President’s Message for April 2022

2021-22 National SUP President

April, a time when the small animals that hibernate are coming out of their burrows. Tire birds are flying back to settle down and have their families. Tire bees and butterflies will soon begin gathering nectar from the first flowers of the season. It is a beautiful month of new life and new growth! With it comes the newest edition of the Trail Marker! We do hope you enjoy it.

As an update, most all of our chapters are now meeting face- to-face, and it is wonderful to be together once again. Please ensure you have these upcoming events on your personal calendar. First, the National Headquarters Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 16th. It is a wonderful time to help reduce our facilities expenses by giving a helping hand to make our National Headquarters look its very best for the special visitors who come to utilize its many resources. It will be held from 9:00-12:00 noon and includes lunch. It also helps prepare the National Headquarters for the upcoming National Historical Symposium on Saturday, April 23rd. It is something you will not want to miss. Each of the four presenters are outstanding and the dinner will be excellent. Tire keynote speaker is Elder L. Whitney Clayton whom you will not want to miss. Register early as the seating for the dinner is limited. Lastly, online registration is now available for the upcoming 2022 National Encampment in Salt Lake City, September 8-10, 2022. It will be a banner event celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Saints entering the Salt Lake Valley. You will not want to miss this once in a lifetime experience.

April begins a special time for us as we look forward to hearing from the leadership of the church in General Conference. It is a very special time of renewal regarding our focus on the many aspects of our lives. I hope you are looking forward to it with great anticipation especially in these very unusual times in which we live. I know that the answers you are seeking will be made available to you through the Spirit if you sincerely ask.

Two weeks later is Easter on Sunday, April 17th. Easter always seems to be a moving target, and here is the reason why. It always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the spring equinox. But this full moon is an ecclesiastical full moon (meaning “of the Church”), so it was not calculated in quite the same way that modern astronomers would. To compound that, for the purpose of calculating Easter, the spring equinox is always on March 21st. Thus, this year the first full moon after March 21st is Saturday, April 16th, hence the reason why Easter is on Sunday, April 17th. It commemorates the greatest event to ever occur on the earth. How grateful we are for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Here are some other historical events that happened during the month of April.

• William Shakespeare was both born and died on his birthday, April 23rd. Celebrations are held in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon and throughout the United Kingdom.

• Tire Revolutionary War in America began on April 19,1775.

• Our first President, George Washington, was inaugurated on April 30,1789.

• Tire first Webster’s Dictionary was copyrighted by Noah Webster on April 14, 1828. This was likely the dictionary that the Prophet Joseph Smith had received from Oliver Cowdery.

• Tire Titanic sank on April 15,1912.

These are other significant events that occurred in the month of April in Church history.

• April 6th: Tire 192nd anniversary of tire prophet Joseph Smith officially establishing the Church of Jesus Christ in tire Peter Whitmer home in Fayette, New York. Joseph also revealed April 6th to be the actual date of Christ’s birth.

• April 3, 1836: On Easter Sunday, within the walls of the newly completed Kirtland Temple, Christ appeared to accept the temple offering. Subsequently, Moses, Elias and Elijah appeared to restore Priesthood keys, including the sealing authority to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

• April 26, 1838: Tire name of the Church was established by revelation as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

• April 6, 1839: After five months in Liberty Jail, Joseph and Hyrum Smith were taken from Liberty Jail to Galliton, Missouri, for a grand jury hearing.

• April 6, 1841: Joseph Smith conducted an official ceremony where he dedicated tire cornerstone of the Nauvoo Temple. Tire temple was completed five years later after his death.

• April 9, 1847: President Brigham Young’s Vanguard Company left Winter Quarters on tire journey west to the Salt Lake Valley

• April 6,1853: Tire cornerstone of the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated.

• April 6, 1877: Tire St. George Temple was dedicated. President Brigham Young presided, with President Daniel H. Wells, second counselor in the First Presidency, offering tire dedicatory prayer. It was the first temple tire Saints built in Utah and the first to remain in continuous operation until recently.

• April 6, 1877: President Brigham Young received a revelation to set in order the priesthood organization and stakes of Zion. He passed away four months later.

• April 6, 1893: Exactly 40 years after the cornerstone was dedicated. President Wilford Woodruff dedicated the Salt Lake Temple. It is the most well-known of the LDS Temples and became a symbol for the Church. That symbol has become less prominent with the focus now being centered on Jesus Christ, whose church it is.

From all of us here at the National Headquarters, we wish you tire very best Easter and happiest April with its wonderful new beginning as Spring continues to blossom around you. Please know that we are thinking of you constantly and appreciate the privilege it is to serve you. May the Lord’s blessings ever attend you and all those you hold dear.

CHALLENGE: I hope you took last month’s challenge and found 2-3 stories regarding your father’s grandmother on his father’s side to share with your family. I found several stories about Lydia Ann Badger which I will share with my children. This month find 2-3 stories about your father’s grandfather on his mother’s side (one of your two great grandmothers on your father’s side) that you want to share with your children. Write them and share them.

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