On This Day

August 16, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith dictated instructions for the high council of the Church in Missouri and urged them to sign a petition to Missouri Governor Daniel Dunklin requesting his protection.

August 16, 1838

Far West, Missouri—
Joseph Smith told Sheriff William Morgan of Daviess County that he wished to be tried in Caldwell County according to the law.

August 16, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
It was announced at a conference of the Church that Saints will be disfellowshipped if they sell lots to immigrants in competition with sales by Church agents.

August 16, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
On account of the death of his son Don Carlos, Joseph Smith was absent from the morning session of a special conference of the Church.

August 16, 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois—
In a letter to his wife Emma, Joseph Smith considered the possibility of escaping with her and "20 or 30 of the best men we can find" to the Wisconsin pine country. Joseph discouraged Emma from visiting Governor Carlin, whom he considered to be "a fool." Joseph also dictated some personal reflections, which his clerk William Clayton recorded in Joseph's journal.
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On This Day—Expanded

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.

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 16, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio—
Joseph Smith dictated instructions for the high council of the Church in Missouri and urged them to sign a petition to Missouri Governor Daniel Dunklin requesting his protection.

August 1835

Michigan—
Joseph Smith visited Michigan; he returned to Kirtland on August 23, 1835.
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August 1837

Canada—
Joseph Smith spent most of August in Canada, where he preached, baptized, blessed the Saints, and strengthened the branches.
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August 16, 1838

Far West, Missouri—
Joseph Smith told Sheriff William Morgan of Daviess County that he wished to be tried in Caldwell County according to the law.

August 16, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
It was announced at a conference of the Church that Saints will be disfellowshipped if they sell lots to immigrants in competition with sales by Church agents.

August 16, 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois—
On account of the death of his son Don Carlos, Joseph Smith was absent from the morning session of a special conference of the Church.

August 16, 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois—
In a letter to his wife Emma, Joseph Smith considered the possibility of escaping with her and "20 or 30 of the best men we can find" to the Wisconsin pine country. Joseph discouraged Emma from visiting Governor Carlin, whom he considered to be "a fool." Joseph also dictated some personal reflections, which his clerk William Clayton recorded in Joseph's journal.
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Winter Quarters

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