1830 – The Church of Jesus Christ is organized by the Prophet Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York at the home of Peter Whitmer. Previously the Prophet had received a revelation recorded at Doctrine and Covenants 20, “which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his Church once more here upon the earth’ (History of the Church, 1:64). As commanded by the Lord, the Prophet Joseph and about 30 others gathered at the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr. for the organization of the Church. During the organizational meeting, the Prophet receives the revelation found in Doctrine and Covenants 21 dealing with his calling as prophet, seer, and leader of the Church. After the meeting, the Prophet Joseph baptized his parents into the Church, “to my great joy and consolation’ (History of the Church, 1:75-79).
1837 – A special conference was held in the Kirtland Temple. The “first two or three hours was spent by the different quorums in washing of feet, singing, praying, and preparing to receive instruction from the Presidency’ (History of the Church, 2:476). Then the Prophet Joseph Smith discoursed on the Priesthood and the different roles of the different quorums.
1839 – The Prophet Joseph Smith, his brother Hyrum, Alexander McRae, Caleb Baldwin, and Lyman Wight are taken, under a guard of ten men, from Liberty Jail ****to stand trial in Gallatin, Missouri. Instead of going through Far West as promised, the guards took them around the city to avoid the friends of the prisoners. There was a fear of escape, but the Prophet felt that there was an expectation that they would be murdered along the route. The journey would take nearly three days, arriving near Gallatin on April 8th.
1840 – Elder Brigham Young and his associates arrived in England for their mission. They had left from Far West, Missouri, in the middle of the night, then from Nauvoo, Illinois, so sick they could barely walk. The journey on the ship had been plagued with a storm and head winds. However, they excitedly exited the ship, ready to teach the gospel in Britain. Also on this date in Nauvoo, general conference was held and Elder Orson Hyde addressed the members of the Church on the work he had to accomplish among the Jews. It was decided that he was to proceed on his mission to the Jews and the Holy Land.
1841 – The Prophet Joseph Smith presides at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the four cornerstones of the Nauvoo Temple. The ceremony included a parade of the Nauvoo Legion and speeches by Sidney Rigdon and the Prophet Joseph. (History of the Church, 4:326-327)
1846 – The forward party of Saints led by Brigham Young made encampment on the Locust River in Iowa.
1847 – General conference was held in Kanesville, Iowa, in the Log Tabernacle near the Missouri River.
1852 – The Old Tabernacle, built on the site later occupied by the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, is dedicated. It is used by the Church until the current dome-shaped Tabernacle is completed. It was then torn down in 1870.
1853 – President Brigham Young presides at the laying of the cornerstones for the Salt Lake Temple.
1877 – The St. George Utah Temple is dedicated by President Daniel H. Wells of the First Presidency. President Brigham Young presided over a special General Conference held in Saint George in celebration of the Temple dedication. The entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were in attendance. It was the first temple completed after the Saints arrived in Utah and the only temple dedicated during the presidency of Brigham Young.
1880 – The Church celebrates it jubilee year by forgiving $802,000 of indebtedness of those who still owed money to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund and distributes one thousand cows and five thousand sheep to the worthy poor.
1892 – Forty thousand people watch as President Wilford Woodruff presses an electric button to lower into place the capstone of the Salt Lake Temple.
1893 – The Salt Lake Temple is dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff.
1904 – President Joseph F. Smith issues the “Second Manifesto’ reemphasizing the Church’s stand against new plural marriages being performed.
1930 – As part of the centennial celebration of the Church, Elder B.H. Roberts presents his monumental six-volume work entitled, A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1936 – Latter-day Saints in Europe hear a message from the First Presidency via shortwave radio for the first time.
1941 – President Heber J. Grant institutes the office of Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which existed until April 1976 when those serving were reassigned to a Quorum of Seventy. Also on this date, the first general conference broadcasts beyond Utah commence when the Saints in Idaho and California receive the proceedings by radio.
1980 – On the Church’s sesquicentennial, President Spencer W. Kimball conducts part of general conference via satellite broadcast from the newly restored Peter Whitmer farmhouse in Fayette, New York, where the Church was organized in 1830.
1996 – President Gordon B. Hinckley announces that a new meeting hall that will hold three to four times more people than the Tabernacle would be built across the street to the north of Temple Square.
2000 – The Palmyra New York Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
2004 – LaVell Edwards, BYU Football Coach, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
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