175 years ago today - Dec 23, 1847

Brigham Young (now back in Winter Quarters) and Apostles publish a General Epistle from the Council of the Twelve Apostles, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Abroad, Dispersed Throughout the Earth. It is written ―to the scattered saints reviewing the status of the Church and identifying the location of the new gathering place, ultimately letting people know that the Church was still intact and functioning. ―With thirty dollars in borrowed funds, thirty-five hundred copies of the manuscript are published in St. Louis, Missouri, by the St. Louis Republican. First printed communication to scattered Saints after long period (since evacuation of Nauvoo).

[Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984]

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