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December 13

1833 – The first issue of the Evening and Morning Star is printed by Oliver Cowdery.

1835 – The Prophet Joseph attended a Church service and then officiated two weddings on this date—the marriages of Ebenezer Robinson to Angeline Works and Edwin Webb to Eliza Ann McWhithy. The board kiln again caught fire, making it a busy day in the Kirtland, Ohio, area. (History of the Church, 2:330-331)

1838 – With the Prophet Joseph and others in jail, Brigham Young called a meeting of the High Council at Far West, Missouri. All the brethren present stood and bore testimony of the prophetic calling of the Prophet Joseph and expressed their support for him. While some were leaving the Church and calling Joseph a fallen prophet, these men stood firm in their faith. The High Council was reorganized, replacing the apostates with faithful members of the Church.

1841 – The decision was made to move the few hundred Saints living in the Warren settlement, one mile south of Warsaw, to Nauvoo, due to the anti-Mormon problems associated with the area. The Quorum of Twelve Apostles issued a letter to the Church encouraging tithing donations for the building of the Temple at Nauvoo. It reminds the Saints that the Temple must be built or the Church would be rejected by the Lord and encourages the donation of time, talents, clothing, and food for the workers. Also, Willard Richards was appointed recorder for the Temple and the Prophet Joseph’s private Secretary and Clerk. (History of the Church, 4:470)

1842 – A delegation arrived in Springfield, Illinois, with the affidavit that the Prophet Joseph had nothing to do with the attempted murder of the former governor of Missouri, Lilburn Boggs. The delegation sent by the Prophet found the legislature in “a high state of agitation” concerning the Saints and the Nauvoo City Charter.

1843 – In Missouri, Orrin Porter Rockwell has been in prison for over nine months, never having had a trial. Recently, however, his mother visited him and gave him $100, with which he could afford to hire Mr. Doniphan as counsel. Within two weeks Doniphan got him into court. There being no evidence that could convict Rockwell on the charge of shooting Boggs, he was charged with breaking the Independence jail. In spite of the fact that the Missouri law states that in order to break a jail, “a man must break a lock, a door, or a wall” (and all Porter had done was to walk out when the door was open), Judge King nevertheless orders that Porter has broken jail. He is sentenced to five minutes in the county jail. He is kept there five hours while the Missouri lawmen try to bring another charge against him. Failing to do so, they finally free him at 8 P.M..

1902 – Professor James H. Linford becomes the first president of the Brigham Young College Society of American Archaeology in Logan, Utah. The society’s mission is to study the Book of Mormon from a scientific perspective.

1952 – The Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge, crossing the Missouri River in Florence, Nebraska, is opened by the state of Nebraska.

2015 – The Tijuana Mexico Temple was dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency.

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