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Chronology, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources

Chronology

This chronology places each of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants in the context of selected key events in the history of the Church.

1805–1823

23 Dec. 1805

Joseph Smith Jr. was born in Sharon, Vermont, to Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith.

ca. 1812

Joseph Smith contracted typhoid fever. Complications required surgery to remove infected pieces of bone from his leg.

Winter 1816–1817

Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith moved their family to a farm in Manchester, New York, two miles south of Palmyra village.

Spring 1820

The First Vision: After reading and pondering James’s invitation to “ask of God,” Joseph Smith prayed in the woods near his home and was visited by God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ.

21–22 Sept. 1823

The angel Moroni visited Joseph Smith and told him of an ancient record hidden in a nearby hill containing the fulness of the gospel. Joseph was commanded to return annually to the hill until he could be entrusted with the record.

Doctrine and Covenants 2: An extract from Joseph Smith’s history relating the words of the angel Moroni to Joseph Smith the Prophet, while in the house of the Prophet’s father at Manchester, New York.

19 Nov. 1823

Joseph Smith’s older brother Alvin died.

1827–1828

18 Jan. 1827

Joseph Smith married Emma Hale at South Bainbridge, New York. They later moved to Manchester Township, New York.

22 Sept. 1827

Joseph Smith received the gold plates from Moroni.

Dec. 1827

Joseph and Emma Smith moved 130 miles from Manchester Township, New York, to Harmony Township, Pennsylvania.

Feb. 1828

Martin Harris took a transcript of characters copied from the plates to show scholars in New York City and Albany, New York.

Apr.–June 1828

Joseph Smith, with Martin Harris as scribe, translated the part of the record known as the Book of Lehi.

ca. 14 June 1828

Martin Harris persuaded Joseph Smith to let him take manuscript pages of the Book of Mormon translation to Palmyra, New York, to show family members. Joseph Smith learned that Martin had lost the pages in early July, 1828.

July 1828

Doctrine and Covenants 3: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet at Harmony, Pennsylvania, relating to the loss of 116 pages of manuscript translated from the first part of the Book of Mormon. The plates were temporarily taken from Joseph Smith at this time.

22 Sept. 1828

The plates and the power to translate were restored to Joseph Smith.

1829

Feb. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 4: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his father, Joseph Smith Sr., at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Mar. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 5: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, at the request of Martin Harris.

7 Apr. 1829

Joseph Smith resumed translation of the Book of Mormon in earnest with the book of Mosiah. Oliver Cowdery, who arrived at Joseph Smith’s home in Harmony, Pennsylvania, on 5 April, served as scribe.

Apr. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 6: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Apr. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 7: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Apr. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 8: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Apr. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 9: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

ca. Apr. 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 10: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, likely around April 1829, though portions may have been received as early as the summer of 1828.

May 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 11: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his brother Hyrum Smith, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

May 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 12: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Joseph Knight Sr., at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

15 May 1829

John the Baptist restored the Aaronic Priesthood, conferring it upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

Doctrine and Covenants 13: An extract from Joseph Smith’s history recounting the ordination of the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood near Harmony, Pennsylvania. After receiving the priesthood, and following John the Baptist’s instructions, Joseph and Oliver baptized each other.

ca. 1 June 1829

David Whitmer met Joseph Smith and helped him move, along with Oliver Cowdery, to the Whitmer farm in Fayette Township, New York. Emma Smith followed sometime later.

June 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 14: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, at Fayette, New York.

June 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 15: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York.

June 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 16: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Peter Whitmer Jr., at Fayette, New York.

June 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 18: Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer, given at Fayette, New York.

June 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 17: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, at Fayette, New York, before they were shown the engraved plates that contained the Book of Mormon record.

Late June 1829

An angel of God showed the plates to the Three Witnesses. Joseph Smith showed the plates to the Eight Witnesses.

ca. Summer 1829

Doctrine and Covenants 19: Revelation given through Joseph Smith, at Manchester, New York, likely in the summer of 1829.

ca. 1 July 1829

The translation of the Book of Mormon was completed, Fayette Township, New York.

25 Aug. 1829

Martin Harris pledged his farm to assure payment to E. B. Grandin for printing 5,000 copies of Book of Mormon in Palmyra, New York.

1830

Early 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 74: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Wayne County, New York.

26 Mar. 1830

The first copies of the Book of Mormon became available for purchase, Palmyra, New York.

6 Apr. 1830

The Church of Christ was formally organized in the home of Peter Sr. and Mary Whitmer in Fayette, New York.

Apr. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 20: Revelation on Church organization and government, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at or near Fayette, New York. Portions of this revelation may have been given as early as summer 1829.

6 Apr. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 21: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York. This revelation was given at the organization of the Church in the home of Peter Sr. and Mary Whitmer.

16 Apr. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 22: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Manchester, New York.

Apr. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 23: A series of five revelations given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Manchester, New York, to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith Sr., and Joseph Knight Sr.

June 1830

A branch of the Church was established in Colesville, New York.

