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Early History of the Mormon Church

1805 Joseph Smith, is born in Sharon, Vermont

1820 Joseph Smith went into the woods to pray concerning which church to join. He had his First Vision of God the Father and Jesus who appeared to him and told him not to join any of the denominational churches. (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:3 & 17-19). other dates given with a different versions of the vision 1832, 1835, 1840, 1842, 1855, and 1879).

1823 Sept. 21 An angel called Moroni, a resurrected being who is supposed to be the son of Mormon who was the leader of the Nephites who had previously lived in the Americas. Moroni directed Smith to the hill Cumorah in upstate NY. He could dig and find these golden tablets (plates) which was written in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics a sacred record of the people who lived on the American continent prior to the time of the Indians. Joseph examined the plates once a year until 1827.

1826 March, He was found guilty of the misdemeanor of "glass looking" by Justice Albert Neely (claimed to find treasures and lost property by looking into a hat containing seer stones)

1827 Sept. 22, Angel Moroni gives Smith the Golden Plates and instructs him on how to begin the translation process which will later become the Book of Mormon .

1828 June; Joseph Smith joined the Methodist church but was given an ultimatum of either withdrawing his name or standing an investigation. He withdrew his name. "We (members of the church) thought it was a disgrace to the church to have a practicing necromancer, a dealer in enchantments and bleeding ghosts, in it." (The Anboy Journal p. 1 June 11, 1879)

Question? Why Did Smith try to join this church after he already received the revelation that they were all abominable? "I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were and abomination in his sight, that those professors were all corrupt.... (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith--History 1:19, Page 49) Wouldn’t this be considered disobedience and even joining what he called the apostates.

1829 Smith finishes translation of the Golden Plates, publishes Book of Mormon. (Smith did this by looking into a hat with a seer stone "peepstones", prior to using this method of translating the book of Mormon He would place his face into the hat and see visions of buried treasure, lost property, of which he was formerly convicted of glass looking.)

1829 "After the completion of the translation of the Book of Mormon in 1829, the angel (Moroni) again appeared to Joseph Smith and received back the plates into his keeping," (Essentials In Church History, Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 68).

1829 May, John the Baptist allegedly conferred the priesthood of Aaron upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey.

And baptized Smith to accomplish the restoring the true church by preaching the true restored gospel which, had been lost from the earth.

1829 Peter, James, and John, appeared and conferred the priesthood of Melchizedek upon Joseph Smith and Oliver

Cowdrey. D and C 7. says "John the beloved shall live until hard at the Lord's work bringing souls to Christ." the Lord comes. According to Mormon teachings, four apostles are to stay alive until Jesus second coming. History shows they all died. Many Mormon leaders still claim they have received spiritistic contacts from their dead "masters"Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, other church presidents (Journal of Discourses, Vol., p. 369; Vol. 7, p. 240; Crowther, op. cit., p. 60)

1830 April 6, Joseph Smith, Jr. founded the church called the Church of Christ. (An Address to All Believers in Christ, David Whitmer, p. 73)

1830 March,  first publication of the Book of Mormon.

1831 Moves to Kirtland, OH., Temple was commenced to be built on March, 27, 1836.

1833 Smiths First 65 revelations are printed in Book of Commandments.

1834 Why did Smith change the Name of the Church after God already told him 4 years before what to name it? "In June, 1829, the Lord gave us the name by which we must call the church, being the same as He gave the Nephites. We obeyed His commandment, and called it The Church of Christ until 1834, when, through the influence of Sydney Rigdon, the name of the church was changed to The Church of the Latter Day Saints, dropping out the name of Christ entirely..." (An Address to All Believers In Christ Witmer, p. 73). Now to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

1834 New First Vision information on Joseph Smith's age. "I shall, therefore, pass over that, till 1 come to the 15th year of his life," (Vol. 1, Messenger and Advocate, Dec. 1834, p. 42)

1844 June 27, mob attacks jail in Carthage, Ill., Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum are killed. Smith was smuggled in a pistol and he defended himself During the attack, Joseph Smith killed two men and wounded a third with a small pistol he had smuggled into him. (History of the Church, Vol. 7, p. 103). Hardly a martyr as the describe him.

Brigham Young was a member of the church's Council of Twelve Apostles. When Smith was killed, Young succeeded him as leader of the church

1844 Several splinter groups break off from main group in Nauvoo during the next few years (Divergent Paths of the Restoration).

1846 In February Brigham Young lead the Mormons out of Nauvoo, IL, choosing the site which is now Salt Lake City.

1847 July 24, Mormons arrived in Salt Lake City.

1847 BrighamYoung officially becomes the second prophet of the LDS Church. (Deseret News Church Almanac, 19n, p. 92).

1852 Brigham Young teaches Adam-God doctrine. "When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael the Archangel the Ancient of Days! About whom holy men have written and spoken -- He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 50).

1855 Doctrine & Covenants, Brigham Young preaches in a sermon. "Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned."(Journal of Discourses vol.3 p.266) (Deseret News, Nov. 14, 1855).

1861 Brigham Young said, "Some years ago (9 to be exact) I advanced a doctrine with regard to Adam being our Father and God. That will be a curse to many of the elders of Israel because of their folly with regard to it. They yet grovel in darkness and will. It is one of the most glorious revealments of the economy of heaven. Yet the world holds it in derision." (Manuscript Addresses of Brigham Young, Oct 8, 1861).


In the Beginning MAN

What Ye think of the Scriptures

  Were Christians too 

Its in Black and White The Confusion of Mormonism The Virgin Birth
Polygamy a Revelation from God Why do you say the things you do? Adams test
Image and Likeness of God or man? What do they actually mean when they say
History of the Mormon Church

  Can I get a Witness for the B o M

Basics of Mormonism
How was the Book of Mormon translated?




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