Hearken, O Ye People : Discourses on the Doctrine and Covenants
Doctrine and Covenants sections 130 and 131 are often cited passages of scripture among the Latter-day Saints. They contain some of the most sublime doctrines held dear by the covenant people of God. Interestingly, these sections do not fit into the normal format of revelations to the Prophet Joseph Smith. First, the section headings identify these sections as "Items of instruction given by Joseph Smith the Prophet" (section 130) and "Instructions by Joseph Smith the Prophet" (section 131). Second, these "instructions" refer to numerous different doctrines with little or no direct relationship to each other. Both sets of instructions were given by the Prophet in Ramus, Illinois, in the spring of 1843.
What gave rise to Joseph Smith's discussing so many different fascinating subjects in one place? Where is Ramus and what is its relationship to Nauvoo? Why was Joseph in Ramus? How were these instructions recorded? How did they come to be part of the canonized scriptures of the Church? [From the text]