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January 7

1805 – David Whitmer, one of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, is born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

1832 – Joseph B. Brackenbury is killed with poison by anti-Mormons while serving his mission in Pomfret, Chautauque County, New York, and becomes the first martyr of this dispensation.

1836 – The Prophet Joseph attended a dinner held at Bishop Newel K. Whitney’s in Kirtland, Ohio. Patriarchal blessings were given by his father to several in attendance, hymns were sung, and a large meal was served. The Prophet wrote that it was a “foretaste of those joys that will be poured upon the heads of the Saints when they are gathered together on Mount Zion, to enjoy one another’s society for evermore . . . when there will be none to molest or make us afraid’ (History of the Church, 2:362-363).

1843 – The Prophet Joseph and his party left Springfield, Illinois, to return to Nauvoo. Traveling was poor due to cold, snow, and mud. They stayed at Captain Dutch’s after traveling nearly eight hours.

1845 – The Twelve Apostles met in Nauvoo, Illinois, to further discuss and plan the move to the west.

1846 – A letter was received informing the Twelve Apostles that the Catholic bishop who had hoped to purchase the Nauvoo Temple could not raise the needed money to do so. The sale would have helped pay for the move to the west. One hundred twenty one people received their endowments on this date and a new altar was dedicated. Four couples were sealed.

1876 – Elder Daniel W. Jones leads a small group of missionaries from El Paso, Texas, across the Rio Grande into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico becoming the first missionaries to serve in Mexico.

1880 – Andrew Jensen publishes Ungdommens Raadgiver in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the first Latter-day Saint periodical for young people in Scandinavia.

1937 – N. Eldon Tanner, later a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency, begins service as Minister of Lands and Mines in Canada.

1976 – The Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University is established to publish scholarly work on Latter-day Saint topics of interest.

1984 – Premier Zhao Ziyang of the People’s Republic of China visits the BYU-Hawaii campus and the Polynesian Cultural Center on his historic visit to the United States. It was the first visit by a Chinese premier to the United States since the founding of the country in 1949.

2000 – BYUTV begins broadcasting nationally twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. It allows people across the United States and southern Canada to receive Latter-day Saint programming as part of the DISH network satellite system. It is later added to some cable systems.

2016 – HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, met with LDS Helping Hands volunteers in York as part of a gathering of community workers and emergency service personnel following the serious flooding to hit the historic city in recent weeks.

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