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January 29

1836 – The Prophet Joseph called all his family together, including his parents, and had dinner and evening together.  “This was a good time to me, and all the family rejoiced together’ (History of the Church, 2:388).  They talked about and rejoiced in the blessings of the gospel.

1839 – The brethren at Far West, Missouri, met again to plan their migration out of the state of Missouri.  Brigham Young presented a motion that the brethren covenant to help the poor to safety out of Missouri.  Seven brethren were appointed to a committee to organize the effort to help the poor.  The committee was William Huntington, Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theodore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrach Roundy, and Jonathan H. Hale.  The covenant was written up and signed by eighty individuals the first day and three hundred the second day.

1842 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day in counsel with various individuals.  In the evening he met with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Williard Richards, and others, “showing forth the Kingdom and the order thereof concerning many things, and the will of God concerning His servants’ (History of the Church, 4:505).

1843 – The Prophet Joseph spoke in a meeting at the Temple site on the importance of John the Baptist and the Parables of the Savior.

1844 – In a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a few others, they discussed the current candidates for president of the United States. Martin Van Buren, who told the Prophet Joseph “Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you,’ and Henry Clay, who had told the Saints “You had better go to Oregon for redress.’  Willard Richards then made a motion for “an independent electoral ticket, and that Joseph Smith be a candidate for the next Presidency’ (History of the Church, 6:188).  The motion carried and several brethren were called to go out and campaign for the Prophet.  The Prophet then met with W. W. Phelps and wrote his pamphlet, “Views on the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States.’

1846 – Temple work continued in the Nauvoo Temple with 133 persons receiving their endowments.  There were a large number of the governor’s troops in Nauvoo reportedly looking for leaders of the Church to arrest.  A letter came from Samuel Brannan stating that he had learned that the government intended to stop the Saints from leaving the country.

1847 – The Mormon Battalion arrives at the San Diego Mission, the oldest Spanish mission in California.  This ends the 103-day march from Fort Leavenworth, traveling approximately two thousand miles, the longest military march in United States History.

1888 – The Saints dedicated the first meetinghouse of the Church in Canada at Lee’s Creek, now known as Cardston, Alberta.

1972 – The Adult Aaronic Priesthood program is renamed the Prospective Elders program.

1980 – The first branch of the Church in the Canary Islands is organized in Las Palmas.

2005 – The Church receives full recognition in Chile, enabling it to be treated as an equal, accepted and mainstream religion in Chile.

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