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And they shall also teach their children to pray and to walk
uprightly before the Lord. Doc. and Cov. 68:14-28.

John Whitmer was called by revelation to accompany
Oliver Cowdery to Missouri, and to travel among the dif-
ferent branches of the Church in order to obtain informa-
tion in his capacity as Church Historian.

Wherefore, I the Lord will that my servant, John Whitmer, should
go with my servant Oliver Cowdery;

And also that he shall continue in writing and making a history
of all the Important things which he shall observe and know
concerning my church:

And also that he receive counsel and assistance from my servant
Oliver Cowdery and others.

And also my servants who are abroad In the earth, should send
forth the accounts of their stewardships to the land of Zion;

For the land of Zion shall be a seat and a place to receive and
do all these things;

Nevertheless, let my servant, John Whitmer. travel many times
from place to place, and from church to church, that he may the
mre easily obtain knowledge;

Preaching and expounding, writing, copying, selecting, and
obtaining all things which shall be for the good of the church,
and for the rising generations, that shall grow up on the land
of Zion. to possess It from generation to generation, for ever and
ever. Amen. Doc. and Cov. 69:2-8.

Joseph Smith, Jr , Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, John
Whitmer, Sidney Rigdon and Wm. W. Phelps were appointed
by revelation "to be stewards over the revelations and com-
mandments" which had been given.

Behold, and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people
of my church, who are far off, and hear the word of the Lord
which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jr., and also unto
my servant Martin Harris, and also unto my servant Oliver Cowdery,
and also unto my servant John Whitmer, and also unto my servant
Sidney Rigdon, and also unto my servant William W. Phelps, by
the way of commandment unto them:

For I give unto them a commandment: wherefore hearken and
hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them

I. the Lord, have appointed them, and ordained them to be



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stewards over the revelations and commandments which I have
given unto them, and which I shall hereafter give unto them.
* * Doc. and Cov. 70:1-3.

Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer started for Missouri
with the revelations, after which Joseph the Prophet, as-
sisted by Sidney Rigdon as scribe, resumed the translation
of the Scriptures.

December. Thurs. 1. Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rig-
don were called by revelation to go out and preach the
gospel.

Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, Joseph

Smith. Jr., and Sidney Rigdon, that the time has verily come,
that it is necessary and expedient in me that you should open
your mouths in proclaiming my gospel, the things of the kingdom,
expounding the mysteries thereof out of the scriptures, according
to that portion of Spirit and power which shall be given unto you,
even as I will.

Verily. I say unto you, proclaim unto the world in the regions
round about, and in the church also, for the space of a season,
even until it shall be made known unto you. Doc. and Cov. 71:1-2.

Sat. 3. Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon went to
Kirtland in obedience to revelation.

Sun. 4. Joseph Smith, Jr., and a number of other Elders
and members of the Church assembled at Kirtland to learn
their duties. Newel K. Whitney was called by revelation to
act as Bishop in Kirtland, and the duties of that calling
were made known. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 72.)

And the duty of the bishop shall be made known by the com-
mandments which have been given, and the voice of the conference.

And now, verily I say unto you, my servant Newel K. Whitney
is the man who shall be appointed and ordained unto this power.
This is the will of the Lord your God, your Redeemer. Even so.
Amen.

The word of the Lord, in addition to the law which has been
given, making known the duty of the bishop which has been
ordained unto the church in this part of the vineyard, which is
verily this:

To keep the Lord's storehouse; to receive the funds of the church
in this part of the vineyard;

To take an account of the elders as before has been commanded;
and to administer to their wants, who shall pay for that which
they receive, inasmuch as they have wherewith to pay;

That this also may be consecrated to the good of the church,
to the poor and needy;

And he who hath not wherewith to pay. an account shall be
taken and handed over to the blshoo of Zion, who shall pay the
debt out of that which the Lord shall put into his hands;

And the labors of the faithful who labor in spiritual things, in
administering the gospel and the things of the kingdom unto the
church, and unto the world, shall answer ^he debt unto the bishop
in Zion. * * * Doc. and Cov. 72:7-14.

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January. Joseph Smith, Jr., preached in Shalersville, Ra-
venna and other places in Portage County, Ohio.

Tues. 10. The Elders were commanded by revelation to
continue their preaching till the next conference. (Doc. and
Cov., Sec. 73.)

