek the face of the Lord al­ways, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life. [39] When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth, and the savor of men.­ [40] They are called to be the savor of men. Therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold it is thenceforth good for nothing, only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. [41] Behold, here is wisdom concerning the children of Zion; even many, but not all: they were found transgressors, therefore, they must needs be chastened. [42] He that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted.

6 [43] And now, I will show unto you a parable that you may know my will concerning the redemption of Zion: [44] a certain nobleman had a spot of land, very choice; and he said unto his servants, go ye into my vineyard, even upon this very choice piece of land, and plant twelve olive trees; [45] and set watchmen round about them and build a tower, that one may overlook the land round about, to be a watchman upon the tower; that mine olive trees may not be broken down, when the enemy shall come to spoil, and take unto themselves the fruit of my vineyard. [46] Now the servants of the nobleman went and did as their lord commanded them; and planted the olive trees, and built a hedge round about, and set watchmen, and began to build the tower. [47] And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves, and what need hath my lord of this tower? [48] and consulted for a long time, saying among themselves, what need hath my lord of this tower, seeing this is a time of peace? [49] Might not this money be given to the exchangers? for there is no need of these things! [50] And while they were at variance one with another, they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord: [51] and the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge, and the servants of the no­bleman arose, and were affrighted, and fled: and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive trees.

7 [52] Now behold, the nobleman, the lord of the vineyard, call­ed upon his servants, and said unto them, Why! what is the cause of this great evil? [53] ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you? and after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof, built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you? [54] and behold, the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off: and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof, and saved my vineyard from the hands of the destroyer. [55] And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants, Go and gather together the residue of my servants; and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also, among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry; [56] and go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard, for it is mine, I have bought it with money. [57] Therefore get ye straight­way unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen: [58] and in­asmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies; that by and by, I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.

8 [59] And the servant said unto his lord, when shall these things be? [60] And he said unto his servant, when I will: go ye straight­way, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you; [61] and this shall be my seal and blessing upon you; a faithful and wise steward in the midst of mine house: a ruler in my kingdom. [62] And his servant went straightway, and done all things whatsoever his lord commanded him, and after many days all things were fulfilled.

9 [63] Again, verily I say unto you, I will show unto you wisdom in me concerning all the churches, inasmuch as they are will­ing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation, [64] that the work of the gathering together of my saints may con­tinue, that I may build them up unto my name upon holy places; for the time of harvest is come, and my word must needs be fulfilled. [65] Therefore, I must gather together my people according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned with celestial glory when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father, to reward every man according as his work shall be, [66] while the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands made strong, that they may be burned with un­quenchable fire. [67] Therefore, a commandment I give unto all the churches, that they shall continue to gather together unto the places which I have appointed; [68] nevertheless, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, let not your gather­ing be in haste, nor by flight; but let all things, be prepared before you, [69] and in order that all things be prepared before you, observe the commandments which I have given concerning these things, [70] which saith, or teacheth, to purchase all the lands by money, which can be purchased for money, in the region round about the land which I have appointed to be the land of Zion, for the beginning of the gathering of my saints; [71] all the land which can be purchased in Jackson county, and the counties round about, and leave the residue in mine hand.

10 [72] Now verily I say unto you, let all the churches gather together all their moneys; let these things be done in their time, be not in haste; and observe to have all things prepared before you. [73] And let honorable men be appointed, even wise men, and send them to purchase these lands; [74] and every church in the eastern countries when they are built up, if they will hearken unto this counsel, they may buy lands and gather together upon them, and in this way they may establish Zion. [75] There is even now already in store a sufficient; yea, even abundance to redeem Zion, and establish her waste places no more to be thrown down, were the churches, who call themselves after my name willing to hearken to my voice. [76] And, again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as rulers, and are in authority over you, [77] according to the laws and constitution of the people which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles, [78] that every man may act in doctrine, and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto them that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment. [79] Therefore it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. [80] And for this pur­pose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of the wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.

11 [81] Now, unto what shall I liken the children of Zion? I will liken them unto the parable of the woman and the unjust judge, (for men ought always to pray and not faint,) which saith, [82] There was in a city a judge which feared not God, nei­ther regarded man. [83] And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, avenge me of mine adversary. [84] ­And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her contin­ual coming, she weary me. [85] Thus will I liken the children of Zion.

12 [86] Let them importune at the feet of the Judge; [87] and if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the governor; [88] and if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the President; [89] and if the President heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation, [90] and in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off these wicked, unfaith­ful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites and unbelievers; [91] even in outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.­ [92] Pray ye therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your cries, that I may be merciful unto them, that these things may not come upon them. [93] What I have said unto you, must needs be, that all men may be left without excuse; [94] that wise men and rulers may hear and know that which they have never considered; [95] that I may proceed to bring to pass my act, my strange act, and perform my work, my strange work. That men may discern between the righteous and the wicked, saith your God.

13 [96] And, again I say unto you, it is contrary to my command­ment, and my will, that my servant Sidney Gilbert should sell my store house, which I have appointed unto my people, into the hands of mine enemies. [97] Let not that which I have ap­pointed, be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name: [98] for this is a very sore and grievous sin against me, and against my people in conse­quence of those things which I have decreed, and are soon to befall the nations. [99] Therefore, it is my will that my people should claim, and hold claim, upon that which I have appoint­ed unto them, though they should not be permitted to dwell thereon; [100] nevertheless, I do not say they shall not dwell there­on; for inasmuch as they bring forth fruit and works meet for my kingdom, they shall dwell Thereon; [101] they shall build, and another shall not inherit it: they shall plant vineyards, and they shall eat the fruit thereof; even so. Amen.

SECTION 102 (U); 5. (K); 5 (N)

Minutes of the organization of the High Council of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kirtland, February 17, 1834.

1 [1] This day a general council of twenty four high priests assembled at the house of Joseph Smith, jr. by revelation, and proceeded to organize the high council of the church of Christ, which was to consist of twelve high priests, and one or three presidents, as the case might require. [2] This high council was appointed by revelation for the purpose of settling important difficulties, which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church, or the bishop’s council, to the satisfaction of the parties.

2 [3] Joseph Smith, jr. Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, were acknowledged presidents by the voice of the council; and Joseph Smith, sen. John Smith, Joseph Coe, John Johnson, Martin Harris, John S. Carter, Jared Carter, Oliver Cowdery, Samuel H. Smith, Orson Hyde, Sylvester Smith and Luke Johnson, high priests, were chosen to be a standing council for the church, by the unanimous voice of the council. [4] The above named counselors were then asked whether they accepted their appointments, and whether they would act in that office according to the law of the heaven: to which they all answered, that they accepted their appointments, and would fill their offices according to the grace of God bestowed upon them.

3 [5] The number composing the council, who voted in the name and for the church in appointing the above named counselors, were forty three, as follows: nine high priests, seventeen elders, four priests and thirteen members.

4 [6] Voted, that the high council cannot have power to act without seven of the above named counselors, or their regularly appointed successors, are present. [7] These seven shall have power to appoint other high priests, whom they may consider worthy and capable, to act in the place of absent counselors.

5 [8] Voted, that whenever any vacancy shall occur by the death, removal from office for transgression, or removal from the bounds of this church government, of any one of the above named counselors, it shall be filed by the nomination of the president or presidents, and sanctioned by the voice of a general council of high priests, convened for that purpose, to act in the name of the church.

6 [9] The president of the church, who is also the president of the council, is appointed by revelation, and acknowledged, in his administration, by the voice of the church; [10] and it is according to the dignity of his office, that he should preside over the high council of the church; and it is his privilege to be assisted by two other presidents, appointed after the same manner, that he himself was appointed; [11] and in case of the absence of one or both of those who are appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the council without an assistant; and in case that he himself is absent, the other presidents have power to preside in his stead, both or either of them.

7 [12] Whenever a high council of the church of Christ is regularly organized, according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve counselors to cast lots by numbers, and thereby ascertain who, of the twelve, shall speak first, commencing with number 1; and so in succession to number 12.

8 [13] Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the twelve counselors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if it is not, two only of the counselors shall speak upon it, according to the form above written. [14] But if it is thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed; and if more difficult, six: but in no case shall more than six be appointed to speak. [15] The accused, in all cases, has a right to one half of the council, to prevent insult or injustice; [16] and the counselors appointed to speak before the council, are to present the case, after the evidence is examined, in its true light, before the council; and every man is to speak according to equity and justice. [17] Those counselors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals who are to stand up in the behalf of the accused, and prevent insult or injustice.

9 [18] In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have a privi­lege of speaking for themselves, before the council, after the evidences are heard, and the counselors who are appointed to speak on the case, have finished their remarks. [19] After the ev­idences are heard, the counselors, accuser and accused have spoken, the president shall give a decision according to the understanding which he shall have of the case, and call upon the twelve counselors to sanction the same by their vote. [20] But should the remaining counselors, who have not spoken, or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings impartially, discover an error in the decision of the president, they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re‑hearing; [21] and if, after a careful re‑hearing, any additional light is shown upon the case, the decision shall be altered accordingly: [22] but in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall stand, the majority of the council having power to determine the same.

10 [23] In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine, or principle, (if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear to the minds of the council,) the president may inquire and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation.

11 [24] The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and organize a council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle difficulties when the parties, or either of them, shall request it: [25] and the said council of high priests shall have power to ap­point one of their own number, to preside over such council for the time being. [26] It shall be the duty of said council to transmit, immediately, a copy of their proceedings, with a full statement of the testimony accompanying their decision, to the high council of the seat of the first presidency of the church. [27] Should the parties, or either of them, be dissatisfied with the decision of said council, they may appeal to the high council of the seat of the first presidency of the church, and have a re‑hearing, which case shall there be conducted, according to the former pattern written, as though no such decision had been made.

12 [28] This council of high priests abroad, is only to be called on the most difficult cases of church matters: and no common or ordinary case is to be sufficient to call such council. [29] The traveling or located high priests abroad, have power to say whether it is necessary to call such a council or not.

13 [30] There is a distinction between the high council of traveling high priests abroad, and the traveling high council composed of the twelve apostles, in their decisions: [31] From the decision of the former there can be an appeal, but from the decision of the latter there cannot. [32] The latter can only be called in question by the general authorities of the church in case of transgression.

14 [33] Resolved that the president, or presidents of the seat of the first presidency of the church, shall have power to determine whether any such case, as may be appealed, is justly entitled to a re‑hearing, after examining the appeal and the evidences and statements accompanying it.

15 [34] The twelve counselors then proceeded to cast lots, or ballot, to ascertain who should speak first, and the following was the result; namely:‑- 1, Oliver Cowdery; 2, Joseph Coe; 3, Samuel H. Smith; 4, Luke Johnson; 5, John S. Carter; 6, Sylvester Smith; 7, John Johnson; 8, Orson Hyde; 9, Jared Carter; 10, Joseph Smith, Sen.; 11, John Smith; 12, Martin Harris.

After prayer the conference adjourned.

OLIVER COWDERY,

ORSON HYDE,

                   Clerks.

SECTION 103 (U); 101 (N)

Revelation given February [24], 1834.

1 [1] Verily I say unto you, my friends, behold I will give unto you a revelation and com­mandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion, [2] being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies; on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time: [3] for 1 have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full; [4] and that those who call them­selves after my name might be chastened for a little season, with a sore and grievous chas­tisement, because they did not hearken alto­gether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.

2 [5] But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall real­ize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour, unto the counsel which I the Lord their God shall give unto them. [6] Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour, [7] and by hearkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God, shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet; and the earth is given unto the saints, to possess it forever and ever. [8] But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the king­doms of the world shall prevail against them, [9] for they were set to be a light unto the world, and to be the saviors of men; [10] and inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thence­forth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot. Amen.

3 [11] But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren, which have been scattered, shall return to the land of their inheritances and build up the waste places of Zion; [12] for after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing. [13] ­Behold, this is the blessing which I have pro­mised after your tribulations, and the tribula­tions of your brethren; your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren; even their restoration to the land of Zion, to be estab­lished, no more to be thrown down; [14] nevertheless, it they pollute their inheritances, they shall be thrown down; for I will not spare them if they pollute their inheritances. [15] Be­hold I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power; [16] therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel, [17] for ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham; and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretch­ed out arm: [18] and as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be. [19] Therefore, let not your hearts faint, for I say not unto you as I said unto your fathers, mine angel shall go up before you, but not my presence; [20] but I say unto you, mine angels shall go before you, and also my presence, and in time ye shall possess the goodly land.

