1834 - The Prophet Joseph records that “While reflecting on the goodness and mercy of God this evening, a prophecy was put into our hearts, that in a short time the Lord would arrange His providences in a merciful manner and send us assistance to deliver us from debt and bondage” (History of the Church, 2:175).
1838 - The Prophet Joseph and five other brethren were being transferred from their Richmond jailhouse to Liberty Jail in Liberty, Missouri. (History of the Church, 3:215)
1845 - Elder Brigham Young dedicates the attic of the Nauvoo Temple so that the Saints could receive their endowments. The prayer of dedication was given just after noon. In his prayer, Elder Young asked that “God would sustain and deliver us his servants from the hands of our enemies, until we have accomplished his will in this house.” Elder John Taylor sang “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” and Elder Heber C. Kimball offered a prayer for the welfare of Saints. Brigham Young also writes that the whole city of Nauvoo is engaged in building wagons and preparing for a move to the west the following spring. Sales of property are few because of the citizens in the surrounding area are discouraging people from buying the homes from the Saints. After the dedication, two officers were waiting at the door of the Temple for Brigham Young. He stayed in the Temple until they left. While the condition of the Saints was extremely discouraging, over the next few months they continued preparing for the move west, continued to work on the Temple to complete it, and thousands went to the Temple to receive their endowments.
1856 - Aided by the rescue teams sent out by President Brigham Young, the Martin Handcart Company arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah. About one-fourth, 150 men, women, and children, had perished from cold and hunger on their journey west.
1973 - In response to the energy crises facing the nation, the Church announces that the Christmas lights on Temple Square would not be turned on for the holidays this year.
1990 - Ghana gives the Church permission to resume public activities in that country. The previous year the government had expelled the Church’s missionaries and confined worship services to private homes. With this renewal of government permission, the Church could again function fully in Ghana.
1999 - President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and urged them not to “become a weak link in the chain of your family generations” in the gospel.
2003 - The first meeting house in Ethiopia is dedicated.
2004 - Church member Ken Jennings remarkable run as a winner on the TV game show Jeopardy ends after 74 games and winnings of $2,520,700. He was the longest and largest money winner in TV game show history.