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February 24

1834 – The Prophet Joseph receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 103, which calls for the organization of Zion’s Camp.  Zion’s Camp was a company of men who would travel to Missouri for the purpose of assisting the Saints in reclaiming their property in Jackson County. The High Council of Kirtland, Ohio, met and listened to Lyman Wight and Parley P. Pratt, who had just arrived from Missouri, relate the events and hardships the Saints in Jackson County had experienced while being driven from their homes.  The Prophet then stood and asked for the support of the High Council in organizing a company of men to go to Missouri according to the revelation he had received.  It was approved unanimously to support the effort.

1843 – The Prophet Joseph spent part of the day with Brigham Young and with Dr. Foster. He also dictated an answer to W. W. Phelps Vade Mecum, or “Go with Me,’ a poem that had been printed in the Times and Seasons on January 20th.  The Prophet’s poetic answer included the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 76 with some additional commentary on the three degrees of glory made into verse. (History of the Church, 5:288)

1844 – Fifteen hundred copies of the Prophet Joseph’s Views of the Powers and Policy of the United States came off the press ready for distribution by the Elders of the Church.  The Prophet records that the weather had been very pleasant, “the pleasantest February I ever saw’ (History of the Church, 6:224).

1846 – The weather had turned extremely cold as the thermometer reached 12 degrees below zero at 7 P.M. in the encampment of Saints at Sugar Creek, Iowa.  A son was born to John Redding during the cold and snowstorm of the day.  It was recorded that the Mississippi river had frozen over above Montrose.  Meanwhile, John Atlantic Burr was born to Sarah Burr aboard the ship Brooklyn en route from New York to California.  The Brooklyn was carrying Mormon emigrants to the west traveling by sea around the tip of South America.

1858Colonel Thomas L. Kane, a nonmember friend of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Church, arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah.  His purpose was to negotiate peace between the Church and the U.S. Army that had been sent to Utah to seize control of the territory and bring down the so-called “Mormon rebellion.’

1937 – Hilton A. and Hazel Robertson arrive in Hawaii to make preparations to reopen the Japanese Mission that had been closed in 1924.  Japanese converts living in Hawaii were prepared so that the mission could be reopened as soon as the fighting that would become World War II ended.

1990 – Elder Russell M. Ballard dedicates the South American country of Suriname for the preaching of the gospel.

2002 – The Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games come to an end.  Thousands of members of the Church had participated as volunteers welcoming the world to Salt Lake City, Utah.   Latter-day Saint athletes from six countries participated with Joe Pack of Park City, Utah, winning a silver medal in aerial ski jumping.  The closing ceremonies included a fun celebration with fireworks around the Salt Lake Valley, giving the world a view of the beauty and wonder of Utah.

2005 – President Boyd K. Packer and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve begin a five-day visit to areas in Indonesia destroyed by the tsunami on December 26, 2004.

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