Kingdom (Waterloo), New York
Joseph Smith Sr. Home
Sections (35), (36), and (37)
December 1830
"I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit;
"And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins . . . and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them."
Doctrine and Covenants 35:13-14
The home of Joseph Smith Sr. no longer stands, but it was in this area that two future Church leaders met the Prophet.
"And now this calling and commandment give I unto you concerning all men -
"That as many as shall come . . . embracing this calling and commandment, shall be ordained and sent forth to preach the everlasting gospel among the nations -
"Crying repentance, saying: Save yourselves from this untoward generation, and come forth out of the fire, hating even the garments spotted with the flesh.
"And this commandment shall be given unto the elders of my church, that every man which will embrace it with singleness of heart may be ordained and sent forth, even as I have spoken."
Doctrine and Covenants 36:4-7
"A commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio."
Doctrine and Covenants 37:3
Key Events
Joseph and Lucy Smith, parents of the Prophet, lived in this area from 1830 to 1831. Church meetings were held in their home, which the Prophet sometimes attended.
Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge traveled from Ohio to meet the Prophet here. The revelations received were directed to those two men, and were possibly received in this area.
Sidney Rigdon became First Counselor to Joseph Smith, and Edward Partridge became the first Bishop in the Church.
Words of Joseph Smith
"God exalts the humble, and debases the haughty." (History of the Church 6:74)
"Long-suffering, patience, and mercy have ever characterized the dealings of our heavenly Father towards the humble and penitent." (History of the Church 4:163)
"The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day; but they died without the sight; we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the Latter-day glory; it is left for us to see, participate in and help to roll forward the Latter-day glory, the dispensation of the fullness of times, when God will gather together all things that are in heaven, and all things that are upon the earth, "even in one," when the Saints of God will be gathered in one from every nation, and kindred, and people, and tongue, when the Jews will be gathered together into one, the wicked will also be gathered together to be destroyed, as spoken of by the prophets; the Spirit of God will also dwelt with His people, and be withdrawn from the rest of the nations, and all things whether in heaven or on earth will be in one, even in Christ. The heavenly Priesthood will unite with the earthly, to bring about those great purposes." (History of the Church 4:609)
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