Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 60–62

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 60, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 62, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 60–62

Picture of the Missouri River

The Missouri River in Chariton, Missouri, USA, where Joseph Smith received a revelation about spreading the gospel and gathering to Zion in August 1831.

Church History Library, PH 9809.


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

Revelation, 8 August 1831 [D&C 60]

On 8 August 1831, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation instructing “some of the Elders” who had traveled to Missouri to return to Ohio, preaching along the way. More …

Revelation, 12 August 1831 [D&C 61]

Having overseen the dedication of the land for the establishment of Zion, Joseph Smith departed Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, for Ohio. More …

Revelation, 13 August 1831 [D&C 62]

On 13 August 1831, as Joseph Smith and several elders were on their way back to Ohio after spending a few weeks in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, Joseph Smith dictated this revelation outlining the responsibilities of elders traveling to Missouri who had not yet reached the land of Zion. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Ezra Booth and Isaac Morley

D&C 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 71, 73

Though a few of the missionaries had been chosen to remain in Missouri, the August 1 revelation commanded the rest of the missionaries to return to their homes, indicating that “the time has not yet come for many years for them to receive their inheritance in this land.” More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 12

After Much Tribulation

Soon after the funeral, Ezra and other church elders started their journey back to Kirtland with Joseph, Oliver, and Sidney. Ezra was relieved to be returning home to Ohio. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 13

The Gift Has Returned

When Joseph returned to Kirtland in late August 1831, tension still lingered between him and a few of the elders who had gone with him to Independence. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 14

Visions and Nightmares

“I give unto you this commandment, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant,” the Lord declared, “every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.” Bound thus together, they called themselves the United Firm. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 15

Holy Places

On January 22, 1833, Joseph and the Saints in Kirtland opened the School of the Prophets in the Whitneys’ store. One of Joseph’s clerks, Orson Hyde, was appointed to teach the class. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations.


The first Latter-day Saints answered the Lord’s call to gather to Zion by relocating from their homelands to central gathering places. More …


Latter-day Saints believe that God has restored to the earth the power given to the ancient Apostle Peter to bind, or seal, on earth and in heaven. 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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Decorated pottery depicting a man praying.

Hopi artist Thomas Polacca illustrates the importance of the gathering of Israel by depicting the story of his grandfather, who was baptized in the 1880s before losing contact with the Church. He told his family to look for missionaries bringing a book.

Thomas Polacca, Pottery, 1990, metal and mineral, Church History Museum.