D&C 61:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri river, McIlwaine's Bend, August 12, 1831. The Prophet and ten Elders had traveled down the river in canoes. On the first day of the journey many dangers were experienced. Elder William W. Phelps, in daylight vision, saw the destroyer riding in power upon the face of the waters. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 203. --Elders not to travel swiftly upon the river, thus losing opportunity to preach--Elders had been permitted to come thus far by boat that they might bear record of the power of the destroyer over the waters--Those who come later to Zion to be warned thereof--Attention of the First Presidency needed in the organized branches--Special labor of declaring the Gospel to non-members left to the Elders thereto appointed.
D&C 61:1 Behold, and hearken unto the voice of him who has all power, who is from everlasting to everlasting, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
D&C 61:2 Behold, verily thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who are assembled upon this spot, whose sins are now forgiven you, for I, the Lord, forgive sins, and am merciful unto those who confess their sins with humble hearts;
D&C 61:3 But verily I say unto you, that it is not needful for this whole company of mine elders to be moving swiftly upon the waters, whilst the inhabitants on either side are perishing in unbelief.
D&C 61:4 Nevertheless, I suffered it that ye might bear record; behold, there are many dangers upon the waters, and more especially hereafter;
D&C 61:5 For I, the Lord have decreed in mine anger many destructions upon the waters; yea, and especially upon these waters.
D&C 61:6 Nevertheless, all flesh is in mine hand, and he that is faithful among you shall not perish by the waters.
D&C 61:7 Wherefore, it is expedient that my servant Sidney Gilbert and my servant William W. Phelps be in haste upon their errand and mission.
D&C 61:8 Nevertheless, I would not suffer that ye should part until you were chastened for all your sins, that you might be one, that you might not perish in wickedness;
D&C 61:9 But now, verily I say, it behooveth me that ye should part. Wherefore let my servants Sidney Gilbert and William W. Phelps take their former company, and let them take their journey in haste that they may fill their mission, and through faith they shall overcome;
D&C 61:10 And inasmuch as they are faithful they shall be preserved, and I, the Lord, will be with them.
D&C 61:11 And let the residue take that which is needful for clothing.
D&C 61:12 Let my servant Sidney Gilbert take that which is not needful with him, as you shall agree.
D&C 61:13 And now, behold, for your good I gave unto you a commandment concerning these things; and I, the Lord, will reason with you as with men in days of old.
D&C 61:14 Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the lasts days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters.
D&C 61:15 Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters.
D&C 61:16 And it shall be said in days to come that none is able to go up to the land of Zion upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart.
D&C 61:17 And, as I, the Lord, in the beginning cursed the land, even so in the last days have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof.
D&C 61:18 And now I give unto you a commandment that what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fall and they are caught in snares;
D&C 61:19 I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree.
D&C 61:20 I, the Lord, was angry with you yesterday, but today mine anger is turned away.
D&C 61:21 Wherefore, let those concerning whom I have spoken, that should take their journey in haste--again I say unto you, let them take their journey in haste.
D&C 61:22 And it mattereth not unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land; let this be as it is made known unto them according to their judgments hereafter.
D&C 61:23 And now, concerning my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, let them come not again upon the canal, while journeying unto their homes; or in other words they shall not come upon the waters to journey, save upon the canal.
D&C 61:24 Behold, I, the Lord, have appointed a way for the journeying of my saints; and behold, this is the way--that after they leave the canal they shall journey by land, inasmuch as they are commanded to journey and go up unto the land of Zion.
D&C 61:25 And they shall do like unto the children of Israel, pitching their tents by the way.
D&C 61:26 And, behold, this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren.
D&C 61:27 Nevertheless, unto whom is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways;
D&C 61:28 Wherefore, let him do as the Spirit of the living God commandeth him, whether upon the land or upon the waters, as it remaineth with me to do hereafter.
D&C 61:29 And unto you is given the course for the Saints, or the way for the saints of the camp of the Lord, to journey.
D&C 61:30 And again, verily I say unto you, my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, shall not open their mouths in the congregations of the wicked until they arrive at Cincinnati;
D&C 61:31 And in that place they shall lift up their voices unto God against that people, yea, unto him whose anger is kindled against their wickedness, a people who are well-nigh ripened for destruction.
