August 16

1834 - The Prophet Joseph wrote a letter to the High Council of Zion in Missouri, from Kirtland, Ohio. He tells of the troubles of apostasy found in Kirtland upon his return from Missouri and then encourages the brethren to petition the Governor of Missouri on their behalf for protection.  (History of the Church, 2:144-146).

1838 - The sheriff of Daviess County visited the Prophet Joseph at his home in Far West, Missouri, with a writ to take the Prophet to Daviess County for trial on the incident that took place on August 7th when Joseph went to Gallatin with a group of armed men to protect the Saints after the fight on election day the previous day.  Joseph informed the sheriff he was willing to submit to the writ.  This surprised the sheriff who expected him to refuse.  The sheriff then left to see the judge in Richmond to receive counsel on what to do.  The sheriff returned and informed Joseph that he had no jurisdiction in Caldwell County, so Joseph would not be served with the writ for trial.  He then left Far West without further incident.

1841 - At a special conference of the Church held in Nauvoo, the Prophet Joseph stated that it was time for the Twelve to stand in their place next to the First Presidency in directing the affairs of the Church.  

1842 - While in hiding, the Prophet Joseph wrote a letter to his wife Emma expressing his love and desire to be with his wife and family. He also writes a letter to Wilson Law.  Brother Erastus H. Derby then delivers the letters to Nauvoo.  The Prophet writes in his journal of his appreciation and love for several individuals, including “my beloved Emma—she that was my wife, even the wife of my youth, and the choice of my heart.”  He also describes her as “undaunted, firm, and unwavering—unchangeable, affectionate Emma!”  Brother Derby returns later in the day with return letters from both Emma and Wilson Law, and others.  Emma expresses her desire to be with him and go where ever he goes, and Wilson Law encourages him to leave the area until the next governor is in office.  (History of the Church, 5:103-114)

1847 - With autumn coming on, seventy-two men leave the Salt Lake Valley to return to Winter Quarters and their families.  They would then help prepare and lead others west to the Salt Lake Valley the next spring.

1866 - Harper’s Weekly Magazine includes a double-page spread featuring Mormon-related illustrations, including depictions of Salt Lake City, important buildings, the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Patriarch, and the Presiding Bishop.

1878 - Lightning strikes the tower of the St. George Temple and damages it slightly. Local folklore tells us that President Brigham Young did not like the height of the tower on the Temple when he dedicated it. He thought it was too short. He died in 1877 and the lightning strike the next year required the tower to be rebuilt-this time more to President Young’s desired height.

2006 - Church member Benji Schwimmer was voted "America's Favorite Dancer" on the hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance." The 22-year-old recently returned missionary didn't shy away from talking about his religion during the 12 week televised competition.

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2015 - Zack Gormley, a 19-year-old BYU student from Fort Collins, Colorado, won the 1A Division at the 2015 World Yo-Yo Contest in Tokyo, Japan.  He had previously won the 2012 and 2014 United States National Championships.