John the Beloved of Christ-A Translated Being-He ate the little Book which is a future mission to gather Israel, and set in order the church. Translated beings hold all the Keys of the priesthood
The Three Nephites Translated beings under the direction of John will set in order the house of God and, the latter day saints will again help the Lamanites, build Zion and The New Jerusalem on the American Continent…
D&C 77:11, 14
11 Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe?
A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn.
Elias (John the Beloved) a Translated Being…came once in the dispensation of the fullness of the Gentiles…D&C 110
12 After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed. (Elias restored the patriarchal order, given in the temple marriage sealing)
1. Will John the Beloved come again?
2. Does He as a Translated Being still hold the Keys?
3. Does he still have to restore all things?
4. What things are we missing in the church today (184 years after the restoration of Joseph Smith?
5. Are we gathering the twelve tribes to Zion for their inheritances?
6. Are we gathering to Jackson County Missouri, the place appointed by the Lord?
7. Are we helping the Lamanites build the New Jerusalem Temple?
8. What about equality for women in the church? Ordain Women?
9. What about more records to come forth?
14 Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation?
A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.
1. Does the Book of Revelations written by John still need to be fulfilled?
2. Has he completed the mission of the little book the angel gave him to eat?
What does Jesus Christ say when He visits (the Nemenhah) the people in the land northward ( North America)…after He visited the Nephites in the land southward (Central America) ???
The Second Book of Shi-Muel
Shi-Muel or Samuel the Lamanite wrote about his return to the Land Northward from his mission to Zarahemlah and about his reception in Mentinah. He returned to the city of Corianton and was called to fill the seat of his father as High Priest. He wrote about the visit of the risen Christ to the Nemenhah of Corianton. He sang the tragic song of Corinton and Isabel. He wrote his final farewell and prophecy to his descendants.
1) Behold, I am Shi-Muel, whom the Nephites call Samuel the Lamanite, and I have written somewhat about some of my people. For, I would not that my descendents forget the history of their fathers, and I would assure the memory of these happenings.
16) Now, the place that I set aside for the safekeeping of the records is called Cumorah, and I named it thus by the commandment of God. For, the Spirit did speak to me in a vision of a hill by such a name which would hold the records of the people until the day of restoration. Wherefore, I did call the place after this strange name, and it was so known among all the people of Corianton.
17) And the place was very well suited for this purpose. For, there was in the hill which I called Cumorah, a deep cavity of rock. And it formed a corridor and a great room. And there was no spring or issue of water in the cavity. Wherefore, the place was safe and dry. And behold, it was large enough to hold all of the books, the plates and the scrolls that the Spirit saw fit to cause me to deposit there.
18) And behold, the books do number a great many indeed. And they do profit my people greatly for the store of knowledge contained in them. Knowledge of the grandfathers that does sustain my people in a remembrance of all that the Lord has taught His people from the time He did drive Lehi and his family into the wilderness. Yea, and even from before that time.
19) Now, this place is sacred to the Nemenhah of Corianton. For it contains the sacred writings of our fathers. And in the cavity are found copies of the Plates of Brass, which Lehi, our father, brought with him from the land of Jerusalem. And these are the plates that Nephi, his son, obtained at great cost to himself.
20) For behold, the Spirit did constrain Nephi to take the blood of a man in order that the people might not dwindle in unbelief. How great a cost was this to the boy Nephi! For never before had he done any man to death, and yet, the Spirit did constrain him to do that which repelled him the most. For, Laban had stolen all that Lehi and his family possessed and still Nephi did not adjudge him worthy of death. Yea, and Laban had sought to take away his life, and the life of his brethren, and yet, Nephi did not judge him. But, Laban did pronounce a kind of spiritual death upon all the descendents of Lehi. In this, the Lord did judge him, and He deliver him into the hands of the boy, and He did command the boy to take away his life. How hard a commandment must that have been for the tender heart of Nephi!
21) But it is sometimes so. The Lord knows our hearts, and sometimes He does command us to do hard things. And behold, sometimes we cannot see the rightness of the commands until after we have either obeyed
His will or abandoned Him and sought our own understanding.
22) And behold, Cumorah did hold all the writings of the Nephites up unto the time that Hagoth took his journey into the wilderness, and also unto the time that Corianton left his father’s city. And the records of the house of Hagoth are had in part also in the cavity of Cumorah.
