Featured Topics

These finding aids include collections of links to Joseph Smith documents related to specific topics. Use these pages as a ready reference to some of the most frequently searched-for documents on the Joseph Smith Papers website. New finding aids are added on a regular basis.

The First Vision

First Vision Accounts
Read all of Joseph Smith’s accounts of the First Vision, available in English, Cebuano, 中文, 简体中文, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Português, Русский, Gagana Samoa, Español, Tagalog, Faka-tonga

Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity
See all of the accounts of the First Vision written by Joseph Smith and his contemporaries during his lifetime

Guides to the Papers

Calendar of Documents
A complete list of all versions of all Joseph Smith Papers documents, in chronological order

Corresponding Dates in Versions of the Manuscript History
A guide for comparing the published History of the Church against earlier versions

Documents in Joseph Smith’s Handwriting
A list of all documents written by Joseph Smith himself

Autobiographical and historical accounts written by Joseph Smith and his scribes

Joseph Smith’s Correspondence
Joseph Smith’s letters to his wife Emma, family members, church leaders, politicians, attorneys, and many others

Priesthood Licenses Signed by Joseph Smith or the First Presidency
Licenses certifying an individual’s priesthood office in the church

Sermons and Teachings

Accounts of the “King Follett Sermon”
A guide to all contemporary sources of Joseph Smith’s discourse on what he called “the subject of the dead”

Religious Freedom
Joseph Smith’s most significant statements and writings concerning freedom of worship

Sources for Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith
A guide for finding the original documents behind the oft-quoted Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith


The Council of Fifty in Nauvoo
Documents related to the council formed in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1844 to establish a new home for the Latter-day Saints

Joseph Smith and the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo
Documents such as the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Minute Book, illustrating Joseph Smith’s interactions with the women’s organization

Priesthood Restoration
The earliest records describing the restoration of ecclesiastical authority

Revelations and Translations

Book of Abraham and Egyptian Material
Documents and other materials relating to the four ancient Egyptian mummies and several papyrus scrolls acquired by Joseph Smith and others in Kirtland, Ohio

Sources behind the Doctrine and Covenants
An easy-to-use list linking to the earliest version of each section of the current Latter-day Saint edition of the Doctrine and Covenants

Corresponding Chapters in Editions of the Book of Mormon
A table for comparing different editions of the Book of Mormon, including the 2013 Latter-day Saint edition

Corresponding Section Numbers in Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants
A list of all sections included in various editions of the Doctrine and Covenants

The Gold Plates and the Translation of the Book of Mormon
A compilation of Joseph Smith’s accounts of how the Book of Mormon came to be

The Pearl of Great Price
A list of the earliest extant versions of the documents that were used to create The Pearl of Great Price

Publishing Joseph Smith’s Revelations
Documents relating to the publication of the Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covenants