SECTION 17

    A commandment given at Fayette, New York, 4 November 1830, through Joseph Smith Jr. to Orson Pratt: his call to the ministry, etc.

  1. My son, Orson, hearken, and behold what I the Lord God shall say unto you, even Jesus Christ your Redeemer, the Light and the Life of the world, a light which shines in darkness and the darkness comprehends it not, who so loved the world that he gave his own life, that as many as would believe might become the sons and daughters of God. Wherefore, you are my son, and blessed are you because you have believed, and more blessed are you because you are called of me to preach my gospel, to lift up your voice as with the sound of a trump, both long and loud, and cry repentance unto a crooked and perverse generation, preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming.
  2. For behold, verily, verily I say unto you, the time is soon at hand that I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory. And it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble. But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned to blood, and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked.
  3. Wherefore, lift up your voice and spare not, for the Lord God has spoken. Therefore, prophesy, and it shall be given by the power of the holy ghost, and if you are faithful, behold, I am with you until I come. And verily, verily I say unto you, I come quickly. I am your Lord and your Redeemer. Even so, Amen.






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