Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 109–110

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 109–110, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 109–110, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 109–110

Kirtland Temple Exterior

Kirtland Temple, Kirtland, Ohio, USA.


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

Prayer of Dedication, 27 March 1836 [D&C 109]

The dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, on 27 March 1836 was the result of years of devoted effort. More …

Visions, 3 April 1836 [D&C 110]

A few days following the temple dedication in Kirtland, Ohio, and the solemn assembly that empowered church elders for the ministry, Joseph Smith’s journal records that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery had a vision of heavenly messengers in the House of the Lord. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Windows of Heaven

The Saints completed the construction of the Kirtland Temple with excitement and anticipation. The windows of the temple were built by Brigham and Joseph Young, who were known for their craftsmanship. This image depicts Joseph Smith and Brigham Young installing a window while Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Young look on.

David Lindsley, Windows of Heaven, 1999, oil on linen, Church History Museum.

Historical Background

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

The dedication of the house of the Lord was a moment of celebration and satisfaction for the early Saints. The revelations of three years earlier had taken shape through immeasurable sacrifices of labor and resources. More …

A School and an Endowment

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

When the Kirtland Temple was finally ready for dedication in March 1836, Joseph Smith sought guidance in preparing a prayer for the monumental occasion. More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 21

The Spirit of God

On the morning of March 27, 1836, Lydia Knight sat shoulder to shoulder with other Saints in the temple’s lower court. All around her, people squeezed together. More …

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Gary E. Smith, Moses, Elias, Elijah, 2014, oil on canvas, Church History Museum.

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Endowment of Power

Before early Church members were “sent forth” among all nations to gather Israel, the Lord promised to “endow” them “with power from on high.” 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 …

Temple Dedications and Dedicatory Prayers

The Bible contains detailed accounts of how ancient Israelites dedicated their tabernacles and temples. 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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