15 Year Ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith Part 2

Wow

What a difference a day makes.

The chronological listing of historical milestones is significantly bigger than it was yesterday. It has grown from about 24 to over 60.

Is suspect it could ultimately reach 90 or 100 by the time it is finished.

I want to thank those who contacted me and made suggestions. I am also embarrassed to admit that I had forgotten about the many notable historical events I had already catalogued and included on the timeline chart itself in the small print. I have attempted to include them.

Dementia is a bummer.

It is difficult to know where to draw the line on how significant of an event needs to be in order to be included on the list. Some are somewhat repetitive and yet provide much needed additional supporting documentation and another lens through which to view the event.

Please keep in mind this is a work in progress-

Listing of Pivotal Historical/Prophetic Events/Revelations/Observations
that bring to light the otherwise hidden narrative of the history of the restoration movement
*Entries in Red are Related to the Timeline Milestones on the Graphic

 

Period One: The Church of Christ comes forth out of the Wilderness

  1. March 1829 Book of Commandments Chapter 4 Milestone #1 The Lord Informs the Saints that he is going to establish His church the same as it was anciently
  2. March 1829 Book of Commandments Chapter 4 Milestone #1 The Lord warned the church that He would deliver them over to Satan if they hardened their hearts
  3. March 1829 D&C 5 Milestone #1 Modified revelation the church is coming forth out of the wilderness…. Prophetic context using keywords
  4. February 1829 D&C 4 “A Marvelous Work is ABOUT to come forth” but it did not take place during Joseph’s ministry, it is yet a future event- (see also sections 6, 11, 12, 14)
  5. May 15 1829 Section 13 The keys of the Patriarchal Priesthood that Aaron had held were revealed by the hand to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. of Elijah the Prophet (See JS Inspired Version of the Bible… )
  6. June 29 1829 D&C 18 Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer called to choose Twelve Apostles (but they delay doing this for about five years)
  7. **November 1 1831** D&C 1 The significance of Section 1 as the “preface” and the 15 prophecies about the return of Joseph Smith & the Intercessory Servant Prophecy
  8. 1829 following the restoration of the priesthood of Aaron it is claimed that the keys of the apostleship are restored. Depending on which claim, they were restored by Peter James and John, (or just peter, or just John)
  9. September 1830 D&C 29 Seven shepherds mentioned in ancient prophecy identified and commissioned to eventually gather the elect. ( see also 84 )
  10. April 6th 1830 Formal establishment of the Church of Christ along with church
  11. April 6th 1830 Beginning of the repeated revelatory chastisements and warnings from the Lord about the eventually fall of Joseph Smith and the succession prophecy Sections 20 After receiving a remission of his sins Joseph Smith “had become entangled again in the in the vanities of the world” in Section 43
  12. September 11 1831 D&C 64 five year prophecy that Kirtland would be a stronghold for the saints
  13. October 25 1831 “The Lord would cut short his work in righteousness and except the Church receive the fulness of the Scriptures the they would yet fail”
  14. February 16 1832 Joseph and Sidney have the vision of the three degrees of glory
  15. April of 1832 D&C 82: the Law of Consecration officially entered into ( would last for about two years ending before the saints would fail in their attempt)
  16. September 1832 D&C 84 the oath and covenant confirmed with Joseph Smith and leading elders for the sake of the whole world prophecy of Daniel to restore
  17. August of 1833 D&C 94 Commendment to commence building the City of the Stake of Zion this would fulfill the prophecy of Daniel
  18. February of 1834 D&C 103 the Lord declares that the kingdoms of the world will prevail over the saints if they don’t repent
  19. April 1834 D&C 104 The Covenant had bee broken through transgression fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah 24
  20. May of 1834 Special Conference of the Church to remove the name of Christ from the name of the church
  21. June of 1834 D&C 105 Because of Transgression of the Saints, they must wait for a little season before the laws of Zion can be successfully attempted again
  22. November of 1834 Joseph and Oliver enter into the “covenant of Tithing” for the “continuance of blessings” HC 2:175
  23. December of 1834 “Leaders and members of the church are under condemnation and must have a reformation in all things” Unplished Rev pg 79
  24. February and April of 1835 The delayed calling of the 12 apostles and Joseph Smith’s intervention into the calling of Oliver and David to replace Phineas Young with William Smith which completely changed the trajectory of the succession crisis
  25. August 17 1835 The Doctrine and Covenants is presented to the Church and “accepted by unanimous vote” Several revelations had been significantly Changed causing skeptics to refer to it as the “The Doctored Covenants”
  26. March 27 1836 The true restoration of the Jews as documented in section 109