June–July 1830

Joseph Smith dictated the “Visions of Moses,” later canonized in the Pearl of Great Price and part of a larger effort to make an inspired revision of the Bible.

9 June 1830

The first conference of the Church, held at Fayette, New York. Conference participants unanimously sustained the “Articles and Covenants” of the Church (D&C 20).

30 June 1830

Samuel Smith departed as one of the first missionaries of the Church of Christ, traveling to such communities as Mendon and Lovinia, New York.

July 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 24: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

July 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 25: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania. This revelation manifests the will of the Lord to Emma Smith, the Prophet’s wife.

July 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 26: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Aug. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 27: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Sept. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 28: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Fayette, New York.

Sept. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 29: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the presence of six elders, at Fayette, New York, some days prior to the conference held there.

26 Sept. 1830

The second conference of the Church was held at Fayette, New York. Joseph Smith was appointed to receive and write revelations for the Church.

Sept. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 30: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, Peter Whitmer Jr., and John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, following the three-day conference held there.

Sept. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 31: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh at Fayette, New York, immediately following the September 1830 conference.

Early Oct. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 32: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson, in Manchester, New York.

Oct. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 33: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Ezra Thayer and Northrop Sweet, at Fayette, New York.

29 Oct. 1830

Oliver Cowdery, Ziba Peterson, Parley P. Pratt, and Peter Whitmer Jr. arrived in Geauga County, Ohio, en route to their mission to the unorganized territory west of Missouri. They remained in Ohio for several weeks, where they preached and baptized more than 100 individuals, including Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams.

4 Nov. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 34: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Orson Pratt, at Fayette, New York.

7 Dec. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 35: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at or near Fayette, New York.

9 Dec. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 36: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Edward Partridge, near Fayette, New York.

Dec. 1830

Doctrine and Covenants 37: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, near Fayette, New York, commanding the Saints to gather in Ohio.

1831

2 Jan. 1831

The third conference of the Church was held at Fayette, New York.

Doctrine and Covenants 38: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York. The occasion was a conference of the Church.

5 Jan. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 39: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to James Covel, at Fayette, New York.

6 Jan. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 40: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Fayette, New York.

4 Feb. 1831

Joseph and Emma Smith moved to Kirtland, Ohio.

4 Feb. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 41: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio, directing arrangements there and calling Edward Partridge to be the Church’s first bishop.

9 Feb. 1831; 23 Feb. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 42: Revelation given in two parts through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

Feb. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 43: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

Late Feb. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 44: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Kirtland, Ohio.

Mar. 1831

Parley P. Pratt returned to Kirtland, Ohio, from his mission to the unorganized territory.

7 Mar. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 45: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio.

8 Mar. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 46: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio.

8 Mar. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 47: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

10 Mar. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 48: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

9 Apr. 1831

John Whitmer was appointed to keep the Church record and history at a special meeting of the elders of the Church, held at Kirtland, Ohio.

May 1831

Saints from the Colesville, New York, branch arrived in Thompson, Ohio.

7 May 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 49: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley, at Kirtland, Ohio.

9 May 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 50: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

20 May 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 51: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Thompson, Ohio.

3–6 June 1831

A conference of the Church was held at Kirtland, Ohio, in which the first ordinations to the office of high priest were made.

6 June 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 52: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio.

8 June 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 53: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Algernon Sidney Gilbert, at Kirtland, Ohio.

10 June 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 54: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Newel Knight, at Kirtland, Ohio, directing members in Thompson, Ohio, to leave Leman Copley’s farm and journey to Missouri.

14 June 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 55: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to William W. Phelps, at Kirtland, Ohio.

15 June 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 56: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

19 June 1831

Joseph Smith and others traveled to Independence, Missouri, to designate the location of Zion. They arrived on 14 July 1831.

20 July 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 57: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri.

1 Aug. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 58: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri.

3 Aug. 1831

Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and others dedicated the city of Zion and the temple site at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

4 Aug. 1831

Joseph Smith presided at the first conference of the Church in Missouri, held at Kaw Township, Jackson County.

7 Aug. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 59: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri.

8 Aug. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 60: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

9 Aug. 1831

Joseph Smith departed Independence, Missouri. He arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, on 27 Aug. 1831.

12 Aug. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 61: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River at McIlwaine’s Bend.

13 Aug. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 62: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, on the bank of the Missouri River at Chariton, Missouri.

30 Aug. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 63: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

11 Sept. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 64: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to the elders of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio.

12 Sept. 1831

Joseph and Emma Smith moved to John and Alice (Elsa) Johnson’s farm in Hiram Township, Ohio.

13 Oct. 1831

The Ohio Star published the first of nine letters critical of the Church and the Prophet by former Latter-day Saint Ezra Booth in Ravenna, Ohio.

25–26 Oct. 1831

Joseph Smith presided over a conference in Orange Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, at which fifteen elders were ordained high priests.

29 Oct. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 66: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio.

30 Oct. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 65: Revelation on prayer given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio.

1 Nov. 1831

A conference held at Hiram, Ohio, approved the publication of Joseph Smith’s revelations as the Book of Commandments.

Doctrine and Covenants 1: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet during the conference of elders as the Lord’s preface to the revelations.

Early Nov. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 67: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio. The occasion was that of a special conference regarding the publication of the revelations.

1 Nov. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 68: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, in response to prayer that the mind of the Lord be made known concerning Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and William E. McLellin.

3 Nov. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 133: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio. This section was first added as an appendix and was subsequently assigned a section number.

11 Nov. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 107: Revelation on the priesthood given through Joseph Smith the Prophet at Kirtland, Ohio. This revelation was combined with a revelation received in April 1835 and canonized as section 107.

11 Nov. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 69: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio.

12 Nov. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 70: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, appointing Joseph Smith, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, John Whitmer, Sidney Rigdon, and William W. Phelps as stewards over Joseph Smith’s revelations.

1 Dec. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 71: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, directing them to suspend revision of the Bible so they could preach in regions of Ohio and to allay unfriendly feelings that had developed against the Church due to letters published by former Church member Ezra Booth.

4 Dec. 1831

Doctrine and Covenants 72: A compilation of three revelations received the same day through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio: Newel K. Whitney was appointed bishop in Ohio to oversee the Church’s temporal affairs there; the duties of a bishop were outlined and instructions were given concerning the gathering to Zion.

1832

5 Jan. 1832

Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer arrived in Independence, Missouri, carrying the revelation manuscripts to be printed there. William W. Phelps arrived later that month with the printing press he purchased in Cincinnati, Ohio.

10 Jan. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 73: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio.

25 Jan. 1832

A general conference was held at Amherst, Ohio. Joseph Smith was sustained and ordained as president of the high priesthood.

Doctrine and Covenants 75: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Amherst, Ohio, in connection with the conference there.

16 Feb. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 76: A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio.

ca. Mar. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 77: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio.

1 Mar. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 78: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

7 Mar. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 80: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Stephen Burnett, at Hiram, Ohio.

8 Mar. 1832

Jesse Gause and Sidney Rigdon were selected as counselors to Joseph Smith in the presidency of the high priesthood at Hiram Township, Ohio. This was a step toward the formal organization of the First Presidency.

12 Mar. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 79: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio.

15 Mar. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 81: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, regarding his counselors in the presidency of the high priesthood. Jesse Gause was originally called as a counselor. When he failed to continue in a manner consistent with his appointment, the call was transferred to Frederick G. Williams.

24–25 Mar. 1832

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were tarred and feathered in the middle of the night at Hiram Township, Ohio.

1 Apr. 1832

Joseph Smith traveled from Kirtland, Ohio, to Independence, Missouri, arriving on 24 April 1832.

26 Apr. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 82: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, directing nine men—Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, John Whitmer, Martin Harris, William W. Phelps, Edward Partridge, Newel K. Whitney, and Algernon Sidney Gilbert—to be joined together in what would be known as the United Firm.

30 Apr. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 83: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Independence, Missouri, as the Prophet sat in council with his brethren.

6 May 1832

Joseph Smith traveled from Independence, Missouri, to Kirtland, Ohio, arriving in June 1832.

29 Aug. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 99: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to John Murdock at Hiram, Ohio.

12 Sept. 1832

Joseph and Emma Smith moved their family from Hiram, Ohio, to Kirtland, Ohio, and began living above Newel K. Whitney’s store.

22–23 Sept. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 84: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

Early Oct. 1832

Joseph Smith traveled with Newel K. Whitney to New York City and other cities in the eastern United States to buy merchandise and proselytize. They returned on 6 November 1832.

27 Nov. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 85: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio. This section is an extract from a letter of the Prophet to William W. Phelps, who was living in Independence, Missouri.

6 Dec. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 86: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

21 Dec. 1832

South Carolina threatened to secede from the United States in protest of federal tariffs.

25 Dec. 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 87: Revelation and prophecy on war, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at or near Kirtland, Ohio.

27 Dec. 1832

Conference of high priests was held at Kirtland, Ohio.

27–28 Dec. 1832; 3 Jan. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 88: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet at Kirtland, Ohio. In addition to having many truths and commandments, this revelation directed the Saints to build a temple in Kirtland, Ohio, and establish the School of the Prophets.

1833

22–23 Jan. 1833

The first meeting of the School of the Prophets held at Kirtland, Ohio.

27 Feb. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 89: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, regarding the dietary code that became known as the Word of Wisdom.

8 Mar. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 90: Revelation to Joseph Smith the Prophet, given at Kirtland, Ohio. This revelation was a continuing step in the establishment of the First Presidency.

9 Mar. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 91: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

15 Mar. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 92: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

6 May 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 93: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, on the nature of Christ and truth.

1 June 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 95: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, continuing divine direction to build the house of the Lord and chastening the Saints for failure to begin building.

4 June 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 96: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, showing the order of the city or stake of Zion at Kirtland, Ohio.