4 [21] Verily, verily I say unto you, that my ser­vant Baurak Ale [Joseph Smith, Jr.] is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vine­yard spoke in the parable which I have given unto you.

5 [22] Therefore, let my servant Baurak Ale say unto the strength of my house, my young men and the middle aged, Gather yourselves to­gether unto the land of Zion, upon the land which I have bought with moneys that have been consecrated unto me; [23] and let all the churches send up wise men, with their mo­neys, and purchase lands even as I have com­manded them; [24] and inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my good­ly land, which I have consecrated to be the land of Zion; even from your own lands after these testimonies, which ye have brought be­fore me, against them, ye shall curse them; [25] and whomsoever ye curse, I will curse; and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies: [26] and my presence shall be with you, even in avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

6 [27] Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my sake, shall find it again. [28] And whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake, is not my disciple. [29] It is my will, that my servant Sidney Rigdon shall lift up his voice in the congregations, in the eastern countries, in preparing the churches to keep the com­mandments which I have given unto them, concerning the restoration and redemption of Zion. [30] It is my will that my servant Parley P. Pratt, and my servant Lyman Wight should not return to the land of their brethren, until they have obtained companies to go up unto the land of Zion, by tens, or by twenties, or by fifties, or by an hundred, until they have obtained to the number of five hundred of the strength of my house. [31] Behold, this is my will; ask and you shall receive, but men do not always do my will: [32] therefore, if you can­not obtain five hundred, seek diligently that peradventure you may obtain three hundred; [33] and if ye cannot obtain three hundred, seek diligently that peradventure you may obtain one hundred. [34] But verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall not go up unto the land of Zion, until you have obtained one hundred of the strength of my house, to go up with you unto the land of Zion. [35] Therefore, as I said unto you, ask and ye shall receive: pray earnestly that perad­venture my servant Baurak Ale [Joseph Smith, Jr.] may go with you and preside in the midst of my people, and organize my kingdom upon the consecra­ted land; and establish the children of Zion, upon the laws and commandments, which have been, and which shall be given, unto you.

7 [36] All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith. [37] Let my servant Parley P. Pratt, journey with my servant Joseph Smith, jr. [38] Let my servant Lyman Wight, journey with my servant Sidney Rigdon.‑‑­ [39] Let my servant Hyrum Smith, journey with my servant Frederic G. Williams. [40] Let my ser­vant Orson Hyde, journey with my servant Or­son Pratt; whithersoever my servant Joseph Smith, jr., shall counsel them in obtaining the fulfillment of these commandments, which I have given unto you, and leave the residue in my hands: even so; Amen.

SECTION 104 (U); 98 (K); 99 (N)

Revelation given to Enoch [Joseph Smith, Jr., April 23, 1834], concerning the order of the church for the benefit of the poor.

1 [1] Verily I say unto you my friends, I give unto you coun­sel and a commandment, concerning all the properties which belong to the order, which I commanded to be organized and established, to be a united order, and an everlasting order for the benefit of my church, and for the salvation of men until I come, [2] with promise immutable and unchangeable, that inas­much as those whom I commanded were faithful, they should be blessed with a multiplicity of blessings; [3] but inasmuch as they were not faithful, they were nigh unto cursing. [4] Therefore inasmuch as some of my servants have not kept the com­mandment, but have broken the covenant, by covetousness and with feigned words, I have cursed them with a very sore and grievous curse: [5] for I the Lord have decreed in my heart, that inasmuch as any man, belonging to the order, shall be found a transgressor; or, in other words, shall break the covenant with which ye are bound, he shall be cursed in his life, and shall be trodden down by whom I will, [6] for I the Lord am not to be mocked in these things: [7] and all this that the innocent among you, may not be condemned with the unjust; and that the guilt among you may not escape, because I the Lord have prom­ised unto you a crown of glory at my right hand. [8] There­fore inasmuch as you are found transgressors, ye cannot escape my wrath in your lives; [9] inasmuch as ye are cut off by transgression, ye cannot escape the buffetings of satan until the day of redemption.

2 [10] And I now give unto you power from this very hour, that if any man among you, of the order, is found a transgressor, and repenteth not of the evil, that ye shall deliver him over unto the buffetings of satan; and he shall not have power to bring evil upon you. [11] It is wisdom in me: therefore a com­mandment I give unto you, that ye shall organize yourselves, and appoint every man his stewardship, [12] that every man may give an account unto me of the stewardship which is appoint­ed unto him: [13] for it is expedient that I the Lord should make every man accountable, as stewards over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures. [14] I the Lord stretched out the heavens, and builded the earth as a very han­dy work; and all things therein are mine; [15] and it is my purpose to provide for my saints for all things are mine; [16] but it must needs be done in mine own way: and behold this is the way, that I the Lord have decreed to provide for my saints: that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low; [17] for the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare, yea, I pre­pared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. [18] Therefore, if any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his por­tion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor, and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment.

3 [19] And now, verily I say unto you, concerning the properties of the order: [20] let my servant Pelagoram [Sidney Rigdon] have appointed unto him the place where he now resides, and the lot of Tahhanes [tannery], for his stewardship, for his support while he is laboring in my vineyard, even as I will when I shall command him; [21] and let all things be done according to counsel of the order, and uni­ted consent, or voice of the order which dwell in the land of Shinehah [Kirtland]. [22] And this stewardship and blessing, I the Lord confer upon my servant Pelagoram, for a blessing upon him, and his seed after him; [23] and I will multiply blessings upon him, inasmuch as he shall be humble before me.

4 [24] And again, let my servant Mahemson [Martin Harris] have appointed unto him, for his stewardship, the lot of land which my servant Zombre [John Johnson] obtained in exchange for his former inheritance, for him and his seed after him; [25] and inasmuch as he is faithful I will multiply blessings upon him and his seed after him. [26] And let my servant Mahemson [Martin Harris] devote his moneys for the proclaim­ing of my words, according as my servant Gazelam [Joseph Smith, Jr.] shall direct.

5 [27] And again, let my servant Shederlaomach [Frederick G. Williams] have the place upon which he now dwells. [28] And let my servant Olihah [Oliver Cowdery] have the lot which is set off joining the house which is to be for the Lane‑shine‑house [printing office], which is lot number one: and also the lot upon which his father resides. [29] And let my servant Shederla­omach and Olihah have the Lane‑shine‑house and all things that pertain unto it; [30] and this shall be their stewardship which shall be appointed unto them; [31] and inasmuch as they are faith­ful, behold I will bless, and multiply blessings upon them: [32] and this is the beginning of the stewardship which I have appoint­ed them, for them and their seed after them; [33] and inasmuch as they are faithful, I will multiply blessings upon them and their seed after them; even a multiplicity of blessings.

6 [34] And again, let my servant Zombre [John Johnson] have the house in which he lives, and the inheritance, all save the ground which has been reserved for the building of my houses, which pertains to that inheritance; and those lots which have been named for my servant Olihah [Oliver Cowdery]. [35] And inasmuch as he is faithful, I will multiply blessings upon him. [36] And it is my will that he should sell the lots that are laid off for the building up of the city of my saints, inasmuch as it shall be made known to him by the voice of the Spirit, and according to the counsel of the order; and by the voice of the order. [37] And this is the beginning of the stewardship which I have appointed unto him, for a bles­sing unto him, and his seed after him; [38] and inasmuch as he is faithful, I will multiply a multiplicity of blessings upon him.

7 [39] And again, let my servant Ahashdah [Newel K. Whitney] have appointed unto him, the houses and lot where he now resides, and the lot and building on which the Ozondah [mercantile building] stands; and also the lot which is on the corner south of the Ozondah; and also the lot on which the Shule [ashery] is situated: [40] And all this I have appointed unto my ser­vant Ahashdah, for his stewardship, for a blessing upon him and his seed after him, for the benefit of the Ozondah of my order, which I have established for my stake in the land of Shinehah [Kirtland]; [41] yea, verily this is the stewardship which I have ap­pointed unto my servant Ahashdah; even this whole Ozondah establishment, him and his agent, and his seed after him, [42] and inasmuch as he is faithful in keeping my commandments, which I have given unto him, I will multiply blessings upon him, and his seed after him, even a multiplicity of blessings.

8 [43] And again, let my servant Gazelam [Joseph Smith, Jr.] have appointed unto him, the lot which is laid off for the building of my house, which is forty rods long, and twelve wide, and also the inheri­tance upon which his father now resides; [44] and this is the begin­ning of the stewardship which I have appointed unto him, for a blessing upon him, and upon his father, [45] for behold, I have re­served an inheritance for his father, for his support: therefore he shall be reckoned in the house of my servant Gazelam; [46] and I will multiply blessings upon the house of my servant Gazelam, inasmuch as he is faithful, even a multiplicity of blessings.

9 [47] And now a commandment I give unto you concerning Zion, that you shall no longer be bound as a united order to your brethren of Zion, only on this wise: [48] after you are organized you shall be called the united order of the stake of Zion, the city of Shinehah [Kirtland]. And your brethren, after they are organized, shall be called the united order of the city of Zion; [49] and they shall be organized in their own names, and in their own name; and they shall do their business in their own name, and in their own names: [50] and you shall do your business in your own name, and in your own names. [51] And this I have commanded to be done for your salvation and also for their salvation in consequence of their being driven out and that which is to come. [52] The covenants being broken through transgression, by covetousness and feigned words: [53] therefore, you are disolved as a united order with your brethren, that you are not bound only up to this hour, unto them, only on this wise, as I said, by loan, as shall be agreed by this order, in council, as your circumstances will admit, and the voice of the council direct.

10 [54] And again, a commandment I give unto you concerning your stewardship which I have appointed unto you: [55] behold all these properties are mine, or else your faith is vain, and ye are found hypocrites, and the covenants which ye have made unto me are broken: [56] and if the properties are mine then ye are stewards, otherwise ye are no stewards. [57] But verily I say unto you, I have appointed unto you to be stewards over mine house, even stewards indeed: [58] and for this purpose I have com­manded you to organize yourselves, even to shinelah [print] my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you, and which I shall hereafter, from time to time, give unto you, [59] for the purpose of building up my church and kingdom on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell with them, which is nigh at hand.

11 [60] And ye shall prepare for yourselves a place for a treasury, and consecrate it unto my name; [61] and ye shall appoint one among you to keep the treasury, and he shall be ordained un­to this blessing; [62] and there shall be a seal upon the treasury, and all the sacred things shall be delivered into the treasury, and no man among you shall call it his own, or any part of it, for it shall belong to you all with one accord; [63] and I give it un­to you from this very hour: and now see to it, that ye go to and make use of the stewardship which I have appointed unto you, exclusive of the sacred things, for the purpose of shine­lane [printing]these sacred things, as I have said: [64] and the avails of the sacred things shall be had in the treasury, and a seal shall be upon it, and it shall not be used or taken out of the treasury by any one, neither shall the seal be loosed which shall be placed upon it, only by the voice of the order, or by command­ment. [65] And thus shall ye preserve all the avails of the sacred things in the treasury, for sacred and holy purposes: [66] and this shall be called the sacred treasury of the Lord: and a seal shall be kept upon it that it may be holy and consecrated unto the Lord.

12 [67] And again, there shall be another treasury prepared and a treasurer appointed to keep the treasury, and a seal shall be placed upon it; [68] and all moneys that you receive in your stew­ardships, by improving upon the properties which I have ap­pointed unto you, in houses or in lands, or in cattle, or in all things save it be the holy and sacred writings, which I have reserved unto myself for holy and sacred purposes, shall be cast into the treasury as fast as you receive moneys by hun­dreds or by fifties, or by twenties, or by tens, or by fives, [69] or in other words, if any man among you obtain five talents let him cast them into the treasury; or if he obtain ten, or twenty, or fifty, or an hundred, let him do likewise; [70] and let not any man among you say that it is his own, for it shall not be called his, nor any part of it; [71] and there shall not any part of it be used, or taken out of the treasury, only by the voice and common consent of the order. [72] And this shall be the voice and com­mon consent of the order: that any man among you, say unto the treasurer, I have need of this to help me in my stewardship, [73] if it be five talents, or if it be ten talents, or twenty, or fifty, or an hundred, the treasurer shall give unto him the sum which he requires, to help him in his stewardship, [74] until he be found a transgressor, and it is manifest before the council of the order plainly, that he is an unfaithful, and an unwise stew­ard; [75] but so long as he is in full fellowship, and is faithful, and wise in his stewardship, this shall be his token unto the treas­urer that the treasurer shall not withhold. [76] But in case of trans­gression the treasurer shall be subject unto the council and voice of the order. [77] And in case the treasurer is found as unfaithful, and an unwise steward, he shall be subject to the counsel and voice of the order, and shall be removed out of his place, and another shall be appointed in his stead.

