DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer, given at Fayette, New York, June 1829. HC 1: 60–64. When the Aaronic Priesthood was conferred, the bestowal of the Melchizedek Priesthood was promised. See heading to Section 13
. In response to supplication for knowledge on the matter, the Lord gave this revelation.
, Scriptures show how to build up the Church; 6–8
, The world is ripening in iniquity; 9–16
, The worth of souls is great; 17–25
, To gain salvation, men must take upon them the name of Christ; 26–36
, The calling and mission of the Twelve are revealed; 37–39
, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer are to search out the Twelve; 40–47
, To gain salvation, men must repent, be baptized, and keep the commandments.
Now, behold, because of the thing which you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:
Behold, I have amanifested
unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the bthings
which you have written are ctrue
; wherefore you know that they are true.
And if you know that they are true, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you arely
upon the things which are bwritten
For in them are all things awritten
concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my brock
Wherefore, if you shall build up my achurch
, upon the foundation of my gospel and my brock
, the cgates
of hell shall not prevail against you.
Behold, the aworld
in iniquity; and it must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the cGentiles
and also the house of Israel.
Wherefore, as thou hast been abaptized
by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., according to that which I have commanded him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I commanded him.
And now, marvel not that I have acalled
him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me; wherefore, if he shall be bdiligent
in keeping my commandments he shall be cblessed
unto eternal life; and his name is dJoseph
And now, Oliver Cowdery, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer, by the way of commandment; for, behold, I acommand
all men everywhere to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine bapostle
, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called.
Remember the aworth
is great in the sight of God;
For, behold, the Lord your aRedeemer
in the flesh; wherefore he csuffered
of all men, that all men might repent and ecome
And he hath arisen
again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of brepentance
Wherefore, you are called to acry
repentance unto this people.
And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one asoul
unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the akingdom
of my Father, how great will be your bjoy
if you should bring many csouls
Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my asalvation
the Father in my bname
, in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost, which manifesteth all things which are cexpedient
unto the children of men.
against no church, save it be the bchurch
of the devil.
And as many as repent and are abaptized
in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and bendure
to the end, the same shall be saved.
Behold, Jesus Christ is the aname
which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be bsaved
Wherefore, all men must take upon them the aname
which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day;
Wherefore, if they aknow
not the bname
by which they are called, they cannot have place in the ckingdom
of my Father.
And now, behold, there are others who are acalled
to declare my gospel, both unto bGentile
and unto Jew;
Yea, even twelve; and the aTwelve
shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name; and the Twelve are they who shall desire to take upon them my bname
with full purpose of heart.
And if they desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the aworld
to preach my bgospel
And they are they who are ordained of me to abaptize
in my name, according to that which is written;
And you have that which is written before you; wherefore, you must perform it aaccording
to the words which are bwritten
And now I speak unto you, the aTwelve
—Behold, my grace is sufficient for you; you must walk uprightly before me and sin not.
And, behold, you are they who are ordained of me to aordain bpriests
and teachers; to declare my gospel, caccording
to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and according to the dcallings
and gifts of God unto men;
And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.
are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;
For it is my avoice
which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;
Wherefore, you can atestify
that you have bheard
my voice, and know my words.
And now, behold, I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that you shall search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken;
And by their adesires
and their bworks
you shall know them.
And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.
And you shall fall down and aworship
the Father in my bname
And you must preach unto the world, saying: You must arepent
and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ;
For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and achildren
who have arrived at the years of baccountability
And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my acommandments
in all things;
And by your hands I will work a amarvelous
work among the children of men, unto the bconvincing
of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance, and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father.
Wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are aabove
And after that you have received this, if you akeep
not my commandments you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father.
Behold, I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your aRedeemer
, by the bpower
of my Spirit have spoken it. Amen.