Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
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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 organized according to my  laws, if otherwise they will be cut off: where fore 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 se cure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it,  even this right and this inheritance in the  church, until he transgresses and is not ac counted 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 in 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. [p. 218]

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 in 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. [p. 218]
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