The Times and Seasons of the Doctrine and Covenants

    “The Times and Seasons of the Doctrine and Covenants,” Ensign, Jan. 1993, 38

    Exploring the Doctrine and Covenants

    The Times and Seasons of the Doctrine and Covenants

    The following time line was developed to assist our gospel study this year. It shows the historical context for the sections and official declarations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants. The entries are listed by year, reading chronologically across the page, and are color-coded to the geographic area where the events took place or the revelations were given.


    Sharon, Vermont

    December 23: Birth of Joseph Smith, Jr.


    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    Smith family settles in Palmyra


    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    Spring: First Vision (JS—H 1:14–20)


    One revelation in Doctrine and Covenants

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    September 21–22: Appearances of Moroni (JS—H 1:27–54; D&C 2)


    No revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    South Bainbridge, New York

    January 18: Joseph Smith marries Emma Hale

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    September 22: Joseph Smith obtains plates at Hill Cumorah

    Harmony, Pennsylvania, area

    December: Joseph and Emma move to Harmony, Pennsylvania


    Two revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    New York

    February: Martin Harris takes transcript to professors Anthon and Mitchell

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    April 12–June 14: Joseph Smith translates Book of Lehi

    Harmony, Pennsylvania, area

    Summer: Joseph’s translation of 116 pages lost (D&C 3, 10)


    Fourteen revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Harmony, Pennsylvania, area

    February: Joseph Smith, Sr., called to labor (D&C 4)

    March: Martin Harris to see plates if humble (D&C 5)

    April: Joseph Smith resumes translation, with Oliver Cowdery as scribe (D&C 6)

    April: Revelation regarding promise to John the Apostle that he “may live and bring souls unto” God (D&C 7)

    April: Oliver Cowdery attempts to translate (D&C 8–9)

    May: Hyrum Smith and Joseph Knight, Sr., called to labor (D&C 11–12)

    May 15: Aaronic Priesthood restored by John the Baptist (D&C 13; JS—H 1:66–75)

    May–June: Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery receive the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John

    Fayette, New York

    June: Book of Mormon translation completed

    June: David, John, and Peter Whitmer, Jr., called to labor (D&C 14–16)

    June: Three witnesses shown plates (D&C 17)

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    June: Eight witnesses shown plates

    Fayette, New York

    June: Revelation on the worth of souls (D&C 18)

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    August: Egbert B. Grandin begins printing Book of Mormon


    Nineteen revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    March: Martin Harris to pay debt; revelation on atonement of Christ (D&C 19)

    March 26: Book of Mormon published

    Fayette, New York

    April 6: Church organized (D&C 20–21)

    April: Baptism, a new and everlasting covenant (D&C 22)

    Palmyra/ Manchester, New York

    April: Duties of five brethren specified (D&C 23)

    Harmony, Pennsylvania, area

    June: Vision of Moses (Moses 1)

    Fayette, New York

    June 9: First Church conference

    Harmony, Pennsylvania, area

    July: Joseph Smith promised strength to magnify his office (D&C 24)

    July: Emma Smith, an elect lady (D&C 25)

    July: Common consent (D&C 26)

    August: Sacramental emblems (D&C 27)

    Fayette, New York

    September: Only the prophet receives revelations for Church (D&C 28)

    September: Great doctrinal truths are revealed (D&C 29)

    September: David, John, and Peter Whitmer, Jr., are to heed the Prophet (D&C 30)

    September: Counsel to Thomas B. Marsh (D&C 31)

    October: Missionaries sent to Lamanites (D&C 32)

    October: Laborers called in the eleventh hour (D&C 33)

    November 4: Orson Pratt called to preach (D&C 34)

    December: Sidney Rigdon called as a scribe for Bible translation (D&C 35)

    December: Edward Partridge to accept gospel (D&C 36)

    December: Saints to gather to Ohio (D&C 37)


    Thirty-seven revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Fayette, New York

    January 2: Instructions for move to Ohio (D&C 38)

