Doctrine and Covenants sections 51 to 57 tell the Lord’s instructions for many of the Saints to move to Missouri. The Lord promises that people who are faithful stewards will enter into the joy of the Lord.
“The Center Place,” Jed Woodworth, Revelations in Context
Doctrine and Covenants 57, given soon after Joseph Smith arrived in western Missouri, oriented the Saints within a sociopolitical space. The article explores the meaning of “the line running directly between Jew and Gentile” (D&C 57:4).
Doctrine and Covenants Contexts, Steven C. Harper, at Book of Mormon Central
Find short articles explaining the background of each section of the Doctrine and Covenants. The same content is presented by section at Doctrine and Covenants Central.
“The Journey of the Colesville Branch,” Joseph F. Darowski, Revelations in Context
D&C 54 was a response to the members of the Colesville Branch (the Knight family and others) being evicted from the property of Leman Copley. Newel Knight was selected to lead the group to Missouri, despite his previous call to serve a proselytizing mission (D&C 52).
“A Bishop unto the Church,” Sherilyn Farnes, Revelations in Context
Edward Partridge was called to go to Missouri in 1831. This short article overviews Edward’s life and dedication. For a longer study of this topic, see “Fact, Fiction and Family Tradition: The Life of Edward Partridge (1793-1840), The First Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Sherilyn Farnes, master’s thesis.