Chronology of Texts in the Doctrine and Covenants

(The principal source texts for the Book of Commandments (top of stack) were Revelation Book 1 (middle) and various issues of The Evening and the Morning Star (bound collection, bottom). Church History Library, Salt Lake City. )
The following table lists in chronological order all the revelations and other texts that appear in the current (2013) Latter-day Saint edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. For this same list in section order, see Sources behind the Doctrine and Covenants. To compare other versions of the revelations, see Corresponding Section Numbers in Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Dates given in the table were usually determined based on information found in the texts themselves and in other historical documents. In several cases, dates are approximate. For more information on the dating of the texts listed here, see the historical introductions that appear before the texts. The final five texts listed in this table did not originate with Joseph Smith, but with later church leaders. See also Sources behind the Doctrine and Covenants.
Document Title with Date Section Number
Revelation, July 1828 3
Revelation, February 1829 4
Revelation, March 1829 5
Revelation, April 1829–A 6
Revelation, Spring 1829 10
Revelation, April 1829–B 8
Account of John, April 1829–C 7
Revelation, April 1829–D 9
Revelation, May 1829–A 11
Revelation, May 1829–B 12
Revelation, June 1829–A 14
Revelation, June 1829–B 18
Revelation, June 1829–C 15
Revelation, June 1829–D 16
Revelation, June 1829–E 17
Revelation, circa Summer 1829 19
Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830 20
Revelation, 6 April 1830 21
Revelation, April 1830–A 23:1–2
Revelation, April 1830–B 23:3
Revelation, April 1830–C 23:4
Revelation, April 1830–D 23:5
Revelation, April 1830–E 23:6–7
Revelation, 16 April 1830 22
Revelation, July 1830–A 24
Revelation, July 1830–B 26
Revelation, July 1830–C 25
Revelation, circa August 1830 27
Revelation, September 1830–A 29
Revelation, September 1830–B 28
Revelation, September 1830–C 30:1–4
Revelation, September 1830–D 30:5–8
Revelation, September 1830–E 30:9–11
Revelation, September 1830–F 31
Revelation, October 1830–A 32
Revelation, October 1830–B 33
Revelation, 4 November 1830 34
Revelation, 7 December 1830 35
Revelation, 9 December 1830 36
Revelation, 30 December 1830 37
Explanation of Scripture, 1830 74
Revelation, 2 January 1831 38
Revelation, 5 January 1831 39
Revelation, 6 January 1831 40
Revelation, 4 February 1831 41
Revelation, 9 February 1831 42:1–72
Revelation, February 1831–A 43
Revelation, February 1831–B 44
Revelation, 23 February 1831 42:74–93
Revelation, circa 7 March 1831 45
Revelation, circa 8 March 1831–A 46
Revelation, circa 8 March 1831–B 47
Revelation, 10 March 1831 48
Revelation, 7 May 1831 49
Revelation, 9 May 1831 50
Revelation, 20 May 1831 51
Revelation, 6 June 1831 52
Revelation, 8 June 1831 53
Revelation, 10 June 1831 54
Revelation, 14 June 1831 55
Revelation, 15 June 1831 56
Revelation, 20 July 1831 57
Revelation, 1 August 1831 58
Revelation, 7 August 1831 59
Revelation, 8 August 1831 60
Revelation, 12 August 1831 61
Revelation, 13 August 1831 62
Revelation, 30 August 1831 63
Revelation, 11 September 1831 64
Revelation, 29 October 1831 66
Revelation, 30 October 1831 65
Revelation, 1 November 1831–A 68
Revelation, 1 November 1831–B 1
Revelation, circa 2 November 1831 67
Revelation, 3 November 1831 133
