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November 3

1831 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelations known as Doctrine and Covenants 68 and 133 during a conference held at Hiram, Ohio. Section 68 talks about the true nature of revelation, the powers of the Aaronic Priesthood, and the responsibilities of parents to their children. Section 133 first was published as the appendix to the 1833 Book of Commandments and contains teachings concerning the Second Coming of the Savior. (History of the Church, 1:226-234)

1835 – The Prophet Joseph receives a revelation calling the members of the Twelve Apostles to humble themselves and repent because of the contention between some of the members of that Quorum. He also opened the Elder’s School and “dedicated the school in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (History of the Church, 2:301)

1838 – The Prophet Joseph, and the other prisoners with him, arrived at the Missouri River and were “hurried across the ferry’ into Jackson County. During the march south the Prophet told the other prisoners “in a low, but cheerful and confidential tone; said he: ‘Be of good cheer, brethren, the word of the Lord came to me last night that our lives should be given us, and that whatever we may suffer during this captivity, not one of our lives shall be taken’’ (History of the Church, 3:200).

1843 – Knowlton F. Hanks dies at sea while on a mission to the Pacific Islands. He is the first Latter-day Saint missionary buried at sea.

1850 – Former Illinois Governor Thomas Ford died in Peoria, Illinois, at the age 49. His wife had died three weeks previously. They left five orphaned children. After his debts were paid, there remained the sum of $148.06 for distribution among his five children as their inheritance. His History of Illinois, published after his death, provided an additional $750 to be divided between the children. Governor Thomas Ford, who had pledged the protection of the state of Illinois, and failed to provide it, fell upon tragic and sorrowful circumstances, dying in abject poverty and leaving a destitute family who for the most part also lived with disappointment and died with much of misery.

1896Martha Hughes Cannon wins a seat in the Utah State Senate, becoming the first women in the United States to be elected to a state senate.

1945 – President George Albert Smith meets with U.S. President Harry S. Truman to obtain permission for the Church to send food and supplies to the Saints in War-torn Europe.

1972 – The Mormon Battalion Visitor’s Center opens in San Diego, California, overlooking the historic Old Town.

1975 – Latter-day Saint and U. S. Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, is appointed by U.S. President Gerald R. Ford as his National Security Affairs Advisor (NSA). He is the first Latter-day Saint to serve in this top government position. He serves again in this position under U.S. President George H. W. Bush and would later serve as chairman of the President’s Foreign Advisory Board under President George W. Bush..

1992Olene Walker is elected as Lieutenant Governor of Utah, the highest state political position obtained by an LDS woman in the United States. In 2003, she would become the first woman Governor of Utah when Mike Leavitt left the governorship to become a member of President George W. Bush’s cabinet as Secretary of the EPA.

1996 – The Kinshasa Zaire Stake, the first stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo is organized.

2001 – A granite replica of the original 13-foot marble monument in honor of Joseph Standing who was slain while serving as missionary in Georgia, was dedicated by Elder Alexander B. Morrison in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

2012 – After a week long indexing marathon in the Chorley England Stake, 763,749 names were indexed. Stake President David Pickup emphasized the great spirit of unity and fellowship that was the result of the stake members working together to achieve this accomplishment.

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