Doctrine and Covenants 27–28
“𝙰𝚕𝚕 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝙼𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝙱𝚎 𝙳𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝙾𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛”
Revelation was still a relatively new concept for the Saints as the Restoration continued to unfold. Early Church members knew that the Prophet Joseph Smith could receive revelation for the Church, but could others?
Questions like this became critical when Hiram Page, one of the Eight Witnesses of the gold plates, believed he had received revelations for the Church.
Many faithful Saints believed that these revelations were from God.
The Lord responded by teaching that in His Church “all things must be done in order” (Doctrine and Covenants 28:13), which meant having only one “appointed to receive commandments and revelations” for the entire Church (Doctrine and Covenants 28:2).
Even so, others could receive personal revelation for their part in the Lord’s work. In fact, the Lord’s words to Oliver Cowdery are a reminder to all of us: “It shall be given thee … what thou shalt do” (Doctrine and Covenants 28:15).