Selected Teachings on
Fayette, New York Timeline


Peter and Mary Whitmer settle in Fayette and establish a farm.


Late May. David Whitmer experiences miraculous events at his farm allowing him to expedite his efforts to travel to Harmony to bring Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to his parent's home in Fayette (see Accounts).

June 1-3. Joseph and Oliver move with David Whitmer from Harmony to Fayette, Seneca County, New York, to the home of Peter Whitmer (David's father). Emma Smith comes a short time afterward.

June 4-June 30. Joseph and Oliver recommence translation the day after their arrival in Fayette. The translation was finished in the upstairs room of Peter Whitmer's home by July 1. Some of the Whitmers (John Whitmer especially) help as scribes during this period.

June 11. The copyright for the Book of Mormon is secured at the office of the Federal Distric Court Clerk, Richard R. Lansing. The application contains the title page of the Book of Mormon. This demonstrates that before this date Mormon's entire abridgement (Mosiah-Mormon 7) and Moroni's additions (Mormon 8-9, Ether, & Moroni) have been translated, including the title page inscribed by Moroni.

June 5-14. Joseph receives Doctrine and Covenants 14, 15, and 16 around this time on behalf of David Whitmer, John Whitmer, and Peter Whitmer, Jr. (see Background to D&C 14, 15, 16).

Early to Mid-June. Hyrum Smith, David Whitmer, and Peter Whitmer, Jr. are baptized.

Early to Mid-June. Doctrine and Covenants 17 was received around this time (see Background to D&C 17).

Sometime in June. The Three Witnesses see the plates (see Accounts). A few days later in Palmyra-Manchester, New York, near the Smith log home, the Eight Witnesses see and handle the plates (see Accounts). Lucy Mack Smith says that she, at one point, feels and handles the plates (see Accounts).

Before June 14. Peter, James, and John restore the Melchizedek priesthood (see Reasoning). Doctrine and Covenants 18 is subsequently received for Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer (see Background to D&C 18). D&C 18 is most certainly received before June 14, as is clear from a letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith (see Oliver's Letter).

End of June. The translation of the Book of Mormon is completed by the end of June.

October 4. Joseph returns to Harmony.


April 6. The Church of Christ is organized at the Peter Whitmer Sr. home. D&C 21 is received here on this occasion (see Background to D&C 21).

April 11. Oliver Cowdery preaches the first public sermon, after which several individuals present themselves for baptism.

June 9. First conference of the Church held. The Holy Ghost is poured out in miraculous ways upon many of those attending (see Account).

August 31. Hyrum Smith takes convert Parley P. Pratt to meet Joseph and Oliver; Oliver baptises Parley in Seneca Lake the following day.

September. Joseph and Emma move to Fayette from Harmony and stay in the Peter Whitmer home.

September 26-28. The second conference of the Church is held. Disputations regarding Hiram Page's revelations are resolved (see Background to D&C 28). Prior to this conference, Joseph received a revelation in the presence of six elders and three members. This revelation grew out of a doctrinal disagreement concerning the transgression of Adam among these members, which it addresses, and also clarifies doctrines distorted during the Apostasy and noted signs and plagues concerning the Second Coming (see Background to D&C 29). After the conference, a revelation is received with specific instructions for David, Peter Jr., and John Whitmer (see Background to D&C 30).

October 17. Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Petersen depart on their mission to the Lamanites.

Fall and Winter. Converts and others living in other regions of the country seek counsel from Joseph as to the Lord's will for them. Several revelations result from these eager saints wanting to learn their duty (see Background to D&C 31, 32, 33, 34).

December. Sidney Rigdon, a recent convert, and Edward Partridge, an earnest investigator, travel to Fayette, New York from Ohio to meet the prophet Joseph Smith. Revelations were received for both of these men calling them immediately to positions of responsibility (see Background to D&C 35-36).


January 2. A third conference of the Church is held in which further knowledge is given by revelation concerning the building up of Zion and the gathering to Ohio (see Background to D&C 37-38).

January 5 & 6. Joseph receives revelation in behalf of James Covel, an interested reformed Methodist preacher (see Background to 39-40).

Latter part of January. Joseph Smith leaves for Kirtland Ohio.

January-March. Many other faithful saints follow Joseph and gather to Ohio from surrounding areas (see Accounts).