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. Understanding the requirements of each and considering which legal entity the Church would have preferred provide new insights into the organizational events.
Stott, David K.
"Legal Insights into the Organization of the Church in 1830,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 49
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol49/iss2/13