D&C Section 20

SECTION 20

[Book of Commandments 23, Kirtland D&C 47, LDS D&C 22]

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., prophet and seer to the church, April 1830, at Manchester, New York. This instruction came in answer to Joseph Smith’s inquiry concerning the status of those who desired to unite with the church and who had already been baptized.

1a. Behold, I say unto you, that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing, and this is a new and everlasting covenant; even that which was from the beginning.

1b. Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times, it availeth him nothing; for you can not enter in at the strait gate by the Law of Moses, neither by your dead works;

1c. for it is because of your dead works, that I have caused this last covenant, and this church to be built up unto me; even as in days of old.

1d. Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.