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   A revalation from the Lord unto Jos... AD 1829<br>
   Saying now behold a marvelous work is about to come among the children of men Therefore O ye that embark in the service of God see that ye serve him with all your heart mind might mind & strenght that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day therefore if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work for behold the field is white already to harvest & lo he that thursteth in his sickle with his might the same layeth up his store that he perish not but bringeth Salvation to his own soul & faith hope charity & love with an eye single to the glory of God constitutes him for the work remember temperance patience humility diligence &C.<br>
   Ask & ye shall receive knock & it shall be opened unto you amen
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelation, February 1829 [D&C 4], pg 1
Revelation to Joseph Smith Sr.
Joseph Smith Jr.
feb, 1829
   A revalation from the Lord unto Jos... AD 1829
   Saying now behold a marvelous work is about to come among the children of men Therefore O ye that embark in the service of God see that ye serve him with all your heart mind might mind & strenght that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day therefore if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work for behold the field is white already to harvest & lo he that thursteth in his sickle with his might the same layeth up his store that he perish not but bringeth Salvation to his own soul & faith hope charity & love with an eye single to the glory of God constitutes him for the work remember temperance patience humility diligence &C.
   Ask & ye shall receive knock & it shall be opened unto you amen

   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth unto the children of men: behold I am  God, and give heed unto my word, which is quick  and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to  the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow:—  Therefore give heed unto my words.<br>
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, whoso ever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is  called of God; therefore, if you will ask of me you  shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened  unto you.<br>
   3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you,  keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and  establish the cause of Zion: seek not for riches but  for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall  be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made  rich. Behold he that hath eternal life is rich.<br>
   4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire  of me, so shall it be unto you; and, if you desire,  you shall be the means of doing much good in this  generation. Say nothing but repentance unto this  generation; keep my commandments and assist to  bring forth my work according to my command ments, and you shall be blessed.
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pg 14
Revelation to Oliver Cowdery
Joseph Smith, Jr.
April 1829
   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men: behold I am God, and give heed unto my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow:— Therefore give heed unto my words.
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, whoso ever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God; therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
   3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion: seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold he that hath eternal life is rich.
   4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it be unto you; and, if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. Say nothing but repentance unto this generation; keep my commandments and assist to bring forth my work according to my command ments, and you shall be blessed.

   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth among the children of men: behold I am  God and give heed to my word, which is quick and  powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the  dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.<br>
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might, and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlast ing salvation in the kingdom of God; yea, whoso ever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is  called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me, you  shall receive; if you will knock, it shall be opened  unto you.<br>
   3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you,  keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and  establish the cause of Zion. Seek not for riches but  for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall  be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made  rich; behold he that hath eternal life is rich.<br>
   4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire  of me, so shall it be done unto you; and, if you de sire you shall be the means of doing much good in  this generation. Say nothing but repentance unto  this generation. Keep my commandments, and as sist to bring forth my work according to my com mandments, and you shall be blessed.<br>
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   8 Behold I command you, that you need not sup pose that you are called to preach until you are cal led: wait a little longer, until you shall have my  word, my Rock, my church, and my gospel, that  you may know of a surety my doctrine; and then  behold, according to your desires, yea, even ac cording to your faith, shall it be done unto you.
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pgs 28-29
Revelation to Hyrum Smith
Joseph Smith, Jr.
May, 1829
   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men: behold I am God and give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlast ing salvation in the kingdom of God; yea, whoso ever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me, you shall receive; if you will knock, it shall be opened unto you.
   3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion. Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich; behold he that hath eternal life is rich.
   4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it be done unto you; and, if you de sire you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. Say nothing but repentance unto this generation. Keep my commandments, and as sist to bring forth my work according to my com mandments, and you shall be blessed.
   ...
   8 Behold I command you, that you need not sup pose that you are called to preach until you are cal led: wait a little longer, until you shall have my word, my Rock, my church, and my gospel, that you may know of a surety my doctrine; and then behold, according to your desires, yea, even ac cording to your faith, shall it be done unto you.