13 [78] And again, verily I say unto you, concerning your debts, behold it is my will that you should pay all your debts; [79] and it is my will that you should humble yourselves before me, and obtain this blessing by your diligence and humility, and the prayer of faith: [80] and inasmuch as you are diligent and humble, and exercise the prayer of faith, behold I will soften the hearts of those to whom you are in debt, until I shall send means un­to you for your deliverance. [81] Therefore write speedily unto Cainhannoch [New York], and write according to that which shall be dic­tated by my Spirit, and I will soften the hearts of those to whom you are in debt, that it shall be taken away out of their minds to bring affliction upon you. [82] And inasmuch as ye are humble and faithful and call on my name, behold I will give you the victory: [83] I give unto you a promise, that you shall be delivered this once, out of your bondage: [84] inasmuch as you ob­tain a chance to loan money by hundreds, or thousands, even until you shall loan enough to deliver yourselves from bondage, it is your privilege, [85] and pledge the properties which I have put into your hands, this once, by giving your names, by common consent, or otherwise, as it shall seem good unto you: [86] I give unto you this privilege, this once, and behold, if you proceed to do the things which I have laid before you, according to my commandments, all these things are mine, and ye are my stewards, and the master will not suffer his house to be broken up: even so. Amen.

SECTION 105 (U); 102 (N)

Revelation given on Fishing River, Missouri, June 22, 1834.

1 [1] Verily I say unto you, who have assem­bled yourselves together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of mine afflicted people:

2 [2] Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking con­cerning the church and not individuals, they might have been redeemed even now: [3] but behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I require at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them, [4] and are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom: [5] and Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the princi­ples of the law of the celestial kingdom, other­wise I cannot receive her unto myself; [6] and my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.

3 [7] I speak not concerning those who are ap­pointed to lead my people, who are the first elders of my church, for they are not all under this condemnation; [8] but I speak concerning my churches abroad: there are many who will say, Where is their God? Behold, he will de­liver in time of trouble; otherwise we will not go up unto Zion, and will keep our moneys. [9] Therefore, in consequence of the transgression of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion, [10] that they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly, concerning their duty, and the things which I require at their hands; [11] and this cannot be brought to pass un­til mine elders are endowed with power from on high: [12] for behold, I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful, and con­tinue in humility before me; [13] therefore, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion: [14] for behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfill, I will fight your battles.

4 [15] Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence, they shall not be left to pol­lute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.

5 [16] Behold, I have commanded my servant Baurak Ale [Joseph Smith, Jr.] to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men and middle‑aged, to gather together for the re­demption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen; [17] but the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words; [18] but inas­much as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. [19] I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me, that they should be brought thus far, for a trial of their faith.

6 [20] And now, verily I say unto you, a com­mandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the re­gion round about, let them stay; [21] and those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inas­much as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them, [22] for I will counsel him concerning this matter; and all things whatsoever he shall appoint unto them shall be fulfilled.

7 [23] And let all my people who dwell in the regions round about, be very faithful, and prayerful, and humble before me, and reveal not the things which I have revealed unto them, until it is wisdom in me that they should be revealed. [24] Talk not judgment, neither boast of faith, nor of mighty works; but care­fully gather together, as much in one region as can be consistently with the feelings of the people: [25] and behold, I will give unto you favor and grace in their eyes, that you may rest in peace and safety, while you are saying unto the people, execute judgment and justice for us according to law, and redress us of our wrongs.

8 [26] Now, behold, I say unto you, my friends, in this way you may find favor in the eyes of the people, until the army of Israel becomes very great : [27] and I will soften the hearts of the people, as I did the heart of Pharaoh, from time to time, until my servant Baurak Ale, and Baneemy [elders], whom I have appointed, shall have time to gather up the strength of my house, [28] and to have sent wise men, to fulfill that which I have commanded concerning the purchasing of all the lands in Jackson county, that can be purchased, and in the adjoining counties round about; [29] for it is my will that these lands should be purchased, and after they are purchased that my saints should pos­sess them according to the laws of consecra­tion which I have given; [30] and after these lands are purchased, I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possession of their own lands, which they have previously pur­chased with their moneys, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies, that may be upon them, and scattering their watchmen, and avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

9 [31] But firstly, let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me, that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon, and that her banners may be ter­rible unto all nations; [32] that the kingdoms of this world may be constrained to acknowledge that the kingdom of Zion is in very deed the kingdom of our God and his Christ: therefore, let us become subject unto her laws.

10 [33] Verily 1 say unto you, it is expedient in me that the first elders of my church should receive their endowment from on high, in my house, which I have commanded to be built unto my name in the land of Kirtland: [34] and let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion and her law, be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption. [35] There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy: [36] and it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen, and they shall be sanctified: [37] and inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.

11 [38] And again I say unto you, sue for peace, not only the people that have smitten you, but also to all people; [39] and lift up an ensign of peace, and make a proclamation for peace unto the ends of the earth; [40] and make propo­sals for peace, unto those who have smitten you, according to the voice of the Spirit which is in you, and all things shall work together for your good: [41] therefore be faithful, and be­hold, and lo! I am with you even unto the end, even so; Amen.

SECTION 106 (U); 99 (K); 100 (N)

[Given November 25, 1834]

1 [1] It is my will that my servant Warren A. Cowdery should be appointed and ordained a presiding high priest over my church in the land of Freedom and the regions round about, [2] and should preach my everlasting gospel and lift up his voice and warn the people, not only in his own place, but in the ad­joining countries, [3] and devote his whole time in this high and holy calling which I now give unto him, seeking diligently the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and all things ne­cessary shall be added thereunto; for the laborer is worthy of his hire.

2 [4] And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night: [5] therefore, gird up your loins that you may be the children of the light, and that day shall not overtake you as a thief.

3 [6] And again, verily I say unto you, there was joy in heaven when my servant Warren bowed to my scepter, and separated himself from the crafts of men: [7] therefore, blessed is my ser­vant Warren, for I will have mercy on him, and notwithstan­ding the vanity of his heart I will lift him up inasmuch as he will humble himself before me; [8] and I will give him grace and assurance wherewith he may stand; and if he continues to be a faithful witness and a light unto the church, I have prepared a crown for him in the mansions of my Father: even so.­ Amen.

SECTION 107 (U); 3 (K); 3 (N)

ON PRIESTHOOD.
[Revelation given March 28, 1835]

1 [1] There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely: the Melchizedek, and the Aaronic, including the Levitical priest­hood. [2] Why the first is called the Melchizedek priesthood, is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest: [3] before his day it was called the holy priesthood, after the order of the Son of God; [4] but out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek priesthood.

2 [5] All other authorities, or offices in the church are appenda­ges to this priesthood; [6] but there are two divisions, or grand heads-‑one is the Melchizedek priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic, or Levitical priesthood.

3 [7] The office of an elder comes under the priesthood of Mel­chizedek. [8] The Melchizedek priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in the church, in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things.

4 [9] The presidency of the high priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church.

5 [10] High priests, after the order of the Melchizedek priesthood, have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest, (of the Levitical order,) teacher, deacon and member.

6 [11] An elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.

7 [12] The high priest, and elder, are to administer in spiritual things, agreeably to the covenants and commandments of the church; and they have a right to officiate in all these offices of the church when there are no higher authorities present.

8 [13] The second priesthood is called the priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations. [14] Why it is called the lesser priesthood, is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances. [15] The bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood and holds the keys, or authority of the same. [16] No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron. [17] 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 by the hands of the presidency of the Melchizedek priesthood.

9 [18] The power and authority of the higher or Melchizedek priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church‑-to have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven‑-to have the heavens opened unto them‑- [19] to commune with the general assembly and church of the first born, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant.

10 [20] The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic priesthood, is, to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances‑-the letter of the gospel-‑the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeably to the covenants and commandments.

11 [21] Of necessity there are presidents, or presiding offices growing out of, or appointed of, or from among those who are ordained to the several offices in these two priesthoods. [22] Of the Melchizedek priesthood, three presiding high priests, cho­sen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and up­held by the confidence, faith and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the presidency of the church. [23] The twelve traveling counselors are called to be the twelve apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ, in all the world: thus differ­ing from other officers in the church in the duties of their call­ing. [24] And they form a quorum equal in authority and power to the three presidents, previously mentioned. [25] The seventy are also called to preach the gospel, and to be especial witness­es unto the Gentiles and in all the world. Thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling: [26] and they form a quorum equal in authority to that of the twelve especial witnesses or apostles, just named. [27] And every deci­sion made by either of these quorums, must be by the unanim­ous voice of the same; that is, every member in each quorum must be agreed to its decisions in order to make their decis­ions of the same power or validity one with the other. [28] (A majority may form a quorum when circumstances render it impossible to be otherwise.) [29] Unless this is the case, their de­cisions are not entitled to the same blessings which the decisions of a quorum of the three presidents were anciently, who were ordained after the order of Melchizedek, and were righteous and holy men. [30] The decisions of these quorums, or either of them are to be made in all righteousness; in holiness and lowliness of heart; meekness and long suffering; and in faith and virtue and knowledge; temperance, patience, godliness brotherly kindness and charity, [31] because the promise is, if these things abound in them, they shall not be unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord. [32] And in case that any decision, of these quorums, is made in unrighteousness, it may be brought before a general assembly of the several quorums which consti­tute the spiritual authorities of the church, otherwise there can be no appeal from their decision.

12 [33] The twelve are a traveling, presiding high council, to of­ficiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the presidency of the church, agreeably to the institution of heav­en; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same, in all nations: first unto the Gentiles, and secondly un­to the Jews.

13 [34] The seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the twelve, or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same, in all nations: first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews:‑- [35] the twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ; and the first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.

14 [36] The standing high councils, at the stakes of Zion, form a quorum equal in authority, in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the quorum of the presidency, or to the traveling high council.

15 [37] The high council in Zion, forms a quorum equal in authority, in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the councils of the twelve at the stakes of Zion.

16 [38] It is the duty of the traveling high council to call upon the seventy, when they need assistance, to fill the several calls for preaching and administering the gospel, in stead of any others.

17 [39] It is the duty of the twelve in all large branches of the church, to ordain evangelical ministers, as they shall be desig­nated unto them by revelation.

18 [40] The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal de­scendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made. [41] This order was instituted in the days of Adam, and came down by lineage in the following manner:

19 [42] From Adam to Seth, who was ordained by Adam at the age of 69 years, and was blessed by him three years previous to his (Adam’s) death, and received the promise of God by his father, that his posterity should be the chosen of the Lord, and that they should be preserved unto the end of the earth, [43] because he (Seth) was a perfect man, and his likeness was the express likeness of his father’s insomuch that he seemed to be like unto his father in all things; and could be distinguished from him only by his age.

20 [44] Enos was ordained at the age of 134 years, and four months, by the hand of Adam.

21 [45] God called upon Cainan in the wilderness, in the fortieth year of his age, and he met Adam in journeying to the place Shedolamak: he was eighty seven years old when he received his ordination.

22 [46] Mahalaleel was 496 years and seven days old when he was ordained by the hand of Adam, who also blessed him.

23 [47] Jared was 200 years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam, who also blessed him.

24 [48] Enoch, was 25 years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam, and he was 65 and Adam blessed him‑- [49] and he saw the Lord: and he walked with him, and was before his face continually: and he walked with God 365 years: making him 430 years old when he was translated.

25 [50] Methuselah was 100 years old when he was ordained un­der the hand of Adam.

26 [51] Lamech was 32 years old when he was ordained under the hand of Seth.

27 [52] Noah was 10 years old when he was ordained under the hand of Methuselah.

28 [53] Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch and Methuse­lah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity, who were righteous, into the valley of Adam‑ondi‑ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. [54] And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the Prince, the Archangel. [55] And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him, I have set thee to be at the head: a multitude of nations shall come of thee; and thou art a prince over them for ever.

