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

About June 10, 1829

Fayette, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 17, a revelation to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris that prepared them to become witnesses of the gold plates and other sacred objects.

June 11, 1829

Utica, New York—
Richard R. Lansing, clerk of the Northern District Court, entered Joseph Smith's copyright application for the Book of Mormon.

About June 20, 1829

Fayette, New York—
Joseph Smith was present as the Three Witnesses were shown the plates by the angel Moroni. About this same time, Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 18, a revelation to himself, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer. The mission and calling of the Twelve Apostles were revealed, and Oliver and David were directed to "search out" the Twelve.

About June 24, 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith showed the Eight Witnesses the gold plates near the Joseph Smith Sr. log home.

June 26, 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Egbert B. Grandin published the title page of the Book of Mormon as a "curiosity" in the Wayne Sentinel.
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About July 1, 1829

Fayette, New York—
On or before this date, Joseph Smith completed the translation of the Book of Mormon.
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Summer 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
State v. Smith: A legal action was brought by the state of Pennsylvania against Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

Mid–August, 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith wrote what became the preface to the first edition of the Book of Mormon.
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August 25, 1829

Fayette, New York—
Martin Harris mortgaged his farm in order to assure payment to Egbert B. Grandin of $3,000 to print 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon.

October 22, 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania—
Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Oliver Cowdery about his safe arrival in Harmony on October 4 and progress made toward the publication of the Book of Mormon.
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