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Joseph Smith (12/23/1805 - 6/27/1844

12/23/1805 - 6/27/1844

First Vision (Approximate Date)

4/1820

Joseph Smith's vision of Jesus Christ and God The Father.

First visit of Angel Moroni

9/1823

SEPT. 1823 The angel Moroni first appeared to
Joseph Smith and told him of gold plates buried
in a nearby hill. Moroni made additional visits
(see Joseph Smith—History 1:29–54; see also
D&C 2).

D&C 2

9/21/1823

An extract from the words of the angel Moroni to Joseph Smith the Prophet, while in the house of the Prophet’s father at Manchester, New York, on the evening of 21 September 1823 (see History of the Church, 1:12). Moroni was the last of a long line of historians who had made the record that is now before the world as the Book of Mormon. (Compare Malachi 4:5–6; also sections 27:9; 110:13–16; and 128:18.)

Joseph starts working for Josiah Stowell Where he meets Emma Hale

10/1825

Joseph and Emma Married

Jan 1827

JAN. 1827 Joseph Smith and Emma Hale
married in Bainbridge, New York
(see Joseph Smith—History 1:57).

Joseph Receives the Gold Plates from Moroni

9/1827

SEPT. 1827 Moroni entrusted the sacred plates and the Urim and
Thummim to Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:59). 4 years after the his first visit from Moroni.

Joseph and Emma move to Harmony, PA

12/1827

DEC. 1827 Joseph and Emma Smith moved to
Harmony, Pennsylvania, to escape persecution
(see Joseph Smith—History 1:60–62).

Original Book of Mormon Language Characters shown to Scholars in NY

2/1828

FEB. 1828 Martin Harris took copies of characters from the gold
plates and their translation to scholars in New York City (see Joseph
Smith—History 1:62–65)

First 116 pages of Book Of Mormon Translated

4/1828 - 6/1828

These pages were then lost by Martin Harris when he took them to show his Wife and some other family members. The plates were then taken for Joseph Smith and weren't returned until that Summer.

D&C 10

6/1828

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1828 (see History of the Church, 1:20–23). Herein the Lord informs Joseph of alterations made by wicked men in the 116 manuscript pages from the translation of the book of Lehi, in the Book of Mormon. These manuscript pages had been lost from the possession of Martin Harris, to whom the sheets had been temporarily entrusted. (See the heading to section 3.) The evil design was to await the expected retranslation of the matter covered by the stolen pages and then to discredit the translator by showing discrepancies created by the alterations. That this wicked purpose had been conceived by the evil one and was known to the Lord even while Mormon, the ancient Nephite historian, was making his abridgment of the accumulated plates, is shown in the Book of Mormon (see Words of Mormon 1:3–7).

Book Of Mormon Translation Completed

7/1828 - 6/1829

After the Martin Harris Lost the 116 Pages of translation which cause the Plates to be taken from Joseph Smith, He regained the plates in the Summer of 1828 and Periodically continued to translate the plates to English until the translation was complete in June of 1829.

D&C 4

2/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his father, Joseph Smith, Sr., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, February 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:28).

D&C 5

3/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, March 1829, at the request of Martin Harris (see History of the Church, 1:28–31).

D&C 7

4/1829

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829, when they inquired through the Urim and Thummim as to whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried in the flesh or had died. The revelation is a translated version of the record made on parchment by John and hidden up by himself (see History of the Church, 1:35–36).

D&C 9

4/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:37–38). Oliver is admonished to be patient and is urged to be content to write, for the time being, at the dictation of the translator, rather than to attempt to translate.

D&C 8

4/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:36–37). In the course of the translation of the Book of Mormon, Oliver, who continued to serve as scribe, writing at the Prophet’s dictation, desired to be endowed with the gift of translation. The Lord responded to his supplication by granting this revelation.

D&C 6

4/1829

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:32–35). Oliver Cowdery began his labors as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon, 7 April 1829. He had already received a divine manifestation of the truth of the Prophet’s testimony respecting the plates on which was engraved the Book of Mormon record. The Prophet inquired of the Lord through the Urim and Thummim and received this response.

Aaronic Priesthood Restored

5/1829

MAY 1829 John the Baptist restored the Aaronic
Priesthood. Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery
ordained and baptized each other (see Joseph
Smith—History 1:68–73; see also D&C 13).

D&C 11

5/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his brother Hyrum Smith, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:39–46). This revelation was received through the Urim and Thummim in answer to Joseph’s supplication and inquiry. The History of the Church suggests that this revelation was received after the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood.

D&C 12

5/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Joseph Knight, Sr., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:47–48). Joseph Knight believed the declarations of Joseph Smith concerning his possession of the Book of Mormon plates and the work of translation then in progress and several times had given material assistance to Joseph Smith and his scribe, which enabled them to continue translating. At Joseph Knight’s request, the Prophet inquired of the Lord and received the revelation.

D&C 13

5/15/1829

The ordination of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood along the bank of the Susquehanna River, near Harmony, Pennsylvania, 15 May 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:39–42). The ordination was done by the hands of an angel who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament. The angel explained that he was acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, the ancient Apostles, who held the keys of the higher priesthood, which was called the Priesthood of Melchizedek. The promise was given to Joseph and Oliver that in due time the Priesthood of Melchizedek would be conferred upon them. (See section 27:7, 8, 12.)

