The Book of the Law of the Lord

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THE
BOOK
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Revelation, 19 January 1841 [D&C 124]
A revelation given to Joseph Smith, January 19th. 1841
Verily thus saith the Lord, unto you my Servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering, and acknowledgements which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might shew forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.
Your prayers are acceptable before me, and in answer to them, I say unto you, that you are now called, immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake, which I have planted to be a corner stone of Zion, which shall be polished with that refinement which is after the similitude of a palace. This proclamation shall be made to all the kings of the world, to the four corners thereof; to the Honorable President Elect, and the high minded Governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the Earth; scattered abroad. Let it be written in the spirit of meekness and by the power of the holy ghost, which shall be in you, at the time of the writing of the same; for it shall be given you by the holy ghost to know my will concerning those kings and Authorities, even what shall befall them in a time to come. For behold I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light of and glory of Zion, for the set time has come, to favor her.
Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation and with your testimony, fearing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof, which soon falleth away; that they may be left also without excuse, and that I may visit them in the day of visitation when I shall unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppressor, among hypocrites, where there is gnashing of teeth; if they reject my servants, and my testimony, which I have revealed unto them. And again, I will visit and soften their hearts— many of them for your good, that ye may find grace in their eyes, that they may come to the light of truth, and the gentiles to the exaltation or lifting up of Zion; for the day of my visitation cometh speedily, in an hour when ye think not of; and where shall be the safety of my people? and [p. 3] refuge for those who shall be left of them?
Awake! O Kings of the earth! Come ye, O! come ye with your gold and your silver, to the help of my people, to the house of the daughter of Zion.
And, again, verily I say unto you, let my servant, , help you to write this proclamation, for I am well pleased with him, and that he should be with you, let him therefore hearken to your counsel and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings, let him be faithful and true in all things from henceforth and he shall be great in mine eyes; but let him remember that his stewardship will I require at his hands.
And again, Verily, I say unto you, blessed is my servant , for I the Lord loveth him; because of the integrity of his heart, and because, he loveth that which is right before me saith the Lord.
Again, let my servant help you in your labor, in sending my word to the kings and peoples of the earth, and stand by you, even you, my servant Joseph Smith in the hour of affliction, and his reward shall not fail, if he receive counsel, and for his love, he shall be great, for he shall be mine if he do this, saith the Lord. I have seen the work he hath done, which I accept, if he continue, and will crown him with blessings and great glory.
And, again, I say unto you, that it is my will that my servant , should continue in preaching for Zion, in the spirit of meekness, confessing me before the world, and I will bear him up, as on eagles’ wings, and he shall beget glory and honor to himself, and unto my name, that when he shall finish his work, that I may receive him unto myself, even as I did my servant , who is with me at this time, and also my servant , and also, my aged servant , who sitteth with Abraham at his right hand, and blessed and holy is he, for he is mine.
And, again, verily I say unto you, my servant is without guile, he may be trusted because of the integrity of his heart; and <​for​> the love he has to my testimony, I the Lord loveth him. I therefore say unto you I seal upon his head the office of a “bishoprick” like unto my servant ; that he may receive the consecrations of mine house, that he may administer blessings upon the heads of the poor of my people saith the Lord; let no man despise my servant for he shall honor me. Let my servant , and my servant , and my servant , and others, build a unto my name, such an one [p. 4] as my servant Joseph shall shew unto them, upon the place which he shall shew unto them also; and it shall be for a house for boarding; a house that strangers may come from afar to lodge therein— therefore let it be a good house, worthy of all acceptation, that the weary traveler may find health and safety, while he shall contemplate the word of the Lord, and the corner stone I have appointed for Zion. This shall be a healthy habitation, if it be built unto my name, and if the governor which shall be appointed unto it, shall not suffe[r] any pollution to come upon it— It shall be holy, or the Lord your God will not dwell therein.
