John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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ne[ce]ssary that this people should have instruction, and learn  to decern between the things of God and the works of Satan.  For the inhabitants of the earth knew nothing of the working  of the Spirit of the Lord, at in these days.

Chapter 2

Chapter II
About these days Joseph the Prophet and arri ved at to the joy and satisfaction of the Saints. The dis ciples had all things common, and were going to destruction very  fast as to temporal things: for they considered from reading the  scripture that what belonged to one man, bel a brother belonged to any of the  brethren, therefore they would take each others clothes and other prop erty and use it without leave: which brought on confusion and  disappointments: for they did not understand the scripture. After  Joseph lived here a few days the word of the Lord came saying:
Hearken and hear O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God,  ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest blessings; ye that hear me;  and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name,  with the heav[i]est of all cursings. Hearken O ye Elders of my church  whom I have called, behold I give unto you a commandment, that  you 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.
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 my law and doeth it not 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 pearl to be  cast before swine.
And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith Jr. should  have a house built, in which to live and translate. And again, [p. 11]
necessary that this people should have instruction, and learn to decern between the things of God and the works of Satan. For the inhabitants of the earth knew nothing of the working of the Spirit of the Lord, in these days.

Chapter 2

Chapter II
About these days Joseph the Prophet and arrived at to the joy and satisfaction of the Saints. The disciples had all things common, and were going to destruction very fast as to temporal things: for they considered from reading the scripture that what belonged to a brother belonged to any of the brethren, therefore they would take each others clothes and other property and use it without leave: which brought on confusion and disappointments: for they did not understand the scripture. After Joseph lived here a few days the word of the Lord came saying:
Hearken and hear O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest blessings; ye that hear 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 you 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.
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 my law and doeth it not 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 pearl to be cast before swine.
And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith Jr. should have a house built, in which to live and translate. And again, [p. 11]
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