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The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published August 17th 1835)
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Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I first read this all the way on my own my senior year of high school when we were studying it in seminary. The interesting thing about all the scriptures is that no matter which prophet is recording the history of God's people, or the revelations of God - when the Lord speaks, it is the same 'voice'. So to me, this book of scripture is strong evidence of Joseph Smith's divine calling as a prophet of God.
To add to this testimony, my great-grandmother lived in Tasmania, Australia and was away at
The knowledge, power, and spirit contained herein make me a better person each time I read this book.
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
It seems odd to rate a set of scripture. We were reading this as a family to go along with the year's Sunday school study. I found it amazingly difficult at times to read out loud and other family members had the same problem. It just twisted my tongue up at times. The D&C has some great sections that I don't even remember reading before, even though I have read it all at one time or another. Section 134 on government seemed very important in today's climate. There are a few sections that I have ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
August 2015
Of all the times I have read The Doctrine and Covenants I think this one meant the most to me. Over the past year I've heard a lot of criticism about this book and our early church leaders. As I read it again this year I went into it with different thoughts. Not negative but with more contemplation. I wanted to really understand the revelations and stories of this book. Maybe I am slow to recognize things but it hit me hard that these revelations came directly from the Savior. He was
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I decided to read this book again, since it had been about 15 years. It was a great reminder to me of all the sacrifices Joseph Smith made... for us (everyone). He had such a great relationship with God, and though he wasn't perfect, he was close to it. His life is a testament that Jesus lives and restored the fullness of the gospel back in the 19th century. If it weren't true, there's no way Joseph would've gone through everything he did, put his family through everything they went through, mai ...more
Wayne Goodworth
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of reading the Doctrine and Covenants is the fact, that it is a book full of revelations. I believe that God reveals his will to people today, as he did in ages past. "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Old Testament, Amos, Chapter 3:7). I believe that we should seek The Lord's will in our own lives, and I believe that he will guide and help us through personal revelation. One major reason I enjoy r ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I hope I will never take off my in-read shelf, as every time I dip into it I am electrified. It is an unorthodox book by any account in that, rather than being authored by Joseph Smith or any mortal, it claims to contain direct communication from God, that which He wills for mortals on earth to hear.
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love the D&C. I find it very scary. But it teaches me so much. I always learn so much every time I read it. Joseph Smith was the most amazing man. I have a testimony of his prophecy. I know he received the writings in the D&C as revelation for our day. I need to do so much to be more spiritually prepared.
Diane Mueller
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this right after I had read the Book of Mormon for the first time. I didn't fully understand it at the time but as I continued to reread it through the years I have found scriptures that reach out and touch me. ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the book of greatest significance written in our era, for our era. Impossible to describe the full significance of the power of its doctrines upon my life. A must-read for any modern follower of Christ.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've read it before, but this year in Sunday School we're studying it and I plan to follow along with the lessons each week (it's a New Year's resolution). The great thing about this book of scripture is that it was written specifically for our day by living prophets. The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, as well as the Pearl of Great Price were all written by ancient prophets for their people at their time. Yes, there are lessons for us that can benefit our lives today, here and now, in these ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
read it ! this book is true and i will testify it. my testimony regarding this book is true for i know and i believe that this is a real word of God. the resurrection of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a very complicated book, that like Paul's epistles you need to take with a grain of salt. This is because so much of it was written for other people. However, their teachings can still be learned from. I will say that I enjoy that last thirty sections more than the earlier ones. They were more in depth and represented to me Joseph Smith's peak in spiritual growth. This is where the sublime truths of the gospel can overwhelm my understanding. I need to study these more with topic to topic ...more
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of scripture is more meaningful to me today than before because I appreciate the value of all scripture more as I get older. I especially liked reading it this year as I thought about the value of having a prophet that speaks to us as a people today in our lifetime, not just the ancient prophets. I really thought about what the prophet Joseph Smith and the early leaders went through to bring us these doctrines. Their life was hard and full of trials. I felt close to those courageous p ...more
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I started reading this book in January in order to study along with the Adult Sunday School class, but have continued to just read on my own since now teaching in Primary. Most times I find that God answers me through scripture and the feelings and thoughts that come to me through study and reading.

