“The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers, foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fullness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse and utterly wasted at his coming.” – D&C 138:47-48
“The Saints have the privilege of being baptized for … their relatives who are dead … who have received the Gospel in the spirit, through … those who have been commissioned to preach to them.. Those Saints who neglect it in behalf of their deceased relatives, do it at the peril of their own salvation.” – Joseph Smith
This Day in LDS History
1845 Nearly a year after the martyrdom of the Prophet and Patriarch, the nine defendants charged with the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith are acquitted.
1915 William Paul Daniels, the first black South African convert, is baptized in Salt Lake City; he then returns to cape Town.
1977 Poland formally recognizes the Church.
1994 President Ezra Taft Benson dies in Salt Lake City at age ninety-four, after serving for more than fifty years as a General Authority.