Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 18–19

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 18–19, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 18–19, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 18–19

Log home surrounded by lush green trees and a low, split-rail fence.

The reconstructed Peter and Mary Musselman Whitmer home in Fayette, New York, USA. While living in the Whitmer home, Joseph received the revelation now contained in Doctrine and Covenants 18.


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

Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18]

Joseph Smith dictated this revelation in Fayette, New York, within the first few days of June 1829. Although the first portion of the revelation is addressed to Oliver Cowdery, the remainder provides direction for Cowdery and David Whitmer jointly, including a call for them to find twelve disciples. More …

Revelation, circa Summer 1829 [D&C 19]

This revelation, directed to Martin Harris, clarified doctrines regarding the nature of God, Christ’s Atonement, repentance, and the afterlife, and it counseled Harris on a variety of matters. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

“Build Up My Church”

D&C 18, 20, 21, 22

Preparations to build up the Lord’s church had been underway since at least June 1829. In that month, Joseph Smith dictated the revelation for Oliver Cowdery that would become Doctrine and Covenants 18. More …

The Contributions of Martin Harris

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

Martin Harris committed to provide financial support for the Book of Mormon publication. Joseph Smith had talked to several printers in Palmyra and Rochester, New York. More …

Larges leather wallet with strap closure.

To pay the printer for the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon, Martin Harris mortgaged his home and farm for $3,000. Harris family tradition states that Martin carried that sum of money to the printer in this wallet.

Wallet, owned by Martin Harris, ca. 1830, leather, Church History Museum.

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 8

The Rise of the Church of Christ

In early July 1829, with manuscript in hand, Joseph knew the Lord wanted him to publish the Book of Mormon and spread its message far and wide. But the publishing business was unfamiliar to him. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 19

Stewards over This Ministry

Joseph had received a revelation several years earlier that commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to search out twelve apostles to preach the gospel to the world. Like the apostles in the New Testament, these men were to act as special witnesses of Christ. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Critics of the Book of Mormon

Even before the Book of Mormon came off the press in 1830, newspaper articles criticized the book and its translator. 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 …

Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

The first edition of the Book of Mormon featured two testimonials: one written by a group of three witnesses and another by a group of eight. 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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