April 12

1828 - Joseph Smith commences translating the Book of Mormon with Martin Harris acting as scribe. The work continues until June 14th when they complete the translation of the Book of Lehi and Martin was allowed to take the 116-page manuscript with him to show his family in Palmyra. The manuscript was later lost. See Doctrine and Covenants Sections 3 and 10.

1834 - The Prophet Joseph Smith “went to a place near Lake Erie, and spent the day in fishing, and visiting the brethren” (History of the Church, 2:50).

1838 - The High Council at Far West, Missouri, withdrew fellowship from Oliver Cowdery, who was now “considered no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (History of the Church, 3:17).

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1843 - The first boat of the year coming up the Mississippi River was the Amaranth carrying about 240 Saints from England, being led by Lorenzo Snow. The Prophet Joseph greeted them as they arrived in Nauvoo. Later in the day, the Maid of Iowa arrived in Nauvoo with about 200 Saints from England. They had been stuck in St. Louis over the winter due to the ice on the river. The Prophet Joseph also greeted them as they arrived in this “cornerstone of Zion.” Due to some confusion between the temple committee and the architect, the Prophet Joseph gave William Weeks a certificate “to carry out my designs and the architecture of the temple in Nauvoo” (History of the Church, 5:353).

1973 - The first Sperry Symposium is held at BYU in honor of Sydney B. Sperry, former professor and dean of Religious Education. The annual symposium focuses on one of the standard works or Church History and doctrine.

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1985 - Church member and United States Senator Jake Garn, of Utah, takes off in the space shuttle Discovery, becoming the first U. S. Senator to travel to space.

2017 - President Russell M. Nelson began his global ministry tour in London, England. President Nelson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland covered eight cities in the next 11 days in Europe, Africa and Asia. He would finish his tour on the Brigham Young University–Hawaii campus in Laie, Hawaii.