Revealing the Revelations

Doctrine and Covenants - Sec. 8

 (When it was Book of Commandments - Ch. 7)


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A Book of Commandments - Chapter 7 Which became Doctrine and Covenants - Section 8

Book of Commandments Chapter VII
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Doctrine and Covenants Section 8
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NOTE! --- Red: Means Words added --- Blue Underlined: Means Words changed


A Revelation given to Oliver,
in Harmony, Pennsylvania, April, 1829.

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to
Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829.
HC 1:36-37. In the course of the translation of the Book
of Mormon, Oliver, who continued to serve as scribe,
writing at the Prophet's dictation, desired to be endowed
with the gift of translation. The Lord responded to his
supplication by granting this revelation.



7:1 Oliver, verily, verily I say unto you, that assuredly as the
Lord liveth, which is your God and your Redeemer, even so
sure shall you receive a knowledge of whatsoever things you
shall ask in faith, with and honest heart, believing that you shall
receive a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records,
which are ancient, which contain those parts of my scripture of
which have been spoken, by the manifestation of my Spirit;
yea, behold I will tell you in your mind and in your heart by the
Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell
in your heart.

8:1 Oliver Cowdery, verily, verily, I say unto you, that
assuredly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your
Redeemer, even so surely shall you receive a knowledge of
whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart,
believing that you shall receive a knowledge concerning the
engravings of old records, which are ancient, which contain
those parts of my scripture of which has been spoken by the
manifestation of my Spirit. 8:2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in
your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall
come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.


7:2 Now, behold this is the Spirit of revelation:--behold this is
the Spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel
through the Red sea on dry ground: therefore, this is thy gift;
apply unto it and blessed art thou, for it shall deliver you out of
the hands of your enemies, when, if it were not so, they would
slay you and bring your soul to destruction.

8:3 Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is
the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel
through the Red Sea on dry ground. 8:4 Therefore this is thy
gift; apply unto it, and blessed art thou, for it shall deliver you
out of the hands of your enemies, when, if it were not so,
they would slay you and bring your soul to destruction.


7:3 O remember, these words and keep my commandments.
Remember this is your gift. Now this is not all, for you have
another gift, which is the gift of working with the rod: behold it
has told you things: behold there is no other power save God,
that can cause this rod of nature, to work in your hands, for it
is the work of God; and therefore whatsoever you shall ask
me to tell you by that means, that will I grant unto you, that
you shall know.

8:5 Oh, remember these words, and keep my
commandments. Remember, this is your gift. 8:6 Now this is
not all thy gift; for you have another gift, which is the gift of
Aaron; behold, it has told you many things; 8:7 Behold, there
is no other power, save the power of God, that can cause
this gift of Aaron to be with you. 8:8 Therefore, doubt not,
for it is the gift of God; and you shall hold it in your hands,
and do marvelous works; and no power shall be able to take
it away out of your hands, for it is the work of God. 8:9 And,
therefore, whatsoever you shall ask me to tell you by that
means, that will I grant unto you, and you shall have
knowledge concerning it.


7:4 Remember that without faith you can do nothing. Trifle not
with these things. Do not ask for that which you ought not.
Ask that you may know the mysteries of God, and that you
may translate all those ancient records, which have been hid
up, which are sacred, and according to your faith shall it be
done unto you.

8:10 Remember that without faith you can do nothing;
therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask
for that which you ought not. 8:11 Ask that you may know
the mysteries of God, and that you may translate and receive
knowledge from all those ancient records which have been
hid up, that are sacred; and according to your faith shall it be
done unto you.


7:5 Behold it is I that have spoken it, I am the same which
spake unto you from the beginning:--Amen.


8:12 Behold, it is I that have spoken it; and I am the same
that spake unto you from the beginning. Amen.


Comment.

The reader will notice I have made bold the change in this 'revelation' which gets rid of Oliver Cowdery's occultic gift of "working with the rod". This has become "the gift of Aaron".
Compare Book of Commandments 7:3 and Doctrine and Covenants 8:6,7.
To view this revelation, scanned from the Book of Commandments, click on the links below.

Book of Commandments page 19, Chapter VII
Book of Commandments page 20, Chapter VII


Jim Cowen
Good Tidings Ministry.