23) But this is not all. The books written by the Brother of Jared are also safely kept in Cumorah against the day when all the Lord’s teaching may be restored to the people. For the day shall come, after that the Lord has tested and tried the remnant of the children of Israel left in this land, that He will cause even Cumorah to give up her treasure. Yea, He will lead a prophet by the hand and even the words and works of the Brother of Jared shall be had again among the people.
24) And the words and works of the Brother of Jared were so great that even in my day, I do not allow all to read of them, and no copies are made of them. Nevertheless, I do know that in a day appointed of the Lord, some small portion of his words shall be made known and shall be had among men. And this shall be a great benefit to the children of men. Yea, and it shall also be to the testing and the trying of the children of Israel that are left in this land in the last days. I know this, for I have seen those days upon the Way, and the Spirit has born record of it.
25) Now, the cavity of Cumorah does also contain all the records of the Nemenhah of Corianton. For, it is our custom that every house should keep a record of their doings. Wherefore, in all our cities and in all our villages, there are set apart historians to keep the records of the people. And all these records are kept in the cities themselves, but also are copies kept safe in Cumorah.
26) But I say unto you, This is not all. For from time to time, it has been the pleasure of the Lord to send unto us teachers from afar off. Yea, men and women who are great in spirit and in wisdom have been guided by
the Lord unto us from time to time. And oft times we know naught of the land from which they come. But we do receive them and succor them. And we have made it our custom to sit at their feet and learn from them all that they might teach us. And behold, we do record their words also and keep them.
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 17 June 1877
“Oliver Cowdery went with the Prophet Joseph when he deposited these plates. Joseph did not translate all of the plates; there was a portion of them sealed, which you can learn from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. When Joseph got the plates, the angel instructed him to carry them back to the hill Cumorah, which he did. Oliver says that when Joseph and Oliver went there, the hill opened, and they walked into a cave, in which there was a large and spacious room. He says he did not think, at the time, whether they had the light of the sun or artificial light; but that it was just as light as day. They laid the plates on a table; it was a large table that stood in the room. Under this table there was a pile of plates as much as two feet high, and there were altogether in this room more plates than probably many wagon loads; they were piled up in the corners and along the walls. The first time they went there the sword of Laban hung upon the wall; but when they went again it had been taken down and laid upon the table across the gold plates; it was unsheathed, and on it was written these words: “This sword will never be sheathed again until the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our God and his Christ.” I tell you this as coming not only from Oliver Cowdery, but others who were familiar with it, and who understood it just as well as we understand coming to this meeting. . . . [Don] Carlos Smith was a young man of as much veracity as any young man we had, and he was a witness to these things. Samuel Smith saw some things, Hyrum saw a good many things, but Joseph was the leader.”
Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 5 May 1867
“President [Heber C.] Kimball talked familiarly to the brethren about Father Smith, [Oliver] Cowdery, and others walking into the hill Cumorah and seeing records upon records piled upon table[s,] they walked from cell to cell and saw the records that were piled up. . . .”
Wilford Woodruff Journal, 11 December 1869
“In his journal, Wilford Woodruff recounted what he had heard Brigham Young say about the cave: President Young said in relation to Joseph Smith returning the Plates of the Book of Mormon that He did not return them to the box from wh[ence?] He had received [them]. But He went [into] a Cave in the Hill Comoro with Oliver Cowdry & deposited those plates upon a table or shelf. In that room were deposited a large amount of gold plates Containing sacred records & when they first visited that Room the sword of Laban was Hanging upon the wall & when they last visited it the sword was drawn from the scabbard and [laid?] upon a table and a Messenger who was the keeper of the room informed them that that sword would never be returned to its scabbard until the Kingdom of God was Established upon the Earth & until it reigned triumphant over Every Enemy. Joseph Smith said that Cave contained tons of Choice Treasures & records.”
Jesse Nathaniel Smith Journal, February 1874
“A southern Utah Saint, Jesse Nathaniel Smith, heard Brigham Young speak in Cedar City, Utah, and recorded:
I heard him [Brigham Young] at an evening meeting in Cedar City describe an apartment in the Hill Cumorah that some of the brethren had been permitted to enter. He said there was great wealth in the room in sacred implements, vestments, arms, precious metals and precious stones, more than a six-mule team could draw.”
Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses, 28 September 1856
“In response to a Brother Mills’s statement about the handcart pioneers, Heber C. Kimball said:
How does it compare with the vision that Joseph and others had, when they went into a cave in the hill Cumorah, and saw more records than ten men could carry? There were books piled up on tables, book upon book. Those records this people will yet have, if they accept of the Book of Mormon and observe its precepts, and keep the commandments.”
Orson Pratt, The Contributor, September 1882
“But the grand repository of all the numerous records of the ancient nations of the western continent was located in another department of the hill, and its contents put under the charge of holy angels, until the day should come for them to be transferred to the sacred temple of Zion.”
Orson Pratt, in Journal of Discourses, 16:57
“Will these things be brought to light? Yes. The records, now slumbering in the hill Cumorah, will be brought forth by the power of God, to fulfill the words of our text, that ‘the knowledge of God shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the great deep.”
Edward Stevenson, Reminiscences of Joseph, the Prophet, 1877
“In his book Reminiscences of Joseph, the Prophet, and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon, Edward Stevenson relates an interview with David Whitmer in 1877:
It was likewise stated to me by David Whitmer in the year 1877 that Oliver Cowdery told him that the Prophet Joseph and himself had seen this room and that it was filled with treasure, and on a table therein were the breastplate and the sword of Laban, as well as the portion of gold plates not yet translated, and that these plates were bound by three small gold rings, and would also be translated, as was the first portion in the days of Joseph. When they are translated much useful information will be brought to light. But till that day arrives, no Rochester adventurers shall ever see them or the treasures, although science and mineral rods testify that they are there.”
David Whitmer, Deseret Evening News, 16 August 1878
“In an interview with P. Wilhelm Poulson, David Whitmer gave another account of the cave:
[Poulson]: Where are the plates now?
[Whitmer]: In a cave, where the angel has hidden them up till the time arrives when the plates, which are sealed, shall be translated. God will yet raise up a mighty one, who shall do his work till it is finished and Jesus comes again. (Elias, John the Beloved the Translated Being, who holds the keys until the return of Jesus Christ in His Glory).
[Poulson]: Where is that cave?
[Whitmer]: In the State of New York.
[Poulson]: In the Hill of Comorah?
[Whitmer]: No, but not far away from that place.”
William Horne Dame Diary, 14 January 1855
“Attended meeting a discourse from W. W. Phelps. He related a story told him by Hyrum Smith which was as follows: Joseph, Hyrum, Cowdery & Whitmere went to the hill Cormorah. As they were walking up the hill, a door opened and they walked into a room about 16 ft square. In that room was an angel and a trunk. On that trunk lay a book of Mormon & gold plates, Laban’s sword, Aaron’s brestplate.”
Elizabeth Kane Journal, 15 January 1873
“Although not a member of the church, Elizabeth Kane lived in St. George, Utah, and entertained the company of Brigham Young. She recorded the following discussion:
I asked where the plates were now, and saw in a moment from the expression of the countenances around that I had blundered. But I was answered that they were in a cave; that Oliver Cowdery though now an apostate would not deny that he had seen them. He had been to the cave. . . . Brigham Young’s tone was so solemn that I listened bewildered like a child to the evening witch stories of its nurse. . . . Brigham Young said that when Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith were in the cave this third time, they could see its contents more distinctly than before. . . . It was about fifteen feet high and round its sides were ranged boxes of treasure. In the centre was a large stone table empty before, but now piled with similar gold plates, some of which lay scattered on the floor beneath. Formerly the sword of Laban hung on the walls sheathed, but it was now unsheathed and lying across the plates on the table; and One that was with them said it was never to be sheathed until the reign of Righteousness upon the earth.”
Author: Joseph Smith Foundation on January 1, 1970
The Book of Shi-muel (Sameul the Lamanite)
3) And He did come unto us, in accordance with the visions that I too had received when I was but a young man. For we had gathered together to worship when the signs came. Yea, and all the people in the cities had gathered to Corianton. And all the people in the forests had gathered, and also from the lakes and rivers. And we were all together, a great concourse of people awaiting the coming of the Lord.
4) And we did hear His voice from afar off and we did shout with joy when we heard it. For, it caused our hearts to leap. Yea, our hearts did leap within our breasts and nothing could have prevented us from crying out our joy when we heard His voice.
5) But the voice was first a voice of warning unto all those who did wickedness. And from this we understood in our hearts that not all the wicked were destroyed. But behold, many were destroyed, even the most part, and that so that all might have one or many accounts to tell of the signs that preceded the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the voice was as the voice of an Angel, not of a trump or of thunder. But it did pierce us to the core. And behold, the voice did also separate the good from the bad. For, those who feared the retribution of a just God, trembled and sought to hide themselves. Yea, and they were filled with great loathing to see Him. But those who did good works were filled with joy and they ran out into the streets and clearings to see what was about to befall. Yea, they welcomed their Lord with praise and singing.
6) And in the day that He did come amongst us, and it was not long after the signs of His death had abated, we did according to the things we had been commanded in the visions and revelations that many had received during the days of darkness.
7) Behold, we did greet Him as our King and our High Priest. And I did take Him by the hand and I did lead Him to the seat of the High Priest. And I did place upon Him the robes of the High Priest and He did sit upon the seat. And behold, I did declare to all the people that this was the Christ, the Son of the Living God; He who was killed by His own; He who had paid the uttermost price for our redemption and who
had sealed it with the sacrifice most dear. And the people did gather to the Temple to see Him and to hear His words.
4) Now, I continue with the words of Jesus. For, in some things He did teach uswith great plainness and He also did command that I should write those things that would have some particular value unto they who might read this record in times of futurity. Yea, He did command that His prophecy be written and preserved for those of our descendents who might be led to find these writings and ponder them in their hearts. And He did prophecy unto us, saying:
5) In the end of days, when all these My words have been corrupted, I shall bring about a great work. Yea, your descendents will remain faithful for many generations and they shall walk in My paths avoiding the
pitfalls that are placed before them by the evil one. Be not dismayed that your descendents shall fall into corruption, for even in their darkest times, they shall preserve much light and much that is righteousness in Me. And from out of your descendents shall I raise up a race of prophets such as the world has never known, and they shall bring again Zion.
6) But behold, it is wisdom in that the words of truth that I have spoken unto all the people of this fair land should come again into all the world. And I have chosen one race to do it. But that race shall have been dispersed into all the world and so great will be their drive to survive in any circumstance that they, having received a portion of My word, shall take it into all the world with great vigor.
7) Notwithstanding they shall be mighty in spreading that portion of My word in all the world, this same drive will make them greedy in the obtaining of property and riches. This thing shall corrupt even My servants in the last days. And this pride shall insinuate itself into even My doctrine and My gospel in those perilous days. Nevertheless, because of their great ambition and their great drive to survive, I shall use them for My purposes, and I shall commence a restoration of all My words through them.
8) But, now I do warn you and forewarn you, pride does cause My spirit to withdraw, yea, and even the Holy Ghost finds it difficult to move upon the heart of one who is puffed up with it. And this shall be a great vice among the men of My Church in the last days. Yea,they shall take of that portion of My authority which I shall give unto them, and they shall grasp it unto their bosoms. And, claiming that it is all the priesthood, they shall corrupt it. And even that portion of My authority which I shall share with them, line upon line, they shall make corruption of it and use it to compulsion. And in that day, when any of My daughters shall act in any righteous way by virtue of that authority or priesthood which they have received, the men shall persecute them for it. Yea, they shall not understand the nature of My authority and priesthood, and they shall use it to divide My saints. In that day, even Mine own elect shall be deceived, for they shall become a great stumbling block to righteousness.
9) Behold, I gave unto some Prophets. And unto some I gave Apostles. And still unto others I gave Evangelists, and Teachers. In all generations of time, have I given unto the Saints that measure of authority necessary for them to fulfill My design. Yea, I gave unto them that priesthood necessary for them to preach My word, to build My Church and to redeem the living and the dead.
10) But behold, because the Gentiles shall have languished long in a dearth of My spirit, they shall revel in the restoration of My gospel. And ere they have received all, they shall become puffed up. And they shall immediately begin to divide My Church, and to cut it up into pieces. Yea, the men shall be divided from the women, and the children from their parents. Yea, and even they shall make division in the ministry, the young divided from the old. And with division comes great confusion. For a house divided against itself cannot stand.
11) Wherefore, write this prophecy in a book and preserve it. And in the day of great tribulation, when even My own appointed prophets shall sit in confusion, I shall cause My words to come forth from the dust. Yea, out of the earth shall My words hiss, and though they make every attempt to cover them up again, yet shall My words be made known and their folly shall be uncovered. Behold, they who do still see with the eyes of the spirit shall read these records, and of this prophecy most especially, and they shall beseech Me again, seeking My face. And when they do this, I shall show Myself unto them with great power. Then shall the restoration proceed again unhindered by pride.
12) And I shall call again that Apostle whom I loved from old, and he shall come forth again and make a regulation of My Church. And behold, there are three of my apostles whom I have called from among the people of the Land Bountiful unto whom I have given power over death. They also shall I call up and send unto the righteous remnant from within My house. And these, being directed by My beloved Apostle, shall make a great regulation and shall put in order My Holy House. And behold, all who read this record, as
well the other works that I shall cause to be written and hid up in the earth until a certain time, shall see clearly how that by My spirit I did direct the people of this day in their sacred walk and their sacred talk. Yea, and they who read these things shall see that John and his fellow servants shall order My house in the way in which I have instructed you by My spirit.
13) Then shall the saints once again approach Me without persecution. Then the very elect shall no longer be deceived. Then shall My prophets sit no longer in stuporor in idleness of thought. But their building and their teaching shall once again be for the profit of both living and dead. Then shall My people turn again from their pride and their riches and embrace their God.
14) And this shall be a sign unto you, Oh house of Israel – in the day when the holy incense is taken away from the ordinances of My Holy House, yea, and in the day when the dead sacrifice shall have been restored but shall have taken precedence over the living, yea, in the day when those whom I shall call to stretch forth the hand to steady the ark shall teach My children to follow their words and their doctrine, and not to seek the Spirit in all things, yea, in the day when the place of My daughters shall have been reduced to a place of compulsion and servitude unto the men, then shall the time be ripe for the fulfillment of My words. Yea, then shall I call forth My servants to do My will and regulate My Church. Then shall all things be brought again in order and My saints shall begin again to bring about Zion in this fair land.
15) But behold, I would not that you judge the people of that time. For remember that it is for a good purpose
in Me that I shall give unto the Gentiles My gospel for a season. And it is for a good purpose in Me that they shall spread a portion of My word unto this people into all the world. Wherefore,because they do stumble and ere, do not judge them. For great is their portion of the work, and I shall bring them into a remembrance of My will. And in the day that they do hear again My voice from out of the earth, then shall I show Myself unto them again from Heaven.
16) And in that day shall the people be one. Yea, and they shall have all things in common, even as you have. And they shall call up their councils and the solemn assemblies in spirit and My spirit shall guide them in all that they do. And every saint shall sit at the feet of the prophets and hear words of counsel and of peace. But they shall also come unto Me upon the Way and see My face, and I shall instruct them. And in that day even these things shall not be enough for My people. For, even seeing My face, they shall submit all things to the confirmation of the Holy Ghost. And they shall surely be sealed unto Me by the power of the Holy Ghost, who is the Holy Spirit of Promise.
17) Now, I command you, Shi-Muel My servant, write these things in a book, even a book of remembrance unto your own posterity. For, I shall cause them to whisper forth from the earth into their ears. And behold, they shall come forth from them and because of them, and for their benefit in the last days. Behold, I have spoken it, and I excuse not Myself. Amen.
(Just a comment here in the year 2014, there is a movement for equality in the priesthood for Women of the church. The movement is called Ordain Women…Women are now protesting during the conferences held in Salt Lake City…many women desire to function in the church with priesthood authority.
Is this fulfilling prophecy?
THE PROPHET’S STRANGE LETTER
In 1832 the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote a letter which was to become very puzzling to some of the Saints. A part of it later became scripture, but its unusual wording and duplicity of meaning still baffle LDS scholars and readers.
While the Prophet Joseph Smith was in Kirtland, Ohio, he wrote this letter to his “brethren in Missouri” in response to other letters he had received from them. It was dated November 27, 1832, and was directed to William Phelps. Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl, who compiled the Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, explained what prompted the Prophet Joseph Smith to write this letter:
About this time the Prophet Joseph received letters from the brethren in Missouri concerning the condition there. In his reply, he says he fancies to himself that William W. Phelps was saying or thinking something like this:
“My God, great and mighty art thou; therefore show unto Thy servant what shall become of all those who are essaying to come up into Zion, in order to keep the commandments of God, and yet receive not their inheritance by consecrations, by order or deed from the Bishop, the man that God has appointed in a legal way, agreeably to the law given to organize and regulate the Church, and all the affairs of the same.” (Doc. & Cov. Comm., p. 527)
For the sake of presenting a more complete background on this subject, the Prophet’s letter is included here in its entirety:
Kirtland, Nov. 27th, 1832
Brother William W. Phelps: I say brother, because I feel so from the heart, and although it is not long since I wrote a letter unto you, yet I feel as though you would excuse me for writing this, as I have many things which I wish to communicate. Some things which I will mention in this letter, which are lying with great weight on my mind. I am well, and my family also; God grant that you may enjoy the same, and yours, and all the brethren and sisters who remember to inquire after the commandments of the Lord, and the welfare of Zion and such a being as myself; and while I dictate this letter, I fancy to myself that you are saying or thinking something similar to these words: “My God, great and mighty art Thou, therefore show unto Thy servant what shall become of those who are essaying to come up unto Zion, in order to keep the commandments of God, and yet receive not their inheritance by consecrations, by order of deed from the Bishop, the man that God has appointed in a legal way, agreeably to the law given to organize and regulate the Church, and all the affairs of the same.”
Brother William, in the love of God, having the most implicit confidence in you as a man of God, having obtained this confidence by a vision of heaven, therefore I will proceed to unfold to you some of the feelings of my heart, and to answer the question.
Firstly, it is the duty of the Lord’s clerk,* (*Footnote: The part of the above letter, beginning with the words, “It is the duty of the Lord’s clerk, etc., and ending with the words, “As will be found recorded in the second chapter and 61st and 62nd verses of Ezra,” was accepted afterwards as the word of the Lord, that is, as a revelation upon the matters treated therein, and appears in the Doctrine and Covenants as Section 85.) whom He has appointed, to keep a history, and a General Church Record of all things that transpire in  Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties and receive inheritances legally from the Bishop; and also their manner of life, their faith, and works and also of the apostates who apostatize after receiving their inheritances. It is contrary to the will and commandment of God, that those who receive not their inheritance by consecration, agreeably to His law, which he has given, that He may tithe His people to prepare them against the day of vengeance and burning, should have their names enrolled with the people of God; neither is their genealogy to be kept, or to be had where it may be found on any of the records or History of the Church; their names shall not be found neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the book of the law of God, saith the Lord of hosts. Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things, and oftentimes it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying,: and it shall come to pass, that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the sceptre of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the Saints, whose names are found, and the name of their fathers, and of their children enrolled in the book of the law of God: while that man, who was called of God, and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning; and all they who are not found written in the book of remembrance, shall find none inheritance in that day but they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers, where are wailing and gnashing of teeth. These things I say not of myself; therefore, as the Lord speaketh, He will also fulfill. And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found written in the book of the law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have been cut off from the Church; as well as the lesser Priesthood, or the members, in that day, shall not find an inheritance  among the Saints of the Most High; therefore it shall be done unto them as unto the children of the priest, as will be found recorded in the second chapter, and sixty-first and sixty-second verses of Ezra. * (*Footnote: “And the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name: these sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found, therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.” —Ezra II:61,62)
Now, Brother William, if what I have said is true, how careful men ought to be what they do in the last days, lest they are cut short of their expectations, and they that think they stand should fall, because they keep not the Lord’s commandments; whilst you, who do the will of the Lord and keep His commandments, have need to rejoice with unspeakable joy, for such shall be exalted very high, and shall be lifted up in triumph above all the kingdoms of this world; but I must drop this subject at the beginning <of it>.
Oh, Lord, when will the time come when Brother William, Thy servant, and myself, shall behold the day that we may stand together and gaze upon eternal wisdom engraven upon the heavens, while the majesty of our God holdeth up the dark curtain until we may read the round of eternity, to the fulness and satisfaction of our immortal souls? Oh, Lord, deliver us in due time from the little narrow prison, almost as it were, total darkness of paper, pen and ink; —and a crooked, broken, scattered and imperfect language.
I have obtained ten subscribers for the Star. Love for all the brethren.
Yours in bonds, Amen.
Joseph Smith, Jun.
