DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, September 22 and 23, 1832. HC 1: 286–295. During the month of September, elders had begun to return from their missions in the eastern states and to make reports of their labors. It was while they were together in this season of joy that the following communication was received. The Prophet designates it a revelation on priesthood.
, The New Jerusalem and the temple shall be built in Missouri; 6–17
, Line of priesthood is given from Moses to Adam; 18–25
, The greater priesthood administers the gospel ordinances; 26–32
, The lesser priesthood administers the preparatory gospel; 33–44
, Men gain eternal life through the oath and covenant of the priesthood; 45–53
, The Spirit of Christ enlightens men, and the world lies in sin; 54–61
, The saints must testify of those things they have received; 62–76
, They are to preach the gospel, and signs shall follow; 77–91
, Elders are to go forth without purse or scrip, and the Lord will care for their needs; 92–97
, Plagues and cursings await those who reject the gospel; 98–102
, The new song of the redemption of Zion; 103–110
, Let every man stand in his own office and labor in his own calling; 111–120
, The Lord’s servants are to proclaim the abomination of desolation of the last days.
of Jesus Christ unto his servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and six elders, as they bunited
their hearts and clifted
their voices on high.
Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the arestoration
of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his bprophets
, and for the cgathering
of his dsaints
to stand upon eMount
Zion, which shall be the city of fNew
Which city shall be abuilt
, beginning at the btemple
lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and cdedicated
by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.
Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city aNew
Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which btemple
shall be creared
in this dgeneration
For verily this generation shall not all apass
away until an bhouse
shall be built unto the Lord, and a ccloud
shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the dglory
of the Lord, which shall fill the house.
of Moses, according to the Holy Priesthood which he received under the chand
of his father-in-law, dJethro
And Jethro received it under the hand of Caleb;
And Caleb received it under the hand of Elihu;
And Elihu under the hand of Jeremy;
And Jeremy under the hand of Gad;
And Gad under the hand of Esaias;
And Esaias received it under the hand of God.
also lived in the days of Abraham, and was blessed of him—
received the priesthood from bMelchizedek
, who received it through the lineage of his fathers, even till cNoah
And from Noah till aEnoch
, through the lineage of their fathers;
And from Enoch to aAbel
, who was slain by the bconspiracy
of his brother, who creceived
the priesthood by the commandments of God, by the hand of his father dAdam
, who was the first man—
And the Lord confirmed a apriesthood
also upon bAaron
and his cseed
, throughout all their generations, which priesthood also continueth and dabideth
forever with the priesthood which is after the holiest order of God.
And without the ordinances thereof, and the aauthority
of the priesthood, the power of godliness is bnot
manifest unto men in the flesh;
For without this no aman
can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
Now this aMoses
plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to bsanctify
his people that they might cbehold
the face of God;
But they ahardened
their hearts and could not endure his bpresence
; therefore, the Lord in his cwrath
, for his danger
was kindled against them, swore that they should not eenter
into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.
Therefore, he took aMoses
out of their midst, and the Holy bPriesthood
is the gospel of brepentance
and of cbaptism
, and the dremission
of sins, and the elaw
commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until gJohn
, whom God raised up, being hfilled
with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb.
For he was baptized while he was yet in his childhood, and was aordained
by the angel of God at the time he was beight
days old unto this power, to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to cmake
straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the dcoming
of the Lord, in whose hand is given eall
And again, the aoffices
of elder and bishop are necessary bappendages
belonging unto the high priesthood.
And again, the offices of ateacher
and deacon are necessary appendages belonging to the lesser priesthood, which priesthood was confirmed upon bAaron
and his sons.
