Visions and Revelations

June 6, 1831

Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 52, a revelation organizing pairs of elders to proselyte en route to the next Church conference to be held in Missouri.

June 14, 1831

Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 55, a revelation calling William W. Phelps to preach the gospel and to assist in making books of instruction for the children of the Church.

June 19, 1831

After receiving the commandment by heavenly vision to travel to western Missouri, Joseph Smith started on his first journey to Independence, Missouri, with Sidney Rigdon and others, arriving on July 14.

August 7, 1831

Joseph Smith attended the funeral of Sister Polly Knight, the first Church member to pass away in Missouri, and received Doctrine and Covenants 59, a revelation about Sabbath observance.


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