INSRUCTIONS FOR THE TWELVE APOSTLES
Received Tuesday, November 3, 1835
By the Prophet Joseph (HC 2:300-301)
Thus came the word of the Lord unto me concerning the Twelve, saying--
Behold they are under condemnation, because they have not been sufficiently humble in My sight, and in consequence of their covetous desires in that they have not dealt equally with each other in the division of the monies which came into their hands;
Nevertheless, some of them dealt equally, therefore they shall be rewarded;
But verily I say unto you, they must all humble themselves before Me, before they will be accounted worthy to receive an endowment, to go forth in My name unto all nations.
As for My servant William, let the Eleven humble themselves in prayer and in faith, and wait on me in patience;
And My servant William shall return, and I will yet make him a polished shaft in My quiver, in bringing down the wickedness and abominations of men;
And there shall be none mightier than he, in his day and generation.
Nevertheless if he repent not speedily, he shall be brought low, and shall be chastened sorely for all his iniquities he has committed against Me;
Nevertheless the sin which he has sinned against Me is not even now more grievous than the sin with which My servant David W. Patten, and My servant Orson Hyde, and My servant William E. McLellin have sinned against Me--
And the residue are not sufficiently humble before Me.
Behold the parable which I spake concerning a man having twelve sons:
For what man among you, having twelve sons, and is no respecter of them, and they serve him obediently;
And he saith unto one, Be thou clothed in robes, and sit thou here; and to the other, Be thou clothed in rags, and sit thou there--
And looketh upon his sons, and saith, I am just?
Ye will answer, and say, no man; and ye answer truly;
Therefore, verily thus saith the Lord your God, I appoint these Twelve that they should be equal in their ministry, and in their portion, and in their evangelical rights;
Wherefore they have sinned a very grievous sin, inasmuch as they have made themselves unequal, and have not hearkened unto My voice;
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Therefore, let them repent speedily, and prepare their hearts for the solemn assembly, and for the great day which is to come--
Verily thus saith the LORD. Amen.