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1834Zion’s Camp was warned they would not be allowed to pass through the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, unmolested, so they split up into small groups and traveled different roads of the town so that the people didn’t realize they had passed through and didn’t have any problems.

1838 – Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde arrive back in Kirtland, Ohio, returning from introducing the gospel to England.

1842 – The Prophet Joseph speaks to the Saints in Nauvoo.  “I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else, striking with accelerated force against religious bigotry, priestcraft, lawyer-craft, doctor-craft, lying editors, suborned judges and jurors, and the authority of perjured executives, backed by mobs, blasphemers, licentious and corrupt men and women—all hell knocking off a corner here and a corner there.  Thus, I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty’ (History of the Church, 5:401).

1844 – Elders Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Lyman Wight of the Twelve leave Nauvoo on a mission to preach the gospel and promote Joseph Smith’s candidacy for president of the United States.  They would not return until after Joseph Smith was martyred.

1851 – The Saints begin building the Old Tabernacle on Temple Square.  It serves the Saints as a meeting hall until 1870 when it is torn down.  The Old Tabernacle was located on the site now occupied by the Assembly Hall.

1888 – The Manti Utah Temple is publicly dedicated by Elder Lorenzo Snow.

1912 – The first stake in New Mexico, the Young Stake, is organized.

1913 – The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America invites the Church to formally join the BSA, thus beginning a long association between the two groups.

1945George Albert Smith is ordained and set apart as the eighth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with J. Reuben Clark Jr. and David O. McKay as Counselors.

1955 – The Church announces the publication of The New Messenger, a Braille periodical, which is to contain selected articles from the other Church magazines.

1967 – The first stake in Guatemala is organized at Guatemala City.

2000 – The Villahermosa Mexico Temple is dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency.  Also, The Nashville Tennessee Temple is dedicated by President James E. Faust of the First Presidency.

2001 – En route home to the United States from Australia, President Gordon B. Hinckley visited Fiji in the western South Pacific.  With only 12 hours notice, 900 Latter-day Saints gathered at a stake center to hear the Prophet speak.

2011 – The Brigham Young University Lacrosse Team won the 2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship, defeating the Arizona State University Sun Devils 10-8 at Dicks Sporting Goods Complex in Commerce City, Colorado. The win gives BYU its fourth National Championship.

2012 – LDS member and high school basketball player, Jabari Parker is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  The article is about the high school junior and National High School Player of the Year being from Chicago and talks about his faith, early morning seminary.  He states, “Basketball is what I do.  It’s not who I am.’

2017 – The Paris France Temple is dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency.

2021 – A 10-foot marble statue of the First Vision was unveiled in front of the Philippines Missionary Training Center as part of the 60th anniversary of the Church in the Philippines.  Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, General Authority Seventy and Philippines Area president, spoke of the impact of the First Vision on individuals.

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