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October 16

1834 – The Prophet Joseph Smith, along with Hyrum Smith, David Whitmer, Frederick G. Williams, Oliver Cowdery, and Roger Orton, leaves Kirtland, Ohio, to visit the Saints living in Pontiac, Michigan. They would arrive at their destination four days later. (History of the Church, 2:168)

1838 – Conditions for the Saints continued to worsen in Daviess County, Missouri. The recently arrived Saints of the Kirtland Camp were quickly caught up in the persecution at Adam-ondi-Ahman. Latter-day Saint families from outlying areas began to flee to Adam-Ondi-Ahman for protection after their homes had been destroyed and animals scattered.

1875 – President Brigham Young deeds the land to establish Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah. BYA later becomes Brigham Young University.

1960 – The first stake in Pennsylvania is organized at Philadelphia.

1966 – The first meeting house in Taiwan is dedicated by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley in Taipei.

1977 – The first stake in Finland is organized at Helsinki.

1983 – The Kirtland Ohio Stake was organized, more than a century after most of the members of the Church left Ohio for Missouri fulfilling a prophesy of Joseph Smith that a stake would again be created in Kirtland.

1999 – The Columbia South Carolina Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Also, the Temple Square Chorale performs its first concert under the direction of Mack Wilberg.

2016 – The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency.

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