Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

Spring 1820

Manchester, New York—
God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith in answer to his prayer.

Spring 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 10, a revelation about the designs of wicked men who had made alterations to the 116 lost manuscript pages. Parts of this revelation may have been received as early as summer 1828.

April 21 to about May 10, 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith continued dictating the translation of the Book of Mormon to Oliver Cowdery.
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April 30, 1831

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith's wife Emma gave birth to twins, a son and daughter, who lived only three hours. They were later identified in family records as Thadeus and Louisa.

April 30, 1832

Independence, Missouri—
Joseph Smith sat in council with the brethren and received Doctrine and Covenants 83, a revelation regarding the care of women and children without husbands or fathers.

April 1845

Unknown location—
Reid v. Smith: Payment in case of charge of riot and treason by the state of Illinois.
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Events

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.
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