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January 12

1834 – Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight leave Missouri for Kirtland, Ohio, to report to the leaders of the Church on the conditions of the Saints who had been driven from their homes in Jackson County.  They also had a promise from Missouri Governor Daniel Dunklin to help the Saints return to their lands and property.

1838 – The spirit of “apostate mobocracy’ had been increasing over the winter and had reached a point where the Prophet Joseph and Sidney Rigdon were in danger for their lives.  Due to this danger, about 10:00 p.m., they fled Kirtland, Ohio, on horse back, traveling sixty miles during the night until they reached Norton Township, Medina County, Ohio.

1846 – Brigham Young records, “Such has been the anxiety manifested by the saints to receive the ordinances [of the Temple], and such the anxiety on our part to administer to them, that I have given myself up entirely to the work of the Lord in the Temple night and day, not taking more than four hours sleep, upon an average, per day, and going home but once a week. Elder Heber C. Kimball and the others of the Twelve Apostles were in constant attendance but in consequence of close application some of them had to leave the Temple to rest and recruit their health’ (History of the Church, 7:567).

1975 – The Merthyr Tydfil Stake, the first stake in Wales, is organized.

1989 – The BYU Motion Picture Studio receives three awards at the New York International Film and Video Festival for the movie A More Perfect Union.  The movie was filmed in for the Bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States and chronicles the story of the writing of the founding document of the United States.

2010 – A devastating earthquake hits Haiti and an estimated 230,000 Haitians are killed.  The Church Humanitarian relief efforts begin immediately and included tents, food, medical supplies and medical teams.

2021 – A significant makeover is coming to the plaza on Temple Square that sits between the Church Office Building, the Church Administration Building, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Relief Society Building. This extensive alteration is a planned part of the larger renovation of the Salt Lake Temple that began more than a year ago.

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