This revelation confirms Daniel's vision of the kingdom of God rolling forth to the ends of the earth (see Daniel 2). The keys of the kingdom are committed unto man to prepare the earth for the advent of the kingdom of heaven (see Background to D&C 65).
During a conference in Hiram, Ohio, publication of the Book of Commandments is approved. Joseph receives both revelations on how to proceed with the publication (see Background to D&C 67 and Background to D&C 69) as well as the Lord's preface to the Book of Commandments (see Background to D&C 1). Elders seek and receive instructions in their responsibilities (see Background to D&C 68 and D&C 133).
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon postpone Bible translation efforts to preach and deal with apostate writings of Ezra Booth being published in the Ohio Star (see Background to D&C 71).
The following events occurred sometime this month:
A mob of more than 50 men tar and feather Joseph Smith and attack Sidney Rigdon. Joseph Murdock, Joseph and Emma's adopted infant son, dies five days later from exposure to cold during the incident (see Account).
The Johnson family sell their home and land and move to Kirtland to operate an inn.