Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

December 1827 to February 1828

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith copied characters from the book of Lehi on the plates and translated them using the Urim and Thummim.
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January 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith v. Abner Cole. Joseph won an arbitration against Cole, who had copied passages from the Book of Mormon he had found at Grandin's print shop and included them in his newspaper, The Reflector.

January–February 1830

Manchester, New York—
A revelation was given authorizing agents to go to Canada to try to publish the Book of Mormon there, which would protect its copyright "upon all the face of the earth" under British law.

January 1835

Kirtland, Ohio—
During the month of January, Joseph Smith was engaged in work at the School of the Prophets and in preparing a set of lectures on theology for publication in the Doctrine and Covenants.

January 1838

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith prophesied to a council of brethren that he would live at least another five years.
  • History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith, ch. 46

January 19, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
William Law was called to the First Presidency, replacing Hyrum Smith.

January 19, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 124, a revelation giving extensive instructions regarding specific callings as well as the building of the Nauvoo Temple and the Nauvoo House (a hotel).

January 19, 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith gave a lecture on the U.S. Constitution and on the candidates for the presidency of the United States.

January 1846

Hancock County, Illinois—
Almon W. Babbitt, Guardian for heirs of Edward Lawrence v. Smith and Coolidge: Babbitt filed a new action, adding Sarah and Maria Lawrence as co-petitioners. Babbitt filed only against the estates of Joseph Smith and Hyrum.  

Events

December 23, 1805

Sharon, Vermont—
Joseph Smith Jr. was born to Lucy Mack Smith and Joseph Smith Sr.

1813

West Lebanon, New Hampshire—
Joseph Smith's leg was operated on by Dr. Nathan Smith of Dartmouth Medical School. In convalescence Joseph traveled with his uncle Jesse Smith to Salem, Massachusetts.

November 18, 1814

Tunbridge, Vermont—
Jesse Smith files his protest objecting to changes in the organization of his local congregation.

Late 1816

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith moved with his mother and siblings to Palmyra, New York, from Norwich, Vermont. Joseph Smith Sr. had gone to Palmyra earlier in the year to investigate the move.

March 27, 1818

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith executed a promissory note to pay Jeremiah Hurlbut $65.00 in grain for the purchase of two horses.

May–July 1818

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. created a list of damages sustained by "fraud or ducet" when he and Alvin Smith had purchased two deficient horses from Jeremiah Hurlbut.

August 10, 1818

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith transferred $53.00 in "crops on the ground" to Hurlbut.

January 12, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Joseph Smith Sr. and Alvin Smith filed suit against Hurlbut in the Justice Court seeking damages for deficient horses they had bought from Hurlbut.

January 13, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Sr. v. Hurlbut: Constable D. Uandee served the summons to Jeremiah Hurlbut.

February 6, 1819

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith Jr. appeared as a credible witness in the case of Joseph Smith Sr. v. Jeremiah Hurlbut. The jury awarded the Smiths $40.78.

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