The Doctrine and Covenants

“The Doctrine and Covenants,” Friend, Dec. 1985, 18

The Doctrine and Covenants

Adapted from Doctrine and Covenants Stories (PBIC037A)

(See D&C 1, D&C 20, D&C 59, D&C 64, D&C 67.)

Joseph to Missouri

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.

Commanded to print Book of Commandments

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.

Everyone should have opportunity to read revelations

3 The Lord said that everyone, no matter where he lives, should have the opportunity to know these modern-day revelations.

Study the Doctrine and Covenants

4 By studying the Doctrine and Covenants, we learn many things, such as the importance and divinity of the Book of Mormon.

We learn about the priesthood

5 We learn more in the Doctrine and Covenants about the priesthood than in any other place.

Revelations encourage us to do good

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.

W. W. Phelps to publish revelations

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.