Revelation, 11 September 1831 [D&C 64]

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67 Revelation Sept 11th. 1831
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Behold thus saith the Lord your God unto you O ye Elders [p. 108] of my hearken ye & hear & receive my will concerning you for verily I say unto you I will that ye should overcome the world wherefore I will have compassion upon you there are those among you who have sinned but verily I say for this once for mine own glory & for the salvation of Souls I have forgiven you your sins I will be mercyfull unto you for I have given unto you the Kingdom & the of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my Servent Joseph while he liveth in-as-much as he obeyeth mine there are those who have sought occation against him without a cause nevertheless he hath sinned but verily I say unto you I the Lord forgiveth sins unto those who confess their sins before me & ask forgiveness who have not sinned unto death my Deciples in days of old sought occasion against one an other & forgave not one an other in their hearts & for this evil they were afflicted & sorely chastened wherefore I say unto you that ye had ought to forgive one another for he that forgiveth not his brother his tresspasses standeth condemned before the Lord for there remaineth in him the greater sin I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive but of you it is required to forgive all men & ye had ought to say in your hearts let God Judge between me & thee & reward thee according to thy deeds & he that repenteth not of his sins & confess them not then ye ye shall bring him before the church & do with him as the Scriptures direct Saith unto you either by or <​by​> revelation & this ye shall do that God might be glorified not because ye forgive not having not compassion but that ye may be Justified in the eyes of the law that ye may not offend him who is your lawgiver verily I say for this cause ye shall do these things Behold I the Lord was angery with him who was my Servent & also my Servent for they kept not the Law neither the commandment they sought evil in their hearts & I the Lord withheld my spirit they condemned for evil that thing in which there was no evil nevertheless I have forgiven my Servent & also my Servent Behold he hath sinned & Satan Seeketh to destroy his soul but when these things are made known unto them they repenteth [p. 109] Of the evil & they shall be forgiven & now verily I say that it is expedient in me that my servent after a few weeks should return upon his business & to his agency in the Land of & that which he hath seen & heard may be made known unto my Deciples that they perish not & for this cause have I spoken these things & again I say unto you that my servent may not be tempted above that which he is able to bear & council wrongfully to your hurt I gave that this farm should be sold I willeth not that my servent should sell his farm for I the Lord willeth to retain a strong hold in the Land of for the space of five years in the which I will not overthrow the wicked that thereby I may save some & after that day I the Lord will not hold any guilty that shall go with open hearts up to the Land of for I the Lord requireth the hearts of the Children of men Behold now it is called to day & verily it is a day of Sacrifice & a day for the of my People for he that is tithed shall not be burned for after to day cometh the burning this is speaking after the manner of the Lord for verily I say tomorrow all the proud & they that do wickedly shall be as stuble & I will burn them up saith the Lord for I am the Lord of hosts & I will not spare any that remaineth in Babylon wherefore if ye believe me ye will labour while it is called to day & it is not meet that my servent & should sell their & their Possessions here for this is not wisdom untill the residue of the which remaineth in this place shall go up unto the Land of behold it is said in my Laws or forbidden to get in debt to thine enemies but Behold it is not said at any time that the Lord should not take when he please & pay as seemeth him good wherefore as ye are agents & ye are on the Lords errand & whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lords business & it is the Lords business to provide for his saints in these last days that they may obtain an in the Land of & Behold I the Lord declare unto you & my words are shure & shall not fail that they shall obtain it but all things must come [p. 110] to pass in its time wherefore be not weary in well doing for ye are laying the foundation of a great work & out of small things proceedeth that which is great behold the Lord requireth the hearts & a willing mind & the willing & obedient shall eat the good of the Land of in these Last days & the rebelious shall be cut off out of the Land of & shall be sent away & shall not inherit the Land for verily I say that the rebelious are not of the blood of Ephraim wherefore they shall be plucked out Behold I the Lord have made my in these last days like unto a Judge setting on a hill or in an high place to Judge the Nations for it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of shall Judge all things & all liars & hypocrites shall be proved by them & they which are not shall be known & even the & his councellors if they are not faithfull in their shall be condemned & an others shall be planted in their stead for behold I say unto you that Zion shall flourish & the glory of the Lord shall be upon her & she shall be an ensighn unto the People & these shall shall come unto her out of every Nation under heaven & the days shall come when the Nations of the Earth shall tremble because of her & shall fear because of her terable ones the Lord hath spoken it amen
Given at September the 11th. 1831 [p. 111]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  

  3. 3

    See 1 John 5:4.  

  4. 4

    A copy of this revelation made by Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde, probably around January 1832, has “abideth in” instead of “obeyeth.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [40].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  5. 5

    According to a September 1830 revelation, the Lord had given JS “the keys of the mysteries of the Revelations which are sealed until I shall appoint unto him another in his stead.” A December 1830 revelation similarly proclaimed that JS had “the Keys of the mystery of those things which have been sealed . . . if he abide in me & if not another will I plant in his stead.” (Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:6–7]; Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:18].)  

  6. 6

    The word “occation” (occasion) here means “opportunity of attacking, of fault-finding, or of giving or taking offence.” The copy of the revelation made by Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde has “accusation” rather than “occation.” (“Occasion,” in Oxford English Dictionary, 7:42; Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [40]; see also Daniel 6:4; and Judges 14:4.)  

    Oxford English Dictionary. Compact ed. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971.

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  7. 7

    See 1 John 5:16–17.  

