Doctrine and Covenants

Section 54

June, 1831-Kirtland, Ohio. Revelation directed to Newel Knight, leader of the Colesville Saints who had recently settled at Thompson, Ohio. A stewardship arrangement to share the land had been broken, causing resentment and confusion.

Woe to those who broke their covenant-The Colesville Saints are to journey to Missouri

D&C 54:1a Behold, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world,

D&C 54:1b Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, my servant Newel Knight, You shall stand fast in the office wherewith I have appointed you; and if your brethren desire to escape their enemies, let them repent of all their sins and become truly humble before me and contrite.

D&C 54:1c And as the covenant which they made unto me has been broken, even so, it has become void and of none effect;

D&C 54:1d and woe to him by whom this offense cometh, for it had been better for him that he had been drowned in the depth of the sea;

D&C 54:1e but blessed are they who have kept the covenant and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy.

D&C 54:2a Wherefore, go to now and flee the land, lest your enemies come upon you; and take your journey, and appoint whom you will to be your leader and to pay moneys for you.

D&C 54:2b And thus you shall take your journey into the regions westward, unto the land of Missouri, unto the borders of the Lamanites.

D&C 54:2c And after you have done journeying, behold, I say unto you, Seek ye a living, like unto men, until I prepare a place for you.

D&C 54:3 And again, be patient in tribulation until I come; and behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me; and they who have sought me early shall find rest to their souls. Even so. Amen.