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- D&C 15 and D&C 16 were received under the same circumstances and their texts are identical, so there is no point in splitting the discussion of those two identical texts among two separate pages.
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- Received: June 1829 at Fayette, New York
- Prior section in chronological order: D&C 14
- Next section in chronological order: D&C 18
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The extra “unto” that appears in D&C 16:5 but not in D&C 15:5 is a later addition. The original text of the two sections is identical.
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- The oldest surviving copies of D&C 15 and D&C 16 are ______.
- D&C 15 and D&C 16 were first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.
- The text of D&C 15 and D&C 16 in significant editions of the Doctrine & Covenants can be found at:
Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 15-16.
- D&C 14, D&C 15, and D&C 16 were all received under the same circumstances in June 1829 and were directed to the three Whitmer brothers who played the most prominent role in bringing forth the Book of Mormon: David, John and Peter Jr.
- D&C 30 contains a second set of three revelations to these same three brothers in late September 1830.
Doctrinal references cited on this page.
Historical references cited on this page.
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