Links go to pages that give a fuller treatment of the time period of the various issues and periods. Smith tells of attempt to retrieve plates, denied, This is the year and time Lucy Smith (Joseph’s mother) later stated Joseph’s first vision occurred (. Joseph marries his second plural wife, Lucinda Pendleton Morgan Harris. Brigham Young says of the first vision that an angel of the Lord, not the Lord, visited Joseph Smith. Martin Harris hears progress report, wants to visit Smith. Thomas Jefferson reelected President – U.S. population 6 million. Joseph Smith (17) speaks of angel visitation (later identified as Moroni) and of the existence of gold plates. Smith takes his final plural wife, Nancy Young. Emma Smith sells 4 mummies and some papyrus pieces to Abel Combs 12 days after Lucy’s death. Governor Boggs, responding to reports of Mormon depredations in Daviess County and their attack on state troops at Crooked River, issues Executive Order 44, that Mormons must be “exterminated or driven from the state.”, Missouri troops, under command of Gen. Samuel D. Lucas of Jackson County, arrive outside Far West. The Holy Ghost is the Holy Ghost. Orson Hyde describes tithing as paying one tenth of one’s property at baptism and then one tenth of one’s annual income thereafter. During World War II, Mormons are found on both sides of the conflict. Below is a series of timelines of LGBT Mormon history consisting of events, publications, and speeches about LGBTQ+ individuals, topics around sexual orientation and gender minorities, and the community of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). On June 27, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum are murdered in jail. Smith applies for Book of Mormon copyright. Roberts writes Pres. Smith marries Elizabeth Davis Dufree; she was 51 and married to Jabez. Kirton McKonkie, the Church’s law firm, instructs ldschurchtemples.com to cease publishing growth statistics. Temperance society eliminates distillery in Kirtland and nearby Mentor. 1827. You must be logged in to post a review. Nauvoo High Council minutes state, “five hundred dollars be the average price of lots, i.e., none less than two hundred dollars, nor more than eight hundred dollars.” (, Orson Pratt creates pamphlet in Scotland titled, Book of Mormon edition alters 2 Nephi 30:6, changing. Church publicly reverses “November Policy” of Nov 2015, easing policy of LGBT exclusion, though official Church Handbook remains unchanged. Public timelines; Search; Sign in; Sign up; Mormonism Timeline created by Zye. Nauvoo city charter revoked by State in both Senate and House. President John Taylor instructs Charles Card to explore settlements in Canada, in large part to continue the practice of polygamy outside the reach of U.S. laws. Smith family crops ruined by record cold summer. Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, and other Mormon leaders give themselves up as hostages. The Church reveals spending only $40mm on “welfare, humanitarian and other…projects” annually. Palmyra newspapers print anti-Masonic articles describing “secret combination”, referring to “its secret and cut-throat oaths.”. 588 - 570 BC. 600 BC. Wine used in sacrament as late as this year. Smith arranges a sham wedding between his new polygamous bride Sarah Whitney and Joseph Kingsbury, by promising Kingsbury sealing to his recently deceased wife (Sarah’s sister). They capture two Mormon spies and threaten to execute them. First Presidency releases statement, race ban “…is not a matter of the declaration of a policy but of direct commandment from the Lord, on which is founded the doctrine of the Church.”. The following is a timeline of events both in and out of the Church that have played an important role in LGBT Mormon history. For ten years, the Mormons have peace in the Rocky Mountains. Jerusalem Ether Brother of Jared Coriantumr 600 B.C. (John Whitmer Historical Assn, Vol 37, Issue 2). See July 8, revelation commanding member donations. President David O. McKay becomes the most widely-traveled Mormon president. Only July 24, 1847, the main body of the first pioneers arrives in the Salt Lake Valley. April 22- Joseph joins his family in Illinois and reportedly indicates his intentions for his son Joseph III to be his successor as church president. Among other things, the act disincorporated the LDS Church. 