Supplemental Information on the Doctrine and Covenants


What is the “Doctrine” and “Covenants”?


The Doctrine and Covenants was received by:


Early Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants

·        The “Article and Covenants” was essentially Section 20.

·        The “Book of the Law of the Lord” was a further compilation of revelations which was published in the Evening and Morning Star

·        The “Book of Commandments” was compiled in 1833.

o     Most copies and the printing press were destroyed by a mob

o     65 chapters—all revelations—were published in one part

o     Section 1 was given by the Lord for the preface

o     Some 3,000 copies were to be printed

o     It measured 2.5 x 4 x 0.5 inches thick

·        The Doctrine and Covenants 1835 edition was

o     Printed in Kirtland, Ohio

o     Divided into two parts

o     Composed of 102 sections and the Lectures on Faith (theological lessons)

o     Section 133 was inserted in the appendix of the book

·        The Doctrine and Covenants 1844 edition:

o     Printed in Nauvoo, Illinois

o     Contained 111 sections as well as the Lectures on Faith

o     Followed the two-part order of the 1835 edition 

·        The Doctrine and Covenants 1876 edition was

o     Composed of 136 sections and the Lectures on Faith

§      Sections 2, 13, 77, 85, 87, 108-111, 113-118, 120-123, 125, 126, 129-132, and 136 were added after Joseph Smith’s death

o     The first edition printed in Utah

o     Divided by Elder Orson Pratt into short verses with footnotes and references in 1879

o     The first in which Section 132 replaced Section 109 on marriage (109 was omitted)

·        The Doctrine and Covenants 1908 edition

o     Included the “Manifesto”, which was added to the back of the book. It officially replaced the teaching of section 132.

·        The Doctrine and Covenants 1921 edition

o     Removed the Lectures on Faith

o     Included headings and footings by Elder James E. Talmage

·        The Doctrine and Covenants 1981 edition

o     Added sections 137-138

o     Added the Official Declaration 2 (all worthy male members could now hold the priesthood)

o     Updated the headings and enhanced the cross references


Individuals involved in receiving the revelations and visions included:

Joseph Smith, Jr.

Brigham Young—Section 136

Oliver Cowdrey—Section 134

John Taylor—Section 135

Wilford Woodruff—The “Manifesto”

Lorenzo Snow—Affirmation of the “Manifesto”

Joseph F. Smith—Section 138

Spencer W. Kimball—Official Declaration 2


The Importance of the Doctrine and Covenants is stated in the following scriptures:


Selected verses of D&C section 1: