March 1

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1807 - Wilford Woodruff, fourth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is born in Avon, Connecticut.

1832 - The Prophet Joseph records, "About the first of March, in connection with the translation of the scriptures, I received the following explanation of the Revelation of St John" (History of the Church, 1:253).  The revelation is recorded as Doctrine and Covenants 77.

1835 - At a meeting of the Kirtland High Council, the Prophet Joseph gave an address on worthiness to partake of the sacrament, the "propriety of this institution in the Church, and urged the importance of doing it with acceptance before the Lord" (History of the Church, 2:204).  After partaking of the sacrament, the Prophet Joseph continued the ordination of the newly called members of the Quorum of Seventy.

1841 - The City of Nauvoo was divided into four wards as political boundaries within the city.  The city council also passed an "Ordinance on Religious Liberty in Nauvoo" insuring all religions "shall have free toleration, and equal privileges, in this city” (History of the Church, 4:306).

1842 - The Prophet Joseph prepares for publication of the Wentworth Letter in the Church periodical Times and Seasons, in Nauvoo, Illinois.  The Wentworth Letter included a brief history of the Church and included the now canonized Articles of Faith found in the Pearl of Great Price.   The Book of Abraham was canonized in 1880 and included in the Pearl of Great Price.  In the evening, the Prophet spent the evening with the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and their wives at the home of Wilford Woodruff where he "explained many important principles in relation to progressive improvement in the scale of intelligent existence" (History of the Church, 4:519).

1846 - Under the direction of Brigham Young, the first wagons left Sugar Creek Camp, Iowa, for the west and the Rocky Mountains.  Others would leave on a regular basis until the Saints were spread across Iowa from the Mississippi to the Missouri Rivers. Several camps across Iowa would be set up and the winter encampment would be made on the banks of the Missouri River at Winter Quarters and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

1917 - Ricks Academy in Rexburg, Idaho, receives a name change to Ricks Normal College—Now known as BYU-I.

2006 - Brigham Young University announced that the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (ISPART) would be renamed the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.