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December 1

1830 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives by revelation what is known today as Moses 6:2–19 in the Pearl of Great Price.

1831 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives Doctrine and Covenants 71, which instructs the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon to temporarily cease working on the translation of the Bible and to spend their time counteracting the teachings of Ezra Booth, who had begun publishing false statements about Joseph Smith and the Church. (History of the Church, 1:238-239)

1833 – About this time, Oliver Cowdery and Newel K. Whitney arrive in Kirtland, Ohio, with a new press and type to be used to print Church books and periodicals, along with other materials needed by the Saints.

1834 – The Prophet writes in his history that the school for the Elders was being well attended. The text for these theology classes, taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, would later be prepared for publication by the Prophet and included with the Doctrine and Covenants for many years. Today they are published separately as the Lectures on Faith. (History of the Church, 2:175-176)

1838 – The Prophet Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae arrive at, and are incarcerated in, Liberty Jail, Liberty, Missouri. A meeting between the representatives of the Saints and the citizens of Daviess County was held at Adam-Ondi-Ahman. An agreement was reached in which the Saints could hire teamsters to help haul their property out of the state and also to gather their stock in the county to take with them. Some time in December Heber C. Kimball and Alanson Ripley were appointed, by the brethren still living in Far West, to visit the Prophet at Liberty Jail as often as they could to keep him informed of the movement of the Saints from Missouri. The Prophet later records that “We were sometimes visited by our friends, whose kindness and attention I shall ever remember with feelings of lively gratitude” (History of the Church, 3:244).

1844 – Elder Parley P. Pratt was appointed to go to New York City, New York, to take leadership of the Church press, the immigration of Saints from Europe, and all the eastern branches of the Church.

1934 – The Church News reported the Presiding Bishop’s office and the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association joined together to provide leisure time activities for the young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the state of Utah. Approximately 90 percent of the men in the 19 CCC camps were LDS. The CCC was organized by the U.S. government to provide work for unemployed men.

1970 – The last issues of five Church magazines, The Children’s Friend (published by the Primary organization), The Relief Society Magazine, The Instructor (published by the Sunday School), The Improvement Era (originally published by the MIA but later became the general Church magazine), and Impact (published by the seminaries and institutes), are released.

1998 – The Church announces a proposal to purchase the section of Main Street from North Temple to South Temple and convert it into a plaza that would unite Temple Square with the Church Office Building block. It would include gardens, walkways, fountains, and an underground parking area.

1999 – The First Presidency sent a letter to Priesthood leaders, restating the “long-standing counsel to members of the Church to remain in their homelands rather than immigrate to the United States.

2006 – The December issue of The Atlantic Monthly magazine lists the 100 most influential figures in U.S. History. The Prophet Joseph Smith, #52, and his successor, Brigham Young, #74, were on the list that included political, social, cultural, scientific, and other individuals that have influenced American life.

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