TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY! It was on April 6th, 1830, that Joseph Smith officially organized the Church of Christ in Peter Whitmer Sr.’s home (Fayette, New York.) and recorded Doctrine and Covenants 20 concerning Church organization and government. Joseph also received Doctrine and Covenants 21.
Just today, Elder David A. Bednar said:
“Today is April the sixth. We know by revelation that today is the actual and accurate date of the Savior’s birth. April the 6th is also the date on which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized.” (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2014/04)
One of the ways that I like to celebrate this special day is to begin my study of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge officially begins on April 7th, but I read the introductory pages to the Book of Mormon today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Church, and HAPPY READING to you!
History of the Church, Joseph Smith 1:62-80
Doctrine and Covenants 20, 21
“Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record,” Paul H. Peterson, BYU Studies 35:4
“Fayette: The Place the Church was Organized,” John K. Carmack, Ensign Feb. 1989
Joseph Smith History A1:37-38
Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830 [D&C 20]
Revelation, 6 April 1830 [D&C 21]
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith’s Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch