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10 key dates and incidents from the Kirkland Period


The Kirtland period was a significant era in Church history, marked by many important events. Here are ten key dates and incidents from this time:

  1. February 1831: The Law of Consecration and Stewardship was introduced, which became a foundational principle in the early Church.
  2. March 8, 1832: Joseph Smith was sustained as President of the High Priesthood, marking the establishment of the First Presidency.
  3. March 27, 1836: The Kirtland Temple was dedicated, the first temple built by the Church and a significant spiritual milestone.
  4. June 1833: The publication of “The Word of Wisdom,” a health code that became an essential part of Church doctrine.
  5. February 1834: The formation of Zion’s Camp, an expedition to assist Church members in Missouri, highlighting issues of unity and obedience.
  6. February 17, 1834: The School of the Prophets was formally organized, focusing on spiritual and theological education.
  7. August 17, 1835: The publication of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book of revelations and teachings essential to Church governance.
  8. Spring 1837: The Kirtland Safety Society, a Church-established bank, faced financial difficulties leading to significant economic stress among members.
  9. January 12, 1838: Joseph Smith left Kirtland for Far West, Missouri, marking the end of Kirtland as the Church’s central hub.
  10. June 1837: Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde were called to serve missions in England, marking the beginning of international missionary work for the Church.
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