July. Joseph resigns his office from the Kirtland Safety Society. He records,
"I resigned my office in the 'Kirtland Safety Society,' disposed of my interest therein, and withdrew from the institution; being fully aware, after so long an experiment, that no institution of the kind, established upon just and righteous principles for a blessing not only to the Church but the whole nation, would be suffered to continue its operations in such an age of darkness, speculation and wickedness." (History of the Church, 2:497)
July 23. Thomas B. Marsh approaches Joseph Smith with his concerns about the Twelve. Joseph receives D&C 112 on his behalf. (see Background to D&C 112)
July 27. Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Thomas B. Marsh go to Canada to visit the churches, preach, baptize, bless the Saints and strengthen the branches. They return to Kirtland about the end of August.
August. Warren Parrish and John F. Boynton lead a group armed with pistols and bowie knives into the Kirtland temple in an effort to take it over. (see Account)
September 3. Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and John F. Boynton are disfellowshiped. John Boynton, the only one of the three present, "attributed his difficulties to the failure of the bank, stating that he understood the bank was instituted by the will of God, and he had been told that it should never fail, let men do what they would." Then Joseph Smith arose and stated "that if this had been declared no one had authority from him for so doing, for he had always said that unless the institution was conducted on righteous principles it would not stand" (History of the Church, 2:509-510).
September 10. At a Sabbath meeting, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and John F. Boynton confess to the Church and are restored to fellowship. The Church voted that they retain their apostleship. These three are then allowed to pass the sacrament. (see History of the Church, 2:512)
September 27. Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and William Smith travel to Missouri to establish places for gathering. (see History of the Church, 2:518)
November 7. Frederick G. Williams is dropped from the First Presidency. (see History of the Church, 2:523; also see Lucy Mack Smith's Account)
November. Kirtland Safety Society is forced to close its doors. (see Kirtland Safety Society)
December 10. The Prophet Joseph Smith returns from Far West. The apostates are openly denouncing him and trying to form their own Church (see History of the Church, 2:528).
December 22. Brigham Young fled Kirtland due to threats on his life. (see Account)
End of December. Joseph writes, "Apostasy, persecution, confusion, and mobocracy strove hard to bear rule at Kirtland, and thus closed the year 1837" (History of the Church, 2:529).