|Before||0100||Josephus writes Wars of the Jews.||BOM|
King James Bible published, includes the Apocrypha (a few Protestant books between the Old and New Testaments whose origins were not confirmed).
Moses mentions the Urim and Thummim.
The name "Jesus Christ" is from the Greek "Iesous Christos"
|1629||Apocrypha dropped from printings of the King James Bible.||BOM|
|1678||Pilgrim's Progress, (1st part) published.||BOM|
|1761||Solomon Spalding [sometimes spelled Spaulding] born in Ashford, CN.||BOM|
|12-Jul||1771||Joseph Smith Sr. born, Topsfield, MA.|
|8-Jul||1775||Lucy Mack born, Gilsum, NH.|
|1775||History of the American Indians by James Adair published. (His thesis.) Provides 23 arguments that Indians are descendants of Hebrews. Tells of buried plates (5 copper and 2 brass) kept by an Indian tribe [per "Old Bucket"].||BOM|
|18-May||1783||Martin Harris born in Easttown, NY.|
|About||11-Mar||1784||Isaac Morley born in Montague, MA.|
|1785||Solomon Spalding graduates from Dartmouth (previously attended Plainfield Academy and Studied Law in Windam), later ordained as a Congregational Minister and preaches for 3 or 4 years.||BOM|
|1786||Ethan Smith (reportedly a Seminary classmate of Solomon Spalding) enters Dartmouth.||BOM|
|30-Apr||1789||George Washington becomes U.S. President.|
|1791||Joseph Smith Sr. Moves to Tunbridge, VT.|
|17-Feb||1792||William W. Phelps born.|
|15 Nov||1792||William Marks born in Rutland, VT.|
|From||1792||to 1831||Martin Harris (a farmer) lives in Palmyra, NY; knew Joseph Smith and often hired him as a farm hand. During this period, Harris was a Quaker, a Methodist, and a Universalist; reportedly, he was known as a religious "hysteric" and prone to visions.||BOM|
|19-Feb||1793||Sidney Rigdon born in Piny Fork, PA.|
|27-Aug||1793||Edward Partridge born in Pittsfield, MA.|
|1794||John Corrill born.|
|5-Feb||1795||Newel Kimball Whitney born in Marlborough, VT.|
|24-Jan||1796||Joseph Smith Sr. Marries Lucy Mack.|
|9-May||1796||Lyman Wight born in Fairfield, NY.|
|4-Mar||1797||John Adams becomes U.S. President.|
|About||1797||Male born to Joseph Sr. and Lucy Smith and died.|
|18-Jan||1798||Christian Whitmer Born in Pennsylvania.|
|11-Feb||1798||Alvin Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Tunbridge, VT.|
|1-Nov||1799||Thomas B. Marsh born in Acton, MA.|
|27-Jan||1800||Jacob Whitmer born in Pennsylvania.|
|9-Feb||1800||Hyrum Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Tunbridge, VT.|
|9-Sep||1800||Newel Knight born in Marlborough, VT, son of Joseph Knight.|
|1800||Hiram Page born in Vermont.|
|1800||David W. Patten born.|
|1-Jun||1801||Brigam Young born in Whitingham, VT.|
|14-Jun||1801||Heber C. Kimball born.|
|4-Mar||1801||Thomas Jefferson becomes U.S. President.|
|27-Aug||1802||John Whitmer born.|
|17-May||1803||Sophronia Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Tunbridge, VT.|
|4 or||24-Jun||1804||Willard Richards born in Hopkinton, MA.|
|7-Sep||1804||Zebedee Coltrin born.|
|10-Jul||1804||Emma Hale born in Harmony, PA.|
|1804||John C. Bennett born in Massachusetts.|
|8-Jan||1805||Orson Hyde born in Oxford, CN.|
|1805||Joseph Smith Family moves to Sharon, VT. (county next to county of Poultney, VT.)|
|23-Dec||1805||Joseph Smith Jr. Born in Sharon, VT.|
|6-Jun||1806||Philo Dibble born in Peru, MA.|
|3-Oct||1806||Oliver Cowdery (third cousin of Joseph Smith) born in Wells, VT.|
|1806||William McLellin born in Tennessee.|
|1-Mar||1807||Wilford Woodruff born in Farmington (Avon), CT.|
|12-Apr||1807||Parley P. Pratt born in Burlington, NY.|
|1808||John Taylor born.|
|13-Mar||1808||Samuel Harrison Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Tunbridge, VT.|
|4-Mar||1809||James Madison becomes U.S. President.|
|8-Sep||1809||William Law born.|
|27-Sep||1809||Peter Whitmer Jr. Born in Fayette, NY.|
|1809||Solomon Spalding (reportedly an anti-Mason) moves to Conneaut (New Salem) OH from Cherry Valley, NY. Builds a forge but business fails.||BOM|
|From||1809 to||1825||Oliver Cowdery lives in Poultney, VT.|
|13-Mar||1810||Ephriam Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Royalton, VT.|
|24-Mar||1810||Ephriam Smith dies.|
|1811||Knights move to Colesville, NY and employed Joseph Smith from time to time.||BOM|
|1811||Lucy Mack Smith says Joseph Smith Sr. has visions in a dream where plates would be found in a box.||BOM|
|?||Lucy Smith says she believed no church was right and prayed in grove.|
|13-Mar||1811||William Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Royalton, VT|
|1811||Joseph Smith's family moves from Sharon or Royalton, VT. to Lebanon, NH.|
|19-Sep||1811||Orson Pratt born in Hartford, NY.|
|6-Sep||1812||John D. Lee born in Kaskaskia, IL.|
|28-Dec||1812||Catherine Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Lebanon, NH.|
|1812||Solomon Spalding (~51) leaves Conneaut OH, moves to Pittsburgh, PA.||BOM|
|Between||1812||and 1814||Solomon Spalding brings a manuscript of Manuscript Found to printers Patterson & J. Harrison Lambdin. Lambdin wants Spalding to write a preface and provide funds to print it.||BOM|
|Between||1812||and 1814||Solomon Spalding reportedly suspects Sidney Rigdon (18-20) of taking his missing manuscript (later found). (Sidney Rigdon lives within 15 miles of Pittsburgh.)||BOM|
|30-Mar||1813||Amasa Lyman born in Grafton, NH.|
|About||1814||Solomon Spalding moves to Amity, PA.|
|1815||Joseph Merrick finds Pittsfield Parchments containing verses from Bible.|
|28-Jun||1815||Marinda M. (Johnson) Hyde born.|
|25-Mar||1816||Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Norwich, VT.|
|25-May||1816||Ebenezer Robertson born in Floyd, NY.|
|1816||Joseph Smith family moves to Palmyra.|
|1816||Elias Boudnot book published, referencing Adair's book.||BOM|
|1816||Elias Smith (a minister)'s story published, telling of a vision in woods (when he fell and was injured) and seeing the "Throne of God" and .."the Lamb appeared."|
|1816||Solomon Spalding (~55) dies in Amity, PA.||BOM|
|4-Mar||1817||James Monroe becomes U.S. President.|
|1817||George A. Smith born in Potsdam, NY, cousin of Joseph Smith.|
|1817||Religious revival held in NY area.|
|Early||1819||Sidney Rigdon moves in with Rev. Andrew Clark in Beaver County, PA.|
|Mar||1819||Sidney Rigdon gets minister's license and moves in with Adamson Bentley in Ohio.||BOM|
|Spring||1820||First Vision: Church History puts the first vision at this date, but the description of the circumstances at the time, place it in 1824 (event was not recalled until 1832).|
|About||1820||Joseph Smith Sr. and older sons begin operation with a group of "money diggers" (term for treasure hunters using occult methods to find and retrieve treasure); Alvin is reportedly the leader.||BOM|
|1-Mar||1820||Alex Campbell tells of a man reporting a vision where he saw the Savior at the tree tops and gave him forgiveness.|
|From||1821 to||1826||Ethan Smith (author of View of the Hebrews) is a minister at Poultney, VT. Congressional Church, attended by Oliver Cowdery's family (Step Mother and 3 sisters).||BOM|
|18-Jul||1821||Lucy Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Palmyra, NY.|
|1821||Sidney Rigdon & Adamson Bentley go to Bethany, MO. and meet Alexander Campbell.||BOM|
|16-Apr||1822||Manchester, NY Named (formerly called "Burt" and "Farmington").|
|After||Apr||1822||Joseph Smith family begins move to Manchester, NY (100 acres purchased by Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith).|
|1822||Sidney Rigdon gets Pastor job at Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA. He preaches Reformed Baptist (Campbellites), as opposed to the Redstone Baptists.||BOM|
|Around||1822 and||1824||Sidney Rigdon is known as a friend or associate of J. Harrison Lambdin and is often at his printing office (Patterson & J. Harrison Lambdin).||BOM|
|Between||1822 and||1824||Sidney Rigdon shows Spalding manuscript to John Winters [per Winters].||BOM|
|Spring||1823||Joseph Smith family completes move to Manchester, NY [per Lucy Smith].|
|1823||View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith published in New York.||BOM|
|1823||Orson Hyde works for Grandison Newel.|
|1823||Heber C. Kimball a member of the Masons.|
|21-Sep||1823||Joseph Smith (17) tells of Moroni visit and of the existence of the gold plates and, later, writes of instructions to wait four years.||BOM|
Joseph Smith tells of attempt to get plates, but set them down (to look for other treasures [per Lucy Mack Smith]) and they disappeared.
Smith struck by toad-like creature when trying to take back the plates.
Told to return in one year with Alvin. [per Joseph Smith, per several].
|After||22-Sep||1823||Alvin Smith was the most excited about retrieving the plates [per Lucy Mack Smith].||BOM|
|After||22-Sep||1823||Joseph Smith tells family about the continent's former civilizations [per Lucy Mack Smith].||BOM|
Asa Wilds' story of vision with "Great Jehovah" published in Wayne Sentinel, saying
"...every denomination was corrupt."
|19-Nov||1823||Alvin Smith (27) dies.|
Hyrum Smith joins Masons.
Masonic Mysteries tell of carved golden plate in arched stone vault.
|?||Joseph Smith wanted a fat black sheep from William Stafford to form a circle of blood (by cutting the sheep's throat and having it walk around) to keep his money pot from leaving [per William Stafford].||BOM|
|spring||1824||Religious Revival held in NY area (continues into 1825).|
|1824||Lucy Mack Smith attends revivals (being grieved from Alvin's death [per Lucy Mack Smith]); she, Sophronia Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Samuel Harrison Smith join the Presbyterian Church.|
|1-Mar||1824||Alexander writes of a man claiming he heard a voice in woods saying he was forgiven. And of another man claiming he saw the Savior clearly at the tops of the trees.|
|Aug||1824||Wonders of Nature and Providence, Displayed by Josia Priest published (20 miles from Palmyra). In Manchester Library (copyright 6/2/1824).||BOM|
|22-Sep||1824||Joseph Smith (18) tells of second attempt to get plates (no Alvin), told to return in one year with another that would be known to him as the right person.||BOM|
Joseph Smith Sr. tells Willard Chase (a neighbor and friend to the Smiths) that a spirit appeared to Joseph Smith on 21-Sep, 1823 and told him of gold plates to be retrieved on 22-Sep, and instructed him to dress in black clothes, ride a black horse with a switch tale, and demand book in a certain name and , after getting it, take it away without laying it down. Joseph complied and found the box, opened the cover, removed the plates, but laid them down to put the cover back on the box and the plates disappeared and returned to the box. Smith tried to re-take the plates but he saw something like a toad which soon assumed the appearance of a man and struck him on the side of his head. It struck him again when he tried to take the plates again. The spirit told Smith he could not have them, as he had not obeyed the orders and was instructed to return in one year with his oldest brother (Alvin).
Joseph Smith returned on 22-Sep, 1824 but without Alvin (died) so was told to return in one year with a person that would be known to him. Smith decided the person was Samuel T. Lawrence (another treasure seeker and a seer). Lawrence told Smith to use his seer stone to look into the box and asks Smith if he sees anything else in the box, Smith says no, Lawrence asks him to look again and asks Smith if he sees a large pair of specks with the plates; Smith says he sees the specks. Lawrence says the plates should not be seen by anyone for about two years.
Joseph Smith changes his mind about Samuel Lawrence being the right man to bring. [per Chase].
Joseph Smith later (in or after 1825) tells a similar story to Joseph Knight but no mention of the toad like creature; says he looked into his glass (seer stone) and saw that the right person to bring was Emma Hale [per Joseph Knight].
Joseph Smith later tells Henry Harris that he had a revelation from God that the plates were hid in a certain hill and he looked in his stone and saw them, but an angel said he couldn't get them until he was married [per Henry Harris].
|25-Sep||1824||Wayne Sentinel prints Joseph Smith Sr.'s account that reports of Alvin's grave being disturbed were untrue, as he and others checked.||BOM|
Sidney Rigdon looses Pastor job (the Redstone Baptists regain control of the Pittsburgh Baptist Church); Rigdon becomes (or returns to being) a tanner in Pittsburgh, PA.
He takes about three years off to study the Bible.
|4-Mar||1825||John Q. Adams becomes U.S. President.|
|1825||Oliver Cowdery (known as a law pettifogger) moves to western NY.|
|1825||View of the Hebrews reprinted.||BOM|
|1825||Joseph Smith Sr. (a cooper) defaults on mortgage.|
|In or before||1825||
Joseph Smith gets a brown seer stone from the well of Willard Chase (neighbor).
Mason Chase (son of Willard) claimed the stone was his and that Lucy Mack Smith got the stone from Mason's mother [per Abel Chase (Mason's brother) in an 1881 interview]. Sally Chase (sister of Mason and Abel) has a seer stone of her own [per Abel Chase and Ezra Pierce].
|1825||Joseph Smith (19) and father go to Pennsylvania and join a band of money diggers hunting for Spanish treasure.||BOM|
Isaac Hale's affidavit of 20-Mar, 1834, says that Joseph Smith boarded with him while he was employed by money-diggers as a seer, by means of putting a stone in his hat then putting the hat over his face.
Hale says Smith was insolent to his father.
|10-Nov||1825||Hiram Page marries Catherine Whitmer.|
|19-Nov||1825||Joseph Smith leaves Hale's but visited several times afterward [per Hale's affidavit].|
|From about through||Nov 20-Mar||1825 1826||Joseph Smith lives at Josiah Stowell's in Bainbridge, NY, while working for him as a treasure hunter.||BOM|
|1825||J. Harrison Lambdin dies.||BOM|
|About||1825||Story of Smith family's attempts to retrieve a golden bible begins to spread.||BOM|
Sidney Rigdon leaves Pittsburgh, moves to Ohio and continues as a Campbellite preacher (later called Disciples of Christ or Newlight), and converts nearly 1000.
Reportedly preaches elements of what becomes Mormon doctrine.
|During or||After||1825||Sidney Rigdon at odds with Alexander Campbell.||BOM|
|1826||Joseph Smith (20) reportedly carries Jupiter Talisman.|
|3-Mar||1826||Wayne Sentinel prints discussion to exclude the Apocrypha from scriptures.||BOM|
Joseph Smith (20) the "Glass Looker" (a minor) tried for "money digging"
(a misdemeanor) in Bainbridge, NY. by Justice Neely under Vagrant Act. Charged by Peter G. Brigdman. Accused of palpable deceptions with the stone, such as reading pages from a closed book, etc.
No sentence, but "condemned" and required to leave area. Told: "Off Off" (Also known as "leg bail.")
Trial fee: 2.68.
|1826||Ethan Smith visits Palmyra, NY.|
|Summer||1826 or 27||Sidney Rigdon reportedly tells Alexander Campbell and Adamson Bentley that a golden book will come out (Bentley says it was in 1827, Campbell recalls it as 1826).||BOM|
|1827||William Morgan (an anti-Mason) disappears (was writing an expose of Masons).|
|Before||18-Jan||1827||Joseph Smith reportedly uses seer stone to determine that Emma is right person to bring to the hill to retrieve the plates.||BOM|
|18-Jan||1827||Joseph Smith (21) elopes with Emma Hale (against her father's wishes) and marries her in Bainbridge, NY.|
|After||18-Jan||1827||Joseph Smith and Emma return to Harmony with Peter Ingersol to get Emma's things.|
|After||18-Jan||1827||Joseph Smith and Emma living with Joseph Smith's family in Manchester, NY.|
|Mid Mar||1827||Sidney Rigdon seen at Smith's by Lorenzo Saunders (identified by Harrison Smith).||BOM|
|1827||Sidney Rigdon seen several times at Smith's by Abel Chase.||BOM|
|20-Sep||1827||Joseph Knight and Josiah Stowell come to stay at Joseph Smith's house as they know about Smith's plans to retrieve the plates on 22-Sep||BOM|
|Early AM||22-Sep||1827||Joseph Smith took Knight's horse and wagon and went with Emma to the hill (a glacial drumlin). Knight was upset that his horse and wagon were gone [per Lucy Mack Smith].||BOM|
|22-Sep||1827||Joseph Smith says, while Emma prayed (staying with the wagon), he retrieved the gold plates and hid them in an old black hollow oak tree top [per Harris]; in a birch log [per Lucy Mack Smith] meanwhile, Joseph Smith Sr. and Josiah Stowell were digging for money. [per Harris' 1859 interview].||BOM|
|22-Sep||1827||Heber C. Kimball, in Mendon, has a vision of armies marching in the heavens.|
|After||22-Sep||1827||Joseph Smith tells Henry Harris that he used the seer stone upon instructions from an angel to find the plates [per Henry Harris].||BOM|
|23-Sep||1827||Joseph Smith goes on a job to Macedon to help put a wall in a well and some other labor for widow Wells.|
|After||23-Sep||1827||10-12 money-diggers are clubbed with Willard Chase (a Methodist Class leader) who send for their own conjuror (Samuel Lawrence) to determine where the plates are hidden. Joseph Smith, Sr. investigates and finds the group at Lawrence's house [per Lucy Mack Smith].||BOM|
Emma Smith rides to Macedon and tells Joseph about the money-diggers plan. Joseph looks in to his seer stone and says the plates are safe.
Joseph and Emma return to Smith's. Joseph walks to hill and retrieves plates from his hiding place, while carrying them back through the woods (off regular path) is attacked by a man who sprang up and hit him with a gun, knocking him down, Joseph leveled him and ran home, knocking several more down as he ran. Dislocated his thumb which was reset by Joseph Smith, Sr. Joseph relays the story to Joseph Knight and Josiah Stowell then goes to Willard Chase's house and tells him the story [per Joseph Smith per Lucy Mack Smith].
Smith tells Willard Chase that it was two men that attacked him and that if not for the stone that he got from Chase's well, he would not have obtained the book [per Willard Chase].
Smith tells Martin Harris that he was attacked by what appeared to be a man who wanted the plates and struck him with a club [per Martin Harris].
|1827||Sidney Rigdon seen at Smith's several times and several months apart by Mrs. S. F. Anderick, while visiting Sophronia Smith [per Anderick].||BOM|
|Fall||1827||Sidney Rigdon seen with Joseph Smith in Palmyra by Lorenzo Saunders (identified by Jugegsah) [per Saunders].||BOM|
|Early Oct||1827||Joseph Smith doing work for Peter Ingersoll [per Harris's 1859 interview].|
Martin Harris hears of gold bible from his brother, Preserved Harris, and visits Joseph Smith and agrees to finance its publication. Says Smith told him that he used his seer stone, from the well of Mason Chase (neighbor) to discover the plates, and Smith told him that he used the spectacles to see that Martin Harris was the man who would assist him to get the book.
Harris says Luck Mack Smith came to see him and that Joseph wanted Harris to come see him. [per Harris's 1859 interview].
Martin Harris gives Smith $50 to finance translation (reportedly enraging his wife, Lucy Harris).
|Late or early||Oct Nov||1827||Joseph and Emma Smith move back to Harmony, PA with Alva (Emma's brother)'s help. Martin Harris pays Smith's debts and finances the trip [per Harris's 1859 interview].||BOM|
|About||Nov||1827||Joseph Smith tells Isaac Hale that he's given up "glass-looking" [per Hale's 1834 affidavit].|
Joseph Smith answers Isaac Hale question (as to who will be the first to see the plates) that a child will be the first to see them.
Isaac Hale demands to see the plates if Joseph is to stay at his house, Joseph Smith refuses and hides the plates in the woods [per Hale's 1834 affidavit].
|1827||Orson Hyde joins Methodists.|
|After||1827||Orson Hyde joins Campbellites and moves in with Sidney Rigdon.|
|1828||Joseph Smith gives Martin Harris a copy of a part of the gold plates; Martin Harris shows copy to Prof. Charles Anthon of Columbia University. Anthon (after hearing the story) says it's no known language. Joseph Smith says it's Reformed Egyptian.||BOM|
|1828||King James Bible with the Apocrypha and the 1769 revisions is printed by H. & E. Phinney Co. in Cooperstown, NY.||BOM|
|12-Apr||1828||Joseph Smith begins translating The Book of Mormon [per Joseph Smith].||BOM|
|Spring||1828||Martin Harris goes to Harmony, PA as scribe (says plates not in room, and that Joseph Smith used his seer stone to translate) [per Harris' 1859 interview].||BOM|
|Isaac Hale says used his seer stone in his hat over his face to translate the plates, while the plates were hid in the woods [per Hale's affidavit].||BOM|
|14-Jun||1828||Joseph Smith completes 116 pages (foolscap-size) of translation from the gold plates (the book of Lehi), with Martin Harris transcribing with a blanket stretched between them.||BOM|
Martin Harris repeatedly asks Joseph Smith to borrow the transcript. Smith refuses twice but relents (by revelation) on the third request but makes Harris agree to a covenant to only show his family.
Harris brings the 116 page translation from the gold plates back to Palmyra and shows them to his wife, Lucy Harris, but he looses the transcripts (says they were stolen). (Lucy Harris was suspected of hiding or destroying them.)
|After||14-Jun||1828||Joseph Smith looses the Urim and Thummim, through trangression.||BOM|
|15-Jun||1828||Son of Joseph and Emma Smith born and died, Harmony, PA.|
|Jul||1828||The Urim and Thummim are returned to Joseph Smith, and being done with them, a heavenly messenger called for them and Smith delivered them all up.||BOM|
|?||Joseph Smith says angel took back plates and Urim and Thummim but later returned the plates, but not the Urim and Thummim but gave permission to Smith to use his Seer Stone.||BOM|
|Jul||1828||Joseph Smith reports his first revelation (reportedly by using his seer stone) where he is rebuked [presumably] for letting Martin Harris take the translations. Says he lost the privilege of translating for one season.||BOM|
|Summer||1828||Sidney Rigdon reportedly seen with Samuel Lawrence at Lawrence's by Lorenzo Saunders.||BOM|
|About||1828||Joseph Smith tells Emma's cousins Hiel and Joseph Lewis that while trying to get the Plates, he was knocked down three times and a man appeared, like a Spaniard, with a long beard and his throat cut from ear to ear with blood flowing down||BOM|
|1828||Joseph Smith reportedly applies for membership in (his wife's) Methodist Church.|
|Winter of||1828 and||1829||
Oliver Cowdery (son and brother of Royal Arch Mason Initiates) works as a teacher in Manchester, NY with Joseph Smith Sr. as one of his students.
Cowdery stays with the Smiths (customary for teachers to board with a student's family) and learns of the "golden bible" story.
|1829||Sidney Rigdon converts Parley P. Pratt to Reformed Baptist (Rigdon acknowledges that he doesn't have the proper religious authority) [per Parley P. Pratt].||BOM|
|4-Mar||1829||Andrew Jackson becomes U.S. President.|
|5-Apr||1829||Oliver Cowdery travels to Harmony, PA with Samuel Smith to meet Joseph Smith.||BOM|
|5-Apr||1829||Oliver Cowdery meets Joseph Smith (23) at Harmony, PA.||BOM|
|7-Apr||1829||Joseph Smith resumes translating the gold plates (from where he left off) with Oliver Cowdery transcribing. The missing part was re-translated last but with different content. Cowdery desires the gift of translation.||BOM|
|May||1829||Joseph Smith receives revelation that the first 116 pages should not be retranslated because wicked men may have the original and would change its words to disagree with the re-translation and claim that Joseph Smith was a fraud, so he's to replace the 116 pages with the small plates of Nephi (book of Lehi).||BOM|
|15-May||1829||Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith baptize each other.|
|15-May||1829||Samuel Harrison Smith baptized.|
|Oliver Cowdery writes David Whitmer (due to persecution) for he and Joseph Smith to move in with him.|
|1-Jun||1829||Martin Harris reproved in a revelation for hesitating to dispose of his land to meet the obligations entered into with the printer.|
|About||1-Jun||1829||David Whitmer arrives at Harmony and brings Oliver Cowdery, Joseph Smith, and Emma Smith to Fayette, NY. Translation resumed.||BOM|
|After||1-Jun||1829||Joseph Smith reveals that three witnesses to the gold plates are required (in the presence of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris); the three of them request to be the witnesses, Smith relents.||BOM|
|After||1-Jun||1829||Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer report a vision by an angel of the gold plates.||BOM|
Martin Harris reports a vision of the gold plates three days after Cowdery and Whitmer.
After their visions, Smith writes the witness statement and the three sign it.
|Late Jun||1829||Translation complete [per David Whitmer]. Oliver Cowdery makes a printer's copy.||BOM|
|Jun||1829||John Whitmer assists with writing [per Joseph Smith].|
|Jun||1829||John Whitmer baptized.|
|Jun||1829||Peter Whitmer Jr, baptized.|
|Jun||1829||Hyrum Smith baptized.|
|Jun||1829||Joseph Smith reveals that eight additional witnesses to the gold plates are required.||BOM|
The following report visions of, or handling the covered, gold plates:
Jacob Whitmer, (David's brother),
Peter Whitmer, Jr. (David's brother),
John Whitmer, (David's brother) saw plates by a supernatural power,
Joseph Smith Sr.
Samuel Harrison Smith
|1829||Martin Harris goes to Rochester to find a printer.||BOM|
|Aug||1829||Type setting and printing of The Book of Mormon started at E. B. Grandin's [per John H. Gilbert]||BOM|
|5-Sep||1829||Rochester Gem prints Martins Harris' description of the plates as 8" x 6" x 1/8." .||BOM|
|4-Oct||1829||Joseph Smith arrives at Harmony, PA.|
|10-Aug or||8-Oct||1829||Oliver Cowdery buys a 1828 H. & E. Phinney Bible with the Apocryphia at Egbert B. Grandin's book store in Palmyra, NY for $3.75.||BOM|
|1830||Stephen Bradies writes, in a book, that he saw the Savior when he was 14.|
|Mar||1830||Printing of The Book of Mormon completed [per John H. Gilbert].||BOM|
Book of Mormon Published, 588 pages. 5,000 copies costing $3,000. Sale price $1.75.
Joseph Smith listed as Author and Proprietor.
