9 And again, I say unto you, all things must be done in the name of Christ, whatsoever you do in the Spirit; and ye must give thanks unto God, in the spirit, for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with: and ye must practice virtue and holiness before me continually; even so: Amen.
The same day that I received the foregoing revelation I also received the following, setting apart as a historian inasmuch as he was faithful.
Given at , March 8, 1831, to me <Joseph Smith Jn> and .
1 Behold it is expedient in me that my servant should write and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jnr, in transcribing all things which shall be given you, until he is called to further duties. Again, verily I say unto you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it shall be expedient.
2. And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto him to keep the record and history continually, for I have appointed to another office: Wherefore it shall be given him inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these things; even so: Amen.
10 March 1831 • Thursday
Upon inquiry how the brethren should act in regard to purcha sing lands to settle upon; and where they should finally make a permanent location, I received the following. Revelation:
Given at March, 1831. <to Joseph Smith Jn>
1 It is necessary that ye should remain for the present time in your places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances: and inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren; and inasmuch as ye have not lands, let them buy for the present time, in those regions round about as seemeth them good, for it must needs be necessary, that they have places to live for the present time.
2 It must needs be necessary, that ye save all the money that ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye can in righteousness that in time ye may be enabled to purchase lands for an , even the . The place is not yet to be revealed, but after your brethren come from the east, there are to be certain men appointed, and to them it shall be given to know the place, or to them it shall be revealed; and they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and to make a
commencement, to lay they foundation of the city; and [p. 111]