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January 23

1833 – The Prophet Joseph, assembled in a conference with several leading brethren of the Church, enjoyed “much speaking, singing, praying, and praising God, all in tongues’ and then took part in the ordinance of the washing of the feet.  The Prophet washed the feet of all those present and pronounced them clean.  They partook of the sacrament and adjourned.

1836 – After a night filled with the “Spirit and visions of God,’ the Prophet Joseph again returns to the Temple to meet with the brethren.  Their hearts were so full that they did not feel like studying, but discussed “heavenly things, and we spent the day agreeably and profitably’ (History of the Church, 2:384).

1843 – The Prophet Joseph issues a political statement that was to be published in The Wasp, Nauvoo’s newspaper at the time, that included “my feelings revolt at the idea of having anything to do with politics . . . I think it would be well for politicians to regulate their own affairs.  I wish to be let alone, that I may attend strictly to the spiritual welfare of the Church’ (History of the Church, 5:259).  However, political forces of the time would never allow the Prophet to avoid political matters.

1844 – Joseph Smith records that he sold the printing establishment in Nauvoo to John Taylor for $2,832.  It included the Printing building and lot and equipment to print and bind publications.  A  cotillion party was held in the evening at the Mansion House. (History of the Church, 6:185).

1854 – The first branch of the Church is organized in Gibraltar.

1900 – The United States House of Representatives refuses to seat duly elected congressman B.H. Roberts, a member of the First Council of the Seventy because of his religious beliefs.

1921 – Elder David O. McKay visits members of the Church in Japan during his historic tour of the world.

1922 – The first annual “Leadership Week’ is held at Brigham Young University.  In 1963 the name would be changed to “Education Week.’

1970 – Joseph Fielding Smith is set apart and ordained as the tenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Harold B. Lee and N. Eldon Tanner were set apart as his Counselors.

1977 – The first stake in Colombia is organized in Bogota.

1989 – The LDS television special, Together Forever, began airing on television stations in the United States.

2000 – The Kona Hawaii Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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