D&C 61:32 And from thence let them journey for the congregations of their brethren, for their labors even now are wanted more abundantly among them than among the congregations of the wicked.
D&C 61:33 And now, concerning the residue, let them journey and declare the word among the congregations of the wicked, inasmuch as it is given.
D&C 61:34 And inasmuch as they do this they shall rid their garments, and they shall rid their garments, and they shall be spotless before me.
D&C 61:35 And let them journey together, or two by two, as seemeth them good, only let my servant Reynolds Cahoon, and my servant Samuel H. Smith, with whom I am well pleased, be not separated until they return to their homes, and this for a wise purpose in me.
D&C 61:36 And now, verily I say unto you, and what I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you;
D&C 61:37 And inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours.
D&C 61:38 Gird up your loins and be watchful and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man, for he cometh in an hour you think not.
D&C 61:39 Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death. Even so. Amen.
D&C 62:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River, August 13, 1831. On this day the Prophet and his Counselors met several Elders who were on their way to the land of Zion, and, after joyful salutations, received this revelation to the encouragement of all. --Labors of faithful Elders commended--Those on their way to Zion told of their prospective return in continuation of their ministry.
D&C 62:1 Behold, and hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, your advocate, who knoweth the weakness of man and how to succor them who are tempted.
D&C 62:2 And verily mine eyes are upon those who have not as yet gone up unto the land of Zion; wherefore your mission is not yet full.
D&C 62:3 Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you.
D&C 62:4 And now continue your journey. Assemble yourselves upon the land of Zion; and hold a meeting and rejoice together, and offer a sacrament unto the Most High.
D&C 62:5 And then you may return to bear record, yea, even altogether, or two by two, as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me; only be faithful, and declare good tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, or among the congregations of the wicked.
D&C 62:6 Behold, I, the Lord, have brought you together that the promise might be fulfilled, that the faithful among you should be preserved and rejoice together in the land of Missouri. I, the Lord, promise the faithful and cannot lie.
D&C 62:7 I, the Lord, am willing, if any among you desire to ride upon horses, or upon mules, or in chariots, he shall receive the blessing, if he receive it from the hand of the Lord, with a thankful heart in all things.
D&C 62:8 These things remain with you to do according to judgment and the directions of the Spirit.
D&C 62:9 Behold, the kingdom is yours. And behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always. Even so. Amen.
D&C 63:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, August, 1831. Prefacing his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote: In these infant days of the Church, there was a great anxiety to obtain the word of the Lord upon every subject that in any way concerned our salvation; and as the land of Zion was now the most important temporal object in view, I inquired of the Lord for further information upon the gathering of the Saints, and the purchase of the land, and other matters. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 207. --Solemn warning to the wicked--Divine manifestations, and signs wrought by evil powers--Sin of adultery especially condemned--Saints commanded to gather to Zion as they are able, but not with undue haste lest confusion result--Lands to be secured by purchase and not by seizure--Blessed are they who die in the Lord--Condition of those who shall die during the Millennium--Sidney Rigdon rebuked for pride--those who use the name of the Lord without authority declared to be under condemnation.
D&C 63:1 Hearken, O ye people, and open your hearts and give ear from afar; and listen, you that call yourselves the people of the Lord, and hear the word of the Lord and his will concerning you.
D&C 63:2 Yea, verily, I say, hear the word of him whose anger is kindled against the wicked and rebellious;
D&C 63:3 Who willeth to take even them whom he will take, and preserveth in life them whom he will preserve.
D&C 63:4 Who buildeth up at his own will and pleasure; and destroyeth when he pleases, and is able to cast the soul down to hell.
D&C 63:5 Behold, I, the Lord, utter my voice, and it shall be obeyed.
D&C 63:6 Wherefore, verily I say, let the wicked take heed, and let the rebellious fear and tremble; and let the unbelieving hold their lips, for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God.
D&C 63:7 And he that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvation.
D&C 63:8 Verily, I say unto you, there are those among you who seek signs, and there have been such even from the beginning;
D&C 63:9 But, behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those who believe.
D&C 63:10 Yea, signs come by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God.
