Organizing the Church as a Religious Association in 1830
Sustaining the Law : Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters
While much has been written about the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in upstate New York, questions remain regarding the events of April 6, 1830. This article examines the organizational events of the Church from a legal perspective. In the nineteenth century, individuals desiring to form a church had two legal alternatives: forming a religious corporation or organizing a religious society. [From the text]
First published with more extensive analysis under the title "Legal Insights into the Organization of the Church in 1830," BYU Studies 49, no. 2 (2010): 121-48.