LDS History, July 1840

-- During July 1840
[Lucy Mack Smith] Howard Coray sees Martha Jane Knowlton at a preaching service in Nauvoo and makes her acquaintance. (1)

-- August 9, 1840
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to a friend of the Church, John C. Bennett, inviting him to come visit Nauvoo. (2)

-- 1840 August 11
[Wilford Woodruff] Arrives in London to proselyte (3)

-- 1840 15 August
Baptism for the dead announced in Nauvoo. (4)

-- 1840, August 15
Baptism for the dead publicly announced by the Prophet Joseph Smith. (5)

-- August 15, 1840
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. While preaching a funeral sermon for Colonel Seymour Brunson, Joseph Smith first announced the doctrine of baptism for the dead. (2)

[Joseph Smith] The first baptism for a deceased person is performed. Joseph pronounces that the ceremony is valid. (6)

-- 1840, August 15
[Joseph Smith] (age 34)Publicly announces the doctrine of baptism for the dead at a funeral in Nauvoo. Baptisms for the dead are first performed in the Mississippi River and local streams. (7)

-- August 17, 1840
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith met with the high council in his office to discuss John Battens charges against Elijah Fordham, and concluded that the two had better be reconciled without an action, or vote of the Council, and henceforth live as brethren. (2)

-- 1840 September 10
[Wilford Woodruff] Returns to Herefordshire (3)

-- 14 September 1840 - 24 January 1841
[1st Presidency Changes] Joseph Smith, Jr. Sidney Rigdon (never ordained an apostle) Hyrum Smith John Smith (never ordained an apostle, Assistant Counselor) Death of Joseph Smith, Sr. (never ordained an apostle) (8)

-- 14 September 1840-27 June 1844
[Church Patriarch] Hyrum Smith Oldest surviving son of Joseph Smith, Sr. (9)

-- 1840 14 September
Patriarch Joseph Smith Sr. died. (4)

1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
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7 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
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