DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Prayer and prophecies written by Joseph Smith the Prophet, while he was a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri, dated March 20, 1839. HC 3: 289–300. The Prophet with several companions had been months in prison. Their petitions and appeals directed to the executive officers and the judiciary had failed to bring them relief.
, The Prophet pleads with the Lord for the suffering saints; 7–10
, The Lord speaks peace to him; 11–17
, Cursed are all those who raise false cries of transgression against the Lord’s people; 18–25
, They shall not have right to the priesthood and shall be damned; 26–32
, Glorious revelations promised those who endure valiantly; 33–40
, Why many are called and few chosen; 41–46
, The priesthood should be used only in righteousness.
art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy bhiding
long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries?
Yea, O Lord, ahow
long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful boppressions
, before thine heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with ccompassion
O Lord God aAlmighty
, maker of bheaven
, earth, and seas, and of all things that in them are, and who controllest and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol—stretch forth thy hand; let thine eye pierce; let thy cpavilion
be taken up; let thy dhiding
place no longer be covered; let thine ear be inclined; let thine eheart
be softened, and thy bowels moved with compassion toward us.
Let thine aanger
be kindled against our enemies; and, in the fury of thine heart, with thy bsword cavenge
us of our wrongs.
Remember thy asuffering
saints, O our God; and thy servants will rejoice in thy name forever.
My son, apeace
be unto thy soul; thine badversity
and thine afflictions shall be but a csmall
And then, if thou aendure
it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy bfoes
do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.
Thou art not yet as Job; thy afriends
do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job.
And they who do charge thee with transgression, their hope shall be blasted, and their prospects shall amelt
away as the hoar frost melteth before the burning rays of the rising sun;
And also that God hath set his hand and seal to change the atimes
and seasons, and to blind their bminds
, that they may not understand his cmarvelous
workings; that he may dprove
them also and take them in their own craftiness;
Also because their hearts are corrupted, and the things which they are willing to bring upon others, and love to have others suffer, may come upon athemselves
to the very uttermost;
That they may be adisappointed
also, and their hopes may be cut off;
And not many years hence, that they and their aposterity
shall be bswept
from under heaven, saith God, that not one of them is left to stand by the wall.
are all those that shall lift up the bheel
against mine canointed
, saith the Lord, and cry they have dsinned
when they have not sinned before me, saith the Lord, but have done that which was meet in mine eyes, and which I commanded them.
who cry transgression do it because they are the servants of sin, and are the bchildren
of disobedience themselves.
And those who aswear bfalsely
against my servants, that they might bring them into bondage and death—
Wo unto them; because they have aoffended
my little ones they shall be severed from the bordinances
of mine house.
shall not be full, their houses and their barns shall perish, and they themselves shall be bdespised
by those that flattered them.
They shall not have right to the apriesthood
, nor their posterity after them from generation to generation.
It had been abetter
for them that a millstone had been hanged about their necks, and they drowned in the depth of the sea.
Wo unto all those that adiscomfort
my people, and drive, and bmurder
, and testify against them, saith the Lord of Hosts; a cgeneration
of vipers shall not escape the damnation of hell.
Behold, mine eyes asee
and know all their works, and I have in reserve a swift bjudgment
in the season thereof, for them all;
God shall give unto you aknowledge
by his Holy bSpirit
, yea, by the unspeakable cgift
of the Holy Ghost, that has not been drevealed
since the world was until now;
Which our forefathers have awaited with aanxious
expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory;
A time to come in the which anothing
shall be withheld, whether there be bone
God or many cgods
, they shall be manifest.
All thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be arevealed
and set forth upon all who have endured bvaliantly
for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And also, if there be abounds
set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars—
All the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their aglories
, laws, and set times, shall be revealed in the days of the bdispensation
of the fulness of times—
According to that which was aordained
in the midst of the bCouncil
of the Eternal cGod
of all other gods before this dworld
was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal epresence
and into his immortal frest
How long can rolling waters remain impure? What apower
shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to bhinder
from pouring down dknowledge
from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.
Behold, there are many acalled
, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
Because their ahearts
are set so much upon the things of this bworld
, and caspire
to the dhonors
of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—
That the arights
of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be bcontrolled
nor handled only upon the cprinciples
That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to acover
, or to gratify our cpride
, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or ddominion
or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens ewithdraw
themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to akick
against the pricks, to bpersecute
the saints, and to cfight
We have learned by sad experience that it is the anature
and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little bauthority
, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise cunrighteous
Hence many are called, but afew
or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the bpriesthood
, only by cpersuasion
, by dlong
-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
betimes with bsharpness
, when cmoved
upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of dlove
toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of adeath
Let thy abowels
also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let bvirtue
garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy cconfidence
wax strong in the dpresence
of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the edews
The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant acompanion
, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of brighteousness
and truth; and thy cdominion
shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.