April 30th

Apr 30, 1831 - In Kirtland, Ohio, twins, a son and a daughter, later given the names Thaddeus and Louisa, are born to Joseph and Emma. They die within three hours. On the same day other twins , Joseph and Julia Murdock, are also born in Orange, Ohio and are adopted by Joseph and Emma nine days later. Joseph Murdock dies eleven months later.

Apr 30, 1832 - A committee consisting of W. W. Phelps, Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer is appointed to review and select revelations "as dictated by the Spirit" to be included in the Book of Commandments and "make all necessary verbal corrections"

Apr 30, 1841 - Wilford Woodruff writes during his voyage home from England: "Fears were entertained that the Ship was on fire as smoke arose from the holes but it was found to Come from the Cook shop. I was requested to carry the dishes to the cook So I got my hands full of dishes of various kinds & just as I steped to the door of the Cook house the Ship gave a dredful surge & rocked so that she lay upon her side with her stud sails in the water. This unexpected surge plunged me head foremost about 10 feet the whole bredth of the cook shop against the side of the cook room with the cook [on] top of me. As this was my first introduction to the cook since I had been at sea I begged his pardon for Such an adrupt enterance, & withdrew leaving the cook with three smashed fingers (caused by trying to save me in the fall) to pick up my dishes at leasure which were scattered from one end to the other of his shop. I hope it will be a long time before I shall pay the cook a similar visit."

Apr 30, 1842 - The Nauvoo WASP reports that "a sham battle will be fought between the mounted Rifle-men under the immediate command of Lieutenant General [Joseph] Smith, and the Invincibles under the immediate command of Major General [John C.] Bennett."

Apr 30, 1846 - In the midst of the plans to abandon the temple, President of Seventy Joseph Young dedicates the building in a private ceremony attended by about twenty "Elders of Israel" This was only time a temple has been dedicated by someone other than a member of the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. On May 1, Orson Hyde dedicates the temple in a public ceremony requiring paid admission of $1.00 per person.

Apr 30, 1879 - Emma Hale Smith Bidamon dies in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Apr 30, 1880 - Wilford Woodruff writes, "We had a visit of the double African girl with 2 heads 4 arms 4 legs but one body which was quite a Curiosity."

Apr 30, 1900 - "A number of young ladies with a guitar" serenade L. John Nuttall who is awakened from his sleep and goes to the window to listen. They sing "O My Father" and other songs. Nuttall had served as personal secretary to Presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff.

Apr 30, 1963 - Paul H. Dunn gives a talk on his "life experiences." He claims that when he was a bat boy he pitched to Lou Gherig and Babe Ruth in batting practice and was told by Gherig, "you're going to be great." He also claims that he batted against Bob Feller in an exhibition game when Dunn was fourteen years old. In later talks the incident with Feller is changed to be during World War II when Dunn is in the army.

Apr 30, 1966 - Lowell L. Bennion hosts several African-American Mormons at his home in Salt Lake City, including LDS converts Ruffin Bridgeforth, Jr. and his Hispanic wife Helen Marie Romero Bridgeforth. She speaks "of the difficulty they have getting their boys to go to church after they get to be deacon age and can't pass the sacrament and do the other things L.D.S. [white] boys do."

Apr 30, 1994 - Tahiti issues postage stamp commemorating 150 years of Mormonism there.

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