Book of Doctrine and Covenants

R.L.D.S. 1970 Edition

Sections 1 through 144

 


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Table of Contents

Book of Doctrine and Covenants

Introduction to 1970 Edition

Doctrine & Covenants

Sections 1-50

Sections 51-100

Sections 101-144

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4

Section 5

Section 6

Section 7

Section 8

Section 9

Section 10

Section 11

Section 12

Section 13

Section 14

Section 15

Section 16

Section 17

Section 18

Section 19

Section 20

Section 21

Section 22

Section 23

Section 24

Section 25

Section 26

Section 27

Section 28

Section 29

Section 30

Section 31

Section 32

Section 33

Section 34

Section 35

Section 36

Section 37

Section 38

Section 39

Section 40

Section 41

Section 42

Section 43

Section 44

Section 45

Section 46

Section 47

Section 48

Section 49

Section 50

Section 51

Section 52

Section 53

Section 54

Section 55

Section 56

Section 57

Section 58

Section 59

Section 60

Section 61

Section 62

Section 63

Section 64

Section 65

Section 66

Section 67

Section 68

Section 69

Section 70

Section 71

Section 72

Section 73

Section 74

Section 75

Section 76

Section 77

Section 78

Section 79

Section 80

Section 81

Section 82

Section 83

Section 84

Section 85

Section 86

Section 87

Section 88

Section 89

Section 90

Section 91

Section 92

Section 93

Section 94

Section 95

Section 96

Section 97

Section 98

Section 99

Section 100

Section 101

Section 102

Section 103

Section 104

Section 105

Section 106

Section 107

Section 108

Section 109

Section 110

Section 111

Section 112

Section 113

Section 114

Section 115

Section 116

Section 117

Section 118

Section 119

Section 120

Section 121

Section 122

Section 123

Section 124

Section 125

Section 126

Section 127

Section 128

Section 129

Section 130

Section 131

Section 132

Section 133

Section 134

Section 135

Section 136

Section 137

Section 138

Section 139

Section 140

Section 141

Section 142

Section 143

Section 144


 

Introduction to 1970 Edition

 

The first attempt to publish the early revelations in book form was begun in November 1831. Before the work could be completed, a mob destroyed the press on July 20, 1833, and pages of the book as it had been reproduced in print up to that point were scattered through the streets. A high council held in Kirtland, September 24, 1834, authorized a second attempt. The committee selected at that time was instructed to "arrange the items of the doctrine of Jesus Christ for the government of the church." The committee consisted of Elders Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams.

The quorums of the church met at Kirtland in general assembly, August 17, 1835, to take under consideration the labors of this committee. The minutes of the organization meeting and of the subsequent assembly at which the first edition of the Book of Doctrine and Covenants was presented and adopted were published in the first edition as Section 103. More recently they have appeared as Section 108A and read as follows:

[Sec 108A:1a] "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.

[Sec 108A:1b] "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.

[Sec 108A:2] . "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"

[Sec 108A:3a] Wherefore Presidents O. Cowdery and S. Rigdon, proceeded and 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.

[Sec 108A:3b] 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:

[Sec 108A:3c] 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;

[Sec 108A:3d] and also Ira Ames, acting president, organized the priests, and also Erastus Babbit, acting president, organized the teachers, and also William Burgess, acting president, organized the deacons,

[Sec 108A:3e] and also Thomas Gates, assisted by John Young, William Cowdery, Andrew H. Aldrich, Job S. Lewis, and Oliver Higley, as presidents of the day, organized the whole assembly.

[Sec 108A:3f] Elder Levi W. Hancock 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.

[Sec 108A:3g] Another hymn was sung: after transacting some business for the church the audience adjourned for one hour.

[Sec 108A:4a] 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:

[Sec 108A:4b] 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 committee,* named above, were absent.

*This evidently should read, "the other two committee members."

[Sec 108A:4c] 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.

[Sec 108A:4d] 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;

[Sec 108A:4e] whereupon the high council of Kirtland accepted them and acknowledged them as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.

[Sec 108A:4f] 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.

[Sec 108A:5a] 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:

[Sec 108A:5b] "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.

[Sec 108A:5c] "We give this testimony unto the world, the Lord being our helper: and it is through the grace of God, the Father, and his Son Jesus Christ, that we are permitted to have this privilege of bearing this testimony unto the world, in the which we rejoice exceedingly, praying the Lord always that the children of men may be profited thereby."

[Sec 108A:5d] 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.

[Sec 108A:6] 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.

[Sec 108A:7] 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.

[Sec 108A:8] 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.

[Sec 108A:9] 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.

[Sec 108A:10] 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.

[Sec 108A:11] William Burgess, 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.

[Sec 108A:12] The venerable 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.

[Sec 108A:13] 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.

[Sec 108A:14] 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.

[Sec 108A:15] 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

Additional sections were published in 1844 and in later editions of the book. Some of these were included without prior conference or quorum approval and have remained in the later editions on the basis of custom but with otherwise uncertain authority. This present edition is so arranged that the items of uncertain authority are included in a historical appendix and prefaced with introductions explaining the circumstances of publication and the reasons for placement in the appendix. Those sections which make up the body of the book include only those which were approved by the 1835 General Assembly or by a General or World Conference of the church. The General Conference on September 13, 1878, at Galland's Grove, Iowa, adopted a "blanket motion" (General Conference Resolution 216) which provided for the additions of Sections 114, 115, 116, 117 and established the method by which future Conferences would add new documents to editions published by the Reorganization. "Whereas, We accept the revelations heretofore given to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, through the present presiding officer thereof, as being the word of the Lord to his church, equally with those published in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants; therefore, be it "Resolved, That the revelations received by the President of the church in 1861, 1863, and 1865, be received as from God, authoritative and binding on us as a body; and in connection with the revelation of 1873, that they be hereafter compiled with that book." The approval of the format of his edition by the 1970 World Conference specifically authorized the retention of Sections 22, 35, 100, 102, 105, and 106 which had appeared in earlier editions without Conference approval. As a record of the revelations of God and statements of basic doctrine based upon the, we present to the Saints and to the world the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. May the Holy Spirit enlighten all who study its content.

THE FIRST PRESIDENCY


Doctrine & Covenants

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Section 1

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at a special conference held at Hiram, Portage County, Ohio, November 1, 1831. It was to serve as a preface to the "Book of Commandments." W.W. Phelps and Company began the printing of the "Book of Commandments" at Independence, Missouri, but the plant was destroyed by a mob in July 1833 before the book could be completed. The last section to be set up ended with the words, "blood of Ephraim" (D. and C. 64:7b).

When the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants was published in 1835, it included the sections (chapters) set in type for the "Book of Commandments" and also instructions received prior to July 1833 but not included in the "Book of Commandments." To this was added further instruction received and a statement of principles approved prior to the date of publication. The preface was continued as Section 1.

If the preface had been included in the order it was received, it would have appeared immediately prior to Section 67 in recent editions.

A revelation received November 3, 1831, known as the Appendix, does not appear in the "Book of Commandments," as was originally intended, but will be found as Section 100 of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants and as Section 108 in all subsequent editions.

[Sec 1:1a] 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;

[Sec 1:1b] 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;

[Sec 1:1c] 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;

[Sec 1:1d] and the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days, and they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.

[Sec 1:2a] 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;

[Sec 1:2b] wherefore fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed, in them, shall be fulfilled.

[Sec 1:2c] 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;

[Sec 1:2d] yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure;

[Sec 1:2e] 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.

[Sec 1:3a] Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear;

[Sec 1:3b] prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh; 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; and the arm of the Lord shall be revealed;

[Sec 1:3c] 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;

[Sec 1:3d] for they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant; they seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness,

[Sec 1:3e] 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.

[Sec 1:4a] 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, and also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world;

[Sec 1:4b] and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets;

[Sec 1:4c] 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, but that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;

[Sec 1:4d] that faith also might increase in the earth; that mine everlasting covenant might be established;

[Sec 1:4e] that the fullness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple, unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.

[Sec 1:5a] 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;

[Sec 1:5b] and inasmuch as they erred it might be made known; and inasmuch as they sought wisdom they might be instructed;

[Sec 1:5c] and inasmuch as they sinned they might be chastened, that they might repent; and inasmuch as they were humble, they might be made strong, and blessed from on high, and receive knowledge from time to time;

[Sec 1:5d] 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;

[Sec 1:5e] 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;

[Sec 1:5f] for I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance; nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven;

[Sec 1:5g] 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.

[Sec 1:6a] 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, for I am no respecter of persons,

[Sec 1:6b] and will that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh-- the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand--when peace shall be taken from the earth, and the Devil shall have power over his own dominion;

[Sec 1:6c] 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.

*Idumea: Edom (ancient)

[Sec 1:7] Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.

[Sec 1:8a] What I, the Lord, have spoken I have spoken, and I excuse not myself;

[Sec 1:8b] 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;

[Sec 1:8c] for behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth for ever and ever. Amen.


Section 2

By July 1828 a total of 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript had been translated. Martin Harris served as Joseph's scribe at this time and wrote most of the translation. To quiet the ridicule of some of his relatives, Martin borrowed the manuscript, promising to preserve it with the utmost care, but the foolscap sheets were stolen from him and never recovered. Under these circumstances the following instruction and rebuke were given to Joseph. The revelation was received at Harmony, Pennsylvania, in July 1828.

[Sec 2:1a] The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God, cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught, for God doth not walk in crooked paths;

[Sec 2:1b] neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left;

[Sec 2:1c] neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; therefore his paths are straight and his course is one eternal round.

[Sec 2:2a] Remember, remember, that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men;

[Sec 2:2b] for although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet, if he boast in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.

[Sec 2:3a] Behold, you have been intrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments;

[Sec 2:3b] and remember, also, the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them; and, behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men:

[Sec 2:3c] for, behold, you should not have feared man more than God, although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words, 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.

[Sec 2:4a] 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, but remember God is merciful;

[Sec 2:4b] 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;

[Sec 2:4c] except thou doest this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.

[Sec 2:5a] 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 who has set at naught the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises, which were made before God, and has depended upon his own judgment, and boasted in his own wisdom;

[Sec 2:5b] and this is the reason that thou hast lost thy privileges for a season, for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.

[Sec 2:6a] 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, and to the Nephites, and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers;

[Sec 2:6b] 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;

[Sec 2:6c] 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;

[Sec 2:6d] and that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord,

[Sec 2:6e] 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 3

After the loss of that portion of the Book of Mormon manuscript which had been translated before July 1828, the mind of Joseph was "darkened" (D. and C. 3:1b). After humbling himself, Joseph was again enlightened, and was permitted to resume his work. Instruction received in this connection is recorded in the following revelation, which was received while Joseph was still at Harmony, Pennsylvania, in July or August 1828.

[Sec 3:1a] 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;

[Sec 3:1b] and you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened;

[Sec 3:1c] 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.

[Sec 3:1d] Do not run faster, or labor more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate;

[Sec 3:1e] but be diligent unto the end; pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan, that do uphold his work.

[Sec 3:1f] Behold, they have sought to destroy you; yea, even the man in whom you have trusted, has sought to destroy you.

[Sec 3:1g] 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 intrusted;

[Sec 3:1h] and he has also sought to destroy your gift, and because you have delivered the writings into his hands, behold, wicked men have taken them from you; therefore, you have delivered them up; yea, that which was sacred unto wickedness.

[Sec 3:1i] 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;

[Sec 3:1j] 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;

[Sec 3:1k] and on this wise the Devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he may destroy this work; 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.

[Sec 3:2a] Verily I say unto you, that I will not suffer that Satan shall accomplish his evil design in this thing, 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;

[Sec 3:2b] 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; 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;

[Sec 3:2c] 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;

[Sec 3:2d] 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.

[Sec 3:3a] 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, 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.

[Sec 3:3b] Satan stirreth them up, that he may lead their souls to destruction.

[Sec 3:3c] 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;

[Sec 3:3d] yea, he stirreth up their hearts to anger against this work; yea, he saith unto them, Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm;

[Sec 3:3e] 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;

[Sec 3:3f] and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare; and thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.

[Sec 3:4] Verily, verily I say unto you, Woe 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.

[Sec 3:5] 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.

[Sec 3:6a] Behold, I say unto you, that you shall not translate again those words which have gone forth out of your hands; for, behold, they shall not accomplish their evil designs in lying against those words.

[Sec 3:6b] 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;

[Sec 3:6c] 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.

[Sec 3:6d] Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation, that the work may not come forth in this generation;

[Sec 3:6e] 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.

[Sec 3:7a] 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.

[Sec 3:7b] Behold, I do not say that you shall not show it unto the righteous; but as you can not always judge the righteous, or as you can not always tell the wicked from the righteous;

[Sec 3:7c] therefore, I say unto you, Hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning the matter.

[Sec 3:8a] 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;

[Sec 3:8b] 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.

[Sec 3:9a] 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,

[Sec 3:9b] 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;

[Sec 3:9c] and, behold, you shall publish it as the record of Nephi, and thus I will confound those who have altered my words.

[Sec 3:9d] 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.

[Sec 3:10a] Behold, they have only got a part, or an abridgment of the account of Nephi.

[Sec 3:10b] 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.

[Sec 3:10c] 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.

[Sec 3:10d] And I said unto them, that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in their prayers;

[Sec 3:10e] 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.

[Sec 3:11a] Now this is not all, their faith in their prayers was, that this gospel should be made known also, if it were possible that other nations should possess this land;

[Sec 3:11b] 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;

[Sec 3:11c] yea, that it might be free unto all of whatsoever nation, kindred, tongue, or people, they may be.

[Sec 3:12] 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.

[Sec 3:13a] And for this cause have I said, If this generation harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them.

[Sec 3:13b] Now I do not say this to destroy my church, but I say this to build up my church; therefore, whosoever belongeth to my church need not fear, for such shall inherit the kingdom of heaven;

[Sec 3:13c] but it is they who do not fear me, neither keep my commandments, but build up churches unto themselves, to get gain; yea, and all those that do wickedly, and build up the kingdom of the Devil;

[Sec 3:13d] yea, verily, verily I say unto you, that it is they that I will disturb, and cause to tremble and shake to the center.

[Sec 3:14a] Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I came unto my own, and my own received me not.

[Sec 3:14b] I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

[Sec 3:14c] 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.

[Sec 3:15a] And I will show unto this people, that I had other sheep, and that they were a branch of the house of Jacob; and I will bring to light their marvelous works, which they did in my name;

[Sec 3:15b] 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;

[Sec 3:15c] and this I do, that I may establish my gospel, that there may not be so much contention;

[Sec 3:15d] 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;

[Sec 3:15e] therefore, I will unfold unto them this great mystery; for, behold, I will gather them as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if they will not harden their hearts; yea, if they will come, they may, and partake of the waters of life freely.

[Sec 3:16a] Behold, this is my doctrine: Whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church;

[Sec 3:16b] whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me; therefore, he is not of my church.

[Sec 3:17] 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 him.

[Sec 3:18] And now, remember the words of him who is the life and light of the world, your Redeemer, your Lord, and your God. Amen.


Section 4

Revelation given to Joseph Smith, Sr., through his son, the prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, February 1829.

[Sec 4:1a] Now, behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men,

[Sec 4:1b] 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;

[Sec 4:1c] therefore, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work, for, behold, the field is white already to harvest,

[Sec 4:1d] 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;

[Sec 4:1e] and faith, hope, charity, and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualifies him for the work.

[Sec 4:2a] Remember, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

[Sec 4:2b] Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.


Section 5

Revelation given to Joseph Smith and Martin Harris in Harmony, Pennsylvania, March 1829. It was called forth by Martin's insistent desire to know whether Joseph had the records of the Nephites in his possession.

[Sec 5:1a] 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;

[Sec 5:1b] 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 should stand as a witness of these things,

[Sec 5:1c] 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; and you have no power over them except I grant it unto you.

[Sec 5:1d] 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.

[Sec 5:2a] Verily, I say unto you, that woe shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth if they will not hearken unto my words;

[Sec 5:2b] for hereafter you shall be ordained and go forth and deliver my words unto the children of men.

[Sec 5:2c] 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.

[Sec 5:2d] Oh, this unbelieving and stiff-necked generation, mine anger is kindled against them!

[Sec 5:3a] Behold, verily, I say unto you, I have reserved those things which I have intrusted unto you, my servant Joseph, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto future generations; but this generation shall have my word through you;

[Sec 5:3b] 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;

[Sec 5:3c] and they shall go forth with my words that are given through you; yea, they shall know of a surety that these things are true; for from heaven will I declare it unto them;

[Sec 5:3d] I will give them power that they may behold and view these things as they are; 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.

[Sec 5:3e] And the testimony of three witnesses will I send forth of my word; 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.

[Sec 5:3f] And you must wait yet a little while, for you are not yet ordained; and their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation, if they harden their hearts against them;

[Sec 5:3g] 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.

[Sec 5:3h] 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.

[Sec 5:4a] 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;

[Sec 5:4b] 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.

[Sec 5:5a] And now again I speak unto you, my servant Joseph, concerning the man that desires the witness:

[Sec 5:5b] 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.

[Sec 5:5c] 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.

[Sec 5:5d] 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:

[Sec 5:5e] but if he deny this he will break the covenant which he has before covenanted with me, and behold he is condemned.

[Sec 5:5f] 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;

[Sec 5:5g] for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I have spoken.

[Sec 5:5h] 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 anymore concerning this matter.

[Sec 5:6a] 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.

[Sec 5:6b] And except thou do this, behold, thou shalt have no more gift, and I will take away the things which I have intrusted with thee.

[Sec 5:6c] 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; and there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee from off the face of the earth;

[Sec 5:6d] and for this cause, that thy days may be prolonged, I have given unto thee these commandments; 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;

[Sec 5:6e] and if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments, thou shalt be lifted up at the last day. Amen.


Section 6

Oliver Cowdery met Joseph Smith on April 5, 1829. Two days later he began to write for Joseph as the prophet dictated the translation of the Book of Mormon. The following inspired instruction was received at Harmony, Pennsylvania, during the latter part of the month. It was addressed to Oliver Cowdery.

[Sec 6:1a] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men:

[Sec 6:1b] 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:

[Sec 6:1c] therefore, give heed unto my words.

