Tag Archives: Doctrine and Covenants

Westward Movement – LDS Church History Map 6, Enlarged

This is the map of the Westward Migration of Mormon settlers.  It’s from the LDS maps section, Church History, Map 6.  

Please be aware that the church’s map is of poor quality, and the poster size (2×3 feet) is likely to print very blurry.  I would probably not go larger than 11×17 with this map.

Doctrine and Covenants Scripture Mastery by geography

Here are the Doctrine and Covenants scripture mastery passages on a map of the United States to show where they were revealed.  It’s interesting to note how much travel Joseph Smith was doing between the various church settlements.

Available in colorized and black and white versions. 

Vector illustration of United States courtesty of Vector Portal. http://www.vectorportal.com/subcategory/87/USA-OUTLINE-VECTOR-MAP.eps/ifile/3334/detailtest.asp

** Please note, the scripture mastery passage in Joseph Smith–History is not included here because it does not have a single location. **

Doctrine and Covenants Scripture Mastery Poster – Pioneer Themed

This D&C Scripture Mastery poster is based on the way that I started tracking scripture mastery last year. I found it was easier for me to track SM by scripture reference instead of student, because I could glance at the poster and see immediately which SM passages everyone had passed off and which ones no one had worked on. I had a similar BoM version of this poster printed at Staples for around $4 at 3×4 feet.

This D&C version has a nifty feature in that the longer SM passages are represented with a covered wagon, and the shorter passages are represented with a handcart. Fonts are Giddy Up and Rosewood, for those interested. I own the copyright on these illustrations — drew them years ago.

The way this works is students sign their names on the cart/wagon when they pass off the SM passage. The teacher can tell by looking for blank carts/wagons which passages most or students still need to pass off.  You could print off a version for each student to track their own progress, but I have one giant poster posted in the classroom that students sign. Doing it this way eliminates the “competition” aspect of SM, where students are comparing how full the death star or thermometer or whatever you’re filling in is.

If you need a release to have this document printed here it is: You have my permission, Jenny Smith, the copyright holder, to print this scripture mastery poster for non-profit purposes. Print this release and bring it with you to your printer.


Saving the Book of Commandments by Clark Kelley Price

Fifteen-year-old Mary Elizabeth Rollins and her thirteen-year-old sister Caroline lived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, in 1833. At this time, revelations Joseph Smith had received were being printed by William W. Phelps, who had opened a print shop and newspaper office on the upper floor of his home. The printed revelations were to be bound into a book called the Book of Commandments.

By July the non-Mormons in the area were angry because of the growing number of Mormons. Earlier in the year some people in Missouri had been trying to get the Mormons to move away from Jackson County. When Brother Phelps wrote a newspaper editorial that was misunderstood by the non-Mormons, it increased their anger. The non-Mormons held a town meeting and ordered the Mormons to leave their new homes or be killed. Mormon leaders called to the meeting were told they had only 15 minutes to move out of the county.

Before the 15 minutes had passed, the mob broke into the home of Brother Phelps. “Sister Phelps was alone with her children when the threatening mob surrounded the house” (p. 36). She quickly took “her sick baby in her arms [and] hurried with the other children … to safety in the woods close by. Concealed in a corner of a nearby fence, Mary Elizabeth and Caroline watched with horror as the angry men rushed into the house [and threw] the family’s [things] into the street. Upstairs the mob found the valuable press and … eagerly they hurled the [printing press and type out the window] to the street below” (pp. 3637). Someone said, ” ‘So much for the Mormon commandments,’ [and then] dumped the huge sheets of printed pages onto the pile of [trash] in the street. Mary Elizabeth decided to try to save the revelations. ‘They will kill us!’ warned Caroline” (p. 37), but she agreed to help.

When the mob had their backs turned, the girls ran into the street and filled their arms with the pages. They “were just turning away when some of the mob spotted them. … Squeezing through a gap in the fence, [the girls] found themselves in a cornfield, hidden … by thick rows of [cornstalks]” (p. 37). The men searched through the corn but could not find the girls, who had placed the “precious printed sheets on the ground [and] covered them with their bodies” (p. 37).

When the sound of footsteps faded, the girls made their way to an old log stable. “They approached cautiously … [and] found Sister Phelps and her older children, carrying branches to pile up to make beds for the night” (p. 37). Knowing Brother Phelps would know what to do with the papers, the girls gave them to Sister Phelps.

Mary Elizabeth and Caroline were sad that they had not had time to read the revelations they had risked their lives to save. However, before long “Oliver Cowdery made up copies of the book, incomplete as it was, and gave one [book] to [Mary Elizabeth]. Two years later the revelations in the little Book of Commandments were [reprinted], together with [other revelations]” (p. 37). Today we have these important revelations printed in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Adapted from Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, “Discover Your Heritage: ‘They Will Kill Us!’ ” New Era, Sept. 1974, 3637.

In July 1833, people in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, were angry with the Mormons and wanted them to leave. A mob broke into William W. Phelps’s print shop and threw his printing press and printed pages out the window. The pages contained revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith that were to be bound into a book called the Book of Commandments. Two girls, Mary Elizabeth Rollins and her sister Caroline, were hiding nearby and decided to save as many pages as possible. They ran out, filled their arms with papers, and hid in a cornfield. The mob tried to find the girls but failed. The pages the girls saved and others were later used to make up copies of the Book of Commandments. Today the contents of this book are part of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Artist, Clark Kelley Price

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