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February 18

1839 – The Governor of Missouri, Lilburn Boggs, orders the arms of the Saints that had been confiscated be returned to their rightful owners.  Most of the owners had already fled Missouri and it would be difficult to prove who the rightful owners were.

1842 – Joseph Smith attended and spoke at a Nauvoo City Council meeting on “the great privileges of the Nauvoo Charter’ (History of the Church, 4:516).

1843 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day at home and his office where several called for counsel from him.  While at dinner with family and friends, the Prophet first taught “that when the earth was sanctified and became like a sea of glass, it would be one great urim and thummim, and the Saints could look on it and see as they are seen.’  Also, Brigham Young wrote a letter from the Twelve Apostles to members of the Church in Laharpe, Illinois, asking for their help in supplying food for the Prophet Joseph’s family.  He wrote that Joseph “has nothing now to hinder his devoting his time to the History of the Church and the spiritual interest thereof, except he has to spend his time in gathering food for his family.’  Brigham added their duty was to help the Prophet, “that he may attend to the business of the Church, and devote his whole time to the spiritual affairs thereof’ (History of the Church, 5:279-280).

1846 – The brethren continued to get organized at Sugar Creek for the move west.  They planned on being to the Missouri River by spring to prepare for the continued trek west.  After a day of meetings and instruction, Brigham Young and a few other brethren went back to Nauvoo for a prayer meeting in the Temple.

1887 – The Edmunds-Tucker Act becomes law without the signature of United States President Grover Cleveland.  This antipolgamy law unincorporates the Church, dissolves the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company and escheats its property to the government, abolishes female voting rights in Utah Territory, and allows the government to confiscate practically all the property of the Church.  The Church as a legal entity temporarily ceases to exist.

      Historic Nauvoo Visitor’s Center

1979 – In a meeting held at the Historic Nauvoo Visitor’s Center, the Nauvoo Illinois Stake, the one thousandth stake of the Church, is organized by President Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

1981King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV joins President Spencer W. Kimball in breaking ground for the Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple.  Nearly seven thousand people attend the ceremony.

2011 – Elder Dallin H. Oaks, his wife, and several other general authorities, arrive in Nigeria, Africa, to spend ten days traveling, meeting, and teaching the leaders and members of the Church in Nigeria.

2018 – At storied Gun Hill Signal Station, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the island nation of Barbados for the preaching of the gospel.

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