1831 – At the conclusion of a conference for Elders held at Kirtland, Ohio, the Prophet Joseph inquired of the Lord and received the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 52. It calls several Elders to leave on missions and includes the promise, “he that is faithful shall be made ruler over many things’ (History of the Church, 1:175-179). Shortly afterwards, Sidney Gilbert requested the Prophet Joseph inquire of the Lord as to his work in the Church and the Prophet received the revelation recorded as Doctrine and Covenants 53.
1834 – Zion’s Camp arrived at Salt River, Missouri, where a branch of the Church was located. It was sometimes called the Allred Settlement. They would camp here several days resting, practicing military maneuvers, and other preparations. One recorded event of the day was: “One of the camp walked on ahead to procure some milk. A number of men armed with guns met him and said: ‘Here’s one damn Mormon alone—let’s kill him’ but at the same instant they discovered a number of others just coming over the hill, when they immediately rode off in great hast’ (History of the Church, 2:87).
1841 – The Prophet Joseph, accompanied by several brethren and Adams County Sheriff Thomas King, began his 75-mile journey to Monmouth, Illinois, to appear before Judge Stephen A. Douglas on charges out of Missouri for which he had been arrested a few days earlier. They camped along the road overnight.
1844 – The first and only issue of the Nauvoo Expositor was published by apostates in Nauvoo. The publishing of this dissident newspaper began a series of quick events that would lead to the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
1846 – Jesse Little and Thomas L. Kane meet with U.S. President James K. Polk to finalize the agreement for the establishment of the Mormon Battalion.
1847 – To make the passage way easier for the teams of oxen, a number of pioneers spent a few days going ahead with pickaxes, bars, and shovels improving the road by removing many of the cobble rocks that were found in the road. This would make it much easier for future teams and wagons to cross the plains.
1981 – The first stake in Italy was organized in Milan.
1998 – The Preston England Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
2009 – The first stake in Mongolia was organized in Ulaanbaatar.
2015 – The Payson Utah Temple is dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency.
2021 – First Presidency Announces Changes to General Conference. Beginning with October’s general conference and continuing thereafter, the Saturday evening sessions will be discontinued. Previously, a Saturday evening session was held for women (in October) and priesthood holders (in April). This change is being made because all sessions of general conference are now available to anyone who desires to watch or listen.
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