December 18

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1833 - The Prophet Joseph Smith ordains his father, Joseph Smith, Sr., as the first Patriarch of the Church. Also, the Prophet dedicated the printing press in Kirtland, Ohio, for the work of the Lord. They then printed a proof of the reprinted Evening and Morning Star. (History of the Church, 1:465-467)

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1835 - The Prophet Joseph spent the morning with his brother Hyrum discussing the problems of their younger brother, William, and his attitude towards Joseph. Joseph then wrote, “I could pray in my heart that all my brethren were like unto my beloved brother Hyrum, who possesses the mildness of a lamb, and the integrity of a Job, and in short, the meekness and humility of Christ; I love him with that love that is stronger than death” (History of the Church, 2:338). A letter arrived for Joseph from his brother William asking forgiveness for his actions—“I feel sorry for what I have done, and humbly ask your forgiveness.” Joseph immediately writes a letter explaining his side of the situation and that “I desire, Brother William, that you will humble yourself. I freely forgive you” (History of the Church, 2:338-343).

1839 - Elders Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, and Theodore Turley sailed from New York for their mission in England.

1841 - The Nauvoo City council issued a public expression of gratitude to James Gordon Bennett and the New York Herald for their “unprejudiced course towards us as a people” and encouraged people to subscribe to their paper to support “true merit, industry, and enterprise.” (History of the Church, 4:477-478)

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1845 - Temple work continues in the Nauvoo Temple with sixty-six persons receiving their endowments. Brigham Young records he was once again up until midnight administering the ordinances of the Temple.

1995 - Reporter Mike Wallace, of the popular weekly CBS Television program 60 Minutes, interviews President Gordon B. Hinckley for an episode to be aired in April 1996.

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1999 - The Raleigh North Carolina Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.