October 13

1832 - On a trip with Newel K. Whitney to New York City, the Prophet Joseph wrote to his wife, Emma, describing his fascination with Manhattan Island. (Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, p. 277-283)

1837 - Jerusha Barden Smith, wife of Hyrum Smith, dies in Ohio. Hyrum was in Far West, Missouri. She left five small children, saying to them, “Tell your father when he comes that the Lord has taken your mother home and left you for him to take care of” (History of the Church, 2:519).

1838 - Word arrived in Far West, Missouri, that a mob of 800 men were marching towards Adam-Ondi-Ahman to force the Saints from that settlement.

1842 - About 90,000 feet of boards and 24,000 cubic feet of timber arrived at Nauvoo, Illinois, floated down river from the Church’s mills in Wisconsin. It would be used for the construction of the Nauvoo Temple and the Nauvoo House.

1843 - The Prophet Joseph records that Nauvoo had the “First severe frost” of the season. He spent the day making arrangements for provisions to be taken to the workmen in the pinery, presided in municipal court, tried a span of grey horses in a carriage, and “gratified” the curiosity of a Dr. Turner, a phrenologist, “by allowing him to examine my head” (History of the Church, 6:56).

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1901 - President Lorenzo Snow’s funeral is held in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1968 - The first branch of the Church in Singapore is organized.

1981 - The United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Utah junior high and high school students may leave school during the day for religious instruction.

1993 - The Brigham Young University Museum of Art is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

1996 - The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

1999 - At a preview in Washington, D.C., of the PBS documentary “American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith,” President Gordon B. Hinckley told an audience comprised of diplomats from 22 countries, that Joseph Smith’s “lengthened shadow extends through all the history of this Church and all across the world.”

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