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Joseph Smith Jr. is born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. (Read more)
The Smith children contract Typhoid Fever. Joseph’s leg becomes infected and a surgery is performed to remove the infected bone, which saves his life. Joseph uses crutches for many years and limps for life as a result of the surgery. (Read more)
Joseph’s family moves to Palmyra, New York.
Joseph is visited five times by the angel Moroni, who reveals to Joseph information about the Book of Mormon and how to restore Christ’s gospel.
Joseph is put on trial for disorderly conduct. Charges are dismissed.
Joseph Smith Jr. marries Emma Hale in South Bainbridge, New York. (Read more)
Because of persecution, Joseph and Emma decide to leave Manchester and move to Harmony, Pennsylvania where they live with Emma’s parents.
A transcript and partial translation of the Book of Mormon is taken to academics by Martin Harris. (Read more)
Martin Harris loses 116 pages of the translated manuscript of the Book of Mormon. (Read more)
Joseph and Emma have their first child, a boy named Alvin. He dies within a few hours.
Joseph Smith Sr. visits Joseph. Joseph Smith Jr. receives revelation about his father, now found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 4.
Oliver Cowdery arrives to help Joseph by acting as a scribe for the translation of the Book of Mormon.
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery receive the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist and are baptized. (Read more)
May or June
Joseph receives the Melchizedek Priesthood and is ordained an apostle by Peter, James, and John in Harmony, Pennsylvania.
Joseph moves to Fayette, New York and stays with the Peter Whitmer family. Translation of the Book of Mormon continues.
Joseph obtains a copyright for the Book of Mormon.
Joseph completes the translation of the Book of Mormon and the Three Witnesses and Eight Witnesses see the gold plates. (Read more)
The first printed copies of the Book of Mormon are made available. (Read more)
The first Sunday meeting of the Church is held.
The first conference of the Church is held.
Many want to be baptized in Colesville. Joseph visits them and they attempt baptisms, but a mob stops them. They try again the next day and are successful in baptizing thirteen people. (Read more)
Joseph Smith is arrested on false charges of disorderly conduct and is acquitted. (Read more)
Joseph begins his translation of the Bible. (Read more)
December 1830—January 1831
Joseph receives revelation that the members of the Church should gather in Ohio.
Joseph and Emma move to Kirtland, Ohio.
Joseph and Emma have twins. The twins die the same day. They adopt twins born to John Murdock after his wife dies. (Read more)
Joseph miraculously heals two women.
Joseph leaves Kirtland to travel to Missouri. Some of the Saints are asked to move to Missouri. (Read more)
Joseph receives revelation that the site of Zion is Independence, Missouri. (Read more)
Joseph dedicates a site for a temple in Missouri. (Read more)
Joseph returns to Kirtland.
Joseph has compiled all of the revelations he has received so far and the members of the Church decide to print them under the name “Book of Commandments.” This book is now known as the Doctrine and Covenants. (Read more)
Joseph receives a revelation calling him and Sidney Rigdon on missions. They leave Kirtland to start their mission in Southern Ohio. (Read more)
Joseph and Sidney return to Kirtland.
Joseph becomes the president and prophet of the Mormon Church. He serves in this position for twelve years until his death.
Joseph and Sidney Rigdon see a vision concerning life after death. This vision is now found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 76.
Joseph is taken from his home and attacked by a mob. (Read more)
Joseph’s adopted son dies from a cold, which many believe was contracted when the mob attacked Joseph.
Joseph leaves to visit Missouri a second time.
Joseph leaves Missouri to return to Kirtland.
Emma gives birth to Joseph III. Joseph III is the first child born to Joseph and Emma who lives.
The First Presidency of the Church is organized with Joseph Smith as the President, and Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams as counselors.
Work begins on the temple in Kirtland.
October 5–November 4
Joseph serves a mission to Canada.
Joseph Smith gives the first patriarchal blessings in this dispensation to his parents, three brothers, and Oliver Cowdery.
The first stake of the Church is organized in Kirtland, Ohio; Joseph is the stake president.
Joseph leads Zion’s Camp out of Kirtland to Missouri. (Read more)
Joseph personally works on the temple in Kirtland.
Joseph Smith organizes the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (Read more)
Joseph organizes the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Mummies and papyri are purchased from Michael Chandler.
Joseph begins translating the papyri. The translation will be known as the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price. (Read more)
The Doctrine and Covenants, a group of revelation received by Joseph Smith, is accepted as doctrine of the Church.
The first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants is completed.
Joseph dedicates the Kirtland Temple. (Read more)
Joseph sees Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah in the Kirtland Temple. (Read more)
Joseph’s life is threatened and he leaves Kirtland. He waits in Norton for his family to join him. He is followed for nearly two hundred miles by those who threatened him.
Joseph and his family arrive in Far West, Missouri.
Emma gives birth to a son; he is named Alexander Hale.
Cornerstones are laid for a temple in Far West.
Joseph receives a revelation concerning tithing and institutes it as a part of the Church.
December 1, 1838–April 16
Joseph is imprisoned at Liberty Jail. (Read more)
Joseph is allowed to escape from Liberty Jail.
Joseph arrives in Illinois and is reunited with his family.
Joseph purchases land for the Saints to live on in Commerce, Illinois.
Joseph heals many of the Saints who have been stricken with malaria because of the poor living conditions along the river in Illinois.
Joseph travels to Washington D.C. to seek help from the President for the persecutions of the members in Missouri.
Joseph and Judge Higbee meet with President Martin Van Buren and tell him their petition. The President says he cannot help them. Joseph spends a few more days in Washington trying to find someone who will help the Saints but no one will.
Emma gives birth to Don Carlos Smith.
The first baptism for a deceased person is performed. Joseph pronounces that the ceremony is valid.
Joseph’s father dies.
A conference is held; Joseph speaks on building a temple in Nauvoo, baptism for the dead, and the restoration of all ordinances.
Joseph receives revelation to build a temple in Nauvoo (Read more); the ordinance of baptism for the dead is officially introduced.
Joseph is voted in as a councilman for the city of Nauvoo.
Joseph is arrested and a trial is held to decide if he should be sent back to Missouri. Joseph is let go.
Joseph’s son Don Carlos dies at fourteen months old.
Emma gives birth to a stillborn son.
Joseph becomes the editor of the Nauvoo paper, The Times and Seasons. (Read more)
The Articles of Faith are printed in The Times and Seasons.
Joseph organizes the Relief Society of Nauvoo. (Read more)
Joseph receives his full endowments in the Nauvoo Temple.
Joseph is elected mayor of Nauvoo.
Joseph prophecies that the Saints will move to the Rocky Mountains and become a mighty people there.
Joseph goes on trial to determine if he can legally be required to return to Missouri to face false charges. It is found illegal to send Joseph to Missouri and Joseph is released.
Joseph is re-elected as mayor of Nauvoo.
Joseph, Emma, and their children take a vacation to Emma’s sister’s home. While there Joseph is arrested illegally; he is eventually set free.
Joseph is nominated to be President of the United States.
Joseph and Hyrum Smith turn themselves in to government officials.
Joseph and Hyrum are martyred in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. (Read more)
Funeral of Hyrum and Joseph Smith. (Read more)