Selected Teachings on Church History
Outline of the Church in Far West Area

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Timeline of the Church in the Far West Area

Spring. Because saints needed to leave Clay County, Bishop Edward Partridge and William W. Phelps went on two exploring expeditions hoping to find potential sites for Mormon settlements in northern Missouri.

May 3. The brethren began purchasing land in Shoal Creek.

December 29. Two new counties were created in Missouri. Caldwell County was created specifically for Mormon settlers.


April. The Missouri presidency, high council, and bishopric were appointed to oversee construction of the Far West temple.

November. Joseph Smith visits Far West. A council is held in which it was decided that, "the building of the House of the Lord be postponed until the Lord shall reveal it to be His will to have it commenced" (History of the Church, 2:521).


January 12. Joseph and Sidney flee Kirtland. (see Account)

March 6-8. Seven Presidents of the Seventy hold a series of meetings in Kirtland to know what they are to do. The "Kirtland Camp" is organized.

March 14. Joseph Smith arrives in Far West.

March. D&C 113 is received. (see Background to D&C 113)

April 12. Oliver Cowdery excommunicated. (see Account)

April 17. D&C 114 is received on behalf of David W. Patten. (see Background to D&C 114)

April 26. D&C 115 is received. (see Background to D&C 115)

May. Joseph answers in writing 20 questions about him and this work. (see Account)

May 19. D&C 116 received. The location of Adam-Ondi-Ahman revealed. (see Background to D&C 116)

June 17. Sidney Rigdon gives his "Salt Sermon."

June 28. A Stake is organized in Adam-Ondi-Ahman.

July 4. The Saints lay the cornerstones for the Far West Temple. (see Account)

July 6. Over 500 saints, known as the Kirtland Camp, leave their homes, businesses, land, and temple in Kirtland to begin a 3 month journey to Northern Missouri.

July 8. Joseph receives D&C 117, 118, 119, & 120. (see Background to These Revelations)

August 6. Election day battle at Gallatin. Several Missourians deny Mormons the right to vote on election day. A battle ensues between Mormons and Missourians. (see Account)

August 10. William Peniston swears an affidavit before the circuit judge, Austin A. King, stating that Joseph Smith and Lyman Wight had organized an army of five hundred men and had threatened death to “all the old settlers and citizens of Daviess county” (History of the Church, 3:61).

October. Siege at Dewitt. The first week of this month non-Mormon forces lay siege on the saints living in DeWitt, Missouri. Joseph, upon hearing this, secretely joins the saints in DeWitt.

October 11. The Dewitt saints allowed to leave/forced to abandon DeWitt. Joseph is among them.

October 18. Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Hyde defect. They both sign affidavits against Joseph Smith.

October 25. Battle at Crooked River. David W. Patten, of the Quorum of the Twelve, is shot and dies shortly thereafter. (see Account)

October 26. The "Extermination Order" is issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.

October 30. The Haun's Mill massacre occurs. (see Accounts)

October 31. Joseph Smith betrayed by Colonel George Hinkle. Joseph, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and George W. Robinson captured by the mob. (see Account)

November 1. Joseph and company are condemned to be shot the next day on the public square in Far West as a warning to "Mormons."

November 2. Joseph and fellow prisoners are taken into Far West and allowed to see their families for "the last time." (see Account)

November. David W. Patten appears to Thomas B. Marsh and rebukes him. (see Account)

November 4-8. Joseph and the six other prisoners stay in Independence.

November 8-9. Joseph and prisoners are transferred to Richmond for a preliminary hearing before circuit court judge Austin A. King. After more than two weeks of trial, King finds probable cause against Joseph, Sidney, Hyrum, Lyman Wight, Alexander McCrae, and Caleb Baldwin on the charge of treason and orders them to be taken to Liberty Jail to await their court appearance the next spring.

November 13. President Joseph F. Smith born to Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith.

December 1. Joseph Smith and others incarcerated in Liberty Jail.

December 19. John Taylor and John E. Page ordained Apostles by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball.

Far West Excommunications and Apostates in 1838-1839:


January. Sidney Rigdon released from Liberty Jail because of serious illness.

January 24. Joseph writes a letter to the Missouri Legislature. (see Letter)

February 14. Brigham flees Far West. "The persecution was so bitter against Elder Brigham Young ... and his life was so diligently sought for, that he was compelled to flee; and he left Far West on this day for Illinois." (H of C, 3:261)

March 7. Joseph receives a letter from Emma. (see Letter)

March 15. Joseph writes a letter to Prescindia Bull (see Letter)

March 20-25. Joseph writes an epistle to the Church from which D&C 121, 122, and 123 are taken. (see Letter)

April 6-8. Joseph and fellow prisoners taken from Liberty Jail and marched to Daviess County to be tried. (see H of C, 3:308-309)

April 9-11. Joseph and fellow prisoners examined before a drunken jury and a drunken judge, Austin A. King. (see H of C, 3:309-310, 314-316)

April 15. Joseph and fellow prisoners obtain a change in venue and start for Boone County under strong gaurd. (see H of C, 3:319)

April 16. Joseph and fellow prisoners allowed by Sheriff William Morgan to escape during a change of venue to Columbia, Missouri. (see Account)

April 26. Several leading brethren take a perilous journey back to Far West to fulfill D&C 118:4-6. Wilford Woodruff ordained an Apostle. (see Account)