For Signs, and for Seasons

I have often marveled at the coincidences of major events during the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21) with the equinoxes and solstices. Are we missing the obvious?

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years.” Genesis 1:14

The Signs of the Restoration

Most of the major events that restored the original Church of Jesus Christ to the earth, have occurred within a few days of these astronomical moments. I have done enough research to present the following major events and their possibly corresponding astronomical events. (The S/E column indicates a solstice or equinox, and the Offset column shows the number of days the event varied from those.)

Event Event DateS/EEqnx/Soltc DateDays OffsetHeavenly Ministers
Joseph Smith bornDecember 23, 1905SDecember 22, 18051
First visionMarch 26, 1820EMarch 20, 18206Father & Son
Moroni Visit 1September 21, 1823ESeptember 23, 1823-2Moroni
Moroni Visit 2September 21, 1824ESeptember 22, 1824-1Moroni
Moroni Visit 3September 21, 1825ESeptember 23, 1823-2Moroni
Moroni Visit 4September 22, 1826ESeptember 23, 1823-1Moroni
Moroni gives platesSeptember 22, 1827ESeptember 23, 1827-1Moroni
Aaronic PriesthoodMay 15, 1929SJune 21, 1829-36John Baptist
Mel. PriesthoodJune, 1929SJune 21, 1829?Peter, James, John
Church OrganizedApril 6, 1930EMarch 21, 183016
Office of Apostle*July 2, 1930SJune 21, 183011Peter, James, John
Passing of keysApril 3, 1836EMarch 20, 183614Christ, Moses, ELias, Elijah
Relief SocietyMarch 17, 1842EMarch 21, 1842-4
Joseph MartyredJune 27, 1844SJune 21, 18446
Nauvoo Temple DedicationMay 1, 1846March 20, 184612Angels
Table of Events, their types, offsets, and any ministers involved.

The date of Joseph Smith’s first vision is given as March 26, 1820. This comes from the research of two independent projects that both arrived at this date. The link will give you the results of their work.

The Computations

I actually am not sure what to think of all this except that it is a curious thing that so many of them fall within a few days of a solstice or equinox. There are about 92 days between these events so a completely random occurrence of historical events would exhibit an average of 23 days offset. The average here, even when I include the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood, is 8.7 days. If we drop that one event (Afterall, the Melchizedek Priesthood completely comprehends the Aaronic.) then the average offset is 6.4 days.

Mascot Owl

But, if we drop the events that were not attended by particular ministrations (organization of the church and the dedication of the Nauvoo Temple), we get an average offset of 6.5 days. This seems to say that only visits by “extra-terrestials” are somehow attached to these astronomical events. And that seems consistent.

Does anyone have an approximate date for the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood? Judging from the other known major events, it must fall in late June. We could be so bold as to guess June 20th.

* Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saints, Richard Lloyd Dewey, Stratford Books, 2014

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