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1833 – Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon preached in the morning and evening to attentive congregations in Brantford, Upper Canada. (History of the Church, 1:421)

1834 – The Prophet Joseph Smith and those traveling with him—Hyrum Smith, David Whitmer, Frederick G. Williams, Oliver Cowdery, and Roger Orton— arrive in Pontiac, Michigan, to meet with the Saints and preach the gospel in that area. (History of the Church, 2:168)

1843 – The Prophet Joseph, staying in the home of Benjamin F. Johnson in Macedonia, (now Webster), Illinois, gave instructions to Brother Johnson and his family concerning the blessings of the everlasting covenant of marriage and the sealings of the Priesthood. This was one of the first records of this doctrine being taught in the Church. (History of the Church, 6:60.)

      Fort Douglas 1866

1862 – Colonel Patrick E. Conner and his “California Volunteers’ march into Salt Lake City, Utah, and set up camp on the hillside above the city near present day University of Utah. In 1878 the name was changed to Fort Douglas named for Stephen A Douglas. President Abraham Lincoln had received reports that the Saints were incapable of guarding the overland mail route through the Intermountain West and had sent Conner, an avowed anti-Mormon, with his soldiers, to protect the overland mail route and telegraph lines along the Central Overland Route. It is said that Colonel Conner kept a cannon pointed at Brigham Young’s home in the city below.

1979 – The first branch of the Church is organized on the Carribean island of Barbados.

2021 – No injuries or major damage were reported in a fire at The Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The fire started on the second-floor roof around 7 p.m.. Salt Lake City Fire Department Capt. Anthony Burton said floors that were affected by the fire were evacuated, and the fire was knocked down within 30 minutes.

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