April 1

1832 - In obedience to the Lord’s command given in Doctrine and Covenants 78, the Prophet Joseph along with Newel K. Whitney, Peter Whitmer, Jr., and Jesse Gause leave for Jackson County, Missouri, to establish a united order among the Saints who lived there.

1834 - The Prophet Joseph Smith was in Chardon, Ohio, having arrived the night before, to prepare for the trial of Philastus Hurlburt whom the prophet had charged with threatening to kill him. He spent the day engaged in “issuing subpoenas for witnesses.” The Prophet writes, “My soul delighteth in the law of the Lord, for He forgiveth my sins, and will confound mine enemies. The Lord shall destroy him who has lifted his heel against me, even that wicked man Dr. Philastus Hurlburt” (History of the Church, 2:46).

Leman Copley was a Shaker

Leman Copley was a Shaker

1836 - Leman Copley, who had testified against the Prophet Joseph at the trial of Philastus Hurlburt, visited the Prophet at his home in Kirtland, Ohio, and “confessed that he bore a false testimony against me in that suit.” At the time, he felt it was the truth but had since realized it was not. He asked the Prophet to forgive him, “which was readily granted. He also wished to be received into the Church again, by baptism, and was received according to his desire” (History of the Church, 2:433).

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1842 - The Prophet Joseph Smith published a lengthy article in the Church newspaper Times and Seasons entitled “Try the Spirit” about the gift of discerning spirits. He gives a history of “false spirits” throughout history, including in the Church. (History of the Church, 4:571–81)

1843 - The Prophet Joseph Smith and Elder Orson Hyde travel to Ramus, Illinois for meetings to be held the next day. They stayed at the home of Benjamin F. Johnson.

1844 - The Prophet Joseph spent a good portion of this day dealing with legal issues in the city of Nauvoo. The cases involved Robert D. Foster and the Higbee brothers, men who the Prophet had learned were possibly involved with a conspiracy to kill him and his family. The Prophet wrote, “We are sorry to find that our lawyers and magistrates should be taking the lead among gamblers and disorderly persons, and be numbered among the law-breakers, rather than supporting virtue, law, and the dignity of the city” (History of the Church, 6:285).

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1898 - Lucy Jane Brimhall and Amanda Inez Knight, two of the first single sister missionaries, receive calls to serve as full-time missionaries to England.

1982 - The Church announces that membership has reached five million.

1989 - The creation of the Second Quorum of Seventy is announced at general conference.

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1995 - President Gordon B. Hinckley is sustained as President of the Church during a solemn assembly at general conference. The position of Area Authority was announced to replace the position of regional representative.

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1999 - The pioneer cemetery at historic Winter Quarters near Omaha, Nebraska, was deeded to the Church by the city of Omaha. The historic cemetery contains the remains of about 600 Latter-day Saints, about half of them children, who died mostly during the winter of 1846-1847. Also on this date, the sesquicentennial of the founding of the Sunday School was observed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the opening of the centennial box that had been sealed in 1949 and containing memorabilia of 50 years ago. The Sunday School Presidency then sealed a globed-shaped titanium time capsule to be opened in 2049.

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2000 - General conference is held for the first time in the nearly completed Conference Center across the street to the North from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 21,000-seat hall is the largest of its kind in the world.

2004 - The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution of regret for the forced expulsion of the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo in 1846.

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2005 - African-American Mormon Pioneer Jane Manning James was honored for her life when a monument and headstone was dedicated in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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2011 - Scouts Canada presented President Thomas S. Monson with the Silver Fox award.