13 law suits filed against Smith between June 1837-April 1839. Blackrock Advocate, a New York newspaper, questions solvency of Bank of Monroe, a Mormon bank. Native America relations take turn for the worse, as Jackson embraces removal rather than “civilization” or assimilation. W.W. Phelps writes his wife Sally, recounting how Smith said “…the rolls of papyrus contained the sacred record kept by Joseph…in Egypt and the teachings of father Abraham.” (, Smith records in journal via W.W. Phelps, “I was continually engaged in translating an alphabet of the Book of Abraham, and arranging a grammar of the Egyptian language…” (History of the Church, 2:238). Joseph Smith and others must frequently go into hiding. Most of the translation for the Book of Mormon occurred between April and June 1829. Solomon Spalding graduates from Dartmouth. Smith elected by City Council as Mayor of Nauvoo after John C. Bennett resigns. SHERRY BAKER: MORMON MEDIA HISTORY TIMELINE: 1827-2007 2 Editorial Note This timeline is a work in progress. Lucy Mack / Joseph Smith Sr. had the tree of life dream. Joseph Smith … Papyri are salvaged and are passed down to Alice Heusser. 1830 • Book of Mormon, First Edition Joseph Smith began the process of translating the gold plates in December 1827. $33.89. Hancock County grand jury indicts Brigham Young on counterfeiting charges. Church adopts new tithing donation slip clarifying “all donations become the Church’s property and will be used at the Church’s sole discretion.”. Rigdon and Smith preach in Canandaigua, meet William Wines (W.W.) Phelps. Mormon Nauvoo legion boasts 3,000 troops, while U.S. Army has 8,500. Church sends letter to all Priesthood leaders, directing doubting members to a series of essays published in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org. Pres. Unfortunately, both LDS and non-LDS Egyptologists agree they are typical ‘Book of Breathings’ in form and content. Smith says that Davies County is Adam-Ondi-Ahman where Adam dwelt after his expulsion from Eden. Emma’s version of “The Voice of Innocence,” published in. (see Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, 293). Religious revival occurs in Palmyra area. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles leads the Mormon Church. Oliver Cowdery marries Elizabeth Ann Whitmer. (Wilford Woodruff. NOTE: this is the night Richard Bushman suggests Peter, James, John may have visited. During the depression, the Mormon Church creates the Church Welfare program to assist members. At least 29 men were practicing polygamy at time of Joseph Smith’s death – primarily an exclusive leadership perk. This group never fights, but helps explore New Mexico, Arizona, and California. LDS Dissenters, including Oliver Cowdery, having been warned in Danite Manifesto, flee Caldwell County. Joseph and Emma, along with many of her kin, seek consolation, affiliate with Methodists. W. Fugate, one of the 9 original Kinderhook witnesses, writes an affidavit that he, Robert Wiley, and Bridge Whitton created the Kinderhook plates as a hoax. Apostle John Taylor marries 3rd wife Janet Maria Wooley, backdating it to same day one year prior, 1889. Smith casts devil out of Newel Knight, who then sees vision of God. (Document 1.13). Brigham Young writes letter to Bishop Warren S. Snow in Manti, UT reassuring him that his recent castration of an innocent young man of 24 years, Thomas Lewis, to dissuade him from marrying an attractive young lady that Bishop Snow wanted for himself – “Just let the matter drop, and say no more about it…and it will soon die away among the people.”. Capt. Martin handcart company departs Florence, NB (now Omaha) toward Zion, dangerously late in the season. Daviess County judges issue writs for the arrest of Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight. Note deferred until Dec 25, 1825. Aziz Suryal, of University of Utah, discovers D&C papyri fragments in Metropolitan Museum archives. Mormon eyes turn westward. There were two bookstores in Palmyra, plus a public library, despite population of farmers and unskilled labor. As Editor of the official church periodical, Smith reprints a section from Josiah Priest’s 1833 American Antiquities to support the idea that “the Ten Tribes came over to America.” Priest’s book, in turn, was quoting from and commenting on the 1825 View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith. (Morm. Presidency instructs B.H. Beginning of the Mormon Church The Mormon Church was restored by Joseph Smith after the apostasy, where the church was no longer on Earth. Utah claims 12,000 members on rolls, while England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland claim 33,000, with an additional 11,000 already emigrated to America. From this day I understand the Kinsman degree of freemasonry. King Follet Discourse is returned to the History of the Church. Many important revelations are received and published during this period, including doctrines and practices such as polygamy, baptism for the dead, celestial marriage in