Doctrine and Covenants

Week 3: translation of the Book of Mormon and the Three Witnesses

D&C 3, 5, 10, 17

17 September 2020

(delayed because of COVID-19 meeting restrictions)


Notes and lesson materials will be posted after the class has been held.

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Lesson 3 notes

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Lesson 3 slideshow (on‑screen version)

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Lesson 3 slideshow (printable version)

Additional reading and links

  • Matthew McBride, “The Contributions of Martin Harris: D&C 3, 5, 10, 17, 19,” Church History: Revelations in Context, last modified 3 January 2013.

  • Elden J. Watson, “Approximate Book of Mormon Translation Timeline.”

  • Robert F. Smith, Gordon C. Thomasson, and John W. Welch, “What Did Charles Anthon Really Say?”, in Reexploring the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1992), 73–75.

  • Book of Mormon Translation,” Gospel Topics Essays. This article on the Church’s website explores how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and what physical instruments he used in the translation process.

  • Richard E. Turley Jr., Robin S. Jensen, and Mark Ashurst-McGee, “Joseph the Seer,” Ensign (October 2015): 45–55. Turley, Assistant Church Historian and Recorder, and Jensen and Ashurst-McGee, Church historians, examine what the historical record reveals about how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.

  • Richard Lloyd Anderson, “‘By the Gift and Power of God’,” Ensign (September 1977): 79–91.


From the Church History Department: Mason Allred and Mark Ashurst-McGee discuss the various historical accounts of the Book of Mormon translation process, including accounts of Joseph Smith using a seer stone to translate.