29 [56] And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation, and notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his poster­ity unto the latest generation. [57] These things were all writ­ten in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.

30 [58] It is the duty of the twelve, also, to ordain and set in or­der all the other officers of the church, agreeably to the rev­elation which says:

31 [59] To the church of Christ in the land of Zion, in addition to the church laws, respecting church business: [60] Verily, I say unto you, says the Lord of hosts, There must needs be presiding elders, to preside over those who are of the office of an elder; [61] and also priests, to preside over those who are of the office of a priest; [62] and also teachers to preside over those who are of the office of a teacher, in like manner; and also the deacons: [63] wherefore, from deacon to teacher, and from teacher to priest, and from priest to elder, severally as they are ap­pointed, according to the covenants and commandments of the church; [64] then comes the high priesthood, which is the great­est of all. [65] Wherefore, it must needs be that one be appointed, of the high priesthood, to preside over the priesthood; and he shall be called president of the high priesthood of the church, [66] or in other words, the presiding high priest over the high priesthood of the church. [67] From the same comes the administering of ordinances and blessings upon the church, by the laying on of the hands.

32 [68] Wherefore the office of a bishop is not equal unto it; for the office of a bishop is in administering all temporal things: [69] nevertheless, a bishop must be chosen from the high priesthood, unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron; [70] for unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron he cannot hold the keys of that priesthood. [71] Nevertheless, a high priest, that is after the order of Melchizedek may be set apart unto the minis­tering of temporal things, having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth, [72] and also to be a judge in Israel, to do the business of the church to sit in judgment upon transgressors, upon testimony, as it shall be laid before him, according to the laws, by the assistance of his counselors, whom he has chosen or will choose among the elders of the church. [73] This is the duty of a bishop who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been ordained to the high priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.

33 [74] Thus shall he be a judge, even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion, or in a stake of Zion, or in any branch of the church where he shall be set apart unto this ministry, until the borders of Zion are enlarged, and it becomes necessary to have other bishops, or judges in Zion, or elsewhere: [75] and inasmuch as there are other bishops appointed they shall act in the same office.

34 [76] But a literal descendant of Aaron has a legal right to the presidency of this priesthood, to the keys of this ministry, to act in the office of bishop independently, without counselors, except in a case where a president of the high priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, is tried; to sit as a judge in Israel.‑- [77] And the decision of either of these councils, agreeably to the commandment which says;

35 [78] Again, verily, I say unto you: The most important busi­ness of the church, and the most difficult cases of the church, inasmuch as there is not satisfaction upon the decision of the bishop, or judges, it shall be handed over and carried up unto the council of the church, before the presidency of the high priesthood; [79] and the presidency of the council of the high priesthood shall have power to call other high priests, even twelve, to assist as counselors; and thus the presidency of the high priesthood, and its counselors shall have power to decide upon testimony according to the laws of the church. [80] And after this decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord; for this is the highest council of the church of God, and a final decision upon controversies, in spiritual matters.

36 [81] There is not any person belonging to the church, who is exempt from this council of the church.

37 [82] And inasmuch as a president of the high priesthood shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the common council of the church, who shall be assisted by twelve counselors of the high priesthood; [83] and their decision upon his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him. [84] Thus, none shall be exempted from the justice and the laws of God; that all things may be done in order and in solemnity, before him, according to truth and righteousness.

38 [85] And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a deacon, is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty‑-edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants.

39 [86] And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers, is to preside over twenty four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them‑-teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.

40 [87] Also the duty of the president over the priesthood of Aaron, is to preside over forty eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants. [88] This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.

41 [89] Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders is to preside over ninety six elders, and to sit in council with them, and to teach them according to the covenants. [90] This presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy, and is designed for those who do not travel into all the world.

42 [91] And again, the duty of the president of the office of the high priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses. [92] Behold, here is wisdom‑-yea, to be a seer, a revelator, a translator and a prophet‑-having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.

43 [93] And it is according to the vision, showing the order of the seventy, that they should have seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy, [94] and the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six; [95] and these seven presidents are to choose other seventy besides the first seventy, to whom they belong, and are to preside over them; [96] and also other seventy until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it. [97] And these seventy are to be traveling ministers unto the Gentiles, first, and also unto the Jews, [98] whereas other offices of the church who belong not unto the twelve neither to the seventy, are not under the responsibility to travel among all nations, but are to travel as their circumstances shall allow, notwithstanding they may hold as high and responsible offices in the church.

44 [99] Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence. [100] He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved, shall not be counted worthy to stand; even so. Amen.

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The word of the Lord, given unto Thomas B. Marsh, at Kirtland July 23,1837,
concerning the Twelve apostles of the Lamb.

1 [1] Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Thomas, I have heard thy prayers, and thine alms have come up as a memorial before me in behalf of those thy brethren who were chosen to bear testimony of my name, and to send it abroad among all nations, kin­dreds, tongues, and people; and ordained through the instrumentality of my servants.

2 [2] Verily I say unto you, there have been some few things in thine heart and with thee, with which I the Lord was not well pleased; [3] nevertheless inasmuch as thou hast abased thyself thou shalt be exalted: therefore all thy sins are forgiven thee. [4] Let thy heart be of good cheer before my face, and thou shalt bear record of my name, not only unto the Gentiles, but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my words unto the ends of the earth.

3 [5] Contend thou therefore morning by morn­ing, and day after day let thy warning voice go forth; and when the night cometh, let not the inhabitants of the earth slumber because of thy speech.

4 [6] Let thy habitation be known in Zion, and remove not thy house, for I the Lord have a great work for thee to do, in publishing my name among the children of men: [7] therefore gird up thy loins for the work. Let thy feet be shod also for thou art chosen and thy path lieth among the mountains, and among many nations; [8] and by thy word many high ones shall be brought low; and by thy word many low ones shall be exalted. [9] Thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor; and at thy rebuke let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness.

5 [10] Be thou humble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by thy hand, and give the an­swer to thy prayers. [11] I know thy heart and have heard thy prayers concerning thy breth­ren. Be not partial towards them in love above many others, but let thy love be for them as for thyself; and let thy love abound unto all men, and unto all who love my name. [12] And pray for thy brethren of the twelve.­ Admonish them sharply for my name’s sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins and be ye faithful before me unto my name. [13] And after their temptations, and much tribu­lations, behold I the Lord will feel after them, and if they harden not their hearts, and stiffen not their necks against me, they shall be con­verted, and I will heal them.

6 [14] Now I say unto you, and what I say unto you, I say unto all the twelve, arise and gird up your loins, take up your cross, follow me, and feed my sheep. [15] Exalt not yourselves; rebel not against my servant Joseph, for verily I say unto you I am with him, and my hand shall be over him; and the keys which I have given unto him, and also to youward, shall not be taken from him till I come.

7 [16] Verily I say unto you, my servant Thom­as, thou art the man whom I have chosen to hold the keys of my kingdom (as pertaining to the twelve) abroad among all nations, [17] that thou mayest be my servant to unlock the door of the kingdom in all places where my servant Joseph, and my servant Sidney, and my ser­vant Hyrum, cannot come: [18] for on them have I laid the burden of all the churches for a little season; [19] wherefore, whithersoever they shall send you, go ye, and I will be with you, and in whatsoever place ye shall proclaim my name, an effectual door shall be opened unto you, that they may receive my word; [20] whoso­ever receiveth my word receiveth me, and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth those (the first presidency) whom I have sent, whom I have made counselors for my name’s sake un­to you.

8 [21] And again I say unto you, that whoso­ever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren, the twelve, duly recommend­ed and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them, [22] inasmuch as they shall humble themselves before me, and abide in my word, and hearken to the voice of my spirit.

9 [23] Verily, Verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face! [24] Behold vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth; a day of wrath; a day of burning; a day of desolation; of weeping; of mourning and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.

10 [25] And upon my house shall it begin; and from my house shall it go forth saith the Lord. [26] First among those among you saith the Lord; who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house saith the Lord.

11 [27] Therefore see to it that ye trouble not yourselves concerning the affairs of my church in this place, saith the Lord: [28] but purify your hearts before me, and then go ye into all the world and preach my gospel unto every crea­ture, who have not received it, [29] and he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not, and is not baptized shall be damned.

12 [30] For unto you (the twelve) and those (the first presidency) who are appointed with you to be your counselors and your leaders, is the power of this priesthood given for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the fulness of times, [31] which power you hold in connection with all those who have received a dispensation at any time from the beginning of the creation: [32] for verily I say unto you the keys of the dispensation which ye have received, have come down from the fathers; and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.

13 [33] Verily I say unto you, behold how great is your calling. Cleanse your hearts and your garments, lest the blood of this generation be required at your hands. [34] Be faithful until I come for I come quickly, and my reward is with me to recompense every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega: Amen.

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Revelation given at Far West, Missouri, Ju­ly 8, 1838.

In answer to the question: O Lord shew unto thy servants how much thou requirest of the properties of the people for a tithing.

1 [1] Verily thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplus property to be put into the hands of the bishop of my church of Zion, [2] for the building of mine house, and for the laying the foundation of Zion, and for the priesthood, and for the debts of the presidency of my church; [3] and this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people: [4] and after that, those who have thus been tithed, shall pay one tenth of all their interest annually, and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.

2 [5] Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass, that all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus proper­ties, and shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you.­ [6] And I say unto you, if my people observe not this law, to keep it holy, and by this law sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statutes and my judgments, may be kept thereon, that it may be most holy, behold, verily I say unto you, it shall not be a land of Zion unto you: [7] and this shall be an ensample unto all the stakes of Zion: even so, Amen.

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Revelation given to Joseph Smith, January 19, 1841.

1 [1] Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made, for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might shew forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth. [2] Your prayers are acceptable before me, and in an­swer to them I say unto you, that you are now called immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake which I have planted to be a corner‑stone of Zion, which shall be polished with that refine­ment which is after the similitude of a palace. [3] This proclamation shall be made to all the kings of the world, to the four corners thereof ‑‑To the honorable President elect, and the high‑minded governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the earth, scattered abroad. [4] Let it be written in the Spirit of meekness, and by the power of the Holy Ghost, which shall be in you at the time of the writing of the same; [5] for it shall be given you by the Holy Ghost to know my will concerning those kings and authorities, even what shall befall them in a time to come. [6] For, behold! I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light and glory of Zion, for the set time has come to favor her.

2 [7] Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation, and with your testimony, fear­ing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof, which soon falleth, that they may be left also without excuse, [8] and that I may visit them in the day of visitation, when I shall unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppres­sor among hypocrites, where there is gnash­ing of teeth; if they reject my servants and my testimony which I have revealed unto them. [9] And again, I will visit and soften their hearts, many of them, for your good, that ye may find grace in their eyes, that they may come to the light of truth, and the Gentiles to the exaltation or lifting up of Zion. [10] For the day of my visitation cometh speedily, in an hour when ye think not of, and where shall be the safety of my people? and refuge for those who shall be left of them?

3 [11] Awake! 0 kings of the earth! Come ye, 0! come ye, with your gold and your sil­ver, to the help of my people, to the house of the daughters of Zion.

4 [12] And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Robert B. Thompson help you to write this proclamation; for I am well pleased with him, and that he should be with you; [13] let him, therefore, hearken to your counsel, and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings; let him be faithful and true in all things from henceforth, and he shall be great in mine eyes; [14] but let him remember that his stewardship will I require at his hands.

5 [15] And again, verily I say unto you, blessed is my servant Hyrum Smith, for I the Lord love him because of the integrity of his heart, and because he loveth that which is right before me, saith the Lord.

6 [16] Again, let my servant John C. Bennett, help you in your labor in sending my word to the kings and people of the earth, and stand by you, even you my servant Joseph Smith, in the hour of affliction, and his reward shall not fail, if he receive counsel; [17] and for his love he shall be great; for he shall be mine if he do this, saith the Lord. I have seen the work which he hath done, which I accept, if he continue, and will crown him with blessings and great glory.

7 [18] And again, I say unto you, that it is my will that my servant Lyman Wight should continue in preaching for Zion, in the spirit of meekness, confessing me before the world, and I will bear him up as on eagle’s wings, and he shall beget glory and honor to himself, and unto my name, [19] that when he shall finish his work, that I may receive him unto myself, even as I did my servant David Patten, who is with me at this time, and also my servant Edward Partridge, and also my aged servant Joseph Smith, sen., who sitteth with Abraham, at his right hand, and blessed and holy is he, for he is mine.