   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth among the children of men: behold I am  God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and  powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the  dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.<br>
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might, and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, who soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is  called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me you  shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened  unto you.<br>
   3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you,  keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth  and establish the cause of Zion.<br>
   4 Behold I speak unto you, and also to all those  who have desires to bring forth and establish this  work, and no one can assist in this work, except he  shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope  and charity, being temperate in all things, whatso ever shall be intrusted to his care.<br>
   5 Behold I am the light and life of the world,  that speaketh these words: therefore, give heed  with your might, and then you are called: Amen.
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pg 31
Revelation to Joseph Knight
Joseph Smith, Jr.
May, 1829
   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men: behold I am God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, who soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
   3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.
   4 Behold I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work, and no one can assist in this work, except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope and charity, being temperate in all things, whatso ever shall be intrusted to his care.
   5 Behold I am the light and life of the world, that speaketh these words: therefore, give heed with your might, and then you are called: Amen.

   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth unto the children of men: behold I am  God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and  powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the  dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.<br>
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might, and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, who soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same  is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me  you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be  opened unto you.<br>
   3 Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.—  Keep my commandments in all things, and if you  keep my commandments, and endure to the end,  you shall have eternal life; which gift is the great est of all the gifts of God.<br>
   4 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask  the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall  receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance,  that you may stand as a witness of the things of  which you shall both hear and see; and also, that  you may declare repentance unto this generation.<br>
   5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the living  God, which created the heavens and the earth; a  light which cannot be hid in darkness: wherefore,  I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel. And behold thou  art David, and thou art called to assist: Which  thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed  both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be  your reward: Amen.
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pgs 32-33
Revelation to David Whitmer
Joseph Smith, Jr.
June, 1829
   A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men: behold I am God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.
   2 Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, who soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
   3 Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.— Keep my commandments in all things, and if you keep my commandments, and endure to the end, you shall have eternal life; which gift is the great est of all the gifts of God.
   4 And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see; and also, that you may declare repentance unto this generation.
   5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, which created the heavens and the earth; a light which cannot be hid in darkness: wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel. And behold thou art David, and thou art called to assist: Which thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be your reward: Amen.

