Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3]

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July one Thousand Eight hundred & Twenty Eight Given to Joseph the after he had lost certan writings which he had by the gift & Power of God
Saying the words <​works​> of & designs & the Purposes of God cannot be frustrated neither can they come to naught ground for God doth not wa[l]k in crooked Paths neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left neither doth vary from that which he hath said therefore his paths are strait & his course is one eternal round Remember Remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated but the works of men for although a man may have many Revelations & have power to do many Mighty works yet if he boast in his own strength & Sets at naught the councils of God & follows after the dictates of his will & carnal desires he must fall to the Earth & incur the vengence of a Just God upon him behold you have been intrusted with those things but strict was your & Remember also the Promises which were made to you if you transgressed them & behold how oft you have transgressed them Laws of God & have gone on in the Persuasions of men for behold you should not have feared men more then God although men set at naught the councils of God & dispise his words yet you should have been faithful & he would have extended his arm & supported you against all the firey darts of the advisary & he would have been with you in evry time of trouble behold thou art Joseph & thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord but because of transgression thou mayest fall but remember God is merciful therefore repent of that which thou hast done & he will only cause thee to be afflicted for a season & thou art still chosen & will & will again be called to the work & except [p. 1] Thou do this thou shalt be delivered up & become as other men & have no more gift & when thou deliveredst up that Which that which God had given thee right to thou deliveredest up that which was Sacred into the hands of a wicked man who has Set at naught the Councils of God & hath broken the most Sacred promises which was made before God & hath depended upon his own Judgement & boasted in his own arm wisdom & this is the reason that thou hast lost thy Privileges for a Season for thou hast suffered that the council of thy directors to be trampeled upon from the begining for as the knowledge of a Saveiour hath come to the world so shall the knowledge of my People the & the Jacobites & the Josephites & the come to the Lamanites knowledge of the Lamanites & the Lamanites & the Ishmaelites which dwindeled in unbelief because of the iniquities of their Fathers who hath been suffered to destroy their Brethren because of their iniquities & their Abominations & for this very Purpose are these Plates prepared which contain these Records that the Promises of the Lord might be fulfilled which he made to his People & that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their Fathers & that they may know the Promises of the Lord that they may believe the Gospel & rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ & that they might be glorified through faith in his name & that they might repent & be Saved Amen Received in Susquehannah Penn [p. 2]


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    That is, “to be overcome” or “to perish.” (“Ground,” in Oxford English Dictionary, 4:451.)  

    The Oxford English Dictionary. Edited by James A. H. Murray, Henry Bradley, W. A. Craigie, and C. T. Onions. 12 vols. 1933. Reprint, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.

  3. 3

    In his earliest history JS explained: “The Plates was taken from me by the power of God and I was not able to obtain them for a season and it came to pass afte[r] much humility and affliction of Soul I obtained them again.” (JS History, ca. Summer 1832, [6].)  

  4. 4

    Lucy Mack Smith wrote in 1845 that Martin Harris “bound himself in a written covenant of the most solemn nature, that he would strictly comply with the injunctions which he had received.” Though an earlier draft of her history never mentioned a written covenant, it did state that Harris “took the most solemn oath.” (Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845, 127; Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, bk. 7, [1].)  

  5. 5

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 519 [Mormon 1:8–9].  

  6. 6

    Early members of the Church of Christ identified American Indians as descendants of the Lamanites. The title page of the Book of Mormon said the book was written particularly “to the Lamanites,” and the church’s first formal proselytizing mission mentioned in the revelations was to the Lamanites. (Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829; Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28].)  

  7. 7

    Colophons, such as “Received in Harmony Susquehannah Penn,” were occasionally attached to revelations. It is unlikely that this colophon was part of the original dictated text.