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September 27

1809Peter Whitmer Jr., one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, is born in Fayette, New York.

1830 – The Prophet Joseph receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 31. In this revelation, newly baptized Thomas B. Marsh is called to preach the gospel and to be patient in afflictions, pray always, and follow the directions of the Comforter. (History of the Church, 1:116-117)

1837 – The Prophet Joseph, along with Sidney Rigdon, William Smith, and Vinson Knight, left Kirtland, Ohio, for Missouri, as appointed by a conference of Elders on September 18th, to establish places of gathering for the Saints there. (History of the Church, 2:518)

1838 – The Prophet Joseph spent the day at home and among the Saints in Far West, Missouri. General Atchison, of the Missouri Militia, wrote a letter to the Governor informing him that the reports he had received about the Mormons were greatly exaggerated and that there was no cause of alarm on account of the Mormons. Also, the Kirtland Camp experienced some problems due to the stress of the situation in Missouri and the difficulty of the long journey from Ohio. However, they continued on their way along the east side of the Grand River. They traveled twenty-two miles on this date.

1844 – Governor Ford arrived in Nauvoo and visited the Temple under construction. His troops, numbering about 500 men of the Illinois Militia, arrived in the afternoon and camped on a vacant lot on the “flats’ in Nauvoo. Many of the troops visited the Temple and were amazed at its construction. Governor Ford and the troops had arrived to assist in the capture and trial of those men accused with the murder of the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum Smith.

1955 – Austria grants the Church official recognition.

1976 – The first buildings of the new Language Training Mission (LTM), later known as the Missionary Training Center (MTC), in Provo, Utah, are dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball. In attendance are 1,300 full-time missionaries currently in training at the center.

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