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January 6

1831 – The Prophet Joseph and Sidney Rigdon receives Doctrine and Covenants 40. It is directed at James Covill who had first received and then rejected the word of the Lord through the Prophet Joseph Smith. This revelation states that the “fear of persecution and the cares of the world caused him to reject the word.’

1843 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day completing the paper work, paying his lawyers, etc., in Springfield, Illinois, dealing with his court case completed the day before. He met with Governor Ford and several other officials of the State. Time would not permit him to visit all who desired to met with him.

1844 – With four inches of new snow in Nauvoo, the Prophet Joseph took his wife Emma out in a sleigh for a sleigh ride.

1879 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the previous conviction of George Reynolds, the First Presidency’s secretary, under the 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, which the Saints believed violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The decision paves the way for more intense prosecution of the Saints in the 1880’s and becomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent for limiting some religious practices.

1985 – The first branch of the Church is organized in the West Indies island of Antigua.

1993 – Two Latter-day Saint missionary couples are sent to Hanoi, Vietnam, to teach English. They are the first missionaries to serve in that nation since 1975 when the Church was forced to close the mission as a result of the North Vietnamese victory in the Vietnam War.

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