This page contains resources to help you plan lessons, contribute more in class, or just plain get more out of the scriptures.
Resources for Doctrine & Covenants and Church History
Engaging Gospel Doctrine
The following key books will be tremendously valuable as you study the D&C and Church History.
On the Doctrine & Covenants
Lyndon Cook, The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants. Available for $8.39 on Kindle.
Making Precious Things Plain, a series of resources for students and teachers of Gospel Doctrine
On Church History
Richard Bushman, Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction.
Matthew Bowman, The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith
Leonard Arrington, The Mormon Experience: A HISTORY OF THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS
In addition, the following site and article provide a great starting point:
An Ensign article on the history of the D&C by Robert J. Woodford, the editor of the Joseph Smith papers.
Text and Context (Excavating Scripture)
These are reference and more detailed works.
Doctrine & Covenants
Best, Karl F. “Changes in the Revelations, 1833 to 1835,” Dialogue Vol. 25, Issue 1.
Black, Susan Easton. Who’s Who in the Doctrine & Covenants. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft 1997.
Howard, Richard P. Restoration Scriptures: A Study of Their Textual Development. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Dept. of Religious Education: Herald Publishing House 1969.
Marquardt, H. Michael. The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary. Salt Lake City: Signature Books 1999.
Van Wagoner, Richard S. et al. “The ‘Lectures on Faith’: A Case Study in Decanonization,” Dialogue Vol. 20, Issue 3.
Flanders, Robert B. Nauvoo: Kingdom on the Mississippi. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press 1965.
Leonard, Glen M. Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book 2002.
Staker, Mark Lyman. Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Draper, Utah: Greg Kofford Books 2010.
General Resources for Scripture Study
Searches General Conference talks back to Brigham Young, can also get statistics about word usuage
Enter a scripture reference to pull up talks and teachings by Church leaders back to Joseph Smith
- A Study Bible, either Harper Collins or Oxford (Harper Collins has more footnotes, Oxford is slightly easier to read because of font size and layout)
- Grant Hardy’s Reader’s Edition of the Book of Mormon
- Grant Hardy, Understanding the Book of Mormon
- Steven Harper’s Making Sense of the Doctrine & Covenants: A Guided Tour Through Modern Revelations
- H. Donl Peterson’s Pearl of Great Price : A History and Commentary
- Brant Gardner has an epic commentary on the Book of Mormon most easily available on Kindle.
Here is a link to the template I use while preparing my lessons, feel free to use it as well if you find it helpful.
If you know of other helpful resources, please let us know!