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Friday, December 14, 2012

John Taylor's Revelations: Christmas Day, 1884

Revelation Received Thursday, December 25, 1884, at Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.  (John Taylor Papers, LDS Archives):

There are some things that ought to be put right.
2 Some time ago there was word given for the
brethren and their families to put themselves in
order before the LORD;
3 And it is necessary that these things should be
carried out, for there has been a negligence in
some of these matters;
4 And if My people and priesthood desire My
blessing and guidance and protection, they must
and shall be subject to My law.
5 And it is necessary that the various quorums of
the Priesthood should place themselves right
before Me, saith the LORD;
6 And that as individuals they should place
themselves in that position, for if they do not they
have no claim upon My blessing or My
protection.
7 A day of trouble and anxiety and sorrow and
judgment will soon overtake this nation, and
other nations-- it is nigh at hand.
8 And the inhabitants of Zion must purge
themselves from iniquity, folly, covetousness, and
vanity, and listen to and obey My laws, or they cannot have My protection--
for I the LORD will not be mocked.
9 But the wrongdoer shall receive the just
recompense of reward; and the sinners in Zion
shall be afraid;
10 And fearfulness shall also take hold of the
wicked and the ungodly that are in your midst.
11 And if you, My people, obey My law, and
keep My commandments to do them, not in name
only, but in reality, I will be your shield and
protector, and your strong tower-- and no man
shall be able to hurt you, for I will be your
defense.
12 Therefore, humble yourselves before Me, and
purify yourselves that your acts and doings may
be acceptable before Me.
13 For if you do not, you will share in the
condemnation of the wicked.
14 Therefore, listen to the counsels of those
whom I have appointed, and seek not your own
will and way, but the will of the Lord your God.
15 For by Him only can you be sustained in the
time of trouble which is fast approaching.
Even so, Amen.

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