Later in the month, a revelation, explaining 1 Cor. 7:14,
was given to Joseph Smith, Jr., at Hiram. (Doc. and Cov.,
Sec. 74.)

Wed. 25. A conference was held at Amherst, Loraine
Co., Ohio, at which a number of Elders were called by revela-
tion on special missions and to preach the gospel in dif-
ferent parts of the country. (Doc, and Cov., Sec. 75.) [In
this revelation, William E. McLellin, Luke Johnson, Major N.
Ashley and Burr Riggs were called to preach in the "south
country"; Orson Hyde, Samuel H. Smith, Lyman Jobnson and
Orson Pratt, in the "eastern countries"; and Asa Dodds and
Calves Wilson, in the "western countries." Ed.]

February. Thurs. 16. The revelation known as the
"Vision" was given at Hiram, in which the beautiful doc-
trine of the three glories was explained. In this vision
Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon "beheld the glory of
the Son on the right hand of the Father," and "saw the holy
angels and they who are sanctified before His throne." And
after the many testimonies which had been given of the Son,
they, last of all, gave this testimony, that he lived, for they
"saw him, even at the right hand of God," and "heard tbe
voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the
Father."



We, Joseph Smith. Jr., and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit
on the sixteenth of February, in the year of our Lord, one thousand
eight hundred and thirty-two,



,

By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our under-
standings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things
of God

Even those things which were from the beginning before the
world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only
Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from
the beginning,

Of whom we bear record, and the record which we bear is the
fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we
saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision;

For while we were doing the work of translation, which the
Lord had appointed unto us, we came to the twenty-ninth verse
of the fifth chapter of John, which was given unto us as follows.

Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who
shall hear the voice of the Son of Man, and shall come forth;

They who have done good in the resurrection of the just, and
they who have done evil in the resurrection of the unjust.

Now this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the
Spirit;

And while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the
eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the glory
of the Lord shone round.

And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the- right hand of the
Father, and received of his fullness:

And saw the holy angels, and they who are sanctified before his
throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him for ever
and ever.

And now. after the many testimonies which have been given
of him, this is the testimony last of all, which we give of him,
that he lives;

For we saw him, even on the right hand of God, and we heard



the voice bearing record that he Is the Only Begotten of the
Father

That by him and through him, and of him the worlds are and
were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and
daughters unto God.

And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God
who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against
the Only Begotten Son, whom the Father loved, and who was in
the bosom of the Father was thrust down from the presence of
God and the Son.

And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him he
was Lucifer, a son of the morning.

And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen! is fallen! even a son of the
morning.

And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us
that we should write the vision, for we beheld Satan, that old
serpent even the devil who rebelled against God, and sought to
take the kingdom of our God, and his Christ,

Wherefore he maketh war with the saints of God, and encom-
passes them round about.

And we saw a vision of the sufferings of those with whom he
made war and overcame, for thus came the voice of the Lord
unto us.

Thus saith the Lord, concerning all those who know my power,
and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves,
through the power of the devil, to be overcome, and to deny the
truth and defy my power

They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom, I say that
It had been better for them never to have been born.

For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God,
with the devil and his angels in eternity;

Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this
world nor in the world to come,

Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having
denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father having crucified him
unto themselves, and put him to an open shame.

These are they who shall go away into the lake of fire and
brimstone, with the devil and his angels.

And the only ones on whom the second death shall have any
power;

Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due
time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath;

For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of
the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who
was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds
were made.

And this is the gospel, the glad Udings which the voice out of
the heavens bore record unto us.

That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the
world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world,
and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;

That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put
into his power and made by him.

Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands,
except those sons of perdition, who deny the Son after the Father
has revealed him;

Wherefore, he saves all except them: they shall go away into
everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is
eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in
eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched,
which is their torment;

And the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment
no man knows,

Neither was it revealed, neither is. neither will be revealed unto
man, except to them who are made partakers thereof:

Nevertheless I, the Lord, show it by vision unto many, but
straightway shut it up again;

Wherefore the end, the width, the height, the depth, and the
misery thereof, they understand not, neither any man except
them who are ordained unto this condemnation.

And we heard the voice, saying. Write the vision, for lo! this
is the end of the vision of the sufferings of the ungodly!

