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January 20

1836 – The Prophet Joseph attended school and studied until evening when he and his family attended a wedding held at John Johnson’s home.  There he presided and performed a marriage between John F. Boynton and Susan Lowell.

1838 – The Prophet Joseph and Sidney Rigdon, with their families, continue their journey to Far West, Missouri.

1842 – The Prophet Joseph attended a special conference concerning Dr. Isaac Galland and the problems with his real estate dealings in behalf of the Church.  He then attended a special council in the upper room of his store in the evening.

1843 – The Prophet Joseph attends a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles held at Brigham Young’s home.  He prophesies that after the Nauvoo Temple is completed they will have the means to gather the Saints by the thousands and tens of thousands.  He also asks the Twelve to prepare for a mission.  “If I live, I will yet take these brethren through the United States and through the world, and will make just as big a wake as God Almighty will let me’ (History of the Church, 5:256).  Also, Elder Orson Pratt, who had been cut off from the Church, was re-baptized by the Prophet Joseph, confirmed, and ordained to his former office in the Quorum of the Twelve. 1844 – The Prophet Joseph held Mayor’s Court during the day and spent the evening at home.

1846 – The High Council of the Church in Nauvoo, Illinois, issues a statement declaring the intent on sending a group of Pioneers west in March to prepare the way, plant crops, etc., for the body of the Saints to follow.  They state their loyalty to the United States and invites people interested in a good deal on property to come to Nauvoo and help the Saints by buying it.

1903 – The Utah State legislature, elects Reed Smoot of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to represent Utah in the United States Senate.  At that time the U.S. constitution gave authority to the state legislatures to elect senators to maintain the states rights in Washington D. C., which was changed with the approval of the seventeenth amendment in 1913.  Reed Smoot’s election began a long investigative process of the Church and it’s doctrines and practices when the senate refused to seat him.  He was eventually allowed to take his seat in the senate in 1907 and became one of the most powerful senate leaders in the nation.

1967 – U.S. President Lyndon Johnson presents the Medal of Honor to Major Bernard F. Fisher for rescuing another Air Force pilot under heavy fire during the Vietnam War.  Brother Fisher was the first living U.S. Air Force recipient of the honor since World War II.

1969 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings at the inauguration of Richard M. Nixon as United States President.

1973 – The Brigham Young University marching band and a portion of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at the second inauguration of Richard M. Nixon as United States President.

1974 – The first converts in Jamaica, Victor Nugent and his family, are baptized.

1977 – The first stake in Costa Rica is organized at San Jose.

1981 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir participates in the inaugural festivities of Ronald Reagan as United States President.

1985 – It was announced that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had become the fifth largest denomination in the United States.

1994 – The first branch in Armenia is organized at Yerevan.

2001 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir participated in the inaugural parade in Washington D. C. for United State President George W. Bush.  The 319 members of the choir rode on a 150-foot float singing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ “God Bless America,’ and “America the Beautiful.’

2009 – BYU Law School professor H. Reese Hansen was elected as the 2010 president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He will serve as president-elect for 2009.

2011 – The Global Family Policy Form that included 26 United Nation delegates from around the world, was held in the Legado Hotel in Gilbert, Arizona. It was sponsored by Family Watch International that was co–founded by Sister Sharon Slater.

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