Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

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before you. And let honorable men be appointed, even wise  men, and send them to purchase these lands; and every  church in the eastern countries when they are built up, if they  will hearken unto this counsel, they may buy lands and gather  together upon them, and in this way they may establish Zion.  There is even now already in store a sufficient; yea, even  abundance to redeem Zion, and establish her waste places no  more to be thrown down, were the churches, who call them selves after my name willing to hearken to my voice. And,  again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their  enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune  for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are  placed as rulers, and are in authority over you, according to  the laws and constitution of the people which I have suffered  to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and  protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles,  that every man may act in doctrine, and principle pertaining  to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given  unto them that every man may be accountable for his own sins  in the day of judgment. Therefore it is not right that any  man should be in bondage one to another. And for this pur pose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the  hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose,  and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
11 Now, unto what shall I liken the children of Zion? I will  liken them unto the parable of the woman and the unjust  judge, (for men ought always to pray and not faint,) which  saith, There was in a city a judge which feared not God, nei ther regarded man. And there was a widow in that city, and  she came unto him, saying, avenge me of mine adversary.—  And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within  himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because  this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her contin ual coming, she weary me. Thus will I liken the children  of Zion.
12 Let them importune at the feet of the Judge; and if he  heed then not, let them importune at the feet of the governor;  and if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the  feet of the President; and if the President heed them not, then  will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and  in his fury vex the nation, and in his hot displeasure, and in  his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off these wicked, unfaith ful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion  among hypocrites and unbelievers; even in outer darkness,  where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.—  Pray ye therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your [p. 239]
before you. And let honorable men be appointed, even wise men, and send them to purchase these lands; and every church in the eastern countries when they are built up, if they will hearken unto this counsel, they may buy lands and gather together upon them, and in this way they may establish Zion. There is even now already in store a sufficient; yea, even abundance to redeem Zion, and establish her waste places no more to be thrown down, were the churches, who call themselves after my name willing to hearken to my voice. And, again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as rulers, and are in authority over you, according to the laws and constitution of the people which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles, that every man may act in doctrine, and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto them that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment. Therefore it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
11 Now, unto what shall I liken the children of Zion? I will liken them unto the parable of the woman and the unjust judge, (for men ought always to pray and not faint,) which saith, There was in a city a judge which feared not God, neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, avenge me of mine adversary.— And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming, she weary me. Thus will I liken the children of Zion.
12 Let them importune at the feet of the Judge; and if he heed then not, let them importune at the feet of the governor; and if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the President; and if the President heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation, and in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off these wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites and unbelievers; even in outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.— Pray ye therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your [p. 239]
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