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.

March 24, 1832

Hiram, Ohio—
A mob violently tarred and feathered Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.

After March 24, 1832

Ravenna, Ohio—
Johnson v. Williams: John Johnson brought an action for trespass against those who tarred and feathered Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. It was tried before Justice of the Peace Aaron Williams and appealed to Court of Common Pleas. The judgment was affirmed.

March 1837

Geauga County, Ohio—
Rounds qui tam v. Smith: Plaintiff's attorney R. Hitchcock filed a writ asserting the defendant's failure to incorporate by law the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co., and sued for $1,000—one half for the state of Ohio and the other half for the plaintiff.

March 24, 1837

Kirtland, Ohio—
Bank of Geauga v. Smith, Whitney, and Rigdon: Vinson Knight and Ira Bond entered into a recognizance of special bail on behalf of Smith, Whitney, and Rigdon, promising $8,000 to the bank. The court ordered that the cause be continued until the next term of the court.

March 24, 1837

Kirtland, Ohio—
Bank of Geauga v. Smith: Sheriff Abel Kimball endorsed the writ and arrested the defendants two days later.

About March 1838

Geauga County, Ohio—
Lory Holmes & Charles Holmes v. Joseph Smith Jr. & Reynolds Cahoon. Court of Common Pleas, Geauga County. The plaintiffs sued on two promissory notes of $5,000 each. A default judgment rendered was for $10,071. Satisfied in full.

March 1838

Far West, Missouri—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 113, a revelation identifying the "stem of Jesse" and the "rod" and "root of Jesse" in Isaiah 11.

March 24, 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois—
Joseph Smith attended the Relief Society meeting to complete its organization.
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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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