The book of mormon and the doctrine and covenants

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Changing the Revelations, The Case Against Mormonism Chapter 6

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Mormon Doctrines part 1: Core Doctrines

In this section we want to briefly examine the many changes that Joseph Smith made to the Doctrine and Covenants well after they were originally recorded. These changes are extremely important in understanding Joseph Smith's evolving theology as well as trying to understand why the direct commandments from God could be changed so vastly by Joseph as determined was necessary at given times. This section is important because both church leaders and apologists contend that the changes to the Doctrine Covenants have been mostly for grammar, spelling, or just small changes, but as we will detail here the changes not only altered the original commandments, but changed elements of church theology as well.

Doctrine and Covenants

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The book originally contained two parts: a sequence of lectures setting forth basic church doctrine, followed by a compilation of important revelations, or "covenants" of the church: thus the name "Doctrine and Covenants". The remaining portion of the book contains revelations on numerous topics, most of which were dictated by the movement's founder Joseph Smith , supplemented by materials periodically added by each denomination. Controversy has existed between the two largest denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement over some sections added to the LDS edition, attributed to founder Smith. The Doctrine and Covenants was first published in as a later version of the Book of Commandments , which had been partially printed in This earlier book contained 65 early revelations to church leaders, including Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Before many copies of the book could be printed, the printing press and most of the printed copies were destroyed by a mob in Missouri.

In addition to the pages identified in the preceding paragraph, the text block includes six unnumbered pages not accounted for in the pagination: a blank page after page and five blank pages at the end of the volume, after page xxv. An uncut sheet of the first Kirtland issue Dec. Crawley, Peter. A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church. Phelps] et al. Cowdery, Oliver. MS

The Book of Mormon was not just an important religious book for the membership of a relatively small nineteenth-century American church. Nor is it just an interesting record of an ancient people. The Book of Mormon is essential to the message of truth that Deity is imparting to man in this dispensation. He emphasized the warning of condemnation found in Doctrine and Covenants —58 if we neglect the Book of Mormon. The Doctrine and Covenants, however, does more than just warn us.


  1. Leah C. says:

    The Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of the revelations received by Joseph Smith to individuals and for the guidance of the Church

  2. Loyal L. says:

    Mormons are a religious group that embrace concepts of Christianity as well as revelations made by their founder, Joseph Smith.

  3. Rishi S. says:

    The Doctrine and Covenants—A Scripture for All Seasons

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