History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God, therefore, if you <will> ask  of me you shall receive; if you <will> knock and it shall be opened unto you. Now as you have  asked, behold I say unto you, keep my , and seek to bring forth and establish  the cause of Zion: seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall be  unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold he that hath eternal life is  rich. Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it be unto you; and if  you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. Say nothing but  repentance <un>to this generation, keep my commandments and assist to bring forth my  work according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.
Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sac[r]ed and  cometh from above: and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and  marvelous: therefore thou <shalt> exercise thy gift, that thou mayest find out mysteries, that thou  mayest bring many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, convince them of the error of their  ways. Make not thy gift known unto any save it be those of who are of thy faith. Trifle  not with sacred things. If thou wilt do good, yea and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt  be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no  gift greater than the gift of salvation. Verily verily I say unto thee, blessed  art thou for what thou hast done, for thou hast enquired of me, and behold as often as  thou hast enquired, thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been  so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.
Behold thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind  and now I tell thee these things, that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the  Spirit of truth; yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God,  that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart: I tell thee these things as a witness  unto thee, that the words or the work which thou hast been writing is true.
Therefore be diligent, stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever  difficult circumstances he may be, for the word’s sake. Admonish him in his faults and  also receive admonition of him. Be patient; be sober; be temperate: have patience, faith,  hope and charity. Behold thou art , and I have spoken unto  thee because of thy desires; therefore, treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful  and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms  of my love. Behold I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same  that came unto my own and my own received me not.— I am the light which shineth  in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
Verily, verily I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the  night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of  these things; did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater  witness can you have than from God? And now behold you have received a witness, for  if I have told you things which no man knoweth, have you not received a witness? And  behold I grant unto you a gift, if you desire of me, to even as my servant Joseph.
Verily, verily I say unto you, that there are records which contain much of [p. 14]
soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God, therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you. Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you, keep my , and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion: seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold he that hath eternal life is rich. Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it be unto you; and if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. Say nothing but repentance unto this generation, keep my commandments and assist to bring forth my work according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.
Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above: and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous: therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift, that thou mayest find out mysteries, that thou mayest bring many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, convince them of the error of their ways. Make not thy gift known unto any save it be those who are of thy faith. Trifle not with sacred things. If thou wilt do good, yea and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation. Verily verily I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done, for thou hast enquired of me, and behold as often as thou hast enquired, thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.
Behold thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind and now I tell thee these things, that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth; yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God, that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart: I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee, that the words or the work which thou hast been writing is true.
Therefore be diligent, stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be, for the word’s sake. Admonish him in his faults and also receive admonition of him. Be patient; be sober; be temperate: have patience, faith, hope and charity. Behold thou art , and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore, treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love. Behold I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto my own and my own received me not.— I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
Verily, verily I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things; did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God? And now behold you have received a witness, for if I have told you things which no man knoweth, have you not received a witness? And behold I grant unto you a gift, if you desire of me, to even as my servant Joseph.
Verily, verily I say unto you, that there are records which contain much of [p. 14]
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