“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” – Matthew 8:2-3
“Throughout time the people of God have been commanded to care for all individuals who are strangers or who may be seen as different. During His earthly ministry, Jesus was an example of one who went far beyond the simple obligation of hospitality and tolerance. Those who were excluded from society, those who were rejected and considered to be impure by the self-righteous, were given His compassion and respect. They received an equal part of His teachings and ministry.” – Gérald Caussé
This Day in LDS History
1833: Joseph Smith writes a letter from Kirkland to bishop Edward Partridge in Missouri, advising the Missouri Saints, who had recently been driven from Jackson County, against selling their lands even though they no longer possessed them. He counsels them to seek every lawful mean for redress.
1990: Ty Detmer, a BYU quarterback, receives the Heisman Trophy from the New York Downtown Athletic Club, Recognizing him as the best college football player in America.
1993: With the creation of the Sao Leopoldo Brazil Stake, Brazil becomes the second country outside the United States to have one hundred stakes. Valmir Severo Dutra is called as president of the new stake.
1998: Ground is broken for the Columbia South Carolina Temple. Elder Gordon T. Watts, a member of the second quorum of the seventy and first counselor in the North America Southeast Area Presidency, presides over the ceremony.