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Revelation, 12 November 1831 [D&C 70]

John Whitmer handwriting begins.  

 
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<76> <Hiram>

John Whitmer handwriting ends; Oliver Cowdery begins.  

 
Nov. 12. 1831
Behold & hearken o ye inhabitants of Zion & all ye people of my  Church which are far off & hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my  servant Jos[e]ph & also unto my servant Martin [Harris] & also unto my servant Oliver [Cowdery]  & also my servant John [Whitmer] & also unto my servant Sidney [Rigdon] by the way of com mandments unto them for I give unto them a commandment W[h]erefore  hearken & hear for thus saith the Lord unto them I the Lord have appointed  them & ordained them to be stewards over the revelations & com mandments which I have given unto them & which I shall hereafter  give unto them & an account of this stewardship will I require of them  in the day of judgement wherefore I have appointed unto them & this is  their business in the church of God to manage them & the concerns  thereof yea the profits thereof wherefore a commandment I give unto  them that they shall not give these things unto the church neither unto  the world nevertheless inasmuch as they receive more than is for their  necessities & their wants it shall be given into my storehouse & the  benefits thereof shall be consecrated unto the inhabtants of Zion &  unto their generations inasmuch as they become heirs according to the  laws of the kingdom1

See Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:2].  

 
behold this is what the Lord requires of every  man in his stewardship even as I the Lord have appointed or shall  hereafter apoint unto any man & behold none is exempt from this  law who belong to the church of the Living God2

See 1 Timothy 3:15.  

 
yea neither Bishop neither  the agent who keepeth the Lords storehouse3

The bishop was Edward Partridge, and the agent was Sidney Gilbert. A 20 July 1831 revelation instructed Gilbert to “establish a store” in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, so that he could provide “provisions & whatsoever things the Deciples may need to plant them in their inheritance.” (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8].)  

 
neither he that is appointed  in a stewardship over temporal things he that is appointed to ad minister spiritual things the same is worthy of his hire even as they  who are appointed in a stewardship to administer in temporal things4

A day earlier, a revelation noted that “the office of a Bishop is in administering all temporal things,” while the president of the high priesthood is responsible for “the administring of ordinances & blessings upon the Church by the Laying on of the hands.” (Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:65–68].)  

 
 yea even more abundantly which abundance is multiplied unto them  through the manifestations of the spirit nevertheless in your temporal  things you shall be equal in all things & this not grudgeingly otherwise  the abundance of the manifestations of the spirit shall be withheld  now this commandment I give unto my servants while they remain for  a manifestations of my blessings upon their heads & for a reward of  their diligence & for their security for food & for raiment for an  inheritance for houses & for lands & in whatsoever circumstances  I the Lord shall place them & whithersoever I the Lord shall send them [p. 124]
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Revelation, Hiram Township, OH, 12 Nov. 1831. Featured version, titled “Revelation 76 Hiram Nov. 12. 1831,” copied [between 12 and 20 Nov. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 124–125; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery; CHL. Includes redactions.

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