125 years ago today - Thursday, Jun 6, 1895

[Apostle John Henry Smith]
Salt Lake City

Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Abraham H. Cannon, and I met at the Temple and had prayers and talked over some business matters. Nathan Tanner, Jr. had written an insulting letter to the first Presidency of the Church. It was agreed that the matter should be refered to the Bishop of his ward to pass upon and if he did not make reperation to be delt with for his fellowship.

[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]

180 years ago today - Jun 6, 1840

[Joseph Smith]
The first British converts arrive at Nauvoo.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

185 years ago today - Jun 6, 1835

Painesville Telegraph prints of court case against Joseph Smith for beating Calvin Stoddard (his brother-in-law).

[Mormon Chronology, N. R. Tidd, http://www.exmormon.org/mhistory.html]

25 years ago today - Jun 5, 1995

[Hugh W. Nibley]
"I wrote the priesthood manual for 1957, you know, 'An approach to the Book of Mormon.' Well, there was a reading committee on it. Adam S. Bennion was the head of the committee. . . . The reading committee wiped out every lesson in that book. Now this is one thing which I'm greatly obliged to President McKay. They kicked out every lesson in the book. They said it was way over peoples's heads. And every time, president McKay overruled them. The book is exactly as i wrote it. They wanted to make hundreds of changes and get rid of the the whole thing entirely, and President McKay said, "No. If it is beyond their reach, let them reach for it." Adam S. Bennion said "It's over their heads." And President McKay said "Let them reach for it." Now there's a great man. I liked that.'

[Prince, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Greg Prince at 160, Interview, Hugh W. Nibley, June 5, 1995.]

50 years ago today - Jun 05, 1970

The Church sends six thousand pounds of supplies to earthquake victims in Peru.

60 years ago today - Jun 5, 1960

First counselor J. Reuben Clark writes, "Sec'y [Ezra Taft] Benson's policies have about extinguished the small farmer and small cattleman." Benson has been Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower administration.

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

135 years ago today - Jun 5, 1885

DESERET NEWS editorial says that any seeking to use D&C 124:49 as precedent for discontinuing polygamy were moral weaklings and needed "a ramrod fastened parallel with their spinal column." Five years later First Counselor George Q. Cannon quotes D&C 124:49 in conference when presenting the manifesto (discontinuing polygamy) to the congregation.

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

150 years ago today - Jun 5, 1870

Presidt Young spoke 46 Minuts. He said when any man was Called at the Head of a New Dispensation his Blood was shed to seal his Testimony. Then his Testament was in force the same as with Jesus on the Cross Joseph Smith in Carthage Jail, his Testiment has been more in force since his death than before.

[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 - Jun 5, 1855

[Wilford Woodruff]
5th I planted Potatoes, corn, squashes, pumpkins &c on the ground whare the grass hoppers had eat up my wheat.

[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 - 5, Jun 12, 1830

Palmyra (NY) Reflector, 3rd ser., 5, 12 June 1830, 36-37

-1. And it came to pass in the latter days, that wickedness did much abound in the land, and the "Idle and slothful said one to another, let us send for Walters the Magician, who has strange books, and deals with familiar spirits; peradventure he will inform us where the Nephites, hid their treasure, so be it, that we and out vagabond van, do not perish for lack of sustenance.

-2. Now Walters, the Magician, was a man unseemly to look upon, and to profound ignorance added the most consummate impudence,-he obeyed the summons of the idle and slothful, and produced an old book in an unknown tongue, (Cicero's Orations in latin,) from whence he read in the presence of the Idle and Slothful strange stories of hidden treasures and of the spirit who had the custody thereof.

-3. And the Idle and Slothful paid tribute unto the Magician, and besought him saying, Oh! thou who art wise above all men, and can interpret the book that no man understandeth, and can discover hidden things by the power of thy enchantments, lead us, we pray thee to the place where the Nephites buried their treasure, and give us power over "the spirit," and we will be thy servants forever.

-4. And the Magician led the rabble into a dark grove, in a place called Manchester, where after drawing a Magic circle, with a rusty sword, and collecting his motley crew of latter-demallions, within the centre, he sacrificed a Cock (a bird sacred to Minerva) for the purpose of propiciating the prince of spirits.

-5. All things being ready, the Idle and Slothful fell to work with a zeal deserving a better cause, and many a live long night was spent in digging for "the root of all evil."

-6. Howbeit, owing to the wickedness and hardness of their hearts, these credulous and ignorant knaves, were always disappointed, till finally, their hopes, although frequently on the eve of consummation-like that of [t]he hypocrite perished, and their hearts became faint within them.

