Timeline

1805, December 23 – Born to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont

1813 – Smith family falls to the typhoid fever epidemic.  Joseph has leg surgery due to infection of typhoid fever.

1816 – Smith family moves to Palmyra, New York

1820 – Joseph prays concerning which church to join.  God and Jesus appear to him and explain that he should not join any church at this time.

1823, September 21-23 – Moroni visits Joseph five times throughout the night and following days.  Joseph is directed to the place where the gold plates are buried, on Hill Cumorah, along with the Urim, Thummim, breastplate and sword.

1827, January 18 – Married to Emma Hale in Bainbridge, New York

1827, September 22 – Received the gold plates from the angel Moroni.

1828, February – Symbols from the plates, as well as a partial translation, was shown to a professor to verify authenticity.  Martin Harris loses the first 116 pages of the translated transcript.

1829, May 15 – Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were conferred the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

1829 – Ancient apostles Peter, James and John conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood upon Joseph and Oliver near the Susquehanna River.

1829, June – Translation of the Book of Mormon was completed.  The Three and Eight witnesses were shown the golden plates.

1830, March 26 – First 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were published in Palmyra, New York

1830, April 6 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in Fayette, New York

1830 – Arrested and acquitted in South Bainbridge, New York

1830-1831 – The Lord commands the Saints to gather to Ohio

1831, July 20 – Location of the New Jerusalem was revealed to be in Independence, Missouri

1832, January 25 – Sustained as President of the High Priesthood

1833, February 27 – Word of Wisdom given by revelation

1833, March 18 – First Presidency of the Church is organized with Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams as counselors to Joseph

1833, November 7 – Saints leave Jackson County, Missouri and enter Clay County, Missouri

1833, December 18 – First patriarchal blessings given since the restoration of the gospel.

1834, February 17 – Organization of the first stake, located in Kirtland, Ohio

1834, May 8 – Zion’s Camp

1835, February 14 – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized

1835, August 17 – Doctrine and Covenants made a standard work of the Church

1836, March 27 – Kirtland Temple Dedicated

1836, April 3 – Jesus Christ, Moses, Elias and Elijah appear to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to give the priesthood keys in the Kirtland, Ohio temple

1838, April 26 – Church is named ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’

1838-1839 – Imprisonment in Liberty Jail in Liberty, Missouri

1839, April 16 – Escaped imprisonment

1839, October 29 – Joseph leaves to Washington D.C. to plea to the U.S. President for help with persecutions to the Church

1841, January 19 – Plans for a temple in Nauvoo begins.  Baptism for the dead is introduced.

1842, March 1 – Times and Seasons publishes the Articles of Faith

1842, March 17 – Relief Society organized

1842, May 4 – First temple endowments received

1844, January 29 – Joseph is nominated as a candidate for the U.S. President

1844, June 22 – Joseph Smith and close friends attempt to leave Illinois to avoid imprisonment, but change their minds when the Saints feel abandoned

1844, June 27 – Joseph and Hyrum Smith die as martyrs at the Carthage Jail in Carthage, Illinois

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