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continue in laying on of the hands and confirming the churches.
Doc. and Cov. 24:5, 9.

Emma Smith, the Prophet's wife, was called by the
Lord to expound scriptures, exhort the Church, and make a
selection of sacred hymns for the use of the Saints.

Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak
unto you, Emma Smith, my daughter, for verily I say unto you. all
those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my king-

For he shall lay his hands upon thee. and thou shalt receive the
Holy Ghost, and thy time shall be given to writing, and to learning

And it shall be given thee. also, to make a selection of sacred
hymns, as It shall be given thee. which is pleasing unto me, to bo
had in my church. * * Doc. and Cov. 25:1, 8, 11.



The Lord commanded that "all things" In the Church
should "be done by common consent."

And all things shall be done by common consent In the church,
by much prayer and faith, for all things you shall receive by faith.
Doc. and Cov. 26:2.

^Oliver Cowdery returned to Fayette where he and the
Whitmer family became disaffected because of a paragraph
in one of the revelations (Doc. and Cov., 20:37. See revela-
tion on Priesthood and Church government, April, 1830,
above); but Joseph the Prophet paid them a visit and set
matters right.

August. Newel Knight and wife visited Joseph Smith,
Jr., at Harmony, Pa., which grave occasion for the appear-
ance of a heavenly messenger and a revelation on the Sacra-
ment. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 27, and History of Joseph Smith.)

* * It mattereth not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall
drink, when ye partake of the sacrament, if It so be that ye do It
with an eye single to my glory; remembering unto the Father my
body which was laid down for you, and my blood which was shed
for the remission of your sins:

Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, that you shall not
purchase wine, neither strong drink of your enemies:

Wherefore, you shall partake of none, except it is made new
among you; yea, in this my Father's kingdom which shall be built
up on the earth. Doc. and Cov. 27:2-4.

Joseph Smith, Jr., and others visited the branch of the
Church at Colesville, N. Y., where they barely escaped mob

Joseph the Prophet removed with his family to Fayette,
N. Y., on account of the persecutions prevailing against
them at Harmony. At Fayette, Hiram Page had obtained
possession of a stone by means of which he received false

September. In a revelation, given through Joseph the
Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, the Lord said that "those
things" which Hiram Page had written from the stone were
not of God, and that none could receive commandments and
revelations for the Church except Joseph Smith, Jr.

And again, thou shalt take thy brother, Hiram Page, between
him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath
written from that stone, are not of me, and that Satan deceiveth

For, behold, these things have not been appointed unto him,
neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church
contrary to the church covenants.

For all things must be done In order, and by common consent In
the church, by the prayer of faith. Doc. and Cov. 28:11-13.

In a revelation given through Joseph the Prophet in the
presence of six Elders at Fayette, N. Y., the Lord spoke of
the gathering of the Saints, the end of the world, the re-
ward of the righteous, the punishment of the wicked, etc.
(Doc. and Cov., Sec. 29.)

The second conference of the Church, which was con-
tinued three days, was held at Fayette. N. Y. After con-
siderable discussion, Hiram Page and the whole Church re-
nounced the stone and all things connected therewith, after
which the power of God was made manifest. David Whit-
mer, Peter Whitmer, Jr., John Whitmer and Thos. B. Marsh
were called by revelation to preach the gospel. (Doc. and
Cov., Sec. 30 and 31.)

October. Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer,
Jr., and Ziba Peterson were called by revelation to preach
the gospel to the Lamanites.

Revelation given through Joseph, the Seer, to Parley P. Pratt and
Ziba Peterson, October, 1830.

And now concerning my servant Parley P. Pratt, behold. I say
unto him, that as I live I will that he shall declare my gospel and
learn of me, and be meek and lowly of heart;

And that which I have appointed unto him is, that he shall go
with my servants Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer, Jr., into the
wilderness among the Lamanites;

And Ziba Peterson, also, shall go with them, and I myself will
go with them and be In their midst; and I am their advocate with
the Father, and nothing shall prevail.

And they shall give heed to that which Is written and pretend
to no other revelation, and they shall pray always that I may
unfold them to their understanding;

And they shall give heed unto these words and trifle not. and 1
will bless them. Amen. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 32.

Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer, Jr., and
Ziba Peterson started westward as the first missionaries to
the Lamanites. On their journey they established a large
branch of the Church at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Among
those baptized by Parley P. Pratt was Sidney Rigdon.

A revelation calling Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet to
the ministry was given through Joseph Smith, Jr., at

November. Thurs. 4. Orson Pratt, then nineteen years
old. was called to the ministry by revelation through Joseph
Smith, Jr. Brother Pratt was visiting the Prophet at Fay-

My son Orson, hearken and hear and behold what I, the Lord
God. shall say unto you.

And blessed are you because you have believed;

And more blessed are you because you are called of me to preach
my gospel,

To lift up your voice as with the sound of a trump, both long
and loud, and cry repentance unto a crooked and perverse genera-
tion, preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming: * *

Wherefore lift up your voice and spare not, for the Lord God
hath spoken; therefore prophesy, and it shall be given by the power
of the Holy Ghost; ' ' Doc. and Cov. 34:1, 4-6, 10.

December. Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge, from
Ohio, visited Joseph Smith, Jr., at Fayette, N. Y. Sidney
Rigdon was called by revelation to assist Joseph in his
labors, and both he and Edward Partridge -were commanded
to preach the gospel.

Behold, verily, verily, I say unto my servant Sidney, I have looked
upon thee and thy works. I have heard thy prayers, and prepared
thee for a greater work.

Thou art blessed, for thou shalt do great things. Behold thou
wast sent forth, even as John, to prepare the way before me, and
before Elijah which should come, and thou knewest it not.

Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received
not the Holy Ghost;

But now 1 give unto thee a commandment, that thou shalt
baptize by water, and they shall receive the Holy Ghost by the
laying on of the hands, even as the apostles of old. * *

And a commandment I give unto thee, that thou shalt write for
him; and the Scriptures shall be given, even as they are In mine
own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect;

And now I say unto you, tarry with him, and he shall Journey
with you; forsake him not, and surely these things shall be
fulfilled. Doc. and Cov. 35:3-6, 20, 22.

Thus saith the Lord God, the Mighty One of Israel, Behold, I
say unto you, my servant Edward, that you are blessed, and your
sins are forgiven you, and you are oalled to preach my gospel as
with the voice of a trump;

And I will lay my hand upon you by the hand of my servant
Sidney Rigdon. and you shall receive my Spirit, the Holy Ghost,
even the Comforter, which shall teach you the peaceable things of
the kingdom;

And you shall declare it with a loud voice, saying, Hosanna,
blessed be the name of the most high God. Doc. and Cov. 36:1-3.

The prophecy of Enoch was revealed to Joseph the
Prophet. (See Pearl of Great Price.)

The Saints in the State of New York were commanded
by revelation to gather to Ohio.

Behold, I say unto you, that it Is not expedient in me that ye
should translate any more until ye shall go to the Ohio, and this
because of the enemy and for your sakes.

And again, I say unto you, that ye shall not go, until ye have
preached my gospel in those parts, and have strengthened up the
church whithersoever it is found, and more especially in Colesville;
for, behold they pray unto me in much faith.

And again, a commandment I give unto the church, that it Is
expedient In me that they should assemble together at the Ohio,
against the time that my servant Oliver Cowdery shall return
unto them.

Behold, here is wisdom, and let every man choose for himself,
until I come. Even so. Amen. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 37.

Sat. 11. Edward Partridge was baptized by Joseph
Smith, Jr., in the Seneca river.


January. Sun. 2. The third conference of the Church was
held at Fayette, Seneca Co., N. Y., and a revelation given
through Joseph Smith, Jr., in which the Lord promised the
Saints a land of inheritance.

And I hold forth and deign to give unto you greater riches, even
a land of promise, a land flowing with milk and honey, upon which
there shall be no curse when the Lord cometh:

And I will give it unto you for the land of your inheritance, if
you seek it with all your hearts:

And this shall be my covenant with you, ye shall have It for
the land of your inheritance, and for the inheritance of your
children forever, while the earth shall stand, and ye shall possess it
again In eternity, no more to pass away. Doc. and Cov. 38:18-20.

Wed. 5. James Coville, a Baptist minister, -who had come
to visit Joseph at Fayette, was commanded by revelation
through Joseph the Prophet to receive the fullness of the
gospel. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 39.)

As James Coville rejected the word of the Lord and re-
turned to his former doctrines and people, the Lord gave a.
revelation explaining why he did so. (Doc. and Cov.,
Sec. 40.)

In the latter part of this month, Joseph Smith. Jr.. and
wife, in company with Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge,
left Fayette, N. Y., for Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, where they
arrived about the first of February.

Oliver Cowdery and fellow-missionaries arrived in
Jackson County, Missouri, where they commenced their mis-
sion among the Lamanites on its western border.

February. Fri. 4. Edward Partridge was called by rev-
elation to leave his merchandise and be ordained the first
Bishop of the Church.

And again, I have called my servant Edward Partridge, and give
a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the
church, and ordained a bishop unto the church, to leave his mer-
chandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church:

To see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him, in my
laws in the day that I shall give them. Doc. and Cov. 41:9-10.

This was the first revelation given through Joseph the
Prophet at Kirtland, Ohio.

Wed. 9. In the presence of twelve Elders, the Lord gave
through Joseph Smith, Jr., an important revelation on
Church government and how transgressors should be dealt
with. The Elders were commanded to go out two and two
to preach the gospel.

Revelation given through Joseph, the Seer, at Kirtland. Ohio,
February 9th. 1831.

Hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled your-
selves together in my name, even Jesus Christ the Son of the
living God, the Saviour of the world: inasmuch as they believe on
my name and keep my commandments.

Again, I say unto you, hearken and hear and obey the law which
I shall give unto you;

For verily I say, as ye have assembled yourselves together
according to the commandment wherewith I commanded you. and
are agreed as touching this one thing, and have asked the Father
in my name, even so ye shall receive.

Behold, verily I say unto you. I give unto you this first com-
mandment, that ye shall go forth in my name, every one of you,
excepting my servants Joseph Smith. Jr.. and Sidney Rigdon.

And I give unto them a commandment that they shall go forth
for a little season, and it shall be given by the power of my
Spirit when they shall return;

And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my
gospel, two by two. In my name, lifting up your voices as with the
voice of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God;

And ye shall go forth baptizing with water, saying Repent ye,
repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

And from this place ye shall go forth into the regions westward;
and Inasmuch as ye shall find them that will receive you, ye shall
build up my church in every region.

Until the time shall come when It shall be revealed unto you
from on high, when the city of the New Jerusalem shall be pre-
pared, that ye may be gathered in one, that ye may be my people
and I will be your God.

And again, I say unto you. that my servant Edward Partridge
shall stand In the office wherewith I have appointed him. And It



shall come to pass, that if he transgress, another shall be appointed
In his stead. Even so. Amen.

Again, I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to
go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he
be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to
the church that he has authority, and has been regularly ordained
by the heads of the church.

And again, the elders, priests, and teachers of this church shall
teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the
Book of Mormon, in the which is the fullness of the gospel;

And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do
them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed
by the Spirit;

And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith,
and if ye receive not the Spirit, ye shall not teach.

And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded con-
cerning your teaching, until the fullness of my scriptures is given.

And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall
speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;

For, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth
record of the Father and of the Son.

And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shall not kill;
and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor In
the world to come.

And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall

Thou shalt not steal; and he that stealeth and will not repent
shall be cast out.

Thou shalt not lie; he that lleth and will not repent, shall be
cast out.

Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto
her and none else;

And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, shall deny
the faith, and shall not have the Spirit, and If he repents not he
shall be cast out.

Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery,
and repenteth not, shall be cast out;

But he that has committed adultery and repents with all his
heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive;

But if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be
cast out.

Thou shalt not speak evil of thy neighbor, nor do him any harm.

Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given in my
scriptures; he that stnneth and repenteth not. shall be cast out.

If thou lovest me, thou shalt serve me and keep all my com-

And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy
properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto
them with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken;

And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor,
ye will do it unto me, and they shall be laid before the bishop of
my church and his counselors, two of the elders, or High Priests,
such as he shall or has appointed and set apart Tor that purpose.

And It shall come to pass, that after they are laid before the
bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testi-
monies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church,
that they cannot be taken from the church agreeable to my com-
mandments; every man shall be made accountable unto me, re-
ceived by consecration, inasmuch, as is sufficient for himself and

And again, if there shall be properties In the hands of the
church, or any individuals of it, more than is necessary for their
support, after this first consecration, which Is a residue to be con-
secrated unto the bishop, it shall be kept to administer to those
who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need
may be amply supplied, and receive according to his wants.

Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to
administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the
High Council of the church, and the bishop and his council.

And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit
of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up
of the New Jerusalem which Is hereafter to be revealed.

That my covenant people may be gathered In one In that day
when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation
of my people.

And It shall come to pass, that he that sinnelh and repenteth
not, shall be cast out of the church, and shall not receive again
that which he has consecrated unto the poor and the needy of my
church; or In other words, unto me;

For inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, ye do It unto

For It shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of
my prophets, shall be fulfilled; for I will consecrate of the riches
of those who embrace my gospel among the Gentiles, unto the
poor of my people who are of the house of Israel.

And again, thou shalt not be proud In thy heart : let all thy
garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of
thine own hands;

And let all things be done In cleanliness before me.

Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread
nor wear the garments of the laborer.

And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be
healed, but believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness, with
herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of an enemy.

And the elders of the church, two or more, shall be called, and
shall pray for and lay their hands upon them In my name; and if
they die they shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live
unto me.

Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep
for the loss of them that die, and more especially for those that
have not hope of a glorious resurrection.

And it shall come to pass that those that die In me, shall not
taste of death, for It shall be sweet unto them;

And they that die not In me, woe unto them, for their death Is

And again. It shall come to pass that he that hath faith In me
to be healed, and Is not appointed unto death, shall be healed;

He who hath faith to see shall see:

He who hath faith to hear shall hear;

The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap;

And they who have not faith to do these things, but believe in
me, have power to become my sons; and Inasmuch as they break
not my laws, thou shalt bear their Infirmities.

Thou shall stand in the place of thy stewardship;

Thou shalt not take thy brother's garment; thou shalt pay for
that which thou shalt receive of thy brother;

And If thou obtainest more than that which would be for thy
support, thou shalt give it Into my store-house, that all things
may be done according to that which T have said.

Thou shalt ask, and my Scriptures shall be given as I have
appointed, and they shall be preserved in safety;

And H Is expedient that thou shouldst hold thy peace concerning
them, and not teach them until ye have received them In full.

And I give unto you a commandment that then ye shall teach

them unto all men; for they shall be taught unto all nations
kindreds, tongues and people.

Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have
been given unto thee in my Scriptures for a law, to be my law
to govern my church;

And he that doeth according to these things shall be saved, and
he that doeth them not shall be damned, if he continues.

If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation,
knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries
and peaceable things that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth
life eternal.

Thou shalt ask. and It shall be revealed unto you in mine own
due time where the New Jerusalem shall be built.

And behold, it shall come to pass that my servants shall be sent

forth to the east and to the west, to the north and to the south;

And even now, let him that goeth to the east, teach them that

shall be converted to flee to the west, and this in consequence of

that which is coming on the earth, and of secret combinations.

Behold, thou shalt observe all these things, and great shall be
thy reward; for unto you it Is given to know the mysteries of the
kingdom, but unto the world It is not given to know them.

Ye shall observe the laws which ye have received and be faith-

And ye shall hereafter receive church covenants, such as shall
be sufficient to establish you, both here and in the New Jerusalem.

Therefore, he that lacketh wisdom, let him ask of me. and I
will give him liberally and upbraid him not.

Lift up your hearts and rejoice, for unto you the kingdom, or
In other words, the keys of the church have been given. Even so.

The priests and teachers shall have their stewardships, even as
the members;

And the elders, or High Priests who are appointed to assist
the bishop as counselors In all things, are to have their families
supported out of the property which Is consecrated to the bishop,
for the good of the poor, and for other purposes, as before men-

Or they are to receive a just remuneration for all their services,
either a stewardship or otherwise, as may be thought best or
decided by the counselors and bishop.

And the bishop, also, shall receive his support, or a just remunera-
tion for all his services In the church.

Behold, verily I say unto you, that whatever persons among you,
having put away their companions for the cause of fornication, or
In other words. If they shall testify before you In all lowliness of
heart that this is the case, ye shall not cast them out from among

But if ye shall find that any persons have left their companions
for the sake of adultery, and they themselves are the offenders,
and their companions are living, they shall be cast out from among

And again, I say unto you, that ye shall be watchful and careful,
with all inquiry, that ye receive none such among you if they are

And if they are not married, they shall repent of all their sins,
or ye shall not receive them.

And again, every person who belongeth to this church of Christ,
shall observe to keep all the commandments and covenants of the

And it shall come to pass, that if any persons among you shall
kill, they shall be delivered up and dealt with according to the
laws of the land; for remember that he hath no forgiveness, and
It shall be proven according to the laws of the land.

And If any man or woman shall commit adultery, he or sfae shall
be tried before two elders of the church, or more, and every word
shall be established against him or her by two witnesses of the
church, and not of the enemy; but if there are more than two
witnesses it Is better.

But he or she shall be condemned by the mouth of two wit-
nesses, and the elders shall lay the case before the church, and the
church shall lift up their hands against him or her, that they may
be dealt with according to the law of God.

And if it can be, it is necessary that the bishop Is present also.

And thus ye shall do In all cases which shall come before you.

And If a man or woman shall rob, he or she shall be delivered
up unto the law of the land.

And if he or she shall steal, he or she shall be delivered up unto
the law of the land.

And If he or she shall He, he or she shall be delivered unto
the law of the land.

And If he or she do any manner of Iniquity, he or she shall be
delivered up unto the law. even that of God.

And If thy brother or sister offend thee, thou shalt take him or
her between him or her and thee alone; and if he or she confess,
thou shalt be reconciled.

And If he or she confess not, thou shalt deliver him or her up
unto the church, not to the members, but to the elders. And It
shall be done In a meeting, and that not before the world.

And if thy brother or sister offend many, he. or she shall be
chastened before many.

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