Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 89–92

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 89–92, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 89–92, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 89–92

Narrow room with a fireplace and benches. Walls painted dark red.

The room where the School of the Prophets met, on the upper floor of the Newel K. Whitney Co. store, Kirtland, Ohio, USA.


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

Revelation, 27 February 1833 [D&C 89]

While no contemporaneous sources describing the circumstances under which Joseph Smith dictated this 27 February 1833 revelation have been located, later accounts indicate that it was recorded in connection with the activities of the School of the Prophets. More …

Revelation, 8 March 1833 [D&C 90]

Marking a significant development in the Church’s chief governing body, this revelation announced that the counselors in the presidency of the high priesthood were equal with Joseph Smith “in holding the keys of this Last Kingdom.” More …

Revelation, 9 March 1833 [D&C 91]

At the time this revelation was dictated, Joseph Smith was actively engaged in revising the Bible. More …

Revelation, 15 March 1833 [D&C 92]

On 8 March 1833, a revelation declared Frederick G. Williams equal “in holding the keys of this Last Kingdom” with Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in the presidency of the high priesthood. 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 Word of Wisdom

D&C 89

Like many other revelations in the early Church, Doctrine and Covenants 89, also known today as the Word of Wisdom, came in response to a problem. More …

A School and an Endowment

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

Acting on revelation, the Saints began work to “establish a school for the Prophets” in Kirtland. The concept of a school of the prophets was not unique to the Latter-day Saints. More …

Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation

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

Joseph Smith soon came to a section in his King James Bible containing a collection of 14 books known as the Apocrypha. More …

Newel K. Whitney and the United Firm

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

The United Firm played a key role in administering the Church. In addition to supervising the storehouses and printing office, its members served as a de facto board of directors for Joseph Smith. 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

While the School of the Prophets was in session, Emma watched the students arrive and make their way up the stairs to the small, tightly packed room where they met. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 16

Only a Prelude

Emily Partridge and her older sister Harriet were fetching water from a spring when they saw a mob of about fifty armed men approaching their house. 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 …

United Firm (“United Order”)

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

Word of Wisdom (D&C 89)

In 1833, Joseph Smith received a revelation called the Word of Wisdom. 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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