Gold Plates Shown to Witnesses

6/1829

JUNE 1829 The angel Moroni showed the
plates to the Three Witnesses and commanded
them to testify of the truthfulness of the Book
of Mormon (see D&C 17). 3 Witnesses: Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and David Whitmer. Shortly afterwards they are shown to 8 Witnesses: Christian Whitmer, Jacob Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Jr., John Whitmer, Hiram Page, Joseph Smith, Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Samuel Harrison Smith.

D&C 17

6/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, at Fayette, New York, June 1829, prior to their viewing the engraved plates that contained the Book of Mormon record (see History of the Church, 1:52–57). Joseph and his scribe, Oliver Cowdery, had learned from the translation of the Book of Mormon plates that three special witnesses would be designated (see Ether 5:2–4; 2 Nephi 11:3; 27:12). Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris were moved upon by an inspired desire to be the three special witnesses. The Prophet inquired of the Lord, and this revelation was given in answer through the Urim and Thummim.1829

D&C 3

6/1829

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1828, relating to the loss of 116 pages of manuscript translated from the first part of the Book of Mormon, which was called the book of Lehi. The Prophet had reluctantly allowed these pages to pass from his custody to that of Martin Harris, who had served for a brief period as scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon. The revelation was given through the Urim and Thummim. (See History of the Church, 1:21–23; see also section 10.)

Melchizedek Priesthood Restored

6/1829

MAY–JUNE 1829 Peter, James, and John restored the
Melchizedek Priesthood and the keys of the apostleship.

D&C 15

6/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:50; see also the heading to section 14). The message is intimately and impressively personal in that the Lord tells of what was known only to John Whitmer and himself. John Whitmer later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

D&C 18

6/1829

Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer, given at Fayette, New York, June 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:60–64). When the Aaronic Priesthood was conferred, the bestowal of the Melchizedek Priesthood was promised (see the heading to section 13). In response to supplication for knowledge on the matter, the Lord gave this revelation.

D&C 14

6/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:48–50). The Whitmer family had become greatly interested in the translating of the Book of Mormon. The Prophet established his residence at the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr., where he dwelt until the work of translation was carried to completion and the copyright on the forthcoming book was secured. Three of the Whitmer sons, each having received a testimony as to the genuineness of the work, became deeply concerned over the matter of their individual duty. This revelation and the two following (sections 15 and 16) were given in answer to an inquiry through the Urim and Thummim. David Whitmer later became one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

D&C 16

6/1829

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Peter Whitmer, Jr., at Fayette, New York, June 1829 (see History of the Church, 1:51; see also the heading to section 14). Peter Whitmer, Jr., later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

D&C 19

3/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, at Manchester, New York, March 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:72–74). In his history, the Prophet introduced it as “a commandment of God and not of man, to Martin Harris, given by him who is Eternal” (History of the Church, 1:72).

5000 Copies of Book of Mormon Printed

3/1830

MAR. 1830 Five thousand copies of the
Book of Mormon were published in English
in Palmyra, New York.

D&C 21

4/1830

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York, 6 April 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:74–79). This revelation was given at the organization of the Church, on the date named, in the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr. Six men, who had previously been baptized, participated. By unanimous vote these persons expressed their desire and determination to organize, according to the commandment of God (see section 20). They also voted to accept and sustain Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery as the presiding officers of the Church. With the laying on of hands, Joseph then ordained Oliver an elder of the Church, and Oliver similarly ordained Joseph. After administration of the sacrament, Joseph and Oliver laid hands upon the participants individually for the bestowal of the Holy Ghost and for the confirmation of each as a member of the Church.

D&C 20

4/1830

Revelation on Church organization and government, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, April 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:64–70). Preceding his record of this revelation the Prophet wrote, “We obtained of Him [Jesus Christ] the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation; which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to His will and commandment, we should proceed to organize His Church once more here upon the earth” (History of the Church, 1:64).

D&C 22

4/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Manchester, New York, April 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:79–80). This revelation was given to the Church in consequence of some who had previously been baptized desiring to unite with the Church without rebaptism.

D&C 23

4/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Manchester, New York, April 1830, to Oliver Cowdery; Hyrum Smith; Samuel H. Smith; Joseph Smith, Sr.; and Joseph Knight, Sr. (see History of the Church, 1:80). As the result of earnest desire on the part of the five persons named to know of their respective duties, the Prophet inquired of the Lord and received this revelation.

Church Formally Organized

4/6/1830

APR. 1830 The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints was organized in
FAYETTE Fayette, New York (see D&C 21).

First Missionaries (Samuel H Smith)

4/6/1830 - 7/1830

APR.–JULY 1830 Samuel H. Smith and others
labored as missionaries—using the Book of
Mormon—and baptized many people.

D&C 24

6/1830

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:101–3). Though less than four months had elapsed since the Church was organized, persecution had become intense, and the leaders had to seek safety in partial seclusion. The following three revelations were given at this time to strengthen, encourage, and instruct them.

Joseph Smith begins His inspired translation of The Holy B

6/1830

JUNE 1830 The Prophet Joseph Smith began
to translate (make inspired changes to) the
Bible (see Moses 1–5).

D&C 26

7/1830

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, July 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:104). (See also the heading to section 24.)

D&C 25

7/1830

D&C 27

8/1830

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, August 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:106–8). In preparation for a religious service at which the sacrament of bread and wine was to be administered, Joseph set out to procure wine. He was met by a heavenly messenger and received this revelation, a portion of which was written at the time and the remainder in the September following. Water is now used instead of wine in the sacramental services of the Church.

D&C 31

9/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh, September 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:115–17). The occasion was immediately following a conference of the Church (see the heading to section 30). Thomas B. Marsh had been baptized earlier in the month and had been ordained an elder in the Church before this revelation was given.

