DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, December 4, 1831. HC 1: 239–241. Several elders and members had assembled to learn their duty and to be further edified in the teachings of the Church. This section is a compilation of two revelations received on the same day. Verses 1–8
make known the calling of Newel K. Whitney as a bishop. He was then called and ordained, after which verses 9–26
were received giving additional information as to a bishop’s duties.
, Elders are to render an account of their stewardship unto the bishop; 9–15
, The bishop keeps the storehouse and cares for the poor and needy; 16–26
, Bishops are to certify worthiness of elders.
and listen to the voice of the Lord, O ye who have assembled yourselves together, who are the ahigh
priests of my church, to whom the bkingdom
and power have been given.
For verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient in me for a abishop
to be appointed unto you, or of you, unto the church in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.
And verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every asteward
, to render an baccount
of his cstewardship
, both in time and in eternity.
For he who is faithful and awise
in time is accounted worthy to inherit the bmansions
prepared for him of my Father.
Verily I say unto you, the elders of the church in this part of my vineyard shall render an account of their stewardship unto the abishop
, who shall be appointed of me in this part of my vineyard.
These things shall be had on arecord
, to be handed over unto the bbishop
And the duty of the abishop
shall be made known by the commandments which have been given, and the voice of the conference.
And now, verily I say unto you, my servant aNewel
K. Whitney is the man who shall be appointed and ordained unto this power. This is the will of the Lord your God, your Redeemer. Even so. Amen.
The word of the Lord, in addition to the alaw
which has been given, making known the bduty
of the cbishop
who has been ordained unto the church in this part of the vineyard, which is verily this—
To keep the Lord’s astorehouse
; to receive the funds of the church in this part of the vineyard;
To take an account of the elders as before has been commanded; and to aadminister
to their wants, who shall pay for that which they receive, inasmuch as they have wherewith to pay;
That this also may be consecrated to the good of the church, to the poor and needy.
And he who ahath
not wherewith to pay, an account shall be taken and handed over to the bishop of Zion, who shall pay the debt out of that which the Lord shall put into his hands.
And the labors of the faithful who labor in spiritual things, in administering the gospel and the athings
of the kingdom unto the church, and unto the world, shall answer the debt unto the bishop in Zion;
Thus it cometh out of the church, for according to the alaw
every man that cometh up to Zion must lay all things before the bishop in Zion.
And now, verily I say unto you, that as every elder in this part of the vineyard must give an account of his stewardship unto the bishop in this part of the vineyard—
from the judge or bishop in this part of the vineyard, unto the bishop in Zion, rendereth every man acceptable, and answereth all things, for an inheritance, and to be received as a wise bsteward
and as a faithful claborer
Otherwise he shall not be aaccepted
of the bishop of Zion.
And now, verily I say unto you, let every elder who shall give an account unto the bishop of the church in this part of the vineyard be arecommended
by the church or churches, in which he labors, that he may render himself and his accounts approved in all things.
And again, let my servants who are appointed as stewards over the aliterary
concerns of my church have claim for assistance upon the bishop or bishops in all things—
That the revelations may be apublished
, and go forth unto the ends of the earth; that they also may obtain bfunds
which shall benefit the church in all things;
That they also may render themselves approved in all things, and be accounted as awise
And now, behold, this shall be an aensample
for all the extensive branches of my church, in whatsoever land they shall be established. And now I make an end of my sayings. Amen.
A few words in addition to the laws of the kingdom, respecting the members of the church—they that are aappointed
by the Holy Spirit to go up unto Zion, and they who are bprivileged
to go up unto Zion—
Let them carry up unto the bishop a acertificate
from three elders of the church, or a certificate from the bishop;
Otherwise he who shall go up unto the land of Zion shall not be accounted as a wise steward. This is also an ensample. Amen.