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Church History Today – October 29th

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October 29, 1839 – Joseph Smith left Illinois for Washington D.C. , to seek redress from the president of the United States for wrongs suffered by the Saints in Missouri.

October 29, 1855 – In a general epistle, the First Presidency proposed that Perpetual Emigrating Fund immigrants cross the plains by handcart.

October 29, 1979 – The first two converts of eastern Africa were baptized in Kenya.

Church History Today – August 15th

August 15th, 2009 No comments

August 15, 1987 – The Church’s Genealogical Department was renamed the Family History Department.

August 15, 1992 – Commemorating the “second rescue” of the ill-fated Willie and Martin handcart pioneers, President Hinckley dedicated three monuments in central Wyoming. The Riverton Wyoming Stake researched family histories and performed temple ordinances for those pioneers whose work was not previously done.

Church History Today – June 9th

June 9th, 2009 No comments

June 9, 1858 – The first handcart company left Iowa City, Iowa. Later that year, two handcart companies, captained by James G. Willie and Edward Martin, suffered tragedy due to an early winter. More than 200 in the two companies died along the trail.

June 9, 1884 – The building known as the “Cock Pit,” in Preston, England, in which the first Mormon missionaries to England held meetings in 1837, tumbled down.

June 9, 1895 – The first stake outside the United States was created in Canada in Cardston, Alberta.

June 9, 1978 – In a letter dated June 8 and made public the following day, the First Presidency announced the revelation that worthy men of all races would be eligible to receive the priesthood. On Sept. 30, members accepted the revelation by a sustaining vote at general conference. The First Presidency’s announcement is now Official Declaration – 2 in the Doctrine and Covenants.

June 9, 2002 – The first branch of the Church in the Republic of Georgia was formed in Tbilisi.