Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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law, that ye may not offend him who is your  Lawgiver.
3 Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do  these things. Behold I the Lord was angry  with him who was my servant :  and also, my servant ; for they  kept not the law, neither the commandments;  they sought evil in their hearts, and I the Lord  withheld my spirit. They condemned for  evil, that thing in which there was no evil;  nevertheless I have forgiven my servant . And also my servant , behold he hath sinned, and satan seek eth to destroy his soul; but when these things  are made known unto them, they repent of  the evil, and they shall be forgiven.
4 And now verily I say, that it is expedi ent in me that my servant , af ter a few weeks, should return upon his busi ness, and to his agency in the land of Zion;  and that which he hath seen and heard may be  made known unto my disciples, that they per ish not. And for this cause have I spoken  these things. And again, I say unto you, that  my servant may not be tempted  above that which he is able to bear, and coun sel wrongfully to your hurt, I gave command ment that his farm should be sold. I willeth  not that my servant  should sell his farm, for I the Lord willeth to  retain a strong hold in the land of ,  for the space of five years, in the which I will  not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may  save some; and after that day, I the Lord will  not hold any guilty, that shall go, with an open [p. 211]
law, that ye may not offend him who is your Lawgiver.
3 Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do these things. Behold I the Lord was angry with him who was my servant : and also, my servant ; for they kept not the law, neither the commandments; they sought evil in their hearts, and I the Lord withheld my spirit. They condemned for evil, that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless I have forgiven my servant . And also my servant , behold he hath sinned, and satan seeketh to destroy his soul; but when these things are made known unto them, they repent of the evil, and they shall be forgiven.
4 And now verily I say, that it is expedient in me that my servant , after a few weeks, should return upon his business, and to his agency in the land of Zion; and that which he hath seen and heard may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not. And for this cause have I spoken these things. And again, I say unto you, that my servant may not be tempted above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt, I gave commandment that his farm should be sold. I willeth not that my servant should sell his farm, for I the Lord willeth to retain a strong hold in the land of , for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some; and after that day, I the Lord will not hold any guilty, that shall go, with an open [p. 211]
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