Section 101

D&C 101:0 Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, December 16, 1933. At this time the Saints who had gathered in Missouri were suffering great persecution. Mobs had driven them from their homes in Jackson County, and some of the Saints had tried to establish themselves in Van Buren County, but persecution followed them. The main body of the Church was at that time in Clay County, Missouri. Threats of death against individuals of the Church were many. The people had lost household furniture, clothing, livestock and other personal property, and many of their crops had been destroyed. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 456. --Affliction permitted to befall the Saints because of their transgression--The Lord's indignation to be poured out upon all nations--The pure in heart among those who had been expelled from Zion to return--Other states of Zion to be established--Blessed state incident to the millennial era of peace--Parable of the nobleman and the olive-tree--Gathering of the Saints to be continued--Those who have been oppressed by their enemies to importune for redress--Creation of the Constitution of the United States directed by the Lord--Parable of the woman and the unjust judge.



D&C 101:1 Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted, and cast out from the land of their inheritance--



D&C 101:2 I, the Lord, have suffered the affliction to come upon them, wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequence of their transgressions;



D&C 101:3 Yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels.



D&C 101:4 Therefore, they must needs be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son.



D&C 101:5 For all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified.



D&C 101:6 Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances.



D&C 101:7 They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble.



D&C 101:8 In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me.



D&C 101:9 Verily I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins, my bowels are filled with compassion towards them. I will not utterly cast them off; and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy.



D&C 101:10 I have sworn, and the decree hath gone forth by a former commandment which I have given unto you, that I would let fall the sword of mine indignation in behalf of my people; and even as I have said, it shall come to pass.



D&C 101:11 Mine indignation is soon to be poured out without measure upon all nations; and this will I do when the cup of their iniquity is full.



D&C 101:12 And in that day all who are found upon the watch-tower, or in other words, all mine Israel, shall be saved.



D&C 101:13 And they that have been scattered shall be gathered.



D&C 101:14 And all they who have mourned shall be comforted.



D&C 101:15 And all they who have given their lives for my name shall be crowned.



D&C 101:16 Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.



D&C 101:17 Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered.



D&C 101:18 They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion--



D&C 101:19 And all these things that the prophets might be fulfilled.



D&C 101:20 And, behold, there is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed; neither shall there be any other place appointed than that which I have appointed, for the work of the gathering of my saints--



D&C 101:21 Until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains or the strength of Zion.



D&C 101:22 Behold, it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places;



D&C 101:23 And prepare for the revelation which is to come, when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together.



D&C 101:24 And every corruptible thing, both of man, or of the beasts of the field, or of the fowls of the heavens, or of the fish of the sea, that dwells upon all the face of the earth, shall be consumed;



D&C 101:25 And also that of element shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth.



D&C 101:26 And in that day the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts, yea, the enmity of all flesh, shall cease from before my face.



D&C 101:27 And in that day whatsoever any man shall ask, it shall be given unto him.



D&C 101:28 And in that day Satan shall not have power to tempt any man.



D&C 101:29 And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death.



D&C 101:30 In that day an infant shall not die until he is old; and his life shall be as the age of a tree;



D&C 101:31 And when he dies he shall not sleep, that is to say in the earth, but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious.



D&C 101:32 Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things--



D&C 101:33 Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof--



D&C 101:34 Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven.



D&C 101:35 And all they who suffer persecution for my name, and endure in faith, though they are called to lay down their lives for my sake yet shall they partake of all this glory.



D&C 101:36 Wherefore, fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full.



D&C 101:37 Therefore, care not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul.



D&C 101:38 And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life.



D&C 101:39 When men are called into mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;



D&C 101:40 They are called to be the savor of men; therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold, it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.



D&C 101:41 Behold, here is wisdom concerning the children of Zion, even many, but not all; they were found transgressors, therefore they must needs be chastened--



D&C 101:42 He that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted.



D&C 101:43 And now, I will show unto you a parable, that you may know my will concerning the redemption of Zion.



D&C 101:44 A certain nobleman had a spot of land, very choice; and he said unto his servants: Go ye unto my vineyard, even upon this very choice piece of land, and plant twelve olive-trees;



D&C 101:45 And set watchmen round about them, and build a tower, that one may overlook the land round about, to be a watchman upon the tower, that mine olive-trees may not be broken down when the enemy shall come to spoil and take upon themselves the fruit of my vineyard.



D&C 101:46 Now, the servants of the nobleman went and did as their lord commanded them, and planted the olive-trees, and built a hedge round about, and set watchmen, and began to build a tower.



D&C 101:47 And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves: And what need hath my lord of this tower?



D&C 101:48 And consulted for a long time, saying among themselves: What need hath my lord of this tower, seeing this is a time of peace?



D&C 101:49 Might not this money be given to the exchangers? For there is no need of these things.



D&C 101:50 And while they were at variance one with another they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord.



D&C 101:51 And the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge; and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted, and fled; and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive-trees.



D&C 101:52 Now, behold, the nobleman, the lord of the vineyard, called upon his servants, and said unto them, Why! what is the cause of this great evil?



D&C 101:53 Ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you, and--after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof--built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you?



D&C 101:54 And behold, the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off; and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof, and saved my vineyard from the hands of the destroyer.



D&C 101:55 And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry;



D&C 101:56 And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.



D&C 101:57 Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.



D&C 101:58 And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.



D&C 101:59 And the servant said unto his lord: When shall these things be?



D&C 101:60 And he said unto his servant: When I will; go ye straightway, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you;



D&C 101:61 And this shall be my seal and blessing upon you--a faithful and wise steward in the midst of mine house, a ruler in my kingdom.



D&C 101:62 And his servant went straightway, and did all things whatsoever his lord commanded him; and after many days all things were fulfilled.



D&C 101:63 Again, verily I say unto you, I will show unto you wisdom in me concerning all the churches, inasmuch as they are willing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation--



D&C 101:64 That the work of the gathering together of my saints may continue, that I may build them up unto my name upon holy places; for the time of harvest is come, and my word must needs be fulfilled.



D&C 101:65 Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned with celestial glory, when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father to reward every man according as his work shall be;



D&C 101:66 While the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands made strong, that they may be burned with unquenchable fire.



D&C 101:67 Therefore, a commandment I give unto all the churches, that they shall continue to gather together unto the places which I have appointed.



D&C 101:68 Nevertheless, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, let not your gathering be in haste, nor by flight; but let all things be prepared before you.



D&C 101:69 And in order that all things be prepared before you, observe the commandment which I have given concerning these things--



D&C 101:70 Which saith, or teacheth, to purchase all the lands with money, which can be purchased for money, in the region round about the land which I have appointed to be the land of Zion, for the beginning of the gathering of my saints;



D&C 101:71 All the land which can be purchased in Jackson county, and the counties round about, and leave the residue in mine hand.



D&C 101:72 Now, verily I say unto you, let all the churches gather together all their moneys; let these things be done in their time, but not in haste; and observe to have all things prepared before you.



D&C 101:73 And let honorable men be appointed, even wise men, and send them to purchase these lands.



D&C 101:74 And the churches in the eastern countries, when they are built up, if they will hearken unto this counsel they may buy lands and gather together upon them; and in this way they may establish Zion.



D&C 101:75 There is even now already in store sufficient, yea, even an abundance, to redeem Zion, and establish her waste places, no more to be thrown down, were the churches, who call themselves after my name, willing to hearken to my voice.



D&C 101:76 And again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as rulers and are in authority over you--



D&C 101:77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;



D&C 101:78 That every man act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.



D&C 101:79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.



D&C 101:80 And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I have raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.