   NOW behold, because of the thing which you have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:<br>
   2 Behold I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true:<br>
   3 Wherefore you know that they are true; and if you know that they are true, behold I give unto you  a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written; for in them are all things written, concerning my church, my gospel, and my rock.<br>
   4 Wherefore if you shall build up my church, and my gospel, and my rock, the gates of hell shall not  prevail against you.<br>
   5 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity, and it must needs be, that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gentiles, and also the house of Israel:<br>
   6 Wherefore as thou hast been baptized by the hand of my servant, according to that which I have commanded him:<br>
   7 Wherefore he hath fulfilled the thing which I commanded him.<br>
   8 And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me:<br>
   9 Wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name is Joseph.<br>
   10 And now Oliver, I speak unto you, and also unto David, by the way of commandment:<br>
   11 For behold I command all men every where to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called.<br>
   12 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God:<br>
   13 For behold the Lord your God suffered death in the flesh: wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.<br>
   14 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance.<br>
   15 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth.<br>
   16 Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people.<br>
   17 And if it so be that you should labor in all your days, in crying repentance unto this people,  and bring save it be one soul only unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father?<br>
   18 And now if your joy will be great with one soul, that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy, if you should bring many souls unto me?<br>
   19 Behold you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation:<br>
   20 Ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy  Ghost which manifesteth all things, which is expedient unto the children of men.<br>
   21 And if you have not faith, hope and charity, you can do nothing.<br>
   22 Contend against no church, save it be the church of the devil.<br>
   23 Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness, and as many as repent, and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved.<br>
   24 Behold Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved:<br>
   25 Wherefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day:<br>
   26 Wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.<br>
   27 And now behold, there are others which are called to declare my gospel, both unto Gentile and  unto Jew: Yea, even unto twelve:<br>
   28 And the twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name:<br>
   29 And the twelve are they which shall desire to take upon them my name, with full purpose of heart:<br>
   30 And if they desire to take upon them my name, with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature:<br>
   31 And they are they which are ordained of me to baptize in my name, according to that which is written; and you have that which is written before you:<br>
   32 Wherefore you must perform it according to the words which are written.<br>
   33 And now I speak unto the twelve:<br>
   34 Behold my grace is sufficient for you: You must walk uprightly before me and sin not.<br>
   35 And behold you are they which are ordained of me to ordain priests and teachers to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and according to the callings and  gifts of God unto men:<br>
   36 And I Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.<br>
   37 These words are not of men, nor of man, but of me:<br>
   38 Wherefore you shall testify they are of me, and not of man; for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you:<br>
   39 For they are given by my Spirit unto you:<br>
   40 And by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power, you could not have them:<br>
   41 Wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.<br>
   42 And now behold I give unto you, Oliver, and also unto David, that you shall search out the twelve  which shall have the desires of which I have spoken; and by their desires and their works, you shall know them:<br>
   43 And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.<br>
   44 And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name:<br>
   45 And you must preach unto the world, saying, you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ:<br>
   46 For all men must repent and be baptized; and not only men, but women and children, which have  arriven to the years of accountability.<br>
   47 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things:<br>
   48 And by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance; and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father:<br>
   49 Wherefore the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.<br>
   50 And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments, you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father. Behold I Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit, have spoken it.  Amen.<br>
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pgs 34-39
Revelation to Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer
Joseph Smith, Jr.
June, 1829
   NOW behold, because of the thing which you have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:
   2 Behold I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true:
   3 Wherefore you know that they are true; and if you know that they are true, behold I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written; for in them are all things written, concerning my church, my gospel, and my rock.
   4 Wherefore if you shall build up my church, and my gospel, and my rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
   5 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity, and it must needs be, that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gentiles, and also the house of Israel:
   6 Wherefore as thou hast been baptized by the hand of my servant, according to that which I have commanded him:
   7 Wherefore he hath fulfilled the thing which I commanded him.
   8 And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose, which purpose is known in me:
   9 Wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name is Joseph.
   10 And now Oliver, I speak unto you, and also unto David, by the way of commandment:
   11 For behold I command all men every where to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called.
   12 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God:
   13 For behold the Lord your God suffered death in the flesh: wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.
   14 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance.
   15 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth.
   16 Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people.
   17 And if it so be that you should labor in all your days, in crying repentance unto this people, and bring save it be one soul only unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father?
   18 And now if your joy will be great with one soul, that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy, if you should bring many souls unto me?
   19 Behold you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation:
   20 Ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost which manifesteth all things, which is expedient unto the children of men.
   21 And if you have not faith, hope and charity, you can do nothing.
   22 Contend against no church, save it be the church of the devil.
   23 Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness, and as many as repent, and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
   24 Behold Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved:
   25 Wherefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day:
   26 Wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.
   27 And now behold, there are others which are called to declare my gospel, both unto Gentile and unto Jew: Yea, even unto twelve:
   28 And the twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name:
   29 And the twelve are they which shall desire to take upon them my name, with full purpose of heart:
   30 And if they desire to take upon them my name, with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature:
   31 And they are they which are ordained of me to baptize in my name, according to that which is written; and you have that which is written before you:
   32 Wherefore you must perform it according to the words which are written.
   33 And now I speak unto the twelve:
   34 Behold my grace is sufficient for you: You must walk uprightly before me and sin not.
   35 And behold you are they which are ordained of me to ordain priests and teachers to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and according to the callings and gifts of God unto men:
   36 And I Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.
   37 These words are not of men, nor of man, but of me:
   38 Wherefore you shall testify they are of me, and not of man; for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you:
   39 For they are given by my Spirit unto you:
   40 And by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power, you could not have them:
   41 Wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.
   42 And now behold I give unto you, Oliver, and also unto David, that you shall search out the twelve which shall have the desires of which I have spoken; and by their desires and their works, you shall know them:
   43 And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.
   44 And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name:
   45 And you must preach unto the world, saying, you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ:
   46 For all men must repent and be baptized; and not only men, but women and children, which have arriven to the years of accountability.
   47 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things:
   48 And by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance; and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father:
   49 Wherefore the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.
   50 And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments, you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father. Behold I Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit, have spoken it. Amen.

   HEARKEN my servant John, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and  your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth, and I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone: for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.<br>
   2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you, according to my commandments:<br>
   3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you, will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.<br>
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pg 33
Revelation to John Whitmer
Joseph Smith, Jr.
June, 1829
   HEARKEN my servant John, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth, and I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone: for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.
   2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you, according to my commandments:
   3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you, will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

   HEARKEN my servant Peter, and listen to  the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth, and I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone: for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.<br>
   2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you, according to my commandments:<br>
   3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you, will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen<br>
External Link
The Joseph Smith Papers, Book of Commandments, 1833, pg 34
Revelation to Peter Whitmer Jr.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
June, 1829
   HEARKEN my servant Peter, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth, and I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone: for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.
   2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you, according to my commandments:
   3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you, will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen

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External Link
David Whitmer, interview by Zenas H. Gurley Jr., 14 Jan. 1885, typescript, LDS archives.
David Whitmer Interview
Zenas H. Gurley
14 Jan, 1885
   14. Q. Can you tell why that Joseph and Oliver were ordained to the lesser Priesthood by the hand of an Angel but in receiving the Higher they ordained each other?
   Ans -- I moved Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to my fathers house in Fayette Seneca County New York, from Harmony, Penn. in the year 1829, on our way I conversed freely with them upon this great work they were bringing about, and Oliver stated to me in Josephs presence that they had baptized each other seeking by that to fulfill the command -- And after our arrival at fathers sometime in June 1829, Joseph ordained Oliver Cowdery to be an Elder, and Oliver ordained Joseph to be an Elder in the church of Christ and during that year Joseph both baptized and ordained me an elder in the church of Christ. Also, during this year the translation of the Book of Mormon was finished, and we preached preached, baptized and ordained some as Elders...

   16 Q. Was it understood in the beginning of the work that the Book of Mormon with the Bible was all that is necessary as a rule and guide to faith? if so why and by what right was the book of Doctrine and Covenants added?
   Ans --The Book of Doctrine and Covenants, was added to satisfy the desire of some of the members and elders -- The Bible and Book of Mormon was held to contain Gods law in its completeness, and we understood that they alone should be taught as doctrine, Revelations and visions would assist individuals but were not to be taught as doctrine in any case, such was Josephs teachings upon this point.

   17 Q. If the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the Gospel with the New Testament, and they constitute the Law to the Church, what need is there for a 1st President to receive revelations to govern the church?
   Ans -- There is no need for such officers, I hold that all difficulties, all differences of opinion as to doctrine, should be settled by conferring one with the other, united wisdom of many guided by the Law, being the safest rule.

   18 Q. Was or was not the revelations of Joseph Smith considered purely personal or local at the time they were received?
   Ans -- Yes they were, and they were not to be published until Christ should come. The Book of Mormon with the Bible being the whole law to the Church.
(Note:  This comes from a typescript of the personal notes of Zenas Gurley taken in Richmond, Missouri in 1885 as part of the Gurley Collection in the LDS archives. An image of the typescript is not available online. Please contact me if you have any information.)

   A commandment from God unto Oliver how he should build up his Church & the manner thereof——<br>
   Saying Oliver listen to the voice of Christ your Lord & your God & your Redeemer & write the words which I shall command you concerning my Church my Gospel my Rock & my Salvation. Behold the world is ripening in iniquity & it must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance both the Gentiles & also the House of Israel for behold I command all men every where to repent & I speak unto you even as unto Paul mine apostle for ye are called even with that same calling with which he was called Now therefore whoso ever repenteth & humbleth himself before me & desireth to be baptized in my name shall ye baptize them And after this manner did he command me that I should baptize them Behold ye shall go down & stand in the water & in my name shall ye baptize them And now behold these are the words which ye shall say calling them by name saying Having authority given me of Jesus Christ I baptize you in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Ghost Amen And then shall ye immerse them in the water & come forth again out of the water & after this manner shall ye baptize in my name For behold verily I say unto you That the Father & the Son & the Holy Ghost are one & I am in the Father & the Father in me & the Father & I are one<br>
   And ye are also called to ordain Priests & Teachers according to the gifts & callings of God unto men & after this manner shall ye ordain them Ye shall pray unto the Father in my name & then shall ye lay your hands upon them & say In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a Priest or if he be a Teacher I ordain you to be a Teacher to preach repentance & remission of sins through Jesus Christ by the endurance of faith on his name to the end Amen And this shall be the duty of the Priest He shall kneel down & the members of the Church shall kneel also which Church shall be called The Church of Christ & he shall pray to the Father in my name for the church & if it so be that it be built upon my Rock I will bless it And after that ye have prayed to the Father in my name ye shall preach the truth in soberness casting out none from among you but rather invite them to come And the Church shall oft partake of bread & wine & after this manner shall ye partake of it The Elder or Priest shall minister it & after this manner shall he do he shall kneel with the Church & pray to the Father in the name of Christ & then shall ye say O God the Eternal Father we ask thee in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ to bless & sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son & witness unto thee O God the Eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son & always remember him & keep his commandments which he hath given them that they may always have his spirit to be with them Amen<br>
   And then shall ye take the cup & say O God the Eternal Father we ask thee in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ to bless & sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it that they may do in remembrance of the blood of thy Son which was shed for them that they may witness unto thee O God the Eternal Father that they do always remember him that they may have his spirit to be with them Amen<br>
   And now behold I give unto you a commandment that ye shall not suffer any one knowingly to partake of my flesh & blood unworthily when ye shall minister it for whoso eateth & drinketh my flesh & blood unworthily eateth & drinketh damnation to his soul Therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy to eat & drink of my flesh & blood ye shall forbid him nevertheless ye shall not cast him out from among you but ye shall minister unto him & shall pray for him unto the Father in my name & if it so be that he  repenteth & is baptized in my name then shall ye receive him & shall minister unto him of my flesh & blood but if he repenteth not he shall not be numbered among my people that he may not destroy my people For behold I know my Sheep & they are numbered nevertheless ye shall not cast him out of your Synagogues or your places of worship for unto such shall ye continue to minister for ye know not but what they will return & repent & come unto me with full purpose of heart & I shall heal them & ye shall be the means of bringing Salvation unto them Therefore keep these sayings which I have commanded you that ye come not under condemnation for wo unto him whom the Father condemneth——<br>
   And the church shall meet together oft for prayer & suplication casting out none from your places of worship but rather invite them to come And each member shall speak & tell the church of their progress in the way to Eternal life<br>
   And there shall be no pride nor envying nor strifes nor malice nor idoletry nor witchcrafts nor whoredoms nor fornications nor covetiousness nor lying nor deceits nor no manner of iniquity & if any one is guilty of any or the least of these & doth not repent & shew fruits meets for repentance they shall not be numbered among my people that they may not destroy my people<br>
   And now I speak unto the Church Repent all ye ends of the Earth & come unto me & be baptized in my name which is Jesus Christ & endure to the end & ye shall be saved Behold Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father & there is none other name given whereby man can be saved Therefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father for in that name shall they be called at the last Therefore if they know not the name by which they are called they cannot have place in the Kingdom of my Father Behold ye must walk uprightly before me & sin not & if ye do walk uprightly before me & sin not my grace is sufficient for you that ye shall be lifted up at the last day Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the liveing God I am the same which came unto my own & my own received me not I am the light which shineth in darkness & the darkness comprehendeth it not these words are not of men nor of man but of me Now remember the words of him who is the first & the last the light & the life of the world And I Jesus Christ your Lord & your God & your Redeemer by the power of my Spirit hath spoken it Amen—— And now if I have not authority to write these things judge ye behold ye shall know that I have authority when you & I shall be brought to stand before the judgement seat of Christ Now may the grace of God the Father & our Lord Jesus Christ be & abide with you all & finally save you Eternally in his Kingdom through the Infinite atonement which is in Jesus Christ Amen—— Behold I am Oliver I am an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ Behold I have written the things which he hath commanded me for behold his word was unto me as a burning fire shut up in my bones & I was weary with forbearing & I could forbear no longer Amen——<br>
   Written in the year of our Lord & Saviour 1829—— A true copy of the articles of the Church of Christ &c
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The Joseph Smith Papers, “Articles of the Church of Christ,” June 1829, pgs 1-3
