Revelation, 4 December 1831–B [D&C 72:9–23]

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The duty of the as made known at the same time
The word of the Lord in addition to the law which has been given making known the duty of the which has been ordained unto the church in this part of the vinyard which is verily this. To keep the Lords to receive the funds of the church in this part of the vinyard to take an account of the as before has been commanded and to administer to their wants who shall pay for that which they receive inasmuch as they have wherewith to pay that this also may be to the good of the church to the poor and needy and he who hath not wherewith to pay an account shall be taken and handed over to the in who shall pay the debt out of that which the Lord shall put into his hands and the labours of the faithfull who labour in spiritual things in [p. [1]] administering the gospel and the things of the kingdom unto the and unto the world shall answer the debt unto the in thus it cometh out of the church for according to the law every man who cometh up to must lay all things before the in . And now verily I say unto you that as every in this part of the vinyard must give an account of his unto the in this part of the vinyard a certificate from the judge or in this part of the vinyard unto the in rendereth every man acceptable and answereth all things for an and to be received as a wise steward and as a faithfull labourer otherwise shall not be accepted of the in . And now verily I say unto you let every Elder who shall give an account unto the of the church in this part of the vinyard be recommended by the church or churches in which he labours that he may render himself and his accounts approved in all things
And again let my servents who are appointed as over the litterary concerns of my church have claim for assistence in all things upon the or Bishops in all things that the revelations may be published and go forth unto the ends of the earth that they also may obtain funds which shall benefit the church in all things that they also may render themselves approved in all things and be accounted as wise stewards. And behold this shall be an ensample for all the extensive of my church in whatsoever land they shall be established and now I make an end of my sayings Amen [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    That is, at the same time that Newel K. Whitney was appointed by revelation to be a bishop.  

  2. 2

    A reference to the “Laws of the Church of Christ” dictated in February 1831 and possibly also to the revelation given earlier in the day on 4 December 1831. (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:1–72]; Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–93]; Revelation, 4 Dec. 1831–A [D&C 72:1–8].)  

  3. 3

    A May 1831 revelation told the bishop to “appoint a storehouse unto this Church & let all things both in money & in meat which is more then is needful for the want of this People be kept in the hands of the Bishop.” The Lord’s storehouse in Kirtland, Ohio, was apparently to be Newel K. Whitney’s own store, which he was commanded in August 1831 to “retain . . . for a little season.” (Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:13]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:42].)  

  4. 4

    The previous commandment referenced here may be either the revelation given earlier in the day or a February 1831 revelation in which the bishop was charged with the responsibility of supporting the families of elders “out of the property which is consecrated to the Lord.” (Revelation, 4 Dec. 1831–A [D&C 72:1–8]; Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:71].)  

  5. 5

    The president of the high priesthood (who had not yet been appointed) was to have responsibility for “the administring of ordinances & blessings upon the Church,” in contrast with the bishop, who had the task of “administering all temporal things.” (Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:65–68].)  

  6. 6

    See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:31–33]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:35–36].  

  7. 7

    According to a July 1831 revelation, Bishop Edward Partridge was to purchase land in Independence and the surrounding areas so that he could provide “an everlasting inheritance” to church members. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:5]; see also Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:17].)  

  8. 8

    A November 1831 revelation appointed JS, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, John Whitmer, Sidney Rigdon, and William W. Phelpsstewards over the revelations & commandments.” They had the responsibility of managing the publication of the revelations and “the profits thereof,” which they could use “for their necessities & their wants.” Anything left over was to be placed in the “storehouse & the benefits thereof shall be consecrated unto the inhabtants of Zion & unto their generations.” (Revelation, 12 Nov. 1831 [D&C 70:3–8]; see also Minutes, 12 Nov. 1831.)  

  9. 9

    A copy of the revelation made by Frederick G. Williams and JS in Revelation Book 2 includes “at this time” here in JS’s handwriting. (Revelation Book 2, p. 15.)