The Organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
April 6, 1830
The "Church of Jesus Christ" is officially organized in the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr., in Fayette, N. Y. Although about thirty people are present, only sixJoseph, Oliver, Hyrum Smith, Peter Whitmer, Jr., Samuel H. Smith, and David Whitmerbecome the first legal members of the Church. After prayer, they sustain Joseph and Oliver, who ordain each other to the office of elder in the Church. The sacrament of bread and wine is passed. They lay their hands on each member of the Church for the gift of the Holy Ghost and confirmation as a member of the Church. Some prophesy and all praise the Lord and rejoice exceedingly.
Source: J. Christopher Conkling, A Joseph Smith Chronology, Deseret Book Company, 1979.
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