Historical Summary

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, (1997), vii


1801, June 1:

Born in Whittingham, Widdham County, Vermont.

1815–21:

Mother dies; Brigham begins to earn his own way in life, eventually becoming a carpenter (14).

1824:

Marries Miriam Works (23).

1832:

Baptized into the Church and ordained an elder. Wife dies (31).

1834:

Marries Mary Ann Angell. Acts as captain in march of Zion’s Camp (33).

1835, February 14:

Ordained as one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve (34).

1839–41:

Serves a mission to Great Britain (38–40).

1844–47:

Joseph Smith is martyred. Brigham Young leads the Church as President of the Quorum of the Twelve (43–46).

1846:

Receives section 136 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Sees Joseph Smith in vision and is given valuable instruction (45).

1846–47:

Leads the exodus to Salt Lake City and returns to Winter Quarters (45–46).

1847, December 27:

Sustained as President of the Church at Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa (46).

1851:

Becomes governor of the Territory of Utah (49).

1853, April 6:

Lays the cornerstone for Salt Lake Temple (52).

1857–58:

Utah War. Released as governor after eight-year term (56–57).

1867:

The Tabernacle is completed. Reorganizes the Relief Society (66).

1869:

The railroad comes to Utah. The Young Men and Young Women Mutual Improvement Associations are organized (68).

1877, April 6:

Dedicates the St. George Temple. Gives new emphasis to the proper organization of the priesthood (75).

1877, August 29:

Dies in Salt Lake City, Utah (76).