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DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

THE CHURCH OF
JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

 
Section 18
Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer, given at Fayette, New York, June 1829. According to the Prophet, this revelation made known “the calling of twelve apostles in these last days, and also instructions relative to building up the Church.”
1–5, Scriptures show how to build up the Church;
6–8, The world is ripening in iniquity;
9–16, The worth of souls is great;
17–25, To gain salvation, men must take upon themselves the name of Christ;
26–36, The calling and mission of the Twelve are revealed;
37–39, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer are to search out the Twelve;
40–47, To gain salvation, men must repent, be baptized, and keep the commandments.

    1 NOW, behold, because of the thing which you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, 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; wherefore you know that they are true.
    3 And if you know that they are true, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written;
    4 For in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my rock.
    5 Wherefore, if you shall build up my church, upon the foundation of my gospel and my rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
    6 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.
    7 Wherefore, as thou hast been baptized by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., according to that which I have commanded him, 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; wherefore, if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments he shall be blessed unto eternal life; and his name is Joseph.
    9 And now, Oliver Cowdery, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer, by the way of commandment; for, behold, I command all men everywhere 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.
    10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
    11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.
    12 And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.
    13 And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!
    14 Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.
    15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
    16 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!
    17 Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation.
    18 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 are expedient unto the children of men.
    19 And if you have not faith, hope, and charity, you can do nothing.
    20 Contend against no church, save it be the church of the devil.
    21 Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness.
    22 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.
    23 Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;
    24 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;
    25 Wherefore, if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.
    26 And now, behold, there are others who are called to declare my gospel, both unto Gentile and unto Jew;
    27 Yea, even twelve; and the Twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name; and the Twelve are they who shall desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart.
    28 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.
    29 And they are they who are ordained of me to baptize in my name, according to that which is written;
    30 And you have that which is written before you; wherefore, you must perform it according to the words which are written.
    31 And now I speak unto you, the Twelve—Behold, my grace is sufficient for you; you must walk uprightly before me and sin not.
    32 And, behold, you are they who 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;
    33 And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.
    34 These words are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;
    35 For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;
    36 Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.
    37 And now, behold, I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that you shall search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken;
    38 And by their desires and their works you shall know them.
    39 And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.
    40 And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name.
    41 And you must preach unto the world, saying: You must repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ;
    42 For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and children who have arrived at the years of accountability.
    43 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things;
    44 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.
    45 Wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.
    46 And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father.
    47 Behold, I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit have spoken it. Amen.

Section 19
Revelation given through Joseph Smith, at Manchester, New York, likely in the summer of 1829. In his history, the Prophet introduces it as “a commandment of God and not of man, to Martin Harris, given by him who is Eternal.”
1–3, Christ has all power;
4–5, All men must repent or suffer;
6–12, Eternal punishment is God’s punishment;
13–20, Christ suffered for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
21–28, Preach the gospel of repentance;
29–41, Declare glad tidings.
    1 I AM Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.
    2 I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—
    3 Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done.
    4 And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.
    5 Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my left hand.
    6 Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless torment.
    7 Again, it is written eternal damnation; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my name’s glory.
    8 Wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles.
    9 I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest.
    10 For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name. Wherefore—
    11 Eternal punishment is God’s punishment.
    12 Endless punishment is God’s punishment.
    13 Wherefore, I command you to repent, and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., in my name;
    14 And it is by my almighty power that you have received them;
    15 Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.
    16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
    17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
    18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
    19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.
    20 Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit.
    21 And I command you that you preach naught but repentance, and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me.
    22 For they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish.
    23 Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.
    24 I am Jesus Christ; I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will.
    25 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife; nor seek thy neighbor’s life.
    26 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the truth and the word of God—
    27 Which is my word to the Gentile, that soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant, that they may believe the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.
    28 And again, I command thee that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private.
    29 And thou shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see.
    30 And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.
    31 And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior, and remission of sins by baptism, and by fire, yea, even the Holy Ghost.
    32 Behold, this is a great and the last commandment which I shall give unto you concerning this matter; for this shall suffice for thy daily walk, even unto the end of thy life.
    33 And misery thou shalt receive if thou wilt slight these counsels, yea, even the destruction of thyself and property.
    34 Impart a portion of thy property, yea, even part of thy lands, and all save the support of thy family.
    35 Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage.
    36 Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy family;
    37 And speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice, with a sound of rejoicing, crying—Hosanna, hosanna, blessed be the name of the Lord God!
    38 Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing—yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth and corruptibleness to the extent thereof.
    39 Behold, canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness?
    40 Or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide?
    41 Or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.

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