[Sec 6:2a] 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;

[Sec 6:2b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God;

[Sec 6:2c] therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive, if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

[Sec 6:3a] Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion:

[Sec 6:3b] 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.

[Sec 6:3c] Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.

[Sec 6:4a] 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.

[Sec 6:4b] 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.

[Sec 6:5a] Behold, thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift.

[Sec 6:5b] Remember it is sacred and cometh from above: and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous;

[Sec 6:5c] 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.

[Sec 6:5d] Make not thy gift known unto any, save it be those who are of thy faith. Trifle not with sacred things.

[Sec 6:5e] 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.

[Sec 6:6a] 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.

[Sec 6:6b] If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.

[Sec 6:7a] 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;

[Sec 6:7b] 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.

[Sec 6:7c] I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee, that the words or the work which thou hast been writing is true.

[Sec 6:8a] Therefore be diligent, stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be, for the word's sake.

[Sec 6:8b] Admonish him in his faults and also receive admonition of him.

[Sec 6:8c] Be patient; be sober; be temperate: have patience, faith, hope, and charity.

[Sec 6:9a] Behold, thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore, treasure up these words in thy heart.

[Sec 6:9b] Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.

[Sec 6:10a] Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

[Sec 6:10b] I am the same that came unto my own and my own received me not.

[Sec 6:10c] I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

[Sec 6:11a] 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; did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter?

[Sec 6:11b] What greater witness can you have than from God?

[Sec 6:11c] 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?

[Sec 6:11d] And, behold, I grant unto you a gift, if you desire of me, to translate even as my servant Joseph.

[Sec 6:12a] 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;

[Sec 6:12b] 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.

[Sec 6:13a] 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;

[Sec 6:13b] and in the mouth of two or three witnesses, shall every word be established.

[Sec 6:14a] 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;

[Sec 6:14b] and if they do unto you, even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory:

[Sec 6:14c] 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 you labors.

[Sec 6:15a] Verily, verily I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples,

[Sec 6:15b] 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.

[Sec 6:15c] Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap:

[Sec 6:15d] therefore, if ye sow good, ye shall also reap good for your reward:

[Sec 6:16a] Therefore fear not, little flock, do good, let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my Rock, they can not prevail.

[Sec 6:16b] Behold, I do not condemn you, go your ways and sin no more: perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you; look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not:

[Sec 6:16c] behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful; keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.


Section 7

Revelation given to Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery in Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829, in response to their prayers concerning the meaning of John 21:20-24. The 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants states that this was "translated from parchment, written and hid up by himself (John)."

[Sec 7:1a] And the Lord said unto me, John, my beloved, what desirest thou? For if ye shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you.

[Sec 7:1b] And I said unto him, Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.

[Sec 7:1c] And the Lord said unto me, Verily, verily I say unto thee, because thou desirest this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory, and shalt prophesy before nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.

[Sec 7:2a] 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.

[Sec 7:2b] 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; yea, he has undertaken a greater work;

[Sec 7:2c] 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;

[Sec 7:2d] and I will make thee to minister for him and for thy brother James; and unto you three I give this power and the keys of this ministry until I come.

[Sec 7:3] Verily I say unto you, Ye shall both have according to your desires, for ye both joy in that which ye have desired.


Section 8

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Oliver Cowdery, April 1829, at harmony, Pennsylvania. It was occasioned by Oliver's questions and concerns as he entered into more intimate association with Joseph during this first month of their acquaintance.

[Sec 8:1a] Oliver Cowdery, verily, verily I say unto you, that assuredly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your Redeemer,

[Sec 8:1b] 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;

[Sec 8:1c] 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.

[Sec 8:2a] 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;

[Sec 8:2b] 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.

[Sec 8:3a] Oh, remember these words, and keep my commandments! Remember this is your gift.

[Sec 8:3b] Now this is not all your gift, for you have another gift, which is the gift of Aaron; behold, it has told you many things; behold, there is no other power save the power of God that can cause this gift of Aaron to be with you;

[Sec 8:3c] 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.

[Sec 8:3d] 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; remember, that without faith you can do nothing.

[Sec 8:3e] Therefore, ask in faith.

[Sec 8:3f] Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not; 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.

[Sec 8:3g] Behold, it is I that have spoken it; and I am the same who spake unto you from the beginning. Amen.


Section 9

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Oliver Cowdery in Harmony, Pennsylvania, during April 1829. It followed and explained Oliver's failure as a translator and encouraged him to continue as Joseph's scribe, which he did.

[Sec 9:1a] 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 intrusted unto him;

[Sec 9:1b] and then, behold, other records have I, that I will give unto you power that you may assist to translate.

[Sec 9:2a] Be patient, my son, for it is wisdom in me, and it is not expedient that you should translate at this present time.

[Sec 9:2b] Behold, the work which you are called to do is to write for my servant Joseph;

[Sec 9:2c] 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.

[Sec 9:2d] Do not murmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner.

[Sec 9:3a] 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;

[Sec 9:3b] but, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind;

[Sec 9:3c] 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;

[Sec 9:3d] 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;

[Sec 9:3e] therefore, you can not write that which is sacred, save it be given you from me.

[Sec 9:4a] Now, if you had known this, you could have translated; nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now. Behold, it was expedient when you commenced, but you feared, and the time is past, and it is not expedient now;

[Sec 9:4b] 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?

[Sec 9:5a] Do this thing which I have commanded you, and you shall prosper. Be faithful, and yield to no temptation.

[Sec 9:5b] Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day. Amen.


Section 10

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to his brother, Hyrum Smith, May 1829, at Harmony, Pennsylvania. The first four paragraphs contain the same assurances and counsel as had been given to Oliver Cowdery during the preceding months (D. and C. 6).

[Sec 10:1a] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

[Sec 10:1b] 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;

[Sec 10:1c] therefore, give heed unto my word.

[Sec 10:2a] 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;

[Sec 10:2b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God;

[Sec 10:2c] therefore, if you will ask of me, you shall receive; if you will knock, it shall be opened unto you.

[Sec 10:3a] Now as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.

[Sec 10:3b] 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;

[Sec 10:3c] behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.

[Sec 10:4a] 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.

[Sec 10:4b] Say nothing but repentance unto this generation.

[Sec 10:4c] Keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.

[Sec 10:5a] Behold, thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me in faith, with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee;

[Sec 10:5b] for, behold, it is I that speak; behold, I am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee.

[Sec 10:6] And now, verily, verily I say unto thee, Put thy trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good; yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.

[Sec 10:7a] 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,

[Sec 10:7b] 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.

[Sec 10:8a] Behold, I command you, that you need not suppose that you are called to preach until you are called:

[Sec 10:8b] 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;

[Sec 10:8c] and then, behold, according to your desires, yea, even according to your faith, shall it be done unto you.

[Sec 10:9a] Keep my commandments; hold your peace; appeal unto my Spirit;

[Sec 10:9b] 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.

[Sec 10:10a] Behold, this is your work, to keep my commandments; yea, with all your might, mind, and strength; seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed;

[Sec 10:10b] then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit, and my word; yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men;

[Sec 10:10c] 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;

[Sec 10:10d] 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.

[Sec 10:11a] Behold, thou art Hyrum, my son; seek the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added according to that which is just.

[Sec 10:11b] Build upon my rock, which is my gospel; deny not the spirit of revelation, nor the spirit of prophecy, for woe unto him that denieth these things;

[Sec 10:11c] therefore, treasure up in your hearts until the time which is in my wisdom that you shall go forth: behold, I speak unto all who have good desires, and have thrust in their sickles to reap.

[Sec 10:12a] Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world. I am the same who came unto my own, and my own received me not;

[Sec 10:12b] but verily, verily I say unto you, that as many as receive me, them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen.


Section 11

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., the prophet, in response to the earnest prayers of Joseph Knight, Sr. On several occasions Mr. Knight brought provisions to Joseph and Oliver so they could continue their work of translation without interruption. This revelation was given in May 1829, at Harmony, Pennsylvania. Note the similarity between the opening affirmations and commandments of this revelation and those given to Oliver Cowdery (D. and C. 6), Hyrum Smith (D. and C. 10), and David Whitmer (D. and C. 12).

[Sec 11:1a] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

[Sec 11:1b] 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;

[Sec 11:1c] therefore, give heed unto my word.

[Sec 11:2a] 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;

[Sec 11:2b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God;

[Sec 11:2c] therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive, if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

[Sec 11:3a] Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you,

[Sec 11:3b] Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.

[Sec 11:4a] Behold, I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work;

[Sec 11:4b] 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 intrusted to his care.

[Sec 11:5a] Behold, I am the light and the life of the world, that speak these words;

[Sec 11:5b] therefore, give heed with your might, and then you are called. Amen.


Section 12

At the invitation of the Whitmer family, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery went from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Fayette, Seneca County, New York, where they stayed in the Whitmer home until the translation of the Book of Mormon was completed. The following revelation, addressed to David Whitmer, was received in June 1829, while the prophet was still in Fayette.

[Sec 12:1a] A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.

[Sec 12:1b] 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;

[Sec 12:1c] therefore, give heed unto my word.

[Sec 12:2a] 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;

[Sec 12:2b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God; therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive, if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.

[Sec 12:3a] Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.

[Sec 12:3b] Keep my commandments in all things; 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.

[Sec 12:4a] 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;

[Sec 12:4b] and also, that you may declare repentance unto this generation.

[Sec 12:5a] 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;

[Sec 12:5b] wherefore, I must bring forth the fullness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel.

[Sec 12:5c] And, behold, thou art David, and thou art called to assist; which thing if thou doest, and art faithful, thou shalt be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be thy reward. Amen.


Section 13

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., the prophet, to John Whitmer, June 1829, at the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr., John's father, at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. John Whitmer became one of the eight witnesses whose testimony is published with all editions of the Book of Mormon.

[Sec 13:1a] Hearken, my servant John, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer;

[Sec 13:1b] for, behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth, and I will tell you that which no man knows save me and you alone;

[Sec 13:1c] for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.

[Sec 13:2] Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words, which I have given you, according to my commandments.

[Sec 13:3] 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 14

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Peter Whitmer, Jr. It is identical with the message to John, Peter's brother, and was received at the same time and place, June 1829, at Fayette, Seneca County, New York.

[Sec 14:1a] Hearken, my servant Peter, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer;

[Sec 14:1b] for, behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth, and I will tell you that which no man knows save me and you alone;

[Sec 14:1c] for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.

[Sec 14:2] Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words, which I have given you, according to my commandments.

[Sec 14:3] 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 15

In June, 1829, Martin Harris visited Fayette, New York, to inquire concerning the progress being made in the translation of the Book of Mormon. During this visit he joined Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer in asking that they might be chosen as the three special witnesses to the divinity of the Book of Mormon, mentioned in the prophecies of Nephi and Moroni (II Nephi 11:133; Ether 2:2-3).

The following revelation was received in answer to Joseph's prayer on behalf of his three associates. A few days later the promise it contained was fulfilled, and Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris became the three special witnesses to the fact that Joseph truly had the Book of Mormon plates and that these plates had been translated "by the gift and power of God." Their testimony was maintained to the end of their lives and has been included in every edition of the Book of Mormon.

[Sec 15:1a] Behold, I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word,

[Sec 15:1b] 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;

[Sec 15:1c] 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.

[Sec 15:2a] And after that you have obtained faith, and have seen them with your eyes, you shall testify of them, by the power of God;

[Sec 15:2b] 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.

[Sec 15:2c] And ye shall testify that ye 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;

[Sec 15:2d] 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.

[Sec 15:3a] Wherefore you have received the same power, and the same faith, and the same gift like unto him;

[Sec 15:3b] 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.

[Sec 15:3c] 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 16

Although Martin Harris is not mentioned in this revelation given in June 1829, at Fayette, he joined Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer in selecting the first apostles in the Quorum of Twelve in the Restoration. The selection was made at Kirtland, February 14, 1835. Those chosen were ordained under the hands of Oliver, David, and Martin (the Three Witnesses), each praying separately.

[Sec 16:1a] Now, behold, because of the thing which you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:

[Sec 16:1b] 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;

[Sec 16:1c] and if you know that they are true, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written; for in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my Rock;

[Sec 16:1d] 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.

[Sec 16:2a] 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;

[Sec 16:2b] 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.

[Sec 16:2c] And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me;

[Sec 16:2d] wherefore, if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name is Joseph.

[Sec 16:3a] And now, Oliver Cowdery, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer, by the way of commandment;

[Sec 16:3b] for, behold, I command all men everywhere to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called.

[Sec 16:3c] Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; 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.

[Sec 16:3d] And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance.

[Sec 16:3e] And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth. Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people.

[Sec 16:3f] 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!

[Sec 16:4a] 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!

[Sec 16:4b] Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my Rock, and my salvation.

[Sec 16:4c] 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.

[Sec 16:4d] And if you have not faith, hope, and charity, you can do nothing. Contend against no church, save it be the church of the Devil.

[Sec 16:4e] Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness; 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.

[Sec 16:4f] Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;

[Sec 16:4g] 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; wherefore, if they know not the name by which they are called, they can not have place in the kingdom of my Father.

[Sec 16:5a] And now, behold, there are others who are called to declare my gospel, both unto Gentile and unto Jew; yea, even twelve; and the twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name;

[Sec 16:5b] and the twelve are they who shall desire to take upon them my name, with full purpose of heart; 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;

[Sec 16:5c] and they are they who are ordained of me to baptize in my name, according to that which is written; and you have that which is written before you; wherefore you must perform it according to the words which are written.

[Sec 16:5d] And now I speak unto the twelve: Behold, my grace is sufficient for you; you must walk uprightly before me and sin not.

[Sec 16:5e] 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; and I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.

[Sec 16:5f] These words are not of men, nor of man; but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me, and not of man; for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you;

[Sec 16:5g] and by my power you can read them one to another, and save it were by my power, you could not have them; wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.

[Sec 16:6a] 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; and by their desires and their works, you shall know them;

[Sec 16:6b] and when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.

[Sec 16:6c] And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name; and you must preach unto the world, saying,

[Sec 16:6d] You must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; for all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women; and children who have arrived to the years of accountability.

[Sec 16:7a] And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things;

[Sec 16:7b] 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;

[Sec 16:7c] wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.

[Sec 16:7d] And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments, you can not be saved in the kingdom of my Father.

[Sec 16:7e] Behold I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit, have spoken it. Amen.


Section 17

This section is a compilation of instructions received from time to time in connection with the organization of the church. The "Book of Commandments" describes the section as "the Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ, given in Fayette, New York, June, 1830," but that part of the instruction which set the date for the organization of the church was given prior to April 6, 1830.

Joseph wrote in "Times and Seasons" (3:928):

"In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instructions from time to time concerning the duties which now devolved upon us, and among many other things of the kind, we obtained of him the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his church once again, here upon the earth."

All editions of the Doctrine and Covenants include paragraphs 16 and 17 of this section, which did not appear in the "Book of Commandments." This further instruction was probably received after July 20, 1833, and selected for inclusion with related material in this section on the same principle as other material received at different times.

[Sec 17:1a] 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;

[Sec 17:1b] 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; 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:

[Sec 17:1c] and this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory both now and forever. Amen.

[Sec 17:2a] 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;

[Sec 17:2b] 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,

[Sec 17:2c] and gave unto him commandments which inspired him, and gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon,

[Sec 17:2d] which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, and to the Jews also, which was given by inspiration,

[Sec 17:2e] and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them, proving to the world that the Holy Scriptures are true,

[Sec 17:2f] 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,

[Sec 17:2g] thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

[Sec 17:3a] 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;

[Sec 17:3b] and those who receive it in faith and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life;

[Sec 17:3c] but those who harden their hearts in unbelief and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation, for the Lord God has spoken it;

[Sec 17:3d] 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 for ever and ever. Amen.

[Sec 17:4a] 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, and that he created man male and female;

[Sec 17:4b] after his own image and in his own likeness created he them, 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.

[Sec 17:4c] But by the transgression of these holy laws, man became sensual and devilish, and became fallen man.

[Sec 17:5a] Wherefore the almighty God gave his only begotten Son, as it is written in those scriptures which have been given of him:

[Sec 17:5b] he suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them;

[Sec 17:5c] he was crucified, died, and rose again the third day;

[Sec 17:5d] 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, that as many as would believe and be baptized, in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved:

[Sec 17:5e] 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,

[Sec 17:5f] who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost,

[Sec 17:5g] who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life, as well as those who should come after, who should believe in the gifts and callings of God by the Holy Ghost,

[Sec 17:5h] which beareth record of the Father, and of the Son, which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen.

[Sec 17:6a] 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.

[Sec 17:6b] And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is just and true;

[Sec 17:6c] 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;

[Sec 17:6d] but there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God.

[Sec 17:6e] Therefore let the church take heed and pray always, lest they fall into temptations; yea, and even let those who are sanctified, take heed also.

[Sec 17:6f] 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:

[Sec 17:6g] and the Lord God has spoken it; and honor, power, and glory, be rendered to his holy name, both now and ever. Amen.

[Sec 17:7a] And again by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism:

[Sec 17:7b] 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,

[Sec 17:7c] and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end,

[Sec 17:7d] 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.

[Sec 17:8a] The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the church of Christ:

[Sec 17:8b] An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize, and to ordain other elders, priests, teachers, and deacons, and to administer bread and wine--the emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ--

[Sec 17:8c] 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;

[Sec 17:8d] and to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church;

[Sec 17:8e] and to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost,

[Sec 17:8f] and to take the lead of all meetings.

[Sec 17:9] The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revelations of God.

[Sec 17:10a] The priest's duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament.

[Sec 17:10b] and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all family duties:

[Sec 17:10c] and he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons;

[Sec 17:10d] and he is to take the lead of meetings when there is no elder present, but when there is an elder present he is only to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and visit the house of each member, exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all family duties.

[Sec 17:10e] In all these duties the priest is to assist the elder if occasion requires.

[Sec 17:11a] The teacher's duty is to watch over the church always, and be with, and strengthen them, and see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other; neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking;

[Sec 17:11b] and see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty,

[Sec 17:11c] and he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest,

[Sec 17:11d] and is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires;

[Sec 17:11e] but neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;

[Sec 17:11f] they are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.

