Losing Land Claims and the Missouri Conflict in 1838
Sustaining the Law : Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters
Persecution and the financial collapse in Kirtland in 1838 forced Joseph Smith to leave Ohio and headquarter the Church in Missouri, where thousands of Latter-day Saints had settled. Once in Missouri, he and the other leaders faced the challenge of finding affordable places for these newcomers to settle, as they had previously contributed their lands and money to help satisfy debts arising from the construction of the Kirtland Temple. [From the text]
A more extensive version of this article was first published as "Mormon Land Rights in Caldwell and Daviess Counties and the Mormon Conflict of 1838: New Findings and New Understandings," BYU Studies 47, no. 1 (2008): 4-55.