Mormon History, May 4, 1835

Mormon History Chronology / Timeline

-- May 4, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Twelve Apostles departed Kirtland on journey to northeastern states and Upper Canada to supervise outlying branches of church. (1)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The Twelve leave on missions for Pennsylvania and New York. (2)

[Partridge, Edward] Received patriarchal blessing 4 May 1835. (3)

[Patriarchal Blessings] Kirtland, Ohio, Patriarchal Blessing to Edward Partridge given by Joseph Smith Sr. stated "Thou shalt live to see the redemption of Zion and rejoice upon the goodly land" (4)

[Pratt, Orson] Left 4 May 1835 on mission to East with members of twelve apostles. (3)

-- May 5, 1835
The Twelve leave Kirtland for the East. (5)

-- May 10, 1835-11
The Twelve hold conference in Westfield, New York (5)

-- 1835 May (mid)
John Whitmer replaces Oliver Cowdery (his brother-in-law) as editor of the Messenger and Advocate, editing the June 1835 to March 1836 issues. Frederick G. Williams becomes editor of the Northern Times, a Democratic weekly. Crawley bibiography, 47. (5)

-- mid May 1835
At about this time, Kirtland gunsmith Marvel C. Davis reportedly enlisted the help of Solomon W. Denton (a boarder at the Smith home in Kirtland) to join with him in a secret conspiracy to murder Grandison Newell , an outspoken anti-Mormon living two miles away in Mentor. (6)

At about this time, Solomon W. Denton birrowed two pistols from his boss in the Church printing office, Oliver Cowdery. With these guns Denton reportedly accompanied M. C. Davis to make a murder attempt upon Grandison Newell. The attempt was unsucccessful; exact date unknown. (6)

Oliver Cowdery withdrew from the editorship of the Northern Times, and the LDS First Presidency appointed Frederick G. Williams (the publisher) to edit the Mormons' semi-official Democratic newspaper. [Painsville Telegraph 6:51, Friday, 12 June 12, 1835; LDS "History of the Church, Vol. II, p. 227.] (6)

The May Messenger and Advocate was printed. It contained a warning from the Presidents of Seventies meeting held 28 April 1837. In that meeting these Mormon leaders agreed that "we will have no fellowship whatever with any Elder belonging to the quorum of the Seventies who is guilty of polygamy or any offense of the kind." This was the first public admission of polygamy occurring within the LDS Church. (6)

-- mid-May 1835
[Lucy Mack Smith] John Whitmer replaces Oliver Cowdery as editor of the Messenger and Advocate; Phelps lives with Joseph Jr. and helps him compile the Doctrine and Covenants. (2)

1 - Jessee, Dean, Esplin, Ronald and Bushman, Richard Lyman (editors), The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
4 - Marquardt, H. Michael, "Excerpts from a few Patriarchal Blessings given by Joseph Smith, Sr."
5 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
6 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,

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