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February 3

1836 – Morning Hebrew school was held and attended by the Prophet Joseph Smith and other brethren.  Many visitors called upon the Prophet desiring to see the papyri in his possession.

1841 – The City Council of Nauvoo, Illinois, was organized and held their first meeting.  The Prophet Joseph Smith gave the opening prayer.  The Mayor and City Council members were sworn in, including Joseph Smith as a council member.  The Mayor, John C. Bennett, gave his inaugural address and the first business was conducted.  Bills were presented on the University of Nauvoo and Nauvoo Legion.

1843 – The Prophet Joseph spent the morning studying German.  He then took a walk around the city and returned home to proof read the Doctrine and Covenants “which is now being stereotyped’ (History of the Church, 5:264).

1845 – City elections were held in Nauvoo, Illinois.  Orson Spencer was elected Mayor.  Aldermen and Councilors were also chosen by a unanimous vote.

1846 – Brigham Young intended to prepare to leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for the west on this day.  He left the Temple telling the brethren that they would build other temples in the west and that the work of the Nauvoo Temple was completed.  “I walked some distance from the Temple supposing the crowd would disperse, but on returning I found the house filled to overflowing.  Looking upon the multitude and knowing their anxiety, as they were thirsting and hungering for the word, we continued at work diligently in the House of the Lord.  Two hundred and ninety-five persons received ordinances’ (History of the Church, 7:579).

1851Brigham Young takes the oath of office as governor of the territory of Utah.

1885 – The Governor of Idaho, William M. Bunn, signs a law prohibiting Mormons from voting in Idaho.

1925 – The first Mission Home in Salt Lake City, Utah, is dedicated by Heber J. Grant.

1926 – The first of two important meetings (on February 3 and 8) of the Church Board of Education to decide the future of Church education was held.  It was decided to expand the seminary program throughout the Church and to turn the junior colleges owned by the Church over to state governments.  The colleges included Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, Weber College in Ogden, Utah, Dixie College in St. George, Utah, and Gila College in Thatcher, Arizona.  Idaho refused to take Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, so the Church decides to keep it open.  It later becomes BYU-I.

1963 – The first stake in Wisconsin is organized in Milwaukee.

1977 – The first missionaries enter the Marshall Islands.

1998 – A gathering is held in Washington D.C. to celebrate BYU’s publication of the first English translation of the Islamic text The Incoherence of the Philosophers by Al-Ghazali, a twelfth-century Muslim philosopher.  In attendance was Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Elder Merrill J. Bateman, several LDS members of the U.S. Congress, and diplomats from ten predominantly Muslim countries.

2008Thomas S. Monson is ordained and set apart as the 16th President of the Church, with Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as Counselors.

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