THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 52

Kirtland, Ohio, 7 June 1831

God gives Missouri to the Mormons
Absurdity Prophecy 52:1-6

1 Behold, thus saith the Lord unto the elders whom he hath called and chosen in these last days, by the voice of his Spirit -

This is what God says to the elders in these last days.

2 Saying: I, the Lord, will make known unto you what I will that ye shall do from this time until the next conference, which shall be held in Missouri, upon the land which I will consecrate unto my people, which are a remnant of Jacob, and those who are heirs according to the covenant.

I, God, will tell you what to do until the next conference, which will be in Missouri (a land I will give to you).

3 Wherefore, verily I say unto you, let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon take their journey as soon as preparations can be made to leave their homes, and journey to the land of Missouri.

Let Joseph Smith, Jun. and Sidney Rigdon go to Missouri as soon as possible.

4 And inasmuch as they are faithful unto me, it shall be made known unto them what they shall do;

5 And it shall also, inasmuch as they are faithful, be made known unto them the land of your inheritance.

I'll tell them what to do (if they are faithful to me.)

6 And inasmuch as they are not faithful, they shall be cut off, even as I will, as seemeth me good.

But if they're not faithful to me, I'll cut them off (if I feel like it).

Two by two (missionary style)
Boring Stuff Absurdity 52:7-44

7 And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Lyman Wight and my servant John Corrill take their journey speedily;

Let Lyman Wight and John Corrill go on a journey.

8 And also my servant John Murdock, and my servant Hyrum Smith, take their journey unto the same place by the way of Detroit.

9 And let them journey from thence preaching the word by the way, saying none other things than that which the prophets and apostles have written, and that which is taught them by the Comforter through the prayer of faith.

And let John Murdock and Hyrum Smith go to the same place by way of Detroit.

10 Let them go two by two, and thus let them preach by the way in every congregation, baptizing by water, and the laying on of the hands by the water's side.

11 For thus saith the Lord, I will cut my work short in righteousness, for the days come that I will send forth judgment unto victory.

Let them go two by two.

12 And let my servant Lyman Wight beware, for Satan desireth to sift him as chaff.

13 And behold, he that is faithful shall be made ruler over many things.

Let Lyman Wight beware,

because Satan is out to get him.

14 And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations -

15 Wherefore he that prayeth, whose spirit is contrite, the same is accepted of me if he obey mine ordinances.

16 He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth, the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances.

17 And again, he that trembleth under my power shall be made strong, and shall bring forth fruits of praise and wisdom, according to the revelations and truths which I have given you.

18 And again, he that is overcome and bringeth not forth fruits, even according to this pattern, is not of me.

19 Wherefore, by this pattern ye shall know the spirits in all cases under the whole heavens.

20 And the days have come; according to men's faith it shall be done unto them.

21 Behold, this commandment is given unto all the elders whom I have chosen.

Satan is out an about deceiving nations.

22 And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant Thomas B. Marsh and my servant Ezra Thayre take their journey also, preaching the word by the way unto this same land.

Send Thomas B. Marsh and Ezra Thayre to Missouri.

23 And again, let my servant Isaac Morley and my servant Ezra Booth take their journey, also preaching the word by the way unto this same land.

And Isaac Morley and Ezra Booth.

24 And again, let my servants Edward Partridge and Martin Harris take their journey with my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, Jun.

Let Edward Partridge and Martin Harris go with Josepph Smith, Jun. to Missouri.

25 Let my servants David Whitmer and Harvey Whitlock also take their journey, and preach by the way unto this same land.

Let David Whitmer and Harvey Whitlock to to Missouri;

26 And let my servants Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt take their journey, and preach by the way, even unto this same land.

and Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt;

27 And let my servants Solomon Hancock and Simeon Carter also take their journey unto this same land, and preach by the way.

and Solomon Hancock and Simeon Carter;

28 Let my servants Edson Fuller and Jacob Scott also take their journey.

and Edson Fuller and Jacob Scott;

29 Let my servants Levi W. Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin also take their journey.

and Levi W. Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin;

30 Let my servants Reynolds Cahoon and Samuel H. Smith also take their journey.

and Reynolds Cahoon and Samuel H. Smith;

31 Let my servants Wheeler Baldwin and William Carter also take their journey.

and Wheeler Baldwin and William Carter;

32 And let my servants Newel Knight and Selah J. Griffin both be ordained, and also take their journey.

33 Yea, verily I say, let all these take their journey unto one place, in their several courses, and one man shall not build upon another's foundation, neither journey in another's track.

34 He that is faithful, the same shall be kept and blessed with much fruit.

and Newel Knight and Selah J. Griffin.

35 And again, I say unto you, let my servants Joseph Wakefield and Solomon Humphrey take their journey into the eastern lands;

36 Let them labor with their families, declaring none other things than the prophets and apostles, that which they have seen and heard and most assuredly believe, that the prophecies may be fulfilled.

Let Joseph Wakefield and Solomon Humphrey go to the east.

37 In consequence of transgression, let that which was bestowed upon Heman Basset be taken from him, and placed upon the head of Simonds Ryder.

Since Heman Basset did something wrong, take whatever was given to him and put it on Simonds Rider's head.

38 And again, verily I say unto you, let Jared Carter be ordained a priest, and also George James be ordained a priest.

39 Let the residue of the elders watch over the churches, and declare the word in the regions round about them; and let them labor with their own hands that there be no idolatry nor wickedness practiced.

40 And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.

Ordain Jared Carter and George James priests.

41 And again, let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge take with them a recommend from the church. And let there be one obtained for my servant Oliver Cowdery also.

Give Joseph Smith, Jun., Edward Partridge, and Oliver Cowdery a recommend from the church.

42 And thus, even as I have said, if ye are faithful ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.

So go to Missouri, a land that I have given to you, but that your enemies now occupy.

43 But, behold, I, the Lord, will hasten the city in its time, and will crown the faithful with joy and with rejoicing.

I, the Lord, will hasten the city in its time. [1]

44 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and I will lift them up at the last day. Even so. Amen.

I'm Jesus. Amen.