Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, August 7, 1831. Preceding this revelation, the land was consecrated, as the Lord had directed, and the site for the future temple was dedicated. On the day this revelation was received, Polly Knight, the wife of Joseph Knight Sr., died, the first Church member to die in Zion. Early members characterized this revelation as “instructing the Saints how to keep the sabbath and how to fast and pray.”
1 Behold, blessed, saith the Lord, are they who have come up unto this land with an a single to my glory, according to my commandments.
2 For those that live shall a the earth, and those that b shall rest from all their labors, and their works shall follow them; and they shall receive a c in the d of my Father, which I have prepared for them.
3 Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its a.
4 And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with a not a few, and with b in their time—they that are c and d before me.
5 Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt a the Lord thy God with all thy b, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt c him.
6 Thou shalt a thy b as thyself. Thou shalt not c; neither commit d, nor e, nor do anything f unto it.
7 Thou shalt a the Lord thy God in all things.
8 Thou shalt offer a a unto the Lord thy God in b, even that of a broken heart and a c.
9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself a from the world, thou shalt go to the house of b and offer up thy c upon my d;
10 For verily this is a a appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;
11 Nevertheless thy a shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;
12 But remember that on this, the a, thou shalt offer thine b and thy sacraments unto the Most High, c thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
13 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy a may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy b may be full.
14 Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
15 And inasmuch as ye do these things with a, with b c and countenances, not with d e, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance—
16 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the a of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
17 Yea, and the herb, and the a things which come of the earth, whether for food or for b, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;
18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the a and the b of man, both to please the eye and to c the heart;
19 Yea, for a and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to b the body and to enliven the soul.
20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to a, neither by extortion.
21 And in nothing doth man a God, or against none is his b c, save those who d his hand in all things, and e his commandments.
22 Behold, this is according to the law and the prophets; wherefore, trouble me no more concerning this matter.
23 But learn that he who doeth the works of a shall receive his b, even c in this world, and d in the world to come.
24 I, the Lord, have spoken it, and the Spirit beareth record. Amen.