THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 117

Far West, Missouri, July 8, 1838

The mountains of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and the plains of Olaha Shinehah
Absurdity 117:1-16

1 Verily thus saith the Lord unto my servant William Marks, and also unto my servant Newel K. Whitney, let them settle up their business speedily and journey from the land of Kirtland, before I, the Lord, send again the snows upon the earth.

This is what the Lord says to William Marks and Newel K. Whitney: 

Settle up you businesses and go to Kirtland, before I, the Lord, send snows again upon the earth.

2 Let them awake, and arise, and come forth, and not tarry, for I, the Lord, command it.

I command them to hurry.

3 Therefore, if they tarry it shall not be well with them.

If they tarry, things won't go well with them.

4 Let them repent of all their sins, and of all their covetous desires, before me, saith the Lord; for what is property unto me? saith the Lord.

They must repent of the sins and covetous desires.

Because what is property to me?

5 Let the properties of Kirtland be turned out for debts, saith the Lord. Let them go, saith the Lord, and whatsoever remaineth, let it remain in your hands, saith the Lord.

Sell the properies to pay or debts.

If there's anything left over, you can have it.

6 For have I not the fowls of heaven, and also the fish of the sea, and the beasts of the mountains? Have I not made the earth? Do I not hold the destinies of all the armies of the nations of the earth?

 

7 Therefore, will I not make solitary places to bud and to blossom, and to bring forth in abundance? saith the Lord.

 

8 Is there not room enough on the mountains of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and on the plains of Olaha Shinehah, or the land where Adam dwelt, that you should covet that which is but the drop, and neglect the more weighty matters?

Isn't there room enough on the mountains of Adam-ondi-Ahman [1]?

And on the plains of Olaha Shinehah [1] where Adam lived? 

 

9 Therefore, come up hither unto the land of my people, even Zion.

So come up to the Zion where my people live.

10 Let my servant William Marks be faithful over a few things, and he shall be a ruler over many. Let him preside in the midst of my people in the city of Far West, and let him be blessed with the blessings of my people.

William Marks will rule over the city of Far West.

11 Let my servant Newel K. Whitney be ashamed of the Nicolaitane band and of all their secret abominations, and of all his littleness of soul before me, saith the Lord,and come up to the land of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and be a bishop unto my people, saith the Lord, not in name but in deed, saith the Lord.

Newel K. Whitney should be ashamed of the Nicolaitane band [3] with all their secret abominations. He should bring his little soul to the land of Adam-ondi-Ahman and be a bishop.

12 And again, I say unto you, I remember my servant Oliver Granger; behold, verily I say unto him that his name shall be had in sacred remembrance from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord.

Everyone will remember Oliver Granger forever and ever.

13 Therefore, let him contend earnestly for the redemption of the First Presidency of my Church, saith the Lord; and when he falls he shall rise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase, saith the Lord.

Let him run for the office of First Presidency of my church.

When he fails, let him try again.

14 Therefore,let him come up hither speedily, unto the land of Zion; and in the due time he shall be made a merchant unto my name, saith the Lord, for the benefit of my people.

He should come quickly to the land of Zion, where he'll become a merchant for me.

15 Therefore let no man despise my servant Oliver Granger, but let the blessings of my people be on him forever and ever.

No one should despise him.

16 And again, verily I say unto you, let all my servants in the land of Kirtland remember the Lord their God, and mine house also, to keep and preserve it holy, and to overthrow the moneychangers in mine own due time, saith the Lord. Even so. Amen.

I'm telling everyone in Kirtland again to overthrow the moneychanges in my own time, says the Lord. Amen.