35 years ago today - Feb 25, 1982.

Jack and Linda Newell accept the editorship of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, effective that summer. Lavina Fielding Anderson agrees to be associate editor.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

110 years ago today - Feb 25, 1907

[David O. McKay]
Polygamous marriages, cohabitation, and 'Church in politics' have been important subjects. ... B. H. Roberts is the most able man on the committee when it comes to able analysis of conditions, and the power to express himself extemporaneously. He hasn't so much faith in the Gospel and especially in the present leaders as has Elder Whitney. Bro[ther] Roberts is a stronger man every way than Dr. Talmage. Orson F. Whitney comes second. He is not so practical as Bro[ther]. Roberts; but he has more spirituality. He has been conservative on nearly all questions, and has invariably been true to the leaders past and present. (I am judging feeling now. Nothing has been said in the committee that would indicate that the others are not also true.[)] Dr. Talmage is a good deal of a pretender, though he has a good vocabulary and is a keen critic. LeGrande Young thinks LeGrande is alright. His heart is in the Church though. Jos[eph]. F[ielding]. Smith Jr. is an excellent young man. He is unassuming and true. Richard W. Young is a fine man, good spirited, and fairly good at analysis, but he is not specific enough, not definite enough until after a good deal of thought. He is true to the church. Bro[ther]. Morris is a pretty solid man, a man of good judgment.

[Source: David O. McKay, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

120 years ago today - Feb 25, 1897; Thursday

The First Presidency went this morning to the Power House of the Salt Lake City Railway, on invitation of Brother Francis Armstrong, and witnessed the turning on of power conveyed by wire from the works of the Utah Power Company, with which Brother Armstrong is connected, in Cottonwood Canyon. From today this power so conveyed, is to be used for propelling the street cars in Salt Lake City.

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

135 years ago today - Feb 25, 1882

After a bitter dispute between George Q. Cannon (who won a decisive victory) and Liberal Party candidate Allen G. Campbell over who was allowed to represent Utah territory in the House of Representatives, both are denied the position. George Q. Cannon's practice of polygamy was the deciding issue and re-sparks national controversy on the topic.

[Source: Wikipedia: Chronology of Mormonism, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Mormonism]

140 years ago today - Feb 25, 1877

[Orson Pratt]
This place, Spring Hill, is alluded to by the Lord, in this revelation, as being anciently called Adam-ondi-Ahman, because it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his children, or the place where the Ancient of Days shall sit. . . . We have then an understanding that it was the place where Adam dwelt. Perhaps you may be anxious to know what "Ondi-Ahman" means. It means the place where Adam dwelt. "Ahman" signifies God. The whole term means Valley of God, where Adam dwelt. It is in the original language spoken by Adam, as revealed to the Prophet Joseph.

[Source: J. D. 18:342-343; Orson Pratt; Eighteenth Ward Meeting House, Salt Lake City; Sunday afternoon, February 25, 1877, in Quotations Dealing with the Relationship of Our First Earthly Parents to Our Heavenly Parents (1830-1978)]

150 years ago today - Feb 25, 1867

[Wilford Woodruff]
I met at the prayer room at 2 oclok & W Woodruff anointed [second anointing] {Charles F Jones & wife} to there seconed Anointing. I had an interview with Presidet Young. He told me not to Anoint ownly one man & his wives at any one meeting. If we anointed other women appoint a meeting for that purpose.

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

155 years ago today - Feb 25, 1862

During the Civil war Brigham Young writes: "The South at this time is being worsted. The sympathies of our brethren are divided some for the Union and some for the South, but the South gets the greatest share. The wise among us read the programme of the war in the revelations of Joseph and the escapes and reverses of our common foe never leads us to the conclusion that peace will again be restored among the enemies of truth and workers of unrighteousness whether belonging to the North or South."

170 years ago today - Feb 25, 1847

Mary Ellen Woodward, divorced plural wife of Brigham Young who has returned to her first husband writes Young: "If I do all I can and after this he treats me bad, will you let me leave him and live with my children?"

50 years ago today - Feb 24, 1967

David O. McKay received a twelve-page letter from John Birch Society president Robert Welch, "a cursory glance of which indicates or pleads for permission for Ezra Taft Benson to serve on the National Council of the Society." In his conclusion, Welch indicated that Benson had already agreed to serve on the council, subject only to McKay's consent.

"It was agreed that Elder Benson would answer Mr. Welch and tell him that it would be impossible for him to serve on the Council at this time."

[Source: David O. McKay diary, ; Robert Welch to David O. McKay, February 21, 1967; David O. McKay diary, March 22, 1967 as referenced in Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Write, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press (2005)]

55 years ago today - Feb 24, 1962

The Church News reports that 3,500 teams and 50,000 players are involved in an all-church basketball tournament. For the final playoffs the teams come to Salt Lake City from throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Basketball is the most popular of the all-church team sports which also includes softball and volleyball. However, from 1958 to 1971 more than thirty stakes have been organized outside of North America, and their youth obviously cannot participate in such tournaments. In 1971 church headquarters ends the "all-Church" sports competitions.

