A Revelation Given to Joseph and Oliver


This is an excerpt from The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 1: July 1828-June 1831.

25th. Commandment AD 1831 1830.

A Revelation to Joseph & Oliver [Cowdery] given at Harmony Susquehannah County Pennsylvania telling them concerning their Calls &c

Behold thou wast called & Chosen to write the Book of Mormon & to my ministery & I have lifted thee up out of thine afflictions & have counseled thee that thou hast been delivered from all thine enemies & thou hast been delivered from the power of satan & from darkness.

Nevertheless thou art not excusable in thy Transgressions Nevertheless go thy way & sin no more magnify thy office & after that thou hast sowed thy fields & Secured them then go speedily unto the Church which is in Colesvill Fayette & Manchester & they shall support thee & I will bless them both spiritually & temporally but if they receive thee not I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing & thou shalt continue in calling upon [God] in my name & writing the [p. 32] Things which shall be given thee by the Comforter & thou shalt expound all scriptures to unto the Church & it shall be given thee in the very moment what thou shalt speak & write & they shall hear it or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing for thou shalt devote all thy service to in Zion & in this thou shalt have strength be patient in afflictions for thou shalt have many but endure them for Lo! I am with thee even unto the end of thy days & in temporal labo◊◊ thou shalt not have strength for this is not thy calling attend to thy calling & thou shalt have wherewith to magnify thine Office & to expound all scriptures & continue in the laying of on of the hands & confirming the Churches & thy brother Oliver Shall continue to in bearing my name before the world & also to the Church & he shall not suppose that he can say enough in my cause & lo! [I] am with him to the end in me he shall have glory & not of himself whether in weakness or in strength whether in bonds on or free & at all times & in all places he shall open his mouth & declare my Gospel as with the voice of a Trump both day & night & I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men[.]

Require not Miracles except I shall command you except casting [out] Devils healing the sick & against Poisones [poisonous] Serpents & against deadly Poison & these things ye shall not do except it be required of you by them who desire it that the Scriptures might be fulfilled for ye shall do according to that which is written in the Scriptures & in whatsoever place ye shall enter in & they receive you not in my name ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing by casting off the dust of your feet against them as a testimony & cleansing your feet by the wayside & it shall come to pass that whosoever shall lay their hands upon you by violence ye shall command to be smitten 〈in my name〉 & behold I will smite them according to their 〈thy〉 words in mine own due time & whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the Law & thou shalt tak[e] no purse nor scrip neither staves neither two Coats for the Church shall give unto thee in the verry hour what thou needest for food & for raiment for shoes & for [p. 33] Money & for scrip for thou art called to prune my vineyard with a mighty pruneing yea even for the last time yea & also all those which whom thou hast ordained & they shall do even according to this pattern amen.

(Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, Richard Lyman Bushman, and Matthew J. Grow, The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, vol. 1: July 1828–June 1831 [Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2013], 158–59).



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