Revelation, between circa 8 and circa 24 March 1832

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  • Historical Introduction

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Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servent and Joseph I reveal unto you for your own prophet [profit] and instruction concerning the of my what is their duty in the church behold it is their duty to stand in the office of their and to fill the judgement seat which I have appointed unto them to and to administer the benefits of the church or the overpluss of all who are in their according to the as they are severly appointed and the property or that which they receive of the church is not their own but belongeth to the church wherefore it is the property of the Lord and it is for the poor of the church to be administered according to the law for it is the will of the Lord that the church should be made equal in all things wherefore the bishops are accountable before the Lord for their stewardships to administer of their stewardship in the which they are appointed by commandment jointly with you my servents under <​unto​> the Lord as well as you my servents or the rest of the church that the benefits of all may be dedicated unto the Lord that the Lords may be filled always that ye may all grow in temporal as well as spiritual things and now verily I say unto you the bishops must needs be seperated unto their bishoppricks and judgement seats from care of business but not from claim neither from council wherefore I have given unto you commandment that you should be joined together by covenent and bond wherefore see that ye do even as I have Commanded and unto the office of the I have given authority to preside with the assistence of his councellers over all the Concerns of the church wherefore stand ye fast claim your in authority yet in meekness and I am able to make you abound and be fruitfull and you shall never fall for unto you I have given the of the kingdom and if you transgress not they shall never be taken from you, wherefore feed my sheep even so amen [p. [1]]


  1. 1

    See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:14–18].  

  2. 2

    The process of consecrating property and receiving back a stewardship was explained in a February 1831 revelation known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ.” In addition, a November 1831 revelation instructed that those who had been appointed “stewards over the revelations” should be supported from “the profits” of their stewardship. If any surplus remained after taking care of their necessities, it was to be deposited into the church storehouse. (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–38, 71–72]; Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:3–8].)  

  3. 3

    That is, the “Laws of the Church of Christ.”  

  4. 4

    A 1 March 1832 revelation stated that the “time [had] come” for the church to organize its “Literary and Merchantile establishments” into “a perminent and everlasting establishment and firm.” When this firm was organized in April 1832, a revelation declared that those in the firm (among whom were Bishop Edward Partridge, Bishop Newel K. Whitney, JS, Rigdon, and others) were “bound together . . . in your several Stewartships to manage the literary & Mercantile concerns & the Bishoprick both in the Land of Zion & in the Land of Kirtland.” (Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:3–4, 9]; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:11–12].)  

  5. 5

    A 12 November 1831 revelation commanded members of the church, “In all 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.” (Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:14].)  

  6. 6

    This commandment reiterated an injunction in a 4 February 1831 revelation directing Edward Partridge to “leave his merchandise & spend all his time in the labours of the Church.” One historian records that, despite this commandment, Newel K. Whitney “did not leave his merchandise but continued operating his store to support himself and his family.” (Revelation, 4 Feb. 1831 [D&C 41:9]; Staker, Hearken, O Ye People, 242.)  

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

  7. 7

    See Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:11].  

  8. 8

    JS was ordained president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832 at a conference in Amherst, Ohio. On 8 March 1832, JS appointed Jesse Gause and Rigdon “to be my councillers of the ministry of the presidency of th[e] high Pristhood.” Here, the phrase “office of the presidency of the high Priesthood” apparently refers to just the office of the president. (“History of Orson Pratt,” 12, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL; Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Note, 8 Mar. 1832.)  

    Historian’s Office. Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861. CHL. CR 100 93.

  9. 9

    See 2 Peter 1:8–10.  

  10. 10

    See Matthew 16:19; see also Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; and Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2].  

  11. 11

    An 11 September 1831 revelation proclaimed, “I have given unto you the Kingdom & the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my Servent Joseph while he liveth in-as-much as he obeyeth mine ordinances.” Likewise, a 30 October 1831 revelation declared, “The keys of the kingdom of God is committed unto man on the Earth.” (Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:4–5]; Revelation, 30 Oct. 1831 [D&C 65:2].)  

  12. 12

    See John 21:15–17.