DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 4, 1831. HC 1: 146–147. The Kirtland Branch of the Church at this time was rapidly increasing in numbers. Prefacing this revelation the Prophet wrote: “The members were striving to do the will of God, so far as they knew it, though some strange notions and false spirits had crept in among them . . . [and] the Lord gave unto the Church the following.”
, The elders shall govern the Church by the spirit of revelation; 4–6
, True disciples will receive and keep the Lord’s law; 7–12
, Edward Partridge is named as a bishop unto the Church.
, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all bblessings
, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I ccurse
, that have dprofessed
, with the heaviest of all cursings.
Hearken, O ye elders of my church whom I have called, behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to aagree
upon my word;
And by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my alaw
, that ye may know how to govern my bchurch
and have all things right before me.
And I will be your aruler
when I bcome
; and behold, I come quickly, and ye shall see that my law is kept.
He that areceiveth
it, the same is my disciple; and he that saith he receiveth it and ddoeth
it not, the same is not my disciple, and shall be ecast
out from among you;
For it is not meet that the things which belong to the children of the kingdom should be given to them that are not worthy, or to adogs
, or the bpearls
to be cast before swine.
And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., should have a ahouse
built, in which to live and btranslate
And again, it is meet that my servant Sidney Rigdon should live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments.
And again, I have called my servant aEdward
Partridge; and I give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bbishop
unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to cspend
all his time in the labors of the church;
To see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him in my laws in the day that I shall give them.
And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto aNathanael
of old, in whom there is no bguile
These words are given unto you, and they are pure before me; wherefore, beware how you hold them, for they are to be answered upon your asouls
in the day of judgment. Even so. Amen.