25 years ago today - Oct 23, 1991

Paul H. Dunn sends an "open letter to the members of the Church." It states: "I confess that I have not always been accurate in my public talks and writings. Furthermore, I have indulged in other activities inconsistent with the high and sacred office which I have held. For all of these I feel a deep sense of remorse, and ask forgiveness of any whom I may have offended. My brethren of the General Authorities, over a long period of time, have conducted in-depth investigations of the charges made against me. They have weighed the evidence. They have censured me and placed a heavy penalty upon me. I accept their censure and the imposed penalty, and pledge to conduct my life in such a way as to merit their confidence and full fellowship. In making these acknowledgements, I plead for the understanding of my brethren and sisters throughout the Church and give assurance of my determination so to live as to bring added respect to the cause I deeply love, and honor to the Lord who is my Redeemer. Sincerely, Paul H. Dunn." The letter is the lead news story on all three Salt Lake City TV News programs and was reported in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE and the DESERET NEWS. Elder Dunn's statement that for a "long period of time" Church leaders "conducted in-depth investigations" of his actions appears to contradict a previous First Presidency statement responding to the Arizona Republic story that it had "no way of fully or finally verifying the accuracy or inaccuracy" of the allegations. Church spokesperson Don LeFevre tells the DESERET NEWS that the nature of Elder Dunn's penalty is "an internal matter, and we don't discuss such matters" publicly.

70 years ago today - Oct 23, 1946

BYU campus newspaper reports that professor of religion Richard Thomson, announced in a class that "during a vision last night, it was made known to me that 'you bet' is the anglicization of "hubet," the pure Adamic word for "you're welcome." Either the word has survived relatively intact for many millennia, or else it was revealed to the true Saints in the nineteenth century as part of the restoration of all things. Personally, I support the latter view." This announcement leads to the creation of the "Hubet Society of BYU" (HSBYU), which in turn leads to an attempt to create an Adamic 101 course. The entire movement is crushed when Jesse Wright, Provo Central Stake president, speaks at a BYU fireside and calls Professor Thomson, who lived in the stake, "insane," "an apostate and a heretic." Professor Thomson soon disappears from BYU.

105 years ago today - Oct 23, 1911; Monday

[Joseph F. Smith & Anthon Lund]
In the first place you should know that the second anointing is not intended for every male member of the Church, and goodness alone is not a sufficient recommendation to receive the higher blessings.

Recommends for the second anointing should only be given to men and women who have lived together as husband and wife, and who through long years of faithfulness are still found to be worthy before the Lord and their brethren. They should be men of good report, men whose faith has never been shaken, whose integrity to the Lord and his servants has been beyond question, men who have been valiant for the truth, men who have either defended the servants of the Lord or would do so at all hazards should circumstances require it at their hands. They should be men who have done what they could whether in preaching or working or otherwise helping their file leaders in the building up of Zion, and who are every ready and willing to labor in the interests of Zion at home or abroad. And all those thus recommended must be in harmony with the First Presidency and general authorities of the Church, also those immediately presiding over them. And this spirit also must characterize their wives in order to make them eligible to be associated with their husbands in receiving these blessings.

... it is not for you to take your bishops into your confidence in having them recommend brethren to you for these blessings, because they are in no wise responsible for such recommends. It is you as stake president, and you alone, who are held responsible ... all brethren recommended by you should be instructed to regard this matter in the utmost privacy. ... neither should they take the liberty of advising any to ask you to be likewise recommended, as it is not for any man to seek for these blessings, but for those worthy of them to be sought out.

You must be exceedingly careful in recommending for the second anointing, careful as to the character of the men recommended, also careful with a view to maintaining privacy, and in order to avoid attention being drawn to recommends of this character, we suggest that you do not recommend more than one couple at a time, and that not more than one couple from your stake come to the temple during any one week.

... Deceased men or women recommended by you must of course also be likewise worthy ...

P.S. We take it for granted that you and your counselors have received higher blessings.

[Source: Joseph F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund, letter to President William C. Partridge, Kenney Papers, original in LDS Archives]

115 years ago today - Oct. 23rd, 1901

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Pres. [Joseph F.] Smith is about to publish Lucy Smith's book which was suppressed by Father because of its untruthfulness. He, Jos. will carefully revise it before publishing it in the "Era." I regret it for so many are dead who knew more than the living about this matter.

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

120 years ago today - Oct 23, 1896; Friday

Brother John M. Cannon as attorney for Elder Edward Stevenson, informed Presidents [Wilford] Woodruff and [Joseph F.] Smith that he had been instructed by Brother Stevenson to draw up a deed transferring to the Latter Day Saints' College of the Salt Lake Stake, a piece of land 80 x 100 feet, facing on First West and South Temple street. In answer to questions as to the feeling of Brother Stevenson's family concerning this donation, Brother Cannon said that the matter had been talked about for some time, and the family had finally become united in regard to the matter. President Woodruff sent word to Brother Stevenson that the Lord and the church would accept of his offering.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

130 years ago today - Oct 23, 1886 (Saturday)

The new political party of Idaho, consisting mainly of "Mormon" citizens and known as the Independent Party, held a Territorial convention at Franklin, Oneida Co., where a platform and resolutions were adopted.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

175 years ago today - Oct 23, 1841

The Nauvoo City Council votes to remove the "house on the hill, a brothel with connections to John C. Bennett.

