Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 124

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 124, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 124, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 124

Illinois. Hancock Co. Nauvoo. Smith, Joseph homestead

The Smith family homestead, Nauvoo, Illinois, USA, was the home of Joseph and Emma Smith when they first gathered to the village of Commerce, Illinois (later renamed Nauvoo).


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

Revelation, 19 January 1841 [D&C 124]

On 19 January 1841, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation in Nauvoo, Illinois, designating the city as the new gathering place for the Latter-day Saints. The revelation initially addressed Joseph Smith personally before instructing other individuals and the Saints generally. More …


The Lord commanded the Saints to build a temple in Nauvoo. The cornerstones were laid on April 6, 1841. It was dedicated on May 1, 1846, as the Saints were fleeing persecution in Nauvoo.

William Weeks, Sunstone Capital from the Nauvoo Temple, 1846, limestone, Smithsonian National Museum of American History.


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

The Nauvoo Temple: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast

The Nauvoo Temple: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast

Episode 1: A New City, a New Temple

Episode 2: Revelations, Designes, and Quarries

Episode 3: A Welding Link

Episode 4: Obstacles

Episode 5: Looking toward Eternity

Episode 6: Martyrdom, Dedication, and Exodus

Episode 7: The Return to Nauvoo

Episode 8: An Old City, a New Temple

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

Organizing the Church in Nauvoo

D&C 124, 125

After being driven from their homes in northern Missouri, the Saints fled east to the Mississippi, taking refuge for the winter of 1838–39 in various settlements along the river in Iowa Territory and Illinois. More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 35

A Beautiful Place

On January 19, 1841, the Lord blessed the Saints with a new revelation. He assured them that He had welcomed Edward Partridge and Joseph Smith Sr. into His care, alongside David Patten, who had been killed at the Crooked River skirmish. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 37

We Will Prove Them

On January 5, 1842, Joseph opened a store in Nauvoo and cheerfully greeted his many customers. More …

Joseph Smith's Office Sign

This sign hung over the door to Joseph Smith’s office on the second floor of his store in Nauvoo, Illinois. The office served as Church headquarters and as the place where Joseph conducted civic business as Nauvoo mayor.

Joseph Smith’s office sign, ca. 1842, metal and wood, Church History Museum.

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 …

Patriarchal Blessings

The Bible and Book of Mormon describe ancient patriarchs who bestowed inheritances upon their posterity by giving them blessings. 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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City of Nauvoo Plat Map

Gustavus Hill, Sutcliffe Maudsley, and William Weeks, Map of the City of Nauvoo, ca. 1842, Church History Museum.