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Bearing of Mormon belief in inspiration of officers.
Important place of church officers.
CHRONOLOGY OF IMPORTANT
Oct. 1830. The Mission to the Lamanites left New York for the
"Borders of the Lamanites” where the new City of Zion
was to be. Fall, 1830. Mission to the Lamanites established Kirtland Branch,
Fall and Mission to the Lamanites worked among the Delawares in Winter 1830 the Indian Territory, and among the Whites in Jackson Co. About Feb. 1, 1831.
Joseph Smith made his home in Kirtland Ohio. Feb. 1831. Edward Partridge was chosen a Bishop “to the Church.” June, 1831. A. S. Gilbert was chosen Agent “to the Church” for Zion. June, 1831.
The Western Mission, consisting of about 30 Elders was
sent to hold conference in Western Missouri. June 19, 1831 Joseph Smith and party, consisting of Sydney Rigdon,
Martin Harris, Edward Partridge, William W. Phelps, Joseph Coe, A. S. Gilbert and wife, started for Missouri. At St. Louis the party divided, Sydney Rigdon, A. S. Gilbert and wife, continuing by boat, while Messrs. Smith, Phelps, Partridge and Coe walked across the state, 280 miles. They reached Indepen ence in the middle of July and met the Elders of the Lamanite mission and the newly
arrived Coleville Branch. Aug. 2, 1831 The first log for a house was laid in Kaw Township (now
part of Kansas City) for the Coleville Branch, the land
of Zion being dedicated by Sidney Rigdon. Aug 3, 1831 Joseph Smith dedicated the Temple Site. Aug. 4, 1831 The first conference was held in Zion during July and
August, during which time a number of revelations were
announced. Aug. 9, 1831 Leaving Bishop Partridge to hold conference with the rest
of the Elders of the Western Mission when they should arrive, the Elders began the return journey in 16 canoes to
Kirtland. Aug. 11, 1831 Some difficulties arose among the Elders which required
adjustment. Joseph Smith, Sydney Rigdon and Oliver
Cowdery journeyed overland by themselves. Aug. 27, 1831 Joseph Smith and party reached Kirtland. Sept. 18, 1831 Joseph Smith moved to Hiram, O., 30 miles southeast of Sydney Rigdon” who needed means in order to continue
Kirtland and made his home with John Johnson. About Sept, A conference was held (place not specified) and W. W. 1831 Phelps was instructed to stop at Cincinnati on his way
to Missouri and purchase press and type in order to print a monthly paper at Independence, to be called the Eve
ning and Morning Star. Oct. 11, 1831 A conference, held at John Johnson's, appointed six Elders
to instruct the Branches. David Whitmer and Reynolds Calhoun, two of the above committee, were given a special duty of "setting forth the condition of Joseph Smith and
"translations.” Oct. 25 and 26 At a largely attended conference held at Orange, Ohio, 1831 each of many Elders who spoke, expressed a willingness
to consecrate all he possessed. Oct.-Nov., The Elders who had been designated to go to Independence
1831 began to move with their families. Nov. 1, 1831 At a special conference at Hyram, Ohio, it was decided to
publish 10,000 copies of the Book of Commandments, to be
printed at Independence, Missouri. Nov., 1831 In a revelation the “Revelations and Commandments” were
constituted a stewardship, the returns from which were to go to Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, John Whitmer, Sydney Rigdon, and W. W. Phelps. If a surplus accrued beyond “their necessities and their wants"
it was to go into the storehouse Nov., 1831 Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer left for Independence
with the Commandments and a “considerable sum" of
money, for the agent. Nov. 12, 1831 A conference at Hiram, Ohio, voted that Joseph Smith, Jr.,
Oliver Cowdery, John Whitmer, Sydney Rigdon manage the “sacred writings” as a stewardship. Also that “in consequence of the families of Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Peter Whitmer, Christian Whitmer, Jacob Whitmer, Hiram Page, and David Whitmer administering to their wants in temporal things; and also (on account of) the labors of Samuel H. Smith, Peter Whitmer, Jr., William Smith and Don Carlos Smith-voted by the conference that the above named Brethren be remembered to the Bishop in Zion as being worthy of inheritances among the people of the Lord,
according to the Laws of said Church.” Jan. 28, 1832 Joseph Smith was sustained and ordained as President of
the High Priesthood. March, 1832 "revelation” indicated that things were not well in the
new city of Zion, and Newell K. Whitney, Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sydney Rigdon were instructed to visit Indepen
dence. Nov. 24, 1832 Joseph Smith and Sydney Rigdon were tarred and feath
ered at Hiram, Ohio. Apr. 1, 1832 Joseph Smith, Newell K. Whitney, Peter Whitmer, Jesse
Gause and Sydney Rigdon started for Independence. Apr. 26, 1832 At a conference held at Independence, the difficulties were
settled and Joseph Smith was acknowledged as President of the High Priesthood. Newell K. Whitney, Sydney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris were designated as a General Board to manage the Uni'ed
Order in both Zion and Kirtland. May 1,1832 The New Council ordered 3000 copies (instead of 10,000 as
previously arranged for) of the Book of Commandments be published; also appointed W. W. Phelps, Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer, “to review and prepare for the Press such revelations as shall be deemed proper for publication," after which they were to be published by W. W. Phelps and Co., also appointed W. W. Phelps to correct and print “the hymns which had been selected by Emma
Smith,” also arranged to have a United Firm with a branch store at Zion and one at Kirtland. This firm was authorized "to borrow $15,000 at six per centum, Newell K. Whitney & Co., to transact the business.” The party re
turned to Kirtland “some time in June.” June, 1832 First number of the Evening and Morning Star was pub
lished in Zion. Nov. 8, 1832 Brigham Young visited Joseph Smith at Kirtland. Nov. 27, 1832 Joseph Smith wrote to W. W. Phelps and promised that
the Lord "will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words, while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the House of God, and to arrange by vote the inheritance of the Saints, whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the
book of the law of God.” Dec. 27, 1832 The Olive Leaf Revelation was announced. Jan. 14, 1833 Joseph Smith wrote to W. W. Phelps a letter of rebuke
for Zion. A conference of twelve High Priests also wrote a strong letter of rebuke to the Bishop, his Council, and “the
inhabitants" of Zion. Feb. 26, 1833 A special conference of High Priests met in Zion and
considered the letters of rebuke from Kirtland.
