125 years ago today - Jan 19, 1896

Patriarchal Blessing of Joseph F. Smith Jr.

... It is thy privilege to live to a good old age and the will of the Lord that you should become a mighty man in Israel. Therefore, I say unto thee, reflect often upon the past, present, and future, and thou shalt realize that the hand of the Lord has been and is over thee for good, and that thy life has been preserved for a wise purpose. Thou shalt realize also that thou hast much to do in order to complete thy mission upon the earth.

It shall be thy duty to sit in counsel with thy brethren and to preside among the people. It shall be thy duty also to travel much at home and abroad, by land and water, laboring in the ministry. And I say unto thee, hold up thy head, lift up thy voice without fear or favor, as the Spirit of the Lord shall direct, and the blessings of the Lord shall rest upon thee. His spirit shall direct thy mind and give thee word and sentiment, that thou shalt confound the wisdom of the wicked and set at naught the counsels of the unjust. ... I say unto thee, remember that there is a God in Israel in whom we should trust. ... Thou shalt lay hands upon the sick and they shall recover, for this shall be one of thy gifts received through prayer and faith. ...

[Patriarchal Blessings]

130 years ago today - Jan 19, 1891

U.S. Supreme Court reverses the Utah courts and rules that children born within a year after the Edmunds Act are legitimate and can inherit from their fathers. Benjamin F. Johnson (original member of Joseph Smith's Council of Fifty) gives a patriarchal blessing to Mary L. Picton Teasdale: "Thou art of Ephraim and are entitled to all the priesthood, exaltations, increase and dominion pertaining to the daughters of Abraham in the New & Everlasting Covenant."

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

140 years ago today - Jan 19, 1881

[Joseph F. Smith]
I took a doz[en]. towels to the E[ndowment]. H[ouse]. 2 p.m. ... President Taylor first read the 123 Sec[tion] of the Doctrine and Covenants (new edition). Then Bro[ther] Nuttall read a prayer which had been especially prepared by president W[ilford]. Woodruff. We then offered prayer, Brother Woodruff being mouth. We then washed our feet in pure water as a witness against those who persecuted and drove the Saints in Jackson co[unty]. Missouri in 1833, and those who tarred and feathered the prophet Joseph Smith in Hiram, Portage county, Ohio, also those who persecuted the Saints in Kirtland [Ohio], then those who persecuted them in Missouri, then the mobs of Illinois, and finally those who now are persecuting and rejoicing in the persecutions of the Saints. We then clothed in the garments of the priesthood, and offered prayer in the appointed way, calling upon God to remember all those referred to and all others aiding and abetting in the mobbings and drivings of the people of God. Brothers Rich, Hunter, and Nuttall did not clothe but were present all the time. ...

[Joseph F. Smith, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

170 years ago today - Jan 19, 1851

[Brigham Young] informed the Saints the time had now Come to begin to prepare to build A temple & the people must pay their tithing & He requested the presidents of evry Quorum to take the names of evry member of their Quorum & they should sign a paper & covenant to pay their tithing & they who would not do it should be Cut off from the Church.

The ground wants to be laid off for a Temple & garden & materials prepared this season. A font wants to be built & the Endowments Commence As soon as possible. Those who went through the Temple at Nauvoo know but vary little about the endowments. Their was no time to learn them & what little they did learn they have most of them forgotton it.

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

170 years ago today - Jan 19, 1851

Utah legislature enacts law against "Sodomy" by "any man or boy," but removes sodomy from criminal code on 6 Mar. 1852, without explanation. As governor Brigham Young signs both laws. Due to absence of sodomy statute, Utah judge drops charges against soldier for raping LDS boy in 1864. Young claims Utah's legislators never criminalìzed sodomy and he declines to instruct them to do so for next twelve years. Utah legislators criminalize sodomy in 1876 only because federally appointed governor asks them to adopt entire Criminal Code of California which has five-year imprisonment for sodomy. For next twenty years LDS judges give 3-6 months of imprisonment to those convicted of homosexual rape, the same sentencing given to young males and females convicted of consensual fornication. Mormons of this era give no known explanations for any of these legislative and judicial actions/inactions.

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

180 years ago today - Jan 19, 1841

Joseph Smith dictates a revelation on priesthood quorums and baptism for the dead. The revelation lists Hyrum Smith as patriarch before the church president and ascribes to him joint presidency over the church. It makes provision, for the first time, for a bishopric to preside over the entire church. The revelation says concerning John Bennett: "his reward shall not fail, if he receive counsel; and for his love he shall be great, for he shall be mine if he do this, saith the Lord."