[Sec 17:12a] Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him;

[Sec 17:12b] and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the one who ordains him.

[Sec 17:13] 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; and said conferences are to do whatever church business is necessary to be done at the time.

[Sec 17:14] The elders are to receive their licenses from other elders, by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences.

[Sec 17:15] 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.

[Sec 17:16a] 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;

[Sec 17:16b] but the presiding elders, traveling bishops, high councilors, high priests, and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the church, that a vote may be called.

[Sec 17:17] Every president of the high priesthood (or presiding elder), bishop, high councilor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a high council, or General Conference.

[Sec 17:18a] The duty of the members after they are received by baptism:

[Sec 17:18b] 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.

[Sec 17:18c] 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.

[Sec 17:19] 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.

[Sec 17:20] 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.

[Sec 17:21a] Baptism is to be administered in the following manner unto all those who repent:

[Sec 17:21b] 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:

[Sec 17:21c] 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.

[Sec 17:21d] Then shall he immerse him or her in the water, and come forth again out of the water.

[Sec 17:22a] It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord Jesus;

[Sec 17:22b] and the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it:

[Sec 17:22c] He shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying,

[Sec 17:22d] 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.

[Sec 17:23a] The manner of administering the wine: He shall take the cup also, and say:

[Sec 17:23b] 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.

[Sec 17:24] Any member of the church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken in a fault, shall be dealt with as the Scriptures direct.

[Sec 17:25a] 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, with a list of the names of the several members uniting themselves with the church since the last conference,

[Sec 17:25b] 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,

[Sec 17:25c] 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.

[Sec 17:26] 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 18

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Martin Harris, March 1830, at Manchester, New York.

[Sec 18:1a] I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am He, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world:

[Sec 18:1b] 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;

[Sec 18:1c] 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 has done.

[Sec 18:1d] And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I God am endless; wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth;

[Sec 18:1e] yea, to those who are found on my left hand; nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment; but it is written endless torment.

[Sec 18:2a] 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;

[Sec 18:2b] wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles.

[Sec 18:2c] I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest; for, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it?

[Sec 18:2d] For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name; wherefore--

[Sec 18:2e] Eternal punishment is God's punishment. Endless punishment is God's punishment.

[Sec 18:2f] 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;

[Sec 18:2g] and it is by my almighty power that you have received them; 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!

[Sec 18:2h] For, behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer, if they would repent; but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I;

[Sec 18:2i] 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;

[Sec 18:2j] nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men;

[Sec 18:2k] 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.

[Sec 18:2l] And I command you that you preach naught but repentance, and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me;

[Sec 18:2m] for they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish.

[Sec 18:2n] Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit and you shall have peace in me.

[Sec 18:2o] I am Jesus Christ; I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will.

[Sec 18:3a] And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; nor seek thy neighbor's life.

[Sec 18:3b] 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.

[Sec 18:3c] which is my word to the Gentiles, 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.

[Sec 18:4a] 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.

[Sec 18:4b] 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.

[Sec 18:4c] And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.

[Sec 18:4d] 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.

[Sec 18:5a] 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.

[Sec 18:5b] And misery thou shalt receive, if thou wilt slight these counsels; yea, even the destruction of thyself and property.

[Sec 18:5c] Impart a portion of thy property; yea, even part of thy lands, and all save the support of thy family.

[Sec 18:5d] Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage.

[Sec 18:5e] Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy family; and speak freely to all;

[Sec 18:5f] yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice; with a sound of rejoicing, cry Hosanna! hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Lord God!

[Sec 18:6a] 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.

[Sec 18:6b] Behold, canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness? or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide? or canst thou be humble and meek and conduct thyself wisely before me?

[Sec 18:6c] yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.


Section 19

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., the prophet, on the day the church was organized, April 6, 1830, at Fayette, Seneca County, New York, before or, possibly, during the organization meeting, and is addressed to both Joseph and the church. It refers to the organization in the past tense and gives instruction concerning the ordination of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as though this were yet to be consummated. The ordinations did take place at the organization meeting, after the other brethren participating had indicated their willingness to accept Joseph and Oliver as their teachers and leaders.

[Sec 19:1a] 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;

[Sec 19:1b] being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith;

[Sec 19:1c] 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.

[Sec 19:2a] 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;

[Sec 19:2b] for his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith; for by doing these things, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you;

[Sec 19:2c] 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.

[Sec 19:2d] 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:

[Sec 19:2e] 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.

[Sec 19:3a] 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.

[Sec 19:3b] Wherefore, it behooveth me, that he should be ordained by you, Oliver Cowdery, mine apostle; 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;

[Sec 19:3c] 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 20

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., prophet and seer to the church, April 1830, at Manchester, New York. This instruction came in answer to Joseph Smith's inquiry concerning the status of those who desired to unite with the church and who had already been baptized.

[Sec 20:1a] 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 everlasting covenant; even that which was from the beginning.

[Sec 20:1b] Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times, it availeth him nothing; for you can not enter in at the strait gate by the Law of Moses, neither by your dead works;

[Sec 20:1c] 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.

[Sec 20:1d] Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.


Section 21

This section is a composite of five revelations given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at Manchester, New York, April 1830, and addressed to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith, Sr., and Joseph Knight, Sr. They were given in answer to the prayers of these brethren concerning their relation to the work of the church. Each paragraph in Doctrine and Covenants 21 was printed as a separate chapter in the "Book of Commandments," but the chapters were combined in the 1835 (first) edition of the Doctrine and Covenants and have been published in this form ever since. They were received on the day the church was organized.

[Sec 21:1a] 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.

[Sec 21:1b] 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.

[Sec 21:2a] 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.

[Sec 21:2b] Wherefore thy duty is unto the church for ever; and this because of thy family. Amen.

[Sec 21:3] 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.

[Sec 21:4] 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 for ever. Amen.

[Sec 21:5a] 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.

[Sec 21:5b] And, behold, it is your duty to unite with the true church, and give your language to exhortation continually, that you may receive the reward of the laborer. Amen.


Section 22

Revelation given to Joseph Smith, Jr., at Colesville, New York, in June 1830, but was not included in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. It was first printed in "Times and Season" (4:71) and has been included in the Doctrine and Covenants since the Cincinnati edition of 1864. It was specifically approved by the 1970 World Conference. It is also printed in the forepart of the Inspired Version (pp. 7-9).

[Sec 22:1] The words of God which he spake unto Moses, at a time when Moses was caught up into an exceeding high mountain, and he saw God face to face, and he talked with him, and the glory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence.[Sec 22:2] And God spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, I am the Lord God Almighty, and Endless is my name, for I am without beginning of days or end of years; and is not this endless?

[Sec 22:3a] And behold, thou art my son, wherefore look, and I will show thee the workmanship of mine hands, but not all;

[Sec 22:3b] for my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease;

[Sec 22:3c] wherefore, no man can behold all my works except he behold all my glory;

[Sec 22:3d] and no man can behold all my glory, and afterwards remain in the flesh, on the earth.

[Sec 22:4a] And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten; and my Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth;

[Sec 22:4b] but there is no God beside me; and all things are present with me, for I know them all.

[Sec 22:5] And now, behold, this one thing I show unto thee, Moses, my son; for thou art in the world, and now I show it unto thee.

[Sec 22:6a] And it came to pass, that Moses looked and beheld the world upon which he was created.

[Sec 22:6b] And as Moses beheld the world, and the ends thereof, and all the children of men, which are and which were created; of the same he greatly marveled, and wondered.

[Sec 22:6c] And the presence of God withdrew from Moses, that his glory was not upon Moses; and Moses was left unto himself; and as he was left unto himself, he fell unto the earth.

[Sec 22:7a] And it came to pass, that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man; and he said unto himself,

[Sec 22:7b] Now, for this cause, I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed; but now mine eyes have beheld God; but not mine natural but my spiritual eyes, for mine natural eyes could not have beheld, for I should have withered and died in his presence;

[Sec 22:7c] but his glory was upon me, and I beheld his face, for I was transfigured before him.

[Sec 22:8a] And now it came to pass, that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him, saying, Moses, son of man, worship me.

[Sec 22:8b] And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan, and said, Who art thou, for behold I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?

[Sec 22:8c] For, behold, I could not look upon God except his glory should come upon me, and I were transfigured before him. But I can look upon thee in the natural man. Is it not so surely?

[Sec 22:9a] Blessed be the name of my God, for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me; or else where is thy glory, for it is darkness unto me, and I can judge between thee and God;

[Sec 22:9b] for God said unto me, Worship God, for him only shalt thou serve.

[Sec 22:9c] Get thee hence, Satan, deceive me not; for God said unto me, Thou art after the similitude of mine Only Begotten.

[Sec 22:10] And he also gave unto me commandment, when he called unto me out of the burning bush, saying, Call upon God in the name of mine Only Begotten, and worship me.

[Sec 22:11] And again, Moses said, I will not cease to call upon God. I have other things to inquire of him; for his glory has been upon me, and it is glory unto me; wherefore, I can judge between him and thee. Depart hence, Satan.

[Sec 22:12] And now, when Moses had said these words, Satan cried with a loud voice, and went upon the earth, and commanded, saying, I am the Only Begotten, worship me.

[Sec 22:13] And it came to pass, that Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell; nevertheless, calling upon God he received strength, and he commanded, saying, Depart hence, Satan; for this one God only will I worship, which is the God of glory.

[Sec 22:14] And now, Satan began to tremble, and the earth shook, and Moses received strength and called upon God in the name of the Only Begotten, saying to Satan, Depart hence.

[Sec 22:15] And it came to pass, that Satan cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and departed hence; yea, from the presence of Moses, that he beheld him not.

[Sec 22:16] And now, of this thing Moses bore record; but because of wickedness, it is not had among the children of men.

[Sec 22:17a] And it came to pass, that when Satan had departed from the presence of Moses, that Moses lifted up his eyes unto heaven, being filled with the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and the Son;

[Sec 22:17b] and calling upon the name of God, he beheld again his glory; for it rested upon him, and he heard a voice, saying,

[Sec 22:17c] Blessed art thou, Moses, for I, the Almighty, have chosen thee, and thou shalt be made stronger than many waters; for they shall obey thy command even as if thou wert God.

[Sec 22:18] And lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days, for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage; even Israel my chosen.

[Sec 22:19a] And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, he cast his eyes and beheld the earth; yea, even all the face of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the Spirit of God.

[Sec 22:19b] And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not, and he discerned them by the Spirit of God, and their numbers were great, even as numberless as the sand upon the seashore.

[Sec 22:19c] And he beheld many lands, and each land was called earth; and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.

[Sec 22:20] And it came to pass, that Moses called upon God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them? And behold the glory of God was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and he talked with him face to face.

[Sec 22:21a] And the Lord God said unto Moses, For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom, and it remaineth in me.

[Sec 22:21b] And by the word of my power have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.

[Sec 22:21c] And worlds without number have I created, and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.

[Sec 22:21d] But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you; for behold there are many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power;

[Sec 22:21e] and there are many also which now stand, and numberless are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me; for they are mine, and I know them.

[Sec 22:22a] And it came to pass, that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying,

[Sec 22:22b] Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof; and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.

[Sec 22:23a] And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying, The heavens, they are many and they can not be numbered unto man, but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine; and as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof, even so shall another come;

[Sec 22:23b] and there is no end to my works, neither to my words; for this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality, and eternal life of man.

[Sec 22:24a] And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto you concerning this earth upon which you stand; and you shall write the things which I shall speak.

[Sec 22:24b] And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught, and take many of them from the book which you shall write, behold I will raise up another like unto you, and they shall be had again among the children of men, among even as many as shall believe.

[Sec 22:25] These words were spoken unto Moses in the mount, the name of which shall not be known among the children of men. And now they are spoken unto you. Amen.


Section 23

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., July 1830, at Harmony, Pennsylvania. It is addressed to Joseph and Oliver, who were in need of reassurance because of the persecution to which they had been subjected after the publication of the Book of Mormon and the organization of the church.

[Sec 23:1a] Behold, thou wast called and chosen to write the Book of Mormon, and to my ministry;

[Sec 23:1b] 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!

[Sec 23:1c] Nevertheless, thou art not excusable in thy transgressions; nevertheless go thy way and sin no more.

[Sec 23:2a] 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;

[Sec 23:2b] but if they receive thee not, I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing.

[Sec 23:3a] 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, and it shall be given thee, in the very moment, what thou shalt speak and write;

[Sec 23:3b] and they shall hear it, or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing.

[Sec 23:4a] For thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion. And in this thou shalt have strength.

[Sec 23:4b] Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for lo, I am with you, even unto the end of thy days.

[Sec 23:4c] And in temporal labors thou shalt not have strength, for this is not thy calling.

[Sec 23:4d] Attend to thy calling and thou shalt have wherewith to magnify thine office, and to expound all Scriptures.

[Sec 23:4e] And continue in laying on of the hands, and confirming the churches.

[Sec 23:5a] And thy brother Oliver shall continue in bearing my name before the world, and also to the church. And he shall not suppose that he can say enough in my cause; and lo, I am with him to the end.

[Sec 23:5b] In me he shall have glory, and not of himself, whether in weakness or in strength, whether in bonds or free.

[Sec 23:5c] 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.

[Sec 23:6a] Require not miracles, except I shall command you; except casting out devils; healing the sick; and against poisonous serpents; and against deadly poisons; 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.

[Sec 23:6b] 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.

[Sec 23:7a] 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.

[Sec 23:7b] And whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the law.

[Sec 23:7c] 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; for thou art called to prune my vineyard with a mighty pruning, yea, even for the last time.

[Sec 23:7d] Yea, and also, all those whom thou hast ordained. And they shall do even according to this pattern. Amen.


Section 24

Revelation addressed to Emma Smith, wife of the prophet. It was given through Joseph Smith at Harmony, Pennsylvania, in July 1830. The selection of hymns that Emma was directed to make was completed and published in 1835. This hymnbook was used at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple.

[Sec 24:1a] Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto thee, Emma Smith, my daughter, for verily I say unto thee, All those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my kingdom.

[Sec 24:1b] A revelation I give unto thee 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.

[Sec 24:1c] Behold, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou art an elect lady, whom I have called.

[Sec 24:1d] 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.

[Sec 24:2a] 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.

[Sec 24:2b] 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.

[Sec 24:2c] 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; 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.

[Sec 24:2d] 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.

[Sec 24:3a] And verily I say unto thee, that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.

[Sec 24:3b] 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; for my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me.

[Sec 24:3c] And it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. Wherefore, lift up thy heart and rejoice, and cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made.

[Sec 24:4a] 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.

[Sec 24:4b] Keep my commandments continually, and a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive. And except thou do this, where I am thou canst not come.

[Sec 24:4c] And verily, verily I say unto you, that this is my voice unto all. Amen.


Section 25

Revelation given through Joseph Smith at Harmony, Pennsylvania, in July 1830, to Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer. It is specifically important because of its affirmation of the principle of "common consent" in the government of the church.

[Sec 25:1a] 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.

[Sec 25:1b] And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith; for all things you shall receive by faith. Amen.


Section 26

The first paragraph of this revelation was given to Joseph Smith, Jr., early in August 1830 at Harmony, Pennsylvania, and was written down at that time. It was given through the personal ministry of a "heavenly messenger" as Joseph was seeking wine for the Sacrament which he and his wife and John Whitmer (Joseph's secretary at the time) wished to share with Newel Knight and his wife. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Knight had just been confirmed. The "Book of Commandments" gives the date of this revelation as September 4, 1830. This was probably when the later paragraphs of the revelation were received.

[Sec 26:1a] Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God, and your Redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful.

[Sec 26:1b] 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;

[Sec 26:1c] remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins;

[Sec 26:1d] wherefore a commandment I give unto you, that you shall not purchase wine, neither strong drink of your enemies; wherefore ye 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.

[Sec 26:2a] 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 fullness of my everlasting gospel;

[Sec 26:2b] to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim; 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;

[Sec 26:2c] 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;

[Sec 26:2d] 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;

[Sec 26:2e] 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;

[Sec 26:2f] and also with Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers; by whom the promises remain; and also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days.

[Sec 26:3a] 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;

[Sec 26:3b] and of the same things which I revealed unto them; unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times;

[Sec 26:3c] and for the fullness of times, in the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; and also with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world;

[Sec 26:3d] 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.

[Sec 26:3e] 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, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked;

[Sec 26:3f] 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,

[Sec 26:3g] and be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also. Amen.


Section 27

Revelation given to Oliver Cowdery through Joseph Smith, Jr., in September 1830 at Fayette, New York.

Hiram Page had come into possession of a stone by use of which he had obtained certain "revelations" concerning the building of Zion, church organization, and similar matters. Oliver Cowdery and the Whitmer family, to whom Hiram was related, tended to accept his claims. The instruction now received appoints Oliver to an important mission and then sets forth the associated principles of prophetic guidance and common consent according to the church covenants and the prayer of faith. It should be noted that Oliver, who had shared responsibility for the difficulties which had arisen, is now commanded to take responsibility for their settlement.

[Sec 27:1] 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.

[Sec 27:2a] 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;

[Sec 27:2b] and thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and revelations, with power and authority unto the church.

[Sec 27:2c] 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.

[Sec 27:2d] But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom; and thou shalt not command him who is at thy head, and at the head of the church, 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.

[Sec 27:3a] And now, behold, I say unto thee that thou shalt go unto the Lamanites, and preach my gospel unto them;

[Sec 27:3b] 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.

[Sec 27:3c] And now, behold, I say unto thee, that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the city shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter.

[Sec 27:3d] Behold, I say unto thee that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.

[Sec 27:4a] 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.

[Sec 27:4b] 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; for, behold, these things have not been appointed unto him;

[Sec 27:4c] neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church contrary to the church covenants, for all things must be done in order and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.

[Sec 27:5a] 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.

[Sec 27:5b] And it shall be given thee from the time thou shalt go, until the time thou shalt return, what thou shalt do.

[Sec 27:5c] And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen.


Section 28

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, prophet and seer to the church, in August 1830. This revelation was given at Fayette, New York, in the presence of six elders, prior to the second conference of the church which was held at that place on September 1, 1830.

