Revelation, 26 April 1832 [D&C 82]

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<​78 Revelation​> Jackson County Missori April 26. 1832
Verily Verily I say unto you my Servents that inasmuch as ye have forgiven one another your tresspasses even so I the Lord forgive you nevertheless there are those among you who have sinned exceedingly yea even all of you have sinned but Verily I say unto you beware from henceforth & refrain from sin lest sore Judgements fall upon your heads for unto whom much is given much is required & he who sinneth against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation ye call upon my name for revelations & I give them unto you & inasmuch as ye keep not my sayings which I give unto you ye become transgressors & Justice & Judgement is the panalty which is affixed unto my law therefore what I say unto one I say unto all watch for the advisary spreadeth his dominions & darkness reigneth & the anger of God kindleth against the inhabitants of the Earth & none doeth good for all have gone out of the way & now verily I say unto you I the Lord will not lay any sin to your charge go your ways & Sin no more but unto that soul who sin[n]eth shall the former sins return saith the Lord your God. And again I say unto you I give unto you a new that you may understand my will concerning you or in other words I give unto you directions how you may act before me that it may turn to you for your salvation, I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say but when ye do not what I say ye have no promise therefore verily I say unto you it is expedient for you my Servants & & & my Servant Joseph & & & & be bound together by a bond & Covennant that cannot be broken in your several to manage the literary & Mercantile concerns & the both in the Land of & in the Land of for I have the land of in mine own due time for the benefits of the Saints of the most high God & for a to for Zion must increase in beauty & in holy-ness her borders must increase be enlarged [p. 128] her must in be strengthened yea I verily I say unto you must arise & put on her beautyful garments Therefore I give unto you this that ye bind yourselves by this covenant & it shall be done according to the Laws of the Land behold here is wisdom also in in me for your good & your are to be equal or in other words you are to have equal claims on the properties for the benefits of managing the concerns of your every man according to his wants & his needs inasmuch as his wants are Just & all this for the benefit of the of the living God that every man may improve upon his tallents that he may gain other tallents yea even an hundred fold to be cast into the Lords to become the common property of the whole conduct Churc[h] every man seeking the interest of his neighbour & doing al[l] things with an eye single to the glory of God this I have [appointed] to be an everlasting firm unto you & unto your Successor inasmuch as you sin not & the soul that sins against th[e] covenant & holdeth hardeneth his heart against it shall be dealt with according according to the laws of my Church & shall be delivered over to the buffitings of Satan untill the day of Redemtion And now verily I say unto you & this is wisdom make unto yourselves friends with the mamon of unrightness & they will not destroy you leave Judgement alone with me for it is mine & I will repay Peace be with you my blessings continue with you for even yet the kingdom is yours & shall be forever if ye fall not from your Steadfastness even so Amen [p. 129]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation after 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 Luke 12:48.  

  4. 4

    TEXT: Or “became”.  

  5. 5

    All of the men named had already acted as stewards in some capacity: A November 1831 revelation designated JS, Rigdon, Cowdery, Whitmer, Harris, and Phelps as “stewards over the revelations & commandments.”a Partridge and Whitney were bishops, and Gilbert was an agent to the church and keeper of the Lord’s storehouse in Missouri.b “Bishoprick” in this instance likely refers to “the district over which the jurisdiction of a bishop extends.”c This passage may mean, then, that Partridge’s and Whitney’s stewardships in the firm included their responsibilities as bishops in their respective jurisdictions.  

    An American Dictionary of the English Language; Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definitions of Words. Edited by Noah Webster. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1845.

    (aRevelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:1–3].bRevelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41:9]; Revelation, 4 Dec. 1831–A [D&C 72:8]; Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53:4]; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8].c“Bishopric,” in American Dictionary [1845], 89.)
  6. 6

    See Isaiah 52:1, 54:2; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 587 [Moroni 10:31].  

  7. 7

    This reiterated a commandment given in a 12 November 1831 revelation. The assets of the firm at its organization were likely not extensive. Whitney and Gilbert both had stores, and Phelps had his printing operation in Independence. Partridge, meanwhile, had bought around twelve hundred acres of land to be used as “inheritances” for the Saints. Eber D. Howe, editor of the Painesville Telegraph and a persistent critic of JS, later observed that by the end of 1831, the church had “a capital stock of ten or fifteen thousand dollars.” However, Howe probably did not have access to such information, and the lack of precision casts doubt on the accuracy of Howe’s estimate. (Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:14]; Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 28 Jan. 1832; Howe, Mormonism Unvailed, 128–129.)  

    Howe, Eber D. Mormonism Unvailed: Or, A Faithful Account of That Singular Imposition and Delusion, from Its Rise to the Present Time. With Sketches of the Characters of Its Propagators, and a Full Detail of the Manner in Which the Famous Golden Bible Was Brought before the World. To Which Are Added, Inquiries into the Probability That the Historical Part of the Said Bible Was Written by One Solomon Spalding, More Than Twenty Years Ago, and by Him Intended to Have Been Published as a Romance. Painesville, OH: By the author, 1834.

  8. 8

    See Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:3].  

  9. 9

    Those acting as stewards over the revelations were to place any “profits” above “their necessities & their wants” into the storehouse, “& the benefits thereof shall be consecrated unto the inhabtants of Zion & unto their generations.” (Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:7–8].)  

  10. 10

    John Whitmer later inserted “appointed” here.  

  11. 11

    TEXT: Possibly “s”, “&”, or an overextended ink mark; line ending obscured by a badly worn edge.  

  12. 12

    The “Articles and Covenants” of the church stated that “any member of this church of Christ transgressing, or being overtaken in a fault, shall be dealt with according as the scriptures direct, &c.” More specific instructions were given in a 23 February 1831 revelation. (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:80]; Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–93].)  

  13. 13

    The March 1832 revelation directing the organization of the church’s publishing and mercantile endeavors similarly stated that these entities were to be organized “by an everlasting covinent which cannot be broken & he who breaketh it shall loose his office & standing in the church and shall be delivered over unto the buffitings of satan.” (Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:11–12].)  

  14. 14

    See Luke 16:9.