Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 111–114

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 111–114, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 111–114, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 111–114

Grassy field with a slight rise in the distance.

Far West, Missouri, USA, where Joseph Smith received a revelation in April 1838 calling faithful servants to preach the gospel.


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

Revelation, 6 August 1836 [D&C 111]

On 25 July 1836, after writing two letters concerning church members in Missouri, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and Sidney Rigdon left Kirtland, Ohio, to travel to the eastern United States. More …

Revelation, 23 July 1837 [D&C 112]

On 23 July 1837, Joseph Smith dictated the revelation featured here to Thomas B. Marsh, the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. More …

Questions and Answers, between circa 16 and circa 29 March 1838–A [D&C 113:1–6]

Sometime in mid- or late March 1838, after Joseph Smith arrived in Far West, Missouri, he apparently answered a series of questions regarding the prophecies in Isaiah chapters 11 and 52. More …

Revelation, 11 April 1838 [D&C 114]

On 11 April 1838, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation for David W. Patten, directing him to settle his business affairs and prepare for a mission. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

More Treasures Than One

D&C 111

In late July 1836, Joseph Smith Jr., Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Hyrum Smith started traveling from Kirtland, Ohio, to the eastern United States. More …

The Faith and Fall of Thomas Marsh

D&C 31, 112

Hoping to bolster quorum unity, Thomas Marsh returned to Kirtland in July, only to find that some Apostles had left for a mission to Great Britain and several others had apostatized. More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 22

Try the Lord

In late June, William Phelps and other church leaders in Clay County wrote the prophet to tell him that local officials had summoned church leaders to the courthouse. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 24

Truth Shall Prevail

On the road from Far West to Kirtland, Thomas Marsh, David Patten, and William Smith were surprised to meet Parley Pratt headed the other direction. 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 …

Kirtland Safety Society

In the fall of 1836, Joseph Smith and other Church leaders decided to found a bank in Kirtland, Ohio. More …

Photograph of a Kirtland Safety Society Bank note

The Kirtland Safety Society was founded in 1836 as a community bank with the goal to provide credit and raise money for those in Ohio. By August 1837, the bank had been refused a charter by the state of Ohio, and a national financial crisis led to the bank’s collapse. This is one of the original notes issued by the Kirtland Safety Society.

Kirtland Safety Society note, 1837, Church History Library.

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 …

Quorums of the Seventy

The first members of the seventy were ordained on February 28, 1835, when Joseph Smith began to call and ordain special missionaries to “prune the vineyard for the last time.” 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