Revelation given through Frederick N. Larsen, Prophet and Seer to the Church, April 6, 2003. The work of renewal was quickening; acquisition and preparation of the Gathering Place was demanding a great amount of time and attention. The need for strengthening the role of the First Presidency was becoming more apparent and complete devotion to and execution of the law is made clear. With greater emphasis on missionary work by the Twelve and Seventy a new urgency to move out with all diligence was supported by the addition of several calls to those quorums. Continued steadfastness and obedience is required in preparation for the Bishopric. The revelation was considered, and unanimously approved, by the various councils and quorums before submission to the Conference body where it was endorsed and ordered printed in the Doctrine and Covenants as an expression of Divine Will to the Church.
Having made the needs of the Church a matter of prayer and careful thought, the Spirit of our heavenly Father, who guides and directs the prophetic office, brings the following to the Church assembled for Quorum and General Conference approval:
1 a. It is my will saith the Lord that P. James Buchman is called and should be set apart as a Counselor to the President of the High Priesthood in the Quorum of the First Presidency. This call was made known before, but withheld for reasons sufficient to me. His apostleship is now extended in Presidency with his brethren of that Quorum, which is now complete.
b. The work lying before the First Presidency of my Church in these last days will be evermore demanding and complete devotion and execution of the law will be required at their hands.
2 a. The Spirit saith further, that to fill vacancies in the Quorum of Twelve my servants Wayne A. Bartrow and Leland V. Collins are now called to be special witnesses and take their place among those brethren now serving as the frontline missionaries and Traveling High Council of my Church.
b. The Apostolic Quorum and the Seventy must move out with all diligence to recover those, who rather than obey my law and the pattern of Renewal, have lost their way in following the precepts of men. The Apostles and the Seventy must also seek out those who will listen to my voice and respond to my Gospel of Salvation.
3 It is wisdom in me that my servant V. Lee Killpack be set apart as President of the Quorum of Twelve. He has acted in the past with great sensitivity to the leading of my Spirit and I will bless him with wisdom and discernment as he provides direction and leadership to the Quorum.
Further inspiration directs:
4 You have sensed a great need for the office and calling of a Bishop. It is not yet time for that office to be filled, but he is among you and is now being prepared. Until then, my Remnant people, you must continue to be more steadfast in obedience to the Law of Temporalities.
5 a. I have given into your hands that property known as the “Gathering Place.” It has come to pass, not only by much sacrifice and zeal of you my people, but by my design. Assemble and worship in that place often and I will be in your midst.
b. This is only the beginning of many such endeavors to gather my people to the “Center Place of Zion” and prepare them for the day of my
6 a. The Church as a whole is commended for the Spirit of unity and understanding that is among you. And, if those who lead you continue in the spirit of truth and righteousness and humility, I will pour out my Spirit in abundance.
b. Remember, it is still day when preparation can be made for the coming of the Bridegroom. Prepare the Bride. Put oil in your vessels and trim your lamps. But take comfort in the knowledge that a secure foundation is being laid upon which my Gospel shall go forth, even as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands, and that my Zion will unfold before you.
c. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Thus saith the Spirit. Amen.
Respectfully submitted, FREDERICK N. LARSEN
INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI, April 6, 2003