D&C 30

9/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Jr., and John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, September 1830, following the three-day conference at Fayette, but before the elders of the Church had separated (see History of the Church, 1:115–16). Originally this material was published as three revelations; it was combined into one section by the Prophet for the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.

D&C 29

9/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the presence of six elders, at Fayette, New York, September 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:111–15). This revelation was given some days prior to the conference, beginning 26 September 1830.

D&C 28

9/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Fayette, New York, September 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:109–11). Hiram Page, a member of the Church, had a certain stone and professed to be receiving revelations by its aid concerning the upbuilding of Zion and the order of the Church. Several members had been deceived by these claims, and even Oliver Cowdery was wrongly influenced thereby. Just prior to an appointed conference, the Prophet inquired earnestly of the Lord concerning the matter, and this revelation followed.

D&C 33

10/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet, at Fayette, New York, October 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:126–27). In recording this revelation, the Prophet affirmed that “the … Lord is ever ready to instruct such as diligently seek in faith” (History of the Church, 1:126).

D&C 32

10/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson, October 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:118–20). Great interest and desires were felt by the elders respecting the Lamanites, of whose predicted blessings the Church had learned from the Book of Mormon. In consequence, supplication was made that the Lord would indicate his will as to whether elders should be sent at that time to the Indian tribes in the West. The revelation followed.

D&C 34

11/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Orson Pratt, at Fayette, New York, 4 November 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:127–28). Brother Pratt was nineteen years old at the time. He had been converted and baptized when he first heard the preaching of the restored gospel by his older brother, Parley P. Pratt, six weeks before. This revelation was received in the Peter Whitmer, Sr., home.

D&C 35

12/1830

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at or near Fayette, New York, December 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:128–31). At this time, the Prophet was engaged almost daily in making a translation of the Bible. The translation was begun as early as June 1830, and both Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer had served as scribes. Since they had now been called to other duties, Sidney Rigdon was called by divine appointment to serve as the Prophet’s scribe in this work (see verse 20). As a preface to his record of this revelation, the Prophet wrote: “In December Sidney Rigdon came [from Ohio] to inquire of the Lord, and with him came Edward Partridge. … Shortly after the arrival of these two brethren, thus spake the Lord” (History of the Church, 1:128).

D&C 36

12/1830

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Edward Partridge, near Fayette, New York, December 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:131; see also the heading to section 35). The Prophet said that Edward Partridge “was a pattern of piety, and one of the Lord’s great men” (History of the Church, 1:128).

D&C 37

12/1830

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, near Fayette, New York, December 1830 (see History of the Church, 1:139). Herein is given the first commandment concerning a gathering in this dispensation.

D&C 40

1/1831

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Fayette, New York, January 1831 (see History of the Church, 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” (History of the Church, 1:145).

D&C 38

1/2/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York, 2 January 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:140–43). The occasion was a conference of the Church.

D&C 39

1/5/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to James Covill, at Fayette, New York, 5 January 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:143–45). James Covill, who had been a Baptist minister for about forty years, covenanted with the Lord that he would obey any command that the Lord would give to him through Joseph the Prophet.

D&C 43

2/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, in February 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:154–56). At this time some members of the Church were disturbed by people making false claims as revelators. The Prophet inquired of the Lord and received this communication addressed to the elders of the Church. The first part deals with matters of Church polity; the latter part contains a warning that the elders are to give to the nations of the earth.

D&C 41

2/4/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, 4 February 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:146–47). The Kirtland Branch of the Church at this time was rapidly increasing in numbers. Prefacing this revelation, the Prophet wrote, “[The] members … were striving to do the will of God, so far as they knew it, though some strange notions and false spirits had crept in among them … [and] the Lord gave unto the Church the following” (History of the Church, 1:146–47).

D&C 42

2/9/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 9 February 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:148–54). It was received in the presence of twelve elders and in fulfillment of the Lord’s promise previously made that the “law” would be given in Ohio (see section 38:32). The Prophet specifies this revelation as “embracing the law of the Church” (History of the Church, 1:148).

D&C 44

2/20/1831

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Kirtland, Ohio, in the latter part of February 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:157). In compliance with the requirement herein set forth, the Church appointed a conference to be held early in the month of June following.

D&C 49

3/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:167–69). (Some historical sources give the date of this revelation as May 1831.) Leman Copley had embraced the gospel but still held to some of the teachings of the Shakers (United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing), to which he had formerly belonged. Some of the beliefs of the Shakers were that Christ’s second coming had already occurred and that he had appeared in the form of a woman, Ann Lee; baptism by water was not considered essential; the eating of pork was specifically forbidden, and many did not eat any meat; and a celibate life was considered higher than marriage. In prefacing this revelation, the Prophet wrote, “In order to have [a] more perfect understanding on the subject, I inquired of the Lord, and received the following” (History of the Church, 1:167). The revelation refuted some of the basic concepts of the Shaker group. The aforementioned brethren took a copy of the revelation to the Shaker community (near Cleveland, Ohio) and read it to them in its entirety, but it was rejected.

D&C 48

3/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:166–67). The Prophet had inquired of the Lord as to the mode of procedure in procuring lands for the settlement of the Saints. This was an important matter in view of the migration of members of the Church from the eastern United States, in obedience to the Lord’s command that they should assemble in Ohio (see sections 37:1–3; 45:64).

