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September 23

1832 – The Prophet Joseph receives additional revelation on the Priesthood, that, when combined with revelation received the day before and the day after, becomes Doctrine and Covenants 84. (History of the Church, 1:286- 295)

1835 – The Prophet Joseph at home “writing blessings for my most beloved brethren, but was hindered by a multitude of visitors.’ One visitor was Noah Packard who loaned the Kirtland Temple building committed $1,000 to which the Prophet responded, “Oh! May God bless him a hundred fold, even of the things of the earth, for this righteous act’ (History of the Church, 2:281).

1838 – The Kirtland Camp woke this morning to a heavy frost. Even though it was Sunday, they agreed to continue their travel towards Far West. The road was very rough and dry due to the drought in the area. The creeks they crossed were mostly dry. They camped one mile to the west of the town of Paris, Missouri.

1844 – The first capital stone, weighing about two tons, was raised on to the walls of the Nauvoo Temple. The complete capital consisted of five stones and sat atop the 30 pilasters surrounding the Temple walls. It consisted of a base stone, a large stone with a rising sun, a third stone with two hands holding trumpets, and two stones that formed a cap over the trumpet stone. These stones combined would be known as the Sun Stone and would later become a well known symbol of restored Nauvoo.

1886 – Federal deputy marshals search the Gardo House, the official home of the President of the Church, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in an unsuccessful attempt to find and arrest President John Taylor for violation of antipolygamy laws.

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson visited Salt Lake City and President Heber J. Grant. President Wilson made one request to meet with Emmeline B. Wells, the 92-year-old president of the Relief Society, whose organization helped coordinate the U.S. government’s purchase of 200,000 bushels of wheat from the Relief Society during the “Great War.’

1945 – The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is dedicated by President George Albert Smith.

1995 – President Gordon B. Hinckley reads the “Proclamation on the Family’ in the general Relief Society meeting. The proclamation, issued by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, declares the stand of the Church on the importance of the family and the gospel standards and doctrines relating to the family.

2006 – The 200th anniversary of Oliver Cowdery’s birth (October 3, 1806) was celebrated with a special meeting in the town of his birth, Wells, Vermont. Held in the town’s Methodist church due to rain, the program included BYU Church History Professor Fred E. Woods and the Montpelier Vermont Stake President Michael D. Sessions. Also, Latter-day Saint Stephen Kirlew, of Crownhill, United Kingdom, won the world championship in the lightweight division at the Professional Armwrestling Conference (PAC) championships held in Connecticut. He had been British Champion for four years but never competed in the world championships before this year because they had previously been held on a Sunday.

2012 – The Brigham City Utah Temple is dedicated by President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

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