Joseph Smith Sr. arrives in Palmyra looking for employment and farmland. After a short time he sends word for his family to come.
Lucy takes the family from Vermont to Palmyra where they join Joseph Sr. The family will live downtown until they save enough money to purchase a farm (see Account).
The Smith family builds and moves into a log house on the 100-acre farm they have recently purchased.
The angel Moroni visits Joseph several times (see Accounts; see also D&C 2). Joseph goes to the hill Cumorah and views the plates for the first time (see Accounts).
Joseph makes his second visit to Cumorah and has another interview with the angel Moroni.
Joseph makes his third visit to Cumorah and has another interview with the angel Moroni.
The Smith's frame home is completed and occupied by the family from 1825-1829.
Joseph makes his fourth visit to Cumorah and has another interview with the angel Moroni.
Joseph makes his final visit to Cumorah and obtains the plates from the angel Moroni (see JS-H 1:53-54, 59).
Several attempts are made to get the plates from Joseph. The Smiths must guard their house. Joseph obtains $50 from Martin Harris and hires a man to move him and Emma to her parents' house in Harmony, Pennsylvania. They move to Harmony while transporting the plates hidden in a barrel of beans (see Account).
The copyright for the Book of Mormon is secured at the office of the Federal Distric Court Clerk, Richard R. Lansing. The application contains the title page of the Book of Mormon.
The Wayne Sentinel publishes the Book of Mormon title page. Probably around this time Martin Harris approaches E. B. Grandin about publishing the book. Grandin declines due to its high potential for unfavorable financial loss.
Thurlow Weed, owner-editor of the Rochester Telegraph, is approached twice but likewise declines to print the book. The printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon is begun by Oliver Cowdery.
Martin Harris mortgages his farm. Around this time the contract with E. B. Grandin is likely signed. It is agreed that five thousand copies would be printed (a very unusually high amount in that day). Harris promises to deliver $3,000 to Grandin within eighteen months. If Harris defaults, his land is to be "sold at public auction to satisfy the demand" (Larry C. Porter, "A Study of the Origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, 1816-1831" (Ph.D. diss., BYU, 1971; BYU Studies, 2000), p.88). Hyrum Smith delivers the first manuscript installment and typesetting commences. The original typesetter is John H. Gilbert and proofs are printed by J. H. Bortles until December when Grandin hires Thomas McAuley. McAuley and Bortles do the remaining press work until March 1830.
Abner Cole (alias Obediah Dogberry), in his Palmyra Reflector, January 2, 13, 22, prints several extracts of the Book of Mormon from sheets he stole at Grandin's printing office (where his own newspaper was printed). Because of this Joseph returns to Palmyra from Harmony to assert his copyright privileges in order to stop this unauthorized publishing of sections of the Book of Mormon.
Joseph Smith enters into an agreement with Martin Harris which reads, "I hereby agree that Martin Harris shall have an equal privilege with me & my friends of selling the Book of Mormon of the Edition now printing by Egbert B Grandin until enough of them shall be sold to pay for the printing of the same of until such times as the said Grandin shall be paid for the printing the aforesaid Books or copies[.]" ("Note on the sale of the Book of Mormon, now printed," January 16, 1830, Simon Gratz Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
The printing and binding are finished and the book is offered for sale to the public. Prices at Grandin's Bookstore seem to range from $1.25 to $1.75 per book.
A revelation is given to Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith, Joseph Smith Sr., and Joseph Knight Sr. as a result of their earnest desires to know of their respective duties (see Background to D&C 23).