April 13

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1830 - About this time, the Prophet Joseph Smith receives the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 22. Several people, who had previously been baptized in another church, desired to unite with the Church without re-baptism. The Lord told Joseph “this is a new and an everlasting covenant” and everyone needed to be baptized into the restored Church.

1833 - Joseph Smith, in a letter to Jared Carter, teaches that “it is contrary . . . for any member of the Church to receive instruction for those in authority, higher than themselves” (History of the Church, 1:338).

1838 - The High Council at Far West, Missouri, withdrew fellowship from David Whitmer, who was now considered “no longer a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints” (History of the Church, 3:19). Lyman E. Johnson was also cut off from the Church during this cleansing of the Church in Missouri.

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1842 - The steamboat Louisa landed in Nauvoo with about 150 Saints from England on board. Also, the Amaranth arrived with 60 additional new citizens of Nauvoo.

1843 - The Prophet Joseph Smith met with the emigrants that arrived the day before, “and a great multitude of others assembled at the Temple,” to officially welcome them to Nauvoo. In his remarks the Prophet said, “I am your servant, and it is only through the Holy Ghost that I can do you good. God is able to do His own work” (History of the Church, 5:354-355).

1844 - The Prophet Joseph met in City Council and Municipal Court at Nauvoo. He confronted Dr. Robert Foster during the Municipal Court meeting asking him if he had ever wronged him. Dr. Foster refused to answer. The Prophet told Dr. Foster that if he would tell him what he had done, he would ask forgiveness of Dr. Foster. Dr. Foster replied, “I shall testify no further at present” (History of the Church, 6:333).

1845 - The U.S. deputy marshal had arrived in Nauvoo the previous day with writs of arrest for Brigham Young and others. During the Sunday meeting, Elder John Taylor spoke and stated that if anyone tried to arrest him it would “cost them their lives” and that they should be out arresting the men responsible for the deaths of the Prophet Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Later in the evening Brigham Young and several of the brethren visited the marshal at the Mansion House where he was staying. “He was very polite” and no arrests were made. (History of the Church, 7:398).

1889 - President Wilford Woodruff and George Q. Cannon leave Salt Lake City for California to meet with political and business leaders. It was hoped to encourage them to support the freedom of the Church to practice plural marriage.

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1953 - Elder Ezra Taft Benson, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, appears on the cover of Time magazine, which highlights his national and international influence as a member of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s cabinet.

1974 - President Spencer W. Kimball publicly announces that the Church College of Hawaii would become Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus

1982 - The Church membership surpasses the five million mark.

1999 - The Salt Lake City Council approves the plan to close Main Street and build a pedestrian plaza between Temple Square and the Church office block.

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2002 - The Milton A. Barlow Center, a renovated building in the heart of Washington D.C., was dedicated by Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Seventy and President of BYU. The building is used to house the BYU Washington Seminar students, the Church’s Office of International and Government Affairs, CES offices and classes, and a student branch.

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2012 - Church member Jabari Parker was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys' Basketball Player of the Year. Parker is a junior in high school and only the fourth non-senior to win the award.

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2017 - Sister Jean B. Bingham, General President of the Relief Society, spoke at the United Nations in New York City on the Church’s humanitarian efforts during a faith-based “Focus on Faith” panel discussion.