Joseph Smith Papers second book released and presented to Elder Nelson

by | Sep. 21, 2009

Official Church Info

Coinciding with the anniversary of Joseph Smith receiving the ancient plates that he would later translate as the Book of Mormon, the second volume of The Joseph Smith Papers was released today. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was presented one of the first copies by Elder Marlin K. Jensen, Church Historian and Recorder, in a special ceremony in the Church History Library attended by members of the media.

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.

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