March 24

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1832 - While staying at the John Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio, fifty men led by Symonds Ryder, a disaffected member of the Church, pull Joseph Smith from his bed and tar and feather him. They also drag Sidney Rigdon by his heels along the frozen ground, severely injuring his head. Joseph and Emma’s eleven-month-old adopted son, Joseph, dies a few days later as a result of the exposure during the mobbing.

1841 - Elder Willard Richards writes a letter to the Prophet Joseph from Preston, England, giving a history of the missionary work in the first foreign mission of the Latter-day Saints, and the successful planting of the gospel seeds in Britain.

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1842 - The Prophet Joseph met with the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo to complete their organization that began on March 17th. He writes that he is pleased with the organization and that because of “those pure principles of benevolence that flow spontaneously” from the sisters of the Church, “they will fly to the relief of the stranger; they will pour in oil and wine to the wounded heart of the distressed; they will dry up the tears of the orphan and make the widow’s heart to rejoice” (History of the Church, 4:567).

1843 - The first donations to a new museum in Nauvoo were made by Addison Pratt and included “the tooth of a whale, coral, bones of an Albatross’ wing . . . jaw-bone of a porpoise, and tooth of a South Sea seal.” The Prophet Joseph was surprised and pleased when, on this date, The Boston Bee newspaper published a favorable article on the Prophet Joseph and the Latter-day Saints. (History of the Church, 5:406)

1844 - The Prophet Joseph spoke at a Sunday meeting in the grove near the Temple site and informed the Saints that he had learned of a conspiracy to take his and his family’s lives. He gave the names of the conspirators stating that he wouldn’t “swear out a warrant against them, for I don’t fear any of them.” He added, “Why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrine? They cannot do it: it is truth, and I defy all men to upset it. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Repent ye of your sins and prepare the way for the coming of the Son of Man.” In a statement perhaps predicting his own death in three months, he stated, “How often men lay down their lives for their country and other purposes. How much better, then, to die for the cause of Zion!” (History of the Church, 7:272-273).

1845 - Brigham Young and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with the Bishops in Nauvoo. The city being without a legal government as a result of the repeal of the Nauvoo City charter, the bishops were “directed to set apart deacons in their wards to attend to all things needful and especially to watch . . . that the peace and good order hitherto sustained by the city might still be preserved” (History of the Church, 7:388).

1851 - Five hundred Latter-day Saint settlers leave Payson, Utah, for California, where they would build a Church-sponsored settlement at San Bernardino.

1992 - The first convert baptism in Armenia is performed when Mikhail Oskar Belousov is baptized in Yerevan.

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2000 - The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd, a film on the life of the Savior in both the Holy Land and on the American continent, opens in the Legacy Theater in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2004 - The Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution asking “the pardon and forgiveness of the community of Latter-day Saints for the misguided efforts of our citizens, Chief Executive and the General Assembly in the expulsion of their Mormon ancestors from the gleaming city of Nauvoo and the State of Illinois.”