Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

(1835)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

The present excerpt from the Doctrine and Covenants contains only three of the document’s 138 revelations, which are called “sections.” The entire work also contains two “official declarations” that, while they are not authoritative revelations themselves, publicly declare two revelations received by later presidents of the LDS. The sections reprinted here speak to the church’s organization and two of the more controversial aspects of their early doctrine and practice: plural marriage (polygamy) and the baptism of the dead by proxy. Although...

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