Section 1Revelation 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;
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] 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;
b] wherefore fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed, in them, shall be fulfilled.
c] 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;
d] yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure;
e] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] for they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant; they seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness,
e] 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;
b] and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets;
c] 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;
d] that faith also might increase in the earth; that mine everlasting covenant might be established;
e] 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;
b] and inasmuch as they erred it might be made known; and inasmuch as they sought wisdom they might be instructed;
c] 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;
d] 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;
e] 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;
f] 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;
g] 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,
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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.
[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;
b] neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left;
c] 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;
b] 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;
b] 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:
c] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] and that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord,
e] 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.
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;
b] and you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened;
c] 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.
d] Do not run faster, or labor more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate;
e] 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.
f] Behold, they have sought to destroy you; yea, even the man in whom you have trusted, has sought to destroy you.
g] And for this cause I said, that he is a wicked man, for he has sought to take away the things wherewith you have been entrusted;
h] 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.
i] 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;
j] 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;
k] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] 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.
b] Satan stirreth them up, that he may lead their souls to destruction.
c] 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;
d] 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;
e] 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;
f] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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.
d] Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation, that the work may not come forth in this generation;
e] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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,
b] 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;
c] and, behold, you shall publish it as the record of Nephi, and thus I will confound those who have altered my words.
d] 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.
b] 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.
c] 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.
d] And I said unto them, that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in their prayers;
[e] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] 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.
b] I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
c] 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;
b] 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;
c] and this I do, that I may establish my gospel, that there may not be so much contention;
d] 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;
e] 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;
b] 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.
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,
b] 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;
c] therefore, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work, for, behold, the field is white already to harvest,
d] 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;
e] 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.
b] 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;
b] 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,
c] 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.
d] 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;
b] for hereafter you shall be ordained and go forth and deliver my words unto the children of men.
c] 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.
d] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] 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.
e] 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.
f] 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;
g] 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.
h] 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;
b] 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:
b] 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.
c] 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.
d] 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:
e] but if he deny this he will break the covenant which he has before covenanted with me, and behold he is condemned.
f] 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;
g] for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I have spoken.
h] 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.
b] 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.
c] 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;
d] 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;
e] 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:
b] 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:
c] 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;
b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God;
c] 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:
b] 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.
c] 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.
b] 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.
b] Remember it is sacred and cometh from above: and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous;
c] 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.
d] Make not thy gift known unto any, save it be those who are of thy faith. Trifle not with sacred things.
e] 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.
b] 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;
b] 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.
c] 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.
b] Admonish him in his faults and also receive admonition of him.
c] 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.
b] 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.
b] I am the same that came unto my own and my own received me not.
c] 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?
b] What greater witness can you have than from God?
c] 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?
d] 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;
b] 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;
b] 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;
b] and if they do unto you, even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory:
c] 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,
b] 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.
c] Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap:
d] 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.
b] 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:
c] 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.
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.
b] And I said unto him, Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.
c] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] 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.
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,
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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.
d] 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.
e] Therefore, ask in faith.
f] 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.
g] Behold, it is I that have spoken it; and I am the same who spake unto you from the beginning. Amen.
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;
b] 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.
b] Behold, the work which you are called to do is to write for my servant Joseph;
c] 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.
d] 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;
b] but, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind;
c] 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;
d] 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;
e] 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;
b] 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.
b] 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.
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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God;
c] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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.
b] Say nothing but repentance unto this generation.
c] 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;
b] 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,
b] 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:
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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;
b] then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit, and my word; yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men;
c] 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;
d] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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.
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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God;
c] 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,
b] 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;
b] 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;
b] therefore, give heed with your might, and then you are called. Amen.
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.
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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.
b] 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;
b] 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;
b] wherefore, I must bring forth the fullness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel.
c] 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.
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;
b] 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;
c] 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.
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;
b] 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;
c] 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.
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,
b] 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;
c] 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;
b] 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.
c] 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;
d] 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;
b] 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.
c] 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.
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:
b] 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;
c] 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;
d] 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;
b] 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.
c] And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me;
d] 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;
b] 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.
c] 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.
d] And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance.
e] And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth. Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people.
f] 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!
b] Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my Rock, and my salvation.
c] 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.
e] 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.
f] Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;
g] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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.
d] And now I speak unto the twelve: Behold, my grace is sufficient for you; you must walk uprightly before me and sin not.
e] 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.
f] 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;
g] 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;
b] and when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.
c] And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name; and you must preach unto the world, saying,
d] 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;
b] 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;
c] wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.
d] And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments, you can not be saved in the kingdom of my Father.
e] Behold I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit, have spoken it. Amen.
