Today in Church History - Mar 27

-- about Friday, Mar 27, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] Manchester, O Cowdery completes 16 weeks of teaching school. (1)

-- Before Mar 27, 1832
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]. (2)

-- Mar 27, 1832
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]. (2)

-- After Mar 27, 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]. (2)

-- Mar 27, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Elk Creek, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith traveled to Springfield, Pennsylvania, where he found Sidney Rigdon, then continued his homeward journey, stopping 16 miles east of Painesville, Ohio. (3)

-- (Sun) Mar 27, 1836
Dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Hymns were sung by a choir directed by Marvel C. Davis. Solomon W. Denton reported "having seen a great vision, during the time of the washings and anointings" associated with the ceremony. (4)

-- 27-Mar 31, 1836
[Lucy Mack Smith] The Kirtland temple is dedicated with 1,000 men present for meetings that begin at 9:00 A.M. and end at 4:00 P.M. during which many spiritual manifestations occur. (5)

-- Mar 27, 1836
Kirtland Temple dedicated (D&C 109). (6)

After dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Lyman Wight leaves for Missouri, arriving in early May. (7)

First day of the Kirtland temple dedication. Angels are seen in the solemn assembly. HC 2:410-428; (7)

The Kirtland Temple dedicated (see D&C 109). (8)

One thousand worshippers begin a week of temple dedication ceremonies in Kirtland. Witnesses report rushing winds, a pillar of fire, and the presence of angels. During the dedication, a critical visionary experience occurs in which the prophet and Oliver Cowdery, who have retired behind a veil that separates an elevated pulpit from the rest of the temple, see a personage they believe is Jesus, accepting the temple as a place where he will manifest himself to his people. In addition, they see the Old Testament prophets Moses, Elijah, and Elias, who commit into LDS hands the keys of the gathering of Israel and the new dispensation of the fullness of times. (9)

The House of the Lord in Kirtland was dedicated. (10)

Kirtland Temple dedicated. (2)

The first dedication of the Kirtland Temple is held. (11)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith dedicated the Kirtland Temple which was later recorded in Doctrine & Covenants 109. (3)

[Joseph Smith] The first temple (Kirtland, Ohio) is dedicated, during which several people see visions of angels and Jesus, as well as "tongues of fire." The congregation sings William W. Phelps's "The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning," the most popular Mormon hymn composed during Smith's lifetime. In the minutes of this meeting, Smith presents the Twelve as "Prophets and Seers" and the First Council of Seventy as "Apostles and special witnesses to the nations." (12)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] -6 April Dedication of House of the Lord in Kirtland; solemn assembly; Pentecostal experiences; keys restored. (13)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph dedicates the Kirtland Temple. (14)

[Joseph Smith] (age 30)Dedicates the Kirtland Temple (see D&C 109). (15)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Kirtland Temple dedication (D&C 109). (16)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 109. Dedicatory prayer, Kirtland House of the Lord. Please accept this house, which was completed in tribulation and poverty. Best books, learning by study and faith. A house of prayer, fasting, learning, God. Dedication. Wisdom of best books, learning by study and faith. No unclean thing to enter. Smite enemies. Pour out gift of tongues. Remember those driven from Jackson county. Wipe out mob if they won't repent. Establish Constitution forever. Soften hearts to receive missionaries. Appoint more stakes. Redeem children of Jacob (Indians). Return Jews to their lands. Convert Indians and scattered remnants of Israel. Remember Joseph and family , families of other presidents and church. At resurrection, let us join you in cloud of glory. Hear and answer our petitions.
Earliest source, Manuscript History, 718-723; added to the Doctrine and Covenants in 1876. (17)

[Temple] Kirtland Temple; Location: Kirtland, Ohio, USA; Announcement: 27 December 1832; Dedication: 27 March 1836 by Joseph Smith, Jr.; Style: Federal Georgian and New England Colonial; Notes: Owned and Operated by Community of Christ (18)

[U.S. Religious History] The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio. (19)

[Wight, Lyman] Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple 27 March 1836. (20)

-- Mar 27, 1837
[Lucy Mack Smith] Mary Bailey Smith, the second child and second daughter of Samuel and Mary Bailey Smith, is born. (5)

-- 1838 Early spring
In the early spring of 1838 an effort was made by the local authorities [in Kirtland] to draw the line of fellowship on practices which then seemed tending to demoralize, among which was dancing and late night associates, to which little heed was paid, and soon a long list of names was left with the High Council to be dealt with, and notice was given to each by its clerk. B. F. Johnson life, 22-23. (7)

Sidney's affidavit submitted to the municipal court of Nauvoo, July 1, 1843, (7)

[April 1-3] As Sidney nears Far West, he meets Henry Root by chance on Turkey Creek, Carroll county. Root offers Sidney "a liberal share" of the profits from the sale of land in DeWitt to Mormons. A few weeks later, Root and Thomas come to Far West and a deal is struck. A few families move to the new site in July, and by October seventy families had gathered, living in tents and wagons as they worked on permanent houses. (7)

-- Mar 27, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith witnessed the landing of Latter-day Saint immigrants from England on the steamboat Ariel, and performed ordinances for 107 individuals after speaking on baptism for the dead. (3)

-- Mar 27, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith dictated a letter to Sidney Rigdon expressing suspicions of Elder Rigdons involvement with those working against the Church. (3)

-- Mar 27, 1845
[Pratt, Orson] Sealed to Mary Ann Merrill 27 March 1845. Five children: Milando, Vianna, Oradine, Lathilla, and Valton. (20)

-- Mar 27, 1906
[Smoot Hearings] The committee meets at 10:00 a.m. Present Senators Burrows and Dubois, with attorney Worthington, who introduces some letters and affidavits. William K. Henry continues, followed by Joseph Geoghegan. The committee adjourns at 11:55 a.m. (21)

-- Mar 27, 1910
[Quorum of the Twelve] John Rex Winder, First Counselor in the First Presidency, dies. (22)

-- Mar 27, 1910 - 7 April 1910
[1st Presidency Changes] Joseph F. Smith Anthon H. Lund Death of John R. Winder (never ordained an apostle) (23)

-- Mar 27, 1960
First stake in Europe organized at Manchester, England. (6)

[Harold B. Lee] Organizes the first stake in Europe at Manchester, England. (24)

-- Mar 27, 1962
[U.S. Religious History] Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of Louisiana ordered all Roman Catholic schools in the New Orleans diocese to end their policies of racial segregation. (19)

-- Mar 27, 1998
Replica of Smith family log home dedicated in Palmyra, New York. (6)


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15 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
18 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
19 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
20 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
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22 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
23 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
24 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Today in Church History - Mar 26

-- 1830 [26-31] March
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Jr. arrives in Manchester with Joseph Knight, Sr.; a commandment is given for Harris (BC 16; LDS D&C 19; RLDS D&C 18). [MANCHESTER,] (1)

-- Mar 26, 1830
[Financial] Just days prior to the meeting at which Joseph Smith would formally organize the church, the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon are printed in Palmyra, N.Y., by E.B. Grandin. The total cost of the printing is $3,000, initially deferred by a mortgage agreement between Grandin and Martin Harris. In 1831, Harris sold 151 acres of his farm to settle the terms of the agreement. (2)

The Book of Mormon is published, each copy selling for $1.25. Young, a practicing Methodist who has moved to the area near Palmyra with his wife, reads the Book shortly after publication and will be baptized as a Mormon two years later. (3)

[Joseph Smith] The Book of Mormon is first advertised for sale. A few days later Joseph Smith (hereafter Smith) gives Oliver Cowdery (hereafter Cowdery) the brown "seer stone" with which Joseph Smith discovered the gold plates (according to Brigham Young) and translated the Book of Mormon into English (according to Smith's wife Emma, Cowdery's wife Elizabeth, Martin Harris, David Whitmer, Hyrum Smith, and William Smith who witnessed the translation process). Joseph Smith had previously used this seer stone in his family's quest for enchanted treasure. (4)

-- Mar 26, 1830-31
Joseph and Joseph Knight arrive in Manchester. (5)

-- March 26-31, 1830
[Revelations] Manchester, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 19. For Martin Harris. Christ has power over Satan. All must repent or suffer endless (God's) torment. Keep commandments Joseph has given. Don't show this revelation to the world. Don't covet your neighbor's wife or your own property. Pay the printer's bill for the Book of Mormon. Go out and preach. Visit home only to see your family.
Book of Commandments 16 heading: A commandment of God and not of man to you, Martin, given (Manchester, New-York, March 1830,) by him who is eternal:.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 44 heading: A commandment of God and not of man to Martin Harris, given (Manchester, New-York, March 1830,) by him who is eternal:.
Book of Commandments 16. (6)

-- Mar 26, 1831
D&C 49 (Kirtland): Sidney, Parley, Leman Copley mission to Shakers; marriage ordained of God (one wife); abstinence from meat not required; temporal inequality a sin; Jesus will not come as a woman; disasters precede his coming; first Indians will blossom as a rose, Zion upon the mountains. The brethren "proclaimed according to the revelation given to them, but the shakers hearkened not to their words." (5)

Early spring Joseph and Emma move into cabin built by Isaac Morley on his land several miles north of Kirtland. (5)

[U.S. Religious History] Richard Allen, the first black ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, died. (7)

-- Mar 26, 1833
"After much discussion," high priests in Zion accept the seven high priests sent from Kirtland to preside over the branches in Zion. The seven are Oliver Cowdery, W. W. Phelps, John Whitmer, Sidney Gilbert, Edward Partridge and his two counselors (Isaac Morley and John Corrill). (5)

Hyrum Smith leaves Kirtland on a mission to to Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Reaches Painesville. (5)

Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson begin a mission to the East. They arrive in Bath, New Hampshire, on June 7, having baptized thirteen. (5)

[Pratt, Orson] Left Kirtland with Lyman E. Johnson 26 March 1833 to preach again in East. (8)

-- Mar 26, 1835
[Higbee, Elias] Left Clay County 26 March 1835. (8)

-- Mar 26, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Oliver Cowdery, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Warren A. Cowdery, and Warren Parrish met to receive by revelation the prayer for the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. (9)

-- about Mar 26, 1841
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 125, a revelation concerning the Saints gathering in Iowa. (9)

-- Mar 26, 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]. (10)

-- Mar 26, 1844
[Council of Fifty Member] Greene, John P. (1793-1844). Admitted 26 March 1844. (11)

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. (10)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith petitions Congress to commission him as a U.S. army officer and authorize him to enlist 100,000 armed volunteers to move at his direction through the western territories. (The LDS population at this time is 26,000 worldwide.) (4)

-- Mar 26, 1845
[Patriarchal Blessings] Patriarchal Blessing to Matthias Cowley given by Uncle John Smith stated "shalt live to see Israel gathered in fulness - the City of Zion built in Jackson County, Missouri, and the House of the Lord, and the cloud rest upon it, according to the Revelation. (12)

-- Mar 26, 1847
[Black History] B.Young says priesthood not related to blood, (13)

[Black History] Brigham Young confronts Black Indian member, William McCary, concerning his erratic behavior and says "its nothing to do with the blood for of one blood has God made all flesh, we have to repent (and) regain what we av [sic] lost--we av [sic] one of the best Elders an African in Lowell [i.e., Walker Lewis]." This positive reference to an African Priesthood holder in the context of "its nothing to do with the blood" appears to indicate that no ban existed as of this date. (14)

-- Mar 26, 1900
[U.S. Religious History] Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Hebrew Union College, died. (7)

-- Mar 26,1903
[Utah] Joseph F Smith tells apostles "there would be no daughters of perdition, only sons" in final judgement. (15)

-- Mar 26, 1904
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends dedication of Bureau of Information building on Temple Square. (16)

-- Mar 26, 1906
[Smoot Hearings] The committee meets at 10:20 a.m. Present Senators Burrows, Dubois, Frazier, and Smoot, with attorneys Carlisle and Worthington. Robert J. Shields and James H. Linford testify. The committee recesses from 12:20 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Charles E. Marks, Stephen H. Love, James Clove, and William K. Henry testify. The committee adjourns at 4:02 p.m. (17)

-- Mar 26, 1995
[U.S. Religious History] In the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II ordered all Catholic voters, judges, and legislators to obey Vatican teaching in their decisions and votes: "In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or to vote for it." (7)

-- Mar 26, 1998
Grandin Print Shop dedicated. (18)


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11 - Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, D. Michael Quinn, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
12 - http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/patb2.htm
13 - http://www.xtimeline.com/events.aspx?q=Bif200802111550260291166
14 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/node/62
15 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
16 - A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, Edited by Stan Larson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993. A Rudger Clawson Chronology
17 - The Mormon Church on Trial: Transcripts of the Reed Smoot Hearings, Michael Harold Paulos, Editor
18 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550

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Today in Church History - Mar 25

-- Mar 25, 1634
[U.S. Religious History] The Roman Catholic Church made its first steps in North America when the colony ships "Dove" and "Ark" arrived in Maryland with 128 Catholic colonists. The members of this group had been chosen by Cecilius Calvert, second Lord Baltimore and the colony itself would be led by Leonard Calvert, Lord Baltimore's brother. (1)

-- Mar 25, 1816
Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) born in Norwich, VT. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Don Carlos. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Don Carlos is born at Norwich, Vermont, the tenth child and seventh (or eighth) son of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. (4)

-- Mar 25, 1832
[Joseph Smith] Hiram, Ohio. Joseph Smith preached at a Sabbath meeting the day after he had been tarred and feathered. He also baptized three people that afternoon. (5)

-- Mar 25, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Perrysburg, New York. Joseph Smith traveled to Job Lewiss home in Westfield, New York. (5)

-- Mar 25, 1837
[Pratt, Parley Parker] Wife, Thankful, died 25 March 1837. Four children: Nathan, Olivia, Susan, and Moroni. (6)

-- (Mon) Mar 25, 1839
"The Prophet's Epistle to the Church" written in Liberty Jail. "Your humble servant, Joseph Smith, Jun.... , in company with his fellow prisoners and beloved brethren, Caleb Baldwin, Lyman Wight, Hyrum Smith, and Alexander McRae... We would tell, that we should have been liberated at the time Elder Rigdon was, on the writ of habeas corpus... We feel to inquire after Elder Rigdon; if he has not forgotten us, it has not been signified to us by his writing. Brother George W. Robinson also... [LDS History of the Church, III:289-298]. (7)

-- Mar 25, 1839
[Lucy Mack Smith] Howard Coray and other members of his family are baptized in Pike County, Illinois. (4)

-- Mar 25, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. In the office, Joseph Smith received a letter from former United States senator Richard M. Young of Quincy, Illinois, containing a bond for a quarter section of land. (5)

-- Mar 25, 1844
[Lucy Mack Smith] Emma C. Salisbury, sixth child and third daughter of Katharine Smith Salisbury and Wilkins J. Salisbury, is born at Fountain Green, Hancock County, Illinois. (4)

-- Mar 25, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle meeting in evening; anointing and endowment for "E. B." (WR). Could be Emmeline B. Woodward (plural wife of Newel Whitney), or Elizabeth Brotherton (plural wife of Parley P. Pratt who was in the eastern states at this time). William Clayton refers to "E. B." accepting Heber Kimball's polygamous "instructions" on 20 Sept. 1845. (8)

-- Mar 25, 1847
[Joseph Smith] Young tells high council that "if a brother shot an Omaha Indian for stealing, they must deliver the murderer to Old Elk to be dealt with as the Indians shall decide, & that was the only way to save the lives of the Women & Children." (9)

-- Mar 25, 1953
Church announced that missionaries would now report their missions to stake presidencies, not to general authorities. (10)

-- Mar 25, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] "Mike Hansen" orders a second plate of the "Oath of a Freeman." (11)


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11 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker

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Today in Church History - Mar 24

-- Mar 24, 1664
[U.S. Religious History] Roger Williams was granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island. (1)

-- Mar 24, 1810
Ephriam Smith dies. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Death of Ephraim. (3)

-- 24-Mar 25, 1832
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. is tarred by a dozen men who break his tooth and John Johnson Sr.'s collar bone. Sidney Rigdon is beaten, dragged outside, and left in the cold. He is concussed and delirious. (4)

-- Mar 24, 1832
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon beaten, tarred, feathered by mob, Hiram, OH. (5)

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon beaten and tarred and feathered at John Johnson Farm in Hiram, Ohio. (6)

A mob resentful of growing Mormon influence tars and feathers Smith in front of his Kirtland house. (7)

Joseph Smith Jr. is tarred and feathered by a mob outside the John Johnson farmhouse. (8)

[Joseph Smith] Hiram, Ohio. A mob violently tarred and feathered Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. (9)

[Joseph Smith] Due to rumors of inappropriate behavior with Nancy Johnson, her brothers and their cohorts mr and feather Joseph Smith and Rigdon and nearly castrate Smith. This is the first time an apostate, Symonds Rider, joins with non-Mormons in attacking Mormons. (10)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph is taken from his home and attacked by a mob. (11)

[U.S. Religious History] Mormon leader Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio. (1)

-- Mar 24, 1832-25
Joseph and Sidney are dragged from bed, beaten, tarred, and feathered. 1832 Tarring (12)

-- (Fri) Mar 24, 1837
A hearing was held to consider Roundy's complaint against Smith and Rigdon for engaging in illegal banking activities. Smith and Rigdon were apparently bound over for a jury trial at the fall session of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas. [Dale W. Adams; BYU Studies Vol. 23, No. 4, pg.472.] (13)

-- Mar 24, 1837
At a preliminary hearing on charges the Monroe, Michigan bank charter had been obtained illegally, a court date is set for the fall session. (12)

-- Mar 24, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith attended the Relief Society meeting to complete its organization. (9)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy attends the second meeting of the Relief Society and is received as a member by vote. She participates in the next several meetings. (4)

-- Mar 24, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. To Joseph Smiths pleasant surprise, the Boston Bee published a favorable article about him. (9)

-- Mar 24, 1844
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]. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph accuses Dr. Robert Foster, Joseph H. Jackson, William and Wilson Law, and Chauncey L. Higbee of conspiring against him. (4)

-- Mar 24, 1845
[Joseph Smith] A disaffected Mormon writes that Theodore Turley, of the Council of Fifty, has prepared a press in Nauvoo for counterfeiting, and that Turley gave the man a counterfeit $5.00 bill. (10)

-- Mar 24, 1851
[Lyman, Amasa Mason] Left with company of 437 24 March 1851. (14)

-- Mar 24, 1858
[Utah War] Gov. Cummings wrote to Sec. Cass of his intention to visit SLC before the Army advanced. (15)

[Wilford Woodruff] Salt Lake City residents preparing to abandon city (16)

-- Mar 24, 1891
[Wilford Woodruff] Daniel H. Wells dies (16)

-- Tue Mar 24, 1959
[David O McKay] After conferring with the above brethren [?], the First Presidency returned to the north Board Room and met with Brother Alvin R. Dyer, formerly President of the Central States Mission, and Assistant to the Twelve, on developments in Washington, D.C. on the proposed Pattonsburg Reservoir which threatens to inundate the Adam-ondi-Ahman site, near Gallatin, Missouri. David S. King, Congressman from Utah, has conferred at length with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. about the project. They show an earnest desire to respect the Church's wishes in the matter. It was felt that rather than the First Presidency write a letter fo the Chief of Engineers, Alvin Dyer should go to Washington, D.C. and quietly confer with David S. King, our Senators, and the U.S. Chief of Engineers with regard to an alternate site for the location of the dam farther up the river, which would preserve the properties we now hold at Adam-ondi-Ahman, as well as surroundi
ng areas which are sacred to us as a people. (17)

-- Mar 24, 1997
[Same Sex Marriage] In a decision written by Judge C.J. Moon, the Hawaii Supreme Court decides that a vote held during the preceding general election on whether to hold a constitutional convention failed to secure enough yes votes, since the Hawaii constitution requires the majority on any constitutional question to be the majority of all ballots cast, not just of all marked ballots. This decision is challenged by convention supporters in the federal courts. (18)


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3 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
5 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
6 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
7 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/
8 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
9 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
10 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
11 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
12 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
13 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
14 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
15 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
16 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
17 - David O. McKay Office Journal
18 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59

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Today in Church History - Mar 23

-- Mar 23, 1833
Brethren decide to purchase Peter French farm for $5000, Elijah Smith's farm for $4,000, and a Mr. Morley's farm for $2,100. Ezra Thayer and Joseph Coe named general agents for the church. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith met with a council of high priests and elders to discuss purchasing land in Kirtland. (2)

-- Mar 23, 1840
[Higbee, Elias] Left Washington for Nauvoo 23 March 1840. (3)

-- Mar 23, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith and William Clayton appealed for donations for supplies for Latter-day Saint lumbermen laboring in Wisconsin. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith gives "the charge" to the apostles and other members of the Council of Fifty. (4)

-- Mar 23, 1858
[Deseret] Brigham Young implements a scorched earth policy. All faithful are ordered to move south to Provo and to prepare their homes in Salt Lake City for burning. (5)

-- Mar 23, 1877
John D. Lee executed for his participation in Mountain Meadows Massacre. (6)

Lee is executed at Mountain Meadows. (7)

John D. Lee executed for the Mountain Meadows Massacre. (8)

[Mountain Meadows] John Lee is executed by firing squad while sitting on his coffin in Mountain Meadows. (9)

[U.S. Religious History] John Doyle Lee, a Mormon fanatic, was executed by a firing squad, Lee had masterminded a massacre of Arkansas Methodist emigrants in 1857. In the "Mountain Meadows Massacre," a wagon train of 127 died at Mountain Meadows (near Cedar City), Utah. (10)

-- Mar 23, 1882
The Edmunds Act declares polygamy a felony. The act not only reinforces the 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act but also revokes the right of polygamists to vote, disallows them from holding political office, and also makes them ineligible to serve on the jury, regardless of whether they are practicing or merely believe in it. All elected offices were vacated, an election board was formed to issue certificates to those who denied polygamy and did not practice it, and new elections were held territory-wide. Practicing polygamists would have their civil rights taken away without a trial or due process. Adulterers and fornicators had no such penalties applied and did not lose their rights. (11)

-- Mon Mar 23, 1936
[David O McKay] At 8:15 a.m. held a brief consultation with Joseph Fielding Smith regarding our imperative duty to attach more reverence for Temple apparel by withdrawing the garment from commercial institutions. Gave him my views and suggestions in writing on Reverence for the Garment. (12)

-- Thu Mar 23, 1950
[David O McKay] Called Doyle Green, upon receipt of a letter from him dated March 23, in which he stated that the Editorial Staff had decided against publishing an article on sugar which I had sent to them sometime ago with the request that they publish it in an early issue of the magazine. I told Brother Green that I wanted and had requested that the article be published, and that I should take all responsibility." He answered that the reason for their decision was that it had not been proven scientifically sound and I answered him, "Neither was the other article you published against sugar scientifically sound."
March 31, 1950: I said that the only reason I could see that we employ another secretary at this time is that two of the girls in the Council of the Twelve offices are planning to be married, and insamuch as the Church does not hire married women, that this new girl could take the place of one of these girls. I said that although there are a few married women in the building, it is against the policy of the Church to employ married women. (12)

-- Mar 23, 1974
Church acquired Brigham Young's winter home in St. George, Utah, and Jacob Hamblin's home in Santa Clara, Utah. (6)

-- Mar 23, 1997
[U.S. Religious History] Thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate cult in California began committing mass suicide in anticipation of the arrival of comet Hale-Bopp. The suicides would take place in three groups over the course of three days. (10)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
4 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
5 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War#Timeline_of_events
6 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
7 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/
8 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
9 - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
10 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
11 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
12 - David O. McKay Office Journal

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Today in Church History - Mar 22

-- Mar 22, 1638
[U.S. Religious History] Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as punishment for heresy. (1)

-- Mar 22, 1831
Ten unidentified Palmyra residents sign a letter asserting that Joseph and his father had "belonged to a gang of money-diggers Jo pretending he could see the gold and silver by the aid of what they called a 'peep stone.'" Mormons in the Palmyra area are "few and generally of the dregs of community. The whole gang of these deluded mortals, except a few hypocrites, are profound believers in witchcraft, ghosts, goblins, &c." The signers found it "hardly possible that so clumsy an imposition can spread to any considerable extent." PT, March 22. The letter is dated Mar. 12, 1831. (2)

-- Mar 22, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Perrysburg, New York. Joseph Smith arrived in Perrysburg and stayed at Vinson Knights home. (3)

-- Mar 22, 1836
[Patriarchal Blessings] Kirtland, Ohio, Patriarchal Blessing to Ethan Barrows given by Joseph Smith Sr. stated "Thou shalt have power to translate thyself from land to land and from country to country, from one end of heaven to the other, and when thy work is done thou shalt translate from earth to heaven." (4)

-- Mar 22, 1838
The Ohio Repository reprints Warren Parrish's letter about Joseph hearing the voice of the Lord instructing him to establish the "Banking-Anti-Banking Institution." (2)

-- Mar 22, 1839
[Joseph Smith] Liberty, Missouri. Joseph Smith sent a letter to landowner Isaac Galland informing him of the Churchs desire to purchase land in the Commerce, Illinois, vicinity, thus saving the Church from fragmentation. (3)

-- Mar 22, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle in afternoon of Joseph Smith and apostles at Brigham Young's house (HC, MHBY). (5)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith advised the Seventies to rebuild the Seventies Hall by demolishing the existing walls and building a more permanent two-story edifice on the foundation. (3)

-- Mar 22, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy and Martha Jane reach the point in the manuscript at which E. B. Grandin agrees to publish the Book of Mormon . (6)

-- Mar 22, 1882
Edmunds bill signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur. [See Antipolygamy Legislation.] (7)

Edmunds Act signed into law. (8)

U.S. Edmunds Act signed by President Arthur; enforces Morill Act. (9)

[Polygamy] Edmunds Anti-polygamy Law
Edmunds Act was an amendment to strengthen the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Law of 1862:
· All elective offices in Utah Territory were declared vacant and a board of five members, known as the Utah Commission, was to be appointed by the US President to assume temporarily all duties pertaining to elections.
· Disfranchised polygamists and declared them ineligible for public office.
· Declared polygamy a felony, with penalty of not more than five years imprisonment and / or a $500 fine.
· Defined polygamous living, which it termed "unlawful cohabitation", as a misdemeanor punishable by six months imprisonment and/or a $300 fine.
· Polygamists, whether in practice or merely in belief, were disqualified for jury service.
· The board would issue certificates of election to those eligible for that office and those lawfully elected.
· Gave to the Utah Commission power to deprive citizens of their civil rights without a trial, which is not found in any other such federal legislation of this country or in its jurisprudence, according to Larson in "The Americanization of Utah for Statehood". (Larson, pp. 95-96.) (10)

[U.S. Religious History] Polygamy was outlawed by Congress, specifically targeting the practices of the Mormon church. (1)

-- Mar 22,1884
[Utah] James E Talmage begins using hashish at Johns Hopkins University as "my physiological experiment" of its effects. By 04il 6 he is using twenty grains, "and the effect was felt in a not very agreeable way." This is last reference in his diary. Four months later he becomes member of stake high council. (11)

-- Mar 22,1919
[Utah] "The Nigger" is the new production to be given at the Social Hall, proclaims Deseret News with explanation: "The Nigger" is distinctly Southern. It is a romance based on Southern ideals and the race problem. (11)

-- Mar 22, 1930
[U.S. Religious History] American televangelist Pat Robertson was born. (1)

-- Mar 22, 1970
First stake in Africa organized at Transvaal, South Africa. (8)


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/patb2.htm
5 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
6 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
7 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
8 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
9 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
10 - http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
11 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996

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Today in Church History - Mar 21

-- Mar 21, 1807
[Lucy Mack Smith] Solomon Mack, pressed with financial worries, mortgages his land in Vermont, perhaps precipitating Joseph's and Lucy's move to Tunbridge. (1)

-- about Mar 21, 1830
[Joseph Smith] Manchester, New York. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 19, a revelation to Martin Harris concerning repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. (2)

-- Mar 21, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith prepared elders licenses to send to Medina County in order for the Saints to obtain licenses to perform marriages, since the court in Geauga County had refused permission. (2)

-- Mar 21, 1839
[Joseph Smith] Liberty, Missouri. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to his wife, Emma Smith, living in Quincy, Illinois. (2)

-- Mar 21, 1843
[U.S. Religious History] Preacher William Miller of Massachusetts predicted the world would end on this date. Obviously, the world did not end, but Miller's ideas led to the creation of the Adventist churches in America. (3)

-- Mar 21, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle meeting of "the Holy order" at Joseph B. Noble's house; second anointing for Heber C. Kimball and Sarah Ann Whitney (Smith, Kingsbury, Kimball), and for Brigham Young and Lucy Decker (Seeley, Young) (HCK, WR, DMQ). (4)

-- Mar 21, 1855
[Lucy Mack Smith] In the Deseret News, Pratt publishes an apology and a retraction of his claim in the preface that Joseph Smith had been personally involved in at least part of Biographical Sketches. (1)

-- Mar 21, 1858
The citizens of Utah, living north of Utah County, agreed to abandon their homes and move south. This was deemed advisable as a defensive measure. ,In the meantime Col. Thos. L. Kane had arrived in Salt Lake City, via California, for the purpose of bringing about a peaceful solution of the difficulties between the U. S. and Utah. (5)

-- Mar 21,1858
[Utah] Brigham Young tells this special conference that Joseph Smith disobeyed revelation by returning to Nauvoo to stand trial, that the church's founding prophet lost Spirit of God the last days of his life, and died as unnecessary martyr. He published this talk as pamphlet. (6)

-- Mar 21, 1897
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends dedication of new Brigham City tabernacle. (7)

-- Mar 21, 1900
[U.S. Religious History] After the death of founder Dwight L. Moody, the Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions changed its name to Moody Bible Institute. (3)

-- Mar 21, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Wilding and Co. investors give Hofmann $22,500 to purchase rare books. (8)


1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
4 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
5 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
6 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
7 - A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, Edited by Stan Larson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993. A Rudger Clawson Chronology
8 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker

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Today in Church History - Mar 20

-- By Nov Mar 20, 1825
1826 Joseph Smith lives at Josiah Stowell's in Bainbridge, NY, while working for him as a treasure hunter. (1)

-- Mar 20, 1826
Joseph Smith tried and acquitted on charge of being a disorderly person at South Bainbridge, NY. [See din Bookstore. (2)

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. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph is put on trial for disorderly conduct. Charges are dismissed. (3)

[Joseph Smith] During a court examination before Justice Albert Neely, Joseph Jr. states that by looking at a stone he can discover treasures hidden in the bowels of the earth, gold mines, coined money, and lost property. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. is summoned to a judicial hearing at South Bainbridge, New York. Peter G. Bridgeman, Josiah Stowell's nephew, charges him with being a "disorderly" person. Joseph Sr. is a witness. (5)

-- Mar 20, 1831-26
Parley arrives in Kirtland. (6)

-- March 20-26, 1831
[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 49. Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley are called on a mission to the Shakers. Jesus now rigns in heaven, will return soon, but no one knows when. Unknown holy men. Christ will not return as a woman. Marriage is ordained of God (one wife) for procreation. Be equal in all. Lamanites to blossom as the rose and Zion flourish upon the hills. (7)

-- Mar 20, 1832
D&C 77 (Hiram): Interpretation of Revelation 4-11. The sea of glass is the earth sanctified, the four beasts represent classes of beings in their destined order, eyes represent light, wings represent power to act, etc. (6)

Revelation (Hiram): purchase paper for the Book of Commandments, not time for Martin Harris to go to Zion yet; postpone translation of the New Testament. (6)

[Revelations] Hiram, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 77. Explanations of Revelation imagery. Sea of glass. Four beasts. Twenty-four elders. Seven seals. Elias to gather the Twelve Tribes will gather them and restore all things. 144,000 sealed high priests. Trumpets. Elias gathers and restores Two prophets.
Manuscript History, 192-195, heading: About the first of march, in connection with the translation of the scriptures, I recived the following explanation of the Revelations of Saint John.
Added to the 1876 D&C. (7)

-- about Mar 20, 1832
[Joseph Smith] Hiram, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 78, a revelation on caring for the poor, and Doctrine & Covenants 79 and Doctrine & Covenants 80, revelations extending callings to individuals. (8)

-- Mar 20, 1834
Isaac Hale (Emma Smith's father) signs affidavit describing his dealings with Joseph Smith and Smith's method of translating the gold plates. (1)

-- (Wed) Mar 20, 1839
Joseph Smith letter from Liberty Jail to "The Church at Quincy Illinois," [LDS History of the Church, III:301]. (9)

-- 1839 20-25 March
Joseph Smith wrote epistle to Saints from Liberty Jail (D&C 121-23). (10)

-- Mar 20, 1839
[Joseph Smith] Liberty, Missouri. From jail Joseph Smith dictated a letter to the Saints who had found refuge in Quincy, Illinois, and elsewhere, after they had been driven from Missouri. The letter included what is now known as Doctrine & Covenants 121, 122, and 123. (8)

[Joseph Smith] Commenced writing epistle from jail to exiled Latter-day Saints, Liberty. (11)

[Joseph Smith] (age 33)From Liberty Jail, writes an epistle to the Saints, portions of which are later canonized in Doctrine and Covenants 121, 122, and 123. (12)

-- Mar 20, 1839-25
Joseph Smith still imprisoned in Liberty Jail, wrote epistle to Saints (D&C 121, 122, 123). (2)

D&C 121-123: Prayer and prophecies (6)

-- Mar 20, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith preached a sermon on death and resurrection, baptized a large number of individuals in the river, confirmed many of them in the grove near the temple, and then performed additional baptisms in the font of the temple. (8)

-- Mar 20, 1843
[Joseph Smith] James C. Brewster publishes his claim that as part of an 1836 Ohio treasure-quest, Presiding Patriarch Joseph Smith, Sr., "anointed the mineral rods and seeing stones with consecrated oil, and prayed over them in the house of the Lord in Kirtland." (13)

-- Mar 20, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Thursday evening prayer circle meeting of "the holly order" at Joseph B. Noble's house (HC, HCK). (14)

-- Mar 20, 1846
[Brigham Young] Brigham Young, aged 44, marries Mary Jane Bigelow (1827-1868) (aged 19); first marriage; divorced 1851 (15)

-- Mar 20, 1847
[Brigham Young] Brigham Young, aged 45, marries Lucy Bigelow (1830-1905) (aged 16); first marriage; 3 children (15)

-- Mar 20, 1888-26
[Wilford Woodruff] Accusations against George Q. Cannon investigated by Twelve; proposal to reorganize First Presidency rejected (16)

-- Mar 20, 1933
[U.S. Religious History] The first Nazi concentration camp was completed at Dachau. (17)

-- Mar 20, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Kenneth Rendell sends his final report to Christensen: "There is no indication that this letter [the Harris 1830 letter] is a forgery." (18)

-- Mar 20, 2003
[U.S. Religious History] Around 2:30 GMT the United States begins its invasion of Iraq by launching a series of air strikes against Baghdad in the hopes of quickly killing leaders of the Iraqi government and ousting Saddam Hussein with his Baathist government once and for all. (17)

[U.S. Religious History] The United States House of Representatives voted 400-7 to condemn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision not to reconsider its ruling that the addition of the phase "under God" to the The Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional. The seven who voted against the resolution were all Democrats. (17)

-- Mar 20, 2004
[U.S. Religious History] A lesbian minister in Bothell, Washington, is acquitted by a Methodist church jury of violating church rules. (17)

-- Mar 20, 2009
[Temple] Draper Utah (under construction) Temple; Location: Draper, Utah, USA; Announcement: 2 October 2004; Groundbreaking: 5 August 2006 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Open_House: 15 January-14 March 2009; Dedication: scheduled for 20 March 2009; Notes: Lintel (exterior wall concrete pour) nearly complete. Dedication scheduled in March 2009, following a 2 month open house. (19)


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
4 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
5 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
6 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
7 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
8 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
9 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
10 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
11 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
12 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
14 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
15 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives
16 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
17 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
18 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker
19 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - Mar 19

-- Mar 19, 1830
[Black History] The Book of Mormon is published,
The dark skin is equated with a curse which was a result of rebellion, "And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them", cf. 2 Ne. 5:21.
The dark skin is explicitly presented as a "mark", a "curse... because of...transgression" and as a means of separating different cultures, "And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men. And their brethren
sought to destroy them, therefore they were cursed; and the Lord God set a mark upon them, yea, upon Laman and Lemuel, and also the sons of Ishmael, and Ishmaelitish women. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people, that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction", cf. Alma 3:6-8.
It also states that it was "against [Nephite civil] law" to hold slaves, cf. Alma 27:9 and Mosiah 2:13. (1)

Ad: Book of Mormon available within the week. Wayne Sentinel (Palmyra), Mar. 19, 1830. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The completed Book of Mormon is advertised for sale in this and the next three issues of the Wayne Sentinel: 2, 9, and 26 March. The complete run of 5,000 copies is not finished until the summer of 1831. (3)

-- Mar 19, 1831
There appears to be a great discrepancy, in the stories told by the famous three witnesses to the Gold Bible Whitmar's description of the Book of Mormon, differs entirely from that given by Harris Whitmar relates that he was led by Smith into an open field, on his father's farm near Waterloo, when they found the book lying on the ground; Smith took it up and requested him to examine it, which he did for the space of half an hour or more, when he returned it to Smith, who placed it in his former position This witness describes the book as being something like 8 inches square the leaves were plates of metal of a whitish yellow color, and of the thickness of tin plate; the back was secured with three small rings of the same metal that the leaves were divided equi-distant, between the back & edge, by cutting the plates in two parts, and united again with solder, so that the front might be opened, as it were by a hinge, while the back part remained stationary and
immovable, and in this manner remained to him and the other witnesses a sealed book Harris declares that the leaves or pages of the book are not cut, and a part of them sealed, but that it opens like any other other book, from the edge to the back, the rings operating in the place of common binding. Palmyra Reflector, Mar. 19, 1831, qtd. in Early documents 2:249, 250. Other accounts of David Whitmer's experience, directly and indirectly reported, include a vision or angelic visitor. (2)

-- about Mar 19, 1831
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 49, a revelation concerning the teachings of Ann Lee and the Shakers. (4)

-- Mar 19, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Livonia, New York. Joseph Smith traveled to Bennington Township, Wyoming County, New York, where he stayed the night at Isaac McWithys tavern. (4)

-- Mar 19, 1844
[Council of Fifty Member] James, Samuel (1806). Admitted 19 March 1844. Dropped 4 February 1845. (5)

[Council of Fifty Member] Marks, William (1792-1872). Admitted 19 March 1844. Dropped 4 February 1845. (5)

[Council of Fifty Member] Parker, John D. (1799-1891). Admitted 19 March 1844. Released due to old age 24 June 1882. (5)

[Council of Fifty Member] Rigdon, Sidney (1793-1876). Admitted 19 March 1844. Dropped 4 February 1845. (5)

[Council of Fifty Member] Rockwell, Orrin Porter (1815-1878). Admitted 19 March 1844. (5)

[Council of Fifty Member] Spencer, Orson (1802-1855). Admitted 19 March 1844. (5)

[Marks, William] Member of Council of Fifty 19 March 1844. Expressed ambivalence concerning right of Twelve to govern Church after Prophets death. Sympathized with Sidney Rigdons claims. (6)

-- May 19, 1848
[Deseret] the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican War; the United States gets more than one-half million square miles, including what will become the states of California, Nevada, Utah, most of New Mexico and Arizona, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. Texas is also ceded to the United States.James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter's Mill in California (7)

-- Mar 19, 1853
[Lucy Mack Smith] Babbitt again passes through St. Louis, en route to Salt Lake City, having sold the manuscript to Orson Pratt. (3)

-- Mar 19, 1860
[U.S. Religious History] American politician and fundamentalist religious leader William Jennings Bryan was born. (8)

-- Mar 19, 1987
[U.S. Religious History] Jim Bakker resigned as head of the PTL ministry after the revelation of a 1980 sexual affair a with church secretary, Jessica Hahn. (8)

-- Mar 19, 1999
[Temple] Madrid Spain Temple; Location: Madrid, Spain; Announcement: 4 April 1993; Dedication: 19 March 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (9)

-- Mar 19, 2000
[Temple] Louisville Kentucky Temple; Location: Crestwood, Kentucky, USA; Announcement: 17 March 1999; Dedication: 19 March 2000 by Thomas S. Monson; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (9)


1 - http://www.xtimeline.com/events.aspx?q=Bif200802111550260291166
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
5 - Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, D. Michael Quinn, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
6 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
7 - http://www.legendsofamerica.com/WE-TimeLine2.html
8 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
9 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - Mar 18

-- about Tuesday, Mar 18, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony. Lucy continues her search outside the house. (1)

-- Mar 18, 1833
Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams set apart as Counselors in Presidency of the Church (D&C 81 headnote). (2)

First Presidency organized with Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams (replacing Jesse Gause) as counselors to Joseph Smith. (3)

Sidney ordains Doctor Hurlbut an elder, then requests that he and Frederick G. Williams be ordained presidents of the High Priesthood, equal to Joseph, as revealed March 8. Joseph ordains them (organization of what would become known as the First Presidency). Vision promised. Many see vision of the Savior and angels. (4)

Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams set apart as Counselors in Presidency of the Church (see D&C 81 heading) and given the keys of this last kingdom (see D&C 90 heading; verse 6). (5)

The Quorum of High Priests was first organized in Kirtland. (6)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. At a meeting of high priests, Joseph Smith ordained Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams as counselors in the presidency of the Church, to which they had previously been called, as recorded in Doctrine & Covenants 81. Many of those present saw visions. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Retained Sidney Rigdon and selected Frederick G. Williams as counselors in presidency of the high priesthood, Kirtland. (8)

[Joseph Smith] The First Presidency of the Church is organized with Joseph Smith as the President, and Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams as counselors. (9)

[Lucy Mack Smith] First Presidency organized. (10)

-- Mar 18, 1833 - 5 December 1834
[1st Presidency Changes] Joseph Smith, Jr. Sidney Rigdon (never ordained an apostle) Frederick G. Williams (never ordained an apostle) Sidney Rigdon called as First Counselor; Frederick G. Williams called as Second Counselor (11)

-- Mar 18, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith secretly ordains Lyman Wight as "Baneemy" which Wight understands as a military calling. (12)

-- Mar 18, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith attended the funeral of a faithful Church member, Susan Johnson, the daughter of Ezekiel Johnson. (7)

-- (Mon) Mar 18, 1839
George A. Smith appointed to the 12, replacing Thomas B. Marsh, who had fallen; Wilford Woodruff also added to the 12. Both are ordained on April 26th. [Brigham Young]. (13)

-- Mar 18, 1839
Brigham meets with several of the Twelve. Dr. Isaac Galland's letter is read concerning a "half breed tract of land in Lee county, Iowa." Brigham advises them to purchase land there, "as we probably would move northward." (4)

Twelve discuss fulfilling the requirement of a July 8, 1838 revelation (D&C 118) that they leave on a mission to Europe from Far West on April 26, 1839. "Many of the Authorities considered, in our present persecuted and scattered condition, the Lord would not require the Twelve to fulfill his words to the letter, and he would take the will for the deed; but I felt differently and so did those of the Quorum who were with me. I told them the Lord God had spoken, and it was our duty to obey and leave the event in his hands and he would protect us. (4)

Wilford Woodruff, called to the Twelve by a revelation of July 8, 1838 (D&C 118), is "sustained to be one of the Twelve;" also George A. Smith, who had been appointed by the Prophet to replace Thomas B. Marsh. (4)

George A. Smith appointed to the 12, replacing Thomas B. Marsh, who had fallen; Wilford Woodruff also added to the 12 [per Brigham Young]. (14)

-- Mar 18, 1841
[Knight, Joseph, Sr] Ordained priest 18 March 1841. (15)

-- Mar 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spent most of the morning in the office and fell asleep with his head on a pile of law books. Later that day he played ball with some boys. (7)

-- Mar 18, 1845
[Council of Fifty Member] Spencer, Daniel (1794-1868). Was voted in 1 March 1845. Admitted 18 March 1845. (16)

-- Mar 18, 1858
[Mountain Meadows] Congress debates the massacre at Mountain Meadows. It orders an inquiry. (17)

-- Mar 18, 1858-21
[Utah War] The decision was made to retreat rather than resist. The first movement was to abandon SLC and the settlements north and go south and prepare to burn the City before the Army could take possession of it. The Mormon response was a remarkable widespread willingness to burn their homes and evacuate. Information was contradictory. Van Vliet and Cummings had insured that the Army was coming in peace, but there were many expressed opinions in Congress, rumors and newspapers articles supporting the belief that the approaching army was sent to destroy the Mormons. (summary of this council: Hosea Stout Diary) (18)

-- Mar 18, 1862-26
[Wilford Woodruff] Compiles history for Hubert Howe Bancroft (19)

-- Mar 18, 1981
Formation of Missionary, Priesthood, and Temple and Genealogy Executive Councils. (3)

-- Mar 18, 2001
[Temple] Montevideo Uruguay Temple; Location: Montevideo, Uruguay; Announcement: 2 November 1998; Dedication: 18 March 2001 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (20)

-- Mar 18, 2003
[Utah] In Salt Lake City, Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee were charged with aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was found with them six days earlier. Mitchell and Barzee were later found incompetent to stand trial. (21)

-- Jul 2, 20Jul 2004, 0318
[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] On July 2, 2003, the choir kicks off a one-year celebration of 75 years of continuous network broadcasting of its weekly program, Music and the Spoken Word. The concert is held at Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center in New York; attendance is by invitation only. (22)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
4 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
5 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
6 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
8 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
9 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
10 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
11 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
12 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
13 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
14 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
15 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
16 - Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, D. Michael Quinn, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
17 - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
18 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
19 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
20 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
21 - http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah
22 - http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=036eb2987ff92110VgnVCM100000176f620aRCRDvgnextchannel=9ae411154963d010VgnVCM1000004e94610aRCRD

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Today in Church History - Mar 17

-- about Monday, Mar 17, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, Lucy searches Joseph Smith home for plates. (1)

-- Mar 17, 1834
On a tour through New York, Joseph, Sidney, Parley, Lyman, John Murdock, Orson Pratt, and Orson Hyde, hold a conference at Avon to raise volunteers to redeem Zion and $2,000 o "deliver Kirtland from Debt for the present." Four elders are appointed to raise $2,000 It was voted by the Council, that Fathers Bosley and Nickerson, Elder McWithey, and Brother Roger Orton, should exert themselves to obtain two thousand dollars, for the present relief of Kirtland. They all agreed to do what they could to obtain it, firmly believing that it could be accomplished by the first of April. It was also decided the Elder Orson Hyde should tarry and preach in the regions round about, till the money should be obtained, and then carry it with him to Kirtland. It was also voted that I should return to Kirtland, accompanied by Elders Sidney Rigdon and Lyman Wight. Elders John Murdock and Orson Pratt were appointed to journey to Kirtland, preaching by the way; and Elders Parley P. Pratt and
Henry Brown to visit the churches in Black river country, and obtain all the means they could to help Zion. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Avon, New York. Joseph Smith attended a conference of elders at which he recruited men to assist the Saints who had been driven from Jackson County, Missouri. He also appealed for funds to buy land in Missouri and to pay debts owed by the Churchs leaders in Kirtland. (3)

-- (Fri) Mar 17, 1837
Former President Andrew Jackson returned home to Tennessee, and said that he left office "with barely $90 in my pocket." This marked the beginning of the Panic of 1837, an ensuing national depression, and the resultant need for the US Government to borrow money to meet its financial obligations. Practically every bank in the US stopped redeeming bank notes before the end of March. (4)

-- Mar 17, 1838
[Lucy Mack Smith] Samuel Smith and his family arrive at Far West. Mary is four and a half months pregnant. (5)

-- Mar 17, 1839
[Corrill, John] Excommunicated 17 March 1839. Published work against Church: A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints (Commonly Called Mormons) (St. (6)

Conference in Quincy. Teams and $50 are raised to move families from Far West to Quincy. Thomas B. Marsh , Sampson Avard, John Corrill, W. W. Phelps, Burr Riggs, and others are excommunicated. (2)

Thomas B. Marsh is excommunicated from the church in absentia in Quincy, Illinois. (7)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Brigham Young presides at a conference at Quincy, Illinois. George Hinkle, Sampson Avard, John Corrill, Reed Peck, W. W. Phelps, Frederick G. Williams, Thomas B. Marsh, Burr Riggs, and others are excommunicated. (5)

[Marsh, Thomas Baldwin] Excommunicated for apostasy 17 March 1839. Remained in Missouri eighteen years; taught biblical geography. After death of wife, traveled to Florence, Nebraska, and sought out Church leaders. (6)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Thomas B. Marsh excommunicated. (8)

-- Mar 17, 1842
[Anointed Quorum] Smith formally organized the Female Relief Society in the Masonic "Lodge Room" of his Red Brick Store, and he referred to the Society's president as "the Elect Lady," a phrase from the New Testament, from an 1830 revelation, and from an unconventional degree for women recognized by French Masonry since 1774 (HC, NRS, MWH). (9)

Female Relief Society organized, Nauvoo, IL. [See Relief Society in Nauvoo.] (10)

Female Relief Society of Nauvoo organized. (11)

Female Relief Society organized, Nauvoo, Illinois. (12)

Joseph Smith organizes the Relief Society with Emma as president. (13)

Oliver Olney disfellowshipped for setting himself up as a prophet. (13)

Female Relief Society of Nauvoo organized. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith organized the Relief Society of Nauvoo, with Emma Smith, his wife, as the president. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith organizes the Female Relief Society. (14)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Organizes Female Relief Society. (15)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph organizes the Relief Society of Nauvoo. (16)

[Joseph Smith] Organizes the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, with Emma Smith as president. (17)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Female Relief Society of Nauvoo organized with Emma as president. (18)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The all-female Relief Society is organized with eighteen women. Emma is appointed president with counselors Elizabeth Ann Whitney and Sarah M. Cleveland, and with Eliza R. Snow as secretary. Membership reaches 1,142 by September 1842. (5)

-- Mar 17, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle meeting, "adjourned 1 week" (HC, JS-F). (9)

-- Mar 17, 1849
[Council of Fifty Member] Richards, Franklin D. (1821-1899). Admitted 17 March 1849. (19)

-- Mar 17, 1856
[Polygamy] 2nd bid for statehood
The 2nd proposal for Statehood for the State of Deseret was rejected due to growing anti-Mormon sentiment and complaints that unbelievers were said to be mistreated and that the Territorial Government was a shadow or puppet government for the real power or theocratic dictatorship directed by leaders of the Mormon Church ( the latter charge is surely true ). President James Buchanan sends a military army to replace Brigham Young with Alfred Cummings. (Ivins, p.95.) Johnsons Army was the largest piece-time military effort to ever be sent to squash a civil rebellion, and thus dangerously depleted Union troops just prior to the nations most-encompassing military conflict, the US Civil War. (20)

-- Mar 17, 1886
[Wilford Woodruff] Cannon forfeits bond (21)

-- Mar 17, 1892
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends jubilee celebration commemorating fiftieth anniversary of female Relief Society. 6 April Participates in hosanna shout at Salt Lake tabernacle. (22)

-- Mar 17, 1921
[Quorum of the Twelve] John A. Widtsoe ordained. (8)

-- Mar 17, 1963
[U.S. Religious History] Elizabeth Ann Seton of New York was beatified by Pope John XXIII. (23)

-- Mar 17, 1995
[Same Sex Marriage] Utah's LDS governor, Michael Leavitt, signs the country's first DOMA legislation which indicated that the state of Utah recognizes only marriages between persons of different sex, including those that might be performed in other states. (24)

-- Mar 17, 2003
[U.S. Religious History] Speaking on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson expressed his support for the separation of church and state when the "church" in question involved a religion other than Christianity: "If the United States tries nation building [in Iraq], it's got to [have] at the very top of its agenda a separation of church and state. There has to be a secular state in there [Iraq] and not an Islamic state... So it's going to be absolutely imperative to set up a constitution and safeguards that say we will maintain a secular state..." (23)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
6 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
7 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
8 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
9 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
10 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
11 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
12 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
13 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
14 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
15 - http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
16 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
17 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
18 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
19 - Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, D. Michael Quinn, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
20 - http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
21 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
22 - A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, Edited by Stan Larson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993. A Rudger Clawson Chronology
23 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
24 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59

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Today in Church History - Mar 16

-- about Sunday, Mar 16, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, M and L Harris arrive, to visit J and E Smith (1)

-- about Mar 16, 1831
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 48, a revelation for the Saints gathering in Kirtland about purchasing land. (2)

-- Mar 16, 1838
Samuel H. Smith arrives in Far West. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Far West, Missouri. At about this time, Joseph Smith composed what later became known as The Political Motto of the Church of Latter-day Saints, proclaiming a love of peace and good order in society. (2)

-- Mar 16, 1838-18
Joseph and others sign "The Motto of the Church of Latter-day Saints." (3)

-- (Sat) Mar 16, 1839
The Democrats' "Quincy Argus" publishes pro-Mormon editorial. (4)

-- Mar 16, 1841
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Amos Keeler, a Kirtland dry goods merchant. (2)

-- Mar 16, 1842
[Anointed Quorum] Smith "rose to the sublime degree" of Masonry (HC, MNL). (5)

-- Mar 16, 1844
[Lucy Mack Smith] The Relief Society holds its last meeting with a membership of 1,341. At this and the preceding meeting, Emma had strongly preached adherence to Joseph's publicly articulated standards of sexual virtuea stand that amounted to a repudiation of "private" teachingsand had the sisters vote by uplifted hand to sustain Joseph Smith's "Voice of Innocence." (6)

-- Mar 16, 1845
[Joseph Smith] Young preaches that William Law and Rigdon "are one in Spirit, & I do not know but when they may yet be twain in flesh." (7)

-- Mar 16, 1851
[Pratt, Parley Parker] Left Salt Lake City 16 March 1851, arrived in San Francisco July 1851. (8)

-- Mar 16, 2003
[U.S. Religious History] Catholic archbishop Oscar Lipscomb of the Mobile, Alabama archdiocese admitted that he permitted Rev. J. Alexander Sherlock to remain in the pulpit at a church in Montgomery even after he admitted in 1998 to sexual abuse of a teenage boy in the 1970s. (9)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
6 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
7 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
8 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
9 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Mar 15

-- Mar 15, 1806
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr. recommends Polly Beckwith as his replacement as a teacher at Sharon.^1 (1)

-- Mar 15, 1816
[Lucy Mack Smith] Norwich town authorities formally "warn out" the Joseph Smith family, a device for moving indigent arrivals into another jurisdiction; these writs had to be issued within a year of a family's arrival. For dating problems caused by this document, see Vogel 1:222-68. Joseph Smith Sr. reports his third vision: images in a garden bowing to him. (1)

-- About Mar 15, 1827
Sidney Rigdon seen at Smith's by Lorenzo Saunders (identified by Harrison Smith). (2)

-- about Sunday, Mar 15, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, Translation of the Book of Mosiah is complete. (3)

-- Mar 15, 1831
The Mormon Bible is anti-masonic, and it is a singular truth that every one of its followers, so far as we are able to ascertain, are anti-masons. Now, probably we are to know what is meant by "Church and State." "Antimasonic Religion," Geauga Gazette, Mar. 15, 1831. (4)

[Alexander Campbell: The Book of Mormon is a composite of:] every error and almost every truth discussed for the last ten years. He [Joseph] decides all the great controversies: infant baptism, ordination, the trinity, regeneration, repentance, justification, the fall of man, the atonement, transubstantiation, fasting, penance, church government, religious experience, the call of the ministry, the general resurrection, eternal punishment, who may baptize, and even the question of free masonry, republican government, and the rights of men. All these topics are repeatedly alluded to. "Internal Evidences," PT, Mar. 15, 1831. (4)

-- Mar 15, 1832
[Gause, Jesse] Revelation dated 15 March 1832 confirmed above appointment. (5)

D&C 81 (Hiram): Jesse Gause is called to be a high priest and counselor to Joseph Smith in presidency of the High Priesthood, which holds the keys of the kingdom. Name changed from Jesse to Frederick G. Williams in 1835 D&C. (4)

[Revelations] Hiram, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 81. Jesse Gause is called to be a high priest and counselor to Joseph Smith in presidency of the High Priesthood, which holds the keys of the kingdom. Background from Kirtland Record Book, pp. 10-11: "Chose this day and ordained br Jesse Gause and Broth Sidney to be my councellors of the ministry of the presidency of <th> high Priesthood".
Newel K. Whitney Papers.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 17-18, heading: Hiram Portage Co Ohio March 15th 1832.
Book of Commandments manuscript, Community of Christ Library-Archives, also has March 15. Jesse Gause, 200-202.
Not printed in Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 79 heading: Revelation given March, 1832.
Kirtland Revelations Book. (6)

-- Mar 15, 1833
D&C 92 (Kirtland): Frederick G. Williams is to be received into the United Firm. 1835 D&C 93 introduction: "Revelation to Enoch, on the order of the Church for the bernefit of the poor, given to the saints in Kirtland, March, 1833." Williams is referred to as Shederlaomach. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 92, a revelation concerning Frederick G. Williams. (7)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 92. Frederick G. Williams is received into the United Order. He is to be an active member.
Kirtland Revelations Book introduction: Kirtland 15th March 1833.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 93 heading: Revelation to Enoch, on the order of the Church for the benefit of the poor, given to the saints in Kirtland, March, 1833.
Background.
Kirtland March 15th 1833/Kirtland council, 11.
Thursday received a revelation making known that F. G. W. should be received into the United firm in full partnership agreeable to the specification of the bond.
Kirtland Revelations Book. (6)

-- mid Mar 1837
At about this time Solomon W. Denton was excommunicated from the LDS Church. (8)

-- Mar 15, 1838
Meeting of the high council and bishopric in Zion: Joseph gives "a history of the ordination of David Whitmer, which took place in July 1834, to be a leader or a prophet to this church, which was on condition that he did not live to God himself." (4)

-- Mar 15, 1839
[Joseph Smith] Liberty, Missouri. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Presendia Huntington Buell from Liberty Jail. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Liberty, Missouri. While in prison, Joseph Smith predicted his own release in a letter and sent a petition to judges of the Missouri supreme court. (7)

-- Mar 15, 1842
[Anointed Quorum] Installation of the Nauvoo Lodge of Freemasonry, in which Smith was initiated as a first degree Mason (HC, MNL). (9)

Account of First Vision published. (2)

Joseph Smith joins Masons. (2)

Masonic Lodge established in Nauvoo. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. An installment of Joseph Smiths translation of the book of Abraham, including facsimile 2, was published in the Church newspaper Times and Seasons. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith is initiated into Freemasonry and organizes the Masonic Lodge of Nauvoo. (10)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Officiates at installation of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge; receives first degree of Masonry. (11)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph becomes editor of Times and Seasons. (12)

[Wight, Lyman] Returned to Nauvoo from New Orleans with group of English Saints 15 March 1842. (5)

-- Mar 15, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle meeting in the upper room of Joseph Smith's store (EHAT, 99). (9)

Joseph Smith denounces polygamy. (2)

-- Mar 15, 1846
[Joseph Smith] Orson Hyde reads his own revelation against Strang to a Sunday congregation in Nauvoo temple. That evening some see an unearthly light illuminating the temple, "as the brightness of fire," while others see angels. Hyde publishes his revelation as a broadside, but it is not canonized. (10)

-- Mar 15, 1868
A company was partially organized for building a railroad between Ogden and Salt Lake City. (13)

-- Mar 15, 1935
[U.S. Religious History] Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart was born. (14)

-- Mar 15, 1970
First stake in Asia organized at Tokyo, Japan. (15)

-- Mar 15, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Thomas Wilding and Associate Syd Jensen, at Hofmann's invitation, agree to invest $22,500 in eighteen rare books. (16)

-- Mar 15, 2005
Tenth anniversary of Gordon B. Hinckley's ordination as President of the Church. (17)


1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
4 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
5 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
6 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
8 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
9 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
10 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
11 - http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
12 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
13 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
14 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
15 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
16 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker
17 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_century_(Mormonism)

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