We are pleased to announce that editors from the two recently-published volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1 (July 1828-June 1831) and vol. 2 (July 1831-January 1833) will be at our store Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to speak about the books and sign copies. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign, and will begin speaking at 6:00 pm. We hope you will stick around afterwards to enjoy some refreshments and have another opportunity to get your books signed and visit with the editors.

The Documents series (which, at 12+ volumes, forms the backbone of the project) includes each of Joseph Smith’s revelations in its earliest form, reports of his discourses, and letters he sent and received. Also found in the series are articles and editorials he wrote for newspapers, minutes of meetings in which he participated, and records of his ecclesiastical administration.

In contrast to previously published volumes, which feature larger, stand-alone works such as journals and compilations of revelations, the Documents series presents in chronological order the core of Joseph Smith’s documentary record. This first volume of the Documents series features Joseph Smith’s earliest surviving papers, including more than sixty of his revelations, most of which were later canonized in the Doctrine and Covenants. Through rich annotation and introductions, the editors present new research explaining the when and why behind the documents. This contextualization helps readers better understand a foundational period of Mormon history, when Joseph Smith translated and published the Book of Mormon (the introduction includes a matter-of-fact discussion of the process of using a seer stone and a hat) and established the Church of Christ. The book also traces the proselytizing mission by Oliver Cowdery and others to Ohio and Missouri and its effects, including the migration of the church from New York to Ohio.

Documents, Volume 2 contains over forty revelations, many of which were later printed in the Doctrine and Covenants. By presenting these revelation texts, this volume chronicles administrative and doctrinal developments in the church. This second volume also contains two letters from Joseph Smith to his wife Emma. These poignant letters depict a family man who missed his wife and daughter when he was traveling and who worried about their safety and well-being.

These fascinating compilations present the ground-breaking research behind the numerous changes in D&C section headings in the 2013 edition of the scriptures.  Meticulously analyzed yet presented in an engaging manner, these volumes are indispensible for understanding early Mormonism.


The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831 ed. by Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit Dirkmaat, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historian’s Press, 2013. 558pp. Hardback. $54.95.

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833 ed. by Matthew C. Godfrey, Mark Ashurst-McGee, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historian’s Press, 2013. 550pp. Hardback. $54.95.

** we offer a 10% subscriber discount to the series—also, we have an “auto-ship” program where we automatically send you each volume (signed, if possible) as they are released—please let us know if you should enroll you


Other volumes in the series:

Joseph Smith Papers Print Edition

Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)

Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., $99.95 (2009)

Includes full-color scans for every page in the two revelation books as well as color-coded transcriptions on the facing page.

Revelations & Translations. Manuscript Revelation Books – Vol. 1, $79.95 (2011)

This volume is simply a different version of #2. This edition does not include all the full-color scans of the original manuscripts (there are a few examples, though) but does include the transcriptions. In addition, this version is the regular size (like #1 and #4). Thus, this is not technically a new volume but a smaller, condensed version of an already published volume.

Revelations & Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations, $69.95 (2011)

Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843), $54.95 (2011)

Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844), $54.95 (2012)

Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847), $54.95 (2012)


Shipping: $5.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional. Priority/FedEx/UPS options available—inquire for details.

Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax

To order copies, please call us at (801) 486-3111/(800) 486-3112 or e-mail us at info@benchmarkbooks.com. Also, if you are unable to attend the signing, let us know if you would like your book(s) to be signed or inscribed.

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