1833 – The shores of the Missouri River in Jackson County, Missouri, were lined with Latter-day Saints waiting for their turn on the ferry to cross over the river into Clay County where they would find temporary peace. Hundreds of people in tents and wagons struggled to survive under a heavy, cold rain. Husbands were trying to locate their families they had been separated from when the mobs attacked. The Prophet Joseph records, “The scene was indescribable, and would have melted the hearts of any people upon the earth, except the blind oppressor, and the prejudiced and ignorant bigot” (History of the Church, 1:437).
1837 – After the Second Counselor in the First Presidency, Frederick G. Williams, had been objected to by the conference of the Church held at Far West, Missouri, First Counselor Sidney Rigdon nominated Hyrum Smith to be sustained as Second Counselor to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the First Presidency. The vote was unanimous. This is the only time two brothers have served in the First Presidency together. (History of the Church, 2:522-225)
1838 – An order was issued by General Clark to Brigadier-General Robert Wilson to march to Adam-ondi-Ahman and to “take possession of the prisoners at that place, and proceed to ascertain those who committed crimes” (History of the Church, 3:204).
1841 – After Elder William O. Clark had preached to the Saints reproving them for their lack of solemnity and holy living in the” rigid sectarian style,” the Prophet Joseph stood and reproved Elder Clark as pharisaical and hypocritical and not edifying the people. He “showed the Saints what temperance, faith, virtue, charity, and truth were” and charged the Saints not to accuse each other of sin. The Prophet also taught, “If you have no accuser you will enter heaven, and if you will follow the revelations and instructions which God gives you through me, I will take you into heaven as my back load. If you will not accuse me, I will not accuse you. If you will throw a cloak of charity over my sins, I will over yours” (History of the Church, 4:445).
1843 – The Prophet Joseph asked Mr. Cole to find another place to have his school other than the upper room of the Red Brick Store. Willard Richards and W. W. Phelps were trying to write the Prophet’s history and the noise from the school kept disturbing them. The Prophet writes that “there are but few subjects that I have felt a greater anxiety about than my history” and then describes the difficulties he has had in getting it written. The quorum of the Twelve met in the mayor’s office and voted to raise money to print the Doctrine and Covenants. (History of the Church, 6:66).
1911 – The citizens of Kanab, Utah, elect Mary Woolley Chamberlain as mayor, with an all-female town council, a first in U. S. History.
1932 – US President Herbert Hoover spoke in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
1933 – Harold B. Lee is elected to the Salt Lake City Commission and serves for four years.
1953 – For the first time, a phonograph record made to help Primary children learn to sing was released. The Church News said the 78 rpm record contained one verse of eight songs and “presents a correct example that sustains a child’s voice on pitch and tempo and creates an atmosphere for good singing.”
2006 – James Gibbons, a member of the Church, is elected Governor of The State of Nevada.
2009 – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency arrived in American Samoa to deliver messages of encouragement and hope to those who experienced the deadly earthquake and tsunami on September 29. He would visit Samoa the next day, November 8.
2012 – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, were presented the Humanitarians of the Year Award from Catholic Community Services in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2015 – The Church celebrated 150 years in Laie, Hawaii, with celebration that included two performances of Behold Laie, a pageant with almost 800 youth honoring the Church involvement in Laie that includes the Temple, BYU-Hawaii, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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