I have had always been comforted, strengthened , chastened, and loved through the words from God. I know that he loves me, and that he still speaks through a prophet. He guides us today as much as he
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways it takes more to believe in the words of a prophet in our time, as opposed to giving credence to the words of ancient prophets. I am so glad that I was introduced to the Doctrine and Covenants at a tender age when the idea of doubt had not yet been considered in my mind. I am grateful for the instruction and counsel in its pages and the small, but distinct characteristics and whisperings of phrases that speak truth to my heart and give me strength in hard times. It seems that hard t ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm way behind on my goodreads. Tom and I finished reading this book of religious scripture with our kids several months ago as part of our home school. I love the strong, prophetic voice of Joseph Smith. It would be great to hear current day LDS apostles and prophets get up in conference and open talks in the same revelatory fashion as Joseph Smith. I don't think the same type of revelation is happening at the moment; life is way too easy! Just biding time.... ...more
Jan 28, 2008 added it
Shelves: hated-it
Found out that Presbyterians are the only religion mentioned specifically as being wrong! Cool. Also learned that protestant churches are "dead branches off a dead tree" and the R.C. Church is the "whore of the world" or some such nonsense. ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church
The Doctrine & Covenants is not as easy to read as the Book of Mormon, but I am finding so much more to it now that I'm using the book "Making Sense of the Doctrine & Covenants". I love church history & the people involved in helping Joseph Smith restore the gospel. ...more
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book. It was wonderful! It was nice because I felt like I was receiving knowledge that I could to relate to. This book is overlooked quite a bit in the LDS religion, but it is still a very important book to read. Everyone should read it.
Ernie Dawson
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It will probably take an entire millennium to digest the truths of this book. President Benson referred to it as the Capstone of our religion. Many LDS fail to appreciate this great book. Joseph Smith said that there were "no mistakes in the revelations" ...more
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Some nice thoughts. I have always struggled to understand that role that it ultimately plays in the LDS faith. Is it just advice or is it gospel law?
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, church
On my quest to read all the standard works in one year. I just have the BoM left.

Reread 8/26/17.
Tanya W
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of scripture revealed through the prophet called to restore the Church of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith. The revelations are the words of Jesus Christ. In most case there is a background to each section and it is addressed to a particular individual, but many of the sections and verses have application to all of us. Like all books of holy scripture, this one has it's verses that might seem boring or not particularly relevant to us. But this has so many verses that are personally very ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
It is more understandable than the Bible but it still has parts I don't understand. They are events and people I don't relate to as they are of a different age than my own. It is not a fault of the book but my own, needing to become more familiar with my own history.
I glory in the efforts put forth by the early members of the Church to establish said church and to go on despite persecutions which were very severe. Many of these were my forbears. Thanks go to them for the excellent conditions we
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Great read AGAIN! Finished it with my seminary class. So proud of all of the amazing kids in my class & around the world who rallied to read the ENTIRE D&C on their own in accordance with the new requirement to read the book to get credit for seminary graduation. Awesome kids will do awesome things in their lives & for others. They learned that they can do hard things (this was VERY hard for many of them, especially those who started to read late). We all signed a 'wall of fame' board in our sem ...more
Barbara Lovejoy
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I finished reading the Doctrine and Covenants again as I read it in conjunction with the Doctrine & Covenants and Church History Seminary Manual. I was amazed at the many "gems" I discovered during this reading that I had either hadn't seen or had forgotten from previous readings. What a blessing to my life!

September 17, 2014: It had been too long since I read the Doctrine and Covenants from cover to cover. Soooo MANY "gems" in this volume of scripture that can enrich my life if I apply them.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
Neck-deep in hokey, but if you're interested in learning how Joseph Smith interacted with his followers, you'll have to wade through it. Much like flipping through a catalog of wartime propaganda posters. Note the chapters come in no particular order--not thematic, not chronological. But there is a chronological index, and plenty of outside reference material for context. ...more
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's curious about the LDS church
I read this right after I read The Book of Mormon (which I LOVED). This book has more to do with the organization of the church... so at times it was hard to keep reading, but everytime I did just push forward, I was rewarded with a beautiful section that answered a lot of my questions. I really enjoyed my experience while reading this book.
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have read this in college for my BYU religion class and am reading it again (rather, listening on my iPod) for Sunday School this year. So many gems are found here, revelations to Joseph Smith that were ahead of this time. I treasure the counsel and words of wisdom to help me prepare for the troublesome days ahead.
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