8. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself, and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same; for behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever: Amen.
Revelation given November, 1831.
1 Behold, and hearken, O ye of my , who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me. Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you; and the heavens and the earth are in my mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give. Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you, but behold, verily I say unto you, there were fears in your
hearts; and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.
2. And now I the Lord give unto you a testimony of the truth of these which are lying before you: your eyes have been upon my Servant Joseph Smith, Jr, and his language you have known; and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge, that you might express beyond his language; this you also know: now seek ye out of the book of commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most wise among
you ; or if there be any among you, that shall make one like unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true: but if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true: for ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them; and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.
3 And again, verily I say unto you, that it is [p. 161]