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October 24

1833 – On their mission to Upper Canada, the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon went to Waterford where they spoke to a small congregation and then went to Mount Pleasant where they preached to a large congregation in the evening. Freeman A. Nickerson and his wife asked to be baptized. (History of the Church, 1:422)

1838 – Several apostates went to Richmond, Missouri, to sign an affidavit before justice of the peace against the Prophet Joseph and the Latter-day Saints. Among those who signed affidavits were Thomas Marsh, former President of the Twelve Apostles, and Orson Hyde, a member of that Quorum. Also, upon learning of a mob gathered at Crooked River that were planning on causing problems at Far West, a group of 75 men gathered at the town square and started to march towards Crooked Creek around midnight to catch the mob off guard and scatter them before they could injure anyone. They were led by Elder David W. Patten, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

1841 – Elder Orson Hyde, just as he had seen in a vision, crossed the brook Kedron, climbs the Mount of Olives, and then dedicates the land of Palestine to the Lord and for the return of the Jews.

1949 – In celebration of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s twentieth year of continuous network broadcasting, Columbia Records releases the choir’s first record album, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City, Volume 1.

1979 – The Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, is dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball.

1986 – The Denver Colorado Temple is dedicated by President Ezra Taft Benson.

1991 – Elder James E. Faust dedicates Kenya for the preaching of the gospel.

1998 – Parley P. Pratt was memorialized with a bronze sculpture and park in Salt Lake City, Utah, that was dedicated by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

1999 – More than 5,000 people crowded onto the site of the original Nauvoo Temple to witness the groundbreaking for the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple in historic Nauvoo, Illinois, by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2006 – Approval to create the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University was announced. An academic chair will be funded by the Hunter Foundation with the goal of raising a large enough endowment to establish and maintain the Hunter Chair and a Center for Mormon Studies at Claremont.

2009 – Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated a bronze statue of President John Taylor erected on the original site of Fort Bluff in Bluff, Utah. In 1879, President Taylor called a group of Mormon settles from southern Utah to colonize the opposite corner of the state in southeastern Utah. Their journey took them six months and included the infamous Hole-in-the-Rock crossing of the Colorado River. The statue was dedicated as a reminder of the faith of the settlers in following the directions of their prophet. (Church News, October 31, 2009, p. 7-9)

2015 – A historical marker to commemorate the 1955 groundbreaking of Brigham Young University–Hawaii by President David O. McKay was unveiled. The marker is placed next to the campus stake center so that those who stop to read the plaque will be overlooking the actual site of the February 12, 1955, groundbreaking.

2017 – The newly completed Ghana Missionary Training Center is dedicated by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The new facility is located next to the Accra Ghana Temple.

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