February 8

1835 - Brigham and Joseph Young visit with the Prophet Joseph Smith in his home.  They sang for the Prophet, which he records brought the Spirit upon them. The Prophet then shares a vision in which he saw those who had died on Zion’s Camp and said, “If I get a mansion as bright as theirs, I ask no more” (History of the Church, 2:181).  He was very emotional and wept, unable to speak for a time.  He also tells Brigham Young that he wants to hold a conference the following Saturday as he had a blessing to give those who had participated in Zion’s Camp.  He then stated that there would be an organization of Twelve Apostles to open the door of the Gospel to foreign nations and that Brigham would be one of them.  He turned to Joseph Young and said that the Lord had made him President of the Seventies.

1839 - Around this time a mob gathered around Liberty Jail where the Prophet Joseph and other brethren were being held.  They were yelling threats of violence and death to the brethren but “were so divided among themselves that they could not carry out any of their plans, and we escaped unhurt.”  Some of the brethren expressed fear to the Prophet Joseph who in turn promised them “not a hair of their heads should be hurt” (History of the Church, 3:258).  

1843 - The Prophet Joseph visited with a couple from Michigan who thought that “a prophet is always a prophet.”  He taught them “that a prophet was a prophet only when he was acting as such” (History of the Church, 5:265).  He visited with Parley P. Pratt and then went out and spent some time with his son Frederick sliding on the ice.

1844 - A political meeting was held in the Assembly Room where W. W. Phelps read Joseph Smith’s political platform entitled  “Views of the Powers and Policy of the General Government.”  The Prophet then stated that the only reason he was running for President of the United States was because of the persecution the Saints had received, and that “I feel it to be my right and privilege to obtain what influence and power I can, lawfully, in the United States, for the protections of injured innocence; and if I lose my life in a good cause I am willing to be sacrificed on the altar of virtue, righteousness and truth, in maintaining the laws and Constitution of the United States, if need be, for the general good of mankind” (History of the Church, 6:210-211).

1845 - Brigham Young, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, met with the other members of the Council of Twelve in the southeast corner room of the attic of the Nauvoo Temple.  There they knelt around the alter and dedicated the Temple as far as it had been completed.  He also asked the Lord’s blessings on their move west and that they would be able to finish the Temple and dedicate it to Him.

1886 - Approximately twenty U.S. deputy marshals search the Gardo House (the official residence of President John Taylor), the Tithing Yards, and various Church offices in an unsuccessful attempt to arrest Presidents John Taylor and George Q. Cannon.

1978 - The refurbished Church Administration Building was dedicated.

1990 - Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicates Romania for the preaching of the Gospel.

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2002 - During his brief visit to Salt Lake City, Utah, to open the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visit with the First Presidency at the Church Administration Building.  They presented the President and Mrs. Bush with a copy of their family histories.

2006 - Gladys Knight and the Saints Unified Voices Choir, won a Grammy Award for the Best Gospel Choir Album for their debut CD “One Voice.