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January 13

1836 – The Prophet Joseph met with the Presidencies of both Kirtland and Missouri, the Bishoprics of both, High Councils of both, the Quorum of the Twelve, and other leaders, in a “leadership’ meeting.  Several vacancies were filled and the Prophet Joseph wrote, “This has been one of the best days that I ever spent; there has been an entire union of feeling expressed in all our proceedings this day; and the spirit of the God of Israel has rested upon us in mighty power, and it has been good for us to be here in this heavenly place in Christ Jesus’ (History of the Church, 2:368).

1838 – The Prophet Joseph and Sidney Rigdon arrive in Norton Township, Median county, Ohio, after fleeing Kirtland, Ohio, the night before.  Here they would wait until their families arrived so that they could continue their journey to Missouri.

1845 – It had been reported that Nauvoo was becoming a haven for criminals who were running from prosecution of the law, hiding in the largeness and confusion of the growing city. Fearing this was an organized effort to blame the Saints for these crimes and allowing for the persecution and murder of innocent citizens of the city, the Nauvoo City Council met and adopted a proclamation stating that the criminals were not part of the Church, the accusations had been made up or greatly exaggerated, and that the police force had been greatly expanded and they had encouraged the citizenship of Nauvoo to help “ferret out and bring to justice’ all persons, if any, that were guilty of crimes.

1846 – A council was held in the Temple which the captains of fifties and tens made a report of the number of Saints who were ready to leave immediately for the west if the persecutions from the enemies of the Saints compelled them to do so.

1870 – A large meeting of Latter-day Saint women is held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to protest the anti-polygamy Cullom Bill pending in the United States Congress and to demonstrate the solidarity of Latter-day Saint women with Church leaders.

1901 – The countywide stake in Utah County, Utah, is divided in to three stakes: the Alpine, Nebo, and Utah Stakes.

1931 – The first Deseret Club, a social organization for LDS college students outside of Utah, is organized by students and Church leaders at UCLA in California.

1973 – The first Mongolian convert, Wu Rung Fu, is baptized in Taipei, Taiwan, by Taiwan Mission President Malan R. Jackson.

1994 – BYU professor Donald W. Parry is asked by Emanuel Tov of the Hebrew University to join an international team of editors working on the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Later, other BYU professors, David R. Seely, Dana M. Pike, and Andrew C. Skinner, are added to the publication team.

2000 – A wagon train commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Parowan, Utah—southern Utah’s first settlement—rolled into the town of Parowan.  President James E. Faust was a guest of honor at the event.  From Parowan, the Church settled other areas in southern Utah, northern Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado.

2009 – Latter-day Saint and University of Utah football coach, Kyle Whittingham, was named the American Football Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

2011 – Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at Brigham Young University-Provo.

2019 – “We care about you. We care for you, and we love you,’ said President Russell M. Nelson, speaking at a special stake conference in Chico, California. As people in northern California recover from the deadliest wildfire in state history, the worldwide leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared words of hope and inspiration with those who lost everything.

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