December 8

1830 - While working on the inspired translation of the Bible, the Prophet Joseph Smith received what is known today as the last section of Moses 6, by revelation.

1839 - The High Council of Nauvoo issued an Epistle to the Saints located west of Kirtland, Ohio, encouraging them not to locate back in Kirtland. While recognizing their agency to choose where to locate, “we warn, in the name of the Lord, not to remove back there, unless you are counseled so to do by the First Presidency, and the High Council of Nauvoo” (History of the Church, 4:45).

1843 - Due to continuing harassment of the Prophet-Mayor Joseph Smith and the inhabitants of the City of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo City Council voted protect their rights as citizens of the United States by arresting anyone in the City of Nauvoo intent on harassing the Mayor, Joseph Smith. The City Marshal was also given the power to use a “suitable portion of the Nauvoo Legion to protect the rights of the citizens” (History of the Church, 6:105). They also voted to erect a dam across the Mississippi River “for the purpose of propelling mills and machinery,” use the area behind the dam as a harbor with docks and wharfs, and to use the dam as a public road.

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1845 - Elder Brigham Young wrote that he had been “actively engaged in the [Nauvoo] Temple since the painters finished, fitting up the apartments and preparing the rooms for administering endowments” (History of the Church, 7:538).

1876 - A central committee of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association is created with Junius F. Wells as president.

1975 - The first stake in Delaware is organized at Wilmington.

1999 - On the eve of the sesquicentennial of the organization of the Sunday School, President Gordon B. Hinckley presides over the sealing of a time capsule containing nearly 200 pounds of mementos and artifacts gathered from around the world. The time capsule is to be opened in 2049.

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2003 - A statue entitled “Calm As A Summer’s Morning” was placed in a plaza across the street west of the Nauvoo Temple. Created by artists Stan Watts and Kim Corpany, it portrays Joseph and Hyrum Smith on horseback on their way to Carthage where they were martyred.