DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, August 7, 1831. HC 1: 196–201. Preceding his record of this revelation, the Prophet writes descriptively of the land of Zion wherein the people were then assembled. The land was consecrated, as the Lord had directed, and the site for the future temple was dedicated. The Lord makes these commandments especially applicable to the saints in Zion.
, The faithful saints in Zion shall be blessed; 5–8
, They are to love and serve the Lord and keep his commandments; 9–19
, By keeping the Lord’s day holy, the saints are blessed temporally and spiritually; 20–24
, The righteous are promised peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.
blessed, saith the Lord, are they who have come up unto this land with an aeye
single to my glory, according to my commandments.
For those that live shall ainherit
the earth, and those that bdie
shall rest from all their labors, and their works shall follow them; and they shall receive a ccrown
in the dmansions
of my Father, which I have prepared for them.
Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its astrength
Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt alove
the Lord thy God with all thy bheart
, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt cserve
Thou shalt athank
the Lord thy God in all things.
And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself aunspotted
from the world, thou shalt go to the house of bprayer
and offer up thy csacraments
upon my dholy
For verily this is a aday
appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;
Nevertheless thy avows
shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;
But remember that on this, the aLord
’s day, thou shalt offer thine boblations
and thy sacraments unto the Most High, cconfessing
thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy afasting
may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy bjoy
may be full.
Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
And inasmuch as ye do these things with athanksgiving
, with bcheerful chearts
and countenances, not with dmuch elaughter
, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance—
Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the afulness
of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
Yea, and the herb, and the agood
things which come of the earth, whether for food or for braiment
, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;
Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the abenefit
and the buse
of man, both to please the eye and to cgladden
Yea, for afood
and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to bstrengthen
the body and to enliven the soul.
And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to aexcess
, neither by extortion.
And in nothing doth man aoffend
God, or against none is his bwrath ckindled
, save those who dconfess
not his hand in all things, and eobey
not his commandments.
Behold, this is according to the law and the prophets; wherefore, trouble me no more concerning this matter.
I, the Lord, have spoken it, and the Spirit beareth record. Amen.