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June 30

1830Samuel Smith, younger brother of the Prophet Joseph, becomes the first missionary for the Church when he leaves for his mission to sell copies of the Book of Mormon in several New York communities.

1834 – The men who had traveled to Missouri as part of Zion’s Camp continued to be attacked by cholera.  The Prophet Joseph spent this day visiting with old Jackson County friends in the safety of western Clay County. (History of the Church, 2:120).

1837 – The ship Garrick, with the first missionaries called to serve in England on board, left the dock to begin its journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. (History of the Church, 2:495).

1843 – As the Prophet Joseph, a prisoner in the hands of Sheriff Reynolds and Constable Wilson, who in turn were prisoners in the hands of Sheriff Campbell, who were all being guarded by Colonel Markham and the Prophet’s friends so that none could escape, neared Nauvoo, a large company of citizens and carriages from the city came towards them.  Included in this large group were Emma and Hyrum, “who wept tears of joy at my return’ as they embraced.   As they entered Nauvoo, “I was greeted with the cheers of the people and firing of guns and cannon.’  The Prophet arrived at his home about 1:00 p.m. where his mother “was at the door to embrace me, with tears of joy rolling down her cheeks, and my children clung around me with feelings of enthusiastic and enraptured pleasure.’  Later in the day at dinner, “Reynolds and Wilson were placed at the head of the table, with about 50 of my friends, and were served with the best that the table afforded, by my wife . . . which contrasted strongly with their treatment to me when I was first arrested by them’ (History of the Church, 5:458-460).

1844 – The members of the Twelve Apostles remaining in Nauvoo and other leading brethren of the Church, met in council and “agreed to send Brother George J. Adams to bear the news of the massacre to the Twelve’ (History of the Church, 7:147).  They also again counseled the Saints to remain peaceful and defensive and not to seek revenge for the death of the Prophet and Patriarch.

1845 – Brigham Young, the Twelve Apostles, and other leading brethren of the Church, visited Mother Smith (Lucy Mack Smith), and she “expressed herself satisfied with the Twelve and the course they were pursuing’ (History of the Church, 7:433) in the leadership of the Saints.

1847Samuel Brannan meets up with Brigham Young and the first pioneer company at the Green River in present-day Wyoming.  He updates the Church leader on the Saints who had traveled to California on the ship Brooklyn the previous year.  He tried unsuccessfully to convince Brigham Young to locate the Church headquarters on the west coast in California by telling him of the beauty of the area and the success the Saints have had there over the previous year.

1916 – The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issues “The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and the Twelve‘ on the identity and relationship of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

1935 – The first stake in Hawaii and outside of North America is organized in Oahu.

1940 – The first stake in the District of Columbia, the Washington Stake, is organized with Ezra Taft Benson as president.

1957 – The first stake in Virginia is organized.

1970 – The Brigham Young University track and field team wins the NCAA national championship.  It was the first time a team from BYU had won a national title.

1977 – The first convert in Haiti, Alexandre Mourra, is baptized.

1993Shawn Bradley, in the first round, and Josh Grant, in the second round, both LDS return missionaries, are drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2000 – A monument, honoring 410 Latter-day Saint Icelanders who immigrated to the United States from 1854 to 1914, was dedicated by Elder William Rolf Kerr of the Seventy near “Mormon Pond,’ a tide pool on the rocky coast of the Westmann Islands where many of the early Icelander converts were baptized.

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