70 years ago today - Apr 19, 1948

The Church Board of Education announces that, beginning in the 1949-50 school year, Ricks College will begin granting four-year degrees. Ricks later reverts to a junior college.

95 years ago today - Apr 19, 1923

[George F. Richards]
I read in the council meeting [the parts] which [are] known as the unwritten ordinances of the temple[,] prepared by me[,] and it was decided to have copies made and one each entered inside the Presidents' Book of each Temple.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Apr. 19, 1923, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - 19 April 1893 ¿ Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
... President Jos. F. Smith then followed, and he spoke at some length. President Woodruff became quite wearied and he said to me he wished that he would stop, and I ventured to pull Brother Smith¿s coat-tail, for which I afterwards apologized to him by explaining to him what President Woodruff had said and how anxious he was for the meeting to close. ...

[Wilford Woodruff became very sick "which Lasted me one Month & 14 days before I went to my Desk in the office".]

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

125 years ago today - Apr 19, 1893

First Presidency and Council of Apostles meet with "the Stake Presidents, Bishops, and other Priesthood leaders" in the newly dedicated Salt Lake Temple. On the first day of meetings "the Twelve Apostles were called upon to express their feelings towards the First Presidency and each other and to the Church and all the world." Francis M. Lyman says, "The Prophet never goes astray, counselors always right when they are one with the head." There is general gladness expressed that the Apostles and presidency are united again.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

125 years ago today - Apr 19, 1893

[John Nuttall]
Pres[iden]t Woodruff said Oliver Cowdery was with Jos[eph] Smith when he received the manifestations of God through Moses &c. he was a powerful man. yet he apostatized through not sustaining the Priesthood'David Whitmer had many manifestations & testimonies. he apostatized and died out of the Church. In the Apostacy at Kirtland [Ohio] many of the leading Elders apostatized and denied the faith and died out of the Church'I have received the administration of angels'When the Lord sends Angels it has been for a purpose and to accomplish something which cannot be done otherwise'In the Kirtland [Ohio] Temple many personages appeared and it was necessary for them to do so. Peter, James & John appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Was it necessary for Angels to appear in the Temple now to impart the same things which have been given to the Church? When Joseph Smith gave his last address, he stood, upon his feet for three ours, the place was filled with the Spirit of God. You want the Holy Ghost to leave & guide you. You do not need the administration of Angels. There is not a man who has the Holy Ghost that the adversary can make him do anthing wrong'You teach the people to get the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord, and keep it with you and you will prosper. President [Brigham] Young & others have come to me in vision'While in Arizona they came to me in a splendid conveyance'The visions made to me during the dedication of this Temple have been marvelous in the union of the Saints'The Lord is desirous that this people shall rise. There will be union among us and we will not do as we have been doing.

[Source: L. John Nuttall, 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 - Apr 19, 1858

[Hosea Stout]
Gov Cuming declared it was his intentions to make favorable reports to government for us and do all he could to prevent a colission between us and the U. S. He expresses to be dissatisfied with the doings of Col Johnson and the troops at Bridger &c &c &c &c &cahem!He was very much astonished to find that the Utah Library and the Court records were not burned as reported to government and wondered how such utterly false reports could be raised ect ect ect

We very courteously recieved and treated by both them and left with an invitation to "call again when convenient"

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Apr 19, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith located a site in Nauvoo for a music hall.

70 years ago today - Apr 18, 1948

[Dream Mine]
John Koyle negotiated a repudiation of his claims, in 1947 and then reversed himself almost immediately and was excommunicated from the Church 18 April 1948.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Dream Mine, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

115 years ago today - Apr 18, 1903

RLDS church purchases Book of Mormon printers manuscript from Whitmer family.

[Source: Chronology of Mormon History, http://followtheprophets.com/chronology-of-mormon-history/]

150 years ago today - April 18 and 20, 1868

[Eliza R. Snow]
... FEMALE RELIEF SOCIETY ... is the name of a Society which was organized in Nauvoo, on the 17th of March, 1842, by President Joseph Smith, assisted by Elders Willard Richards and John Taylor. Although the name may be of modern date, the institution is of ancient origin. We were told by our martyred prophet, that the same organization existed in the church anciently, allusions to which are made in some of the epistles recorded in the New Testament, making use of the title, "elect lady."/This is an organization that cannot exist without the Priesthood, from the fact that it derives all its authority and influence from that source. When the Priesthood was taken from the earth, this institution as well as every other appendage to the true order of the church of Jesus Christ on the earth, became extinct, and had never been restored until the time referred to above.

...."The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo," was organized after the pattern of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a Presidentess, who chose two Counselors. These were ordained and set apart by the Priesthood, and were to fill those offices so long as they faithfully discharged the trust committed to them. This quorum was fully authorized to appoint such officers, committees and assistants as were requisite from time to time, either to fill permanent offices or to perform any temporary agency that circumstances might demand. But, to make these appointments legal they had to be sanctioned by vote of the majority of the meeting when such appointments were made. ...

As its name indicates, the first grand object of the Society is to seek out, and relieve the wants of the poor. ...

