Mormon History, Friday, May 15, 1829

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-- Friday, May 15, 1829
D&C 13 [from 3 Nephi 27:19-20] (1)

-- May 15, 1829
In the midst of their translation, Cowdery and Smith take to the woods to pray and are visited by John the Baptist, who confers the Aaronic priesthood upon them. This is a critically important event in the history of the church since it precedes the restoration of the church. John the Baptist also tells the two young men that the Melchizedek Priesthood will also be restored and that when it is restored, it will give them power to "lay on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." Then, in anticipation of the organization of the "Church of Christ," John the Baptist announces that Smith will be "the first Elder of the Church" and Cowdery the second. The two men then baptize each other in the Susquehanna River. (2)

Samuel Harrison Smith baptized. Oliver Cowdery writes David Whitmer (due to persecution) for he and Joseph Smith to move in with him. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph and Oliver, in response to revelation, baptize each other, then Samuel. This is the traditional date of John the Baptist's restoration of the Aaronic priesthood. Samuel's baptism date is also given as 25 May (HC 1:44) during a second visit. He returns home and reports Joseph's "success." (4)

[Revelations] Harmony, Pennsylvania. Doctrine and Covenants 13. (5)

-- Saturday, May 16, 1829
4 Nephi (1)

-- May 25, 1829
[Lucy Mack Smith] Hyrum visits Joseph Jr. and Emma in Harmony, followed by Joseph Knight Sr., who brings them provisions, plus a pair of shoes, lined paper, and $3. About this time, Lucy Harris initiates a hearing before the magistrate at Lyons, county seat of Wayne County (organized in 1823). Lucy Smith remembers this event as after August 1829 with Oliver still acting as Joseph's scribe and when Joseph was on the point of moving to the Whitmer home; however, the move came about 1 June 1829 and the translation was finished before August. Martin Harris dates this legal hearing in March. (4)

-- Wednesday, May 27, 1829
Title Page D&C 10:6-70 received ? (1)

-- Thursday, May 28, 1829
D&C 11 recieved ? (1)

-- Friday, May 29, 1829
D&C 12 received ? (1)

-- Saturday, May 30, 1829
Harmony, Begin move to Whitmer Farm. (1)

-- 1829 June
[Joseph Smith] A revelation is received for Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris "previous to their viewing the plates containing the book of Mormon" (LDS D&C 17; RLDS D&C 15). [FAYETTE,] (6)

[Joseph Smith] John Whitmer becomes a scribe. Joseph Jr. receives revelations for members of the Whitmer family (BC 12-14; LDS D&C 14-16; RLDS D&C 12-14) and "instructions relative to building up the church of Christ" (BC 15; LDS D&C 18; RLDS D&C 16). [FAYETTE,] (6)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph and Oliver move to Fayette, N.Y., to Peter Whitmer Sr. home. (7)

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4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
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6 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
7 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor

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