February 9

1800 - Hyrum Smith is born in Tunbridge, Vermont.  The Prophet Joseph Smith’s older brother was one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, Church Patriarch, and Assistant President of the Church.  He died in Carthage Jail with his younger brother, June 27, 1844.

1831 - The Prophet Joseph receives portions of Doctrine and Covenants 42, called by Joseph “the law of the Church.”  This revelation contains instructions concerning the law of consecration and stewardship.

1834 - The Prophet Joseph attended a conference of priesthood holders in the New Portage, Ohio, area held in the home of Brother Kirlins.  It was decided that the Saints in New Portage should support the building of the Lord’s house in Kirtland and that a stake and meeting place should not be established, only a “temporary or cheap place for meeting in Portage” (History of the Church, 2:24-25).

1841 - The Nauvoo House Association is incorporated according to the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 124.  It was to raise money to build the Nauvoo House, a building that was to be “a delightful habitation for man, and a resting-place for the weary traveler, that he may contemplate the glory of Zion, and, the glory of this, the corner-stone thereof” (Doctrine and Covenants 124:60). 

1843 - The Prophet Joseph receives a revelation on the correct nature of ministering angels and spirits and the three grand keys for the detection of angels and false spirits.  This revelation is known as Doctrine and Covenants 129.

1846 - Wagons continued to cross the Mississippi River for the west by flat-boat.  The wagon of Thomas Grover ended up in the river, near the landing on the Iowa side, when someone squirted some tobacco juice in the eyes of one of the oxen causing the ox to plunge into the river.  Two oxen were drowned and a few items floated away, but the wagon was saved, although its contents were damaged.  In the afternoon, the Nauvoo Temple roof caught fire from an overheated stovepipe.  The brethren were able to get the fire out before much damage was done.  Several troops from the governors army came into the city and tried entering the Temple, but the brethren were successful in keeping them from doing so.

1919 - The United States Congress awards Private Thomas C. Neibur the Medal of Honor, making him the first Latter-day Saint and the first private in the U.S. Army to receive the award.

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1972 - The Provo Utah Temple is dedicated by President Joseph Fielding Smith.

2002 - As part of the 2002 Cultural Olympiad, the Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square performed the first of four concerts in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They shared the stage with opera star Frederica von Stade; composer and music director John Williams; the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the Salt Lake International Children’s Choir.  Also on this date, the First Presidency met with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to discuss the Church’s humanitarian aid efforts in several areas of the world.