Timeline

Development of doctrine relating to family history and temple work as revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith…

21 Sept. 1823 — Moroni reiterated Malachi’s promise about the coming of Elijah and said he was to “reveal” the priesthood (see D&C 2; Joseph Smith—History 1:38–39).

Dec. 1830 — First reference was made to temples in modern revelation (see D&C 36:8).

2 Jan. 1831 — The Lord directed the Church to move to Ohio where they were to be “endowed with power from on high” (D&C 38:32).

20 July 1831 — The Lord designated Jackson County, Missouri, as the site for his temple (see D&C 57:2–3).

16 Feb. 1832 — The vision of the degrees of glory was received (see D&C 76).

Dec. 1832 — The commandment to build the Kirtland Temple was given (see D&C 88:119).

21 Jan. 1836 — Joseph saw his brother Alvin, who had died without baptism, in the celestial kingdom and was told that those who would have received the gospel here will inherit the celestial kingdom hereafter (see D&C 137).

27 Mar. 1836 — The Kirtland Temple was dedicated (see D&C 109; History of the Church, 2:410–28).

3 Apr. 1836 — The Savior, Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared and accepted the temple and restored the keys of the priesthood (see D&C 110).

15 Aug. 1840 — The doctrine of baptism for the dead was first taught at the funeral of Seymour Brunson, who died 10 August 1840 (see History of the Church, 4:179, 231).

19 Jan. 1841 — The Saints were commanded to build the Nauvoo Temple, and Joseph was told that not all things pertaining to the endowment had yet been revealed (see D&C 124:25–55).

15 Mar. 1842 — Book of Abraham facsimile with statements about the temple were published in Times and Seasons.

4 May 1842 — Joseph Smith gave the first endowments in the upper room of his red brick store (see History of the Church, 5:1–3).

6 Sept. 1842 — Epistle on essential nature of vicarious temple work (see D&C 128)

16–17 May 1843 — Revelation explaining the necessity of eternal marriage for exaltation was given to Joseph Smith (see D&C 131).

12 July 1843 — Revelation was received concerning the new and everlasting covenant, marriage, and a fulness of life (see D&C 132).

3 Oct. 1918 — President Joseph F. Smith receives vision of Savior’s visit to the spirit world, and the preaching of the gospel to those in the spirit world.

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