DC 21. April 6, 1830. The day the church was legally organized, a revelation was recorded that should be read regularly.  It gives directions and commandments to the church that have not been revoked.  Thus, the blessings promised are still available to those who will take the invitation.

 Behold, there shall be a record kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ, Being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith.

Which church was organized and established in the year of your Lord eighteen hundred and thirty, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.

“Among you”, meaning the among the people of the Church, a record is to be kept calling “you”, meaning Joseph, a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church.   True witnesses are sent to lay the foundation by simply bearing witness to what they have seen, translated, and prophesied.  “By so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof“(Moroni 7:32).

Keeping a record, and accepting it by common consent, constitutes a covenant by which the people of the church are bound.  The covenant remains in force as long as the keys of the kingdom are vested in the church, which remain by virtue of the members keeping the ordinances instituted by the dispensation head.

At this time, there were no administrative apostles, so Joseph’s title of “apostle” refers to his direct personal commission by Christ.

Joseph was “inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation [of the church], and to build it up unto the most holy faith“.  Both of these are revelatory processes, as they come by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is a revelator.

Joseph laid the foundation of the Church by translating the Book of Mormon and opening the heavens.

What Constitutes the Kingdom of God Whare there is a Prophet a priest or a righteous man unto whom God gives his oracles there is the Kingdom of God, & whare the oracles of God are not there the Kingdom of God is not  (Joseph Smith, 1/22/1843, W. Woodruff Journal).

Receiving the oracles for himself is not enough.  He must build the church up unto “the most holy faith” which would allow them to receive revelations as well.   Note that, by definition, the church had not yet acquired that most holy faith.

What kind of faith is “most holy”?

What are the fruits of such faith?

Can anything less than the “most holy” faith allow a person to open the heavens and lay hold on salvation?

How does one acquire such faith?

Is it through “the sacrifice of all earthly things”? (LoF 6)

Who must possess this faith for “the church” to have been built up to it?

Does this mean simply that the institution must be organized and staffed according to the divine flow-chart folded into the center of each General Conference Ensign?

Does “the church” refer, instead, to the members?

Is there any evidence that Joseph later invited the members to make “the sacrifice of all earthly things” by consecration to obtain, as a group, the blessings flowing from having faith which is “most holy”?

Did the saints take the invitation, or reject it?  How many times?

If we read on we will see that there is hope for anyone to obtain such faith…

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