    January 5: James Covill fails to heed call from the Lord (D&C 39–40)

    Kirtland, Ohio

    February 1: Joseph Smith arrives in Kirtland, Ohio

    February 4: Edward Partridge called as first bishop of Church (D&C 41)

    February 9: Law of Church is given, including moral conduct and consecration (D&C 42)

    February: Further instructions to the Saints—to assemble and instruct each other, to organize according to the laws of the land, and to care for the poor (D&C 43–44)

    March 7: Revelation regarding the Savior’s second coming (D&C 45)

    March 8: Gifts of the Spirit (D&C 46)

    March 8: Importance of record keeping; John Whitmer to serve as historian (D&C 47)

    March: Ohio members instructed to prepare for gathering Saints (D&C 48)

    March: Mission to the Shakers (D&C 49)

    May: Discerning of true and false spirits (D&C 50)

    Thompson, Ohio

    May: Further instructions and stewardship assignments (D&C 51)

    Kirtland, Ohio

    June 3: First high priests ordained

    June 7: Missionaries called to Missouri (D&C 52)

    June: Sidney Gilbert to serve as bishop’s agent (D&C 53)

    June: Newel Knight and Colesville branch directed to Missouri (D&C 54)

    June: William W. Phelps called to preach and write (D&C 55)

    June: The Lord may revoke as well as command (D&C 56)

    Jackson County, Missouri

    July 14: Joseph Smith arrives in Independence, Missouri

    July 20: Independence is the center place of Zion (D&C 57)

    August 1: The land and people of Zion (D&C 58)

    August 2–3: Land of Zion and temple site dedicated

    August 7: The Sabbath day (D&C 59)

    August 8: Brethren to return to Ohio (D&C 60)

    Near Bank of Missouri River

    August 12, McIlwaine’s Bend: Many destructions are decreed for the waters (D&C 61)

    August 13: Testimonies are recorded in heaven (D&C 62)

    Kirtland, Ohio

    August: Further instructions for Zion and her people (D&C 63)

    Hiram, Ohio

    September: Joseph Smith moves to Hiram, Ohio

    Kirtland, Ohio

    September 11: Forgiveness and tithing (D&C 64)

    Hiram, Ohio

    October: Kingdom of God to roll forth (D&C 65)

    Orange, Ohio

    October 25: Instructions to William E. McLellin (D&C 66)

    Hiram, Ohio

    November 1: The revelations may now be published (D&C 1, 67–68)

    November 3: Saints commanded to prepare for the Second Coming (D&C 133)

    Kirtland, Ohio

    November: Instructions on publishing the revelations (D&C 69–70)

    Hiram, Ohio

    December 1: Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are to preach the gospel (D&C 71)

    Kirtland, Ohio

    December 4: Newel K. Whitney called as second bishop (D&C 72)


    Seventeen revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Hiram, Ohio

    January 10: Joseph Smith to resume translation of Bible (D&C 73)

    January: Paul’s teachings on marriage clarified (D&C 74)

    Amherst, Ohio

    January 25: Joseph Smith sustained as President of the High Priesthood; duties of missionaries (D&C 75)

    Hiram, Ohio

    February 16: Visions of glory (D&C 76)

    March: Questions and answers on the Book of Revelation (D&C 77)

    March: United Order (D&C 78)

    March: Three brethren called to labor (D&C 79–80)

    March: A counselor for Joseph Smith (D&C 81)

    March 24: Joseph Smith tarred and feathered

    Jackson County, Missouri

    April 26: Instructions to improve harmony among the Saints (D&C 82)

    April 30: Providing for women and children (D&C 83)

    June: First issue of The Evening and the Morning Star in Independence

    Hiram, Ohio

    August: John Murdock called to labor (D&C 99; see also section headnote)

    Kirtland, Ohio

    September 22–23: Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood (D&C 84)

    November 27: Bishop to give inheritances in Zion (D&C 85)

    December 6: Wheat and tares (D&C 86)

