A Revelation given to Joseph Smith Jr. in Kirtland Ohio, January 12, 1838 upon an inquiry being made of the Lord, whither any branch of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints can be considered a stake of Zion until they have acknowledged the authority of the First Presidency by a vote of such Church. Recorded as Doctrine of the Saints Section 72,
1 Question: May a branch of the Church of Christ be considered a stake of Zion before they have acknowledged the authority of the First Presidency by a vote or common consent?
2 Thus saith the Lord: Verily I say unto you nay.
3 No Stake shall be appointed except by the First Presidency, and this presidency be acknowledged by the voice of the same, otherwise it shall not be counted as a Stake of Zion.
4 And again: Except it be dedicated by this presidency it cannot be acknowledged as a stake of Zion, for unto this end have I appointed them in laying the foundation of, and establishing my kingdom; even so, Amen.
Thoughts, comments, and other interpretations are welcome below.