[Sec 28:1a] Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the great I AM, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins, who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice, and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.

[Sec 28:1b] 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.

[Sec 28:2a] 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;

[Sec 28:2b] 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;

[Sec 28:2c] and as it is written, Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith, being united in prayer according to my command, ye shall receive; and ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect, for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;[Sec 28:2d] 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;

[Sec 28:2e] 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;

[Sec 28:2f] 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;

[Sec 28:2g] 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.

[Sec 28:3a] And again, verily, verily I say unto you, and it hath gone forth in a firm decree, by the will of the Father,

[Sec 28:3b] 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;

[Sec 28:3c] 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.

[Sec 28:4a] 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;

[Sec 28:4b] and there shall be greater signs in heaven above, and in the earth beneath; and there shall be weeping and wailing among the hosts of men; and there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth;

[Sec 28:4c] 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.[Sec 28:5a] Wherefore, I, the Lord God, will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them,

[Sec 28:5b] 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;

[Sec 28:5c] and it shall come to pass that the beasts of the forest and the fowls of the air shall devour them up; and the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall be cast down by devouring fire, according as it is spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the prophet, which spoke of these things, which have not come to pass, but surely must, as I live, for abomination shall not reign.

[Sec 28:6a] 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;

[Sec 28:6b] 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;

[Sec 28:6c] for all old things shall pass away, and all things shall become new, even the heaven and the earth, and all the fullness thereof, both men and beasts, the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea;

[Sec 28:6d] and not one hair, neither mote, shall be lost, for it is the workmanship of mine hand.

[Sec 28:7a] 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;

[Sec 28:7b] 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;

[Sec 28:7c] wherefore I will say unto them, Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels.

[Sec 28:8a] And now, behold, I say unto you, Never at any time, have I declared from my own mouth that they should return, for where I am they can not come, for they have no power;

[Sec 28:8b] 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;

[Sec 28:8c] that the first shall be last, and 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; for by the power of my Spirit, created I them;

[Sec 28:8d] yea, all things both spiritual and temporal: 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;

[Sec 28:8e] 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.

[Sec 28:9a] 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;

[Sec 28:9b] 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;

[Sec 28:9c] for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural, nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.

[Sec 28:10a] 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,

[Sec 28:10b] 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;

[Sec 28:10c] and they were thrust down, and thus became the Devil and his angels; and, behold, there is a place prepared for them from the beginning, which place is hell;

[Sec 28:10d] 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.

[Sec 28:11a] 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;

[Sec 28:11b] wherefore, I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out from the garden of Eden, from my presence, because of his transgression:

[Sec 28:11c] 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.

[Sec 28:12a] 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;

[Sec 28:12b] and thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation;

[Sec 28:12c] that by his natural death, he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe, and they that believed not, unto eternal damnation;

[Sec 28:12d] for they can not be redeemed from their spiritual fall, because they repent not, for they will love darkness rather than light, and their deeds are evil, and they receive their wages of whom they list to obey.

[Sec 28:13a] But, behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world, through mine Only Begotten; wherefore they can not sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;

[Sec 28:13b] 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.

[Sec 28:14a] And again I say unto you, that whoso having knowledge, have I not commanded to repent?

[Sec 28:14b] and he that hath no understanding, it remaineth in me to do according as it is written.

[Sec 28:14c] And now, I declare no more unto you at this time. Amen.


Section 29

Revelation given to David Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Jr., and John Whitmer through Joseph Smith, Jr., September 1830 at Fayette, New York. It was received at the close of the second conference of the church. The Hiram Page "peepstone" difficulty (see Section 27) was in the background of the message to David Whitmer.

[Sec 29:1a] Behold, I say unto you, David, that you have feared man and have not relied on me for strength, as you ought;

[Sec 29:1b] 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;

[Sec 29:1c] wherefore, you are left to inquire for yourself, at my hand, and ponder upon the things which you have received.

[Sec 29:1d] And your home shall be at your father's house, until I give unto you further commandments.

[Sec 29:1e] And you shall attend to the ministry in the church, and before the world, and in the regions round about. Amen.

[Sec 29:2a] 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;

[Sec 29:2b] therefore, fear not but give heed unto the words and advice of your brother, which he shall give you.

[Sec 29:2c] 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;

[Sec 29:2d] 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.

[Sec 29:2e] Wherefore, give heed unto these things, and be diligent in keeping my commandments, and you shall be blessed unto eternal life. Amen.

[Sec 29:3a] 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.

[Sec 29:3b] 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.

[Sec 29:3c] 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 30

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at Fayette, New York, September 1830 at the close of the second conference of the church. It is addressed to Thomas B. Marsh, who had recently been baptized. Thomas is here designated as physician to the church. Later he became the first president of the Council of Twelve.

[Sec 30:1a] Thomas, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.

[Sec 30:1b] 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.

[Sec 30:2a] 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.

[Sec 30:2b] You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant Joseph Smith, Jr.

[Sec 30:2c] You shall begin to preach from this time forth; yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned;

[Sec 30:2d] 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.

[Sec 30:3a] 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; yea, I will open the hearts of the people and they will receive you.

[Sec 30:3b] And I will establish a church by your hand; and you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered.

[Sec 30:3c] Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.

[Sec 30:4a] 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.

[Sec 30:4b] Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do, and whither you shall go.

[Sec 30:4c] Pray always, lest you enter into temptation, and lose your reward. Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you.

[Sec 30:4d] 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 31

Revelation to Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson, given through Joseph Smith, Jr., prophet and seer to the church, October 1830 at Fayette, New York. The appointment of Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer to take the message of the Restoration to the Lamanites aroused considerable interest and enthusiasm among the ministry. This mission to the West was most important. Men were anxious to go.

[Sec 31:1a] 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;

[Sec 31:1b] 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;

[Sec 31:1c] 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.

[Sec 31:1d] 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;

[Sec 31:1e] and they shall give heed unto these words and trifle not, and I will bless them. Amen.


Section 32

Revelation given to Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet through the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., October 1830 at Fayette, New York.

[Sec 32:1a] Behold, I say unto you, my servants Ezra and Northrop,

[Sec 32:1b] 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.

[Sec 32:1c] 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:

[Sec 32:1d] 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.

[Sec 32:1e] 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.

[Sec 32:2a] And verily, verily I say unto you, that this church have I established and called forth out of the wilderness;

[Sec 32:2b] 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;

[Sec 32:2c] yea, verily, verily I say unto you, that the field is white already to harvest; wherefore, thrust in your sickle, and reap with all your might, mind, and strength.

[Sec 32:2d] Open your mouths and they shall be filled; and you shall become as Nephi of old, who journeyed from Jerusalem in the wilderness;

[Sec 32:2e] yea, open your mouths and spare not, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your backs, for lo, I am with you;

[Sec 32:2f] 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;

[Sec 32:2g] yea, repent and be baptized every one of you, for the remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

[Sec 32:3a] Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, This is my gospel, and remember that they shall have faith in me, or they can in nowise be saved; and upon this Rock I will build my church;

[Sec 32:3b] yea, upon this Rock ye are built, and if ye continue, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; and ye shall remember the church articles and covenants to keep them;

[Sec 32:3c] 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.

[Sec 32:3d] 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;

[Sec 32:3e] 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; for, behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that I come quickly; even so. Amen.


Section 33

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Orson Pratt November 1830 at Fayette, New York. Orson had recently been baptized by his brother, Parley P. Pratt. Later both he and Parley became members of the Council of Twelve.

[Sec 33:1a] My son Orson, hearken and hear and behold what I, the Lord God, shall say unto you, even Jesus Christ your Redeemer, the light and the life of the world; a light which shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not;

[Sec 33:1b] who so loved the world that he gave his own life, that as many as would believe might become the sons of God;

[Sec 33:1c] wherefore you are my son, and blessed are you because you have believed, and more blessed are you because you are called of me to preach my gospel;

[Sec 33:1d] 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; for, behold, verily, verily I say unto you,

[Sec 33:1e] The time is soon at hand, that I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory, and it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble.

[Sec 33:2a] But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood, and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked; wherefore lift up your voice and spare not, for the Lord God hath spoken.

[Sec 33:2b] Therefore prophesy and it shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost; and if you are faithful, behold, I am with you until I come; and verily, verily I say unto you, I come quickly.

[Sec 33:2c] I am your Lord and your Redeemer. Even so. Amen.


Section 34

Revelation addressed to Sidney Rigdon, given through Joseph Smith, Jr. It was received at Fayette, New York, in December 1830. Sidney Rigdon, Edward Partridge, and others had been converted at Mentor and Kirtland, Ohio, by the missionaries going west, and these two had come to visit Joseph in order to learn more about the church. It will be noted that Sidney was immediately called into close association with Joseph. The prophet had commenced the revision of the Bible in June 1830, and this close association with Sidney was undoubtedly of great value to him.

[Sec 34:1a] Listen to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday and for ever.

[Sec 34:1b] 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.

[Sec 34:2a] 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.

[Sec 34:2b] 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.

[Sec 34:2c] Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received not the Holy Ghost; 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.

[Sec 34:3a] 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;

[Sec 34:3b] 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.

[Sec 34:3c] 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;

[Sec 34:3d] and the time speedily cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men; but without faith shall not anything be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

[Sec 34:3e] And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fullness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.

[Sec 34:4a] 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;

[Sec 34:4b] 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;

[Sec 34:4c] 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.

[Sec 34:4d] 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;

[Sec 34:4e] and they shall learn the parable of the fig tree; for even now already summer is nigh, and I have sent forth the fullness of my gospel by the hand of my servant Joseph;

[Sec 34:4f] and in weakness have I blessed him, 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.

[Sec 34:5a] Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be given by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, that knoweth all things; and a commandment I give unto thee, that thou shalt write for him;

[Sec 34:5b] and the Scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect; 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.

[Sec 34:5c] 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.

[Sec 34:5d] 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.

[Sec 34:6a] 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; and Israel shall be saved in mine own due time.

[Sec 34:6b] And by the keys which I have given shall they be led, and no more be confounded at all.

[Sec 34:6c] Lift up your hearts and be glad; your redemption draweth nigh.

[Sec 34:6d] Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen.


Section 35

Revelation given to Edward Partridge through Joseph Smith, Jr., in December 1830 at Fayette, New York. Edward Partridge had accompanied Sidney Rigdon from Ohio. Three months later he became the first bishop of the church (D. and C. 41:3).

[Sec 35:1a] 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;

[Sec 35:1b] 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;

[Sec 35:1c] and you shall declare it with a loud voice, saying, Hosanna, blessed be the name of the most high God.

[Sec 35:2a] And now this calling and commandment give I unto you concerning all men, 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, crying repentance, saying,

[Sec 35:2b] Save yourselves from this untoward generation, and come forth out of the fire, hating even the garments spotted with the flesh.

[Sec 35:3a] 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.

[Sec 35:3b] 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 36

In June 1830 Joseph Smith began an inspired correction of the Holy Scriptures, the necessity for which had been pointed out in the revelation of June 1830 (D. and C. 22:24). While engaged in this work in December 1830, Joseph received the following revelation which is an extract from the prophecy of Enoch. This revelation now forms Genesis 7:1-78 of the Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures. It was given at Fayette, New York. The 1835 edition did not include this section. It has appeared as Section 36 since 1864 and was specifically approved at the 1970 World Conference for retention in its present place.

[Sec 36:1a] And it came to pass that Enoch continued his speech, saying, Behold, our father Adam taught these things, and many have believed and become the sons of God, and many have believed not and perished in their sins, and are looking forth with fear in torment, for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God to be poured out upon them.

[Sec 36:1b] And from that time forth Enoch began to prophesy, saying unto the people that, as I was journeying, and stood upon the place Manhujah, I cried unto the Lord, and there came a voice out of heaven, saying, Turn ye and get ye upon the Mount Simeon.

[Sec 36:1c] And it came to pass that I turned and went upon the mount, and, as I stood upon the mount, I beheld the heavens open, and I was clothed upon with glory, and I saw the Lord;

[Sec 36:1d] he stood before my face, and he talked with me, even as a man talks one with another, face to face; and he said unto me, Look, and I will show unto you the world for the space of many generations.

[Sec 36:1e] And it came to pass that I beheld the valley Shum, and lo! a great people which dwelt in tents, which were the people of Shum.

[Sec 36:1f] And again the Lord said unto me, Look, and I looked toward the north, and I beheld the people of Cainan, which dwelt in tents.

[Sec 36:1g] And the Lord said unto me, Prophesy, and I prophesied, saying, Behold the people of Cainan, which are numerous, shall go forth in battle array against the people of Shum, and shall slay them, that they shall utterly be destroyed;

[Sec 36:1h] and the people of Cainan shall divide themselves in the land, and the land shall be barren and unfruitful and none other people shall dwell there but the people of Cainan; for, behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth for ever.

[Sec 36:1i] And there was blackness come unto all the children of Cainan, that they were despised among all people.

[Sec 36:1j] And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me, Look, and I looked and beheld the land of Sharon, and the land of Enoch, and the land of Omner, and the land of Heni, and the land of Shem, and the land of Haner, and the land of Hanannihah, and all the inhabitants thereof.

[Sec 36:1k] And the Lord said unto me, Go to this people and say unto them, Repent, lest I come out and smite them with a curse, and they die.

[Sec 36:1l] And he gave unto me a commandment that I should baptize in the name of the Father and the Son, which is full of grace and truth, and the Holy Spirit, which bears record of the Father and the Son.

[Sec 36:2a] And it came to pass that Enoch continued to call upon all the people, save it were the people of Cainan, to repent.

[Sec 36:2b] And so great was the faith of Enoch that he led the people of God, and their enemies came to battle against them, and he spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled, and the mountains fled, even according to his command;

[Sec 36:2c] and the rivers of water were turned out of their course, and the roar of the lions was heard out of the wilderness, and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch, and so great was the power of language which God had given him.

[Sec 36:2d] There also came up a land out of the depth of the sea; and so great was the fear of the enemies of the people of God, that they fled and stood afar off, and went upon the land which came up out of the depths of the sea.

[Sec 36:2e] And the giants of the land, also, stood afar off; and there went forth a curse upon all the people which fought against God.

[Sec 36:2f] And from that time forth there were wars and bloodsheds among them; but the Lord came and dwelt with his people, and they dwelt in righteousness.

[Sec 36:2g] The fear of the Lord was upon all nations, so great was the glory of the Lord which was upon his people. And the Lord blessed the land, and they were blessed upon the mountains, and upon the high places, and did flourish.

[Sec 36:2h] And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness;

[Sec 36:2i] and there was no poor among them; and Enoch continued his preaching in righteousness unto the people of God.

[Sec 36:3a] And it came to pass in his days that he built a city that was called the city of holiness, even ZION.

[Sec 36:3b] And it came to pass that Enoch talked with the Lord, and he said unto the Lord, Surely Zion shall dwell in safety forever.

[Sec 36:3c] But the Lord said unto Enoch, Zion have I blessed, but the residue of the people have I cursed.

[Sec 36:3d] And it came to pass that the Lord showed unto Enoch all the inhabitants of the earth, and he beheld, and lo! Zion, in process of time, was taken up into heaven.

[Sec 36:4] And the Lord said unto Enoch, Behold my abode for ever; and Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam, and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam, save it were the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.

[Sec 36:5a] And after that Zion was taken up into heaven, Enoch beheld, and lo! all the nations of the earth were before him.

[Sec 36:5b] And there came generation upon generation, and Enoch was high and lifted up, even in the bosom of the Father and the Son of man; and, behold, the power of Satan was upon all the face of the earth.

[Sec 36:5c] And he saw angels descending out of heaven, and he heard a loud voice, saying, Woe, woe be unto the inhabitants of the earth!

[Sec 36:5d] And he beheld Satan, and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness, and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced.

[Sec 36:6a] And Enoch beheld angels descending out of heaven, bearing testimony of the Father and Son; and the Holy Spirit fell on many, and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion.

[Sec 36:6b] And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept, and Enoch bore record of it, saying, How is it the heavens weep and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?

[Sec 36:6c] And Enoch said unto the Lord, How is it that you can weep, seeing you are holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?

[Sec 36:6d] And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, and millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of your creations;

[Sec 36:6e] and your curtains are stretched out still, and yet you are there, and your bosom is there; and also you are just; you are merciful and kind forever.

[Sec 36:6f] You have taken Zion to your own bosom from all your creations, from all eternity to all eternity, and naught but peace, justice, and truth is the habitation of your throne; and mercy shall go before your face, and have no end. How is it that you can weep?

[Sec 36:7a] The Lord said unto Enoch, Behold these your brethren; they are the workmanship of my own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them;

[Sec 36:7b] and in the garden of Eden gave I unto man his agency; and unto your brethren have I said, and also gave commandments, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father;

[Sec 36:7c] but, behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood, and the fire of my indignation is kindled against them, and in my hot displeasure will I send in the floods upon them, for my fierce anger is kindled against them.

[Sec 36:7d] Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.

[Sec 36:7e] Wherefore, I can stretch forth my hands and hold all the creations which I have made, and my eye can pierce them, also; and among all the workmanship of my hand there has not been so great wickedness as among your brethren; but, behold, their sins shall be upon the heads of their fathers.

[Sec 36:7f] Satan shall be their father, and misery shall be their doom; and the whole heavens shall weep over them, even all the workmanship of my hands.

[Sec 36:7g] Wherefore, should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?

[Sec 36:7h] But, behold, these which your eyes are upon, shall perish in the floods; and, behold, I will shut them up: a prison have I prepared for them.

[Sec 36:7i] And that which I have chosen has pleaded before my face. Wherefore he suffers for their sins, inasmuch as they will repent in the day that my chosen shall return unto me; and until that day they shall be in torment.

[Sec 36:7j] Wherefore, for this shall the heavens weep; yea, and all the workmanship of my hands.

[Sec 36:8a] And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Enoch, and told Enoch all the doings of the children of men.

[Sec 36:8b] Wherefore Enoch knew and looked upon their wickedness and their misery, and wept and stretched forth his arms, and his heart swelled wide as eternity, and his bowels yearned, and all eternity shook.

[Sec 36:8c] And Enoch saw Noah, also, and his family, that the posterity of all the sons of Noah should be saved with a temporal salvation.

