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November 2

1831 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 67. It challenges the wisest person to duplicate the least of the revelations through the Prophet Joseph Smith and declares that if they would be faithful they would see that face of God. After this revelation was received, Joseph writes that William E. McLellin, “as the wisest man, in his own estimation, having more learning than sense, endeavored to write a commandment like unto one of the least of the Lord’s, but failed . . . The Elders and all present that witnessed this vain attempt of a man to imitate the language of Jesus Christ, renewed their faith in the fulness of the Gospel, and in the truth of the commandments and revelations which the Lord had given to the Church through my instrumentality.’ Those present then wrote a testimony of the truthfulness of the revelations contained in this book of scripture in obedience to the this revelation. (History of the Church, 1:226).

1836 – The brethren at Kirtland, Ohio, draw up articles of agreement preparatory to organizing a banking institution that will later be known as the Kirtland Safety Society. Oliver Cowdery is sent to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to procure plates to engrave the money, and Orson Hyde is sent to Columbus, Ohio, to petition the state legislature for a charter. (History of the Church, 2:467)

1838 – At Far West, Missouri, the Saints sign away their property to pay for the cost of the “Mormon War.’ After a brief visit with their families, Joseph Smith and his fellow prisoners, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, Amasa Lyman, and George W. Robinson, begin their journey under guard to Independence, Missouri, for trial. (History of the Church, 3:192-195)

1843 – The Prophet Joseph Smith and some of the brethren agree to write to five of the leading candidates for the Presidency of the United States to inquire “what their course of action would be in relation to the cruelty and oppression that we have suffered from the State of Missouri, if they were elected.’ (History of the Church, 6:63)

1851 – Elders John Murdock and Charles W. Wandell hold the first Church meeting in Sydney, Australia.

1966 – Elder Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates Thailand for the preaching of the gospel in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.

1996 – The Church announces the formation of Latter-day Saint Charities, an entity created to deliver humanitarian aid to individuals and nations throughout the world. Also, the Church releases a 160-page book entitled Our Heritage: A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, emphasizing “the spiritual legacy of all members.’

1997 – The Vernal Utah Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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