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Episode 12: Revelations in Context – “An Elect Lady” with Matthew Grow

Laura Harris Hales sat down with Matthew Grow, the LDS Church History Department Director of Publications, to discuss the completion of an exciting project.

The Revelations in Context essays, which have been added to LDS.org over the past four years, are now complete.  In addition to finding them on the Revelations in Context webpage, they can be accessed in booklet form or on the Gospel Library App. Links to the essays have also been integrated into the digital version of the Gospel Doctrine manual on the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history.

The essays not only delve into the historical background of the revelations but also how the revelations were received by members at the time. These are not scriptural commentaries but rather stories about how these revelations affected the lives of individuals. They present the award-winning scholarship of the Joseph Smith Papers Project in an easy-to-read format.

We also talk about an essay written by Matt entitled “Thou Art an Elect Lady,” which discusses D&C 24, 25, 26, and 27. Thought you knew about “Emma’s revelation”? Listen in to hear new insights we gain from the fine researchers of the Church History Department.

Exploring the Revelations in Context is a seven-part series with episodes released monthly. Download Transcript

Extra Resources:

Episode 12 Transcript

“Thou Art an Elect Lady” (free)

Revelations in Context (free)

The First Fifty Years of Relief Society Website (Free)

The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History

“Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women”

“Joseph and Emma Smith’s Susquehanna Home: Expanding Mormonism’s First Headquarters”

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