DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, April 26, 1838, making known the will of God concerning the building up of that place and of the Lord’s House. HC 3: 23–25. This revelation is addressed to the presiding officers of the Church.
, The Lord names his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 5–6
, Zion and her stakes are places of defense and refuge for the saints; 7–16
, The saints are commanded to build a House of the Lord at Far West; 17–19
, Joseph Smith holds the keys of the kingdom of God on earth.
thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also my servant Hyrum Smith, and your acounselors
who are and shall be appointed hereafter;
And also unto you, my servant aEdward
Partridge, and his counselors;
And also unto my faithful servants who are of the high council of my achurch
in Zion, for thus it shall be called, and unto all the elders and people of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, scattered abroad in all the world;
For thus shall amy bchurch
be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day cSaints
And that the agathering
together upon the land of bZion
, and upon her cstakes
, may be for a defense, and for a drefuge
from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be epoured
out without mixture upon the whole earth.
Let the city, Far West, be a holy and consecrated land unto me; and it shall be called most holy, for the ground upon which thou standest is aholy
Therefore, I command you to abuild
a house unto me, for the gathering together of my saints, that they may bworship
And let there be a beginning of this work, and a foundation, and a preparatory work, this following summer;
And let the beginning be made on the fourth day of July next; and from that time forth let my people alabor
diligently to build a house unto my name;
And in aone
year from this day let them re-commence laying the foundation of my bhouse
Thus let them from that time forth labor diligently until it shall be finished, from the corner stone thereof unto the top thereof, until there shall not anything remain that is not finished.
Verily I say unto you, let not my servant Joseph, neither my servant Sidney, neither my servant Hyrum, get in adebt
any more for the building of a house unto my name;
But let a house be built unto my name according to the apattern
which I will show unto them.
And if my people build it not according to the pattern which I shall show unto their presidency, I will not accept it at their hands.
But if my people do build it according to the pattern which I shall show unto their presidency, even my servant Joseph and his counselors, then I will accept it at the hands of my people.
And again, verily I say unto you, it is my will that the city of Far West should be built up speedily by the gathering of my saints;
And also that other places should be appointed for astakes
in the regions round about, as they shall be manifested unto my servant Joseph, from time to time.
For behold, I will be with him, and I will sanctify him before the people; for unto him have I given the akeys
of this kingdom and ministry. Even so. Amen.