D&C 63:11 Yea, signs come by faith, unto mighty works, for without faith no man pleaseth God; and with whom God is angry he is not well pleased; wherefore, unto such he showeth no signs, only in wrath unto their condemnation.
D&C 63:12 Wherefore, I, the Lord, am not pleased with those among you who have sought after signs and wonders for faith, and not for the good of man unto my glory.
D&C 63:13 Nevertheless, I give commandments, and many have turned away from my commandments and have not kept them.
D&C 63:14 There were among you adulterers and adulteresses; some of whom have turned away from you, and others remain with you that hereafter shall be revealed.
D&C 63:15 Let such beware and repent speedily, lest judgment shall come upon them as a snare, and their folly shall be made manifest, and their works shall follow them in the eyes of the people.
D&C 63:16 And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he that looketh on a woman to lust after her, or if any shall commit adultery in their hearts, they shall not have the Spirit, but shall deny the faith and shall fear.
D&C 63:17 Wherefore, I, the Lord, have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
D&C 63:18 Verily I say, that they shall not have part in the first resurrection.
D&C 63:19 And now behold, I, the Lord, say unto you that ye are not justified, because these things are among you.
D&C 63:20 Nevertheless, he that endureth in faith and doeth my will, the same shall overcome, and shall receive an inheritance upon the earth when the day of transfiguration shall come;
D&C 63:21 When the earth shall be transfigured, even according to the pattern which was shown unto mine apostles upon the mount; of which account the fulness ye have not yet received.
D&C 63:22 And now, verily I say unto you, that as I said that I would make known my will unto you, behold I will make known unto you, not by the way of commandment, for there are many who observe not to keep my commandments.
D&C 63:23 But unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of my kingdom, and the same shall be in him a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life.
D&C 63:24 And now, behold, this is the will of the Lord your God concerning his saints, that they should assemble themselves together unto the land of Zion, not in haste, lest there should be confusion, which bringeth pestilence.
D&C 63:25 Behold, the land of Zion--I, the Lord, hold it in mine own hands;
D&C 63:26 Nevertheless, I, the Lord, render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's.
D&C 63:27 Wherefore, I the Lord will that you should purchase the lands, that you may have advantage of the world, that you may have claim on the world, that they may not be stirred up unto anger.
D&C 63:28 For Satan putteth it into their hearts to anger against you, and to the shedding of blood.
D&C 63:29 Wherefore, the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase or by blood, otherwise there is none inheritance for you.
D&C 63:30 And if by purchase, behold you are blessed;
D&C 63:31 And if by blood, as you are forbidden to shed blood, lo, your enemies are upon you, and ye shall be scourged from city to city, and from synagogue to synagogue, and but few shall stand to receive an inheritance.
D&C 63:32 I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth.
D&C 63:33 I have sworn in my wrath, and decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man.
D&C 63:34 And the Saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire.
D&C 63:35 And behold, this is not yet; but by and by.
D&C 63:36 Wherefore, seeing that I, the Lord, have decreed all these things upon the face of the earth, I will that my saints should be assembled upon the land of Zion;
D&C 63:37 And that every man should take righteousness in his hands and faithfulness upon his loins, and lift a warning voice unto the inhabitants of the earth; and declare both by word and by flight that desolation shall come upon the wicked.
D&C 63:38 Wherefore, let my disciples in Kirtland arrange their temporal concerns, who dwell upon this farm.
D&C 63:39 Let my servant Titus Billings, who has the care thereof, dispose of the land, that he may be prepared in the coming spring to take his journey up unto the land of Zion, with those that dwell upon the face thereof, excepting those whom I shall reserve unto myself, that shall not go until I shall command them.
D&C 63:40 And let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not unto me whether it be little or much, be sent up unto the land of Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive.
D&C 63:41 Behold, I, the Lord, will give unto my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., power that he shall be enabled to discern by the Spirit those who shall go up unto the land of Zion, and those of my disciples who shall tarry.
D&C 63:42 Let my servant Newel K. Whitney retain his store, or in other words, the store, yet for a little season.
D&C 63:43 Nevertheless, let him impart all the money which he can impart, to be sent up unto the land of Zion.
