How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants












We are pleased to announce that Richard E. Turley, Jr. and William W. Slaughter, authors of the recently-published How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants, will be at our store on Tuesday, December 11, to speak about the book and sign copies. They will be here at 5:30 pm to sign and will begin speaking at 6:00. We hope you will stick around afterwards to enjoy some refreshments and have another opportunity to get your book signed and visit with the authors.

“The Lord has bestowed a great blessing upon us in giving commandments and revelations,” taught Joseph Smith at a Church conference in 1831. Later, the members voted that the revelations were “worth to the Church the riches of the whole Earth.” Yet today many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know little about how these revelations came to be. Fewer still have seen the precious early manuscripts of the revelations or the early editions of the Doctrine and Covenants and its predecessor, A Book of Commandments.

Like the companion volume on the Book of Mormon, How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants tells the story of this vital book of scripture, discussing each significant edition. It is richly illustrated with fine photographs of rarely seen manuscripts and books (including a grouping of several copies of the Book of Commandments with their variant bindings), as well as of the people who sacrificed to help preserve and publish the revelations. Authors Richard E. Turley Jr. and William W. Slaughter detail the changes, additions, and refinements that occurred with each successive edition of this standard work. The story begins even before Joseph Smith’s First Vision and tells how the revelations were reduced to writing, circulated as manuscripts, and published despite mob violence, eventually penetrating the world as prophesied.


Richard E. Turley Jr. is the Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

William W. Slaughter is a photograph historian and consultation archivist for the LDS Church History Department.


How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants, Turley/Slaughter. Deseret Book, 2012. 146 pp. Hardcover. $34.99.

also available: How We Got the Book of Mormon, Turley/Slaughter. Deseret Book, 2011. 154 pp. Hardcover. $34.99.

Victims, Turley. University of Illinois, 1992. 519 pp. Hardcover. $27.95.

Massacre at Mountain Meadows, Walker/Turley/Leonard. Oxford, 2008. 430 pp. Hardcover. 1st pr. (signed by all three authors)–$75.00. 2nd pr. (signed by all three authors)–$29.99. Book club ed.–$15.99.

Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection, Turley/Walker. BYU Studies, 2009. 341 pp. Hardcover. Reg. $44.95, SALE $29.95.

Women of Faith in the Latter Days, vol. 1, Turley/Chapman. Deseret Book, 2011. 501 pp. Hardcover. $34.99.

Women of Faith in the Latter Days, vol. 2, Turley/Chapman. Deseret Book, 2012. 512 pp. Hardcover. $34.99.

40 Ways to Look at Brigham Young: A New Approach to a Remarkable Man, Orton/Slaughter. Deseret Book, 2008. 323 pp. Paperback. $23.95.

Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail, Slaughter/Landon.  Deseret Book, 1997. 204 pp. Paperback—Reg. $34.95, SALE $14.99/Hardcover–$34.95.

Life in Zion: An Intimate Look at the Latter-Day Saints, 1820-1995, Slaughter. Deseret Book, 1995. 196 pp. Hardcover. $24.95.


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