October 30

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1838 - A two hundred man mob attacked the small settlement of Hawn’s Mill, Missouri, killing seventeen men and boys and wounding fourteen others. The dead included nine-year-old Sardius Smith, son of Warren Smith, who had the upper part of his head blown off from a gun placed against his head. Charles Merrick, about nine years old, was also among those killed in the massacre. Some of the wounded were also young boys and teens. Also, the Missouri State Militia under the leadership of General Lucas, consisting of approximately twenty-five hundred men, arrives at Far West, Missouri, and camps about a mile outside of the city. Another 1000-1500 man militia, under the command of General Clark, was on its way to Far West with a copy of the extermination order of the Governor. When the Saints in Far West, not yet knowing about the Extermination Order, were informed of the arrival of the militia outside of town, some eight to nine hundred Saints begin preparations to defend the city with wagons, timber, etc.. (History of the Church, 3:182-188)

1840 - The first branch of the Church is organized in Wales.

1842 - The Saints had their first meeting on the temporary floor of the Nauvoo Temple. The walls of the Temple were built up about four feet high above the basement.

1955 - President David O. McKay gave a speech about “the key to happiness in the home and in society” prior to dedicating the San Fernando California Stake Center.

1966 - Vietnam is dedicated for the preaching of the gospel by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley in the city of Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City.

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1978 - The Sao Paulo Brazil Temple is dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball.

1982 - The Grandin Printing Building in Palmyra, New York, where the Book of Mormon was first printed in 1830, is opened by the Church as a visitor Center.

1998 - The new 100,000 square foot Deseret Industries facility in Provo, Utah, is dedicated by Bishop Keith McMullin of the Presiding Bishopric. At the time, it is the largest Deseret Industries facility in the Church.

2012 - President Dieter F. Uchdorf was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Order of Merit is the highest tribute that the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for service. Also, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced it was entering the world of social media by launching an official channel on You Tube.

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2016 - The Star Valley Wyoming Temple is dedicated by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.