D&C 63:44 Behold, these things are in his own hands, let him do according to wisdom.
D&C 63:45 Verily I say, let him be ordained as an agent unto the disciples that shall tarry, and let him be ordained unto this power;
D&C 63:46 And now speedily, visit the churches, expounding these things unto them, with my servant Oliver Cowdery. Behold, this is my will, obtaining moneys even as I have directed.
D&C 63:47 He that is faithful and endureth shall overcome the world.
D&C 63:48 He that sendeth up treasures unto the land of Zion shall receive an inheritance in this world, and his works shall follow him, and also a reward in the world to come.
D&C 63:49 Yea, and blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth, when the Lord shall come, and old things shall pass away, and all things become new, they shall rise from the dead and shall not die after, and shall receive an inheritance before the Lord, in his hold city.
D&C 63:50 And he that liveth when the Lord shall come, and hath kept the faith, blessed is he; nevertheless, it is appointed to him to die at the age of men.
D&C 63:51 Wherefore, children shall grow up until they become old; old men shall die; but they shall not sleep in the dust, but they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye.
D&C 63:52 Wherefore, for this cause preached the apostles unto the world the resurrection of the dead.
D&C 63:53 These things are the things that ye must look for; and, speaking after the manner of the Lord, they are now nigh at hand, and in a time to come, even in the day of the coming of the Son of Man.
D&C 63:54 And until that hour there will be foolish virgins among the wise; and at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous and the wicked; and in that day will I send mine angels to pluck out the wicked and cast them into unquenchable fire.
D&C 63:55 And now behold, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, am not pleased with my servant Sidney Rigdon; he exalted himself in his heart, and received not counsel, but grieved the Spirit;
D&C 63:56 Wherefore his writing is not acceptable unto the Lord, and he shall make another; and if the Lord receive it not, behold he standeth no longer in the office to which I have appointed him.
D&C 63:57 And again, verily I say unto you, those who desire in their hearts, in meekness, to warn sinners to repentance, let them be ordained unto this power.
D&C 63:58 For this is a day of warning, and not a day of many words. For I, the Lord, am not to be mocked in the last days.
D&C 63:59 Behold, I am from above, and my power lieth beneath. I am over all, and in all, and through all, and search all things, and the day cometh that all things shall be subject unto me.
D&C 63:60 Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.
D&C 63:61 Wherefore, let all men beware how they take my name in their lips--
D&C 63:62 For behold, verily I say, that many there be who are under this condemnation, who use the name of the Lord, and use it in vain, having not authority.
D&C 63:63 Wherefore, let the church repent of their sins, and I, the Lord, will own them; otherwise they shall be cut off.
D&C 63:64 Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation.
D&C 63:65 Let my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, seek them a home, as they are taught through prayer by the Spirit.
D&C 63:66 These things remain to overcome through patience, that such may receive a more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, otherwise, a greater condemnation. Amen.
D&C 64:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to the Elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, September 11, 1831. A company of brethren who had been commanded to journeyed to Zion were busily engaged in making preparations to leave in October. --The Lord's rebuke to sinners--Forgiveness for the repentant sinner whose sin is not unto death--Forgive one another, and all men--Instruction to individuals--The intervening time, until the coming of the Son of Man, called today--This a time of sacrifice and for the tithing of the people--The Saints warned against debt--Liars, hypocrites, and those who falsely pretend to be Apostles and Prophets to be exposed.
D&C 64:1 Behold, thus saith the Lord, your God unto you, O ye elders of my church, hearken ye and heart, and receive my will concerning you.
D&C 64:2 For verily I say unto you, I will that ye should overcome the world; wherefore I will have compassion upon you.
D&C 64:3 There are those among you who have sinned; but verily I say, for this once, for mine own glory, and for the salvation of souls, I have forgiven you your sins.
D&C 64:4 I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the kingdom.
D&C 64:5 And the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., through the means I have appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch as he obeyeth mine ordinances.
D&C 64:6 There are those who have sought occasion against him without cause;
D&C 64:7 Nevertheless, he has sinned; but verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, forgive sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto death.
D&C 64:8 My disciples, in days of old, sought occasion against one another and forgave not one another in their hearts; and for this evil they were afflicted and sorely chastened.
