When Joseph Smith and others arrived in Missouri, they found out how much work there was to do there, and they struggled. The Lord told Joseph that although they could not yet see “the designs of God,” blessings would follow their tribulation. At this time, August 1831, the land was dedicated and a temple lot marked with a stone.
“‘Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise’: Building Zion by Becoming Zion,” Scott C. Esplin, You Shall Have My Word: Exploring the Text of the Doctrine and Covenants
A history of the revelations of summer 1831. Section 57 located the City of Zion. Section 58 outlines being faithful in tribulation and obedience to law as principles upon which Zion must be built. Section 59 tells the principles of proper observance of the Lord’s Day.
“Questions and Answers about the Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
On August 3, 1831, eight elders met and dedicated the land, and Joseph Smith laid a stone at the site of the future temple. This article gives the history of the site.
“Historical Context and Background of D&C 58,” by Steven C. Harper and Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Central
Section 58 is a map telling how to get to Zion: to invite people to come, to have faith even though we cannot see, to consecrate what we have. Joseph Smith and Edward Partridge argued over the quality of the land, creating contention until Edward repented.
“Historical Context and Background of D&C 59,” by Steven C. Harper and Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Central
“Section 59 reveals the owner of the created world and invites his heirs in Zion to see themselves as stewards who will be accountable to the Creator for what they do with it.” “Sabbath worship was a low priority for the local settlers. In response, the members of the Church were commanded to take special care to make the Sabbath day important.”