Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 81–83

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 81–83, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 81–83, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 81–83

A stone building and log home situated by the side of a dirt road.

Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA. The composition depicts the temple site in the background, the courthouse in which Joseph Smith purchased the temple property, and Newel K. Whitney’s log cabin as they might have appeared in the summer of 1831.

Al Rounds, Independence, Missouri, 1831, 1985, watercolor.


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

Revelation, 15 March 1832 [D&C 81]

Jesse Gause had recently been called as a counselor to Joseph Smith in the presidency of the high priesthood. More …

Revelation, 26 April 1832 [D&C 82]

This revelation was dictated in the second half of the first day of a council of high priests and elders held 26–27 April 1832 in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. More …

Revelation, 30 April 1832 [D&C 83]

According to a later Joseph Smith history, Joseph Smith “sat in council with the brethren” on 30 April 1832 in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, and dictated a revelation clarifying the rights of women and children who had lost their husbands or fathers. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Jesse Gause: Counselor to the Prophet

D&C 81

The early Church underwent significant changes to its organization in a relatively short period of time. More …

Newel K. Whitney and the United Firm

D&C 70, 78, 82, 92, 96, 104

Sidney Rigdon read the March 1832 revelation to the council, stating that it gave “the reason why we were commanded to come to this land & sit in council with the Highpriests here.” 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

The Lord had recently called Newel to serve as a bishop of the Saints in Ohio and directed him to consecrate surplus money from his profitable businesses. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

First Presidency

Church members sustained Joseph Smith as first elder and Oliver Cowdery as second elder, the earliest titles for leaders of the Church. More …

United Firm (“United Order”)

The United Firm was an administrative organization that oversaw the expenditure of Church funds between 1832 and 1834. 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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