Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 45

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 45, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 45, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 45

Treelined path

Wooded area on the farm of Isaac and Lucy Morley, Kirtland, Ohio, USA. The Morleys’ property served as Church headquarters for six months in 1831, when Joseph and Emma Smith lived there.


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

Revelation, circa 7 March 1831 [D&C 45]

Joseph Smith dictated this revelation, which Revelation Book 1 titles a “prophecy,” sometime around 7 March 1831, during a period when, according to Joseph Smith’s history, “many false reports, lies, and fo[o]lish stories were … circulated.” More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation

D&C 45, 76, 77, 86, 91

The earliest work of the translation focused on the text of Genesis, but a March 7, 1831, revelation soon changed Joseph’s course. More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 15

Holy Places

Brigham Young left Kirtland a week later as a peaceful winter settled over the small village. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Gathering of Israel

Old Testament prophecies reassured the children of Israel that, although they would be scattered among the nations, they would also one day be gathered again. More …

Prophecies of Joseph Smith

While most of the revelations Joseph Smith received gave instructions, counsel, and doctrinal teachings, a few contained historically specific prophecies about impending events. More …

Zion/New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s early revelations spoke of a future city of Zion that would serve as a gathering place for the scattered descendants of Israel in the last days. 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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