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April 25

1830 – About this time, the Prophet Joseph Smith performed the first recorded miracle after the organization of the Church by casting a devil out of Newel Knight.  The Prophet records, “. . . it was done not by man, nor by the power of man, but it was done by God, and by the power of godliness; therefore, let the honor and the praise, the dominion and the glory, be ascribe to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for ever and ever’ (History of the Church, 1:83).

1839 – The Prophet Joseph Smith and others left Quincy, Illinois, to travel north to look at tracts of land in Iowa and Commerce, Illinois, for the settlement of the Saints after their expulsion from Missouri.

1844 – The Prophet Joseph was questioned by a reporter from the St. Louis Gazette who wanted to know by what principle he had become so powerful with the inhabitants and the armed men of the Nauvoo Legion.  Joseph replied that “I obtained power on the principles of truth and virtue, which would last when I was dead and gone’ (History of the Church, 6:343).  He also records that a tremendous storm hit Nauvoo about 6:00 p.m. and there was so much rain that the creeks rose over four feet and overflowed their banks causing a lot of damage.

1976 – The first stake in Hong Kong is organized.

1990 – Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicates Estonia for the preaching of the gospel.  Estonia is the first country of the former Soviet Union to be opened for missionary work.

1993 – The San Diego California Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

1999 – President Gordon B. Hinckley addresses a gathering of 57,500 members of the Church in Santiago, Chile, one of the largest gatherings of Latter-day Saints in Church History.

2003 – The Polynesian Cultural Center, near the campus of BYU-Hawaii, welcomes its 30-millionth visitor.  The PCC also celebrated its 40th anniversary during the year

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