70 years ago today - Oct 24, 1950

[George Albert Smith]
After giving the matter consideration asked Arthur to tell my counselors, President Clark and President McKay, that it was quite all right with me for them to sign letters of the First Presidency with two signatures on most routine matters, saving only the more important and policy matters for the signature of three, thus husbanding my strength.

[George Albert Smith 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]

110 years ago today - Oct 24, 1910

[Thomas A. Clawson]
"Bro B.H. Roberts has again attacked Senator Reed Smoot through polaticks (Sic) and is a very bad thing for him."

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

110 years ago today - Monday, Oct 24, 1910

[John Henry Smith]
Salt Lake City

The day was spent in the office. Politics is getting exceedingly hot all over the land.

The Prohibition one is burning fiercely here. My son George [Albert Smith] is gaining a little.

[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]

110 years ago today - Oct 24, 1910

[George Albert Smith]
at Grays [sanitarium], "had a bad night am very nervous."

[Journals of George Albert Smith]

120 years ago today - Oct 24, 1900; Wednesday

The Historian, Anthon H. Lund met with the Presidency for the purpose of giving a title to the History of the Church now being prepared. It was agreed on motion of President George Q. Cannon that it should be called "The History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." The history will be printed from the journals kept by the Prophet [Joseph Smith] and his clerks with notes and additions in the form of footnotes, it having been previously agreed to follow the account as recorded in the manuscripts on file in the archives of the Church, which will compose four or five volumes when published. President Cannon suggested that there be a preface written explaining that part of the work known as the "History of Joseph Smith," these being the personal writings of the Prophet or his dictations to his scribes or clerks. This was approved.

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

145 years ago today - Oct 24, 1875; Sunday

[Anthony Ivins]
Today being Sunday we did not travel.

[Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

160 years ago today - Oct 24, 1860

[Brigham Young]
I had a couple of teeth extracted night before last, went out of door soon after and got cold. ... I would try to keep off the jaw and teeth with all my might to prevent my teeth from aching, and then talked some two hours to the people, as hard as I could preach, and, when I would get through, feel as though I would die during the following night. ... I have suffered more than to die a thousand times over. I have felt deaths iron grasp many and many a time, but I have so far over come the grim Messenger so far ...

[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 - Oct 24, 1845

[Anointed Quorum]
Male prayer circle at John Taylor's house .

[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]

185 years ago today - Saturday, Oct 24, 1835

[Joseph Smith]
"Mr. Goodrich and his lady called to see the ancient records. They also called at Dr. Frederick G. Williams to see the mummies." (An American Prophet's Record, p.40)

[Joseph Smith's Diary Statements Regarding Translation of His Egyptian Papyri and the Book of Abraham, Instutite for Religious Research]

25 years ago today - Oct 23, 1995

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that during a formal meeting with the Univesity of Utah's president, nine Utah legislators from Utah County (home of BYU) criticize coursework at the state campus. Utah County legislators (including several members of the appropriations committee for the University of Utah) complain about "topics being taught that are inconsistent with the beliefs of the predominant religion, particularly in the Graduate School of Social Wrok and the department of philosophy." these legislators (eight Republicans out of nine) also have "concerns about the Women's Resource Center."

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

55 years ago today - Oct 23, 1965

After their work at the Church's pavilion at the New York World's Fair, the First Presidency appoints Irene Edwards Staples as the official hostess of the Church.

95 years ago today - Oct 23, 1925

[Heber J. Grant]
Brother Joseph J. Daynes called with a Brother Joseph L. Broadbent, and after questioning Brother Broadbent, I felt it would be a mistake for him to respond to a call to go on a mission. As near as I could judge he is more or less in sympathy with people who have entered into plural marriage since the declaration of President Smith that no more marriages should be allowed.

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

125 years ago today - Oct 23, 1895

[Apostle Brigham Young Jr.]
Dem. Con. adjourned having issued a long address to all good Dem. to resist affiliation of Church and state. There has been no interfering with politics by church authorities, but if some does not interfere with before long I shall be surprised. Bro[ther] [Apostle Moses] Thatcher & [Seventy B. H.] Roberts have declared their intention of standing by their party. I am sorry that they have taken this stand for they have thrown up their rights sacrificed their rights to the Priesthood having trampled their first duty under their feet.

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

135 years ago today - Oct 23, 1885

A letter from Brother Richard Bridge was read also a written statement made by Bro John W Taylor from statements made to him by Bro Bridge. This statement accused Apostle Albert Carrington of having committed adultery with his wife before and since her marriage. Sister Bridge was housekeeper at the church offices in Liverpool (42 Islington) at the time that Albert Carrington was presiding and she claims that he then seduced her and that he was the first man that had ever had intercourse with her.

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

185 years ago today - Oct 23, 1835

Joseph, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Hyrum Smith, John Whitmer, Sidney Rigdon, Samuel H. Smith, Frederick G. Williams, and W. W. Phelps pray for relief from debt, deliverance of Zion without bloodshed, protection from the Missourians, and the means to buy inheritances in Zion to accomplish the Lord's work there, "all this easily and without perplexity and trouble; and finally, that in the end He would save us in His celestial kingdom."

[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 - 10/22/2005

First Ex-Mormon Foundation Conference held.

[Standing for Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn: Appendix D, Modern True History Timeline of the LDS Church, by Lindon Lamborn, http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Something-More-Excommunication-ebook/dp/B004R1PYEK]

125 years ago today - Oct 22, 1895

[Brigham Young Jr.]
... I am sick of the extravagant sayings & doings of both [political] parties; let us be gentlemen & christians.

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

140 years ago today - Oct 22, 1880

Lucy Grant (Cannon), later the fourth general president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (predecessor to the Young Women organization), is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

160 years ago today - Oct 22, 1860

President Young observed no man can speak as a Mormon Elder can, no man dared to do so. there was a power that whispered to him tell them of their meanness. -- Salt Lake City

[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 - Oct 22, 1845

[Wilford Woodruff]
I sent one letter to Elder Dan Jones containing the first copies of the Proclamation of the Twelve Apos-ties. I ordered Twenty thousand to be printed in English. The first Copy came to me to day which I immediately sent to Capt Dan Jones to be published in the welch language.

This is the proclamation to All the Kings of World & rulers & people of All nations. May the Lord make it a blessings to All nations. This Proclamation is made by the Twelve Apostles in fulfillment of the Revelations & Commandments of God. ... This is A warning to the whole gentile world that they may be left without excuse in the day of Gods Judgment upon the nations. I thank God that I am an instrument in his hands of printing & Circulating this important Proclamation through Britain & Europe.

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