Revelation, 3 January 1833 [D&C 88:127–137]

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January 3d. 1833. Revelation given to organize for a patern &c
The order of the house, of God prepared for the , and instruction, in all things, that is expedient for the officers; or in other words, them who are called to the ministry in the , begining at the , even down to the , and this shall be the order of the house, he that is appointed, to be a teacher, shall be found standing in his place, which shall be appointed prepared, for him, in the , in a place that the congregation, in the house may hear his words, correctly and distinctly; not with loud speach; and he cometh into the house of God, (for he should be first in the house, behold this is beautiful, that he may be an example) let him offer himself in prayer upon his knees, before God, in token of the everlasting covenant, and when any shall, come in after him, let the teacher arise, and with uplifted hands to heaven, yea even directly, salute his brother, or brethren, with these words saying, art thou a brother, or brethren, I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in tocen [token] of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant, I receive you to fellowship, in a determination, that is fixed immovable, and unchangable, to be your friend and brother, through the grace of God, in the bonds of Love, to walk in all the , of God, blameless, in thanksgiving for ever, and ever; Amen. and he that cometh, in, and is a brother, or brethren shall salute the teacher with uplifted hands to heaven, with this same prayer, and covenant or by saying amen; in token of the same, Behold verily I say unto you, this [is?] a sample, unto you for a salutation, to one another, in the house of God, and ye are called to do this by prayer, and thanksgiving, as the spirit shall give utterance [p. 47] in all your doings, in the house of the Lord, that it may become a sanctury, a tabernacle, of the holy spirit to your, edefication Amen
Given by Joseph the , and writen by assistant scribe and councellor—— [p. 48]


  1. 1

    In the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, this passage reads, “prepared for the presidency of the school of the prophets.” (Doctrine and Covenants 7:39, 1835 ed.)  

  2. 2

    That is, a teacher in the school, not a church officer.  

  3. 3

    John Whitmer’s copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 1 includes “when” here. (Revelation Book 1, p. 166.)  

  4. 4

    See Luke 1:6.  

  5. 5

    Here, both the copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 1 and the published version in the March 1833 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star have the phrase “And to you the called to the ministry of the ordinances of the house of God.” This phrase may have appeared in the original inscription, and Frederick G. Williams may have inadvertently left it out of his copy. The phrase was removed when the revelation was published in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. (“Revelation Given Kirtland, Ohio, January 3, 1833,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [6]; Revelation Book 1, p. 167; Doctrine and Covenants 7:44, 1835 ed.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  6. 6

    See Acts 2:4.