LDS History, 29 May 1837

-- 29 May 1837
[Lucy Mack Smith] Frederick G. Williams, David Whitmer, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman E. Johnson, and Warren Parrish are called to a church court, but it closes in confusion when Rigdon, Cowdery, and Williams leave. Johnson and Orson Pratt charge Joseph Jr. with misrepresentation and extortion. Dissidents meet in temple, declare that Joseph Jr. is a fallen prophet, and want to replace him with Whitmer. (1)

-- 1837 May 31
[Wilford Woodruff] Departs on mission to Maine with Jonathan Hale and Milton Holmes (2)

-- 1837, May 31
[Wilford Woodruff] Leaves Kirtland, Ohio, to serve a mission in the Fox Islands, off the coast of the state of Maine. (3)

-- During May 1837
[Lucy Mack Smith] The Panic of 1837 begins in New York; banks stop payments in Ohio by 17 May. (1)

-- about June 1, 1837
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith set apart Elder Heber C. Kimball to preside over a mission to England, the first foreign mission of the Church outside continental North America. (4)

-- 1 June 1837
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph sets Heber C. Kimball apart as president of the British Mission; seven of the Twelve leave from New York 1 July. Perhaps about this time, Joseph Jr. accuses Parrish of stealing $25,000. When Frederick G. Williams, as justice of the peace, refuses to give him a search warrant, Joseph drops him from the First Presidency. (1)

-- 4 June 1837
[Heber C. Kimball] Is called on fourth mission, to England. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Perhaps on this date, at a meeting in the temple, Warren Parrish tries to drag Joseph Sr. from the stand, while John Boynton threatens to stab William Smith. Lucy says Joseph is in Cleveland; no trip to Cleveland is recorded in his history. (1)

-- 1837 June 5
[Joseph Smith] Discharged in Grandison Newell case, Chardon, Ohio. (6)

-- 1837 June 8
[Joseph Smith] Completed his withdrawal from Kirtland Safety Society, apparently recognizing likelihood of failure, having made arrangements for resolution of outstanding debts. (6)

-- June 11, 1837
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith gave special instructions to Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde and to Joseph Fielding concerning their mission to England. (4)

-- 1837 June 11
[Joseph Smith] Instructed and set apart as missionaries to England apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde and priest Joseph Fielding, Kirtland; two days later, with Willard Richards, they departed Kirtland to fulfill their mission. (6)

-- 1837 June 12
[Joseph Smith] Onset of severe personal illness, Kirtland. (6)

1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
3 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
5 - On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanely B. Kimball editor. Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1987. Chronology
6 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839

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