D&C 107. Part 5. KRB text continued.

Continuing part 4.
Here we give the “second” revelation of November 11, 1831 in comparison with the KRB text. The KRB text is in the hand of Frederick G. Williams and it suggests more strongly that indeed the November 11 revelation is two revelations. Observe that the text never uses the word “quorum.” My use of the word in reference to these texts is only to provide context. The word would not appear in Joseph’s revelations until the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. Moreover, during his lifetime, it would be used in a much looser way than LDS use it now.

Note the comparison of the president of the high priesthood to Moses. This is not the first time a revelation drew parallels between Moses and Joseph Smith. (D&C 28) The parallel with the OT prophet is apt for several reasons. Joseph was an Old Testament prophet in a number ways, and much of his work and his visions/revelations appealed to OT prophets. From the beginning we see this in the Moroni visits and his extensive OT references. In contrast to the other restorationists like Campbell, et al., Joseph restores both the Patriarchal Old Testament and the New. The present revelation itself is a puissant example.

For a comparison between KRB and other texts see here. We will have more to say on that, later.

Revelation Book 1 Revelation Book 2 (KRB)
A few more words in addition to the Laws of the church. And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of the president over the office of a Deacon, is to preside over twelve Deacons, to set in council with them, & to teach them their duty, edifying one another as it is given according to the covenants. A few more word in addition to the laws of the church and again verily I say unto you the duty of the President over the office of a deacon is to preside over twelve Deacons to sit in council with them and to teach them their duty edifying one another as it is given according to the covenants
And also the duty of the president over the office of the Teachers, is to preside over twenty four of the Teachers, & to set in council with them, & to teach them the duties of their office as given in the covenants. Also the duty of the president over the priesthood is to preside over forty eight priests, & to set in council with them, & to teach them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants. and also the duty of the president over the office of the Teachers is to preside over twenty four of the Teachers and to sit in council with them teaching them the duties of their office as given in the covenants also the duty of the president over the priesthood[1] is to preside over forty eight Priests and to sit in council with them and to teach them the duties of their office as given in the covenants.
And again the duty of the president over the office of the Elders, is to preside over ninety six Elders, & to set in council with them, & to teach them according to the covenants. And again the duty of the president of the office of the High Priesthood, is to preside over the whole church, & to be like unto Moses. and again the duty of the President over the office of the Elders is to preside over Ninety six Elders and to set in council with them and to teach them according to the covenants and again the duty of the President of the office of the high Priesthood is to preside over the whole church and to be like unto Moses.[2]
behold here is wisdom: yea, to be a Seer, a revelator, a translator, & prophet, having all the gifts of God, which he bestoweth upon the head of the chuch: Wherefore now let every man learn his duly duty, & to act in the office in which he is appointed., in all diligence. he that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand. & he that learneth not his duty & sheweth himself not approved, shall not be counted worth to stand; even so: Amen. Behold here is wisdom yea to be a seer, a revelator a tranlator and a prophet having all the gifts of God which he bestoweth upon the head of the church wherefore let every man learn his duty and to act in the office in which he is appointed in all diligence he that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand and he that learneth not his dury and showeth himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand even so amen

[Part 6 is here.

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[1] Recall that the meaning here of “president over the priesthood” is president of the priests. The language does not require the existence of the later policy of a bishop functioning as president of the priests. The nature of “presidencies” in this revelation (a term not actually used) is a solitary president. Somewhat ironically perhaps, this situation would not change with the priests.

[2] Previously, I mentioned that these were not necessarily local quorums in the sense of modern practice. Kirtland and Nauvoo would set a partial precedence so that LDS practice would confine the deacons, teachers, priests and elders as “stake” quorums in Utah. Bishops in the stake would select men and gradually, boys, to fill the ranks of deacons, teachers and priests, with perhaps a number of quorums of each rank, but the quorums would not be effected by “ward” boundaries.

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4 Responses to D&C 107. Part 5. KRB text continued.

  1. ricke says:

    This is a great series. Thank you!

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