Timeline of Mormonism

A Chronology of the Mormon religion

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The Mormon faith was established by Joseph Smith in the early 1800's. Since then Mormonism has grown into an influential religion in the United States and is making efforts to extend their reach around the world. The formal name of the religion is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (or LDS). The LDS church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mormon doctrine was revealed to Smith, and sometimes others, over a period of time, making history an important topic when seeking to understand this religion. The timeline below is intended to help people get a starting point for understand the important events of this faith. Links lead the reader to more in-depth articles.

A timeline of the Mormon religion

Dec. 23, 1805
Birth of Joseph Smith in Sharon, Vermont
God and Jesus appear to 14-year-old Joseph Smith in the "First Vision"
Joseph Smith discovers golden plates
Joseph Smith marries Emma Hale Smith
April 6, 1830
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founded by Joseph Smith
Massacre at Haun's Mill
Joseph Smith runs for President of the United States
A special revelation introduces polygamy, which is called the "Law of Abraham," "Patriarchal Order of Marriage," or "Celestial Plural Marriage." Along with the "Law of Abraham" went the "Law of Sarah," in which women were admonished to accept polygamy. Joseph Smith assigns some women to some men.
Joseph Smith killed by a mob
James Strang crowned as "king"
James Strang is shot and killed
Mountain Meadows Massacre
Joseph Smith III claims to receive a revelation as Prophet/President of a "New Organization" of the Latter Day Saint church. Eventually this group gathered together many of the remnants of the various Midwestern Latter Day Saint groups into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now called the "Community of Christ."
Edmunds Act outlaws polygamy
A special revelation discontinues racism
"Reform Mormonism" founded

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  1. "Glossary of Church Terms," LDS Newsroom, accessed October 2005.

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