Joseph Smith Time Line

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    Date

    Age

    Event

    December 23, 1805

    0

    Born in Sharon, Vermont

    Spring 1820

    14

    Received First Vision

    September 22, 1823

    17

    Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith

    September 23, 1823

    17

    First saw gold plates

    January 18, 1827

    21

    Married Emma Hale

    September 22, 1827

    21

    Received gold plates

    May 15, 1829

    23

    Ordained to Aaronic Priesthood

    April 6, 1830

    24

    Church officially organized

    Winter 1831

    25

    Moved to Kirtland, Ohio

    March 27, 1836

    30

    Dedicated Kirtland temple

    Winter 1838

    32

    Moved to Far West, Missouri

    May 1, 1839

    33

    First land purchased in Commerce, Illinois

    June 10, 1844

    38

    Nauvoo Expositor press destroyed

    June 27, 1844

    38

    Martyred at Carthage Jail

    The time line above notes some of the major events in the life of Joseph Smith. Make a time line of your life by writing down such important events as your birth, your baptism, schools you have attended, jobs or other responsibilities you have been given, and any other events that are important to you. Be certain to include the date, your age at the time the event happened, and where it occurred. Write your time line neatly on a piece of paper and place it in the front of your journal, then add to it each time a particularly important event occurs.