February 21

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).

February 20

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.

February 19

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.

February 17

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.

February 16

February 16

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).

February 14

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.

February 13

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.

February 11

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.

February 9

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.

February 8

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.

February 7

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.

February 6

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.

February 5

1844 - As the mayor of Nauvoo, Joseph Smith met in the regular session of the Municipal Court serving as Chief Justice.  The assessors of the city presented their tax-lists and “the court remitted the taxes of the widows and of the poor who were unable to pay” (History of the Church, 6:196). In the afternoon, the Prophet Joseph meets with William Weeks, architect of the Nauvoo Temple.  In discussing the windows, the Prophet asked for round windows on the sides of the Temple.  Brother Weeks said that round windows were against the known rules of architecture and that they needed to be semicircular.  The Prophet replied, “I wish you to carry out my designs.  I have seen in vision the splendid appearance of that building illuminated, and will have it built according to the pattern shown me” (History of the Church, 6:197).  The Prophet also worked on revising his statement entitled “Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States” that was to be his political pamphlet of his candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

February 4

1846 - The first wagons of the Charles Shumway family crossed the Mississippi River, thus beginning the great Mormon Exodus from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley.  After crossing on ferries, they broke a trail westward traveling nine miles to the banks of Sugar Creek to await the arrival of Brigham Young.  Also, the ship Brooklyn, under the leadership of Samuel Brannan, left New York with 238 Saints on board bound for California.  Ten Saints would loose their life on this six month voyage around the southern tip of South America to the San Francisco Bay. 

February 3

1841 - The City Council of Nauvoo, Illinois, was organized and held their first meeting.  The Prophet Joseph Smith gave the opening prayer.  The Mayor and City Council members were sworn in, including Joseph Smith as a council member.  The Mayor, John C. Bennett, gave his inaugural address and the first business was conducted.  Bills were presented on the University of Nauvoo and Nauvoo Legion.

1998 - A gathering is held in Washington D.C. to celebrate BYU’s publication of the first English translation of the Islamic text The Incoherence of the Philosophers by Al-Ghazali, a twelfth-century Muslim philosopher.  In attendance was Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Elder Merrill J. Bateman, several LDS members of the U.S. Congress, and diplomats from ten predominantly Muslim countries.