May 17

1834 - Zion’s Camp crossed the state line from Ohio into Indiana. In the evening there were some problems between some of the members of the Camp.  “Finding a rebellions spirit in Sylvester Smith, and to some extent in others, I told them they would meet with misfortunes, difficulties and hindrances, and said, ‘and you will know it before you leave this place,’ exhorting them to humble themselves before the Lord and become united, that they might not be scourged” (History of the Church, 2:68).

1836 - The Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum travel to Fairport, a port on Lake Erie, with a carriage to pick up their ninety-three-year-old grandmother, Mary Smith, and took her to Kirtland, Ohio.  She was excited to meet her great-grandchildren.  The Prophet Joseph recorded, “My grandfather, Asael Smith, long ago predicted that there would be a prophet raised up in his family, and my grandmother was fully satisfied that it was fulfilled in me” (History of the Church, 2:443).

1842 - The first Mayor of Nauvoo, John C. Bennett, “having discovered that his whoredoms and abominations were fast coming to light, and that the indignation of an insulted and abused people were rising rapidly against him” (History of the Church, 5:12), resigned as Mayor of the City of Nauvoo.

1843 - The Prophet Joseph, visiting Ramus, Illinois, had breakfast at the Perkins and “took a pleasure ride through Fountain Green.  At ten a. m. preached from 2nd Peter, 1st chapter and showed that knowledge is power; and the man who has the most knowledge has the greatest power” (History of the Church, 5:392).  The Prophet also attended the lecture of a Methodist preacher in the evening, afterwards he “offered some corrections.”  Some of the teachings of the Prophet on this day are included in Doctrine and Covenants 131. 

1844 - A state convention held in Nauvoo nominates Joseph Smith as a candidate for President of the United States.  Sidney Rigdon is chosen as his running mate.  The Prophet Joseph wrote that in the evening “a large assemblage burned a barrel of tar in the street.  I went out to see what was the matter, and found they were giving toasts; and as soon as they became aware of my presence, they carried me on their shoulders twice round the fire, and escorted me to the Mansion by a band of music” (History of the Church, 6:397).

1869 - Construction began for the Utah Central Railroad which is to run between Ogden and Salt Lake City, connecting Salt Lake City to the transcontinental railroad.

1884 - The Logan Utah Temple is dedicated by President John Taylor.

 Manti Temple

Manti Temple

1888 - The Manti Utah Temple is dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff.  

1959 - The first stake in Indiana is organized in Indianapolis.

1999 - The BYU-Hawaii women’s tennis team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. 

2002 - The Campinas Brazil Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

2006  - Fineasi Funaki was appointed as Minister of Tourism making him the first Latter-day Saint to become a minister in the Kingdom of Tonga. (Church News, August 12, 2006)

2015 - The Cordoba Argentina Temple was dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency.