New LDS book shows Joseph Smith's early revelations

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For the first time ever, scholars and faithful Mormons can crack open a book and examine photocopies of the original writings and revelations of LDS church founder Joseph Smith.

The second in a series of weighty volumes that eventually could top 30, The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations , was released Tuesday by The Church Historian's Press, an imprint of the church's history department.

The revelations, from 1828 to 1834, are in the hand of Smith, John Whitmer, Oliver Cowdery and Sidney Rigdon, among others, and include the Book of Commandments and Revelations and the Kirtland Revelation Book .

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