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November 12

Located on a bluff in northeastern Ohio, the Kirtland Temple provides a picturesque view of the Chagrin Valley. This temple is owned and operated by the Community of Christ

1831 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 70 at Kirtland, Ohio. The Lord gives directions for the publication of the revelations to the Prophet Joseph and gives further instructions on the law of consecration. (History of the Church, 1:235-237)

1835 – The Prophet Joseph meets with the Quorum of the Twelve in Kirtland, Ohio, and instructs them in the ordinance of the washing of feet and the future ordinance of the endowment for which they must prepare. “You need an endowment, brethren, in order that you may be prepared and able to overcome all things” (History of the Church, 2:309).

1838 – In Richmond, Missouri, Judge Austin King began court of inquiry proceedings against the leaders of the Church. His first act was to send out an armed body of men to obtain witnesses for the proceedings. The Prophet Joseph and others remained in custody under difficult conditions in Richmond during the proceedings. (History of the Church, 3:209)

1845 – A conference of the Church was held in New York City, presided over by Elder Orson Pratt. It was resolved by the members in the New York area to join with the Saints in their move to the West as soon as possible, either by land or by water. They would choose water and sail to California in 1846 under the leadership of Samuel Brannan.

Oliver Cowdery was photographed in the 1840s by James Presley Ball using the daguerreotype process, and the photograph is now held by the Library of Congress.

1848 – Oliver Cowdery is rebaptized by Elder Orson Hyde in Mosquito Creek near Council Bluffs, Iowa. Oliver had left the Church ten years before in 1838. After baptism, he would travel to Richmond, Missouri to visit David Whitmer, where he would die and be buried in early 1850.

1888 – Bannock Stake Academy, later named Ricks Collage, is formed and Jacob Spori is appointed the first principal of the Fremont or Bannock Stake Academy. Now known as Brigham Young University-Idaho, in Rexburg, Idaho.

The Jacob Spori Building, previously known as the Academy Building, is captured in a historic photo with the letters “R” and “A” on display. These letters were gifted to Ricks College by the classes of 1915 and 1916.

1906 – The Rick’s Academy Building was dedicated by Elder John Henry Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Enough money had been raised to pay off the mortgage prior to the dedication. Fremont Stake President Thomas Bassett stated, “It is 18 years today since Pres. Ricks and Pres. Rigby organized the Ricks Academy . . . It has grown until it has become the glory of Southeastern Idaho.”

1967 – The first stake in Uruguay is organized at Montevideo.

1978 – The first stake in Manitoba, Canada, is organized at Winnipeg.

1988 – Church owned Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, celebrates its centennial. Also, the Ricks College women’s cross-country team wins its first national title.

2006 – After renovations, the Papeete Tahiti Temple was rededicated by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Also, after three years of local labor, the first Church meetinghouse on Christmas Island was dedicated.

With its modern single-spire design, the Papeete Tahiti Temple is the 27th constructed and 25th operating temple. It is located in the city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

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