In 2005, the LDS Church celebrated the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth. As major an event as that was, the next big milestone is far, far more important, and as it’s only a little over eight years away, I wonder if plans are already being made to honor it adequately.
The 200th anniversary of the First Vision will be in the Spring of 2020. General Conference that season will likely be on Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th. I imagine celebrations could most conveniently coincide with that. Certainly it’s what all the talks will be about! But this will be a celebration that the whole world should know about, and be included in. It should, conceivably, be the biggest event the Church has ever undertaken to organize and present, with the possible exceptions of the pioneer migration and the construction of the earliest temples.
Some other important 200th anniversaries that we might already start keeping in mind:
- Thursday, September 21st, 2023: Angel Moroni appears to Joseph Smith and mentions the Book of Mormon
- Wednesday, September 22nd, 2027: Joseph Smith receives the Book of Mormon plates
- Tuesday, May 15th, 2029: Restoration of the Aaronic priesthood
- Tuesday, March 26th, 2030: Publication of the Book of Mormon
And, of course:
- Saturday, April 6th, 2030: Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
So at least one major event’s anniversary will actually fall on a weekend!