Revelation, 9 May 1831 [D&C 50]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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52nd May 9th. 1831
A Revelation to the of this given at geauga Ohio in consequence of their not being perfectly acquainted with the different opperations of the Spirits which are abroad in the Earth & thus saith the Lord unto them as follows
Hearken o ye Elders of my Church & give ear to the voice of the living God & attend to the words of wisdom which shall be given unto you according as ye have asked & are agreed as touching the Church & the spirits which have gone abroad in the Earth Behold verily I say unto you that there are many spirits which are false spirits which have gone forth in the Earth deceiving the world & also Satan hath sought to deceive you that he might overthrow you Behold I the Lord have looked upon you & have seen abominations in the Church which profess my name but blessed are they who are faithfull & endure whether in life or in death for they shall inherit eternal life but wo be unto them that are deceivers & hypocrites for thus saith the Lord I will bring them to Judgement behold verily I say unto you there are hypocrites among you & have deceived some which have given the adve[r]sary power but behold such shall be reclaimed but the hypocrites shall be detected & shall be cut off either in life or in death even as I will & wo is them that is cut off from my Church for the same is overcome of the world wherefore let every man be aware lest he do that which is not in truth & righteousness before me & now come saith the Lord by the spirit by the Elders of his Church & let us reason together that ye may understand [p. 82] let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face now when a man reasoneth he under[stand]eth of man because he reasoneth as a man even so will I the Lord reason with you that you may understand wherefore I the Lord asketh you this question unto what were ye to Preach my Gospel by the spirit even the comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth & then received you spirits which ye could not understand & received them to be of God & in this are ye Justified? Behold ye shall answer this yourselves nevertheles I will be mercyfull unto you he that is weak among you hereafter shall be made strong verily I say unto you he that is ordained of me & sent forth to preach the word of truth by the comforter the spirit of truth doth he preach it by the spirit of truth or some other way & if by some other way it be not of God & again he that receiveth the word of truth doth he receive it by the spirit of truth or some other way if it be some other way it be not of God therefore why is it that ye cannot understand & know that he <​that​> receiveth the word by the spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the spirit of truth wherefore he that <​preacheth & he that​> receiveth understandeth one another & both are edified & rejoice together & that which doth not edify is not of God & is darkness that which is of God is light & he that receiveth light & continueth in god receiveth more light & that light groweth lighter brighter and brighter untill the perfect day & again verily I say unto you & I say it that you may know the truth that you may choose chase darkness from among you for he that is ordaned of God & sent forth the same is apponted to be the greatest notwithstanding he is least & the servent of all wherefore he is possessor of all things <​for all things​> are subject unto him both in Heaven & on the Earth the life & the light the spirit & the power sent forth by the will of the father through Jesus Christ his son but no man is possessor of all things except he be purified & cleansed from all sin & if ye are purified & cleansed from all sin ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus & it shall be done but know this it shall be given [p. 83] you what ye shall ask & as ye are appointed to the head The spirits shall be subject unto you wherefore it shall come to pass that if ye behold a spirit manifested that ye cannot understand & you receive not that spirit ye shall ask of the father in the name of Jesus & if he gave give not unto you that spirits then ye may know that it is not of God & it shall be given unto you power that spi over that spirit & you shall proclaim against that spirit with a loud voice that it is not of God not with railing accusation that ye be not over come neither with boasting nor rejoicing lest you be seased [seized] therewith he that receiveth of God let it [him] account it of God & let him rejoice that he is accounted of God worthy to receive & by giving heed & doing these things which ye have received & which ye shall hereafter receive [illegible] the Kingdom is given unto you of the father & power to over come all things which is not of him & Behold verily I say unto you blessed are you that hear these words of mine from the mouth of my servent for your sins are forgiven you Let my Servent in whom I am well pleased & my servent go forth among the & strengthen them by the word of exhortation & also my servent or as many of my servents as are ordained unto this office & let them labour in the vinyard & let no man hinder them of doing that which I have appointed unto them wherefore in this thing my Servent is not Justified nevertheless let him repent & he shall be forgiven—— Behold ye are little Children & ye cannot bear all things now ye must grow in grace & in the knowledge of the truth fear not little children for you are mine & I have overcome the world & you are of them which my father hath given me & none of them which my father hath given me shall be lost & the father & I are one I am in the father & the father in me & I in you as much as ye have received me ye are in me & am I in you wherefore I am in your midst & I am the good shepherd [p. 84] & the day cometh that you shall hear my voice & see me & know that I am watch therefore that ye may be ready even So Amen [p. 85]


  1. 1

    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    Orson Hyde’s copy of this revelation does not include “in the Earth.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [22] [D&C 50:1].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  3. 3

    See 1 John 4:1.  

  4. 4

    See Isaiah 1:18.  

  5. 5

    TEXT: Possibly “was were”.  

  6. 6

    See Proverbs 4:18.  

  7. 7

    TEXT: Possibly “&”. Copy of revelation in Gilbert, Notebook, [29], has “and”.  

    Gilbert, Algernon Sidney. Notebook of Revelations, 1831–ca. 1833. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

  8. 8

    A revelation only two days earlier commanded Pratt to preach to the Shaker community near Kirtland, but that mission was short lived. The day after that revelation was dictated, Pratt and his companions held a meeting with the Shakers and then returned to Kirtland after concluding that the community would not accept their message. (See Historical Introduction to Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49].)  

  9. 9

    Pratt later explained, “In obedience to the foregoing, Joseph Wakefield and myself visited the several branches of the Church, rebukeing the wrong spirits which had crept in among them, setting in order things that were wanting; ordaining Elders and other officers; baptizing such as believed and repented of their sins; administering the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, in the name of Jesus Christ; laying hands on little children and blessing them; praying for the sick, and comforting the afflicted, etc.” (Pratt, Autobiography, 70.)  

    Pratt, Parley P. The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Parley P. Pratt Jr. New York: Russell Brothers, 1874.

  10. 10

    See John 17:9–12, 20–21.