Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 98–101

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 98–101, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 98–101, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 98–101

Fields with a wooden fence in the foreground.

Clay County, Missouri, USA, where the main body of the Saints in Missouri had gathered following persecution and eviction from Jackson County by the end of 1833.


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

Revelation, 6 August 1833 [D&C 98]

Joseph Smith dictated this 6 August 1833 revelation, which encouraged peace amid escalating violence, approximately two weeks after a church leader and another member were tarred and feathered and the church printing office was destroyed in Jackson County, Missouri. More …

Revelation, 29 August 1832 [D&C 99]

On 29 August 1832, Joseph Smith dictated this revelation calling John Murdock on a preaching mission to the “eastern countries.” More …

Revelation, 12 October 1833 [D&C 100]

Among the most fruitful areas for proselytizing in the early years of the Church of Christ were the regions around eastern Lake Erie and southwestern Lake Ontario. More …

Revelation, 16–17 December 1833 [D&C 101]

On 16–17 December 1833, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation that addressed the November 1833 expulsion of church members from Jackson County, Missouri. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Waiting for the Word of the Lord

D&C 97, 98, 101

Joseph Smith received a revelation, now Doctrine and Covenants 98, on August 6, 1833. Although the Lord encouraged the Saints to support the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, the revelation warned that “when the wicked rule the people mourn.” More …

“I Quit Other Business”: Early Missionaries

D&C 42, 75, 79, 80, 84, 99

Sometimes men left their business and set out to preach on the basis of individual desire, prompting from the Spirit, or obedience to the general expectation that elders would “lift up [their] voices”; at other times they were commissioned through revelation that called them by name and specified a field of labor. More …

A Mission to Canada

D&C 100

In the fall of 1833, a 54-year-old Church member named Freeman Nickerson rode into Kirtland, Ohio, with a wagon and sought out 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 17

Though the Mob Kill Us

On August 6, 1833, before Joseph learned the extent of the violence in Missouri, he received a revelation about the persecution in Zion. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 18

The Camp of Israel

“My heart is somewhat sorrowful,” Joseph confided in his journal. More than three months had passed since the Lord had revealed anything for the Saints in Zion. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 19

Stewards over This Ministry

Five hundred miles northeast of Kirtland, twenty-one-year-old Caroline Tippets carefully stowed a large sum of money among the clothes and other items she was taking from New York to Missouri. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 25

Move on to the West

Many Saints were relieved to have Joseph back in Kirtland, but any hope that he could restore harmony to the church soon evaporated. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Jackson County Violence

In July 1831, Joseph Smith received a revelation declaring that the area around the city of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri, was the promised location of the city of Zion. More …

Opposition to the Early Church

In 1823, the angel Moroni warned Joseph Smith that his “name should be had for good and evil among all nations.” More …

Slavery and Abolition

Slavery was gradually abolished in the Northern States in the late 1700s and early 1800s, including in the early Latter-day Saint centers of New York and Ohio. 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 …


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