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Revelation, circa 8 March 1831–A [D&C 46]

which are held before the world ye are also commanded  never to cast any one out who belongeth to the Church out  of your sacrament meetings nevertheless if any have trespas sed let him not partake untill he makes reconciliation  And again I say unto you ye shall not cast any out of  your sacrement meetings who is earnestly seeking the  Kingdom I speak this concerning this those who are not of the  Church And again I say unto you concerning your conf irmation meetings that if there be any that is not of the  Church that is earnestly seeking after the Kingdom ye Shall  not cast them out but ye are commanded in all things  to ask of God who giveth liberally & that which the spirit  testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all  Holyness of heart walking uprightly before me consider ing the end of your salvation doing all things with prayer  & thanksgiving that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits  or doctrines of Devils or the commandments of men for some  are of men & others of Devils Wherefore beware lest ye are  deceived & that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly  the best gifts always remembering for what they were  are given for verily I say unto you they are given for the  benefit of those who love me & keep all my commandments  & him that seeketh so to do that all may be benefitted that  seeketh or that asketh of me that asketh & not for a sign  that he may consume it upon his lusts And again  Verily I say unto you I would that ye should always remember  & always retain in your minds what these gifts are that are  given unto the Church for all have not every gift given  unto them for there are many gifts & to evry man is given  a gift by the spirit of God to some is given one & to some  is given another that all may be profited thereby to some  is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is  the son of God & that he was crusified for the sins of the  World to others it is given to believe on their words that they  also may might have eternal life if they continue faithful And  again to some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know the [p. 77]
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The first part of this revelation addressed the subject of who should be admitted to the church’s various meetings. The second portion dealt with the issue of extravagant spiritual phenomena of the kind sometimes displayed at camp-meeting revivals. Since some thought these manifestations were genuine expressions of spiritual gifts, guidance was needed on how to distinguish legitimate experiences from inappropriate behavior. The revelation defined gifts of the spirit similar to those described in the Bible and Book of Mormon. See also Revelation, 9 May 1831 [D&C 50].
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “48th Commandment March 8th 1831,” sometime between March and June 1831. The “8” in 8 March was inserted by an unidentified hand. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to March 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio, while the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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