1838 – Judge Austin A. King ordered all the prisoners being held at Richmond, Missouri, released, except Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, Hyrum Smith, Alexander McRae, Sidney Rigdon, and the Prophet Joseph Smith—-who were to be transported to Liberty Jail in Liberty, Missouri, to stand trial for treason and murder, and Parley P. Pratt, Morris Phelps, Luman Gibbs, Darwin Chase, and Norman Shearer, who were to be kept in the jail at Richmond, Missouri, to stand trial for the same crimes. (History of the Church, 3:212-213)
1839 – The Prophet Joseph Smith arrived in Washington D. C. for the purpose of obtaining redress from the United States Government for the wrongs committed against the Saints the previous winter in Missouri. He stayed at the corner of Missouri and Third streets. (History of the Church, 4:24)
1841 – The Prophet Joseph Smith spent the day in council with Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the home of President Brigham Young. He taught the Apostles that “the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (History of the Church, 4:461).
1842 – The Temple building committee was charged with “unequal distribution of provisions” in giving tools and work to certain groups over other groups by Brothers Cahoon and Higbee. The Prophet Joseph held a meeting all day to hear both sides of the charges. Hyrum Smith acted as counsel for the defendants, Henry G. Sherwood for the accusers. After listening to both sides, including Hyrum’s address on the important responsibility the committee had and the difficulties they contended with, the Prophet Joseph ruled “that the committee stand in their place as before.” (History of the Church, 5:196-197)
1843 – The Prophet Joseph, along with John Frierson, wrote a Memorial to the Congress of the United States. Representative R. B. Rhett from South Carolina had expressed a willingness to present to Congress a memorial for a redress of grievances suffered by the Saints in Missouri. The memorial included a short account of the history of the Saints experiences with the State of Missouri. (History of the Church, 6:84–97)
1869 – President Brigham Young organizes the Young Ladies’ Department of the Cooperative Retrenchment Association, the precursor to the later creation of the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association in the 1870’s.