And, again, verily I say unto you, let all my saints [come?] from afar; And send ye swift messengers, yea, chosen messengers and say unto them, come ye, with all your gold, and your silver, and your preceious stones, and with all your antiquitiees, and with all who have knowledge of antiquities, that will come, may come, and bring the box tree, and the fir tree, and the pine tree, together with all the precious trees of the Earth, and with iron, with copper and with brass, and with zink <​and with​> all your precious things of the earth, and build a house unto mine my name, for the Most High to dwell therein, for there is not place found on the earth; that he may come and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fullness of the Priesthood; for a baptismal font there is not upon the earth; that they, my saints may be baptized for those who are dead, for this ordinance belongeth to my , and cannot be acceptable to me, only in the days of your poverty, wherein ye are not able to build a house unto me; but I command you, all ye my saints to build a unto me, and I grant unto you a sufficien[t] time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms, shall be acceptable unto me. But behold, at the end of this appointment, your baptisms for your dead, shall not be acceptable unto me, and if you do not these things at the end of the appointment, ye shall be rejected as a church, with your dead, saith the Lord your God. For verily I say unto you, that after you have had sufficient time to build a unto me, wherein the ordinance of baptizing for the dead belongeth, and for which the same was instituted from before the foundation of the world, your baptisms for your dead cannot be acceptable unto me, for therein are the keys of the Holy Priesthood ordained, that you may receive honor and glory. And after this time, your baptisms for the dead, by those who are scattered abroad are not acceptable unto me, saith the Lord; for it is ordained that in Zion and in her stakes, and in Jerusalem [p. 5] those places which I have appointed <​for refuge​> shall be the places for your the baptisms for your dead.
And, again, verily I say unto you, how shall your washings be acceptable unto me, except, ye perform them in a house which you have built to my name? for, for this cause I commanded Moses, that he should build a tabernacle, that they should bear it with them in the wilderness, and to build a house in the land of promise, that those ordinances might be revealed, which had been hid from before the world was; therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings and your washings, and your babtisms for the dead, and your solemn assemblys, and your memorials for your sacrifices, by the sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places, wherein you receive conversations, and your statutes, and judgements, for the beginning of the revelations and foundation of Zion, and for the glory and honor and endowment of all her municiples, are ordained by the ordinance of my holy house, which my people are allways Commanded to build unto my holy name.
And verily I say unto you, let this be built unto my name, that I may reveal my mine ordinances therein, unto my people, for I deign to reveal unto my church, things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world, things that pertain to the dispensation of the fulness of times, and I will shew unto my Servant Joseph all things pertaining to this and the priesthood thereof, and the place whereon it shall be built, and ye shall build it on the place where you have contemplated building <​it,​> for that is the spot which I have chosen for you to build it. If ye labor with all your mights I will consecrate that spot, that it shall be made holy; and if my people will hearken unto my voice and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place, but if they will not hearken to my voice, nor unto the voice of these men whom I have appointed, they shall not be blest, because they pollute my mine holy grounds, and mine holy ordinances, and charters, and my holy words which I give unto them; And it shall come to pass, that if you build a unto my name, and do not do the things that I say, I will not perform the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfill the promises which ye expect at my hands saith the Lord, for instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads by your follies and by all your abominations which you practise before me [p. 6] saith the Lord. Verily, verily, I say unto you, that when I give a commandment unto any of the sons of men, to do a work unto my name, and those sons of men, go with all their mights, and with all they have, to perform that work and cease not their diligence and their enemies come upon them, and hinder them from performing that work, behold, it behoveth me to require that work no more at the hands of those sons of men; but to accept of their offering. and the iniquity, and transgression of my holy laws and commandments I will visit upon <​the heads of​> those who hindered my work unto the third and fourth generation, so long; as they <​repent not​> & hate me, saith the Lord. God. Therefore for this cause have I accepted of the offerings of those whom I commanded to build up a city, and an unto my name in , Missouri and were hindred by their enemies saith the Lord your God. And I will answer judgment, wrath and i[n]dignation; wailing and anguish, and gnashing of teeth upon them their heads unto the third and fourth generation, so long as they repent not, and hate me saith the Lord your God. And this, I make an ensample unto you, for your consolation concerning all those who have been commanded to do a work, and have been hindered by the hands of their enemies, and by oppression, saith the Lord your God; for I am the Lord your God and will save all those <​of your brethren​> who have been pure in heart, and have been slain in the land of saith the Lord.
And again, verily I say unto you, I command you again, to build an to my name even in this place, that ye may prove yourself unto me, that ye are faithful in all things whatsoever I command you, that I may bless you, and crown you with honor, immortality, and eternal life.