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;
b] 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:
c] 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;
b] 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,
c] 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,
d] 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,
e] 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,
f] 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,
g] 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;
b] and those who receive it in faith and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life;
c] 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;
d] 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;
b] 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.
c] 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:
b] he suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them;
c] he was crucified, died, and rose again the third day;
d] 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:
e] 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,
f] who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost,
g] 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,
h] 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.
b] And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is just and true;
c] 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;
d] but there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God.
e] 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.
f] 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:
g] 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:
b] 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,
c] and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end,
d] 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:
b] 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--
c] 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;
d] and to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church;
e] and to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost,
f] 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.
b] and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all family duties:
c] and he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons;
d] 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.
e] 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;
b] and see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty,
c] and he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest,
d] and is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires;
e] but neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;
f] 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;
b] 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;
b] 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:
b] 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.
c] 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:
b] 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:
c] 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.
d] 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;
b] and the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it:
c] He shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying,
d] 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:
b] 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,
b] 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,
c] 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.
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:
b] 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;
c] 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.
d] 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;
e] 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;
b] wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles.
c] 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?
d] For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name; wherefore--
e] Eternal punishment is God's punishment. Endless punishment is God's punishment.
f] 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;
g] 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!
h] 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;
i] 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;
j] nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men;
k] 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.
l] And I command you that you preach naught but repentance, and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me;
m] for they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish.
n] Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit and you shall have peace in me.
o] 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.
b] 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.
c] 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.
b] 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.
c] And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.
d] 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.
b] And misery thou shalt receive, if thou wilt slight these counsels; yea, even the destruction of thyself and property.
c] Impart a portion of thy property; yea, even part of thy lands, and all save the support of thy family.
d] Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage.
e] Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy family; and speak freely to all;
f] 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.
b] 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?
c] yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.
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;
b] being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith;
c] 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;
b] 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;
c] 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.
d] 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:
e] 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.
b] 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;
c] 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.
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.
b] 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;
c] 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.
d] Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.
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.
b] 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.
b] 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.
b] 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 - Worlds Without Number
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;
b. for my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease;
c] wherefore, no man can behold all my works except he behold all my glory;
d] 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;
b] 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.
b] 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.
c] 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,
b] 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;
c] 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.
b] 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?
c] 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;
b] for God said unto me, Worship God, for him only shalt thou serve.
c] 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;
b] and calling upon the name of God, he beheld again his glory; for it rested upon him, and he heard a voice, saying,
[Sc] 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.
b] 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.
c] 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.
b] And by the word of my power have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
[c] 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.
d] 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;
e] 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,
b] 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;
b] 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.
b] 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. [This record being among us today identifies the other person who was to be raised up like unto Moses. It was Joseph Smith Jr. through whom we have the words given to Moses.]
[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.
[Secion 24 God speaking to Emma Smith]
[Sec 24:2] 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. 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. And thou shall 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. 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 24:3] And verily I say unto thee, that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better. 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 delighted in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me. And it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. Wherefore, lift up thy heart and rejoice, and cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made.
[Sec 24:4] 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. Keep my commandments continually, and a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive. And except thou do this, where I am thou canst not come. And verily, verily I say unto you, that this is my voice unto all. Amen.
|Sections 1-22||Sections 23-40||Sections 41-56||Sections 57-76|
|Sections 77-98||Sections 99-110|
|Sec. 4||Qualifications for a saint to work|
|Sec. 7||John Beloved staying on earth|
|Sec. 17||Duties of the Priesthood|
|Sec. 18||The Lord suffered and bled from every pour|
|Sec. 20||On Baptism - can be baptized a hundred times to no avail|
|Sec. 22||The Testimony of Moses|
|Sec. 36||Testimony of Enoch|
|Sec. 45||Flee to Zion For Safety|
|Sec. 49||Holy Men, Celibacy|
|Sec. 64||Zion, an ensign|
|Sec. 68||Bishop, Literal Descendant of Aaron|
|Sec. 85:6-38||Qualities for Celestial Living|
|Sec. 86||Word of Wisdom|
|Sec. 102||Fishing River Story|
|Sec. 108||Judgments Coming - North Country|