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October 27

1833 – The Prophet Joseph Smith baptizes twelve converts after preaching to a large congregation in Mt. Pleasant, Ontario, Canada. (History of the Church, 1:422)

1835 – The Prophet Joseph records that his brother Samuel’s wife was “in a dangerous condition’ in childbirth. His brother Don Carlos went to get Dr. Frederick Williams to help. Concerned, the Prophet went into the “field and bowed before the Lord and called upon Him in mighty prayer in her behalf.’ The Lord told him that “My servant Frederick shall come, and shall have wisdom given him to deal prudently, and my handmaid shall be delivered of a living child, and be spared.’ About an hour later the Doctor arrived and the Lord’s words were fulfilled. The Prophet preached in the school house to a crowded congregation in the evening.’ (History of the Church, 2:292-293)

      Extermination Order

1838 – Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs issues the infamous “Extermination Order’ after learning of the encounter between Missouri Militia troops and the Mormon Militia at Crooked River on October 25th. The “Extermination Order’ decreed that “The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state.’ (History of the Church, 3:175)

1839 – The High Council of Nauvoo voted to have Emma Smith compile a new Hymn Book to be used by the Church. (History of the Church, 4:17-18)

1850 – The first Italian convert to the Church, Jean Antoine Box, is baptized in La Tour, Italy by Elder Lorenzo Snow.

      Rudolph Wobbe, Helmuth Hubener, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe

1942Helmuth Hubener, a teenage member of the Church, was executed by the Nazi German government for treason against the Third Reich. His two friends, Rudolph Wobbe and Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, also Church members, were sent to prison.

1854 – The first missionaries arrive in New Zealand.

      Tokyo Japan Temple

1980 – The Tokyo Japan Temple is dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball.

      Papeete Tahiti Temple

1983 – The Papeete Tahiti Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

2016 – A commemoration event took place at the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who had traveled to the Holy Land with a group of distinguished Jewish leaders from the United States. They gathered at a historic site in Jerusalem to mark the 175th anniversary of Elder Orson Hyde’s prayer to dedicate the land as a gathering place for the Jewish people on October 24. 1841.

2017 – The Church announces the general priesthood and general women’s sessions of conference will each be held annually, with the general priesthood session being in April and the general women’s session being in October.

2020 – The Deseret News stated “Today we announce that in the new year we will add a weekly print version for Utah readers, a separate weekly print newspaper for those beyond Utah’s borders and a monthly print magazine to be called Deseret. Our daily print newspaper, which accompanies our award-winning daily news report at, will be discontinued in favor of expanded daily digital offerings and the newly announced print newspapers and magazine.’

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