Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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mandment, that you may understand my will concerning you;  or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may act  before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation. I the  Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not  what I say, ye have no promise.
4 Therefore, verily I say unto you, that it is expedient for  my servant and , and ,  and my servant Gazelam [JS], and , and , and , and , be bound together by a bond and  covenant that cannot be broken by transgression except judg ment shall immediately follow, in your several stewardships,  to manage the affairs of the poor, and all things pertaining to  the bishopric both in the land of Zion, and in the land of  , for I have consecrated the land of in mine  own due time for the benefit of the saints of the Most High,  and for a stake to Zion: for Zion must increase in beauty, and  in holiness: her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be  strengthened: yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and  put on her beautiful garments: therefore I give unto you this  commandment, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant, and  it shall be done according to the laws of the Lord. Behold  here is wisdom, also, in me, for your good. And you are to  be equal, or in other words, you are to have equal claims on  the properties, for the benefit of managing the concerns of  your stewardships, every man according to his wants and his  needs, inasmuch as his wants are just: and all this for the  benefit of the church of the living God, that every man may  improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other tal ents; yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord’s  storehouse, to become the common property of the whole  church, every man seeking the interest of his neighbor; and  doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.
5 This order I have appointed to be an everlasting order unto  you and unto your successors, inasmuch as you sin not: and  the soul that sins against this covenant, and hardeneth his  heart against it, shall be dealt with according to the laws of  my church, and shall be delivered over to the buffitings of sa tan until the day of redemption.
6 And now verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make  unto yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness,  and they will not destroy you. Leave judgment alone with  me, for it is mine and I will repay. Peace be with you; my  blessings continue with you, for even yet the kingdom is yours,  and shall be forever if you fall not from your steadfastness;  even so. Amen. [p. 220]
mandment, that you may understand my will concerning you; or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may act before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation. I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.
4 Therefore, verily I say unto you, that it is expedient for my servant and , and , and my servant Gazelam [JS], and , and , and , and , be bound together by a bond and covenant that cannot be broken by transgression except judgment shall immediately follow, in your several stewardships, to manage the affairs of the poor, and all things pertaining to the bishopric both in the land of Zion, and in the land of , for I have consecrated the land of in mine own due time for the benefit of the saints of the Most High, and for a stake to Zion: for Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness: her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened: yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments: therefore I give unto you this commandment, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant, and it shall be done according to the laws of the Lord. Behold here is wisdom, also, in me, for your good. And you are to be equal, or in other words, you are to have equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of managing the concerns of your stewardships, every man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch as his wants are just: and all this for the benefit of the church of the living God, that every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents; yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord’s storehouse, to become the common property of the whole church, every man seeking the interest of his neighbor; and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.
5 This order I have appointed to be an everlasting order unto you and unto your successors, inasmuch as you sin not: and the soul that sins against this covenant, and hardeneth his heart against it, shall be dealt with according to the laws of my church, and shall be delivered over to the buffitings of satan until the day of redemption.
6 And now verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, and they will not destroy you. Leave judgment alone with me, for it is mine and I will repay. Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you, for even yet the kingdom is yours, and shall be forever if you fall not from your steadfastness; even so. Amen. [p. 220]
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