[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]

180 years ago today - Jan 19, 1841 (Tuesday)

Next Meeting—Joseph said that before foundation of the Earth in the Grand Counsel that the Spirits of all Men ware subject to opression & the express purpose of God in Giveing it a tabernicle was to arm it against the power of Darkness—for instance Jesus said Get behind me Satan Also the apostle said Resist the Devil & he will flee from you.

[Source: McIntire Minute Book -Words of Joseph Smith, 62 ]

180 years ago today - Jan 19, 1841 (Tuesday)

The Saints were commanded by revelation to build a Temple at Nauvoo, Ill., and also a "boarding house" for the accommodation of strangers, which subsequently became known as the Nauvoo House. The general authorities of the Church and other officers were named in the revelation, which also contains important explanations on the order of the Priesthood. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 124.)

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

185 years ago today - Jan 19, 1836

The School of the Prophets commences their reading of the Bible in Hebrew. Joseph records that he is very excited about this. He prays that the Lord will "speedily endow us with the knowledge of all languages and tongues."

[History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 2:376-77; Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

25 years ago today - Jan 18, 1996

Church announced that General Authorities would not longer serve on boards of corporate businesses.

[Correlation Timeline, Compiled by Lisle Brown]

60 years ago today - Jan 18, 1961

All Sunday evening Auxiliary meetings were discontinued, except in the case of the Primary Association, which was allowed to hold one meeting on the first Sunday of May and of September for demonstrating to board members what the Primary was doing.

[Correlation Timeline, Compiled by Lisle Brown]

155 years ago today - Jan 18, 1866

The Deseret Telegraph Company is chartered by the Utah legislature. President Lorenzo Snow sells this church business to Western Union on 8 Mar. 1900.

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

170 years ago today - Jan 18, 1851

President B. Young said he was rejoiced to see such a spirit of reformation. Parties and dances have been carried to excess. He called it fiddling and faddling. -- Salt Lake City

[Lorenzo Brown Diary, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

175 years ago today - Jan 18, 1846

[Hosea Stout]
... heard the report from Br. Patten who had been to Carthage as a spy ...

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

190 years ago today - Jan 18, 1831

Eber D. Howe publishes an article on "Mormonism" and identifies followers as "Mormonites," becoming the first person to apply these terms in print for followers of Joseph Smith.

[Mark Lyman Staker, Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith's Ohio Revelations: A Selective Chronology of Significant Events in Ohio's LDS History]

75 years ago today - Jan 17, 1946

[J. Reuben Clark]
Brother Lee and Brother Romney came to see me on three matters ... (2) We discussed the matter of shipments of meats to Europe, they having learned that it would be impossible to ship

meat to Europe without violating the law unless it had the Federal stamp for the killing and the Federal stamp for the packing. It was agreed that Bro. Romney should see the packing houses here and learn whether or not, in view of the destination of the meat, they would pack it for us at cost. (3) It was agreed that the Welfare would get a car loan of food stuffs packed already for shipment to Europe and that then they would bring the matter to the attention of the First Presidency.

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

120 years ago today - Jan 17, 1901

[Abraham Owen Woodruff]
At 6 p.m. I called at the Beehive House and had a long talk with Pres[iden]t. Snow. He told me to take hold of [Thomas] Kearns campaign and do all I could to aid him. I promised him I would do so. Had along interview with Tho[ma]s. Kearns and begun to lay some plans. [Kearns is nominated & elected Senator six days later]

[Abraham Owen Woodruff, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

160 years ago today - Jan 17, 1861

The President [Brigham Young] remarked that the People were very unwilling to pay taxes, and men that ought to know better felt this also. ... `The neglecting the payment of taxes would run a nation into barbarism observed the President, The destitute and degraded condition of the Lamanites was through their fathers being opposed to principles of tithing and taxation.

[Brigham Young Office Journals, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

175 years ago today - Jan 17, 1846

John D. Lee receives his second anointing in the Nauvoo Temple. He records in his diary: "Thus we were conducted to Room No 2 where we received our anointings yea, Holy anointings in the Temple of the Lord under the hands of Elder Orson Hyde this certainly produced more joy comfort and pleasure & reconciliation of feeling than could possibly have been imagined."

175 years ago today - Jan 17, 1846

Lorenzo Snow: Married Sarah Arm Prichard, Nauvoo Temple sealing 17 January 1846. Five children: Elisa Sarah, Sylvia, Lorenzo, Parintha, and Laurin Alvirus.

[Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith]