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November 6

Joseph Smith III

1832 – The Prophet Joseph returned from his “hurried journey’ to Albany, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, arriving home just after the birth of his son, Joseph Smith III. (History of the Church, 1:295)

1833 – The mobs in Jackson County, Missouri, continued their driving of the Saints from the county. Men were hunted, and women and children fled for their lives. Many went to the banks of the Missouri River to camp until they could cross over to the north and safety. Being November, it was cold and wintery weather at the time of the expulsion.

1835 – The Prophet Joseph was introduced to a man from the east who disappointedly “remarked that I was nothing but a man, indicating by this expression, that he had supposed that a person to whom the Lord should see fit to reveal His will, must be something more than a man’ (History of the Church, 2:302).

1837 – A meeting was held in Far West, Missouri, to discuss the lay out of the city and other matters. The Prophet Joseph and other leaders of the Church had just arrived in Far West, having left Kirtland, Ohio, to escape the persecutions from apostates in that area. The decision was made to encourage the gathering of the Saints to Far West and that the building of the temple in Far West would be postponed until the Lord reveals to have it commenced.

1838 – The men of Far West who had been arrested the previous day were addressed by General Clark of the Missouri Militia regarding the “peace’ treaty that had been agreed to. The treaty required them to turn over all their leaders to be tried “according to the law,’ turn over all their arms, and sign over their property to defray the expenses of the war, and to leave the state of Missouri as soon as possible. He then told them that they would never see their leaders again “for their fate is fixed—their die is cast—their doom is sealed.’ He encouraged them to “break that chain of superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound.’ Also, to “scatter abroad, and never again organize yourselves’ again. He encouraged them to become like other citizens and to stop bringing calamities upon themselves. He then led the prisoners towards Richmond, Missouri, under heavy guard. The Prophet Joseph was still being held with other leaders of the Church in Jackson County, Missouri. (History of the Church, 3:202-204)

1940 – Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).

1945 – The temple endowment is presented in Spanish, the first time the sacred ceremonies are presented in a language other than English.

1966 – The first meetinghouse in Ireland is dedicated by Elder James A. Cullimore in Londonderry.

1979 – John W. Welch files articles of incorporation for the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). FARMS was established to support research into the Book of Mormon and other Latter-day Saint scripture and in 1999 became part of Brigham Young University.

1987 – The Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens its first international art exhibit.

1993 – Elder M. Russell Ballard, a descendent of Hyrum Smith, presides at a Latter-day Saint Sacrament meeting held in the Kirtland Temple now owned by the Community of Christ (RLDS). The meeting is believed to be the first Latter-day Saint service held in the temple in over 140 years. Elder Ballard, along with several other General Authorities, participated in the blessing and passing the sacrament. There was a great outpouring of the Spirit felt by those in attendance.

2007 – Steven C. Wheelwright was inaugurated as the ninth president of BYU-Hawaii.

2010 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s “Music and the Spoken Word’ was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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