DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, during a special conference of elders of the Church, held at Hiram, Ohio, November 1, 1831. HC 1: 221–224. Many revelations had been received from the Lord prior to this time, and the compilation of these for publication in book form was one of the principal subjects passed upon at the conference. This section constitutes the Lord’s Preface to the doctrines, covenants, and commandments given in this dispensation.
, The voice of warning is to all people; 8–16
, Apostasy and wickedness precede the Second Coming; 17–23
, Joseph Smith called to restore to earth the Lord’s truths and powers; 24–33
, The Book of Mormon brought forth and true Church established; 34–36
, Peace shall be taken from the earth; 37–39
, Search these commandments.
, O ye people of my bchurch
, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose ceyes
are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.
For verily the avoice
of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to bescape
; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither cear
that shall not hear, neither dheart
that shall not be penetrated.
And the arebellious
shall be bpierced
with much csorrow
; for their iniquities shall be dspoken
upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.
And the avoice
of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have bchosen
in these clast
And they shall ago
forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.
And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to aseal
both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and brebellious
Yea, verily, to seal them up unto the aday
when the bwrath
of God shall be poured out upon the cwicked
Unto the aday
when the Lord shall come to brecompense
unto every man according to his cwork
, and dmeasure
to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.
Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear:
Prepare ye, aprepare
ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is bnigh
And the aanger
of the Lord is kindled, and his bsword
is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth.
And the aarm
of the Lord shall be revealed; and the bday
cometh that they who will not chear
the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his dservants
, neither give eheed
to the words of the prophets and fapostles
, shall be gcut
off from among the people;
not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man bwalketh
in his cown dway
, and after the eimage
of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth fold
and shall perish in Babylon, even gBabylon
the great, which shall fall.
And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets—
things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man bshould
not counsel his fellow man, neither ctrust
in the arm of flesh—
But that every man might aspeak
in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;
That faith also might increase in the earth;
That mine everlasting acovenant
might be established;
Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these acommandments
are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their blanguage
, that they might come to cunderstanding
And inasmuch as they aerred
it might be made known;
And inasmuch as they sinned they might be achastened
, that they might brepent
And inasmuch as they were ahumble
they might be made strong, and blessed from on high, and receive bknowledge
from time to time.
And after having received the record of the Nephites, yea, even my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., might have power to atranslate
through the bmercy
of God, by the power of God, the cBook
And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have apower
to lay the foundation of this bchurch
, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of cdarkness
, the only true and living dchurch
upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well epleased
unto the church collectively and not individually—
For I the Lord cannot look upon asin
with the least degree of allowance;
And he that arepents
not, from him shall be btaken
even the light which he has received; for my cSpirit
shall not always dstrive
with man, saith the Lord of Hosts.
And again, verily I say unto you, O inhabitants of the earth: I the Lord am willing to make these things aknown
For I am no arespecter
of persons, and will that all men shall know that the bday
speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when cpeace
shall be taken from the earth, and the ddevil
shall have power over his own dominion.
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my aword
shall not pass away, but shall all be bfulfilled
, whether by mine own cvoice
or by the dvoice
of my eservants
, it is the fsame
For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the aSpirit
beareth record, and the record is true, and the btruth
abideth forever and ever. Amen.