temples, the full plan of salvation, and temple work. Notice published in the Wayne Sentinel that the Book of Mormon was published and available for sale. Mormons and Missourians petition Judge King to quell the disturbances. Dozens of Mormons are massacred at Haun’s Mill and others are burned out of their homes in the middle of winter. Smith marries Sylvia Lyon, already married to Windsor, uncertain if he knew. Anti-sexual abuse activist Sam Young excommunicated. Ezra Benson indicates that the church is sympathetic to his efforts, declines to provide funds. This was the first “gathering” in Mormon history, gathering being a theme which is very prominent in Mormonism. The dark line … U.S. President Millard Fillmore appoints Brigham Young as territorial governor. Brigham Young teaches that “the Earth is a living creature and breathes as much as you and I do.” He claimed that the earth’s breathing, not the moon, caused the movement of the tides. Mormons build the beautiful Nauvoo temple. Constable Nathan Harrington attempts to serve warrant on Hyrum, farrier still unpaid from April, Hyrum flees the county to avoid creditors. LDS Church News publishes text of Hoffman’s Salamander Letter, while supporting its authenticity. The Twelve vote unanimously “approve of the proceedings of President Smith…in making over certain properties to his wife, children, and friends for their support, and that he continue to deed and make over certain portions of Church property which now exist, or which may be obtained by exchange, as in his wisdom he shall judge expedient, till his own, and his father’s household, shall have an inheritance secure to them…”, John C. Bennett paid $100 annually as Mayor of Nauvoo. April 16- Joseph Smith and other prisoners in the Liberty Jail escape from custody during a transfer. All attempts to dislodge the Mormons from that region failed, and, with the ending of official persecution at the close of the nineteenth century, the Church entered upon a sustained period of growth and prosperity, which continues to this day. After the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passes ever stricter laws against Mormon polygamy, a practice which had been publicly announced in 1852. Parley P. Pratt, Mitt Romney’s great-great-grandfather, killed by estranged husband of his 12th wife. Nauvoo High Council holds disciplinary court to explore spiritual wifery practices of various church leaders. New bankruptcy law enacted, allowing private citizen bankruptcy, stipulating properties could not be transferred to others to avoid debt obligations. Reports of Mormon “invasion” spread through upper counties. Saints began fleeing from mobs in Jackson County, Missouri across river. Brigham Young denounces Jesse Hartley in General Conference, accuses him of being “a vagrant, thief, robber…ought to have his throat cut…ought to be baptized in Salt Lake with stones tied to him…to wash away one hundredth part of his sins.” Hartley declares his innocence, but is excommunicated. Presbyterian church suspends Lucy, Hyrum and Samuel Smith. Cholera epidemic passed through, thousands die. President McKay institutes the correlation program to streamline church programs. This is a timeline of LGBT Mormon history in the 21st century, part of a series of timelines consisting of events, publications, and speeches about LGBTQ+ individuals, topics around sexual orientation and gender minorities, and the community of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). There is a grand celebration at the Smith home for their 16th wedding anniversary. First missionaries Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley Pratt, Ziba Peterson prioritize taking Book of Mormon story to Indians (specifically called Lamanites) in Ohio and Missouri. Brigham Young announces his intention to settle “somewhere near the Great Salt Lake.”. (Egyptian hieroglyphics remain unreadable at this time), Peter Ingersoll, Smith family neighbor at the time, later stated “general employment of the family was. Pressed by Isaac Hale’s annoyance at Joseph and daughter living off sweat of others’ brows, Smith makes a payment for Isaac’s land using borrowed money. The Church provides the Mormon Battalion. Council of 50 anoints Brigham Young as “Prophet, Priest and King of the World.”. Church becomes his sole livelihood for the remainder of his life. NY Times publishes Hans Mattsson article. Smith and other prisoners escape by bribing their guards and return to Saints, who are gathering at Quincy, Illinois. (Van Wagoner. Isaac Hale wants son-in-law Joseph out of money digging business, extends him credit for farmland on his property. Mormon War in Missouri begins, Danites present active offense. Smith convenes a special conference for the stated purpose of addressing John C. Bennett’s accusations. 