Therefore, as I said aconcerning
the sons of Moses—for the sons of Moses and also the sons of Aaron shall offer an acceptable boffering
and sacrifice in the house of the Lord, which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation, upon the consecrated cspot
as I have appointed—
And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the aglory
of the Lord, upon bMount
Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my cchurch
They become the asons
of Moses and of Aaron and the bseed
, and the church and kingdom, and the delect
And also all they who receive this priesthood areceive
me, saith the Lord;
For he that receiveth my servants areceiveth
And he that areceiveth
me receiveth my Father;
And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s akingdom
; therefore ball
that my Father hath shall be given unto him.
And this is according to the aoath
and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood.
Therefore, all those who receive the apriesthood
, receive this boath
and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved.
But whoso breaketh this acovenant
after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall bnot
have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come.
And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels acharge
And I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves, to give adiligent bheed
to the words of eternal life.
For you shall alive
by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.
For the aword
of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is blight
, and whatsoever is light is cSpirit
, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
And the aSpirit
man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.
And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit acometh
unto God, even the Father.
And the Father ateacheth
him of the covenant which he has brenewed
and confirmed upon you, which is confirmed upon you for your sakes, and not for your sakes only, but for the sake of the cwhole
And by this you may know they are under the abondage
of sin, because they come not unto me.
For whoso cometh not unto me is under the abondage
And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with amy
voice, and is not of me.
And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole aworld bgroaneth
under sin and darkness even now.
And your aminds
in times past have been bdarkened
because of cunbelief
, and because you have treated dlightly
the things you have received—
and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
And this condemnation resteth upon the children of aZion
, even all.
And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new acovenant
, even the bBook
of Mormon and the cformer
commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to ddo
according to that which I have written—
That they may bring forth afruit
meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a bscourge
and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.
For shall the children of the kingdom apollute
my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay.
Verily, verily, I say unto you who now hear my awords
, which are my voice, blessed are ye inasmuch as you receive these things;
For I will aforgive
you of your sins with this commandment—that you remain bsteadfast
in your minds in csolemnity
and the spirit of prayer, in bearing dtestimony
to all the world of those things which are communicated unto you.
ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature.
And as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine aapostles
, even God’s high priests; ye are they whom my Father hath bgiven
me; ye are my cfriends
Therefore, as I said unto mine apostles I say unto you again, that every asoul
on your words, and is baptized by water for the cremission
of sins, shall dreceive
the Holy Ghost.
And these asigns
shall follow them that believe—
In my name they shall do many wonderful aworks
In my aname
they shall cast out devils;
In my name they shall aheal
In my name they shall aopen
the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf;
And the tongue of the dumb shall speak;
And if any man shall administer apoison
unto them it shall not hurt them;
And the apoison
of a serpent shall not have power to harm them.
But a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not aboast
themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world; for these things are given unto you for your profit and for salvation.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, they who believe not on your words, and are not abaptized
in water in my name, for the bremission
of their sins, that they may receive the Holy Ghost, shall be cdamned
, and shall not come into my Father’s kingdom where my Father and I am.
And this revelation unto you, and commandment, is in force from this very hour upon all the aworld
, and the gospel is unto all who have not received it.
But, verily I say unto all those to whom the kingdom has been given—from you it amust
unto them, that they shall repent of their former evil works; for they are to be upbraided for their evil chearts
of unbelief, and your brethren in Zion for their drebellion
against you at the time I sent you.
And again I say unto you, my friends, for from henceforth I shall call you afriends
, it is expedient that I give unto you this commandment, that ye become even as my friends in days when I was with them, traveling to preach the gospel in my power;
For I suffered them not to have apurse
or scrip, neither two coats.
Behold, I asend
you out to bprove
the world, and the laborer is worthy of his chire
And any man that shall go and preach this agospel
of the kingdom, and fail not to continue bfaithful
in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a chair
of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirst.
Therefore, take ye no athought
for the morrow, for what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, or wherewithal ye shall be clothed.
of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin; and the kingdoms of the world, in all their glory, are not arrayed like one of these.
For your aFather
, who is in heaven, bknoweth
that you have need of all these things.
Therefore, let the morrow take athought
for the things of itself.
