85 years ago today - 85 years ago - 1933. May 27

(Susa Young Gates) : Died of cancer at the age of seventy-seven in Salt Lake City. Buried in the Provo, Utah, Cemetery.

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

110 years ago today - 110 years ago - May 27, 1908

[Heber J. Grant]
[On the death of his wife, Emily] It seems rather strange that I should be attending her funeral on the anniversary of our wedding. I am sure that she would sooner be buried on this day, however, than any other day in the year. From the time we were married, I have never been separated from her on the 27th [of May] ... without writing her a letter, expressing my appreciation of our love, and my gratitude to the Lord for our union. We have practically celebrated our wedding day monthly as well an annually.

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

110 years ago today - 110 years ago - May 27, 1908

Interesting letter read from President H.L. Steed of the South African Mission ... In some cities, he says, the natives have become interested in the gospel, and elders have held meetings with them. This however he had not encouraged, as the elders could not meet the demands made upon them by the white population, and he asked to be instructed on the question of laboring among the natives, by whom he evidently meant negroes.

The question of preaching the gospel to the native negro population was now considered, President [Joseph F.] Smith remarking that all we could do for that class of people was to preach the gospel of repentence [repentance] to them, as they would be entitled to Church membership, and where they receive the gospel they should be encouraged to form branches composed of their own class of people.

[Source: Marquardt, H. Michael, Mormon Central: Adam S. Bennion Papers, Excerpts From Minutes of the Council of the Twelve and of the First Presidency, 1879-1947 http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/chorg2.htm]

130 years ago today - 130 years ago - May 27, 1888, anniversary of his wedding with Emily

[Heber J. Grant]
My love for each of my wives is unbounded and it is perfect nonsense for anyone to tell me a man can't sincerely and truly love more than one wife.

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

170 years ago today - 170 years ago - May 27, 1848

Today to our utter astonishment, the crickets came by millions, sweeping everything before them.” Seagulls, no strangers to settlers in small numbers, arrive in dense flocks to devour crickets but not in time to save whole fields from destruction. Although published letter by First Presidency and LDS sermons refer to this event in non-miraculous terms for several years, anti-Mormon Warsaw Signal of 17 Nov. 1849 shows Mormons soon describe this experience as divine intervention: “This year, as the story goes-the Lord sent immense numbers of gulls from the Lake, to devour the crickets. Seagulls descend during cricket infestations in 1849 and 1850, but apparently not until 1853 does general authority (Orson Hyde) publicly describe the 1848 Seagull visitation as miraculous. The “Miracle of the Seagulls” is now memorialized by statue on Salt Lake Temple Square and by adoption of seagull as Utah’ s state bird.

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

175 years ago today - 175 years ago - May 27, 1843

Pres[iden]t J. Smith said that ... The patriarchal office is the highest office in the church ... and father Smith conferred this office, on Hyrum Smith, on his death bed.

[Source: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Minutes of Meetings and Other Documents--Excerpts, 1835-1896, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

175 years ago today - May 27, 1843

Joseph Smith tells a council meeting, "The patriarchal office is the highest in the church, and father Smith conferred this office, on Hyrum Smith, on his death bed."

180 years ago today - May 27, 1838

[Hyrum Smith]
Arrives in Far West.

[Source: Jeffrey S. O'Driscoll, Hyrum Smith: A Life of Integrity, A Brief Chronology of the Life of Hyrum Smith: 1800-1844]

40 years ago today - May 27, 1978

President Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency breaks ground for the Seattle Washington Temple.

175 years ago today - May 26, 1843

First entry in document titled, "Meetings of anointed Quorum[--]Journalizings"

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

175 years ago today - May 26, 1843

"Met with the Prophet Joseph, the Patriarch Hyrum, brothers Kimball and Richards, Judge James Adams, and Bishop N. K. Whitney, receiving our endowments and instructions in the Priesthood. The Prophet Joseph administered to us our first ordinances of endowment, and gave us instructions on the Priesthood and the new and everlasting covenant." Thus, Joseph Smith re-performed the endowment ceremony he had originally given these same men a year ago (which inaccurately omitted William Law). Smith reconferred the endowment for two reasons. First, to prepare for the next day's sealing of marriages for time and eternity, which he explained to the men in attendance. Second, because the Presiding Patriarch had stopped his opposition to polygamous marriages .

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

175 years ago today - May 26, 1843. Friday.

[William Clayton]
Hyrum received the doctrine of priesthood [IE Plural Marriage].

[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]

130 years ago today - 130 years ago - Friday, May 25th, 1888

[Authority Abraham H. Cannon]
[George Q. Cannon] told me that at the dedication of the Manti temple there were some remarkable manifestations of God's power. Various personages were seen. Phoebe Beatie saw a person standing behind D. C. Young while he was speaking. Halos were seen about the heads of several brethren, notably Apostle John W. Taylor. Voices were heard shouting "Hosannah," and singing was heard Bro. John S. Lewis stating that he could distinguish the various parts. These were encouraging evidences to the Saints that God is pleased with the work done, and still lives to control His Church

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

160 years ago today - 160 years ago - May 25, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]
President Young spent the fore part of the day in the office. While speaking of Col Kane President Young said Col Kane did say to President Buchannan that he owed Gov Young an apology for sending an army to Utah in the way he did and persuing the Course he had towards the people of that territory and He should make that apology to Gov Young for President Buchannan and he was an agent sufficient to do it./...

While speaking upon the subject of treason and being tried for treason, He Said to Hosea Stout I want to have you get all the testimony upon that subject you can together in the defence. I should show that I as the Governor of this Territory had a right to resist an armed force entering into this Territory In as much as the Presidet of the United States gave me no notice of sending an army to this Territory or of removing me from office. Then Show that the Presidet of the United States had no right to make war upon any states or Territory upon mere rumour untill investigating the subjet. ...

Presidet Young said I will not be tried in a Court by our Enemies while under their power. It will be Settelled either amicably or by the rifle....

He soon Called at the Historians office with a proposition to sell us 30,000,000 acres of land in the Musketoe Country [Nicaragua] for 10 cts per acre one third to be paid down when we take possession of the Country & the remander to be in instalments annually with 10 per cts interest all to be paid within 10 years. The Presidet refused to purchase & wrote an answer accordingly.

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

175 years ago today - May 25, 1843

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]
25 We finished digging my suller. I also Commenced diging me a well. I made a eurbe

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

180 years ago today - May 25, 1838

[Joseph Smith Diary]
/25th/, Friday This day our company Went up the river and made some locations. In the after part of the day we struck our tents and moved to Col[onel] Wight's.

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1838, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

70 years ago today - May 25, 1948

[J. Reuben Clark]
Mr. [Doyle] Green also brought in an article by Homer Durham in which he quoted Pres. Clark about "the law going out from America" and in a way interpreted his statement. Pres. Clark said he did not care anything about that.

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

75 years ago today - May 24, 1943

Bernard DeVoto writes "It is lugubriously true that the orthodox Mormon mind cannot tolerate any objective treatment of Mormon history whatever. . . . All Mormon actions have always been pure and sanitary; all criticism of them has always been evil and mendacious. Who is not for them is against them. . . . This is what I have sometimes called the Mormon Inferiority complex. Something of the sort is, of course, a part of all religious orthodoxy. Yet it is perfectly possible for any writer to handle any other religion in America objectively and be answered objectively in turn. It is not possible of the Mormons."

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

125 years ago today - 24 May 1893 - Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
President Snow had expressed a strong desire to have the First Presidency take part in giving the first endowments. Today is the first day for giving endowments. ...

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

125 years ago today - May 24, 1893

Suicide of businessman William H. Jennings, the first prominent Utah Mormon male to commit suicide. This is during a national economic depression which bankrupts many Utahns. George A. Mears, another "financially ruined" Salt Lake City businessman and "a friend to the 'Mormons'" also commits suicide on 8 July.

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