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February 12

1833 – Joseph Smith wrote a strongly worded letter to N. C. Saxton, editor of the American Revivalist and Rochester Observer, who printed only part of a letter Joseph had sent for publication  (Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, p. 299-300).

1834 – The Prophet Joseph Smith set in a council of High Priests and Elders at his home in Kirtland, Ohio.  He remarked on the role of councils in the disciplining of their fellow brethren and that “no man is capable of judging a matter, in council, unless his own heart is pure; and that we are frequently so filled with prejudice, or have a beam in our own eye, that we are not capable of passing right decisions’ (History of the Church, 2:25).  The council then proceeded to hear the charges against several brethren, encouraging them and forgiving them.

1836 – The Prophet Joseph met with several of the quorums in the Kirtland Temple and discussed the worthiness to be ordained to the ministry.  He stated the Lord was not pleased with those who were desiring to be ordained who had not been called to serve.  He then discussed those who had been called and ordained who, being over zealous without knowledge, bring dishonor upon themselves and the Church.

1843 – A group of seven or eight young men, some from New York City, visited Nauvoo and the Prophet Joseph Smith.  He showed them the “fallacy of Mr. Miller’s data concerning the coming of Christ’ who had predicted the time Jesus Christ was to return to the earth.  He informed the young men that Mr. Miller “was in want of correct information upon the subject, and that he was not so much to blame as the translators [of the Bible]’ (History of the Church, 5:272).  He then taught them that all the prophecies must be fulfilled before the Savior would come again.

1844 – As mayor, Joseph Smith sat in city council and recommended the repeal of several ordinances, and the repeal was approved.  The Memorial to Congress approved in December by the council concerning the afflictions of the Saints in Missouri, was again read and then signed by all the Nauvoo city leadership.  Joseph then instructed Councilor Orson Pratt to meet with representatives and leaders in Washington D.C. and share with them the stories of the Saints in Missouri and demand redress.  Councilor Orson Pratt then nominated George P. Stiles as councilor during his absence, which was approved. (History of the Church, 6:212).

1846 – The Twelve Apostles continued to prepare to move west.  Other groups of Saints were crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa as quickly as the weather and boats could carry them. It was a slow and dangerous process during the coldest season of the year.

1849 – President Brigham Young calls and ordains to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Charles C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, and Franklin D. Richards, to fill the vacancies left by the reorganization of the First Presidency and apostasy.

1851 – The provisional state of Deseret authorizes the procurement of a block of marble to be used in building the Washington Monument under construction in Washington D.C.

1870 – Acting Governor S. A. Mann signs an act of the territorial legislature granting Utah women the right to vote in state held elections.

1955 – The site for building the Church College of Hawaii, later Brigham Young University–Hawaii, is dedicated by President David O. McKay during a groundbreaking service.

1989 – The First Presidency announces that worthy unendowed members whose spouses are not members of the Church, or are not worthy to enter the temple, may receive their individual endowments.

2005 – President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke by satellite from Salt Lake City to thousands of Church members gathered in meetinghouses across Australia.

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