6 June 1833

Latter-day Saints began construction on the Kirtland Temple.

2 July 1833

Joseph Smith concluded his work revising the Bible in Kirtland, Ohio.

20 July 1833

Vigilantes, demanding removal of Latter-day Saints from Jackson County, Missouri, destroyed the printing office at Independence and scattered pages of the unfinished Book of Commandments in the street. A few dozen copies survived. Edward Partridge and Charles Allen were tarred and feathered.

23 July 1833

Under duress, Latter-day Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, agreed to leave the county.

23 July 1833

Joseph Smith participated in laying the cornerstones of the Kirtland Temple.

2 Aug. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 94: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

2 Aug. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 97: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, dealing particularly with the affairs of the Saints in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri.

6 Aug. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 98: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, in consequence of the persecution upon the Saints in Missouri.

9 Aug. 1833

Oliver Cowdery arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, with a full report of the attacks in Missouri.

Late Sept. 1833

Latter-day Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, petitioned Missouri governor Daniel Dunklin for redress of their grievances. On 19 October Dunklin advised settling matters through the courts.

5 Oct. 1833

Joseph Smith departed Kirtland, Ohio, on a proselytizing mission to Mount Pleasant, Upper Canada. He returned on 4 November 1833.

12 Oct. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 100: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Perrysburg, New York.

31 Oct. 1833

Vigilantes attacked Latter-day Saints in in multiple locations in Jackson County, Missouri. One Latter-day Saint and two antagonists were killed. The county militia was called out and assembled against the Saints. By 8 November, Saints were fleeing Jackson County, migrating primarily to Clay County, Missouri.

16–17 Dec. 1833

Doctrine and Covenants 101: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio.

1834

17 Feb. 1834

Doctrine and Covenants 102: Minutes of the organization of the first high council of the Church, at Kirtland, Ohio. The original minutes, recorded by Oliver Cowdery and Orson Hyde, were revised by the Prophet the following day and unanimously accepted by the high council.

24 Feb. 1834

Doctrine and Covenants 103: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, directing an organized expedition (later known as “Zion’s Camp” or “Camp of Israel”) to relieve the Saints driven from Jackson County, Missouri, and restore them to their lands.

23 Apr. 1834

Doctrine and Covenants 104: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at or near Kirtland, Ohio, regarding reorganization of the United Firm. It may have been dictated at a council meeting of members of the United Firm.

5 May 1834

Led by Joseph Smith, the Camp of Israel (“Zion’s Camp”) departed Kirtland, Ohio, on its mission to restore the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, to their lands.

15 June 1834

Parley P. Pratt and Orson Hyde reported to Joseph Smith that Missouri governor Daniel Dunklin had declined to call out the state militia to escort the Saints back into their lands in Jackson County.

19 June 1834

The Camp of Israel arrived at Fishing River in Clay County, where a mob assembled to attack them. The mob abandoned their plan because of a severe rainstorm.

22 June 1834

Doctrine and Covenants 105: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fishing River, Missouri, regarding the redemption of Zion and the response to violence in Missouri.

16 Aug. 1834

Joseph Smith urged the Missouri high council to sign a petition to Missouri governor Daniel Dunklin requesting federal protection for the Jackson County Saints.

24 Sept. 1834

The Kirtland high council appointed Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams as a committee to arrange and publish the revelations.

25 Nov. 1834

Doctrine and Covenants 106: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, directed to Warren A. Cowdery, an older brother of Oliver Cowdery.

1835

14 Feb. 1835

Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris selected the Twelve Apostles in Kirtland, Ohio.

28 Feb.–1 Mar. 1835

Members of the Camp of Israel were selected as members of the Seventy.

ca. Apr. 1835

Doctrine and Covenants 107: Revelation on the priesthood, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, about April 1835. Verses 60–100 incorporate a revelation given through Joseph Smith on November 11, 1831.

4 May 1835

The Twelve Apostles departed Kirtland, Ohio, on a journey to the eastern United States and Upper Canada to supervise outlying branches of Church.

July 1835

With the help of others, Joseph Smith purchased Egyptian mummies and papyri from Michael Chandler at Kirtland, Ohio.

17 Aug. 1835

A general assembly of the Church at Kirtland, Ohio, approved publishing the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Doctrine and Covenants 134: A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general, adopted by unanimous vote at a general assembly of the Church held at Kirtland, Ohio.

Sept. 1835

The Church published the Doctrine and Covenants at Kirtland, Ohio. The efforts to publish the revelations had been interrupted by the 1833 mob violence in Missouri.

Fall 1835

Joseph Smith worked periodically on the Book of Abraham translation occasioned by the purchase of Egyptian papyri in July 1835.

12 Nov. 1835

Joseph Smith instructed the apostles regarding the ordinance of washing of feet and the forthcoming endowment, at Kirtland, Ohio.

26 Dec. 1835

Doctrine and Covenants 108: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio. This section was received at the request of Lyman Sherman.

