Doctrine and Covenants 73: Finishing the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 84


Joseph Smith's writings
For most of December 1831, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon preached in the area around Kirtland, Ohio, to undo the damage caused by the false reports of apostates (D&C 71section heading). That calling had required them to stop work on the Prophet’s inspired revision of the Bible. InDoctrine and Covenants 73, the Lord instructed Joseph Smith to focus once again on the work of translation, with Sidney Rigdon serving as scribe.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 73

Exhortation(v. 1)Teaching and encouraging 
Gird up your loins(v. 6)Be prepared 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 73.

Activity A iconThe Importance of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

One of the first assignments the Lord gave the Prophet Joseph Smith was to translate the Book of Mormon. During the translation, the Prophet asked many questions, which the Lord answered. Many of those revelations became sections of the Doctrine and Covenants (for examples, D&C 3; 5–6; 8–10).

  1. 1.

    To what did the Lord tell the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon to return to inDoctrine and Covenants 73:3?

  2. 2.

    Read the section headings forDoctrine and Covenants 76–77; 86; and 91. Explain what these revelations have to do with the Joseph Smith Translation and give a brief summary of what is taught in them.