THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 9

Revelation through Joseph Smith to Olver Cowdery: Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829.

Jesus takes away Oliver Cowdery's translating privleges
Absurdity 9:1-7

1 Behold, I say unto you, my son, that because you did not translate according to that which you desired of me, and did commence again to write for my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., even so I would that ye should continue until you have finished this record, which I have entrusted unto him.

I [Jesus] say to you [Oliver Cowdery]:

Because you didn't translate what you wanted to translate, I'll only allow you to be Joseph Smith's scribe.

2 And then, behold, other records have I, that I will give unto you power that you may assist to translate.

3 Be patient, my son, for it is wisdom in me, and it is not expedient that you should translate at this present time.

4 Behold, the work which you are called to do is to write for my servant Joseph.

But someday I'll let you translate some other things.

5 And, behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced, when you began to translate, that I have taken away this privilege from you.

Because you didn't continue translating, I've taken away your translating privileges.

6 Do not murmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner.

7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.

Don't whine.

It's wise for me to deal with you this way.

How to make a decision (If it feels good do it)
Absurdity 9:8-14

8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

Here's the way to make a decision:

Think about it. Then ask me if it's right.

If it's right, I'll make your bosom burn,

so you'll feel that it's right.

9 But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.

But if it's not right, you won't have these good feelings.

And you'll forget about it.

That way, you'll only write sacred things from me.

10 Now, if you had known this you could have translated; nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now.

11 Behold, it was expedient when you commenced; but you afeared, and the time is past, and it is not expedient now;

12 For, do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph sufficient strength, whereby it is made up? And neither of you have I condemned.

13 Do this thing which I have commanded you, and you shall prosper. Be faithful, and yield to no temptation.

If you had known this, you could have translated.

But it's not expedient for you to translate now.

14 Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day. Amen.

Amen.