Enoch Calendar: Another Witness of the Restoration
Several key dates during the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints occurred on significant dates on the Hebrew Calendar. Now it has been discovered that the Enoch Calendar provides a second witness to the importance of many of those dates, including the date of the birth of the Church, and a proposed date for the First Vision.
The Book of Enoch states that a calendar was revealed anciently to the Prophet Enoch by the angel Uriel. A proposed model of that Enoch calendar was described in last month’s article, so that any date in history can now be converted to the equivalent Enoch calendar date. When that is done for a variety of significant dates during the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an interesting pattern emerges. It appears that the Lord may be using the Enoch calendar for the timing of certain religious events. The next significant date on that calendar is the upcoming Feast of Trumpets next month.
For the purpose of this article, all that is required to know about the calendar is that it is similar to the Hebrew calendar in that it has the same religious feasts and fast days, but it is tied more closely to the week than to the moon. Thus, while the Hebrew year always begins at a new moon, the Enoch year always begins on a Sunday, and most of the holy days occur on either Saturday or Sunday. The dates of celebrating the feasts can vary by weeks from the Hebrew calendar.
The Qumran Calendar. Is there any evidence that the Enoch calendar was ever used by the Israelites for timing their feasts? Yes, it is clear that at least one attempt to do so was made. The community at Qumran, near Jerusalem, shortly before Christ, tenaciously used the “Qumran calendar.” They maintained that the other Jewish sects were wrong for using the moon-based calendar for the timing of feasts. A study of the Qumran calendar shows that it had 364 days and many other features of the Enoch calendar. The Qumran society believed that their calendar was the one “true” calendar, and it was apparently derived from an interpretation of the calendar described in the Book of Enoch.
The results of my research imply that they did not get some of the details correct about the Enoch calendar. For example, they began the year on a Wednesday because Genesis states that the light of the sun first appeared on the fourth day of the week of creation (Wednesday). My research shows that the more straightforward interpretation that the year begins on the first day of the week is correct. Thus, at least some Israelites felt that the Enoch calendar should be used for the timing of the feasts. My research indicates that both the Hebrew and Enoch calendars are “correct” but they are used for different purposes. The Hebrew calendar seems to used more for the timing of the births and deaths and notable historical events, whereas the Enoch calendar is more for religious events which generally would not make the headlines. Another important use of the calendars seems to be that they can provide two witnesses of the significance of a date.
Years as Days. An important conclusion from last month’s article is that the Lord appears to number the years according to the same pattern as he numbers the days. In particular, concerning the Enoch calendar, years would be grouped in sets of 364 years, beginning with a “Sunday” year called 1 SPRING (where SPRING being capitalized indicates that it refers to a year, not a day). Note that the years are grouped by sevens, just as are the days of the week. These “weeks” of seven years correspond to the weeks of Hebrew years, that is, both calendars agree that this year, 2002, is a SUNDAY year.
Begin with Christ. Another conclusion from last month’s article is that Jesus Christ was born in a SUNDAY year (1 BC). Let us define that year to be named 1 SPRING on the Enoch calendar. That is, it is here proposed that the birth year of the Savior was the year corresponding to the New Year’s Day on the Enoch calendar. From that starting year, every year in history can be easily identified on the Enoch calendar by simply counting “grand years” of 364 years each.
Let us now consider some key dates of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to see if there is a pattern of significance relating to the Enoch calendar. If only one date aligns on some special date on the Enoch calendar, then it might be due to chance. If a few dates align then the evidence is better, but chance is not ruled out. But if several dates align according to the pattern of the known symbolism of holy days, then the evidence becomes strong that the Lord may well be scheduling events on the calendar which was revealed to the Prophet Enoch.
The Day-Year Pattern
There is a simple, systematic way to check for at least one pattern of dates during the restoration. The holy dates on the Enoch calendar have already been determined both from the scriptures and from the example of the life of Christ. Numbering years as days leads to the result that the year 1820 would be a year 1 SPRING, even as the year of the Savior’s birth, because 1,820 = 5 x 364. That is, in the spring of 1820, exactly five great years would have passed since the birth of Jesus Christ. Because that was the year of the First Vision, the possibility suggests itself that numbering the days as years might indeed be important.
