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November 15

1831 – Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer leave Kirtland, Ohio, for Independence, Missouri, to publish the Book of Commandments. Only a few copies of this book, containing the Prophet Joseph Smith’s revelations, were completed due to the mob action that destroyed the printing establishment of the Church in Independence.

1841 – The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issue an epistle to the Saints scattered in Britain and Europe. The epistle talks about completing the Temple in Nauvoo that “His servants may be instructed, and endowed with power from on high” and “In this house all the ordinances will be made manifest, and many things will be shown forth, which have been hid from generation to generation.” The epistle then encourages the Saints to gather to Nauvoo to help with the Temple and become part of Zion.

1842 – The Prophet Joseph Smith resigns as editor of the Times and Seasons and appoints Elder John Taylor to replace him. (History of the Church, 5:193)

1843 – At a prayer meeting at the “old house” (known today as the Homestead) in Nauvoo, the Prophet Joseph spoke of his intentions to prepare a petition to the U.S. Congress and a proclamation to the Kings of the earth. (History of the Church, 6:79)

1845 – The poem, “My Father in Heaven” by Eliza R. Snow is published in the Times and Seasons. The text of the poem would later be put to music as the hymn “O My Father.” Also, a mob set fire to a stack of straw near Solomon Hancock’s barn near Morley’s Settlement. Several brethren ran out to put the fire out. The mob then fired upon the brethren killing Edmund Durfee. None of the other brethren were hurt.

1886 – The LDS Business College was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1950 – The First Presidency issues a policy stating that only members of record in a unit should be called to serve as officers of that unit.

1993 – After ninety-six years, the statue of Brigham Young in the center of the intersection of South Temple and Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah, is moved to a location eighty-two feet north of the intersection. Later, in 1999, the Church would construct the Main Street Plaza that would include the statue with additional gardens between Temple Square and the Church administrative block in downtown Salt Lake City.

2007 – Church member and Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine M. Durham, is awarded the 2007 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State courts by United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts at a ceremony in Washington D. C..

2012 – Karl Fields, a professor at the University of Puget Sound and member of the Church, was named the 2012 Washington State Professor of the Year.

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