As the Prophet Joseph indicated, he felt the subject of this letter was very important and was “lying with great weight on my mind.” (DHC 1:298)
As mentioned in the footnote, extracts from this letter became Section 85 of the Doctrine and Covenants, two of the most pertinent verses being:
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;
While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning. (D & C 85:7-8)
The term “One Mighty and Strong” and the inference of a setting in order probably came from a quotation in Isaiah:
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet. (Isa. 28:2-3)
Four verses later he adds, “The priest and the prophet have erred. . . they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.” (v. 7)
The Book of Mormon also referred to this great individual: “And there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, . . . ” (2 Nephi 3:24)
Section 85 resulted in a series of probing questions from Church members as to its meaning. The First Presidency of the Church once stated:
Perhaps no other passage in the revelations of the Lord, in this dispensation, has given rise to so much speculation as this one. (Des. News, Nov. 13, 1905)
Dr. Sidney Sperry, BYU professor, said, “The words in verses 7 and 8 have, over the years, created a veritable storm of discussion; and wide differences of opinion still exist as to their interpretation. . . .” (D. & C. Comp., p. 410)
And Max Anderson, who has done extensive research on the subject, agreed:
There seems to have been more speculation concerning this revelation (D. & C. 85) by a certain class of people through the history of the Church than concerning any other revelation in modern times. (“One Mighty and Strong,” Max Anderson unpublished manuscript, p. 1)
As late as 1969 Joseph Fielding Smith wrote:
Verses 6, 7 and 8 in this letter as published in the Doctrine and Covenants, have caused no end of needless speculation due to misunderstanding of what is written. . . . (Messages of the First Pres. 4:107)
* * * It might not be amiss for you to call to mind the circumstances of the Nephites and the children of Israel rising up against their Prophets, and accusing them of seeking after kingly power, and see what befell them, and take warning before it is too late.”
In a letter written by the Prophet himself on the same occasion, written to accompany a revelation which he was sending to Zion, he refers in very pointed words to the ill-feeling existing towards him by the brethren in Zion:
“Though our brethren in Zion indulge in feelings toward us, which are not according to the requirements of the new covenant, yet, we have the satisfaction of knowing that the Lord approved of us, and has accepted us. * * * Repent, repent, is the voice of God to Zion. * * * I say to you (and what I say to you I say to all), hear the warning voice of God, lest Zion fall, and the Lord swear in His wrath the inhabitants of Zion shall not enter into His rest.”
Also in a revelation given on the 22nd and 23rd of September, 1832—five months after the reconciliation at Independence—the following occurs:
“And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received, which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole Church under condemnation. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all: and they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written, that they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom, otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion. * * * But, verily I say unto all those to whom the kingdom has been given—from you it must be preached unto them, that they shall repent of their former evil works; for they are to be upbraided for their evil hearts of unbelief, and your brethren in Zion for their rebellion against you at the time I sent you.” (Doc. and Cov. 84:54-58, 76)
It was while these conditions of rebellion, jealousy, pride, unbelief and hardness of heart prevailed among the brethren in Zion—Jackson County, Missouri—in all of which Bishop Partridge participated—that the words of the revelation taken from the letter to William W. Phelps, of the 27th of November, 1832, were written. The “man who was called and appointed of God” to “divide unto the Saints their inheritance”—Edward Partridge—was at that time out of order, neglecting his own duty, and putting “forth his hand to steady the ark”; hence, he was warned of the judgment of God impending, and the prediction was made that another, “one mighty and strong,” would be sent of God to take his place, to have his bishopric—one having the spirit and power of that high office resting upon him, by which he would have power to “set in order the house of God, and arrange  by lot the inheritance of the Saints”; in other words, one who would do the work that Bishop Edward Partridge had been appointed to do, but had failed to accomplish.
“But,” it will be asked, “does Bishop Partridge fulfill the terms of the prophecy that relate to the man `falling by the shaft of death, like a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning’?” That should not be said without some qualification; although Edward Partridge died eight years later, in the forty-seventh year of his age, a victim of the persecution he suffered in Missouri.
Edward Partridge, in common with most of the Saints in Missouri, as a result of the reproofs and warnings of the Prophet and others, was brought to a partial repentance; still, as late as March, 1833, notwithstanding the partial repentance referred to, the Lord expressed himself as being “not well pleased” with Bishop Partridge and others:
“Behold, I say unto you that your brethren in Zion begin to repent, and the angels rejoice over them; nevertheless, I am not well pleased with many things, and I am not well pleased with my servant William E. McLellin, neither with my servant Sidney Gilbert; and the bishop also <Edward Partridge>, and others have many things to repent of; but verily I say unto you that I, the Lord, will continue with Zion, and plead with her strong ones, and chasten her until she overcomes and is clean before me.” (Doc. and Cov. 90:34-36)
Because of the failure of the Saints in Zion to fully repent and keep the commandments of the Lord, the fury of their enemies burst upon them, and they were driven from their possessions into exile, and their homes were destroyed. We here give the Lord’s explanation of the troubles that came upon the people; it is found in a revelation given under date of December 16th, 1833:
“Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted, and cast out  from the land of their inheritance, I, the Lord, have suffered the affliction to come upon them wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequence of their transgressions; yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels. Therefore, they must needs be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son; for all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified. Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances. They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble. In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me. Verily I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins, my bowels are filled with compassion towards them: I will not utterly cast them off; and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy.” (Doc. and Cov. 101:1-9)
Samuel the Lamanite continues His record…
3) And now I proceed with my own account of the visit of the Christ unto the Nemenhah of Corianton.
