DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829. HC 1: 32–35. Oliver Cowdery began his labors as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon, April 7, 1829. He had already received a divine manifestation of the truth of the Prophet’s testimony respecting the plates on which was engraved the Book of Mormon record. The Prophet inquired of the Lord through the Urim and Thummim and received this response.
, Laborers in the Lord’s field gain salvation; 7–13
, There is no gift greater than the gift of salvation; 14–27
, Witness of truth comes by the power of the Spirit; 28–37
, Look unto Christ, and do good continually.
work is about to come forth unto the children of men.
Behold, I am God; give heed unto my aword
, which is quick and powerful, bsharper
than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my words.
Behold, the afield
is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day blasts
, that he may ctreasure
up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.
Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is acalled
Therefore, if you will aask
of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and aseek
to bring forth and establish the cause of bZion
not for briches
but for cwisdom
, and behold, the dmysteries
of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made erich
. Behold, he that hath feternal
life is rich.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you adesire
of me so it shall be unto you; and if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much bgood
in this generation.
Say nothing but arepentance
unto this generation; keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work, according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.
Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy agift
. Remember it is bsacred
and cometh from above—
And if thou wilt ainquire
, thou shalt know bmysteries
which are great and marvelous; therefore thou shalt exercise thy cgift
, that thou mayest find out mysteries, that thou mayest bring dmany
to the knowledge of the truth, yea, econvince
them of the error of their ways.
Make not thy gift known unto any save it be those who are of thy faith. Trifle not with asacred
If thou wilt do agood
, yea, and bhold
to the dend
, thou shalt be saved in the ekingdom
of God, which is the greatest of all the fgifts
of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of gsalvation
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast ainquired
of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.
Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy amind
; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been benlightened
by the cSpirit
Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that aknowest
thy thoughts and the bintents
of thy cheart
I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee—that the words or the work which thou hast been writing are atrue
Therefore be diligent; astand
by my bservant
Joseph, faithfully, in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be for the word’s sake.
Admonish him in his faults, and also areceive
admonition of him. bBe
patient; be sober; be temperate; have patience, faith, hope and charity.
Behold, thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore atreasure
up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and bdiligent
in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my clove
Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the aSon
of God. I am the same that came unto mine bown
, and mine own received me not. I am the clight
which shineth in ddarkness
, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might aknow
concerning the truth of these things.
Did I not speak apeace
to your mind concerning the matter? What greater bwitness
can you have than from God?
And now, behold, you have received a awitness
; for if I have btold
you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?
And, behold, I grant unto you a gift, if you desire of me, to atranslate
, even as my servant Joseph.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that there are arecords
which contain much of my gospel, which have been kept back because of the bwickedness
of the people;
And now I command you, that if you have good desires—a desire to lay up atreasures
for yourself in heaven—then shall you assist in bringing to light, with your gift, those parts of my bscriptures
which have been hidden because of iniquity.
And now, behold, I give unto you, and also unto my servant Joseph, the akeys
of this gift, which shall bring to light this ministry; and in the mouth of two or three bwitnesses
shall every word be established.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if they areject
my words, and this part of my gospel and ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no more unto you than unto me.
And even if they ado
unto you even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall bdwell
with me in cglory
But if they areject
not my words, which shall be established by the btestimony
which shall be given, blessed are they, and then shall ye have joy in the fruit of your labors.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as atouching bone
thing, behold, there will I be in the cmidst
of them—even so am I in the dmidst
not to do bgood
, my sons, for whatsoever ye csow
, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow dgood
ye shall also reap good for your ereward
Therefore, fear not, little aflock
; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are bbuilt
upon my rock, they cannot prevail.
Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and asin
no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you.
the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the bnails
in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall cinherit
of heaven. Amen.