LDS History, 1863

-- 1863
Church Membership at end of year: 71,770
New Converts : 2,990
Percent Change from previous year: 4.35% (1)

[Deseret] Discovery of silver and lead in Bingham Canyon. (2)

[Deseret] More than 250 Shoshone Indians are killed by the U.S. Army near Logan, Utah in the Bear River Massacre. (3)

[Deseret] Silver and lead are discovered in Bingham Canyon. (4)

The Deseret Academy of Arts, an institution composed principally of artists was formed in Great Salt Lake. The purpose of the Society was to promote the various branches of fine arts, the establishment of a public school and museum of art and design. (4)

[Deseret] Dry farming, as a type of commercial agriculture, begins in Utah. (5)

Col. P. E. Connor defeated a band of the Shoshone Indians, near Bear river. (6)

[OREGON TRAIL] The removal of troops from the western frontier to fight in the Civil War drops emigration to 5000 in '61 and '62, and 10,000 in '63 after word of gold strikes in Montana filters back east. The Pony Express goes bankrupt following the completion of transcontinental telegraph lines. Pony Express owner Ben Holladay extends his stage company to Oregon. (7)

-- Feb 4, 1864
Brigham Young, Jr. is ordained an apostle by President Brigham Young. It is not until four years later that he becomes a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (8)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Brigham Young, Jr. ordained an apostle, but not a member of the Quorum.
John Willard Young ordained an apostle, but not a member of the Quorum. (Set apart as counselor to Brigham Young in 1867, and to Twelve in 1877.)
Joseph Angell Young ordained an apostle, but not a member of the Quorum. (9)

-- Apr 10, 1864
Moves were made for building a telegraph line in Utah. (6)

-- Apr 22, 1864
[U.S. Religious History] The motto "In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. coins - specifically, the a bronze two-cent piece issued during the American Civil War. (10)

-- Jul 26, 1864
Cornerstone laid for Salt Lake Tabernacle. (11)

1 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
2 - History to Go, Mining and Railroad,
3 - Legends of America, Old West Timeline,
4 - History to Go, Pioneers and Cowboys,
5 - History to Go, Statehood,
6 - Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
7 - Clackamas Heritage Partners,
8 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism),
9 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church),
10 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,
11 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
Mormon History Timeline /Chronology