Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, November 27, 1832. This section is an extract from a letter of the Prophet to William W. Phelps, who was living in Independence, Missouri. It answers questions about those Saints who had moved to Zion but who had not followed the commandment to consecrate their properties and had thus not received their inheritances according to the established order in the Church.
1 It is the duty of the Lord’s clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a a, and a general church b of all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who c properties, and receive d legally from the bishop;
2 And also their manner of life, their faith, and works; and also of the a who apostatize after receiving their inheritances.
3 It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their a by b, agreeable to his c, which he has given, that he may d his people, to prepare them against the day of e and burning, should have their f enrolled with the people of God.
4 Neither is their a to be kept, or to be had where it may be found on any of the records or history of the church.
5 Their names shall not be found, neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the a of the law of God, saith the Lord of Hosts.
6 Yea, thus saith the a, which whispereth through and b all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:
7 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 a the house of God, and to arrange by b the c 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;
8 While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to a the b of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.
9 And all they who are not found written in the a shall find none inheritance in that day, but they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among b, where are c and gnashing of teeth.
10 These things I say not of a; therefore, as the Lord speaketh, he will also fulfil.
11 And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found written in the a of the law, or that are found to have b, or to have been c from the church, as well as the lesser priesthood, or the members, in that day shall d find an inheritance among the saints of the Most High;
12 Therefore, it shall be done unto them as unto the a of the b, as will be found recorded in the second chapter and sixty-first and second verses of Ezra.