was manifested. Mar. 18, 1833 Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams were set apart
as counsellors to Joseph Smith, a Presidency of the High
Priesthood being established. Mar. 26, 1833 A Council of High Priests, twenty in number, met in Zion
and decided that the seven men who stood at the head of affairs at Zion should be given recognition and traveling Elders must be subject to them in regulating the different
branches in Zion. Apr. 2, 1833 F. G. Williams was appointed by the council of High
Priests as agent to employ men and superintend the making of brick on the French farm, he to rent the farm. Ezra Theyre was instructed to purchase a tannery from Arnold
Mason. Apr. 6, 1833 About 80 officials and some others met at the Ferry on
the Big Blue for instruction and to celebrate the es ablish
ment of the Church. An enjoyable day was spent. Apr. 21, 1833 In a letter from the Presidency to the “Brethren in Zion”
pleasure was expressed that “the Seminary lands are coming into the market” in Jackson County. Agent Gilbert was admonished for refusing credit at the store in Independence. In a postscript, satisfaction is expressed by Joseph Smith
at a confession of John Corrills. Apr., 1833 About 300 non-Mormons gathered in Independence for the
purpose of “moving the Mormons out of their diggings."
Accomplished nothing. June 1, 1833 A committee consisting of Hyrum Smith, Reynolds Calhoun charge of the French farm, a "revelation specified that it be divided into lots for inheritances and that John John
and Carter Jared started a circular to get subscriptions with
which to build the “House of the Lord” at Kirtland. June 4, 1833 A conference not being able to agree as to who should take W. Phelps, A. S. Gilbert and John Whitmer, under duress, agreed that certain Church leaders with their families would remove from the county by January 1st, and would use all their influence to get all others to leave, one half by January 1st, and all by April 1st, of the following year. Shortly after the signing of this agreement, Oliver Cowdery was sent to confer with the General Authorities at Kirtland. Orson Hyde and John Gould were sent to Zion with instructions to the saints to neither move from the county, nor dispose of their lands, except those who had signed
son be admitted to the Order in Kirtland. June 24, 1833 A plot of the City of Zion was adopted and ordered sent to
Zion by a conference of Elders held at Westfield, and on the following day was sent by the Presidency. It contained also a description of the first temple to be built and designated a number of other temples to be built later. An important letter was also sent which arranged for two more bishoprics for Zion, making three in all. Isaac Morley was to be the second Bishop, and John Corrill, the third. Bishop Partridge was given instruction on “conse
crations." About July 15, Non-Mormons of Jackson Co., appeared at - Independence, 1833 in large numbers, armed, and demanded that the Mormons
leave the county. Other like gatherings with increasing
use of violent arguments occurred - July 20th and 23rd. July 20, 1833 Anti-Mormons destroyed press of Evening_and Morning
Star and tarred and feathered Bishop Partridge and
Charles Allen. July 23, 1833 The Church leaders, Edward Partridge, John Corrill, W.
the agreement to leave. Sept. 28, 1833 Orson Hyde and W. W. Phelps presented a petition signed
by nearly all the Mormon membership in Jackson County,
to the Governor, asking for protection. Oct. 19, 1833 In reply Governor Daniel Dunklin sugested that they
"make a trial of the efficacy of the laws” by civil process.
Samuel Weston, Justice of the Peace at Independence. Oct. 20, 1833 The Mormons announced publicly that they intended to
defend their lands and homes. Oct. 26, 1833 Old citizens again collected as a mob and decided to move
the Mormons. Oct. 31,
Nov. 7, 1833 Reign of Terror.