85 years ago today - Apr 19, 1939

At the regular weekly meeting of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve, held last Thursday in the Salt Lake Temple, the committee of the Twelve appointed to meet with Mission Presidents reported that the question of the advisability of discontinuing hitch-hiking by missionaries had been considered by the Mission Presidents in their semi-annual meeting, held Tuesday, April 4, 1939. On that occasion the Mission Presidents, so it was reported, were unanimous in their feeling that the objections outweigh the benefits of this practice, and a resolution was passed by them favoring its discontinuance.

After due consideration it was the unanimous opinion of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve, that the practice of hitch-hiking, or highwaying by missionaries should be and is hereby discontinued.

You will please so notify your missionaries, and instruct them to refrain in the future from this undignified, and, in some instances, dangerous practice.

[First Presidency, Letter to Mission Presidents, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

90 years ago today - Apr 19, 1934

I wrote Pres[iden]t Heber J. Grant as fol[lows]: Dear Pres[ident] Grant: If the following named brethren, General Authorities of the Church, and their wives have received their Second blessings, the Salt Lake Temple Records do not disclose that fact. I therefore conclude that they have not except possibly Pres[ident] Hart who may have received his blessings in the Logan Temple: J. Reuben Clark Jr., Charles H. Hart, Antoine R. Ivins, Samuel O. Bennion, John H. Taylor[.] I understand that it is in order for a member of the Council of Twelve to recommend worthy members to the President of the Church to receive their Second blessings. Accordingly, I recommend that these brethren and their wives be invited to receive their blessings.

[George F. Richards diary, Apr. 19, 1934 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

90 years ago today - Apr 19, 1934

Apostle George F. Richards writes to President Heber J Grant, "If the following named brethren, General Authorities of the Church, and their wives have received their Second blessings, the Salt Lake Temple Records do not disclose that fact, I therefore conclude that they have not except possibly Pres Hart who may have received his blessings in the Logan Temple: J. Reuben Clark Jr.[,] Charles H. Hart[,] Antoine R. Ivins[,] Samuel 0. Bennion[, and] John H. Taylor[.] I understand that it is in order for a member of the Council of Twelve to recommend worthy members to the President of the Church to receive their Second blessings. Accordingly, I recommend that these brethren and their wives be invited to receive their blessings."

90 years ago today - Apr 19, 1934

Apostle George F. Richards writes to President Heber J Grant, "If the following named brethren, General Authorities of the Church, and their wives have received their Second blessings, the Salt Lake Temple Records do not disclose that fact, I therefore conclude that they have not except possibly Pres Hart who may have received his blessings in the Logan Temple: J. Reuben Clark Jr.[,] Charles H. Hart[,] Antoine R. Ivins[,] Samuel 0. Bennion[, and] John H. Taylor[.] I understand that it is in order for a member of the Council of Twelve to recommend worthy members to the President of the Church to receive their Second blessings. Accordingly, I recommend that these brethren and their wives be invited to receive their blessings."

120 years ago today - Apr 19, 1904

[L. John Nuttall]
Met Pres[ident] Jos[eph] F Smith. he is well he wants me to make an inventory of effects at Salt Air & of the Railroad. [April 20, 1904] It is my desire to carry out instructions of Pres[ident]. Jos[eph]. F. Smith in listening to the Attorneys, yet I am inclined to resist, in case they seek to extort from me a knowledge of my wives. Pres[ident]. Smith said:''We should consider the interests of the Church rather than our own.' This I feel inclined to do.

[L. John Nuttall Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

Howard Egan's wife committed adultery with James Monroe. Howard Egan killed Monroe on account of the crime. W[illia]m M. Egan is the issue of the adultery. Question. * To whom does W[illia]m M. Egan go as a child * to Howard Egan or his father? Decision of the First Presidency and 12 [Apostles][,] April 19, 1894. He belongs to Howard Egan, by virtue of the mother being Howard Egan's sealed wife, and no ordinances needed.

[Book of Temple Ordinances, Apr. 19, 1894; p. 37 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

Howard Egan's wife committed adultery with James Monroe. Howard Egan killed Monroe on account of the crime. W[illia]m M. Egan is the issue of the adultery. Question. * To whom does W[illia]m M. Egan go as a child * to Howard Egan or his father? Decision of the First Presidency and 12 [Apostles][,] April 19, 1894. He belongs to Howard Egan, by virtue of the mother being Howard Egan's sealed wife, and no ordinances needed.

[Book of Temple Ordinances, Apr. 19, 1894; p. 37 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary]
I wrote to Olonzo and sent him currency $5.00 today.

[Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary]
I wrote to Olonzo and sent him currency $5.00 today.

[Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Thursday, Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary]
Salt Lake City

Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met in Council. G. F. Gibbs was also present.

Prest. W. Woodruff said at one time Prest. Joseph Smith said in the Kirtland Temple many years the saints will go to the Rocky Mountains and settle there.

The Directors of the C. W. & M. Co. met and decided to take the south part of the Livery Stable and pay $30,000.00 in our Capitol stock.

[Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

130 years ago today - Thursday, Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary]
Salt Lake City

Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met in Council. G. F. Gibbs was also present.

Prest. W. Woodruff said at one time Prest. Joseph Smith said in the Kirtland Temple many years the saints will go to the Rocky Mountains and settle there.

The Directors of the C. W. & M. Co. met and decided to take the south part of the Livery Stable and pay $30,000.00 in our Capitol stock.

[Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary]
[Meeting of Apostles and Presidency] Prest. Woodruff spoke of the first time he had ever been in a meeting witht the Prophet Joseph and said that Joseph had said to the few men in the room at the time that they had no more idea of the magnitude of the work of God than babes. Among other things Joseph had said that there would yet be tens of thousands of saints in the Rocky Mountains. Referred to hearing a large number speak in tongues in the Kirtland Temple and that a sister Hman Hyde interpreted most of what was said and there was more in the talk about the Rocky Mountains than any other subject. He did not then understand that the saints were to be located in these valleys.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary]
[Meeting of Apostles and Presidency] Prest. Woodruff spoke of the first time he had ever been in a meeting witht the Prophet Joseph and said that Joseph had said to the few men in the room at the time that they had no more idea of the magnitude of the work of God than babes. Among other things Joseph had said that there would yet be tens of thousands of saints in the Rocky Mountains. Referred to hearing a large number speak in tongues in the Kirtland Temple and that a sister Hman Hyde interpreted most of what was said and there was more in the talk about the Rocky Mountains than any other subject. He did not then understand that the saints were to be located in these valleys.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Apr 19, 1894

[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon Journal]
At 2 o'clock I was at my Quorum meeting in the temple. Present: W[ilford] Woodruff, J[oseph] F. Smith, L[orenzo] Snow, F[ranklin] D. Richards,

[Diary of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]

140 years ago today - Apr 19, 1884; Saturday

[Anthony Ivins Journal]
Reached Leeds today after a very tiresome days travel on account of the mud. Anto[i]ne was a little restless tonight. Rather more so than usual.

[Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013)]

145 years ago today - Apr 19, 1879 (Saturday)

The steamship Wyoming sailed from Liverpool, England, with 170 Saints, in charge of Chas. W. Nibley. The company arrived at New York April 30th, and at Salt Lake City May 8th.

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

145 years ago today - Apr 19, 1879

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal]
19 Drove to Grand falls and nooned. We visited the falls which were about 100 feet in the main falls. We drove 8 Miles & Camped for the night. 16 Miles.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

155 years ago today - Apr 19, 1869

[Hosea Stout Diary]
Monday 19. In my office and looking after Hoopers house vacated to day by A. Gilbert[.] In the afternoon a man performed the feate of walking a tight rope across Main street and trapezing &c.

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

150 years ago today - Apr 19, 1874

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal]
19 Sunday I met with my Quorum at Noon & Preached in the 14 ward in the Afternoon and also attended a meeting there in the Evening. Father Shearen & Brother Pear[l/t?] are both dead.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

150 years ago today - Apr 19, 1874

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal]
19 Sunday I met with my Quorum at Noon & Preached in the 14 ward in the Afternoon and also attended a meeting there in the Evening. Father Shearen & Brother Pear[l/t?] are both dead.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]