DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, September 11, 1831. HC 1: 211–214. The Prophet was preparing to move to Hiram, Ohio, to renew his work on the translation of the Bible, which had been laid aside while he had been in Missouri. A company of brethren who had been commanded to journey to Zion (Missouri) was earnestly engaged in making preparations to leave in October. At this busy time, the revelation was received.
, The saints are commanded to forgive one another, lest there remain in them the greater sin; 12–22
, The unrepentant are to be tried in church courts; 23–25
, He that is tithed shall not be burned at the Lord’s coming; 26–32
, The saints are warned against debt; 33–36
, The rebellious shall be cut off out of Zion; 37–40
, The Church shall judge the nations; 41–43
, Zion shall flourish.
thus saith the Lord your God unto you, O ye elders of my achurch
, hearken ye and hear, and receive my will concerning you.
For verily I say unto you, I will that ye should aovercome
the world; wherefore I will have bcompassion
There are those among you who have sinned; but verily I say, for this once, for mine own aglory
, and for the salvation of souls, I have bforgiven
you your sins.
I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the akingdom
And the akeys
of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., through the means I have appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch as he obeyeth mine bordinances
There are those who have sought occasion against him without cause;
Nevertheless, he has sinned; but verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, aforgive
sins unto those who bconfess
their sins before me and ask forgiveness, who have not csinned
My disciples, in days of old, sought aoccasion
against one another and forgave not one another in their hearts; and for this bevil
they were cafflicted
and sorely dchastened
Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to aforgive
one another; for he that bforgiveth
not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
I, the Lord, will aforgive
whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to bforgive
And ye ought to say in your hearts—let God ajudge
between me and thee, and breward
thee according to thy cdeeds
And him that arepenteth
not of his sins, and bconfesseth
them not, ye shall bring before the cchurch
, and do with him as the dscripture
saith unto you, either by commandment or by revelation.
And this ye shall do that God may be glorified—not because ye forgive not, having not compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the law, that ye may not aoffend
him who is your lawgiver—
Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do these things.
Behold, I, the Lord, was angry with him who was my servant Ezra Booth, and also my servant Isaac Morley, for they akept
not the law, neither the commandment;
They sought aevil
in their hearts, and I, the Lord, bwithheld
my Spirit. They ccondemned
for evil that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless I have forgiven my servant Isaac Morley.
And also my servant aEdward
Partridge, behold, he hath sinned, and bSatan
seeketh to destroy his soul; but when these things are made known unto them, and they repent of the evil, they shall be forgiven.
And now, verily I say that it is expedient in me that my servant Sidney Gilbert, after a few weeks, shall return upon his business, and to his aagency
in the land of Zion;
And that which he hath seen and heard may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not. And for this cause have I spoken these things.
And again, I say unto you, that my servant Isaac Morley may not be atempted
above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt, I gave commandment that his farm should be sold.
I will not that my servant Frederick G. Williams should sell his farm, for I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some.
And after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any aguilty
that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the bhearts
of the children of men.
Behold, now it is called atoday
until the bcoming
of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of csacrifice
, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is dtithed
shall not be eburned
at his coming.
For after today cometh the aburning
—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, tomorrow all the bproud
and they that do wickedly shall be as cstubble
; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not dspare
any that remain in eBabylon
Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called atoday
And it is not meet that my servants, aNewel
K. Whitney and Sidney Gilbert, should sell their bstore
and their possessions here; for this is not wisdom until the residue of the church, which remaineth in this place, shall go up unto the land of Zion.
Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden, to get in adebt
to thine enemies;
But behold, it is not said at any time that the Lord should not take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good.
Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord’s errand; and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord’s business.
And he hath set you to provide for his saints in these last days, that they may obtain an ainheritance
in the land of Zion.
And behold, I, the Lord, declare unto you, and my awords
are sure and shall not bfail
, that they shall obtain it.
But all things must come to pass in their time.
Wherefore, be not aweary
, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of csmall
things proceedeth that which is great.
And the arebellious
shall be bcut
off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land.
For, verily I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of aEphraim
, wherefore they shall be plucked out.
Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a ajudge
sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to bjudge
For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall ajudge
all things pertaining to Zion.
and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are bnot capostles
and prophets shall be dknown
And even the abishop
, who is a bjudge
, and his counselors, if they are not faithful in their cstewardships
shall be condemned, and dothers
shall be planted in their estead
For, behold, I say unto you that aZion
shall flourish, and the bglory
of the Lord shall be upon her;
And she shall be an aensign
unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of every bnation
And the day shall come when the nations of the earth shall atremble
because of her, and shall fear because of her terrible ones. The Lord hath spoken it. Amen.