25 years ago today - Jul 15, 1993

INSIDE RADIO reports: "New York's finest summoned to the mailroom [of station WABC] Tuesday morning. Somebody heard a beeping or ticking noise coming from a pouch. Played it safe and called the cops. Actual contents of the package: the latest PSA package from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). Seems the press kit contained a chip designed to emit an attention-getting signal. It worked."

110 years ago today - Jul 15, 1908; Wednesday

A letter was read from President Serge F. Ballif, stating that he had that day received a telegram from the attorney employed by him at Bern, informing him that the Supreme Court of Switzerland had reversed the decision of the court at Chur, where our elders had been arrested and imprisoned on a charge of preaching immoral doctrine, that is, polygamy and emigration. ...

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

175 years ago today - Jul 15, 1843. Saturday.

[William Clayton]
Made Deed for 1/2 S[team] B[oat] Maid of Iowa from Joseph to Emma. Also a Deed to E[mma] for over 60 city lots... [This was three days after Emma angrily rejected the revelation on plural marriage, and two days after Joseph and Emma came to an agreement after a long, tearful discussion.]

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

185 years ago today - Jul 15, 1833

The vigilance committee of Jackson County residents openly advocates driving the Saints from the county. In a lengthy epistle they charge Mormons with a multitude of offenses, including religious fanaticism, introducing to Missouri the "dregs of that society from which they came lazy, [i]dle and vicious," tampering with slaves, and "enviting free negroes and mulatoes from other States to become Mormons, and remove and settle among us."

175 years ago today - Jul 15, 1843. Saturday.

[William Clayton]
Made Deed for 1/2 S[team] B[oat] Maid of Iowa from Joseph to Emma. Also a Deed to E[mma] for over 60 city lots... [This was three days after Emma angrily rejected the revelation on plural marriage, and a day after Joseph and Emma came to an agreement after a long, tearful discussion.]

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

185 years ago today - 15-Jul 20, 1833

The great haystack, common property of the church, set on fire. During the next few days dissension arose within the church between those who argued that the haystack was God's and He had allowed it to burn, and those who argued that if God couldn't protect his own haystack, what was the use of the members praying to Him for protection? As a consequence, some left the church.

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: The Law of Consecration Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/the-law-of-consecration-timeline/]

60 years ago today - Jul 14, 1958

Apostle Hugh B. Brown formally recommends that the First Presidency not ask Salt Lake City Public Library to remove books on a list. Brown notes: "Many of the books on this list are only mildly critical or objectionable from the Church standpoint." In 1954 the First Presidency assigned Apostle Adam S. Bennion, another well-known liberal within the Twelve, to assess this list of books. He delayed fulfilling the assignment until his death in 1958. Joseph L. Wirthlin of the Presiding Bishopric sent the original 1953 list of books "not favorable to the Church" to the Presidency, "pursuant to your request."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

120 years ago today - Jul 14, 1898; Thursday

Pres[ident]. Cannon was administered to by the brethren, Elder Lyman being mouth. He promised Pres[ident]. Cannon that his life should not be cut short, and that he should be fully restored.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

120 years ago today - Jul 14, 1898

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Met at 10 talk was excellent on spiritual matters, what were our ideas on former lives. Bro[ther]. [Francis M.] Lyman said we were always men never had a beginning of existence. So we all think but not quite so pronounced as Bro[ther]. L[yman]. The conversation opened our eyes a little. ...

[Source: Brigham Young Jr. 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]

125 years ago today - Friday, Jul 14, 1893

[John Henry Smith]
Prest. Wilford Woodruff said to me today that if he was to be adopted [by] any man aside from his own father that man would be George A. Smith as he was the most fully honest man he ever knew and that he was a virtuous man in every respect.

[Source: 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]

155 years ago today - Jul 14, 1863

General Patrick Edward Connor and Federal Indian superintendent James D. Doty meet with the Southern Utes. After the chiefs had expressed some apprehensions, Connor is able to dissuade them from the idea that the army wanted to fight or exterminate them. The Utes had been told this by Mormon leaders.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

175 years ago today - Jul 14, 1843

"4 Apr[il] [18]42 Marinda Johnson [Hyde] to Joseph Smith 1843" {Listed Marriage}. [This is one of two possible dates for this marriage.]

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

180 years ago today - Jul 14, 1838

Carroll citizens meet to oppose Mormon settlement at DeWitt [Missouri]. Meetings and threats against Mormons at DeWitt continue throughout the summer.

[Source: LeSueur, Stephen C., The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri, Appendix: Chronology of Events in Missouri, 1838-1839]

175 years ago today - Jul 13, 1843

Joseph Smith writes in his diary: "I was in conversation with Emma most of the day." The previous day Joseph's brother Hyrum had presented Emma with the revelation on plural marriage. Emma "said she did not believe a word of it and appeared very rebellious." On This Day William Clayton records: " This A.M. Joseph sent for me and when I arrived he called me up into his private room with E[mma] and there stated an agreement they had mutually entered into. They both stated their feelings on many subjects and wept considerable. O may the Lord soften her heart that she may be willing to keep and abide by his Holy Law-" Three days later Joseph's diary records that he "preached . . . concerning a mans foes being they of his own house"

120 years ago today - Jul 13, 1898

[Apostle Brigham Young Jr.]
Met at 10 a.m. Still we are talking on financial matters and the burden of it is Presidency should trust the Twelve just as I have felt all the time. 2 p.m. Our talk was on love for each other and our determination to sustain the presidency but we do desire them to be a .

[Source: Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

60 years ago today - Jul 13, 1958

[J. Reuben Clark]
Came in from Grantsville. Had lunch'felt bum'Called Dr. Reiser who came in late. Went over me thoroughly. Have "summer flu." A bit of water in lower lungs Gave me penecillin'double dose'Some swelling in feet. He telephoned his father that there was nothing serious. I had a temp. of 100 . Heart "fluttery." (a little worse "missing" than usual). Gave me something to eliminate water.

[Source: The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

175 years ago today - Jul 13, 1843

Joseph Smith writes in his diary: "I was in conversation with Emma most of the day." The previous day Joseph's brother Hyrum had presented Emma with the revelation on plural marriage. Emma "said she did not believe a word of it and appeared very rebellious." On This Day William Clayton records: " This A.M. Joseph sent for me and when I arrived he called me up into his private room with E[mma] and there stated an agreement they had mutually entered into. Property held by Joseph is deeded into Emma's name. They both stated their feelings on many subjects and wept considerable. O may the Lord soften her heart that she may be willing to keep and abide by his Holy Law-" Three days later Joseph's diary records that he "preached . . . concerning a mans foes being they of his own house"

185 years ago today - 1833 July [13]

The July issue of the Evening and Morning Star contains a controversial article by W. W. Phelps quoting Missouri state law and constitution regarding freed blacks entering the state and freedom of religion.

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[Source: Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

15 years ago today - Jul 12, 2003

The SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports, "Utah ranks among worst in forcible rape-The report and rankings from the Charleston, S.C.-based National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center put Utah No. 1 in the continental United States for its estimated percentage of rape victims - 20.6 percent of the state's adult female population-.The only state ahead of Utah was Alaska, where 20.9 percent of the state's female population are estimated to have been rape victims, according to the rankings."

40 years ago today - Jul 12, 1978

Elaine Anderson Cannon is called as the eighth general president of the Young Women, with Arlene Barlow Darger and Norma Broadbent Smith as counselors.