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October 26

1838 – Fear and uneasiness prevailed in Far West, Missouri, as news of the Battle of Crooked River and the death of Elder David Patten spread through the area. Also, in Kirtland, Ohio, Horace Kingsbury wrote a letter on the integrity of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Church agent in Ohio, Oliver Granger, in resolving the “unfinished business of people that have moved to the Far West” (History of the Church, 3:174).

      Jerusalem about 1870

1872 – Elder Lorenzo Snow, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, leaves on a trip to Palestine to rededicate the land for the return of the Jews, and to evaluate places for the expansion of missionary work around the world. His sister Eliza R. Snow travels with him.

1911 – The first stake mission is organized when sixty-one seventies in the Granite Stake in Salt Lake City, Utah, are called to serve.

1979 – The Church receives property title to the Newel K. Whitney Store in Kirtland, Ohio. At least seventeen recorded revelations were given to the Prophet Joseph Smith at the store including Doctrine and Covenants 89 known as the Word of Wisdom. It was also the location for the first School of the Prophets in 1833. The Prophet Joseph and his wife Emma lived in an apartment at the store for approximately 18 months. The store would receive a rare Presidential Citation for outstanding restoration in 1988.

2006 – The Church announces the launch of a new section on that will make doing African American genealogy research easier. The announcement came during the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society’s (AAHGS) 28th annual conference, held in Salt Lake City. The African American Resources section will provide links to valuable African American genealogical sources.

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