Kirtland, Ohio, March 8, 1833

The keys of the kingdom (and the school of the prophets)
90:1-17

1 Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily I say unto you my son, thy sins are forgiven thee, according to thy petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears.

I forgive your sins, because I heard (with my ears) your prayers the prayers of your friends.

2 Therefore, thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.

So you are blessed forever, and I'm giving you the keys to the last kingdom.

3 Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;

The keys will never be taken from you, while you're alive or after you're dead.

4 Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.

You'll give the oracles to the church.

5 And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house.

The church must be careful how they hold the oracles of God, or they'll be condemned.

6 And again, verily I say unto thy brethren, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, their sins are forgiven them also, and they are accounted as equal with thee in holding the keys of this last kingdom;

I've also forgiven Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams.

They will also have the keys of this last kingdom.

7 As also through your administration the keys of the school of the prophets, which I have commanded to be organized;

I've also given your administration the keys to the school of the prophets.

8 That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe;

 

9 That through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.

 

10 And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.

 

11 For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

12 And now, verily I say unto you, I give unto you a commandment that you continue in the ministry and presidency.

 

13 And when you have finished the translation of the prophets, you shall from thenceforth preside over the affairs of the church and the school;

After you finish the translation of the prophets[1], you shall preside over the church and the school.

14 And from time to time, as shall be manifested by the Comforter, receive revelations to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom;

From time to time, the Comforter will deliver revelations to you.

15 And set in order the churches, and study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people.

 

16 And this shall be your business and mission in all your lives, to preside in council, and set in order all the affairs of this church and kingdom.

 

17 Be not ashamed, neither confounded; but be admonished in all your high-mindedness and pride, for it bringeth a snare upon your souls.

 

Find homes for Frederick G. Williams, Joseph Smth, Sen., and Sidney Rigdon
90:18-24

18 Set in order your houses; keep slothfulness and uncleanness far from you.

Don't be slothful or unclean.

19 Now, verily I say unto you, let there be a place provided, as soon as it is possible, for the family of thy counselor and scribe, even Frederick G. Williams.

Find a home for Frederick G. Williams and his family.

20 And let mine aged servant, Joseph Smith, Sen., continue with his family upon the place where he now lives; and let it not be sold until the mouth of the Lord shall name.

Let Joseph Smth, Sen. continue to live with his family in their current residence.

21 And let my counselor, even Sidney Rigdon, remain where he now resides until the mouth of the Lord shall name.

Let Sidney Rigdon live where he is currently living (until the mouth of the Lord names another place).

22 And let the bishop search diligently to obtain an agent, and let him be a man who has got riches in store—a man of God, and of strong faith—

 

23 That thereby he may be enabled to discharge every debt; that the storehouse of the Lord may not be brought into disrepute before the eyes of the people.

 

24 Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and call things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another.

 

Have small families
90:25-27

25 Let your families be small, especially mine aged servant Joseph Smith’s, Sen., as pertaining to those who do not belong to your families;

Have small families.

26 That those things that are provided for you, to bring to pass my work, be not taken from you and given to those that are not worthy—

 

27 And thereby you be hindered in accomplishing those things which I have commanded you.

 

Now about my handmaid Vienna Jaques
90:28-37

28 And again, verily I say unto you, it is my will that my handmaid Vienna Jaques should receive money to bear her expenses, and go up unto the land of Zion;

Vienna Jaques will pay her expenses for the trip to Zion. [2]

29 And the residue of the money may be consecrated unto me, and she be rewarded in mine own due time.

And she will give me [the Lord] whatever money is left over.

She'll be rewarded in my own time.

30 Verily I say unto you, that it is meet in mine eyes that she should go up unto the land of Zion, and receive an inheritance from the hand of the bishop;

She should go get an inheritance from the bishop.

31 That she may settle down in peace inasmuch as she is faithful, and not be idle in her days from thenceforth.

Let her live in peace, so long as she isn't idle.

32 And behold, verily I say unto you, that ye shall write this commandment, and say unto your brethren in Zion, in love greeting, that I have called you also to preside over Zion in mine own due time.

 

33 Therefore, let them cease wearying me concerning this matter.

Don't bother me about this anymore.

34 Behold, I say unto you that your brethren in Zion begin to repent, and the angels rejoice over them.

 

35 Nevertheless, I am not well pleased with many things; and I am not well pleased with my servant William E. McLellin, neither with my servant Sidney Gilbert; and the bishop also, and others have many things to repent of

I'm not pleased with William E. McLellin, Sidney Gilbert, the bishop, and many others.

36 But verily I say unto you, that I, the Lord, will contend with Zion, and plead with her strong ones, and chasten her until she overcomes and is clean before me.

But I will contend with Zion until she is clean.

37 For she shall not be removed out of her place. I, the Lord, have spoken it. Amen.

In the meantime, she'll stay where she is.

I, the Lord, have spoken it. Amen.