SECTION 68

    A revelation given at Amherst, 25 January, Ohio, 1832, through Joseph Smith Jr.

  1. And again thus says the Lord unto you, O you elders of my church who have given your names that you might know his will concerning you: Behold, I say unto you that it is the duty of the church to assist in supporting the families of those, and also to support the families of those, who are called and must needs be sent unto the world to proclaim the gospel unto the world. Wherefore, I, the Lord, give unto you this commandment — that you obtain places for your families, inasmuch as your brethren are willing to open their hearts. And let all such, as can obtain places for their families and support of the church for them, not fail to go into the world, whether to the east or to the west, or to the north or to the south. Let them ask and they shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto them and made known from on high, even by the Comforter, whither they shall go.
  2. And again verily I say unto you that every man who is obliged to provide for his own family, let him provide and he shall in no wise lose his crown, and let him labor in the church. Let every man be diligent in all things, and the idler shall not have place in the church, except he repents and mends his ways.
  3. Wherefore, let my servant Simeon [Carter] and my servant Emer [Harris] be united in their ministry; and also my servant Ezra [Thayer] and my servant Thomas [B. Marsh]; also my servant Hyrum [Smith] and my servant Reynolds [Cahoon]; and also my servant Daniel [Stanton] and my servant Seymour [Brunson]; and also my servant Sylvester [Smith] and my servant Gideon [Carter]; and also my servant Ruggles [Eames] and my servant Stephen [Burnett]; and also my servant Micah [B. Welton] and also my servant Eden [Smith]. Even so. Amen.






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