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January 22

1833 – A conference of Priesthood holders was held where the Prophet Joseph Smith records, “I spoke to the conference in another tongue, and was followed in the same gift by Brother Zebedee Coltrin, and he by Brother William Smith, after which the Lord poured out His Spirit in a miraculous manner, until all the Elders spake in tongues, and several members, both male and female, exercised the same gift.  Great and glorious were the divine manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Praises were sung to God and the Lamb; speaking and praying, all in tongues, occupied the conference until a late hour at night, so rejoiced were we at the return of these long absent blessings’ (History of the Church, 1:323).

1834 – The Prophet Joseph Smith, with the help of his counselors, writes a long letter to the Saints driven from their homes in Jackson County, Missouri.  They discuss the persecution of the righteous from the past and the role of the Saints in the last days.  They also write about overcoming sin and becoming perfect, the plan of salvation, and encourages the Saints to endure to the end and receive their reward from heaven.

1836 – The Prophet Joseph again met in the Temple to take part in the ordinances as they had been revealed up to that time.  The Quorum of the Twelve and the Presidency of the Seventy were present to receive their blessings.  The Spirit attended the meeting and visions, angels, the gift of tongues, and other manifestations took place. (History of the Church, 2:382-383).

1842 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day appraising tithing property, revised the rules of the city council and then attended the council meeting to support the adoption of the rules.  He was also elected mayor pro tem of the City of Nauvoo, Illinois. (History of the Church, 4:501).

1843 – The Prophet Joseph preached at the Temple in Nauvoo on the topic of setting up the kingdom of God.  He stated that “all the ordinances, systems, and administrations of the earth are of no use to the children of men, unless they are ordained and authorized of God’ (History of the Church, 5:259).

1844 – The Prophet Joseph rented out the hotel portion of the Mansion House to Ebenezer Robinson for “one thousand dollars per annum and board for myself and family and horses.’  He kept three rooms for his family and relieved himself from the duties of inn keeper so he could easier perform his duties as President of the Church and Mayor of Nauvoo.

1846 – The Quorum of the Twelve learn that a group in Keokuk, Iowa, was preparing to harass the brethren of the Twelve when they crossed over the river from Nauvoo on their way to the west.  Rumors were circulating that the Twelve would soon leave for the west and the mob intended to capture them when they did.

1936 – The first women’s chapter of Lambda Delta Sigma (from the Greek letters for LDS), was established at the University of Utah by Lowell L. Bennion, director of the Institute of Religion.  With the men’s organization, the Institute had an organization that was similar to the fraternities on the University campus.

1939 – Elder George Albert Smith ordains and sets apart Moroni Timbimboo as the first Native American Indian to serve as a bishop in the Church.  He was bishop of the Washakie Ward in Northern Utah.

1994 – The Missionary Training Center in Guatemala is dedicated by Elder Boyd K. Packer.

2000 – President Gordon B. Hinckley begins a 10-day tour of the Pacific and Australia in Laie, Hawaii speaking to more than 15,000 members of the Church in two regional meetings.

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