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December 17

1835 – Elder Orson Hyde delivered to the Prophet Joseph a letter of complaints and concerns he had concerning some dealings within the Church. He read it to the Prophet and Joseph “explained the objections he had set forth in it, and satisfied his mind upon every point, perfectly.” This reconciliation of Orson Hyde and the Prophet Joseph included “every expression of friendship that a gentleman and a Christian could manifest; which I felt to reciprocate with cheerfulness, and entertain the best of feeling for him, and most cheerfully forgave him” (History of the Church, 2:337). Also, the Prophets parents visited him in the evening to discuss the “difficulty that occurred at their home” between the Prophet and his brother William. After the conversation the Prophet invited them to come live with him and they agreed to as soon as it was practicable.

1838 – Elder David H. Redfield met with Governor Boggs of Missouri at the capital in Jefferson City. Governor Boggs inquired about the “depredations on the Mormons” appearing as if he was interested in the welfare of the Saints. This after signing the extermination order a couple months earlier. He stated that the agreement the Saints had made to leave the state with the citizens around Far West was unconstitutional and not valid. Elder Redfield asked the Governor to support a law in the legislature to support his statement.

      Governor Ford

1842 – Governor Ford, of Illinois, wrote a letter to the Prophet Joseph stating that the state supreme court had agreed that the “requisition from Missouri was illegal and insufficient to cause your arrest” but that the governor did not have the right to rescind the order. He recommended that the Prophet come to Springfield and submit to the law and the courts but did not offer protection to the Prophet while he was traveling to and from the court. Brother Butterfield, the Prophet’s representative, also wrote a letter stating that the judges would discharge the Prophet under a habeas corpus which would free him from the arrest order. The brethren left Springfield with the letters and began their return journey to Nauvoo. (History of the Church, 5:205-207)

1872 – President George A. Smith of the First Presidency visits Versailles, France, and meets with M. Thiers, president of the French Republic.

1958 – President David O. McKay dedicates the first permanent buildings on the Church College of Hawaii campus, completed at a cost of approximately $4 million and 280,000 donated hours by the labor missionaries. About 1,200 students are enrolled by this time. CCH would later become Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

1989 – The first converts in the European country of Estonia and the African country of Lesotho, are baptized.

2005 – A new Church-produced film on the life of Joseph Smith begins showing in the Legacy Theater of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shortly thereafter, it began showing in Visitor’s Centers around the world.

2010 – The historic Provo Tabernacle built in 1883, burns, leaving the four outside walls. Also, the BYU-Idaho Center and the renovated Manwaring Building on the campus of BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, are dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency.

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