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Revelation, between circa 8 and circa 24 March 1832

Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servent Sidney [Rigdon]  and Joseph I reveal unto you for your own prophet [profit] and  instruction concerning the Bishops of my church what is  their duty in the church behold it is their duty to stand in the  office of their Bishoprick and to fill the judgement seat  which I have appointed unto them to and to administer  the benefits of the church or the overpluss of all who  are in their stewardships according to the Commandments  as they are severly appointed and the property or that  which they receive of the church is not their own but belongeth  to the church wherefore it is the property of the Lord and  it is for the poor of the church to be administered acc ording to the law for it is the will of the Lord that the  church should be made equal in all things wherefore the  bishops are accountable before the Lord for their stewardships  to administer of their stewardship in the which they are  appointed by commandment jointly with you my servents  under <unto> the Lord as well as you my servents or the rest of  the church that the benefits of all may be dedicated unto  the Lord that the Lords storehouse may be filled always that  ye may all grow in temporal as well as spiritual things  and now verily I say unto you the bishops must needs  be seperated unto their bishoppricks and judgement seats  from care of business but not from claim neither from coun cil wherefore I have given unto you commandment that you  should be joined together by covenent and bond wherefore see that  ye do even as I have Commanded and unto the office of the  presidency of the high Priesthood I have given authority to  preside with the assistence of his councellers over all the  Concerns of the church wherefore stand ye fast claim your  Priesthood in authority yet in meekness and I am able to  make you abound and be fruitfull and you shall never fall  for unto you I have given the keys of the kingdom and if you  transgress not they shall never be taken from you, wherefore  feed my sheep even so amen [p. [1]]
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This revelation was part of the young church’s ongoing implementation of financial practices, which previously included the appointment of a bishop to direct the church’s temporal affairs. By early 1832, it was clear that the church needed further elaboration of this arrangement. Compounding the situation, the two major centers of church population—in Ohio and Missouri—were nearly one thousand miles apart.
A revelation received several days prior to this one directed that church finances be governed by a firm composed of leaders from both locations and presided over by JS. Edward Partridge, bishop in Missouri, and Newel K. Whitney, the newly called Ohio bishop, were to coordinate the effort. This revelation affirmed that the presidency of the high priesthood and the bishops were to manage all church finances and resources.
Sidney Rigdon wrote this text in March 1832. Newel K. Whitney obtained the document about that time.

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