Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York, April 6, 1830. This revelation was given at the organization of the Church, on the date named, in the home of Peter Whitmer Sr. Six men, who had previously been baptized, participated. By unanimous vote these persons expressed their desire and determination to organize, according to the commandment of God (see section 20
). They also voted to accept and sustain Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery as the presiding officers of the Church. With the laying on of hands, Joseph then ordained Oliver an elder of the Church, and Oliver similarly ordained Joseph. After administration of the sacrament, Joseph and Oliver laid hands upon the participants individually for the bestowal of the Holy Ghost and for the confirmation of each as a member of the Church.
1 Behold, there shall be a a kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a b, a translator, a prophet, an c of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Being a of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to b it up unto the most holy faith.
3 Which a was b and established in the year of your Lord eighteen hundred and thirty, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.
4 Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give a unto all his words and b which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all c before me;
5 For his a ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
6 For by doing these things the a of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of b from before you, and cause the heavens to c for your d, and his name’s e.
7 For thus saith the Lord God: Him have I inspired to move the cause of a in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers I have heard.
8 Yea, his weeping for Zion I have seen, and I will cause that he shall mourn for her no longer; for his days of rejoicing are come unto the a of his sins, and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works.
9 For, behold, I will a all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given him through me by the b, which c that Jesus was d by e men for the sins of the f, yea, for the remission of sins unto the g.
10 Wherefore it behooveth me that he should be a by you, Oliver Cowdery mine apostle;
11 This being an ordinance unto you, that you are an elder under his hand, he being the a unto you, that you might be an elder unto this church of Christ, bearing my name—
12 And the first a of this church unto the church, and before the world, yea, before the Gentiles; yea, and thus saith the Lord God, lo, lo! to the b also. Amen.