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

before the face of his people to prepare them for the coming of the Lord in whose hand is given  all power, and again, the offices of Elder & Bishop are necessary appendages belon[g]ing unto the  high Priesthood, and again the offices of Teacher and Deacon are necessary appendages belong ing to the lesser Priesthood, which priesthood was confirmed upon Aaron and his sons therefore  as I said, concerning the Sons of Moses, for the sons of Moses, and also the sons of Aaron shall of fer an aaceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the Lord which house shall shalt be built  unto the Lord in this generation upon the consecrated spot as I have appointed and the sons  of Moses, and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord upon mount Zion in the  Lords house whose sons are ye, and also many whom I have called and sent forth to  build up my church for whoso is faithful unto the attaining of these two Priesthoods  of which I have spoken and the magnifying there calling are sanctified by the spir[i]t  unto the renewing of there bodies that they become the sons of Moses and of Aaron  and the seed of Abraham and the church and kingdom and the elect of God and also  all they who receive this Priesthood receiveth me saith the Lord for he that receiveth  my servants receveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth my father, and he that receiveth  my father, receiveth my fathers kingdom, therefore all that my father hath shall be given unto  him and this is according to the oath and the covenant which belongeth to the Priest hood, therefore all those. who receive the Priesthood, receiveth this oath and covenant of  my father which he cannot break neither can it be mooved, but whoso breaketh this  covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom shall not have  forgivness in this world nor in the world to come and all those that come not unto  this Priesthood, which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are  present this day viz the 23d. day of September AD 1832 Eleven high Priests save one by  by mine own voice out of the heavens and even I have given the heavenly hosts and  mine Angels charge concerning you, and I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves to give heed dilligently to the words of eternal life for you  shall live by evry word that procedeth forth from the mouth of God for the word of  the Lord is truth and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is sp irit even the spirit of Jesus Christ, and the spirit giveth light to evry man that  cometh into the world, and the spirit enlightneth evry man through the world that  harkneth to the voice of the spirit, and evry one that harkneth to the voice of the spirit  cometh unto God even the father and the father teacheth him of the covenant which he  hath renewed and confirmed upon you which is confirmed upon you for your sakes and  and not for yours only, but for the sake of the whole world, and the whole world lieth  in sin and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin and by this you may  know they are under the bondage of sin because they come not unto me for whoso com eth not unto me is under the bondage of sin, and whoso receiveth not my voice is  not acquanted with my word voice. and is not of me, and, by this you may know the right eous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sins and darkness  even now, and your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief  and because you have treated lightly the things you have received which vanity and  and unbelief hath brought the whole church under condemnation and this con demnation resteth upon the children of Zion even all, and thay shall remain [p. [2]]
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.