Printed by E. B. Grandin (Publisher of Wayne Sentinel) and funded by Martin Harris who mortgaged 240 acres to Grandin for 18 months (the note was due Feb 5, 1831 and 151 acres of it later sold to Thomas Lakey). Describes 3 migrations from middle east, 2nd and 3rd around 600 BC. Addresses every religious issue being debated in the New York area in the 1820s [per Alexander Campbell]. Jacob 2:23 - prohibits polygamy. Contains Greek names and terms. Describes several crops and animals that were not introduced to the Americas until after the 1400s. Has events similar to and/or phrases nearly identical to those found in:
The preface to the King James Bible'
21 chapters of Isaiah,
The Maccabees (from the Apocrypha),
James Adair's History of the American Indians,
Josephlus' Wars of the Jews,
Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews,
Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet.
|6-Apr||1830||"Church of Christ" founded in Manchester or Fayette, NY.|
|After||6-Apr||1830||Joseph Smith Sr. Baptized.|
|After||6-Apr||1830||Lucy Mack Smith Baptized.|
|After||6-Apr||1830||Martin Harris Baptized.|
|After||6-Apr||1830||Orrin Porter Rockwell (and other Rockwells) Baptized.|
|Apr||1830||Joseph Smith revelation: Oliver Cowdery to beware of pride.|
|Apr||1830||Oliver Cowdery is named "Historian & Recorder" of church (until Jun 1831).|
|11-Apr||1830||Oliver Cowdery gives first discourse of the new Church at the house of Peter Whitmer Sr.|
|11-Apr||1830||Christian Whitmer baptized.|
|11-Apr||1830||Jacob Whitmer baptized.|
|11-Apr||1830||Anne Whitmer baptized.|
|11-Apr||1830||Elizabeth Whitmer baptized.|
|11-Apr||1830||Katherine Page baptized.|
|11-Apr||1830||Hiram Page baptized.|
|After||11-Apr||1830||Hiram Page acquires a seer stone of his own and receives revelations (contrary to Joseph Smith's), the Whitmers and Oliver Cowdery believe Page's revelations.|
|1821 to||1830||Whitmers were Methodists, Reformers, Presbyterians, Menonites, and Baptists [per Rev. Dierich Willers]|
|18-Apr||1830||Peter Whitmer Sr. baptized.|
|18-Apr||1830||Mary Whitmer baptized.|
|18-Apr||1830||William Jolly baptized.|
|18-Apr||1830||Elizabeth Jolly baptized.|
|18-Apr||1830||Vincent Jolly baptized.|
|18-Apr||1830||Richard B Peterson baptized.|
|18-Apr||1830||Elizabeth Anne Whitmer baptized.|
|Apr||1830||Joseph Smith visits Joseph Knight of Colesville, NY.|
|9-Jun||1830||First Conference (about 30 members).|
|After||9-Jun||1830||Joseph Smith tried and acquitted of [?] [per Newel Knight].|
|Aug||1830||Joseph Smith Sr. And Don Carlos Smith go on Mission.|
|Late Aug||1830||Joseph Smith visits Colesville with John Whitmer, David Whitmer, and Hyrum Smith.|
|Early Sep||1830||Parley P. Pratt (a Campbellite) baptized.|
|19-Sep||1830||Orson Pratt baptized.|
|26-Sep||1830||Second Conference - 62 Members (35 baptized since 6/9/1830).|
|Sep||1830||Hirum Page renounces his seer stone [per Joseph Smith] at the Second Conference.|
|Fall||1830||Levi Hancock (a cabinet maker) baptized.|
|Before||Oct||1830||Frederick G. Williams joins Church.|
Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer, and Ziba Peterson sent on mission to
Missouri (to the Lamanites). They arrive early 1831 [per Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer].
On their way, they stop in Kirtland, OH (Oct), Parley P. Pratt seeks out and baptizes Sidney Rigdon, along with several other Cambellites.
Philo Dibble (a Kirtland land dealer) baptized by Parley P. Pratt.
Joseph Smith living on Frederick G. Williams' farm which was $400 in debt and in danger of reverting to the prior owner; Joseph Coe was required to raise the money but couldn't so Dibble sold some of his 1200 acres for $1.75 per acre and paid Joseph Smith the $400 [per Philo Dibble].
Isaac Morley (a cooper and a Campbellite) joins Church.
Morley also promoted the concept of community goods and had 50 - 60 people (called "Big Family") living on his farm, and more on a separate piece of property [per Josiah Jones (a non-converted Campbellite)].
|1830||House built on Isaac Morley's lot in Kirtland for Joseph Smith's family.|
|1830||Lyman Wight (a Campbellite and friend of Isaac Morley) baptized.|
|Oct||1830||Samuel H. Smith, Ziba Peterson, Frederick G. Williams, and Peter Whitmer preach in Kirtland, OH [per Orson Hyde].|
|Oct||1830||Orson Hyde (a Campbellite) baptized (by Sidney Rigdon).|
|Autumn||1830||Parley P. Pratt has vision in the heavens of lights forming shapes (square and compass).|
|Nov||1830||Newel Kimball Whitney (a Campbellite and associate of Sidney Rigdon) baptized.|
|Dec||1830||Sidney Rigdon travels to New York and visits Joseph Smith [per Newel Knight and Orson Pratt]. Edward Partridge travels with Rigdon [per John Whitmer].|
Joseph Smith Sr. tells Fayette Lapham and Jacob Ramsdell that Joseph Smith saw, in a dream, a large and tall man in ancient clothing that was covered in blood that told him of the treasure and that a spirit had been murdered on the spot to guard the treasure.
On one of the attempts, Smith was told he wasn't punctual and to return in one year with Alvin.
|1831||Isaac Morley sent to Jackson County, MO to find a location for the Mormons to settle; finds a place near Independence, MO.|
|1831||Hiram Page moves to Kirtland, OH.|
|1831||Joseph Smith Sr. Moves to Kirtland, OH.|
|1831||Martin Harris moves to Kirtland.|
|1831||Edward Partridge moves (returns?) to Kirtland, OH. [per John Corrill].|
|Winter||1831||Ezra Booth (a Methodist preacher) and his friend John Johnson, join the Church.|
|2-Jan||1831||Church holds third conference, Fayette, NY.|
|6-Jan||1831||Lucy Mack Smith interviewed at Waterloo, NY.|
|6-Jan||1831||Six cut off from the Church [per Orson Pratt].|
|9-Jan||1831||Zebedee Coltrin joins Church.|
|10-Jan||1831||John Corrill (a Campbellite) joins Church.|
|11-Jan||1831||Eight cut off from the Church [per Orson Pratt].|
|23-Jan||1381||School of the Prophets established [per Zebedee Coltrin].|
|Late Jan||1831||Joseph Smith (25) starts for Kirtland, OH with Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge; arrives early Feb. And stays with Newel K. Whitney [per Smith].|
|4-Feb||1831||Thomas Campbell sends letter to Sidney Rigdon, responding to his Book of Mormon challange.|
Joseph Smith's revelation:
A house should be built for Smith to live and translate;
Sidney Rigdon should live as seems good to him;
Edward Partridge to be ordained a bishop.
Joseph Smith revelation: Elders to go forth two by two, except Smith and Rigdon to go for a little time. Also, Edward Partridge to stand in office as appointed unless he transgresses and another will be appointed.
Also, cleave to wife and none else. And, surpluses to go to Church.
Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith have vision of Father and Son while translating the Old and New Testaments (with Rigdon transcribing).
Levi Hancock says he was with Rigdon during the translation of the Bible.
|Feb||1831||Joseph Smith has revelation; includes "...love one wife and no one else."|
|1831||Wycam Clark, with others (including Northrop Sweet), apostates and gets a revelation that he's the true Revelator and Prophet: starts the "Pure Church of Christ" with six members|
|1831||John Noah claimed to be a prophet and was expelled.|
|Mar||1831||Joseph Smith has revelation; includes "...a man should have one wife."|
|8-Mar||1831||John Whitmer is revealed to be historian of the Church.|
|Apr||1831||Marinda M. (Johnson) Hyde baptized.|
|30-Apr||1831||Son and daughter of Joseph and Emma Smith born and died at Kirtland, OH.|
|After||May||1831||Edward Partridge instructed to repent and he shall be forgiven.|
|May||1831||John Wakefield and Parley P. Pratt instructed to go forth among the churches and strengthen them with exhortation.|
|May||1831||John Corrill instructed to labor in the vineyard.|
|5-Jun||1831||Dr. Cephas Dodd, tells of Spalding Story Manuscript found in the Wilds of Mormon. Claims The Book of Mormon was copied from it.|
Sidney Rigdon asks Levi Hancock to build a desk and an office for him.
Levi Hancock gives money to Sidney Rigdon, as Sidney has none.
|Shortly aft||10-Jun||1831||Heber C. Kimball joins the Baptists.|
|Jun||1831||Joseph Smith visits missionaries in Missouri [per Oliver Cowdery].|
|Jun||1831||Joseph Smith announces "high priesthood."|
|Jun||1831||William W. Phelps baptized.|
|Jun to Jul||1831||Edward Partridge moves from Kirtland to Independence, MO with Sidney Rigdon, Martin Harris, William W. Phelps, and others.|
|1831||Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams (Messenger and Advocate Publisher) are the "First Presidency."|
|2-Aug||1831||Sidney Rigdon preaches that the Missouri land has been promised to the saints and asks them to accept it.|
|20-Aug||1831||Dr. William E. McLellin joins Church.|
|31-Aug||1831||Sidney Rigdon preaches about the promise land and that the people shall repent or be destroyed.|
|Aug||1831||Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith go to Kirtland [per Oliver Cowdery].|
|11-Sep||1831||Revelation: Edward Partridge had sinned, instructed to repent, Ezzra Booth admonished, Isaac Morley forgiven but told to sell farm. Tithing disscussed.|
Joseph Smith moves to Hiram, OH and lives with the Johnsons.
Sidney Rigdon also moves to Hiram.
|About||Oct||1831||Ezra Booth, Jacom Scott, Symons Rider, Eli Johnson, and others apostate.|
|Oct||1831||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon resume re-translation of the Bible.|
|Nov||1831||Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer sent to Independence, MO with the revelations, to be published by William W. Phelps (Book of Commandments).|
|8-Dec||1831||Ezra Booth writes of a revelation directing Elders to marry with the natives.|
|Jan||1832||Several excommunicated by Orson Pratt and Cahoon [per Orson Pratt].|
|25-Jan||1832||Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge at odds (a hardness between them); resolved [per Joseph Smith].|
|22-Jan||1832||Oliver Cowdery (25) marries Elizabeth Ann Whitmer (David Whitmer's sister).|
|10-Feb||1832||Alexander Campbell writes his denunciation of The Book of Mormon, citing numerous discrepancies and contradictions.||BOM|
|Mar||1832||Joseph Smith, by revelation, is called "Enoch."|
Sidney Rigdon preached that the "keys of the Kingdom were taken from us," and was rumored that he was going to expose Mormonism.
Hyrum Smith disputed Rigdon's claim and says the keys were not lost.
Joseph Smith rebuked Sidney Rigdon.
Rigdon was reportedly flung about a room by an unseen force and laid up for five or six weeks [per Philo Dibble].
Joseph Smith (while living at the Johnson's in Hirum, OH) and Sidney Rigdon are tarred and feathered by Simons Rider (a former Campbellite preacher), Warren Waste, Eli Johnson, Edward Johnson, and John Johnson upon rumors of Smith's intimacy with Nancy Marinda Johnson (16) (Eli Johnson's sister).
The mob also brings Joseph Smith to Dr. Dennison for castration but the Dennison refuses to perform the operation.
Next day, Sidney Rigdon crazed and wants to kill Joseph Smith with his razor [per Smith].
|After||27-Mar||1832||Philo Dibble sells possessions to advance money to Joseph Smith to buy land in Jackson County: gives $50 to Parley P. Pratt and, when asked for more, gives $300 [per Dibble].|
Joseph Smith revelation that many had sinned.
Also, that the following are to be bound:
Newel K. Whitney (former Campbellite) (Ahashday*), Sidney Rigdon (Pelagoram*), [someone?] (Mahalaleel), Joseph Smith (Gazelam*), Oliver Cowdery (Olihah*),
[someone?] (Horah), Martin Harris (Mahemson*), [someone?] (Shalemanasseh) [sp?]
Note: Edward Partridge is Alam*, John Johnson is Zombre*, and Frederick G. Williams is Shederlaomack*, Kirtland also called Shinehah*, and Zarahemla* is for Iowa
*Code names used in the Doctrine and Covenants due to persecution [per Orson Pratt].
|14-Apr||1832||Brigham Young (a carpenter and joiner) baptized, later receives the gift of tongues and interpretation; speaks in tongues.|
|15/16-Apr||1832||Heber C. Kimball, (acquaintance of Brigham Young), baptized.|
|27-Arp||1832||Amasa Lyman joins Church.|
|Jun||1832||The Evening and Morning Star published by Church in Independence, MO until July 1833, William W. Phelps editor.|
|6-Jun||1832||Joseph Smith (26) sends letter to Emma describing vision: says he "visited a grove and called upon God in prayer ... God forgave my sins."|
|15-Jun||1832||David W. Patten baptized.|
|Between||20-Jul 27-Nov||1832||Joseph Smith writes (in a ledger) that when he was 16, the Lord appeared and said his sins were forgiven.|
|4-Aug||1832||Joseph Smith says plates were 6" x 8" and thinner than tin and 6" high, 40 to 60 lbs and had the appearance of gold.||BOM|
|10-Sep||1832||George A. Smith baptized.|
|29-Nov||1832||Joseph Smith goes to Chardon to see his sisters Sophronia and Catherine [per Smith].|
|29-Nov||1832||Joseph Smith writes that Frederick G. Williams prophesized that he should go to Pittsburgh in the spring to establish a bishopric, then go to New York a year later|
|1832||Joseph Smith begins recording the origin of the Church, says that reading the Bible stirred him to pray (no mention of religious excitement). Says he was 12-15, and Christ appeared (no mention of the Father or of an evil power over taking him).|
|1832||Mormon Missionaries read passages from The Book of Mormon at a public meeting; Solomon Spalding's brother and friends are present and recognize names and story from Spalding's Manuscript Found.||BOM|
|1832||Several acquaintances of Solomon Spalding claim that the historical content of The Book of Mormon is identical to Spalding's Manuscript Found, but not the religious content.||BOM|
|Fall||1832||Ohio disciples receive gift of tongues [per Wilford Woodruff].|
|6-Nov||1832||Joseph Smith III born in Kirtland, OH.|
|About||Nov||1832||South Carolina defies Federal Government by proposing to nullify Federal tariffs within their borders.|
|3-Dec||1832||Jesse Gause (former member of the First Presidency) excommunicated.|
|25-Dec||1832||Joseph Smith predicts civil war.|
|1832||Hiram Page moves to Independence, MO.|
|Winter||1832 - 33||Parley P. Pratt and Dr. William E. McLellin go on a mission through MO and IL.|
|12-Feb||1833||Illinois outlaws polygamy.|
|3-Mar||1833||Joseph Smith gets a revelation that the Lord is not pleased with McLellin [per Joseph Smith].|
|Mar||1833||Joseph Smith names Sidney Rigdon as First Counselor in the First Presidency.|
|Jun||1833||Saints in Zion receive gift of tongues [per Wilford Woodruff].|
Dr. Philastus Hurlbut excommunicated for unchristian-like conduct with females. Also,
Daniel Copley cut off for not going on a mission (claiming to be too weak).
|21-Jun||1833||Dr. Philastus Hurlbut appealed, was forgiven and reinstated.|
|23-Jun||1833||Dr. Philastus Hurlbut charged with other offences and excommunicated.||BOM|
|23-Jun||1833||James Higby cut off from Church.|
|23-Jun||1833||Kirtland Temple cornerstones laid.|
|15-Jul||1833||Saints in Zion, MO receive notice from the citizens of Jackson County, accusing them of planning to take over all the Jackson County land, tampering with their slaves, and inviting free negroes and mulattos to join; the citizens instruct Mormons to leave or they will remove them.|
An Independence, MO citizens committee meeting voted to destroy the press of The Evening and Morning Star (A. S. Gilbert (store owner), Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, John Corrill, William W. Phelps, and John Whitmer were present).
