December 19

1830 - The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 36. This revelation was given for Edward Partridge whom Joseph called “a pattern of piety, and one of the Lord’s great men.” This section explains one of the roles of “the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which shall teach you the peaceable things of the kingdom.” (History of the Church, 1:131)

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1831 - The Church purchases nearly sixty-four acres that would include the Temple lot in Independence, Missouri, from Jones H. Flournoy at a cost of $130.

1833 - William Pratt and David Patten left on their journey from Kirtland, Ohio, to Missouri with instructions for the Saints who had been forced from Jackson County.

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1838 - A petition calling for an investigation of the treatment of the Mormons was presented in the Missouri State House of Representatives which caused an uproar among its members. Several spoke against the Mormons and several supported the investigation in the actions against them. A Mr. Redman stood and spoke in favor of a speedy investigation as the “Mormons are leaving, hundreds are waiting to cross the Mississippi River, and by and by they are gone, and our state is blasted, her character is gone; we gave them no chance for a fair investigation” (History of the Church, 3:239). Meanwhile, the Prophet Joseph and his companions suffer in Liberty Jail and the Church leadership meet in Far West. John E. Page and John Taylor are ordained to fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve caused by apostasy. They are ordained by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball.

1841 - The Quorum of Twelve Apostles were in council at Brigham Young’s home in the morning and then met again, with other Saints, at the Prophet Joseph Smith’s home in the evening. Heber C. Kimball spoke and then the Prophet Joseph spoke and taught “if we keep the commandments of God, we should bring forth fruit and be the friends of God.” He then chastised the Saints for wickedness and unbelief and added “for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” Brigham Young then spoke, saying, “we should be prepared to keep each commandment as it came from the Lord by the mouth of the Prophet, and as the Lord had commanded us to build a temple, we should do it speedily.” (History of the Church, 4:478-479)

1845 - Twenty-six brethren were appointed by Brigham Young to officiate and labor in the Nauvoo Temple. Ninety-eight people received their ordinances.

1980 - The Brigham Young University football team wins the 1980 Holiday Bowl, its first bowl victory in its history, over Southern Methodist University. Later called the “Miracle Bowl,” the Cougars make a dramatic comeback in the final minutes of the game capped by quarterback Jim McMahon’s forty-six yard “hail Mary” touchdown pass to tight end Clay Brown in the closing seconds of the game. Neither player was a member of the Church.

1988 - Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, receives its four millionth visitor.

1993 - A choir of missionaries from the Italy Rome Mission sings carols for the Vatican Radio Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

1998 - The Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert was telecast for the first time over the Church’s satellite system.