D&C 64:9 Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
D&C 64:10 I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.
D&C 64:11 And ye ought to say in your hearts--let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds.
D&C 64:12 And him that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, ye shall bring before the church, and do with him as the scripture saith unto you, either by commandment or by revelation.
D&C 64:13 And this ye shall do that God may be glorified--not because ye forgive not, having not compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the law, that ye may not offend him who is your lawgiver--
D&C 64:14 Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do these things.
D&C 64:15 Behold, I, the Lord, was angry with him who was my servant Ezra Booth, and also my servant Isaac Morley, for they kept not the law, neither the commandment;
D&C 64:16 They sought evil in their hearts, and I, the Lord, withheld my Spirit. They condemned for evil that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless I have forgiven my servant Isaac Morley.
D&C 64:17 And also my servant Edward Partridge, behold, he hath sinned, and Satan seeketh to destroy his soul; but when these things are made known unto them, and they repent of the evil, they shall be forgiven.
D&C 64:18 And now, verily I say that it is expedient in me that my servant Sidney Gilbert, after a few weeks, shall return upon his business, and to his agency in the land of Zion;
D&C 64:19 And that which he hath seen and heard may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not. And for this cause have I spoken these things.
D&C 64:20 And again, I say unto you, that my servant Isaac Morley may not be tempted above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your heart, I gave commandment that his farm should be sold.
D&C 64:21 I will not that my servant Frederick G. Williams should sell his farm, for I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some.
D&C 64:22 And after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any guilty that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.
D&C 64:23 Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.
D&C 64:24 For after today cometh the burning--this is speaking after the manner of the Lord--for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.
D&C 64:25 Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.
D&C 64:26 And it is not meet that my servants, Newel K. Whitney and Sidney Gilbert, should sell their store and their possessions here; for this is not wisdom until the residue of the church, which remaineth in this place, shall go up unto the land of Zion.
D&C 64:27 Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden, to get in debt to thine enemies;
D&C 64:28 But behold, it is not said at any time that the Lord should not take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good.
D&C 64:29 Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord's errand; and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord's business.
D&C 64:30 And he hath set you to provide for his saints in these last days, that they may obtain an inheritance in the land of Zion.
D&C 64:31 And behold, I, the Lord, declare unto you, and my words are sure and shall not fail, that they shall obtain it.
D&C 64:32 But all things must come to pass in their time.
D&C 64:33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
D&C 64:34 Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.
D&C 64:35 And the rebellious shall be cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land.
D&C 64:36 For, verily I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out.
D&C 64:37 Behold, I the lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations.
D&C 64:38 For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.
D&C 64:39 And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.
D&C 64:40 And even the bishop, who is a judge, and his counselors, if they are not faithful in their stewardships shall be condemned, and others shall be planted in their stead.
D&C 64:41 For, behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish, and the glory of the Lord shall be upon her;
D&C 64:42 And she shall be an ensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven.
D&C 64:43 And the day shall come when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of her terrible ones. The Lord hath spoken it. Amen.
D&C 65:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, October, 1831. The Prophet designates his revelation as a prayer. --Commitment of the keys of the kingdom of God unto man--The kingdom of God and the kingdom of Heaven named separately--Supplication that the kingdom of God, already on earth, may go forth that the kingdom of Heaven may come.
D&C 65:1 Hearken, and lo, a voice as of one sent down from on high, who is mighty and powerful, whose going forth is unto the ends of the earth, yea, whose voice is unto men--Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
D&C 65:2 The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until is has filled the whole earth.
D&C 65:3 Yea, a voice crying--Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.
D&C 65:4 Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name, make known his wonderful works among the people.
D&C 65:5 Call upon the Lord, that this kingdom may go forth upon the earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of Man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which is set up on the earth.
D&C 65:6 Wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come, that thou, O God, mayest be glorified in heaven so on earth, that thine enemies may be subdued; for thine is the honor, power and glory, forever and ever. Amen.
D&C 66:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, to William E. M'Lellin, at Orange, Ohio, October 25, 1831. This was the first day of an important conference. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 219. --The recipient commended for his repentance and reformation--Warning against personal weaknesses and liability to specific temptation--Great achievements in righteousness, with consequent blessings, predicted on condition of devotion to the work of the ministry.
