THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 61

On the bank of the Missouri River, McIlwaine's Bend, August 12, 1831

God cursed the waters - especially the Missouri River
Absurdity Prophecy 61:1-18

1 Behold, and hearken unto the voice of him who has all power, who is from everlasting to everlasting, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

2 Behold, verily thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who are assembled upon this spot, whose sins are now forgiven you, for I, the Lord, forgive sins, and am merciful unto those who confess their sins with humble hearts;

3 But verily I say unto you, that it is not needful for this whole company of mine elders to be moving swiftly upon the waters, whilst the inhabitants on either side are perishing in unbelief.

Listen to the voice of God..

4 Nevertheless, I suffered it that ye might bear record; behold, there are many dangers upon the waters, and more especially hereafter;

It's dangerous out there on the water.

And it'll be worse from now on.

5 For I, the Lord, have decreed in mine anger many destructions upon the waters; yea, and especially upon these waters.

I'm angry so I'm destroying things on the water.

Especially, on this water. [1]

6 Nevertheless, all flesh is in mine hand, and he that is faithful among you shall not perish by the waters.

All flesh is in my hand.

If you're faithful to me you won't die on the water.

7 Wherefore, it is expedient that my servant Sidney Gilbert and my servant William W. Phelps be in haste upon their errand and mission.

Sidney Gilbert and William W. Phelps are going on a mission.

8 Nevertheless, I would not suffer that ye should part until you were chastened for all your sins, that you might be one, that you might not perish in wickedness;

9 But now, verily I say, it behooveth me that ye should part. Wherefore let my servants Sidney Gilbert and William W. Phelps take their former company, and let them take their journey in haste that they may fill their mission, and through faith they shall overcome;

But before they leave, I need to chastise you for your sins.

10 And inasmuch as they are faithful they shall be preserved, and I, the Lord, will be with them.

I'll be with them.

They won't die if they're faithful.

11 And let the residue take that which is needful for clothing.

Everyone else should take the necessary clothing with them.

12 Let my servant Sidney Gilbert take that which is not needful with him, as you shall agree.

But Sidney Gilbert may take things that aren't necessary.

13 And now, behold, for your good I gave unto you a commandment concerning these things; and I, the Lord, will reason with you as with men in days of old.

I gave you a commandment.

I'll reason with you like I did back in the good old days.

14 Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters.

In the beginning I blessed the water, but now, in the last days, I (by John's mouth) curse the waters. [2]

15 Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters.

Someday no one will be safe on the water.

16 And it shall be said in days to come that none is able to go up to the land of Zion upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart.

No one will travel to Zion on the water, except for those who have an upright heart.

17 And, as I, the Lord, in the beginning cursed the land, even so in the last days have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof.

In the beginning I cursed the land,

but in the last days I'll bless it.

(So the saints can eat its fatness.)

18 And now I give unto you a commandment that what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail and they are caught in snares;

Now I give you another commanment:

Warn the others about the waters.

God told Satan to ride on the Missouri River
Absurdity Intolerance Injustice Prophecy 61:19-39

19 I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree.

I've commanded the destroyer to ride on the water.

I'll never tell him not to. [3]

20 I, the Lord, was angry with you yesterday, but today mine anger is turned away.

Yesterday, I was angry with you.

But today I'm feeling okay.

21 Wherefore, let those concerning whom I have spoken, that should take their journey in haste - again I say unto you, let them take their journey in haste.

Those who are going must hurry.

I'll say it again: Those who are going must hurry.

22 And it mattereth not unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land; let this be as it is made known unto them according to their judgments hereafter.

I don't care whether they go by water or by land.

23 And now, concerning my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, let them come not again upon the waters, save it be upon the canal, while journeying unto their homes; or in other words they shall not come upon the waters to journey, save upon the canal.

But Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery shouldn't go by water, unless it's a canal.

In other words, they shouldn't go by water, unless it's a canal.

24 Behold, I, the Lord, have appointed a way for the journeying of my saints; and behold, this is the way - that after they leave the canal they shall journey by land, inasmuch as they are commanded to journey and go up unto the land of Zion;

After they get off the canal, they'll travel by land to Zion.

25 And they shall do like unto the children of Israel, pitching their tents by the way.

They'll camp in tents like the Israelites.

26 And, behold, this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren.

Give this commandment to the others.

27 Nevertheless, unto whom is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways;

Whoever can command water, has the power of the Spirit.

28 Wherefore, let him do as the Spirit of the living God commandeth him, whether upon the land or upon the waters, as it remaineth with me to do hereafter.

29 And unto you is given the course for the saints, or the way for the saints of the camp of the Lord, to journey.

Let him do what the Spirit of God commands, whether by land or water.

30 And again, verily I say unto you, my servants, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, shall not open their mouths in the congregations of the wicked until they arrive at Cincinnati;

Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery won't open their mouths to the wicked until they arrive in Cincinnati.

31 And in that place they shall lift up their voices unto God against that people, yea, unto him whose anger is kindled against their wickedness, a people who are well-nigh ripened for destruction.

32 And from thence let them journey for the congregations of their brethren, for their labors even now are wanted more abundantly among them than among the congregations of the wicked.

When they get there, they'll speak against the wicked people of Cincinnati, whom God wants to destroy.

33 And now, concerning the residue, let them journey and declare the word among the congregations of the wicked, inasmuch as it is given;

The others will also preach to the wicked.

34 And inasmuch as they do this they shall rid their garments, and they shall be spotless before me.

By doing this they'll get rid of their garments,

and be spotless before me.

35 And let them journey together, or two by two, as seemeth them good, only let my servant Reynolds Cahoon, and my servant Samuel H. Smith, with whom I am well pleased, be not separated until they return to their homes, and this for a wise purpose in me.

36 And now, verily I say unto you, and what I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you;

37 And inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours.

Let them go two by two.

38 Gird up your loins and be watchful and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man, for he cometh in an hour you think not.

Gird up your loins, and look for the coming of the Son of Man.

He'll come when your least expect it.

39 Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death. Even so. Amen.

Pray that you'll be ready when he comes, whether you're alive or dead. Amen.