Let us then consider the following day-year combinations to see if perhaps there is a pattern which the Lord might have used in restoring the gospel according to his own calendar. Did anything significant occur on the day 1 Spr 1 SPR, which would be the New Year’s Day of the New Year’s Year? Or what about 10 Spr 10 SPR, which would be the day of Consecration in the year of Consecration, symbolizing the day when the Passover lamb is to be set apart? That is a day which might be associated with priesthood ordinations. It also refers to being set apart for the sacrifice, which seems especially relevant to the prophet Joseph Smith, who would go as a lamb to the slaughter. And what about the day 14 Spr 14 SPR, the day of Passover in the year of Passover? Let us look at each of these for possible significance, remembering that each of those days only occurs once every 364 years.
The First Vision: Sun 26 Mar 1820, 1 Spr 1 SPR
For many years it has been clear to me that the date of the First Vision was most likely Sun 26 Mar 1820. That result has not been published because the evidence depends on seeing a pattern in other yet unpublished dates. Recently, however, when it became clear how the Enoch calendar functions, the significance of the date was highlighted in a remarkable fashion: it was the New Year’s Day of a New Year’s Year. Because such a day only occurs once in 364 years, it is a striking coincidence.
This result is still not conclusive because the date of the First Vision has not been known to the Church, other than it occurred on a “beautiful, clear day early in the spring” of 1820 . In support of the proposed date, note that the First Vision most likely occurred on a Sunday. That would have been the day on which a farm boy like Joseph Smith would have been able to take some time to go to a grove of trees to pour out his heart in mighty prayer. It is also the day now set aside by the Lord for sacred occasions, so it would require an explanation if one proposed that the First Vision were on a day other than Sunday.
The Spirit calls a Prophet. Related to this date is another striking date. After sunset on Fri 24 Mar 1820 several sacred calendars aligned which have been discussed in previous articles. That evening began the day 10 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, which is the day of Consecration, the day for choosing a new lamb . It was also 1 Wind on the Native American Sacred Round, the day of the Spirit (Wind). It was also the day 1 Prime on the Mercury Calendar, the holy day symbolic of being at the prime of life. And that evening most likely began the day 0 Spr on the Enoch calendar, the day of the Spring Equinox. This is an example of several sacred calendars aligning to testify of the importance of a date. The four witnesses even suggest a precise interpretation: it is a day for the Spirit to choose a new prophet who has just come of age.
This date is so striking that it would be a candidate for the date of the First Vision, except that the alignment occurred after sunset and before midnight. That evening, however, might have been when Joseph Smith was reading the passage James 1:5, and the Spirit caused the scripture to “enter with great force” into every feeling of his heart . He could have pondered it all day Saturday, and then “at length” decided to pray on Sunday morning.
Scribe Set Apart: Tue 7 Apr 1829, 10 Spr 10 SPR
The day 10 Spr 10 SPR occurred on Tue 7 Apr 1829. That is precisely the day on which Oliver Cowdery began to be the scribe for the Prophet, to record the translation of the Book of Mormon (See introduction to D.&C. 6). Thus, the day was not only significant, but also the symbolism was meaningful because it was a “setting apart” of someone to do sacred work. This is the first substantial evidence that the Lord is using the Enoch calendar because the date is known from history, it fits the holy day symbolism (consecration), and the day-year combination only occurs once in 364 years.
Had I been asked to speculate as to what should have happened on 10 Spr 10 SPR, my guess would have been the ordination of the Prophet to the priesthood. The year (1829) would have been correct (10 SPRING), but not the day, because Joseph was ordained to both the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods later that year. The day Fri 15 May 1829, on which the Aaronic Priesthood was restored, is a mystery to me, for it doesn’t appear to be a holy day on any calendar. The Lord’s ways are not our ways, so it is very hard even to understand the past, let alone to predict the future. Thus, while anyone can look at future dates on a calendar, I have no intention of ever predicting what will happen on any specific day. There are just too many possibilities, and they are mostly only obvious after the fact. In this case, 20-20 hindsight shows that 10 Spr 10 SPR was clearly the perfect day to select the official scribe for the Book of Mormon.
