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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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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 give a command ment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and  ordained a bishop, unto the church, to leave his merchandise and  to spend all his time in the labors of the church; to see to all  things as it shall be appointed unto him, in my laws in the  day that I shall give them. And this because his heart is pure  before me, for he is like Nathaniel of old, in whom there is no  guile. These words are given unto you, and they are pure before  me: wherefore beware how you hold them, for they are to be an swered upon your souls in the day of Judgment; even so: Amen.
Behold after this revelation was receivd the Elders were called  together, and united in mighty prayer, and were agreed as  touching the reception of the Law; therefore; Thus saith the Lord: your  God, even Jesus Christ, the great I AM,
Hearken, O ye E[l]ders of  my church who have assembled themselves together, in my name,  even Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the  world; inasmuch as they believe on my name and keep my  commandments; again, I say unto you, hearken and hear and  obey the law which I shall give unto you: for verily I say,  as ye have assembled yourselves together, according to the com mandment wherewith I commanded you, and are agreed as  touching this one thing, and have asked the Father in my  name, even so ye shall receive.
Behold, verily I say unto you, I give unto you this first  commandment, that ye shall go forth in my name, every  one of you, excepting my Servant Joseph Smith Jr. and . And I give unto them a commandment, that they  shall go forth for a little season, and it shall be given by the  power of the Spirit when they shall return, and ye shall go  forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, tow [two] by two,  in my name, lifting up your voices as with the voice of a trump,  declaring my word like unto angels of God: and ye shall go [p. 12]
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 give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bishop, unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church; to see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him, in my laws in the day that I shall give them. And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like Nathaniel of old, in whom there is no guile. These words are given unto you, and they are pure before me: wherefore beware how you hold them, for they are to be answered upon your souls in the day of Judgment; even so: Amen.
Behold after this revelation was receivd the Elders were called together, and united in mighty prayer, and were agreed as touching the reception of the Law; therefore; Thus saith the Lord:
Hearken, O ye Elders of my church who have assembled themselves together, in my name, even Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; inasmuch as they believe on my name and keep my commandments; again, I say unto you, hearken and hear and obey the law which I shall give unto you: for verily I say, as ye have assembled yourselves together, according to the commandment wherewith I commanded you, and are agreed as touching this one thing, and have asked the Father in my name, even so ye shall receive.
Behold, verily I say unto you, I give unto you this first commandment, that ye shall go forth in my name, every one of you, excepting my Servant Joseph Smith Jr. and . And I give unto them a commandment, that they shall go forth for a little season, and it shall be given by the power of the Spirit when they shall return, and ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, tow [two] by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the voice of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God: and ye shall go [p. 12]
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