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

130 years ago today - Feb 24, 1887 (Thursday)

Geo. Taylor and G.H. Peterson, of Almy, Uinta Co., Wyo., were arrested for u.c. [Unlawful Cohabitation, I.E. living with a polygamous wife], and, after a preliminary examination before Judge Corn, of Evanston, admitted to bail in the sum of $300 each. These were the first cases under the Edmunds law in Wyoming.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

140 years ago today - Feb 24, 1877

[Henry Eyring]
[M]yself and wives received our sec[on]d anointing under the hands of Elder Wilford Woodruff, to whom we were subsequently adopted as son and daughter[s].

[Source: Henry Eyring diary, Feb. 24, 1877 , Perry Special Collections, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

155 years ago today - Feb 4, 1862

[Augusta Adams Cobb Young (plural wife of Brigham Young)]
Now B Br[righam] [sic] Young Can you not see how all this disgrace and distress might have been avoided? Most assuredly you can If you had allowed me to have gone up to Nauvoo free and untrameled In my Spiret I should have seen Br Joseph the first thing. But instead of that you exacted a promise of me that I would not see him alone Saying he would certainly over come me[.] I replied if he did he would be the first man. You then Said I had never had to deal with a Prophet of the Lord[.] Now suppose he had over come me And I should by that means have raised up a Son or a King if you please[.] Who would have been the wiser?

[Source: Augusta Adams Cobb Young to Brigham Young (typescript: Connell O'Donavan)]

160 years ago today - Feb 24, 1857

[Brigham Young]
Young dismissed Orson Hyde's views showing him the danger of holding these ideas even if he does not teach them. Would like him to preach these doctrines before a conference of Elders, and let him reply and correct them. Then showed in much plainness the doctrine of the resurrection of the elements of this body to unite with the spirit, that has honored and exalted it, as every element pertaining to the earth, however diffused in gas, smoke, vapor, etc., belongs to this earth and not to the moon [and] sun etc., and will forever remain associated with this planet. So with the elements of a human body are associated with the spirit, and ever will belong to one another. -- 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]

165 years ago today - Feb 24, 1852

Utah's first permanent craft guild to evolve into a full-fledged labor union was established at least as early as 24 February 1852 when Brigham Young opened the First Annual Printers' Festival with prayer.

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

170 years ago today - Wednesday, Feb 24, 1847.

Dr. [Willard Richards] asked what are these [checks] for, President Young says for the burning. I [?] said I would rather give all that I am worth, etc., and two duplicates of the same date, $80 each, in favor of and signed by James Pollock. President Young said I swore by the Eternal God, I will cut every man's throat who will not stop this cursed work of stealing and counterfeiting. I promised to do right for time to come.

[Source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]

35 years ago today - Feb 23, 1982.

Don Schmidt announces to the Archives Search Room staff that nobody will see any papers of former apostles until further notice. Although this policy is later modified, rules governing access continue to bob and weave over the next ten years.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

135 years ago today - Feb 23, 1882

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended the Council in the Evening and it was voted for the Legislature to get a Joint Resolution passed to appoint a Committee of both Houses to organize a State Governmet & ask for Admission into the union. Remarks were mad by Presidet Taylor & Erastus Snow.

He said we should Claim of the Governmet Evry right that the Constitution gave us and if the Nation rejected us they must bear the Blame of it. This was our duty as a matter of History & to our Children & to Posterity.

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

140 years ago today - Feb 23, 1877

Wilford Woodruff, while in "meeting at the altar" in the St. George temple receives a revelation: "Let my servant Wilford Call upon the virgins Maidens, Daughters, & Mothers in Zion and let them Enter into my /Holy/ Temple on the 1 day of Mar the day that my servant Wilford has seen the time alloted to man, Three score years and Ten, and there let them received their washing and Anointing and Endowments for and behalf of the wives who are dead and have been sealed to my servant Wilford, or those who are to be Sealed to him, and this shall be acceptable unto me Saith the Lord, and the dead of my servant shall be redeemed in the spirit world and be prepared to meet my servant at the time of his Coming which shall be at the time appointed unto him, though not revealed to man in the flesh. Now go to and perform this work and all shall be accomplished according to the desire of your heart."

155 years ago today - Feb 23, 1862

Brigham Young preaches "The idea that the Lord our God is not a personage of tabernacle is entirely a mistaken notion. He was once a man. Brother Kimball quoted a saying of Joseph the Prophet, that he would not worship a God who had not a Father; and I do not know that he would if he had not a mother; the one would be as absurd as the other. If he had a Father, he was made in his likeness. And if he is our Father we are made after his image and likeness. He once possessed a body, as we now do; and our bodies are as much to us, as his body to him."