Articles of the Church of Christ
Oliver Cowdery
June, 1829
   A commandment from God unto Oliver how he should build up his Church & the manner thereof——
   Saying Oliver listen to the voice of Christ your Lord & your God & your Redeemer & write the words which I shall command you concerning my Church my Gospel my Rock & my Salvation. Behold the world is ripening in iniquity & it must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance both the Gentiles & also the House of Israel for behold I command all men every where to repent & I speak unto you even as unto Paul mine apostle for ye are called even with that same calling with which he was called Now therefore whoso ever repenteth & humbleth himself before me & desireth to be baptized in my name shall ye baptize them And after this manner did he command me that I should baptize them Behold ye shall go down & stand in the water & in my name shall ye baptize them And now behold these are the words which ye shall say calling them by name saying Having authority given me of Jesus Christ I baptize you in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Ghost Amen And then shall ye immerse them in the water & come forth again out of the water & after this manner shall ye baptize in my name For behold verily I say unto you That the Father & the Son & the Holy Ghost are one & I am in the Father & the Father in me & the Father & I are one
   And ye are also called to ordain Priests & Teachers according to the gifts & callings of God unto men & after this manner shall ye ordain them Ye shall pray unto the Father in my name & then shall ye lay your hands upon them & say In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a Priest or if he be a Teacher I ordain you to be a Teacher to preach repentance & remission of sins through Jesus Christ by the endurance of faith on his name to the end Amen And this shall be the duty of the Priest He shall kneel down & the members of the Church shall kneel also which Church shall be called The Church of Christ & he shall pray to the Father in my name for the church & if it so be that it be built upon my Rock I will bless it And after that ye have prayed to the Father in my name ye shall preach the truth in soberness casting out none from among you but rather invite them to come And the Church shall oft partake of bread & wine & after this manner shall ye partake of it The Elder or Priest shall minister it & after this manner shall he do he shall kneel with the Church & pray to the Father in the name of Christ & then shall ye say O God the Eternal Father we ask thee in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ to bless & sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son & witness unto thee O God the Eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son & always remember him & keep his commandments which he hath given them that they may always have his spirit to be with them Amen
   And then shall ye take the cup & say O God the Eternal Father we ask thee in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ to bless & sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it that they may do in remembrance of the blood of thy Son which was shed for them that they may witness unto thee O God the Eternal Father that they do always remember him that they may have his spirit to be with them Amen
   And now behold I give unto you a commandment that ye shall not suffer any one knowingly to partake of my flesh & blood unworthily when ye shall minister it for whoso eateth & drinketh my flesh & blood unworthily eateth & drinketh damnation to his soul Therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy to eat & drink of my flesh & blood ye shall forbid him nevertheless ye shall not cast him out from among you but ye shall minister unto him & shall pray for him unto the Father in my name & if it so be that he repenteth & is baptized in my name then shall ye receive him & shall minister unto him of my flesh & blood but if he repenteth not he shall not be numbered among my people that he may not destroy my people For behold I know my Sheep & they are numbered nevertheless ye shall not cast him out of your Synagogues or your places of worship for unto such shall ye continue to minister for ye know not but what they will return & repent & come unto me with full purpose of heart & I shall heal them & ye shall be the means of bringing Salvation unto them Therefore keep these sayings which I have commanded you that ye come not under condemnation for wo unto him whom the Father condemneth——
   And the church shall meet together oft for prayer & suplication casting out none from your places of worship but rather invite them to come And each member shall speak & tell the church of their progress in the way to Eternal life
   And there shall be no pride nor envying nor strifes nor malice nor idoletry nor witchcrafts nor whoredoms nor fornications nor covetiousness nor lying nor deceits nor no manner of iniquity & if any one is guilty of any or the least of these & doth not repent & shew fruits meets for repentance they shall not be numbered among my people that they may not destroy my people
   And now I speak unto the Church Repent all ye ends of the Earth & come unto me & be baptized in my name which is Jesus Christ & endure to the end & ye shall be saved Behold Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father & there is none other name given whereby man can be saved Therefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father for in that name shall they be called at the last Therefore if they know not the name by which they are called they cannot have place in the Kingdom of my Father Behold ye must walk uprightly before me & sin not & if ye do walk uprightly before me & sin not my grace is sufficient for you that ye shall be lifted up at the last day Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of the liveing God I am the same which came unto my own & my own received me not I am the light which shineth in darkness & the darkness comprehendeth it not these words are not of men nor of man but of me Now remember the words of him who is the first & the last the light & the life of the world And I Jesus Christ your Lord & your God & your Redeemer by the power of my Spirit hath spoken it Amen—— And now if I have not authority to write these things judge ye behold ye shall know that I have authority when you & I shall be brought to stand before the judgement seat of Christ Now may the grace of God the Father & our Lord Jesus Christ be & abide with you all & finally save you Eternally in his Kingdom through the Infinite atonement which is in Jesus Christ Amen—— Behold I am Oliver I am an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ Behold I have written the things which he hath commanded me for behold his word was unto me as a burning fire shut up in my bones & I was weary with forbearing & I could forbear no longer Amen——
   Written in the year of our Lord & Saviour 1829—— A true copy of the articles of the Church of Christ &c

