December 7

December 7

1941 - Latter-day Saint Captain Mervyn S. Bennion is mortally wounded during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as he stands at the bridge of his ship, the USS West Virginia. For his bravery he is later posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by the United States Congress.

December 6

December 6

1844 - Elder Brigham Young records that the last capital stone, or Sunstone, was placed on the Nauvoo Temple on this date. It rained while they were working and changed to snow after they were finished. The completion of the rest of stone work would now have to wait until spring and better weather.

December 3

December 3

1835 - The Prophet Joseph spent the day at home with his family and in writing letters. In the evening, he and Emma attended a wedding, which the Prophet performed, between Warren Parrish and Martha Raymond. They closed the service with singing and prayer. After refreshments, they returned home, “having spent the evening very agreeably” (History of the Church, 2:324).

November 29

November 29

1839 - The Prophet Joseph Smith and Elias Higbee have an interview with United States President Martin Van Buren concerning the expulsion suffered by the Saints from Missouri the previous winter. President Van Buren states, “Gentlemen, your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you. . . . If I take up for you I shall lose the vote of Missouri” (History of the Church, 4:80).

November 27

November 27

1839 - While traveling to Washington D. C., the coachman of the stage the Prophet was riding in stepped into a public house for a drink. The horses took fright and ran down the hill at full speed. The Prophet calmed the other passengers and then climbed out the door, secured himself on the side of the stage coach in an attempt to reach the coachmen’s seat. Upon succeeding, he reined up the horses and stopped the coach without any harm to the passengers.