Early Mormon History Timeline - a critical view - MormonHistoryTL.com

By PaulPry
  • Lucy Mack / Joseph Smith Sr. had the tree of life dream.

    Lucy Mack / Joseph Smith Sr. had the tree of life dream.
    Lucy Mack Smith reported that Joseph Smith Sr. had the tree of life dream.
    SOURCES:
    Joseph Smith Papers
    https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/lucy-mack-smith-history-1845/58
    FairMormon.org
    https://tinyurl.com/urntxuj
    LDSLiving.com
    https://tinyurl.com/s5hlbjp
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    Joseph Smith and family's interesting life events

  • Emanuel Swedenborg ‘s Heaven and Hell

    Emanuel Swedenborg ‘s Heaven and Hell published in U.S. His philosophies elaborate upon “Three heavens…distinct from each other,” Highest heaven is “the Celestial Kingdom,” degrees correspond to sun, moon and stars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_and_Hell_(Swedenborg_book)
  • Joseph Smith endures painful leg operation.

    Joseph Smith endures painful leg operation.
  • Joseph Sr. visionary dreams. (Lucy’s Book 266, 319)

    Joseph Sr. relates one of several prominent visionary dreams. (Lucy’s Book 266, 319)
  • Smith family moves to Palmyra, NY

    Smith family moves to Palmyra, NY – “The Burned-Over District” known for extreme evangelical fervor. Unpaid creditors seize most of their funds.
  • Elias Smith published his vision.

    Elias Smith published his vision.
  • The Late War published in New York,

    The Late War published in New York, becomes required reading in schools.
  • Smith family receives “warning out” of community

    Smith family receives “warning out” of community notice from Constable. (Norwich town records, Vogel, Early Mormon Documents)
  • Religious revival occurs in Palmyra area.

    Religious revival occurs in Palmyra area.
  • Governor of N.Y. describes mounds around state

    Governor of N.Y. describes mounds around state containing “piles of skeletons.” (see Natural Born Seer p. 376)
  • Palmyra Register publishes article / burial mounds

    Palmyra Register publishes article speculating of battles and burial mounds in area.
  • Smith as a teenager obtains three different seer stones

    Smith as a teenager obtains three different seer stones, his first being a whitish, opaque stone, located using Sally chase’s green stone. (see Magical World View p.42)
  • Palmyra Register publishes speculation “

    Palmyra Register publishes speculation “this country was once inhabited by a race of people, partially civilized, exterminated by forefathers of the…tribes of Indians in this country.”
  • Samuel Mitchill’s speculations on origins of indigenous peoples

    Compilation of Samuel Mitchill’s speculations on origins of indigenous peoples published. Mitchill theorized that a white race met a dark race in bloody conflicts in upstate NY.
  • Smith experiences the First Vision.

    Smith experiences the First Vision. Not a single document, family member, friend or foe has ever substantiated this event – nobody heard of it until many years later. Persecution stemmed solely from the Smith family’s money digging activities and unresolved debts.
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    First Vision - Spring 1820

  • Smith used his whitish seer stone on treasure hunts

    Smith used his whitish seer stone on treasure hunts, sometimes with his brothers. (see Magical World View p. 50)
  • Smith used his whitish seer stone on treasure hunts

    Smith used his whitish seer stone on treasure hunts
  • Smith was “very passable exhorter”

    Smith was “very passable exhorter” at Methodist camp meetings, revivals. (Turner, History of the Pioneer Settlement of Phelps & Gorham’s Purchase, 214)
  • Smith finds brown seer stone while treasure digging

    Smith finds brown seer stone while treasure digging (later said to be a well) on Willard Chase property.
  • Peter Ingersoll, Smith family neighbor at the time,

    Peter Ingersoll, Smith family neighbor at the time, later stated “general employment of the family was digging for money.” 72 others made corroborating affidavits. (Peter Ingersoll, Affidavit, Dec 2, 1833)
  • Smith served as treasure seer for Oliver Harper

    Smith served as treasure seer for Oliver Harper, whose partners included Josiah Stowell. (see Magical World View p. 56)
  • Sidney Rigdon shows Spalding manuscript

    Sidney Rigdon shows Spalding manuscript to John Winters [per Winters]. 1822 -1844
  • View of the Hebrews, Ethan Smith published.

