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December 25

1832 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 87 at a time when the brethren were reflecting and reasoning upon slavery in the United States and throughout the world. This revelation contains the prophecy of the war between the states beginning in South Carolina, and the great calamities that shall fall upon the earth. (History of the Church, 1:301-302)

1835 – The Prophet Joseph spends Christmas with his family, “the only time I have had this privilege so satisfactorily for a long period.”

1838 – The Prophet spent this Christmas in Liberty Jail. His brother, Don Carlos, and his cousin George A. Smith, returned to their homes and families in Missouri after finishing their mission to Kentucky and Tennessee. They were chased by a mob as they neared their homes and they nearly froze to death from the cold.

1843 – The Prophet Joseph and his family were awaken about 1:00 am to the sounds of carolers—an English sister, Lettice Rushton, who was blind, accompanied by three of her sons, with their wives, and her two daughters, with their husbands, and several of her neighbors—outside their home in Nauvoo, which the Prophet records “caused a thrill of pleasure to run through my soul.”

At 2:00 p.m., about fifty couples came to the Prophet’s home to dine. The evening was spent “in music, dancing, &., in a most cheerful and friendly manner.” During the festivities, after nearly ten months in a Missouri jail, Orrin Porter Rockwell arrives at the home of the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. At first the Prophet thought it was a Missouri ruffian causing problems and ordered the captain of the police to remove him. A fight ensued and when the Prophet attempted to help, he recognized who it was, which brought him great joy and satisfaction. Also, brother Daniel Avery was freed by his kidnappers who had taken him to Missouri earlier in the year. (History of the Church, 6:134)

1844 – Brigham Young, and other leaders of the Church in Nauvoo, attended a Christmas dinner and party at the Coolidge home. In his remarks, Brigham Young stated that the Lord would never allow them to overcome their enemies as long as they had feelings of revenge. He expressed his good feelings and love for the Saints.

1845 – Temple work continued in the Nauvoo Temple. The Twelve met and discussed moving to the west and united in prayer. The U.S. marshal was again in town looking for Brigham Young and other leaders of the Church. Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and others, again stayed in the Temple all night.

1914 – The First Presidency asks members of the Church to donate money to relieve the suffering of people in Europe as a result of World War I being fought there.

1925 – Elder Melvin J. Ballard, in Argentina doing missionary work, dedicates South America for the preaching of the gospel prophesying “the South American Mission will become a power in the Church.”

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