The press was destroyed by the mob and Edward Partridge and Charles Allen were tarred and feathered and ordered to leave Independence (were living in house rented from Lilburn W. Boggs).
|23-Jul||1833||Mormons agree to leave Jackson County, most by 1-Jan, 1834 and all by 1-Apr, 1834 [per John Whitmer].|
Philastus Hurlbut goes to Conneaut, OH and collects statements from eight people claiming that the historical content of the Book of Mormon is from Solomon Spalding's manuscript:
Martha Spalding (John's wife),
Henry Lake (Solomon's partner in the forge business),
John N. Miller (employee of Spalding and Lake),
Arron Wright (Conneaut Justice of the Peace),
Oliver Smith (Spalding boarded with him),
Nahum Howard (town doctor),
Artemus Cunningham (a debt holder trying to get payment from Spalding).
|1833||Book of Commandments Published.|
|About||1833||Joseph Smith diary tells of "Strange Account" of vision when he was 16 of "the Lord" who said his sins were forgiven.|
|Aug||1833||Philastus Hurlbut finds Fabius Story - shows it to witnesses who say it's not the same story they saw.|
|Before||31-Oct||1833||Philo Dibble sent to Liberty to buy ammunition.|
|Fall||1833||Heber C. Kimball moves to Kirtland.|
Battle near Blue River: Mormons driven out of Jackson County, MO;
Andrew Barber [sp?] and another Mormon killed, Hugh L. Brazeale and another of the mob killed, Philo Dibble wounded [per Dibble].
|After||4-Nov||1833||Philo Dibble rents ferry at $9 per day for saints to cross river to Quincy, IL [per Dibble].|
|In or before||Dec||1833||Elder Landon and 25 others cut off from the Church in Geneseo, NY.|
|16-Dec||1833||Joseph Smith reveals revelation to attack enemies.|
"The Evening and Morning Star" press dedicated and publication resumed until Sep 1834 with Oliver Cowdery managing.
Joseph Smith praises Oliver Cowdery at the dedication but says he has "two evils" that he must overcome.
|After||1833||Joseph Smith first mentions Urim & Thummim.|
|?||Joseph Smith instructs Edward Partridge to establish churches under the United Order, where all surplus (beyond what a family needs for itself) to be kept in the Lord's store house [per Amasa Lyman].|
|28-Jan||1834||Hurlbut law suit pending.|
Sidney Rigdon charges Martin Harris with telling A. C. Russell Esq. That Joseph Smith drank too much liquor when he was translating The Book of Mormon. Also says that Joseph Smith wrestled with many men and threw them.
Martin Harris said he knew all about The Book of Mormon before it was translated.
|17-Feb||1834||First High Council of Church organized in Kirtland.|
|19-Feb||1834||Letter sent to Judge Ryland requesting protection [per John Whitmer].|
|About||23-Feb||1834||William W. Phelps, Edward Partridge, John Corrill and others subpoenaed by State.|
|Feb||1834||Joseph Smith (28) elected by Kirtland High Council as Commander-In-Chief of the Armies of Israel.|
|20-Mar||1834||Isaac Hale (Emma Smith's father) signs affidavit describing his dealings with Joseph Smith and Smith's method of translating the gold plates.|
|Before||7-Apr||1834||Warren A. Cowdery (Oliver's brother) obtains proof sheets to the Book of Mormon, shows the Hyde family.|
|7-Apr||1834||William Hyde (with his family) baptized.|
|9-Apr||1834||Hurlburt convicted for threatening Joseph Smith's life, fined $200 and court fees of $125.59.|
|10-Apr||1834||Letter sent to President Andrew Jackson, asking for protection [per John Whitmer].|
|23-Apr||1834||Joseph Smith is referred to as "Enoch" in a revelation.|
|1-May||1834||Joseph Smith and a party of more than 100 ("Zion's Camp") depart Kirtland for Missouri [per Joseph Smith].|
|3-May||1834||Church re-named "The Church of the Latter Day Saints" (as proposed by Sidney Rigdon).|
|5-May||1834||Heber C. Kimball and about 100 travel to New Portage to Zion's Camp.|
|16-Jun||1834||Martin Harris boasts that he can handle snakes, gets bit by one [per Joseph Smith].|
|22-Jun||1834||Joseph Smith has "Fishing River" revelation predicting a scourge in the camp to punish those who complained.|
|24-Jun||1834||Cholera outbreak in Zion's Camp, several die [per Heber C. Kimball].|
|Jun||1834||Joseph Smith and party arrive at Missouri and disband.|
|8-Jul||1834||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Frederick G. Williams, William E. McLellin and others head back to Kirtland.|
|31-Jul||1834||Samuel Brown's license is withdrawn for encouraging brethern to speak in tongues.|
|About||1-Aug||1834||Joseph Smith and company arrive back in Kirtland.|
|4-Aug||1834||Sylvester Smith accuses Joseph Smith of criminal conduct during his journey to and from Missouri; but later agrees to publish a confession, denying charges, in the Star.|
|7-Aug||1834||Massachusetts Conference held in Bradford, Holmes' license withdrawn for a continuing dispute with his wife. Also, James Patten excommunicated.|
|23-Aug||1834||Sylvester Smith rescinds his confession, but tried, and again agrees to sign a confession.|
|1834||Eber D. Howe obtains Hurlbut's statements of the Solomon Spalding Manuscript Found witnesses.||BOM|
|1834||Eber D. Howe's book Mormonism Unveiled published.||BOM|
|24-Sep||1834||Article on Marriage read at General Assembly stating that "...one man should have one wife, except for death."|
|Oct||1834||The "Messenger and Advocate" replaces "The Evening and Morning Star."|
|1834||Oliver Cowdery (with JS's help) writes history. [No mention of 1st vision.]|
|22-Dec||1834||Grammar School opened; Sidney Rigdon and William E. McLellin teachers.|
|Dec||1834||Messenger & Advocate prints Oliver Cowdery's letter saying that, when Joseph Smith was 15, he was stirred by a revival and prayed in his bedroom to find out which church was right. Says a messenger for the Lord appeared saying his sins were forgiven.|
|1834||Joseph Smith says he found the bones of Zelph, a white Lamanite.|
|Winter||1834-35||Heber C. Kimball attends theological School in Kirtland.|
|Feb||1835||Messenger & Advocate prints Oliver Cowdery's letter correcting Joseph Smith's age at the time of the revival to 17 (as an error in type) and specifies the date as Sep 21, 1823.|
|Feb||1835||Doctrine and Covenants (formerly Book of Commandments) Revised, with William W. Phelps assisting; U&T added. Section 101, verse 4 prohibits polygamy.|
Book of Commandments says Oliver Cowdery had the gift of the rod.
Doctrine and Covenants says Oliver Cowdery had the gift of Aaron.
|14-Feb||1835||The Three Witness choose the Quorum of 12 Apostles: Lyman Johnson, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, David W. Patten, Luke Johnson, William E. McLellin, Orson Hyde, William Smith, John Boynton, Orson Pratt, Thomas B. Marsh, Parley P. Pratt.|
|Spring||1835||William McLellin suspended from fellowship.|
|6-Jun||1835||Painesville Telegraph prints of court case against Joseph Smith for beating Calvin Stoddard (his brother-in-law).|
|18-Jun||1835||Sarah Marinda Bates baptized by Orson Pratt [per Pratt].|
|3-Jul||1835||Joseph Smith acquires 3 or 4 mummies and papyrus fragments from Michael H. Chandler's travelling Egyptian show for $2400. He translates fragments to produce Book of Abraham. [Papyrus fragments are later found to be a Pagan funerary text from Egyptian Book of Breathings.]|
Oliver Cowdery introduces Book of Doctrine and Covenants. Also,
William W. Phelps reads the Article on Marriage which is unanimously accepted to be in the book.
|19-Aug||1835||Elder Babit charged with not keeping the Word of Wisdom; says he followed the example of Joseph Smith and others, but repented.|
|14-Sep||1835||Oliver Cowdery is, again, appointed "Historian & Recorder" of church until 1837.|
|25-Sep||1835||William McLellin restored to fellowship.|
|16-Oct||1835||Ebinezer Robertson babtized.|
|29-Oct||1835||Warren Parrish becomes Joseph Smith's scribe for $15 per month [per Joseph Smith].|
|29-Oct||1835||William Smith quarrels with Joseph Smith [per Joseph Smith].|
|On or after||9-Nov||1835||Joseph Smith diary tells of his meeting with a Jewish Minister, Joshua, (also known as Robert Matthias) where Smith relayed account of first vision when he was 14, says he saw one personage and then another; the second said "Jesus Christ is the Son of God." He also saw "many angels."|
|11-Nov||1835||Christian Whitmer dies.|
|29-Dec||1835||Joseph Smith brings charges against William Smith.|
|1835||Church accused of practicing polygamy.|
|Fall||1835||Professor Seixas teaches Hebrew.|
|From||1835 to||1836||Joseph Smith's diary says he received "first visitation of angels" when he was 14.|
|2-Jan||1836||William Smith confesses and is re-fellowshipped.|
|1836||Joseph Smith marries (or begins affair with) Fanny Alger (19), later caught with her by Emma.|
|Before||Mar||1836||John Whitmer is editor of the "Messenger and Advocate."|
|27-Mar||1836||Kirtland Temple dedicated.|
|Apr||1836||Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery say that Moses appeared with keys of the gathering of Israel.|
|Spring||1836||Non-Mormons become uneasy as many Mormons move to Clay County [per John Corrill]|
|19-Jun||1836||David W. Patten and Warren Parrish arrested; Wiflord Woodruff escapes arrest [per Wilford Woodruff]|
|20-Jun||1836||Frederick Granger Smith (son of Joseph and Emma) born, Kirkland, OH.|
|4-Jul||1836||Orson Pratt marries Sarah Marinda Bates.|
|Aug||1836||Joseph Smith tells Levi Hancock to take Fanny Algers and go to Missouri [per Hancock].|
|Early||Aug||1836||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery arrive at Salem, MA. Later, met there by Brigham Young and Lyman E. Johnson [per Joseph Smith].|
|6-Aug||1836||Joseph Smith has a revelation to not worry about the Church's debts, that there is hidden treasure (gold and silver) for the benefit of Zion in Salem, and that the city will be given to him, and that there is more treasures than one [per Joseph Smith]. Sidney Rigdon there also [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|Before||11-Aug||1836||David W. Patten and Warren Parrish free [per Wilford Woodruff].|
|About||Sep||1836||Joseph Smith and party leave Salem, MA.|
|1836||Brigham Young visits Smith and others in Salem, MA [per Brigham Young].|
Some propose, (while Joseph Smith was away) that
David Whitmer should take over as leader of the Church.
Joseph Smith returns and claims that he's still the prophet and leader.
Brigham Young, in Kirtland, defends Joseph Smith (not back yet) against those planning to overthrow him; Joseph Smith Sr, and Heber C. Kimball are present and oppose plan.
Brigham Young rides to meet Joseph Smith on his way to Kirtland and warns him [per Brigham Young].
|12-Oct||1836||Orson and Sarah Pratt arrive in Kirtland.|
|Nov||1836||Sidney Rigdon proposes that God has flesh and bone; Oliver Cowdery opposed.|
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon establish bank Called the "Kirtland Safety Society."
