Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 4
“Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us recognize the Lord’s hand in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and encourage us to study the Book of Mormon, follow its teachings, and share it with others.

Scripture references for study:  Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65; Doctrine and Covenants 3; 5; 10; 17; 20:5–15; 84:54–62; Our Heritage, pages 5–10
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Lesson 4 Handout (PDF)

Joseph & Moroni

Introductory Comments.

Joseph continues his story.

Joseph Smith Receives The Plates

Annual visits to the Hill Cumorah 1823-1827.

In 1825, the Smith family made the acquaintance of Josiah (Stoal) Stowell from Chenango County, New York. He came into the Smith neighborhood for the purchase of wheat and flour.

Joseph receives the plates.

The translation begins.

The Lost Manuscript

Martin returned to Harmony to assist Joseph in the translation.

Shortly after Martin left with the manuscript, Emma had a child which lived only a short time.

Section 3.

Section 10.

Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

See Lesson 4 Supplement - WITNESSES OF THE GOLD PLATES.

Though the Witnesses described in the supplement each had the opportunity to see the Gold Plates, we are also witnesses of this great book because of the testimony we have received through the witness of the Spirit.

President Gordon B. Hinckley:  "The strength of the Church is not in … its thousands of houses of worship across the world, nor in its universities. … The strength of this church lies in the hearts of its people, in the individual testimony and conviction of the truth of this work." (Ensign, Jul 1973, p49)

Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon

READ D&C 84:54-58.

Photographs from my trip to Palmyra, New York in 2010

Replica of Smith family cabin where Moroni appeared to Joseph

Replica of Smith family cabin

The Hill Cumorah

Grandin Print Shop and Bookstore

Printing press in the Grandin Print Shop

Printed sheets of the Book of Mormon - drying prior to cutting and binding

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. What can you do to avoid the "condemnation" referred to in the Doctrine and Covenants and by President Benson?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts (CHC).

Church News.


History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith.

History of the Church (HC).

Joseph Smith and the Restoration by Ivan J. Barrett.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

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