And again, we bear record, for we saw and heard, and this Is
the testimony of the gospel of Christ, concerning them who come
forth in the resurrection of the just;

They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed
on his name and were baptized after the manner of h.is burial
being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the
commandment which he has given,

That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and
cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the
laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this
power.

And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit
of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are
just and true.

They are they who are the church of the first born.

They are they Into whose hands the Father has given all things

They are they who are Priests and Kings, who have received of
his fullness, and of his glory.

And are Priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchisedek,
which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of
the Only Begotten Son;

Wherefore, as it is written, they are Gods, even the sons of God

Wherefore all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things
present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ's and
Christ Is God's.

And they shall overcome all things;

Wherefore let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in
God. who shall subdue all enemies under his feet

These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ for ever
and ever.

These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall
come in the clouds of heaven, to reign on the earth over his people.

These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the
just.

These are they who are come unto Mount Zion. and unto the
city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.

These are they who have come to an innumerable company of
angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the
firstborn.

These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God
and Christ are the judge of all.

These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus
the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect
atonement through the shedding of his own blood.

These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory Is that
of the sun, even the glory of God. the highest of all. whose glory
the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.

And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo,
these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from
that of the church of the firstborn, who have received the fullnesH
of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in
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Behold, these are they who died without law.

And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom
the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they
might be judged according to men in the flesh.

Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but after-
wards received It.

These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were
blinded by the craftiness of rpen.

These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fullness.

These are they who receive of the presence of the Son. but not
of the fullness of the Father;

Wherefore they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial,
and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.

These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus;
wherefore they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.

And now this is the end of the vision which we saw of the
terrestrial, that the Lord commanded us to write while we were
yet in the Spirit.

And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory Is
that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differs from that
of the glory of the moon In the firmament.

These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the
testimony of Jesus.

These are they who deny not the Holy Spirit.

These are they who are thrust down to hell.

These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil, until
the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb shall
have finished his work.

These are they who receive not of his fullness in the eternal
world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the
terrestrial;

And the terrestrial through the ministration of the celestial;

And also the telestial receive it of the administering of angels
who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to
be ministering spirits for them, for they shall be heirs of salvation.

And thus we saw in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial,
which surpasses all understanding.

And no man knows it except him to whom God has revealed It.

And thus we saw the glory of the terrestrial, which excels in all
things the glory of the telestial, even in. glory, and In power, and
In might, and in dominion.

And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels In all
things where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne for
erer and ever;

Before whoee throne all things bow in humble reverence and give
him glory for ever and ever.

They who dwell in his presence are the church of the firstborn,
and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having
received of his fullness and of his grace;

And he makes them equal in power, and In might, and In
dominion.

And the glory of the celestial Is one, even as the glory of the
sun is one.

And the glory of the terrestrial is one, even as the glory of the
moon is one.

And the glory of the telestial Is one, even as the glory of the
stars is one. for as one star differs from another star in glory,
even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;

For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of
Cephas.

These are they who say they are some of one and some of
another some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses,
and some of Ellas, and some of Esaias. and some of Isaiah, and
some of Enoch;

But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus,
neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant.

Last of all. thesp nil are they who will not be erathered with the
saints, to be caught up unto the church of the firstborn, and
received Into the cloud.

These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and
whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a He.

These are they who suffer the wrath of God on the earth.

These are they who suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.

Th^se are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath
of Almighty God. until the fullness of times when Christ shall have
subdued all enemies under his feet and shall have perfected his
work.

"When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present It unto the-
Father spotless, saying I have overcome and have trodden the
wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath
of Almighty God.

Then shall he he crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit
on the throne of his power to reign for ever and ever.

But behold, and lo. we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the
telestial world, that they were as Innumerable as the stars In the
firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the sea shore,

And heard the voice of the Lord, saying these all shall bow
the knee, and every tongue shall confess to him who sits upon the
throne for ever and ever;

For they shall be juoVed according to their works, and every
man shall receive according to his own works, his own dominion,
In the mansions which are prepared.

And they shall be servants of the Most High, but where God and
Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end.

This Is the end of the vision which we saw. which we were
commanded to write while we were yet In the Spirit.

But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the
mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us. which surpasses
all understanding in glory, and In might, and in dominion.