8 [20] And again, verily I say unto you, my ser­vant George Miller is without guile; he may be trusted because of the integrity of his heart; and for the love which he has to my testimony, I the Lord loveth him; [21] I therefore say unto you, I seal upon his head the office of a bishopric, like unto my servant Edward Partridge, that he may receive the consecrations of mine house, that he may administer blessings upon the heads of the poor of my people, saith the Lord. Let no man despise my servant George, for he shall honor me.

9 [22] Let my servant George, and my servant Lyman, and my servant John Snider, and others, build a house unto my name, such a one, as my servant Joseph shall show unto them; upon the place which he shall show unto them also. [23] And it shall be for a house for boarding, a house that strangers may come from afar to lodge therein: therefore, let it be a good house, worthy of all acceptation, that the weary traveler may find health and safety while he shall contemplate the word of the Lord, and the corner‑stone have I appointed for Zion. [24] This house shall be a healthy habitation, if it be built unto my name, and if the governor, which shall be appointed unto it shall not suffer any pollution to come upon it. It shall be holy, or the Lord your God will not dwell therein.

10 [25] And again, verily I say unto you, let all my saints [come] from afar; [26] and send ye swift mes­sengers, yea, chosen messengers, and say unto them, Come ye, with all your gold, and your silver, and your precious stones, and with all your antiquities; and with all who have know­ledge of antiquities, that will come may come, and bring the box tree, and the fir tree, and the pine tree, together with all the precious trees of the earth; [27] and with iron, with copper, and with brass, and with zinc, and with all your precious things of the earth, and build a house to my name, for the Most High to dwell therein; [28] for there is not a place found on earth that he may come and restore again that which was lost unto you, or, which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood; [29] for a baptismal font there is not upon the earth; that they, my saints, may be baptized for those who are dead: [30] for this ordinance belongeth to my house, and cannot be accep­table to me, only in the days of your poverty, wherein ye are not able to build a house unto me. [31] But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me, and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me.

11 [32] But, behold, at the end of this appoint­ment, your baptisms for your dead shall not be acceptable unto me; and if you do not these things at the end of the appointment, ye shall be rejected as a church with your dead, saith the Lord your God. [33] For, verily I say unto you, that after you have had suf­ficient time to build a house to me, wherein the ordinance of baptizing for the dead belongeth, and for which the same was instituted from before the foundation of the world, your baptisms for your dead cannot be acceptable unto me; [34] for therein are the keys of the holy priesthood, ordained, that you may receive honor and glory. [35] And after this time, your baptisms for the dead, by those who are scat­tered abroad, are not acceptable unto me, saith the Lord; [36] for it is ordained that in Zion and in her stakes, and in Jerusalem, those places which I have appointed for refuge, shall be the places for your baptisms for your dead.

12 [37] And again, verily I say unto you, how shall your washings be acceptable unto me, except ye perform them in a house which you have built to my name? [38] For, for this cause I commanded Moses that he should build a tabernacle, that they should bear it with them in the wilderness, and to build a house in the land of promise, that those ordinances might be revealed, which had been hid from before the world was; [39] therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings and your washings, and your baptisms for the dead, and your sol­emn assemblies, and your memorials for your sacrifices, by the sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places, wherein you receive conversations, and your statutes and judgments, for the beginning of the revelations and foundation of Zion, and for the glory, honor and endowment of all her municipals, are ordained by the ordinance of my holy house which my people are always command­ed to build unto my holy name.

13 [40] And verily I say unto you, let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein, unto my people; [41] for I deign to reveal unto my church, things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world; things that pertain to the dispensation of the fulness of times; [42] and I will show unto my servant Joseph all things pertaining to this house, and the priesthood thereof; and the place whereon it shall be built: [43] and ye shall build it on the place where you have contemplated building it; for that is the spot which I have chosen for you to build it. [44] If ye labor with all your mights, I will consecrate that spot, that it shall be made holy; [45] and if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place. [46] But if they will not hear­ken to my voice, nor unto the voice of these men whom I have appointed, they shall not be blest, because they pollute mine holy grounds, and mine holy ordinances, and charters, and my holy words, which I give unto them.

14 [47] And it shall come to pass, that if you build a house unto my name, and do not do the things that I say, I will not perform the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfill the pro­mises which ye expect at my hands, saith the Lord; [48] for instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indigna­tion, and judgments, upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord.

15 [49] Verily, verily I say unto you, that when I give a commandment to any of the sons of men, to do a work unto my name, and those sons of men go with all their mights, and with all they have, to perform that work, and cease not their diligence, and their enemies come upon them, and hinder them from performing that work; behold, it behooveth me to require that work no more at the hands of those sons of men, but to accept of their offerings; [50] and the iniquity and transgression of my holy laws and commandments, I will visit upon the heads of those who hindered my work, unto the third and fourth generation, so long as they repent not, and hate me, saith the Lord God. [51] Therefore for this cause have I accepted the offerings of those whom I commanded to build up a city and a house unto my name, in Jack­son county, Missouri, and were hindered by their enemies, saith the Lord your God: [52] and I will answer judgment, wrath, and indigna­tion, wailing, and anguish, and gnashing of teeth, upon their heads, unto the third and fourth generation, so long as they repent not, and hate me, saith the Lord your God.

16 [53] And this I make an example unto you, for your consolation, concerning all those who have been commanded to do a work, and have been hindered by the hands of their enemies, and by oppression, saith the Lord your God; [54] for I am the Lord your God, and will save all those of your brethren, who have been pure in heart, and have been slain in the land of Missouri, saith the Lord.

17 [55] And again, verily I say unto you, I command you again to build a house to my name, even in this place that you may prove your­selves unto me, that ye are faithful in all things whatsoever I command you, that I may bless you, and crown you with honor, immortality, and eternal life.

18 [56] And now, I say unto you, as pertaining to my boarding‑house, which I have command­ed you to build, for the boarding of strangers, let it be built unto my name, and let my name be named upon it, and let my servant Joseph and his house have place therein, from gene­ration to generation: [57] for this anointing have I put upon his head, that his blessing shall also be put upon the head of his posterity after him; [58] and as I said unto Abraham, con­cerning the hindreds of the earth; even so I say unto my servant Joseph, in thee, and in thy seed, shall the kindred of the earth be blessed. [59] Therefore, let my servant Joseph and his seed after him have place in that house, from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord, [60] and let the name of that house be called the Nauvoo House; and let it be a delightful habitation for man, and a rest­ing place for the weary traveler, that he may contemplate the glory of Zion, and the glory of this the corner‑stone thereof; [61] that he may receive, also, the counsel from those whom I have set to be as plants of renown, and as watchmen upon her walls.

19 [62] Behold! verily I say unto you, let my servant George Miller, and my servant Ly­man Wight, and my servant John Snider, and my servant Peter Haws, organize themselves, and appoint one of them to be a president over their quorum for the purpose of building that house. [63] And they shall form a constitu­tion whereby they may receive stock for the building of that house. [64] And they shall not receive less than fifty dollars for a share of stock in that house, and they shall be permit­ted to receive fifteen thousand dollars from any one man for stock in that house; [65] but they shall not be permitted to receive over fifteen thousand dollars stock, from any one man; [66] and they shall not be permitted to re­ceive under fifty dollars for a share of stock from any one man, in that house; [67] and they shall not be permitted to receive any man as a stockholder in this house, except the same shall pay his stock into their hands at the time he receives stock; [68] and in proportion to the amount of stock he pays into their hands, he shall receive stock in that house; but if he pay nothing into their hands, he shall not receive any stock in that house. [69] And if any pay stock into their hands, it shall be for stock in that house, for himself, and for his generation after him, from generation to gen­eration, so long as he and his heirs shall hold that stock, and do not sell or convey the stock away out of their hands by their own free will and act: if you will do my will, saith the Lord your God.

20 [70] And again, verily I say unto you, if my servant George Miller, and my servant Ly­man Wight, and my servant John Snider, and my servant Peter Haws, receive any stock into their hands, in moneys, or in properties, wherein they receive the real value of moneys, they shall not appropriate any portion of that stock to any other purpose, only in that house; [71] and if they do appropriate any portion of that stock anywhere else, only in that house, without the consent of the stock­holder, and do not repay fourfold, for the stock which they appropriate any where else, only in that house, they shall be accursed, and shall be moved out of their place, saith the Lord God, for I the Lord am God, and cannot be mocked in any of these things.

21 [72] Verily I say unto you, let my servant Joseph pay stock into their hands for the building of that house, as seemeth him good; but my servant Joseph cannot pay over fifteen thousand dollars stock in that house, nor under fifty dollars; neither can any other man, saith the Lord.

22 [73] And there are others also, who wish to know my will concerning them; for they have asked it at my hands: [74] Therefore I say unto you, concerning my servant Vinson Knight, if he will do my will, let him put stock into that house for himself and for his generation after him, from generation to gen­eration, [75] and let him lift up his voice, long and loud, in the midst of the people, to plead the cause of the poor and the needy, and let him not fail, neither let his heart faint, and I will accept of his offerings; for they shall not be unto me as the offerings of Cain, for he shall be mine, saith the Lord. [76] Let his family re­joice, and turn away their hearts from afflic­tion, for I have chosen him and anointed him and he shall be honored in the midst of his house, for I will forgive all his sins, saith the Lord; Amen.

23 [77] Verily I say unto you, let my servant Hyrum put stock into that house, as seemeth him good, for himself and his generation after him, from generation to generation.

24 [78] Let my servant Isaac Galland put stock into that house, for I the Lord loveth him for the work he hath done, and will forgive all his sins; therefore, let him be remembered for an interest in that house, from generation to generation. [79] Let my servant Isaac Galland be appointed among you, and be ordained by my servant William Marks, and be blessed of him, to go with my servant Hyrum, to accom­plish the work that my servant Joseph shall point out to them, and they shall be greatly blessed.

25 [80] Let my servant William Marks pay stock into that house, as seemeth him good, for himself and his generation, from genera­tion to generation.

26 [81] Let my servant Henry G. Sherwood pay stock into that house, as seemeth him good, for himself and his seed after him, from generation to generation.

27 [82] Let my servant William Law pay stock into that house, for himself and his seed after him, from generation to generation. [83] If he will do my will, let him not take his family unto the eastern lands, even unto Kirtland; nevertheless I the Lord will build up Kirtland, but I the Lord have a scourge prepared for the inhabitants thereof. [84] And with my servant Almon Babbitt there are many things with which I am not well pleased; behold, he aspireth to establish his council instead of the council which I have ordained, even the presiden­cy of my church, and he setteth up a golden calf for the worship of my people. [85] Let no man go from this place who has come here es­saying to keep my commandments. [86] If they live here let them live unto me; and if they die let them die unto me; for they shall rest from all their labors here, and shall continue their works. [87] Therefore, let my servant Wil­liam put his trust in me, and cease to fear concerning his family, because of the sickness of the land. If ye love me, keep my command­ments, and the sickness of the land shall re­bound to your glory.

28 [88] Let my servant William go and proclaim my everlasting gospel, with aloud voce, and with great joy, as he shall be moved upon by my spirit, unto the inhabitants of Warsaw, and also unto the inhabitants of Carthage, and also unto the inhabitants of Burlington, and also unto the inhabitants of Madison, and await patiently and diligently for further instruc­tions at my general conference, saith the Lord. [89] If he will do my will, let him from henceforth hearken to the counsel of my servant Joseph, and with his interest support the cause of the poor, and publish the new translation of my holy word unto the inhabitants of the earth; [90] and if he will do this, I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings, that he shall not be forsaken, nor his seed be found begging bread.

29 [91] And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William be appointed, ordained, and anointed, as a councilor unto my servant Jo­seph, in the room of my servant Hyrum; that my servant Hyrum may take the office of priesthood and patriarch, which was appoint­ed unto him by his father, by blessing and also by right, [92] that from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people, [93] that whoever he bless­es shall be blessed, and whoever he curseth shall be cursed: that whatsoever he shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what­soever he shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; [94] and from this time forth, I appoint unto him that he may be a prophet and a seer and a revelator unto my church, as well as my servant Joseph, [95] that he may act in con­cert also with my servant Joseph, and that he shall receive counsel from my servant Joseph, who shall shew unto him the keys whereby he may ask and receive, and be crowned with the same blessing, and glory, and honor, and priesthood, and gifts of the priesthood, that once were put upon him that was my ser­vant Oliver Cowdery; [96] that my servant Hy­rum may bear record of the things which I shall shew unto him, that his name may be had in honorable remembrance from genera­tion to generation, forever and ever.

