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.
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November 6, 1829

Manchester, New York—
In a letter to Joseph Smith at Harmony, Pennsylvania, Oliver Cowdery wrote, "The printing goes rather Slow yet as the type founder has been sick but we expect that the type will be in and Mr. Granden still think he will finish printing by the first of February."

January 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith v. Abner Cole. Joseph won an arbitration against Cole, who had copied passages from the Book of Mormon he had found at Grandin's print shop and included them in his newspaper, The Reflector.

January–February 1830

Manchester, New York—
A revelation was given authorizing agents to go to Canada to try to publish the Book of Mormon there, which would protect its copyright "upon all the face of the earth" under British law.

January 16, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith and Martin Harris enter into an agreement regarding proceeds from the sale of the Book of Mormon.

March 26, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
The Book of Mormon was advertised for sale at Egbert B. Grandin's bookstore.

April 6, 1830

Fayette, New York—
Joseph officially organized the Church of Christ in Peter Whitmer Sr.'s home and recorded Doctrine and Covenants 20 concerning Church organization and government. Joseph also received Doctrine and Covenants 21.

April 10, 1830

Fayette, New York—
Doctrine and Covenants 20, the Articles and Covenants of the Church, was finalized.

April 11, 1830

Fayette, New York—
Joseph Smith attended the first public sermon given after the organization of the Church, preached by Oliver Cowdery in the Peter Whitmer Sr. home.

April 14, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 23, a revelation to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith Sr., and Joseph Knight Sr., calling them to preach the gospel and strengthen the Church.

April 16, 1830

Palmyra, New York—
Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 22, a revelation directing converts who had been previously baptized in other churches to be rebaptized as members of the Church.


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