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“Articles of the Church of Christ,” June 1829

we ask thee in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ to bless & sanctify this bread to  the souls of all those who partake of it that they may eat <eat> in remembrance of the body of  thy Son & witness unto thee O God the Eternal Father that they are willing to take  upon them the name of thy Son & always remember him & keep his commandments whi ch he hath given them that they may always have his spirit to be with them Amen
And then shall ye take the cup & say O God the Eternal Father we ask thee in the  name of thy Son Jesus Christ to bless & sanctify this wine to the souls of all those  who drink of it that they may do in remembrance of the blood of thy Son which was  shed for them that they may witness unto thee O God the Eternal Father that  they do always remember him that they may have his spirit to be with them Amen
And now behold I give unto you a commandment that ye shall not suffer any one kno wingly to partake of my flesh & blood unworthily when ye shall minister it for whoso  eateth & drinketh my flesh & blood unworthily eateth & drinketh damnation to his soul  Therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy to eat & drink of my flesh & blood ye shall  forbid him nevertheless ye shall not cast him out from among you but ye shall minis ter unto him & shall pray for him unto the Father in my name & if it so be that he  repenteth & is baptized in my name then shall ye receive him & shall minister unto  him of my flesh & blood but if he repenteth not he shall not be numbered among  my people that he may not destroy my people For behold I know my Sheep & they  are numbered nevertheless ye shall not cast him out of your Synagogues or your places  of worship for unto such shall ye continue to minister for ye know not but what  they will return & repent & come unto me with full purpose of heart & I shall  heal <heal> them & ye shall be the means of bringing Salvation unto them Therefore keep  these sayings which I have commanded you that ye come not under condemnation  for wo unto him whom the Father condemneth——
And the church shall meet together oft for prayer & suplication casting out none from  your places of worship but rather invite them to come And each member shall  speak & tell the church of their progress in the way to Eternal life
And there shall be no pride nor envying nor strifes nor malice nor idoletry nor  witchcrafts nor whoredoms nor fornications nor covetiousness nor lying nor de ceits nor no manner of iniquity & if any one is guilty of any or the least of these  & doth not repent & shew fruits meets <meats> for repentance they shall not be number ed among my people that they may not destroy my people [p. [2]]
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Earlier, Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18] had instructed Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer regarding baptism and ordination. In particular, they were to rely on the teachings of the Book of Mormon. In composing this document, Cowdery drew on the earlier revelation and the Book of Mormon itself, especially material from 3 Nephi and Moroni.
Although this document was included in Revelation Book 1, it was never published during JS’s lifetime. It may have been excluded because a subsequent text, the “Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ” [D&C 20], incorporates part of this revelation and was adopted as the early church’s constitution. The latter covers much of the same ground as Cowdery’s “articles” while providing additional instruction regarding ministerial orders, basic beliefs, and historical origin.
Cowdery drafted this text in 1829, perhaps as early as June. Because of nonextant, missing pages from Revelation Book 1, that source contains only a partial copy of the commandment.

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