45 years ago today - Jun 22, 1972 - Thursday

[Leonard J. Arrington]
He said that Dr. Widstoe had discussed with him one controversy. Apparently The Twelve had debated, again sometime in the 20's or early 30's the question of whether Adam was the first living thing on earth. Brother Joseph Fielding Smith took a strong attitude based upon reading Genesis and other scriptures that Adam was the first living thing. Brother James E. Talmage took the attitude that one must accept, where scriptures do not especially say differently, the findings of science that life preceded Adam for many thousands of years. Apparently Brother Talmage lost the scriptural debate. Not long afterward, he visited Adam Ondi Ahman in Missouri and in scratching around at that location found the fossil of a trilobite. He carried it back triumphantly to the next meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve as proof to them that there had existed trilobites--living things--before Adam had built his alter. A nice story {DEL:explanation}.

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Diary (typescript)]

45 years ago today - Jun 22, 1972 - Thursday

[Leonard J. Arrington]
At dinner I sat next to Homer Durham with interesting conversation. I asked him if he had ever heard Dr. Widstoe tell about the controversey in the Quorum of the Twelve in regard to whether Temple garments should be worn only in the Temple or also outside the Temple. He said Dr. Widstoe had never discussed it with him, but he had heard the full story from Franklin L. West. It appears that sometime in the late 1920's or early 1930's the Quorum of the Twelve had discussed this matter and had finally concluded that garments were designed to be worn only in the Temple. Brother Joseph Fielding Smith was not satisfied with this decision and returned to the next meeting saying that he had had a manifestation that the decision was wrong and that Temple garments should be worn all the time. He presented this matter so strongly and earnestly that apparently the decision was reversed and we have the policy which has continued to present.

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Diary (typescript)]

120 years ago today - Jun 22, 1897

First plural marriages are performed in Mexico by (verified) written authority of the First Presidency since 1892 and the first performed by stake president Anthony W. Ivins. He is the best-known officiator for post-Manifesto polygamous marriages in Mexico.

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

130 years ago today - Jun 22, 1887 • Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
President Taylor is not so well to-day. His mind is not as clear as usual. I answered the correspondence of the First Presidency.

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

140 years ago today - Jun 22, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
... my Son Brigham has lost his life apparently for a trifle. We Cannot always Comprehend the ways of Providence. There is a mystery hanging over this affair to me. I never saw a person more anxious to obtain an Education than he was. He has studied untill midnight a good deal of the time for the last two years. He has just finished his Education and gone home to his Mother in Smithfield Cash Co and Drowned in Bear river. He was a good young Man, virtuous, Temperate, Honest, and lived his Religion.

He had received his Endowments. I have felt Calm, Composed, and reconciled in this bereavement. I have thought that as I was doing so much for the dead here in the Temple in St George, that it might be necessary to have one of the family in the spirit world. Brigham Y Woodruff was born Jan [ ] 1857,Drowned June 16, 1877 Aged 20 years.

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

160 years ago today - Jun 22, 1857

[Brigham Young to Issac Haight]
Bishop I.C. Haight -- I this morning received your letter ... also a letter from Richard Palmer, dated June 10th. Bro. Richard is at liberty to marry whenever he had an opportunity, provided his former wife was not Sealed to him; if She was he will have to wait until a "Bill" can be obtained from this office; Even, if you think proper, you may marry him previous to getting a "bill" from here, provided he makes immediate application for one.

[Source: Letters of Brigham Young--Excerpts, 1856-1866, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

170 years ago today - Jun 22, 1847

[William Smith ot Orson Hyde]
Be assured Brethren - that I am with you in Spirit - heart and hand & [illegible] willing to do every thing that lies in my power to help the Brethren of my Corum to build up the Church and kingdom of god and wherein I have offended to heal every wound god being my helper I hope Brother Brigham will forgive me for I have said many hard things . . . I know him to be a man of god he Shall never Complain of me hearafter [hereafter] ...

