Revelation, 25 January 1832–B [D&C 75:23–36]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

And again thus saith the Lord unto you o ye of my who have given your names that you might know his will concerning you behold I say unto you that it is the duty of the church to assist in supporting the families of those and also to support the families of those who are called and must needs be esent unto the world to proclaim the gospel unto the world wherefor I the Lord give unto you this that ye obtain places for your families inasmuch as your breatheren are willing to open their hearts and let all such as can obtain places for their families and support of the church for them not fail to go into the world wheather to the east or to the west or to the north or to the South let them ask and they shall receive knock and it shall be opened unto them and made known from on high even by the comforter whether they shall go And again verily I say unto you <​that​> every man who is obliged to provide for his own family let him provide and he shall in no wise loose his crown and let him labour in the church let every man be dilligent in all things and the idler shall not have place in the church except he repents and mends his ways Wherefore let my servent and my servent be united in their ministry and also my servent and my servent also my servent and my servent and also my servent and my servent , and also my servent and my servent and also my servent and my servent and also my servent and also my servent even so Amen [1/4 page blank] [p. [1]]


  1. 1

    See Matthew 7:7; and Luke 11:9; see also Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 484, 509 [3 Nephi 14:7; 27:29].  

  2. 2

    TEXT: Possibly “whither”. The copy made by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1 and the derivative versions in the JS–era editions of the Doctrine and Covenants read “whither.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 131; Doctrine and Covenants 87:4, 1835 ed.; Doctrine and Covenants 88:4, 1844 ed.)  

  3. 3

    This apparently meant that those whose families might suffer in their absence would be allowed to preach in the vicinity of their own homes. Eden Smith, for example, continued to preach in the vicinity of Northampton, Ohio, returning after weeklong trips to labor at home, as he wrote, “for the support of my famley.” This may also explain why these men, in contrast to those called in the earlier 25 January 1832 revelation, were not assigned to travel in any specific direction. (Eden Smith, Journal, 19 Feb. 1832.)  

    Smith, Eden. Journal, Sept. 1831–Aug. 1832. CHL. MS 1940.

  4. 4

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 331 [Alma 38:10].  

  5. 5

    An August 1831 revelation similarly commanded, “Thou shalt not Idle away thy time.” (Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:13].)