Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 76

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 76, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 76, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 76

Bedroom with a desk and several chairs. Bright orange casings surround the windows

In this room, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon received the vision that is now recorded as Doctrine and Covenants 76. The room is in the home of John and Elsa Johnson, Hiram, Ohio, USA.


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

Vision, 16 February 1832 [D&C 76]

On 16 February 1832, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw a vision “concerning the economy of God and his vast creation throughout all eternity.” More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

“The Vision”

D&C 76

While traveling east on a mission during the early spring of 1832, Samuel H. Smith and Orson Hyde stopped for dinner at the home of recent convert Lincoln Haskins. More …

Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation

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

Joseph Smith set about overseeing the Church and preaching, and then in January 1832 he received a revelation that directed him to once again focus his work on the translation “untill it be finished.” More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 14

Visions and Nightmares

In January 1832, Joseph, Emma, and the twins were living in the home of Elsa and John Johnson in Hiram, Ohio, about thirty miles south of Kirtland. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 15

Holy Places

In August 1832, Phebe Peck watched proudly as three of her children were baptized near their home in Missouri. They were among eleven children baptized in Zion that day. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 40

United in an Everlasting Covenant

Orson Hyde’s return from Jerusalem meant that Peter and Mary Maughan had to move their family out of the Hyde home in Nauvoo. Having nowhere else to stay, they camped on a city lot they acquired from the temple committee. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

While translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery found they held different views on the meaning of a passage in the Bible. More …

The Vision (D&C 76)

On February 16, 1832, as Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon pondered John 5:29, a passage regarding the resurrection, they had a remarkable vision of the post-mortal life. More …


Throughout the 1830s and 1840s in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, the Latter-day Saints experienced significant persecution and harassment at the hands of mobs. More …


Celestial kingdom: Highest kingdom of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the sun. More …

Telestial kingdom: The lowest of three kingdoms, or degrees, of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the stars. More …

Terrestrial kingdom: One of three kingdoms, or degrees, of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the moon. 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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Painted ceramic bowl.

Zuni artist Les Namingha renders impressions of the kingdoms described in Doctrine and Covenants 76. The sun, moon, and stars represent the three degrees of glory, while the small faces with rays represent the inhabitants of those kingdoms. In the center stands Christ, whose face is partially covered out of respect.

Les Namingha, Three Degrees of Glory, 1994, ceramic, Church History Museum.