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Mary Elsa (Alice) Jacobs Johnson

Written by Barton Golding

Question: What was one of the first miracles performed by the Prophet Joseph on Sister Mary Elsa (Alice) Jacobs Johnson? Answer: Mary Elsa Jacobs was born 17 April 1781 in...

Sidney & Elizabeth Gilbert

Written by Barton Golding

Question: What was the unique contribution Sidney Gilbert made in helping the Saints in the early days of the Church in Ohio and Missouri? Answer: Algernon Sidney Gilbert was born...

Erastus Rudd

Written by Barton Golding

Question: Who was Erastus Rudd and what were the circumstances surrounding his death? What happened to his wife, Experience, and their family? Answer: Erastus Rudd was born on June 23,...

John Mathias Burk

Written by Barton Golding

Question: Where was John Mathias Burk’s home in Nauvoo located? Answer: John was born on February 4, 1793 in German Flatts, Herkimer, New York, of Dutch ancestry. His great-grandparents were...

July 30

Written by Barton Golding

1836 - The Prophet Joseph Smith, and those accompanying him, arrived in New York City on their way to Boston.  While in New York City, they visited the burnt district,...

July 21

Written by Barton Golding

1839 - There were no Sunday meetings in Commerce, soon to be Nauvoo, Illinois, because of the heavy rain and the sickness that prevailed throughout the Saints.  However, many of...

July 8

Written by Barton Golding

1775 - The mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Lucy Mack, was born on this day in Gilsum, New Hampshire. 1828 - About this time, the Prophet Joseph records that...

June 25

Written by Barton Golding

1833 - The Prophet Joseph presented the plat of the “City of Zion' that was to be built in Jackson County, Missouri.  It included large square blocks divided into large...

June 18

Written by Barton Golding

1831 - About this time, Elder Thomas B. Marsh approached the Prophet Joseph to ask what he should do about his mission call.  Elder Marsh was ready to depart, but...