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October 21

1830 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 33 in behalf of Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet. The revelation confirms the importance of missionary work, the Church was established by the Lord, faith in the Lord is necessary to be saved, and that the scriptures are given for instruction. (History of the Church, 1:126-127)

1848 – Oliver Cowdery attends the conference of the Church held at Kanesville, Iowa, and recounts his involvement with the Prophet Joseph Smith and the founding of the Church. He bears testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the leadership of the Twelve Apostles following the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He had been excommunicated in April 1838 and this was the first time he had spoken to a Latter-day Saint congregation in over ten years. He is accepted back into fellowship and rebaptized nine days later.

1855 – The first branch of the Church in Germany is organized in Dresden.

1878 – The early Mexican Church leader, Rafael Monroy, is born in Octopam, Mexico. He was martyred during the Mexican Revolution (1915) for refusing to deny his testimony of the Gospel.

1961 – The first branch of the Church in the South Pacific nation of New Caledonia is organized.

1979 – The Osaka Family are baptized, the first African converts in Kenya.

2005 – President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency, speaks at the devotional assembly during Brigham Young University—Hawaii’s 50th anniversary.

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