LDS History, June 15, 1834

-- June 15, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Chariton River, Missouri. While on the Zions Camp march, Joseph Smith received word that Daniel Dunklin, governor of Missouri, would not fulfill the expectation to reinstate the Saints to their lands in Jackson County, Missouri. (1)

-- 1834 June 15
[Joseph Smith] Orson Hyde and Parley P. Pratt return from Jefferson City: Governor Dunklin says it is impractical to restore the Saints in Jackson county. HC 2:89, 94. (2)

-- June 16, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Grand River, Missouri. Joseph Smith and the Zions Camp marchers suffered from thirst and fatigue as they went from the Chariton to the Grand River. (1)

-- 1834 June 16
[Joseph Smith] 800-1000 residents of Clay county, including Mormons, meet at Liberty court house at request of Judge Ryland. Non-Mormons argue Mormons should leave the county. General Doniphan argues on their behalf. Battle averted when one Missourian stabbs another. Mormons write Samuel C. Owens that they do not intend violence and will discourage other Mormons from entering Jackson county. HC 2:97100. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Cross Grand river in a ferry. Martin Harris handles a black snake with his bare feet and is bitten. Joseph reproves him and admonishes the brethren "never to trifle with the promises of God when a man designedly prokes a serpent to bite him, [96] the principle is the same as when a man drinks deadly poison knowing it to be such. In that case no man has any claim on the promises of God to be healed." HC 2:95-96. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Owens and James Campbell start for Independence to raise army to oppose Zion's Camp, but boat sinks in Missouri. Campbell drowns, Owens floats downstream and survives. (2)

-- June 17, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Wakenda River, Carroll County, Missouri. The Zions Camp marchers, led by Joseph Smith, experienced some divisions while trying to decide where to camp after crossing the Wakenda River. (1)

-- 1834 June 17
[Joseph Smith] Zion's Camp ferry across the Wakenda. HC 2:100. (2)

-- June 18, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Outside of Richmond, Missouri. On the Zions Camp march, Joseph Smith was in poor health and had no provisions, but he managed to travel 17 miles before eating. (1)

-- June 19, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Between Little and Big Fishing Rivers, Missouri. A violent hailstorm came upon a large mob of about 300 who had just commenced their attack on Joseph Smith and the brethren of Zions Camp. (1)

-- 1834 June 19
[Joseph Smith] Vigilantes assembled to attack Zions Camp but abandoned venture because of severe rainstorm, Fishing River Township, Clay County. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Arrival of Zions Camp in Clay County, Mo. (4)

-- June 20, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Fishing River, Missouri. Joseph Smith counseled the brethren of Zions Camp to discharge all their firearms because of possible moisture; they then marched five miles onto the prairie where they could procure food and defend themselves from their enemies. (1)

1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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3 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
4 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor

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