   When the Church of Christ was established at Jerusalem, and upon this continent, and in 1829, the officers which were to be in the church were made known at its beginning, and not two years afterwards.<br>
   In Kirtland, Ohio, in June, 1831, at a conference of the church, the first High Priests were ordained into the church. Brother Joseph ordained Lyman Wight, John Murdock, Harvey Whitlock, Hyrum Smith, Reynolds Cahoon and others to the office of a High Priest. When they were ordained, right there at the time, the devil caught and bound Harvey Whitlock so he could not speak, his face being twisted into demon-like shape. Also John Murdock and others were caught by the devil in a similar manner. Now brethren, do you not see that the displeasure of the Lord was upon their proceedings in ordaining High Priests? Of course it was. These facts are recorded in the History of the Church — written by my brother, John Whitmer, who was the regularly appointed church historian. I was not at that conference, being then in Hiram, which is near Kirtland, Ohio. I also have the testimony of Harvey Whitlock whom the devil caught and bound: also John Whitmer, who was present, and others who were present at the time, so I know it is true. John Whitmer wrote this in the church history when he was in full fellowship with the church. As a faithful historian he speaks of this matter, and tries to explain it away by saying, While the Lord poured out his spirit, the devil took occasion to make his power known; he bound Harvey Whitlock so that he could not speak, and others were affected, but the Lord showed to Joseph the seer, the design of this thing: He commanded the devil in the name of Christ and he departed to our joy and comfort. It was not given to Brother John nor any of them at that time to understand this matter of the devil entering into the first High Priests that were ordained in the church. They were all blind as to the design of that thing, and did not see what it meant. Of course it was given to Brother Joseph to cast the devil out, but what was the design of the devil entering into these men just as soon as they were ordained the first High Priests ever ordained in the church? Of course it was to show that God's sore displeasure was upon their erring works of ordaining High Priests into the Church of Christ. Any spiritual man can see this. Brother John was himself ordained a High Priest at that time, so he was in error and could not see it; but he saw it very clearly in 1848, when the Lord opened our eyes to see and understand it. Prejudiced persons are blind and do not want to see and understand except their own preconceived way. There is none so blind as those who will not see. In Brother John's history he speaks of the Spirit of God being poured out in abundance upon that occasion, some seeing visions, etc., but brethren, you will learn in the next world, if you do not know it already, that the devil can give visions, appearing as an Angel of Light. Brother John gives an account of a prophecy uttered by Lyman Wight just after Brother Joseph ordained him a High Priest, which prophecy will prove to be a false prophecy. Brother John's history of the church says as follows: He (Joseph) laid his hands upon Lyman Wight and ordained him to the high priesthood after the holy order of God. And the spirit fell upon Lyman, and he prophesied concerning the coming of Christ. He said that there were some in this congregation that should live until the Savior should descend from Heaven with a shout, with all the holy angels with him, etc. The early future will determine as to whether this prophecy was true or false.<br>
   Some of the brethren have gone outside of the written word of God, and accepted as evidence, histories that were written 350 to 400 years after Christ, to prove that High Priests were in the Church of Christ.. This seems strange to me. They have quoted from the history of St. Jerome, who was Secretary to the Pope at Rome, about 382 years after Christ. I should not wonder if the apostolic church did have High Priests and many other offices and ordinances that were abominable before God, after they drifted into error like the Latter Day Saints have. They have also quoted from Theodoret who died 457 years after Christ. His writings extend from A.D. 325 to A.D. 429. My authority for the above is Lippincott's Biographical Dictionary. Now shall we take such evidence as this to prove the office of High Priests being in the church when it was in its purity, when the written word of God mentions all the church officers in many places and says nothing about a single High Priest? Nay verily. As for me, I must take the Scriptures for my authority. I cannot understand how any person can claim that an important office like High Priests should be, or was in the Church of Christ when it was in the true faith, when nothing is said in the Scriptures about it. The Scriptures were given by inspiration of God: and do you suppose that God would leave out of his word the great office of a High Priest, if they were to be in the Church of Christ? Of course not. It is charging God foolishly to believe that he would leave out of his word this office or any other office that he intended should be in his church.
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An Address To All Believers in Christ, 1887, pgs 64-66
David Whitmer on High Priests
David Whitmer
1887
   When the Church of Christ was established at Jerusalem, and upon this continent, and in 1829, the officers which were to be in the church were made known at its beginning, and not two years afterwards.
