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.

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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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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