But the State refuses to grant charter. Later, they print their own money (legal for chartered banks to print money).
|Fall||1836||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Sidney Rigdon establish the Brother of Gideon society [per John Whitmer].|
|Fall||1836||John Whitmer criticizes Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and other leaders for establishing the bank, promoting the plurality of wives, and for association with the Gidianton bands.|
|22-Sep||1836||Peter Whitmer, Jr. Dies.|
|13-Dec||1836||Willard Richards (Brigham Young's cousin) baptized.|
|1836||Dr. William Law joins church.|
|1836||Dr. William E. McLellin leaves Church because the Revelations were changed.|
Kirtland Safety Society renamed the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company [per Joseph Smith]
with "Anti" and "ing" in small type [per Ebenezer Robinson].
|Feb||1837||Hyrum Smith says the Curch has heavy debts.|
|Feb||1837||Firm of Oliver Cowdery and Co. Dissolved and the entire establishment is transferred to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.|
|By||19-Feb||1837||Joseph Smith returns to Kirtland [per Wilford Woodruff].|
|Winter &||Spring||1837||Known dissenters are: Frederick G. Williams (1st Presidency), Martin Harris, David Whitmer (apostle), Luke Johnson (apostle), Parley P. Pratt (apostle), William E. McLellin (apostle), John F. Boynton (apostle), Roger Orton (The 70), and S. Wilbur Denton [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|4-Mar||1837||Martin Van Buren becomes U.S. President.|
|Before||6-Mar||1837||Alvah Beaman a member.|
|Mar||1837||Brigham Young buys a tavern in Auburn, NY [per Brigham Young].|
|9-Apr||1837||Joseph Smith condemns traitors with wrath of God [per Wilford Woodruff].|
|24-Apr||1837||David W. Patten charges Lyman Wight for false doctrine. Wight convicted and makes accommodation. Also, Jesse Hitchcock cut off from the High Council.|
|May||1837||President Jackson ordered that the US Treasury accept only gold (not paper money) for public land [causing the Church's bank to fail].|
|28-May||1837||John Patten disfellowshipped.|
|29-May||1837||Sidney Rigdon presides over charges against Frederick G. Williams, David Whitmer, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman E. Johnson, and Warren Parrish; meeting dispersed in confusion as members refused to judge each other [per Church history].|
|After||May||1837||David Whitmer renounces Joseph Smith as a fallen prophet.|
|2-Jun||1837||John F. Boynton calls Joseph Smith a fallen prophet.|
|2-Jun||1837||Lyman E. Johnson leaves Church.|
|Jun||1837||Joseph Smith (31) acquitted of conspiring to murder Grandison Newell. (Newell had brought about 30 suits against Smith). McLellin told of Smith's plans to kill Newell.|
|Prior to||11-Jun||1837||Willard Richards was on a business mission [per Joseph Smith].|
|13-Jun||1837||Heber C. Kimball and Willard Richards leave for Liverpool England.|
|After||13-Jun||1837||Heber C. Kimball has visions of evil spirits in England.|
|Summer||1837||Parley P. Pratt embittered against Joseph Smith, but repents.|
|Between||Spng-Jul||1837||Parley P. Pratt disagrees with Joseph Smith but repents and is forgiven by Smith.|
Elder Hale goes to New Rowley MA to visit friends.
Elder Nathaniel Holmes lives in New Rowley, MA [per Wilford Woodruff].
|21-Jul||1837||Wilford Woodruff begins walking from Hartford to New Rowley (52 miles first day, 48 miles second day, 36 miles third day).|
|23-Jul||1837||Joseph Smith has a revelation, rebuking Thomas B. Marsh, and that the 12 should not rebel against him.|
|25-Jul||1837||Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, David W. Patten, Sidney Rigdon and Thomas B. Marsh head out on missions. Going through Painsville, Joseph Smith is arrested several times for various debts; Anson Call bails him out [per Brigham Young].|
Conference to reorganize the Church, owing to the disaffection existing in the hearts of many [per Brigham Young]. Also,
Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and John F. Boynton disfellowshipped.
Boynton blamed his troubles on the failure of the bank.
|4-Sep||1837||Joseph Smith's revelation says John Whitmer and William W. Phelps should repent.|
|10-Sep||1837||Luke S. Johnson and Lyman E. Johnson re-fellowshipped, having confessed.|
|After||12-Sep||1837||Snider leaves England, leaves the Church and reportedly burns 200 copies of the BOM.|
|13-Sep||1837||Jerusha Smith (Hyrum's wife) dies.|
|Before||17-Sep||1837||Oliver Cowdery moves to Missouri.|
|About||18-Sep||1837||Parley P. Pratt, in New York, publishes "Voice of Warning," (216 pages).|
|27-Sep||1837||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon go on a mission to establish places of gathering with William Smith and Vinson Knight [per Joseph Smith].|
|Oct||1837||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon tried for unauthorized banking, fined $1000.|
|12-Oct||1837||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon arrive in Terre Haut Indiana [per Joseph Smith].|
|Late Oct or||Early Nov||1837||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon arrive at Far West, MO [per Joseph Smith].|
|2-Nov||1837||Last paper printed from the Kirtland printers, as the establishment was attached because of a judgement of the county court; soon afterward, all burned to the ground.|
Frederick G. Williams rejected as counselor, Hyrum Smith appointed instead. Also,
David Whitmer rejected and branch president, John Whitmer appointed instead.
|10-Dec||1837||Joseph Smith returns to Kirtland; writes that Warren Parrish, John F. Boynton, Luke S. Hohnson, Joseph Coe and other were united to overthrow him and intended to restore the Church's original name, "Church of Christ."|
|22-Dec||1837||Brigham Young flees Kirtland in consequence of the fury of the mob against him for supporting Joseph Smith [per Brigham Young].|
Brigham Young meets Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and George W. Robinson (in Dublin, Indiana), who also fled Kirtland because of the mobocratic spirit prevailing.
Joseph Smith told Brigham Young that he was destitute and ask him for counsel.
Brigham Young has member Tomlison sell his farm. Tomilson does for $500 and $250 in goods. Tomilson gives $300 to Smith [per Brigham Young].
|1837||Martin Harris excommunicated (subsequently joins Shakers).|
|1837||Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer reportedly pledge loyalty to a prophetess who used a black seer stone.|
|1837||Book of Mormon revised, several references to "God" are changes to "Son of God."||BOM|
|1837||Warren Parrish apostates, leading 30-40 others (the Parrish Party), including Luke and Lyman Johsnon, William E. McLellin, A. Aldrich, Hazen Aldrich, John Boyington, Sylvester Smith, Joseph Coe, Orson Johnson, W. A. Cowdery, M. F. Cowdery.|
|End||1837||Heber C. Kimball writes that the Church is in a state of poverty and distress.|
|1838||Joseph Smith begins dictating his history.|
|1-Jan||1838||Joseph Smith identifies 28 dissenters, including Martin Harris [letter to Geo. Smith].|
|21-Jan||1838||Oliver Cowdery confronts Smith with charge of adultery with Fanny Alger.|
|12 or||28-Jan||1838||Joseph Smith leaves Kirtland, OH (reportedly to escape debts) at night and travels 60 miles the first night [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|1838||Hiram Page leaves Church.|
|1838||Jacob Whitmer leaves Church.|
|5-Feb||1838||12 Apostles, with Thomas B. Marsh presiding, bring charges against David Whitmer, John Whitmer, and William W. Phelps.|
|10-Mar||1838||William W. Phelps excommunicated.|
|10-Mar||1838||John Whitmer excommunicated.|
|10-Mar||1838||Marcellus Cowdery disfellowshipped [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|14-Mar||1838||Joseph Smith arrives at Far West, MO.|
|4-Apr||1838||Sidney Rigdon arrives at Far West, MO with his family.|
|4-Apr||1838||Wilford Woodruff receives letter from Warren Parrish, listing the apostates and their reasons [per Wilford Woodruff].|
|12-Apr||1838||Oliver Cowdery excommunicated.|
|13-Apr||1838||Lyman E. Johnson cut off from the Church.|
|13-Apr||1838||David Whitmer told he was no longer a member (not formerly excommunicated) [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|15-Apr||1838||Stephen Burnett, in a letter, renounces Book of Mormon.|
|20-Apr||1838||Heber C. Kimball returns from England, meets Orson and Parley Pratt in New York.|
|26-Apr||1838||Church re-named "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."|
Joseph Smith publishes answers to frequently asked questions on the beliefs of Mormons, including:
Non-Mormons will be damned, as well as a good portion of Mormons, unless they repent and work for righteousness,
Joseph Smith is a prophet,
Members' property is not held in common,
Mormons do not believe in multiple wives at the same time,
Mormons cannot raise the dead,
members do not have to give all of their money to the church (only their portion of what's necessary to support church operations),
Mormons are not abolitionists,
Joseph Smith was a money digger but didn't make much money at it (only $14 a month),
Mormons do baptize the dead,
Joseph Smith is not Jesus Christ,
The scriptures are not full.
|11-May||1838||Dr. William E. McLellin and Dr. McCord withdraw from the Church.|
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon request annual remuneration of $1,100, each.
The council gives 80 acre lots to each and grants their salary request.
George M. Hinkle opposed [per Ebenezer Robinson].
|Next mtg After||12-May||1838||Joseph Smith's and Sidney Rigdon's salaries are rescinded because of much objection [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|22-May||1838||Heber C. Kimball returns to Kirtland, OH.|
|Spring||1838||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon move to Far West, MO.|
|2-Jun||1838||Alexander Hale Smith (son of Joseph and Emma) born, Far West, MO.|
Salt Sermon: "Gideonites to drive out the disenters."
Joseph Smith says (regarding the new organization plan) that any who criticize the heads of the Church should be driven over the parries like deer by a pack of hounds [per John Whitmer].
|After||19-Jun||1838||With Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon as instigators [plaintifs?], George W. Robinson prosecutes against: David Whitmer, John Whitmer, Lyman E. Johnson, Oliver Cowdery, Fredrick G. Williams, and William W. Phelps. The first five attempt to seek legal council but the families of Cowdery and Johnson are driven from their homes [per John Whitmer].|
Danites formed (also known as "Big Fan" or "The Daughter of Zion") with Dr. Samson Avard as leader. Avard claimed he had authority from Sidney Rigdon.
The organization has a Bill of Rights.
|Jun||1838||David Whitmer says he got instruction from God to separate from the Latter-day Saints.|
|Jun||1838||Daughter of Zion sends letter to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, John Whitmer, William W. Phelps and Lyman E. Johnson telling them they have three days to leave (signed by 83, including Hyrum Smith) [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|Summer||1838||Church in debt [per John Corrill].|
|1838||Joseph Smith (32) published account of the first vision: says it was in the spring of 1820 when he was 14 or 15 and motivated by a religious revival in the area, 2 years after moving to Manchester. Says he saw Father & Son.|
|4-Jul||1838||Sidney Rigdon (public speech) threatened "war of extermination" on any mob against the saints and claims independence for the Church.|
|4-Jul||1838||Cornerstones laid for Far West Temple.|
|8-Jul||1838||Joseph Smith has revelation regarding tithing, a few days after salary rescinded.|
|18-July||1838||Joseph Smith has further revelation on tithing regarding surplus property.|
|3-Aug||1838||Orson Pratt publishes history or origins of Mormon Church, describes first vision as two identical personages.|
|5-Aug||1838||Frederick G. Williams re-babtized.|
|Before||6-Aug||1838||Candidate William Pennington says Mormons shouldn't be allowed to vote.|
|6-Aug||1838||Some Mormons are injured when trying to vote in Gallatin.|
|8-Aug||1838||Dr. Avard with 150 armed men, along with Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight arrives in Gallatin and force Justice of the Peace, Adam Black, to sign a paper of non-aggression toward Mormons. Black later files complaint ant Richmond, MO [per John Corrill & ..].|
|1838||Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight surrender to General Atchison for trial.|
|1838||Dr. Austin Carroll leads a mob of 200-300. General Atchison orders 500 militia to quell disturbance and intervenes between the mob and the Mormons.|
|14-Oct||1838||Joseph Smith makes "... religion by the sword." Statement at Far West, MO.|
|27-Oct||1838||Governor Boggs issues order saying Mormons must be treated as enemies and either exterminated or driven from the State.|
|1-4-Sep||1838||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon begin studying the law [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|4-Sep||1838||John N. Sapp, a Danite, estimated their number at 800 to 1000.|
Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Sidney Rigdon meet with Anson Call and others at Three Forks and warn them that there will be difficulties and to go to Far West.
Later, mobbers sought to kill Phineas Young (Brigham's brother) [per Anson Call].
|2-4-Oct||1838||New Mormon settlement in DeWitt attack by mob, Mormons return fire.|
|6-Oct||1838||Joseph Smith arrives at DeWitt, sends request to the Governor for help.|
|9-Oct||1838||Governor refuses to help Mormons at DeWitt.|
|15-Oct||1838||Joseph Smith forms a company (including Parley P. Pratt) which marches to Daviess County under command of David W. Patten.|
|After||15-Oct||1838||Battle at Crooked River between Mormons and Samuel Bogart's men three Mormons killed (apostle David W. Patten, Gideon Carter, and Patterson [or Patrick] O'Banion), Yokum crippled, one of the State Militia killed and Samuel Tarwater severely disfigured, causing subsequent severe retaliation.|
Orson Hyde and Thomas B. Marsh (apostles) sign affidavits that Joseph Smith was plotting to take over the state of Missouri, and eventually the U.S.
Other apostates at this time include, John Corrill, Reed Beck, John Clemeson, William W. Phelps, Sampson Avard and George M. Hinkle [per Allen Joseph Stout].
|30-Oct||1838||Haun's Mill massacre, 17-19 Mormons killed by Jenning's men.|
|31-Oct||1838||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, Parley P. Pratt, and George W. Robinson surrender to General Samuel D. Lucas' army of 1500 [per Ebenezer Robinson].|
|31-Oct||1838||Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight sentenced to be shot the following day, 1-Nov.|
Ebenezer Robinson, Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, and other arrested by General Clark and are taken to Richmond, MO.
