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November 27

1832 – The Prophet Joseph Smith writes a letter to W. W. Phelps who was living in Jackson County, Missouri. It was written in answer to questions from the Saints who had moved to Zion concerning inheritances and consecration. Parts of the letter would later be canonized as Doctrine and Covenants 85.

1835 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day at home “afflicted with my cold” and reading Hebrew. His scribe, Warren Parrish, also suffering with a cold, asked the Prophet “to lay my hands on him in the name of the Lord. I did so, and in return I asked him to lay his hands on me. We were both relieved” (History of the Church, 2:321).

1839 – While traveling to Washington D. C., the coachman of the stage the Prophet was riding in stepped into a public house for a drink. The horses took fright and ran down the hill at full speed. The Prophet calmed the other passengers and then climbed out the door, secured himself on the side of the stage coach in an attempt to reach the coachmen’s seat. Upon succeeding, he reined up the horses and stopped the coach without any harm to the passengers. The passengers, some who were members of Congress, spoke in the highest terms of commendation for the Prophet, it “being one of the most daring and heroic deeds” in saving their lives. However, upon learning that it was “Joseph Smith the ‘Mormon Prophet’” who had saved them, “I heard no more of their praise, gratitude, or reward.” (History of the Church, 4:23-24.)

1919 – The Laie Hawaii Temple is dedicated by President Heber J. Grant.

1934 – Inspector Samuel P. Cowley, the first LDS agent in the FBI and head of the antigangster unit, is mortally wounded in a gun fight with George “Baby Face” Nelson. Cowley continues firing his weapon as he falls to the ground and kills Nelson. Agent Cowley dies the following day.

1978U.S. President Jimmy Carter visits Salt Lake City, Utah, and speaks in the Tabernacle. President Kimball, The Osmond family, a Primary children’s chorus and the Lamanite Generation participated in the program conducted by Gordon B. Hinckley. He is presented with a bronze statuette, “In the Family Circle.”

1992 – The first branch of the Church in Burundi is organized.

1999 – A name change was announced for LDS Social Services. The new name is LDS Family Services.

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