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December 7

1839 – The Prophet Joseph Smith and Elias Higbee met with the Illinois delegation in the capital in Washington D.C. to discuss redress for the Saints property in Missouri. The Prophet wrote to the High Council at Nauvoo, Illinois, that “These facts must be authenticated by affidavits. Let any particular transaction of the outrages in Missouri that can be sworn to by the sufferers, or those who were eye-witnesses to the facts, be sent, specifying the particulars” (History of the Church, 4:44).

      Orson Hyde Garden Jerusalem

1842Elder Orson Hyde returns to Nauvoo, Illinois, from his historic and sacred mission to the Holy Land. While on his mission he blessed the land for the return of the Jews and visited international capitals throughout Europe and the Middle East.

1920 – Elder David O. McKay of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Hugh J. Cannon, editor of The Improvement Era, begin a 60,000 mile tour of the missions of the Church throughout the world.

1941 – Latter-day Saint Captain Mervyn S. Bennion is mortally wounded during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as he stands at the bridge of his ship, the USS West Virginia. For his bravery he is later posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by the United States Congress.

1953 – The West German government grants the Church “Corporation under Public Law, giving it equal rights with the established churches in Germany.” This is the first time in German history that a foreign church had been given this privilege.

1991The Church News announces the release of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Published by Macmillan in New York City, it is considered to be the most comprehensive reference work ever published about the Church.

1992 – Belize is dedicated for the preaching of the gospel by Elder Russell M. Nelson.

1996 – The BYU-Hawaii women’s volleyball team wins the U.S. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II volleyball championship in San Diego, California.

2004LaVell Edwards, legendary BYU football coach, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

2016 – Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gives the morning prayer in the United States Senate. Elder Christofferson also spoke at the Library of Congress at an event recognizing the inclusion of the Book of Mormon in the “America Reads” exhibit. He spoke for 30 minutes about the book’s history and impact.

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