Also, General Clark requires Mormons to give up weapons, sign all property over to the State for cost of the war, and to leave state before the next season.
|10-Nov||1838||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and others charged with High Treason, murder, burglary, arson, robbery, and larceny.|
|24-Nov||1838||Several released from jail.|
|28-Nov||1838||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and others sent to Liberty Jail, Missouri.|
|Dec||1838||Several more bailed out.|
|15-Jan||1839||Anson Call meets with apostates Lyman Cowdery, David Whitmer, William E. McLellin, Burt Rigs, William W. Phelps who want him to withdraw a reportedly false warrant that they took missing goods. Call refuses.|
|16-Jan||1839||Brigham Young and Edward Partridge at odds.|
|18-Mar||1839||George A. Smith appointed to the 12, replacing Thomas B. Marsh, who had fallen; Wilford Woodruff also added to the 12 [per Brigham Young].|
|11-Apr||1839||Joseph Smith and others charged by a grand jury with murder, treason, burglary, arson, larceny, theft, and stealing.|
|Before||15-Apr||1839||Sidney Rigdon bailed out.|
|15-Apr||1839||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Alexander McRae, and Caleb Baldwin escape while being transported from Liberty jailhouse (after getting their guard intoxicated).|
|22-Apr||1839||Joseph Smith arrives at Quincy, IL.|
|25-Apr||1839||Joseph Smith travels to Commerce, IL and purchases two adjoining farms for the Church for $5,000 and $9,000.|
|26-Apr||1839||31 cut off from the Church [per Brigham Young].|
|3-May||1839||Brigham Young visits Joseph and Hyrum Smith at Cleveland, shortly after their escape [per Brigham Young].|
|10-May||1839||Joseph Smith moves to Commerce IL; Sidney Rigdon and George W. Robinson follow.|
|18-May||1839||Joseph Smith in Commerce, laying out the city [per Brigham Young].|
|Before||4-Jul||1839||George M. Hinkle's fellowship withdrawn [per Brigham Young].|
|4-Jul||1839||Parley P. Pratt escapes from Richmond.|
|4-Aug||1839||Joseph Smith sends out the 12 to preach.|
|8-Aug||1839||Joseph Smith declares that angels have flesh and bones.|
|14-Sep||1839||Brigham Young, Heber, C. Kimball, George A. Smith, and Theodore Turley start out for mission to England.|
|1839||Church moves to Nauvoo, IL.|
|In or After||1839||Joseph Smith receives liquor license in Nauvoo.|
|In or After||1839||Joseph Smith declares bankruptcy (property in Emma's name).|
|1839||John Corrill leaves the Church.|
|1839||Sidney Rigdon writes an attack on proponents of the Spalding theory.||BOM|
|1839||Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith print Times and Seasons.|
|About||1840||Sidney Rigdon joins Masons.|
|1840||William Marks excommunicated by Brigham Young.|
|31-Jan||1840||Brigham Young meets Parley P. Pratt in New York [per Brigham Young].|
|9-Mar||1840||Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith, R. Hedlock sail to England, arrive in Liverpool 6-Apr; Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, Willard Richards, William Clayton, and John Moon also there [per Brigham Young].|
|Apr||1840||Joseph Smith preaches that God was once a man.|
|Apr||1840||Orson Hyde and John E. Page go on mission to Jerusalem (Hyde for three years, Page returing Dec, 1842) [per Orson Hyde].|
|13-Jun||1840||Don Carlos Smith (JS son) born, Nauvoo, IL.|
|In or after||Aug||1840||John C. Bennett joins Church and becomes Nauvoo mayor.|
|15-Aug||1840||Joseph Smith enunciated doctrine for baptism for the dead.|
|1840||Orson Pratt (Professor of Mathematics) publishes "Remarkable Visions"|
|14-Sep||1840||Joseph Smith Sr. dies, Nauvoo, IL.|
Oliver Cowdery moves to Tiffin, OH and opens law office; partner Joel W. Wilson and with William Lang.
Oliver Cowdery joined Methodists; and was knowledgeable of Hebrew, Greek, and Chaldee languages.
|Oct||1840||Ebenezer Robinson completes job of printing the third edition of The Book of Mormon.||BOM|
|8-Nov||1840||John Taylor baptized in Manchester, England [per Brigham Young].|
|1840||Church membership = 17,000.|
|16-Dec||1840||Illinois grants charter for City of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo Legion, and University of the City of Nauvoo.|
|1841||Joseph Smith marries Louisa Beaman (26).|
|5-Jan||1841||Joseph Smith says God has flesh and bone, and that earth was formed out of other planets that were broken up.|
|4-Mar||1841||William Harrison becomes U.S. President.|
|7-Mar||1841||Joseph Smith marries Zina Dianthia Huntington Jacobs (20) ( wife of Henry Baily Jacobs).|
|6-Apr||1841||John Tyler becomes U.S. President.|
|6-Apr||1841||Cornerstones laid for Nauvoo Temple; among other books and items, a Bible is laid but only after the Apocryphia is added to it (torn from one of the member's family Bible) to make it complete [per Samuel Miles].|
|6-9-Apr||1841||Hyrum Smith appointed Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, as revealed on 19-Jan, 1841.|
|6-9-Apr||1841||William Law, along with Sidney Rigdon, appointed councilor, replacing Hyrum Smith.|
|6-9-Apr||1841||John C. Bennett appointed councilor while Sidney Rigdon was ill.|
|6-9-Apr||1841||The 12 (or Traveling High Council) appointed: Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Orson Hyde, William Smith, John Taylor, John E. Page, Wilford Woodruff, Willard Richards, George Albert Smith, Lyman Wight (replacing David W. Patten).|
|18-Apr||1841||Rev. James Murdock interviews William Smith.|
|20-Apr||1841||Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, Orson Pratt, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, and Levi Richards sail back; arrive in New York 20-May [per Brigham Young].|
|Jun||1841||Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) denounces those who teach and practice plural marriage, no matter if it is his brother Joseph.|
|1-Jul||1841||Brigham Young and the others returning from England, arrive back in Nauvoo [per Brigham Young].|
|4-Aug||1841||Sidney Rigdon preaches of baptism for the dead.|
|7-Aug||1841||Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) dies.|
|15-Aug||1841||Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's son) dies.|
|27-Aug||1841||Robert B. Thompson dies (Joseph Smith's secretary).|
|28-Nov||1841||Joseph Smith tells the 12 Apostles that The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book and the keystone of our religion. [per Joseph Smith].|
|11-Dec||1841||Joseph Smith marries Prescindia Huntington Buell (31).|
|27-Dec||1841||Joseph Smith tells about the Urim and Thummim [per Brigham Young].|
|1842||Joseph Smith marries Elvira Cowles|
|1842||Joseph Smith marries Eliza Roxey Snow (former Campbellite).|
|1842||Joseph Smith marries Sarah Ann Whitney (daughter of Newel and Elizabeth Ann Whitney) [per Joseph C. Kingsbury and per Helen Mar Kimball].|
|1842||John A. Clark interviewed, said Joseph Smith was known as a "money digger" and was encouraged by his father to use the "seer" stone. Says the father was present at the first attempt to get the gold plates (22-Sep, 1823).|
|17-Jan||1842||Council of 12 opposed to Ebenezer Robinson's publishing The Book of Mormon without being counseled to do so by the first Presidency [per Brigham Young].||BOM|
Joseph Smith has revelation for the 12 to take in hand the editorial department of the Times and Seasons.
Brigham Young buys it on behalf of the Church from Ebenezer Robinson for an exorbitant price; Brigham objects to the price but pays it as Joseph Smith told the 12 to pay whatever Robinson asked [per Brigham Young].
|3-Feb||1842||John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff appointed to take charge of the printing office [per Brigham Young].|
|6-Feb||1842||Son of Joseph and Emma Smith born and died.|
|Feb||1842||Joseph Smith sealed to Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner (23) (wife of Adam Lightner).|
|5-Mar||1842||Francis Gladen Bishop cut off for setting himself up as Prophet and Revelator to the Church [per Brigham Young].|
|9-Mar||1842||Joseph Smith (36) sealed to Patty Bartlett Sessions (47) (wife of David Sessions) by Willard Richards.|
|15-Mar||1842||Account of First Vision published.|
|15-Mar||1842||Masonic Lodge established in Nauvoo.|
|15-Mar||1842||Joseph Smith joins Masons.|
|17-Mar||1842||Oliver Olney disfellowshipped for setting himself up as a prophet.|
|17-Mar||1842||Joseph Smith organizes the Relief Society with Emma as president.|
|Mar||1842||Times & Seasons prints translation from Book of Abraham that says Elohim lives near the star Kolob and it introduces the doctrine of plural gods.|
|30-Mar||1842||Joseph Smith instructs Relief Society to grow by degrees and to become sufficiently skilled in Masonry as to keep a secret; and should be "good masons." Joseph Smith reportedly has some of the older women (know as "Mothers in Israel") approach young women to be his spiritual wives.|
|7-Apr||1842||Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball deny, reports that they tried to induce a sister into the belief of having two wives. Joseph Smith also denounces the reports.|
|4-May||1842||Joseph Smith introduces Temple Ceremonies (similar to Masonic ceremonies).|
|4-May||1842||Joseph Smith takes name of "Enoch" at temple endowment.|
Orrin Porter Rockwell (Joseph Smith's body guard) reportedly shoots and wounds former Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs at his house, through the window.
John Whitmer says it was well known that Joseph Smith hired Rockwell to kill Boggs and that Rockwell was a member of the Gadianton band.
John C. Bennett resigns as mayor of Nauvoo; Joseph Smith elected as mayor by City Council.
Bennett reportedly competed with Joseph Smith for wives, taking those that Smith was planning on.
|25-May||1842||John C. Bennett's fellowship with the Church is withdrawn.|
|25-May||1842||Chauncey L. Higby cut off form Church for licentious conduct toward females.|
|4-Jun||1842||Dr. John C. Bennett expelled from Masons.|
|Before||28-Jun||1842||Joseph Smith offers John Bennett $500 to help get Nancy Rigdon; Bennett refuses [per George W. Robinson].|
|28-Jun||1842||Nancy Rigdon (Sidney's teenage daughter) refuses Joseph Smith's advances [per John C. Bennett], causing hard feelings between Joseph and Sidney.|
|After||28-Jun||1842||Stephen Markhow attempts to destroy Nancy Rigdon's character; several respond with affidavits confirming Nancy's good character.|
|7-Jul||?||Joseph Smith sends Orson Pratt on mission.|
|8-Aug||1842||Orson Pratt, influenced by statements of his wife (Sarah), rebelled against Joseph Smith [per Brigham Young].|
|8-Aug||1842||Orrin Porter Rockwell and Joseph Smith escape arrest and go into retirement.|
|17-Aug||1842||Joseph Smith denies claims of polygamy and cites the Article on Marriage, saying a man should have one wife.|
|20-Aug||1842||Orson Pratt cut off; Amasa Lyman ordained to replace him in the 12, per Joseph Smith's direction [per Brigham Young]..|
|20-Aug||1842||John C. Bennett declared unworthy to be chancellor of the university.|
|27-Aug||1842||Emma Smith writes to Governor Carlin.|
|29-Aug||1842||Joseph Smith comes out of hiding and attends a special conference: asks for support sent from the 12 Apostles and for those like Orson Pratt, Sidney Rigdon, and George W. Robinson who would prevent him, he can kick them off his heels. He also says that Orson Pratt attempted to destroy himself. [per Joseph Smith].|
|1842||Relief Society appeals to Governor Carlin for Joseph Smith.|
|1842||Mormon Legion reportedly has 2000 troops.|
|Sep||1842||Nauvoo Masonry has 286 member candidates.|
|3-Sep||1842||Sheriff comes to Nauvoo to arrest Joseph Smith; Smith escapes and goes into hiding.|
|26-Sep||1842||Orson Pratt denies relations with John C. Bennett.|
|2-Oct||1842||Governor Reynolds offers $200 or $300 reward for Joseph Smith and same for Orin P. Rockwell.|
|5-Oct||1842||Governor Carlin (IL) arranges to have Joseph Smith turned over to Missouri.|
|About||t||1842||Willard Richards appointed Church Historian [per Brigham Young].|
John C. Bennett publishes The History of the Saints or an Expose of Joseph Smith and Mormonism which exposes Mormon practice of polygamy; describes three orders of women: "Cyprian Saints", "Chambered Sisters of Charity", " Cloisterd Saints" or "Consecratees of the Cloister."
His book also describes the story of Joseph Smith's advances toward Sarah Pratt, her refusal, and Orson Pratt's confrontation with Smith.
|?||Joseph Smith marries Clarissa Reed Hancock (born 14-Dec 1814).|
|?||Joseph Smith marries Nancy Marinda Johnson Hyde (born 28-Jun 1815).|
|1843||Joseph Smith marries Almera Woodward Johnson (31).|
|1843||Joseph Smith marries Lucy Walker (17).|
|1843||Joseph Smith marries Melisa Lott (19).|
|1843||Joseph Smith marries Lucindia Pendelton Morgan Harris (42) (Former wife of missing Mason critic, William Morgan).|
|1843||Joseph Smith marries Olive Frost (27).|
|1843||Joseph Smith marries Flora Woodworth [per Lucian Woodworth (Flora's mother) per Orange Wight]. Lucian Woodworth is referred to as a Pagan Prophet.|
|10-Jan||1843||John C. Bennett sent letter to Sidney Rigdon and Orson Pratt describing grand jury indictments against Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, and others.|
|11-Jan||1843||Celebration: Joseph Smith discharged from his arrest under the Missouri writ by Illinois District Court Judge Pope [per Brigham Young].|
|16-Jan||1843||Sidney Rigdon forwards Bennett's letter to Orson Pratt. Orson Pratt brings the letter to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith accuses Sidney Rigdon of plotting with John C. Bennett and Governor Carlin to have him arrested [per Joseph Smith].|
|20-Jan||1843||Orson Pratt confessed his sins, he and Sarah Marinda Pratt re-instated and re-baptized [per Brigham Young].|
|About||4-Mar||1843||Orrin Porter Rockwell taken prisoner in St. Louis, MO.|
|26-Mar||1843||Joseph Smith kicks Josiah Butterfield (guardian of Maria & Sarah Lawrence) out of the house, across the yard, and into the street for insulting him [Per Joseph Smith].|
|Mar||1843||Joseph Smith is sealed to Eliza Marie Partridge (23) and (a few days later) Emily Dow Partridge (19) (daughters of the late Edward Partridge) by Heber C. Kimball [per Eliza Partridge].|
|7-Apr||1843||Orrin Porter Rockwell confined in Independence, MO.|
|23-Apr||1843||Kinderhook plates (6 bell shaped brass plates) found in Kinderhook, IL.||BOM|
|1-May||1843||Joseph Smith says he translated a portion of the Kinderhook plates and found them to be a history of a descendant of Ham. Smith says the figures were similar to those on the plates he translated to The Book of Mormon.||BOM|
|13-Jun||1843||Joseph Smith arrested at Dixon [per Brigham Young].|
|Summer||1843||Joseph Smith kidnapped and later|
|24-Jun||1843||Masonic Temple cornerstone laid by Hyrum Smith (Worshipful Master of lodge of ancient York Masons).|
|30-Jun||1843||Joseph Smith returns from arrest [per Joseph Smith] ("rescued") [per Amasa Lyman].|
|7-Jul||1843||Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, George A. Smith, and Wilford Woodruff start out on a mission [per Brigham Young].|
|9-Jul||1843||Brigham Young acknowledges Joseph Smith's polygamy and justifies it (in an interview) [per Brigham Young].|
Joseph Smith (37) announces revelation in favor of Plural Marriage (saying it was important for salvation).
