DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at or near Fayette, New York, December 1830. HC 1: 128–131. At this time the Prophet was engaged almost daily in making a translation of the Bible. The translation was begun as early as June 1830, and both Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer had served as scribes. Since they had now been called to other duties, Sidney Rigdon was called by divine appointment to serve as the Prophet’s scribe in this work (verse 20
). As a preface to his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote: “In December Sidney Rigdon came [from Ohio] to inquire of the Lord, and with him came Edward Partridge. . . . Shortly after the arrival of these two brethren, thus spake the Lord.”
, How men may become the sons of God; 3–7
, Sidney Rigdon is called to baptize and confer the Holy Ghost; 8–12
, Signs and miracles are wrought by faith; 13–16
, The Lord’s servants shall thrash the nations by the power of the Spirit; 17–19
, Joseph Smith holds the keys of the mysteries; 20–21
, The elect shall abide the day of the Lord’s coming; 22–27
, Israel shall be saved.
to the voice of the aLord
your God, even bAlpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose ccourse
is one deternal
round, the esame
today as yesterday, and forever.
I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was acrucified
for the sins of the world, even as many as will bbelieve
on my name, that they may become the csons
of God, even done
as I am fone
in the Father, as the Father is one in me, that we may be one.
Behold, verily, verily, I say unto my servant Sidney, I have looked upon thee and thy works. I have aheard
thy prayers, and prepared thee for a greater work.
Thou art blessed, for thou shalt do great things. Behold thou wast sent forth, even as aJohn
, to prepare the way before me, and before bElijah
which should come, and thou knewest it not.
Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they areceived
not the Holy Ghost;
But now I give unto thee a commandment, that thou shalt abaptize
by water, and they shall receive the bHoly
Ghost by the laying on of the chands
, even as the apostles of old.
And it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land, even among the aGentiles
, for their bfolly
and their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all people.
And whoso shall ask it in my name in afaith
, they shall bcast
; they shall heal the dsick
; they shall cause the blind to receive their esight
, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.
And the time aspeedily
cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men;
And there are anone
that doeth good except those who are ready to breceive
the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.
Wherefore, I call upon the aweak
things of the world, those who are bunlearned
and despised, to thrash the cnations
by the power of my dSpirit
And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their ashield
and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their benemies
shall be under their feet; and I will let cfall
in their behalf, and by the efire
of mine indignation will I preserve them.
And the apoor
and the bmeek
shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be clooking
forth for the time of my coming, for it is dnigh
And they shall learn the parable of the afig
-tree, for even now already summer is nigh.
And I have sent forth the afulness
of my gospel by the hand of my servant Joseph; and in weakness have I blessed him;
And I have given unto him the akeys
of the mystery of those things which have been bsealed
, even things which were from the cfoundation
of the world, and the things which shall come from this time until the time of my coming, if he dabide
in me, and if not, eanother
will I plant in his stead.
Wherefore, watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be given by the aComforter
, the bHoly
Ghost, that knoweth all things.
And a commandment I give unto thee—that thou shalt awrite
for him; and the bscriptures
shall be given, even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own celect
For they will hear my avoice
, and shall bsee
me, and shall not be casleep
, and shall dabide
the day of my ecoming
; for they shall be fpurified
, even as I am pure.
And now I say unto you, atarry
with him, and he shall journey with you; forsake him not, and surely these things shall be fulfilled.
as ye do not write, behold, it shall be bgiven
unto him to prophesy; and thou shalt preach my gospel and call on cthe
holy prophets to prove his words, as they shall be given him.
all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound; and I will cause the heavens to bshake
for your cgood
, and dSatan
shall tremble and eZion
upon the hills and gflourish
shall be bsaved
in mine own due time; and by the ckeys
which I have given shall they be led, and no more be confounded at all.
Fear not, little aflock
, the bkingdom
is yours until I come. Behold, I ccome
quickly. Even so. Amen.