D&C 10

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Doctrine & Covenants > Section 10

Subpages: Verses 1-5, Verses 6-10, Verses 11-15, Verses 16-20, Verses 21-25, Verses 26-30, Verses 31-35, Verses 36-40, Verses 41-45, Verses 46-50, Verses 51-55, Verses 56-60, Verses 61-65, Verses 66-70

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Historical setting[edit]

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D&C 10 likely consists of two parts received several months apart.[1]

Verses 1-37[edit]

  • Received: late September 1828 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 3
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 4

The immediate setting of D&C 10:1-37 was

Verses 38-70[edit]

  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 13
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 11

The immediate setting of D&C 10:38-70 was


For a brief overview of D&C 10 in historical relation to the rest of the Doctrine & Covenants, see Historical Overview of the Restoration Scriptures. For lengthier discussions of the historical setting, see Historical Context of the Doctrine & Covenants, chapter 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.


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Related sections and chapters[edit]

  • D&C 3 marked the beginning of Joseph Smith's probation following his loss of the 116 page manuscript. The first half of D&C 10 marked the end of that probation and instructed him not to retranslate the lost manuscript. The second half of D&C 10 instructed Joseph to instead replace the lost manuscript by translating the small plates of Nephi (First Nephi through Words of Mormon).

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Text transmission and circulation[edit]

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  • The oldest surviving partial copy of D&C 10 (verses 42-70) is the one copied by John Whitmer into Revelation Book 1, p. 11-12, presumably during the summer of 1830. The oldest surviving complete copy is ________.
  • D&C 10 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.


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Notes[edit]

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  1. Parkin, Max H. "A Preliminary Analysis of the Dating of Section 10." In The Seventh Annual Sperry Symposium: The Doctrine & Covenants, p. 68-84. Provo: BYU Press, 1979.



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