-7. And it came to pass, that when the Idle and Slothful became weary of their nightly labors, they said one to another, lo! this imp of the Devil, hath deceived us, let us no more of him, or peradventure, ourselves, our wives, and our little ones, will become chargeable on the town.

-8. Now when Walters the Magician heard these things, he was sorely grieved, and said unto himself, lo! mine occupation is gone, even these ignorant vagabonds, the idle and slothful detect mine impostures. I will away and hide myself, lest the strong arm of the law should bring me to justice.

-9. And he took his book, and his rusty sword, and his magic stone, and his stuffed Toad, and all his implements of witchcraft and retired to the mountains near Great Sodus Bay, where he holds communion with the Devil, even unto this day.

10. Now the rest of the acts of the magician, how his mantle fell upon the prophet Jo. Smith Jun. and how Jo. made a league with the spirit, who afterwards turned out to be an angel, and how he obtained the "Gold Bible," Spectacles, and breast plate-will they not be faithfully recorded in the book of Pukei?

[Larry E. Morris, I Should Have an Eye Single to the Glory of God: Joseph Smith's Account of the Angel and the Plates]

55 years ago today - Jun 4, 1965

[David O. McKay]
President [Hugh B.] Brown reported that at the Council Meeting in the Temple yesterday, Brother [Harold B.] Lee, who is head of the Garment Committee, had raised a question about authorizing ZCMI to mark Munsingwear and other union suits as Temple Garments, which practice they have been following for some time. It was the sentiment of the Garment Committee that inasmuch as the distribution of Temple Garments has been turned over to the Relief Society[,] anyone desiring to use union suits or underwear other than the authorized pattern garment should take this underwear to the Relief Society for marking, or should mark it themselves. I agreed with this sentiment.

[David O. McKay diary, quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

120 years ago today - Monday, Jun 4, 1900

[Apostle John Henry Smith]
I had a peculiar dream this morning. I dreamed that I was standing in front of some building where some kind of a meeting was being held. A tall dark complexioned man Picked my pocket, taking my watch. I captured him and gave him a very severe choking and recovered what he had taken.

[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]

135 years ago today - Jun 4, 1885

First Presidency and Apostles meet while "a number of the brethren stood guard outside. . . . It was decided we would form a colony in Old Mexico by unanimous vote of those present . . " This is during time of severe prosecutions for violations of anti-polygamy laws by U.S. officials.

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

135 years ago today - Jun 4, 1885 (Thursday)

Elder John P. Ibsen was brought on board the steamer Milo, at Copenhagen, Denmark, by the police-officers, having been banished from the country for preaching the gospel.

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

160 years ago today - Jun 4, 1860

4 We obtained the mail to day. I learned that Dr Hickman Brother to Wm. Hickman was shot dead through the Head at Pikes Peak.

[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 - Jun 4, 1845

[Nauvoo Neighbor]
... Reprinted Story: "The Mormons" - Kentucky Legislature -- The Frankfort Common-- -- Describes a special session of the Kentucky Legislature designed to set aside land for the Mormons to reside in.

- Reprinted Story: "A New Species of Lynching" - The Whistling and Whittling Brigade -- Phi. Dollar Newspaper -- Announces the Mormon's new way to rid their town of undesirables. ...


175 years ago today - Jun 4, 1845

Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball learn that Warren Snow and Dominicus Carter have been jailed in Quincy, Illinois, for passing counterfeit money. Bishop Joseph L. Heywood confirms that they are guilty. In Utah Snow would become a bishop and Carter a member of a stake presidency.

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

85 years ago today - Jun 3, 1935

In your letter of June 1 you ask whether or not the Church has changed its attitude towards the playing of cards.

In reply will say that there has been no change and the advice given by President Smith, to which you refer, has been reiterated by myself and others of the General Authorities from time to time.

Card-playing is a waste of time and frequently leads to quarreling and cheating, and sometimes worse evils.

[Heber J. Grant, Letter to Anna Brown, 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]

120 years ago today - Jun 3, 1900

[Heber J. Grant]
After meeting, Brother [Frank Y.] Taylor and I drove to South Cottonwood where we met Bishop Rawlins and I requested that he do not issue a recommend to a brother whose name I have now forgotten, who is about to move to Canada. This man recently married a young lady from the Tirteenth [sic] Ward, and he promised before going to secure an obligation which was owing a young lady also of the Thirteenth Ward, and to whom he had been engaged. Learning that he was going to Canada without making good his promise I felt that he was unworthy of a recommend and that his promise should be fulfilled before he was allowed to secure a recommend.

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

125 years ago today - Jun 3, 1895

[Apostle Francis M. Lyman]
I spoke 75 minutes upon rebaptism, Statehood and woman suffrage.

[Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]