Doctrine and Covenants Section 40

1, 2, 3

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Fayette, New York, January 1831. HC 1: 145. Preceding the record of this revelation, the Prophet wrote: "As James Covill rejected the word of the Lord, and returned to his former principles and people, the Lord gave unto me and Sidney Rigdon the following revelation."

1-3, Fear of persecution and cares of the world cause rejection of the gospel.

 1 Behold, verily I say unto you, that the heart of my servant aJames Covill was right before me, for he covenanted with me that he would obey my word.

 2 And he areceived the word with gladness, but straightway Satan btempted him; and the fear of cpersecution and the cares of the world caused him to dreject the word.

 3 Wherefore he abroke my covenant, and it remaineth with me to do with him as seemeth me good. Amen.