25 notable anniversaries of LDS Church history in 2014 (25 items)

Ben Tullis, Deseret News

June 18, 2014

This year, 2014, marks significant anniversaries in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

These anniversaries range from the births and deaths of important LDS Church leaders to events that affected church members as a whole.

While not all-inclusive, the following are some of the notable anniversaries of the LDS Church in 2014.

1 of 25. 210th anniversary of birth of Eliza R. Snow

Eliza R. Snow was born Jan. 21, 1804. She joined the church in 1835 and moved to Kirtland, Ohio, soon after.

She was the older sister of Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the church. She became the second Relief Society president in 1866 and died in Salt Lake City on Dec. 5, 1887, according to her biography on lds.org.

2 of 25. 210th anniversary of birth of Emma Hale Smith

Emma Hale was born July 10, 1804. During her life she played a significant role in the early history of the LDS Church. She married the Prophet Joseph Smith on Jan. 17, 1827 and stayed by his side until his death in 1844.

Emma organized the first book of hymns for the church, and on March 24, 1842, she was called as the first Relief Society president, according to her biography on lds.org.

This year also marks the 135th anniversary of Emma’s death on May 30, 1879, in Nauvoo, Illinois.

3 of 25. 200th anniversary of birth of Lorenzo Snow

Lorenzo Snow was born April 3, 1814. He joined the church in 1836 and served missions both in the United States and abroad.

He became an apostle 165 years ago on Feb. 12, 1849. He became a counselor in the First Presidency in 1873 and later became the fifth president of the LDS Church on Sept. 13, 1898, according to information on lds.org and "Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow."

In his presidency, President Snow focused on the principle of tithing. He died Oct. 10, 1901, in Salt Lake City.

4 of 25. 200th anniversary of birth of Daniel H. Wells

Daniel H. Wells was born Oct. 27, 1814. According to josephsmithpapers.org, Wells' involvement with the LDS Church began before he was even baptized.

He lived in Commerce (later Nauvoo), Illinois, and served as the justice of the peace prior to the arrival of the Saints in 1839. Wells respected the church and Joseph Smith, but did not join the church until August 1849.

He moved with the Saints to Utah and became the first attorney general of the territory of Deseret. He became a second counselor to Brigham Young on Jan. 4, 1857, and served as the first president of the Manti Utah Temple.

He died March 24, 1891, in Salt Lake City.

5 of 25. 185th anniversary of completion of Book of Mormon translation

After the disappearance of the 116 manuscript pages, Joseph Smith struggled to translate the Book of Mormon.

The Lord promised him that help would come, and that help came in the person of Oliver Cowdery. Cowdery and Joseph Smith met on April 5, 1829, according to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism online at eom.byu.edu.

Two days later, translation of the Book of Mormon continued with Cowdery as scribe. The work from then on continued at a rapid pace until the translation was completed in June 1829, according to lds.org.
1. From Montana
Billings, MT,
June 19, 2014

If 200 year anniversary - then Lorenzo Snow was born 1814 not 1804 as stated - This is from Teachings of he Prophets and LDS.org. YOU HAVE QUOTED REFERENCES IN ERROR.

2. in a handbasket
Kearns, UT,
June 19, 2014

Check your dates, Lorenzo Snow was born in 1814 not 1804. If he were born in 1804 it would have been 4 months after his sister Eliza.

3. Lew Scannon
Provo, UT,
June 19, 2014

You forgot the 150-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for the SL Tabernacle.

4. sonofabronc
Boise, ID,
June 19, 2014

"year" and "anniversary" placed next to each other are like fingernails on a chalkboard.

5. alien236
June 19, 2014

According to the Joseph Smith Papers project and revised 2013 edition of the scriptures, the Aaronic priesthood restoration did NOT take place on the banks of the Susquehanna river, but somewhere in the woods away from it. This misconception dates back to an unsourced caption on a photograph of the river in the early twentieth century.