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Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11]

heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee: for behold it is I that speaketh: behold I am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee.
6 And now, verily, verily I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good: Yea, to do justly; to walk humbly; to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.3

See Micah 6:8.  


7 Verily, verily I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy, and then shall you know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which is pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.
8 Behold I command

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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you, that you need not suppose that you are called to preach until you are called: wait a little longer, until you shall have my word, my Rock, my church, and my gospel, that you may know of a surety my doctrine;4

This passage was likely referencing the Book of Mormon. A previous revelation declared that Christ would bring to light his gospel and that “this people” would “bring to light the true points of my doctrine.” The passage also reflects the Lord’s promise in a March revelation that “if the People of this Generation harden not their hearts . . . I will establish my Church” among them. (Revelation, Spring 1829 [D&C 10:60–62]; Revelation, Mar. 1829 [D&C 5:18]; see also Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18:3–4].)  


and then behold, according to your desires, yea, even according to your faith, shall it be done unto you.
9 Keep my commandments; hold your peace; appeal unto my Spirit: Yea, cleave unto me with all your heart, that you may assist in bringing to light those things of which have been spoken: Yea, the translation

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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of my work: be patient until you shall accomplish it.
10 Behold this is your work, to keep my commandments: Yea, with all your might, mind, and strength: seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongues be loosed; then, if you desire you shall have my Spirit, and my word: Yea, the power of God unto the [p. 29]
heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in  my power which speaketh unto thee: for behold it  is I that speaketh: behold I am the light which shin eth in darkness, and by my power I give these words  unto thee.
6 And now, verily, verily I say unto thee, put  your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good:  Yea, to do justly; to walk humbly; to judge right eously; and this is my Spirit.3

See Micah 6:8.  


7 Verily, verily I say unto you, I will impart un to you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your  mind, which shall fill your soul with joy, and then  shall you know, or by this shall you know, all things  whatsoever you desire of me, which is pertaining  unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in  me that you shall receive.
8 Behold I command

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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you, that you need not sup pose that you are called to preach until you are cal led: wait a little longer, until you shall have my  word, my Rock, my church, and my gospel, that  you may know of a surety my doctrine;4

This passage was likely referencing the Book of Mormon. A previous revelation declared that Christ would bring to light his gospel and that “this people” would “bring to light the true points of my doctrine.” The passage also reflects the Lord’s promise in a March revelation that “if the People of this Generation harden not their hearts . . . I will establish my Church” among them. (Revelation, Spring 1829 [D&C 10:60–62]; Revelation, Mar. 1829 [D&C 5:18]; see also Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18:3–4].)  


and then  behold, according to your desires, yea, even ac cording to your faith, shall it be done unto you.
9 Keep my commandments; hold your peace; ap peal unto my Spirit: Yea, cleave unto me with all  your heart, that you may assist in bringing to light  those things of which have been spoken: Yea, the  translation

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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of my work: be patient until you shall  accomplish it.
10 Behold this is your work, to keep my command ments: Yea, with all your might, mind, and  strength: seek not to declare my word, but first seek  to obtain my word, and then shall your tongues be  loosed; then, if you desire you shall have my Spirit,  and my word: Yea, the power of God unto the [p. 29]
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, May 1829. Featured version, titled “Chapter X,” typeset [between 1 Nov. and 31 Dec. 1832] for Book of Commandments, 28–30. John Whitmer

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copied this revelation [ca. Mar. 1831] into Revelation Book 1, but the pages on which it was copied were removed at some point from that volume and are no longer extant.1

See Revelation Book 1, p. [207].  


The version found in the Book of Commandments and featured below is the earliest extant version. For more complete source information, see the source note for the Book of Commandments.

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