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Revelation, 9 May 1831 [D&C 50]

you what ye shall ask & as ye are appointed to the  head The spirits shall be subject unto you wherefore it  shall come to pass that if ye behold a spirit manifested that  ye cannot understand & you receive not that spirit ye shall  ask of the father in the name of Jesus & if he gave give not  unto you that spirits then ye may know that it is not  of God & it shall be given unto you power that spi over  that spirit & you shall proclaim against that spirit with  a loud voice that it is not of God not with railing accusa tion that ye be not over come neither with boasting nor  rejoicing lest you be seased [seized] therewith he that receiveth of  God let it [him] account it of God & let him rejoice that he  is accounted of God worthy to receive & by giving heed  & doing these things which ye have received & which ye  shall hereafter receive the Kingdom is given unto  you of the father & power to over come all things which  is not ordained of him & Behold verily I say unto you  blessed are you that hear these words of mine from the  mouth of my servent for your sins are forgiven you  Let my Servent Joseph [Wakefield] in whom I am well pleased  & my servent Parley [P. Pratt] go forth among the Churches &  strengthen them by the word of exhortation & also my servent  John [Corrill] or as many of my servents as are ordained unto  this office & let them labour in the vinyard & let no  man hinder them of doing that which I have appointed  unto them wherefore in this thing my Servent Edward [Partridge]  is not Justified nevertheless let him repent & he shall be  forgiven—— Behold ye are little Children & ye cannot bear  all things now ye must grow in grace & in the know ledge of the truth fear not little children for you are mine  & I have overcome the world & you are of them which my  father hath given me & none of them which my father hath  given me shall be lost & the father & I are one I am in  the father & the father in me & I in you as much as ye  have received me ye are in me & am I in you wherefore I  am in your midst & I am the good shepherd [p. 84]
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In March 1831, JS wrote to his brother Hyrum in New York that he had been engaged in “regulating the Churches” in Ohio because of the presence of what he considered questionable and false spiritual manifestations (Letter to Hyrum Smith, 3–4 March 1831). John Whitmer later remarked in his history that “many would not turn from their folly, unless God would give a revelation.” Urging church members to seek the best gifts, this revelation also warned them to avoid the seduction of “evil spirits.” (Compare Revelation, ca. 8 March 1831–A [D&C 46].)
This text was addressed to the elders of the church, and John Whitmer copied it into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “52nd Commandment May 9th 1831,” sometime between May and June 1831. Sidney Gilbert and Orson Hyde also recorded copies in revelation notebooks, possibly between June 1831 and early 1832. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates the revelation to May 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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