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November 21

1835 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day at home studying the Hebrew alphabet and other books that Oliver Cowdery had given him the previous day. In the evening he met with the “Hebrew class” where they decided to send to New York for a teacher to teach them the language. (History of the Church, 2:318-319)

1841 – For the first time in this dispensation, the ordinance of baptism for the dead is performed in a temple baptismal font according to the Prophet Joseph Smith’s instructions. Apostles Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and John Taylor perform baptisms for the dead for some forty individuals in the newly completed Nauvoo Temple baptismal font. Apostles Willard Richards, Wilford Woodruff, and George A. Smith confirmed. (History of the Church, 4:454)

      Edmound Durfee

1845 – Sheriff Backenstos reported to the Council of Twelve Apostles that Major Warren of the state militia had actually moved forward in the arrest of the men responsible for the burning of property and the death of Edmound Durfee. Even though Sheriff Backenstos was not a member of the Church, he believed in the rule of law. Major Warren had made several sharp speeches to the anti-Mormons and threatened martial law if they didn’t turn over the murderers. Sheriff Backenstos felt this was a very positive action from Major Warren.

1894 – Elder Franklin D. Richards, president of the Genealogical Society of Utah, files the Society’s Articles of Incorporation, making it a legal entity.

1960 – The first stake in British Columbia, Canada, is organized at Vancouver.

1978 – The first baptisms in West Africa take place as twenty-one Nigerians are baptized. Within the year some seventeen hundred Nigerians and Ghanians are baptized.

1992 – Young women throughout the Church join in a day of service for the Young Women Worldwide Celebration entitled “Walk in the Light.”

1998 – The Second World Conference on Families is held in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Elder Boyd K. Packer, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and Relief Society President Mary Ellen Smoot making presentations.

2010 – The Laie Hawaii Temple is re-dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson after being renovated.

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