“The Doctrine and Covenants,” Friend, Dec. 1985, 18
1 Joseph Smith and some of the other Saints went to Missouri, where Joseph dedicated the site where a temple will someday be built. Then he returned to Kirtland, Ohio.
2 By this time Joseph had received many revelations from the Lord, and it was His will that they be printed in a publication called the Book of Commandments. Later it became the Doctrine and Covenants and had more revelations in it.
3 The Lord said that everyone, no matter where he lives, should have the opportunity to know these modern-day revelations.
4 By studying the Doctrine and Covenants, we learn many things, such as the importance and divinity of the Book of Mormon.
5 We learn more in the Doctrine and Covenants about the priesthood than in any other place.
6 Many of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants are given to explain things to us and to encourage us in doing good to others.
7 Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer were appointed to take the hand-written revelations to Independence, Missouri. William W. Phelps, who lived there, was to publish them for the Church.