|1805||December 23||Joseph Smith, Jr. born in Sharon, Vermont|
|1816||Smith family moves to New York state|
|1820||Spring|| Joseph Smith has his first vision in which the Father
and Son reveal that all existing religions are "wrong".
|1822||Smith locates "seerstone", a magical device used to find
|1823||September||Existence of golden plates and translator keys, Urim and
Thummin revealed to Smith by the Angel Moroni.
Smith attempts to retrieve the plate but says he was
not allowed to take them.
|1824-27||The Smith family continues to work their farm and
engage from time to time in "treasure hunting", using
Joseph's seerstone. Joseph reports three more visits from
Moroni, but is still unable to take possession of the plates.
|1827||January||Smith marries Emma Hale of Harmony, Pennsylvania.|
|1827||September|| Smith reports that he was allowed to take posession of
the golden plates.
|1827-1828||Fall to Spring||Smith translates the first 116 pages of the plates and allows
friend, Martin Harris, to take them east to show his wife. Harris
loses the pages and Smith claims the plates have been taken from him
for his irresponsible behavior.
|1828||September||Smith reports that the plate have been returned to him.|
|1829||April to July||Intense transcribing of what would become the Book of Mormon.
Book goes to publisher by late summer.
|1830||March||Book of Mormon first advertised for sale.|
|1830||April||Church of Jesus Christ organized in Fayette, New York.|