Revelation to President Joseph F. Smith

Thus saith the Lord, I am well pleased with the records which are kept of the receipts and disbursements of the tithing and fast and freewill offerings and properties of my church. And I say unto you, that the time is now in accord with my word given to my servant Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1838, when the tithing and other funds and the properties of my church shall be disposed of and appropriated for the work of the ministry, and the building up and beautifying and the lengthening and strengthening of the stakes of Zion.

The presidency of my church, the council of the twelve–and not at any time less than a
majority–shall be a quorum and the presiding bishopric of my church shall be a council for this purpose. And they shall be agreed in their decisions, and shall hearken unto my voice in all things.

And the duties of the presiding bishopric, shall be in accordance with the promptings of my Spirit, and subject to the presidency of the church.

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This above statement, or revelation, in the handwriting of President Joseph F. Smith was found in his pocket at the time of his death. The original copy was placed in the hands of President Heber J. Grant by Elder Joseph Fielding Smith.

Source: Minutes of the Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, 1 November 1918, pg. 246

4 thoughts on “Revelation to President Joseph F. Smith”

  1. Interesting in that it uses “Thus saith the Lord”. Many fundamentalists and detractors frequent the assertion that no new revelation has been received since the manifesto. Pres Smith knew this as well. Yet he kept a record of revelations of exactly this type, quietly. Apparently for the direction of the church affairs but not to be made public. It also make it clear that he will operate and direct his servants by the spirit and not by only direct “Thus saith the Lord” revelations.

    1. What do you mean “Pres Smith knew this as well. Yet he kept a record of revelations of exactly this type, quietly. Apparently for the direction of the church affairs but not to be made public.”?

      As far as I know, this is the only Thus Saith the Lord revelation after the Manifesto. Unless you have others?

    2. John Wesley Robertson

      I don’t recall whether it was one of John Taylor’s revelations, or one of Wilford Woodruffs, but the procedure outlined in that revelation was that if one of the twelve had a revelation from the Lord they were to read it to the rest of the twelve and first presidency when they were together. Then it was to be decided whether or not it was a revelation to deliver to the church at large or not. If it was to be delivered to the church at large, then the Lord revealed that John Taylor, who was president at the time, was to be the one who read it to the church.

      But no discussion on prophets is complete without the doctrine the Lord reveals in Numbers 12. There is a wide variation among those whom the Lord himself is willing to call by the title of “prophet”.

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