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Doctrine and Covenants 115–120

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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 115–120, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 115–120, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 115–120


Spring Hill, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Missouri, USA, where in May 1838 Joseph Smith identified the region as the place where Adam, the Ancient of Days, would visit his people as prophesied in Daniel.


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

Revelation, 26 April 1838 [D&C 115]

Joseph Smith dictated a revelation on 26 April 1838 stating that the city of Far West, Missouri, “should be built up” by the gathering of the Saints and that they should build a temple there. More …

Excerpt from Joseph Smith, Journal, 19 May 1838

This entry from Joseph Smith’s journal records what is now canonized as Doctrine and Covenants 116. More …

Revelation, 8 July 1838–E [D&C 117]

On Sunday, 8 July 1838, Joseph Smith dictated five revelations, each of which concerned church leadership or finances. More …

Revelation, 8 July 1838–A [D&C 118]

On Sunday, 8 July 1838, Joseph Smith dictated five revelations, each of which concerned church leadership or finances; one of these revelations regarded the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. More …

Revelation, 8 July 1838–C [D&C 119]

In the latter half of 1837, the bishops in Missouri and Kirtland, Ohio, took new steps to address the church’s financial problems. More …

Revelation, 8 July 1838–D [D&C 120]

In 1837 William W. Phelps and John Whitmer, counselors in the Zion presidency, began making significant financial decisions without the input of the high council or the bishopric. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Journal, March–September 1838 [D&C 116]

The following is an excerpt from Joseph Smith’s 1838 journal. More …

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Far West and Adam-ondi-Ahman

D&C 115, 116, 117

During the final months of 1837, apostasy began to affect the Church in Kirtland, Ohio. More …

“Take Special Care of Your Family”

D&C 118, 126

Shortly after the Young family’s arrival in Far West, Joseph Smith received an unpublished revelation instructing Brigham that he was not to leave his family again “until they are amply provided for.” More …

“The Tithing of My People”

D&C 119, 120

After a challenging year in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph Smith arrived in Far West, Missouri, in early 1838, ready to make a new start. 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

In spring, a revelation came to the prophet in Far West. “Arise and shine forth,” the Lord told the Saints, “that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” More …

Volume 1, Chapter 27

We Proclaim Ourselves Free

Back in Missouri, Joseph was optimistic about the future of the church. More …

Global Histories: England

Summary of the history of the Church in England

After a year of preaching in the Preston area, Heber C. Kimball and his companions returned to the United States. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations


Speaking of a prominent knoll called Spring Hill, the Lord in a revelation explained that He had named it “Adam-ondi-Ahman.” More …

Consecration and Stewardship

Since the dawn of the Christian era, many groups have tried to emulate the New Testament Christians who “had all things common.” More …

Dissent in the Church

Early Latter-day Saints made great sacrifices to gather together and build a society inspired by Enoch’s Zion. More …

Kirtland Safety Society

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

Name of the Church

The Book of Mormon reports that when Jesus Christ visited the Nephites, He taught that the Church should be called after His name. 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 …


In 1838, Apostle Thomas B. Marsh informed Joseph Smith that the Saints in Far West, Missouri, desired further instructions on how to fully live the law of consecration. More …

Wards and Stakes

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