Church History
Doctrine and Covenants 137–138

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Doctrine and Covenants 137–138, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020)

Doctrine and Covenants 137–138, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Doctrine and Covenants 137–138


The Beehive House, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, was the home of three Church presidents and the site of President Joseph F. Smith’s vision of the spirit world in October 1918.

Photograph by Charles R. Savage, Church History Library, PH 1986.


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

Visions, 21 January 1836 [D&C 137]

The winter of 1835–1836 was a time of meetings and instruction in Kirtland, Ohio, as the Latter-day Saints prepared for the forthcoming solemn assembly in the House of the Lord and for the divine endowment of power long promised to be received there. More …

Revelation regarding the Spirit World, 1918 October 3 [D&C 138]

Signed typescript of the revelation given to Joseph F. Smith, now canonized as Doctrine and Covenants section 138. View the typescript here.


Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations

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 interior of the temple was completed in stages, and as rooms were completed, Church leaders and members began to use them for various purposes. More …

Susa Young Gates and the Vision of the Redemption of the Dead

D&C 138

On the evening of Friday, November 5, 1918, Susa Young Gates and her husband, Jacob, stopped by the home of some close friends to pick up a box of apples. 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 afternoon of January 21, Joseph, his counselors, and his father climbed the stairs to a loft in the printing office behind the temple. More …

Volume 1, Chapter 35

A Beautiful Place

A few weeks later, as high temperatures continued in Nauvoo and sickness claimed still more lives, Joseph’s friend Seymour Brunson passed away. More …

Church History Topics

Essays on subjects related to the revelations

Kirtland Temple

For three years, the Saints consecrated much of their time and talents to construct the House of the Lord, later known as the Kirtland Temple. 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