selves according to the laws of man; that your enemies may not have power over you,
that you may be preserved in all things; that you may be enabled to keep my laws, that every band may be broken wherewith the enemy seeketh to destroy my people.
3. Behold I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief, that they may be kept un til all things may be done according to my law, which ye have received. Amen.
7 March 1831 • Monday
At this age of the many false reports, lies, and fo[o]lish stories were published in the newspapers, and circulated in every direction, to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the faith. A great earth-quake in China, which destroyed from one to two hundred thousand inhabitants, was burlesqued in some papers, as “Mormonism in China.” But to the joy of the saints who had to struggle against every thing that prejudice and wickedness could invent, I
received the following.
Revelation at , March 7. 1831. <Given to Joseph Smith, Jn—>
1. Hearken, O ye people of my church to the whom the kingdom has been given: hearken ye and give ear to him who laid the foundation of the earth; who made the heavens and all the hosts thereof, and by whom all things were made which live and move and have a being. And again I say, hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the sum mer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and
your souls not saved. Listen to him who is the Advocate with Father: who is pleading your cause before him; saying, Father behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleas ed: behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified: wherefore Fath er, spare these my brethren, that believe on my name, that they may come to me and have everlasting life.
2. Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye listen together, and hear my voice while it is called to day and har den not your hearts: for verily I say unto you, that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and
the life of the world; a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not. I came to mine own and my own receive ed me not; but unto as many as received me, gave I power to do many miracles; and to become the sons of God, and even [p. 104]