Church History Chronology

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 27–28

1805, December 23 Joseph Smith born to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith in Sharon, Vermont (see Joseph Smith—History 1:3–4).  
1820, Early Spring Joseph Smith received the First Vision in a grove of trees near his home in the state of New York (see Joseph Smith—History 1:15–20).  
1823, September 21–22 Joseph Smith visited by the angel Moroni and told of the Book of Mormon record. Joseph viewed the gold plates buried in a nearby hill (Cumorah) (see Joseph Smith—History 1:27–54).  
1827, September 22 Joseph Smith obtained the gold plates from Moroni at the Hill Cumorah (see Joseph Smith—History 1:59).  
1829, May 15 John the Baptist conferred the Aaronic Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in Harmony, Pennsylvania (see D&C 13; Joseph Smith—History 1:71–72).  
1829, May Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John near the Susquehanna River between Harmony, Pennsylvania, and Colesville, New York (see D&C 128:20).  
1829, June Translation of the Book of Mormon completed. The Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses shown the gold plates (see 2 Nephi 11:3; 2 Nephi 27:12–13; D&C 17).  
1830, March 26 First printed copies of the Book of Mormon available in Palmyra, New York.  
1830, April 6 Organization of the Church in Fayette Township, New York.  
1830, September–October First missionaries called to preach to the Lamanites (Native Americans) (see D&C 28; 30; 32).  
1830, December to 1831, January The Lord commanded the Saints to gather to Ohio (see D&C 37; 38:31–32).  
1831, July 20 Site for the city of Zion (the New Jerusalem) in Independence, Missouri, revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith (see D&C 57; Articles of Faith 1:10).  
1833, March 18 Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams set apart as Counselors in the Presidency of the Church and given the keys of the kingdom (see the headings to D&C 81 and D&C 90; see also D&C 90:6).  
1833, November 7 Saints began fleeing from mobs in Jackson County, Missouri, across the Missouri River and into Clay County, Missouri.  
1834, May 5 Joseph Smith left Kirtland, Ohio, for Missouri as the leader of Zion’s Camp to bring relief to Saints expelled from Jackson County.  
1835, February 14 The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized in Kirtland, Ohio (see D&C 107:23–24).  
1835, February 28 The organization of the First Quorum of the Seventy commenced in Kirtland, Ohio.  
1835, August 17 The Doctrine and Covenants accepted as a standard work of the Church in Kirtland, Ohio.  
1836, March 27 The Kirtland Temple dedicated (see D&C 109).  
1836, April 3 Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple (see D&C 110:1–10). Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared and conveyed priesthood keys (see D&C 110:11–16).  
1837, July 19 Elder Heber C. Kimball and six others arrived in Liverpool, England, on the first overseas mission.  
1838, April 26 Name of the Church specified by revelation (see D&C 115:4).  
1838, December 1 to 1839, April 16 The Prophet Joseph Smith and others imprisoned at Liberty Jail in Liberty, Missouri (see D&C 121–123).  
1840, August 15 Baptism for the dead publicly announced by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  
1841, October 24 Elder Orson Hyde dedicated Palestine for return of the children of Abraham.  
1842, March 17 Female Relief Society organized in Nauvoo, Illinois.  
1842, May 4 First full temple endowments given in Nauvoo, Illinois.  
1844, June 27 Joseph and Hyrum Smith martyred at Carthage Jail in Carthage, Illinois (see D&C 135).  
1846, February 4 Nauvoo Saints began crossing the Mississippi River to move west. Some Saints sailed from New York City for California on the ship Brooklyn.  
1846, July 16 Mormon Battalion mustered into United States service in Iowa.  
1847, April President Brigham Young’s pioneer company left Winter Quarters on the journey west (see D&C 136).  
1847, July 24 President Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley.  
1847, December 27 Brigham Young sustained as President of the Church.  
1848, May–June Crickets in the Salt Lake Valley devastated the crops. The fields were saved from complete destruction as flocks of seagulls consumed the crickets.  
1849, December 9 Sunday School organized by Richard Ballantyne.  
1850, June 15 Deseret News began publication in Salt Lake City.  
1856, October Willie and Martin handcart companies detained by early snowstorms. Found by rescue party from the Salt Lake Valley.  
1869, November 28 Young Ladies’ Retrenchment Association organized, forerunner of the Young Women program.  
1875, June 10 Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association organized, forerunner of the Young Men program.  
1877, April 6 St. George Utah Temple dedicated. President Brigham Young received revelation to set in order the priesthood organization and stakes of Zion.  
1878, August 25 Aurelia Spencer Rogers held the first Primary meeting in Farmington, Utah.  
1880, October 10 John Taylor sustained as President of the Church. The Pearl of Great Price accepted as a standard work.  
1883, April 14 Revelation given to President John Taylor on the organization of the Seventy.  
1889, April 7 Wilford Woodruff sustained as President of the Church.  
1890, October 6 “Manifesto” sustained in general conference, ending the practice of entering into plural marriage (see Official Declaration 1).  
1893, April 6 President Wilford Woodruff dedicated the Salt Lake Temple after 40 years of construction.  
1898, September 13 Lorenzo Snow became President of the Church.  
1899, May 17 President Lorenzo Snow received revelation in St. George, Utah, prompting him to emphasize tithing.  
1901, October 17 Joseph F. Smith became President of the Church.  
1918, October 3 President Joseph F. Smith received the vision of the redemption of the dead (see D&C 138).  
1918, November 23 Heber J. Grant became President of the Church.  
1936, April Church Security Program instituted to assist the poor during the Great Depression; became Church welfare program. This program grew out of a revelation received previously by President Heber J. Grant.  
1941, April 6 Assistants to the Twelve first called.  
1945, May 21 George Albert Smith became President of the Church.  
1951, April 9 David O. McKay sustained as President of the Church.  
1961, September 30 Under the direction of the First Presidency, Elder Harold B. Lee announced that all Church programs were to be correlated through the priesthood to strengthen families and individuals.  
1964, October Observance of family home evening emphasized.  
1970, January 23 Joseph Fielding Smith became President of the Church.  
1971, January New Church magazines—Ensign, New Era, and Friend—commenced publication.  
1972, July 7 Harold B. Lee became President of the Church.  
1973, December 30 Spencer W. Kimball became President of the Church.  
1975, October 3 President Spencer W. Kimball announced reorganization of the First Quorum of the Seventy.  
1976, April 3 Two revelations added to the Pearl of Great Price. In 1981 they were moved to become D&C 137 and D&C 138.  
1978, September 30 Revelation granting the priesthood to every worthy male member regardless of race or color sustained by the Church (see Official Declaration 2).  
1979, September LDS edition of King James Bible with study aids published.  
1981, September New editions of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price published.  
1984, June Area Presidencies inaugurated, with members called from the Seventy.  
1985, November 10 Ezra Taft Benson became President of the Church.  
1989, April 1 Second Quorum of the Seventy reorganized.  
1994, June 5 Howard W. Hunter became President of the Church.  
1995, March 12 Gordon B. Hinckley became President of the Church.  
1995, April 1 Announcement of a new leadership position to be known as an Area Authority.  
1995, September 23 President Gordon B. Hinckley read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, at a general Relief Society meeting.  
1997, April 5 Area Authorities to be ordained Seventies. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Quorums of the Seventy organized.  
1997, October 4 President Gordon B. Hinckley announced plans to build smaller temples.  
1997, November Church membership reached 10 million.  
1998, April 5 President Gordon B. Hinckley announced goal of having 100 temples in service in the year 2000.