And now I say unto you, as pertaining to my , which I have commanded you to build for the boarding of strangers, let it be built unto my name, and let my name, be named upon it, and let my servant Joseph and his house have place therein from generation to generation. For this anointing have I put upon his head, that his blessings shall also be put upon the heads of his posterity after him; and as I said unto Abraham, concerning the kindreds of the arth, even so, I say unto my servant Joseph, in thee, and in thy seed shall the kindreds of the earth be blessed
Therefore let my servant Joseph and his seed after him, have place in that from generation to generation, for ever and ever, saith the Lord, and let the name of that house be called the , and let it be a delightful habitation for man, and a resting place for the weary traveller. that he may contemplate the glory of [p. 7] Zion, and the glory of this, the corner stone thereof; that he may receive also, the council from those whom I have set to be as plants of renown, and as watchmen upon her walls.
Behold, verily I say unto you, let my servant , and my servant , and my servant , and my servant , organize themselves, and appoint one of them to be a president over their quorum for the purpose of building that , and they shall form a constitution whereby they may receive stock, for the building of that . And they shall not receive less than fifty dollars for a share of stock in that , and they shall be permitted to receive fifteen thousand dollars from any one man for stock in that ; but they shall not be permitted to receive over fifteen thousand dollars stock, from any one man; and they shall not be permitted to receive under fifty dollars for a share of stock from any one man in that , and they shall not be permitted to receive any man as a stockholder in that , except the same shall pay his stock into their hands at the time he receives stock, and in proportion to the amount to the amount of stock he pays into their hands, he shall receive stock in that ; but if he pay nothing into their hands, he shall not receive any stock in that , and if any man pay stock into their hands it shall be for stock in that , for himself and for his generation after him, from generation to generation, so long as he, and his heirs shall hold that stock, and do not sell, or convey that stock away out of their hands by their own free will and act— if you will do my will saith the Lord your God.
And again verily I say unto you if my servant , and my servant , and my servant and my servant , receive any stock into their hands, in monies or in property properties wherein they receive the real value of monies; they shall not appropriate any portion of that stock to any other purpose only in that , and if they do appropriate any portion of that stock any where else, only in that , without the consent of the stockholder, and do not repay four fold for the stock which they appropriate any where else, only in that , they shall be accursed, and shall be moved out of their place saith the Lord God, for I the Lord am God and cannot be mocked in any of these things. [p. 8]
Verily: I say unto you let my servant Joseph pay stock into their hands for the building of that as seemeth him good but my servant Joseph cannot pay over fifteen thousand dollars stock in that , nor under fifty dollars, neither can any other man saith the Lord.
And there are others also, who wish to know my will concerning them, for they have asked it at my hands. Therefore I say unto you concerning my servant , if he will do my will let him put stock into that for himself and for his generation after him, from generation <​to generation​> and let him lift up his voice long and loud in the midst of the people to plead the cause of the poor and the needy, and let him not fail neither let his heart faint, and I will accept of his offerings, for they shall not be unto me as the offerings of Cain, for he shall be mine saith the Lord; let his family rejoice and turn away their hearts from affliction, for I have chosen him, and anointed him, and he shall be honored in the midst of his house, for I will forgive all his sins saith the Lord. Amen.
Verily I say unto you, let my servant put stock into that as seemeth him good for himself and his generation after him, from generation to generation. after him from generation to generation.
Let my servant put stock into that for I the Lord loveth him for the work he hath done and will forgive all his sins, therefore, let him be remembered for an interest in that from generation to generation: Let my servant be appointed among you and be ordained by my servant , and be blest of him to go with my servant to accomplish the work that my servant Joseph shall point out unto them and they shall be greatly blessed.
Let my servant pay stock into that as seemeth him good for himself and his generation from generation to generation.
Let my servant pay stock into that as seemeth him good for himself and his seed after him from generation to generation.
Let my servant pay stock into that for himself and his seed after him from generation to generation; If he will do my will let him not take his family unto the eastern lands, even unto : nevertheless I the Lord will build up , but I the Lord have a scourge prepared for the inhabitants thereof; and with my servant there are many things with which I am not [p. 9] well pleased; behold he aspireth to establish his counsel instead of the counsel which I have ordained, even the presidency of my Church, and he setteth up a golden calf, for the worship of my people. Let no man go from this place who has come here, assaying to keep my commandments; if they live here let them live unto me, and if they die here let them die unto me, for they shall rest from all their labors here, and shall continue their works. Therefore let my servant put his trust in me, and cease to fear concerning his family because of the sickness of the land, If ye love me Keep my commandments and the sickness of the land shall redound to your glory.
Let my Servant go and proclaim mine everlasting gospel with a loud voice and with great joy as he shall be moved upon by my spirit unto the inhabitants of and also unto the inhabitants of . and also unto the inhabitants of Madison, and also unto the inhabitants of and await patiently and diligently for further instructions at my general conference saith the Lord. <​If he will do my will​> let him from henceforth hearken to the counsel of my servant Joseph and with his interest support the cause of the poor and publish the new translation of my holy word unto the inhabitants of the earth, and if he will do this I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings, that he shall not be forsaken, nor his seed be found begging bread.
And, again, verily I say unto you that my servant , be appointed, ordained, and anointed as a counsellor unto my servant Joseph, in the room of my servant , that my servant may take the office of priesthood and patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his by blessing and also by right, that from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people, that who ever he blesses shall be blessed, and who ever he curseth shall be cursed, that whatsoever he shall bind on the earth shall be bound in heaven, and, that whatsoever he shall loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven, and from this time forth I appoint unto him, that he may be a prophet and a seer and a revelator unto my church as well as my servant Joseph, that he may act in concert also, with my servant Joseph, and that he shall receive counsel from my servant Joseph, who shall shew unto him the keys whereby he may ask and [p. 10] receive, and be crowned with the same blessings. I crown upon his head, the bishoprick and blessing and glory, and honor and priesthood and gifts of the priesthood, that once was were put upon him that was my servant ; that my servant may bear record of the things which I shall shew unto him, that his name may be had in honorable remembrance from generation to generation for ever and ever. Let my servant also receive the keys by which he may ask and receive blessings, let him be humble before me and be without guile and he shall receive of my spirit, even the comforter, which shall manifest unto him the truth of all things, and shall give him in the very hour, what he shall say, and these signs shall follow him, he shall heal the sick, he shall cast out Devils, and shall be delivered from those who would administer unto him deadly poison, and shall be led in paths where the poisonous serpents cannot lay hold upon his heel; and he shall mount up in the imagination of his thoughts as upon eagles wings, and what if I will that he should raise the dead, let him not withold his voice, therefore let my servant cry aloud and spare not, with joy and rejoicing, and with hozannas to him that sitteth upon the throne for ever and ever saith the Lord your God.
Behold I say unto you I have a mission in store for my servant and my servant and for them alone, and let my servant Joseph tarry at home, for he is needed, the remainder I will shew unto you hereafter, even so, Amen.
And, again, verily I say unto you, if my servant will serve me and be a counsellor unto my servant Joseph, let him arise and come up and stand in the office of his calling, and humble himself before me and if he will offer unto me an acceptable offering and acknowledgements and remain with my people, behold I the Lord your God will heal him that he shall be healed and shall lift up his voice again on the mountains, and be a spokesman before my face; let him come and locate his family in the neighbourhood in which my servant Joseph resides; and in all his journeyings let him lift up his voice as with the sound of a trump and warn the inhabitants of the earth to flee the wrath to come; let him assist my servant Joseph, and also let my servant assist my servant Joseph in making a solemn proclamation unto the kings of the earth even as I have before said [p. 11] unto you.
If my servant will do my will, let him not move his family unto the eastern lands, but let him change their habitation even as I have said: Behold, it is not my will that he should seek to find safety and refuge out of the city which I have appointed unto you, even the city of . Verily I say unto you, even now, that if he will hearken unto my voice it shall be well with him, even so, Amen.
And again verily I say unto you, let my servant Amos Davis pay stock into the hands of those whom I have appointed to build a house for boarding, even the , this let him do if he will have an interest and let him hearken unto the counsel of my servant Joseph, and labor with his own hands that he may obtain the confidence of men, and when he shall prove himself faithful in all things that shall be entrusted unto his care, yea even a few things, he shall be made ruler over many; let him therefore abase himself, that he may be exalted, even so, Amen.
And again, verily I say unto you if my servant will obey my voice, let him build a house for my servant Joseph according to the contract which <​he​> has made with him, as the door shall be open to him from time to time, and let him repent of all his folly and clothe himself with charity, and cease to do evil and lay aside all his hard speeches, and pay stock also into the hands of the quorum of the for himself and for his generation after him, from generation to generation and hearken unto the counsel of my servant Joseph and and , and unto the authorities which I have called to lay the foundation of Zion, and it shall be well with him, for ever and ever, even so Amen.
And again, verily I say unto you let my no man pay stock to the quorum of the , unless he shall be a believer in the Book of Mormon and the revelations I have given unto you saith the Lord your God for that which is more or less than this cometh of evil, and shall be attended with cursings and not blessings saith the Lord your God, even so Amen
And again, verily I say unto you let the quorum of the , have a just recompence of wages, for all their labors which they do in building the , and let their wages be as shall [p. 12] be agreed among themselves as pertaining to the price thereof, and let every man who pays stock bear his proportion of their wages, if it must needs be, for their support saith the Lord, otherwise their labors shall be accounted unto them for stock in that even so, Amen,
Verily I say unto you, I now give unto you the offices belonging to my priesthood that ye may hold the keys thereof even the priesthood which is after the order of Melchisadeck, which is after the order of my only begotton son. First, I give unto you to be a patriarch unto you to hold the sealing blessings of my church, even the holy spirit of promise, whereby ye are sealed up unto the day of redemption, that ye may not fall, notwithstanding the hour of temptation that may come upon you.
I give unto you my servant Joseph to be a presiding Elder over all my Church, to be a Translater, a Revelator, a Seer, and Prophet; I give unto him for Counsellors my servant and my servant that these may constitute a quorum and first presidency to receive the oracles for the whole church.
I give unto you my servant to be a president over the twelve travelling council which twelve hold the keys to open up the authority of my kingdom upon the four corners of the earth and after that to send my word to every creature, they are l , , , , , , , ; I have taken unto myself, behold his priesthood no man taketh from him, but verily I say unto you, another may be appointed unto the same calling.
And, again, I say unto you, I give unto you I give unto you a a High Council for the corner stone of Zion viz , , , , , , , , I have taken unto myself, no man taketh his priesthood, but another may be appointed unto the same priesthood in his stead (and verily I say unto <​you​> let my servant be ordained unto this calling in his stead) , , .
And again I give unto you [p. 13] to be a president over a quorum of high priests, which ordinance is instituted for the purpose of qualifying those who shall be appointed as standing presidents or servants of over different stakes scattered abroad and they may travel also if they choose, but rather be ordained for standing presidents, this is the office of their calling saith the Lord your God, I give unto him and for councillors that they may preside over the quorum of high priests of my church saith the Lord.
And again I say unto you I give unto you I give unto you , Samuel Williams, and over the Jesse Baker which priesthood is to preside over the quorum of Elders, which quorum is instituted for standing ministers, nevertheless they may travel, yet they are ordained to be standing ministers to my church saith the Lord.
And, again, I give unto you , , , , to preside over the quorum of seventies, which quorum is instituted for travelling Elders to bear record of my name in all the world, wherever the travelling high council, my apostles shall send them to prepare an way before my face, the difference between this quorum and the quorum of Elders is, that one is to travel continually and the other is to preside over the churches from time to time, the one has the responsibility of presiding from time to time, but the other has no responsibility of presiding saith the Lord your God
And, again, I say unto you, I give unto you , and if he will receive it, to preside over the Bishoprick, a knowledge of said bishoprick is given unto you in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.
And, again, I say give unto you, and his councillors for priests, and the president of the Teachers and his councillors and also the president of the Deacons and his councillors, and also the president of the stake and his councillors the above offices I have given unto you and the keys thereof for helps and for governments for the work of the ministry, and the perfecting of my saints and a commandment I give unto you that you should fill all these offices and approve of those [p. 14] names which I have mentioned, or else disapprove of them at my general conference; and that ye should prepare rooms for all these offices in my house when you build it unto my name saith the Lord your God. even so. Amen.
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Revelation, 20 March 1841
City of March [blank] 1841
Brother William Allred, Bishop of the Stake at , and also Brother President of the Stake at Freedom, desire President Joseph Smith to enquire of the Lord, his will concerning them.
City of March 20th. 1841
Let my servants William Allred, and have an agency for the selling of stock for the , and assist my servants , , and in building said , and let my Servants William Allred and take stock in the , that the poor of my people may have employment, and that accommodations may be made for the strangers who shall come to visit this place, and for this purpose let them devote all their properties saith the Lord.
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Revelation, circa March 1841 [D&C 125]
A Revelation given in the City of in answer to the following interrogatory.
What is the will of the Lord concerning the Saints in the Territory of ?
Verily, thus saith the Lord, I say unto you if those who call themselves by <​my​> name, and are assaying to be my saints, if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning them; let them gather themselves together unto the places which I shall appoint unto them by my servant Joseph, and build up cities unto my name, that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come. Let them build up a city unto my name upon the land opposite to the city of and let the name of be named upon it. And let all those who come from the east and the west, and the north and the south that have desires to dwell therein, take up their inheritances in the same, as well as in the City of or in the City of , and in all the stakes which I have appointed saith the Lord.
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Revelation, 12 January 1838–A
Trial of the First Presidency.—
A Revelation given at the , Kirtland Geauga Co, Ohio. in the presence of Joseph Smith Jr, , and . January 12th. 1838. When enquiry was made of the Lord relative to the trial of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for transgression, according to the item of law found in the Book of Covenants 3rd. Section 37 verse, whether the decision of such a Council of one stake, shall be conclusive for Zion and her stakes.
Thus saith the Lord, let the first presidency of my Church, be held in full fellowship in Zion and in all her stakes, until they shall be found transgressors, by such a high council as is named in the above alluded section, in Zion by three witnesses standing against each member of said presidency, and these witnesses shall be of long and faithful standing, and such also as cannot be impeached by other witnesses, before such Council, and when a decision is had by such a Council in Zion it shall only be for Zion, it shall not answer for her stakes, but if such decision be acknowledged by the Council of her stakes, then it shall answer for her stakes, but if it is not acknowledged by the stakes then such stake may have the priviledge of learning for themselves, or if such decision be acknowledged by a majority of the stakes, then it shall answer for all her stakes. And again,
The presidency of my church may be tried by the voice of the whole body of the church in Zion, and the voice of a majority of all her stakes. And again.
Except a majority is had by the voice of the church of Zion, and a majority of all her stakes, the charges will be considered not sustained. And in order to sustain such charge or charges, before such church of Zion or her stakes such witnesses must be had as is named above, that is the witnesses to each president, who are of long and faithful standing, that cannot be impeached by other witnesses before the church of Zion, or her stakes, and all this saith the Lord because of wicked and aspiring men Let all your doings be in meekness and humility before me, even so Amen.—— [p. 17]
Revelation, 12 January 1838–B
A Revelation given in , Geauga County. Ohio Jany 12th. 1838 upon an inquiry being made of the Lord, whither any branch of the Church of <​Jesus​> Christ of Latter Day Saints can be considered a stake of Zion until they have acknowledged the authority of the First presidency by a vote of such Church.
Thus saith the Lord, verily I say unto you nay. No Stake shall be appointed except by the first presidency, and this presidency be acknowledged by the voice of the same, otherwise it shall not be count[e]d as a Stake of Zion. And again, Except it be dedicated by this presidency it cannot be acknowledged as a stake of Zion, for unto this end have I appointed them in laying the foundation of, and establishing my kingdom. even so Amen.
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Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105]
A Revelation given on June 22nd. 1834.
Verily I say unto you who have assembled together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of mine afflicted people.
Behold I say unto you were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individually, [they] these might have been redeemed even now. But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I require at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them, and are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom; and Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom, otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself; and my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be by the things which they suffer. I speak not concerning those who are appointed to lead my people, who are the first Elders of my church, for they are not all under this condemnation, but I speak concerning the church abroad— There are many who will say where is there God? Behold he will deliver in time of trouble, otherwise we will not go up unto Zion, and will keep our monies. Therefore in consequence of the transgression of my people, it is expedient in me that mine Elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion, that they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly <​and have experience and know more perfectly​> concerning their duty and the things that I require at their hands, and this cannot be brought to pass until mine Elders are endowed with power from on high: for behold I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them inasmuch as they are faithful and continue in humility before me. Therefore it is expedient in me that mine Elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion: For behold I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion, for as I said in a former commandment, even so I will fulfill, I will fight your battles— Behold the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies, and not many years hence, they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the land, which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints [p. 19] Behold I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith Jr to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young and middle aged, to gather together for thee redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen, but the strength of mine house has not hearkened unto my words, but inasmuch as there are those that have hearkened <​un​>to my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offring: And it is expedient in me, that they should be brought thus far, for a trial of their faith.
