Daily Feature

Each weekday, we spotlight content from BYU Studies: articles, reviews, web updates, staff picks, etc. These spotlights are called “Daily Features.” To read the full text for the feature, click the “Read More” link from the front page. You can download the article or other item for free during the week that it is featured.

History of the Church Series Joseph Smith and the Missouri Court of Inquiry
June 30, 2015
by Gordon A. Madsen
This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Gordon A. Madsen. Each Tuesday or Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. Find more articles tied to each location and time period in our Church Historic Sites section. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

On November 1, 1838, the Mormon settlement at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, was surrounded by state militia troops commanded by Generals Samuel D. Lucas and Robert Wilson. Mormon leaders Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, George Robinson, and . . .
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Article of the Week
June 29, 2015

When LDS immigrants on their way to Utah crossed the Atlantic Ocean or the Eastern United States between 1861 and 1864, they encountered the difficulties of traveling in a nation at war. Their first-person accounts paint . . .

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New Test. Lesson #28
June 26, 2015

This lesson on the time period right after the Resurrection mentions the forty-day ministry of Christ. Little in canonized scripture acknowledges this ministry, but presumably, the epistles and Revelation reflect what the Apostles learned from Jesus during . . .

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Additional Features
On June 30, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1830

Fayette, New York. Joseph Smith's brother Samuel departed on one of the first missions for the Church, traveling into Ontario, Monroe, and Livingston counties in New York.


On this day in 1830

South Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York. People v. Smith: Joseph Smith was tried and discharged by Justice of the Peace Joel Noble on charges of being a disorderly person for claiming that he could discover lost goods.


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Missouri v. Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith petitioned the Nauvoo Municipal court for a writ of habeas corpus to quash a warrant issued by Governor Thomas Ford on charges of treason against Missouri.


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Ex parte Joseph Smith (Nauvoo Municipal Court): After a hearing on the return of habeas corpus pertaining to Joseph Smith's arrest on the Missouri charge of treason, the Nauvoo Municipal court ordered Smith be discharged "for want of substance in the warrant ... as well as upon the merits of the case."


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith rode into Nauvoo for his hearing, where he wept tears of joy together with his family and friends and was greeted with a band and processional.


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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
How is a new president of the Church appointed?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

The Saints were told to bring only 17 pounds of goods per person. Death: Jens Christian Jensen, age 2

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