120 years ago today - Thursday, Dec 5, 1901

Apostle Reed Smoot reported that Brother [James E.] Hall was stirring up considerable excitement in the Utah Stake in reference to the gift of healing, which he claimed he was able to exercise in a miraculous manner. In his (Brother Smoot's) judgment a spirit of darkness was actuating and influencing Brother Hall, and should be rebuked. Apostle Smoot was directed by the council to see the president of the Utah Stake and instruct him to investigate the matter and take such action as the facts will warrant.

[Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

130 years ago today - Dec 5, 1891

Stake President relates "incident of the Prophet Joseph telling Dimick B Huntington.....that Noah built the Ark in the land where South Carolina is now.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996, http://amzn.to/extensions-power]

180 years ago today - Dec 5, 1841

Joseph proofreads the Book of Mormon for a new edition.

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

60 years ago today - Dec 4, 1961

The establishment of the language-training program known as the Language Training Mission (LTM) at Brigham Young University. Originally for Spanish, it expands in 1963 to all Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking missions and in 1964 to German-speaking. In 1968 the LTM expands to sixteen languages, with branches at Ricks College for Dutch and Scandinavian languages and at the Church College of Hawaii for Polynesian and Asian languages. In visiting missions general authorities find the LTM graduate to be more disciplined than other missionaries, who have received only one week's orientation and training at the Salt Lake Missionary Home since 1925.

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

65 years ago today - Dec 4, 1956

[David O. McKay]
Brother Petersen inquired as to the subject of the editorial, and I told him that it was an editorial criticizing the President of the United States. He stated that he was amazed. I told him that I was greatly grieved, and that this is the last thing we ought to be doing. I also stated that there is not one constructive thought in the whole editorial. Brother Petersen stated that in a meeting recently, Frank Browning had mentioned that some little criticism ought to be made. =However, Brother Petersen had not taken it seriously as so little was said about it. He was surprised that anyone else had taken it so seriously, and I answered that it was a very unfortunate leading editorial. ... I mentioned further that the President of the United States would be grieved if he read this editorial, and it is possible that somebody will send it to him. I stated that maybe we should sent a note to the President, however, that I would leave the matter in his hands.

[McKay, David O., Office Journal]

115 years ago today - Dec 4, 1906

[Thomas A. Clawson Diary]
"The Presidents (Sic) Message was read to Congress today and among the items mentioned was "That the Constitution should be amended so that the Government could regulate Divorces and Marriages and that the handling of Polygamy should not be left to the States." Of course this is a very dangerous stand to take because it is lifting one's hand against the people and institutions of the Almighty and the Lord has said he who does it shall not prosper. I fear that this is the beginning of Prest. Roosevelt ['s] decline as a statesman who has heretofore been honored of the Lord but now that he has take [n] up the poplar (Sic) warfare gainst the people and principles of the Gospel, unless he repents he will surely parish (Sic)."

[Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

140 years ago today - Dec 4, 1881

[John Taylor's Interview with Abraham O. Smoot]
John Taylor: Brother Smoot, did you see on the top of a hill, in a place called Adam-ondi-Ahman, the remains of what Joseph Smith said had been an altar built by Adam, upon which he offered


Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. I first saw it in 1837, and the spring of 1838, when assisting to survey the town called by that name.

John Taylor: What was the condition of the stones of which the altar had been built?

Abraham Smoot: I remember well. The stones which lay scattered around looked as though they had been torn from a wall.

John Taylor: Yes, my remembrance is too that the stones were scattered as you say they were, having no particular form, except in one place. You remarked that you helped to make the survey; and prior to this particular conversation, you told me that you assisted in making an excavation.

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. I helped to excavate around the base of the altar, some 2 to 3 feet, and from 6 to 8 feet in length, which was sufficient to thoroughly satisfy us that the foundation of the wall was still there.

John Taylor: Did you examine the wall further at any later period?

Abraham Smoot: No, sis; but we intended to do so after the war, or as some called it, the "Mormon War," was over. The opportunity, however, to do so did not present itself afterwards.

John Taylor: Do you know the name of the hill where the Altar was?

Abraham Smoot: I do not recollect that. I will say that I heard Joseph say that it was the remains of an altar built by Adam; and that he offered sacrifice on it, and called his family and blessed them there.

John Taylor: That was on the point of the hill that formed a curvature?

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. And that point commanded a beautiful view of the country.

[John Taylor's Interview with Abraham O. Smoot on December 4, 1881]

140 years ago today - Dec. 4th 1881

[Abraham H. Cannon]
In Leipsig: "In the evening I took a cup of coffee and read the papers."

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

165 years ago today - Dec 4, 1856

[Hosea Stout]
To day the funeral obsequies of President J. M. Grant took place[.] The concourse of people was very large As a Major General he was buried in the honors of war[.] As a Master Mason he was buried as such and above all as a Saint he lived, died and was buried as such.

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

185 years ago today - Dec 4, 1836

President RIGDON called a vote of the Church to discountenance the use intirely of all liquors from the Church in Sickness & in health except wine at the Sacraments & for external Washing. The vote was Carried eunanimously.

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

190 years ago today - Dec 4, 1831

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.

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

65 years ago today - Mon Dec 3, 1956

[David O. McKay]
At 10 a.m. called O. Preston Robinson into my office and expressed to him my great displeasure at the leading editorial which appeared in the Deseret News last Saturday, finding fault with the President of the United States. I stated to him that there was not one constructive suggestion in the editorial.

[McKay, David O., Office Journal]

110 years ago today - Dec 3, 1911

[George Albert Smith]
he dreams of meeting his father John Henry Smith and grandfather Lorin Farr, both deceased, at the conclusion of which he remarks on p. 105: "After I was awake I could feel the warmth of his hand and the thrill of the pleasure that I had when I found he could shake hands and had a body of flesh & bone. It was a great comfort to me. I have never dreamed of seeing him or Father before."

[Journals of George Albert Smith]

185 years ago today - Dec 3, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Susan Mills Rogers given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... thou shalt live to behold thy Savior in the flesh if thou shalt desire it: and thou shalt desire it and shall behold him. Thou shalt behold the winding up scene and live to be satisfied with life. Angels shall minister unto thee and the desire of thy heart shall be given thee: ... [her children] shall be filled with the spirit and shall stand upon the earth and be mighty prophets before the Lord. The treasures of the earth shall be given thee ... I seal thee up to eternal life ...

[Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:110, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

185 years ago today - Dec 3, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Isaac Rogers given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... No prison shall contain thee, and when those of the enemy shall be hired to seek thy destruction. God shall make known to thee the means of escape and shall set his holy angels to watch over thee. Thou shalt stand to behold the winding up scene, and shall stand on the earth at the coming of Christ if faithful. Thou shalt stand on Mount Zion with the hundred and forty four thousand. This Blessing I seal upon you, and by the authority of the priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ I seal you up unto eternal life, even so Amen.

[Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:109, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

130 years ago today - Dec 1, 1891

[Heber J. Grant]
It is 35 years ago today since father died. I was but nine days old when father died and it has been a great cross to me never to have known a father's love. My father left a reputation that I am proud of and which I hope to be able to follow.

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

140 years ago today - Dec 1, 1881

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary]
Telegraphed President John Taylor. about it also Telegraphed Lars Sandive concerning Making Temple suits for the Brethren.

[Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Dec 1, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]
F. D. Richards & myself started down to see how President [Jedediah M.] Grant was. {President Jedediah Morgan Grant Died Dec 1st 1856; 20 minuts past 10 oclok PM. Aged 40 years 9 months & 7 days.} I met Dr. S. L. Sprague who informed me that He was dead. Had Just breathed his last. ...

He had a great vision while He was sick which he told to the brethren. He preached nearly all the time that He was sick & he related all that he saw in the spirit world.

Soon after I entered his house his wife Rosetta was seized with great trembling & nervous excitement & it seemed as though her frame would shake to peices. We lade hands upon her & rebuked the Devil which seemed to sieze her tabernacle & she became more calm.

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

165 years ago today - 1856. December 1

(Jedediah M. Grant) : After baptizing hundreds in the cold waters of City Creek, forty-year-old Jedediah M. Grant collapsed of exhaustion and exposure. He died a few days later of pneumonia.

[Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - Dec 1, 1841

[Wilford Woodruff]
After retiring to rest at night I was Called upon by Brother Meeks to go with him to lay hands upon his wife who was possessed with a devil. I went with him to his house & found his wife foaming in great agony. I lade hands upon her & rebuked the devil & he came out of her & she soon fell asleep & I returned home & If I had judged from outward appearances I should have thought the devil followed me home & entered into our Cat for she made the most awful noise through the night I ever herd. I also had a disagreeable dream <[between?] Joseph and myself> which I considerd to be from the devil.

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