    View of the Hebrews, Ethan Smith published. Amazon link
    https://tinyurl.com/tgz6zhm Mormonismi.com
    http://ww.w.mormonismi.net/pdf/voh.pdf
  • There were two bookstores in Palmyra, p

    There were two bookstores in Palmyra, plus a public library, despite population of farmers and unskilled labor. (see Early Mormonism and the Magic World View p. 179-183)
  • Ontario (New York) Repository publishes story of Colonel Abraham

    Ontario (New York) Repository publishes story of Colonel Abraham Edwards’s discovery of ancient manuscript, nobody could decipher the hieroglyphics, receives prominent press.
  • Discussion about Book of Mormon Plates

    Discussion about Book of Mormon Plates
    Smith stated that this vision occurred on the evening of September 21, 1823 and that on the following day, via divine guidance, he located the burial location of the plates on this hill; was instructed by Moroni to meet him at the same hill on September 22 of the following year to receive further instructions; and that, in four years from this date, , translating them. Smith's description of these events recounts that he was allowed to take the plates on September 22, 1827, [17]
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    Book of Mormon

  • First visit to see BoM Plates

  • Hyrum Smith joins Masons

  • Second visit to see BoM Plate

  • Third visit to see BoM Plates

  • Married to Emma Hale - Eloped

    Father Hale did not approve of Joseph Smith Emma 22 years old
  • Fourth and Final visit to get BoM Plates

    JS makes final visit to Comorah and gets the plates
  • 116 Pages Start Martin Harris

    Feb 1828 the Book of Mormon is started. 116 pages
  • Book of Mormon Oliver Cowdery

    Book of Mormon Oliver Cowdery started as scribe
  • Book of Mormon Completed

    David Whitmer says it is completed
  • Church of Christ is organized

    Church of Christ organized. This is the precursor to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Plural Marriage first mentioned

    SOURCES: FairMormon.org:
    https://tinyurl.com/t6xpbym W.W. Phelps, Letter to Brigham Young, 1861, original in Church Archives, emphasis in original; cited by B. Carmon Hardy, Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy: Its Origin, Practice, and Demise, Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier (Norman, Okla.: Arthur H. Clark Co., 2007), 36–37
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    Polygamy first mentioned

    SOURCES: FairMormon.org:
    https://tinyurl.com/t6xpbym
  • First vision draft, hand written (mostly) in Smith’s own hand

    First vision draft, hand written (mostly) in Smith’s own hand – Letterbook 1 journal. He does not tell anyone (other than scribe Frederick Williams) of this journal or angelic visitation. Public remained unaware of this journal until 1965 – published by Tanners despite official Church efforts to withhold information.
  • Smith tared and feathered, almost castrated (disputed)

    Smith tared and feathered, almost castrated (disputed), upon accusation of his intimacy with 16 year old Nancy Marinda Johnson while staying in their home. See April 1842 – Smith marries this very same Nancy, after sending her husband Orson Hyde on mission to Jerusalem.
  • Antionio Lebolo discovers eleven mummies

    Antionio Lebolo discovers eleven mummies and several Papyri in Thebes, Egypt. (Egyptian hieroglyphics remain unreadable at this time)
    Sunstone Podcast
    https://tinyurl.com/wtckptb BYU Professor Tracing Path of Book of Abraham Papyri
    https://tinyurl.com/v26hc7j Tangled Afterlives, Penn Archives, Joseph Smith Purchases Mummies and Papyri
    https://tinyurl.com/rzredyq Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Lebolo BYU Studies Quarterly
    https://tinyurl.com/uefcn5r
  • Lucinda Morgan Harris affair - Married to George Harris

  • Affair Louisa Beaman

  • Polygamy Doctrine revealed - Section 132

    Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, evidence indicates that some of the principles involved in this revelation were known by the Prophet as early as 1831.
    SOURCE:
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/132?lang=eng
  • Death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith

    Death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith