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February 11

1836 – The Prophet Joseph spent the morning in school studying Hebrew.  His afternoon was spent in reading and exhibiting the Egyptian records to several people who called at his home to see them.

1841 – Joseph Smith performed the wedding of Philo Dibble and Hannah Ann Dubois Smith at his home, and his wife, Emma Smith, prepared a wedding supper for a large party of friends assembled. (Early Scenes in Church History, p. 92).  Also, Daniel Browett was set apart by Elders Brigham Young, Willard Richards, and John Taylor, to lead a company of Saints from England, onboard the ship Echo, to Nauvoo, via New Orleans. (History of the Church, 4:297)

1843 – The Prophet Joseph attended the city council meeting as the newly elected mayor of the City of Nauvoo.  He encouraged the new city council on “relieving the city from all unnecessary expenses and burdens, and not attempt to improve the city, but enact such ordinances as would promote peace and good order; and the people would improve the city; capitalists would come in from all quarters and build mills, factories, and machinery of all kinds; new buildings would arise on every hand, and Nauvoo would become a great city’ (History of the Church, 5:270).  The Prophet also recorded that his mother, Lucy Mack Smith, moved into his home on this date.

1900 – The Church holds services in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, to honor Utah soldiers killed in Manila during the Spanish-American War.

1921 – While touring the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, Elder David O. McKay felt impressed by the Spirit to move those with him away from a ledge overlooking the volcano just moments before the ledge collapses into the volcano.

1973 – The 600th stake of the Church is organized in Southampton, England.

2002 – The president of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen, in Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, met with President Hinckley prior to an official Olympic Banquet of Finland held in Sandy, Utah.  A 100-voice men’s choir of returned missionaries who had served in Finland since 1946, performed at the banquet.

2005 – Church member Michael O. Leavitt is sworn in as the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the cabinet of United States President George W. Bush.

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