DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831. HC 1: 224–225. The occasion was that of a special conference, and the publication of the revelations already received from the Lord through the Prophet was considered and acted upon. See heading to Section 1
. It was decided that Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer should take the manuscripts of the revelations to Independence, where W. W. Phelps would publish them as the “Book of Commandments.” Many of the brethren bore solemn testimony that the revelations then compiled for publication were verily true, as was witnessed by the Holy Ghost shed forth upon them. The Prophet records that after the revelation known as Section 1
had been received, some negative conversation was had concerning the language used in the revelations. The present revelation followed.
, The Lord hears the prayers and watches over his elders; 4–9
, He challenges the wisest person to duplicate the least of his revelations; 10–14
, Faithful elders shall be quickened by the Spirit and see the face of God.
and hearken, O ye aelders
of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose bprayers
I have heard, and whose chearts
I know, and whose desires have come up before me.
Behold and lo, mine aeyes
are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine bhands
, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.
Ye endeavored to abelieve
that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were bfears
in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.
And now I, the Lord, give unto you a atestimony
of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you.
Your eyes have been upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and his alanguage
you have known, and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge that you might express beyond his language; this you also know.
Now, seek ye out of the Book of Commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most awise
Or, if there be any among you that shall make one alike
unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true;
But if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not abear
record that they are true.
For ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them, and that which is arighteous
cometh down from above, from the Father of blights
And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a apromise
I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you bstrip
yourselves from cjealousies
, and ehumble
yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the fveil
shall be rent and you shall gsee
me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.
For no aman
has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God.
Neither can any anatural
man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.
Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, acontinue
in patience until ye are bperfected
Let not your minds aturn
back; and when ye are bworthy
, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. Amen.