1833 – The Prophet Joseph, along with the other members of the First Presidency, Sidney Rigdon and Fredereick G. Williams, wrote a letter to the members of the Church living in Thompson, Ohio. The letter instructs the Saints to receive Salmon Gee who had been called to preside over the Thompson Branch, “Knowing that the Lord has appointed him to this office for your good, holding him up by your prayers, praying for him continually that he may be endowed with wisdom and understanding.’ The letter also encourages them to “continue in brotherly love, walk in meekness, watching unto prayer, that you be not overcome’ (History of the Church, 1:324-325).
1836 – The High Priests and Elders Quorums were called to the Kirtland Temple to receive the sealing of all their blessings by the Prophet Joseph and to receive instructions on how to conduct their quorum meetings. There was a little trouble with the Elders Quorum which “caused the spirit of the Lord to withdraw.’ William Smith saw a vision of the Twelve Apostles doing a great work in England and that the Lord was already preparing the hearts of the people there for the Gospel. The Prophet records, “This was a time of rejoicing long to be remembered. Praise the Lord’ (History of the Church, 2:392).
1839 – With the Prophet Joseph and his associates still in Liberty Jail, the committee on the removal of the Saints from Missouri continued to meet and plan for the removal of the poor from the State of Missouri.
1840 – The Prophet Joseph Smith preaches in Washington D. C.
1843 – The Prophet Joseph Smith is elected Mayor of the City of Nauvoo, Illinois. Orson Spencer, Daniel H. Wells, George A. Smith, and Stephen Markham were elected aldermen, with Hyrum Smith, John Taylor, Orson Hyde, Orson Pratt, Sylvester Emmons, Heber C. Kimball, Benjamin Warrington, Daniel Spencer, and Brigham Young elected councilors.
1851 – The cities of Ogden, Provo, Parowan, and Manti, were incorporated by the State of Deseret.
1855 – A festival honoring the Mormon Battalion was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1928 – The First Presidency authorizes the purchase of the Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York.
1951 – Elder Ronald A. Rasband, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1954 – The Church News reported that in ceremonies commemorating the arrival of the Mormon Battalion at San Diego, California, a historical marker was unveiled at Box Canyon near Julian, California.
1993 – The first convert baptisms in Mongolia take place.
2006 – Researcher Patrick A. Bishop found a 1840’s daguerreotype of Oliver Cowdrery that he would later restore and colorize.
2014 – Church member and U.S. Senator Mike Lee, was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast evening dinner. Senator Lee is the first LDS Church member to address the annual dinner attended by an interdenominational audience of 2,500 government leaders from around the world.
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