History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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And the same day I inquired of the Lord, and receved the following <​July 8. Revelation on Tithing​> Revelation. Given at July 8, 1838, which was also read in public.
O Lord! Show unto thy Servant how much thou requirest of the properties of thy people for a Tithing. Answer.
Verily thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplus property to be put into the hands of the Bishop of my church of Zion, for the building of mine house, and for the laying the foundation of Zion, and for the Priesthood, and for the debts of the presidency of my church, and this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people; and after that, those who have thus been tithed, shall pay one tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a Standing Law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord. Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass, that all those who gather unto the land of Zion, shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this Law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you. And I say unto you if my people observe not this Law, to keep it holy, and by this Law, sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statute and my judgments may be kept thereon, that it may be most holy: Behold, verily I say unto you, it shall not be a land of Zion unto you, and this shall be an ensample unto all the stakes of Zion, even so Amen.
Also, the same day, I rec[e]ived the following; Revelation <​Revelation on Tithing​> Given July 8, 1838, making known the disposition of the properties tithed as named in the preceding Revelation.
Verily thus saith the Lord, the time has now come that it shall be disposed of by a council composed of the first Presidency of my church, and of the Bishop and his council and by my High council, and by mine own voice unto them, saith the Lord, even so, Amen. [HC 3:44]
<​Revelation to , , & ​> Also I received the following; Revelation. Given to , , and others, Zion, July 8th. 1838.
Verily thus saith the Lord unto my servant , and also unto my servant . Let them settle up their business speedily, and journey from the land of before I the Lord sendeth the snows again upon the ground. Let them awake and arise and come forth, and not tarry for I the Lord command it; therefore if they tarry it shall not be well with them, Let them repent of all their sins, and of all their covetous desires, before me saith the Lord. For what is property unto me saith the Lord. Let the properties of be turned out for debts saith the Lord. Let them go, saith the Lord, and whatsoever remaineth let it remain in your hands saith the Lord; for have I not the fowls of heaven; and also the fish of the sea; and the beasts of the mountains? Have I not made the earth? Do I not hold the destinies of all the armies of the nations of the Earth, therefore will I not make the solitary places to bud, and to blossom and to bring forth in abundance? saith the Lord. [p. 802]
And the same day I inquired of the Lord, and receved the following July 8. Revelation on Tithing Revelation. Given at July 8, 1838, which was also read in public.
O Lord! Show unto thy Servant how much thou requirest of the properties of thy people for a Tithing. Answer.
Verily thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplus property to be put into the hands of the Bishop of my church of Zion, for the building of mine house, and for the laying the foundation of Zion, and for the Priesthood, and for the debts of the presidency of my church, and this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people; and after that, those who have thus been tithed, shall pay one tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a Standing Law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord. Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass, that all those who gather unto the land of Zion, shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this Law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you. And I say unto you if my people observe not this Law, to keep it holy, and by this Law, sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statute and my judgments may be kept thereon, that it may be most holy: Behold, verily I say unto you, it shall not be a land of Zion unto you, and this shall be an ensample unto all the stakes of Zion, even so Amen.
Also, , I received the following; Revelation Revelation on Tithing Given July 8, 1838, making known the disposition of the properties tithed as named in the preceding Revelation.
Verily thus saith the Lord, the time has now come that it shall be disposed of by a council composed of the first Presidency of my church, and of the Bishop and his council and by my High council, and by mine own voice unto them, saith the Lord, even so, Amen. [HC 3:44]
Revelation to , , & Also I received the following; Revelation. Given to , , and others, Zion, July 8th. 1838.
Verily thus saith the Lord unto my servant , and also unto my servant . Let them settle up their business speedily, and journey from the land of before I the Lord sendeth the snows again upon the ground. Let them awake and arise and come forth, and not tarry for I the Lord command it; therefore if they tarry it shall not be well with them, Let them repent of all their sins, and of all their covetous desires, before me saith the Lord. For what is property unto me saith the Lord. Let the properties of be turned out for debts saith the Lord. Let them go, saith the Lord, and whatsoever remaineth let it remain in your hands saith the Lord; for have I not the fowls of heaven; and also the fish of the sea; and the beasts of the mountains? Have I not made the earth? Do I not hold the destinies of all the armies of the nations of the Earth, therefore will I not make the solitary places to bud, and to blossom and to bring forth in abundance? saith the Lord. [p. 802]
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