Historical Summary

    “Historical Summary,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow (2011)

    “Historical Summary,” Teachings: Lorenzo Snow

    Historical Summary

    The following chronology provides a brief historical framework for the teachings of President Lorenzo Snow in this book.

    April 3, 1814

    Born in Mantua, Ohio, to Rosetta Leonora Pettibone Snow and Oliver Snow.


    Hears the Prophet Joseph Smith preach in Hiram, Ohio.


    Leaves home to study at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Meets Elder David W. Patten of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on the way.


    Leaves Oberlin College and moves to Kirtland, Ohio, to study Hebrew. Embraces the restored gospel and is baptized and confirmed in June. Later is ordained an elder. Receives a patriarchal blessing from Joseph Smith Sr. in December.


    Preaches the gospel in Ohio.

    October 1838 to May 1840

    Serves another mission, preaching the gospel in Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois and working as a schoolteacher during the winter of 1839–40.

    May 1840

    Leaves Nauvoo, Illinois, to serve a mission in England. Under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presides over the Church in London, England, and the surrounding area. Publishes a pamphlet titled The Only Way to Be Saved.

    April 12, 1843

    Arrives in Nauvoo, Illinois, with 250 Latter-day Saint converts from England.

    Late 1843 and early 1844

    Teaches school in Lima, Illinois.


    Supervises a campaign in Ohio to elect Joseph Smith as president of the United States. Returns to Nauvoo after learning of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, which occurred on June 27.

    January 1845

    Appointed by President Brigham Young to travel through Ohio and collect donations for the construction of the Nauvoo Temple.


    Enters into plural marriage, as then practiced in the Church, by marrying Charlotte Squires and Mary Adaline Goddard.

    February 1846

    Leaves Nauvoo with family members and other Latter-day Saints after receiving endowments and sealings in the Nauvoo Temple.

    1846 to 1848

    Lives with his family at a settlement called Mount Pisgah in the state of Iowa. Presides over the settlement for a time. In the spring of 1848, leads a group of Saints to Salt Lake City.

    February 12, 1849

    Ordained an Apostle in Salt Lake City.


    Gathers donations for the Perpetual Emigrating Fund.

    1849 to 1852

    Serves a mission in Italy. Also serves in England, where he supervises the publication of the Book of Mormon in Italian, and in Switzerland and Malta. Publishes a pamphlet titled The Voice of Joseph.


    Elected to the Utah State Legislature.


    Called by President Brigham Young to preside over a settlement of Latter-day Saints in Box Elder County, located in northern Utah. Names the principal city Brigham City. Serves for many years as a leader in the Church and the community.

    March 1864 to May 1864

    With a group led by Elder Ezra T. Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve, serves a short mission in the Hawaiian Islands.

    October 1872 to July 1873

    With a group led by President George A. Smith, First Counselor in the First Presidency, tours parts of Europe and the Middle East, including the Holy Land. The trip is taken at the request of President Brigham Young.


    The United States Congress passes the Edmunds Act, making plural marriage a felony and prohibiting polygamists from voting, holding public office, or performing jury duty.

    August 1885 to October 1885

    Serves missions among American Indians in the northwestern United States and the state of Wyoming.

    March 12, 1886, to February 8, 1887

    Imprisoned for practicing plural marriage.


    The United States Congress passes the Edmunds-Tucker Act, another antipolygamy law, allowing the federal government to confiscate much of the Church’s real estate. The act becomes law on March 3, 1887.

    May 21–23, 1888

    Reads the dedicatory prayer at sessions of the dedication of the Manti Utah Temple. President Wilford Woodruff had dedicated the temple on May 17.

    April 7, 1889

    Sustained as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

    May 19, 1893, to September 1898

    Serves as the first president of the Salt Lake Temple.

    September 2, 1898

    Becomes the senior Apostle and presiding leader of the Church at the death of President Wilford Woodruff. Receives a divine manifestation in the Salt Lake Temple, in which the Lord instructs him to move forward with the reorganization of the First Presidency.

    September 13, 1898

    Sustained by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as President of the Church. Begins serving as President.

    October 9, 1898

    Sustained as President of the Church during general conference.

    October 10, 1898

    Set apart as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    May 1899

    Travels to St. George, Utah, where he receives a revelation to preach the law of tithing to the Saints. Begins sharing this message in St. George and leads an effort to share it throughout the Church.

    January 1, 1901

    Publishes a declaration titled “Greeting to the World” to welcome the 20th century.

    October 10, 1901

    Dies in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 87.