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, when they inquired through the Urim and Thummim as to whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried in the flesh or had died. The revelation is a translated version of the record made on parchment by John and hidden up by himself. HC 1: 35–36.
, John the Beloved shall live until the Lord comes; 4–8
, Peter, James, and John hold gospel keys.
the Lord said unto me: John, my abeloved
, what bdesirest
thou? For if you shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you.
And I said unto him: Lord, give unto me apower
, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.
And the Lord said unto me: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, because thou desirest this thou shalt atarry
until I come in my bglory
, and shalt cprophesy
before nations, kindreds, tongues and people.
And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? For he desired of me that he might bring asouls
unto me, but thou desiredst that thou mightest speedily come unto me in my bkingdom
I say unto thee, Peter, this was a good desire; but my beloved has desired that he might do more, or a greater awork
yet among men than what he has before done.
Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him as flaming fire and a aministering
angel; he shall minister for those who shall be bheirs
of salvation who dwell on the earth.
And I will make thee to minister for him and for thy brother James; and unto you three I will agive
this power and the bkeys
of this ministry until I come.
Verily I say unto you, ye shall both have according to your desires, for ye both ajoy
in that which ye have desired.