John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Thus saith the Lord, it is necessary that ye should remain  for the present time in your places of abode, as it shall be  suitable to your circumstances. And inasmuch as ye have lands,  ye shall impart to the eastern brethren. And inasmuch as  ye have not lands, let them buy for the present time in  those regions round about; as seemeth them good; for it  must needs be necessary that they have places to live for  present time; It must needs be necessary that ye save  all the money that ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye  can, that in time ye may be enableed to purchase lands  for inheritances: even the . The place is not yet to be  revealed; but after your brethren come from the east, there  are certain men to be appointed and to them <it> shall be given,  to know the place, or to them it shall be revealed, and they  shall be appointed, to purchase the lands and to make a com mencement to lay the foundation of the City; and then ye  shall begin to be gathered with your families, every man  according to his family: according to his circumstances, and as  is appointed to them by the and elders of the church,  according to the laws and commandments which ye have  receivd: and which ye shall hereafter receivee, and thus it  is. Amen.

Chapter 6

Chapter VI
I returned from Ohio where I and had built a branch of the Church of Christ.
I was appointed by the voice of the Elders to keep the  Church record. Joseph Smith Jr. said unto me you must  also keep the Church history. I would rather not do it  but observed that the will of the Lord be done, and if  he desires it, I desire that he would manifest it through  Joseph the Seer. And thus came the word of the Lord:
Behold it is expedient in me that my Servant  should write and keep a regular history, and assist you my  servant Joseph, in transcribing all things which shall be [p. 24]
Thus saith the Lord, it is necessary that ye should remain for the present time in your places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances. And inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren. And inasmuch as ye have not lands, let them buy for the present time in those regions round about; as seemeth them good; for it must needs be necessary that they have places to live for present time; It must needs be necessary that ye save all the money that ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye can, that in time ye may be enableed to purchase lands for inheritances: even the . The place is not yet to be revealed; but after your brethren come from the east, there are certain men to be appointed and to them it shall be given, to know the place, or to them it shall be revealed, and they shall be appointed, to purchase the lands and to make a commencement to lay the foundation of the City; and then ye shall begin to be gathered with your families, every man according to his family: according to his circumstances, and as is appointed to them by the and elders of the church, according to the laws and commandments which ye have receivd: and which ye shall hereafter receivee, and thus it is. Amen.

Chapter 6

Chapter VI
I returned from Ohio where I and had built a branch of the Church of Christ.
I was appointed by the voice of the Elders to keep the Church record. Joseph Smith Jr. said unto me you must also keep the Church history. I would rather not do it but observed that the will of the Lord be done, and if he desires it, I desire that he would manifest it through Joseph the Seer. And thus came the word of the Lord:
Behold it is expedient in me that my Servant should write and keep a regular history, and assist you my servant Joseph, in transcribing all things which shall be [p. 24]
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