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Journal 11:4

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The Newell K. Whitney Collection

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The Chronology of the Ohio Revelations

Close to one-half of the sections in the Doctrine and Covenants were given in Ohio. Many of these contained fundamental doctrines and principles which were of major importance in the development of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its formative years. This article presents a table containing chronological information and detailed data on the Ohio revelations, as well as sections... Read more

The Meaning of the Kirtland Egyptian Papers

Filed together in a gray cardboard box in the Church Historian's Office is a strange batch of early Church papers, all in the handwriting of men associated with Joseph Smith in Kirtland in 1837, and all classified for one reason or another as "Egyptian." We shall therefore call them "the Kirtland Egyptian Papers."* Along with a number of odds and ends are two impressive documents, one a bound... Read more

The "New Translation" of the Bible, 1830-1833: Doctrinal Development During the Kirtland Era

This article will attempt to look at the Church in the early 1830s and, so far as it is possible, will trace the introduction of several important doctrinal concepts into the Church during that time. In this context we will discuss the role of new translation of the Bible in the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation. When speaking of the "development" of the Church doctrine, we do not... Read more

Kirtland: A Perspective on Time and Place

In a sense Kirtland, Ohio, 1831 to 1838 is a single tree in a forest of places and events. It is well to study the tree, or even to spend time in analysis of one leaf on one branch of the tree, but neither the tree nor a single leaf thereon can really be understood without reference to the entire forest. Each event in time is unique in its relationship to other events. Each place is unique in its... Read more

The Writing of Joseph Smith's History

On April 6, 1830, the day the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, Joseph Smith conveyed a Revelation to the Church which began, "behold there shall be a record kept among you." From that time Joseph Smith and his associates regarded record keeping as a duty imperative. That this 1830 Revelation motivated Joseph Smith's history-writing and record-keeping efforts is evident... Read more

The Impact of the First Preaching in Ohio

Specific plans to preach the restored gospel in the west matured during the second conference after Church organization, held late September, 1830. The missionary theme was prominent during the three-day duration of this conference. The official minutes summarize what was probably the first missionary farewell in LDS history: "Singing and prayer in behalf of Brother Oliver Cowdery and Peter... Read more

Kirtland as a Center of Missionary Activity, 1830-1838

Beginning to hum with the good news of the restoration of the gospel at the end of 1830, Kirtland soon became the unquestioned center of the new Church's proselyting. By January 1831 there was a congregation of about one hundred there—apparently more than the total membership in the New York branches—and in May the New York saints began to move into the Kirtland area. By June, according to rough... Read more

An Impressive Letter from the Pen of Joseph Smith

Because of rivalry and jealousy among the Missouri Saints, the Prophet Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Newel K. Whitney were appointed to sit in council with them in April 1832. This was the second visit by Joseph Smith to the Missouri area. After grievances were amicably settled, the three brethren returned to Kirtland by stage via St. Louis and Vincennes, Indiana. At a point between Vincennes... Read more

Sources on the History of the Mormons in Ohio: 1830-38

This bibliography is based largely on materials discovered by sending out more than 350 letters to individuals and institutions. The compilation of the reponses of these individuals and institutions forms an important body of primary sources on the history of Mormons in Ohio. Documents and artifacts identified in this article are divided into the following categories: letters; diaries, journals,... Read more

Volume 11 Index

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