Glimpse of Past – LDS Church History March 18-24

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March 18, 1833 – Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams were appointed and set apart by President Joseph Smith to be his Counselors in the Presidency of the Church, according to the revelation given March 8th. On the same occasion “many of the brethren saw a heavenly vision of the Savior and concourses of angels.” March 20, 1839 – Joseph Smith, jun., who was still imprisoned in Liberty jail, Mo., wrote an excellent epistle “to the Saints at Quincy, Ill., and scattered abroad,” in which was embodied a most fervent prayer in behalf of the suffering Saints, and words of prophecy. (See Doc. and Cov., Sec. 121, and History of Joseph Smith.) March 20, 1842 – The Prophet Joseph Smith baptized 80 people in the Mississippi River near his home, including M.L.D. Wasson, a nephew of Emma Smith, the first of her family to join the Church. March 18, 1843 – The Prophet Joseph spent the morning in his office working.  He records, “About noon, I lay down on the writing table, with my head on a pile of law books, saying, ‘Write and tell the world I acknowledge myself a very great lawyer; I am going to study law, and this is the way I study it;’ and then fell asleep.” March 18, 1962 – The first stake in Western Samoa is organized in Apia. Taken from: History of Joseph Smith 1:335; 5:306; and Church Chronology by Andrew...

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Glimpse of the Past – LDS Church History March 11-17

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March 14, 1838 – Headquarters of the Church was established in Far West, Mo. March 17 1842 – Joseph Smith organized the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, with Emma Smith, Sarah Cleveland, and Elizabeth Ann Whitney as its presidency, to look after the poor and sick. March 1944 – The church announced the purchase of Spring Hill in Missouri, known in Church history as Adam-ondi-Ahman.  Final deeds for the purchase were dated June 27, 1944, the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  The deed to the land was passed on to the Church by Eugene Johnson, whose family had been in possession of the property for a century. March 12, 1961 – The first non-English-speaking stake of the Church was organized at the Hague in the Netherlands. March 15, 1970 – The first stake in Asia was organized in Tokyo, Japan. March 12, 1995 – Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley was ordained and set apart as the 15th President of the Church. Taken from  Church Chronology by Andrew Jenson, image from...

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Glimpse of the Past – LDS Church History March 1-8

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March 6, 1840 – Joseph attended a meeting of the High Council of Iowa held at the home of Elijah Fordham in Montrose.  He told them that it was the will of the Lord that they should desist from trying to live the law of consecration and that it would not be kept until the Lord commanded otherwise. March 4, 1842 – In preparation for the printing of the Book of Abraham in the Times and Seasons, the Prophet Joseph had Reuben Hedlock come to his office to view the original and “gave instruction concerning the arrangement of the of the writing. March 4, 1843 – The Prophet Joseph records that Orrin Porter Rockwell had been arrested in St. Louis, Missouri, for attempted murder of ex-Govenor Boggs.  He meets in council with brethren from Ramus, about building a meetinghouse there on Church property.  He uses a metaphor of a wagon wheel to describe the building of LDS communities in the area.  The hub is Nauvoo, the spokes to Ramus, LaHarpe, Shokoquon, and Lima being the one side of the wheel , the other side being in Iowa. March 4, 1844 – Feeling an urgency to finish the temple, the Prophet Joseph recommends that work on the Nauvoo House be suspended until the temple is finished, “as we need the temple more than anything else.” March 6, 1948 – Pres. Edward “Vaun” Clissold and his wife, Irene, arrive in Japan, the first official missionaries in Japan since the closure of the Japanese mission in 1924. March 6, 1986 – BYU basketball coach from 1949-1972, Stanley H. Watts, is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  His teams won eight conference titles and two National Invitational Tournament championships. Taken from Church History 4:89, 543; 6:230 and from Church Chronology by Andrew...

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