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August 7

1831 – The Prophet Joseph Smith attended the funeral of Sister Polly Knight, the wife of Joseph Knight, Sr..  He records, “This was the first death in the Church in this land, and I can say a worthy member sleeps in Jesus till the resurrection.’ He also receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 59, giving additional instructions and commandments to the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, concerning the principles upon which Zion would be established.  Among these instructions is a special emphasis on keeping the Sabbath day holy. (History of the Church, 1:199-201)

1838 – Word mistakenly arrived in Far West that “two or three of our brethren were killed by the Missourians’ at the election in Gallatin.  Joseph Smith, accompanied by Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, and fifteen to twenty others, armed themselves for their own protection and headed for Adam-ondi-Ahman.  They arrived at Colonel Wight’s home in safety and found “some of the brethren who had been mobbed at Gallatin, with others, waiting for our counsel.  Here we received the cheering intelligence that none of the brethren were killed, although several were badly wounded’ The Prophet also records, “Blessed be the memory of those few brethren who contended so strenuously for their constitutional rights and religious freedom, against such an overwhelming force of desperadoes!’ (History of the Church, 3:58-59).

1841Don Carlos Smith, the Prophet Joseph’s youngest brother, died at his home in Nauvoo at the age of 25.  He was a strong supporter of his older brother.  At the time of his death he was the editor of the Times and Seasons and a member of the Nauvoo City Council.

1844 – A meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, comprising of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Willard Richards, Wilford Woodruff, George A. Smith, and Lyman Wight, was held at the home of the recovering John Taylor.  Then at 4:00 p.m., a meeting of the Twelve Apostles and high priests at the Seventies’ Hall was held where Sidney Rigdon presented himself as the guardian of the Church due to a revelation and vision he claimed he had received.  Brigham Young then stood and declared that the Twelve were next to Joseph in authority and that he did not care who led the Church as long as he knew God’s will concerning who it should be.  A public meeting to be held the next day to decide the leadership issue was then approved by a unanimous vote.

1846 – A group of Latter-day Saints from Mississippi, under the leadership of John Brown, arrives at Pueblo, Colorado, for the winter.  They would remain there until the summer of 1847 waiting for the advance company of pioneers to choose a location to settle in the Great Basin.  While in Pueblo, a sick detachment from the Mormon Battalion would join them for their winter encampment.  This combined group would arrive in the Salt Lake Valley on July 29, 1847, five days after Brigham Young’s arrival.

1956 – The first missionaries—Darwin Thomas, Edgard T. Hall, Donald L. Hokanson and Shirrel M. Plowman—arrive in Peru.

1977 – The first stake in North Dakota is organized in Fargo.

1979 – The Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors perform in the People’s Republic of China.

1988 – The first branch of the Church is organized in the African republic of Sierra Leone at Goderich.

2005 – The Aba Nigeria Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley during his seven-nation around the world tour.

2009 – Latter-day Saint and Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman, is unanimously approved by the United States Senate as ambassador to China. He would resign as governor and be sworn in as ambassador on 11 August.

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