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Joseph Smith: Timeline

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Events in the Life of Joseph Smith

  • 1809
    Abraham Lincoln is born.
  • 1814
    Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner."
  • Dec. 23, 1805
    Joseph Smith, Jr., is born at Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont
  • Spring 1820
    Joseph Smith receives a visitation from two heavenly personages; God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.
  • 1823
    U.S. Monroe Doctrine warns European nations not to interfere in Western Hemisphere.
  • Sept. 21, 1823
    Joseph prays and is visited three times during the night by an angel named Moroni. Moroni tells him about a hidden book and quotes scriptures from the books of Acts, Joel, Isaiah, and Malachi.
  • Sept. 22, 1823
    Joseph goes to the place where the gold plates are concealed, but is instructed by the angel Moroni not to retrieve them.
  • 1827
    Beethoven dies.
  • Sept. 22, 1827
    Joseph receives the gold plates.
  • Dec. 1827–Feb. 1828
    Joseph begins translating the gold plates (The Book of Mormon) with Emma and her brother Reuben as scribes.
  • 1829
    Braille invents reading system for the blind.
  • July 1, 1829
    According to David Whitmer, the translation was completed July 1, 1829. Oliver Cowdery copies an entire second manuscript in case of robbery or destruction of the first.
  • Aug. 25, 1829
    A contract is drawn up with E.B. Grandin to print 5,000 copies of the book for $3,000. Martin Harris mortgages his farm to Grandin to pay for the printing.
  • 1830
    U.S. population: 12,866,020
  • Mar. 26, 1830
    The Wayne Sentinel announces that the Book of Mormon has been published and advertises its sale.
  • Apr. 6, 1830
    The "Church of Jesus Christ" is officially organized in the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr., in Fayette, NY.
  • Mar. 29, 1832
    Joseph's adopted son, Joseph Murdock Smith, dies from a cold caught when he was pulled from Joseph's arms during the mobbing.
  • Nov. 24 1832
    South Carolina threatens to secede from the United States.
  • Dec. 1832
    Joseph receives a prophecy about the Civil War.
  • Oct. 27, 1838
    Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs's issues an extermination order against the Mormons.
  • Oct. 30, 1838
    A mob of 240 men shoot and kill nearly 20 Latter-day Saints and wound about 15 in an unexpected raid at Jacob Haun's Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri.
  • 1839
    Abner Doubleday creates rules for baseball.

    Bicycle invented in Scotland.

  • May 9-10, 1839 Joseph Smith Moves to Nauvoo, Illinois.
  • 1840
    U.S. population: 17,069,453
  • June 1, 1840
    The city of Nauvoo grows to 250 homes.
  • 1844
    Samuel F.B. Morse sends the first telegraph message.
  • June 24-25, 1844
    Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith leave for Carthage and are arrested for treason by Constable David Bettisworth.
  • June 27, 1844 Thursday
    Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith killed by a mob at Carthage Jail, Illinois.

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