1836

13 Jan. 1836

Joseph Smith presided over a meeting of leaders in Kirtland, Ohio, in which the Kirtland bishop’s council and the high councils of Kirtland and Missouri were fully organized.

21 Jan. 1836

Doctrine and Covenants 137: A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio. The occasion was the administration of ordinances in preparation for the dedication of the temple.

Early 1836

The Church published A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The hymns had been selected by Emma Hale Smith and prepared in the Church’s Kirtland, Ohio printing office by W. W. Phelps. Although it bears a publication date of 1835, it was apparently not available until early 1836.1

27 Mar. 1836

The Kirtland Temple was dedicated.

Doctrine and Covenants 109: Prayer offered at the dedication of the temple at Kirtland, Ohio. According to the Prophet’s written statement, this prayer was given to him by revelation.

3 Apr. 1836

Doctrine and Covenants 110: Visions manifested to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, including the appearance of Jesus Christ, who accepted the temple, and Moses, Elias, and Elijah, who each conferred priesthood keys.

1 July 1836

Church leaders in Missouri agreed to citizens’ demands that the Saints leave Clay County, Missouri.

25 July 1836

Joseph Smith and others traveled to preach, conduct business in New York City, and investigate a report that a large sum of money would be available to the Church in Salem, Massachusetts. They returned mid-September 1836.

6 Aug. 1836

Doctrine and Covenants 111: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Salem, Massachusetts, regarding Church leaders’ debts and the journey to New England Joseph Smith and others made to attempt to raise money to satisfy that debt.

2 Nov. 1836

Stockholders of the Kirtland Safety Society Bank ratified its constitution. Joseph Smith was elected as “cashier.” The company opened for business, and began issuing notes early in January 1837. The petition for a bank charter was rejected by the Ohio senate on 10 February 1837.

29 Dec. 1836

Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs signed the bill creating Caldwell County for Latter-day Saint settlement.

1837

May 1837

Economic panic gripped the United States as banks failed and recession ensued.

May 1837

Warren Parrish led others, including some members of the Quorum of the Twelve, in speaking out against Joseph Smith.

28 May 1837

Joseph Smith spoke to Church members at a Sunday meeting in the Kirtland Temple, defending himself against his critics.

11–13 June 1837

Joseph Smith set apart apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde and priest Joseph Fielding as missionaries to England. Two days later they departed from Kirtland, Ohio, along with Willard Richards.

by 7 July 1837

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon resigned as officers of the Kirtland Safety Society. Joseph had sold his stock in the company about a month previously.

23 July 1837

Doctrine and Covenants 112: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh, at Kirtland, Ohio, concerning the duties of the Twelve Apostles, the First Presidency, missionary work, and priesthood keys.

27 Sept. 1837

Joseph Smith traveled to northwest Missouri to put the Church there in order and identify places for Saints to settle. He returned to Kirtland, Ohio, in early December 1837.

1838

15 Jan. 1838

The Church printing office at Kirtland, Ohio, was destroyed by an arsonist.

14 Mar. 1838

Joseph and Emma Smith and their family arrived at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, from Kirtland, Ohio.

Mar. 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 113: Answers to certain questions on the writings of Isaiah, given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, at or near Far West, Missouri.

11 Apr. 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 114: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri.

26 Apr. 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 115: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, making known the will of God concerning the building up of that place and of the Lord’s house and establishing the name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

18 May 1838

Joseph Smith traveled from Far West, Missouri, through Daviess County, Missouri, to select new sites for the Saints to settle.

19 May 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 116: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, near Wight’s Ferry, at a place called Spring Hill, Daviess County, Missouri, identifying the location of Adam-ondi-Ahman.

6 July 1838

About 500 Saints departed from Kirtland, Ohio, migrating to Missouri. They arrived in Far West, Missouri, on 2 October 1838.

8 July 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 117: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, concerning the immediate duties of William Marks, Newel K. Whitney, and Oliver Granger.

8 July 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 118: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, in response to his supplication about the Quorum of the Twelve.

8 July 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 119: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, in answer to his supplication regarding tithing.

8 July 1838

Doctrine and Covenants 120: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, making known the disposition of the properties tithed as directed in section 119.

ca. 9 Oct. 1838

Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs declined to intervene in the growing hostilities toward the Saints in northwest Missouri.

25 Oct. 1838

After a season of escalating tensions in northwest Missouri, one Ray County militiaman and three Latter-day Saints, including apostle David W. Patten, were killed in a skirmish near Log Creek, Missouri, that became known as the “Battle of Crooked River.”

27 Oct. 1838

Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs issued an order authorizing the expulsion of Latter-day Saints from state or their extermination.

30 Oct. 1838

Vigilantes attacked an outlying community of Latter-day Saints at Hawn’s Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri, killing seventeen and wounding fourteen.

31 Oct. 1838

Under the pretext of a peace conference, Missouri militia troops took Joseph Smith and others prisoner outside Far West, Missouri. They were held first in Independence, then Richmond, Missouri.

1 Dec. 1838

Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae were transferred from Richmond to Liberty Jail, Clay County, Missouri.

1839

Feb. 1839

A large-scale evacuation of Latter-day Saints began from Missouri. Most of these Saints migrated to Illinois.

20 Mar. 1839

Doctrine and Covenants 121: Prayer and prophecies written by Joseph Smith the Prophet in an epistle to the Church while he was a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri.

ca. 22 Mar. 1839

Doctrine and Covenants 122: The word of the Lord to Joseph Smith the Prophet, while a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri. This section is a continuation of the 20 March epistle.

ca. 22 Mar. 1839

Doctrine and Covenants 123: Duty of the Saints in relation to their persecutors, as written by Joseph Smith the Prophet while a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri. This section is a continuation of the 20 March epistle.

6–8 Apr. 1839

Joseph Smith was transferred from Liberty Jail to Gallatin, Missouri, for a grand jury hearing on crimes allegedly committed in Daviess County.

16 Apr. 1839

Joseph Smith and companions were allowed to escape in Chariton County, Missouri, while being transferred to Columbia County, Missouri, for trial.

22 Apr. 1839

Joseph Smith reunited with Emma Smith and their children, who were residing in the home of John and Sarah Cleveland in Quincy, Illinois. In May 1839, the Smith family moved to a log home in Commerce (later known as Nauvoo), Illinois.

26 Apr. 1839

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met at the temple lot in Far West to begin their missions abroad from that spot in obedience to the commandment in Doctrine and Covenants 118:5. The meeting was held surreptitiously due to persecution in the area.

30 Apr. 1839

Church agents began purchasing land for the Saints in Commerce (later Nauvoo), Illinois. Additional parcels were purchased in Illinois and Iowa later in the summer.

22–23 July 1839

In the course of a malaria epidemic in Illinois, Joseph Smith administered blessings of healing to sick Latter-day Saints in and around Commerce (later Nauvoo), Illinois.

8 Aug. 1839

John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff departed Illinois for the British Isles, initiating the Quorum of the Twelve’s overseas proselytizing. Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball followed in September 1839.

29 Nov. 1839

Joseph Smith and Elias Higbee met with United States president Martin Van Buren, who summarily rejected their petition for redress of wrongs in Missouri.

1840

23 Mar. 1840

The United States Senate dismissed the Church’s petition for redress of wrongs suffered in Missouri.

21 Apr. 1840

The United States postmaster general officially changed the name of the Commerce, Illinois, post office to Nauvoo, Illinois.

May 1840

Apostles leading the British Mission began publishing the Millennial Star in England. It was the longest-running publication in Church history: the final issue was published in 1970.

ca. 19 July 1840

Joseph Smith delivered a discourse emphasizing the importance of building the Nauvoo Temple. He announced formal plans for the temple in early September 1840.

15 Aug. 1840

While preaching a funeral sermon for Seymour Brunson in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith introduced the doctrine of proxy baptism for the dead.

4 Oct. 1840

At a general conference held at Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith delivered a discourse on baptism for the dead and afterward baptized about 100 people for that purpose in the Mississippi River.

16 Dec. 1840

Illinois governor Thomas Carlin signed an act incorporating the city of Nauvoo and authorizing the creation of the Nauvoo Legion and a university in Nauvoo.

1841

19 Jan. 1841

Doctrine and Covenants 124: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, designating Nauvoo a “cornerstone of Zion” and directing the construction of a temple and the Nauvoo House.

1 Feb. 1841

The first general elections under the new city charter were held in Nauvoo, Illinois. The city council was organized later that week.

1 Mar. 1841

The Nauvoo City Council passed an ordinance that all “religious sects and denominations whatever, shall have free toleration and equal Privileges.”2

Mar. 1841

Doctrine and Covenants 125: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, concerning the Saints gathering in Iowa Territory.

5 June 1841

Joseph Smith was arrested at Bear Creek, Illinois, based on an extradition request from former Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs. A court in Monmouth, Illinois, ruled on 10 June that the warrant was invalid.

9 July 1841

Doctrine and Covenants 126: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet at Nauvoo, Illinois, advising Brigham Young that he was no longer required to travel extensively and admonishing him to remain with his family.

24 Oct. 1841

Orson Hyde dedicated Palestine for the return of “Judah’s scattered remnants.”3

8 Nov. 1841

A wooden baptismal font in the basement of the Nauvoo Temple was dedicated. Joseph Smith attended the dedication.

1842

1 Mar. 1842

Joseph Smith’s account of Church history and a summary of foundational beliefs—previously sent to Chicago newspaper editor John Wentworth—was published in the Nauvoo Times and Seasons. It is the source for the Articles of Faith.

17 Mar. 1842

Joseph Smith participated in the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, with Emma Smith as its first president.

4 May 1842

Joseph Smith presented sacred ceremonies and instructions known as the “endowment” to Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, and others in the upper room of his Nauvoo, Illinois mercantile store.

