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April 28

1832 – The Prophet Joseph visited with the members of the Church living in Kaw township above the Big Blue River, a few miles west of Independence, Missouri.  He “received a welcome only known by brethren and sisters united as one in the same faith, and by the same baptism, and supported by the same Lord’ (History of the Church, 1:269).

1835 – The Twelve Apostles met at the schoolroom in Kirtland, Ohio, “for the purpose of prayer and consultation.’  They discussed their upcoming mission and decided to leave on May 4th.  “It was voted that we each forgive one another every wrong that has existed among us, and that from henceforth each one of the Twelve love his brother as himself . . . always inquiring into each other’s welfare’ (History of the Church, 2:219).

1838 – By invitation, the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon attend a high council meeting in Far West, Missouri, and filled in as councilors in a case against Aaron Lyon.  It was decided that since he had confessed his sins and desired to repent and live according to how the Lord required, he would loose his license as High Priest but remain a member of the Church. (History of the Church, 3:25–26).

1842 – The Prophet met with the “Female Relief Society‘ and gave a lecture on the Priesthood telling them that “the Church is not fully organized, in its proper order, and cannot be, until the Temple is completed, where places will be provided for the administration of the ordinances of the Priesthood’ (History of the Church, 4:603).  He also stated that “they would not long have him to instruct them; that the Church would not have his instructions long’ (History of the Church, 4:604).  He also spoke on the subject of women and caring for the poor, behavior towards their husbands, and gave instructions regarding the propriety of females administering to the sick by the prayer of faith and the care of those who are sick around them.  Eliza R. Snow records that “the Spirit of the Lord was poured out in a very powerful manner, never to be forgotten by those present on this interesting occasion’ (History of the Church, 4:607).

1844 – Hyrum Smith preached “at the Stand‘ on this beautiful Sunday morning.  He stated that “there were prophets before, but Joseph has the spirit and power of all the prophets’ (History of the Church, 6:346).  There was also a meeting at the home of Wilson Law of those who had been cut off from the Church.  They organized a “new’ church with William Law as prophet “as they had decided that I [Joseph Smith] was a fallen prophet, &c’ (History of the Church, 6:347).  This is a difficult time for the Prophet Joseph as he is attacked from within and without the Church by apostates and the mob mentality of those who lived outside Nauvoo.  However, amongst this persecution, several people were baptized in Nauvoo on this date and the leadership of the Church stood by the Prophet.

1862 – Adjutant-General L. Thomas calls upon Brigham Young to provide cavalry to protect the mail route between Fort Bridger and North Platte during the American Civil War.

1883 – President John Taylor receives a revelation calling for the reestablishment of the School of the Prophets.

1961 – Elder Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Philippines for missionary work at the American Battle Memorial Cemetery in Manila.

1982 – Brigham Young University’s Lamanite Generation (now Living Legends) performance group embarks on a ground-breaking tour of the People’s Republic of China.

1996 – American Mothers, Inc., names Carolyn M. Shumway, wife of BYU-Hawaii president Eric Shumway, the National Mother of the Year.

1999 – One of the largest humanitarian events in the Church is held annually in conjunction with the BYU Women’s Conference.  On this date, twenty-five thousand hygiene kits and other items for needy families were put together by some 5,000 women who attended.

2002 – The Monterrey Mexico Temple, the twelfth temple in Mexico,  is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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