Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 106–108

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 106–108, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 106–108, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 106–108

Painting of the Kirtland Temple under construction with scaffolding along one wall.

Walter Rane, Construction of the Kirtland Temple, 2002, oil on canvas, Church History Museum.


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

Revelation, 25 November 1834 [D&C 106]

On 25 November 1834, Joseph Smith dictated this revelation explaining God’s will for Warren Cowdery, the older brother of Oliver Cowdery. More …

Revelation, 11 November 1831–B; Instruction on Priesthood, between circa 1 March and circa 4 May 1835 [D&C 107]

In Hiram, Ohio, on 11 November 1831, Joseph Smith dictated this revelation—addressed to the church “in the Land of Zion.” More …

Revelation, 26 December 1835 [D&C 108]

On the morning after Christmas Day in 1835, Lyman Sherman, one of the presidents of the Seventy, asked Joseph Smith to petition God for a revelation that “should make known [his] duty.” More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Warren Cowdery

D&C 106

When his younger brother Oliver, then in his early twenties, became the “second elder” of the restored Church in 1830, Warren Cowdery owned an apothecary, served as postmaster, and had constructed the first brick house in Freedom, New York. More …

Restoring the Ancient Order

D&C 102, 107

A revelation received on November 11, 1831, helped the Saints understand how to harness the power of shared inspiration while dividing the complex demands of Church administration. More …

“Wrought Upon” to Seek a Revelation

D&C 108

Joseph sat down with a few companions and “commenced studeing [studying] the Hebrew Language” when a knock came at his door. Standing there was his friend Lyman Sherman. More …

Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 26

A Holy and Consecrated Land

Although Caldwell County had been created specifically for the Latter-day Saints, the government had already surveyed most of its land, making it too expensive for poorer Saints to purchase. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Adjustments to Priesthood Organization

Throughout Church history, Presidents of the Church have addressed the needs and opportunities of the growing Church by adjusting the organization of the priesthood. More …

Quorum of the Twelve

The book of Ephesians taught that the New Testament church was “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets.” More …

Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood

The appearance of Peter, James, and John to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery is attested to in numerous sources. 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 …


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