Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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them; and behold, how oft you have transgressed the command ments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persua sions of men: for behold, you should not have feared man more  than God, although men set at nought the counsels of God,  and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and  he would have extended his arm, and supported you against  all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been  with you in every time of trouble.
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 has done, which is contrary to the  commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen,  and art again called to the work; 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 s[i]ght and power to translate, thou deliveredst up that  which was sacred, into the hands of a , who has  set at nought the counsels of God, and has broken the most  sacred promises, which were made before God, and has depen ded 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, for, inasmuch as the  knowledge of a Savior has come unto the world, through the  testimony of the Jews, even so shall the knowledge of a Sav ior come unto my people; and to the Nephites, and the Jacob ites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the tes timony of their fathers; and this testimony shall come to the  knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites, and the  Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquity  of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their  brethren the Nephites, because of their iniquities and their  abominations: and for this very purpose are these plates pre served 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 that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that  they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus  Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name; and that  through their repentance they might be saved: Amen. [p. 157]
them; and behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men: for behold, you should not have feared man more than God, although men set at nought the counsels of God, and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would have extended his arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
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 has done, which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work; 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 , 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, for, inasmuch as the knowledge of a Savior has come unto the world, through the testimony of the Jews, even so shall the knowledge of a Savior come unto my people; and to the Nephites, and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers; and this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquity of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their brethren the Nephites, 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 that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name; and that through their repentance they might be saved: Amen. [p. 157]
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