1827. National Urban League publishes report indicating UT, NV, southern AZ racial discrimination almost as severe as Southern U.S. First Presidency relents to constant lobbying and provides $200,000 to Thomas Ferguson to support his efforts to find archeological evidence of Book of Mormon (Larson, 1990, 64), BYU assumes control of New World Archeological Foundation, all funding flows through the university, Howard W. Hunter is Chairman. Satisfactory answers were not provided. Apostle N. Eldon Tanner states the discovery of the Papyri will finally prove Joseph Smith could Translate ancient documents. The LDS Church acquires Papyri via anonymous member donation. Emma never sees her home again. M. Theodule Deveria, a pioneering Egyptologist in Paris, views LDS pamphlet with Book of Abraham facsimiles. (Mulekite history represented by light pink on the timeline). Brigham Young appointed Governor of Utah territory. Collection order issued against Joseph Smith Sr. for $37.50, Constable Sylvester Southworth. Carroll vigilantes resolve to help settlers expel Mormons from Daviess. Reed Smoot, a Mormon Apostle, is elected in the early 1900s, but must fight for two years to take his seat. The council considers sites for settlement outside the U.S., including territories in Texas, Oregon and California. Martin handcart company enters Salt Lake, death toll estimated 150-170. The Church establishes humanitarian programs, expands its welfare efforts, and gives valuable aid in the reconstruction of Europe. Mar 26, 1830. General Parks visits Mormons and Missourians in Daviess. Glossy Paper, High-quality photo paper. Joseph, Hyrum and Sidney Rigdon, and others charged with high treason, arson, murder, robbery – committed to prison on the basis of testimony against them. Brigham young declares State of Deseret a “free and independent government.”. Finally, the Mormon Church is disincorporated and all appeals to the Supreme Court fail. This episode is said to have inspired Joseph Smith’s King Benjamin narrative. Agreement signed with Jackson County, Mo. Federal grand jury indictments issued against Brigham Young ,Willard Richards, John Taylor, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Hyde and other leaders for counterfeiting. “Book of Mormon Time Line,” Ensign, Oct. 2011, 20–21. Mormons lay out town and organize a Stake of Zion at Adam-ondi-Ahman in Daviess County. Jesse Hartley, a young non-Mormon attorney, arrives in Salt Lake City. Smith’s journal records, “This after noon labored on the Egyptian alphabet, in company with brsr O[liver] Cowdery and W[illiam] W Phelps. Under intense political pressure, U.S. President James Buchanan reacts to lies from former government officials in Utah, that the Mormons are rebelling, by sending Johnston’s Army to quell the nonexistent rebellion and replace Brigham Young as governor. Judge releases Hartley, finding insufficient cause to detain him. Translation attempt begins. Church officials begin repressing the story that the original Papyri have been found and are in their possession. Brigham Young institutes Perpetual Emigration Fund, offering high interest loans to settlers. (Nauvoo City Council Minutes Book, Sec. Shortly after his arrival, Joseph Smith received a revelation that is called the “Law of the Lord,” now contained in Doctrine and Covenants section 42. Additional information. Pres. Later, he writes of instructions to wait four years. Millennial Star publishes the handcart manifesto – poor planning and execution ensues. March 4, 1851-March 3, 1859 – Dr. John M. Bernhisel becomes the first Mormon to be elected to the US Congress where he serves as the delegate for the Utah Territory in the House of Representatives. Harris made numerous statements throughout his life reinforcing spiritual eye view. Now called Community of Christ. A portion of Captain Kidd’s treasure are discovered on Gardiner’s Island, N.Y. John Glen, sailing from London, brings Emanuel Swedenborg ‘s popular work, Heaven and Hell to the U.S., lecturing and promoting the book. Unpaid creditors seize most of their funds. Anthon declares the characters “imitation of various alphabetic characters, no meaning with them…” Harris departs convinced Smith is smarter than Anthon. (Morm. It stays in print into the 1960s. Wilford Woodruff records in his journal hearing Smith testify of revelation to continue bank. Brown, one of Church’s highest officials, agreed, stating that he too did not believe it to be scripture. Philip Klingensmith’s dead body found in prospect hole in Mexico. 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