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

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of “Doctrine and Covenants” Sect, 2nd Par. 7th “and truly manifest by their works  that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins”
The above quotation he said was erroneous, and added; “I command you  in the name of God to erase those words, that no be amongst us.”
I immediately wrote to him in reply, in which I asked him, by what  authority he took upon him to command me to alter, or erase, to add or diminish  to or from a revelation or from Almighty God. In a few days  afterwards I visited him and ’s family, when I found the family in  general of his opinion concerning the words above quoted; and it was not without  both labor and perseverance that I could prevail with any of them to reason calm ly on the subject; however , at length got convinced that it  was reasonable and according to scripture, and finally, with his assistance I  succeeded of <in> bringing not only the Whitmer family, but also  also to acknowledge that they had been in error, and that the sentence in dispute  was in accordance of <with> the rest of the commandment. And thus was this error  rooted out, which having its rise in presumption and rash judgement, was the  more particularly calculated (when one once fairly understood) to teach each and all  of the us the necessity of humility, and meekness before the Lord, that he might teach  us of his ways; that we might walk in his paths, and live by every word which pro ceedeth forth from his mouth.
August 1830
Early in the month of August,  and his wife paid us a visit, at my place at , Penn; and as neither nor mine had been as yet , and it was proposed that we should  confirm them, and partake together of the , before he and his wife should  leave us.— In order to prepare for this; I set out to go to procure some  wine for the occasion, but had gone but <only> a short distance when I was met by  a heavenly messenger, and received the following revelation; the first paragraph  of which was written at this time, and the remainder in the September following.
Revelation given at Penn, August 1830.
1 Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God and your redeemer,  whose word is quick and powerful. For behold I say unto you, that it mattereth  not what ye shall eat, or what you shall drink, when ye partake of the sacrament  if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory; remembering unto the Father  my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the rem ission of your sins: wherefore a commandment I give unto you, that you shall  not purchase wine, neither strong drink of your enemies: wherefore you shall  partake of none, except it is made new among you, yea, in this my Father’s  kingdom which shall be built up on the earth. 2 Behold this is wis [p. 51]
of “Doctrine and Covenants” Sect, 2nd Par. 7th “and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins”
The above quotation he said was erroneous, and added; “I command you in the name of God to erase those words, that no be amongst us.”
I immediately wrote to him in reply, in which I asked him, by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter, or erase, to add or diminish to or from a revelation or from Almighty God. In a few days afterwards I visited him and ’s family, when I found the family in general of his opinion concerning the words above quoted; and it was not without both labor and perseverance that I could prevail with any of them to reason calmly on the subject; however , at length got convinced that it was reasonable and according to scripture, and finally, with his assistance I succeeded in bringing not only the Whitmer family, but also to acknowledge that they had been in error, and that the sentence in dispute was in accordance with the rest of the commandment. And thus was this error rooted out, which having its rise in presumption and rash judgement, was the more particularly calculated (when once fairly understood) to teach each and all of us the necessity of humility, and meekness before the Lord, that he might teach us of his ways; that we might walk in his paths, and live by every word which proceedeth forth from his mouth.
August 1830
Early in the month of August, and his wife paid us a visit, at my place at , Penn; and as neither nor mine had been as yet , it was proposed that we should confirm them, and partake together of the , before he and his wife should leave us.— In order to prepare for this; I set out to go to procure some wine for the occasion, but had gone only a short distance when I was met by a heavenly messenger, and received the following revelation; the first paragraph of which was written at this time, and the remainder in the September following.
Revelation given at Penn, August 1830.
1 Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God and your redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful. For behold I say unto you, that it mattereth not what ye shall eat, or what you shall drink, when ye partake of the sacrament if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory; remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins: wherefore a commandment I give unto you, that you shall not purchase wine, neither strong drink of your enemies: wherefore you shall partake of none, except it is made new among you, yea, in this my Father’s kingdom which shall be built up on the earth. 2 Behold this is wis [p. 51]
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