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Week 32: Doctrine and Covenants 85‒87

Week 32: Doctrine and Covenants 85‒87

Doctrine and Covenants sections 85‒87, which date to the last two months of 1832, arose during the course of Joseph Smith's life as he went about fulfilling his duties as prophet. Section 85 came while he was writing a letter. Section 86 came as he was translating the...

Week 31: Doctrine and Covenants 84

Week 31: Doctrine and Covenants 84

The tarring and feathering of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in March 1832 and Joseph's trip to Missouri in April to June of that year were followed by a visit to Kirtland, where Joseph and his family eventually decided to relocate. In September, missionaries who had...

Week 30: Doctrine and Covenants 81‒83

Week 30: Doctrine and Covenants 81‒83

The spring of 1832 was a trying time for the Prophet Joseph Smith. On the night of March 24 and 25, a mob attacked him in his sleep, dragged him from his home, stripped him of his clothing, beat him viciously, choked him to unconsciousness, tried to force poison down...

Week 29: Doctrine and Covenants 77‒80

Week 29: Doctrine and Covenants 77‒80

March 1832 saw additional revelations to follow the great vision of the hereafter that Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon experienced in February (Doctrine and Covenants 76). These March revelations were largely focused on practical concerns of the Church and its members...

Week 28: Doctrine and Covenants 76

Week 28: Doctrine and Covenants 76

In the scriptures and Church history, opposition is often followed by great blessings in an endless cycle of spiritual growth. As William Phelps wrote in "Praise to the Man," "Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven." The opposition that Joseph Smith and Sidney...

Week 27: Doctrine and Covenants 71‒75

Week 27: Doctrine and Covenants 71‒75

The Church was still less than two years old in December 1831 and January 1832 when Joseph Smith received several revelations to guide the Church through the challenges of growth and opposition. During these two months, Joseph turned twenty-six years old. He had been...

Week 26: Doctrine and Covenants 67‒70

Week 26: Doctrine and Covenants 67‒70

The month of November 1831 proved to be an important one in which members met in conference and made key decisions, such as officially publishing the revelations of Joseph Smith for the first time. Record-keeping, something that had been commanded on the day the...

Week 25: Doctrine and Covenants 64‒66

Week 25: Doctrine and Covenants 64‒66

October 1831 was a busy month for Joseph Smith and other Church leaders. The summer trip to Missouri had been good, but problems had piled up in Ohio while they were gone. Now they faced a busy fall catching up. Three revelations received in September and October 1831...

Week 24: Doctrine and Covenants 63

Week 24: Doctrine and Covenants 63

After his trip to Missouri, the Prophet Joseph Smith, along with Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdery, arrived home in Kirtland on August 27, 1831. During their absence, apostasy had begun to take hold in the Church, and among the faithful, there were many questions about...

Week 23: Doctrine and Covenants 60‒62

Week 23: Doctrine and Covenants 60‒62

During the week after Doctrine and Covenants 59 was given, three other revelations followed to guide those returning from Missouri to the places from which they had come. These three revelations, now Doctrine and Covenants sections 60 through 62, helped guide the...

Week 22: Doctrine and Covenants 58‒59

Week 22: Doctrine and Covenants 58‒59

In August 1831 while Joseph Smith was still in Jackson County, Missouri, he received additional revelations to help guide the Saints who were living there and throughout the Church. Two revelations, which today are sections 58 and 59 of the Doctrine and Covenants,...

Week 21: Doctrine and Covenants 51–57

Week 21: Doctrine and Covenants 51–57

In the two months between May 20 and July 20, 1831, the Prophet Joseph Smith received seven revelations to guide the Church in its second year of existence. These revelations covered topics ranging from the first principles and ordinances of the gospel to missionary...