   In Kirtland, Ohio, in June, 1831, at a conference of the church, the first High Priests were ordained into the church. Brother Joseph ordained Lyman Wight, John Murdock, Harvey Whitlock, Hyrum Smith, Reynolds Cahoon and others to the office of a High Priest. When they were ordained, right there at the time, the devil caught and bound Harvey Whitlock so he could not speak, his face being twisted into demon-like shape. Also John Murdock and others were caught by the devil in a similar manner. Now brethren, do you not see that the displeasure of the Lord was upon their proceedings in ordaining High Priests? Of course it was. These facts are recorded in the History of the Church — written by my brother, John Whitmer, who was the regularly appointed church historian. I was not at that conference, being then in Hiram, which is near Kirtland, Ohio. I also have the testimony of Harvey Whitlock whom the devil caught and bound: also John Whitmer, who was present, and others who were present at the time, so I know it is true. John Whitmer wrote this in the church history when he was in full fellowship with the church. As a faithful historian he speaks of this matter, and tries to explain it away by saying, "While the Lord poured out his spirit, the devil took occasion to make his power known; he bound Harvey Whitlock so that he could not speak, and others were affected, but the Lord showed to Joseph the seer, the design of this thing: He commanded the devil in the name of Christ and he departed to our joy and comfort." It was not given to Brother John nor any of them at that time to understand this matter of the devil entering into the first High Priests that were ordained in the church. They were all blind as to the design of that thing, and did not see what it meant. Of course it was given to Brother Joseph to cast the devil out, but what was the design of the devil entering into these men just as soon as they were ordained the first High Priests ever ordained in the church? Of course it was to show that God's sore displeasure was upon their erring works of ordaining High Priests into the Church of Christ. Any spiritual man can see this. Brother John was himself ordained a High Priest at that time, so he was in error and could not see it; but he saw it very clearly in 1848, when the Lord opened our eyes to see and understand it. Prejudiced persons are blind and do not want to see and understand except their own preconceived way. There is none so blind as those who will not see. In Brother John's history he speaks of the Spirit of God being poured out in abundance upon that occasion, some seeing visions, etc., but brethren, you will learn in the next world, if you do not know it already, that the devil can give visions, appearing as an Angel of Light. Brother John gives an account of a prophecy uttered by Lyman Wight just after Brother Joseph ordained him a High Priest, which prophecy will prove to be a false prophecy. Brother John's history of the church says as follows: "He (Joseph) laid his hands upon Lyman Wight and ordained him to the high priesthood after the holy order of God. And the spirit fell upon Lyman, and he prophesied concerning the coming of Christ. He said that there were some in this congregation that should live until the Savior should descend from Heaven with a shout, with all the holy angels with him, etc." The early future will determine as to whether this prophecy was true or false.
   Some of the brethren have gone outside of the written word of God, and accepted as evidence, histories that were written 350 to 400 years after Christ, to prove that High Priests were in the Church of Christ.. This seems strange to me. They have quoted from the history of St. Jerome, who was Secretary to the Pope at Rome, about 382 years after Christ. I should not wonder if the apostolic church did have High Priests and many other offices and ordinances that were abominable before God, after they drifted into error like the Latter Day Saints have. They have also quoted from Theodoret who died 457 years after Christ. His writings extend from A.D. 325 to A.D. 429. My authority for the above is Lippincott's Biographical Dictionary. Now shall we take such evidence as this to prove the office of High Priests being in the church when it was in its purity, when the written word of God mentions all the church officers in many places and says nothing about a single High Priest? Nay verily. As for me, I must take the Scriptures for my authority. I cannot understand how any person can claim that an important office like High Priests should be, or was in the Church of Christ when it was in the true faith, when nothing is said in the Scriptures about it. The Scriptures were given by inspiration of God: and do you suppose that God would leave out of his word the great office of a High Priest, if they were to be in the Church of Christ? Of course not. It is charging God foolishly to believe that he would leave out of his word this office or any other office that he intended should be in his church.

   Martin was something of a prophet: — He frequently said that Jackson would be the last president that we would have; and that all persons who did not embrace Mormonism in two years would be stricken off the face of the earth.: He said that Palmyra was to be the New Jerusalem, and that her streets were to be paved with gold.
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Memorandum, made by John H. Gilbert, Esq., Sept. 8th, 1892, Palmyra, N.Y.
Martin Harris according to John H. Gilbert
John H. Gilbert
8 Sep, 1892
   Martin was something of a prophet: — He frequently said that "Jackson would be the last president that we would have; and that all persons who did not embrace Mormonism in two years would be stricken off the face of the earth.: He said that Palmyra was to be the New Jerusalem, and that her streets were to be paved with gold.
(Note:  No images of this document are available online. It appears to have at one time been located at the King's Daughters Library in Palmyra, which appears to have been permanently closed. It was quoted in the Millennial Star on October 29, 1942 which can be read here. Please contact me if you have any information on images of the present whereabouts of this source.)

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