    December 25: Prophecy on war (D&C 87)

    December 27: The Olive Leaf: The Lord’s House and School of the Prophets (D&C 88)


    Twelve revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Kirtland, Ohio

    January: School of the Prophets begins

    February 27: The Word of Wisdom (D&C 89)

    March 8: First Presidency to hold keys (D&C 90)

    March 9: On the Apocrypha (D&C 91)

    March 15: Frederick G. Williams and the United Order (D&C 92)

    May 6: Obtaining a fulness of God’s glory (D&C 93)

    May 6: Two more Church buildings in Kirtland (D&C 94)

    June 1, 4: Instructions on building the Kirtland Temple (D&C 95–96)

    Jackson County, Missouri

    July 20: Mob destroys Saints’ press at Independence, demands Saints leave Jackson County

    Kirtland, Ohio

    August 2: Saints in Zion to be pure in heart (D&C 97)

    August 6: Laws of the land (D&C 98); D&C 99: See August 1832

    Ontario Province

    October 5: Joseph Smith begins a mission to Upper Canada

    Perrysburg, New York

    October 12: Joseph Smith to be revelator, Sidney Rigdon to be spokesman (D&C 100)

    Jackson Country, Missouri

    November 7: Saints flee across Missouri River to Clay County

    Kirtland, Ohio

    December 16: Instructions to the exiled Saints (D&C 101)

    December 18: Joseph Smith, Sr., ordained as first Church Patriarch


    Five revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Kirtland, Ohio

    February 17: First stake organized, high council responsibilities (D&C 102)

    February 24: Call of Zion’s Camp (D&C 103)

    April 23: Guidelines for United Order (D&C 104)

    May 5: Joseph Smith leaves Kirtland for Missouri as leader of Zion’s Camp

    Fishing River, Missouri

    June 22: Redemption of Zion deferred (D&C 105)

    June 30–July 3: Zion’s Camp discharged

    Kirtland, Ohio

    October: The Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate begins publication in Kirtland

    October 16: Joseph Smith leaves Kirtland to visit Saints in Michigan

    November 25: Warren A. Cowdery to serve as local presiding officer (D&C 106)

    December 5: Oliver Cowdery ordained Assistant President of the High Priesthood


    Three revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Kirtland, Ohio

    February 14: Quorum of the Twelve organized

    February 28: Quorum of the Seventy called

    March 28: Revelation on priesthood and Church government (D&C 107)

    July: Egyptian mummies and papyrus scrolls purchased from Michael Chandler

    August 17: Doctrine and Covenants adopted as standard work of Church; declaration on governments and laws (D&C 134)

    Fall and winter: Joseph Smith works on translation of the book of Abraham

    December 26: Lyman Sherman assured of his spiritual standing (D&C 108)


    Four revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Kirtland, Ohio

    January: First meetings in nearly completed Kirtland Temple

    January 21: Vision of celestial kingdom (D&C 137; see also April 3, 1976)

    March 27: Kirtland Temple dedicated (D&C 109)

    April 3: Heavenly beings restore keys (D&C 110)

    Salem, Massachusetts

    August 6: Mission of Joseph Smith and leading brethren to Salem, Massachusetts (D&C 111)


    One revelation in Doctrine and Covenants

    British Isles

    July 19: Heber C. Kimball and others arrive in British Isles to open first overseas mission

    Kirtland, Ohio

    July 23: Instructions for Quorum President Thomas B. Marsh (D&C 112)


    Eight revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    January–July: Exodus of Saints from Kirtland to northern Missouri

    Far West, Missouri

    March: Insights into the writings of Isaiah (D&C 113)

    March 14: Joseph Smith arrives in Far West, Caldwell County

    April 17: David W. Patten called on mission (D&C 114)

    April 26: Name of the Church given by revelation (D&C 115)

    May 19: Spring Hill, Daviess County, Missouri, revealed as location of Adam-ondi-Ahman (D&C 116)

