20 years ago today - Mar 3, 2001

Church issued guidelines for the proper use of the church's name in media. The Church's should be referred to by its full name, and the use of "Mormon Church" was discouraged.

[Correlation Timeline, Compiled by Lisle Brown]

50 years ago today - Mar 3, 1971

The demolition begins of the old tabernacle at Coalville, Utah, formerly on the national register. Mormons and non-Mormons (primarily non-residents of Coalville) waged a court battle and petitioned the First Presidency not to destroy this meeting house now regarded as obsolete by church authorities. The First Presidency publishes a statement in defense of the demolition, which attracts enough attention to merit a feature story in the New York Times.

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

55 years ago today - Mar 3, 1966

The entire First Presidency decided that "Elder Benson to be told not to mention Birch Society."

["Copy of First Presidency minutes digest 3-3-66," in "Hugh B. Brown's File on the John Birch Society." From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

55 years ago today - Mar 3, 1966

Apostle Benson notified the Twelve's president that President McKay had approved the apostle's acceptance of all invitations to speak at testimonials for the Birch Society's president, Robert Welch. "I feel no compunction to make the Church popular with liberals, socialists, or communists. I do feel responsible to tell the truth," Benson wrote. Of the fact that Mormons were joining the Birch Society and Birchers were becoming Mormons, he added: "and those who love the truth will embrace it without compromise and that is exactly what is happening."

[Ezra Taft Benson to Joseph Fielding Smith, 3 Mar. 1966, MS 4940, LDS archives. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

60 years ago today - Mar 3, 1961

BYU paper DAILY UNIVERSE article, "Archaeologists Explore Probable City Bountiful," claims that BYU expeditions into Central America from 1947 to 1956 have "discovered important evidence bearing on the location of the Book of Mormon city of Bountiful in the Xicalango jungle of western Campeche [as well as] the location of the major Book of Mormon city of Zarahemla in the middle Usumacinta valley"

120 years ago today - Mar 3,1901

Lorenzo Snow promises Salt Lake temple workers that "some of us would go back to Jackson County, Missouri."

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996, http://amzn.to/extensions-power]

160 years ago today - Mar 3, 1861

[Brigham Young]
If Christ was to Come now to reign you would not like his dictation as well as you do mine for I am more like you than He is and he would be more strict in his dealings & dictation with you than I am. ... speaking of our government He said Our Nation will not Have a general war all at one & then be settled in a year or two but the spirit of war, madness & disunion will increase for a number of years. They will Commence to fight little by little & keep increase until they will have a general mash up & destruction throughout the Land.

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

165 years ago today - Mar 3, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]
Received a mission from President Young to day to prepare and go East in the spring to get the Deseret Alphabet type made & sore [some] books printed in it.

[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 - Tuesday, Mar 3, 1846.

After the encampment, Bishop Miller introduced Dr. Jewett to Dr. Richards in his tent, also President Young. Dr. Jewett gave a long history of experiments on animal magnetism and said it had nearly cured him of infidelity, and he thought the Mormons would understand the principle. President Young told him he did perfectly, that we believed in the Lord's magnetizing, that he magnetized Belthashazer so that he saw the handwriting on the wall.

[Apostle Willard Richards Journal]

185 years ago today - Mar 3, 1836

Joseph Smith authorizes the ordination of African-American Elijah Abel to the office of elder. On Dec. 20 Abel is ordained to the office of Seventy. A skilled carpenter, Abel worked on the Salt Lake Temple but was never allowed to receive his endowments or have his family sealed together because of his race.

190 years ago today - Mar 3, 1831

Smith again writes Hyrum, warning him that creditors again pursuing Smith Sr. for unpaid debts. "Come to Fayette, bring father, do not go through Buffalo for they lie in wait for you."

[Natural Born Seer, Richard Van Wagoner p. 459, Chronology of Mormon History, http://followtheprophets.com/chronology-of-mormon-history/]

50 years ago today - Mar 2, 1971

A First Presidency letter asking "ALL GENERAL AUTHORITIES" to stop "utilizing Church employees and equipment for personal purposes without reimbursement to the Church." The letter specifically refers to the maintenance of the hierarchy's homes.

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

55 years ago today - Mar 2, 1966

The First Presidency learned that the Birch Society's March Bulletin encouraged Birch members to write "Personal and Confidential" letters to President McKay and to his two new counselors, Joseph Fielding Smith and Thorpe B. Isaacson.

[The John Birch Society Bulletin (Mar. 1966): 22-24; "CROSS REFERENCE SHEET," 2 Mar. 1966, in "Hugh B. Brown's File on the John Birch Society." From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

135 years ago today - Mar 2, 1886

Quorum of the Twelve accepts John Taylor's statement that it is "the mind of the Lord" for George Q. Cannon to forfeit the $25,000 bond and for that to be paid from the church mining revenues. This may be the date of the second revelation on Bullion, Beck, and Champion Mining Company, which George Q. Cannon describes to apostles on 27 Apr. 1899. Text is unavailable. Cannon skips his trial on 17 Mar. and forfeits bond.

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

140 years ago today - Wednesday, Mar 2, 1881

[Apostle John Henry Smith]
Kingston, Piute County

The people here live in the United Order but they are in an unpleasant situation, as some of their members are drawing off, and the best of feeling does not exist. We had a long talk with four of the King brothers in relation to the affairs of the order and found that they were in doubt in regard to the final wind up of matters.

[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]

160 years ago today - Mar 02, 1861

The U.S. Congress creates the territory of Nevada out of the western half of Utah Territory.

165 years ago today - Mar 2, 1856

President Young ... reproved the people. He considered the people were not ownly asleep but working wickedness. He considered many of the people were like a company of Men rushing to a precipice on a dark night on horsback whare neither horse nor rider could see any thing but would soon be dashed to peaces. He wanted the Elders to put away their velvet lips & smooth things & preach sermons like pitch forks tines downwards that the people might wake up.

... President Grant ... rained down pitch forks & forked lighting figuratively speaking upon the Gentiles who were working wickedness upon this people & defiling the females. ...

The Indian war Continues. 3 more brethren have been killed. Squash one of the war Chiefs was put in prision & the report is that he cut his own throat. He is dead.

[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 - Mar 2, 1856

First Presidency Counselor Jedediah M. Grant preaches: "I want the Gentiles to understand that we know all about their whoredoms and other abominations here. If we have not invariably killed such corrupt scoundrels, those who will seek to corrupt and pollute our community, I swear to you that we mean to, and to accomplish more in a few hours, towards clearing the atmosphere, than all your grand and traverse juries can in a year."

165 years ago today - Mar 2, 1856

[Brigham Young]
There are men here, by the score, who do not know their right hands from their left, so far as the principle of justice is concerned. Does our High Council? No, for they will let men throw dust in their eyes, until you cannot find the hundredth millionth part of an ounce of common sense in them. You may go to the Bishops' courts, and what are they? A set of old grannies. They cannot judge a case pending between two old women, to say nothing of a case between man and man. We have already dropped many of them, and we are picking up young men. We will train them, and tell them to serve God or apostatize. The time is coming when justice will be laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet; when we shall take the old broad sword and ask, '"Are you for God?'" and if you are not heartily on the Lord's side, you will be hewn down.

[Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 3:221-22, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

170 years ago today - Mar 2, 1851

The Assembly was addressed By P. P Pratt ... Those [sisters] who marry out of the Church marry those who are doomed to destruction & their posterity while those who are in the Church & are faithful will live & their Children to the last Generation....

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