Passover Meditation: Sat 6 Apr 1833, 14 Spr 14 SPR
What about the day 14 Spr 14 SPR? That looks like the perfect day for the birth of the Church, because it is Passover on the Enoch calendar, in the year of PASSOVER, and Passover symbolized the birth of the Savior. The day 14 Spr 14 SPR was Sat 6 Apr 1833. As we know, the Lord instead chose Tue 6 Apr 1830 for the founding of the Church, apparently because that was his birthday on our modern Gregorian calendar . We’ll come back to that date, but the point here is that there are many calendars for the Lord to choose from, and by seeing what he did choose, we may be able to learn what the calendars are used for. So what about 14 Spr 14 SPR?
The day Sat 6 Apr 1833 was General Conference. It was a very significant day calendrically, being Passover on the Hebrew calendar (15 Nisan), and a “saros century” of 1,803 years since the Savior began his public ministry on Sat 6 Apr AD 30, 15 Nisan, 14 Spr. A saros century is an interval after which the Hebrew and Enoch calendars both repeat exactly for several years.
So did anything interesting happen at General Conference on Sat 6 Apr 1833? Yes, the Prophet Joseph Smith made several remarks about the calendrical significance of the date:
The day was spent in a very agreeable manner, in giving and receiving knowledge which appertained to this last kingdom—it being just 1800 years since the Savior laid down His life that men might have everlasting life, and only three years since the Church had come out of the wilderness, preparatory for the last dispensation. The Saints had great reason to rejoice: they thought upon the time when this world came into existence, and the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy; they thought of the time when Israel ate the “Passover,” as wailing came up for the loss of the firstborn of Egypt; they felt like the shepherds who watched their flocks by night, when the angelic choir sweetly sang the electrifying strain, “Peace on earth, good will to man;” and the solemnities of eternity rested upon them. 
When is the last time that you remember the Prophet suggesting at General Conference that it would be a good time to think about Passover? Conference often occurs on Passover, as it did then, but it is rarely a topic discussed. But with the recognition of the Enoch calendar, a greater significance is seen: it was not only Passover on both the Enoch and Hebrew calendars, it was also the Enoch PASSOVER year.
This quote tells us a lot of other details. First, it shows the Prophet accepted the year AD 33 as the year of the death and resurrection of the Savior, which all of my research also supports. Secondly, it shows that he associated the birth of Christ either with 6 Apr, or with Passover, or both (my research supports both). And finally, it shows he related the date to the coming into existence of this world. Just how much detail the prophet understood is not clear, because the “solemnities of eternity” rested upon them , which suggests that the Spirit testified strongly of the importance of the day.
So from this occurrence several conclusions seem reasonable. The date clearly fits the expected pattern that a Passover-like event should happen that day. In fact, the saints thought about many Passover-related events. This is the second significant evidence that the Lord is at least aware of the day-year pattern of the Enoch calendar. But it also shows that the day-year pattern is not the primary criterion for the Lord’s choice of a date. It was not used for the founding of the Church nor the restoration of the priesthood. The day on which Oliver Cowdery began to be a scribe and the subject matter of General Conference might have both been overlooked in Church history, without anyone having complained about a great oversight in record keeping. It must be remembered that the Lord has several sacred calendars, but this evidence supports the conclusion that the Enoch calendar is indeed one of them.
Continuation of the Pattern
So what about other Enoch calendar day-year alignment dates? The following is a table of most of the day-year holy dates on the Enoch calendar from the Restoration through this festival season. It has many question marks in it because little attempt has been made to research any dates other than those already discussed. Again, it is only expected that religious events might have happened on those dates which are significant milestones but not highly publicized.
|Gregorian Date||Enoch Date||Holy Day||Event|
|Sat 26 Mar 1819||0 Spring 0 SPR||Spring Equinox||?|
|Sun 26 Mar 1820||1 Spring 1 SPR||New Year’s Day||probably First Vision|
|Tue 7 Apr 1829||10 Spring 10 SPR||Consecration||Oliver Cowdery begins|
|Sat 6 Apr 1833||14 Spring 14 SPR||Passover||Passover Meditation|
|Sun 6 Apr 1834||15 Spring 15 SPR||Easter||?|
|Sat 11 Apr 1840||21 Spring 21 SPR||Last Day Passover||?|
|Sun 20 May 1883||4 Late Spr 4 LSPR||Firstfruits||?|
|Sat 18 Jun 1910||0 Summer 0 SUM||Summer Solstice||?|
|Sun 25 Jun 1911||1 Summer 1 SUM||First Day Summer||?|
|Sat 22 Sep 2001||0 Autumn 0 AUT||Autumn Equinox||?|
|Sun 22 Sep 2002||1 Autumn 1 AUT||Feast of Trumpets||?|
|Mon 4 Oct 2010||9 Autumn 9 AUT||Day of Atonement||?|
|Sat 3 Oct 2015||14 Autumn 14 AUT||Feast of Tabernacles||?|
|Sat 15 Oct 2022||21 Autumn 21 AUT||Last Day Tabernacles||?|
Table 1. Day-Year Alignment Dates on the Enoch calendar.