Hyrum Smith reportedly explains the revelation to Emma Smith, who rejects it, Joseph Smith shows Emma a transcript of the revelation, Emma throws it into the fireplace, but later gives in to the idea, providing that she gets to approve Joseph's plural wives.
|28-Jul||1843||Heber C. Kimball and Orson Pratt in Pittsburgh, PA.|
|5-Sep||1843||Brigham Young and party arrive in Boston [per Brigham Young].|
|23-Sep||1843||Heber C. Kimball in Boston.|
|About||Sep||1843||Orrin Porter Rockwell released for lack of evidence to indite.|
|6-Sep||1843||Joseph Smith called a modern Caligula at an anti-Mormon meeting.|
|5-Oct||1843||Joseph Smith qualifies his earlier position on plural marriage, saying a man should have one wife unless the Lord directs otherwise.|
Joseph Smith says he's dissatisfied with Sidney Rigdon and asks that he not be re-appointed as a counselor (at a special conference), citing Rigdon's mismanagement of the Post Office and detaining Smith's mail.
Sidney Rigdon apologizes and is re-appointed. Smith says I've cast him off of my back and you have put him back on; you can carry him for I will not.
|22-Oct||1843||Brigham Young arrives back Nauvoo [per Brigham Young].|
|23-Oct||1843||Joseph Smith explains the 23-Jul revelation on celestial marriage to Brigham Young [per Young].|
|2-Nov||1843||Joseph Smith marries Fanny Young Murry (56) (Brigham's sister).|
|Fall||1843||Joseph Smith marries Mary (20) and Sarah (17) Lawrence.|
Joseph Smith reads a letter to be sent to the Green Mountain Boys, with an appeal and detailing part of the Mormon's history.
Parley P. Pratt apologizes for not killing all or being killed in the Missouri battle.
Joseph Smith apologizes for preventing the brethren from fighting and would not do so again; says "...when the mobs come upon you, kill them."
Brigham Young apologized for restraining Hosea Stout.
|25-Dec||1843||Orson Pratt returns to Nauvoo.|
|As early as||1843||Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon reportedly advocated decapitation or throat-cutting for various crimes and sins.|
|By||1844||Warren Parrish becomes a Baptist minister, receiving $500 per year.|
|1844||Nauvoo, IL population = 12,000 (2nd largest city in IL.). Joseph Smith Mayor.|
|1844||Mormon Legion reportedly has nearly 3200 troops. (U.S. Army has 8500.)|
|1-Jan||1844||William Law complained that Joseph Smith instructed the police to kill him [per Brigham Young].|
|Jan||1844||Joseph Smith nominated by the 12 Apostles to run for President.|
|1-Feb||1844||Times and Season prints notice that "Hiram Brown" was cut off from the Church for preaching polygamy.|
|21-Feb||1844||Joseph Smith directs the 12 to select a company (of 25) to explore California for a settlement of the Saints [per Brigham Young].|
|Mar||1844||Joseph Smith gives the power of the Church to the Apostles [per the Apostles].|
Joseph Smith organizes the Council of Fifty (also called "Kindom of God" or " Council of the Kingdom"); members are sworn to secrecy under penalty of death.
Brigham Young writes that several members were not members of the Church and that they discussed government issues.
|15-Mar||1844||Joseph Smith denounces polygamy.|
Joseph Smith identifies the following in a conspiracy to kill him:
Chancey L. Higbee, Dr. Robert D. Foster, Joseph H. Jackson, William and Wilson Law [per Brigham Young].
Joseph Smith asks U.S. Congress for permission to establish unit of 100,000 armed men to protect settlers in Oregon and other Northwest areas [several Missourians had already settled in the Oregon area]. (Congress rejects request.)
Church population 26,000.
|6-9-Apr||1844||Conference; Sidney Rigdon present.|
|7-Apr||1844||Joseph Smith says God was once a man.|
|11-Apr||1844||Joseph Smith (38) named "King Over the Immediate House of Israel" by the Council of Fifty and says he's to set up the Kindom of Daniel.|
|17-Apr||1844||William and Wilson Law cut off [per Brigham Young].|
|18-Apr||1844||Willam Law planned to shoot Joseph Smith but didn't get a chance [per affidavit of Jesse Price].|
|18-Apr||1844||Robert D. Foster, William Law, Wilson Law, Jane Law, and Howard Smith cut off from Church by a council meeting for unchristian-like conduct [per Joseph Smith].|
|26-Apr||1844||Charles Foster draws pistol against Joseph Smith; Charles Foster, Robert D. Foster, and Chauncey L. Higbee arrested by Smith's men and fined $100 [per Joseph Smith].|
|After||26-Apr||1844||Robert D. Foster charged with slander against Willard Richards for accusing Richards of trying to seduce his wife on the boat to New York.|
|27-Apr||1844||Wilson Law and Robert D. Foster claim that Joseph Smith kept a gang of robbers and plunderers about his house, with Smith receiving half of the spoils. Foster says Smith tried to get him to kill Boggs [per 2-May, 1844 affidavit of Aaron Johnson].|
|1844||Austin Cowles defects after exposing Church's approval of polygamy.|
Francis Higbee, Chauncey Higbee, cut off from the Church.
Chauncey L. Higbee claimed that Joseph Smith had men killed in Missouri.
|Before||3-May||1844||Augustine Spencer writes a letter charging Joseph Smith with drinking, swearing, carousing, and keeping six or seven young females as wives [Per Parley P. Pratt].|
|3-May||1844||Joseph Smith denies practicing polygamy.|
|8-May||1844||Brigham Young called to testify in a trial of Francis M. Higbee vs. Joseph Smith [per Brigham Young].|
|10-May||1844||William Law distributes inflammatory prospectus for Nauvoo Expositor newspaper.|
|16-May||1844||Nauvoo convention resolves to support Joseph Smith for President of the U. S. and Sidney Rigdon as Vice President.|
|21-May||1844||Brigham Young, Keber C. Kimball, and Lyman Wight start on a mission [per Brigham Young]|
|25-May||1844||Sidney Rigdon resigns his office as the Postmaster of Nauvoo and recommends Joseph Smith as his successor.|
|27-May||1844||Joseph Smith goes to Carthage (after avoiding arrest) to face indictments for perjury and adultery. Returned same day, as they were not ready for a trial [per Joseph Smith].|
|Spring||1844||Joseph Smith identifies Joseph Smith III as his successor [per James Whitehead and Emma Smith].|
|Before||Jun||1844||Joseph Smith tells William Hyde that he carried Sidney Rigdon on his back long enough and he wanted the 12 to help shake him off.|
|Before||Jun||1844||Sidney Rigdon moves to Pittsburgh, PA.|
|1-Jun||1844||Heber C. Kimball and Lyman Wight go to Washington; Brigham Young in Pittsburgh [per Brigham Young].|
|6-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith receives letter from L. W. Hickok warning of plans to indite him at Springfield for protecting Jeremiah Smith with writ of habeas corpus [per Joseph Smith].|
|7-Jun||1844||Nauvoo Expositor 1st issue criticizes Smith, exposes practice of polygamy and multiple God doctrine.|
|10-Jun||1844||Willard Richards accuses William Law of seducing his daughter.|
|10-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith, orders destruction of Nauvoo Expositor press, office, and papers.|
|About 8:00||10-Jun||1844||Marshall John P. Greene reports to Joseph Smith that the Legion (about 200 men) destroyed the Nauvoo Expositor.|
|12-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith arrested by David Bettisworth for ordering destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor; Smith orders a writ of habeas corpus for himself and is tried and released by the Nauvoo municipal court [per Joseph Smith].|
Hyrum Smith reportedly offers reward for the destruction of the Warsaw Signal.
Hyrum Smith reportedly threatens the life of Warsaw Signal editor, Thomas C. Sharp.
|13-Jun||1844||Warsaw Signal prints report of destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor and announces resolve and area support to protect it's press to the death.|
|14-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon and others send letters to Governor Ford explaining reasons for action against the Nauvoo Expositor.|
|14-Jun||1844||Mobs gathering in Carthage.|
|16-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith describes doctrine of multiple Gods: ...head of the Gods appointed one God for us. Claims he always believed in multiple Gods.|
|16-Jun||1844||Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Willford Woodruff, and Lyman Wight in Boston [per Brigham Young].|
|17-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith (and others) arrested for riot and destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor; no plea entered, prisoners discharged [per Joseph Smith].|
|18-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith says the Holy Ghost is waiting to take a body like Jesus Christ and the Gods before him.|
|18-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith (mayor) declares martial law in Nauvoo and calls out the Nauvoo Legion to prepare for mob attacks [per Joseph Smith].|
|19-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith reportedly appoints James Jesse Strang to be his successor. [Per a Yale University document.]|
|20-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith sends letter to U. S. President John Tyler, asking for protection.|
|22-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith reportedly tells clerk of Kingdom [ William Clayton?] to burn records of Council of Fifty.|
|22-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Willard Richards, and Orrin Porter Rockwell cross the Mississippi at night.|
|23-Jun||1844||A posse arrives in Nauvoo to arrest Joseph Smith. Posse returns to Carthage.|
|23-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith sends Orrin Porter Rockwell back to get horses and tells him to be ready to start for the Great Basin in the Rocky Mountains..|
|23-Jun||1844||Emma Smith sends Orrin Porter Rockwell, Reynolds Cahoon, Lorenzo D. Wasson, and Hirum Kimball to convince Joseph Smith to return and face charges, as Governor Ford promised their safety and a fair trial. Joseph reluctantly agrees with Hyrum to return but says they will be butchered.|
|23-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith sends message to Governor Ford that he'll return.|
|24-Jun||1844||Governor Ford orders Nauvoo Legion to give up their arms; they comply.|
|25-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith surrender to Governor Ford.|
|25-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and several others arrested for the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor. Bail was posted and all, but Joseph and Hyrum, were released; Joseph and Hyrum were kept in jail and charged with treason against Illinois for calling out the Nauvoo Legion.|
|26-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith writes to Judge Thomas for legal counsel.|
|26-Jun||1844||John Smith (uncle) visits Joseph and Hyrum.|
|27-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith writes to Quincy lawyer O. H. Browning for legal counsel.|
|27-Jun||1844||Joseph Smith sends order to Major-General Jonathan Dunham to lead the Legion in attack on Carthage. Dunham refuses; does not notify Smith.|
Joseph Smith (38), Hyrum Smith, John Taylor, and Willard Richards attacked in Carthage Jail by mob of 250 or more militiamen from Warsaw, IL with faces painted black.
Hyrum Smith killed first with a shot to the head. Joseph Smith shoots and kills two of his assailants and wounds a third with a gun (smuggled by Cyrus Wheelock); Joseph Smith makes Masonic sign for distress before shot and killed. Was carrying Jupiter Talisman.
John Taylor badly wounded, taking four bullets; Willard Richards only nicked on ear and cheek.
|After||27-Jun||1844||William Law moves to Burlington, Iowa.|
|After||27-Jun||1844||Martin Harris joins James J. Strang (Strangites). Strang claims to have received plates of his own and says he translated them with the Urim and Thummim.|
|9-Jul||1844||Brigham Young (in the East) hears rumors of Joseph and Hyrum's murder [per Brigham Young].|
|16-Jul||1844||Brigham Young receives confirmation of Joseph and Hyrum's murder [per Brigham Young].|
|24-Jul||1844||Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Lyman Wight, Orson Pratt, and Wilford Woodruff leave Boston for Nauvoo [per Brigham Young].|
|30-Jul||1844||Samuel Harrison Smith dies.|
|8-Aug||1844||Sidney Rigdon (back at Nauvoo) claims to be "Guardian of the Church" but was rejected in favor of Brigham Young who was chosen by the 12 Apostles.|
|3-Sep||1844||Apostles demand Sidney Rigdon's license (Rigdon refuses).|
|8-Sep||1844||Sidney Rigdon excommunicated.|
|7-Oct||1844||Orson Pratt has a Mormon Almanac.|
|15-Oct||1844||Signey Rigdon returns to Pittsburgh, PA; 500 secessionists follow him.|
|17-Nov||1844||David Hyrum Smith (JS son) born.|
|Before||31-Dec||1844||Martin Harris joins the Shakers and a becomes a follower of Anne Lee.|
|After||8-Sep||1844||Sidney Rigdon tells James Jeffries of the Solomon Spalding manuscript and that he and Joseph Smith used to read in on Sundays and that Joseph Smith said "I'll print it."||BOM|
|1844||William Marks excommunicated by Brigham Young.|
|1845||Sheriff Deming shoots Sam Marshall.|
|Jan||1845||Illinois revokes Nauvoo's charter.|
|4-Mar||1845||James Polk becomes U.S. President.|
|1845||William Smith tries to claim some of Joseph Smith's younger wives.|
The following were indited for the murder of Joseph Smith but acquited on 22-May:
Colonel Levi Williams, Thomas C. Sharp, Jacob C. Davis, Mark Aldrich, and William N. Grover.
|24-May||1845||Capstone laid on Nauvoo temple [per Helen Mar Kimball].|
|28-Jun||1845||William Smith declares himself President of the Church; uncle John Smith talks him out of it.|
|18-Jul||1845||Lucy Mack Smith's History is copyrighted.|
|15-Sep||1845||Two sheriffs come to Nauvoo for (but didn't find): Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith, John Taylor, Willard Richards, George Miller, John Harris, Orson Pratt, Orson Hyde, and John Page in Nauvoo.|
|16-Sep||1845||Orrin Porter Rockwell shoots one of a mob during a struggle.|
Orson Pratt objects to William Smith's appointment to the 12 Apostles, citing his intention to undermine the Presidency of the Church and for unsavory behavior. William Smith not appointed.
Orson Pratt also objects to Lyman Wight's appointment (held over).
