DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832. The order given of the Lord to Joseph Smith for the purpose of establishing a storehouse for the poor. HC 1: 255–257. It was not always desirable that the identity of the individuals whom the Lord addressed in the revelations should be known by the world; hence, in the publication of this and some subsequent revelations the brethren were referred to by other than their own names. When the necessity had passed for keeping the names of the individuals unknown, their real names were thereafter given in brackets. Since there exists no vital need today to continue the code names, the real names only are now used herein, as given in the original manuscripts.
, The saints should organize and establish a storehouse; 5–12
, Wise use of their properties will lead to salvation; 13–14
, The Church should be independent of earthly powers; 15–16
, Michael (Adam) serves under the direction of the Holy One (Christ); 17–22
, Blessed are the faithful, for they shall inherit all things.
Lord spake unto Joseph Smith, Jun., saying: Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, who are ordained unto the ahigh
priesthood of my church, who have assembled yourselves together;
And listen to the acounsel
of him who has bordained
you from on high, who shall speak in your ears the words of cwisdom
, that salvation may be unto you in that thing which you have presented before me, saith the Lord God.
For verily I say unto you, the time has come, and is now at hand; and behold, and lo, it must needs be that there be an aorganization
of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the bstorehouse
for the cpoor
of my people, both in this place and in the land of dZion
For a permanent and everlasting establishment and order unto my church, to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven;
That you may be aequal
in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things.
For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be aequal
in obtaining heavenly things;
For if you will that I give unto you a place in the acelestial
world, you must bprepare
yourselves by cdoing
the things which I have commanded you and required of you.
And now, verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient that all things be done unto my aglory
, by you who are joined together in this border
Or, in other words, let my servant Newel K. Whitney and my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and my servant Sidney Rigdon sit in council with the saints which are in aZion
seeketh to turn their bhearts
away from the truth, that they become cblinded
and understand not the things which are prepared for them.
Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, to prepare and organize yourselves by a abond
or everlasting bcovenant
that cannot be broken.
And he who breaketh it shall lose his office and standing in the church, and shall be adelivered
over to the bbuffetings
of Satan until the day of redemption.
Behold, this is the preparation wherewith I prepare you, and the foundation, and the aensample
which I give unto you, whereby you may accomplish the commandments which are given you;
That through my providence, notwithstanding the atribulation
which shall descend upon you, that the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world;
That you may come up unto the acrown
prepared for you, and be made brulers
over many kingdoms, saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Zion, who hath established the foundations of cAdam
Who hath appointed aMichael
your prince, and established his feet, and set him upon high, and given unto him the keys of salvation under the counsel and direction of the bHoly
One, who is without beginning of days or end of life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are alittle
children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;
And ye cannot abear
all things now; nevertheless, be of good bcheer
, for I will clead
you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the driches
And he who receiveth all things with athankfulness
shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an bhundred
fold, yea, more.
Wherefore, do the things which I have commanded you, saith your Redeemer, even the Son aAhman
, who prepareth all things before he btaketh
For ye are the achurch
of the bFirstborn
, and he will take you up in a ccloud
, and appoint every man his portion.
And he that is a faithful and awise bsteward
shall inherit call