Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 94–97

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 94–97, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 94–97, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 94–97

Interior of a wooden building with carpentry tools.

Interior of the reconstructed sawmill in Kirtland, Ohio, USA, with partially finished replicas of the pulpits in the Kirtland Temple. Early Latter-day Saints built the sawmill in the fall of 1833. Their work there contributed to the construction of the temple.


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

Revelation, 2 August 1833–B [D&C 94]

By summer 1833, agents for the Church of Christ had purchased several large parcels of land in Kirtland, Ohio. In the months before this 2 August revelation was dictated, church leaders planned for and began construction on a House of the Lord, or temple, on this newly acquired land, which was to serve as both a chapel and a schoolhouse. More …

Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95]

In late December 1832 and early January 1833, as part of a call to educate men for the ministry, a revelation instructed church members to organize a “school of the prophets” and to build a House of the Lord wherein individuals would learn the law and receive power that had been previously promised. More …

Revelation, 4 June 1833 [D&C 96]

On 4 June 1833, a meeting of high priests assembled in the translating room at Newel K. Whitney’s store in Kirtland, Ohio, to discuss the use and management of the recently acquired Peter French farm. More …

Revelation, 2 August 1833–A [D&C 97]

In accordance with counsel given in a revelation sent to Missouri earlier in 1833, members of the Church of Christ in Jackson County, Missouri, organized a “school of the prophets” in summer 1833 to further their ministerial education. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Conference Minutes, 4 June 1833

A conference of high Priests met in Kirtland on the 4th of June 1833. 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

On May 4, a conference of high priests met to consider “the necessity of building a school house for the purpose of accommodating the Elders who should come in to receive their education for the ministry.” Hyrum Smith, Jared Carter, and Reynolds Cahoon were appointed “a committee to obtain subscriptions [donations], for the purpose of Erecting such a building.” More …

A School and an Endowment

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

In spite of unifying ordinances, harmony proved elusive. The first session of the School of Prophets was wrapped up in April 1833 at the time of several mission calls, and a revelation in June (Doctrine and Covenants 95) made it clear that the term ended on a dissonant note. More …

Old black and white photo of Kirtland, Ohio

Kirtland, Ohio.

Photograph by George Edward Anderson, ca. 1897–1927, Church History Library, PH 725.

Newel K. Whitney and the United Firm

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

In 1833, two additional members were added to the United Firm, both by revelation. In June 1833, a revelation—now Doctrine and Covenants 96—commanded that John Johnson “become a member of the firm that he may assist in bringing forth my word unto the children of men.” More …

Waiting for the Word of the Lord

D&C 97, 98, 101

On July 20, 1833, leaders of a mob in Jackson County, Missouri, called a meeting with William W. Phelps and other Church leaders. The mob leaders had a number of complaints about the Saints. They felt threatened by the Saints’ belief that Jackson County was a promised land that they called Zion. 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

The first session of the School of the Prophets closed in March, and its members dispersed to serve missions or fill other assignments. Church leaders in Kirtland, meanwhile, worked to buy a brickyard and raise funds to build the temple. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

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 …

Wards and Stakes

When the Church was organized in April 1830, there was no need for an extensive organizational structure. More …

Zion/New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s early revelations spoke of a future city of Zion that would serve as a gathering place for the scattered descendants of Israel in the last days. More …

Map on torn paper showing the grid of a city

In the summer of 1833, Joseph Smith and Frederick G. Williams prepared this map of the city of Zion and sent it to Church leaders in Missouri. The document included a written description of the configuration of the plat.

Plat of the City of Zion, 1833, Church History Museum.


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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