The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Was Organized
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“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Was Organized,” Friend, Apr. 2001, 24–25

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Was Organized

April 6, 1830, was a most important day in history. Joseph Smith and five other men, all of whom had been previously baptized, legally organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The true Church was again upon the earth. This event, however, was not the beginning (or the end) of Heavenly Father’s plan for this dispensation. You and your family can use this game in family home evening to become better acquainted with some of the important events that took place during the ten years prior to this day. (See Joseph Smith—History.)


  1. Carefully remove pages 24–25 from the magazine. Glue them onto lightweight cardboard and let dry.

  2. Cut out the pictures and the list of events and dates.

  3. Place the pictures facedown. A player turns one picture over, tells what that picture represents (others can help, if needed), then matches it with the event and date listed. Repeat until all pictures have been turned over. You might discuss why the events took place in the order they did.

Paintings of the Restoration
Paintings of the Restoration

The First Vision by Gary L. Kapp; Printing of the First Book of Mormon by Gary E. Smith; Joseph Smith Receiving the Plates by Kenneth Riley; Organization of the Church, April 6, 1830 by Dale Kilbourn; Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Kenneth Riley; Angel Moroni Appears to Joseph Smith by Tom Lovell; John the Baptist by Robert T. Barrett

  1. The First Vision—spring, 1820

  2. Moroni’s first appearance to Joseph Smith—September 21, 1823

  3. Joseph Smith receives the gold plates—September 22, 1827

  4. The Aaronic Priesthood is restored by John the Baptist—May 15, 1829

  5. The Melchizedek Priesthood is restored—between May 1829 and April 3, 1830

  6. The Book of Mormon is printed—from July 1829 to early 1830; it goes on sale—March 1830

  7. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized—April 6, 1830


  • (1) A, (2) F, (3) C, (4) G, (5) E, (6) B, (7) D.