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Church History Today – November 13th

November 13th, 2010 No comments

November 13, 1838 – Born Joseph F. Smith – 6th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Church History Today – November 19th

November 19th, 2009 No comments

November 19, 1918 – President Joseph F. Smith died six days after his 80th birthday. Because of an epidemic of influenza, no public funeral was held for the church president.

November 19, 1974 – President Spencer W. Kimball dedicated the Washington Temple at Kensington, MD. Visitors during pre-dedication tours September through November totaled 758,327, topping the previous record of 662,401 at the Los Angeles Temple in 1956.

November 19-21, 1998 – President Hinckley toured areas of devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua and Honduras and spoke to 19,000 members. In all, the Church sent 840,000 pounds of relief supplies to the affected areas.

November 19, 2006 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was honored as a Laureate of the 2006 Mother Teresa Award for “edifying the world through inspirational choral performances and recordings”

Church History Today – October 17th

October 17th, 2009 No comments

October 17, 1830 – Following a revelation received by the Prophet Joseph Smith (see D&C 32), Parley P. Pratt, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Peterson began a mission to the Lamanites, leaving copies of the Book of Mormon with the Cattaraugus Indians in New York, the Wyandots in Ohio, and the Shawnees and Delawares on the Missouri frontier. They stopped en route to teach and baptize Sidney Rigdon and a congregation of his follwers in the Kirtland, Ohio, area.

October 17, 1901 – President Joseph F. Smith was ordained and set apart as the sixth president of the Church, with Presidents John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund as counselors. They were sustained by Church members at a special conference on November 10.

October 17, 1989 – The first LDS meetinghouse in the Republic of Hungary, located in the capital city of Budapest, was dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson.

Church History Today – October 10th

October 10th, 2009 No comments

October 10, 1880 – The First Presidency was reorganized with President John Taylor sustained as third president of the Church, with Presidents George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith as counselors.

October 10, 1901 – President Lorenzo Snow died at his home in the beehive House in Salt Lake City at age 87.

October 10, 1919 – King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium attended a recital on Temple Square in Salt Lake City to hear the Tabernacle organ.

October 10, 1962 – The Church purchased a shortwave radio station, WRUL, with a transmitter in Boston and studios in New York City. It was subsequently used to transmit Church broadcasts to Europe and South America.

October 10-17, 1997 – President Hinckley addressed a total of 52,500 members in eight islands of the Pacific: Samoa, Hawaii, American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti.

Church History Today – October 3rd

October 3rd, 2009 No comments

October 3, 1918 – While contemplating the meaning of Christ’s atonement, President Joseph F. Smith received a manifestation on the salvation of the dead and the visit of the Savior to the spirit world after His crucifixion. A report of the experience was published in December and was added first to the Pearl of Great Price and then to the Doctrine and Covenants June 6, 1979, as Section 138.

October 3, 1924 – Radio broadcast of general conference began on KSL in Salt Lake City, the Church-owned station. Coverage was expanded into Idaho in 1941.

October 3, 1956 – The new Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City was dedicated.

October 3, 1974 – Seventies quorums were authorized in all stakes and all quorums in the Church were renamed after the stake.

October 3, 1975 – President Kimball announced in general conference the organization of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and the first three members of the quorum were sustained.

October 3, 1981 – A network of 500 satellite dishes for stake centers outside Utah was announced.

October 3, 1982 – Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve and a member of the Scriptures Publication Committee announced that a subtitle was being added to the Book of Mormon: “Another Witness of Jesus Christ.”

Church History Today – September 13th

September 13th, 2009 No comments

September 13, 1898 – President Lorenzo Snow became the president of the Church. He chose Presidents George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith as counselors. Both had served as counselors to President Brigham Young, President John Taylor and President Wilford Woodruff.

September 13, 1990 – Registration of the Leningrad Branch of the Church was approved by the Council on Religious Affairs of the Council of Ministers in the Soviet Union.

Church History

August 16th, 2009 No comments

Summer 1906 – President Joseph F. Smith traveled to Europe, the first such visit of a Church president to the area. President Smith also visited Hawaii, Canada and Mexico during his presidency.