Twin Towers: Tue 11 Sep 2001. Looking at this table, which is only part of one 364-year cycle, one might notice that the date Sat 22 Sep 2001 is very near to the date of the destruction of the Twin Towers on Tue 11 Sep 2001. Is that significant? It is tempting to say that it is, because the seven priests associated with the related Feast of Trumpets each give a blast on the trump, apparently symbolizing the seven angels who blow their trump heralding the Millennium . And sometimes the trumpet blasts of angels shake the earth and cause things to fall down. For example, the seven priests who blew their trumpets when the walls of Jericho fell down seem to represent those angels and the events of the seventh cycle of time .
Notwithstanding this symbolism, I don’t think that the Twin Towers event is directly related to the Enoch calendar for two reasons. First, it didn’t occur on the exact day indicated as is usual when the Lord’s hand is involved. Secondly, the Enoch calendar is usually used for priesthood purposes. World events which are caused by the Lord are more often scheduled on other calendars.
The destruction of the Twin Towers is, however, entirely in keeping with the theme of the Feast of Trumpets as a voice of warning, announcing the Judgment Day. It was a significant event which called the United States to repentance and served warning that if they cease to be a Christian nation, they will be judged accordingly .
Feast of Trumpets, Sun 22 Sep 2002. The next date on the above table is Sun 22 Sep 2002, which occurs next month. It is the fall equivalent of the proposed date of the First Vision, and it might be even more important, because it is the fall festivals which pertain to the latter days, even as the spring festivals pertained to the meridian of time. As established above, I have no ability to predict what might happen on that date, other than to expect it to be a little publicized yet significant religious event relating to the coming judgments of God. But it does seem like an appropriate time to celebrate, because the Feast of Trumpets is all about the angels heralding the Millennium, being the first day of the seventh month (first day of the seventh period of time). Thus, because we are already in the beginning of the seventh thousand years from Adam, which began at the dedication of the Palmyra Temple on Thu 6 Apr 2000 (1 Nisan), this might be the most important occurrence of the Enoch Feast of Trumpets in history. But it is important to understand that the Feast of Trumpets is only a feast. It symbolizes the coming judgments of the world, but the Enoch calendar is ahead of the other calendars which are usually used for world events. It is apparently to warn the saints somewhat ahead of time of judgments that are coming bye and bye, rather than to reveal timing details. Thus, the meaning of this feast is most likely that now is the time to get our lives in order, which is just what the living prophet has told us.
Accordingly, a Feast of Trumpets celebration will be held in Orem, Utah on the night of Fri 20 Sep 2002, which corresponds to the beginning of the day 0 Aut, the Fall Equinox. Anyone interested in attending, or in obtaining a bound volume of my Ensign and Meridian articles, may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Next month’s article will discuss the Feast of Trumpets, with a link to a presentation which might be appropriate for a family celebration.
Let us now look at some other significant milestone dates in Church history, which were holy days on the Enoch calendar, although not day-year alignments. The Enoch calendar provides a second witness to several important dates of the restoration.
Moroni’s Trump: Sat 22 Sep 1827, 0 Aut
It has been observed that the day on which the angel Moroni delivered the plates to Joseph Smith, Sat 22 Sep 1827, occurred on the Hebrew Feast of Trumpets, also called Rosh Hashanah (1 Tishri). That timing seems significant because of the symbolism. According to Hebrew tradition, Trumpets is the annual Judgment Day on which God judges each person for deeds of the last year and current state of righteousness. It is a day of warning and calling to repentance, because one then has nine days to repent before the judgment is finalized on the Day of Atonement (10 Tishri). That theme fits perfectly with a major purpose of the Book of Mormon, which is to call the world to repentance, being one of the scriptures by which the world will be judged . Moreover, it is striking that Moroni is shown blowing the trump atop L.D.S. temples, which is most appropriate for the Feast of Trumpets.