D&C 45

3/7/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, 7 March 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:158–63). Prefacing his record of this revelation, the Prophet states that “at this age of the Church … many false reports … and foolish stories, were published … and circulated, … to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the faith. … But to the joy of the Saints, … I received the following” (History of the Church, 1:158).

D&C 46

3/8/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, 8 March 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:163–65). In this early time of the Church, a unified pattern for the conducting of Church services had not yet developed. However, a custom of admitting only members and earnest investigators to the sacrament meetings and other assemblies of the Church had become somewhat general. This revelation expresses the will of the Lord relative to governing and conducting meetings.

D&C 47

3/8/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 8 March 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:166). Prior to this time Oliver Cowdery had acted as Church historian and recorder. John Whitmer had not sought an appointment as historian, but, being asked to serve in this capacity, he had said that he would obey the will of the Lord in the matter. He had already served as a secretary to the Prophet in recording many of the revelations received in the Fayette, New York, area.

D&C 51

5/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Thompson, Ohio, May 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:173–74). At this time the Saints migrating from the eastern states began to arrive in Ohio, and it became necessary to make definite arrangements for their settlement. As this undertaking belonged particularly to the bishop’s office, Bishop Edward Partridge sought instruction on the matter, and the Prophet inquired of the Lord.

D&C 50

5/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, May 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:170–73). The Prophet states that some of the elders did not understand the manifestations of different spirits abroad in the earth and that this revelation was given in response to his special inquiry on the matter. So-called spiritual phenomena were not uncommon among the members, some of whom claimed to be receiving visions and revelations.

D&C 56

6/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:186–88). Ezra Thayre, who had been appointed to travel to Missouri with Thomas B. Marsh (see section 52:22), was unable to start on his mission when the latter was ready. Elder Thayre was not ready to depart on his journey because of his involvement in the problems at Thompson, Ohio (see the heading to section 54). The Lord answered the Prophet’s inquiry on the matter by giving this revelation.

D&C 55

6/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to William W. Phelps, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:184–86). William W. Phelps, a printer, and his family had just arrived at Kirtland, and the Prophet sought the Lord for information concerning him.

D&C 53

6/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Algernon Sidney Gilbert, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:179–80). At Sidney Gilbert’s request, the Prophet inquired of the Lord as to Brother Gilbert’s work and appointment in the Church.

D&C 54

6/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Newel Knight, at Kirtland, Ohio, June 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:180–81). Members of the Church in the branch at Thompson, Ohio, were divided on questions having to do with the consecration of properties. Selfishness and greed were manifest, and Leman Copley had broken his covenant to consecrate his large farm as a place of inheritance for the Saints arriving from Colesville, New York. Ezra Thayre was also involved in the controversy. As a consequence, Newel Knight (president of the branch at Thompson) and other elders had come to the Prophet asking how to proceed. The Prophet inquired of the Lord and received this revelation. (See also section 56, which is a continuation of the matter.)

D&C 52

6/7/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, 7 June 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:175–79). A conference had been held at Kirtland, beginning on the 3rd and closing on the 6th of June. At this conference the first distinctive ordinations to the office of high priest were made, and certain manifestations of false and deceiving spirits were discerned and rebuked.

D&C 57

7/20/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, 20 July 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:189–90). In compliance with the Lord’s command (section 52), the elders had journeyed from Kirtland to Missouri with many varied experiences and some opposition. In contemplating the state of the Lamanites and the lack of civilization, refinement, and religion among the people generally, the Prophet exclaimed: “When will the wilderness blossom as the rose? When will Zion be built up in her glory, and where will Thy temple stand, unto which all nations shall come in the last days?” (History of the Church, 1:189). Subsequently he received this revelation.

D&C 58

8/1/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, 1 August 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:190–95). On the first Sabbath after the arrival of the Prophet and his party in Jackson County, Missouri, a religious service was held, and two members were received by baptism. During that week, some of the Colesville Saints from the Thompson Branch and others arrived (see section 54). Many were eager to learn the will of the Lord concerning them in the new place of gathering.

D&C 59

8/7/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, 7 August 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:196–201). Preceding his record of this revelation, the Prophet writes descriptively of the land of Zion, wherein the people were then assembled. The land was consecrated, as the Lord had directed, and the site for the future temple was dedicated. The Lord makes these commandments especially applicable to the Saints in Zion.

D&C 60

8/8/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Jackson County, Missouri, 8 August 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:201–2). On this occasion the elders who had been appointed to return to the East desired to know how they should proceed and by what route and manner they should travel.

D&C 61

8/12/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River, McIlwaine’s Bend, 12 August 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:202–5). On their return trip to Kirtland, the Prophet and ten elders had traveled down the Missouri River in canoes. On the third day of the journey, many dangers were experienced. Elder William W. Phelps, in a daylight vision, saw the destroyer riding in power upon the face of the waters.

D&C 62

8/13/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River at Chariton, Missouri, 13 August 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:205–6). On this day the Prophet and his group, who were on their way from Independence to Kirtland, met several elders who were on their way to the land of Zion, and, after joyful salutations, received this revelation.

D&C 63

8/20/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, late in August 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:206–11). The Prophet, Sidney Rigdon, and Oliver Cowdery had arrived in Kirtland on 27 August from their visit to Missouri. Prefacing his record of this revelation, the Prophet wrote, “In these infant days of the Church, there was a great anxiety to obtain the word of the Lord upon every subject that in any way concerned our salvation; and as the land of Zion was now the most important temporal object in view, I enquired of the Lord for further information upon the gathering of the Saints, and the purchase of the land, and other matters” (History of the Church, 1:207).

