LDS History, 1844

-- During 1844
[Deseret] Miles Goodyear establishes Fort Buenaventura, the first town in Utah, on the site of present-day Ogden. (1)

[OREGON TRAIL] Four major wagon trains bring 2000 farmers, merchants, mechanics, and lawyers to Oregon. One party each leaves Independence, Westport, St. Joseph, and Bellevue (near Council Bluffs). (2)

-- During 1844-1845
[Periodicals] The Prophet; William Smith New York City, New York (News Paper) (3)

-- During 1844
[West] Joseph Smith aggressively organized efforts to prepare for western exploration of Oregon, Texas, California and the Great Basin for a site for a new city. (4)

-- Jan 23, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy dictates a letter to William explaining that she is writing her memoirs and asking him to raise the funds necessary to publish it. She also tells William that the Twelve and church are "waiting to receive you with open arms." (5)

-- During 1845 January
Nauvoo Charter repealed by Illinois legislature. (6)

-- Feb 23, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] At a meeting at "Bishop Hale's," Lucy "gave a recital of the persecutions endured by her family." (5)

-- Mar 22, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy and Martha Jane reach the point in the manuscript at which E. B. Grandin agrees to publish the Book of Mormon . (5)

-- Apr 6, 1845
The Twelve Apostles issue "ProclamationÂTo all the Kings of the World; To the President of the United States of America; To the Governors of the Several States, And to the Rulers and People of all Nations." [See ormonism][Level Entry/pearl of great price]Pearl of Great Price first published, Liverpool, England. (7)

Apostles issued proclamation to all the world. (6)

-- May 01, 1845
[U.S. Religious History] In Louisville, Kentucky, disaffected members of the Methodist Episcopal Church organized the Methodist Episcopal Church, South as a new denomination. (8)

-- May 3, 1845
Nauvoo Neighbor began publication. (6)

-- May 4, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] William and Caroline Smith return to Nauvoo. (5)

-- May 22, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] Caroline Grant Smith dies, leaving two daughters. (5)

-- May 24, 1845 - 19 October 1845
[Change in Presiding Church Patriarch Office] William Smith Oldest surviving son of Joseph Smith, Sr. (9)

-- May 24, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] William Smith is ordained and set apart as Patriarch to the Church, even though a meeting of the Twelve the previous day (to which William was not invited) had discussed his "improper course" and characterized him as "the greatest danger." (5)

1 - Legends of America, Old West Timeline,
2 - Clackamas Heritage Partners,
3 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 3: Church Periodicals
4 - Hale, Van, Mormon Miscellaneous, Rocky Mountain Prophecy,
5 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
6 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
7 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
8 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,
9 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Presiding Patriarchs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology