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

Defferences of administeration as it will be pleasing  unto the same Lord according as the Lord will suiting  his mercies according to the conditions of the children  of men And again it is given by the Holy Ghost to  some to know the diversities of opperations whether  it be of God or not so that the manifestations of the  spirit may be given to evry man to prophet [profit] withall  And again Verily I say unto you to some it is given by  the spirit of God the word of wisdom to another it  is given the word of Knowledge that all may be taught  to be wise & to have knowledge & again to some it is  given to have faith to be healed & to others it is given  to have faith to heal And again to some it is given  the working of miracles & to others it is given to  prophecy & to others the decerning of spirits & again  it is given to some to speak with tongues & to another  it is given the interpretation of tongues & all these  gifts cometh from [God] for the benefit of the children of God  & unto the Bishop of the Church & unto such as God  sahall appoint & ordain to watch over the Church &  to <be> the Elders unto the Church are to have it given  unto [them] to decern all those gifts lest there shall be any  among you prophecying & yet not be of God & it shall  come to pass that he that asketh in spirit shall receive  in spirit that unto some it may be given to have  all those gifts that there may be a head in order that  evry member may be propheted profited thereby he that  asketh in spirit asketh according to the will of God  wherefore it is done even as he asketh & again I say unto  you all things must be done in the name of Christ  whatsoever you do in the spirit & ye must give thanks  unto God in the spirit for whatsoever blessing ye  are blessed with & ye must practice virtue & holyness  before me continually even so amen [p. 78]
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.