It Happened in August

25 August 1878: The very first Primary meeting was held in Farmington, Utah.

6 August 1903: Russia was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel.

21 August 1927: President Thomas S. Monson’s birthday! He was born in Salt Lake City.

14 August 1935: The Argentine Mission was organized. (There are now 10 missions in Argentina.)

Who Am I? Book of Mormon Hero

Read about my life to figure out who I am. Discover more about me from the scripture references at the end.

  • My grandfather and father were prophets.

  • I had two younger brothers.

  • When he was young my father was “a very wicked and an idolatrous man” (Mosiah 27:8).

  • Later my father had a remarkable spiritual experience that turned his life around.

  • Late in his life my father took my brothers on a mission to the Zoramites.

  • After returning from his mission, my father challenged me to trust in God and prepare myself to take responsibility for the sacred records.

  • During my life a wicked man named Amalickiah wanted to be king.

  • I was a friend and colleague of Moroni, leader of our armed forces.

  • I helped persuade the people of Ammon not to go to war. I led their sons in battle.

  • I fought many battles with my “sons,” and we helped drive the Lamanites out of our land.

  • Before I died I returned to preaching the gospel and gave the sacred records to my younger brother.

For the answer see Mosiah 18; 27; 29:42; Alma 31:7; 36; 37; 38:6–9; 45:20–22; 46:1–3, 38; 48:19; 49:30; 53:10–22; 58:41; 62:38, 45; 63:1.

Leadership Tip

President Gordon B. Hinckley (below with television’s Larry King) has told us we should lead out in honorable causes: “Become a leader in speaking up in behalf of those causes which make our civilization shine and which give comfort and peace to our lives. … Do not let fear overcome your efforts. … The adversary of all truth would put into your heart a reluctance to make an effort. Cast that fear aside and be valiant in the cause of truth and righteousness and faith. If you now decide that this will become the pattern of your life, you will not have to make that decision again” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, June 1998, 26; see “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Jan. 1998, 72).

[illustrations] From top left: First Meeting of the Primary Association, by Lynn Fausett; photograph of President Hinckley courtesy of Church News, may not be copied; detail from Two Thousand Stripling Warriors, by Arnold Friberg