Revelation, 12 November 1831 [D&C 70]

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<​76​> <​​> Nov. 12. 1831
Behold & hearken o ye inhabitants of & all ye people of my which are far off & hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my servant Jos[e]ph & also unto my servant & also unto my servant & also my servant & also unto my servant by the way of unto them for I give unto them a commandment W[h]erefore hearken & hear for thus saith the Lord unto them I the Lord have appointed them & ordained them to be over the revelations & commandments which I have given unto them & which I shall hereafter give unto them & an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgement wherefore I have appointed unto them & this is their business in the church of God to manage them & the concerns thereof yea the profits thereof wherefore a commandment I give unto them that they shall not give these things unto the church neither unto the world nevertheless inasmuch as they receive more than is for their necessities & their wants it shall be given into my & the benefits thereof shall be unto the inhabtants of & unto their generations inasmuch as they become heirs according to the of the kingdom behold this is what the Lord requires of every man in his stewardship even as I the Lord have appointed or shall hereafter apoint unto any man & behold none is exempt from this law who belong to the church of the Living God yea neither neither the who keepeth the Lords storehouse neither he that is appointed in a stewardship over temporal things he that is appointed to administer spiritual things the same is worthy of his hire even as they who are appointed in a stewardship to administer in temporal things yea even more abundantly which abundance is multiplied unto them through the manifestations of the spirit nevertheless in your temporal things you shall be equal in all things & this not grudgeingly otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the spirit shall be withheld now this commandment I give unto my servants while they remain for a manifestations of my blessings upon their heads & for a reward of their diligence & for their security for food & for raiment for an for houses & for lands & in whatsoever circumstances I the Lord shall place them & whithersoever I the Lord shall send them [p. 124] for they have been faithful over many things & have done well inas much as they have not sin[n]ed behold I the Lord am merciful & will bless them & they shall enter into the joy of these things
even so Amen and again verily I say unto you that my servant shall be included in this with you in this same even so Amen [p. 125]


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    Insertions in handwriting of John Whitmer.  

  2. 1

    TEXT: John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation after it was recorded in Revelation Book 1.  

  3. 2

    See Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:2].  

  4. 3

    See 1 Timothy 3:15.  

  5. 4

    The bishop was Edward Partridge, and the agent was Sidney Gilbert. A 20 July 1831 revelation instructed Gilbert to “establish a store” in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, so that he could provide “provisions & whatsoever things the Deciples may need to plant them in their inheritance.” (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8].)  

  6. 5

    A day earlier, a revelation noted that “the office of a Bishop is in administering all temporal things,” while the president of the high priesthood is responsible for “the administring of ordinances & blessings upon the Church by the Laying on of the hands.” (Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:65–68].)  

  7. 6

    See Matthew 25:21–23; and Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:13].  

  8. 7

    According to the minutes of the 12 November 1831 meeting, JS did not include Phelps in his list of individuals who had “claim on the Church for recompence” because of their work on the revelations. Unlike the others, Phelps had not yet assisted but had been appointed church printer and thus would have a key role in publishing the revelations. (Minutes, 12 Nov. 1831; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:11].)