THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 111

Salem, Massachusetts, August 6, 1836

Jesus gives Salem, Massachusetts to the Mormons
Absurdity 111:1-11

1 I, the Lord your God, am not displeased with your coming this journey, notwithstanding your follies.

I, the Lord and your God, am okay with you going on this journey, even though you've made some mistakes.

2 I have much treasure in this city for you, for the benefit of Zion, and many people in this city, whom I will gather out in due time for the benefit of Zion, through your instrumentality.

I'll give you a lot of treasure from this city. [1]

3 Therefore, it is expedient that you should form acquaintance with men in this city, as you shall be led, and as it shall be given you.

So get to know the men who live here, since I'll soon be giving it to you.

4 And it shall come to pass in due time that I will give this city into your hands, that you shall have power over it, insomuch that they shall not discover your secret parts; and its wealth pertaining to gold and silver shall be yours.

Someday I'll give the city to you, and you'll have power over it.

They'll never discover your secret parts, and all its wealth, gold, and silver will be yours.

5 Concern not yourselves about your debts, for I will give you power to pay them.

Don't worry about your debts, I'll help you pay them.

6 Concern not yourselves about Zion, for I will deal mercifully with her.

And don't worry about Zion either.

7 Tarry in this place, and in the regions round about;

Stay around here for a while.

8 And the place where it is my will that you should tarry, for the main, shall be signalized unto you by the peace and power of my Spirit, that shall flow unto you.

My spirit will signalize you with a power that will flow into you.

9 This place you may obtain by hire. And inquire diligently concerning the more ancient inhabitants and founders of this city;

You can buy this place.

Find out about its ancient founders and inhabitants.

10 For there are more treasures than one for you in this city.

There's more than one treasure in this city for you.

11 Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin; and I will order all things for your good, as fast as ye are able to receive them. Amen.

So be wise as serpents but without sin.

I'll make everything happen as soon as you're ready. Amen.