Autumn Equinox. Even with this rich symbolism, I have been cautious about claiming too much importance for the delivering of the plates on the Feast of Trumpets because some alignments could occur by chance. The transfer of the plates seemed more closely tied to the autumn equinox because Angel Moroni made a point of returning every year on the date of the equinox (22 Sep). It is important that a pattern emerges which truly testifies of the hand of intelligence. The Lord will always provide a pattern so that we won’t be deceived . When one checks other dates in Church history, only a few alignments are found with the Hebrew calendar. Fortunately, now that the Enoch calendar is understood, the pattern is becoming clear.
Most dates in Church history which are significant on the Hebrew calendar were also holy days on other sacred calendars. My caution about ascribing too much importance to the dark, early morning on which the golden plates were delivered was partly because Sat 22 Sep 1827 was a sacred day on only one calendar known to me.
Two Witnesses. The Lord apparently always provides at least two witnesses that a date was planned and not just a chance coincidence. Those two witnesses might be a day-year alignment (day and year counting separately), or be holy days on two different calendars, or be any of several other witnesses. Now that the Enoch calendar is understood, we have a second witness to the importance of the date of delivering the plates.
The day Sat 22 Sep 1827 was the Fall Equinox on the Enoch calendar (0 Autumn), the holy day preceding the Feast of Trumpets (1 Autumn). Thus, it was a doubly sacred day, and there are indeed two witnesses of its importance. Moreover, the second witness is tied to the autumn equinox which seemed to be the symbolism Moroni used in his other visits.
Church Born: Tue 6 Apr 1830, 10 Spr
The date of the founding of the Church on Tue 6 Apr 1830 has puzzled me for years. It was apparently chosen because it was 1,830 years from the birth of the Savior, but it didn’t seem to be particularly significant on the Lord’s sacred calendars. That is, the Savior was born on a Hebrew Passover day (15 Nisan), but the Church was born on 13 Nisan, rather than Passover. As mentioned above, to me it seemed as if the church should have been born on Sat 6 Apr 1833 which was also the Hebrew Passover.
With the discovery of the Enoch calendar, it now becomes clear that the alignment of the founding of the Church with a sacred day was with the Enoch calendar rather than the Hebrew calendar. The day Tue 6 Apr 1830 was the day 10 Spr, the day of Consecration. As we continue looking at dates, it appears that the Enoch calendar may be more significant than the Hebrew calendar for timing events of the restoration of the Gospel.
There is another great lesson to be learned here from what the Lord did not do. From the fact that the Church was not founded on the wonderfully significant day Sat 6 Apr 1833, it is also clear that the Lord avoids the obvious. By so doing, neither Satan nor anyone else can know in advance just what his plans are, simply by looking at his revealed calendars. It is only in retrospect that the calendars become witnesses of his intelligent design and foreknowledge.
Revelation on Priesthood: 22-23 Sep 1832, 0-1 Aut
The pattern that seems to be emerging is that the Enoch calendar appears to be used for priesthood purposes. That suggests checking to see if revelations which were especially concerned with priesthood might have been revealed on holy days of the Enoch calendar. The first one used to test this hypothesis was a winner: The “Revelation on Priesthood”  was revealed on Sat 22 Sep 1832 and Sun 23 Sep 1832. Those days were the Autumn Equinox, 0 Autumn, and the Feast of Trumpets, 1 Autumn on the Enoch calendar. So here is a revelation which required two days to receive and both of those days were holy days on the Enoch calendar. Perhaps they can be counted as two witnesses of the importance of the date, because it is unusual for a revelation to require two days to complete.
Return of Elijah: Sun 3 Apr 1836, 15 Spr
The significance of the date of the Return of Elijah on Easter Sunday, 3 Apr 1836 has already been discussed in detail, it being a saros century after the resurrection of the Savior on Sun 3 Apr AD 33. Now that we can also determine the date on the Enoch calendar, we discover that the momentous occasion also occurred on Easter Sunday (15 Spr) on that calendar. Thus, we have yet another witness of the significance of that day. It is no wonder that four great visions occurred on the same day, for it was a rare day indeed.
