THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 96

Kirtland, Ohio, June 4, 1833

Here is wisdom: This stake should be strong
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1 Behold, I say unto you, here is wisdom, whereby ye may know how to act concerning this matter, for it is expedient in me that this stake that I have set for the strength of Zion should be made strong.

Here is wisdom: This stake should be strong.

2 Therefore, let my servant Newel K. Whitney take charge of the place which is named among you, upon which I design to build mine holy house.

So I have assigned Newell K. Whitney [1] to take charge of the place where my house will be built.

3 And again, let it be divided into lots, according to wisdom, for the benefit of those who seek inheritances, as it shall be determined in council among you.

 

4 Therefore, take heed that ye see to this matter, and that portion that is necessary to benefit mine order, for the purpose of bringing forth my word to the children of men.

 

5 For behold, verily I say unto you, this is the most expedient in me, that my word should go forth unto the children of men, for the purpose of subduing the hearts of the children of men for your good. Even so. Amen.

 

More wisdom: John Johnson should become a member of the order
Absurdity Boring Stuff 96:6-9

6 And again, verily I say unto you, it is wisdom and expedient in me, that my servant John Johnson whose offering I have accepted, and whose prayers I have heard, unto whom I give a promise of eternal life inasmuch as he keepeth my commandments from henceforth—

It is also wisdom that John Johnson [2

7 For he is a descendant of Joseph and a partaker of the blessings of the promise made unto his fathers—

 

8 Verily I say unto you, it is expedient in me that he should become a member of the order, that he may assist in bringing forth my word unto the children of men.

become a member of the order.

9 Therefore ye shall ordain him unto this blessing, and he shall seek diligently to take away incumbrances that are upon the house named among you, that he may dwell therein. Even so. Amen.

So ordain him. 

Amen.