Documents, Volume 9: December 1841–April 1842


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The ninth volume in the Documents series, to be published in September 2019, features over a hundred letters, revelations, meeting minutes, deeds, sermon accounts, and other documents from December 1841 through April 1842. They chronicle developments in the church, community, and Joseph Smith’s personal life during these important months in Nauvoo, Illinois. The rich documentary record from this period details the creation of the Relief Society, the establishment of a Freemason’s lodge in Nauvoo, and the opening of Joseph Smith’s store. This book offers a unique portrait of the breadth of Joseph Smith’s daily activities as he serves as a military leader and vice mayor of Nauvoo, becomes editor of the church’s newspaper, takes advantage of the nation’s new bankruptcy law, and continues to instruct Latter-day Saints near and far through discourses and correspondence. Readers will come away from this volume with an increased understanding of the prophet’s life and this pivotal period in the creation of the restored Church of Jesus Christ.

Volume Editors

Alex D. Smith and Christian K. Heimburger are historians for the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christopher James Blythe is a Research Associate at the Maxwell Institute’s Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University

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