D&C 101:81 Now, unto what shall I liken the children of Zion? I will liken them unto the parable of the woman and the unjust judge, for men ought always to pray and not to faint, which saith--



D&C 101:82 There was in a city a judge which feared not God, neither regarded man.



D&C 101:83 And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying: Avenge me of mine adversary.



D&C 101:84 And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself: Though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.



D&C 101:85 Thus will I liken the children of Zion.



D&C 101:86 Let them importune at the feet of the judge;



D&C 101:87 And if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the governor;



D&C 101:88 And if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the president;



D&C 101:89 And if the president heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation;



D&C 101:90 And in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off those wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites, and unbelievers;



D&C 101:91 Even in outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.



D&C 101:92 Pray ye, therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your cries, that I may be merciful unto them, that these things may not come upon them.



D&C 101:93 What I have said unto you must needs be, that all men may be left without excuse;



D&C 101:94 That wise men and rulers may hear and know that which they have never considered;



D&C 101:95 That I may proceed to bring to pass my act, my strange act, and perform my work, my strange work, that men may discern between the righteous and the wicked, saith your God.



D&C 101:96 And again, I say unto you, it is contrary to my commandment and my will that my servant Sidney Gilbert should sell my storehouse, which I have appointed unto my people, into the hands of mine enemies.



D&C 101:97 Let not that which I have appointed be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name;



D&C 101:98 For this is a very sore and grievous sin against me, and against my people, in consequence of those things which I have decreed and which are soon to befall the nations.



D&C 101:99 Therefore, it is my will that my people should claim, and hold claim upon that which I have appointed unto them, though they should not be permitted to dwell thereon.



D&C 101:100 Nevertheless, I do not say they shall not dwell thereon; for inasmuch as they bring forth fruit and works meet for my kingdom they shall dwell thereon.



D&C 101:101 They shall build, and another shall not inherit it; they shall plant vineyards, and they shall eat the fruits thereof. Even so. Amen.

Section 102

D&C 102:0 Minutes of the organization of the first High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 17, 1834.



D&C 102:1 This day a general council of twenty-four high priests assembled at the house of Joseph Smith, Jun., by revelation, and proceeded to organize the high council of the church of Christ, which was to consist of twelve high priests, and one or three presidents as the case might require.



D&C 102:2 The high council was appointed by revelation for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church or the bishop's council to the satisfaction of the parties.



D&C 102:3 Joseph Smith, Jun., Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams were acknowledged presidents by the voice of the council; and Joseph Smith, Sen., John Smith, Joseph Coe, John Johnson, Martin Harris, John S. Carter, Jared Carter, Oliver Cowdery, Samuel H. Smith, Orson Hyde, Sylvester Smith, and Luke Johnson, high priests, were chosen to be a standing council for the church, by the unanimous voice of the council.



D&C 102:4 The above-named councilors were then asked whether they accepted their appointments, and whether they would act in that office according to the law of heaven, to which they all answered that they accepted their appointments, and would fill their offices according to the grace of God bestowed upon them.



D&C 102:5 The number composing the council, who voted in the name and for the church in appointing the above-named councilors were forty-three, as follows: nine high priests, seventeen elders, four priests, and thirteen members.



D&C 102:6 Voted: that the high council cannot have power to act without seven of the above-named councilors, or their regularly appointed successors are present.



D&C 102:7 These seven shall have power to appoint other high priests, whom they may consider worthy and capable to act in the place of absent councilors.



D&C 102:8 Voted: that whenever any vacancy shall occur by the death, removal from office for transgression, or removal from the bounds of this church government, of any one of the above-named councilors, it shall be filled by the nomination of the president or presidents, and sanctioned by the voice of a general council of high priests, convened for that purpose, to act in the name of the church.



D&C 102:9 The president of the church, who is also the president of the council, is appointed by revelation, and acknowledged in his administration by the voice of the church.



D&C 102:10 And it is according to the dignity of his office that he should preside over the council of the church; and it is his privilege to be assisted by two other presidents, appointed after the same manner that he himself was appointed.



D&C 102:11 And in case of the absence of one or both of those who are appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the council without an assistant; and in case he himself is absent, the other presidents have power to preside in his stead, both or either of them.



D&C 102:12 Whenever a high council of the church of Christ is regularly organized, according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve councilors to cast lots by numbers, and there by ascertain who of the twelve shall speak first, commencing with number one and so in succession to number twelve.



D&C 102:13 Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the twelve councilors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if it is not, two only of the councilors shall speak upon it, according to the form above written.



D&C 102:14 But if it is thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed; and if more difficult, six; but in no case shall more than six be appointed to speak.



D&C 102:15 The accused, in all cases, has a right to one-half of the council, to prevent insult or injustice.



D&C 102:16 And the councilors appointed to speak before the council are to present the case, after the evidence is examined, in its true light before the council; and every man is to speak according to equity and justice.



D&C 102:17 Those councilors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12, are the individuals who are to stand up in behalf of the accused, and prevent insult and injustice.



D&C 102:18 In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have a privilege of speaking for themselves before the council, after the evidences are heard and the councilors who are appointed to speak on the case have finished their remarks.



D&C 102:19 After the evidences are heard, the councilors, accuser and accused have spoken, the president shall give a decision according to the understanding which he shall have of the case, and call upon the twelve councilors to sanction the same by their vote.



D&C 102:20 But should the remaining councilors, who have not spoken, or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings impartially, discover an error in the decision of the president, they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re-hearing.



D&C 102:21 And if, after a careful re-hearing, any additional light is shown upon the case, the decision shall be altered accordingly.



D&C 102:22 But in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall stand, the majority of the council having power to determine the same.



D&C 102:23 In case of difficulty respecting doctrine or principle, if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear to the minds of the council, the president may inquire and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation.



D&C 102:24 The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and organize a council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle difficulties, when the parties or either of them shall request it.



D&C 102:25 And the said council of high priests shall have power to appoint one of their own number to preside over such council for the time being.



D&C 102:26 It shall be the duty of said council to transmit, immediately, a copy of their proceedings, with a full statement of the testimony accompanying their decision, to the high council of the seat of the First Presidency of the Church.



D&C 102:27 Should the parties or either of them be dissatisfied with the decision of said council, they may appeal to the high council of the seat of the First Presidency of the Church, and have a re-hearing, which case shall there be conducted, according to the former pattern written, as though no such decision had been made.



D&C 102:28 This council of high priests abroad is only to be called on the most difficult cases of church matters; and no common or ordinary case is to be sufficient to call such council.



D&C 102:29 The traveling or located high priests abroad have power to say whether it is necessary to call such a council or not.



D&C 102:30 There is a distinction between the high council or traveling high priests abroad, and the traveling high council composed of the twelve apostles, in their decisions.



D&C 102:31 From the decision of the former there can be an appeal; but from the decision of the latter there cannot.



D&C 102:32 The latter can only be called in question by the general authorities of the church in case of transgression.



D&C 102:33 Resolved: that the president or presidents of the seat of the First Presidency of the Church shall have power to determine whether any such case, as may be appealed, is justly entitled to a re-hearing, after examining the appeal and the evidences and statements accompanying it.



D&C 102:34 The twelve councilors then proceeded to cast lots or ballot, to ascertain who should speak first, and the following was the result, namely: 1, Oliver Cowdery; 2, Joseph Coe; 3, Samuel H. Smith; 4, Luke Johnson; 5, John S. Carter; 6, Sylvester Smith; 7, John Johnson; 8, Orson Hyde; 9, Jared Carter; 10, Joseph Smith, Sen.; 11, John Smith; 12, Martin Harris. After prayer the conference adjourned.



