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Doctrine and Covenants

Section 96

August, 1832-Kirtland, Ohio. Revelation addressed to John Murdock, whose wife had died in childbirth the previous year. (This revelation is not placed in chronological order.)

John Murdock is instructed to provide for his children and take the gospel to the East

D&C 96:1a Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my servant John Murdock, Thou art called to go into the eastern countries from house to house, from village to village, and from city to city to proclaim mine everlasting gospel unto the inhabitants thereof, in the midst of persecution and wickedness;

D&C 96:1b and whoso receiveth you receiveth me; and you shall have power to declare my word in the demonstration of my Holy Spirit;

D&C 96:1c and whoso receiveth you as a little child receiveth my kingdom; and blessed are they, for they shall obtain mercy; and whoso rejecteth you shall be rejected of my Father and his house; and you shall cleanse your feet in the secret places by the way for a testimony against them.

D&C 96:2a And behold, and lo, I come quickly to judgment, to convince all of their ungodly deeds which they have committed against me, as it is written of me in the volume of the book.

D&C 96:2b And now, verily, I say unto thee that it is not expedient that thou shouldest go until thy children are provided for and kindly sent up unto the bishop in Zion;

D&C 96:2c and after a few years, if thou desirest of me, thou mayest go up also unto the goodly land, to possess thine inheritance; otherwise, thou shalt continue proclaiming my gospel until thou be taken. Amen.