Neither take ye thought beforehand awhat
ye shall say; but btreasure
up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be cgiven
you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.
Therefore, let no man among you, for this commandment is unto all the afaithful
who are called of God in the church unto the ministry, from this hour take purse or scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom.
Behold, I send you out to areprove
the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgment which is to come.
And whoso areceiveth
you, there I will be also, for I will go bbefore
your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my cSpirit
shall be in your hearts, and mine dangels
round about you, to bear you up.
Whoso receiveth you receiveth me; and the same will feed you, and clothe you, and give you money.
And he who feeds you, or clothes you, or gives you money, shall in nowise alose
And he that doeth not these things is not my disciple; by this you may know amy
He that receiveth you not, go away from him alone by yourselves, and acleanse
your feet even with water, pure water, whether in heat or in cold, and bear testimony of it unto your Father which is in heaven, and return not again unto that man.
And in whatsoever village or city ye enter, do likewise.
Nevertheless, search diligently and spare not; and wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony concerning me.
Wo, I say again, unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony of me;
shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut bshort
Until all shall aknow
me, who remain, even from the least unto the greatest, and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and shall bsee
eye to eye, and shall lift up their voice, and with the voice together csing
this new song, saying:
The Lord hath brought again Zion;
The Lord hath aredeemed
his people, bIsrael
According to the celection
Which was brought to pass by the faith
of their fathers.
The Lord hath redeemed his people;
And Satan is abound
is no longer.
The Lord hath gathered all things in cone
The Lord hath brought down dZion
The Lord hath ebrought
up Zion from beneath.
hath travailed and bbrought
forth her strength;
And truth is established in her bowels;
And the heavens have smiled upon her;
And she is clothed with the cglory
of her God;
For he dstands
in the midst of his epeople
Glory, and honor, and power, and might,
Be ascribed to our God; for he is full of amercy
Justice, grace and truth, and bpeace
Forever and ever, Amen.
And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, it is expedient that every man who goes forth to proclaim mine everlasting gospel, that inasmuch as they have afamilies
, and receive bmoney
by gift, that they should send it unto them or make use of it for their benefit, as the Lord shall direct them, for thus it seemeth me good.
And let all those who have not families, who receive amoney
, send it up unto the bishop in Zion, or unto the bishop in Ohio, that it may be consecrated for the bringing forth of the revelations and the printing thereof, and for establishing Zion.
And if any man shall give unto any of you a coat, or a suit, take the old and cast it unto the apoor
, and go on your way rejoicing.
And if any man among you be astrong
in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is bweak
, that he may be cedified
in all dmeekness
, that he may become strong also.
Therefore, take with you those who are ordained unto the alesser
priesthood, and send them bbefore
you to make appointments, and to prepare the way, and to fill appointments that you yourselves are not able to fill.
Behold, this is the way that mine apostles, in ancient days, built up my church unto me.
Therefore, let every man stand in his own aoffice
, and blabor
in his own calling; and let not the chead
say unto the feet it hath no need of the feet; for without the feet how shall the body be able to stand?
Also the body hath need of every amember
, that all may be bedified
together, that the system may be kept perfect.
And behold, the ahigh
priests should travel, and also the elders, and also the lesser bpriests
; but the cdeacons
should be appointed to ewatch
over the church, to be standing ministers unto the church.
And the bishop, Newel K. Whitney, also should travel round about and among all the churches, searching after the poor to aadminister
to their wants by bhumbling
the rich and the proud.
He should also employ an aagent
to take charge and to do his secular business as he shall direct.
Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those acities
with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the bdesolation
and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.
For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them adesolate
Let him atrust
in me and he shall not be bconfounded
; and a chair
of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.
And verily I say unto you, the rest of my servants, go ye forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, areproving
the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of babomination
in the last days.
For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the apowers
of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a blittle
while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that cI
and reign with my people.
I am aAlpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.