No other gift


Excerpt from ‘An Address To All Believers In Christ’, 1887, by David Whitmer: 1

“After the translation of the Book of Mormon was finished, early in the spring of 1830, before April 6th, Joseph gave the stone to Oliver Cowdery and told me as well as the rest that he was through with it, and he did not use the stone any more. He said he was through the work that God had given him the gift to perform, except to preach the gospel. He told us that we would all have to depend on the Holy Ghost hereafter to be guided into truth and obtain the will of the Lord.”

A revelation given to Joseph Smith, March 1829, Book of Commandments 4:2: 2

“…and he has a gift to translate the book, and I have commanded him that he shall pretend to no other gift, for I will grant him no other gift.”

Doctrine and Covenants 5:4: 3

“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.”


Further Study

Compare versions of the Doctrine and Covenants (Book of Commandments) –


1 An Address To All Believers In Christ, Richmond, Missouri, 1887, page 32 –
2 Revelation, March 1829, Joseph Smith Papers –
3 Doctrine and Covenants 5:4 –