Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

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Section 23 • Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51]

SECTION XXIII.
 
Revelation given May, 1831.
 
1 Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, and I will  speak unto my servant , and give unto him  directions: for it must needs be that he receive directions how  to organize this people: for it must needs be that they are or ganized according to my laws, if otherwise they will be cut  off: wherefore let my servant , and those  whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint un to this people their portion, every man equal according to  their families, according to their circumstances, and their  wants and needs; and let my servant , when  he shall appoint a man his portion, give unto him a writing  that shall secure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it,  even this right and this inheritance in the church, until he  transgresses and is not accounted worthy by the voice of the  church, according to the laws and covenants of the church, to  belong to the church: and if he shall transgress, and is not ac counted worthy to belong to the church, he shall not have  power to claim that portion which he has consecrated unto the  bishop for the poor and the needy of my church: therefore, he  shall not retain the gift, but shall only have claim on that por tion that is deeded unto him. And thus, all things shall be  made sure according to the laws of the land.
2 And let that which belongs to this people, be appointed  unto this people; and the money which is left unto this peo ple, let there be an agent appointed unto this people, to take  the money to provide food and raiment, according to the wants  of this people. And let every man deal honestly, and be alike  among this people, and receive alike, that ye may be one, even  as I have commanded you.
3 And let that which belongeth to this people not be taken  and given unto that of another church; wherefore if another  church would receive money of this church, let them pay unto  this church again according as they shall agree; and this shall  be done through the bishop or the agent, which shall be ap pointed by the voice of the church.
4 And again, let the bishop appoint a storehouse unto this  church, and let all things, both in money and in meat, which  is more than is needful for the want of this people, be kept in  the hands of the bishop. And let him also reserve unto him self, for his own wants, and for the wants of his family, as he  shall be employed in doing this business. And thus I grant  unto this people a privilege of organizing themselves according [p. 150]

Section 23 • Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51]

SECTION XXIII.
 
Revelation given May, 1831.
 
1 Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, and I will speak unto my servant , and give unto him directions: for it must needs be that he receive directions how to organize this people: for it must needs be that they are organized according to my laws, if otherwise they will be cut off: wherefore let my servant , and those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint unto this people their portion, every man equal according to their families, according to their circumstances, and their wants and needs; and let my servant , when he shall appoint a man his portion, give unto him a writing that shall secure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it, even this right and this inheritance in the church, until he transgresses and is not accounted worthy by the voice of the church, according to the laws and covenants of the church, to belong to the church: and if he shall transgress, and is not accounted worthy to belong to the church, he shall not have power to claim that portion which he has consecrated unto the bishop for the poor and the needy of my church: therefore, he shall not retain the gift, but shall only have claim on that portion that is deeded unto him. And thus, all things shall be made sure according to the laws of the land.
2 And let that which belongs to this people, be appointed unto this people; and the money which is left unto this people, let there be an agent appointed unto this people, to take the money to provide food and raiment, according to the wants of this people. And let every man deal honestly, and be alike among this people, and receive alike, that ye may be one, even as I have commanded you.
3 And let that which belongeth to this people not be taken and given unto that of another church; wherefore if another church would receive money of this church, let them pay unto this church again according as they shall agree; and this shall be done through the bishop or the agent, which shall be appointed by the voice of the church.
4 And again, let the bishop appoint a storehouse unto this church, and let all things, both in money and in meat, which is more than is needful for the want of this people, be kept in the hands of the bishop. And let him also reserve unto himself, for his own wants, and for the wants of his family, as he shall be employed in doing this business. And thus I grant unto this people a privilege of organizing themselves according [p. 150]
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