Which he commanded us wp should not write while we were
yet In the Spirit, and are not lawful for man to utter;

Neither Is man oartable to mike them known, for they are onlv
to be Reen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, wMch
God bestows on those who love him. and purify themselves before
him:

To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for
themselves;

That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while
In tTie flesh, they may be able to bear his presence In the world
of plory.

And to God and the Lamb be glory, and honor, and dominion
for erer and ever. Amen. Doc. and Cov. 76:11-119.

March. A key to John's Revelation was given to Joseph
Smith. Jr., at Hiram. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 77. >

The order of the Lord in relation to the poor was
rerealed. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 78.)

For Terlly T say unto you, the time has come, and Is now at
hand; and behold, and lo. it must needs be that there be an
organization of my people. In regulating and establishing the affairs
of the storehouse for the poor of my people, both In this place and
in the land of Zion. Doc. and Cov. 78:3.

Jared Carter, Stephen Burnett and Eden Smith wero
called by revelation to preach the gospel, and Frederick G.



Williams to be a Counselor to Joseph Smith, Jr. (Doc. and
Cov., Sec. 79, 80 and 81.)

Verily, verily I say unto you my servant Frederick G. Williams,
listen to the voice of him who speaketh, to the word of the Lord
your God, and hearken to the calling wherewith you are called,
even to be a High Priest in my church, and a counselor unto my
servant Joseph Smith, Jr. Doc. and Cov. 81:1.

Sun. 25. Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sidney Rigdon were
mobbed and nearly killed at Hiram.

April. Sun. 1. Joseph Smith, Jr., left Hiram, Ohio, to make
a second journey to Missouri, accompanied by Newel K.
Whitney, Peter Whitmer. Jr., and Jesse Gause to filnll a
revelation. (See Doc. and Cov., Sec. 78:9.)

Sat. 14. Brigham Young was baptized by Eleazer Miller
at Mendon, Monroe Co., N. Y.

Tues. 24. Joseph Smith, Jr., and company arrived at In-
dependence, Jackson Co., Mo.

Thurs. 26. At a general council, held in Jackson County,
Mo., Joseph Smith, Jr., was acknowledged the president of
the High Priesthood.

A revelation "showing the order given to Enoch and the
Church in his day" was given. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 82.)

And you are to be equal, or In other words, you are to have
equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of managing the
concerns of your stewardships, every man according to his wants
and his needs. Inasmuch as his wants are just;

And all this for the benefit of the church of the living God, that
every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain
other talents, yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord's
storehouse, to become the common property of the whole church.
Doc. and Cov. 82:17-18.

Mon. 30. A revelation concerning the rights of women
and children in the Church was given through Joseph Smith,
Jr., at Independence, Mo.

Verily, thus saith the Lord. In addition to the laws of the church
concerning women and children, those who belong to the church,
who have lost their husbands or fathers.

Women have claim on their husbands for their maintenance, until
their husbands are taken, and if they are not found transgressors
they shall have fellowship in the church;

And if they are not faithful, they shall not have fellowship in
the church; yet they may remain upon their inheritances according
to the laws of the land.

All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance
until they are of age.

And after that they have claim upon the church, or In other
words upon the Lord's storehouse, if their parents have not where-
with to give them inheritances.

And the storehouse shall be kept by the consecrations of the
church, and widows and orphans shall be provided for, as also
the poor. Amen. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 83,

May. Tues. 1. At a council, held at Independence, it was
decided to print 3,000 copies of the "Book of Commandments."

Sun. 6. Joseph Smith, Jr., Sidney Rigdon and Newel K.
Whitney left Independence, Mo., for Ohio. On the journey
Bro. Whitney broke his leg and was miraculously healed.
Joseph was poisoned by his enemies, but was restored in an
instant.

June. Joseph Smith, Jr., arrived at Kirtland, Ohio, and
recommenced the translation of the Scriptures; thus he spent
most of the summer.

The first number of the *'Evening and Morning Star" was
issued at Independence, Mo. "The Upper Missouri Adver-
tiser" a newspaper, was commenced about the same time in
connection with the Star.

September. Sat. 22 and Sun. 23. An important revelation
on Priesthood was given through Joseph Smith. Jr., at Kirt-



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