D&C 64

9/11/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, 11 September 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:211–14). The Prophet was preparing to move to Hiram, Ohio, to renew his work on the translation of the Bible, which had been laid aside while he had been in Missouri. A company of brethren who had been commanded to journey to Zion (Missouri) was earnestly engaged in making preparations to leave in October. At this busy time, the revelation was received.

D&C 65

10/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, October 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:218). The Prophet designates this revelation as a prayer.

D&C 66

10/25/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Orange, Ohio, 25 October 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:219–21). This was the first day of an important conference. In prefacing this revelation, the Prophet wrote, “At the request of William E. McLellin, I inquired of the Lord, and received the following” (History of the Church, 1:220).

D&C 69

11/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:234–35). The compilation of revelations intended for early publication had been passed upon at the special conference of 1 November. On 3 November, the revelation herein appearing as section 133 was added and called the Appendix. By action of the conference, Oliver Cowdery was appointed to carry the manuscript of the compiled revelations and commandments to Independence, Missouri, for printing. He was also to take with him moneys that had been contributed for the building up of the Church in Missouri. As the course of travel would lead him through a sparsely settled country to the frontier, a traveling companion was desirable.

D&C 68

11/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831, at the request of Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and William E. McLellin (see History of the Church, 1:227–29). Although this revelation was given in response to supplication that the mind of the Lord be made known concerning the elders named, much of the content pertains to the whole Church.

D&C 67

11/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, November 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:224–25). The occasion was that of a special conference, and the publication of the revelations already received from the Lord through the Prophet was considered and acted upon (see the heading to section 1). It was decided that Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer should take the manuscripts of the revelations to Independence, where W. W. Phelps would publish them as the Book of Commandments. Many of the brethren bore solemn testimony that the revelations then compiled for publication were verily true, as was witnessed by the Holy Ghost shed forth upon them. The Prophet records that after the revelation known as section 1 had been received, some negative conversation was had concerning the language used in the revelations. The present revelation followed.

D&C 1

11/1/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, during a special conference of elders of the Church, held at Hiram, Ohio, 1 November 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:221–24). Many revelations had been received from the Lord prior to this time, and the compilation of these for publication in book form was one of the principal subjects passed upon at the conference. This section constitutes the Lord’s preface to the doctrines, covenants, and commandments given in this dispensation.

D&C 133

11/3/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, 3 November 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:229–34). Prefacing this revelation the Prophet wrote, “At this time there were many things which the Elders desired to know relative to preaching the Gospel to the inhabitants of the earth, and concerning the gathering; and in order to walk by the true light, and be instructed from on high, on the 3rd of November, 1831, I inquired of the Lord and received the following important revelation” (History of the Church, 1:229). This section was first added to the book of Doctrine and Covenants as an appendix and was subsequently assigned a section number.

D&C 70

11/12/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 12 November 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:235–37). The history written by the Prophet states that four special conferences were held from the 1st to the 12th of November, inclusive. In the last of these assemblies, the great importance of the Book of Commandments, later called the Doctrine and Covenants, was considered; and the Prophet refers to it as being “the foundation of the Church in these last days, and a benefit to the world, showing that the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom of our Savior are again entrusted to man” (History of the Church, 1:235).

D&C 71

12/1/1831

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, 1 December 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:238–39). The Prophet had continued to translate the Bible with Sidney Rigdon as his scribe until this revelation was received, at which time it was temporarily laid aside so as to enable them to fulfill the instruction given herein. The brethren were to go forth to preach in order to allay the unfriendly feelings that had developed against the Church as a result of the publication of some newspaper articles by Ezra Booth, who had apostatized.

D&C 72

12/4/1831

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 4 December 1831 (see History of the Church, 1:239–41). Several elders and members had assembled to learn their duty and to be further edified in the teachings of the Church. This section is a compilation of two revelations received on the same day. Verses 1 through 8 make known the calling of Newel K. Whitney as a bishop. He was then called and ordained, after which verses 9 through 26 were received, giving additional information as to a bishop’s duties.

D&C 74

1/1832

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, January 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:242). The Prophet writes: “Upon the reception of the foregoing word of the Lord [D&C 73], I recommenced the translation of the Scriptures, and labored diligently until just before the conference, which was to convene on the 25th of January. During this period I also received the following, as an explanation of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 7th chapter, 14th verse” (History of the Church, 1:242).

D&C 73

1/10/1832

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, 10 January 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:241–42). Since the early part of the preceding December, the Prophet and Sidney had been engaged in preaching, and by this means much was accomplished in diminishing the unfavorable feelings that had arisen against the Church (see the heading to section 71).

D&C 75

1/25/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Amherst, Ohio, 25 January 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:242–45). The occasion was that of a conference previously appointed. At this conference Joseph Smith was sustained and ordained President of the High Priesthood. Certain elders, who had encountered difficulty in bringing men to an understanding of their message, desired to learn more in detail as to their immediate duties. This revelation followed.

D&C 76

2/16/1832

A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, 16 February 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:245–52). Prefacing his record of this vision, the Prophet wrote: “Upon my return from Amherst conference, I resumed the translation of the Scriptures. From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled. It appeared self-evident from what truths were left, that if God rewarded every one according to the deeds done in the body the term ‘Heaven,’ as intended for the Saints’ eternal home, must include more kingdoms than one. Accordingly, … while translating St. John’s Gospel, myself and Elder Rigdon saw the following vision” (History of the Church, 1:245). It was after the Prophet had translated John 5:29 that this vision was given.