Revelation, 11 November 1831–A 69
Revelation, 11 November 1831–B 107 (partial)
Revelation, 12 November 1831 70
Revelation, 1 December 1831 71
Revelation, 4 December 1831–A 72:1–8
Revelation, 4 December 1831–B 72:9–23
Revelation, 4 December 1831–C 72:24–26
Revelation, 10 January 1832 73
Revelation, 25 January 1832–A 75:1–22
Revelation, 25 January 1832–B 75:23–36
Vision, 16 February 1832 76
Revelation, 1 March 1832 78
Revelation, 7 March 1832 80
Revelation, 12 March 1832 79
Revelation, 15 March 1832 81
Answers to Questions, between circa 4 and circa 20 March 1832 77
Revelation, 26 April 1832 82
Revelation, 30 April 1832 83
Revelation, 29 August 1832 99
Revelation, 22–23 September 1832 84
Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 November 1832 85
Revelation, 6 December 1832 86
Revelation, 25 December 1832 87
Revelation, 27–28 December 1832 88:1–126
Revelation, 3 January 1833 88:127–137
Revelation, 27 February 1833 89
Revelation, 8 March 1833 90
Revelation, 9 March 1833 91
Revelation, 15 March 1833 92
Revelation, 6 May 1833 93
Revelation, 1 June 1833 95
Revelation, 4 June 1833 96
Revelation, 2 August 1833–A 97
Revelation, 2 August 1833–B 94
Revelation, 6 August 1833 98
Revelation, 12 October 1833 100
Revelation, 16–17 December 1833 101
Revised Minutes, 18–19 February 1834 102
Revelation, 24 February 1834 103
Revelation, 23 April 1834 104
Revelation, 22 June 1834 105
Revelation, 25 November 1834 106
Instruction on Priesthood, between circa 1 March and circa 4 May 1835 107 (complete)
Revelation, circa June 1835 68 (revised)
Revelation, circa August 1835 27 (revised)
Declaration on Government and Law, circa August 1835 134
Revelation, 26 December 1835 108
Visions, 21 January 1836 137
Prayer of Dedication, 27 March 1836 109
Visions, 3 April 1836 110
Revelation, 6 August 1836 111
Revelation, 23 July 1837 112
Questions and Answers, between circa 16 and circa 29 March 1838–A 113:1–6
Questions and Answers, between circa 16 and circa 29 March 1838–B 113:7–10
Revelation, 11 April 1838 114
Revelation, 26 April 1838 115
Excerpt from JS, Journal, 19 May 1838 116
Excerpt from History, vol. A-1, pp. 5–6, circa May 1838 2
Excerpt from History, vol. A-1, p. 17, circa May 1838 13
Revelation, 8 July 1838–A 118
Revelation, 8 July 1838–C 119
Revelation, 8 July 1838–D 120
Revelation, 8 July 1838–E 117
Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839 121
Letter to Edward Partridge and the Church, circa 22 March 1839, a continuation of the 20 March 1839 letter 122, 123
Revelation, 19 January 1841 124
Revelation, circa Early March 1841 125
Revelation, 9 July 1841 126
Letter to “All the Saints in Nauvoo,” 1 September 1842 127
Letter to the Church, 7 September 1842 128
Instruction, 9 February 1843 129
Instructions, 2 April 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards; Instruction, 2 April 1843, as Reported by William Clayton 130
Instruction, 16 May 1843, as Reported by William Clayton 131:1–4
Discourse, 17 May 1843–A, as Reported by William Clayton 131:5–6
Discourse, 17 May 1843–B, as Reported by William Clayton 131:7–8
Revelation, 12 July 1843 132
Account of the Martyrdom, circa July 1844 (not a Joseph Smith document) 135
Revelation to Brigham Young, 14 January 1847 (not a Joseph Smith document) 136
Manifesto Ending Polygamy, 24 September 1890 (not a Joseph Smith document) OD1
Vision to Joseph F. Smith, 3 October 1918 (not a Joseph Smith document) 138
Announcement of End of Priesthood Restriction, 8 June 1978 (not a Joseph Smith document) OD2