Significant turmoil in 1838.
1838 was a low point for many reasons.
Joseph had much debt from the Kirtland Bank crisis. Word spread about Fannie Alger, and polygamy. David and Oliver Cowdery were excommunicated. Northerners and fears of abolitionists and friendliness toward the Indians was an issue.
Mormons were allowed to live in Caldwell County. Sydney Rigdon gave a pointed sermon, telling enemies the Church would retaliate if attacked.