D&C 66:1 Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my servant William E. McLellin--Blessed are you, inasmuch as you have turned away from your iniquities, and have received my truths, saith the Lord your Redeemer, the Savior of the world, even of as many as believe on my name.
D&C 66:2 Verily I say unto you, blessed are you for receiving mine everlasting covenant, even the fulness of my gospel, sent forth unto the children of men, that they might have life and be made partakers of the glories which are to be revealed in the last days, as it was written by the prophets and apostles in days of old.
D&C 66:3 Verily I say unto you, my servant William, that you are clean, but not all; repent, therefore, of those things which are not pleasing in my sight, saith the Lord, for the Lord will show them unto you.
D&C 66:4 And now, verily, I, the Lord, will show unto you what I will concerning you, or what is my will concerning you.
D&C 66:5 Behold, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should proclaim my gospel from land to land, and from city to city, yea, in those regions round about where it has not been proclaimed.
D&C 66:6 Tarry not many days in this place; go not up unto the land of Zion as yet; but inasmuch as you can send, send; otherwise, think not of thy property.
D&C 66:7 Go unto the eastern lands, bear testimony in every place, unto every people and in their synagogues, reasoning with the people.
D&C 66:8 Let my servant Samuel H. Smith go with you, and forsake him not, and give him thine instructions; and he that is faithful shall be made strong in every place; and I, the Lord, will go with you.
D&C 66:9 Lay your hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. Return not till I, the Lord, shall send you. Be patient in affliction. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
D&C 66:10 Seek not to be cumbered. Forsake all unrighteousness. Commit not adultery--a temptation with which thou hast been troubled.
D&C 66:11 Keep these sayings, for they are true and faithful; and thou shalt magnify thine office, and push many people to Zion with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads.
D&C 66:12 Continue in those things even unto the end, and you shall have a crown of eternal life at the right hand of my Father, who is full of grace and truth.
D&C 66:13 Verily, thus saith the Lord your God, your Redeemer, even Jesus Christ. Amen.
D&C 67:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November, 1831. The occasion was that of a special conference, and the publication of the revelations already received from the Lord through Joseph Smith the Prophet was considered and acted upon. See heading to Section 1. Many of the brethren bore solemn testimony that the revelations then compiled for publication are verily true as was witnessed unto them by the Holy Ghost shed forth upon them. The Prophet records that after the revelation known as Section 1 had been received, some conversation was had concerning revelations and language. The present revelation followed. --The Lord affirms the truth of the commandments--Secret ambitions of some there present to express themselves in language superior to that of the revelations exposed--The Lord's challenge to even the wisest to imitate the least of the revelations.
D&C 67:1 Behold and hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard, and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me.
D&C 67:2 Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.
D&C 67:3 Ye endeavored to belief that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verity I say unto you there were fears in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.
D&C 67:4 And now I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you.
D&C 67:5 Your eyes have been upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun, and his language you have known, and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge that you might express beyond his language; this you also know.
D&C 67:6 Now, seek ye out of the Book of Commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most wise among you;
D&C 67:7 Or, if there be any among you that shall make one like unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true;
D&C 67:8 But if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true.
D&C 67:9 For ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them, and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.
D&C 67:10 And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am--not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.
D&C 67:11 For no man has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God.
D&C 67:12 Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.
D&C 67:13 Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now; neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.
D&C 67:14 Let not your minds turn back; and when ye are worthy, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. Amen.
D&C 68:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November, 1831, concerning Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and William E. M'Lellin. This was given in response to supplication that the mind of the Lord be made known concerning the Elders named. --Utterances of men ordained to the Holy Priesthood when they speak as moved upon by the Holy Ghost designated as Scripture--Ordination of additional Bishops foreshadowed--Right of literal descendants of Aaron--High Priests may be ordained Bishops--Duties of parents respecting their children, particularly as to the teaching of the principles of the Gospel--Observance of the Sabbath as a holy day--Idleness and greed for worldly things condemned.
