Doctrine and Covenants

Week 24: End of the Kirtland period; revelations in Missouri, 1838

D&C 111–112, 114–115, 117–120

27 April 2017

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Additional reading and links

  • H. Michael Marquardt, “Martin Harris: The Kirtland Years, 1831–1870,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 35, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 1–40. This article examines Martin Harris’ defection from the Church in Kirtland and his remaining years there until he came to Utah in 1870.
  • Stephen C. Harper, “The Tithing of My People,” Church History: Revelations in Context, last modified 13 January 2016. Harper, a historian for the Church History Department, explains how the Saints in Missouri understood how to calculate “one-tenth of all their interest annually” as tithing (D&C 119:4).
  • E. Jay Bell, “The Windows of Heaven Revisited: The 1899 Tithing Reformation,” Journal of Mormon History 20, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 45–83. The 1963 Church film “The Windows of Heaven” depicts President Lorenzo Snow promising the Saints of drought-stricken St. George that it would rain if they paid their tithing. While President Snow did receive a revelation about the importance of renewed emphasis on tithing, and made inspired promises for paying tithes, he did not make a promise that paying tithing would bring rain to break the drought. Bell’s article investigates the origins of the folklore on which the film was based.

Videos

  • Elder Boyd K. Packer, “The Least of These,” General Conference, October 2004. “I remember my servant Oliver Granger; behold, verily I say unto him that his name shall be had in sacred remembrance from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord” (D&C 117:12).