D&C 80

3/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:257).

D&C 79

3/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:257).

D&C 77

3/1832

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:253–55). The Prophet wrote, “In connection with the translation of the Scriptures, I received the following explanation of the Revelation of St. John” (History of the Church, 1:253).

D&C 81

3/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:257–58). Frederick G. Williams is called to be a high priest and a counselor in the Presidency of the High Priesthood. The historical records show that when this revelation was received in March 1832, it called Jesse Gause to the office of counselor to Joseph Smith in the Presidency. However, when he failed to continue in a manner consistent with this appointment, the call was subsequently transferred to Frederick G. Williams. The revelation (dated March 1832) should be regarded as a step toward the formal organization of the First Presidency, specifically calling for the office of counselor in that body and explaining the dignity of the appointment. Brother Gause served for a time but was excommunicated from the Church in December 1832. Brother Williams was ordained to the specified office on 18 March 1833.

D&C 78

3/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:255–57). The order was given of the Lord to Joseph Smith for the purpose of establishing a storehouse for the poor. It was not always desirable that the identity of the individuals whom the Lord addressed in the revelations should be known by the world; hence, in the publication of this and some subsequent revelations the brethren were referred to by other than their own names. When the necessity had passed for keeping the names of the individuals unknown, their real names were thereafter given in brackets. Since there exists no vital need today to continue the code names, the real names only are now used herein as given in the original manuscripts.

D&C 82

4/26/1832

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Jackson County, Missouri, 26 April 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:267–69). The occasion was a general council of the Church at which Joseph Smith the Prophet was sustained as the President of the High Priesthood, to which office he had previously been ordained at a conference of high priests, elders, and members, at Amherst, Ohio, 25 January 1832 (see the heading to section 75). Formerly unusual names were used in the publication of this revelation to conceal the identity of the persons named (see the heading to section 78).

D&C 83

4/30/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Independence, Missouri, 30 April 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:269–70). This revelation was received as the Prophet sat in council with his brethren.

D&C 84

9/22/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 22 and 23 September 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:286–95). During the month of September, elders had begun to return from their missions in the eastern states and to make reports of their labors. It was while they were together in this season of joy that the following communication was received. The Prophet designated it a revelation on priesthood.

D&C 85

11/27/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 27 November 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:298–99). This section is an extract from a letter of the Prophet to W. W. Phelps, who was living in Independence, Missouri. It was given to answer questions about those Saints who had moved to Zion but who had not received their inheritances according to the established order in the Church.

D&C 86

12/6/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 6 December 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:300). This revelation was received while the Prophet was reviewing and editing the manuscript of the translation of the Bible.

D&C 87

12/25/1832

Revelation and prophecy on war, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, 25 December 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:301–2). This section was received at a time when the brethren were reflecting and reasoning upon African slavery on the American continent and the slavery of the children of men throughout the world.

D&C 88

12/27/1832

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet at Kirtland, Ohio, 27 December 1832 (see History of the Church, 1:302–12). It was designated by the Prophet as the “‘olive leaf’ … plucked from the Tree of Paradise, the Lord’s message of peace to us” (History of the Church, 1:316). It appears from the historical records that portions of this revelation were received on 27 and 28 December 1832, and 3 January 1833.

D&C 89 (WOW)

2/27/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 27 February 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:327–29). As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently, he inquired of the Lord concerning it. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result. The first three verses were originally written as an inspired introduction and description by the Prophet.

D&C 90

3/8/1833

Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, given at Kirtland, Ohio, 8 March 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:329–31). This revelation is a continuing step in the establishment of the First Presidency (see the heading to section 81); as a consequence thereof, the counselors mentioned were ordained on 18 March 1833.

D&C 91

3/9/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 9 March 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:331–32). The Prophet was at this time engaged in the translation of the Old Testament. Having come to that portion of the ancient writings called the Apocrypha, he inquired of the Lord and received this instruction.

D&C 92

3/15/1833

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 15 March 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:333). The revelation is directed to Frederick G. Williams, who had recently been appointed a counselor in the First Presidency.

D&C 94

5/6/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 6 May 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:346–47). Hyrum Smith, Reynolds Cahoon, and Jared Carter are appointed as a Church building committee.

D&C 93

5/6/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 6 May 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:343–46).

D&C 95

6/1/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 1 June 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:350–52). This revelation is a continuation of divine directions to build houses for worship and instruction, especially the house of the Lord (see section 88:119–36 and section 94).

D&C 96

6/4/1833

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, showing the order of the city or stake of Zion at Kirtland, Ohio, 4 June 1833, as an example to the Saints in Kirtland (see History of the Church, 1:352–53). The occasion was a conference of high priests, and the chief subject of consideration was the disposal of certain lands, known as the French farm, possessed by the Church near Kirtland. Since the conference could not agree who should take charge of the farm, all agreed to inquire of the Lord concerning the matter.

D&C 99

8/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to John Murdock, August 1832, at Hiram, Ohio. Although editions of the Doctrine and Covenants beginning with 1876 have listed this revelation as Kirtland, August 1833, earlier editions and other historical records certify to the proper information.

D&C 97

8/2/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 2 August 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:400–402). This revelation deals particularly with the affairs of the Saints in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, in response to the Prophet’s inquiry of the Lord for information. Members of the Church in Missouri were at this time subjected to severe persecution and, on 23 July 1833, had been forced to sign an agreement to leave Jackson County.

D&C 98

8/6/1833

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 6 August 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:403–6). This revelation came in consequence of the persecution upon the Saints in Missouri. It was natural that the Saints in Missouri, having suffered physically and also having lost property, would feel an inclination toward retaliation and revenge. Therefore, the Lord gave this revelation. Although some news of the problems in Missouri had no doubt reached the Prophet in Kirtland (nine hundred miles away), the seriousness of the situation could have been known to him at this date only by revelation.

D&C 100

10/12/1833

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Perrysburg, New York, 12 October 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:416, 419–21). The two brethren, having been absent from their families for several days, felt some concern about them.

D&C 101

12/16/1833

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 16 December 1833 (see History of the Church, 1:458–64). At this time the Saints who had gathered in Missouri were suffering great persecution. Mobs had driven them from their homes in Jackson County; and some of the Saints had tried to establish themselves in Van Buren County, but persecution followed them. The main body of the Saints was at that time in Clay County, Missouri. Threats of death against individuals of the Church were many. The people had lost household furniture, clothing, livestock, and other personal property; and many of their crops had been destroyed.

D&C 102

2/17/1834

Minutes of the organization of the first high council of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, 17 February 1834 (see History of the Church, 2:28–31). The original minutes were recorded by Elders Oliver Cowdery and Orson Hyde. Two days later, the minutes were corrected by the Prophet, read to the high council, and accepted by the council. Verses 30 through 32, having to do with the Council of the Twelve Apostles, were added by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1835 when he prepared this section for publication in the Doctrine and Covenants.

D&C 103

2/24/1834

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 24 February 1834 (see History of the Church, 2:36–39). This revelation was received after the arrival in Kirtland, Ohio, of Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight, who had come from Missouri to counsel with the Prophet as to the relief and restoration of the Saints to their lands in Jackson County.

D&C 104

4/23/1834

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, 23 April 1834, concerning the united order, or the order of the Church for the benefit of the poor (see History of the Church, 2:54–60). The occasion was that of a council meeting of the First Presidency and other high priests, in which the pressing temporal needs of the people had been given consideration. The united order at Kirtland was to be temporarily dissolved and reorganized, and the properties as stewardships were to be divided among members of the order.

D&C 105

6/22/1834

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on Fishing River, Missouri, 22 June 1834 (see History of the Church, 2:108–11). Mob violence against the Saints in Missouri had increased, and organized bodies from several counties had declared their intent to destroy the people. The Prophet had come from Kirtland at the head of a party known as Zion’s Camp, bringing clothing and provisions. While this party was encamped on Fishing River, the Prophet received the revelation.

D&C 106

11/25/1834

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 25 November 1834 (see History of the Church, 2:170–71). This revelation is directed to Warren A. Cowdery, an older brother of Oliver Cowdery.

D&C 107

3/28/1835

Revelation on the priesthood, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, dated 28 March 1835 (see History of the Church, 2:209–17). On the date named, the Twelve met in council, confessing their individual weaknesses and shortcomings, expressing repentance, and seeking the further guidance of the Lord. They were about to separate on missions to assigned districts. Although portions of this section were received on the date named, the historical records affirm that various parts were received at sundry times, some as early as November 1831.

D&C 134

8/17/1835

A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general, adopted by unanimous vote at a general assembly of the Church held at Kirtland, Ohio, 17 August 1835 (see History of the Church, 2:247–49). The occasion was a meeting of Church leaders, brought together to consider the proposed contents of the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. At that time, this declaration was given the following preamble: “That our belief with regard to earthly governments and laws in general may not be misinterpreted nor misunderstood, we have thought proper to present, at the close of this volume, our opinion concerning the same” (History of the Church, 2:247).

D&C 108

12/26/1835

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, 26 December 1835 (see History of the Church, 2:345). This section was received at the request of Lyman Sherman, who had previously been ordained a high priest and a seventy and who had come to the Prophet with a request for a revelation to make known his duty.

D&C 137

1/21/1836

A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, 21 January 1836 (see History of the Church, 2:380–81). The occasion was the administration of the ordinances of the endowment as far as they had then been revealed.

D&C 109

3/27/1836

Prayer offered at the dedication of the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, 27 March 1836 (see History of the Church, 2:420–26). According to the Prophet’s written statement, this prayer was given to him by revelation.

D&C 110

4/3/1836

Visions manifested to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, 3 April 1836 (see History of the Church, 2:435–36). The occasion was that of a Sabbath day meeting. The Prophet prefaces his record of the manifestations with these words: “In the afternoon, I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the Lord’s Supper to the Church, receiving it from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate at the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brethren, I retired to the pulpit, the veils being dropped, and bowed myself, with Oliver Cowdery, in solemn and silent prayer. After rising from prayer, the following vision was opened to both of us” (History of the Church, 2:435).

D&C 111

8/6/1836

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Salem, Massachusetts, 6 August 1836 (see History of the Church, 2:465–66). At this time the leaders of the Church were heavily in debt due to their labors in the ministry. Hearing that a large amount of money would be available to them in Salem, the Prophet, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery traveled there from Kirtland, Ohio, to investigate this claim, along with preaching the gospel. The brethren transacted several items of Church business and did some preaching. When it became apparent that no money was to be forthcoming, they returned to Kirtland. Several of the factors prominent in the background are reflected in the wording of this revelation.

D&C 112

7/23/1837

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh, at Kirtland, Ohio, 23 July 1837 (see History of the Church, 2:499–501). This revelation contains the word of the Lord unto Thomas B. Marsh concerning the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb. The Prophet records that this revelation was received on the day on which the gospel was first preached in England. Thomas B. Marsh was at this time President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

D&C 113

3/1838

Answers to certain questions on the writings of Isaiah, given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, March 1838 (see History of the Church, 3:9–10).

