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1830—Apr 6—Joseph Smith organizes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayette, New York

1839—Dec 23—Joseph Smith organizes the first LDS congregation in Philadelphia (7th and Callowhill)

1840—Jan 14—Joseph Smith preaches to thousands of listeners at the First Independent Church of Christ (412 Lombard, later First Universalist, now Kesher Israel)

1840—Jan 25—Joseph Smith preaches at Nantmeal Seminary, Chester County

1841—Philadelphia branch president Benjamin Winchester publishes The Gospel Reflector, the first independent Mormon periodical

1843—June—Brigham Young preaches in Philadelphia

1850—Mar 25—Gen. Thomas L. Kane speaks at Historical Society of Pennsylvania to clear up misconceptions about his friends, the Mormons

1881—Jun 15—Church reorganizes the Philadelphia Branch

1928—Church purchases its first chapel in Philadelphia

1938—May—Heber J. Grant dedicates new Philadelphia Chapel (316 South 46th Street)

1960—Oct 14— Harold B. Lee and Sterling W. Sill create the Philadelphia Stake

1967—Mar 26—Creation of the East Brunswick NJ Stake

1968—Dec—Church breaks ground for Philadelphia Stake Center in Broomall

1971—Jan 31—Philadelphia Stake holds first services at Broomall

1974—Dec— LeGrand Richards creates the Wilmington Stake

1979—Aug 12—Creation of Harrisburg PA and Scranton PA Stakes

1979—Nov 18—Church creates the Pitman NJ Stake (and Cherry Hill?)

1980—Church organizes a branch in Philadelphia, meeting at the Navy Base; it became a ward four years later, meeting near 40th and Market Streets

1982—Oct 31— David B. Haight creates the Reading PA Stake

1988—Feb—New meetinghouse at 3913 Chestnut Street

1991—Jun—Church creates Philadelphia District

1997—Apr 13—Creation of Williamsport PA Stake

1999—Feb 14—Creation of Valley Forge PA Stake

2008—Oct 4— Thomas S. Monson announces the Philadelphia Temple in General Conference

2011—Sep 17— Henry B. Eyring breaks ground for the Philadelphia Temple

2012—Apr 15—Creation of the Dover DE Stake

2013—Mar 24—Creation of the Lancaster PA Stake

2016—Sep 18—Dedication of the Philadelphia PA Temple

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