Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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me: and ye that hear me not will I curse, that  have professed my name, with the heaviest of  all cursings. Hearken, O ye elders of my  church whom I have called: behold I give un to you a commandment, that ye shall assemble  yourselves together to agree upon my word,  and by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive  my law, that ye may know how to govern my  church, and have all things right before me.
2 And I will be your Ruler when I come:  and behold I come quickly: and ye shall see  that my law is kept. He that receiveth my  law and doeth it the same is my disciple; and  he that saith he receiveth it and doeth it not,  the same is not my disciple, and shall be cast  out from among you: for it is not meet that  the things which belong to the children of the  kingdom, should be given to them that are not  worthy, or to dogs, or the pearls to be cast be fore swine.
3 And again, it is meet that my servant  Joseph Smith, jr. should have a house built,  in which to live and translate. And again, it  is meet that my servant should  live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he  keepeth my commandments. And again, I  have called my servant , and  give a commandment, that he should be ap pointed by the voice of the church, and or dained a bishop unto the church, to leave his  merchandise and to spend all his time in the  labors of the church; to see to all things as it  shall be appointed unto him, in my laws in the  day that I shall give them. And this because  his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto [p. 286]
me: and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings. Hearken, O ye elders of my church whom I have called: behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to agree upon my word, and by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my law, that ye may know how to govern my church, and have all things right before me.
2 And I will be your Ruler when I come: and behold I come quickly: and ye shall see that my law is kept. He that receiveth my law and doeth it the same is my disciple; and he that saith he receiveth it and doeth it not, the same is not my disciple, and shall be cast out from among you: for it is not meet that the things which belong to the children of the kingdom, should be given to them that are not worthy, or to dogs, or the pearls to be cast before swine.
3 And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith, jr. should have a house built, in which to live and translate. And again, it is meet that my servant should live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments. And again, I have called my servant , and give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bishop unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church; to see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him, in my laws in the day that I shall give them. And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto [p. 286]
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