[Source: Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2013 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)]

175 years ago today - Oct 23, 1841

[Brigham Young]
We taught the brethren on the necessity of finishing and completing the House of the Lord in preference to anything else. The brethren unanimously voted to devote one-tenth of their time and property to the building of the Temple at Nauvoo, under the superintendence of President Isaac Morley and his counsellors.

[Source: Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).]

10 years ago today - Oct 22, 2006

Married couples who share religious beliefs and practices are better able to prevent, resolve and reconcile marital conflict, according to a new BYU study.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php]

40 years ago today - 1976-10-22

First Presidency statement against the ERA

The First Presidency issues its first of several statements on the ERA. While they "deplore" the "injustices" women have experienced and acknowledge that "there are additional rights to which women are entitled," they conclude that the ERA "could indeed bring [women] far more restraints and repressions. We fear it will even stifle many God-given feminine instincts. It would strike at the family, humankind's basic institution. ERA would bring ambiguity and possibly invite extensive litigation. Passage of ERA, some legal authorities contend, could nullify many accumulated benefits to women in present statutes. We recognize men and women as equally important before the Lord, but with differences biologically, emotionally, and in other ways."

[Source: Mormon Women's History Timeline, http://www1.chapman.edu/~remy/MoFem/mormonwomen.html]

130 years ago today - Friday, Oct 22, 1886

In the evening a number of the brethren met at the house of President Hendricks and talked over the situation in Idaho and came to the conclusion our people could not vote in that Territory. Bro. F. M. Lyman and I gave some instructions in regard to duties in the Priesthood.

[Source: 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]

130 years ago today - Oct 22, 1886 (Friday)

In the Third District Court, a writ of habeas corpus was applied for in the case of Apostle Lorenzo Snow, who was confined in the Penitentiary. The application was refused and the case taken before the U.S. Supreme Court.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

150 years ago today - Oct 22, 1866

Dr. J. King Robinson is murdered in Salt Lake City. Witnesses see seven men leaving the scene of the crime, but claim the inability to identify them. Brigham Young publicly condemns the act, offers a $500 reward on 23 Oct. for the arrest of the murderers. After three Salt Lake City police officers (all Mormons) are charged with murder, Young withdraws the reward on 1 Feb. 1872 because he has "no desire to endanger the lives of innocent men."

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

150 years ago today - Oct 22, 1866

A 2nd group of Masons in Salt Lake City ... petitioned the Montana Grand Lodge for a dispensation which they received dated 22 October 1866.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Freemasonry in Utah, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

155 years ago today - Oct 22, 1861

The Deseret News publishes first regular News with telegraph accounts from the East, containing a message from President Lincoln.

[Source: Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984]

155 years ago today - Oct 22, 1861

The President [Brigham Young] mentioned the Telegram had brought news of a fight in Missouri and the prospect of a big fight tomorrow, the President further remarked that now the contending parties in the States were using Guns and Cannons, but in time they would become so bloodthirsty that they would be ready to tie their left hands behind and fight with Knives until they Killed each other. -- Salt Lake City

[Source: 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]

45 years ago today - Oct 21, 1971

First Presidency secretary Joseph Anderson writes that conscientious objectors can teach, partake of the sacrament, hold church offices, and receive temple recommends.

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

100 years ago today - Oct 21, 1916

"The Lecture," which is given in the Temple from time to time, as circumstances require, was first delivered by President [Brigham] Young in this [St. George] Temple. It was written down as he spoke it, and was subsequently revised by him. The ordinances were written [down] by Presidents Wilford Woodruff and George Q. Cannon, under the direction of President Young[,] and, when completed, he said "Now you have before you an ensample to carry on the endowments in all the Temples, until the coming of the Son of Man."

[Source: David H. Cannon to Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose, Oct. 21, 1916, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - Oct 21, 1891

President [George Q.] Cannon had a conversation with President [Wilford] Woodruff on the meaning and scope of the manifesto. Certain answers of Pres[iden]ts. J[oseph]. F. Smith and L[orenzo]. Snow made before the 'Master [in Chancery]' on this subject, prompted this conversation. President Cannon remarked to President Woodruff that his mind was perfectly clear that anything that needed to favor temporizing with the state of things which now confronted us, only tended to delay the deliverance we longed for. He believed that just as soon as the nation through its leading men believed that we had met the issue and succumbed to the nation's will in good faith, that just as soon a reaction would set it in our favor; that the nation required convincing proof on our part, and that wisdom suggested that it was to our own interest to satisfy the nation in this respect, and he believed it to be our duty to do this.... President Smith came in towards the close of this conversation, and remarked that Brother George Reynolds was feeling badly on account of certain answers made by President Woodruff before the 'master' regarding unlawful cohabitation, President Woodruff having stated that the manifesto covered such cases as well as polygamous marriages. Presidents Cannon and Woodruff had a conversation with Brother [George] Reynolds with regard to this matter, in which the President told him that the manifesto was just as authoritative and binding as though it had been given in the form of 'Thus saith the Lord,' and that its affecting unlawful cohabitation cases was but the logical sequence of its scope and intent regarding polygamous marriages, as the laws of the land forbid both, and that therefore, although he himself at the time did not perceive the far-reaching effect it would have, no other ground could be taken than that which he had taken and be consistent with the position the manifesto had place us in.

[Source: First Presidency Office Journal, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

30 years ago today - Oct 20, 1986

LDS Lt-Gen. Robert C. Oaks is the commander of the Allied air forces in southern Europe. He is the uncle of the recently sustained apostle Dallin H. Oaks.

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