October 23

1833 - The Prophet Joseph records, “Although it snowed severely, we held a meeting by candle-light . . . and were publicly opposed by a Wesleyan Methodist. He was very tumultuous, but exhibited a great lack of reason, knowledge, and wisdom, and gave us no opportunity to reply” (History of the Church, 1:421-422).

1835 - The Prophet Joseph Smith invited Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Hyrum Smith, John Whitmer, Sidney Rigdon, Samuel H. Smith, Frederick G. Williams, and W. W. Phelps, to his home to unite in prayer, “with one voice, before the Lord,” to pray for deliverance from the afflictions and difficulties of the Saints, especially those in Missouri. (History of the Church, 2:291)

1838 - Many Latter-day Saints are gathering to Far West, Missouri, for safety. The city is becoming very crowded. Inflammatory letters about the Saints from non-Mormons are received by the Governor of the State of Missouri. No mail arrived in Far West on this date causing the Prophet Joseph to write that “it is evident there is no deposit sacred to those marauders who are infesting the country and trying to destroy the Saints” (History of the Church, 3:166).

1843 - The Prophet Joseph met with the members of the Twelve who had just returned from their missions and gathered the money donated by the Saints in the East for the building of the Temple in Nauvoo. He immediately “gave directions to send to St. Louis for groceries and different articles necessary for the Temple and the workmen thereon.” (History of the Church, 6:60-61)

1903 - Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah, officially changes its name to Brigham Young University.

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1927 - The Mesa Arizona Temple is dedicated by President Heber J. Grant.

1976 - The first missionaries enter the island nation of Micronesia.

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1985 - A new Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, later renamed the Family History Library, is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

1988 - The first convert in the South American nation of Guyanna is baptized.

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1992 - The Bern Switzerland Temple is rededicated after extensive remodeling by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

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1999 - The Detroit Michigan Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.