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August 21

1834 – In a response to Lyman Wight teaching that all sickness and cures were of the devil, the Prophet Joseph taught all disease is not of the devil and that if someone had faith to be healed, let them use it.  However, if any believed that herbs, vegetables, medicines, etc. could help heal the sick, it would be proper to use them.  He also sent Dr. Frederick G. Williams from Kirtland to Cleveland, Ohio, to help in caring and administering to the sick who had the plague in that city.

1838 – Two boys, sons of Gardner Snow and Frederick M. Vanleuven, were born in the Kirtland Camp.  The decision was made to continue their journey to Missouri as soon as possible.

1840 – Benjamin Boyce and Noah Rogers escape from a Missouri Jail and return to Nauvoo.  Brother Boyce records a testimony of their kidnaping, beating, and torture by the hands of a mob.

1843 – Brigham Young’s daughter, Mary Ann Young, age six, died in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the same day her father arrives in New York during his mission to the east.  The Prophet Joseph received a letter from Mr. J. Hall of Independence, Missouri, “breathing hard things against us as a people.  I gave instructions to have them copied with some additional remarks, and sent to Governor Ford’ (History of the Church, 5:538).

Artist – Ken Corbett

1877 – While President of the St. George Temple, Wilford Woodruff recorded in his journal the following: visit from George Washington: “You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.’ Wilford Woodruff then called upon Brother John D.T. McCallister to baptize him for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as fifty other renowned men. The temple work for their wives and native American leaders would take place shortly thereafter,

1927Thomas S. Monson, sixteenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1999 – The Spokane Washington Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2009 – The Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple is dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson on the first of three days of dedication services.  On the third day, August 23, the dedication services were broadcast by satellite to stake centers in Northern Utah. Also, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quroum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated Cameroon for the preaching of the gospel.

2010 – Elder M. Russell Ballard dedicated the Mormon Battalion Monument Plaza with heroic-sized bronze sculptures in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2011 – The San Salvador El Salvador Temple is dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency.

2016 – The Sapporo Japan Temple is dedicated by President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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