D&C 114

4/17/1838

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, 17 April 1838 (see History of the Church, 3:23).

D&C 115

4/26/1838

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, 26 April 1838, making known the will of God concerning the building up of that place and of the Lord’s house (see History of the Church, 3:23–25). This revelation is addressed to the presiding officers of the Church.

D&C 116

5/19/1838

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, near Wight’s Ferry, at a place called Spring Hill, Daviess County, Missouri, 19 May 1838 (see History of the Church, 3:35).

D&C 119

7/8/1838

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, 8 July 1838, in answer to his supplication: “O Lord! Show unto thy servant how much thou requirest of the properties of thy people for a tithing” (History of the Church, 3:44). The law of tithing, as understood today, had not been given to the Church previous to this revelation. The term tithing in the prayer just quoted and in previous revelations (64:23; 85:3; 97:11) had meant not just one-tenth, but all free-will offerings, or contributions, to the Church funds. The Lord had previously given to the Church the law of consecration and stewardship of property, which members (chiefly the leading elders) entered into by a covenant that was to be everlasting. Because of failure on the part of many to abide by this covenant, the Lord withdrew it for a time and gave instead the law of tithing to the whole Church. The Prophet asked the Lord how much of their property he required for sacred purposes. The answer was this revelation.

D&C 120

7/8/1838

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, 8 July 1838, making known the disposition of the properties tithed as named in the preceding revelation, section 119 (see History of the Church, 3:44).

D&C 117

7/8/1838

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, 8 July 1838, concerning the immediate duties of William Marks, Newel K. Whitney, and Oliver Granger (see History of the Church, 3:45–46).

D&C 118

7/8/1838

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, 8 July 1838, in response to the supplication, “Show us thy will, O Lord, concerning the Twelve” (History of the Church, 3:46).

D&C 122

3/1839

The word of the Lord to Joseph Smith the Prophet, while he was a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri, March 1839 (see History of the Church, 3:300–301).

D&C 123

3/1839

Duty of the Saints in relation to their persecutors, as set forth by Joseph Smith the Prophet, while a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri, March 1839 (see History of the Church, 3:302–3).

D&C 121

3/20/1839

Prayer and prophecies written by Joseph Smith the Prophet while he was a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri, dated 20 March 1839 (see History of the Church, 3:289–300). The Prophet and several companions had been months in prison. Their petitions and appeals directed to the executive officers and the judiciary had failed to bring them relief.

D&C 124

1/19/1841

Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, 19 January 1841 (see History of the Church, 4:274–86). Because of increasing persecutions and illegal procedures against them by public officers, the Saints had been compelled to leave Missouri. The exterminating order issued by Lilburn W. Boggs, governor of Missouri, dated 27 October 1838, had left them no alternative (see History of the Church, 3:175). In 1841, when this revelation was given, the city of Nauvoo, occupying the site of the former village of Commerce, Illinois, had been built up by the Saints, and here the headquarters of the Church had been established.

D&C 125

4/1841

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, March 1841, concerning the Saints in the territory of Iowa (see History of the Church, 4:311–12).

D&C 126

7/9/1841

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the house of Brigham Young, at Nauvoo, Illinois, 9 July 1841 (see History of the Church, 4:382). At this time Brigham Young was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

D&C 127

9/1/1842

An epistle from Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Latter-day Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois, containing directions on baptism for the dead, dated at Nauvoo, 1 September 1842 (see History of the Church, 5:142–44).

D&C 128

9/6/1842

An epistle from Joseph Smith the Prophet to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, containing further directions on baptism for the dead, dated at Nauvoo, Illinois, 6 September 1842 (see History of the Church, 5:148–53).

D&C 130

4/2/1843

Items of instruction given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Ramus, Illinois, 2 April 1843 (see History of the Church, 5:323–25).

D&C 131

5/17/1843

Instructions by Joseph Smith the Prophet, given at Ramus, Illinois, 16 and 17 May 1843 (see History of the Church, 5:392–93).

D&C 132

7/12/1843

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded 12 July 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, and also the plurality of wives (see History of the Church, 5:501–7). Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.

D&C 135

6/27/1844

Martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet and his brother, Hyrum Smith the Patriarch, at Carthage, Illinois, 27 June 1844 (see History of the Church, 6:629–31). This document was written by Elder John Taylor of the Council of the Twelve, who was a witness to the events.

D&C 136

1/14/1847

The word and will of the Lord, given through President Brigham Young at Winter Quarters, the camp of Israel, Omaha Nation, on the west bank of the Missouri River, near Council Bluffs, Iowa (see Journal History of the Church, 14 Jan. 1847).

Official Declaration 1

10/6/1890

Polygamy

D&C 138

10/31/1918

A vision given to President Joseph F. Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 3 October 1918. In his opening address at the 89th Semiannual General Conference of the Church, on 4 October 1918, President Smith declared that he had received several divine communications during the previous months. One of these, concerning the Savior’s visit to the spirits of the dead while his body was in the tomb, President Smith had received the previous day. It was written immediately following the close of the conference. On 31 October 1918, it was submitted to the counselors in the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, and the Patriarch, and it was unanimously accepted by them.

D&C 129

2/9/1943

Instructions given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, 9 February 1843, making known three grand keys by which the correct nature of ministering angels and spirits may be distinguished (see History of the Church, 5:267).

Official Declaration 2

9/30/1978

American History

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