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April 30

1831 – Emma Smith give birth to twins, a boy and girl, whom she and Joseph name Thaddeus and Louisa.  They live only about three hours.

1832 – The Prophet Joseph returns to Independence after visiting with the Saints in Kaw Township.  He “again sat in council with the brethren’ and receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 83.  The revelation contains additional instructions concerning principles governing the support of widowed and fatherless women and children under the law of consecration. (History of the Church, 1:269-270).

1846 – The original Nauvoo Temple is dedicated in a private ceremony by Joseph Young, brother of Brigham Young and one of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy. The public dedication would be held the following day.

1879Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith and first president of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society, dies at her home—the riverside mansion or Nauvoo House—in Nauvoo, Illinois. During the previous few days, Emma had stated the Joseph had come to her in a vision and had shown her a “mansion of light” where she had seen and held her little baby, Don Carlos, who died in 1841. Joseph promised her that in time she would have all her children. At her death she was surrounded by three of her children—Joseph III, Alexander, and Julia—and her second husband, Lewis Bidamon. Her last moments were peaceful until she raised her self up in her bed, reached out with her left hand and said, “Joseph, Joseph,” and then she died. She is buried next to her husband in the Smith Family Cemetery along the river in Nauvoo, Illinois.

1984 – Brigham Young University announces the Church Board of Education has endorsed an annual Women’s Conference to held at BYU and co-sponsored by the Relief Society and BYU.

1986 – Church membership reaches six million members.

1994 – Tahiti issues a new postage stamp to honor the 150th anniversary of the LDS missionaries’ arrival to that Pacific island nation.

2000 – The Cochabamba Bolivia Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2005 – A monument to early African pioneers who prepared the way for the growth of the Church in West Africa, was dedicated at the site where in 1979, 184 members of the Church in Nigeria were baptized the first year after the 1978 priesthood revelation.

2006 – “Music and the Spoken Word,” the world’s longest-running continuous network radio broadcast, airs its 4,000th consecutive program with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  The program airs each week on more than 2,000 radio and television stations and reaches millions of listeners and viewers each week.

2013 – As part of the 50th anniversary of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, more than a dozen dancers and musicians performed in New York City.  Hosted by the United Nations Permanent Missions of Samoa and New Zealand, the PCC troupe entertained 200 international diplomats and guests.  The next morning, May 1, the PCC group appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.’

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