D&C 102:00 Oliver Cowdery, Orson Hyde, Clerks

Section 103

D&C 103:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 24, 1934. For explanation of unusual names see heading to Section 78. --Cause of the persecutions permitted against the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri--The Saints to prevail if they follow the counsel of the Lord--Otherwise the powers of the world to prevail against them--The angel of the Lord and the Lord's presence to go before the people--Moneys to be collected and set up to Zion for the purchase of lands--Individual instructions to certain Elders.



D&C 103:1 Verily I say unto you, my friends, behold, I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion;



D&C 103:2 Being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies, on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time.



D&C 103:3 For I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full;



D&C 103:4 And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.



D&C 103:5 But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God, shall give unto them.



D&C 103:6 Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour.



D&C 103:7 And by hearkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God, shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the earth is given unto the saints, to possess it forever and ever.



D&C 103:8 But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them.



D&C 103:9 For they were set to be a light unto the world, and to be the saviors of men;



D&C 103:10 And inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.



D&C 103:11 But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren which have been scattered shall return to the lands of their inheritances, and shall build up the waste places of Zion.



D&C 103:12 For after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing.



D&C 103:13 Behold, this is the blessing which I have promised after your tribulations, and the tribulations of your brethren--your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren, even their restoration to the land of Zion, to be established, no more to be thrown down.



D&C 103:14 Nevertheless, if they pollute their inheritances they shall be thrown down; for I will not spare them if they pollute their inheritances.



D&C 103:15 Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power;



D&C 103:16 Therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel.



D&C 103:17 For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm.



D&C 103:18 And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.



D&C 103:19 Therefore, let not your hearts faint, for I say not unto you as I said unto your fathers: Mine angel shall go up before you, but not my presence.



D&C 103:20 But I say unto you: Mine angels shall go up before you, and also my presence, and in time ye shall possess the goodly land.



D&C 103:21 Verily, verily I say unto you, that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spake in the parable which I have given unto you.



D&C 103:22 Therefore let my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., say unto the strength of my house, my young men and the middle aged--Gather yourselves together unto the land of Zion, upon the land which I have bought with money that has been consecrated unto me.



D&C 103:23 And let all the churches send up wise men with their moneys, and purchase lands even as I have commanded them.



D&C 103:24 And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my goodly land, which I have consecrated to be the land of Zion, even from your own lands after these testimonies, which ye have brought before me against them, ye shall curse them;



D&C 103:25 And whomsoever ye curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies.



D&C 103:26 And my presence shall be with you even in avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.



D&C 103:27 Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again.



D&C 103:28 And whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake is not my disciple.



D&C 103:29 It is my will that my servant Sidney Rigdon shall lift up his voice in the congregations in the eastern countries, in preparing the churches to keep the commandments which I have given unto them concerning the restoration and redemption of Zion.



D&C 103:30 It is my will that my servant Parley P. Pratt and my servant Lyman Wight should not return to the land of their brethren, until they have obtained companies to go up unto the land of Zion, by tens, or by twenties, or by fifties, or by an hundred, until they have obtained to the number of five hundred of the strength of my house.



D&C 103:31 Behold this is my will; ask and ye shall receive; but men do not always do my will.



D&C 103:32 Therefore, if you cannot obtain five hundred, seek diligently that peradventure you may obtain three hundred.



D&C 103:33 And if ye cannot obtain three hundred, seek diligently that peradventure ye may obtain one hundred.



D&C 103:34 But verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall not go up unto the land of Zion until you have obtained a hundred of the strength of my house, to go up with you unto the land of Zion.



D&C 103:35 Therefore, as I said unto you, ask and ye shall receive; pray earnestly that peradventure my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., may go with you, and preside in the midst of my people, and organize my kingdom upon the consecrated land, and establish the children of Zion upon the laws and commandments which have been and which shall be given unto you.



D&C 103:36 All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.



D&C 103:37 Let my servant Parley P. Pratt journey with my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.



D&C 103:38 Let my servant Lyman Wight journey with my servant Sidney Rigdon.



D&C 103:39 Let my servant Hyrum Smith journey with my servant Frederick G. Williams.



D&C 103:40 Let my servant Orson Hyde journey with my servant Orson Pratt, whithersoever my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., shall counsel them, in obtaining the fulfilment of these commandments which I have given unto you, and leave the residue in my hands. Even so. Amen.

Section 104

D&C 104:0 Revelation given to Enoch [Joseph Smith the Prophet] April 23, 1834, concerning the United Order, or the order of the Church for the benefit of the poor. The occasion was that of a council meeting of the First Presidency and other High Priests, in which the pressing temporal needs of the people and been given consideration. For explanation of unusual names see heading to Section 78. --Some who had broken their covenants in the United Order had come under condemnation--The Lord will not be mocked--Care of the poor an imperative duty of the Saints--The United Order in Kirtland was segregated from that in Zion, Missouri--This separation partly because of transgression on the part of members, and partly because of the scattered condition of the Saints in Missouri--A treasury for the order provided for--On conditions of faith and humility, the Lord promises to deliver his people this once out of financial bondage.



D&C 104:1 Verily I say unto you, my friends, I give unto you counsel, and a commandment, concerning all the properties which belong to the order which I commanded to organized and established, to be a united order, and an everlasting order for the benefit of my church, and for the salvation of men until I come--



D&C 104:2 With promise immutable and unchangeable, that inasmuch as those whom I commanded were faithful they should be blessed with a multiplicity of blessings;



D&C 104:3 But inasmuch as they were not faithful they were night unto cursing.



D&C 104:4 Therefore, inasmuch as some of my servants have not kept the commandment, but have broken the covenant through covetousness, and with feigned words, I have cursed them with a very sore and grievous curse.



D&C 104:5 For I, the Lord, have decreed in my heart, that inasmuch as any man belonging to the order shall be found a transgressor, or, in other words, shall break the covenant with which ye are bound, he shall be cursed in his life, and shall be trodden down by whom I will;



D&C 104:6 For I, the Lord, am not to be mocked in these things--



D&C 104:7 And all this that the innocent among you may not be condemned with the unjust; and that the guilty among you may not escape; because I, the Lord, have promised unto you a crown of glory at my right hand.



D&C 104:8 Therefore, inasmuch as you are found transgressors, you cannot escape my wrath in your lives.



D&C 104:9 Inasmuch as ye are cut off for transgression, ye cannot escape the buffetings of Satan until the day of redemption.



D&C 104:10 And I now give unto you power from this very hour, that if any man among you, of the order, is found a transgressor and repenteth not of the evil, that ye shall deliver him over unto the buffetings of Satan; and he shall not have power to bring evil upon you.



D&C 104:11 It is wisdom in me; therefore, a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall organize yourselves and appoint every man his stewardship;



D&C 104:12 That every man may give an account unto me of the stewardship which is appointed unto him.



D&C 104:13 For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.



D&C 104:14 I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.



D&C 104:15 And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.



D&C 104:16 But it must needs be done in mine own way; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low.



D&C 104:17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.



D&C 104:18 Therefore, if any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his portion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment.



D&C 104:19 And now, verily I say unto you, concerning the properties of the order--



D&C 104:20 Let my servant Sidney Rigdon have appointed unto him the place where he now resides, and the lot of the tannery for his stewardship, for his support while he is laboring in my vineyard, even as I will, when I shall command him.



D&C 104:21 And let all things be done according to the counsel of the order, and united consent or voice of the order, which dwell in the land of Kirtland.



D&C 104:22 And this stewardship and blessing, I, the Lord, confer upon my servant Sidney Rigdon for a blessing upon him, and his seed after him;



D&C 104:23 And I will multiply blessings upon him, inasmuch as he will be humble before me.



D&C 104:24 And again, let my servant Martin Harris have appointed unto him, for his stewardship, the lot of land which my servant John Johnson obtained in exchange for his former inheritance, for him and his seed after him;



D&C 104:25 And inasmuch as he is faithful, I will multiply blessings upon him and his seed after him.



D&C 104:26 And let my servant Martin Harris devote his moneys for the proclaiming of my words, according as my servant Joseph Smith, Jun,. shall direct.



D&C 104:27 And again, let my servant Frederick G. Williams have the place upon which he now dwells.



D&C 104:28 And let my servant Oliver Cowdery have the lot which is set off joining the house, which is to be for the printing office, which is lot number one, and also the lot upon which his father resides.



D&C 104:29 And let my servants Frederick G. Williams and Oliver Cowdery have the printing office and all things that pertain unto it.



D&C 104:30 And this shall be their stewardship which shall be appointed unto them.



D&C 104:31 And inasmuch as they are faithful, behold I will bless, and multiply blessings upon them.



D&C 104:32 And this is the beginning of the stewardship which I have appointed them, for them and their seed after them.



D&C 104:33 And, inasmuch as they are faithful, I will multiply blessings upon them and their seed after them, even a multiplicity of blessings.



D&C 104:34 And again, let my servant John Johnson have the house in which he lives, and the inheritance, all save the ground which has been reserved for the building of my houses, which pertains to that inheritance, and those lots which have been named for my servant Oliver Cowdery.



D&C 104:35 And inasmuch as he is faithful, I will multiply blessings upon him.



D&C 104:36 And it is my will that he should sell the lots that are laid off for the building up of the city of my saints, inasmuch as it shall be made known to him by the voice of the Spirit, and according to the counsel of the order, and by the voice of the order.



D&C 104:37 And this is the beginning of the stewardship which I have appointed unto him, for a blessing unto him and his seed after him.



D&C 104:38 And inasmuch as he is faithful, I will multiply a multiplicity of blessings upon him.



D&C 104:39 And again, let my servant Newel K. Whitney have appointed unto him the houses and lot where he now resides, and the lot and building on which the mercantile establishment stands, and also the lot which is on the corner south of the mercantile establishment, and also the lot on which the ashery is situated.



D&C 104:40 And all this I have appointed unto my servant Newel K. Whitney for his stewardship, for a blessing upon him and his seed after him, for the benefit of the mercantile establishment of my order which I have established for my stake in the land of Kirtland.



D&C 104:41 Yea, verily, this is the stewardship which I have appointed unto my servant N. K. Whitney, even this whole mercantile establishment, him and his agent, and his seed after him.



D&C 104:42 And inasmuch as he is faithful in keeping my commandments, which I have given unto him, I will multiply blessings upon him and his seed after him, even a multiplicity of blessings.



D&C 104:43 And again, let my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., have appointed unto him the lot which is laid off for the building of my house, which is forty rods long and twelve wide, and also the inheritance upon which his father now resides;



D&C 104:44 And this is the beginning of the stewardship which I have appointed unto him, for a blessing upon him, and upon his father.



D&C 104:45 For behold, I have reserved an inheritance for his father, for his support; therefore he shall be reckoned in the house of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.



D&C 104:46 And I will multiply blessings upon the house of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., inasmuch as he is faithful, even a multiplicity of blessings.



D&C 104:47 And now, a commandment I give unto you concerning Zion, that you shall no longer be bound as a united order to your brethren of Zion, only on this wise--



D&C 104:48 After you are organized, you shall be called the United Order of the Stake of Zion, the City of Kirtland. And your brethren, after they are organized, shall be called the United Order of the City of Zion.



D&C 104:49 And they shall be organized in their own names, and in their own name; and they shall do their business in their own name, and in their own names;



D&C 104:50 And you shall do your business in your own name, and in your own names.



D&C 104:51 And this I have commanded to be done for your salvation, and also for their salvation, in consequence of their being driven out and that which is to come.



D&C 104:52 The covenants being broken through transgression, by covetousness and feigned words--



D&C 104:53 Therefore, you are dissolved as a united order with your brethren, that you are not bound only up to this hour unto them, only on this wise, as I said, by loan as shall be agreed by this order in council, as your circumstances will admit and the voice of the council direct.



D&C 104:54 And again, a commandment I give unto you concerning your stewardship which I have appointed unto you.



D&C 104:55 Behold, all these properties are mine, or else your faith is vain, and ye are found hypocrites, and the covenants which ye have made unto me are broken;



D&C 104:56 And if the properties are mine, then ye are stewards; otherwise ye are no stewards.



D&C 104:57 But, verily I say unto you, I have appointed unto you to be stewards over mine house, even stewards indeed.



D&C 104:58 And for this purpose I have commanded you to organize yourselves, even to print my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you, and which I shall, hereafter, from time to time give unto you--



D&C 104:59 For the purpose of building up my church and kingdom on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell with them, which is nigh at hand.



D&C 104:60 And ye shall prepare for yourselves a place for a treasury, and consecrate it unto my name.



D&C 104:61 And ye shall appoint one among you to keep the treasury, and he shall be ordained unto this blessing.



D&C 104:62 And there shall be a seal upon the treasury, and all the sacred things shall be delivered into the treasury; and no man among you shall call it his own, or any part of it, for it shall belong to you all with one accord.



D&C 104:63 And I give it unto you from this very hour; and now see to it, that ye go to and make use of the stewardship which have appointed unto you, exclusive of the sacred things, for the purpose of printing these sacred things as I have said.



D&C 104:64 And the avails of the sacred things shall be had in the treasury, and a seal shall be upon it; and it shall not be used or taken out of the treasury by any one, neither shall the seal be loosed which shall be placed upon it, only by the voice of the order, or by commandment.



D&C 104:65 And thus shall ye preserve the avails of the sacred things in the treasury, for sacred and holy purposes.



D&C 104:66 And this shall be called the sacred treasury of the Lord; and a seal shall be kept upon it that it may be holy and consecrated unto the Lord.



D&C 104:67 And again, there shall be another treasury prepared, and a treasurer appointed to keep the treasury, and a seal shall be placed upon it;



D&C 104:68 And all moneys that you receive in your stewardships, by improving upon the properties which I have appointed unto you, in houses, or in lands, or in cattle, or in all things save it be the holy and sacred writings, which I have reserved unto myself for holy and sacred purposes, shall be cast into the treasury as fast as you receive moneys, by hundreds, or by fifties, or by twenties, or by tens, or by fives.



D&C 104:69 Or in other words, if any man among you obtain five dollars let him cast them into the treasury; or if he obtain ten, or twenty, or fifty, or an hundred, let him do likewise;



D&C 104:70 And let not any among you say that it is his own; for it shall not be called his, nor any part of it.



D&C 104:71 And there shall not any part of it be used, or taken out of the treasury, only by the voice and common consent of the order.



D&C 104:72 And this shall be the voice and common consent of the order--that any man among you say to the treasurer: I have need of this to help me in my stewardship--



D&C 104:73 If it be five dollars, or if it be ten dollars, or twenty, or fifty, or a hundred, the treasurer shall give unto him the sum which he requires to help him in his stewardship--



D&C 104:74 Until he be found a transgressor, and it is manifest before the council of the order plainly that he is an unfaithful and an unwise steward.



D&C 104:75 But so long as he is in full fellowship, and is faithful and wise in his stewardship, this shall be his token unto the treasurer that the treasurer shall not withhold.



D&C 104:76 But in case of transgression, the treasurer shall be subject unto the council and voice of the order.



D&C 104:77 And in case the treasurer is found an unfaithful and an unwise steward, he shall be subject to the council and voice of the order, and shall be removed out of his place, and another shall be appointed in his stead.



D&C 104:78 And again, verily say unto you, concerning your debts--behold it is my will that you shall pay all your debts.



D&C 104:79 And it is my will that you shall humble yourselves before me, and obtain this blessing by your diligence and humility and the prayer of faith.



D&C 104:80 And inasmuch as you are diligent and humble, and exercise the prayer of faith, behold, I will soften the hearts of those to whom you are in debt, until I shall send means unto you for your deliverance.



D&C 104:81 Therefore write speedily to New York and write according to that which shall be dictated by my Spirit; and I will soften the hearts of those to whom you are in debt, that it shall be taken away out of their minds to bring affliction upon you.



D&C 104:82 And inasmuch as ye are humble and faithful and call upon my name, behold, I will give you the victory.



D&C 104:83 I give unto you a promise, that you shall be delivered this once out of your bondage.



D&C 104:84 Inasmuch as you obtain a chance to loan money by hundreds, or thousands, even until you shall loan enough to deliver yourself from bondage, it is your privilege.



D&C 104:85 And pledge the properties which have I put into your hands, this once, by giving your names by common consent or otherwise, as it shall seem good unto you.



D&C 104:86 I give unto you this privilege, this once; and behold, if you proceed to do the things which I have laid before you, according to my commandments, all these things are mine, and ye are my stewards, and the master will not suffer his house to be broken up. Even so. Amen.

Section 105

D&C 105:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on Fishing River, Missouri, June 22, 1834. Mob violence against the Saints in Missouri had increased; and organized bodies from several counties had declared their intent to destroy the people. The Prophet had come from Kirtland, at the head of a party known as Zion's Camp, bringing clothing and provisions. While this party was encamped on Fishing River the Prophet received this revelation. See History of the Church, vol. 2, chaps. 5 to 8 inclusive. For explanation of unusual names see heading to Section 78. --But for their transgressions the people might have been redeemed from their enemies--Unwillingness to impart to the poor condemned--The redemption of Zion deferred--The people to appeal to the officers of the law for redress--Lands in Jackson and adjoining counties to be purchased--Endowment to be given in the House of the Lord in process of erection at Kirtland--The day of calling followed by the day of choosing--The Saints to lift an ensign of peace.



D&C 105:1 Verily I say unto you who have assembled yourselves together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of mine afflicted people--



D&C 105:2 Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individuals, they might have been redeemed even now.



D&C 105:3 But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them;



D&C 105:4 And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom;



D&C 105:5 And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.



D&C 105:6 And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.



D&C 105:7 I speak not concerning those who are appointed to lead my people, who are the first elders of my church, for they are not all under this condemnation;



D&C 105:8 But I speak concerning my churches abroad--there are many who will say: Where is their God? Behold, he will deliver them in time of trouble, otherwise we will not go up unto Zion, and will keep our moneys.



D&C 105:9 Therefore, in consequence of the transgressions of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion--



D&C 105:10 That they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly concerning their duty, and the things which I require at their hands.



D&C 105:11 And this cannot be brought to pass until mine elders are endowed with power from on high.



D&C 105:12 For behold, I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful and continue in humility before me.



D&C 105:13 Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion.



D&C 105:14 For behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfill--I will fight your battles.



D&C 105:15 Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.



D&C 105:16 Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;



D&C 105:17 But the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words.



D&C 105:18 But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful.



D&C 105:19 I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith.



D&C 105:20 And now, verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the region round about, let them stay;



D&C 105:21 And those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them;



D&C 105:22 For I will counsel him concerning this matter, and all things whatsoever he shall appoint unto them shall be fulfilled.



D&C 105:23 And let all my people who dwell in the regions round about be very faithful, and prayerful, and humble before me, and reveal not the things which I have revealed unto them, until it is wisdom in me that they should be revealed.



D&C 105:24 Talk not of judgments, neither boast of faith nor of mighty works, but carefully gather together, as much in one region as can be, consistently with the feelings of the people;



D&C 105:25 And behold, I will give unto you favor and grace in their eyes, that you may rest in peace and safety, while you are saying unto the people: Execute judgment and justice for us according to law, and redress us of our wrongs.



D&C 105:26 Now, behold, I say unto you, my friends, in this way you may find favor in the eyes of the people, until the army of Israel becomes very great.



D&C 105:27 And I will soften the hearts of the people, as I did the heart of Pharaoh, from time to time, until my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and mine elders, whom I have appointed, shall have time to gather up the strength of my house,



D&C 105:28 And to have sent wise men, to fulfil that which I have commanded concerning the purchasing of all the lands in Jackson county that can be purchased, and in the adjoining counties round about.



D&C 105:29 For it is my will that these lands should be purchased; and after they are purchased that my saints should possess them according to the laws of consecration which I have given.



D&C 105:30 And after these lands are purchased, I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possession of their own lands, which they have previously purchased with their moneys, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies that may be upon them, and scattering their watchmen, and avenging me of mine enemies unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.



D&C 105:31 But first let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me, that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon, and that her banners may be terrible unto all nations;



D&C 105:32 That the kingdoms of this world may be constrained to acknowledge that the kingdom of Zion is in very deed the kingdom of our God and his Christ; therefore, let us become subject unto her laws.



D&C 105:33 Verily I say unto you, it is expedient in me that the first elders of my church should receive their endowment from on high in my house, which I have commanded to be built unto my name in the land of Kirtland.



D&C 105:34 And let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion and her law be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption.



D&C 105:35 There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy.



D&C 105:36 And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen; and they shall be sanctified;



D&C 105:37 And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.



D&C 105:38 And again I say unto you, sue for peace, not only to the people that have smitten you, but also to all people;



D&C 105:39 And lift up an ensign of peace, and make a proclamation of peace unto the ends of the earth;



D&C 105:40 And make proposals for peace unto those who have smitten you, according to the voice of the Spirit which is in you, and all things shall work together for your good.



D&C 105:41 Therefore, be faithful; and behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end. Even so. Amen.

Section 106

D&C 106:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, November 25, 1834. --Warren A Cowdery is named local presiding officer--Great blessings promised him on condition of his obedience--Nearness and suddenness of the Lord's future advent.



D&C 106:1 It is my will that my servant Warren A. Cowdery should be appointed and ordained a presiding high priest over my church, in the land of Freedom and the regions round about;



D&C 106:2 And should preach my everlasting gospel, and lift up his voice and warn the people, not only in his own place, but in the adjoining counties;



D&C 106:3 And devote his whole time to this high and holy calling, which I now give unto him, seeking diligently the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and all things necessary shall be added thereunto; for the laborer is worthy of his hire.



D&C 106:4 And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night--



D&C 106:5 Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light, and that day shall not overtake you as a thief.



D&C 106:6 And again, verily I say unto you, there was joy in heaven when my servant Warren bowed to my scepter, and separated himself from the crafts of men;



D&C 106:7 Therefore, blessed is my servant Warren, for I will have mercy on him; and, notwithstanding the vanity of his heart, I will lift him up inasmuch as he will humble himself before me.



D&C 106:8 And I will give him grace and assurance wherewith he may stand; and if he continue to be a faithful witness and a light unto the church I have prepared a crown for him in the mansions of my Father. Even so. Amen.

Section 107

D&C 107:0 Revelation on Priesthood, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, dated March 28, 1835. On the date named the Twelve met in council, confessing their individual weaknesses and shortcomings, expression repentance, and seeking the further guidance of the Lord. They were about to separate on missions to districts assigned. See History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 209. --Distinction between the Aaronic and the Melchizedek Priesthoods--The right of presidency belongs to the Melchizedek Priesthood--High authority of the Presidency of the High Priesthood--The Bishopric as the presidency of the Aaronic Priesthood--Duties of the several quorums and of the presiding officers thereof--The Twelve constitute the Traveling Presiding High Council--The Twelve to ordain evangelical ministers, or Patriarchs--Descent of the patriarchal order from Adam to Noah--Bishops to be chosen from the High Priesthood unless literal descendants of Aaron are made known--The order of Church tribunals--No on in the Church exempt from accountability.



D&C 107:1 There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood.



D&C 107:2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest.



D&C 107:3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.



D&C 107:4 But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.



D&C 107:5 All other authorities or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood.



D&C 107:6 But there are two divisions or grand heads--one is the Melchizedek Priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood.



D&C 107:7 The office of an elder comes under the priesthood of Melchizedek.



D&C 107:8 The Melchizedek Priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in the church in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things.



D&C 107:9 The Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church.



D&C 107:10 High priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member.



D&C 107:11 An elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.



D&C 107:12 The high priest and elder are to administer in spiritual things, agreeable to the covenants and commandments of the church; and they have a right to officiate in all these offices of the church when there are no higher authorities present.



D&C 107:13 The second priesthood is called the Priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations.



D&C 107:14 Why it is called the lesser priesthood is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances.



D&C 107:15 The bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood, and holds the keys or authority of the same.



D&C 107:16 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron.



D&C 107:17 But as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power by the hands of the Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood.



D&C 107:18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church--



D&C 107:19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.



D&C 107:20 The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments.



D&C 107:21 Of necessity there are presidents, or presiding officers growing out of, or appointed of or from among those who are ordained to the several offices in these two priesthoods.



D&C 107:22 Of the Melchizedek Priesthood, three Presiding High Priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the Presidency of the Church.



D&C 107:23 The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world--thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.



D&C 107:24 And they form a quorum, equal in authority and power to the three presidents previously mentioned.



D&C 107:25 The Seventy are also called to preach the gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles and in all the world--thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.



D&C 107:26 And they form a quorum, equal in authority to that of the Twelve special witnesses or Apostles just named.



D&C 107:27 And every decision made by either of these quorums must be by the unanimous voice of the same; that is, every member in each quorum must be agreed to its decisions, in order to make their decisions of the same power or validity one with the other--



D&C 107:28 A majority may form a quorum when circumstances render it impossible to be otherwise--



D&C 107:29 Unless this is the case, their decisions are not entitled to the same blessings which the decisions of a quorum of three presidents were anciently, who were ordained after the order of Melchizedek, and were righteous and holy men.



D&C 107:30 The decisions of these quorums, or either of them, are to be made in all righteousness, in holiness, and lowliness of heart, meekness and long suffering, and in faith, and virtue, and knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity;



D&C 107:31 Because the promise is, if these things abound in them they shall not be unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord.



D&C 107:32 And in case that any decision of these quorums is made in unrighteousness, it may be brought before a general assembly of the several quorums, which constitute the spiritual authorities of the church; otherwise there can be no appeal from their decision.



D&C 107:33 The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the First Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and secondly unto the Jews.



D&C 107:34 The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews.



D&C 107:35 The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.



D&C 107:36 The standing high councils, at the stakes of Zion, form a quorum equal in authority in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the quorum of the presidency, or to the traveling high council.



D&C 107:37 The high council in Zion form a quorum equal in authority in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the councils of the Twelve at the stakes of Zion.



D&C 107:38 It is the duty of the traveling high council to call upon the Seventy, when they need assistance, to fill the several calls for preaching and administering the gospel, instead of any others.



D&C 107:39 It is the duty of the Twelve, in all large branches of the church, to ordain evangelical ministers, as they shall be designated unto them by revelation--



D&C 107:40 The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal descendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made.



D&C 107:41 This order was instituted in the days of Adam, and came down by lineage in the following manner:



D&C 107:42 From Adam to Seth, who was ordained by Adam at the age of sixty-nine years, and was blessed by him three years previous to his (Adam's) death, and received the promise of God by his father, that his posterity should be the chosen of the Lord, and that they should be preserved unto the end of the earth;



D&C 107:43 Because he (Seth) was a perfect man, and his likeness was the express likeness of his father, insomuch that he seemed to be like unto his father in all things, and could be distinguished from him only by his age.



D&C 107:44 Enos was ordained at the age of one hundred and thirty-four years and four months, by the hand of Adam.



D&C 107:45 God called upon Cainan in the wilderness in the fortieth year of his age; and he met Adam in journeying to the place Shedolamak. He was eighty-seven years old when he received his ordination.



D&C 107:46 Mahalaleel was four hundred and ninety-six years and seven days old when he was ordained by the hand of Adam, who also blessed him.



D&C 107:47 Jared was two hundred years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam, who also blessed him.



D&C 107:48 Enoch was twenty-five years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam; and he was sixty-five and Adam blessed him.



D&C 107:49 And he saw the Lord, and he walked with him, and was before his face continually; and he walked with God three hundred and sixty-five years, making him four hundred and thirty years old when he was translated.



D&C 107:50 Methuselah was one hundred years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam.



D&C 107:51 Lamech was thirty-two years old when he was ordained under the hand of Seth.



D&C 107:52 Noah was ten years old when he was ordained under the hand of Methuselah.



D&C 107:53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.



D&C 107:54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.



D&C 107:55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.



D&C 107:56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.



D&C 107:57 These things were all written in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.



D&C 107:58 It is the duty of the Twelve, also, to ordain and set in order all the other officers of the church, agreeable to the revelation which says:



D&C 107:59 To the church of Christ in the land of Zion, in addition to the church laws respecting church business--



D&C 107:60 Verily, I say unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts, there must needs be presiding elders to preside over those who are of the office of an elder;



D&C 107:61 And also priests to preside over those who are of the office of a priest;



D&C 107:62 And also teachers to preside over those who are of the office of a teacher, in like manner, and also the deacons--



D&C 107:63 Wherefore, from deacon to teacher, and from teacher to priest, and from priest to elder, severally as they are appointed, according to the covenants and commandments of the church.



D&C 107:64 Then comes the High Priesthood, which is the greatest of all.



D&C 107:65 Wherefore, it must needs be that one be appointed of the High Priesthood to preside over the priesthood, and he shall be called President of the High Priesthood of the Church;



D&C 107:66 Or, in other words, the Presiding High Priest over the High Priesthood of the Church.



D&C 107:67 From the same comes the administering of ordinances and blessings upon the church, by the laying on of the hands.



D&C 107:68 Wherefore, the office of a bishop is not equal unto it; for the office of a bishop is in administering all temporal things;



D&C 107:69 Nevertheless a bishop must be chosen from the High Priesthood, unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron.



D&C 107:70 For unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron he cannot hold the keys of that priesthood.



D&C 107:71 Nevertheless, a high priest, that is, after the order of Melchizedek, may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things, having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth;



D&C 107:72 And also to be a judge in Israel, to do the business of the church, to sit in judgment upon transgressors upon testimony as it shall be laid before him according to the laws, by the assistance of his counselors, whom he has chosen or will choose among the elders of the church.



D&C 107:73 This is the duty of a bishop who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.



D&C 107:74 Thus shall he be a judge, even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion, or in a stake of Zion, or in any branch of the church where he shall be set apart unto this ministry, until the borders of Zion are enlarged and it becomes necessary to have other bishops or judges in Zion or elsewhere.



