Joseph Smith III

Doctrine and Covenants, Section 127, paragraphs 1 and 2

April 14, 1906, at Independence, Missouri, and accepted by unanimous vote.

Thus saith the Spirit unto the Church:

1a It is the will of the Lord that a sanitarium, a place of refuge and help for the sick and afflicted, be established by the church, at Independence, Missouri, as my servant Joseph Smith has already stated to you.

1b This should be done as soon as it is found to be practicable, and without unnecessary delay.

1c The Presiding Bishop and his counselors and the Bishopric of the Independence Stake should take counsel together in locating and establishing this sanitarium.

2a It is also expedient that these should be assisted by the advice and counsel of one of my servants who is acquainted with the laws of health and the practice of medicine, and who may have charge when the institution is established.

2b It is in accordance with the instruction given to my servant Joseph Smith that my servant Joseph Luff, who has been giving his attention to the study of medicine and has been preparing himself for usefulness in this direction, be associated with this sanitarium as a medical director and physician to the church and be put in charge,

2c that he may be an assistant to those who seek the aid of this institution of the church, in his spiritual office and his calling as a physician,

2d with those who from time to time may be called to administer in laying hands upon the afflicted and sick, where they may be removed from the influences and environments unfavorable to the exercise of proper faith unto the healing of the sick.

2e And this my servant Joseph Luff may do and retain and exercise his apostleship.