Revelation Calling for Three Witnesses (D&C 5)

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jun., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, March 1829, at the request of Martin Harris.


behold |

i say unto you |

that as my servant | martin harris | has desired a witness at my hand | that you | my servant | joseph smith junior | have got the plates | of which you have testified and borne record | that you have received of me


and now | behold | this shall you say unto him |

he who spake unto you | said unto you

i | the lord | am god | and have given these things unto you | my servant | joseph smith junior | and have commanded you | that you should stand as a witness of these things |

and i have caused you | that you should enter into a covenant with me | that you should not show them | except to those persons to whom i commanded you |

and you have no power over them | except i grant it unto you |

and you have a gift to translate the plates | and this is the first gift that i bestowed upon you |

and i have commanded | that you should pretend to no other gift | until my purpose is fulfilled in this | for i will grant unto you no other gift | until it is finished |


verily | i say unto you |

that woe shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth | if they will not hearken unto my words |

for hereafter you shall be ordained | and go forth | and deliver my words unto the children of men |

behold | if they will not believe my words | they would not believe you | my servant | joseph | if it were possible | that you should show them all these things | which i have committed unto you |

oh | this unbelieving and stiffnecked generation | mine anger is kindled against them |


behold | verily | i say unto you |

i have reserved those things | which i have entrusted unto you | my servant | joseph | for a wise purpose in me | and it shall be made known unto future generations | but this generation shall have my word through you |

and in addition to your testimony | the testimony of three of my servants | whom i shall call and ordain | unto whom i will show these things | and they shall go forth with my words that are given through you | yea | they shall know of a surety | that these things are true | for from heaven will i declare it unto them |

i will give them power | that they may behold and view these things as they are | and to none else will i grant this power to receive this same testimony among this generation |

in this | the beginning of the rising up and the coming forth of my church out of the wilderness | clear as the moon | and fair as the sun | and terrible as an army with banners |

and the testimony of three witnesses will i send forth of my word |


and behold | whosoever believeth on my words | them will i visit with the manifestation of my spirit | and they shall be born of me | even of water and of the spirit |

and you must wait yet a little while | for ye are not yet ordained |


and their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation | if they harden their hearts against them |

for a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth | and shall continue to be poured out from time to time | if they repent not | until the earth is empty | and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away | and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming |

behold | i tell you these things | even as i also told the people of the destruction of jerusalem | and my word shall be verified at this time | as it hath hitherto been verified |


and now | i command you | my servant | joseph | to repent | and walk more uprightly before me | and to yield to the persuasions of men no more | and that you be firm in keeping the commandments | wherewith i have commanded you | and if you do this |

behold | i grant unto you eternal life | even if you should be slain |


and now | again i speak unto you | my servant | joseph | concerning the man that desires the witness |

behold |

i say unto him |

he exalts himself | and does not humble himself sufficiently before me |

but if he will bow down before me | and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith | in the sincerity of his heart | then will i grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see |


and then he shall say unto the people of this generation |

behold | i have seen the things which the lord hath shown unto joseph smith junior |

and i know of a surety | that they are true |

for i have seen them |

for they have been shown unto me by the power of god | and not of man |


and i | the lord | command him | my servant | martin harris | that he shall say no more unto them | concerning these things | except he shall say |

i have seen them | and they have been shown unto me by the power of god |

and these are the words which he shall say | but if he deny this | he will break the covenant which he has before covenanted with me |

and behold | he is condemned |


and now| except he humble himself | and acknowledge unto me the things that he has done | which are wrong | and covenant with me | that he will keep my commandments | and exercise faith in me |

behold |

i say unto him |

he shall have no such views | for i will grant unto him no views of the things of which i have spoken |


and if this be the case | i command you | my servant | joseph | that you shall say unto him |

that he shall do no more | nor trouble me any more | concerning this matter |


and if this be the case |

behold |

i say unto thee | joseph |

when thou hast translated a few more pages | thou shalt stop for a season | even until i command thee again | then thou mayest translate again |

and except thou do this | behold | thou shalt have no more gift | and i will take away the things which i have entrusted with thee |


and now | because i foresee the lying in wait to destroy thee | yea| i foresee | that if my servant | martin harris | humbleth not himself | and receive a witness from my hand | that he will fall into transgression |

and there are many | that lie in wait to destroy thee from off the face of the earth |

and for this cause | that thy days may be prolonged | i have given unto thee these commandments | yea | for this cause i have said |

stop | and stand still | until i command thee | and i will provide means | whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which i have commanded thee |

and if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments | thou shalt be lifted up at the last day | amen |