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December 11

1830 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelations known as Doctrine and Covenants 35 and 36 in behalf of Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge. Edward Partridge was baptized on this day and he would later become the first bishop of the Church. (History of the Church, 1:129-131)

1843 – The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote an affidavit (concerning the kidnaping of Brother Daniel Avery) and letter to Governor Ford of Illinois asking for his help in supporting the law and protecting the lives of the Saints. Meetings were held in the ten wards of the city of Nauvoo and resolutions were passed requesting the city to raise a company of forty men to act as police. The need for a larger police force was evident when the night before, two ruffians went into the house of Richard Badham, a farmer who lived outside the city, and robbed and stabbed him. (History of the Church, 6:109-110)

1845 – A letter had arrived from Brother Samuel Brannan to the Quorum of the Twelve informing them that he had been in Washington D.C. and had learned that the Secretary of War and other cabinet members were laying plans to prevent the Saints from moving to the west. Since they didn’t want them to go west and didn’t want them to stay in the states, obliteration was their choice. The Twelve prayed that “the Lord would defeat and frustrate all the plans of our enemies, and inasmuch as they lay plans to exterminate this people and destroy the priesthood from off the earth, that the curse of God may come upon them” (History of the Church, 7:544). Brigham Young and others officiated in the Temple the rest of the day.

1847 – Sixteen members of the Mormon Battalion arrived home to their families in Winter Quarters.

1960 – The first stake in Nebraska is organized and is named the Winter Quarters Stake.

1982 – The first full-time missionaries arrive in the Bahamas.

1994 – President Howard W. Hunter presides at the creation of the Mexico City Mexico Conreras Stake, the two thousandth stake in the Church.

1999 – The Edmonton Alberta Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2011 – The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple is dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency .

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