- Behold, verily I say unto you that his heart was right before me, for he covenanted with me that he would obey my word. And he received the word with gladness. But straightway, Satan tempted him, and the fear of persecutions and the cares of the world caused him to reject the word. Wherefore, he broke my covenant, and it remains in me to do with him as seems best to me. Amen.
A revelation given through Joseph Smith Jr. at Fayette, New York, 6 January 1831, to Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon, telling them why James Covel failed to obey the command which he received.