April 9

1829 - About this time, the Prophet Joseph Smith received the revelation known as Doctrine and Covenants 7, when he and Oliver Cowdery desired to know whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried on earth or died.

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1831 - John Whitmer is ordained as the first Church Historian, according to the Lord’s command found in Doctrine and Covenants 47.

1834 - The trial of Dr. Philastus Hurlburt ended with Dr. Hurlburt being “bound over, under two hundred dollar bonds, to keep the peace for six months, and pay the cost, which amounted to nearly three hundred dollars, all of which was in answer to our prayers, for which I [the Prophet Joseph Smith] thank my Heavenly Father” (History of the Church, 2:49).

1839 - The trial of the Prophet Joseph and the others held in Liberty Jail commenced in Gallatin, Missouri, before a “drunken grand jury, Austin A. King, presiding judge, as drunk as the jury” (History of the Church, 3:309). Judge Morin arrived from Mill Port and spent the evening with them. He was supportive of the Prophet and the Prophet wrote that “the Spirit buoyed us above our trials, and we rejoiced in each other’s society” (History of the Church, 3:310).

1840 - About this time, the Prophet Joseph Smith, with the help of his clerk, Robert Thompson, prepared a letter of introduction and credentials for Orson Hyde to use on his mission to Palestine.

1842 - The Prophet Joseph spoke at the funeral of Ephraim Marks. He stated, “Some have supposed that Brother Joseph could not die; but this is a mistake: it is true there have been times when I have had the promise of my life to accomplish such and such things, but, having now accomplished those things, I have not at present any lease of my life, I am as liable to die as other men” (History of the Church, 4:587).

1849 - The “First General Epistle” from the Salt Lake Valley to members of the Church was released. It recounted all that had transpired in Winter Quarters, the Salt Lake Valley, and with the Mormon Battalion. The First Presidency also gave directions for the Saints who were preparing to immigrate to the Salt Lake Valley.

1852 - A group of Latter-day Saints immigrating to Utah are killed when the steamboat they are riding up the Missouri River, the Saluda, explodes at Lexington, Missouri. Of the 175 people on board, 75 were killed—about two dozen were Latter-day Saints.

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1951 - David O. McKay is sustained as the ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stephen L. Richards as First Counselor, and J. Reuben Clark as Second Counselor. There are approximately one million members of the Church.

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2000 - The Fresno California Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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2002 - A monument in Lexington, Missouri, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 1852 explosion of the steamship Saluda on the Missouri River, was unveiled.

2005 - Presiding Bishop H. David Burton paid tribute to the settlers of Bluff, Utah, who settled there 125 years ago by dedicating improvements to the Bluff Fort Historic Site.