4) For behold, Jesus did spend many days with us in our city, and He did praise in those things wherein we had followed His spirit, and He did chasten us in those things wherein we did follow our own counsel.
5) And after He had taught us in every needful thing, He once again caused that I should call all the people together to hear Him. And behold, a greater multitude did gather in the city. And He did rise before the multitude and did stretch forth His hands unto them and cried unto them, saying;
6) Blessed are you, Nemenhah. For, you do follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost in all your doings. And blessed shall you ever be, so long as you do this. For,how can you err, seeing that you are led continually by the Spirit. Wherefore, continue in this and you shall always have peace.
7) Be merciful. Be benevolent. Seek not riches, but heapto yourselves treasures in heaven. Seek not to have dominion over others, but be filled with love and charity toward all people. Do not look upon yourselves as more fair, or more blessed than your neighbor, but seek always for your neighbor’s good. Lift up the hands that hang down, and comfort the widow and the fatherless, for this is true religion. Yea, love your neighbor as your own self. In other words, see your neighbor as he really is in relation to yourselves. For which of your neighbors is made of different stuff than I did make of you? Are you not all relations? Wherefore, love your neighbor as yourself in all things and it will be well both for you and your neighbor alike.
8) Do not judge one another but in righteousness. And when you judge one another, let it be in love and in a
sacred manner, looking only for the benefit and profit of him whom you must judge. And when you judge, see to it that he whom you have judged is edified. In this shall you edify yourselves also.
9) But seek not judgment unto yourselves for worthiness.Go not unto your leaders to seek judgment of them. Come unto Me and you shall be justified, for, there is not one among you, nor even among they unto whom I have given authority in any measure, who is mighty to save. Wherefore, how may they judge your worthiness? Declare unto Me your intentions and seek Me in all humility. This is judgment enough. For, if you seek My face, I shall not forsake you. And if, finding Me upon the Way, how may any judge your intentions? For behold, I am the Way. Any who go into that holy place is justified in Me.
10) Behold, you whom I call to be My servants and unto whom I do give a portion of My authority, do not contrive to think to ascribe unto yourselves that measure of perfection necessary to make judgment of the
worthiness of another. You may, by My authority judge actions or works, but never the man or the woman. I am He unto whom the Father has given all judgment. Wherefore, I give unto some the power to judge the works of men, but never the power to judge the man. Keep this saying in your hearts and you will do well.
11) For, anything more than this comes of evil. Yea, anything more than this is compulsion. Behold, I will at times compel My saints to be humble, but you have notthis right, nor this power. In the moment you take it up, you do sell your people into slavery.
12) Now listen to My voice all you who would call yourselves mine, Zion cannot be established in any form of slavery. Yea, and when men do seek to compel, or in other words enslave, their fellowman, I am grieved in the Spirit. Yea, and the Holy Ghost withdraws. And when the Holy Ghost withdraws, the heavens are sealed. In this darkened state, you cannot seek My face nor be instructed of Me. Wherefore,
you must turn unto your leaders to determine your worthiness. But, howbeit if your leaders are also in this state of darkness? How may you be justified?
13) Wherefore, seek not to place yourselves higher than your neighbor. And if your calling seem to give you power over your neighbor, then behold, you have not understood your calling. And if your occupation seems to enlarge your station over that of your neighbor, behold, let this be a sign unto you that you have fallen into pride, not understanding the abundance wherewith I do bless the saints, nor the purpose for which I have so blessed you. Take of your abundance and enlarge the station and condition of your neighbor. Then shall you establish Zion in your own heart, and I shall surely reward you abundantly in My kingdom.
Have we as a people fallen into pride?
I hope we can pray and repent as a people…Amen