Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 10–11

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 10–11, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 10–11, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 10–11

Dark red clapboard house with a lighter annex and a rail fence in the foreground..

Reconstructed home of Joseph and Emma Smith in Harmony (now Oakland Township), Pennsylvania, USA. Joseph and Emma lived at this location when sections 10 and 11 of the Doctrine and Covenants were received.


Historical background and the earliest manuscript of each revelation, as published in The Joseph Smith Papers

Revelation, Spring 1829 [D&C 10]

Early in 1828, Joseph Smith, then living in Harmony, Pennsylvania, began translating the gold plates with the assistance of various scribes, principally Martin Harris. More …

Revelation, May 1829–A [D&C 11]

In May 1829, Joseph Smith’s older brother, Hyrum Smith, arrived in Harmony, Pennsylvania, to visit Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, who were engaged in translating the Book of Mormon. More …

Days of Harmony

“And so, my journey to finally meet Joseph Smith began. For nearly three days his brother Samuel and I trekked in the spring rain toward his home. I planned to ask him my questions and then to offer him my help.”


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

The Contributions of Martin Harris

D&C 3, 5, 10, 17, 19

Work on the translation recommenced in earnest on April 5, 1829, when newly arrived Oliver Cowdery assumed the role of scribe. Joseph and Oliver picked up where Joseph and Martin had previously left off, near the beginning of the book of Mosiah. More …

Joseph Smith’s Support at Home

D&C 4, 11, 23

Hyrum visited Joseph shortly after Samuel. Joseph recalled, “At his earnest request I enquired of the Lord for him through the Urim and Thummin and reciev[d] for him the following Revelation.” More …

Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 6

The Gift and Power of God

Under the Lord’s direction, Joseph did not try to retranslate what he had lost. Instead, he and Oliver continued forward in the record. The Lord revealed that Satan had enticed wicked men to take the pages, alter their words, and use them to cast doubt on the translation. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Gold Plates

When word spread that Joseph Smith had secured the copyright for the Book of Mormon, it caused a stir in the local press. More …

Lost Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

In June 1828, Joseph Smith reluctantly allowed his scribe Martin Harris to borrow 116 pages of the original Book of Mormon manuscript. More …

Printing and Publishing the Book of Mormon

A small group of believers supported Joseph Smith through the Book of Mormon translation process, but none of them had experience in publishing. More …


Maps and information about places associated with the revelations from The Joseph Smith Papers, Historic Sites, and other helpful sources


Timeline placing each revelation in the context of key events in the Church’s first century

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