    Far West, Missouri

    July 4: Temple cornerstones laid at Far West

    July 8: Duties assigned to William Marks, Newel K. Whitney, and Oliver Granger (D&C 117)

    July 8: The Twelve to serve overseas mission, vacancies filled (D&C 118)

    July 8: Law of tithing (D&C 119–120)


    August 6: Election day conflict at Gallatin

    October 25: David W. Patten killed at Battle of Crooked River

    October 27: Missouri governor issues Extermination Order

    October 30: Haun’s Mill massacre

    Far West, Missouri

    November 1: Far West falls, Prophet is imprisoned


    December 1: Prophet and others are moved to Liberty Jail


    Three revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Quincy, Illinois

    January 20: Saints gather at Quincy, Illinois

    Liberty, Missouri

    March 20: Comfort and counsel from Liberty Jail (D&C 121–123)

    Far West, Missouri

    April 26: Apostles leave for mission to British Isles from Far West Temple site

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    May 9–10: Joseph Smith moves to Commerce/Nauvoo, Illinois

    Washington, D.C.

    October 29: Joseph Smith goes to Washington, D. C., seeking redress

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    November: First issue of Times and Seasons published in Nauvoo


    No revelations in Doctrine and Covenants


    May: First issue of Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star published in England

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    August 15: Joseph Smith teaches baptism for the dead


    Three revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    January 19: Directions on Nauvoo Temple and Nauvoo House (D&C 124)

    March: Advice to Saints in territory of Iowa (D&C 125)

    July 9: Brigham Young commended for his labors (D&C 126)


    October 24: Orson Hyde dedicates Palestine for return of Abraham’s seed

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    November 8: Baptismal font in Nauvoo Temple dedicated


    Two revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    March 1: Publication of book of Abraham commenced in Times and Seasons

    March 1: Wentworth letter published in Times and Seasons

    March 17: Relief Society organized

    May 4: First endowment ordinances administered

    August 6: Joseph Smith prophesies Saints to be driven to Rocky Mountains

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    September 1, 6: Directions on baptisms for the dead (D&C 127–128)


    Four revelations in Doctrine and Covenants

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    February 9: Instructions for identifying ministering angels and spirits (D&C 129)

    Ramus, Illinois

    April 2: Instructions on some doctrinal principles (D&C 130)

    May 16–17: Celestial kingdom and other doctrinal concepts (D&C 131)

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    July 12: Celestial marriage (D&C 132)

    D&C 133: See November 3, 1831

    D&C 134: See August 17, 1835


    One revelation in Doctrine and Covenants

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    January 29: Joseph Smith nominated as a United States presidential candidate

    March 11: Council of Fifty organized

    April 7: Joseph Smith delivers King Follett discourse

    Carthage, Illinois

    June 27: Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith (D&C 135)

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    August 8: Transfiguration of Brigham Young, Apostles sustained to lead Church


    Nauvoo, Illinois

    April 6: Proclamation of the Quorum of the Twelve to all nations


    February 4: Saints begin exodus to the West

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    May 1: Nauvoo Temple dedicated


    July 16: Mormon Battalion mustered into public service

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    September 10–17: Battle of Nauvoo


    Winter Quarters, Nebraska

    January 14: Instructions for the pioneers’ journey west (D&C 136)

    Salt Lake Area

    July 21–24: Pioneer company enters Salt Lake Valley

    Salt Lake City

    July 28: Brigham Young selects Salt Lake Temple site

    Kanesville, Iowa

    December 5: Brigham Young sustained as President of the Church


    Salt Lake City

    December 9, 1849: Sunday School organized

    June 15, 1850: Deseret News begins publication in Salt Lake City

    Liverpool, England

    July 11, 1851: Pearl of Great Price published

    Salt Lake City

    May 5, 1855: Endowment House on temple block dedicated

    January 1, 1866: Juvenile Instructor published

    October 6, 1867: Salt Lake Tabernacle opens

    Promontory Summit, Utah

    May 10, 1869: Transcontinental railroad completed

    Salt Lake City

    November 29, 1869: Young Ladies’ Retrenchment Association, forerunner of Young Women, organized

    June 10, 1875: Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association, forerunner of Young Men program, organized

    Provo, Utah

    October 16, 1875: Brigham Young Academy (later Brigham Young University) organized

    St. George, Utah

    April 6, 1877: St. George Temple dedicated

    Farmington, Utah

    August 25, 1878: Primary organized

    Salt Lake City

    October 10, 1880: John Taylor sustained President of Church; Pearl of Great Price accepted as standard work

    April 7, 1889: Wilford Woodruff sustained President of Church

    September 24, 1890: Wilford Woodruff issues Manifesto (D&C OD 1)

    April 6, 1893: Salt Lake Temple dedicated

    November 13, 1894: Genealogical Society of Utah, forerunner of Family History Department, is organized

    December 6, 1896: Fast day changed from first Thursday of the month to first Sunday

    November 1897: Improvement Era published

    September 13, 1898: Lorenzo Snow becomes President of Church

    St. George, Utah

    May 17, 1899: Lorenzo Snow receives revelation reemphasizing tithing

    Salt Lake City

    October 17, 1901: Joseph F. Smith becomes President of Church

    January 1902: Children’s Friend published

    1911: Church adopts Boy Scout program

    Fall 1912, Granite High School, Salt Lake City: First seminary opens

    January 1915: Relief Society Magazine published

    October 3, 1918: Joseph F. Smith receives Vision of the Redemption of the Dead (D&C 138)

    November 23, 1918: Heber J. Grant becomes President of Church

    Moscow, Idaho

    Fall 1926: First institute of religion opens

    Salt Lake City

    July 15, 1929: Tabernacle Choir weekly radio broadcasts begin

    April 4, 1931: Publication of Church News section of Deseret News begins

    April 7, 1936: Church security or welfare program instituted

    April 6, 1941: Calling of first Assistants to the Council of the Twelve

    May 21, 1945: George Albert Smith becomes President of Church

    1947: Church membership reaches one million

    Salt Lake City

    April 9, 1951: David O. McKay sustained President of Church

    January 1965: Family Home Evening manuals published

    September 29, 1967: Calling of first regional representatives

    January 23, 1970: Joseph Fielding Smith becomes President of Church

    January 1971: New Church magazines—Ensign, New Era, and Friend—published

    July 7, 1972: Harold B. Lee becomes President of Church

    December 30, 1973: Spencer W. Kimball becomes President of Church

    April 3, 1976: Two revelations added to Pearl of Great Price, later becoming D&C 137–138 (See also entry for January 21, 1836)

    October 3, 1976: First Quorum of Seventy organized

    June 8, 1978: Priesthood extended to all worthy male members of Church (D&C OD 2)

    September 16, 1978: First annual women’s meeting held

    Nauvoo, Illinois

    February 18, 1979: One thousandth stake in Church organized in Nauvoo

    August 1979: LDS edition of King James Bible with study helps published

    March 1980: Sunday meetings consolidated

    September 26, 1981: Publication of new editions of Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price

    June 1984: Area presidencies appointed

    Salt Lake City

    November 10, 1985: Ezra Taft Benson becomes President of Church

    October 4, 1986: Seventies quorums discontinued in stakes

    Salt Lake City

    April 1, 1989: Second Quorum of Seventy organized


    May 16, 1989: BYU Jerusalem Center dedicated

    June 24, 1991: Russian Republic grants official recognition to Church

    1992: Wards and branches: 19,960, in 143 countries or territories

    Stakes: 1,904

    Full-time missionaries: 45,000

    Estimated Church membership: 8.4 million

    Sunset Light, Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains, 1861, by Albert Bierstadt, courtesy of the Trustees of the Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts

    Woodcuts by Warren Luch

    Nauvoo, Illinois, by John Schroder

    View of Salt Lake City, 1985, by Al Rounds