6 May 1842

Former Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs was shot and seriously wounded at his home in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

22 July 1842

Missouri governor Thomas Reynolds requested the extradition of Joseph Smith and Orrin Porter Rockwell after they were accused in the shooting of Lilburn W. Boggs.

1 Sept. 1842

Doctrine and Covenants 127: An epistle from Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Latter-day Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois, containing directions on baptism for the dead.

6 Sept. 1842

Doctrine and Covenants 128: An epistle from Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Church, containing further directions on baptism for the dead.

1843

6 Jan. 1843

Joseph Smith was discharged from arrest in the Lilburn W. Boggs shooting.

9 Feb. 1843

Doctrine and Covenants 129: Instructions given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, making known three grand keys by which the correct nature of ministering angels and spirits may be distinguished.

2 Apr. 1843

Doctrine and Covenants 130: Items of instruction given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Ramus, Illinois.

16–17 May 1843

Doctrine and Covenants 131: Instructions by Joseph Smith the Prophet, given at Ramus, Illinois.

12 July 1843

Doctrine and Covenants 132: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, evidence indicates that some of the principles involved in this revelation were known by the Prophet as early as 1831.

1844

11 Mar. 1844

Joseph Smith presided at a meeting organizing the Council of Fifty, a Church body intended to establish the kingdom of God on the earth “to govern men in civil matters.”4

7 Apr. 1844

At a church conference in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith delivered a funeral sermon for King Follett, expounding new doctrines about premortal existence and the nature of Deity.

7 June 1844

The first issue of the Nauvoo Expositor was published, urging repeal of the Nauvoo charter and making other false and provocative claims against Joseph Smith and the Saints.

10 June 1844

Led by Joseph Smith, the Nauvoo City Council declared the Nauvoo Expositor a public nuisance and ordered that its press be destroyed.

12 June 1844

Joseph Smith was arrested for the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor press and then discharged by the Nauvoo Municipal Court. He was arrested and freed again on 17 June.

24 June 1844

Joseph Smith left Nauvoo to face charges at Carthage, Illinois, for the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor. Hyrum Smith and others accompanied him. They were taken prisoner and held in the Carthage jail.

27 June 1844

Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed by an armed mob while in custody at the Carthage, Illinois jail. John Taylor was severely wounded.

ca. July 1844

Doctrine and Covenants 135: Announcement of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet and his brother, Hyrum Smith the Patriarch, at Carthage, Illinois, on June 27, 1844. This document was included at the end of the 1844 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, which was nearly ready for publication when Joseph and Hyrum Smith were murdered.

8 Aug. 1844

After hearing from Sidney Rigdon and Brigham Young, a gathering of Saints voted to sustain the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to lead the Church.

1845

29 Jan. 1845

The Nauvoo charter was repealed by the Illinois legislature. Repeated attempts over the following months to obtain a substitute charter failed.

1 Mar. 1845

With opposition intensifying in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Council of Fifty sent a delegation west with Lewis Dana to find a new home for the Saints. The expedition departed on 23 April 1845.

28 Mar. 1845

Lyman Wight led a group from Wisconsin Territory, to investigate settlement in Texas.

30 May 1845

The five men on trial for the murder of Joseph Smith were found not guilty by a jury of the Hancock County Circuit Court in Carthage, Illinois.

28 Aug. 1845

Brigham Young and other Church leaders in Nauvoo, Illinois, began planning for an expedition to upper California in the spring of 1846.

1 Sept. 1845

Daniel Spencer and Charles Shumway returned to Nauvoo, Illinois, from their mission to the “Indian territory” after conferring with Lewis Dana.

9 Sept. 1845

The Council of Fifty voted to organize emigration companies to leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for the West in the spring of 1846.

20 Sept. 1845

Illinois governor, Thomas Ford, ordered the state militia to restore peace in Hancock County, Illinois.

24 Sept. 1845

Brigham Young and Willard Richards published a statement declaring the Saints’ intention to leave Illinois so long as peace was restored and Latter-day Saints received assistance in selling their property. A convention of delegates antagonistic to the Saints from surrounding counties met at Carthage, Illinois, on 1–2 October and accepted the offer.

5 Oct. 1845

Saints gathered in the first-floor assembly room of the Nauvoo Temple and dedicated that portion of the structure preparatory to the Church’s general conference.

6 Oct. 1845

A general conference of the Church approved the decision to move west the following spring. Members covenanted to leave no one behind who desired to move west.

30 Nov. 1845

Church leaders dedicated the attic story of the Nauvoo Temple.

10 Dec. 1845

The Church began administering the endowment in the Nauvoo Temple. Early in 1846, the apostles began sealing couples for time and eternity.

18 Dec. 1845

Brigham Young and other leaders were falsely charged and indicted for counterfeiting.

1846–1847

4 Feb. 1846

The first group of Saints departing Nauvoo crossed the Mississippi River into Iowa Territory.

8 Feb. 1846

Church leaders ceased administering ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple after doing so almost continuously for days. They knelt around the altar and invoked God’s blessing upon those heading west.