30 [97] Let my servant William Law also receive the keys by which he may ask and receive blessings; let him be humble before me, and be without guile, and he shall receive of my spirit, even the comforter, which shall manifest unto him the truth of all things, and shall give him in the very hour, what he shall say, [98] and these signs shall follow him: he shall heal the sick, he shall cast out devils, and shall be delivered from those who would administer unto him deadly poison; [99] and he shall be led in paths where the poisonous serpent cannot lay hold upon his heel, and he shall mount up in the imagination of his thoughts as upon eagle’s wings; [100] and what if I will that he should raise the dead, let him not withhold his voice. [101] Therefore let my servant William cry aloud and spare not, with joy and rejoicing, and with hosannas to him that sitteth upon the throne forever and ever, saith the Lord your God.

31 [102] Behold I say unto you, I have a mission in store for my servant William and my ser­vant Hyrum, and for them alone; and let my servant Joseph tarry at home, for he is needed; the remainder I will shew unto you hereafter: even so; Amen.

32 [103] And again, verily I say unto you, if my servant Sidney will serve me and be councilor unto my servant Joseph, let him arise and come up and stand in the office of his calling, and humble himself before me; [104] and if he will offer unto me an acceptable offering, and acknowledgments, and remain with my people, behold, I the Lord your God will heal him that he shall be healed; and he shall lift up his voice again on the mountains, and be a spokes­man before my face. [105] Let him come and lo­cate his family in the neighborhood in which my servant Joseph resides, [106] and in all his jour­neyings let him lift up his voice as with the sound of a trump, and warn the inhabitants of the earth to flee the wrath to come; [107] let him assist my servant Joseph; and also let my servant William Law assist my servant Joseph, in making a solemn proclamation unto the kings of the earth, even as I have before said unto you. [108] If my servant Sidney will do my will, let him not remove his family unto the eastern lands, but let him change their habitation, even as I have said. [109] Behold, it is not my will that he shall seek to find safety and refuge out of the city which I have appointed unto you, even the city of Nauvoo.­[110] Verily I say unto you, even now, if he will hearken to my voice, it shall be well with him: even so; Amen.

33 [111] And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Amos Davis pay stock into the hands of those whom I have appointed to build a house for boarding, even the Nauvoo House; [112] this let him do if he will have an interest, and let him hearken unto the counsel of my servant Joseph, and labor with his own hands that he may obtain the confidence of men; [113] and when he shall prove himself faith­ful in all things that shall be entrusted unto his care; yea, even a few things, he shall be made ruler over many; [114] let him therefore abase himself that he may be exalted: even so; Amen.

34 [115] And again, verily I say unto you, if my servant Robert D. Foster will obey my voice, let him build a house for my servant Joseph, according to the contract which he has made with him, as the door shall be open to him from time to time; [116] and let him repent of all his folly, and clothe himself with charity, and cease to do evil, and lay aside all his hard speeches, [117] and pay stock also into the hands of the quorum of the Nauvoo House, for him­self and for his generation after him, from gen­eration to generation, [118] and hearken unto the counsel of my servants Joseph and Hyrum and William Law, and unto the authorities which I have called to lay the foundation of Zion, and it shall be well with him forever and ever: even so; Amen.

35 [119] And again, verily I say unto you, let no man pay stock to the quorum of the Nauvoo House, unless he shall be a believer in the Book of Mormon, and the revelations I have given unto you, saith the Lord your God: [120] for that which is more or less than this cometh of evil, and shall be attended with cursings and not blessings, saith the Lord your God: even so; Amen.

36 [121] And again, verily I say unto you, let the quorum of the Nauvoo House have a just recompense of wages for all their labors which they do in building the Nauvoo House, and let their wages be as shall be agreed among themselves, as pertaining to the price thereof; [122] and let every man who pays stock bear his proportion of their wages, if it must needs be, for their support, saith the Lord; otherwise their labors shall be accounted unto them for stock in that house: even so; Amen.

37 [123] Verily I say unto you, I now give unto you the officers belonging to my Priesthood, that you may hold the keys thereof, even the priesthood which is after the order of Melchisedek, which is after the order of my only begotten Son.

38 [124] First, I give unto you Hyrum Smith to be a patriarch unto you to hold the sealing blessings of my church, even the Holy Sprit of promise, whereby ye are sealed up unto the day of redemption, that ye may not fall; notwithstanding the hour of temptation that may come upon you.

39 [125] I give unto you my servant Joseph, to be a Presiding Elder over all my church, to be a translator, a revelator, a seer and pro­phet. [126] I give unto him for councilors my ser­vant Sidney Rigdon, and my servant William Law, that these may constitute a quorum and first presidency, to receive the oracles for the whole church.

40 [127] I give unto you my servant Brigham Young, to be a president over the twelve traveling council, [128] which twelve hold the keys to open up the authority of my kingdom upon the four corners of the earth, and after that to send my word to every creature; [129] they are: Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Orson Hyde, William Smith, John Tay­lor, John E. Page; Wilford Woodruff, Willard Richards, George A. Smith; [130] David Patten I have taken unto myself, behold his priesthood no man taketh from him; but verily I say unto you, another may be appointed unto the same calling.

41 [131] And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a High Council, for the corner stone of Zion; [132] viz: Samuel Bent, H. G. Sherwood, George W. Harris, Charles C. Rich, Thomas Grover, Newel Night, David Dort, Dunbar Wilson; Seymour Brunson I have taken unto myself, no man taketh his priesthood, but an­other may be appointed unto the same priest­hood in his stead, (and verily I say unto you, let my servant Aaron Johnson be ordained unto this calling in his stead,) David Fulmer, Alpheus Cutler, William Huntington.

42 [133] And again, I give unto you Don C. Smith to be a president over a Quorum of High‑priests: [134] which ordinance is instituted for the purpose of qualifying those who shall be appointed standing presidents or servants over different stakes scattered abroad, [135] and they may travel also if they choose, but rather be ordained for standing presidents, this is the office of their calling saith the Lord your God. [136] I give unto him Amasa Lyman and Noah Packard for councilors that they made preside ­over the quorum of high‑priests of my church saith the Lord.

43 [137] And again I say unto you, I give unto you John A. Hicks, Samuel Williams, and Jesse Baker which priesthood is to preside over the quorum of Elders which quorum is instituted for standing ministers, nevertheless they may travel, yet they are ordained to be standing ministers to my church, saith the Lord.

44 [138] And, again, I give unto you Joseph Young, Josiah Butterfield, Daniel Miles, Hen­ry Herriman, Zera Pulsipher, Levi Hancock, James Foster, to preside over the quorum of seventies, [139] which quorum is instituted for traveling elders to bear record of my name in all the world, wherever the traveling high council, my apostles, shall send them to pre­pare a way before my face. [140] The difference between this quorum and the quorum of elders is, that one is to travel continually, and the other is to preside over the churches from time to time, the one has the responsibility of presiding from time to time and the other has no responsibility of presiding, saith the Lord your God.

45 [141] And again I say unto you, I give unto you Vinson Knight, Samuel H. Smith, and Shadrach Roundy if he will receive it to pre­side over the Bishopric, a knowledge of said Bishopric is given unto you, in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.

46 [142] And, again, I say unto you Samuel Rolfe and his councilors for Priests, and the president of the Teachers and his councilors and also the president of the Deacons and his councilors, and also the president of the Stake and his councilors: [143] the above offices I have given unto you, and the keys thereof for helps and for governments, for the work of the min­istry, and the perfecting of my saints, [144] and a commandment I give unto you that you should fill all these offices and approve of those names which I have mentioned or else disapprove of them at my general conference, [145] and that ye should prepare rooms for all these offices in my house when you build it unto my name saith the Lord your God: even so: Amen.

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[An Epistle from Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, September 1, 1842.
TO ALL THE SAINTS IN NAUVOO:

1 [1] Forasmuch as the Lord has revealed un­to me that my enemies, both of Missouri and this State, were again on the pursuit of me; and inasmuch as they pursue me without cause, and have not the least shadow, or coloring of justice or right on their side in the getting up of their prosecutions against me: and inas­much as their pretensions are all founded in falsehood, of the blackest dye, I have thought it expedient, and wisdom in me to leave the place for a short season, for my own safety and the safety of this people. I would say to all those with whom I have business, that I have left my affairs with agents and clerks, who will transact all business in a prompt and proper manner; and will see that all my debts are canceled in due time, by turning out property, or otherwise as the case may re­quire, or as the circumstances may admit of. When I learn that the storm is fully blown over, then I will return to you again:

2 [2] And as for the perils which I am called to pass through, they seem but a small thing to me, as the envy and wrath of man have been my common lot all the days of my life; and for what cause it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from before the founda­tion of the world, for some good end, or bad as you may choose to call it. Judge ye for yourselves. God hnoweth all these things, whether it be good or bad. But nevertheless, deep water is what I am wont to swim in; it all has become second nature to me. And I feel like Paul to glory in tribulation, for to this day has the God of my Fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold, and lo, I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it.

3 [3] Let all the saints rejoice, therefore, and be exceeding glad, for Israel’s God is their God: and he will mete out a just recompense of reward upon the heads of all your oppressors,

4 [4] And again, verily thus saith the Lord, let the work of my temple, and all the works which I have appointed unto you, be contin­ued on and not cease; and let your diligence and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled; and you shall in no wise lose your reward saith the Lord of Hosts. And if they persecute you, so persecuted they the prophets, and righteous men that were be­fore you. For all this there is a reward in heaven.

5 [5] And again, I give unto you a word in re­lation to the baptism for your dead. [6] Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning your dead: When any of you are baptized for your dead, let there be a recorder; and let him be eye witness of your baptisms; Jet him hear with his ears, that he may testify of a truth, saith the Lord; [7] that in all your recordings, it may be recorded in heaven; that whatsoever you bind on earth, may be bound in heaven whatsoever you loose on earth may be loosed in heaven; [8] for I am about to restore many things to the earth, pertaining to the priest hood, saith the Lord of Hosts.

6 [9] And again, let all the records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my Holy Temple, to be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts.

7 [10] I will say to all the saints, that I desired, with exceeding great desire, to have address­ed them from the stand, on the subject of bap­tism for the dead, on the following Sabbath.‑-­But inasmuch as it is out of my power to do so, I will write the word of the Lord from time to time, on that subject, and send it you by mail, as well as many other things.

8 [11] I now close my letter for the present, for the want of more time: for the enemy is on the alert, and, as the Saviour said, the prince of this world cometh, but he hath nothing in me.

9 [12] Behold, my prayer to God is, that you all may be saved. And I subscribe myself your servant in the Lord, prophet and seer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. JOSEPH SMITH.

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[An Epistle from Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, September 6, 1842.
TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, SENDETH GREETING:

1 [1] As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time, and give you information in relation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead; as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies.

2 [2] I wrote a few words of revelation to you concerning a recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify. That is, it was declared in my former letter that there should be a recorder, who should be eye‑witness, and also to hear with his ears, that he might make a record of a truth before the Lord.

3 [3] Now, in relation to this matter, it would be very difficult for one recorder to be present at all times, and to do all the business. To obviate this difficulty, there can be a record­er appointed in each ward of the city, who is well qualified for taking accurate minutes; and let him be very particular and precise in taking the whole proceedings: certifying in his record that he saw with his eyes, and heard with his ears; giving the date, and names, etc., and the history of the whole transaction; naming also, some three individu­als that are present, if there be any present, who can at any time when called upon, certi­fy to the same, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be estab­lished.

4 [4] Then let there be a general recorder, to whom these other records can be handed, be­ing attended with certificates over their own signatures; certifying that the record which they have made is true. Then the general church Recorder can enter the record on the general church book, with the certificates and all the attending witnesses, with his own state­ment that he verily believes the above state­ment and records to be true, from his knowl­edge of the general character and appoint­ment of those men by the church. And when this is done on the general church book, the record shall be just as holy, and shall answer the ordinance just the same as if he had seen with his eyes, and heard with his ears, and made a record of the same on the general church book.

5 [5] You may think this order of things to be very particular, but let me tell you that they are only to answer the will of God, by con­forming to the ordinance and preparation that the Lord ordained and prepared before the foundation of the world, for the salvation of the dead, who should die without a knowl­edge of the gospel.