It appears that enough dates during the restoration of the Gospel occurred on holy days on the Enoch calendar to suggest that the Lord is still using it for scheduling religious events. Moreover, it appears that rather than having to choose between the Hebrew and Enoch calendars, one can use both together as a pair of witnesses of the extra importance of days which are holy on both calendars. These witnesses together testify that the key dates of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints occurred on dates which are especially holy in the eyes of the Lord. They also testify that the Lord knows the end from the beginning and that he created the solar system to be an extremely accurate timepiece. The heavens truly testify of the existence of an all-knowing Creator.
- ↑ Pratt, J.P., “Celestial Witnesses of the Meridian of Time,” (10 Jul 2002).
- ↑ Pratt, J.P., “From Martyrdom to Celebration!” (6 Jun 2002) includes in section 2 an introduction to births and deaths of prophets sometimes occurring on Hebrew holy days. Last month’s article (see footnote 1) includes a discussion of how the Babylonian captivity of Judah was timed on the Hebrew calendar.
- ↑ Pratt, J.P., “Enoch Calendar Testifies of Christ,” (11 Sep 2001).
- ↑ JS-H 1:14
- ↑ Exo. 12:3
- ↑ In my first paper on the Enoch calendar (see footnote 3), it was noted that the Book of Enoch does not state when the day begins, so the tentative proposal was made that it begins at dawn. Subsequent research now favors that at least the holy days begin in the evening. More research is required to settle this important question.
- ↑ JS-H 1:12
- ↑ Two days seems like just the right amount of time for Joseph to ponder about praying. He uses the term “at length” to describe the amount of time which might suggest longer. But in another account he gave of the First Vision, it was reported that he prayed “immediately” after reading James 1:5. (Backman, Milton V., Joseph Smith’s First Vision, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1980, Appendix G.)
- ↑ Pratt, J.P., “Passover: Was it Symbolic of His Coming?” Ensign (Jan 1994), pp. 38-45.
- ↑ D.&C. 20:1
- ↑ Pratt, J.P., “The Restoration of Priesthood Keys on Easter 1836 Part 2: Symbolism of Passover and of Elijah’s Return” Ensign (July 1985) p. 62. The interval is also one of those listed in last month’s article (see footnote 1).
- ↑ DHC 1:337
- ↑ D.&C. 43:34
- ↑ Rev. 8:1–2; D.&C. 88:92-110
- ↑ Joshua 6
- ↑ William L. Walker, Jr. provided me the information that anciently the Israelite celebration of the Feast of Trumpets included seven priests blowing trumpets, as well as pointed out that both they and the seven priests blowing trumpets at Jericho symbolized the seven angels who sound the trump near the beginning of the Millennium.
- ↑ Ether 2:8–12
- ↑ An excellent summary of Feast of Trumpets symbolism is by Lenet H. Read, “The Golden Plates and the Feast of Trumpets,” Ensign (Jan 2000), p. 25, and Read’s earlier “Joseph Smith’s Receipt of the Plates and the Israelite Feast of Trumpets,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2/2 (Fall 1993), 110-120. See also J.P.Pratt, “The Hebrew Calendar Testifies of Latter-day Events,” (17 Sep 1999).
- ↑ D.&C. 20:13-15
- ↑ D.&C. 52:14
- ↑ For example, the publication of the Book of Mormon on Thu 25 Mar 1830, 1 Nisan (Hebrew), 1 Eagle (Sacred Round), 1 Creation (Mercury), 1 Resurrection (Venus). See J.P.Pratt, “A Native American Easter”, (28 Mar 2001). One other possibly meaningful alignment that could explain the four years between Moroni’s first visit in 1823 and Joseph’s obtaining the plates in 1827 is the following. On the Enoch Fixed Calendar, which does not intercalate days and cycles through the seasons, those two dates occurred in the years 10 SPR and 14 SPR. In a way, those are two witnesses of “choosing” a translator and of the “birth” of the Book of Mormon, but it would appear wise to verify more Enoch Fixed Calendar dates to make sure this is not a chance coincidence.
- ↑ Actually it occurred on the holy day 13 Deer on the Sacred Round, and one realignment cycle of Mercury (927 days = 8 cycles) after the delivery of the plates on Sat 22 Sep 1827. Thus, when a new Mercury calendar is discovered, probably based on 9-day intervals rather than 13 (as is my current model), these two dates will have the same name, and we will have yet another witness.
- ↑ D.&C. 84
- ↑ See footnote 7.