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December 15

1830 – The Prophet Joseph receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 35. It was given for Sidney Rigdon and included his call to go forth and prepare the way, baptizing and confirming the Holy Ghost. This section contains the call for the “weak things,” or “those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit” (Doctrine and Covenants 35:13).

1833 – William W. Phelps wrote a letter to the Prophet Joseph describing the terrible condition of the Saints in Missouri. He states that the governor was willing to restore their property in Jackson County but could not promise their protection once they were there. Elder Phelps states that they will wait patiently for the word of the Lord on what to do.

1835 – Elder Orson Hyde delivered a letter to the Prophet Joseph dealing with his dissatisfaction with temple building committee. The Prophet states that he was greatly affected by this letter and prayed to the Father not to let Satan destroy Elder Hyde and cause a division among the Twelve who had been chosen to take the gospel to the world.

      Illinois State Supreme Court Building

1842 – The Prophet Joseph’s case was presented to the Illinois State Supreme Court. They agreed that the order for his arrest out of Missouri signed by former Governor Carlin was illegal, but disagreed upon what action the present Governor could take. It was recommended that the Prophet appear before the supreme court to receive a writ of habeas corpus.

1843 – The Prophet Joseph Smith became very ill in the morning. Brother Levi Richards administered “herbs and mild drinks” and the Prophet was “considerably revived” by evening. (History of the Church, 6:115-116)

1979 – The Church opens a temporary visitors’ center in Lake Placid, New York, in preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics.

1992 – The Relief Society announces an effort supported by the Church to raise literacy rates in the Church worldwide. Also, the first branch of the Church in Tanzania is organized.

2006 – Church member and Fort Worth Texas Stake President, Jon Beesley, was the test pilot for the maiden flight of the new F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet.

      London England Temple

2008 – Fifty years after the London England Temple was dedicated, it received an Angel Moroni placed atop the 180 foot spire.

2011 – President Thomas S. Monson is named to The Gallup Poll’s annual “Most Admired Men” top 10 list. He is the first Church President to make the top 10 in a poll taken December 15-18, 2011.

2020 – A letter from the Church states that starting Jan. 1, 2021, rather than following a nine-month study schedule for each seminary course, students will study the same course of study as “Come, Follow Me” for the entire year. In 2021, seminary students will study the Doctrine and Covenants, along with the rest of the Church.

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