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

under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant even the book  of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to  say but to do according to that which I have writen that they may bring forth  fruit meet for there fathers kingdom otherwise there remaineth a scorge  and a Judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion for shall  the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land verily Verily I say unto  you na[y]. verily, verily, I say unto you who now hear my words which is  my voice blessed are you inasmuch as you receive these things for  I will forgive you of your sins with this commandment that you rem ain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of p[r]ayer in  bearing testamony to all the world of those things which are commu nicated unto you, therefore go ye into all the world and whatsoever pl ace ye cannot go into ye shall send, that the testamony may go from  you into all the world unto every creature, and as I said unto mine apos tles even so <I> says unto you, for you are mine Apostles, even Gods High priests  ye are they whom my father hath given me, ye are my friends therefore as I said  unto mine Apostles I say unto you again that evry soul who believeth on your  words and are baptized by water for the remission of there sins shall receive the  holy-ghost, and these signs shall follow them, in my name they shall do  many wonderful works, in my name they shall cast out devels. in my na me they shall heal the sick in my name they shall open the eyes of the  blind and unstop the ears of the deaf, and the tongue of the dumb  shall speak, and if any man shall administer poison unto them it  shall not hurt them, and the poison of the <a> serpent shall not [have] power to  harm them, but a commandment I give unto them that they shall not boast  themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world for these things are given  unto you for your proffet and for salvation, verily, verily I say unto you  he who believeth not on your words, and are not baptized by water in my name  for the remission of there sins, that they may receive the holy ghost shall be  damned and shall not come into my fathers kingdom where my father and  I am and this revelation unto you and commandment is in force from  this very hour upon all the world, and this gospel is unto all who have not  received it, but verily I say unto all those to whom the kingdom has been given  from you it must be preached unto them that they shall repent of ther former  evil works for they are to be upbraded for there evil hearts of unbelief and your  brethren in Zion for there rebellion against you at the time I sent you, and again  I say unto you my friends, for from this time forth I shall call you friends, it is  expedient that I give unto you this commandment that you become even as my  friends in days when I was with them in travling to preach this gospel in my po wer for I suffered them not to have purse or scrip, neither two coats behold I send  you out to proove the world, and the Laborer is worthy of his hire and any man  that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom and fail not to continue [p. [3]]
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.