And now verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the region round about, let them stay, and those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them, for I will council him concerning this matter: and all things whatsoever he <​shall​> appoint unto them shall be fulfilled.
And let all my people who dwell in the region round about, be very faithful and prayerful, and humble before me, and reveal not the things which I have revealed unto them. Talk not of judgment; boast not of faith, nor of mighty works, but carefully gather together, as much in one region as can be consistently with the feelings of the people. And behold I will give unto you favor and grace in their eyes, that you may rest in peace and safety while you are saying to the people, execute judgment and justice for us according to law, and redress us of our wrongs. Now behold I say unto you, my friends, in this way you may find favor in the eyes of the people, until the armies of Israel become very great: And I will soften the hearts of the people, until the armies of Israel become very great: And I will soften the hearts of the people, as I did the heart of Pharoah, from time to time, until my servant Joseph, and mine Elders whom I have appointed shall have time to gather up the strength of my house, and to have sent wise men to fulfil that which I have commanded concerning the purchasing of all the land in , that can be purchased, and in the adjoining counties round about; for it is my will that these lands should be purchased, and after they are purchased, <​(read Note A. page 21)​> I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possesion of their own lands, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies, that may be upon them, and of scattering their watchmen, and [p. 20] avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. But firstly let my army become very great, and let it be scantified [sanctified] before me, that it may become fair as the sun and clear as the moon; and that her banners may be terrible unto all nations; that the kingdoms of this world may be constrained to acknowledge that the kingdom of Zion is in very deed the kingdom of our God and his Christ— Therefore let us become subject <​un​>to her laws
Verily I say unto, it is expedient in me that the first Elders in my church should receive their endowment from on high, in my which I have commanded to be built unto my name in the land of . And let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion, and her law, be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption. There has been a day of calling but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy: And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the spirit, those who are chosen, and they shall be sanctified: And inasmuch as they follow the council which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.
And again I say unto you, sue for peace, not only the people that have smitten you, but also to all people; and lift up an Ensign of peace and make a proclamation for peace unto the ends of the earth; and make proposals for peace, unto those who have smitten them you, according to the voice of the spirit which is in you, and all things shall work together for your good. And be faithful, and lo! and behold I am with you, even unto the end. even so. Amen.
<​(Note A.) that my saints should possess them according to the laws of consecration which I have given; and after these lands are purchased​>
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Revelation, 6 August 1836 [D&C 111]
A Revelation given in Mass. August 6th. 1836
I the Lord your God am not displeased with your coming this journey, notwithstanding your follies. I have much treasure in this city for you, for the benefit of Zion; and many people in this city, whom I will gather out in due time, for the benefit of Zion, through your instrumentality: Therefore it is expedient that you should form acquaintance with men in this city, as you shall be led, and as it shall be given you: And it shall come to pass in due time, that I will give this city into your hands, that you shall have power over it, insomuch that they shall not discover your secret parts; and its wealth pertaining to gold and silver, shall be yours. Concern not yourselv[e]s about Zion, for I will deal more mercifully with her. Tarry in this place, and in the regions round about, and the place where it is my will you should tarry for the main, shall be signalized unto you by the peace and power of my spirit, that shall flow unto you.
This place you may obtain by hire, &c And inquire diligently concerning the more antient [ancient] inhabitants and founders of this city: Therefore be as wise as serpents, and yet without sin, and I will order all things for your good as fast as ye are able to receive them. Amen.
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Revelation, 25 December 1832 [D&C 87]
A Revelation given Decr. 1832
Verily thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass. beginning at the rebellion. of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls; and the days will come, that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place: for behold the southern states shall be divided against the northern states: and the southern states will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall <​also​> call upon other nations in order to defend themselves against other nations: And thus war shall be poured out upon all nations.
