February 26

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1834 - The Prophet Joseph Smith and several other elders leave Kirtland, Ohio, on short-term missions to northeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and western New York to recruit members for Zion’s Camp and the redemption and restoration of the Saints in Missouri.

1843 - The Prophet Joseph’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, was very ill and the Prophet records that “I nursed her with my own hands” (History of the Church, 5:290).

1844 - The Mayor of Nauvoo, Joseph Smith, held court at his home in Nauvoo, Illinois.  Orsimus F. Botswick was charged with slandering Hyrum Smith concerning him and certain females of Nauvoo. Botswick was fined $50 and costs, but his attorney, Francis M. Higbee, gave notice that he was going to appeal.  The Prophet told him “what I thought of him for trying to carry such a suit to Carthage—it was to stir up the mob and bring them upon us” (History of the Church, 6:225).

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1846 - Brigham Young met in council with Orson Pratt, John Taylor, and Willard Richards in his tent at Sugar Creek Camp.  They decided to write the Governor of Iowa to ascertain his views on the Saints stopping on public land and raising a crop during the coming season.  Extremely cold weather.

1852 - The Malta Mission is organized.

1989 - President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the Church’s first fireside broadcast by satellite for single-adult members.

1995 - The first stake in Singapore, the Singapore Singapore Stake, is organized.

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1996 - The Church announces that Latter-day Saints living outside the United States outnumber members living in the United States for the first time since the 1850s when the membership in the British Isles exceeded that in the United States.

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2000 - The Ciudad Juarez Mexico Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2001 - The Church releases the Freedman’s Bank Records on CD-ROM.  This important genealogical database for Black Americans took eleven years to compile with volunteer labor and contains the records of an estimated 70,000 people.

2005 - More than 7,500 Church members in Guatemala participated in the “Day of the School” service project providing more than 40,000 work hours.

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2006 - After extensive remodeling, the Santiago Chile Temple is rededicated.

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2007 - Michael Ward, a fourteen-year-old LDS Boy Scout from Phoenix, Arizona, was among those who met with President George W. Bush as member of the BSA 2006 Report to the Nation delegation.  Michael's Eagle Scout project collected over 34,000 children's books that were donated to elementary school libraries in Gulfport, Mississippi, devastated by hurricane Katrina.

2015 - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was inducted into the American Classical Hall of Fame.  The induction honored the choir for over 140 years of choral arts and its contributions to the world of classical music.