Chronology of major events:
On a beautiful spring day, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith enters a grove of trees with desire to pray for guidance. He is visited by God the Father, and His Son, who instruct him to join none of the churches.
The ancient prophet, Moroni, visits Joseph in his bedroom in the loft of his parent's log home. He is shown the plates hidden in a hillside near his home containing the record of an ancient people.
Joseph receives ancient record and begins translation.
First copy of Book of Mormon is printed, trimmed and bound.
In the humble log home of Peter Whitmer in Fayette, N.Y., Church is organized on April 6th with six official members present.
From mid-1830s until 1909, Church has no formal presence or members in the Rochester-Palmyra area. In 1909, Church buys property encompassing old Smith farm on Stafford Road.
Willard and Rebecca Bean and their family called by Church to move to Palmyra and live in Smith's white frame home while managing property. Missionary work begins here this year.
First branch in nearly 90 years is organized in Rochester.
Centennial celebration commemorating anniversary of Moroni's visit to Joseph Smith held in Palmyra under direction B.H. Roberts, Eastern States Mission president.
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Palmyra Branch organized with Willard Bean as first branch president.
Forerunner of Hill Cumorah Pageant held in Sacred Grove under direction of Willard Bean.
Church purchases historic Hill Cumorah property along with three adjacent farms.
Centennial celebration of the founding of Church held in Grange Hall in Palmyra.
Sunday services held at the Hill Cumorah to dedicate the Angel Moroni Monument. President Heber J. Grant offers dedicatory prayer. Gordon B. Hinckley attends as a missionary en route home from British Isles.
First performance of "America's Witness for Christ" held on Hill Cumorah.
John Stonely called as first local member to serve as Cumorah District president. Branches include Genesse Valley Branch in Perry, Palmyra Branch and Rochester Branch.
Democrat and Chronicle reports that there about 165 members of Church living in Rochester, figures supplied by President John Stonely.
Plans underway to construct Palmyra meetinghouse. Rochester Branch membership totals 235.
Property purchased on Canandaigua Road for Palmyra meetinghouse.
Palmyra meetinghouse dedicated by President David O. McKay.
Cumorah Stake organized with Bryant Rossiter called as president. Stake composed of six wards and four branches.
Palmyra Ward divided to create Canandaigua Ward.
Cumorah Stake divided to create Rochester New York Stake and Buffalo New York Stake.
Dale S. Dallon called as Rochester stake president.
Church celebrates Sesquicentennial with general conference broadcast from the Peter Whitmer replica log home in Fayette where Church was organized.
Division of Rochester New York Stake creates Rochester New York Palmyra Stake.
50th Anniversary of Hill Cumorah Pageant.
Dedication of Toronto Ontario Temple.
Reconstructed Grandin Building, first site of Book of Mormon publication, and Smith family log home replica dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
President Gordon B. Hinckley selects temple site. Church's 100th temple announced to be constructed in Palmyra.
Ground broken for temple.
President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates Palmyra New York Temple, 77th temple in Church.