The facsimile edition of Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books opens a new series of The Joseph Smith Papers. The volume provides new access to priceless documents dating from 1828 to 1834. For the first time, readers can be transported back in time by viewing photocopies of original writings in the actual hand of early Church leaders such as Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and Sidney Rigdon.
“Some of these documents are among the earliest surviving record-keeping endeavors of Joseph Smith’s life,” Elder Jensen said. “The bulk of the first three years of his prophetic career is scripture, whether it’s revelations or translations.”
The existence of these documents demonstrates the importance Joseph Smith and other early Latter-day Saints placed upon sacred writings and their commitment to create and preserve texts that chronicle their dealings with God.