[Sec 36:8d] Wherefore he saw that Noah built an ark, and the Lord smiled upon it, and held it in his own hand; but upon the residue of the wicked came floods and swallowed them up.

[Sec 36:8e] And as Enoch saw thus, he had bitterness of soul, and wept over his brethren, and said unto the heavens, I will refuse to be comforted; but the Lord said unto Enoch, Lift up your heart and be glad, and look.

[Sec 36:9a] And it came to pass that Enoch looked, and, from Noah, he beheld all the families of the earth; and he cried unto the Lord, saying, When shall the day of the Lord come?

[Sec 36:9b] When shall the blood of the righteous be shed, that all they that mourn may be sanctified, and have eternal life?

[Sec 36:9c] And the Lord said, It shall be in the meridian of time, in the days of wickedness and vengeance.

[Sec 36:9d] And, behold, Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of man, even in the flesh; and his soul rejoiced, saying, The righteous is lifted up, and the Lamb is slain from the foundation of the world; and, through faith, I am in the bosom of the Father; and, behold, Zion is with me!

[Sec 36:10a] And it came to pass, that Enoch looked upon the earth, and he heard a voice from the bowels thereof, saying, Woe, woe is me the mother of men! I am pained: I am weary because of the wickedness of my children!

[Sec 36:10b] When shall I rest, and be cleansed from the filthiness which has gone forth out of me? When will my Creator sanctify me, that I may rest, and righteousness, for a season, abide upon my face?

[Sec 36:10c] And when Enoch heard the earth mourn, he wept, and cried unto the Lord, saying, O Lord, will you not have compassion upon the earth? Will you not bless the children of Noah?

[Sec 36:10d] And it came to pass that Enoch continued his cry unto the Lord, saying, I ask you, O Lord, in the name of your Only Begotten, even Jesus Christ, that you will have mercy upon Noah and his seed, that the earth might never more be covered by the floods?

[Sec 36:10e] And the Lord could not withhold; and he covenanted with Enoch, and swore unto him with an oath, that he would stay the floods; that he would call upon the children of Noah:

[Sec 36:10f] and he sent forth an unalterable decree, that a remnant of his seed should always be found among all nations, while the earth should stand;

[Sec 36:10g] and the Lord said, Blessed is he through whose seed Messiah shall come: for he says, I am Messiah, the King of Zion; the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity.

[Sec 36:10h] Whoso comes in at the gate and climbs up by me shall never fall: wherefore, blessed are they of whom I have spoken, for they shall come forth with songs of everlasting joy.

[Sec 36:11a] And it came to pass, that Enoch cried unto the Lord, saying, When the Son of man comes in the flesh, shall the earth rest? I pray you show me these things.

[Sec 36:11b] And the Lord said unto Enoch, Look, and he looked and beheld the Son of man lifted upon the cross, after the manner of men; and he heard a loud voice; and the heavens were veiled; and all the creations of God mourned; and the earth groaned; and the rocks were rent;

[Sec 36:11c] and the saints arose and were crowned at the right hand of the Son of man, with crowns of glory; and as many of the spirits as were in prison, came forth and stood on the right hand of God; and the remainder were reserved in chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day.

[Sec 36:11d] And again, Enoch wept and cried unto the Lord, saying, When shall the earth rest?

[Sec 36:12a] And Enoch beheld the Son of man ascend up unto the Father; and he called unto the Lord, saying, Will you not come again upon the earth, for inasmuch as you are God, and I know you, and you have sworn unto me, and commanded me that I should ask in the name of your Only Begotten,

[Sec 36:12b] you have made me, and given unto me a right to your throne, and not of myself, but through your own grace; wherefore, I ask you if you will not come again on the earth?

[Sec 36:12c] And the Lord said unto Enoch, As I live, even so will I come in the last days--in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfill the oath which I made unto you, concerning the children of Noah:

[Sec 36:12d] and the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day, shall the heavens be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth;

[Sec 36:12e] and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; and righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of my Only Begotten;

[Sec 36:12f] his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out my own elect from the four quarters of the earth unto a place which I shall prepare;

[Sec 36:12g] a holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.

[Sec 36:13a] And the Lord said unto Enoch, Then shall you and all your city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us, and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other,

[Sec 36:13b] and there shall be my abode, and it shall be Zion which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years shall the earth rest.

[Sec 36:14a] And it came to pass that Enoch saw the days of the coming of the Son of man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in righteousness, for the space of a thousand years.

[Sec 36:14b] But before that day he saw great tribulations among the wicked; and he also saw the sea, that it was troubled, and men's hearts failing them, looking forth with fear for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked.

[Sec 36:14c] And the Lord showed Enoch all things, even unto the end of the world; and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption, and received a fullness of joy:

[Sec 36:14d] and all the days of Zion in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty-five years:

[Sec 36:14e] and Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion: and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is fled.


Section 37

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Joseph and Sidney Rigdon in December 1830. It led to a temporary suspension of their work on the Inspired Version, and called for the removal of the body of the Saints to Ohio. There was already a strong nucleus in the Kirtland area.

[Sec 37:1a] 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.

[Sec 37:1b] And again, I say unto you, that ye shall not go until ye have preached my gospel in those parts, and have strengthened up the church whithersoever it is found, and more especially in Colesville; for, behold, they pray unto me in much faith.

[Sec 37:2a] 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.

[Sec 37:2b] Behold, here is wisdom, and let every man choose for himself until I come. Even so. Amen.


Section 38

Revelation given to Joseph Smith, Jr., at Fayette, New York, in the opening days of 1831. It gives basic instruction concerning the work of the priesthood, the principle of stewardship, and the care of the poor. It was in preparation for the gathering to Ohio for which the Saints were already making preparation.

[Sec 38:1a] 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;

[Sec 38:1b] the same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes: I am the same which spake and the world was made, and all things came by me: I am the same which have taken the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom;

[Sec 38:1c] and verily I say, even as many as have believed on my name, for I am Christ, and in mine own name, by virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I pleaded before the Father for them:

[Sec 38:1d] 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;

[Sec 38:1e] and even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and woe, woe, woe is their doom.

[Sec 38:2a] But, behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that mine eyes are upon you:

[Sec 38:2b] I am in your midst and ye can not see me, but the day soon cometh that ye shall see me and know that I am; for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified shall not abide the day: wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared.

[Sec 38:2c] Behold, the kingdom is yours and the enemy shall not overcome.

[Sec 38:3a] Verily I say unto you, Ye are clean but not all; and there is none else with whom I am well pleased, for all flesh is corruptible before me,

[Sec 38:3b] and the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven, which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained,

[Sec 38:3c] 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.

[Sec 38:4a] 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, but now I tell it unto you,

[Sec 38:4b] 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.

[Sec 38:4c] Therefore, be ye strong from henceforth; fear not for the kingdom is yours: 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.

[Sec 38:4d] And I have made the earth rich, and, behold, it is my footstool: wherefore, again I will stand upon it; and I hold forth and deign to give unto you greater riches, even a land of promise;

[Sec 38:4e] a land flowing with milk and honey, upon which there shall be no curse when the Lord cometh; and I will give it unto you for the land of your inheritance, if you seek it with all your hearts:

[Sec 38:4f] 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 for ever, while the earth shall stand; and ye shall possess it again in eternity, no more to pass away.

[Sec 38:5a] 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.

[Sec 38:5b] 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?

[Sec 38:5c] But verily I say unto you, Teach one another according to the office wherewith I have appointed you, and let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practice virtue and holiness before me.

[Sec 38:5d] And again I say unto you, Let every man esteem his brother as himself: 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.

[Sec 38:6a] 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.

[Sec 38:6b] And again I say unto you, that the enemy in the secret chambers seeketh your lives.

[Sec 38:6c] Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land.

[Sec 38:6d] 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 that 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.

[Sec 38:7a] And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless:

[Sec 38:7b] wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment, that you should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law;

[Sec 38:7c] and there you shall be endowed with power from on high, and from thence, whosoever I will, shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do;

[Sec 38:7d] 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.

[Sec 38:8a] 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;

[Sec 38:8b] 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;

[Sec 38:8c] and this shall be their work, to govern the affairs of the property of this church.

[Sec 38:8d] And they that have farms that can not be sold, let them be left or rented as seemeth them good.

[Sec 38:8e] 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.

[Sec 38:9a] 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;

[Sec 38:9b] and it must needs be that the riches of the earth are mine to give: but beware of pride, lest ye become as the Nephites of old.

[Sec 38:9c] 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.

[Sec 38:9d] And let your preaching be the warning voice, every man to his neighbor, in mildness and in meekness.

[Sec 38:9e] And go ye out from among the wicked. Save yourselves. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Even so. Amen.


Section 39

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., January 1831, at Fayette, New York. This message was addressed to James Covill, a Baptist minister, who had sought light concerning his relation to the Restoration movement.

[Sec 39:1a] Hearken and listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity to all eternity, the great I AM, even Jesus Christ, the light and the life of the world; a light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not;

[Sec 39:1b] the same which came in the meridian of time unto my own, and my own received me not;

[Sec 39:1c] 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.

[Sec 39:2a] And verily, verily I say unto thee, He that receiveth my gospel, receiveth me; and he that receiveth not my gospel, receiveth not me.

[Sec 39:2b] 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.

[Sec 39:3a] And now, behold, I say unto thee, my servant James, I have looked upon thy works, and I know thee; and verily I say unto thee, Thine heart is now right before me at this time, and, behold, I have bestowed great blessings upon thy head;

[Sec 39:3b] nevertheless thou hast seen great sorrow, for thou hast rejected me many times because of pride, and the cares of the world;

[Sec 39:3c] 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 thy sins, calling on my name, and thou shalt receive my Spirit, and a blessing so great as thou hast never known.

[Sec 39:3d] And if thou doest this, I have prepared thee for a greater work.

[Sec 39:3e] Thou shalt preach the fullness 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.

[Sec 39:4a] 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.

[Sec 39:4b] 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.

[Sec 39:4c] Behold, verily, verily I say unto thee, Thou are not called to go into the eastern countries, but thou are called to go to the Ohio.

[Sec 39:4d] 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.

[Sec 39:5a] Behold, verily, verily I say unto thee, that the people in Ohio call upon me in much faith, thinking I will stay my hand in judgment upon the nations, but I can not deny my word; wherefore lay to with thy might and call faithful laborers into my vineyard, that it may be pruned for the last time.

[Sec 39:5b] And inasmuch as they do repent and receive the fullness of my gospel, and become sanctified, I will stay mine hand in judgment; 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.

[Sec 39:5c] Go forth baptizing with water, preparing the way before my face, for the time of my coming; for the time is at hand; the day nor the hour no man knoweth; but it surely shall come, and he that receiveth these things receiveth me; and they shall be gathered unto me in time and in eternity.

[Sec 39:6] 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. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen.


Section 40

Revelation addressed to Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon. It was received through Joseph at Fayette, New York, January 1831, and is a sequel to the revelation given to James Covill (D. and C. 39).

[Sec 40:1a] 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.

[Sec 40:1b] 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; wherefore he broke my covenant,

[Sec 40:1c] and it remaineth with me to do with him as seemeth me good. Amen.


Section 41

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., February 4, 1831. This was the first revelation received in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph having arrived shortly before this time. It should be noted that while the revelation is addressed to the whole church, special responsibilities are placed on the elders in connection with the administration of church affairs.

[Sec 41:1a] 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.

[Sec 41:1b] 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, 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.

[Sec 41:2a] And I will be your Ruler when I come; and, behold, I come quickly; and ye shall see that my law is kept.

[Sec 41:2b] 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;

[Sec 41:2c] 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.

[Sec 41:3a] And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith, Jr., should have a house built, in which to live and translate.

[Sec 41:3b] And again, it is meet that my servant Sidney Rigdon should live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments.

[Sec 41:3c] 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 spend all his time in the labors of the church; to see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him in my laws in the day that I shall give them.

[Sec 41:3d] And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto Nathaniel of old, in whom there is no guile.

[Sec 41:3e] These words are given unto you, and they are pure before me; wherefore, beware how you hold them, for they are to be answered upon your souls in the day of judgment. Even so. Amen.


Section 42

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., and addressed to the elders of the church. It was given February 9, 1831, in the presence of twelve elders who had assembled at Kirtland, Ohio, in harmony with instruction given them in an earlier revelation (D. and C. 41:1b). In the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants this revelation appears as Section 13, and is headed "Laws of the Church."

[Sec 42:1a] Hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled themselves 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;

[Sec 42:1b] again I say unto you, Hearken and hear and obey the law which I shall give unto you; for verily I say,

[Sec 42:1c] 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.

[Sec 42:2a] 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.

[Sec 42:2b] 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;

[Sec 42:2c] 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;

[Sec 42:2d] and ye shall go forth baptizing with water, saying, Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

[Sec 42:3a] And from this place ye shall go forth into the regions westward;

[Sec 42:3b] and inasmuch as ye shall find them that will receive you, ye shall build up my church in every region, 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.

[Sec 42:3c] 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.

[Sec 42:4] Again I say unto you that it shall not be given to anyone 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.

[Sec 42:5a] 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 fullness of the gospel;

[Sec 42:5b] 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; and the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith, and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.

[Sec 42:5c] And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fullness of my Scriptures is given.

[Sec 42:5d] And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good; for, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son.

[Sec 42:6] 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.

[Sec 42:7a] And again, I say, Thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall die.

[Sec 42:7b] Thou shalt not steal; and he that stealeth and will not repent, shall be cast out.

[Sec 42:7c] Thou shalt not lie; he that lieth and will not repent, shall be cast out.

[Sec 42:7d] Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shall cleave unto her and none else; 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.

[Sec 42:7e] Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery and repenteth not, shall be cast out; but he that hath committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive; but if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out.

[Sec 42:7f] Thou shalt not speak evil of thy neighbor, nor do him any harm.

[Sec 42:7g] Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given in my Scriptures; he that sinneth and repenteth not, shall be cast out.

[Sec 42:8a] If thou lovest me, thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments.

[Sec 42:8b] 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;

[Sec 42:8c] and inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me, and it 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.

[Sec 42:9a] 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;

[Sec 42:9b] 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.

[Sec 42:10a] 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 unto those who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need may be amply supplied, and receive according to his wants.

[Sec 42:10b] Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the high council of the church, and the bishop and his council, and for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship,

[Sec 42:10c] and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed, 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.

[Sec 42:11a] 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;

[Sec 42:11b] for inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, ye do it unto me; for it shall come to pass that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled;

[Sec 42:11c] 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.

[Sec 42:12a] 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, and let all things be done in cleanliness before me.

[Sec 42:12b] Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.

[Sec 42:12c] 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.

[Sec 42:12d] 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.

[Sec 42:12e] 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.

[Sec 42:12f] And it shall come to pass that those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them; and they that die not in me, woe unto them, for their death is bitter.

[Sec 42:13a] 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; he who has faith to see shall see; he who has faith to hear shall hear, the lame who have faith to leap shall leap;[Sec 42:13b] 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.

[Sec 42:14a] Thou shalt stand in the place of thy stewardship; thou shalt not take thy brother's garment; thou shalt pay for that which thou shalt receive of thy brother;

[Sec 42:14b] and if thou obtainest more than that which would be for thy support, thou shalt give it unto my storehouse, that all things may be done according to that which I have said.

[Sec 42:15a] Thou shalt ask, and my Scriptures shall be given as I have appointed, and they shall be preserved in safety; and it is expedient that thou shouldst hold thy peace concerning them, and not teach them until thou hast received them in full.

[Sec 42:15b] 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.

[Sec 42:16a] 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;

[Sec 42:16b] and he that doeth according to these things, shall be saved, and he that doeth them not shall be damned, if he continues.

[Sec 42:17a] 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.

[Sec 42:17b] Thou shalt ask, and it shall be revealed unto thee in mine own due time, where the New Jerusalem shall be built.

[Sec 42:18a] 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; 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.

[Sec 42:18b] Behold, thou shalt observe all these things, and great shall be thy reward; for unto thee it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom, but unto the world it is not given to know them.

[Sec 42:18c] Ye shall observe the laws which ye have received, and be faithful. And ye shall hereafter receive church covenants, such as shall be sufficient to establish you, both here, and in the New Jerusalem.

[Sec 42:18d] Therefore, he that lacketh wisdom, let him ask of me, and I will give him liberally, and upbraid him not.

[Sec 42:18e] 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.

[Sec 42:19a] The priests and teachers shall have their stewardships, even as the members; 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,

[Sec 42:19b] for the good of the poor, and for other purposes, as before mentioned, 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.

[Sec 42:19c] And the bishop also shall receive his support, or a just remuneration for all his services, in the church.

[Sec 42:20a] 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;

[Sec 42:20b] 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.

[Sec 42:20c] 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, and if they are not married, they shall repent of all their sins, or ye shall not receive them.

[Sec 42:21a] And again, every person who belongeth to this church of Christ shall observe to keep all the commandments and covenants of the church.

[Sec 42:21b] 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;

[Sec 42:21c] for remember that he hath no forgiveness; and it shall be proven according to the laws of the land.

[Sec 42:22a] 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;

[Sec 42:22b] but if there are more than two witnesses it is better; but he or she shall be condemned by the mouth of two witnesses,

[Sec 42:22c] 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.

[Sec 42:22d] And if it can be, it is necessary that the bishop is present also.

[Sec 42:22e] And thus ye shall do in all cases which shall come before you.

[Sec 42:22f] And if a man or woman shall rob, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of the land.

[Sec 42:22g] And if he or she shall steal, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of the land.

[Sec 42:22h] And if he or she shall lie, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of the land.

[Sec 42:22i] If he or she do any manner of iniquity, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law, even that of God.

[Sec 42:23a] 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.

[Sec 42:23b] 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.

[Sec 42:23c] And it shall be done in a meeting, and that not before the world.

[Sec 42:23d] And if thy brother or sister offend many, he or she shall be chastened before many.

[Sec 42:23e] And if anyone offend openly, he or she shall be rebuked openly, that he or she may be ashamed.

[Sec 42:23f] And if he or she confess not, he or she shall be delivered up unto the law of God.

[Sec 42:23g] 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.

[Sec 42:23h] And thus shall ye conduct in all things.


Section 43

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., February 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio. It is addressed to the elders of the church, and contains directions sought by Joseph for the guidance of some who had been misled by a Mrs. Hubble, who claimed to have received "revelations" concerning the government of the church. A similar difficulty had arisen in connection with Hiram Page's "peepstone" (see section 27). The church was not again disturbed over this question until the death of Joseph Smith in 1844.

[Sec 43:1a] O hearken, ye elders of my church, and give ear to the words which I shall speak unto you: 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.

[Sec 43:1b] 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.

[Sec 43:2a] 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;

[Sec 43:2b] 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; and this I give unto you, that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me.

[Sec 43:2c] 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.

[Sec 43:3a] 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;

[Sec 43:3b] 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, that inasmuch as ye do this, glory shall be added to the kingdom which ye have received.

[Sec 43:3c] Inasmuch as ye do it not, it shall be taken; even that which ye have received.

[Sec 43:3d] Purge ye out the iniquity which is among you; sanctify yourselves before me, 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.

[Sec 43:3e] 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;

[Sec 43:3f] 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.

[Sec 43:4a] Again I say, hearken ye elders of my church whom I have appointed:

[Sec 43:4b] 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;

[Sec 43:4c] and ye are to be taught from on high.

[Sec 43:4d] Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken.

[Sec 43:5a] Hearken ye, for, behold, the great day of the Lord is nigh at hand.

[Sec 43:5b] 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;

[Sec 43:5c] Ye saints arise and live; Ye sinners stay and sleep until I shall call again: wherefore gird up your loins, lest ye be found among the wicked. Lift up your voices and spare not.

[Sec 43:5d] Call upon the nations to repent, both old and young, both bond and free; saying,

[Sec 43:5e] Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord: 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:

[Sec 43:5f] Repent, and prepare for the great day of the Lord; 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:

[Sec 43:5g] Repent ye, for the great day of the Lord is come.

[Sec 43:6a] 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.

[Sec 43:6b] 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?

[Sec 43:6c] 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?

[Sec 43:6d] Behold, the day has come, when the cup of the wrath of mine indignation is full.

[Sec 43:7a] Behold, verily I say unto you, that these are the words of the Lord your God; wherefore, labor ye, labor ye in my vineyard for the last time:

[Sec 43:7b] for the last time call upon the inhabitants of the earth, for in my own due time will I come upon the earth in judgment; and my people shall be redeemed and shall reign with me on earth;

[Sec 43:7c] for the great millennial, which I have spoken by the mouth of my servants, shall come; 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;

[Sec 43:7d] and he that liveth in righteousness, shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye;

[Sec 43:7e] and the earth shall pass away so as by fire;

[Sec 43:7f] and the wicked shall go away into unquenchable fire;

[Sec 43:7g] and their end no man knoweth, on earth, nor ever shall know, until they come before me in judgment.

[Sec 43:8a] Hearken ye to these words, behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

[Sec 43:8b] Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.

[Sec 43:8c] Be sober. Keep all my commandments. Even so. Amen.


Section 44

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at Kirtland, Ohio, February 1831. Two urgent problems prompted the prayers which led to this revelation: the need for enough members to enable the Saints to organize for their work and the economic situation in Kirtland. The poor were in great distress.

[Sec 44:1a] Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servants,

[Sec 44:1b] 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.

[Sec 44:2a] 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.

[Sec 44:2b] And it shall come to pass that they shall go forth into the regions round about, and preach repentance unto the people;

[Sec 44:2c] and many shall be converted, insomuch that ye shall obtain power to organize yourselves according to the laws of man, 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.

[Sec 44:3] Behold, I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the needy, and administer to their relief, that they may be kept until all things may be done according to my law, which ye have received. Amen.


Section 45

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., March 7, 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. In connection with this manifestation Joseph wrote: "To the joy of the Saints who had to struggle against everything that prejudice and wickedness could invent, I received the following":

[Sec 45:1a] Hearken, O ye people of my church, to whom the kingdom has been given, hearken ye, and give ear to him who laid the foundation of the earth, who made the heavens and all the hosts thereof, and by whom all things were made which live and move and have a being.

[Sec 45:1b] 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.

[Sec 45:1c] Listen to him who is the Advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him, saying,

[Sec 45:1d] 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;

[Sec 45:1e] wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.

[Sec 45:2a] Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders, listen together, and hear my voice, while it is called today, and harden not your hearts;

[Sec 45:2b] 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.

[Sec 45:2c] 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.

[Sec 45:2d] 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.

[Sec 45:2e] 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;

[Sec 45:2f] wherefore hearken ye together, and let me show it unto you, even my wisdom, the wisdom of him who ye say is the God of Enoch and his brethren, who were separated from the earth, and were received unto myself;

[Sec 45:2g] a city reserved until a day of righteousness shall come:

[Sec 45:2h] a day which was sought for by all holy men, and they found it not, because of wickedness and abominations, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth, but obtained a promise that they should find it, and see it in their flesh.

[Sec 45:2i] Wherefore hearken, and I will reason with you, and I will speak unto you and prophesy, as unto men in days of old;

[Sec 45:2j] 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,

[Sec 45:2k] 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;

[Sec 45:2l] 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.

[Sec 45:3a] 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.

[Sec 45:3b] 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.

[Sec 45:3c] And this temple which ye now see shall be thrown down, that there shall not be left one stone upon another.

[Sec 45:3d] 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.

[Sec 45:3e] 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; 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.

[Sec 45:3f] And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations, but they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

[Sec 45:4a] 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.

[Sec 45:4b] And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound; 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 fullness of my gospel;

[Sec 45:4c] but they receive it not, for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men;

[Sec 45:4d] and in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled; 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 come over the land;

[Sec 45:4e] 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.

[Sec 45:4f] 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.

[Sec 45:5a] And now, when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my disciples, they were troubled;

[Sec 45:5b] 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;

[Sec 45:5c] and when the light shall begin to break forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable which I shall show you;

[Sec 45:5d] 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;

[Sec 45:5e] even so it shall be in that day, when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh.

[Sec 45:6a] 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;

[Sec 45:6b] and they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath;

[Sec 45:6c] and they shall behold blood and fire, and vapors of smoke; 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;

[Sec 45:6d] and the remnant shall be gathered unto this place; and then they shall look for me, and behold I will come;

[Sec 45:6e] 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.

[Sec 45:7a] 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;

[Sec 45:7b] 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.

[Sec 45:8a] Then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon the nations, 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;

[Sec 45:8b] and the heavens also shall shake, 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,

[Sec 45:8c] and they that have laughed shall see their folly, 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.

[Sec 45:9a] And then shall the Jews look upon me and say, What are these wounds in thy hands, and in thy feet?

[Sec 45:9b] 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.

[Sec 45:9c] I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.

[Sec 45:9d] And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their King.

[Sec 45:10a] 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; and Satan shall be bound that he shall have no place in the hearts of the children of men.

[Sec 45:10b] And at that day when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins; 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,

[Sec 45:10c] They shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day, and the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance;

[Sec 45:10d] and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation, for the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their King and their lawgiver.

[Sec 45:11a] And now, behold, I say unto you, It shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known;

[Sec 45:11b] wherefore I give unto you that you may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come; for verily I say unto you, that great things await you;

[Sec 45:11c] 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.

[Sec 45:12a] Wherefore, I the Lord have said, Gather ye out from the eastern lands, assemble ye yourselves together ye elders of my church;

[Sec 45:12b] go ye forth unto the western countries, call upon the inhabitants to repent, and inasmuch as they do repent, build up churches unto me;

[Sec 45:12c] 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, 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;

[Sec 45:12d] 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.

[Sec 45:13a] 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.

[Sec 45:13b] And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.

[Sec 45:13c] 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 can not stand.

[Sec 45:14] 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.

[Sec 45:15a] 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;

[Sec 45:15b] that when they shall know it, that they may consider these things, 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;

[Sec 45:15c] and all nations shall be afraid because of the terror of the Lord, and the power of his might. Even so. Amen.


Section 46

Revelation addressed to the church, given through Joseph Smith, Jr., March 8, 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. This instruction was very important in setting the patterns of public worship in the church, especially in regard to the Sacrament services and the exercise of the spiritual gifts. It was greatly needed, since converts came into the church from so many diverse denominational backgrounds.

[Sec 46:1a] 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;

[Sec 46:1b] 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;

[Sec 46:1c] nevertheless, ye are commanded never to cast anyone out from your public meetings, which are held before the world.

[Sec 46:1d] Ye are also commanded not to cast anyone, who belongeth to the church, out of your sacrament meetings; nevertheless, if any have trespassed, let him not partake until he makes reconciliation.

[Sec 46:2] And again I say unto you, Ye shall not cast anyone out of your sacrament meetings, who is earnestly seeking the kingdom; I speak this concerning those who are not of the church.

[Sec 46:3a] 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;

[Sec 46:3b] 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 you should do in all holiness of heart,

[Sec 46:3c] 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.

[Sec 46:4a] 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;

[Sec 46:4b] 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.

[Sec 46:5a] 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, for all have not every gift given unto them;

[Sec 46:5b] for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God:

[Sec 46:5c] to some it is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby;

[Sec 46:5d] 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;

[Sec 46:5e] to others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life, if they continue faithful.

[Sec 46:6a] 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.

[Sec 46:6b] 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.

[Sec 46:7a] And again, verily I say unto you, To some it is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom;

[Sec 46:7b] to another it is given the word of knowledge, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge.

[Sec 46:7c] And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed, and to others it is given to have faith to heal.

[Sec 46:7d] And again, to some it is given the workings of miracles; and to others it is given to prophesy, and to others the discerning of spirits.

[Sec 46:7e] And again, it is given to some to speak with tongues, and to another it is given the interpretation of tongues:

[Sec 46:7f] and all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.

[Sec 46:7g] 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 be any among you professing and yet be not of God.

[Sec 46:8a] And it shall come to pass that he that asketh in spirit shall receive in spirit; 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:

[Sec 46:8b] he that asketh in the spirit, asketh according to the will of God, wherefore it is done even as he asketh.

[Sec 46:9a] And again I say unto you, All things must be done in the name of Christ, whatsoever you do in the spirit;

[Sec 46:9b] and ye must give thanks unto God in the spirit for whatever blessing ye are blessed with; and ye must practice virtue and holiness before me continually. Even so. Amen.


Section 47

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., March 8, 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio, and addressed to John Whitmer. Oliver Cowdery's departure upon the mission to the West had left Joseph without a scribe who could keep an official record of the church's history. John Whitmer, who was now called to this responsibility, wrote only eighty-five pages. These included many of the revelations given prior to 1838.

[Sec 47:1a] 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.

[Sec 47:1b] Again, verily I say unto you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it shall be expedient.

[Sec 47:2a] 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.

[Sec 47:2b] Wherefore, it shall be given him, inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these things. Even so. Amen.


Section 48

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., March 8, 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. This is addressed to the Saints in Kirtland who needed guidance concerning the manner of locating members of the church arriving from the East (D. and C. 45:12). They were uncertain about the advisability of purchasing land in view of the projected move farther west, and about the Zionic principles on which lands should be allocated.

[Sec 48:1a] It is necessary that ye should remain, for the present time, in your places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances;

[Sec 48:1b] and inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren;

[Sec 48:1c] 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 that they have places to live for the present time.

[Sec 48:2a] It must needs be, 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.

[Sec 48:2b] 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;

[Sec 48:2c] and they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and to make a commencement, to lay the foundation of the city;

[Sec 48:2d] 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

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., March 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio, addressed to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Lemon Copley. These elders were sent on a mission to the Shakers. Copley had been a member of the Society of Shakers but had recently joined the church. The revelation sets forth the major teachings of the Restoration wherein they differ from those of the Shakers.

[Sec 49:1a] Hearken unto my word, my servants 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.

[Sec 49:1b] 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;

[Sec 49:1c] wherefore I send you, my servants Sidney and Parley, to preach the gospel unto them; and my servant Lemon shall be ordained unto this work, that he may reason with them,

[Sec 49:1d] 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:

[Sec 49:1e] 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.

[Sec 49:2a] 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:

[Sec 49:2b] I, the Lord God, have spoken it; but the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes;

[Sec 49:2c] 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;

[Sec 49:2d] wherefore I say unto you, that I have sent unto you mine everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning, and that which I have promised I have so fulfilled, and the nations of the earth shall bow to it;

[Sec 49:2e] and, if not of themselves, they shall come down, for that which is now exalted of itself, shall be laid low of power;

[Sec 49:2f] 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:

[Sec 49:2g] Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, who was on the earth, and is to come, the beginning and the end; repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, according to the holy commandment, for the remission of sins;

[Sec 49:2h] 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.

[Sec 49:3a] And again, I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry, is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man;

[Sec 49:3b] 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;

[Sec 49:3c] and that it might be filled with the measure of man, according to his creation before the world was made.

[Sec 49:3d] And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God;

[Sec 49:3e] 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, but it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another;

[Sec 49:3f] wherefore the world lieth in sin; and woe be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need.

[Sec 49:4a] 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;

[Sec 49:4b] 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;

[Sec 49:4c] 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.

[Sec 49:5a] But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness; and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.

[Sec 49:5b] Zion shall flourish upon the hills, and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be assembled together unto the place which I have appointed.

[Sec 49:5c] 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:

[Sec 49:5d] behold, I will go before you, and be your rearward; and I will be in your midst, and you shall not be confounded; behold, I am Jesus Christ, and I come quickly. Even so. Amen.


Section 50

Revelation given to the elders of the church through Joseph Smith, Jr., May 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. Some of the elders who returned from their missions in order to share in the June conference (D. and C. 44) reported that they had been embarrassed by strange and unedifying spiritual manifestations which were experienced among the congregations of the Saints. Joseph sought the Lord for guidance, and the following revelation as given him.

[Sec 50:1a] 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.

[Sec 50:1b] 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: and also Satan hath sought to deceive you, that he might overthrow you.

[Sec 50:2a] Behold, I the Lord have looked upon you, and have seen abominations in the church that professes my name; but blessed are they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life.

[Sec 50:2b] But woe unto them that are deceivers, and hypocrites, for thus saith the Lord, I will bring them to judgment.

[Sec 50:3a] 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;

[Sec 50:3b] but the hypocrites shall be detected and shall be cut off, either in life or in death, even as I will, and woe unto them who are cut off from my church, for the same are overcome of the world;

[Sec 50:3c] wherefore, let every man beware lest he do that which is not in truth and righteousness before me.

[Sec 50:4a] And now come, saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders of his church, and let us reason together, that ye may understand: let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face:

[Sec 50:4b] 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: wherefore I, the Lord, asketh you this question, Unto what were ye ordained?

[Sec 50:4c] To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter, which was sent forth to teach the truth: and then received ye spirits which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God, and in this are ye justified?

[Sec 50:4d] 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.

[Sec 50:5a] 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? and if it be by some other way, it be not of God.

[Sec 50:5b] And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the spirit of truth, or some other way? if it be some other way, it be not of God:

[Sec 50:5c] therefore, why is it that ye can not 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?

[Sec 50:6a] Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understandeth one another, and both are edified and rejoice together;

[Sec 50:6b] and that which doth not edify, is not of God, and is darkness: 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.

[Sec 50:6c] 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 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:

[Sec 50:6d] 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;

[Sec 50:6e] but no man is possessor of all things, except he be purified and cleansed from all sin; 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:

[Sec 50:6f] 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.

[Sec 50:7a] Wherefore, it shall come to pass, that if you behold a spirit manifested that you can not 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;

[Sec 50:7b] 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;

[Sec 50:7c] not with railing accusation, that ye be not overcome; neither with boasting, nor rejoicing, lest you be seized therewith:

[Sec 50:7d] he that receiveth of God, let him account it of God, and let him rejoice that he is accounted of God worthy to receive, and by giving heed and doing these things which ye have received, and which ye shall hereafter receive;

[Sec 50:7e] and the kingdom is given you of the Father, and power to overcome all things, which is not ordained of him;

[Sec 50:7f] 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.

[Sec 50:8a] 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;

[Sec 50:8b] 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:

[Sec 50:8c] wherefore in this thing my servant Edward Partridge, is not justified, nevertheless let him repent and he shall be forgiven.

[Sec 50:8d] Behold, ye are little children, and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.

[Sec 50:8e] 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; and none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost;

[Sec 50:8f] 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; wherefore I am in your midst;

[Sec 50:8g] and I am the good Shepherd (and the stone of Israel: he that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall), and the day cometh that you shall hear my voice and see me, and know that I am. Watch, therefore, that ye may be ready. Even so. Amen.


Section 51

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., to Edward Partridge at Kirtland, Ohio, May 1831. This revelation has the same background as Doctrine and Covenants 48, both being concerned with locating the Saints from the East in harmony with Zionic principles. Edward Partridge was the only bishop in the church at this time.

[Sec 51:1a] Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, and I will speak unto my servant Edward Partridge, and give unto him directions; for it must needs be that he receive directions how to organize this people; for it must needs be that they are organized according to my laws; if otherwise, they will be cut off;

[Sec 51:1b] 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;

[Sec 51:1c] 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;

[Sec 51:1d] 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;

[Sec 51:1e] therefore he shall not retain the gift, but shall only have claim on that portion that is deeded unto him. And thus all things shall be made sure according to the laws of the land.

[Sec 51:2a] And let that which belongs to this people be appointed unto this people; and the money which is left unto his 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.

[Sec 51:2b] 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.

[Sec 51:3a] And let that which belongeth to this people not be taken and given unto that of another church;

[Sec 51:3b] wherefore, if another church would receive money of this church, let them pay unto this church again, according as they shall agree;

[Sec 51:3c] and this shall be done through the bishop or the agent, which shall be appointed by the voice of the church.

[Sec 51:4a] 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.

[Sec 51:4b] 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.

[Sec 51:4c] And thus I grant unto this people a privilege of organizing themselves according to my laws; 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; and the hour and the day is not given unto them;

[Sec 51:4d] wherefore let them act upon this land as for years, and this shall turn unto them for their good.

[Sec 51:5a] Behold, this shall be an example unto my servant Edward Partridge, in other places, in all churches.

[Sec 51:5b] 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.

[Sec 51:5c] Verily, I say unto you, I am Jesus Christ, who cometh quickly, in an hour you think not. Even so. Amen.


Section 52

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., early in June 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio. This revelation is addressed to the elders of the church. It was received the day following a conference at which the first high priests in the Restoration were ordained. Missouri is designated as the land of the inheritance of the Saints. The specific location of the point of gathering is not stated, but it must have been sufficiently understood for the elders to meet there after traveling and preaching along many different routes.

[Sec 52:1a] Behold, thus saith the Lord unto the elders whom he hath called and chosen, in these last days, by the voice of his Spirit, saying,

[Sec 52:1b] I, the Lord, will make known unto you what I will that ye shall do from this time until the next Conference, which shall be held in Missouri, upon the land which I will consecrate unto my people, which are a remnant of Jacob, and those who are heirs according to the covenant.

[Sec 52:2a] Wherefore, verily I say unto you, Let my servants Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon, take their journey as soon as preparations can be made to leave their homes, and journey to the land of Missouri.

[Sec 52:2b] And inasmuch as they are faithful unto me, it shall be made known unto them what they shall do; and it shall also, inasmuch as they are faithful, be made known unto them the land of your inheritance.

[Sec 52:2c] And inasmuch as they are not faithful, they shall be cut off, even as I will, as seemeth me good.

[Sec 52:3a] And again, verily I say unto you, Let my servant Lyman Wight, and my servant John Corrill, take their journey speedily; and also my servant John Murdock, and my servant Hyrum Smith, take their journey unto the same place, by the way of Detroit.

[Sec 52:3b] 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.

[Sec 52:3c] 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;

[Sec 52:3d] 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. And let my servant Lyman Wight beware, for Satan desireth to sift him as chaff.

[Sec 52:4a] And, behold, he that is faithful shall be made ruler over many things.

[Sec 52:4b] 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;

[Sec 52:4c] wherefore he that prayeth whose spirit is contrite, the same is accepted of me, if he obey mine ordinances.

[Sec 52:4d] He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek, and edifieth, the same is of God, if he obey mine ordinances.

[Sec 52:4e] 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.

[Sec 52:5a] And again, he that is overcome and bringeth not forth fruits, even according to this pattern, is not of me; wherefore by this pattern ye shall know the spirits in all cases, under the whole heavens.

[Sec 52:5b] And the days have come, according to men's faith it shall be done unto them. Behold, this commandment is given unto all the elders whom I have chosen.

[Sec 52:5c] 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.

[Sec 52:5d] 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.

[Sec 52:6a] And again, let my servants Edward Partridge and Martin Harris take their journey with my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, Jr.

[Sec 52:6b] Let my servants David Whitmer and Harvey Whitlock also take their journey, and preach by the way, unto the same land. Let my servants Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt take their journey, and preach by the way, even unto this same land.

[Sec 52:6c] And let my servants Solomon Hancock and Simeon Carter also take their journey unto this same land, and preach by the way. Let my servants Edson Fuller and Jacob Scott also take their journey.

[Sec 52:6d] Let my servants Levi Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin also take their journey. Let my servants Reynolds Cahoon and Samuel H. Smith also take their journey. Let my servants Wheeler Baldwin and William Carter also take their journey.

[Sec 52:7a] And let my servants Newel Knight and Selah J. Griffin both be ordained and also take their journey: 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.

[Sec 52:7b] He that is faithful, the same shall be kept and blessed with much fruit.

[Sec 52:8a] And again, I say unto you, Let my servants Joseph Wakefield and Solomon Humphrey take their journey into the eastern lands.

[Sec 52:8b] 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.

[Sec 52:8c] In consequence of transgression, let that which was bestowed upon Heman Bassett, be taken from him, and placed upon the head of Simonds Rider.

[Sec 52:9a] And again, verily I say unto you, Let Jared Carter be ordained a priest, and also George James be ordained a priest. Let the residue of the elders watch over the churches, and declare the word in the regions among them.

[Sec 52:9b] And let them labor with their own hands, that there be no idolatry nor wickedness practiced.

[Sec 52:9c] 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.

[Sec 52:9d] And again, let my servants Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon, and Edward Partridge, take with them a recommend from the church.

[Sec 52:9e] And let there be one obtained for my servant Oliver Cowdery also; 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.

[Sec 52:9f] But, behold, I the Lord, will hasten the city in its time, and will crown the faithful with joy and with rejoicing. Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God, and I will lift them up at the last day. Even so. Amen.


Section 53

Revelation given to Sidney Gilbert through Joseph Smith, Jr., June 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. Sidney went to Missouri and served ably and faithfully until his death in June 1834.

[Sec 53:1] 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.

[Sec 53:2a] Behold, I, the Lord, who was crucified for the sins of the world, giveth unto you a commandment, that you shall forsake the world.

[Sec 53:2b] 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.

[Sec 53:2c] 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.

[Sec 53:3a] And again, verily I say unto you, You shall take your journey with my servants Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon.

[Sec 53:3b] 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.

[Sec 53:3c] 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

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at Kirtland, Ohio, in June 1831. It is addressed to Newel Knight, who was president of the Colesville, New York, branch of the church whose members had recently settled at Thompson, Ohio, in the vicinity of Kirtland. Some of the brethren previously settled at Thompson had broken an agreement to share their land with the Colesville Saints, and this caused resentment and confusion. The revelation enabled Elder Knight to unite the faithful and to lead them to Missouri in a body. They arrived in what is now Kansas City late in July 1831.

[Sec 54:1a] 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.

[Sec 54:1b] Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, my servant Newel Knight, You shall stand fast in the office wherewith I have appointed you; and if your brethren desire to escape their enemies let them repent of all their sins, and become truly humble before me and contrite;

[Sec 54:1c] and as the covenant which they made unto me has been broken, even so it has become void and of none effect;

[Sec 54:1d] and woe 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;

[Sec 54:1e] but blessed are they who have kept the covenant, and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy.

[Sec 54:2a] 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.

[Sec 54:2b] And thus you shall take your journey into the regions westward, and unto the land of Missouri, unto the borders of the Lamanites.

[Sec 54:2c] 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.

[Sec 54:3] And again, be patient in tribulation until I come; and behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, and they who have sought me early, shall find rest to their souls. Even so. Amen.


Section 55

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at Kirtland, Ohio, in June 1831. While Joseph and those who were to accompany him were preparing for their journey to Missouri, William W. Phelps and his family arrived at Kirtland. William desired to know the will of God concerning his work and was instructed to join the church and accompany Joseph and his party to Missouri. He made a major literary and musical contribution to the church during the next few years.

[Sec 55:1a] Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant William; yea, even the Lord of the whole earth,

[Sec 55:1b] You are called and chosen, and after you have 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.

[Sec 55:1c] And then you 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;

[Sec 55:1d] and on whomsoever you shall lay your hands, if they are contrite before me, you shall have power to give the Holy Spirit.

[Sec 55:2a] 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.

[Sec 55:2b] 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.

[Sec 55:3] And again let my servant Joseph Coe also take his journey with them. The residue shall be made known hereafter; even as I will. Amen.


Section 56

Revelation given through the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831. Lemon Copley and Ezra Thayre had entered into a stewardship covenant with the Saints at Thompson, but later refused to carry out its provisions. In view of this, Ezra Thayre's commission to travel with Thomas B. Marsh to Missouri was revoked. Of more permanent interest is the fundamental statement of stewardship which the situation called forth (vs. 5).

[Sec 56:1a] 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.

[Sec 56:1b] And he that will not take up his cross and follow me, and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved.

[Sec 56:2a] 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, 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;

[Sec 56:2b] 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:

[Sec 56:2c] 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;

[Sec 56:2d] 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.

[Sec 56:3a] 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;

[Sec 56:3b] 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;

[Sec 56:3c] 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 of hosts;

[Sec 56:3d] and though the heaven and the earth pass away, these words shall not pass away, but shall be fulfilled.

[Sec 56:4a] 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.

[Sec 56:4b] For according to that which they do, they shall receive; even in lands for their inheritance.

[Sec 56:4c] Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my people, You have many things to do, and to repent of; for, behold, your sins have come up unto me, and are not pardoned, because you seek to counsel in your own ways.

[Sec 56:4d] And your hearts are not satisfied. And ye obey not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.

[Sec 56:5a] Woe 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 days of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation:

[Sec 56:5b] The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!

[Sec 56:5c] Woe 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!

[Sec 56:6a] 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;

[Sec 56:6b] for, behold, the Lord shall come, and his recompense shall be with him, and he shall reward every man, and the poor shall rejoice; and their generations shall inherit the earth from generation to generation, for ever and ever.

[Sec 56:6c] And now I make an end of speaking unto you. Even so. Amen.


Section 57

Revelation addressed to the elders who had come to Independence, Missouri, in fulfillment of the instructions given them in Kirtland. It was given through Joseph Smith, Jr., in July 1831. In it the Center Place and "the spot for the temple" are designated, and the instructions previously given to Edward Partridge, Sidney Gilbert, W. W. Phelps, and Oliver Cowdery are confirmed.

[Sec 57:1a] 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:

[Sec 57:1b] wherefore this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion.

[Sec 57:1c] And thus saith the Lord your God, If you will receive wisdom here is wisdom.

[Sec 57:1d] 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 courthouse;

[Sec 57:1e] 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.

[Sec 57:1f] And also every tract bordering by the prairies, inasmuch as my disciples are enabled to buy lands.

[Sec 57:1g] Behold, this is wisdom, that they may obtain it for an everlasting inheritance.

[Sec 57:2] 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.

[Sec 57:3] 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.

[Sec 57:4a] 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.

[Sec 57:4b] 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, 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.

[Sec 57:5a] 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; 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.

[Sec 57:5b] 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.

[Sec 57:5c] 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.

[Sec 57:6a] 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.

[Sec 57:6b] And unto the residue of both elders and members, further directions shall be given hereafter. Even so. Amen.


Section 58

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., prophet and seer to the church, August 1, 1831, in Jackson County, Missouri. Groups of Saints were arriving in Jackson County. The Colesville Saints from the Thompson Branch arrived under the leadership of Newel Knight. On the first Sunday after the arrival of the prophet and party, W. W. Phelps preached to a mixed audience of white pioneers, Negroes, and Indians. On this day two were baptized. The Saints were eager for the dedication of the land and to learn of God's will concerning their work. This revelation is addressed to the elders of the church in Missouri, the "Land of Promise," the place for the "City of Zion."

[Sec 58:1a] 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;

[Sec 58:1b] 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.

[Sec 58:2a] Ye can not 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.

[Sec 58:2b] For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.

[Sec 58:3a] Remember this which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which shall follow.

[Sec 58:3b] 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;

[Sec 58:3c] 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; and also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor;

[Sec 58:3d] 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; yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.

[Sec 58:3e] Firstly, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble; and after that cometh the day of my power;

[Sec 58:3f] 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. Behold, I, the Lord, have spoken it.

[Sec 58:4a] And that the testimony might go forth from Zion; yea, from the mouth of the city of the heritage of God; 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;

[Sec 58:4b] but if he repent not of his sins, which are unbelief and blindness of heart, let him take heed lest he fall.

[Sec 58:4c] Behold, his mission is given unto him, and it shall not be given again.

[Sec 58:4d] 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, 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;

[Sec 58:4e] for verily I say unto you, My law shall be kept on this land.

[Sec 58:5a] 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 counseleth or sitteth upon the judgment seat.

[Sec 58:5b] 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; wherefore be subject to the powers that be, until He reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet.

[Sec 58:5c] 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.

[Sec 58:6a] 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;

[Sec 58:6b] wherefore let them bring their families to this land, as they shall counsel between themselves and me;

[Sec 58:6c] 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.

[Sec 58:6d] 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; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.

[Sec 58:6e] And inasmuch as men do good, they shall in nowise lose their reward.

[Sec 58:6f] But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.

[Sec 58:6g] Who am I that made man, saith the Lord, that will hold him guiltless that obeys not my commandments?

[Sec 58:6h] Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?

[Sec 58:6i] I command and a man obeys not, I revoke and they receive not the blessing; then they say in their hearts, This is not the work of the Lord, for his promises are not fulfilled. But woe unto such, for their reward lurketh beneath, and not from above.

[Sec 58:7a] And now I give unto you further directions concerning this land.

[Sec 58:7b] 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.

[Sec 58:7c] 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.

[Sec 58:7d] 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.

[Sec 58:8a] 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.

[Sec 58:8b] And let him repent of his sins, for he seeketh the praise of the world.

[Sec 58:9a] And also let my servant William W. Phelps stand in the office which I have appointed him, and receive his inheritance in the land.

[Sec 58:9b] 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.

[Sec 58:9c] Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remembereth them no more.

[Sec 58:9d] By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins. Behold, he will confess them and forsake them.

[Sec 58:9e] 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.

[Sec 58:9f] For, behold, they shall push the people together from the ends of the earth; 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.

[Sec 58:9g] 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; and let them build up churches, inasmuch as the inhabitants of the earth will repent.

[Sec 58:10] 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.

[Sec 58:11a] 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;

[Sec 58:11b] 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.

[Sec 58:11c] 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.

[Sec 58:11d] Behold, here is wisdom; let them do this lest they receive none inheritance, save it be by the shedding of blood.

[Sec 58:12a] 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. Let all these things be done in order.

[Sec 58:12b] And let the privileges of the lands be made known, from time to time, by the bishop, or the agent of the church; 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.

[Sec 58:13a] And let my servant Sidney Rigdon consecrate and dedicate this land, and the spot of the temple, unto the Lord.

[Sec 58:13b] And let a conference meeting be called, and after that let my servants 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.

[Sec 58:14a] And let no man return from this land, except he bear record, by the way, of that which he knows and most assuredly believes.

[Sec 58:14b] 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.

[Sec 58:15a] 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.

[Sec 58:15b] And let my servant Edward Partridge direct the conference which shall be held by them.

[Sec 58:15c] And let them also return, preaching the gospel by the way, bearing record of the things which are revealed unto them;

[Sec 58:15d] 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. And behold, the Son of man cometh. Amen.


Section 59

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., prophet and seer to the church, August 7, 1831, in Missouri. Events were happening very rapidly during the week of August 1 to August 7. Monday, August 2, Joseph assisted the Colesville Saints to lay the first log for a house as the foundation for Zion. It was consecrated and dedicated by Elder Rigdon for the gathering of the Saints. August 3, the spot for the Temple, a little west of the center of Independence, was dedicated. August 4, the first conference in the land of Zion was held in the home of Joshua Lewis in Kaw township. August 7 was the funeral of Polly Knight, mother of Newel Knight. This was the first death in the church in the land of Zion. These important events constitute the background for this revelation.

[Sec 59:1a] 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; for they that live shall inherit the earth, and they 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;

[Sec 59:1b] 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;

[Sec 59:1c] and it shall bring forth in its strength; 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.

[Sec 59:2a] 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.

[Sec 59:2b] Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

[Sec 59:2c] Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it.

[Sec 59:2d] Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.

[Sec 59:2e] Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness; even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

[Sec 59:2f] 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; for verily this is a day appointed unto thee to rest from thy labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

[Sec 59:2g] nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days, and at all times;

[Sec 59:2h] but remember that on this, the Lord's day, thou shalt offer thine oblations, and thy sacraments, unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

[Sec 59:3a] 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.

[Sec 59:3b] Verily this is fasting and prayer; or, in other words, rejoicing and prayer.

[Sec 59:4a] 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;

[Sec 59:4b] verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this the fullness 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;

[Sec 59:4c] yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

[Sec 59:4d] yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye, and to gladden the heart; yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body, and to enliven the soul.

[Sec 59:5a] 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:

[Sec 59:5b] 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.

[Sec 59:5c] Behold, this is according to the law and the prophets: wherefore trouble me no more concerning this matter, 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.

[Sec 59:5d] I, the Lord, have spoken it and the Spirit beareth record. Amen.


Section 60

This is the last of four revelations given through Joseph Smith, Jr., during the first visit of the leading elders of the church to the land of Zion. It was received August 8, 1831. During their stay in Independence the Center Place and "the spot for the temple" had been pointed out, and some sound basic instruction had been given. Now the work in Kirtland demanded Joseph's attention, and he and some of his immediate associates prepared to return. This message is addressed to those who were returning, and to the elders who were known to be on their way but had not yet reached Independence.

[Sec 60:1a] Behold, thus saith, the Lord unto the elders of his church, who are to return speedily to the land from whence they came.

[Sec 60:1b] Behold, it pleaseth me, that you have come up hither; 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. Woe unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them.

[Sec 60:2a] And it shall come to pass, if they are not more faithful unto me, it shall be taken away, even that which they have, for I, the Lord, ruleth in the heavens above, and among the armies of the earth;

[Sec 60:2b] and in the day when I shall make up my jewels, all men shall know what it is that bespeaketh the power of God.

[Sec 60:2c] But verily I will speak unto you concerning your journey unto the land from whence you came.

[Sec 60:2d] 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 Saint Louis.

[Sec 60:2e] And from thence let my servants Sidney Rigdon, and Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery, take their journey for Cincinnati: 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.

[Sec 60:2f] For I am able to make you holy, and your sins are forgiven you.

[Sec 60:3a] And let the residue take their journey from Saint 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.

[Sec 60:3b] And all this for the good of the churches; for this intent have I sent them.

[Sec 60:3c] 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; and he that is able, let him return it by way of the agent, and he that is not, of him it is not required.

[Sec 60:3d] And now I speak of the residue who are to come unto this land. Behold, they have been sent to preach my gospel among the congregations of the wicked; wherefore, I give unto them a commandment thus:

[Sec 60:3e] Thou shalt not idle away thy time; neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.

[Sec 60:4a] 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.

[Sec 60:4b] Not in haste, neither in wrath nor with strife; 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.

[Sec 60:4c] Behold, this is sufficient for you, and the will of him who hath sent you.

[Sec 60:4d] 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.


Section 61

Revelation given to eleven elders camped at McIlwain's Bend on the Missouri River, August 12, 1831. It was received by Joseph Smith, Jr., after prayer concerning a vision received by W. W. Phelps in which was depicted the danger of travel by water.

[Sec 61:1a] 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.

