DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Jackson County, Missouri, April 26, 1832. HC 1: 267–269. The occasion was a general council of the Church at which Joseph Smith the Prophet was sustained as the President of the High Priesthood, to which office he had previously been ordained at a conference of high priests, elders, and members, at Amherst, Ohio, January 25, 1832 (see heading to Section 75
). Formerly unusual names were used in the publication of this revelation to conceal the identity of the persons named (see heading to Section 78
). These unusual names have now been dropped, except in cases where the identification is not known (see verse 11
, Where much is given, much is required; 5–7
, Darkness reigns in the world; 8–13
, The Lord is bound when we do what he says; 14–18
, Zion must increase in beauty and holiness; 19–24
, Every man should seek the interest of his neighbor.
verily, I say unto you, my servants, that inasmuch as you have aforgiven
one another your trespasses, even so I, the Lord, forgive you.
Nevertheless, there are those among you who have sinned exceedingly; yea, even aall
of you have sinned; but verily I say unto you, beware from henceforth, and brefrain
from sin, lest sore judgments fall upon your heads.
Ye call upon my name for arevelations
, and I give them unto you; and inasmuch as ye keep not my sayings, which I give unto you, ye become transgressors; and bjustice
and judgment are the penalty which is affixed unto my law.
And the anger of God kindleth against the inhabitants of the earth; and anone
doeth good, for all have gone out of the bway
And now, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any asin
to your charge; go your ways and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the bformer
sins return, saith the Lord your God.
And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a anew
commandment, that you may understand my will concerning you;
Or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may aact
before me, that it may bturn
to you for your salvation.
I, the Lord, am abound
when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no bpromise
Therefore, verily I say unto you, that it is expedient for my servants Edward Partridge and Newel K. Whitney, A. Sidney Gilbert and Sidney Rigdon, and my servant Joseph Smith, and John Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery, and W. W. Phelps and Martin Harris to be bound atogether
by a bond and covenant that cannot be bbroken
by transgression, except judgment shall immediately follow, in your several cstewardships
To manage the affairs of the poor, and all things pertaining to the bishopric aboth
in the land of Zion and in the land of Kirtland;
For I have consecrated the land of Kirtland in mine own due time for the benefit of the saints of the Most High, and for a astake
must increase in bbeauty
, and in choliness
; her borders must be enlarged; her dstakes
must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must earise
and put on her fbeautiful
Therefore, I give unto you this commandment, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant, and it shall be done according to the laws of the Lord.
Behold, here is awisdom
also in me for your good.
And you are to be aequal
, or in other words, you are to have equal bclaims
on the cproperties
, for the benefit of dmanaging
the concerns of your stewardships, every man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch as his wants are just—
And all this for the benefit of the church of the living God, that every man may aimprove
upon his btalent
, that every man may cgain
, yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord’s estorehouse
, to become the common fproperty
of the whole church—
man seeking the interest of his bneighbor
, and doing all things with an ceye
single to the glory of God.
This order I have appointed to be an aeverlasting border
unto you, and unto your successors, inasmuch as you sin not.
And the soul that sins against this covenant, and ahardeneth
his heart against it, shall be dealt with according to the laws of my church, and shall be delivered over to the bbuffetings
of Satan until the day of redemption.
And now, verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with the amammon
of unrighteousness, and they will not destroy you.
Leave judgment alone with me, for it is mine and I will arepay
. Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you.
For even yet the akingdom
is yours, and shall be forever, if you fall not from your bsteadfastness
. Even so. Amen.