How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants

by Richard E. Turley, Jr., William W. Slaughter

How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants
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"The Lord has bestowed a great blessing upon us in giving commandments and revelations," taught Joseph Smith at a Church conference in 1831. Later, the members voted that the revelations were "worth to the Church the riches of the whole Earth."

Yet today many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know little about how these revelations came to be. Fewer still have seen the precious early manuscripts of the revelations or the early editions of the Doctrine and Covenants and its predecessor, A Book of Commandments.

How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants tells the story of this vital book of scripture, tracing each important step in accurate but easy-to-read language. It is richly illustrated with fine photographs of rarely seen manuscripts and books, as well as of the people who sacrificed to help preserve and publish the revelations.

Authors Richard E. Turley Jr. and William W. Slaughter detail the changes, additions, and refinements that occurred with each successive edition of this standard work. The story begins even before Joseph Smith's First Vision and tells how the revelations were reduced to writing, circulated as manuscripts, and published despite mob violence, eventually penetrating the world as prophesied.

How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants will help you come to know that revelation is not just an event. It is part of a continuing process of unfolding God's will and word "line upon line" and "precept upon precept," according to the needs of his people in each generation.


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About the Authors

Richard E. Turley, Jr.

RICHARD E. TURLEY, JR., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the chairman of the editorial board for The Joseph Smith Papers series. He is the author or co-author of several books, including How We Got the Book of Mormon, with William W. Slaughter; Massacre at Mountain Meadows, with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard; and Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith, with Lael Littke. In addition, he is the coeditor of the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days, with Brittany A. Chapman. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Taylorsville, Utah.

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William W. Slaughter

William W. Slaughter is a photograph historian and consultation archivist for the LDS Church History Department. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Joseph Smith's America with Chad Orton and Trail of Hope with Michael N. Landon. William and his wife, Sheri, live in Salt Lake City.

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