Joseph Smith Jr.

On This Day

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.

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.

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.

May or June 1829

Palmyra, New York—
Martin Harris's wife, Lucy, filed a complaint against Joseph Smith, attempting to prove that he never had gold plates.

About June 24, 1829

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

June 1830

Colesville, New York—
Joseph Smith received by revelation what is now the first chapter of the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price.

In 1830

Hiram, Ohio—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 74, a revelation answering some of his questions about Paul's teachings in 1 Corinthians 7:14.

June 1831

Thompson, Ohio—
Copley v. Smith: Church members were forced to leave Leman Copley's farm and "pay sixty dollars damage for fitting up his houses and planting his ground."

June 24, 1834

Rush Creek, Missouri—
Joseph Smith and many of the Zion's Camp marchers were taken sick as cholera swept through the camp.
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June 24, 1839

Independence, Missouri—
Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs requested certified copies of the treason indictments against Joseph Smith.

June 1843

Gallatin, Missouri—
State of Missouri v. Smith (Daviess Co. Circuit Court): A Daviess County grand jury indicted Joseph Smith for alleged treason arising out of 1838 activities.

June 24, 1843

Dixon, Illinois—
Although Reynolds and Wilson sought to prevent Joseph Smith from obtaining legal counsel, they were unsuccessful, and Joseph obtained a writ of habeas corpus, returnable before Judge John D. Caton at Ottawa, Illinois. Cyrus Walker, candidate for U.S. representative, agreed to serve as Joseph’s lawyer only after securing Joseph’s promise to vote for him.

June 24, 1844

Outside Carthage, Illinois—
Joseph Smith dictated a letter to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford explaining that his arrival in Carthage would be delayed as he was assisting Captain James A. Dunn with the retrieval of state arms from the Nauvoo Legion.
  • Personal Writings of Joseph Smith,  Joseph Smith, 619
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June 24, 1844

Carthage, Illinois—
State v. Hyrum Smith et al.: All seventeen defendants rode to Carthage, finding the town in turmoil.

June 24, 1844

Four miles west of Carthage, Illinois—
Joseph Smith rode from Nauvoo to Carthage, Illinois, turning back, however, to deliver up to Captain James A. Dunn the state arms of the Nauvoo Legion before his final arrival in Carthage.
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June 1845

Carthage, Illinois—
State of Illinois v. Levi Williams, Jacob C. Davis, Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich and Thomas Grover. All defendants were acquitted for the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
  • LDS Church Archives, Joseph Smith Legal Papers series 
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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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