  8. 8

    The Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde copy of the revelation has “accusation” rather than “occasion.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [40].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  9. 9

    The New Testament gospels recount arguments among the disciples regarding who among them was greater. (See Luke 9:46; 22:24; and Mark 9:33–34.)  

  10. 10

    See 1 Samuel 24:12, 15.  

  11. 11

    See Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:80, 83]; and Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–93].  

  12. 12

    The Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde copy of the revelation has “faithful” instead of “Justified.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [40].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  13. 13

    A copy of this revelation, made by John Whitmer for Newel K. Whitney around the same time as the Revelation Book 1 copy, includes the words “from them” at this point. (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831, Newel K. Whitney, Papers [D&C 64].)  

    Whitney, Newel K. Papers, 1825–1906. BYU.

  14. 14

    A June 1831 revelation assigned Booth and Morley to travel to Missouri together, “preaching the word by the way.” Booth later complained that the Spirit did not enable him to speak with as great “liberty” as he expected on this trip. Exactly how Booth and Morley had defied the February 1831 revelation known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ” is unclear. (Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:23]; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. V,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 10 Nov. 1831, [3]; Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:1–73]; Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–93].)  

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

  15. 15

    Gilbert, who had been appointed an agent to the church in June 1831, was told in a July revelation to “establish a store” in Independence so that he could “obtain money to buy lands for the good of the Saints & that he may Obtain provisions.” He had returned to Kirtland, Ohio, with William W. Phelps, the designated printer for the church, “to procure the necessaries for their establishments” in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8]; Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53:4]; Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL; see also JS History, vol. A-1, 146.)  

    Partridge, Edward. Letters, 1831–1835. CHL. MS 23154.

  16. 16

    See 1 Corinthians 10:13.  

  17. 17

    JS and Emma Smith had been living on Morley’s farm since April 1831. A 30 August revelation told Titus Billings, Morley’s brother-in-law (to whom Morley had given power of attorney in June), to “dispose of the land” and send the resulting money “unto the land of Zion unto them whom I have appointed to receive.” Approximately eighty acres of Morley’s land was sold in October 1831 to Richie and Hercules Carrel. (Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 309; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:38–40]; Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 14, pp. 583–584 and vol. 15, pp. 492–494, microfilms 20,235 and 20,236, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    Staker, Mark L. Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2009.

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  18. 18

    Williams obtained a farm in Kirtland in the winter of 1829–1830 through a land exchange with Isaac Moore. Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith were living there by May 1831. (See Historical Introduction to Revelation, 15 May 1831.)  

  19. 19

    Earlier revelations specified that only those who were “appointed”—either by conferences of elders or by JS—would be able “to receive their inheritance” in Missouri. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:44, 56]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:41].)  

  20. 20

    No set process for tithing members of the church was in place at this time. Instead, the “Laws of the Church of Christ” instructed members to consecrate their property to the church and receive back an inheritance. Over a year later, JS stated in a letter to William W. Phelps that consecration was a way that God tithed his people: “it is conterary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not the inherttenc [inheritance] by consecration agree[a]ble to his law which he has given that he may tithe his people to prepare them against the day of vengence and burning should have there names enrolled with the people of God.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–38]; Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 Nov. 1832.)  

  21. 21

    See Malachi 4:1.  

  22. 22

    Whitney and Gilbert were partners in N. K. Whitney & Co., which operated a store and an ashery in Kirtland. The two also jointly owned a single lot of land at the intersection of Chillicothe and Chardon roads. (Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 217–219, 229.)  

    Staker, Mark L. Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2009.

  23. 23

    The February 1831 revelation known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ” specifically directed the elders to “contract no debts” with “the world.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831, in Revelation Book 1, pp. 62–67 [D&C 42:1–73].)  

  24. 24

    Both Gilbert and Whitney had been designated as official agents of the church. (Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53:4]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:45].)  

  25. 25

    See Galatians 6:9; and 2 Thessalonians 3:13.  

  26. 26

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 326 [Alma 37:6].  

  27. 27

    See Isaiah 1:19.  

  28. 28

    Ephraim was one of two sons of Joseph, son of Jacob, in the Old Testament. In discussing the duties of the “Elders of my Church,” an early August 1831 revelation echoed language from Deuteronomy 33:17 referring to the blessings pronounced by Moses on the tribe of Joseph. In October 1831, a revelation for William E. McLellin stated that he was “a true descendant from Joseph who was sold into Egypt down through the loins of Ephraim his Son.” A November 1831 revelation clarified that “the Children of Ephraim” were God’s servants who would help gather the scattered tribes of Israel to Zion before the second coming of Jesus Christ. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:1, 45]; McLellin, Journal, 29 Oct. 1831; Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:30–34]; see also Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831, in Revelation Book 2, pp. 95–97 [D&C 66].)  

    McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 1. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

  29. 29

    See Revelation 2:2.  

  30. 30

    A previous revelation noted that part of Partridge’s “mission” was “to be a Judge in Israel like as it was in ancient days.” The revelation also declared that Partridge was to judge “by the assistance of his councillors.” John Corrill and Morley were appointed “assistants” to Partridge in June 1831. (Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:17–18]; Minutes, ca. 3–4 June 1831.)  

  31. 31

    In an August 1831 letter, Partridge commented to his wife, Lydia, that “as I am occasionally chastened I sometimes feel as though I must fall.” (Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  

    Partridge, Edward. Letters, 1831–1835. CHL. MS 23154.

  32. 32

    See Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49:25].  

  33. 33

    See Isaiah 11:10.  

  34. 34

    See Isaiah 25:4–5; 29:5.