Meteor Shower of 1833

Accounts Parley P. Pratt “I witnessed the falling stars–which was the grandest and most sublime sight eye ever beheld. No fear entered my mind, but joy rather than awe; this was in the fall, September I believe. If ever stars in the heavens had been on the move, it could not have excelled the sight. […]

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Zion’s Camp

Preparing for Zion’s Camp “To Brigham Young and his older brother Joseph, the Prophet promised: ‘If you will go with me in the camp to Missouri and keep my counsel, I promise you, in the name of the Almighty, that I will lead you there and back again, and not a hair of your heads […]

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Gog and Magog

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: “Gog and Magog are the prophetic names given in the scriptures to that combination of nations which will fight against the purposes of the Lord on two separate and future occasions: At the time of and incident to the second coming of the Lord and the ushering in of the millennial […]

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Mountain Meadow’s Massacre

Joseph Fielding Smith Account from Essentials in Church History A Shocking Crime While Captain Van Vliet was interviewing President Brigham Young, there was occurring in the southwest corner of Utah—about three hundred miles from Salt Lake City—the most horrible and shocking crime ever perpetrated within the borders of the state. It was the massacre at […]

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Utah War

Utah War — 1856-1858 Political Changes Chief Justice Lazarus H. Reed, after a short stay in Utah, resigned because of ill health, and returned to the East where he died in the spring of 1855. He was succeeded as chief justice by John F. Kinney, of Iowa, in 1854. After the close of the term […]

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St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Associated Locations: Paris, France Other multiple locations in France Associated Dates: August 23, 1572 – Born Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. On the twenty second day of August, 1572, commenced this diabolical act of sanguinary brutality. It was intended to destroy at one stroke the root of the Protestant tree, which had only […]

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Christian Persecution under Valerian

Associated Locations: Rome Associated Dates: April, 257 – Oct. 260 – Reign Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Began under Valerian, in the month of April, 257, and continued for three years and six months. The martyrs that fell in this persecution were innumerable, and their […]

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The Transfiguration

Providential Role in History “Until men attain a higher status of spiritual understanding than they now enjoy, they can learn only in part what took place upon the Mount of Transfiguration.” Location Brothers and sisters . . . we have had some marvelous experiences this day we went first to Mt Tabor and there we […]

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Christian Persecution under Domitian

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The emperor Domitian, who was naturally inclined to cruelty, first slew his brother, and then raised the second persecution against the Christians. In his rage he put to death some of the Roman senators, some through malice; and others to confiscate […]

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Christian Persecution under Aurelian

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The principal sufferers were: Felix, bishop of Rome. This prelate was advanced to the Roman see in 274. He was the first martyr to Aurelian’s petulancy, being beheaded on the twenty-second of December, in the same year. Agapetus, a young […]

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Christian Persecution under Decius

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. This was occasioned partly by the hatred he bore to his predecessor Philip, who was deemed a Christian and was partly by his jealousy concerning the amazing increase of Christianity; for the heathen temples began to be forsaken, and the Christian […]

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French Persecution from 1598 to 1789

Associated Dates: France, 1598-1789 Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The persecutions occasioned by the revocation of the edict of Nantes took place under Louis XIV. This edict was made by Henry the Great of France in 1598, and secured to the Protestants an equal right in […]

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Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff

In 1877, the Founding Fathers of the United States and other eminent men and women appeared in a vision to Wilford Woodruff, president of the St. George Temple, for the purpose of completing their temple work. President Woodruff, assisted by others, immediately went forth and had the ordinances performed for these men and women. A […]

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The First Vision (Various Accounts)

Joseph Smith History Account 1832 This 1832 narrative contains the earliest known account of Joseph’s First Vision. It was partly written by him and partly dictated to his scribe, Frederick G. Williams. Joseph Smith “At about the age of twelve years my mind became seriously imprest with regard to the all importent concerns for the […]

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Christian Persecution under Severus

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Severus, having been recovered from a severe fit of sickness by a Christian, became a great favorer of the Christians in general; but the prejudice and fury of the ignorant multitude prevailing, obsolete laws were put in execution against the Christians. […]

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Christian Persecution under Diocletian

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Under the Roman emperors, commonly called the Era of the Martyrs, was occasioned partly by the increasing number and luxury of the Christians, and the hatred of Galerius, the adopted son of Diocletian, who, being stimulated by his mother, a […]

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