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September 11

1831 – The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 64, which gives instructions to the Saints concerning forgiveness, the future of Zion, and contains the promise “he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.’ (History of the Church, 1:211-214)

1833 – As a result of the mob action in Jackson County, Missouri, that destroyed the Church press, the Prophet Joseph and the brethren announce that the Church publications—The Evening and Morning Star and the Latter-day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate—will be published in Kirtland, Ohio. (History of the Church, 1:409)

1838 – The Kirtland Camp continues its journey across Indiana, traveling sixteen miles on this day. Sickness is beginning to enter the camp. They have traveled 510 miles from Kirtland, Ohio, on their way to Missouri to join with the Saints there.

1843 – Lieutenant-General Joseph Smith appointed William W. Phelps, Henry Miller, and Hosea Stout as a committee to contact Governor Ford about obtaining “public arms’ from the state for use by the Nauvoo Legion. In the evening, the Prophet Joseph met with Hyrum Smith, William Law, Newel K. Whitney, and Willard Richards, in private where they prayed for “Brother Law’s little daughter, who was sick, and Emma, who was somewhat better’ (History of the Church, 6:31).

1846 – Brigham Young and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles formally select the site for Winter Quarters as the main winter encampment of the Saints. This becomes the first city in the future state of Nebraska. The site is now located in Florence, Nebraska.

1851 – The first missionary arrives in Norway.

1857 – In a quiet valley in the Southwestern Utah mountains, the Mountain Meadow Massacre takes place. During a time of heightened anxiety and fears with the U.S. Army approaching Utah, an emigrant wagon train from Arkansas and Missouri traveled through Utah. While camped at Mountain Meadow, a group Latter-day Saint men and Native Americans attacked the wagon train under a flag of truce and killed 120 members of the group. Only a small group of children were spared. This event is the darkest day in Utah and Latter-day Saint history.

1955 – The Bern Switzerland Temple is dedicated by President David O. McKay.

1999 – President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates a monument at Mountain Meadows honoring the 120 people killed in the Mountain Meadow Massacre.

2002 – President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to more that 220 members of the Church during his visit to Reykjavik, Iceland.

2005 – A statue in honor of Samuel Smith, the Church’s first full-time missionary, was placed in a courtyard of the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah..

2007 – Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve read a Church statement expressing regret for the events of the Mountain Meadows Massacre during a memorial service held at the site of the massacre in southwestern Utah on the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.

2011 – The site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre is dedicated as a National Historic Landmark. The 760 acre site, 30 miles north of St. George, Utah, is the location of the 1857 massacre of an emigrant wagon train by Latter-day Saint militia and Native Americans.

2017 – The President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, met with Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum Twelve Apostles, at his request, to express his personal appreciation to a senior Latter-day Saint leader for the help the Church provided during the floods in Peru last spring. Also in attendance was Elders Lynn G. Robbins and Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Seventy.

2020 – The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided updated guidelines to help Church leaders and members safely increase engagement in worship and other activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stake conferences (starting November 2020) and weekly worship (now) can resume in a variety of ways, as local circumstances allow

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