Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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gether unto the land of Zion, not in haste, lest there should  be confusion, which bringeth pestilence. Behold the land of  Zion, I the Lord holdeth it in mine own hands: nevertheless,  I the Lord renderth unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s:  wherefore I the Lord willeth, 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: for satan putteth it into their hearts to anger  against you, and to the shedding of blood: wherefore the land  of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase, or by blood,  otherwise there is none inheritance for you. And if by pur chase behold you are blessed; and if by blood, as you are for bidden 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.
9 I the Lord am angry with the wicked; I am holding my  Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth. 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 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 un quenchable fire. And behold this is not yet, but by and by:  wherefore seeing that I the Lord have decreed all these things  upon the face of the earth, I willeth that my saints should be  assembled upon the land of Zion; 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. Wherefore let my disciples in , ar range their temporal concerns, which dwell upon this farm.
10 Let my servant , who has the care thereof dis pose 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 re serve unto myself, that shall not go until I shall command them.  And let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not  unto me whether it be little or much, sent up unto the land of  Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive.
11 Behold I the Lord will give unto my servants Joseph Smith,  Jr. 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.
12 Let my servant retain his , or in  other words, the store yet for a little season. Nevertheless, let  him impart all the money which he can impart, to be sent up un [p. 143]
gether unto the land of Zion, not in haste, lest there should be confusion, which bringeth pestilence. Behold the land of Zion, I the Lord holdeth it in mine own hands: nevertheless, I the Lord renderth unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s: wherefore I the Lord willeth, 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: for satan putteth it into their hearts to anger against you, and to the shedding of blood: wherefore the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase, or by blood, otherwise there is none inheritance for you. And if by purchase behold you are blessed; 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.
9 I the Lord am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth. 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 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. And behold this is not yet, but by and by: wherefore seeing that I the Lord have decreed all these things upon the face of the earth, I willeth that my saints should be assembled upon the land of Zion; 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. Wherefore let my disciples in , arrange their temporal concerns, which dwell upon this farm.
10 Let my servant , 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. And let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not unto me whether it be little or much, sent up unto the land of Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive.
11 Behold I the Lord will give unto my servants Joseph Smith, Jr. 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.
12 Let my servant retain his , or in other words, the store yet for a little season. Nevertheless, let him impart all the money which he can impart, to be sent up un [p. 143]
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