6 [6] And further, I want you to remember that John the Revelator was contemplating this very subject in relation to the dead, when he declared, as you will find recorded in Rev­elations, 20:12: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which was the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

7 [7] You will discover in this quotation, that the books were opened; and another book was opened, which was the book of life; but the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works: consequently the books spo­ken of must be the books which contained the record of their works; and refer to the records which are kept on the earth. And the book which was the book of life, is the record which is kept in heaven; the principle agreeing precisely with the doctrine which is commanded you in the revelation contained in the letter which I wrote to you previous to my leaving my place, “that in all your record­ings it may be recorded in heaven.”

8 [8] Now the nature of this ordinance con­sists in the power of the priesthood, by the revelation of Jesus Christ; wherein it is granted, that whatsoever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Or in other words, taking a different view of the translation, whatsoever you record on earth, shall be recorded in heaven; and whatsoever you do not record on earth, shall not be recorded in heaven: for out of the books shall your dead be judged, according to their works, whether they themselves have attend­ed to the ordinances in their own proper per­sons, or by the means of their own agents, according to the ordinance which God has prepared for their salvation from before the foundation of the world, according to the re­cords which they have kept concerning their dead.

9 [9] It may seem to some to be a very bold doctrine that we talk of: a power which re­cords, or binds on earth, and binds in heaven: nevertheless, in all ages of the world, when­ever the Lord has given a dispensation of the priesthood to any man by actual revelation, or any set of men, this power has always been given. Hence whatsoever those men did in authority, in the name of the Lord, and did it truly and faithfully, and kept a proper and faithful record of the same, it became a law on earth and in heaven, and could not be an­nulled, according to the decrees of the great Jehovah. This is a faithful saying! Who can hear it?

10 [10] And again, for a precedent, Matthew 16: 18, 19. “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it: and I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and what­soever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.”

11 [11] Now the great and grand secret of the whole matter, and the summum bonum of the whole subject that is lying before us, consists in obtaining the powers of the Holy Priest­hood. For him to whom these keys are giv­en, there is no difficulty in obtaining a knowl­edge of facts in relation to the salvation of the children of men, both as well for the dead as for the living.

12 [12] Herein is glory and honor, and immor­tality and eternal life. The ordinance of baptism by water, to be immersed therein in order to answer to the likeness of the dead, that one principle might accord with the oth­er. To be immersed in the water and come forth out of the water is in the likeness of the resurrection of the dead in coming forth out of their graves; hence, this ordinance was in­stituted to form a relationship with the ordi­nance of baptism for the dead, being in like­ness of the dead.

13 [13] Consequently the baptismal font was in­stituted as a simile of the grave, and was com­manded to be in a place underneath where the living are wont to assemble, to shew forth the living and the dead: and that all things may have their likeness, and that they may accord one with another; that which is earth­ly, conforming to that which is heavenly, as Paul hath declared, 1 Corinthians, 15: 46, 47, and 48.

14 [14] “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural, and after­wards that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord, from heaven. As is the earthly, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heaven­ly.” And as are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out, so also are the records in heaven. This therefore is the sealing and binding power, and in one sense of the word the keys of the kingdom, which consists in the key of knowl­edge.

15 [15] And now my dearly and beloved breth­ren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles, in relation to the dead and the living, that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salva­tion is necessary and essential to our salva­tion, as Paul says concerning the fathers, ‘that they without us cannot be made perfect;’ neither can we without our dead, be made perfect.

16 [16] And now in relation to the baptism for the dead, I will give you another quotation of Paul 1 Corinthians, 15: 29. “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead if the dead rise not at all; why are they then baptized for the dead.

17 [17] And again, in connection with this quo­tation, I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the restoration of the priesthood, the glories to be revealed in the last days, and in an espe­cial manner this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, viz: the baptism for the dead: for Malachi says, last chapter, verses 5th and 6th, Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the com­ing of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

18 [18] I might have rendered a plainer trans­lation to this, but it is sufficiently plain to suit my purpose as it stands. It is sufficient to know in this case, that the earth will be smit­ten with a curse, unless there is a welding link of some kind or other, between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other, and behold what is that subject? It is the baptism for the dead. For we, without them, cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect. Neither can they or us, be made perfect without those who have died in the gospel also; for it is ne­cessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fullness of time; which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole, and complete, and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations and keys, and pow­ers, and glories should take place, and be revealed, from the days of Adam even to the present time; and not only this, but those things which have never been revealed from the foundation of the world, but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent, shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings in this the dispensation of the fulness of times.

19 [19] Now what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? “A voice of glad­ness! A voice of mercy from Heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth, glad tidings for the dead: a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy: how, beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things; and that say unto Zion, behold! thy God reign­eth. As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them.”

20 [20] And again, what do we hear? Glad ti­dings of Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfillment of the proph­ets‑-the book to be revealed. A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of Fayette, Seneca county, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the book. The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light. The voice of Peter, James, and John, in the wilderness between Harmony, Susquehanna county, and Colesville, Broome county, on the Susquehanna river, declaring themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times.

21 [21] And again. the voice of God in the chamber of old father Whitmer, in Fayette, Seneca county, and at sundry times, and in divers places, through all the travels and trib­ulations of this Church of Jesus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints. And the voice of Michael, the archangel; the voice of Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers angels, from Michael or Adam, down to the present time, all declar­ing each one their dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood; giv­ing line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little‑‑giving us con­solation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope.

22 [22] Brethren shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceeding glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prisons; for the prisoners shall go free.

23 [23] Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your eternal King. And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods, and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy. And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together and let all the sons of God shout for Joy­ And let the eternal creations declare his name for ever and ever. And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life: kingdoms, principalities, and powers.

24 [24] Behold the great day of the Lord is at hand, and who can abide the day of his com­ing, and who can stand when he appeareth, for he is like a refiners fire and like fullers soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in right­eousness. Let us therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter Day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness, and let us present in his holy temple when it is fin­ished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.

25 [25] Brethren, I have many things to say to you on the subject: but shall now close for the present. and continue the subject another time.

I am, as ever, your humble servant and never deviating friend,

JOSEPH SMITH.

 

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APPENDIX

[Revelation given November 3, 1831]
1 [1] Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the Lord your God, and hear the word of the Lord concerning you; the Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple: [2] the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungod­ly among you. [3] For he shall make bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of their God. [4] Wherefore, prepare ye, prepare ye, O my people; sanctify yourselves; gather ye together, O ye people of my church, upon the land of Zion, all you that have not been commanded to tarry. [5] Go ye out from Babylon. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. [6] Call your sol­emn assemblies, and speak often one to another. And let ev­ery man call upon the name of the Lord; [7] yea, verily I say un­to you, again, the time has come when the voice of the Lord is unto you, Go ye out of Babylon; gather ye out from among the nations, from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

2 [8] Send forth the elders of my church unto the nations which are afar off; unto the islands of the sea; send forth unto for­eign lands; call upon all nations; firstly, upon the Gentiles, and then upon the Jews. [9] And behold and lo, this shall be their cry, and the voice of the Lord unto all people: Go ye forth unto the land of Zion, that the borders of my people may be enlarged, and that her stakes may be strengthened, and that Zion may go forth unto the regions round about: [10] yea, let the cry go forth among all people; Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom: behold and lo the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord. [11] Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour. [12] Let them, therefore, who are among the Gentiles, flee unto Zion. [13] And let them who be of Judah, flee unto Jerusalem, unto the mountains of the Lord’s house. [14] Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon. [15] But verily thus saith the Lord, let not your flight be in haste, but let all things be prepared before you: and he that goeth, let him not look back, lest sudden destruction shall come upon him.

3 [16] Hearken and hear O ye inhabitants of the earth. Listen ye elders of my church together, and hear the voice of the Lord, for he calleth upon all men and he commandeth all men every where to repent: [17] for behold the Lord God hath sent forth the angel, crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths strait, for the hour of his coming is nigh, [18] when the Lamb shall stand upon mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads: [19] wherefore, prepare ye for the coming of the Bridegroom: go ye, go ye out to meet him, [20] for behold he shall stand upon the mount of Olivet, and upon the mighty ocean, even the great deep, and upon the islands of the sea, and upon the land of Zion; [21] and he shall utter his voice out of Zion, and he shall speak from Jerusalem, and his voice shall be heard among all people, [22] and it shall be a voice as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, which shall break down the mountains, and the vallies shall not be found: [23] he shall command the great deep and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land, [24] and the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion, shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided. [25] And the Lord even the Sav­ior shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh. [26] And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord, and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves, and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence. [27] And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep. [28] Their enemies shall become a prey unto them, [29] and in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.­ [30] And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the chil­dren of Ephraim my servants. [31] And the boundaries of the ev­erlasting hills shall tremble at their presence. [32] And then shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim; [33] and they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy. [34] Behold this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows. [35] And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord to dwell in his presence day and night forever and ever.

4 [36] And now verily saith the Lord, that these things might be known among you, O inhabitants of the earth, I have sent forth mine angel, flying through the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel, who hath appeared unto some, and hath committed it unto man, who shall appear unto many that dwell on the earth: [37] and this gospel shall be preached unto eve­ry nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [38] and the servants of God shall go forth, saying, with a loud voice: Fear God and give glory to him: for the hour of his judgment is come: [39] and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountain of waters, [40] calling upon the name of the Lord day and night, saying: O that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence. [41] And it shall be answered upon their heads, for the presence of the Lord shall be as the melting fire that burneth, and as the fire which causeth the waters to boil. [42] O Lord, thou shalt come down to make thy name known to thine adversaries, and all nations shall tremble at thy pres­ence. [43] When thou doeth terrible things, things they look not for; [44] yea, when thou comest down and the mountains flow down at thy presence, thou shalt meet him who rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, who remember thee in thy ways: [45] for since the beginning of the world have not men heard nor perceived by the ear, neither hath any eye seen, O God, besides thee, how great things thou hast prepared for him that waiteth for thee.

5 [46] And it shall be said, Who is this that cometh down from God in heaven with dyed garments: yea, from the regions which are not known, clothed in his glorious apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? [47] And he shall say I am he who spake in righteousness, mighty to save. [48] And the Lord shall be red in his apparel, and his garments like him that treaddeth in the wine vat, [49] and so great shall be the glory of his presence, that the sun shall hide his face in shame; and the moon shall withhold its light; and the stars shall be hurled from their places: [50] and his voice shall be heard, I have trodden the wine‑press alone, and have brought judgment upon all peo­ple; and none was with me; [51] and I have trampled them in my fury, and I did tread upon them in mine anger, and their blood have I sprinkled upon my garments, and stained all my rai­ment: for this was the day of vengeance which was in my heart. [52] And now the year of my redeemed is come, and they shall mention the loving kindness of their Lord, and all that he has bestowed upon them, according to his goodness, and according to his loving kindness, forever and ever. [53] In all their afflictions he was afflicted. And the angel of his presence saved them; and in his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and bare them, and carried them all the days of old; [54] yea, and Enoch also, and they who were with him; the prophets who were before him, and Noah also, and they who were be­fore him, and Moses also, and they who were before him, [55] and from Moses to Elijah, and from Elijah to John, who were with Christ in his resurrection, and the holy apostles, with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, shall be in the presence of the Lamb. [56] And the graves of the saints shall be opened, and they shall come forth and stand on the right hand of the Lamb, when he shall stand upon mount Zion, and upon the holy city, the New Jerusalem, and they shall sing the song of the Lamb day and night forever and ever.

6 [57] And for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories which were to be revealed, the Lord sent forth the fulness of his gospel, his everlasting covenant, reasoning in plainness, and simplicity, [58] to prepare the weak for those things which are coming on the earth; and for the Lord’s errand in the day when the weak should confound the wise, and the lit­tle one become a strong nation, and two should put their tens of thousands to flight; [59] and by the weak things of the earth, the Lord should thresh the nations by the power of his Spirit. [60] And for this cause these commandments were given; they were commanded to be kept from the world in the day that they were given, but now are to go forth unto all flesh. [61] And this according to the mind and will of the Lord, who ruleth over all flesh; [62] and unto him that repenteth and sanctifieth himself before the Lord, shall be given eternal life. [63] And upon them that hearken not to the voice of the Lord, shall be fulfilled that which was written by the prophet Moses, that they should be cut off from among the people.

