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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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had got in his possession, a certain stone, by which he had obtained to certain <two>  revelations, concerning the upbuilding of , the order of the &c &c, all  of which were entirely at variance with the order of Gods house, as laid down  in the new Testament, as well as in our late revelations.

September 1830

As a meeting had been appointed for the first day of September, I  thought it wisdom not to do much more than to converse with the brethren on the  subject, untill the conference should meet. Finding however that many  (especially the Whitmer family and ) were believing much in the  things set forth by this stone, we thought best to enquire of the Lord concerning so im portant a matter, and before conference convened, we received the following,
Revelation to , Given at , N,Y, September 1830.
1 Behold I say unto thee, , that it shall be given unto thee, that thou shalt  be heard by the church, in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the comforter,  concerning the revelations and which I have given.
2 But behold, verily, verily I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive com mandments and revelations in this church, excepting my servant Joseph Smith Jr,  for he receiveth them even as Moses; and thou shalt be obedient unto the things which  I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and  the revelations, with power and authority unto the church. And if thou art led at  any time by the comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of command ment unto the church, thou mayest do it. But thou shalt not write by way of com mandment, but by wisdom: And thou shalt not command him who is at thy head,  and at the head of the Church; for I have given him the of the mysteries and the  revelations which are , untill I shall appoint unto them another in his stead.
3 And now, behold I say unto you, that you shall go unto the , and  preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive their <thy> teachings, thou  shalt cause my to be established among them, and thou shalt have revelations  but write them not by way of commandment. And now behold I say unto  you, that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the shall be built, but  it shall be given hereafter. Behold I say unto you, that it shall be on the borders  by the Lamanites.
4 Thou shalt not leave this place until after conference, and my servant Joseph  shall be appointed to preside over the conference by the voice of it, and what he  saith to thee, thou shalt tell. And again, thou shalt take thy brother between him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath  written from that stone are not of me, and that Satan deceiveth him: for behold  these things have not been appointed unto him: neither shall any thing be appoin ted unto any of this church, contrary to the church covenants, for all things must [p. 54]
had got in his possession, a certain stone, by which he had obtained two revelations, concerning the upbuilding of , the order of the &c &c, all of which were entirely at variance with the order of Gods house, as laid down in the new Testament, as well as in our late revelations.

September 1830

As a meeting had been appointed for the first day of September, I thought it wisdom not to do much more than to converse with the brethren on the subject, untill the conference should meet. Finding however that many (especially the Whitmer family and ) were believing much in the things set forth by this stone, we thought best to enquire of the Lord concerning so important a matter, and before conference convened, we received the following,
Revelation to , Given at , N,Y, September 1830.
1 Behold I say unto thee, , that it shall be given unto thee, that thou shalt be heard by the church, in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the comforter, concerning the revelations and which I have given.
2 But behold, verily, verily I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church, excepting my servant Joseph Smith Jr, for he receiveth them even as Moses; and thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and the revelations, with power and authority unto the church. And if thou art led at any time by the comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of commandment unto the church, thou mayest do it. But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom: And thou shalt not command him who is at thy head, and at the head of the Church; for I have given him the of the mysteries and the revelations which are , untill I shall appoint unto them another in his stead.
3 And now, behold I say unto you, that you shall go unto the , and preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive thy teachings, thou shalt cause my to be established among them, and thou shalt have revelations but write them not by way of commandment. And now behold I say unto you, that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter. Behold I say unto you, that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.
4 Thou shalt not leave this place until after conference, and my servant Joseph shall be appointed to preside over the conference by the voice of it, and what he saith to thee, thou shalt tell. And again, thou shalt take thy brother between him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath written from that stone are not of me, and that Satan deceiveth him: for behold these things have not been appointed unto him: neither shall any thing be appointed unto any of this church, contrary to the church covenants, for all things must [p. 54]
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