TEMPORAL BLESSINGS PROMISED
Revelation Received Saturday, April 28, 1883
(John Taylor Papers, LDS Archives)
At Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
You have asked Me why your mind was confused and dull within the last two days.
Verily thus saith the LORD, by the whisperings of His Spirit, and the still small voice, that the arrangement which you have contemplated with My servant Thomas is not acceptable to Me.
He should have listened to your offer, which would have been profitable to himself and acceptable to Me.
When you rejected his offer, you did right, and My Spirit was with you.
But when you, in your zeal to show that you had faith in Me and in My word, accepted propositions and assumed responsibilities which were not in accordance with the order that I showed you, you did wrong, and I withdrew My Spirit.
For it is forbidden My Presidency to go into debt unless I, the LORD, command it; for these things lead to confusion and bondage.
Besides, have I not shown unto you, My servant John, a way to raise a fund which should be at your disposal for the accomplishment of My purposes? --And by which the rights and properties of My people should be preserved in all of these matters?
You must abide by this principle.
My servant Thomas does not understand this matter.
Confer with him on this subject, and if he can see these things and follow counsel, he shall assist you in the developments contemplated.
For you, nor My servant George Q. Cannon, cannot attend to these details;
But if he, Thomas, cannot enter freely into this matter without restraint, then shall you arrange with him according to wisdom, and withdraw from the consummation of the contemplated arrangement.
Behold, I have shown unto you many things, and I will continue to make know unto you My will, from time to time, on things temporal as well as spiritual; things pertaining to My church, My kingdom, and My Zion.
And you shall be My mouthpiece, saith the LORD, and I will greatly bless you, and lift you up, and exalt you, saith the LORD;
For your words and works are acceptable unto Me, and I know of your zeal and integrity in My cause, and you shall be made a blessing to My people, and your name shall be honored in Israel, and in this nation, and among the nations of the earth; for they that honor Me, I will honor.
And I will also greatly bless My servant George Q. Cannon, who is acceptable before Me, and who is exceedingly desirous to do My will.
And I will also bless My servant Joseph F. Smith, whose heart and spirit are right before Me, and who is also desirous to fulfill My law;
And these your counselors shall be greatly blessed with you;
And you shall be My mouthpiece unto them, and I will show unto them My will from time to time.
And you shall be one in spiritual things and also in temporal things in due time.
And I will show unto My people, and unto the world, that this world is Mine, and that I created it by My power--
And the gold and silver and copper and brass and iron and riches and precious things thereof, and all that pertains thereunto are Mine;
And My people shall know that they are Mine, and that they live in Me, and move and exist in Me, and have their being from Me,
And that all which they possess is Mine, and is obtained of Me, and that they are, and can only be, stewards over that which I have given unto them to possess, and which they could not have only of Me and by Me;
Whether it relates to this earth and the fullness thereof-- to wives, children, and friends, to gold, silver, houses, lands, riches and possessions pertaining thereto-- or to thrones, principalities, powers, dominions and exaltations in My eternal kingdoms.
And My Presidency shall be one, and the Twelve shall be one, and the Presidencies of Stakes and the High Councils shall be one.
And all of My holy priesthood in their several quorums, standings, offices, and positions shall be one, and all of My priesthood shall be united as one.
And they shall be one with My people, and My people shall be one with them.
And I will be one with them, and be their God.
Let every person, therefore, be diligent and act in their several positions, callings or priesthood, and honor and magnify the same, and honor and obey Me, the Lord their God, and respect and obey the counsels of My holy priesthood, and I will honor and exalt them, saith the LORD, in time and throughout eternity.
And as it regards My servant John Taylor, it is not necessary for him to attend to the minutia or details of either spiritual or temporal things, but only to give general directions, or as I may manifest from time to time.
And his counselors are to be his assistants-- and the First Presidency shall call upon the Twelve, the presidents of stakes, the bishops, and others to assist in these duties.
And I will raise up wise and prudent men, from time to time, to assist in temporal as well as spiritual things, for they are all one with Me.
And then let the Twelve call upon the Seventies, and let the high priests, the councils, the elders, and bishops and the lesser priesthood, and all who labor for Zion, be diligent and obedient.
And let every man put in his sickle and reap, and fulfill and magnify his calling, office or Priesthood.
These things belong to My priesthood, but more properly to the School of the Prophets.
Let the School of the Prophets be organized, even all such as are worthy.
But if they are found unworthy, they shall not have a place in My school-- for I will be honored by My priesthood;
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