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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and welcomed into the house of brother . I and my   lived in the family of several weeks, and  received every kindness and attention, which could be expected,  and especially from . The of the of  church in this part of the Lord’s vineyard, which had increased  to nearly one hundred members, were striving to do the will  of God, so far as they knew it; though some strange notions  and false spirits had crept in among them. With a little  caution, and some wisdom, I soon assisted the brethren and  sisters to overcome them. The plan of “common stock”, which  had existed in what was called “the family,” whose members  generally had embraced embraced the ever lasting gospel,  was readily abandoned for the more perfect law of the Lord:  and the false spirits were easily discerned and rejected by  the light of revelation.

4 February 1831 • Friday

The Lord gave unto the church the following revelation  at , Ohio, February 4, 1831.
1 Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God;  ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings; ye that  hear me: and ye that hear not will I curse, that have profess my  name, with the heaviest of all cursings. Hearken, O ye of my  church whom I have called; behold I give unto you a , 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 quick ly: and ye shall see that my law is keep. He that receiveth my  law and doeth it, the same is my disciple; and he that saith he recei veth 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 Junr.  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 com mandments. And again, I have called my servant , and I give a commandment, that he should be ap [p. 93]
and welcomed into the house of brother . I and my lived in the family of several weeks, and received every kindness and attention, which could be expected, and especially from . The of the in this part of the Lord’s vineyard, which had increased to nearly one hundred members, were striving to do the will of God, so far as they knew it; though some strange notions and false spirits had crept in among them. With a little caution, and some wisdom, I soon assisted the brethren and sisters to overcome them. The plan of “common stock”, which had existed in what was called “the family,” whose members generally had embraced the ever lasting gospel, was readily abandoned for the more perfect law of the Lord: and the false spirits were easily discerned and rejected by the light of revelation.

4 February 1831 • Friday

The Lord gave unto the church the following revelation at , Ohio, February 4, 1831.
1 Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God; ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings; ye that hear me: and ye that hear not will I curse, that have profess my name, with the heaviest of all cursings. Hearken, O ye of my church whom I have called; behold I give unto you a , 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 keep. 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 Junr. 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 I give a commandment, that he should be ap [p. 93]
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