New volume of Joseph Smith Papers published

Published: Friday, March 25 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

"There are nine other revelations that were marked up for publication and three others that follow chronologically within that same time period of the nine that were marked up," she said. Moreover, there was an additional document printed in the church newspaper "The Evening and the Morning Star" that was called an appendix to the Book of Commandments but was never printed therein, she added.

So, based on textual analysis, the volume editors decided on 13 texts plus a testimony of witnesses that comprise their proposed completion to the Book of Commandments.

Those texts came from the manuscript "Book of Commandments and Revelations" provided to the Church History Department by the LDS First Presidency several years ago and published as part of volume 1 in the series.

Articles from "The Evening and the Morning Star," which amount to the earliest publication of many of the revelations are also included in the new volume. These would eventually make their way into the Doctrine of Covenants, which Mormons revere as scripture along with the Bible, Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price. The newspaper was published first in Independence and then, after the destruction of the printing press, in Kirtland, Ohio.

The teleconference for bloggers is a new marketing tool for the department and its Church Historian's Press imprint. Previously, announcements pertaining to the Joseph Smith Papers have been made in traditional news conferences.

"Many of the people who live in the digital world or who have made the migration from the old world to the digital world read blogs," Turley explained in response to a blogger's question. "Blogs are an excellent source of information, and for us, who are targeting primarily a scholarly audience, including Latter-day Saints who have an interest in Church history, blogs are a way for us to reach that audience in a very direct sort of way. There's a marketing purpose behind it: Get the information to the people who are most interested."

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