15 Feb. 1846

Brigham Young crossed the Mississippi River into Iowa Territory.

Jan. 1847

Doctrine and Covenants 136: The word and will of the Lord, given through Brigham Young at Winter Quarters, on the west bank of the Missouri River, near Council Bluffs, Iowa.

24 July 1847

Brigham Young and the vanguard company of Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley.

27 Dec. 1847

Brigham Young was sustained as the second president of the Church at a conference in Kanesville, Iowa. Heber C. Kimball and Willard Richards were sustained as counselors in the First Presidency.

1877–1898

6 Apr. 1877

The St. George Temple was dedicated by Daniel H. Wells, a counselor in the First Presidency.

10 Oct. 1880

John Taylor was sustained as the third president of the Church in general conference. George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were sustained as counselors in the First Presidency.

17 May 1884

The Logan Utah Temple was dedicated by John Taylor.

17 May 1888

The Manti Utah Temple was dedicated by Lorenzo Snow.

7 Apr. 1889

Wilford Woodruff was sustained as fourth president of the Church in general conference. George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were sustained as counselors in the First Presidency.

6 Oct. 1890

Official Declaration 1: In a statement that became known as “The Manifesto,” Wilford Woodruff announced that the Church had discontinued performing plural marriages.

6 Apr. 1893

The Salt Lake Temple was dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.

13 Sept. 1898

Lorenzo Snow was sustained by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as the fifth president of the Church. He was sustained in general conference on 9 Oct 1898. George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were sustained as counselors.

1901–1978

17 Oct. 1901

Joseph F. Smith was set apart as the sixth president of the Church. He was sustained in a special conference 17 Nov. 1901. John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund were sustained as counselors.

3 Oct. 1918

Doctrine and Covenants 138: A vision given to President Joseph F. Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah. In general conference, President Smith declared that he had received several divine communications during the previous months relating to the redemption of the dead. The text was written following the close of the conference and unanimously accepted by the First Presidency, Council of the Twelve, and the Patriarch on 31 October 1918.

23 Nov. 1918

Heber J. Grant was ordained and set apart as the seventh president of the Church. He was sustained at the next general conference, which was postponed until 1 June 1919 due to an influenza pandemic. Anthon H. Lund and Charles W. Penrose were sustained as counselors.

27 Nov. 1919

The Laie Hawaii Temple was dedicated by Heber J. Grant (seventh temple; first temple outside the continental United States).

26 Aug. 1923

The Cardston Alberta Temple was dedicated by Heber J. Grant (eighth temple; first temple outside the United States).

23 Oct. 1927

The Mesa Arizona Temple was dedicated by Heber J. Grant (ninth temple).

21 May 1945

George Albert Smith was set apart as the eighth president of the Church. He was sustained in general conference on 5 October 1945. J. Reuben Clark and David O. McKay were sustained as counselors.

23 Sept. 1945

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was dedicated by George Albert Smith (tenth temple).

9 Apr. 1951

David O. McKay was sustained and set apart as the ninth president of the Church in general conference. Stephen L. Richards and J. Reuben Clark were sustained as counselors.

11–15 Sept. 1955

The Bern Switzerland Temple was dedicated by David O. McKay (eleventh temple; first temple in Europe).

11 Mar. 1956

The Los Angeles California Temple was dedicated by David O. McKay (twelfth temple).

20 Apr. 1958

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple was dedicated by David O. McKay (thirteenth temple; first temple in the South Pacific).

7 Sept. 1958

The London England Temple was dedicated by David O. McKay (fourteenth temple).

17 Nov. 1964

The Oakland California Temple was dedicated by David O. McKay (fifteenth temple).

23 Jan. 1970

Joseph Fielding Smith was set apart as the tenth president of the Church. He was sustained in general conference on 6 Apr. 1970. Harold B. Lee and N. Eldon Tanner were sustained as counselors.

18 Jan. 1972

The Ogden Utah Temple was dedicated by Joseph Fielding Smith (sixteenth temple).

7 July 1972

Harold B. Lee was set apart as the eleventh president of the Church. He was sustained in general conference on 6 Oct. 1972. N. Eldon Tanner and Marion G. Romney were sustained as counselors.

9 Feb. 1972

The Provo Utah Temple was dedicated by Joseph Fielding Smith (seventeenth temple).

30 Dec. 1973

Spencer W. Kimball was set apart as the twelfth President of the Church. He was sustained in general conference on 6 Apr. 1974. N. Eldon Tanner and Marion G. Romney were sustained as counselors.

19 Nov. 1974

The Washington D.C. Temple was dedicated by Spencer W. Kimball (eighteenth temple).

8 June 1978

Official Declaration 2: Revelation announced removing restrictions with regard to race, which had previously applied to priesthood ordination and temple ordinances. The revelation was presented and unanimously sustained in general conference on 30 September 1978.

30 Oct. 1978

The São Paulo Brazil Temple was dedicated by Spencer W. Kimball (nineteenth temple; first temple in Latin America).