THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 28

Revelation through Joseph Smith to Oliver Cowdery
Fayette, New York, September 1830

Only Joseph Smith receives commandments
(Not you, Oliver Cowdery)
Absurdity 28:1-7

1 Behold, I say unto thee, Oliver, that it shall be given unto thee that thou shalt be heard by the church in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the Comforter, concerning the revelations and commandments which I have given.

I [God] say to you, Oliver [Cowdery], that whatever you teach the church is okay with me.

2 But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses.

But only Joseph Smith, Jun. receives revelations and commandments from me - just like Moses did.

3 And thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and the revelations, with power and authority unto the church.

And you must obey the commandments and believe the revelations that I give to him.

4 And if thou art led at any time by the Comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of commandment unto the church, thou mayest do it.

So go ahead and teach.

5 But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom;

But don't claim you've received any commandments.

6 And thou shalt not command him who is at thy head, and at the head of the church;

And don't tell Joseph Smith what to do.

7 For I have given him the keys of the mysteries, and the revelations which are sealed, until I shall appoint unto them another in his stead.

I've given him the keys to the mysteries and revelations,

and only he will have them until I appoint someone else to replace him.

Go preach to the Lamanites
Absurdity 28:8-10

8 And now, behold, I say unto you that you shall go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive thy teachings thou shalt cause my church to be established among them; and thou shalt have revelations, but write them not by way of commandment.

I'm sending you to preach to the Lamanites [1].

You'll have some revelations, but no commandments.

9 And now, behold, I say unto you that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the city Zion shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter. Behold, I say unto you that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.

No one knows where the city of Zion will be built,

but it'll be somewhere near the Lamanites.

10 Thou shalt not leave this place until after the conference; and my servant Joseph shall be appointed to preside over the conference by the voice of it, and what he saith to thee thou shalt tell.

Don't leave until after the conference, over which Joseph Smith will preside.

God didn't reveal anything through Hiram Page's stone (Satan deceived him)
Absurdity 28:11-16

11 And again, thou shalt take thy brother, Hiram Page, between him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath written from that stone are not of me and that Satan deceiveth him;

12 For, behold, these things have not been appointed unto him, neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church contrary to the church covenants.

13 For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.

14 And thou shalt assist to settle all these things, according to the covenants of the church, before thou shalt take thy journey among the Lamanites.

15 And it shall be given thee from the time thou shalt go, until the time thou shalt return, what thou shalt do.

Tell Hiram Page that I didn't write the tings that were written from that stone. Satan deceived him.

16 And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen.

Keep your mouth open all the time.

Amen.