7 [64] And also that which was written by the prophet Malachi: For behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud; yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. [65] Where­fore this shall be the answer of the Lord unto them: [66] In that day when I came unto my own, no man among you received me, and you were driven out. [67] When I called again, there was none of you to answer, yet my arm was not shortened at­ all, that I could not redeem, neither my power to deliver.­ [68] Behold at my rebuke I dry up the sea. I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, and dieth for thirst. [69] I clothe the heavens with blackness, and make sackcloth their covering. [70] And this shall ye have of my hand, ye shall lay down in sor­row.

8 [71] Behold and lo there are none to deliver you, for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens, ye be­lieved not my servants; and when they were sent unto you ye received them not: [72] wherefore they sealed up the testimony and bound up the law, and ye were delivered over unto dark­ness; [73] these shall go away into outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. [74] Behold the Lord your God hath spoken it. Amen.

 SECTION 134 (U); 102 (K); 110 (N)
APPENDIX.
Of Governments and Laws in General

[Adopted by unanimous vote of the general assembly at Kirtland, August 17, 1835]

That our belief, with regard to earthly governments and laws in general, may not be misinterpreted nor misunderstood, we have thought proper to present, at the close of this volume, our opinion concerning the same.

 1 [1] We believe that Governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man, and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, either in making laws or administer­ing them, for the good and safety of society.

2 [2] We believe that no Government can exist, in peace, ex­cept such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property and the protection of life.

3 [3] We believe that all Governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same, and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people, (if a Republic,) or the will of the Sovereign.

4 [4] We believe that religion is instituted of God, and that men are amenable to him and to him only for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinion prompts them to infringe up­on the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of wor­ship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for pub­lic or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should re­strain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.

5 [5] We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective Governments in which they reside, while pro­tected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such Governments, and that sedition and rebellion are unbe­coming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all Governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to se­cure the public interest, at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.

6 [6] We believe that every man should be honored in his sta­tion: rulers and magistrates as such‑-being placed for the pro­tection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty; and that to the laws all men owe respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror: human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man, and divine laws, given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.

7 [7] We believe that Rulers, States and Governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief; but we do not believe that they have a right, in justice, to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence is shown to the laws, and such re­ligious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy.

8 [8] We believe that the commission of crime should be punish­ed according to the nature of the offense: that murder, treason, robbery, theft and the breach of the general peace, in all re­spects should be punished according to their criminality and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that Govern­ment in which the offense is committed: and for the public peace and tranquillity, all men should step forward and use their ability in bringing offenders, against good laws, to pun­ishment.

9 [9] We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil Government, whereby one religious society is foster­ed and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.

10 [10] We believe that all religious societies have a right to deal with their members for disorderly conduct according to the rules and regulations of such societies, provided that such dealing be for fellowship and good standing; but we do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world’s goods, or put them in jeopardy either life or limb, neither to inflict any physical punishment upon them,‑-they can only excommunicate them from their society and withdraw from their fellowship.

11 [11] We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for re­dress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted, or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends and property, and the Government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons, in times of exigencies, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and re­lief afforded.

12 [12] We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the corruption of the world; but we do not believe it right to inter­fere with bond‑servants, neither preach the gospel to, nor bap­tize them, contrary to the will and wish of their masters, nor to meddle with, or influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situations in this life, thereby jeopardizing the lives of men: such interference we believe to be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of every Gov­ernment allowing human beings to be held in servitude.

SECTION 135 (U); 111 (N)

1 [1] To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob–painted black–of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming: O Lord my God! They were both shot after they were dead, in a brutal manner, and both received four balls.

2 [2] John Taylor and Willard Richards, two of the Twelve, were the only persons in the room at the time; the former was wounded in a savage manner with four balls, but has since recovered; the latter, through the providence of God, escaped, without even a hole in his robe.

3 [3] Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter Day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!

4 [4] When Joseph went to Carthage to deliver himself up to the pretended requirements of the law, two or three days previous to his assassination, he said: “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter; but I am calm as a summer’s morning; I have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards all men. I SHALL DIE INNOCENT, AND IT SHALL YET BE SAID OF ME–HE WAS MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD.”–The same morning, after Hyrum had made ready to go–shall it be said to the slaughter? yes, for so it was–he read the following paragraph, near the close of the twelfth chapter of Ether [36-38], in the Book of Mormon, and turned down the leaf upon it:

5 [5] “And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity. And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness, thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. And now I — bid farewell unto the Gentiles; yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood.” The testators are now dead, and their testament is in force.

6 [6] Hyrum Smith was forty-four years old in February, 1844, and Joseph Smith was thirty-eight in December, 1843; and henceforward their names will be classed among the martyrs of religion; and the reader in every nation will be reminded that the Book of Mormon, and this book of Doctrine and Covenants of the church, cost the best blood of the nineteenth century to bring them forth for the salvation of a ruined world; and that if the fire can scathe a green tree for the glory of God, how easy it will burn up the dry trees to purify the vineyard of corruption. They lived for glory; they died for glory; and glory is their eternal reward. From age to age shall their names go down to posterity as gems for the sanctified.

7 [7] They were innocent of any crime, as they had often been proved before, and were only confined in jail by the conspiracy of traitors and wicked men; and their innocent blood on the floor of Carthage jail is a broad seal affixed to “Mormonism” that cannot be rejected by any court on earth, and their innocent blood on the escutcheon of the State of Illinois, with the broken faith of the State as pledged by the governor, is a witness to the truth of the everlasting gospel that all the world cannot impeach; and their innocent blood on the banner of liberty, and on the magna charta of the United States, is an ambassador for the religion of Jesus Christ, that will touch the hearts of honest men among all nations; and their innocent blood, with the innocent blood of all the martyrs under the altar that John saw, will cry unto the Lord of Hosts till he avenges that blood on the earth. Amen.

SECTION 136 (U)
SECTION 101 (K)

MARRIAGE.

1 According to the custom of all civilized nations, marriage is regulated by laws and ceremonies: therefore, we believe that all marriages in this church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, should be solemnized in a public meeting, or feast, prepared for that purpose: and that the solemnization should be perfor­med by a presiding high priest, high priest, bishop, elder, or priest, not even prohibiting those persons who are desirous to get married, of being married by other authority. We believe that it is not right to prohibit members of this church from marrying out of the church, if it be their determination so to do, but such persons will be considered weak in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Marriage should be celebrated with prayer and thanksgiv­ing; and at the solemnization, the persons to be married, standing together, the man on the right, and the woman on the left, shall be addressed, by the person officiating, as he shall be directed by the holy Spirit; and if there be no legal objec­tions, he shall say, calling each by their names: “You both mutually agree to be each other’s companion, husband and wife, observing the legal rights belonging to this condition; that is, keeping yourselves wholly for each other, and from all others, during your lives.” And when they have answered “Yes,” he shall pronounce them “husband and wife” in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by virtue of the laws of the country and authority vested in him: “may God add his blessings and keep you to fulfill your covenants from henceforth and forever. Amen.”

3 The clerk of every church should keep a record of all mar­riages, solemnized in his branch.

4 All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church, should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we be­lieve, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again. It is not right to persuade a woman to be bap­tized contrary to the will of her husband, neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her husband. All children are bound by law to obey their parents; and to influence them to embrace any religious faith, or be baptized, or leave their pa­rents without their consent, is unlawful and unjust. We be­lieve that husbands, parents and masters who exercise control over their wives, children and servants, and prevent them from embracing the truth, will have to answer for that sin.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

At a General Assembly of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, according to previous notice, held on the 17th of August, 1835, to take into consideration the labors of a certain committee which had been appointed by a General Assembly of September 24, 1834, as follows:

The Assembly being duly organized, and after transacting certain business of the church, proceeded to appoint a commit­tee to arrange the items of doctrine of Jesus Christ, for the government of his church of the Latter Day Saints, which church was organized and commenced its rise on the 6th day of April, 1830. These items are to be taken from the bible, book of Mormon, and the revelations which have been given to said church up to this date, or shall be until such arrange­ment is made.

Elder Samuel H. Smith, for the assembly, moved that pre­siding elders, Joseph Smith, jr. Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rig­don and Frederick G. Williams compose said committee. The nomination was seconded by elder Hyrum Smith, whereupon it received the unanimous vote of the assembly.

(Signed.)                     OLIVER COWDERY
                                    ORSON HYDE.                     Clerks.

Wherefore O. Cowdery and S. Rigdon, Presidents of the first presidency, appointed Thomas Burdick, Warren Parrish and Silvester Smith, Clerks, and proceeded to organize the whole assembly, as follows: they organized the high council of the church at Kirtland, and Presidents W.W. Phelps and J. Whitmer proceeded and organized the high council of the church in Missouri. Bishop Newel K. Whitney proceeded and organized his counselors of the church in Kirtland, and acting Bishop John Corrill, organized the counselors of the church in Missouri: and also presidents Leonard Rich, Levi W. Hancock, Sylvester Smith and Lyman Sherman, organized the council of the seventy; and also, Elder John Gould, acting President, organized the traveling Elders; and also Ira Amos, acting President, organized the Priests; and also Erastus Babbit, acting President, organized the Teachers; and also William Burges, acting President, organized the Deacons; and they also, as the assembly was large, appointed Thomas Gates, John Young, William Cowdery, Andrew H. Aldrich, Job S. Lewis and Oliver Higley, as assistant presidents of the day, to assist in preserving order. &c. in the whole assembly. Elder Levi W. Hancock being appointed chorister, a hymn was then sung and the services of the day opened by the prayer of President O. Cowdery, and the solemnities of eternity rested upon the audience. Another hymn was sung: after transacting some business for the church the audience adjourned for one hour.

AFTERNOON.‑ After a hymn was sung, President Cow­dery arose and introduced the “Book of doctrine and cove­nants of the church of the Latter Day Saints” in behalf of the committee: he was followed by President Rigdon, who explained the manner by which they intended to obtain the voice of the assembly for or against said book: the other two committees, named above, were absent. According to said ar­rangement W. W. Phelps bore record that the book presented to the assembly, was true. President John Whitmer, also arose, and testified that it was true. Elder John Smith, taking the lead of the high council in Kirtland, bore record that the revelations in said book were true, and that the lec­tures were judiciously arranged and compiled, and were profit­able for doctrine; whereupon the high council of Kirtland ac­cepted and acknowledged them as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote. Elder Levi Jackman, ta­king the lead of the high council of the church in Missouri, bore testimony that the revelations in said book were true, and the said high council of Missouri accepted and acknow­ledged them as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

President W. W. Phelps then read the written testimony of the Twelve, as follows. “The testimony of the witnesses to the book of the Lord’s commandments, which he gave to his church through Joseph Smith, jr. 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 all the earth, and upon the islands of the sea, 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 to the Lord always, that the children of men may be profited thereby.” Elder Leonard Rich bore record of the truth of the book and the council of the Seventy accepted and acknowledged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

Bishop N. K. Whitney bore record of the truth of the book, and with his counselors, accepted and acknowledged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

Acting Bishop, John Corrill, bore record of the truth of the book, and with his counselors, accepted and acknowledged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote. Acting President, John Gould, gave his testimony in favor of the book, and with the traveling Elders, accepted and acknowledged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

Ira Ames, acting President of the Priests, gave his testimo­ny in favor of the book, and with the Priests, accepted and ac­knowledged it as the doctrine and covenants, of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

Erastus Babbit, acting President of the Teachers, gave his testimony in favor of the book, and they accepted and acknow­ledged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

Wm. Burges acting President of the Deacons, bore record of the truth of the book, and they accepted and acknowledged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

The venerable assistant President, Thomas Gates, then bore record of the truth of the book, and with his five silver‑headed assistants, and the whole congregation, accepted and acknowl­edged it as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote. The several authorities, and the general as­sembly, by a unanimous vote, accepted of the labors of the committee.

President W. W. Phelps then read an article on Marriage, which was accepted and adopted, and ordered to be printed in said book, by a unanimous vote.

President O. Cowdery then read an article on “governments and laws in general,” which was accepted and adopted, and ordered to be printed in said book, by a unanimous vote.

A hymn was then sung. President S. Rigdon returned thanks, after which the assembly was blessed by the Presiden­cy, with uplifted hands, and dismissed.

THOMAS BURDICK
WARREN PARRISH
SYLVESTER SMITH, Clerks.