Today in Church History - Dec 16

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo charter signed by Illinois Governor Thomas Carlin. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 16, 1839

The Church announces that worldwide membership reaches 750,000 on this day in history. (2)
-- 70 years ago - Dec 16, 1939

[Mark Hofmann] Lyn Jacobs, fronting for Hofmann, offers to sell LDS church an 1830 Martin Harris letter to W. W. Phelps (the "white salamander" letter). President Hinckley declines, indicating that the price is too high. Brent Ashworth also rejects the offer. Hofmann, "fronting" for Jacobs, approaches LDS Church Archivist Donald Schmidt, eventually suggesting that perhaps a wealthy Church member could be found to buy it and then donate it to the Church. This middleman idea proves to be attracive. Brent Metcalfe tells Hofmann of Steven Christensen. (3)
-- Dec 16, 1983

Las Vegas Nevada Temple; Location: Sunrise Manor, Nevada, USA; Announcement: 7 April 1984; Dedication: 16 December 1989 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, six-spire design (4)
-- 20 years ago - Dec 16, 1989

1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day,"
3 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

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