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February 14

1831 – About this time, “a woman came making great pretensions of revealing commandments, laws and other curious matters.’  The Prophet Joseph inquired of the Lord on how to handle these type of situations.  In response, he received a revelation known at Doctrine and Covenants 43.   It states that revelations and commandments are to come only through the appointed leader of the Church. It also includes other counsel and teachings from the Lord.

1835 – During a meeting held in Kirtland, Ohio, of those who had served in Zion’s Camp, the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon—Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris—having been given the assignment from the Lord to choose the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from among those who had served in Zion’s Camp, chose the following who were called: Lyman E. Johnson, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, David W. Patten, Luke E. Johnson, William E. McLellin, John F. Boynton, Orson Pratt, William Smith, Thomas P. Marsh, Parley P. Pratt.  Three of the newly called Apostles, Lyman E. Johnson, Brigham Young, and Heber C. Kimball, were in attendance and were immediately ordained by the Three Witnesses to the Apostleship.

1836 – Baptisms and confirmations were conducted by the Prophet Joseph Smith and regular Sunday meetings were held where the Presidents of the Seventy “expressed their feelings on the occasion, and their faith in the Book of Mormon and the revelations’ (History of the Church, 2:395).

1839 – Members of the Church continue to leave Missouri because of the extermination order of Governor Boggs.  On this date, the families of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, along with several other families, leave Far West, Missouri, for Quincy, Illinois.  The Prophet Joseph’s parents, Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, also started for Quincy on this date.

1841 – A conference of the Church was held in London, England, with Elders Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow in attendance.

1844 – The Prophet Joseph Smith spoke to a large group in the assembly room and presented his “Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States‘ and spoke of his running for the office of President of the United States.

1853 – Ground is broken for the construction of the Salt Lake Temple by President Brigham Young.

1870Seraph C. Young becomes the first woman to vote legally in the United States during a municipal election in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1901 – President Lorenzo Snow announces plans to open Japan to missionary work.

1932 – President Heber J. Grant addressed people in the eastern United States by radio in Washington D.C..  As he was limited in his time, he read the thirteen Articles of Faith and made brief comments on several of them.

1998 – President Gordon B. Hinckley begins an eight-day tour of African nations, visiting Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.  He is the first President of the Church to travel to the Western part of Africa.

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