Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 88

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 88, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 88, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 88

School of the Prophets

Second floor room in the Newel K. Whitney Co. store, Kirtland, Ohio, USA, where, during a conference of high priests held December 27–28, 1832, Joseph Smith received the revelation canonized as section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants.


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

Revelation, 27–28 December 1832 [D&C 88:1–126]

Joseph Smith dictated a lengthy revelation at a conference of high priests in Kirtland, Ohio, on 27–28 December 1832. More …

Revelation, 3 January 1833 [D&C 88:127–137]

On 27–28 December 1832, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation directing the elders of the Church to establish a school so that they could be taught in both “the doctrines, of the kingdom” and in temporal matters before proclaiming the gospel to the world. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Minutes, 27–28 December 1832

The purpose of the conference was to seek revelation on the duties of the elders and to gain instruction on how to build Zion. Following prayer by the attendees, Joseph Smith began dictating a lengthy revelation. More …

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

“A House for Our God”

D&C 88, 94, 95, 96, 97, 109, 110, 137

In a lengthy revelation Joseph called the “olive leaf” (now Doctrine and Covenants 88), the Saints were directed to “organize [themselves]” and establish “an house of prayer, an house of fasting, an house of faith, an house of learning, an house of glory, an house of order, an house of God.” More …

A School and an Endowment

D&C 88, 90, 95, 109, 110

In the New Testament, Jesus promised His Apostles heavenly assistance as they went forth to “preach the gospel to every creature.” He instructed them to “tarry … in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” 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

Joseph believed that the Saints in Missouri were growing more critical of his leadership. If they did not repent and restore harmony in the church, he feared, they could lose their inheritances in Zion and forfeit their chance to build the temple. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

School of the Prophets

In December 1832, Joseph Smith received a revelation directing him to establish a school for the elders of the Church in Kirtland. More …

Solemn Assemblies

The term solemn assembly was used in the Old Testament to describe important gatherings of the people during Passover and the Feast of the Tabernacles. More …

Temple Building

Temples have been a part of the Latter-day Saint experience since almost the founding of the Church. More …

Washing of Feet

During the Last Supper, Jesus took a towel and a basin of water and washed the feet of the disciples. 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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