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1st Book of Commandments 71


WITNESS OF DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
Recorded in November 1831
By the Prophet Joseph (HC 1:226)
Signed by the Twelve Apostles
At Hiram, Ohio

After the foregoing (Section 70) was received, William E. McLellin, as the wisest man, in his own estimation, having more learning than sense, endeavored to write a commandment like unto one of the least of the LORD's, but failed; it was an awful responsibility to write in the name of the LORD.
The Elders and all present that witnessed this vain attempt of a man to imitate the language of Jesus Christ, renewed their faith in the fullness of the Gospel, and in the truth of the commandments and revelations which the LORD had given to the Church through my instrumentality; and the Elders signified a willingness to bear testimony of their truth to all the world. Accordingly I received the following:

The testimony of the witnesses to the book of the LORD's commandments, which He gave to His Church through Joseph Smith, Jr., who was appointed by the voice of the Church for this purpose;

We therefore feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of all the earth and upon the islands of the sea that the LORD has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost, shed forth upon us, that these commandments were given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for all men, and are verily true.
We give this testimony unto the world, the LORD being our helper and it is through the grace of God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, that we are permitted to have this privilege of bearing this testimony unto the world, that the children of men may be profited thereby.
(Signed by the Twelve Apostles: Thomas B Marsh, David W. Patten, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, William E. McLellin, Parley P. Pratt, Luke S. Johnson, William Smith, Orson Pratt, John F. Boynton and Lyman E. Johnson.)
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