August 8

1831 - The Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known at Doctrine and Covenants 60.  It instructs the Prophet, and those traveling with him, to go from Independence to St. Louis via the Missouri River and to preach the gospel along the way.  The revelation encourages them to not fear man, but to open their mouths to preach the gospel and “not idle away” their time. (History of the Church, 1:201-202)

1838 - Worried about the effects of the election-day fight at Gallatin two days earlier, Joseph Smith, along with a large party of men, visits Judge Adam Black of Daviess County.  He confessed to them that he had united himself with a band of mobbers to drive the Saints from the County.  Wanting to know if he would support the law as he had sworn as a judge to do, the Prophet asked him for a letter stating he would administer the law in justice.  Judge Black then wrote and signed a statement declaring he was not associated with any mob in the county and would not molest the Saints if they did not molest him. Joseph then returns and spends the night in Adam-Ondi-Ahman at the home of Lyman Wight.  After their visit, Judge Black files a misdemeanor charge against Joseph Smith, charging him and his party with intimidation. (History of the Church, 3:59-60)

1840 - Joseph Smith writes a letter to John C. Bennett inviting him to join with the Saints “and partake of the poverty of Nauvoo freely.”  The letter also contains a description of beauty of Nauvoo and that “if we are suffered to remain, there is every prospect of it becoming one of the largest cities on the river.”

1841 - The funeral of Don Carlos Smith, the Prophets youngest brother, was attended by a large number of friends and relatives.  He was buried in the Smith Family Cemetery with military honors as he was a brigadier-general in the Nauvoo Legion. (History of the Church, 4:399)

1842 - The Prophet Joseph was illegally arrested by the deputy sheriff of Adams County, Illinois, on a warrant issued at the request of Governor Reynolds of Missouri for being an accessory before the fact to the attempted murder of ex-Governor Lilburn Boggs.  Orrin P. Rockwell was charged with the attempted murder.  The Nauvoo Municipal Court issued a writ of habeas corpus which resulted in the deputy sheriff leaving the city empty handed and Joseph being allowed to remain free within the city.  (History of the Church, 5:86-88)

1843 - The members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles visiting in Philadelphia, accompanied by 150 members of the Church, went on a pleasure excursion on the Delaware river.  They went down to Glouster Point and spent the day in “various innocent amusements.”

1844 - A special meeting of the Church was held at the East Grove in Nauvoo for the purpose of choosing a guardian for the Church.  President William Marks of the Nauvoo Stake presided at the meeting.  Sidney Rigdon stood in a wagon in front of the stand and spoke for one and a half hours presenting his case to be the new leader of the Church.  A break for lunch was taken and the group reassembled at 2 p.m., at which time, Brigham Young arose to speak.  He gave a moving speech on the position of the Quorum of the Twelve holding the keys of the kingdom of God and the rightful heir to the Prophet Joseph.  Amasa Lyman then stood and spoke in support of the Twelve.  W. W. Phelps then arose at the request of Sidney Rigdon in his support, however, Brother Phelps spoke in support of the Twelve.  Parley P. Pratt spoke in support of the Twelve.  Then, Brigham Young again arose and spoke and then called for a vote of support.  The vote was unanimous in support of the Quorum of the Twelve leading the Church. 

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It is recorded in many testimonial statements and personal histories that during the afternoon meeting, Brigham Young was transfigured and had the appearance and voice of the Prophet Joseph while he was speaking.  The transfiguration was a witness to many that the mantle of Joseph had fallen upon Brigham Young and he was the Lord’s choice to lead the Church in the absence of Joseph Smith. (History of the Church, 7:231-242)

1938 - President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. of the First Presidency delivers his influential address, The Charted Course of the Church in Education, at a summer gathering of CES teachers at Aspen Grove in Provo Canyon of Utah.

1976 - The first branch of the Church in Iceland since the Church withdrew the missionaries in 1914, is organized in Reykjavik.

1994 - The first four Cambodian-speaking missionaries from the United States arrive in Cambodia.

1998 - President Gordon B. Hinckley speaks to 12,000 people in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the largest Church meeting ever held in that province.