Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51]

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54 <​Com​> A Revelation given to the at Ohio May 20th. 1831 concerning the property of the &c
Hearken unto me saith the lord your God & I will speak unto my Servent & give unto him directions for it must needs be that he receive directions how to organize this people for it must needs be that they are organized according to my laws if otherwise they will be cut off wherefore let my Servent receive the properties of this People which have covenanted with me to obey the Laws which I have given & let my Servent receive the money as it shall be laid before him according to the covenant & go & obtain a deed or Article of this land unto himself for I have appointed him to receive these things & thus through him the Properties of this Church shall be covenanted unto me wherefore let my Servent & those whom he has chosen in whom I am well pleased appoint unto this People their portion every man alike according to their families according to their wants & their needs & let my servent when he shall appoint a man his portion give unto him a writing that shall secure unto him his portion that he shall hold it of the Church untill he transgress & is not counted worthy by the Church voice of the Church according to the to belong to the Church & thus all things shall be made sure according to the laws of the land & let that which belongeth to this people be appointed unto this people & the money which is left unto this people let there be an agent appointed unto this people to take the money to provide food & raiment according to the wants of this people & let every man deal honestly & be alike among you this People & receive alike that ye may be one even as I have commanded you & let that which belongeth to this people not be taken & given unto that of another church wherefore if another Church would receive money of this Church let them pay unto this church again according as they shall agree & this shall be done through the or the agent which shall be appointed by the voice of the church & again let the appoint a unto this Church & let all things both in in money & in meat [p. 86] which is more then is needful for the want of this People be kept in the hands of the & let him also reserve unto himself for his own wants & for the wants of his family as he shall be employed in doing this Business & thus I grant unto this People a privelige of organizeing themselves according to my & I unto them this land for a little season untill I the Lord shall provide for them otherwise & command them to go hence & the hour & the day is not given unto them wherefore let them act upon this land as for years & this shall turn unto them for their good Behold this shall be an example unto my Servent in other places in all & whoso is found a faithful & Just & a wise shall enter into the Joy of his lord & shall inherit eternal life verily I say unto you I am Jesus Christ who cometh quickly in an hour you think not even so Amen [p. 87]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    This phrasing suggests that by the date of this revelation Partridge had already selected the two men who would soon be ordained as his counselors. A 9 February 1831 revelation instructed that he should be assisted in administering the consecration of properties by “two of the Elders such as he shall appoint & set apart for that purpose.” Isaac Morley and John Corrill were “ordained assistants to the Bishop” in a church conference in early June. (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:31]; Minutes, ca. 3–4 June 1831.)  

  3. 3

    The 9 February revelation directed that the bishop “shall appoint every man a Steward over his own property.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:32].)  

  4. 4

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:25–27].  

  5. 5

    The 9 February revelation did not outline demarcations between the property consecrated in one branch of the church as opposed to the property consecrated in branches located in other areas.  

  6. 6

    The 9 February revelation instructed stewards to “pay for that which thou shall receive of thy Brother.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:54].)  

  7. 7

    The following month a revelation appointed Sidney Gilbert as “an agent unto this Church in the Place which shall be appointed by the Bishop.” (Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53:4].)  

  8. 8

    See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:34].  

  9. 9

    A revelation in March 1831 informed church members that the gathering to Ohio was temporary and that “in time ye may be enabled to purchase lands for an inheritance (even the City).” The anticipated “City,” the New Jerusalem, was to be built, according to a September 1830 revelation, somewhere “among the Lamanites,” but in May 1831 the precise location was still unknown. (Revelation, 10 Mar. 1831 [D&C 48:4]; Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:9].)