Revelation, circa 2 November 1831 [D&C 67]

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71 Revelation given Nov 2nd. 1831
Behold & hearken oh ye of my who have assembelled yourselves together whose prayers I have heard & whose hearts desires have come up before me behold & [p. 114] Lo mine eyes are upon you & the heavens & the earth are in mine hands & the riches of eternity are mine to give[.] ye endeavour to believe that you ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you but behold verily I say unto you there were fears in your hearts & verily this is the reason that ye did not receive & now I the Lord give unto you a testimony of the truth of those commandments which I are lying before you your eyes have been upon my Servent Joseph & his language you have known & his imperfections you have known & you have sought in your hearts knowlege that you might express beyond his language this you also know now seek ye out of the Book of commandments even the least that is among them & appoint him that is the most wise among you or if there be any among you that shall make one like unto it then ye are Justified in saying that ye do not know that is true but if you cannot make one like unto it ye are under condemnation if you ye do not bear that it is true for ye know that there is no unrighteousness in it & that which is righteous cometh down from above from the father of lights & again verily I say unto you that it is your privilege & a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto the ministry that in as much as ye strip yourselves from Jealesies & fears & humble yourselves before me for ye are not sufficiently humble the veil shall not be wrent & you shall see me & know that I am not with the carnal neither natural but with the spiritual for no man hath seen God at any time in the flesh but by the Spirit of God neither can any natural man abide the presence of God neither after the carnal mind ye are not to able to abide the presence of God now neither the ministering of Angels wherefore continue in patience untill ye are perfected let not your minds turn back & when ye are worthy in mine own due time ye shall see & know that which was confirmed <​upon you​> by the hands of my Ser[v]ant Joseph Amen [p. 115]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  2. 2

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:39]; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:31].  

  3. 3

    Although the “blessing” not received that is discussed here may refer to the efforts of some elders to obtain confirmation that JS’s revelations truly came from God, it may also refer to the promise given at the end of the revelation that individuals could see God by his Spirit. At a conference a week earlier, JS declared that “could we all come together with one heart and one mind in perfect faith the vail might as well be rent to day as next week or any other time.” (Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831.)  

  4. 4

    See James 1:17.  

  5. 5

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:8].  

  6. 6

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 479 [3 Nephi 12:1–2]; Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:8]; and Revelation, 9 May 1831 [D&C 50:45].  

  7. 7

    When this revelation was published in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, the word “mind” was inserted here. (Doctrine and Covenants 25:3, 1835 ed.)  

  8. 8

    See John 1:18; and 1 John 4:12.  

  9. 9

    When JS revised the first chapters of Genesis in June 1830, he added an account of Moses talking to God “face to face.” According to the revision, after this encounter, Moses sees God not with his “own eyes” but through God’s “glory” resting on him and “transfiger[ing]” him. (Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1:11].)  

  10. 10

    “That which was confirmed upon you” may refer to the high priesthood. Of the ten conference participants listed in the minutes, seven had been ordained to the high priesthood and one was ordained at the 1–2 November conference. (Minutes, ca. 3–4 June 1831; Minute Book 2, 28 Aug. 1831; Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; Minutes 1–2 Nov. 1831.)