Kirtland. D&C 72 (Kirtland): Newel K. Whitney is called as Kirtland's bishop: keep the Lord's storehouse; record all transactions for bishop in Zion; provide for literary stewards. Those going to Zion must take certificate of worthiness.
--December 4, 1831
Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 72, a revelation for Church members in Kirtland who desired to know their duty.
--1832 December 4
[Joseph:] this day I been unwell done but litle been at home all day regulated some things this Evening feel better in my mind then I have for a few days back Oh Lord deliver [DEL: out :DEL] thy servent out of temtations and fill his heart with wisdom and understanding PWJS, 22.
--December 4, 1835
Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith spent the evening talking with a visitor, Mr. John Hollister, who acknowledged the next morning that âœhe knew but littleâ about religion.
--1842 4 Dec.
An anti-Mormon bounty-hunter in Keokuk, Iowa, reports to Missouri's governor Thomas Reynolds: "All of our efforts to seize the renegade Joseph Smith, have proved fruitlessâ¦.He keeps constantly around him as body guard some 12 to 14 enthusiastic fanaticks which makes a secret approach impossible."
--1845 4 Dec.
The first Thursday evening prayer circle in the temple with Apostles Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith, John Taylor joining in the circle with High Priests John Smith, Isaac Morley, William W. Phelps, Orson Spencer, Joseph C. Kingsbury, Joseph Fielding, Lucien Woodworth, Reynolds Cahoon, and George Miller. Orson Spencer, rather than an apostle, "being mouth" (HCK).
Budget Committee reports that church spent $8 million more than its revenues that year. As result, church permanently stops releasing annual reports of expenditures.
--1961 4 December
Missionary Language Institute opened at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with Ernest J. Wilkins serving as director (see Missionary Training Centers).