Book of Commandments, 1833

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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4 Behold thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen  to do the work of the Lord, but because of trans gression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall, but re member God is merciful: Therefore, repent of that  which thou hast done, and he will only cause thee  to be afflicted for a season, and thou art still chosen,  and wilt again be called to the work; and except  thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become  as other men, and have no more gift.
5 And when thou deliveredst up that which God  had given thee sight and power to translate, thou de liveredst up that which was sacred, into the hands of  a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels  of God, and has broken the most sacred promises,  which were made before God, and has depended  upon his own judgment, and boasted in his own  wisdom, and this is the reason that thou hast lost  thy privileges for a season, for thou hast suffered the  counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from  the beginning.
6 Nevertheless, my work shall go forth and ac complish my purposes, for as the knowledge of a  Savior has come into the world, even so shall  the knowledge of my people, the Nephites,  and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the  Zoramites, come to the knowledge of the Laman ites, and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, which  dwindled in unbelief, because of the iniquities of  their fathers, who have been suffered to destroy  their brethren, because of their iniquities, and their  abominations: and for this very purpose are these  plates preserved which contain these records, that  the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which  he made to his people; and that the Lamanites  might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and [p. 8]
4 Behold thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall, but remember God is merciful: Therefore, repent of that which thou hast done, and he will only cause thee to be afflicted for a season, and thou art still chosen, and wilt again be called to the work; and except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.
5 And when thou deliveredst up that which God had given thee sight and power to translate, thou deliveredst up that which was sacred, into the hands of a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises, which were made before God, and has depended upon his own judgment, and boasted in his own wisdom, and this is the reason that thou hast lost thy privileges for a season, for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.
6 Nevertheless, my work shall go forth and accomplish my purposes, for as the knowledge of a Savior has come into the world, even so shall the knowledge of my people, the Nephites, and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, come to the knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, which dwindled in unbelief, because of the iniquities of their fathers, who have been suffered to destroy their brethren, because of their iniquities, and their abominations: and for this very purpose are these plates preserved which contain these records, that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people; and that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and [p. 8]
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