TODAY IN CHURCH HISTORY: 10 December
1830 - Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge arrive in Waterloo, New York, and meet the Prophet Joseph Smith for the first time. (History of the Church, 1:128)
1833 - The Prophet Joseph writes a letter to the Saints in Missouri, who had recently been driven from their homes and lands in Jackson County, expressing his love and concern for them and offering his encouragement. This letter is one of the best examples of the gentle and compassionate nature of his noble soul and his love of the Lord and the Saints. (History of the Church, 1:453-456)
1835 - The Prophet Joseph and David Whitmer visited the home of sister Angeline Works who was very sick. They blessed her and she was healed. On the return to their homes, they found the brethren attempting to put out a fire at the Kirtland board kiln. It took some time to put out the fire and most of the lumber was lost-saving but one-fourth of it. Also, a package of petitions to restore the Saints to their possessions in Jackson County, Missouri was mailed from Kirtland, Ohio, and sent to the governor of Missouri. (History of the Church, 2:327-329)
1838 - Several leading brethren of the Church, not in prison, wrote an extensive petition and sent it to the Missouri state legislature, asking for their constitutional rights as citizens for protection under the law and the right to live where they please.
1842 - William Smith resigned as the editor of The Wasp newspaper of Nauvoo and turned it over to Elder John Taylor.
1845 - The first endowments were given in the original Nauvoo Temple. At three p. m., Sisters Mary Ann Young, Vilate Kimball, and Elizabeth Ann Whitney commenced administering the ordinances of the endowment for the sisters. At 4:25 p. m., Elders Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball commenced administering the ordinances of the endowment. They continued until 3:30 a.m. the following morning. The Nauvoo Temple would then be used continuously until the leadership of the Church left for the west. Also on this date, in the morning, Brigham Young gave Fathers Tucker and Hamilton a tour of the Temple and then met with them to continue the discussion of the purchase of the Temple when the Saints left for the west. A proposal for a long term lease of the building was presented to the Catholic fathers and they seemed pleased with the negotiations, the city, and the Temple. The leadership of the Church hoped it would provide buyers for the Saints property to provide the income needed for the crossing to the west.
1856 - The First Presidency issues the Fourteenth General Epistle to the Church, reviewing missionary efforts throughout the world, immigration to Utah by handcarts, and the state of developing industries in the Great Basin.
1952 - Missionaries enter Honduras for the first time.
1972 - The first stake in South Dakota is organized at Rapid City.
2006 - Church member, Sam Finlayson, of Danville, California, was named the national winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for boys in a ceremony held in New York City. He was a senior at San Ramon Valley High School and an accomplished water polo player. The award honors excellence in academics, athletics and community service.