Covenant, 29 November 1834

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

After conversing and rejoicing before the Lord on this occasion we agreed to enter into the following covenant with the Lord, viz:—
That if the Lord will [p. 87]
prosper us in our business, and open the way before <​us​> that we may obtain means to pay our debts, that we be not troubled nor brought into disrepute before the world nor his people, that after that of all that he shall give us we will give a tenth, to be bestowed upon the poor in his , or as he shall command, and that we will be faithful over that which he has entrusted to our care and that we [p. 88]
may obtain much: and that our children after us shall remember to observe this sacred and holy covenant: after us: And that our children and our children’s may know of the same we here subscribe our names with our own hands before the Lord:
Joseph Smith Jr
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  1. 1

    That is, the occasion of JS and Cowdery, on the evening of 29 November, uniting “in prayer for the continuance of blessings, after giving thanks for the relief which the Lord had lately sent us by opening the hearts of certain brethren from the east to loan us $430.” (JS, Journal, 29 Nov. 1834.)  

  2. 2

    This is likely an introduction supplied by Oliver Cowdery and not part of the covenant itself.  

  3. 3

    See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:22–23].  

  4. 4

    According to a February 1831 revelation outlining the laws of the church, church members were to consecrate their property and money to the church, part of which would go into the storehouse “to administer to the poor and needy.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:34].)