Doctrine and Covenants Commentary - Section 75

by Don R. Hender

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         SECTION 75

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Amherst, Ohio, January 25, 1832. HC 1:242—245. The occasion was that of a conference previously appointed. At this conference Joseph Smith was sustained and ordained President of the High Priesthood. Certain elders, who had encountered difficulty in bringing men to an understanding of their message, desired to learn more in detail as to their immediate duties. This revelation followed.

    1—5, Faithful elders who preach the gospel will gain eternal life;
    6—12, Pray to receive the Comforter, which teaches all things;
    13—22, Elders shall sit in judgement on those who reject their message;
    23—36, Families of missionaries are to receive help from the Church
D&C 75:1 VERILY, verily, I say unto you, I who speak even by the avoice of my Spirit, even bAlpha and Omega, your Lord and your God—
D&C 75:2 Hearken, O ye who have agiven your names to go forth to proclaim my gospel, and to bprune my vineyarda.

 2a go forth to proclaim my gospel, and to prune my vineyard In the Allegory of the Olive tree recorded from the more ancient prophet in Israel Zenos recorded in the plates of brass, it puts forth various times that the Lord does have his servants prune and take care of his vineyard. This is the last time that the Lord's vineyard, the earth, shall be so cared for before the Second Coming of he Lord. This is the time spoken of in verse 61 of Jacob chapter 5 where it says, 'Wherefore, go to , and call servants, that we may labor diligently with our might in the vineyard, that we may prepare the way, that I may bring forth again the natural fruit, which natural fruit is good and the most precious above all other fruit. In particular, this last time the servants of the Lord are first calling forth those of the tribe of Ephraim from among those of the world, that the promises of the fathers, Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, may be fulfilled as it has remained from the foundation through them and their seed, with Ephraim taking upon himself the weight of the fulfilling of the promises of the Covenant of Abraham to bless the whole world through Abraham's seed, bring them unto the gospel, that they might partake of the fulness thereof.
D&C 75:3 Behold, I say unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be aidle but blabor with your might—
D&C 75:4 Lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, aproclaiming the btruth according to the revelations and commandments which I have given you.
D&C 75:5 And thus, if ye are faithful ye shall be laden with many asheaves, and bcrowned with honor, and glory, and immortality, and eternal life.

D&C 75:6 Therefore, verily I say unto my servant aWilliam E. McLellin, I brevoke the commission which I gave unto him to go unto the eastern countries;
D&C 75:7 And I give unto him a new commission and a new commandment, in the which I, the Lord, achasten him for the bmurmurings of his heart;
D&C 75:8 And he sinned; nevertheless, I forgive him and say unto him again, Go ye into the south countries.

D&C 75:9 And let my servant Luke Johnson go with him, and proclaim the things which I have commanded them—
D&C 75:10 Calling on the name of the Lord for the aComforter, which shall teach them all things that are expedient for them—
D&C 75:11 aPraying always that they bfaint not; and inasmuch as they do this, I will be with them even unto the end.
D&C 75:12 Behold, this is the will of the Lord your God concerning you. Even so. Amen.

D&C 75:13 And again, verily thus saith the Lord, let my servant Orson Hyde and my servant Samuel H. Smith take their journey into the eastern countries, and proclaim the things which I have commanded them; and inasmuch as they are faithful, lo, I will be awith them even unto the end.
D&C 75:14 And again, verily I say unto my servant Lyman Johnson, and unto my servant Orson Pratt, they shall also take their journey into the eastern countries; and behold, and lo, I am with them also, even unto the end.
D&C 75:15 And again, I say unto my servant Asa Dodds, and unto my servant Calves Wilson, that they also shall take their journey unto the western countries, and proclaim my gospel, even as I have commanded them.

D&C 75:16 And he who is faithful shall overcome all things, and shall be alifted up at the last day.
D&C 75:17 And again, I say unto my servant Major N. Ashley, and my servant Burr Riggs, let them take their journey also into the south country.
D&C 75:18 Yea, let all those take their journey, as I have commanded them, going from ahouse to house, and from village to village, and from city to city.

D&C 75:19 And in whatsoever house ye enter, and they receive you, leave your blessing upon that house.
D&C 75:20 And in whatsoever house ye enter, and they receive you not, ye shall depart speedily from that house, and ashake off the dust of your feet as a testimony against them.
D&C 75:21 And you shall be filled with ajoy and gladness; and know this, that in the day of judgment you shall be bjudges of that house, and condemn them;
D&C 75:22 And it shall be more atolerable for the bheathen in the day of judgment, than for that house; therefore, cgird up your loins and be faithful, and ye shall overcome all things, and be dlifted up at the last day. Even so. Amen.

D&C 75:23 And again, thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who have given you names that you might know his will concerning you—
D&C 75:24 Behold, I say unto you, that it is the aduty of the church to assist in bsupporting the families of those, and also to support the families of those who are called and must needs be sent unto the world to proclaim the gospel unto the world.
D&C 75:25 Wherefore, I, the Lord, give unto you this commandment, that ye obtain places for your afamilies, inasmuch as your brethren are willing to open their hearts.

D&C 75:26 And let all such as can obtain places for their families, and support of the church for them, not fall to go into the world, whether to the east or to the west, or to the north, or to the south.
D&C 75:27 Let them aask and they shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto them, and be made known from on high, even by the bComforter, whither they shall go.
D&C 75:28 And again, verily I say unto you, that every aman who is obliged to bprovide for his own cfamily, let him provide, and he shall in nowise lose his crown; and let him labor in the church.

D&C 75:29 Let every man be adiligent in all things. And the bidler shall not have place in the church, except he repent and mend his ways.
D&C 75:30 Wherefore, let my servant Simeon Carter and my servant Emer Harris be united in the ministry;
D&C 75:31 And also my servant Ezra Thayre and my servant aThomas B. Marsh;

D&C 75:32 Also my servant Hyrum Smith and my servant Reynolds Cahoon;
D&C 75:33 And also my servant Daniel Stanton and my servant Seymour Brunson;
D&C 75:34 And also my servant Sylvester Smith and my servant Gideon Carter;

D&C 75:35 And also my servant Ruggles Eames and my servant aStephen Burnett;
D&C 75:36 And also my servant Micah B. Welton and also my servant aEden Smith. Even so. Amen.