[Sec 61:1b] 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;

[Sec 61:1c] 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;

[Sec 61:1d] nevertheless, I suffered it that ye might bear record; behold, there are many dangers upon the waters and more especially hereafter, for I the Lord have decreed, in mine anger, many destructions upon the waters;

[Sec 61:1e] yea, and especially upon these waters; nevertheless, all flesh is in mine hand, and he that is faithful among you, shall not perish by the waters.

[Sec 61:2a] Wherefore it is expedient that my servant Sidney Gilbert, and my servant William W. Phelps, be in haste upon their errand and mission;

[Sec 61:2b] 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;

[Sec 61:2c] but now verily I say, It behooveth me that ye should part; wherefore let my servants Sidney Gilbert and William W. Phelps, take their former company, and let them take their journey in haste that they may fill their mission, and through faith they shall overcome; and inasmuch as they are faithful, they shall be preserved, and I, the Lord, will be with them.

[Sec 61:2d] And let the residue take that which is needful for clothing. Let my servant Sidney Gilbert take that which is not needful with him, as you shall agree.

[Sec 61:2e] 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.

[Sec 61:3a] 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;

[Sec 61:3b] wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters, 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.

[Sec 61:3c] 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.

[Sec 61:3d] 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;[Sec 61:3e] I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree; I, the Lord, was angry with you yesterday, but today mine anger is turned away.

[Sec 61:3f] 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, 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.

[Sec 61:4a] 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.

[Sec 61:4b] 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; and they shall do like unto the children of Israel, pitching their tents by the way.

[Sec 61:5a] And, behold, this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren; nevertheless unto whom it is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways;

[Sec 61:5b] 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; 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.

[Sec 61:5c] 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;

[Sec 61:5d] 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;

[Sec 61:5e] 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.

[Sec 61:6a] And now concerning the residue, let them journey and declare the word among the congregations of the wicked, inasmuch as it is given, and inasmuch as they do this they shall rid their garments, and they shall be spotless before me;

[Sec 61:6b] 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.

[Sec 61:6c] 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, and inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours.

[Sec 61:6d] 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.

[Sec 61:6e] Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death. Even so. Amen.


Section 62

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., on the bank of the Missouri River, August 13, 1831. The prophet and his party on their way from Independence to Kirtland met several elders who were going to the land of Zion. This revelation is addressed to these elders.

[Sec 62:1a] 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; 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;

[Sec 62:1b] 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.

[Sec 62:2a] 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;

[Sec 62:2b] 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.

[Sec 62:2c] 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.

[Sec 62:3a] I, the Lord, am willing, if any among you desireth to ride upon horses, or upon mules, or in chariots, he shall receive his blessing, if he receive it from the hand of the Lord, with a thankful heart in all things.

[Sec 62:3b] These things remain with you to do according to judgment and the directions of the Spirit. Behold, the kingdom is yours. And, behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always. Even so. Amen.


Section 63

Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Oliver Cowdery arrived in Kirtland, August 27, 1831, from their first visit to the land of Zion. Joseph wrote in his history,

"In these infant days of the church, there was great anxiety to obtain the word of the Lord upon every subject that in any way concerned our salvation; and as the "land of Zion" was the most temporal object in view, I inquired of the Lord for further information upon the gathering of the Saints, and the purchase of the land and other matters."

It was in answer to this petition that Joseph Smith received the following revelation.

[Sec 63:1a] 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;

[Sec 63:1b] yea, verily, I say, Hear the word of him whose anger is kindled against the wicked and rebellious;

[Sec 63:1c] who willeth to take even them whom he will take, and preserveth in life them whom he will preserve; who buildeth up at his own will and pleasure; and destroyeth when he pleases, and is able to cast the soul down to hell.

[Sec 63:2a] Behold, I, the Lord, utter my voice, and it shall be obeyed.

[Sec 63:2b] 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.

[Sec 63:2c] And he that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvation.

[Sec 63:3a] Verily, I say unto you, There are those among you who seek signs, and there have been such even from the beginning, but, behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe.

[Sec 63:3b] Yea, signs come by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God.

[Sec 63:3c] Yea, signs come by faith, unto mighty works, for without faith no man pleaseth God: and with whom God is angry he is not well pleased: wherefore, unto such he showeth no signs, only in wrath unto their condemnation.

[Sec 63:4a] 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; nevertheless, I gave commandments and many have turned away from my commandments and have not kept them.

[Sec 63:4b] 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.

[Sec 63:4c] Let such beware and repent speedily, lest judgment shall come upon them as a snare, and their folly shall be made manifest, and their works shall follow them in the eyes of the people.

[Sec 63:5a] 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:

[Sec 63:5b] 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.

[Sec 63:5c] Verily I say, that they shall not have part in the first resurrection.

[Sec 63:6a] And now, behold, I, the Lord, saith unto you, that ye are not justified because these things are among you;

[Sec 63:6b] 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; when the earth shall be transfigured, even according to the pattern which was shown unto mine apostles upon the mount; of which account the fullness ye have not yet received.

[Sec 63:7a] 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;

[Sec 63:7b] 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.

[Sec 63:8a] 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.

[Sec 63:8b] Behold, the Land of Zion, I, the Lord, holdeth it in mine own hands; nevertheless, I, the Lord, rendereth unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's:

[Sec 63:8c] 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;

[Sec 63:8d] for Satan putteth it into their hearts to anger against you, and to the shedding of blood; wherefore the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase, or by blood, otherwise there is none inheritance for you.

[Sec 63:8e] And if by purchase, behold, you are blessed; 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.

[Sec 63:9a] I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth.

[Sec 63:9b] 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, and the Saints also shall hardly escape;

[Sec 63:9c] 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.

[Sec 63:9d] And, behold, this is not yet, but by and by; wherefore seeing that I, the Lord, have decreed all these things upon the face of the earth, I will that my saints should be assembled upon the land of Zion;

[Sec 63:9e] 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.

[Sec 63:9f] Wherefore let my disciples in Kirtland arrange their temporal concerns, which dwell upon this farm.

[Sec 63:10a] 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.

[Sec 63:10b] And let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not unto me whether it be little or much, be sent up unto the land of Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive.

[Sec 63:11] Behold, I, the Lord, will give unto my servant 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.

[Sec 63:12a] Let my servant Newel K. Whitney retain his store, or, in other words, the store yet for a little season. Nevertheless let him impart all the money which he can impart, to be sent up unto the land of Zion.

[Sec 63:12b] Behold, these things are in his own hands, let him do according to wisdom.

[Sec 63:12c] Verily I say, Let him be ordained as an agent unto the disciples that shall tarry, and let him be ordained unto this power; and now speedily visit the churches, expounding these things unto them, with my servant Oliver Cowdery.

[Sec 63:12d] Behold, this is my will, obtaining moneys even as I have directed.

[Sec 63:13a] He that is faithful and endureth shall overcome the world.

[Sec 63:13b] 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:

[Sec 63:13c] 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,

[Sec 63:13d] they shall rise from the dead and shall not die after, and shall receive an inheritance before the Lord, in the holy city, and he that liveth when the Lord shall come, and has kept the faith, blessed is he; nevertheless it is appointed to him to die at the age of man;

[Sec 63:13e] 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;

[Sec 63:13f] wherefore, for this cause preached the apostles unto the world the resurrection of the dead:

[Sec 63:13g] 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, 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;

[Sec 63:13h] and in that day will I send mine angels, to pluck out the wicked, and cast them into unquenchable fire.

[Sec 63:14] 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; 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.

[Sec 63:15a] 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; for this is a day of warning, and not a day of many words.

[Sec 63:15b] For I, the Lord, am not to be mocked in the last days. Behold, I am from above, and my power lieth beneath.

[Sec 63:15c] 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. Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.

[Sec 63:15d] Wherefore let all men beware how they take my name in their lips; for, behold, verily I say, that many there be who are under this condemnation; who use the name of the Lord, and use it in vain, having not authority.

[Sec 63:15e] Wherefore, let the church repent of their sins, and I, the Lord, will own them; otherwise they shall be cut off.

[Sec 63:16a] 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.

[Sec 63:16b] Let my servants Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon, seek them a home as they are taught through prayer, by the Spirit.

[Sec 63:16c] These things remain to overcome, through patience, that such may receive a more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; otherwise, a greater condemnation. Amen.


Section 64

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., September 11, 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph was preparing to go to Hiram, more than thirty miles southeast of Kirtland, to continue his work on the Inspired Version of the Scriptures. Meanwhile some of the brethren were busy preparing for their journey to Independence. This revelation is directed primarily to the elders who were leaving for Zion.

This was the last revelation printed in the Book of Commandments, the type having been set as far as "blood of Ephraim" (7b) when the mob at Independence, Missouri, destroyed the press.

[Sec 64:1a] 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; for verily I say unto you, I will that ye should overcome the world; wherefore I will have compassion upon you.

[Sec 64:1b] 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.

[Sec 64:2a] I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the kingdom; 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.

[Sec 64:2b] There are those who have sought occasion against him without cause; 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.

[Sec 64:2c] 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;

[Sec 64:2d] 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.

[Sec 64:2e] I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men; and ye ought to say in your hearts, Let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds.

[Sec 64:2f] 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.

[Sec 64:2g] 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.

[Sec 64:3a] Verily I say, For this cause ye shall do these things.

[Sec 64:3b] 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 commandments; they sought evil in their hearts, and I the Lord, withheld my Spirit.

[Sec 64:3c] They condemned for evil that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless, I have forgiven my servant Isaac Morley.

[Sec 64:3d] 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.

[Sec 64:4a] 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; and that which he hath seen and heard may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not. And for this cause have I spoken these things.

[Sec 64:4b] And again, I say unto you, that my servant Isaac Morley may not be tempted above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt, I gave commandment that this farm should be sold.

[Sec 64:4c] I do not will that my servant Frederick G. Williams should sell his farm, for I, the Lord will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some;

[Sec 64:4d] and after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any guilty that shall go, with an open heart, up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.

[Sec 64:5a] Behold, now it is called today (until the coming of the Son of man), and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned (at his coming); for after to day cometh the burning: this is speaking after the manner of the Lord;

[Sec 64:5b] for verily I say, Tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of hosts; and I will not spare any that remaineth in Babylon. Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called to day.

[Sec 64:5c] 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.

[Sec 64:6a] Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden, to get in debt to thine enemies; but, behold, it is not said at any time, that the Lord should not take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good:

[Sec 64:6b] 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 he hath set you to provide for his Saints in these last days, that they may obtain an inheritance in the land of Zion, and, behold, I, the Lord, declare unto you, and my words are sure and shall not fail, that they shall obtain it;

[Sec 64:6c] but all things must come to pass in their time; 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.

[Sec 64:7a] 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;

[Sec 64:7b] and the rebellious shall be cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land; for, verily, I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out.

[Sec 64:7c] Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days, like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations; for it shall come to pass, that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion;

[Sec 64:7d] and liars, and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.

[Sec 64:8a] 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; for, behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish, and the glory of the Lord shall be upon her, and she shall be an ensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven.

[Sec 64:8b] And the day shall come, when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of her terrible ones. The Lord hath spoken it. Amen.


Section 65

Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon lived in the home of John Johnson at Hiram, Ohio, during September and October 1831 while they continued work on the Holy Scriptures. Here Joseph received the following revelation on prayer.

[Sec 65:1a] 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.

[Sec 65:1b] 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;

[Sec 65:1c] yea, a voice crying, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom;

[Sec 65:1d] pray unto the Lord; call upon his holy name; make known his wonderful works among the people, call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth;

[Sec 65:1e] 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;

[Sec 65:1f] 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, for ever and ever. Amen.


Section 66

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at Orange, Ohio, October 1831. William E. McLellin had recently joined the church. He asked for instruction concerning his work, and this revelation was given in answer to Joseph's prayer on his behalf. In 1835 Elder McLellin became one of the charter members of the Council of Twelve.

[Sec 66:1a] Behold, thus saith the Lord, unto my servant, William E. McLellin, Blessed are you, inasmuch as you have turned away from your iniquities, and have received my truths, saith the Lord your Redeemer, the Savior of the world, even of as many as believe on my name.

[Sec 66:1b] Verily I say unto you, Blessed are you for receiving mine everlasting covenant, even the fullness 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.

[Sec 66:2a] 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.

[Sec 66:2b] And now verily I, the Lord, will show unto you what I will concerning you, or what is my will concerning you; 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.

[Sec 66:3a] 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.

[Sec 66:3b] Go unto the eastern lands; bear testimony in every place, unto every people, and in their synagogues; reasoning with the people.

[Sec 66:4] 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.

[Sec 66:5a] Lay your hands upon the sick and they shall recover. Return not till I, the Lord, shall send you.

[Sec 66:5b] Be patient in affliction.

[Sec 66:5c] Ask and ye shall receive. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. Seek not to be cumbered.

[Sec 66:5d] Forsake all unrighteousness.

[Sec 66:5e] Commit not adultery, a temptation with which thou hast been troubled.

[Sec 66:5f] 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.

[Sec 66:5g] 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.

[Sec 66:5h] Verily thus saith the Lord your God, your Redeemer, even Jesus Christ. Amen.


Section 67

Revelation addressed to the elders of the church, given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at a special conference held at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831. There had been some criticism among the elders regarding the language of the revelations. William E. McLellin accepted the challenge of this revelation but was unable to produce any improvement.

[Sec 67:1a] 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.

[Sec 67:1b] 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.

[Sec 67:1c] 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.

[Sec 67:2a] And now, I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you; 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:

[Sec 67:2b] this you also know: 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;

[Sec 67:2c] 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; but if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true;

[Sec 67:2d] for ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them; and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.

[Sec 67:3a] And again, verily I say unto you, that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent, and you shall see me and know that I am;

[Sec 67:3b] not with the carnal, neither natural mind, but with the spiritual; for no man has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God;

[Sec 67:3c] neither can any natural man abide the presence of God; neither after the carnal mind; ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore continue in patience until ye are perfected.

[Sec 67:4] 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.


Section 68

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., November 1831, at a special conference held at Hiram, Ohio. Joseph wrote, "The mind and will of the Lord was 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." The instructions concerning church government found in this revelation should be read in connection with the "Articles and Covenants" which now constitute Section 17.

The message is specifically addressed to Orson Hyde, Luke Johnson, Lyman Johnson, and William E. McLellin, although its contents are of continuing importance to the entire church.

[Sec 68:1a] 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.

[Sec 68:1b] 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; and this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost;

[Sec 68:1c] 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:

[Sec 68:1d] behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants: 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.

[Sec 68:1e] 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.

[Sec 68:1f] 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;

[Sec 68:1g] and he that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned; and he that believeth shall be blessed with signs following, even as it is written;

[Sec 68:1h] 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; and of as many as the Father shall bear record, to you shall be given power to seal them up unto eternal life. Amen.

[Sec 68:2a] And now concerning the items in addition to the covenants and commandments, they are these:

[Sec 68:2b] 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;

[Sec 68:2c] wherefore they shall be high priests who are worthy, and they shall be appointed by the First Presidency of the Melchisedec priesthood, except they be literal descendants of Aaron, and if they be literal descendants of Aaron, they have a legal right to the bishopric, if they are the firstborn among the sons of Aaron; for the firstborn holds the right of the presidency over this priesthood, and the keys or authority of the same.

[Sec 68:2d] No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant and the firstborn of Aaron; but as a high priest of the Melchisedec 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;

[Sec 68:2e] provided, he is called and set apart, and ordained unto this power under the hands of the First Presidency of the Melchisedec priesthood.

[Sec 68:2f] 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;

[Sec 68:2g] 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.

[Sec 68:3a] 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;

[Sec 68:3b] and inasmuch as he is found guilty before this presidency, by testimony that cannot be impeached, he shall be condemned, and if he repents he shall be forgiven, according to the covenants and commandments of the church.

[Sec 68:4a] 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;

[Sec 68:4b] for this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized; and their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands:

[Sec 68:4c] and they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.

[Sec 68:4d] And the inhabitants of Zion shall also observe the sabbath day to keep it holy.

[Sec 68:4e] 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.

[Sec 68:4f] 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.

[Sec 68:4g] 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.

[Sec 68:4h] 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.

[Sec 68:4i] These sayings are true and faithful; wherefore transgress them not, neither take therefrom. Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, and I come quickly. Amen.


Section 69

Revelation given through rough Joseph Smith, Jr., November 1831, at Hiram, Ohio. The compilation of the revelations to comprise the "Book of Commandments" was authorized at one of the four special conferences held in Hiram during the first half of November 1831. It was decided that Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer should carry the revelations to Independence, Missouri, where they would be printed by W. W. Phelps and Company. This instruction was sought and received in connection with the mission of these brethren.

[Sec 69:1a] 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 intrusted 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; wherefore I, the Lord, will that my servant John Whitmer should go with my servant Oliver Cowdery;

[Sec 69:1b] 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; and also that he receive counsel and assistance from my servant Oliver Cowdery, and others.

[Sec 69:2a] And also my servants who are abroad in the earth should send forth the accounts of their stewardships to the land of Zion, for the land of Zion shall be a seat and a place to receive and do all these things;

[Sec 69:2b] 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--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, for ever and ever. Amen.


Section 70

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., November 12, 1831, at Hiram, Ohio. The editing and publishing of the revelations occupied much of the time of the elders who were commissioned to do this. In this revelation six of these elders were designated as "stewards over the revelations and commandments," and their remuneration was set forth as part of the basic stewardship law.

[Sec 70:1a] 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 William W. Phelps, by the way of commandment unto them, for I give unto them a commandment;

[Sec 70:1b] wherefore hearken and hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them, 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;

[Sec 70:1c] and an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgment; 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.

[Sec 70:2a] Wherefore a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not give these things unto the church, neither unto the world;

[Sec 70:2b] nevertheless, inasmuch as they receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants, it shall be given into my storehouse, 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.

[Sec 70:3a] 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.

[Sec 70:3b] And behold, none are exempt from this law who belong to the church of the living God; yea, neither the bishop, neither the agent, who keepeth the Lord's storehouse; neither he who is appointed in a stewardship over temporal things;

[Sec 70:3c] 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; yea, even more abundantly, which abundance is multiplied unto them through the manifestations of the Spirit;

[Sec 70:3d] 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.

[Sec 70:4a] Now this commandment I give unto my servants, for