Period Two- The Higher Priesthood is Restored and the Church of God Emerges

  1. June 5th 1831 Milestone #2
    The True Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood in 1831 at the Morley Farm

  2. From June 5th 1831 to Dec 5th 1835 The 3 ½ year prophecy of Daniel the Prophet when the fulness was on the earth
  3. December 27 1832 D&C 88 Names of several of the first laborers of the last kingdom have their names entered into the Book of the Sanctified Section

Period Three- The Church is Condemned.

December 5th 1834 Milestone #3 The Condemnation of the Leaders and Members of the Church The fulness of the Gospel is rejected by the saints as prophesied in 3rd Nephi

  1. December 6th 1834 Milestone #3 The reorganization of church administration Father Joseph Smith Sr. called to be Patriarchal Presidency of the Church
  2. Address the Changes Between the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants as a result of the downgrade
  3. The Church will fail is don’t publish inspired version
  4. February 1835 (also April) The Twelve apostles are ordained many years after Oliver and David were commissioned to find them. Phineas Young was replaced by William Smith in quorum of the Twelve Apostles which hugely affected the ultimate outcome of the succession crisis and the development of the largest faction of the LDS restoration (Source: Oliver Cowdery to Brigham Young, February 27, 1848 in Gunn (1962). (Cook, David Whitmer Interviews, 157.)  See http://signaturebooks.com/2014/04/lost-apostles-excerpts/#apostle9 .https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/?s=phineas

  5. In late June or early July 1835 Michael Chandler exhibited his collection of mummies and papyri in Kirtland Ohio. Between July and November 1835 Joseph Smith began translating the Book of Abraham (and the Book of Joseph)
  6. November of 1835 Qurum of the Twelve pronounced to be under condemnation by the Lord Unpub Rev Page 78
  7. March 27-April 3 1836 D&C 109 & 110 Eight days of Temple events and dedication based on Old Testament Temple protocol. Fulfillment of Daniel 9:27 “He shall confirm the covenant for one week”
  8. April 3 1836 D&C 110 The secret ushering in of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham as a result of the failure of the saints to usher in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times
    The mind-blowing interrelationship between the Secret ushering in of the gospel of Abraham and the Book of Abraham

  9. April 3 1836
    The Secret Appearance of Elijah the Tishbite in Section 13 in the person of John the Baptist in relation to the declaration of Elijah in Section 110

Part Four- The Church is Placed on Probation

  1. September 11 1836 Timeline Milestone #4 The Five Year stronghold of Kirtland and designated date for the redemption of zion comes to an end Kirtland was no longer a safe heaven and shortly thereafter Joseph and Sidney had to flee in the dark of night from Kirtland
  2. May of 1837 the beginning of the Kirtland Safety Society failure
  3. June of 1837 realizing that the church has rejected the fulness, Joseph Smith announces that “the Lord has revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of the Church” Following that, foreign missions were set up
  4. July of 1837 D&C 112 The Lord declares that “.. all flesh has become corrupt..” noting that after after all flesh had already become corrupted (D&C 38:11 and then the fulness was restored and some of the leaders had become sanctified (D&C 84) the fulness had now been rejected and once again all flesh had become corrupt (See also Gen 6:12 for context)
  5. November 1837 As a result of the banking failure and the loss of money by numerous people, a fight broke out in the Kirtland Temple among various leaders of the church. The Kirtland Temple became defiled. (Life of Heber C. Kimball page 99)

Part Five- The Saints are Rejected as a Church with their Dead

  1. January 19 1841 Section 124 Timeline Milestone #5 The Fulness of the priesthood is no longer on the earth, must flee Nauvoo if they don’t… saints to be rejected as a church with their dead if they don’t repent and finish the temple, (section 124)
  2. July 20th 1840 is the last known patriarchal blessing given by Father Smith. It was given to Robert D. Foster. In the blessing Foster is told that his name has been enrolled among the Santified and that he will be one of the 144,000. He was also told ” thy enemies will rage and persecute thee, and foam out their own shame and shall see the error of their ways and be constrained to acknowledge their error, and they truth, the Lord has a great work for thee” Shortly thereafter Foster would be one of seven men that would expose the errors of Joseph Smith and publish the Nauvoo Expositor, exposing
  3. June 1st 1841 Sidney Rigdon is ordained a prophet, seer and revelator.
  4. October of 1841 Joseph Smith said:  “There shall be no more baptisms for the dead, until the ordinance can be attended to in the font of the Lord’s House; and the church shall not hold another general conference, until they can meet in said houseFor thus saith the LordSee https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minutes-and-discourse-1-5october-1841/3#full-transcript
    !” Lyman Wight made the following comment about this event: “… We were to have a sufficient time to build that house, during which time our baptisms for our dead should be acceptable in the river. If we did not build within this time we were to be rejected as a church, we and our dead together.
    Both the temple and baptizing went very leisurely, till the temple was somewhere in building the second story, when Bro. Joseph from the stand announced the alarming declaration that baptism for our dead was no longer acceptable in the river. As much to say the time for building the temple had passed by, and both we and our dead were rejected together..
    The church now stands rejected together with their dead. The church being rejected now stands alienated from her God in every sense of the word.”
    http://www.centerplace.org/history/ch/v2ch35.htm
  5. March 6th 1842 Joseph Smith rises to the sublime degree of Master Mason on the first day he became a Mason
  6. July 15 1842 Joseph Smith published the following declaration in an editorial published in Times and Seasons, “We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying His commands… we have treated lightly His commands, AND DEPARTED FROM HIS ORDINANCES, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt His arm and kissed the rod…”
    https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/times-and-seasons-15-july-1842/11
  7. February 21 1843 Joseph Smith declares “If the Temple and Nauvoo house are not finished you must run away.. our salvation depends upon it…
  8. July 16 1843 Joseph Smith declares that he will not prophesy for the Church anymore and he says Hyrum is the prophet
  9. The Joseph the Seer Prophecy and modern revelation clearly identify Joseph and Sidney as the seer and spokesman yet historm and prophecy inform us that if is to be a future fulfillment
  10. January 29 1844 Joseph Smith announces his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States
  11. March 10 1844 Joseph Smith is recognized as King of the council of Fiftry ( see 2nd Nephi 10 11 “there shall be no kings upon the land who shall raise up to the gentiles”
    April 5th 1844 Joseph Smith attends

  12. April 6th 1844 Joseph Smith delivers the King Follett Discourse and claims that God was once a human being
  13. April 6th 1844 Sidney delivers a sermon acknowledging that he has largely been silent for five years he said” Elder Sidney Rigdon then rose and said he had largely been silent for nearly five years, “It is with no ordinary degree of satisfaction, I enjoy this privilege this morning; want of health, and other circumstances have kept me in silence for nearly the last five years” he also assured his listeners that he had the testimony of Jesus: “I have the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy; I have slept with it, I have walked with it; the idea has never been out of my heart for a moment, and I will reap the glory of it when I leave this world. I defy men, and hell, and devils to put it out of my heart: I defy all, and will triumph in spite of them. I know God, I have gazed upon the glory of God, the throne, visions and glories of God, and the visions of eternity in days gone by..” Rigdon also alluded to the fact that he had experience some incredible things that he had not yet revealed “I have handled, heard, seen and known things which I have not yet told.” Those remarks were possibly referring to the fulfillment of a prophetic promise Rigdon got from the hands of Joseph Smith” Rigdon took an intermission and then continued with his remarks but sadly, those recording the sermon chose not to provide all of his remarks “for the want of room we postpone president Rigdons remarks” P579 https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minutes-and-discourses-6-7-april-1844-as-published-by-times-and-seasons/6#full-transcript

  14. April 11 1844 Joseph Smith is crowned “king of Israel”
  15. June 7th 1844 the Nauvoo Expositor is published
  16. June 27 1844 Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith leading to the Succession Crisis: Joseph was not the president or prophet of the church at the time of his death, Hyrum was

End of the 15 year timeline

So Why am I doing this?

I plan on using the above listing when it is completed to do a book on the history of the LDS restoration movement specifically focusing on the 15 year ministry of Joseph Smith.

It will be available in hard copy or people will be able to access it online for free.