Isaac Morley supports William Smith as Patriarch of the Church; not appointed.
|7-Oct||1845||Oliver Cowdery writes letter offering to help Mormons with President Polk in their arrangements for their trip West.|
|19-Oct||1845||William Smith excommunicated.|
|23-Oct||1845||Bieglow (in self defense) shoots and wounds one of the Governor's troops.|
|1846||Sidney Rigdon buys a farm in Antrim, PA for his church for $14,700; pays $6000 and mortgages the rest. About 150 move in but unable to pay the mortgage and the property was repossessed in 1847.|
|1846||Brigham Young reportedly says he'd be perfectly willing to see thieves have their throats cut.|
|After||4-Feb||1846||Brigham Young leads part of Church membership west. Includes: Heber C. Kimball,|
|Spring||1846||Orson Hyde starts journey West. From Council Bluffs the Government calls for 500 men to go to Mexico.|
|Fall||1846||Martin Harris go on mission to England for Strang.|
|Before||1847||William E. McLellin starts "The Church of Christ" asks David Whitmer to lead it. Five of the 11 witness join. (Oliver Cowdery sympathetic but does not join.)|
|1847||Brigham Young becomes 2nd prophet.|
|1847||Newel Knight dies.|
|1847||Oliver Cowdery moves to Elkhorn, Wisconsin.|
|8-Sep||1847||David Whitmer declares himself to be prophet of New Church of Christ.|
|22-Nov||1847||12 Apostles send leter to Oliver Cowdery, exhorting him to be repabtized.|
|1847||Brigham Young arrives at Salt Lake.|
|Dec||1847||Brigham Young says of a Black Mormon in Massachusetts who married a white woman that he would have them both killed if they were far away from the Gentiles.|
|21-Oct||1848||Oliver Cowdery travels to meet Church (heading for West) at Council Bluffs, Iowa and granted request to be re-baptized.|
|19-Nov||1848||Nauvoo temple destroyed.|
|1848||Lyman Wight excommunicated.|
|5-Mar||1849||Zachary Taylor becomes U.S. President.|
|Before||3-Mar||1850||Oliver Cowdery reportedly gives Martin Harris his Book of Mormon transcript.|
|3-Mar||1850||Oliver Cowdery dies at Richmond, MO.|
|9-Jul||1850||Millard Filmore becomes U.S. President.|
|1850||John Taylor denies that the Church practices polygamy.|
|1850||Church membership = 52,000.|
|1851||Pearl of Great Price published, includes the Book of Abraham from the Papyrus.|
|12-Aug||1852||Hiram Page dies.|
|1852||Brigham Young preaches that Adam lived as a man on another planet and then became God.|
|1852||Practice of polygamy announced. Joseph Fielding Smith says it is essential for exaltation.|
|4-Mar||1853||Franklin Pierce becomes U.S. President.|
|1853||Jedediah M. Grant says Jesus was persecuted because he had so many wives.|
|1854||Orson Pratt disagrees with Brigham Young's Adam God doctrine.|
|1854||Willard Richards dies.|
|1854||George A. Smith historian until 1875.|
|1855||Brigham Young says of the first vision that an angel of the Lord, not the Lord, visited Joseph Smith.|
|1856||James J. Strang killed.|
|21-Apr||1856||Jacob Whitmer dies.|
|14-May||1856||Lucy Mack Smith dies, Nauvoo, IL. Reportedly said the family practiced the "faculty of Abrac."|
|21-Sep||1856||Brigham Young gives Blood Atonement speech.|
|About||1856||Brigham Young says if you found your wife in bed with your brother, put a javelin through both of them. At this or some other time, Brigham Young reportedly says blood atonement crimes included: adultry, apostasy, covenant breaking, counterfeiting, profaning the name of the Lord, intercourse between whites and African-Americans, stealing, lying, ...|
|1857||Parley P. Pratt dies.|
|8-Feb||1857||Brigham Young gives another Blood Atonement speech.|
|2-Jun||1857||Brigham Young says the day would come when thousands would be made eunuchs in order for them to be saves in the Kingdom of God [per Wilford Woodruff].|
|4-Mar||1857||James Buchanan becomes U.S. President.|
Thomas Lewis reportedly castrated by Bishop Warren Snow for an undisclosed sex crime.
At some other time, Bishop Snow reportedly had a man castrated for refusing to go on a mission, so Snow could take a buxom girl that the man was engaged to as one of his plural wives.
Mountain Meadows Massacre of Francher Train from Arkansas & Missouri.
120 or more killed.
|27-Feb||1858||Henery Jones reportedly Castrated.|
|After||27-Feb||1858||Henery Jones and his mother are killed, with Bishop Hancock's involvement [per affidavit of Nathaniel Chase].|
|31-Mar||1858||Lyman Wight dies.|
Joseph Smith Sr., Hyram Smith, Josah Stowell, Beaman, Samuel Lawrence, George Proper, and Joseph Smith as the stone looker; When Joseph retrieved the plates (from the hollow tree) he was attacked by a man and hit with a club, but he knocked the man down and ran home; The plates were 7" wide by 8" long and the thickness of plates of tin, stacked to 4" high and bound with 3 silver rings and weighed 40 to 50lbs and kept in a cherry box;. The lord showed the plates to him..."...by the power of God, I have seen them." The money-diggers claimed as much right to the plates as Joseph Smith. Beaman modified a widow glass box to fit the plates and heard them "jink" as they were dropped in. Joseph Smith said and angel appeared and told him that it was God's work and to quit the money-diggers and that the plates must be translated, printed, and sent before the world. Joseph Smith saw Harris in is spectacles [Urim & Thummim] as the man that would assist him. He promised to provide the necessary money to bring it to the world. There were threats in Palmyra to tar and feather Smith. He encouraged Smith to move back to Harmony, PA. He paid Smith's depts and gave him money to make the trip. Emma's brother Alva came to help them move. They hid the plates in a barrel 1/3 full of beans and left for Harmony, PA in late October or early November of 1827.
|1860||Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established at Amboy, Iowa with Joseph Smith III as leader.|
|4-Mar||1861||Abraham Lincoln becomes U.S. President.|
|12-Apr||1861||Civil War starts.|
|1862||U.S. Morill Act Prohibits Polygamy.|
|15-Apr||1865||Andrew Johnson becomes U.S. President.|
|24-Jun||1865||Isaac Morley dies.|
|1866||Thomas Marash dies.|
|19-Aug||1866||Brigham Young says only men that practice polygamy can become gods.|
|?||Brigham Young says that Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith returned the plates to the Hill Cumora, which opened up and they went into a large cave.|
|1867||Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints publishes Joseph Smith's Inspired version of the King James Bible (conflicting with the Pearl of Great Price).|
|As late as||1868||The Deseret News encouraged rank-an-file Mormons to kill any one committing adultery.|
|1868||Heber C. Kimball dies.|
|4-Mar||1869||Ulysses S. Grant becomes U.S. President.|
|1870||Brigham Young says the sun is inhabited.|
|After||1870||Martin Harris re-baptized.|
|28-Aug||1871||Sophronia Smith dies.|
|6-Mar||1872||William W. Phelps dies at Salt Lake.|
|1872||William Marks dies.|
|1874||William Hyde dies.|
|1875||Brigham Young strips Orson Pratt of his seniority.|
|10-Jul||1875||Martin Harris dies in Clarkston, UT..|
|?||R. W. Alderman says Martin Harris told him that Rigdon had stolen the Spalding manuscript||BOM|
|14-Jul||1876||Sidney Rigdon dies; now believed to have had Bipolar Affective Disorder, or Manic-Depressive Illness.|
|1876||Doctrine & Covenants revised to allow polygamy by adding section 132 and removing section 101 verse 4, prohibiting polygamy. Section 132 is still in effect.|
|4-Mar||1877||Rutherford B. Hays becomes U.S. Presidnet.|
|23-Mar||1877||John D. Lee executed for the Mountain Meadows Massacre.|
|29-Aug||1877||Brigham Young dies.|
|1877||Amasa Lyman dies.|
|1877||Rasmos Anderson reportedly has his throat cut (with his consent) for repeated adultery and for violating covenants.|
Orson Pratt says that Joseph Smith received the revelation of plural marriage as early as 1831 but not allowed to announce it then [Lyman Johnson concurred].
Orson Pratt adds that that Joseph Smith had a plural wife as early as 5-Apr 1841.
|1878||Pearl of Great Price revised to match Joseph Smith's Inspired version of the King James Bible.|
|11-Jul||1878||John Whitmer dies.|
|1878||Orson Hyde dies.|
|30-Jun||1879||W. Fugate writes an affidavit that he, Robert Wiley, and Bridge Whitton created the Kinderhook plates has a hoax. An analysis of a surviving plate confirms that it was produced in the 1840s by the method described by Fugate.||BOM|
|1880||John Taylor becomes 3rd prophet.|
|1880||Church votes on polygamy.|
|10-Oct||1880||Pearl of Great Price revised and canonized.|
|4-Mar||1881||James Garfield becomes U.S. President.|
William H. Kelley interviews:
|19-Sep||1881||Chester A. Arthur becomes U.S. President.|
|1881||Orson Pratt dies.|
|22 Mar||1882||U.S. Edmunds Act signed by President Arthur; enforces Morill Act.|
|9-Dec||1882||Lucy Smith (sister) dies.|
L. L. Rice (successor to Howe as editor of Paineville Telegraph) discovers the Fabius story, also known as the Manuscript Story (not Manuscript Found), and gives it to Joseph H. Fairchild (president of Oberlin College).
The Fabius story was unfinished and not ready for printing, although it didn't match the description of Manuscript Found, its outline is essentially the same as The Book of Mormon and thought to be a re-write or an early draft of Manuscript Found.
|4-Mar||1885||Grover Cleveland becomes U.S. President.|
|14-Jan||1885||David Whitmer says, in an interview, that he saw the plates (and table) in a vision.|
|1885||Eliza Marie Partridge (Smith) Lyman dies.|
|1887||John Taylor dies.|
|18-Feb||1887||Congress passed Edmunds-Tucker Act dissolving the LDS church.|
Joseph Smith told him that he sent Rockwell to kill Boggs,
Rockwell was Smith's lackey - combed and shaved Smith, blackened his boots and drove his carriage.
Suspected Hyrum Smith of planning to poison him,
Smith's secretaries Mulholland and Blashel Thompson died under suspicious circumstances,
Dr. Foster thought that 6 -7 men were poisoned,
Emma complained of the girls Joseph kept in the house,
Joseph took in the orphaned Lawrence girls (16 & 17) and kept their $8,000, and was later sealed to them,
Emma was dishonest, all of Joseph's property was put in her name,
Bennett was smart and clever but a thorough scoundrel,
Smith planned to ruin Sarah Pratt's character,
Joseph Smith, Sr. sold blessings,
Hyrum Smith proposed a scheme of revenge on the Missourians by buying goods from them on credit and not paying,
Joseph Smith said if you take away a man's money, you can do with him as you will,
Joseph Smith explained his reversal on polygamy saying the Church had to be fed milk before you get the meat.
|4-Mar||1889||Benjamin Harrison becomes U.S. President.|
|1889||Wilford Woodruff becomes 4th prophet.|
|1890||Wilford Woodruff issues Manifesto, revoking polygamy|
|4-Mar||1893||Grover Cleveland becomes U.S. President again.|
|13-Nov||1893||William Smith dies.|
|1895||Philo Dibble dies.|
|4-Mar||1897||William McKinley becomes U.S. President.|
|1898||Wilford Woodruff dies, Lorenzo Snow becomes 5th prophet..|
|28-Jul||1900||Catherine Smith dies.|
|14-Sep||1901||Theodore Roosevelt becomes U.S. President.|
|1901||Lorenzo Snow dies, Joseph F. Smith becomes 6th prophet.|
Joseph Fielding Smith issues second Manifesto.
Church begins enforcing law against polygamy.
|29-Aug||1904||David Hyrum Smith dies.|
|12-Aug||1909||Alexander Hale Smith dies.|
|1912||New York Times discredits Book of Abraham as taken for old Egyptian Originals.|
|10-Dec||1914||Joseph Smith III dies, Kirkland, OH.|
|1918||Joseph F. Smith dies, Heber J. Grant becomes 7th prophet.|
|1922||B. H. Roberts' book questions The Book of Mormon.||BOM|
|Before||1926||Oath of vengeance is removed from the temple ceremony.|
|1945||Heber J. Grand dies, George Albert Smith becomes 8th prophet.|
|1947||Church has 1 million members.|
|1951||George Albert Smith dies, David O. McKay becomes 9th prophet.|
|1963||Church has 2 million members.|
|1963||Joseph Fielding Smith says Jesus was married.|
|1966||Dr. Atiya discovers the original Book of Abraham manuscripts.|
|1967||Egyptian Papyrus fragments found in the Metropolitan Museum [same as above?].|
|27-Nov||1967||Book of Abraham manuscripts turned over to the Church.|
|1970||David O. McKay dies, Joseph Fielding Smith becomes 10th prophet.|
|1971||Church as 3 million members.|
|1972||Joseph Fielding Smith dies, Harold B. Lee becomes 11th prophet.|
|1973||Harold B. Lee dies, Spencer W. Kimball becomes 12 prophet.|
|1976||Spencer W. Kimball rejects Brigham Young's Adam God doctrine.|
|1978||Church has 4.1 million members.|
|1978||Spencer W. Kimball removes restrictions on blacks.|
|1979||Bruce R. McConkie revises his Mormon Doctrine to reflect acceptance of blacks.|
|1980||Ezra Taft Benson says the living prophet is more vital that the standard works and he is more important than a dead prophet.|
The Book of Mormon revised and replaces term "...white and delightsome people" with
"...pure and delightsome people."
|1982||Church has 5 million members.|
|1985||Spencer W. Kimball dies, Ezra Taft Benson becomes 13th prophet.|
|1987||Church has 6.1 million members.|
|1989||Church has 7 million members.|
|1989||George P. Lee (of the 70) excommunicated.|
|10-Apr||1990||Temple rituals changed and death oaths eliminated.|
|1994||Ezra Taft Benson dies, Howard Hunter becomes 14th prophet.|
|1995||Howard Hunter dies, Gordon B. Hinckley becomes 15th prophet.|