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March 27

1834 – The Prophet Joseph Smith traveled to Springfield, Pennsylvania, where “I found Elder Sidney Rigdon, who had come on by a different route.’ They continued their journey home together, stopping 16 miles east of Painesville, Ohio. (History of the Church, 2:45)

1836 – The Kirtland Temple, the first temple completed in this dispensation, is dedicated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The dedicatory prayer was given by revelation and recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 109. Angels were seen by some in the Temple during the dedication and all witnessed the power of the Spirit. That evening, during a meeting of the Priesthood quorums, great manifestations took place. The Prophet Joseph recorded, “. . . a noise was heard like the sound of a rushing mighty wind, which filled the Temple, and all the congregation simultaneously arose, being moved upon by an invisible power; many began to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the Temple was filled with angels . . . The people of the neighborhood came running together . . . seeing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple, and were astonished at what was taking place. This continued until the meeting closed at eleven p. m.’ (History of the Church, 2: 428).

1842 – The Prophet Joseph spoke to the Saints on baptism for the dead in the grove near the Nauvoo Temple. After his discourse, he went to the Mississippi River and baptized all who desired to be baptized—107 individuals. The Prophet also greeted 170 English Saints who arrived in Nauvoo on the steamer Ariel. (History of the Church, 4:568-569).

1843 – Upon hearing that Elder Sidney Rigdon was working with apostate John C. Bennett and others to undermine the leadership of the Church, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote him a letter expressing his sadness and disappointment in Elder Rigdon. Upon receipt of the Prophets letter, Elder Rigdon immediately responded with his own letter denying any relationship with John C. Bennett, stating that “It is peace I want’ (History of the Church, 5:312-316).

1844 – An affidavit of M. G. Eaton, made before the acting Nauvoo Justice of the Peace, Daniel H. Wells, stated that Mr. Eaton had attended a secret meeting held at the Keystone Store in Nauvoo, Illinois, where in several men, Samuel H. Jackson, Dr. R. Foster, and Chauncey L. Higbee, among them, met and discussed ways to remove the Prophet Joseph Smith by killing him and other members of the Smith family.

1845 – At 3:00 p.m., Brother William W. Player set the last trumpet stone on the capitols of the pilasters of the Nauvoo Temple. Brigham Young wrote it was “a matter of rejoicing to all who love to witness the prosperity of the work.’ (History of the Church, 7:388-389).

1846 – Brigham Young, continuing on the journey across Iowa, set up a permanent camp at Chariton River where he stayed until April 1.

1898Harriet Maria Horsepool Nye is set apart as a missionary. She is generally believed to be the first full-time sister missionary of the Church.

1960 – The first stake in Australia is organized at Sydney, and the first stake in England is organized at Manchester.

1980 – An essay on the Prophet Joseph Smith written by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, is placed in the United States Congressional Record.

1998 – The restored Egbert B. Grandin Building in Palmyra, New York, where the first copies of The Book of Mormon were printed, is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2011 – Members of the Church participated in a commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio. At the invitation of the Community of Christ, who owns the temple, local LDS leaders held the commemoration in the temple and also took part in the Community of Christ’s commemoration on the same day.

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