Mormon History, Feb 1, 1831

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-- Feb 1, 1831
It appears quite certain that the prophet himself never made any serious pretensions to religion until his late pretended revelation. "Gold Bible, No. 3," Palmyra Reflector, Feb. 1, 1831. (1)

Joseph and Emma arrive in Kirtland, stay at the home of Newel K. Whitney for several weeks. (1)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph and Emma arrive at Kirtland, Ohio. Stay with Whitneys. (2)

-- about Feb 1, 1831
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith and his wife, Emma Smith, arrived in Kirtland from New York and were kindly received into the house of Brother Newel K. Whitney. (3)

-- Feb 4, 1831
[Financial] By revelation to Joseph Smith (Doctrine and Covenants 41:9), Edward Partridge is appointed "bishop unto the church," the first Latter-day Saint to hold that office. Bishops, most importantly the Presiding Bishop, eventually become key figures in the stewardship of the church's financial and material assets. (Newel K. Whitney, who had already been serving as a bishop in the church, is appointed to succeed Partridge in 1844, and becomes the first bishop to be designated Presiding Bishop in 1847.) (4)

Edward Partridge called and ordained first Bishop of Church. (5)

Edward Partridge became first bishop. (6)

D&C 41 (Kirtland): Edward Partridge called as bishop. Ordained by Sidney Rigdon. (1)

Joseph Smith's revelation: A house should be built for Smith to live and translate; Sidney Rigdon should live as seems good to him; Edward Partridge to be ordained a bishop. (7)

Thomas Campbell sends letter to Sidney Rigdon, responding to his Book of Mormon challange. (7)

additional revelation is given, naming Edward Partridge the first bishop (D&C 42). (8)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 41, a revelation calling Edward Partridge to be the first bishop of the Church. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Edward Partridge is ordained to the office of bishop without high priest ordination. Although he is traditionally regarded as presiding bishop over the entire church, LDS president John Taylor and church historian Orson Pratt explained that Partridge was the "General Bishop" over Missouri, while Newel K. Whitney (ordained in December 1831) was General Bishop over Ohio. (9)

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2 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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5 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
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9 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"

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