D&C 107:75 And inasmuch as there are other bishops appointed they shall act in the same office.



D&C 107:76 But a literal descendant of Aaron has a legal right to the presidency of this priesthood, to the keys of this ministry, to act in the office of bishop independently, without counselors, except in a case where a President of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, is tried, to sit as a judge in Israel.



D&C 107:77 And the decision of either of these councils, agreeable to the commandment which says:



D&C 107:78 Again, verily, I say unto you, the most important business of the church, and the most difficult cases of the church, inasmuch as there is not satisfaction upon the decision of the bishop or judges, it shall be handed over and carried up unto the council of the church, before the Presidency of the High Priesthood.



D&C 107:79 And the Presidency of the council of the High Priesthood shall have power to call other high priests, even twelve, to assist as counselors; and thus the Presidency of the High Priesthood and its counselors shall have power to decide upon testimony according to the laws of the church.



D&C 107:80 And after this decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord; for this is the highest council of the church of God, and a final decision upon controversies in spiritual matters.



D&C 107:81 There is not any person belonging to the church who is exempt from this council of the church.



D&C 107:82 And inasmuch as a President of the High Priesthood shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the common council of the church, who shall be assisted by twelve counselors of the High Priesthood;



D&C 107:83 And their decision upon his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him.



D&C 107:84 Thus, none shall be exempted from the justice and the laws of God, that all things may be done in order and in solemnity before him, according to truth and righteousness.



D&C 107:85 And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a deacon is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty, edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants.



D&C 107:86 And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers is to preside over twenty-four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them, teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.



D&C 107:87 Also the duty of the president over the Priesthood of Aaron is to preside over forty-eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants--



D&C 107:88 This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.



D&C 107:88 Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders is to preside over ninety-six elders, and to sit in council with them, and to teach them according to the covenants.



D&C 107:90 This presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy, and is designed for those who do not travel into all the world.



D&C 107:91 And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses--



D&C 107:92 Behold, here is wisdom; yea, to be a seer, a revelator, a translator, and a prophet, having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.



D&C 107:93 And it is according to the vision showing the order of the Seventy, that they should have seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy;



D&C 107:94 And the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six;



D&C 107:95 And these seven presidents are to choose other seventy besides the first seventy to whom they belong, and are to preside over them;



D&C 107:96 And also other seventy, until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it.



D&C 107:97 And these seventy are to be traveling ministers, unto the Gentiles first and also unto the Jews.



D&C 107:98 Whereas other officers of the church, who belong not unto the Twelve, neither to the Seventy, are not under the responsibility to travel among all nations, but are to travel as their circumstances shall allow, notwithstanding they may hold as high and responsible offices in the church.



D&C 107:99 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.



D&C 107:100 He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.

Section 108

D&C 108:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, December 26, 1835. --Lyman Sherman is commended and admonished--His ordination to the office of Elder promised.



D&C 108:1 Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Lyman: Your sins are forgiven you, because you have obeyed my voice in coming up hither this morning to receive counsel of him whom I have appointed.



D&C 108:2 Therefore, let your soul be at rest concerning your spiritual standing, and resist no more my voice.



D&C 108:3 And arise up and be more careful henceforth in observing your vows, which you have made and do make, and you shall be blessed with exceeding great blessings.



D&C 108:4 Wait patiently until the solemn assembly shall be called of my servants, then you shall be remembered with the first of mine elders and receive right by ordination with the rest of mine elders whom I have chosen.



D&C 108:5 Behold, this is the promise of the Father unto you if you continue faithful.



D&C 108:6 And it shall be fulfilled upon you in that day that you shall have right to preach my gospel wheresoever I shall send you, from henceforth from that time.



D&C 108:7 Therefore, strengthen your brethren in all your conversation, in all your prayers, in all your exhortations, and in all your doings.



D&C 108:8 And behold, and lo, I am with you to bless you and deliver you forever. Amen.

Section 109

D&C 109:0 Prayer offered at the dedication of the Temple at Kirtland, Ohio, March 27, 1836. According to the Prophet's written statement, this prayer was given to him by revelation. See History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 410.



D&C 109:1 Thanks be to thy name, O Lord God of Israel, who keepest covenant and showest mercy unto thy servants who walk uprightly before thee, with all their hearts--



D&C 109:2 Thou who hast commanded thy servants to build a house to thy name in this place [Kirtland].



D&C 109:3 And now thou beholdest, O Lord, that thy servants have done according to thy commandment.



D&C 109:4 And now we ask thee, Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of thy bosom, in whose name alone salvation can be administered to the children of men, we ask thee, O, Lord, to accept of this house, the workmanship of the hands of us, thy servants, which thou didst command us to build.



D&C 109:5 For thou knowest that we have done this work through great tribulation; and out of our poverty we have given of our substance to build a house to thy name, that the Son of Man might have a place to manifest himself to his people.



D&C 109:6 And as thou hast said in a revelation, given to us, calling us thy friends, saying--Call your solemn assembly, as I have commanded you;



D&C 109:7 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith;



D&C 109:8 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;



D&C 109:9 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord, that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord, that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High--



D&C 109:10 And now, Holy Father, we ask thee to assist us, thy people, with thy grace, in calling our solemn assembly, that it may be done to thine honor and to thy divine acceptance;



D&C 109:11 And in a manner that we may be found worthy, in thy sight, to secure a fulfilment of the promises which thou hast made unto us, thy people, in the revelations given unto us;



D&C 109:12 That thy glory may rest down upon thy people, and upon this thy house, which we now dedicate to thee, that it may be sanctified and consecrated to be holy, and that thy holy presence may be continually in this house;



D&C 109:13 And that all people who shall enter upon the threshold of the Lord's house may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness.



D&C 109:14 And do thou grant, Holy Father, that all those who shall worship in this house may be taught words of wisdom out of the best books, and that they may seek learning even by study, and also by faith, as thou hast said;



D&C 109:15 And that they may grow up in thee, and receive a fulness of the Holy Ghost, and be organized according to thy laws, and be prepared to obtain every needful thing;



D&C 109:16 And that this house may be a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of glory, and of God, even thy house;



D&C 109:17 That all the incomings of thy people, into this house, may be in the name of the Lord;



D&C 109:18 That all their outgoings from this house may be in the name of the Lord;



D&C 109:19 And that all their salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with holy hands, uplifted to the Most High;



D&C 109:20 And that no unclean thing shall be permitted to come into thy house to pollute it;



D&C 109:21 And when thy people transgress, any of them, they may speedily repent and return unto thee, and find favor in thy sight, and be restored to the blessings which thou hast ordained to be poured out upon those who shall reverence thee in thy house.



D&C 109:22 And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them;



D&C 109:23 And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth, that they may know that this is thy work, and that thou hast put forth thy hand, to fulfill that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of the prophets, concerning the last days.



D&C 109:24 We ask thee, Holy Father, to establish the people that shall worship, and honorably hold a name and standing in this thy house, to all generations and for eternity;



D&C 109:25 That no weapon formed against them shall prosper; that he who diggeth a pit for them shall fall into the same himself;



D&C 109:26 That no combination of wickedness shall have power to rise up and prevail over thy people upon whom thy name shall be put in this house;



D&C 109:27 And if any people shall rise against this people, that thine anger be kindled against them;



D&C 109:28 And if they shall smite this people thou wilt smite them; thou wilt fight for thy people as thou didst in the day of battle, that they may be delivered from the hands of all their enemies.



