October 17

1834 - While traveling by steamer on Lake Erie towards Michigan, the Prophet Joseph and his company had a short discussion with a man who called himself Ellmer. In the presence of the Prophet Joseph, he said he was “personally acquainted with Joe Smith, had heard him preach his lies, and now, since he was dead, he was glad!” Oliver Cowdery confronted Ellmer and records that he hoped others on the steamer “felt an increased anxiety to learn something further” and sold a copy of the Book of Mormon to one individual. (History of the Church, 2:168-169)

1835 - The Prophet Joseph records, “Called my family together and arranged my domestic concerns, and dismissed my boarders” (History of the Church, 2:290).

1838 - A considerable snowstorm hit Northern Missouri as the mobs were burning and destroying the farms of the Saints in Daviess County making it difficult for the Saints to flee to Adam-ondi-Ahman for safety. The Prophet Joseph records, “My feelings were such as I cannot describe when I saw them flock into the village, almost entirely destitute of clothes, and only escaping with their lives” (History of the Church, 3:163).

1888 - The first converts in Belgium, the Esselman family, are baptized.

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1901 - Joseph F. Smith is ordained and set apart as the sixth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His counselors were John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund.

1965 - The New York World’s Fair closes. The Mormon Pavilion had been visited by millions of people during the fair.

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1968 - Belle S. Spafford, General President of the Relief Society, is named president of the National Council of Women.

1989 - The first LDS meetinghouse in Hungary is dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency.

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1999 - Jerold Ottley, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for twenty-five years, retires and conducts his last broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.