May 3

1822 - Bathsheba Bigler Smith, fourth General President of the Relief Society, was born in  Shinnston, West Virginia.  At age 19, she was the youngest women present at the organization of the Relief Society in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842.

1831 - Members of the Church living in New York begin the move to Kirtland, Ohio, to gather with the Saints.  They are led by the Prophet Joseph’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, and Thomas B. Marsh.

1834 - At a conference of Elders of the Church of Christ, a discussion was held concerning the name “Mormonite,” a derogatory name given to members of the Church by those who disliked the Church because of their belief in the Book of Mormon.  Presided over by the Prophet Joseph Smith, the conference voted on a motion by Sidney Rigdon and Newel K. Whitney that the Church should distinguish themselves from other Christian churches with the name of “The Church of the Latter-day Saints.”  (History of the Church, 2:62-63). Today, the Church simply uses the letters LDS to help identify religious affiliation.  

1839 - Near Quincy, Illinois, six members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meet with the Prophet Joseph Smith in the first such meeting since the Prophet’s escape from Missouri.

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1843 - The first copy of The Nauvoo Neighbor, a Church owned newspaper in Nauvoo, Illinois, and edited by John Taylor, is released.

1847 - The Pioneer wagon train decided to lay over and not travel on this date to make repairs to their wagons, hunt, and allow their animals to feed and rest.  Indians had set fire to the prairie to the west and between 200 and 300 Indians in a war party was spotted by the hunters.  They returned to camp and appropriate preparations were made.  A cannon was removed from a wagon and for the rest of the travel to the Great Basin, it was pulled behind a wagon ready for immediate use. 

1900 - The last Church-sponsored pioneer settlement company leaves Kemmerer, Wyoming, for the Big Horn Basin under the leadership of Elder Abraham O. Woodruff.  Beginning in 1847, the Church settled some 300 communities throughout the Intermountain West, Canada, and Mexico.

1975 - The First Presidency assigns six Assistants to the Twelve Apostles to reside outside the United States and Canada and oversee Church activities there.  These assignments set up an area supervisory program that would later become Area Presidencies.

1997 - President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Visitors center at Martin’s Cove, Wyoming, in memory of the Willie and Martin handcart pioneers who were stranded in a snow storm here in 1856.

2006 - Latter-day Saint Pamela Linco helped her team from Chile to win the South American Rowing Championship.  Sister Linco, a youthful 16 years-old, helped win both the Women’s Double and Quad races.

2014 - The BYU Rugby team won its third consecutive National Varsity Cup championship.