“He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang.” —Joseph Smith—History 1:33-34
“Imagine my excitement to learn that these ancient people with their prophets and culture had left the Old World and traveled to the New, to become a mighty people on what is now the American continent. Their records were hidden and preserved and a little over 150 years ago were discovered, not by archaeologists, but by a teenage youth.” —Derek A. Cuthbert
This Day in LDS History
1823: Moroni appears to Joseph Smith at the Hill Cumorah and shows him the gold plates for the first time. He visits Joseph on the same date for the next four years at this location.
1827: Joseph Smith receives the gold plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate from the angel Moroni at the Hill Cumorah.
1951: President David O. McKay breaks ground for the Los Angeles Temple.
1965: J. Averil Jesperson, president of the Andes Mission, receives a letter from Elder Spencer W. Kimball suggesting that he begin missionary work in Ecuador. Missionaries first arrived in Ecuador two weeks later.