August 3

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1831 - The Prophet Joseph Smith dedicates the location for a temple in Independence, Missouri.  Sidney Rigdon, Edward Partridge, W. W. Phelps, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and Joseph Coe were in attendance.  This is the first temple site dedicated in this dispensation. (History of the Church, 1:199)

1836 - About this time, the Prophet Joseph Smith and those traveling with him, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Oliver Cowdery, arrived in Salem, Massachusetts.  They rented a house and for the next month they spent their time “teaching the people from house to house, and preaching publicly, as opportunity presented; visiting occasionally, sections of the surrounding country, which are rich in history” (History of the Church, 2:464).

1847 - During the first survey and laying out of "Great Salt Lake City," Orson Pratt, assisted by Henry G. Sherwood, placed the "Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian" on the south-east corner of Temple Square.  Latitude 40 degrees, 46 minutes, 4 seconds. Longitude 111 degrees, 54 minutes, Altitude 4327 Feet.
                
1852 - Workers begin to construct a wall around Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1910 - President Joseph F. Smith becomes the first President of the Church to visit the Saints in Denmark.

1952 - The first baptisms take place in Korea.

1969 - The World Conference on Records opens in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sponsored by the Church’s Genealogical Society, the eight-day conference attracts genealogists from around the world and gives the Society international recognition as a leader in genealogical endeavors.

1976 - The first missionaries begin to arrive at the new completed Language Training Mission (LTM) as Phase 1 is completed.  The 605,707 square foot complex has offices, housing, classrooms, cafeteria, and other resources for training and missionaries.  The complex is adjacent to BYU and the Provo Temple in Provo, Utah.