June 9

1830 - The first conference of the Church is held in Fayette, New York.  They accept the Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ, known today as Doctrine and Covenants 20.

1834 - Zion’s Camp continued practicing maneuvers and resting at Salt River, Missouri.

1841 - Court was held in Monmouth, Illinois, in front of Judge Stephen Douglas.  The prosecution asked for time to send to Springfield for a copy of the indictment against the Prophet Joseph Smith as it was not included with the papers they received.  The defense admitted there was an indictment so that proceedings could continue.  Testimony was heard during a raucous court proceedings.  Twice Judge Douglas fined the sheriff for not keeping the crowd back from the defendant and his witnesses.  Court adjourned about 6:30 p. m..  The testimony of defense attorney Orville H. Browning was powerfully moving as he recited for the court what he had witnessed at Quincy on the banks of the Mississippi River when the Saints were forced from Missouri.  He told of tracking the persecuted women and children by their bloody footmarks in the snow.  Many spectators and Judge Douglas himself wept at the testimony.  In the evening, Elder Amasa Lyman preached a “brilliant discourse in the Court  House, on the first principles of the Gospel, which changed the feelings of the people very materially” (History of the Church, 4:366-370)

1842 - The Prophet Joseph spoke to the Relief Society that had been recently organized in Nauvoo.  “Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand, and watch over them with tenderness.  When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind. . . . The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more we are disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls; we feel that we want to take them upon our shoulders, and cast their sins behind our backs” (History of the Church, 5:23-24).

1856 - The first handcart company left Iowa City, Iowa, for the Salt Lake Valley.  There were 274 persons traveling with 52 handcarts and 5 wagons.  Edmund Ellsworth, a 37-year old returning missionary, was selected to be the leader of the company.  Archer Walters, an English convert, kept a journal of the company’s crossing.  “At 5 p.m., the carts were in motion proceeding Zionwards.  The Saints were in excellent spirits, bound Zionwards.  The camp traveled about four miles and pitched their tents.  All well” (Handcarts to Zion, p. 199).  They would arrive in Salt Lake City on September 26th.

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1878 - Orrin Porter Rockwell, bodyguard of Joseph Smith, lawman, and Utah folk hero, dies in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 65.  He was a boyhood friend of the Prophet Joseph and joined the Church soon after it was organized.

1895 - The first stake in Canada was organized as the Alberta Stake.  It was also the first stake outside of the United States.

1901 - The first stake in Oregon is organized as the Union Stake.

1929 - During the June general conference of the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association, leaders announce the creation of a summer camp program for all MIA girls.

1974 - The first stake in Ireland is organized in Belfast.

1992 - President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency dedicates a Social Hall Memorial and walkway at the site of the original historic Social Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2002 - The first branch of the Church in the Republic of Georgia is formed in the capital city of Tbilisi.