Doctrine and Covenants

Week 1: Introduction; reception, editing & publication of Joseph Smith’s revelations

D&C 1

3 September 2020

(canceled because of COVID-19 meeting restrictions)


Additional reading and links

  • Elder Steven E. Snow, “Treasuring the Doctrine and Covenants,” Ensign, January 2009, 50–53.

  • James B. Allen, “Line Upon Line,” Ensign, July 1979, 32–39. Church history reveals how the Lord has continually added to his people’s knowledge and understanding.

  • Melvin J. Petersen, “Preparing Early Revelations for Publication,” Ensign, February 1985, 14–20. Petersen explores how Joseph edited his early revelations into the form we have in our current Doctrine and Covenants.

  • Approaching Mormon Doctrine,” Newsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4 May 2007.

  • Mystery Solved: Who wrote the Lectures on Faith?,” LDS Perspectives Podcast #44 (12 July 2017). In this illuminating podcast, Noel Reynolds, BYU professor emeritus and a long-time Book of Mormon scholar, discusses who wrote the Lectures and what Joseph Smith thought about them. (You can listen to the interview or read the transcript.)

Uncanonized Revelations from the Time of Joseph Smith

The Doctrine and Covenants contains revelations to the Prophet Joseph Smith that were “carefully selected” from all the revelations that he had received. At least forty-three uncanonized revelations and inspired statements were made by Joseph and other Church leaders during Joseph’s lifetime. Here the known revelations that were received during the Prophet’s life but not published as scripture: