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March 25

1832 – After being up all night and having the tar and feathers removed from his skin, the Prophet Joseph preaches to a congregation from the steps of the John Johnson home that included members of the mob that had attacked him and Sidney Rigdon the night before.  Joseph also baptizes three people.

1834 – While on his return journey to Kirtland, Ohio, the Prophet Joseph Smith traveled to Job Lewis’s home in Westfield, New York.  (History of the Church, 2:45)

1839 – About this time Heber C. Kimball and Brother Theodore Turley started on their mission to see the governor and obtain a writ of habeas corpus and win the release of the Prophet Joseph and the others being held in Liberty Jail.  Judge King did not have the legal papers stating why they were being held and had to produce one for Elder Kimball.  They traveled to Jefferson City, the capitol of Missouri, to meet with the governor and supreme judges.  The governor was absent and the secretary of state, who treated the men kindly but said there was nothing he could do even though he admitted they were being held illegally.  Elders Kimball and Turley would return to Liberty on March 30th without any success in obtaining the writ and the release of the Prophet Joseph and the others being held.  Also, the Prophet Joseph completes an epistle, written over several days, to the Saints who are scattered across Missouri, in Quincy, Illinois, and other places of refuge in Illinois and Iowa.  Portions of this epistle would later comprise Doctrine and Covenants 121, 122, and 123.  These sections contain some of the most moving and most powerful writings of the Prophet Joseph, including, “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes’ (Doctrine and Covenants 121:7–8).  Also why many are called and not chosen, “that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good’ (Doctrine and Covenants 122:7), and that we should “cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed’ (Doctrine and Covenants 123:17).

1843 – Learning that a “band of desperadoes’ who were stealing and causing problems in the surrounding area had taken up residence in Nauvoo to hide from the law, the Mayor of Nauvoo, Joseph Smith, issues a proclamation asking for help from the citizens, and offering protection to them, to find and bring the group to justice. (History of the Church, 5:310-311).

1953 – The First Presidency announces that returning missionaries will now report to their local stake presidency and high council rather than to General Authorities.

1982 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir leaves Salt Lake City, Utah, for a ten concert tour of Europe.

1984 – The Church announces a new genealogical facilities program that authorized wards and branches to establish local Family History Centers in their meetinghouses.

2000 – For the first time, the annual Young Women’s Meeting at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, was available as an audio broadcast over the Internet.

2004 – The Church History Department announced an online database called Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel which has the most complete listing of Mormon emigration, as part of the Church website.

2020 – The First Presidency stated “after careful and prayerful consideration, and with a desire to be responsible global citizens, we have decided to suspend all temple activity Churchwide at the end of the day on March 25, 2020. This is a temporary adjustment, and we look forward to the day when the temples will reopen.’

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