This timeline is one I have thought of that might have heavily shaped history. This POD is actually weather, which is rather odd. So a basic summary: China takes the lead in the Cold War, a prophet is assassinated, and Mike Lee (OTL Utah Senator) is the President. So yeah... enjoy! Abbreviations- LDS- Latter-day Saint(s), Church of Jesus Christ of, a.k.a. Mormon June 20th, 1844 A thunderstorm brews in Western Illinois. Lightning strikes in various cities, including Warsaw, Carthage, and Nauvoo. Nauvoo only lives becomes of its location on the Mississippi. The county seat become Nauvoo rather than Carthage. Joseph Smith, therefore, will not die. July 4th, 1844 Smith decides to drop Rigdon from his ticket to build a colony in North Texas (OTL DFW area) and put Henry Clay on his ticket on the account that Smith will led Clay do most of the heavy lifting because Smith still has a church to run. September 3rd, 1844 In an attempt to frame Joseph Smith, John C. Bennet assassinates Henry Clay. September 7th, 1844 John Tyler signs legislation annexing Texas September 10th, 1844 The Illinois Supreme Court rules Joseph Smith was not involved in the events of a week earlier. December 1844 Joseph Smith wins after a very narrow vote, is the first Whig President. Most voters vote for him because they feel a religious leader is more trustworthy than a political one. March 1st, 1845 Enraged with a LDS US President taking a very Catholic Texas and trying to make Catholics a minority to make room for LDS’s, declares war. March 6th, 1845 Joseph Smith Jr. sworn in as ninth president. Smith announces slavery abolishment and application of Bill of rights to states as the 13th Amendment. Unlike William Henry Harrison, he is not a idiot and makes a 11 minute speech to avoid getting sick. (This timeline would not be interesting if he died giving a sermon) March 9th, 1845 Abraham Lincoln, a Illinois Senator, proposes legislation to create a bodyguard force for the President after a plot to kill Smith was uncovered. March 12th, 1845 South Carolina leaves the union, followed with Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri. By May, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas all follow suit. April 4th, 1845 The Illinois 15th Regiment starts the Siege of St. Louis. April 12th, 1845 Virginia conference decides not to leave the Union. May 7th, 1845 Joseph Smith signs into law the National Authority Safety Act, creating a bodyguard force for Congress, the President and his cabinet, and the Supreme Court June 1845 United Order is abandoned November 1845 Deceive Victories let the US win the Southern War. A new border is set at the Fuerte River, the Tropic of Cancer, and Panuto River. All of Baja California joins the US. December 7th, 1845 Joseph Smith establishes line of succession in prophets. Avoids a succession crisis in 1866. January 16th, 1846 Statehood Act of 1846 creates 7 new states, including a huge piece of British Columbia gained in an 1845 Treaty July 26th, 1846 Plural Marriage leaks out, but in the shadow of the Southern War, impeachment is not seriously considered. August 27th, 1847 Hearing of Karl Marx’s doctrine from a missionary returning from Germany, and aware of an 1842 prophecy of a LDS headquarters in the Rockies, Joseph Smith’s Address to the American People denounces Communism and moves the home of the LDS to the Great Basin September 1847 The Nauvoo caucus of LDS, Whigs, and Free-Soilers merge into a larger Whig party, renamed the Republican Party to gain Agricultural support by naming it after Thomas Jefferson’s late party. Joseph Smith, a War hero after the Southern War, is nominated as President and Henry Clay is dumped because no one really thinks he did anything useful. Zachary Taylor became VP hopeful. October 17th, 1847 Joseph Smith announces he has had a vision to put the Jewish community back into the Middle East, ending the Great Diaspora and calling for the restoration of the 12 tribes of Israel. Unlike most of his visions, this on is heavily popular in the US and Europe. November 1848 Joseph Smith defeats James Knox Polk in election, it is the nail in the coffin for the political careers of Polk and Clay. Smith. Young moves Smiths family to Deseret near the Great Salt Lake. January 1849 John Killian, a former captain in the Nauvoo Legion, a US Army Captain, and friend of Smith, leads a small battalion into Canada to take back W.W. Phelps, a prominent LDS songwriter, kidnapped in the previous December in response to major global outrage about polygamy. Neither Phelps nor Killian is a polygamist, but Britain has lost interest in a region of mostly ice that is too large to effectively defend. US pays 35 million for Canada as a whole. July 4th, 1849 The states of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and North Maine are formed. British lean away from Mercantilism as it seems to be failing, mainly because Alberta is too far inland and away for British defense, and an experienced army in the New World is threatening. Also, the American victory unites the country after the Southern War. 1850 Vice President Zachary Taylor dies. Sydney Rigdon replaces him after the 14th Amendment settles succession and establishes two term limits on presidencies. Also, the Central American Republic, fed by LDS sympathizers for 10 years, collapse due to economic struggles. Mexico, America, and Columbia establish colonies in there as part of the Monroe Doctrine. William Walker becomes the Colonial Governor of the Central American Possessions.