DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh, at Kirtland, Ohio, July 23, 1837. HC 2: 499–501. The word of the Lord unto Thomas B. Marsh, concerning the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb. The Prophet records that this revelation was received on the day on which the gospel was first preached in England. Thomas B. Marsh was at this time president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
, The Twelve are to send the gospel and raise the warning voice to all nations and people; 11–15
, They are to take up their cross, follow Jesus, and feed his sheep; 16–20
, Those who receive the First Presidency receive the Lord; 21–29
, Darkness covers the earth, and only those who believe and are baptized shall be saved; 30–34
, The First Presidency and the Twelve hold the keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times.
thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Thomas: I have heard thy prayers; and thine aalms
have come up as a bmemorial
before me, in behalf of those, thy brethren, who were chosen to bear testimony of my name and to csend
it abroad among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, and ordained through the instrumentality of my servants,
Verily I say unto you, there have been some few things in thine heart and with thee with which I, the Lord, was not well pleased.
Nevertheless, inasmuch as thou hast aabased
thyself thou shalt be exalted; therefore, all thy sins are forgiven thee.
Let thy heart be of good acheer
before my face; and thou shalt bear record of my name, not only unto the bGentiles
, but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.
thou, therefore, morning by morning; and day after day let thy bwarning
voice go forth; and when the night cometh let not the inhabitants of the earth slumber, because of thy cspeech
Let thy habitation be known in Zion, and aremove
not thy house; for I, the Lord, have a great work for thee to do, in publishing my name among the children of men.
up thy loins for the work. Let thy feet be shod also, for thou art chosen, and thy path lieth among the mountains, and among many nations.
And by thy word many high ones shall be brought low, and by thy word many low ones shall be aexalted
Thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor; and at thy arebuke
let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness.
Be thou ahumble
; and the Lord thy God shall blead
thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.
I know thy heart, and have heard thy prayers concerning thy brethren. Be not partial towards them in love above many others, but let thy alove
be for them as for thyself; and let thy love abound unto all men, and unto all who love my name.
And pray for thy brethren of the Twelve. aAdmonish
them sharply for my name’s sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my bname
And after their atemptations
, and much btribulation
, behold, I, the Lord, will feel after them, and if they harden not their hearts, and cstiffen
not their necks against me, they shall be dconverted
, and I will heal them.
Now, I say unto you, and what I say unto you, I say unto all the Twelve: Arise and gird up your loins, take up your across
, follow me, and bfeed
Exalt not yourselves; arebel
not against my servant Joseph; for verily I say unto you, I am with him, and my hand shall be over him; and the bkeys
which I have given unto him, and also to youward, shall not be taken from him till I come.
Verily I say unto you, my servant Thomas, thou art the man whom I have chosen to hold the akeys
of my kingdom, as pertaining to the Twelve, abroad among all nations—
That thou mayest be my servant to unlock the door of the kingdom in all places where my servant Joseph, and my servant Sidney, and my servant Hyrum, acannot
For on them have I laid the burden of all the churches for a little season.
Wherefore, whithersoever they shall send you, go ye, and I will be with you; and in whatsoever place ye shall proclaim my name an aeffectual
door shall be opened unto you, that they may receive my word.
my word receiveth me, and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth those, the First Presidency, whom I have sent, whom I have made counselors for my name’s sake unto you.
And again, I say unto you, that whosoever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren, the aTwelve
, duly recommended and bauthorized
by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them—
Inasmuch as they shall humble themselves before me, and abide in my word, and ahearken
to the voice of my Spirit.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, adarkness
covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become bcorrupt
before my face.
cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of bdesolation
, of cweeping
, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
And upon my ahouse
shall it bbegin
, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have aprofessed
to know my bname
and have not cknown
me, and have dblasphemed
against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.
Therefore, see to it that ye trouble not yourselves concerning the affairs of my church ain
this place, saith the Lord.
your hearts before me; and then bgo
ye into all the world, and preach my gospel unto every creature who has not received it;
And he that abelieveth
and is bbaptized
shall be saved, and he that believeth not, and is not baptized, shall be cdamned
For unto you, the aTwelve
, and those, the First Presidency, who are appointed with you to be your bcounselors
and your leaders, is the cpower
of this priesthood given, for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the dfulness
Which power you hold, in connection with all those who have received a adispensation
at any time from the beginning of the creation;
For verily I say unto you, the akeys
of the dispensation, which ye have received, have bcome
down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.
Verily I say unto you, behold how great is your calling. aCleanse
your hearts and your garments, lest the blood of this generation be brequired
at your hands.
Be faithful until I come, for I acome
quickly; and my reward is with me to recompense every man according as his bwork
shall be. I am Alpha and Omega. Amen.