April 2

1832 - After meeting up with Sidney Rigdon in Warren, Ohio, the Prophet Joseph and those traveling with him to Missouri, continued their journey and arrived in Wellsville, Ohio. (History of the Church, 1:266).

1834 - The Prophet Joseph attended the court proceedings for Philastus Hurlburt who had threatened the prophet’s life.

1836 - The Prophet Joseph Smith sits in council with several of the leading brethren of the Church to discuss the “redemption of Zion” in Missouri.  It was decided to raise money to purchase property in Missouri in obedience to the commandment of the Lord.  Other “temporal” business of the Church was also conducted.

1843 - During Sunday meeting in Ramus, Illinois, Elder Orson Hyde preached and included comments on the Second Coming of the Savior and that “it is our privilege to have the Father and Son dwelling in our hearts.”  During lunch after the meeting, the Prophet Joseph took the opportunity to “offer some corrections” to Elder Hyde, which were “thankfully received.”  During the afternoon meeting, the Prophet Joseph taught the same corrections with additional instructions on the nature of the Godhead, intelligence, obedience, and gave his prophecy of the Civil War.  These teachings are recorded as Section 130 of the Doctrine and Covenants. (History of the Church, 5:323-326).

1844 - On a complaint of Francis Higbee, and arrest warrant was issued by Robert Foster for the arrest of John P. Greene, marshal, Andrew Lytle and John Lytle, policemen, for false imprisonment from a recent incident in which he had been acquitted.  Court was set for the following day.  The friendship between the Higbees and Fosters continued to grow into a problem for the Prophet and the Saints in Nauvoo.

1853 - The first block of sandstone for the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple, quarried from the Red Butte quarry, was hauled by ox-cart to the Temple site. Later, Latter-day Saint craftsmen were ordered by Brigham Young to cover the foundation of the temple with dirt when the U.S. Army was en route to Utah in 1857.  After an all-out war between Latter-day Saints and U.S. troops failed to materialize and the foundation was unearthed, cracks had developed in the stone and it had to be torn out. Granite from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon was then selected for the construction.

1974 - Church member Keith Merrill receives an Oscar for best documentary from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for The Great American Cowboy.

1982 - The Church announces changes in the financing of meetinghouses ending the need for ward building funds.  Construction of chapels would now be paid for by the Church and the maintenance would be paid for by local units.

1990 - Family Search, a new software program to simplify family history research is released by the Church.  Also, the popular comic strip Pickles, drawn by Latter-day Saint Brian Crane, debuts in the newspapers of 20 U.S. cities.

2013 - BYU Basketball played in the semi-finals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Their roller-coaster season came to an end, losing 76-70 to Baylor.  Also, all missionaries and members were reported safe after flooding from a record-breaking storm destroyed many members homes and property in La Plata, Argentina.  Local Church leaders worked to offer assistance and Church volunteers participated in clean-up and relief efforts.

2016 - For the first time, General Conference was broadcast to the entire continent of Africa.