[Source: Eliza R. Snow, “Female Relief Society,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City, UT), Apr. 18, 1868, vol. 1, no. 127, p. [2]; Apr. 20, 1868, vol. 1, no. 128, p. [2], in 3.6 Eliza R. Snow, “Female Relief Society,” April 18 and 20, 1868, as quoted in Matthew J. Grow, Jill Derr, Carol Madsen, and Kate Holbrook, editors, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History, The Church Historian's Press, 2016, https://churchhistorianspress.org/the-first-fifty-years-of-relief-society/]

165 years ago today - 18 April 1853 ¿ Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
Transcribing the revelation on marriage, &c. [later canonized as D&C 132] to send to the brethren on Oahu.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

170 years ago today - Apr 18, 1848

Brigham Young (aged 46) marriage to Sarah Malin (1804-1858) (aged 43) first marriage later divorced

[Source: Wikipedia, List of Brigham Young's Wives, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives]

185 years ago today - Apr 18, 1833

A mob of 300 "old settlers" gathers at Independence to decide on plans to destroy or expel the Mormons from Jackson County. After they spend all day trying to decide on various plans, their liquor gets the worst of them and they break up in a "Missouri row." These "old settlers," largely from the southern states, came to Jackson County before the Saints, and could not move on because anything west of Missouri had been designated by President Jackson as Indian territory. They watched with some resentment as ever-increasing numbers of the religiously oriented northerners flocked into Jackson County claiming that God had given the county exclusively to them. Acts of violence began as early as the spring of 1832, when the homes of some Saints were stoned and windows broken. In the fall of 1832, some haystacks were burned, houses shot into, and people insulted; and as recently as February 20, a mob of 50 or 60 men armed with whips and guns attacked at least one household. Thegroup on this date constitutes the first organized resistance to the Mormons in Missouri.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

80 years ago today - Apr 17, 1938

[Heber J. Grant]
Bishop Marion G. Romney called for me and also brought me home after the meeting. I had a nice visit with him at my home, sitting in the auto. He told me that he was very much perturbed over the editorial that was published before the last election when Roosevelt was reelected, being an official in the Democratic party, that it was a hard blow; but he said Monday was a holiday and he went to his office, and he prayed to the Lord, and he never got anything straighter than that that editorial was just what ought to be published. I was delighted to hear that from him. I am delighted when I find that a bishop's church comes first and foremost with him, and that his politics has not warped his judgment spiritually.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

85 years ago today - Apr 17, 1933

[First Presidency to Stake Presidents]
... At a recent meeting of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve it was decided that women who are in good standing in the Church and have been faithful and devoted members, but whose husbands are not members of the Church or are not worthy of a temple recommend, may, with the written consent of their husbands, be granted the privilege of receiving their endowments and doing temple work for the dead. The written statement of the husband should be presented at the temple together with the usual temple recommend from the Bishop of the Ward and the President of the Stake, and filed with the recommend. We neither urge nor request women to take advantage of this ruling, and it is a privilege that should be given to those only who have proven themselves worthy and are desirous of receiving these blessings.

[Source: Heber J. Grant, Anthony W. Ivins, and J. Reuben Clark Jr. to Stake Presidents, Apr. 17, 1933, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - Apr 17, 1893

[Francis M. Lyman]
L. Snow then spoke nicely referring much to Elder Thatchers condition. He prepared our minds not to be shocked if the Lord does not always do for us all we ask. Pres[ident] Jos[eph] F. Smith spoke most powerfully. He also mentioned bro[ther] Moses as being in the hands of the Lord as well as we. ...

[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Apr 17, 1893

[Anthon H. Lund]
"In the evening the apostles met in their room. J. W. Taylor I and Abraham spoke and were followed by L. Lund[?] We mentioned how pleased we were that Pres[iden]t Woodruff prophesied about us that none of us should lose the faith."

[Source: Diary of Apostle Anthon H. Lund, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

140 years ago today - Apr 17, 1878

[John Taylor]
EXCOMMUNICATIONS. When it has been found necessary for the well-being of the Church of Christ to withdraw fellowship from any of its members, on account of their misdoings or apostacy, and such members have ben duly tried by the Bishop and his counselors and the case decided upon, and no appeal taken, then such action should be made public by announcement at a meeting of the Saints in the ward in which the offending parties reside. This public announcement will in the great majority of cases satisfy the demands of justice and the law of the Lord, and it is only in extraordinary cases where the public weal makes it necessary, that there is any need of publishing such excommunications in the DESERET NEWS or other newspaper.... JOHN TAYLOR, President of the Council of the Apostles.

[Source: 1878-April 17-DN 27:168 (April 17, 1878), in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

165 years ago today - Apr 17, 1853 (Evening)

[Brigham Young]
Question: is there any law in any of the writings of the prophets and apostles that intimates there should not be any more ordained apostles, only the 12? Is there any impropriety to men being ordained apostles outside the quorum of the 12. We want to ordain a man in China and set him as an apostle to build up the kingdom there and then go through to the end. 1st Presidency, 12 apostles, then the 70 is the order of the priesthood'- If I am faithful who knows but the Lord will give me a Urim and Thummim'- The Urim and Thummim belongs to [-] the lesser priesthood by right Moses was the P S and Rev. but Aaron had the Urim and Thummim. I do know [-] things - Joseph put the U.T. back with the plates when he had done translating - I have Josephs first seer stone which he had from OC [Oliver Cowdery], the one found in the well by which he got the plates of the B of Mormon - Joseph had 3 which Emma has - 2 small ones and one large one... When duty demands it - Where any of the 12 apostles are they hold the keys over the 70s and the other priesthood - the 12 have the keys, the 70s are ordained apostles and when they have their endowments - if the 70s are not under the direction of the 12 - Their priesthood is preparatory'- -- SLC Tabernacle

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Papers, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.. (A reference reading LJA 12-55-5, 10, means LJA Series 12, Box 55, Folder 5, page 10.) 9-13-4, 42, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

65 years ago today - Thu Apr 16, 1953

[David O. McKay]
at meeting of Presidency and Twelve in the Temple: Expressed the feeling that the family ties are fundamental, that the family is the foundation of society. Stated that the First Presidency have suggested to the auxiliary organizations that in choosing members of the General Boards women should be chosed whose family ties will not interfere and that frequently the First Presidency refuse to approve sisters whose names have been submitted because those recommended were rearing young families.

[Source: McKay, David O., Office Journal]