“Doctrine and Covenants 96,” Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers (2020)
“Doctrine and Covenants 96,” Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers
Revelation, Kirtland Township, OH, 4 June 1833. Featured version copied [likely between 6 June and 30 July 1833] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 60–61;1 handwriting of Orson Hyde; Revelations Collection, CHL. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2 on the Joseph Smith Papers website.
On 4 June 1833, a meeting of high priests assembled in the translating room at Newel K. Whitney’s store in Kirtland, Ohio, to discuss the use and management of the recently acquired Peter French farm. Unable to arrive at a consensus as to who should manage the French property, the high priests agreed to “enquire of the lord” about the issue. JS subsequently dictated the following revelation during the meeting. The minutes of the 4 June conference indicate that church leaders took immediate action on the instructions given in the revelation; that same day they formally assigned Newel K. Whitney to manage the French farm and admitted John Johnson to the United Firm.2
Kirtland June 4th 1833—
Behold I say unto you here is wisdom whereby ye may know how to act concerning this matter. for it is expedient in me that this stake that I have set for the strength of Zion should be made strong.3 Therefore let my servant Newel [K. Whitney] take charge of the place which is named among you4 upon which I design to build mine holy house,5 and again let it be divided into lots according to wisdom for the [p. 60] benefit of those who seek inheritances6 as it shall be determined in council among you. Therefore take heed that ye see to this matter, and that portion that is necessary to benefit the firm for the purpose of bringing forth my word to the children of men,7 for Behold verily I say unto you, this is the most expedient in me that my word should go forth unto the children of men for the purpose of subdueing the hearts of the children of men for your good even so Amen— and again verily I say unto you it is wisdom and expedient in me that my servant John Johnson8 whose offering I have accepted and whose prayers I have heared, unto whom I give a promise of Eternal life inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments from hence forth, for he is a descendant of Joseph9 and a partaker of the blessings of the promise made unto his fathers.10 Verily I say unto you it is expedient in me that he should become a member of the firm that he may assist in bringing forth my word unto the children of men.11 Therefore ye shall ordain him unto this blessing,12 and he shall seek dilligently to take away incumberances that are upon the house named among you that he may dwell there<in>13 even so Amen——