2004 - When tropical cyclone Heta devastated the government offices on the island nation of Niue in January, the vital records were destroyed. In a ceremony held at the Auckland City Library in Auckland, New Zealand, the Church presented 28 rolls of microfilmed birth, death and marriage records to the people and government of Niue. The records also included the genealogies of Niuean property owners that are an important part of Niuean property ownership laws. The Church began microfilming Niuean records in 1994.
1844 - Fifteen hundred copies of the Prophet Joseph’s “Views of the Powers and Policy of the United States” came off the press ready for distribution by the Elders of the Church. The Prophet records that the weather had been very pleasant, “the pleasantest February I ever saw” (History of the Church, 6:224).
1845 - A Sunday meeting was held at Bishop Hale’s in Nauvoo, Illinois, where “Mother Smith” (Lucy Mack Smith) gave a recital of the persecutions endured by her family in the establishment of the Church and exhorted the parents to bring up their children in the way they should go. (History of the Church, 7:375).
2002 - President Gordon B. Hinckley is interviewed by NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw and aired during prime time coverage of the Winter Olympic Games. The interview also showed photos of the Salt Lake Temple, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Welfare Square, and other Church related items.
1843 - The Prophet Joseph spoke to the workers on the Nauvoo House and encouraged them in completing it saying, “The building of the Nauvoo House is just as sacred in my view as the Temple.” He also spoke of the rumors and stories going around Nauvoo and asked that they be stopped. He also talked of his persecution over the years. He also states, “In relation to politics, I will speak as a man; but in relation to religion I will speak in authority”(History of the Church, 5:285).
1844 - The Prophet Joseph again met with the Twelve Apostles to discuss sending a company of men to look for a location in the west for the Saints to move to. Several brethren were chosen and volunteered for the journey. They were requested to meet with the Twelve a couple days later. In the evening, the Prophet Joseph attended a lecture in the assembly room above the Red Brick Store given by an Episcopalian reverend, Mr. De Wolfe. The Prophet then spoke on the importance of obedience to God saying, “The object with me is to obey and teach others to obey God in just what HE tells us to do. It mattereth not whether the principle is popular or unpopular, I will always maintain a true principle, even if I stand alone in it” (History of the Church, 6:223).
1999 - The First Presidency announces that a temple would be built in Palmyra, New York, near where the Prophet Joseph Smith received his First Vision and obtained the gold plates that he would translate as The Book of Mormon.
2017 - A meeting was held in Mexico City between the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Tlalnepantla, His Eminence Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, and President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve.
1843 - Elder William Henshaw, under the direction of Elder Lorenzo Snow, traveled to Glamorganshire, South Wales, and began privately teaching several families there. On this date he baptized his first converts in Wales and began preaching publicly. However, only about one-third of the people he taught understood English.
1981 - President Spencer W. Kimball, assisted by Malieotoa Tanumafil II, the Samoan head of state, breaks ground for the first Apia Samoa Temple. Nearly 4,000 attend.
1979 - The Nauvoo Illinois Stake, the one thousandth stake of the Church, is organized by President Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
1844 - The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote an article called "Pacific Innuendo," which gave a brief history of the Church in Illinois and explained the Church's desire for peace with all people. He wrote, “Wise men ought to have understanding enough to conquer men with kindness” and “Our motto, then, is Peace with all!” (History of the Church, 6:219-220). In contrast, the anti-Mormons, in fear of the political and military power of Joseph and the Church, held a convention in Carthage, Illinois, to devise a plan to expel the Saints from the state.
1832 - Joseph Smith and his family were living in the home of John and Elsa Johnson in Hiram, Ohio. While working on the inspired translation the Gospel of John, particularly John 5:20-40, the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon receive a vision that comprises Doctrine and Covenants 76. There may have been as many as 12 men in that room with them who saw the glory but not the Vision. In the vision, they see the Savior on the right hand of God, events in the premortal life, and the three degrees of glory. (History of the Church, 1:245-252).
1839 - Emma Smith and her children arrive safely in Quincy, Illinois, after walking across Missouri and crossing the Mississippi River, to flee the mobs.
Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon---Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris---having been given the assignment from the Lord to choose the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from among those who had served in Zion’s Camp, chose the following who were called: Lyman E. Johnson, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, David W. Patten, Luke E. Johnson, William E. McLellin, John F. Boynton, Orson Pratt, William Smith, Thomas P. Marsh, Parley P. Pratt. Three of the newly called Apostles, Lyman E. Johnson, Brigham Young, and Heber C. Kimball, were in attendance and were immediately ordained by the Three Witnesses to the Apostleship.
1839 - The committee organized to help the poor Saints leave Missouri continued their work of contacting those who wished to leave Missouri and did not have the means to do so. Theodore Turley was appointed to superintend the management of the teams that had been provided for removing the poor, and to see to those things they needed to make the journey. The Prophet Joseph and his companions continued to be held in Liberty Jail.
1841 - Elder Orson Hyde of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and his companion Elder George J. Adams, set sail from New York City for Liverpool, England, on a mission to the Holy Land.
1846 - The Twelve Apostles continued to prepare to move west. Other groups of Saints were crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa as quickly as the weather and boats could carry them. It was a slow and dangerous process during the coldest season of the year.
1843 - The Prophet Joseph attended the city council meeting as the newly elected mayor of the City of Nauvoo. He encouraged the new city council on “relieving the city from all unnecessary expenses and burdens, and not attempt to improve the city, but enact such ordinances as would promote peace and good order; and the people would improve the city; capitalists would come in from all quarters and build mills, factories, and machinery of all kinds; new buildings would arise on every hand, and Nauvoo would become a great city” (History of the Church, 5:270). The Prophet also recorded that his mother, Lucy Mack Smith, moved into his home on this date.
1836 - Hyrum Smith severely cut himself with an ax on his left arm by accident. The Prophet Joseph hurried to Hyrum’s house to check on him. He was grateful that it wasn’t worse and asked Heavenly Father to bless his father’s family and to heal his brother.
1800 - Hyrum Smith is born in Tunbridge, Vermont. The Prophet Joseph Smith’s older brother was one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, Church Patriarch, and Assistant President of the Church. He died in Carthage Jail with his younger brother, June 27, 1844.
2002 - During his brief visit to Salt Lake City, Utah, to open the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visit with the First Presidency at the Church Administration Building. They presented the President and Mrs. Bush with a copy of their family histories.
1921 - While attending a flag-raising ceremony at the mission school in Laie, Hawaii, Elder David O. McKay of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has a vision of a university to be built in the community. It would open in September 1955 as the Church College of Hawaii, and later renamed Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
1843 - The Prophet Joseph Smith is elected Mayor of the City of Nauvoo, Illinois. Orson Spencer, Daniel H. Wells, George A. Smith, and Stephen Markham were elected aldermen, with Hyrum Smith, John Taylor, Orson Hyde, Orson Pratt, Sylvester Emmons, Heber C. Kimball, Benjamin Warrington, Daniel Spencer, and Brigham Young elected councilors.