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January 10

1832 – The Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon receive Doctrine and Covenants 73 in Hiram, Ohio.  It instructs them continue preaching the gospel in the region around where they live and to continue the translation of the Bible.

1843 – The Prophet and his party continued on their journey home to Nauvoo, leaving Plymouth about 8:30 am.  Their only stop was to water their horses at the public well in Carthage.  He arrived at home about 2:30 p.m. and was greeted by his family and friends.

1844 – The Prophet Joseph ordained his uncle, John Smith, as a patriarch.  He would later become Church Patriarch on January 1, 1849.  Also, the Prophet received a letter from Francis M. Higbee, charging him with slander and calling for a public trial.  The Prophet records, “It contains no denial of the charges which he accuses me of having spoken against him, but is full of bombast’ (History of the Church, 6:174).

1846 – One hundred eighteen received their ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple on this date as preparations to go west continued.

1847 – The Mormon Battalion crosses the Colorado River into what would later become the State of California.

1870 – The last spike for the Utah Central Railroad line, that connected Salt Lake City with Ogden, Utah, is driven by President Brigham Young.  Salt Lake City was then connected by railway to the national railroad line that crossed the United States.

1892 – The first Sunday School for the deaf was organized in the Salt Lake City Nineteenth Ward.

1907 – President Joseph F. Smith announces the payment of the last two bonds issued by President Lorenzo Snow to save the Church financially during the difficult political and economic period of the 1880’s and 1890’s.  Payment of these bonds was a major step in getting the Church out of debt and financially independent.

1939 – Ernst Koehler becomes the Church’s first full-time, salaried microfilm photographer.

1986 – The Lima Peru Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

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