DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Thompson, Ohio, May 1831. HC 1: 173–174. At this time the saints migrating from the eastern states began to arrive in Ohio, and it became necessary to make definite arrangements for their settlement. As this undertaking belonged particularly to the bishop’s office, Bishop Edward Partridge sought instruction on the matter, and the Prophet inquired of the Lord.
, Edward Partridge is appointed to regulate stewardships and properties; 9–12
, The saints are to deal honestly and receive alike; 13–15
, They are to have a bishop’s storehouse and to organize properties according to the Lord’s law; 16–20
, Ohio is to be a temporary gathering place.
unto me, saith the Lord your God, and I will speak unto my servant aEdward
Partridge, and give unto him directions; for it must needs be that he receive directions how to organize this people.
For it must needs be that they be aorganized
according to my blaws
; if otherwise, they will be cut off.
Wherefore, let my servant Edward Partridge, and those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint unto this people their aportions
, every man bequal
according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and cneeds
And let my servant Edward Partridge, when he shall appoint a man his aportion
, give unto him a writing that shall secure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it, even this right and this inheritance in the church, until he transgresses and is not accounted worthy by the voice of the church, according to the blaws
of the church, to belong to the church.
And if he shall transgress and is not accounted worthy to belong to the church, he shall not have power to aclaim
that portion which he has consecrated unto the bishop for the poor and needy of my church; therefore, he shall not retain the gift, but shall only have bclaim
on that portion that is deeded unto him.
And thus all things shall be made sure, aaccording
to the blaws
of the land.
And let that which belongs to this people be appointed unto this people.
And the amoney
which is left unto this people—let there be an bagent
appointed unto this people, to take the cmoney
to provide food and raiment, according to the wants of this people.
And let every man deal ahonestly
, and be alike among this people, and receive alike, that ye may be bone
, even as I have commanded you.
And let that which belongeth to this people not be taken and given unto that of aanother
Wherefore, if another church would receive money of this church, let them apay
unto this church again according as they shall agree;
And this shall be done through the bishop or the agent, which shall be appointed by the avoice
of the church.
And again, let the bishop appoint a astorehouse
unto this church; and let all things both in money and in meat, which are more than is bneedful
for the wants of this people, be kept in the hands of the bishop.
And let him also reserve unto ahimself
for his own wants, and for the wants of his family, as he shall be employed in doing this business.
And thus I grant unto this people a privilege of organizing themselves according to my alaws
And I consecrate unto them this land for a alittle
season, until I, the Lord, shall provide for them otherwise, and command them to go hence;
And the hour and the day is not given unto them, wherefore let them act upon this land as for years, and this shall turn unto them for their good.
Behold, this shall be aan
example unto my servant Edward Partridge, in other places, in all churches.
And whoso is found a afaithful
, a bjust
, and a wise csteward
shall enter into the djoy
of his Lord, and shall inherit eternal life.
Verily, I say unto you, I am Jesus Christ, who acometh
quickly, in an bhour
you think not. Even so. Amen.