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November 19

November 19

1823 – The Prophet Joseph’s oldest brother, Alvin, dies in Manchester, New York. On his death bed, he encourages Joseph to be faithful to the spiritual experiences he has received and to obey the commandments of the Lord so that he will be able to obtain the gold plates to translate them. In 1836, it was a vision of Alvin in the celestial kingdom that opened the Prophets understanding of the doctrine of salvation for the dead. (See Doctrine and Covenants 137.)

1833 – Word is beginning to filter into Kirtland, Ohio, of the difficulties of the Saints in Jackson County. The Prophet Joseph learns of the intentions of some people to expel the Saints from the county, that they have appealed to the governor of the state who has promised protection, and that there are violent persons threatening death to the Saints. He writes, in a letter to Moses C. Nickerson of Mount Pleasant, Upper Canada, “How far they will be suffered to execute their threats, we know not, but we trust in the Lord, and leave the event with Him to govern in his own wise providence” (History of the Church, 1:442). He records in his history that “my heart is somewhat sorrowful, but I feel to trust in the Lord, the God of Jacob” (History of the Church, 1:443). Meanwhile, the Saints have been driven from Jackson County and are struggling to find shelter from the winter weather in neighboring counties. It would be nearly a week before Joseph would learn of a surety of the terrible events that took place in Missouri during the later part of October and first part of November.

1835 – In company with Frederick G. Williams, the Prophet Joseph visited the Kirtland Temple to see how the work was progressing. The masons were finishing the coat of plaster on the inside. Later he visited with some members about having faith in the Church and spent much of the day translating the Egyptian records that would become known as the Book of Abraham. (History of the Church, 2:318)

1918 – President Joseph F. Smith, sixth President of the Church, dies in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of eighty.

1927 – Church member Harold A. Lafount is appointed as chair of the Federal Radio Commission, the first Latter-day Saint to hold this position.

1963 – Missionaries arrive for the first time in Luxembourg.

1972 – The first stake in Chile is organized at Santiago.

1974 – The Washington D. C. Temple is dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball.

1985 – Elder Dean L. Larsen of the Presidency of the Seventy used an authentic Bowie knife to cut the ribbon for the new display of the Osmyn M. and William H. Deuel log home at the Church History Museum. Built in 1847, it is one of only two surviving cabins from the era.

1998 – President Gordon B. Hinckley, feeling the need to be among the people of hurricane-stricken Nicaragua and Honduras, spends three days offering comfort and assistance to the victims and speaks to an estimated 19,000 members in the area stricken by hurricane Mitch.

2005 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents a benefit concert for the National Sports Center for the Disabled in the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

2006 – Following its Music and the Spoken Word broadcast, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was honored as a Laureate of the 2006 Mother Teresa Award for “edifying the world through inspirational choral performances and recordings.” Very Reverend Joseph Mayor, rector of the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, presented a statuette to choir president Mac Christensen and music director Craig Jessop on behalf of the St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art.

2009 – President Thomas S. Monson honored two former Young Women’s general presidents, Florence S. Jacobsen and Ruth H. Funk, during a luncheon held in the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2011 – A Monument to the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon is dedicated at the small cemetery where two of the witnesses, Christian and Peter Whitmer, are buried in Liberty, Missouri. It was dedicated by Elder Donald D. Deshler, an Area Seventy. The monument is similar in appearance to the 100-year-old Three Witnesses Monument in Richmond, Missouri.

2017 – The Meridian Idaho Temple is dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency.

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