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Relationship to Doctrine & Covenants. The relationship of Sections 121-123 to the Doctrine & Covenants as a whole is discussed at Doctrine & Covenants: Unities.
Audience. D&C 121-123 is addressed to the Saints, who are leaving Missouri for Iowa and Illinois.
Story. D&C 121-123 contains portions from a letter that Joseph Smith wrote while to the Saints while he was incarcerated in Liberty Jail. Sections 121-123 do not consist of a single uninterrupted excerpt, but consist of seven separate excerpts. Each of these seven excerpts is separated in the original letter by additional text, so that the train of thought does not run without interruption from excerpt to the next. Those excerpts are:
- D&C 121:1-6: __.
- D&C 121:7-25: __.
- D&C 121:26-32: __.
- D&C 121:33: __.
- D&C 121:34-46: __.
- D&C 122:1-9: __.
- D&C 123:1-17: __.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in D&C 121-123 include:
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- Prior section in chronological order: D&C 120
- Next section in chronological order: D&C 124
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- The oldest surviving copy of D&C 121-123 is __.
- D&C 121-123 was first published in __.
- D&C 121-123 was first included in the Doctrine & Covenants in the 18__ edition.
- The text of D&C 121-123 in significant editions of the Doctrine & Covenants can be found at: <NEED TO UPDATE REFERENCES>
- Changes to the text of D&C 121-123:
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