Teachings of Presidents
Historical Summary

“Historical Summary,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young (1997), vii

“Historical Summary,” Teachings: Brigham Young, vii

Historical Summary

1801, June 1:

Born in Whittingham, Widdham County, Vermont.


Mother dies; Brigham begins to earn his own way in life, eventually becoming a carpenter (14).


Marries Miriam Works (23).


Baptized into the Church and ordained an elder. Wife dies (31).


Marries Mary Ann Angell. Acts as captain in march of Zion’s Camp (33).

1835, February 14:

Ordained as one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve (34).


Serves a mission to Great Britain (38–40).


Joseph Smith is martyred. Brigham Young leads the Church as President of the Quorum of the Twelve (43–46).


Receives section 136 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Sees Joseph Smith in vision and is given valuable instruction (45).


Leads the exodus to Salt Lake City and returns to Winter Quarters (45–46).

1847, December 27:

Sustained as President of the Church at Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa (46).


Becomes governor of the Territory of Utah (49).

1853, April 6:

Lays the cornerstone for Salt Lake Temple (52).


Utah War. Released as governor after eight-year term (56–57).


The Tabernacle is completed. Reorganizes the Relief Society (66).


The railroad comes to Utah. The Young Men and Young Women Mutual Improvement Associations are organized (68).

1877, April 6:

Dedicates the St. George Temple. Gives new emphasis to the proper organization of the priesthood (75).

1877, August 29:

Dies in Salt Lake City, Utah (76).