November 4

1830 - The Prophet Joseph receives a revelation, recorded as Doctrine and Covenants 34, that contains instructions to Orson Pratt who had recently been baptized. (History of the Church, 1:128)

 Site of the Battle of the Big Blue

Site of the Battle of the Big Blue

1833 - The Battle of the Blue. The mob had declared that this day would be “a bloody day” for the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri. A group of 30 Saints, led by David Whitmer, whose purpose was to protect the Saints, met a mob of fifty to sixty men who were trampling the corn and destroying the property of a member of the Church in Jackson County, west of the Blue River. The mob fired at the Saints, who returned fire. Two of the mob were killed, including Hugh Brazeale who had stated he would “wade to my knees in blood, but that I will drive the Mormons from Jackson County.” Andrew Barber, a member of the Church who was wounded, would die the following day becoming the first direct martyr in the Church. Brother Gilbert, who had his store nearly destroyed the previous Friday, was arrested and went on trial in Independence on false charges. For his own protection, he was placed in the jail so that the mob couldn’t get to him. Philo Dibble was severely wounded but was healed following a blessing by Newel Knight. By the end of 1833, mobs had forced members of the Church from Jackson County, Missouri.

1834 - The Prophet Joseph records that the month of November kept him very busy. He writes, “but as my life consisted of activity and un-yielding exertions, I made this my rule: When the Lord commands, do it” (History of the Church, 2:170).

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1838 - While in Jackson County, Missouri, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s prophecy that a Latter-day Saint would preach in Jackson County before the end of the year was fulfilled when a woman asked the guards whom the “Mormons” worshiped? After pointing to the Prophet Joseph, the woman inquired if he professed to be the Lord and Savior. He replied that he “professed to be nothing but a man, and a minister of salvation, sent by Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel.” Surprised, she then inquired about the doctrine of the Church allowing the Prophet to fulfill his own prophecy. Also, the Prophet records that the mob continued to persecute the Saints “shot several, ravished the women, and killed one near the city [Far West]” (History of the Church, 3:202).

1839 - The Prophet Joseph and his party arrived in Springfield, Illinois, on their journey to Washington D.C.. They would tarry here for a few days of preparation and preaching. (History of the Church, 4:20)

1843 - The Prophet Joseph, assisted by Elders Willard Richards and John Taylor, wrote letters to all the leading candidates for President of the United States to ask their position on and how they treat the Latter-day Saints. (History of the Church, 6:64–65)

1845 - Emigrating Company No. 1 met in the Temple to organize for the journey West in the Spring. Parley P. Pratt and Amasa Lyman were appointed captains. Also, Joshua Smith died as a result of persecution. He had been arrested in Carthage, Illinois when he was summoned to attend court and they found a knife on him. While under arrest, he was fed a meal that had poison in it. He soon became very sick and died on this date at the age of 57. Brigham Young records that “he was a good man and his name will be registered among those who wear the martyr’s crown” (History of the Church, 7:514).

1856 - The Martin Handcart company crosses the Sweetwater River with the assistance of rescuers that included three young men---George W. Grant, C.A. Huntington, David P. Kimball, and others---who then help set up camp for the company in the cove.

1933 - United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with President Heber J. Grant and his counselors.

1948 - Avelino Juan Rodriguez and his wife, Mariea Esther, are the first converts baptized in Uruguay.

1979 - Rose Tahi Soui Tchong, is the first convert baptism on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

1997 - Time magazine features BYU professor Paul Alan Cox, winner of one of the six prestigious Goldman Environmental Prizes for 1997, for his efforts to find plants that will benefit Western medicine.

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2006 - On the 150th anniversary of the young men carrying the handcart pioneers across the icy Sweetwater River, three, life-size bronze statues were unveiled in the sagebrush at the base of Martin's Cove, on a rise just off the trail adjacent to the river.

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2007 - The Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple is rededicated by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

2012 - The first stake in Botswana was organized with Clement Matswagothata as the first president.

2014 - LDS Church member, Mia Love, of Utah, becomes the first Republican Haitian-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.