Joseph Smith, a prophet, saw the First Vision in a grove of trees in Palmyra and Manchester Townships, New York, near his home
Moroni Visits Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith is visited by the angel of Moroni and is told the book of Mormon. He views the golden plates that are buried in a nearby hill.
Joseph Smith Gets Married to Emma Hale
Married in South Bainbridge, New York.
Joseph Smith Obtains Plates
Obtains the golden plates by the angel Moroni at Hill Cumorah.
Book of Mormon Translation Completed
Joseph Smith completed the translation of the Book of Mormon based on the golden plates. The Three Witnesses and Eight Witnesses were shown the golden plates.
Book of Mormon Published
The first copies of the translated Book of Mormon were published in Palmyra, New York.
The first church was organized in Fayette Township, New York.
The first missionaries preached to the American Indians.
Saints Commanded to Gather to Ohio
In December 1830, Joseph Smith received a revelation in which the Lord commanded the Saints living in New York to gather in Ohio.
Site for Zion Revealed
The Lord designated Independence, Missouri, as the center place of Zion where a temple will be built. The land of Zion was consecrated and dedicated for the gathering of the Saints.
Resolution to Publish Revelations
Conference of elders decided to print 10,000 copies of what was to be the Book of Commandments, a compilation of revelations received by the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith Sustained as President
A conference in Amherst, Ohio, sustained Joseph Smith as President of the High Priesthood.
Press in Independence Destroyed
A mob destroyed the printing office in Independence, Missouri, stopping the publication of the Book of Commandments.
Saints Leave Jackson County
Saints began fleeing from mobs in Jackson County, Missouri, across the Missouri River and into Clay County.
Sealing Keys Restored
Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple. Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared and conveyed priesthood keys.
First Mission to Britain
Heber C. Kimball and six others arrived in Liverpool, England, on the Church’s first mission outside of the United States and Canada.
Name of Church Established
The name of the Church was established by revelation as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Joseph Smith and Imprisoned in Liberty Jail
The Prophet Joseph Smith and others were imprisoned in Liberty Jail, Liberty, Clay County, Missouri.
Relief Society Organized
Female Relief Society organized, Nauvoo, Illinois.
Brigham Young Sustained
Church conference sustained Brigham Young and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as leaders of the Church, Nauvoo, Illinois.
Saints Begin to Leave Nauvoo
The first wagons crossed the Mississippi River from Nauvoo on their way west to the Great Basin.
Brigham Young Arrives in Salt Lake Valley
President Brigham Young entered Salt Lake Valley.
Perpetual Emigrating Fund
Perpetual Emigrating Fund was established to assist poor Saints in gathering to Utah.
First non-English Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is published in Danish, becoming the first non-English edition.
Plural Marriage Announced
The plural marriage was officially announced as a Church practice, though many members had been practicing plural marriage since the 1840s in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Mountain Meadows Massacre
Latter-day Saint men in southern Utah Territory killed most members of a company of Arkansas immigrants traveling to California in a crime known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Retrenchment Society Organized
Latter-day Saint women form the Ladies’ Cooperative Retrenchment Society to promote reform in eating, housekeeping, and habits of dress.
Young Men’s MIA Organized
Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association organized the forerunner of Young Men program.
Brigham Young Academy Founded
Brigham Young Academy, the forerunner of Brigham Young University, was founded in Provo, Utah Territory.
Deseret Hospital Opened
Relief Society opened the Deseret Hospital, the first Church hospital, in Salt Lake City.
First General Relief Society Meeting
First general Relief Society meeting held in Salt Lake City.
The 1890 Manifesto is a statement that officially advised against any future plural marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lorenzo Snow Becomes President of the Church
Joseph F. Smith Becomes President of the Church
Saints Advised to Remain in Home Countries
In a letter addressed to Saints in the Netherlands, the First Presidency advised European Saints to not gather to Utah but to build up the Church in their home countries.
Church Affiliates with Boy Scouts of America
The Church announces the affiliation of its program for young men with the Boy Scouts of America.
Vision of the Redemption of the Dead
President Joseph F. Smith received the vision of the redemption of the dead.
First Tabernacle Choir Broadcast
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir started a weekly network radio broadcast on NBC, later known as “Music and the Spoken Word,” that became the longest continuing network radio broadcast in history.
Centennial of Church Organization
General Conference celebrated the centennial of the Church’s organization.
Church Security Program Founded
Instituted to assist poor during Great Depression; became Church welfare program.
George Albert Smith Becomes President of the Church
Church Membership Reaches One Million
David O. McKay Becomes President of the Church
First Regional Representatives of the Twelve Called
Joseph Fielding Smith Becomes President of the Church
Harold B. Lee Becomes President of the Church
Spencer W. Kimball Becomes President of the Church
President Spencer W. Kimball announced the reorganization of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
New Scripture Canonized
Two revelations were added to the Pearl of Great Price. In 1981, they were moved.
Priesthood Restriction Ends
The First Presidency announced that all worthy males, without regard to race, could henceforth hold the priesthood.
LDS Edition of Bible Published
The LDS edition of the King James Bible included study aids.
Consolidated Meeting Schedule Instituted
Church members in the United States and Canada began meeting on Sundays in a consolidated meeting schedule, with sacrament meetings, Sunday School, and auxiliary meetings all held in a three-hour block.
Three-Fold Mission of Church
President Spencer W. Kimball outlined the three major elements of the mission of the Church: proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead.
New Editions of LDS Scripture Published
New editions of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine, and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price were published in English.
Ezra Taft Benson Becomes President of the Church
Second Quorum of the Seventy Reorganized
Howard W. Hunter Becomes President of the Church
Gordon B. Hinckley Becomes President of the Church
Liahona First Published
Family Proclamation Introduced
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” from the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles was announced at the General Relief Society Meeting.
Area Authorities would now be ordained Seventies. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Quorums of the Seventy were also announced.
Church Membership Reaches Ten Million
The Living Christ
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve issued the document “The Living Christ.”
A Hundred Million Books of Mormon
The 100-millionth copy of the Book of Mormon was published.
Perpetual Education Fund
President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the creation of the Perpetual Education Fund, designed to provide young adults in the Church with support and resources to receive education and gain better employment.
Tabernacle Choir Sings at Olympics
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to a worldwide audience of 3.5 billion people.
A Million Saints in Mexico
Mexico became the first country outside the United States to reach 1 million members of the Church.
Celebration of Joseph Smith’s Life
The Church commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith.