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July 23

1833 – The Prophet Joseph Smith presides at the laying of the cornerstone for the Kirtland Temple, the first temple to be completed in this dispensation.  Also, under the duress of mob violence, Church leaders in Missouri sign a memorandum agreeing that at least one-half of the Mormons would leave Jackson County by 1 January 1834 and all of the Saints would leave by 1 April 1834.

1837 – Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde preach in the Vauxhall Chapel in Preston, England, giving the first Latter-day Saint sermon ever preached in Great Britain. Also, the Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 112, containing instructions to Thomas B. Marsh.

1838 – Miracles occur among the poor Saints of the Kirtland Camp traveling to Missouri.  First, a young son of Martin Peck, was run over by a wagon severely cutting his leg.  But after the laying on of hands, was able to walk and continue the journey.  It was also difficult to purchase supplies of food along this particular part of the journey.  They recorded, “another manifestation of the power of Jehovah, for seven and a half bushels of corn sufficed for the whole camp, consisting of six hundred and twenty souls, for the space of three days, and none lacked for food, though some complained and murmured because they did not have that to eat which their souls lusted after’ (History of the Church, 3:114).

1839 – A time of great healing among the destitute Saints camped along Mississippi River at Commerce, later Nauvoo, Illinois, continued on this date.  Many Saints were healed, but sickness continued for many and new cases appeared among them.

1846 – Samuel Boley became the first member of the Mormon Battalion to die en route to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  It had become evident that several of the brethren who had joined the Battalion were not physically prepared for the journey during their 200 mile march from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Forth Leavenworth.

1847 – At 7:00 am the main body of pioneers broke camp at Mill Creek and traveled north a couple miles to the south branch of City Creek.  After traveling 1,073 miles from Winter Quarters, here a site was chosen for a permanent settlement.  The camp site included the land now occupied by the City and County building in Salt Lake City.  At 9:30 am, a meeting of prayer and thanksgiving was held.  Elder Orson Pratt dedicated the land to the Lord.  A committee was appointed to select the ground for planting and other committees were formed to begin the settlement process.  By 11:30 am the site for planting had been chosen and was ready to be plowed.  At noon, the plowing started, but several plows broke in the attempt.  At 2:00 pm, a dam across City Creek was built and ditches were dug to get the water onto the land.  After a soaking, the ground was easy to plow.  The beginnings of civilization began to appear in the valley of the Great Salt Lake.  The rear company with the sick and Brigham Young, traveled 11 ½ miles today and camped in Emigration Canyon.  They were anxious to join the main body of pioneers in the valley.

1962 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial amphitheater in South Dakota.

1981 – Elder Gordon B. Hinckley is set apart as a third Counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball.

1994 – A monument at the burial site of fifteen handcart pioneers of the Willie Company who died of exposure and starvation, is dedicated on the high plains of Wyoming at Rock Creek by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

2005 -About 450 Latter-day Saints gathered at the site of Mormon Grove near Atchinson, Kansas, in memory of where in 1855 immigrants were prepared to travel to Utah. Milo Andrus recommended that there be a place for an outfitting station. One hundred-sixty acres were obtained and a sod fence was built around it. Thirty to forty acres were planted so that the incoming emigrants would have food. The planted acreage was called the Perpetual Emigration Farm and soon Mormon Grove became a tent city. In 1855, 2,041 people and 337 wagons left for Utah with Milo Andrus leading one of the wagon trains. Unfortunately, Cholera struck the station and a cemetery was created for the victims in unmarked graves.

2006 – Glade and Carol Soelberg, Church members from Mesa Arizona and parents of 13 children, were named National Parents of the Year by the Parents’ Day Council, a project of the American Family Coalition, Inc. They were nominated by their children.

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