Book of Commandments, 1833

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17 Even that of a broken heart and a contrite  spirit.
18 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself  unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house  of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy  day:
19 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to  rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto  the Most High;
20 Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in  righteousness on all days, and at all times;
21 But remember that on this, the Lord’s day,  thou shalt offer thine oblations, and thy sacraments,  unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy  brethren, and before the Lord.
22 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing,  only let thy food be prepared with singleness of  heart, that thy fasting may be perfect, or in other  words, that thy joy may be full.
23 Verily this is fasting and prayer; or, in other  words, rejoicing and prayer.
24 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanks giving, with cheerful hearts, and countenances, not  with much laughter, for this is sin, but with a glad  heart, and a cheerful countenance;
25 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this the  fulness of the earth is yours;
26 The beasts of the fields, and the fowls of the  air, and that which climbeth upon the trees, and  walketh upon the earth:
27 Yea, and the herb, and the good things which  cometh of the earth, whether for food or for raiment,  or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for  gardens, or for vineyards:
28 Yea, all things which cometh of the earth, in [p. 141]
17 Even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
18 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day:
19 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;
20 Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days, and at all times;
21 But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations, and thy sacraments, unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
22 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart, that thy fasting may be perfect, or in other words, that thy joy may be full.
23 Verily this is fasting and prayer; or, in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
24 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts, and countenances, not with much laughter, for this is sin, but with a glad heart, and a cheerful countenance;
25 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this the fulness of the earth is yours;
26 The beasts of the fields, and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees, and walketh upon the earth:
27 Yea, and the herb, and the good things which cometh of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards:
28 Yea, all things which cometh of the earth, in [p. 141]
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