It will be unlike any other history of the LDS restoration movement ever written.

Instead of doing multipage chapters that address many events and issues, I have decided to do a one-page synopsis on each of the listed events that provide the prophetic narrative and reveal the true history of the LDS restoration that has been hidden in the past.

Each synopsis will provide scripture references and then direct the readers that want more lengthy documentation, to links containing blog posts, online articles, vlogs, and podcasts. Those who are reading the physical book can quickly go to the online version of the book to easily and quickly access live links to the supporting documentation.

Those that love lots of commentary and documentation will have plenty of supporting data to parse through, those that simply want to get to the bottom line will be able to do so quickly by simply reading the one page synopsis and then move on to the next one.

In cases where I have an existing graphic from my first book that would be a useful visual, I will use it, but I do not intent to spend time and energy creating additional graphics.

Can you imagine me limiting myself to one page about anything?

By the Mouth of Two or Three Witnesses

When I first started blogging there were not many people familiar with and talking about the prophetic implications of the three watches and the Intercessory Servant doctrine, or the true relationship between John the Baptist and Elijah the Tishbite, and the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, etc. For that reason, it was difficult for some people to take this work seriously.

Now there are considerably more people that are familiar with and knowledgeable about the general storyline that is being presented. For this reason, this information can now be presented in a much more authoritative and powerful way.

When I provide links at the end of each one-page synopsis, I hope to direct readers to other bloggers and authors that have written supporting documentation. Also, readers of my blogs have provided many contributions to this work in the comment sections. I hope to provide links to some of the more notable comments that have provided ground-breaking observations and supporting historical information.

Unusual Format

I realize this is an unusual format, but most people have a very short attention span so I just want to present each important historical snippet in a short summary. Those that want the full-blown details can go to the more extensive documentation online.

Most histories about the LDS restoration by believers are highly influenced by the traditions of their fathers from one of the faith traditions of the LDS restoration. This makes it very difficult to cut through the bias and get to the truth.

Histories written by skeptics rely heavily on human intellect and evidence provided by modern science ( the arm of flesh) in debunking the claims of Mormonism.

This history will view the events of Mormon history strictly through the commentary that God provides from the revelations that Joseph Smith brought forth and from ancient prophecies that foretold of the restoration.

I am going to continue growing the list of significant topics.

If you have additional suggestions, feel free to contact me. If you are one of the many people who have made comments that bring to light supporting historical documentation I would appreciate the link to your comment. I am not sure I will have time to parse through the thousands of comments that have been made during the last decade.

Presenting this Material at a Historical Conference
or Study Group or other Venue

The next part of this project is to select about 15 to 20 of the most notable items on the list of historical topics to be briefly discussed in a 45 minute presentation before a live audience.

In other words, if a person was going to make a 45 minute presentation about the true history of Mormonism in front of a group of people, which major historical suppositions on the list will best paint an accurate picture of the overall historical narrative?

Any thoughts ?

Peruse the list and ponder which items of the listing are crucial in revealing the general storyline to those that have not been exposed to this information.

If you would like to share your thoughts feel free to contact me.

I would love to hear which topics provided the greatest impact and epiphany for you in your personal research.

Some of the major historical issues that obviously need to be discussed will be as follows:

  • The truth about the restoration of the keys of the Priesthood of Aaron and who John the Baptist really is. That topic will dovetail into the significance of elijahs visit and declaration in section 110.
  • The true restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood at the Morley Farm and the condemnation of the church 3 ½ years later is essential in understanding the timeline of events and the trajectory of the church after the Kirtland years.
  • Joseph’s role as the Intercessory Servant and Sidney’s role as the scapegoat are critical in understanding the bizarre events of the LDS restoration movement.
  • Changes in the Book of Commandments when D&C was published

Those major issues are obvious and critical, but what other historical events and revelations are essential in helping people to connect the dots?

Any thoughts?

Please do share.

The Significance of the Five Part Timeline Graphic

One of the things that I think will be very powerful in the book and in the presentation is the use of the timeline graphic because it provides a visual context of Joseph Smith’s ministry.

Virtually all of the historical events that are normally confusing and disconcerting to people make much more sense when placed in the historical backdrop of the five part timeline which shows the evolving status of the church and the downward revelatory trajectory after the early Kirtland years.

More to come.. keep watching

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