May 28 Joseph is sealed to Emma Smith for time and eternity. June 5 Joseph is again arrested on false charges of treason and murder dating from his arrest and imprisonment in Liberty Jail, the intent being to return him to Missouri for trial. I Was Ordained to This Very Calling. The Mormon Church distributes free copies of the King James Version of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. February 4 Edward Partridge is called as the first bishop (Doctrine and Covenants 41). The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 576 pages and is available in Paperback format. Last week of August Harmony: Joseph and Emma move to Fayette. The Atonement of Christ Redeems Us from the Fall. Meanwhile, non-Mormon hostility in the surrounding county had been growing for the usual reasons, and, when the press was closed, irate local citizens brought charges of promoting riot against Smith and his brother Hyrum. May 9 Joseph and Emma adopt newborn twins Joseph and Julia Murdock whose mother died in childbirth. The Mormons came together in the nearly abandoned town of Commerce on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Spring Joseph miraculously heals two women. January 21 Joseph receives a revelation about celestial glory and sees his deceased brother (Doctrine and Covenants 137), Alvin, in heaven. September 14 Nauvoo: Joseph Smith, Sr. passes away. January 18 South Bainbridge, New York: Joseph marries Emma Hale. From the Life of Joseph Smith. March The Prophet delivers his last charge to the Twelve Apostles, putting responsibility for the work of the kingdom on their shoulders. I the Lord . The Life of Joseph Smith, the Prophet is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1888. February 1, 4 Joseph is elected to the Nauvoo City Council and as lieutenant general of the Nauvoo Legion (city militia). Although a local minister to whom he related the vision dismissed it as a delusion, Smith continued to believe in its authenticity. After the birth of Joseph Smith, Jr., a series of crop failures forced the family to move to Palmyra, New York. Smith found the plates buried in a stone box not far from his father’s farm. 1814 Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner." June Joseph sends the first missionaries to England; they arrive July 19. June 14 Palmyra Township: Martin Harris leaves Harmony with 116 translated pages of the Book of Mormon, against the Lord’s counsel, to show them to others and convince them of the truth of the translation. This is not about Mormon founder Joseph Smith. For the official Church websites, please visit churchofjesuschrist.org or comeuntochrist.org. January 22–23 Kirtland: Joseph organizes the School of the Prophets (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:70–80, 117–141). In 1838, facing expulsion for a third time, Smith tried to defend the church with arms. December 18 The priesthood office of evangelist, or patriarch, is announced. June 28 Joseph Smith is arrested on false charges of disorderly conduct and is acquitted. May 15 Harmony, Pennsylvania: Joseph and Oliver receive the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist and are baptized. The translation will be known as the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price. The Book of Mormon told the 1,000-year history of the Israelites, who were led from Jerusalem to a promised land in the Western Hemisphere. None of these communities survived, however, because the faithful were expelled as soon as their increasing numbers threatened to give them political control of the towns in which they settled. September 1, 6 By letter, Joseph announces new guidelines for the administration of baptisms for the dead (Doctrine and Covenants 127, 128). Nor did people of higher social standing intimidate him; he appeared to think of himself as the equal of anyone, as demonstrated when he ran for president of the United States in 1844. In the weeks before and after the completion of the Kirtland Temple in the spring of 1836, the Saints experienced a time of harmony and a rich outpouring of the gifts of the Spirit. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). He is followed for nearly two hundred miles by those who threatened him. April 6 Fayette, New York: Joseph Smith officially organizes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith’s thirty-eight and one-half years were marked by the highest of spiritual peaks and the depths of tribulation, sorrow, and … The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. Ontario County, New York: The Smith family moves to the village of Palmyra. Joseph and Emma. He was the fifth child (including an unnamed son who died at birth in 1797), of eleven children born to Joseph Smith Sr. (1771–1848) and Lucy Mack (1775–1856). In their new home, they built a civilization, fought wars, heard the word of prophets, and received a visit from Christ after his resurrection. May 8 Joseph leaves for Missouri, heading one of two branches of Zion’s Camp. Save 50% off a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. His grandfather, Asael Smith, lost most of his property in Topsfield, Massachusetts, during the economic downturn of the 1780s and eventually moved to Vermont, where Smith’s father, Joseph Smith, Sr., established himself as a farmer. Four years later, the angel permitted him to remove the plates and instructed him to translate the characters engraved on their surfaces with the aid of special stones called “interpreters.” Smith insisted that he did not compose the book but merely “translated” it under divine guidance. June 1 Fayette, New York: Joseph moves and stays with the Peter Whitmer family, continuing the translation of the Book of Mormon. The first edition of the novel was published in 1945, and was written by Fawn M. Brodie. The views expressed by individual users are the responsibility of those users and do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. Members of the state militia plunder Far West. December The Prophet places Brigham Young in charge of overseeing temple ordinance meetings in his absence. July 12 The revelation on celestial marriage is recorded (Doctrine and Covenants 132). He believed that every man could be a priest and that everyone had in him the possibility of the divine. September The first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants is completed. April 7 Delivers what is now known as the King Follett Discourse (so named for King Follett, at whose funeral Joseph delivered the speech), a doctrinal landmark. It is found illegal to send Joseph to Missouri and Joseph is released. March 20 South Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York: Joseph is tried and acquitted on the fanciful charge of being a “disorderly person.” Josiah Stowell, Joseph’s employer, testified on Joseph’s behalf. The First Vision. Foreordained of God. In response, local Missourians rose up in wrath, and the governor ordered that the Mormons be driven out of the state or, where that was not possible, exterminated. Consider some ways in which the Articles of Faith and the life of Joseph Smith are aligned. Their devotion to each other was sorely tried by the practice of polygamy. June 30–March 1831 Joseph continues translating the writings of Moses (chapters 2–8). July 4 Far West: Cornerstones are laid for a temple. Called upon My Servant Joseph. March 24 Hiram, Ohio: Joseph and Sidney Rigdon are taken by a mob in the middle of the night and tarred and feathered. January 2 Joseph receives revelation detailing why the Church must move to Ohio (Doctrine and Covenants 38); the Lord promises his law and an endowment. The following timeline puts some of Joseph Smith’s work, joys, and sorrows into their time and setting. July 19 Joseph begins translating the papyri from Michael Chandler. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? The couple adopted twins and had nine biological children, five of whom died in infancy. April 30 Joseph and Emma’s twins, Louisa and Thaddeus, are born premature; they live only three hours. U.S. & World Events: Events in the Life of Joseph Smith: 1809 Abraham Lincoln is born. Spring Joseph performs the first eternal marriage sealing with the keys restored by Elijah.