Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 20–22
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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 20–22, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 20–22, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 20–22

Church Historic Site

Interior of the reconstructed Peter and Mary Whitmer home in Fayette, New York, USA. The Church was organized in the Whitmer home on April 6, 1830.


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

Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830 [D&C 20]

The “articles and covenants of the Church of Christ” set forth the offices, ordinances, and procedures that were to be part of the newly formed church. More …

Revelation, 6 April 1830 [D&C 21]

Joseph Smith dictated this revelation at the home of Peter Whitmer Sr. in Fayette Township, New York, after the meeting at which the Church of Christ was organized. More …

Revelation, 16 April 1830 [D&C 22]

Joseph Smith dictated this revelation shortly after the formal organization of the Church on 6 April 1830. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

A Day for the Eternities

“There are moments in every person’s life that change them forever. This was mine.”

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

“Build Up My Church”

D&C 18, 20, 21, 22

Many of those who accepted the message of the restored gospel awaited the organization of a church. About this time, Joseph Smith announced a revelation specifying that the Church should be organized on April 6, 1830. More …

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

Almost immediately after the Book of Mormon was published, Joseph and Oliver prepared to organize the Church of Jesus Christ. Several months earlier, the Lord’s ancient apostles Peter, James, and John had appeared to them and conferred on them the Melchizedek Priesthood. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Common Consent

The Lord commanded Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery not to ordain each other as elders until other believers could “decide by vote whether they were willing to accept” Joseph and Oliver’s leadership. More …

Founding Meeting of the Church of Christ

On Tuesday, April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and others convened to organize the Church of Christ. 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 …

Religious Beliefs in Joseph Smith’s Day

As the earliest members of the Church transitioned into their new faith, they brought with them beliefs, traditions, and values from their prior religious experience. More …


Articles and Covenants: A foundational document presented at the first conference of the Church for the approval of church members. More …

Church of Christ: The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” 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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