Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 133–134

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 133–134, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 133–134, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 133–134

Room with plain white walls, orange chair rail and window casings, and 19th century desks.

Joseph Smith’s office in the John and Elsa Johnson home, Hiram, Ohio, USA. The Prophet worked on his inspired translation of the Bible and received revelations in this room.


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

Revelation, 3 November 1831 [D&C 133]

According to a later history, Joseph Smith dictated this revelation on 3 November 1831 in answer to elders’ questions about “the gathering” and “preaching the gospel to the inhabitants of the earth.” More …

Appendix 4: Declaration on Government and Law, circa August 1835 [D&C 134]

On 17 August 1835, Oliver Cowdery and Sidney Rigdon presented the Doctrine and Covenants to a general assembly of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, for approval. More …


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

Historical Background

Conference Minutes, 17 August 1835

Convened in Kirtland August 17th. A.D. 1835 by the presidency of the Church of the Latter-Day-Saints, for the purpose of Examining a book of commandments and covenants, which has been compiled and written by the following committee, which was appointed by a general assembly of the Church in Kirtland. More …

Revelations in Context

Essays on the background of each revelation

William McLellin’s Five Questions

D&C 1, 65, 66, 67, 68, 133

After the conference concluded, McLellin stayed with Joseph Smith for another two weeks, copying revelations and preparing for an upcoming mission with Samuel H. Smith to the eastern states. He may even have been present on November 3 when Joseph received what would become known as the appendix to the Book of Commandments. More …

Of Governments and Laws

D&C 134

Lyman Wight looked with pride upon his father’s military service during the American Revolution. To Wight, American victory in that conflict had done more than secure independence for the United States; it had secured rights to life and liberty for the American people. More …

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

Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations

Volume 1, Chapter 36

Incline Them to Gather

Joseph also had confidence in the United States Constitution, which protected the free exercise of religion. Earlier that year, the Nauvoo City Council had affirmed this right when it passed an ordinance declaring that all religious groups were permitted to worship freely in Nauvoo. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

American Legal and Political Institutions

The system of government established in the United States was unusual and widely seen as experimental. More …

Council of Fifty

Less than four months before his death in 1844, Joseph Smith convened a council to discuss proposed Latter-day Saint settlements in areas that were then outside the United States. More …

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 …


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