Revelation, 22–23 September 1832 [D&C 84]

faithful in all things shall not be weary in mind neither darkened neither body  limb, limb, or Joint and an hair of your heads shall not fall to the ground unnoti[c]ed  and they shall not go hungry, neither athirst, therefore take no thought for the morrow for  what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink or wherewith all ye shall ye shall be cloth ed for consider the lillies of the field how they grow they toil not neither do they spin  and the kingdoms of the world in all ther glory are not arayed like one of them  for your father who art in heaven knoweth that you have need of all these thing  therefore let the morrow take thought for the things of itself, neither take ye  thought before hand what ye shall say but treasure up in your minds con tinually the words of life and it shall be given you in the very hour that  po[r]tion that shall be meeted unto evry man therefore let no man among  you (for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God  in the church unto the ministry) therefore let no man from this hour  take purse or scrip that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom behold  I send you out to reproove the world of all there unrighteous deeds and to t[ea]ch  them of a Judgment which is to come and whoso receiveth you there I will be also  for I will go before your face I will be on your right hand and on your  lift [left] and my spirit shall be in your hearts and mine Angels round about  you to bear you up, whoso receiveth you receiveth me and the same will feed  you and clothe you, and give you money and he who feedeth you or chothe  you or giveth you money shall in no wise loose his reward and he that  doeth not these things is not my deciple, by this you may know my  deciples he that receiveth you not, go away from him, alone by your selves and cleanse your feet even with water, pur water, whether in  heat or in cold and bare testamony of it unto your father which is  in heaven and return not again unto that man, and in whatsoevr  village or city ye enter do likewise, nevertheless search dilligently and  spare not, wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth  you or your words or testamony concerning me, wo I say again unto  that house or that village or city that rejecteth you or your words or  your testamony of me for I the Almighty have laid my hand upon  the nations to scorge them for ther wickedness and plagues shall go  forth and it shall not be taken from the earth untill I have com pleted my work which shall be cut short in righteousness until  all shall know me who remain even from the least to the greatest  and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord and shall see eye  to eye, and shall lift up the voice, and with the voice together  sing this new song, saying the lord hath brought again Zion  the Lord hath redeemed his people Israel, according to the election  of grace which was brought to pass by the faith and covenant  of ther fathers, the Lord hath redeemed his people and Satan is  bound and time is no longer the Lord hath gathered all things in one  the Lord hath brought down Zion from above the Lord hath brought  up Zion from benieth the earth hath travailed and brought forth her [p. [4]]
This revelation, among the more lengthy at the time, was early considered to be of both practical and theological importance. It begins with a reminder of the expansive commission to gather the saints and to build Zion, a New Jerusalem, in Missouri, but the text also chastises the church for failing to live up to its high purpose. Passages herein on priesthood order and responsibilities connected authority to priesthood anciently but also had practical implications as the church expanded administratively. For example, an explanation of the “greater” and the “lesser” priesthoods, followed by an outline of the duties of various officers of these priesthoods (elder, bishop, teacher, deacon) suggested procedure and structure.
Several of the instructions included in this revelation were related to the priority of missionary service or proselytizing. High priests were given a ministerial charge similar to what Christ gave his apostles anciently. Elders and high priests were assigned to travel as missionaries, while teachers and deacons were assigned to serve as “standing ministers” in local congregations. Missionaries were to travel without purse or scrip.
Frederick G. Williams probably wrote this text in late September 1832, perhaps for JS and Newel K. Whitney to take with them on a trip to the east the following month. John Whitmer included it in Revelation Book 1 with the designation “A Revelation given at Kirtland September 22 & 23, 1832.” JS and Williams also copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2, probably in fall 1832, as “A Revelation given 22 & 23d. of Sept. 1832.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation with a date of 22-23 September 1832 but no location.