D&C 68:1 My servants, Orson Hyde, was called by his ordination to proclaim the everlasting gospel, by the Spirit of the living God, from people to people, and from land to land, in the congregations of the wicked, in their synagogues, reasoning with and expounding all scriptures unto them.
D&C 68:2 And, behold, and lo, this is an ensample unto all those who were ordained unto this priesthood, whose mission is appointed unto them to go forth--
D&C 68:3 And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.
D&C 68:4 And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.
D&C 68:5 Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.
D&C 68:6 Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.
D&C 68:7 This is the word of the Lord unto you, my servant Orson Hyde, and also unto my servant Luke Johnson, and unto my servant Lyman Johnson, and unto my servant William E. McLellin, and unto all the faithful elders of my church--
D&C 68:8 Go ye into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, acting in the authority which I have given you, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
D&C 68:9 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.
D&C 68:10 And he that believeth shall be blest with signs following, even as it is written.
D&C 68:11 And unto you it shall be given to know the signs of the times, and the signs of the coming of the Son of Man;
D&C 68:12 And of as many as the Father shall bear record, to you shall be given power, to seal them up unto eternal life. Amen.
D&C 68:13 And now, concerning the items in addition to the covenants and commandments, they are these--
D&C 68:14 There remain hereafter, in the due time of the Lord, other bishops to be set apart unto the church, to minister even according to the first;
D&C 68:15 Wherefore they shall be high priests who are worthy, and they shall be appointed by the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood, except they be literal descendants of Aaron.
D&C 68:16 And if they be literal descendants of Aaron they have a legal right to the bishopric, if they are the firstborn among the sons of Aaron;
D&C 68:17 For the firstborn holds the right of the presidency over this priesthood, and the keys or authority of the same.
D&C 68:18 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant and the firstborn of Aaron.
D&C 68:19 But, as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power, under the hands of the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
D&C 68:20 And a literal descendant of Aaron, also, must be designated by this Presidency, and found worthy, and anointed, and ordained under the hands of this Presidency, otherwise they are not legally authorized to officiate in their priesthood.
D&C 68:21 But, by virtue of the decree concerning their right of the priesthood descending from father to son, they may claim their anointing if at any time they can prove their lineage, or do ascertain it by revelation from the Lord under the hands of the above named Presidency.
D&C 68:22 And again, no bishop or high priest who shall be set apart for this ministry shall be tried or condemned for any crime, save it be before the First Presidency of the church;
D&C 68:23 And inasmuch as he is found guilty before this Presidency, by testimony that cannot be impeached, he shall be condemned;
D&C 68:24 And if he repent he shall be forgiven, according to the covenants and commandments of the church.
D&C 68:25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.
D&C 68:26 For this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized.
D&C 68:27 And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands.
D&C 68:28 And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.
D&C 68:29 And the inhabitants of Zion shall also observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
D&C 68:30 And the inhabitants of Zion also shall remember their labors, inasmuch as they are appointed to labor, in all faithfulness; for the idler shall be had in remembrance before the Lord.
D&C 68:31 Now, I, the Lord, am not well pleased with the inhabitants of Zion, for there are idlers among them; and their children are also growing up in wickedness; they also seek not earnestly the riches of eternity, but their eyes are full of greediness.
D&C 68:32 These things ought not to be, and must be done away from among them, wherefore, let my servant Oliver Cowdery carry these sayings unto the land of Zion.
D&C 68:33 And a commandment I give unto them--that he that observeth not his prayers before the Lord in the season thereof, let him be had in remembrance before the judge of my people.
D&C 68:34 These sayings are true and faithful; wherefore, transgress them not, neither take therefrom.
D&C 68:35 Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, and I come quickly. Amen.
D&C 69:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November, 1831. The compilation of revelations intended for early publication had been passed upon at the special conference of November 1st. On the 3rd the revelation herein appearing as Section 133 was added to the Doctrine and Covenants, and called the Appendix. By action of the conference, Oliver Cowdery was appointed to carry the manuscript of the compiled revelations and commandments to Independence, Missouri, for printing. He was also to take with him moneys that had been contributed for the building up of the Church in Missouri. The course of travel would lead him through a sparsely settled country to the frontier. A traveling companion was desirable. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 234. --John Whitmer to accompany Oliver Cowdery, for the latter's safety and sake--John Whitmer to continue his duties as historian and recorder--Reports and accounts from the traveling Elders to be forwarded to the land of Zion, of which Independence, Missouri, was the center place.