And it shall come to pass, after many days, slaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be disiplined [p. 22] for war. And it shall come to pass, also, that the remnant who are left of the land, will marshal themselves, and shall become exceeding angry and shall vex the gentiles with a sore vexation. And thus with the sword, and by bloodshedd, the inhabitants of the Earth shall mourn. And with famine, and plague, and earthquakes, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce vivid lightning, also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath and indignation and chast[e]ning hand of an Almighty God until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations: that the cry of the saints, and of the bloodshed of the saints, shall cease to come into the ears of the Lord of Saboath, from the earth, to be avenged of their enemies: wherefore stand ye in holy places, and be not moved until the day of the Lord. Amen
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Revelation, 24 February 1834 [D&C 103]
A Revelation given February, 1834.
Verily I say unto you my friends, behold I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion, being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies; on whom I will pour out my wrath without mercy measure in mine own time: for I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full: and that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season, with a sore and grevious chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.
But verily I say unto you, I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour unto the council which I the Lord their God shall give unto them. Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour,— and by hearkening to observe all the words which I the Lord their <​God shall​> speak unto them, they never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the earth is again given unto the saints to possess it for ever and ever. [p. 23]
But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them, for they were set to be a light unto the world, and to be a saviors of men; and inasmuch as they are not saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.
But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren which have been scattered, shall return to the lands of their inheritances and build up the waste places of Zion; for after much tribulation, as I <​have​> said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing.
Behold this is the blessing which I have promised after your tribulation, and the tribulation of your brethren: your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren; even there restoration to the land of Zion to be established, no more to be thrown down; nevertheless if they pollute their inheritances, they shall be thrown down, for I will not spare them if they pollute their inheritances. Behold I say unto you, that the redemption of Zion must needs come of power: Therefore I will raise up unto my people, a man who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham; and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretche[d] out arm: And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be: Therefore let not your hearts faint, for I say unto you, as I said unto your fathers, mine Angel shall go up before you, and not my presence, but I say unto you, mine angel shall go <​up​> before you, and also my presence, and in time you shall possess the goodly land.
Verily, verily I say unto you; my servant Joseph Smith Jr. is the man, to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spoke in the parable, which I have given unto you.
Therefore let my servant Joseph say unto the strength of my house, my young men and middle aged, gather yourselves together unto the land of Zion, upon the lands which I have bought with monies, that have been consecrated unto me; and let all the churches send up wise men with their money and purchase lands, even as I have commanded them, and inasmuch as my enemies come against you to drive you from my godly land, which I have consecrated to be the land of Zion: even from your own lands [p. 24] after their testimonies, which ye have brought before me against them, ye shall curse them, and whomsoever ye will curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies: and my presence shall be with you, even in avenging me of mine enemies unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake, for whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again. And whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake is not my deciple. It is my will that my servant should lift up his voice in the congregations in the eastern countries in preparing the churches to keep the commandments which I have given unto them, concerning the restoration and redemption of Zion. It is not my will that my servant , and my servant should not return to the land of their brethren, until they have obtained companies to go up unto the lands of Zion, by tens, or by twenties, or by fifties, or by hundreds, until they have obtained to the number of five hundred of the strength of my house. Behold this is my will: Therefore; if you cannot obtain five hundred, seek diligently that peradventure you may obtain three; and if ye cannot obtain three hundred, seek diligently, that peradventure ye may obtain one hundred. But verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall not go up into the land of Zion, until you have obtained one hundred of the strength of my house to go up with you unto the land of Zion: Therefore, as I said unto, <​you,​> ask and ye shall receive: pray earnestly that peradventure my servant Joseph Smith Jr may go with you and preside in the midst of my people, and organize my kingdom upon the consecrated land; and establish the children of Zion upon the laws and commandments, which have been given, and which shall be given unto you.
All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayer of faith. Let my servant journey with my servant Joseph Smith Jr. Let my servant journey with my servant . Let my servant , journey with my servant . Let my servant , journey with my servant whichsoever my servant Joseph Smith Jr shall counsel them in obtaining the fulfillment of these commandments which I have given unto you, and leave the residue in my hands. even so Amen. [p. 25]
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