Section 11

D&C 11:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to his brother, Hyrum Smith, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May, 1829. This revelation was received through the Urim and Thummim in answer to Joseph's supplication and inquiry. --The coming forth of a great and marvelous work proclaimed--Hyrum restrained from preaching for the time being, he not being yet baptized and ordained--He is assured of the gift of God awaiting his preparation to receive--The organization of the Church foreshadowed--Hyrum admonished to learn the word of God before attempting to proclaim it--Warned against denying the spirit of revelation and prophecy.



D&C 11:1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.



D&C 11:2 Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.



D&C 11:3 Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.



D&C 11:4 Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.



D&C 11:5 Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.



D&C 11:6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.



D&C 11:7 Seek not for riches but for wisdom; and, behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.



D&C 11:8 Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you desire of me so it shall be done unto you; and, if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation.



D&C 11:9 Say nothing but repentance unto this generation. Keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work, according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.



D&C 11:10 Behold, thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me in faith, with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee;



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



D&C 11:12 And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good--yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.



D&C 11:13 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy;



D&C 11:14 And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive



D&C 11:15 Behold, I command you that you need not suppose that you are called to preach until you are called.



D&C 11:16 Wait a little longer, until you shall have my word, my rock, my church, and my gospel, that you may know of a surety my doctrine.



D&C 11:17 And then, behold, according to your desires, yea, even according to your faith it shall be done unto you.



D&C 11:18 Keep my commandments; hold your peace; appeal unto my Spirit;



D&C 11:19 Yea, cleave unto me with all your heart, that you might assist in bringing to light those things of which has been spoken--yea, the translation of my work; be patient until you shall accomplish it.



D&C 11:20 Behold, this is your work, to keep my commandments, yea, with all your might, mind and strength.



D&C 11:21 Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.



D&C 11:22 But now hold your peace; study my word which hath gone forth among the children of men, and also study my word which shall come forth among the children of men, or that which is now translating, yea, until you have obtained all which I shall grant unto the children of men in this generation, and then shall all things be added thereto.



D&C 11:23 Behold thou art Hyrum, my son; seek the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added according to that which is just.



D&C 11:24 Build upon my rock, which is my gospel;



D&C 11:25 Deny not the spirit of revelation, nor the spirit of prophecy, for wo unto him that denieth these things;



D&C 11:26 Therefore, treasure up in your heart until the time which is in my wisdom that you shall go forth.



D&C 11:27 Behold, I speak unto all who have good desires, and have thrust in their sickles to reap.



D&C 11:28 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world.



D&C 11:29 I am the same who came unto my own and mine own received me not;



D&C 11:30 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen.

Section 12

D&C 12:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to Joseph Knight, Sen., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May, 1829. Joseph Knight believed the declarations of Joseph Smith, concerning his possession of the Book of Mormon plates, and the work of translation then in progress, and had given material assistance to the translator and his scribe. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 47. --Great and marvelous character of the Lord's work--Personal participation in the bringing forth and establishment of the cause of Zion open to all who have earnest desires and who possess the requisite qualifications.



D&C 12:1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.



D&C 12:2 Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.



D&C 12:3 Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.



D&C 12:4 Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.



D&C 12:5 Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.



D&C 12:6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.



D&C 12:7 Behold, I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work;



D&C 12:8 And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.



D&C 12:9 Behold, I am the light and the life of the world, that speak these words, therefore give heed with your might, and then you are called. Amen.

Section 13

D&C 13:0 Ordination of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 15, 1829, under the hands of an Angel, who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament. The angelic visitant averred that he was acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, the ancient Apostles, who held the keys of the higher Priesthood, which was called the Priesthood of Melchizedek. The promise was given to Joseph and Oliver that in due time the Priesthood of Melchizedek would be conferred upon them. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 39. Compare Section 27:7, 8, 12.



D&C 13:1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.

Section 14

D&C 14:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to David Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June, 1829. The Whitmer family had become greatly interested in the translating of the Book of Mormon. Joseph changed his residence to the Whitmer home, where he dwelt until the work of translation was carried to completion and the copyright on the forthcoming book secured. Each of the three sons, having received a testimony as to the genuineness of the work, became deeply concerned over the matter of his individual duty; and the Prophet inquired of the Lord respecting the matter. This revelation and the two next following (Sections 15 and 16) were given in answer, through the Urim and Thummim. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 48. David Whitmer later became one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. --Conditions of attaining eternal life specified--The Lord's purpose of bringing the fulness of his Gospel from the Gentiles to the house of Israel--David Whitmer informed of his call to assist in the latter-day work--His reward, conditioned by his faithfulness, is promised.



D&C 14:1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.



D&C 14:2 Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.



D&C 14:3 Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.



D&C 14:4 Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.



D&C 14:5 Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.



D&C 14:6 Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.



D&C 14:7 And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.



D&C 14:8 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see, and also that you may declare repentance unto this generation.



D&C 14:9 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who created the heavens and the earth, a light which cannot be hid in darkness;



D&C 14:10 Wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel.



D&C 14:11 And behold, thou art David, and thou art called to assist; which thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be your reward. Amen.

Section 15

D&C 15:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June, 1829. See heading to Section 14. John Whitmer later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. --The message is intimately and impressively personal, in that the Lord tells of what was known only to John Whitmer and himself--The recipient blessed for his worthy desire--The thing of greatest worth to him.



D&C 15:1 Hearken, my servant John, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.



D&C 15:2 For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.



D&C 15:3 And I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone--



D&C 15:4 For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.



D&C 15:5 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.



D&C 15:6 And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

Section 16

D&C 16:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to Peter Whitmer, Jun., at Fayette, New York, June, 1829. See heading to Section 14. Peter Whitmer, Jun., later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.



D&C 16:1 Hearken, my servant Peter, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.



D&C 16:2 For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.



D&C 16:3 And I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone--



D&C 16:4 For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.



D&C 16:5 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.



D&C 16:6 And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

Section 17

D&C 17:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris, at Fayette, New York, June, 1829, prior to their viewing the engraved plates that contained the Book of Mormon record. Joseph and his scribe, Oliver Cowdery, had learned from the translation of certain passages on the Book of Mormon plates that three special witnesses would be designated. See Ether 5:2-4; also 2 Nephi 11:3, and 27:12. Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris were moved upon by an inspired desire to be the three special witnesses. The Prophet inquired of the Lord, and this revelation was given in answer, through the Urim and Thummim. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 52. --The three conditionally promised that they shall be permitted to view not only the plates but also other sacred relics of Book of Mormon record--Only by faith like unto that of the prophets of old can they be thus privileged--They to testify of what they shall see--Joseph Smith's solemn avowals to be supported--The Lord declares that as he lives the translation is true.



D&C 17:1 Behold, I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you do with a full purpose of heart, you shall have a view of the plates, and also of the breastplate, the sword of Laban, the Urim and Thummim, which were given to the brother of Jared upon the mount, when he talked with the Lord face to face, and the miraculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of the Red Sea.



D&C 17:2 And it is by your faith that you shall obtain a view of them, even by that faith which was had by the prophets of old.



D&C 17:3 And after that you have obtained faith, and have seen them with your eyes, you shall testify of them, by the power of God;



D&C 17:4 And this you shall do that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., may not be destroyed, that I may bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men in this work.



D&C 17:5 And ye shall testify that you have seen them, even as my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., has seen them; for it is by my power that he has seen them, and it is becaused he had faith.



D&C 17:6 And he has translated the book, even that part which I have commanded him, and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true.



D&C 17:7 Wherefore, you have received the same power, and the same faith, and the same gift like unto him;



D&C 17:8 And if you do these last commandments of mine, which I have given you, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; for my grace is sufficient for you, and you shall be lifted up at the last day.



D&C 17:9 And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it unto you, that I might bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men.

Section 18

D&C 18:0 Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, given at Fayette, New York, June, 1829: Making known the calling of Twelve Apostles in these last days; and also containing instructions relative to building up the Church of Christ according to the fulness of the Gospel. When the Aaronic Priesthood was conferred, the bestowal of the Melchizedek Priesthood was promised. See heading to Section 13. In response to fervent supplication for greater knowledge on the matter the Lord gave this revelation. See History of the Church, vol. 1, pp. 60-64. --Diligence enjoined--Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer called with the calling of Paul the Apostle of old--The value of souls emphasized--The great joy attending conversion of souls to the Gospel of Christ--The calling of twelve to assist in the ministry foreshadowed--The Twelve, here called disciples but later named Apostles, to be chosen from among those who desire to take upon them the name of Christ with full purpose of heart--Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer commissioned to search out the Twelve.



D&C 18:1 Now, behold, because of the thing which you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:



D&C 18:2 Behold, I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true; wherefore you know that they are true.



D&C 18:3 And if you know that they are true, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written;



D&C 18:4 For in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my rock.



D&C 18:5 Wherefore, if you shall build up my church, upon the foundation of my gospel and my rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.



D&C 18:6 Behold, the world is ripening in iniquity; and it must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gentiles and also the house of Israel.



D&C 18:7 Wherefore, as thou hast been baptized by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., according to that which I have commanded him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I have commanded him.



D&C 18:8 And now, marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me; wherefore, if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments he shall be blessed unto eternal life; and his name is Joseph.



D&C 18:9 And now, Oliver Cowdery, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer, by the way of commandment; for, behold, I command all men everywhere to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called.



D&C 18:10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;



D&C 18:11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.



D&C 18:12 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.



D&C 18:13 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!



D&C 18:14 Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.



D&C 18:15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my father!



D&C 18:16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!



D&C 18:17 Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation.



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



D&C 18:19 And if you have not faith, hope and charity, you can do nothing.



D&C 18:20 Contend against no church, save it be the church of the devil.



D&C 18:21 Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness.



D&C 18:22 And as many as repent and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved.



D&C 18:23 Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;



D&C 18:24 Wherefore, all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day;



D&C 18:25 Wherefore, if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.



D&C 18:26 And now, behold, there are others who are called to declare my gospel, both unto Gentile and unto Jew;



D&C 18:27 Yea, even twelve; and the Twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name; and the Twelve are they who shall desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart.



D&C 18:28 And if they desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature.



D&C 18:29 And they are they who are ordained of me to baptize in my name, according to that which is written;



D&C 18:30 And you have that which is written before you; wherefore, you must perform it according to the words which are written;



D&C 18:31 And now I speak unto you, the Twelve--Behold, my grace is sufficient for you; you must walk uprightly before me and sin not.



D&C 18:32 And, behold, you are they who are ordained of me to ordain priests and teachers; to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and according to the callings and gifts of God unto men;



D&C 18:33 And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.



D&C 18:34 These words are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;



D&C 18:35 For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them:



D&C 18:36 Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.



D&C 18:37 And now, behold, I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that you shall search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken;



D&C 18:38 And by their desires and their works you shall know them.



D&C 18:39 And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.



D&C 18:40 And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name.



D&C 18:41 And you must preach unto the world, saying: You must repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ;



D&C 18:42 For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and children who have arrived at the years of accountability.



D&C 18:43 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things;



D&C 18:44 And by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance, and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father.



D&C 18:45 Wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.



D&C 18:46 And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father.



D&C 18:47 Behold, I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit have spoken it. Amen

Section 19

D&C 19:0 A commandment of God, and not of man, revealed through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to Martin Harris, at Manchester, New York, March, 1830, by him who is Eternal. --Christ affirms his omnipotence--Declares that punishment and suffering are inevitable consequences of unrepented sins--Explains the signification of endless torment and eternal damnation--Reaffirms the actuality of his own suffering in the flesh--Emphasizes the necessity of prayer--Gives specific commandment to Martin Harris.



D&C 19:1 I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.



D&C 19:2 I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me--having dome this that I might subdue all things unto myself--



D&C 19:3 Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done.



D&C 19:4 And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.



D&C 19:5 Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my left hand.



D&C 19:6 Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless torment.



D&C 19:7 Again, it is written eternal damnation; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my name's glory.



D&C 19:8 Wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles.



D&C 19:9 I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest.



D&C 19:10 For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name. Wherefore--



D&C 19:11 Eternal punishment is God's punishment.



D&C 19:12 Endless punishment is God's punishment.



D&C 19:13 Wherefore, I command you to repent, and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., in my name.



D&C 19:14 And it is by my almighty power that you have received them;



D&C 19:15 Therefore I command you to repent--repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore--how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.



D&C 19:16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;



D&C 19:17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;



D&C 19:18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit--and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink--



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



D&C 19:20 Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit.



D&C 19:21 And I command you that you preach naught but repentance, and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me.



D&C 19:22 For they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish.



D&C 19:23 Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.



D&C 19:24 I am Jesus Christ; I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will.



D&C 19:25 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife; nor seek thy neighbor's life.



D&C 19:26 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thine own property, but impart freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the truth and the word of God--



D&C 19:27 Which is my word to the gentile, that soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant, that they may believe the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.



D&C 19:28 And again, I command thee that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private.



D&C 19:29 And thou shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see.



D&C 19:30 And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.



D&C 19:31 And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior, and remission of sins by baptism, and by fire, yea, even the Holy Ghost.



D&C 19:32 Behold, this is a great and the last commandment which I shall give unto you concerning this matter; for this shall suffice for thy daily walk, even unto the end of thy life.



D&C 19:33 And misery thou shalt receive if thou wilt slight these counsels, yea, even the destruction of thyself and property.



D&C 19:34 Impart a portion of thy property, yea, even part of thy lands, and all save the support of thy family.



D&C 19:35 Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage.



D&C 19:36 Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy family;



D&C 19:37 And speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice, with a sound of rejoicing, crying--Hosanna, hosanna, blessed be the name of the Lord God!



D&C 19:38 Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing--yea, even more great than if you should obtain treasures of earth and corruptibleness to the extent thereof.



D&C 19:39 Behold, canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness?



D&C 19:40 Or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide?



D&C 19:41 Or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.

Section 20

D&C 20:0 Revelation on Church Organization and Government, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, April, 1830. Preceding his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote: We obtained of him [Jesus Christ] the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation; which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his Church once more here upon the earth. --The Lord again attests the genuineness of the Book of Mormon--He gives commandment respecting baptism--Defines the functions of the several offices in the Priesthood--Specifies the duties of members--Prescribes the mode of baptism, and of administering the sacrament of bread and wine--Directs the keeping of records of Church membership.



D&C 20:1 The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April--



D&C 20:2 Which commandments were given to Joseph Smith, Jun., who was called of God, and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the first elder of this church;



D&C 20:3 And to Oliver Cowdery, who was also called of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the second elder of this church, and ordained under his hand;



D&C 20:4 And this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory, both now and forever. Amen.



D&C 20:5 After it was truly manifested unto this first elder that he had received a remission of his sins, he was entangled again in the vanities of the world;



D&C 20:6 But after repenting, and humbling himself sincerely, through faith, God ministered unto him by an holy angel, whose countenance was as lighting, and whose garments were pure and white above all other whiteness;



D&C 20:7 And gave unto him commandments which inspired him;



D&C 20:8 And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;



D&C 20:9 Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;



D&C 20:10 Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them--



D&C 20:11 Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;



D&C 20:12 Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.



D&C 20:13 Therefore, having so great witnesses, by them shall the world be judged, even as many as shall hereafter come to a knowledge of this work.



D&C 20:14 And those who receive it in faith, and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life;



D&C 20:15 But those who harden their hearts in unbelief, and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation--



D&C 20:16 For the Lord God has spoken it; and we, the elders of the church, have heard and bear witness to the words of the glorious Majesty on high, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.



D&C 20:17 By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God, the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them.



D&C 20:18 And that he created man, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them;



D&C 20:19 And gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should worship.



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



D&C 20:21 Wherefore, the Almighty God gave his only Begotten Son, as it is written in those scriptures which have been given of him.



D&C 20:22 He suffered temptations but gave no head unto them.



D&C 20:23 He was crucified, died, and rose again the third day;



D&C 20:24 And ascended into heaven, to sit down on the right hand of the Father, to reign with almighty power according to the will of the Father;



D&C 20:25 That as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved--



D&C 20:26 Not only those who believe after he came in the meridian of time, in the flesh, but all those from the beginning, even as many as were before he came, who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life,



D&C 20:27 As well as those who should come after, who should believe in the gifts and callings of God by the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and of the Son;



D&C 20:28 Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen.



D&C 20:29 And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.



D&C 20:30 And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true;



D&C 20:31 And we know also, that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true, to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds and strength.



D&C 20:32 But there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God;



D&C 20:33 Therefore let the church take head and pray always, lest they fall into temptation;



D&C 20:34 Yea, and even let those who are sanctified take heed also.



D&C 20:35 And we know that these things are true according to the revelations of John, neither adding to, nor diminishing from the prophecy of his book, the holy scriptures, or the revelations of God which shall come hereafter by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost, the voice of God, or the ministering of angels.



D&C 20:36 And the Lord God has spoken it; and honor, power and glory be rendered to his holy name, both now and ever. Amen.



D&C 20:37 And again by the way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism--All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.



D&C 20:38 The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the church of Christ--An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize;



D&C 20:39 And to ordain other elders, priests, teachers, and deacons;



D&C 20:40 And to administer bread and wine--the emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ--



D&C 20:41 And to confirm those who are baptized into the church, by the laying on of hands for the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures;



D&C 20:42 And to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church;



D&C 20:43 And to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost;



D&C 20:44 And to take the lead of all meetings.



D&C 20:45 The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revelations of God.



D&C 20:46 The priest's duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament,



D&C 20:47 And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties.



D&C 20:48 And he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons.



D&C 20:49 And he is to take the lead of meetings when there is no elder present;



D&C 20:50 But where there is an elder present, he is only to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize,



D&C 20:51 And visit the house of each member, exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties.



D&C 20:52 In all these duties the priest is to assist the elder if occasion requires.



D&C 20:53 The teacher's duty is to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them;



D&C 20:54 And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking;



D&C 20:55 And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty.



D&C 20:56 And he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest--



D&C 20:57 And is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires.



D&C 20:58 But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;



D&C 20:59 They are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.



D&C 20:60 Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him; and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in the one who ordains him.



D&C 20:61 The several elders comprising this church of Christ are to meet in conference once in three months, or from time to time as said conferences shall direct or appoint;



D&C 20:62 And said conferences are to do whatever church business is necessary to be done at the time.



D&C 20:63 The elders are to receive their licenses from other elders, by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences.



D&C 20:64 Each priest, teacher, or deacon, who is ordained by a priest, may take a certificate from him at the time, which certificate, when presented to an elder shall entitle him to a license, which shall authorize him to perform the duties of his calling, or he may receive it from a conference.



D&C 20:65 No person is to be ordained to any office in this church, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church;



D&C 20:66 But the presiding elders, traveling bishops, high councilors, high priests, and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the church that a vote may be called.



D&C 20:67 Every president of the high priesthood (or presiding elder), bishop, high councilor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a high council or general conference.



D&C 20:68 The duty of the members after they are received by baptism.--The elders or priests are to have a sufficient time to expound all things concerning the church of Christ to their understanding, previous to their partaking of the sacrament and being confirmed by the laying on of the hands of the elders, so that all things may be done in order.



D&C 20:69 And the members shall manifest before the church, and also before the elders, by a godly walk and conversation, that they are worthy of it, that there may be works and faith agreeable to the holy scriptures--walking in holiness before the Lord.



D&C 20:70 Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.



D&C 20:71 No one can be received into the church of Christ unless he has arrived unto the years of accountability before God, and is capable of repentance,



D&C 20:72 Baptism is to be administered in the following manner unto all those who repent--



D&C 20:73 The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.



D&C 20:74 Then shall he immerse him or her in the water, and come forth again out of the water.



D&C 20:75 It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus;



D&C 20:76 And the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it--he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer, saying:



D&C 20:77 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask the in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.



D&C 20:78 The manner of administering the wine--he shall take the cup also, and say:



D&C 20:79 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.



D&C 20:80 Any member of the church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken in a fault, shall be dealt with as the scriptures direct.



D&C 20:81 It shall be the duty of the several churches, composing the church of Christ, to send one or more of their teachers to attend the several conferences held by the elders of the church,



D&C 20:82 With a list of the names of the several members uniting themselves with the church since the last conference; or send by the hand of some priest; so that a regular list of all the names of the whole church may be kept in a book by one of the elders whosoever the other elders shall appoint from time to time;



D&C 20:83 And also, if any have been expelled from the church, so that their names may be blotted out of the general church record of names.



D&C 20:84 All members removing from the church where they reside, if going to a church where they are not known, may take a letter certifying that they are regular members and in good standing, which certificate may be signed by any elder or priest if the member receiving the letter is personally acquainted with the elder or priest, or it may be signed by the teachers or deacons of the church.