D&C 109:29 We ask thee, Holy Father, to confound, and astonish, and to bring to shame and confusion, all those who have spread lying reports abroad, over the world, against thy servant or servants, if they will not repent, when the everlasting gospel shall be proclaimed in their ears;



D&C 109:30 And that all their works may be brought to naught, and be swept away by the hail, and by the judgments which thou wilt send upon them in thine anger, that there may be an end to lyings and slanders against thy people.



D&C 109:31 For thou knowest, O Lord, that thy servants have been innocent before thee in bearing record of thy name, for which they have suffered these things.



D&C 109:32 Therefore we plead before thee for a full and complete deliverance from under this yoke;



D&C 109:33 Break it off, O Lord; break it off from the necks of thy servants, by thy power, that we may rise up in the midst of this generation and do thy work.



D&C 109:34 O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever.



D&C 109:35 Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.



D&C 109:36 Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.



D&C 109:37 And let thy house be filled, as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory.



D&C 109:38 Put upon thy servants the testimony of the covenant, that when they go out and proclaim thy word they may seal up the law, and prepare the hearts of thy saints for all those judgments thou art about to send, in thy wrath, upon the inhabitants of the earth, because of their transgressions, that thy people may not faint in the day of trouble.



D&C 109:39 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;



D&C 109:40 And until this be accomplished, let not thy judgments fall upon that city.



D&C 109:41 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy servants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city according to that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of thy prophets.



D&C 109:42 But deliver thou, O Jehovah, we beseech thee, thy servants from their hands, and cleanse them from their blood.



D&C 109:43 O Lord, we delight not in the destruction of our fellow men; their souls are precious before thee;



D&C 109:44 But thy word must be fulfilled. Help thy servants to say, with thy grace assisting them: Thy will be done, O Lord, and not ours.



D&C 109:45 We know that thou hast spoken by the mouth of thy prophets terrible things concerning the wicked, in the last days--that thou wilt pour out thy judgments, without measure;



D&C 109:46 Therefore, O Lord, deliver thy people from the calamity of the wicked; enable thy servants to seal up the law, and bind up the testimony, that they may be prepared against the day of burning.



D&C 109:47 We ask thee, Holy Father, to remember those who have been driven by the inhabitants of Jackson county, Missouri, from the lands of their inheritance, and break off, O Lord, this yoke of affliction that has been put upon them.



D&C 109:48 Thou knowest, O Lord, that they have been greatly oppressed and afflicted by wicked men; and our hearts flow out with sorrow because of their grievous burdens.



D&C 109:49 O Lord, how long wilt thou suffer this people to bear this affliction, and the cries of their innocent ones to ascend up into thine ears, and their blood come up in testimony before thee, and not make a display of thy testimony in their behalf?



D&C 109:50 Have mercy, O Lord, upon the wicked mob, who have driven thy people, that they may cease to spoil, that they may repent of their sins if repentance is to be found;



D&C 109:51 But if they will not, make bare thine arm, O Lord, and redeem that which thou didst appoint a Zion unto thy people.



D&C 109:52 And if it cannot be otherwise, that the cause of thy people may not fail before thee may thine anger be kindled, and thine indignation fall upon them, that they may be wasted away, both root and branch, from under heaven;



D&C 109:53 But inasmuch as they will repent, thou art gracious and merciful, and wilt turn away thy wrath when thou lookest upon the face of thine Anointed.



D&C 109:54 Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.



D&C 109:55 Remember the kings, the princes, the nobles, and the great ones of the earth, and all people, and the churches, all the poor, the needy, and afflicted ones of the earth;



D&C 109:56 That their hearts may be softened when thy servants shall go out from thy house, O Jehovah, to bear testimony of thy name; that their prejudices may give way before the truth, and thy people may obtain favor in the sight of all;



D&C 109:57 That all the ends of the earth may know that we, thy servants, have heard thy voice, and that thou hast sent us;



D&C 109:58 That from among all these, thy servants, the sons of Jacob, may gather out the righteous to build a holy city to thy name, as thou hast commanded them.



D&C 109:59 We ask thee to appoint unto Zion other stakes besides this one which thou hast appointed, that the gathering of thy people may roll on in great power and majesty, that thy work may be cut short in righteousness.



D&C 109:60 Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles.



D&C 109:61 But thou knowest that thou hast a great love for the children of Jacob, who have been scattered upon the mountains for a long time, in a cloudy and dark day.



D&C 109:62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;



D&C 109:63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;



D&C 109:64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.



D&C 109:65 And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel;



D&C 109:66 That they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed, and cease their rebellions.



D&C 109:67 And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.



D&C 109:68 O Lord, remember thy servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., and all his afflictions and persecutions--how he has covenanted with Jehovah, and vowed to thee, O Mighty God of Jacob--and the commandments which thou hast given unto him, and that he hath sincerely striven to do thy will.



D&C 109:69 Have mercy, O Lord, upon his wife and children, that they may be exalted in thy presence, and preserved by thy fostering hand.



D&C 109:70 Have mercy upon all their immediate connections, that their prejudices may be broken up and swept away as with a flood; that they may be converted and redeemed with Israel, and know that thou art God.



D&C 109:71 Remember, O Lord, the presidents, even all the presidents of thy church, that thy right hand may exalt them, with all their families, and their immediate connections, that their names may be perpetuated and had in everlasting remembrance from generation to generation.



D&C 109:72 Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;



D&C 109:73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;



D&C 109:74 And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth;



D&C 109:75 That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord;



D&C 109:76 That our garments may be pure, that we may be clothed upon with robes of righteousness, with palms in our hands, and crowns of glory upon our heads, and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.



D&C 109:77 O Lord God Almighty, hear us in these our petitions, and answer us from heaven, thy holy habitation, where thou sittest enthroned, with glory, honor, power, majesty, might, dominion, truth, justice, judgment, mercy, and an infinity of fulness, from everlasting to everlasting.



D&C 109:78 O hear, O hear, O hear us, O Lord! And answer these petitions, and accept the dedication of this house unto thee, the work of our hands, which we have built unto thy name;



D&C 109:79 And also this church, to put upon it thy name. And help us by the power of thy Spirit, that we may mingle our voices with those bright, shining seraphs around thy throne, with acclamations of praise, singing Hosanna to God and the Lamb!



D&C 109:80 And let these, thine anointed ones, be clothed with salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy. Amen, and Amen.

Section 110

D&C 110:0 Visions manifested to Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Oliver Cowdery, in the Temple at Kirtland, Ohio, April 3, 1836. The occasion was that of a Sabbath day meeting. The Prophet prefaces his record of the manifestations with these words: IN the afternoon, I assisted the other presidents in distributing the Lord's Supper to the Church, receiving it from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate at the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brethren, I retired to the pulpit, the veils being dropped, and bowed myself, with Oliver Cowdery, in solemn and silent prayer. After rising from prayer, the following vision was opened to both of us. --Personal manifestations of the Lord Jesus Christ--His acceptance of the Temple--Visitation by Moses and his commitment of the keys of the gathering--Visitation by Elias and his conferment of authority--Visitation by Elijah in direct fulfilment of Malachi's prediction.



D&C 110:1 The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.



D&C 110:2 We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.



D&C 110:3 His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:



D&C 110:4 I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.



D&C 110:5 Behold, your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before me; therefore, lift up your heads and rejoice.



D&C 110:6 Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice who have, with their might, built this house to my name.



D&C 110:7 For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house.



D&C 110:8 Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.



D&C 110:9 Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.



D&C 110:10 And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.



D&C 110:11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.



D&C 110:12 After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.



D&C 110:13 After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:



D&C 110:14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi -- testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come --



D&C 110:15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse --



D&C 110:16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.