Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

Summer 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 19, a revelation to Martin Harris concerning repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Martin was commanded to pay the debt that he had contracted with the printer for the publication of the Book of Mormon.

August 21, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith sent Dr. Frederick G. Williams to Cleveland, Ohio, to administer to those who were sick with cholera.

August 1835

Joseph Smith visited Michigan; he returned to Kirtland on August 23, 1835.

August 1837

Joseph Smith spent most of August in Canada, where he preached, baptized, blessed the Saints, and strengthened the branches.

August Term, 1840

Boone County, Missouri—
State of Missouri v. Smith et al. (Boone Co. Circuit Court): The Boone County prosecuting attorney filed a nolle prosequi (meaning the prosecutor intended to proceed no further) in the treason case against Joseph Smith. This was a dismissal without prejudice, meaning the prosecutor was free to later change his mind. When these charges were revivied in 1842, the State of Missouri began again with a new indictment by a new grand jury.

August 21, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith received a letter written by Mr. J. Hall of Independence, Missouri, "breathing hard things against us as a people," which he forwarded along with some additional remarks to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford.
Click here to view the new timeline feature


November or December 1825

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith's family moved into the frame home that Joseph's brother Alvin had begun before his death in 1823. The home was completed sometime after October 25, 1825.

November 17, 1825

Harmony, Pennsylvania, and near South Bainbridge, New York—
Joseph Smith's employment for Josiah Stowell at the mining excavations in Harmony, Pennsylvania, ended. Joseph then continued to work for Stowell at his farm near South Bainbridge, New York.

December 20, 1825

Manchester, New York—
The Smiths' home and 99.5-acre farm were sold to Lemuel Durfee, who kept the Smiths as tenants.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 

March 20, 1826

South Bainbridge, New York—
Joseph Smith was tried and acquitted by Justice of the Peace Albert Neely Jr. of a charge of being a disorderly ­person, meaning not acceptably employed and "pretending to discover where lost goods may be found."

April 19, 1826

Manchester, New York—
Stoddard v. Smith Sr.: Joseph Smith Sr. had confessed judgment to Stoddard for $66.59. The judgment was satisfied on this day.

June 20, 1826

Ontario County, New York—
Smith v. Worden: Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith hired the firm of Howell & Hubble, presumably as legal counsel, in an action against Sylvester Worden. The balance the Smiths owed to Howell & Hubble is recorded as $8.62 with interest beginning on that date.

September 22, 1826

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith met with Moroni at Hill Cumorah three years after Moroni's initial visits.

January 18, 1827

South Bainbridge, New York—
Joseph Smith was married to Emma Hale by Esquire Zacharia Tarble, Justice of the Peace.

September 22, 1827

Manchester, New York—
Joseph Smith received the gold plates from the angel Moroni on the hill where they were buried.

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.


Winter Quarters

Read peer-reviewed articles about Joseph Smith and other Church history topics from BYU Studies. Visit