Revelation, June 1829–A [D&C 14]

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CHAPTER XII.
1 A Revelation given to , in , New-York, June, 1829.
A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men: behold I am God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: therefore, give heed unto my word.
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
3 Seek to bring forth and establish my .— Keep my in all things, and if you keep my commandments, and endure to the end, you shall have eternal life; which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.
4 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see; and also, that you may declare repentance unto this generation.
5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, which created the heavens and the earth; a light which cannot be hid in darkness: wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the [p. 32] unto the house of Israel. And behold thou art , and thou art called to assist: Which thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be your reward: Amen. [p. 33]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    Because the page or pages in Revelation Book 1 that apparently contained this revelation are missing, it is unknown whether this heading was included in Revelation Book 1 or was added by the editors of the Book of Commandments.  

  2. 2

    The revelation’s wording to this point is quite similar to that of the opening paragraphs of Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:1–6]; Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:1–6]; and Revelation, May 1829–B [D&C 12:1–6].  

  3. 3

    See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:13].  

  4. 4

    See John 16:23; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 491 [3 Nephi 18:20].  

  5. 5

    See Matthew 3:11–16; Acts 1:5, 2:38; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 119–120 [2 Nephi 31:8–17].  

  6. 6

    See Acts 2:4; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 112 [2 Nephi 28:4].  

  7. 7

    An earlier revelation stated that three “witnesses” would see the gold plates; this statement may have anticipated the invitation to Whitmer to be one of the three. (Revelation, Mar. 1829 [D&C 5:11–14]; Testimony of Three Witnesses, Late June 1829; see also Revelation, June 1829–E [D&C 17]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 548 [Ether 5:2–4].)  

  8. 8

    See Matthew 16:16.  

  9. 9

    See Genesis 1:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473 [3 Nephi 9:15].  

  10. 10

    See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:21], which states, “I am the light which shineth in darkness”; see also Matthew 5:14; 1 Timothy 5:25; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:14]; and Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11:11].  

  11. 11

    The phrase “fulness of my gospel” does not appear in the Bible. It is repeated several times in two separate places in the third book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 487–488, 498 [3 Nephi 16:10, 12; 20:28, 30].)  

  12. 12

    According to the Book of Mormon, a “Gentile” was to bring forth the Book of Mormon “by the gift of God” to “the Lamanites, which are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile.” Early members of the Church of Christ believed Lamanites to be ancestors of the peoples who inhabited the American continent before the arrival of Europeans. (Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829; Oliver Cowdery, “Letter VII,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, July 1835, 1:158.)  

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

  13. 13

    See Luke 6:35; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:12].