A chronology of events in the life of the LDS prophet Joseph Smith Jr.

16 Responses to "Joseph Smith History Timeline"

  1. Terry Holland Posted on July 1, 2013 at 1:40 am

    The temple area is not owned by a polygamous sect. You spelled papyri wrong. Including things like the Danites and the Council of Fifty does nothing to prepare missionaries and continues to show that you are attempting to promote truth by dishonest and cowardly means. You have no moral credibility.

    You are cowards, and you ought to man up and rebrand this website “Uncomfortable truths about the LDS Church”. Even knowing what I know, never would I direct anyone to this site; it is deceptive to the core. At least Mormons believe what they are saying.

    • Kevin Kelsey
      Kevin Kelsey Posted on August 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Why shouldn’t missionaries know about Danites and the Council of Fifty? It seems like they should have the most complete information available to them, if they are planning on teaching the Gospel. If I were an investigator and I asked a missionary a basic question about the Church, and they had never even heard of it, I don’t think I would really trust them to teach me.

    • AussieOi
      AussieOi Posted on January 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Hang on.President Packer says a testimony is found in the bearing of it (ie, lie until you yourself believe in the lie)

      As for uncomfortable truths, uhh, you do know what missionaries are asked to do, and doing right? As in, truth _isn’t_ helpful or honest?

      Your talk of honesty is Orwellian doublespeak

  2. admin Posted on July 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks Terry. I fixed the spelling error you pointed out. It turns out you were right – though the Church of Christ is a Mormon offshoot, it doesn’t practice polygamy. I’ve removed the word polygamous. As far as the Danites and Council of 50, these are that affected Joseph Smith’s life. Unfortunately, we can’t pick and choose what based on what we’d like someone’s history to look like.

  3. Joe Smith Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for telling the uncomfortable truth about going on a mission. Even the best day is rough as hell.

  4. Joe Smith Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    thanks for telling the truth about missions. Even the best day is rough as hell.

  5. Terry Holland Posted on July 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I understand that you won’t hide facts for the sake of whitewashing. That’s not my criticism. My criticism is that you are not presenting the aspects of his history that would be most helpful to missionaries, and you include details that would never be relevant to a missionary.

    Your site would be a great “here are the uncomfortable truths” website, without the nonsense about missionary preparation, but that isn’t how you are presenting it.

  6. Suzy Smith Posted on July 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    @ Terry Holland, Why are you so negative all the time? Just let them do their work for goodness sake!

  7. Terry Holland Posted on July 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Suzy, I would be full of praise if this site were honest in its intentions. As it is, I want everyone to know that these men have resorted to dishonest means to more effectively pull teenagers away from the church, by making them think that they’re on a missionary prep site.

    • Suzy Smith
      Suzy Smith Posted on July 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Terry, I disagree. I think it is important to know these things and it would help a lot of these young missionaries out if they know the truth of church history. They will be asked questions and it would be a tremendous help if they knew how to answer. I appreciate everything Future Missionary is trying to do and feel like they need more uplifting and supportive comments than negative ones and name calling.

  8. Steve Smith Posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Terry, as a missionary in many parts of the world (not all of course), people confront you with inconvenient truths about the LDS church all the time, to which missionaries often don’t know what to say. I heard for the first time on my mission that Joseph Smith was a Mason. At first I thought the guy was making it up. But sure enough, JS was indeed a mason; no one doubts that. The Danites and the Council of Fifty shaped the Mormon experience more than many like to accept. It was largely due to the Danite organization that the Missourians deemed the Mormon community as a threat and forcibly removed them. Thomas B. Marsh and other high-ranking Mormon leaders also cited the Danites as a reason to abandon Joseph Smith. It was largely because of the Danites that Joseph Smith was able to elevate himself in the Mormon community to a king-like figure in the community, as opposed to merely a spiritual guide, by sifting out the tares from the wheat.

    The establishment of the Council of the Fifty, another fact which no scholar (active Mormon or not) denies, is yet another testament that Joseph Smith was attempting to create not just another religion or philosophical movement, but a theocratic government that was either semi- or fully autonomous from the US government. After JS was killed, Brigham Young took the ball and ran with it, embarking on the establishment of the state of Deseret in the mountain west, which he proposed in 1849. The state of Deseret was intended to become an independent state, but this could not come to fruition due to President James Buchanan, who compelled Brigham Young to accept a outside US government appointee to oversee the affairs in the Utah territory in 1858.

    How else are we to explain Joseph Smith other than the originator of a social movement intent on creating a community with a distinct way of life, who would carve an semi- or fully independent political space in the American continent? Of course this information is relevant to young men and women preparing themselves for missions, and is a heck of a lot more useful than the whitewashed histories of Joseph Smith and the LDS church presented by many of the authorities in the LDS church. Are missionaries better off ignorant of a history that they’re trying to convince people to accept?

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Well said Steve!

  9. Heather Posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I second Steve’s comments. To truly convert someone, they need to be told the truth.

  10. Jen Posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Really would like to see you cite your sources on here. I have studied ALOT

  11. Jen Posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:37 am

    of church history and am unfamiliar with several of your pieces of “history.” I would be interested in knowing where you got your info from.

  12. dustin Posted on October 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    It would be nice if there was more information regarding polygamy. I noticed in the recent church essay that there was some discrepancies with the actual dates of when he started practicing polygamy vs when he received the revelation to start practicing. Seeing the timeline helps a ton though. Thanks!

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