Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 46–48

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 46–48, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 46–48, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 46–48

White clapboard house sits in a grove of trees in autumn.

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. (The house in the photo was built after the Morleys lived on the property.)


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

Revelation, circa 8 March 1831–A [D&C 46]

In the heading to this text in Revelation Book 1, John Whitmer wrote that it was directed “to the Church concerning conformation & sacrament meetings &c.” More …

Revelation, circa 8 March 1831–B [D&C 47]

This revelation appointed John Whitmer to take up the work formerly done by Oliver Cowdery as scribe and recorder—and added a new responsibility. More …

Revelation, 10 March 1831 [D&C 48]

This revelation addressed the concern about where the believers emigrating from New York to Ohio would settle when they arrived. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Religious Enthusiasm among Early Ohio Converts

D&C 46, 50

Still in New York, Joseph Smith became concerned about the lack of leadership among the new Ohio converts and sent John Whitmer to Kirtland with copies of the revelations. More …

The Book of John Whitmer

D&C 47, 69

In the fall of 1830, Oliver Cowdery embarked on a mission to the Lamanites. In his stead, John Whitmer was appointed “by the voice of the Elders to keep the Church record.” More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Gift of Tongues

Speaking in tongues was mentioned in revelations to Joseph Smith as one of the many gifts of the Spirit that follow those who have faith in Jesus Christ. More …

Gifts of the Spirit

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ promised His disciples that “signs shall follow them that believe.” 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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