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April 18

1834 – While traveling from Kirtland to New Portage, Ohio, the Prophet Joseph, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Zebedee Coltrin, were hailed by a man who desired a ride, claiming he was sick. It was dark and the Prophet records that they were “checked by the Spirit, and refused’ to give him one. In a few minutes he was joined by two others who “followed us hard, cursing and swearing; but we were successful in escaping their hands, through the providence of the Lord.’ They spent the night in a tavern along their route of travel. (History of the Church, 2:50).

1839Elder Heber C. Kimball, under the influence of the Spirit, told the committee on removal to leave the Far West area as soon as possible or “their lives would be taken.’ Later that day there were several attacks on Saints who had not left the area. “The mob shot down cows while the girls were milking them’ (History of the Church, 3:322), and other destruction of property took place. Western Missouri was a dangerous place for a Latter-day Saint. Many members of the Church were still trying to leave the area, some directly east to Quincy, Illinois, some south to the Missouri River to travel by river to the east, and a few going northeast into Iowa Territory. The Prophet Joseph and those who had escaped with him were crossing Northern Missouri towards Quincy, Illinois, in an effort to reach the freedom and safety of Illinois. Also on this date, in an interesting comparison of the times and a show of faith, Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, George A. Smith, and Alpheus Cutler, leave Quincy, Illinois, for Far West, Missouri. By returning to Far West to lay the cornerstones of the Far West Temple and leave on their mission to Great Britain, they would fulfill the commandment of the Lord found in Doctrine and Covenants 118.

1842 – The Prophet Joseph, Hyrum and Samuel Smith, Sidney Rigdon and others, all went to Carthage, Illinois, to avail “ourselves of the privileges of the general bankrupt law’ due to “the utter annihilation of our property by mob violence in the state of Missouri’ (History of the Church, 4:600).

1843Three chiefs of the Pottawatamie tribe in Iowa visited with the Prophet Joseph in Nauvoo to ask his advice on what to do about thieves stealing their cows, horses, etc.

1844 – Robert D. Foster, Wilson Law, William Law, Jane Law, and Howard Smith, were cut off from the Church for unchristian like conduct.

1894President Wilford Woodruff, after receiving a revelation, discontinues the law of adoption, a practice where members of the Church could be sealed to prominent Church leaders.

1936 – Harold B. Lee is called as managing director of the Church security plan (later changed to Church welfare program).

1965 – The first stake in Tennessee is organized at Memphis.

1997 – President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates two main Mormon Trail sites on the same day in two different states. First, he dedicated the Pioneer Memorial Park in Nauvoo, Illinois, and later the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

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