D&C 69:1 Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, for my servant Oliver Cowdery's sake. It is not wisdom in me that he should be entrusted with the commandments and the moneys which he shall carry unto the land of Zion, except one go with him who will be true and faithful.
D&C 69:2 Wherefore, I, the Lord, will that my servant, John Whitmer, should go with my servant Oliver Cowdery;
D&C 69:3 And also that he shall continue in writing and making a history of all the important things which he shall observe and know concerning my church;
D&C 69:4 And also that he receive counsel and assistance from my servant Oliver Cowdery and others.
D&C 69:5 And also, my servants who are abroad in the earth should send forth the accounts of their stewardships to the land of Zion;
D&C 69:6 For the land of Zion shall be a seat and a place to receive and do all these things.
D&C 69:7 Nevertheless, let my servant John Whitmer travel many times from place to place, and from church to church, that he may the more easily obtain knowledge--
D&C 69:8 Preaching and expounding, writing, copying, selecting, and obtaining all things which shall be for the good of the church, and for the rising generations that shall grow up on the land of Zion, to possess it from generation to generation, forever and ever. Amen.
D&C 70:0 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, November, 1831. The documentary history written by the Prophet states that four special conferences were held from the 1st to the 12th of November, inclusive. In the last of these assemblies the great importance of the Book of Commandments, later called the Doctrine and Covenants, was considered; and the Prophet refers to it as being the foundation of the Church in these last days, and a benefit to the world, showing that the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom of our Savior are again entrusted to man. See History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 235. --Management of printing and distributing the books entrusted to the Prophet and the other Elders named--Any surplus means accruing from the undertaking to be consecrated for the benefit of the Church--Provision to be made for the temporal support of the ministry--The diligent laborer worthy of his hire, whether appointed to temporal or spiritual duties.
D&C 70:1 Behold, and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people of my church who are afar off, and hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also unto my servant Martin Harris, and also unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also unto my servant William W. Phelps, by the way of commandment unto them.
D&C 70:2 For I give unto them a commandment; wherefore hearken and hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them--
D&C 70:3 I, the Lord, have appointed them, and ordained them to be stewards over the revelations and commandments which I have given unto them, and which I shall hereafter give unto them;
D&C 70:4 And an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgment.
D&C 70:5 Wherefore, I have appointed unto them, and this is their business in the church of God, to manage them and the concerns thereof, yea, the benefits thereof.
D&C 70:6 Wherefore, a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not give these things unto the church, neither unto the world;
D&C 70:7 Nevertheless, inasmuch as they receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants, it shall be given into my storehouse;
D&C 70:8 And the benefits shall be consecrated unto the inhabitants of Zion, and unto their generations, inasmuch as they become heirs according to the laws of the kingdom.
D&C 70:9 Behold, this is what the Lord requires of every man in his stewardship, even as I, the Lord, have appointed or shall hereafter appoint unto any man.
D&C 70:10 And behold, none are exempt from this law who belong to the church of the living God;
D&C 70:11 Yea, neither the bishop, neither the agent who keepeth the Lord's storehouse, neither he who is appointed in a stewardship over temporal things.
D&C 70:12 He who is appointed to administer spiritual things, the same is worthy of his hire, even as those who are appointed to a stewardship to administer in temporal things;
D&C 70:13 Yea, even more abundantly, which abundance is multiplied unto them through the manifestations of the Spirit.
D&C 70:14 Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.
D&C 70:15 Now, this commandment I give unto my servants for their benefit while they remain, for a manifestation of my blessings upon their heads, and for a reward of their diligence and for their security;
D&C 70:16 For food and for raiment; for an inheritance; for houses and for lands, in whatsoever circumstances I, the Lord, shall place them, and whithersoever I, the Lord, shall send them.
D&C 70:17 For they have been faithful over many things, and have done well inasmuch as they have not sinned.
D&C 70:18 Behold, I, the Lord, am merciful and will bless them, and they shall enter into the joy of these things. Even so. Amen.