[Source: William Smith to Orson Hyde]

80 years ago today - Jun 21, 1937

[George F. Richards]
Pres[ident] [David O.] McKay also said that he would formulate a letter to all Stake Presidents informing them that living baptisms in the Temples should be discontinued. I suggested that Temple Presidents be also notified.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, June 21, 1937, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

100 years ago today - Jun 21, 1917

[James E. Talmage]
Administers to the afflicted, including to one girl whom Talmage writes in his journal is in the "possession [of] evil powers"

[Source: MSS 229, Box 5, Folder 6. Journal 22; Chronology of the Life and Work of James E. Talmage, J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJsHY83JZL_n6CjWq11y1trT_CVXMMXAx2uYOWAwn0c/edit#heading=h.2zfdaoa]

120 years ago today - Jun 21, 1897

[President Wilford Woodruff]
I got out my monthly allowance for my wives & families while at the office.

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

120 years ago today - Jun 21, 1897; Monday

[Angus M. Cannon]
I received a call from Sister Agness Olsen Thomas and her mother. The former told me her mother was desirous of having her son Hyrum & and [sic] daughters Angess & [blank] (the latter of whom lived in Price, Em[e]ry County [Utah]) sealed to her before the latter departed upon his mission, early in July. I went with her to see President [Wilford] Woodruff and Councilors,--who said it could not be done until she was herself sealed to some man under the Covenant. The man she desired to be sealed to,--having a wife living she was told it could not be permitted at the present time.

[Source: Angus M. Cannon, Diary]

125 years ago today - Jun 21, 1892

Sister Sarah M. Kimball, signs the following statement: "At a Relief Society Meeting held Apr 28, 1842, I heard the Prophet Joseph make this statement. While other leading men of the Church have been unrighteously aspiring, Heber C. Kimball has been true and is to me what John was to Jesus, my beloved disciple. Brother Kimball showed me a rod that the Lord through the Prophet Joseph had given to him. He said that when he wanted to find out anything that was his right to know, all he had to do was to kneel down with the rod in his hand, and that sometimes the Lord would answer his questions before he had time to ask them. My mother and my sister, Helen Mar, told me the same thing and added to it, that Pres. Young received a similar rod from the Lord at the same time. They claimed that these rods were given to them because they were the only ones of the original Twelve who had not lifted up their heels against the Prophet."

160 years ago today - Jun 21, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended the prayer Circle. Many remarks were made by President Young upon various subjects. He said the devil was mad to be called by his right name by a saint. but if the devil or a wicked man was to call the devil by his right name all would be well.

Presidet Young said when speaking of the Constitution of the U.S that it was got up by inspiration. It gives all men the rights of Conscience. So it will be in the Millennium. It will be like the Constitution. All will have to bow the knee & acknowledge the Lord that it is his right to reign but they must not Blaspheme but they may enjoy there own religion.

Men talk about making a Law to stop Poligamy in Utah. That would be an expose facto law & the Constitution declairs that Congress shall not make any such law & if the time Comes when the United States do make a law & send men to punish me for poligamy or having more than one wife as there is no law against it you make up your mind that I shall send them to Hell. I do not think they will do it, but if they do you may tell them they had better send 100,000 men with provision for 5 years & they may make their Calculations upon it & they will want to make forts from one end of the route to the other so they Can step from one to the other.

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

170 years ago today - Jun 21, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
21st June 1847 {INDEPENDANCE ROCK) I arose early this morning took breakfast And in company with Br Brown we rode clear around Independance Rock. I should judge the distance to be about 3/4 of A mile. We exhamined the many names & lists of names of the trappers, traders, travellers, & eme-grants which are painted upon these rocks. Nearly all the names were put on with read, Black & yellow paint. Some had washed out & defaced. The greatest number was put on within A few Years. Some of them were quite plain of about 30 years standing. Nearly all the Companies pass by put some of their names on the rock.

After going around and exhamining it we staked our horses And mounted the rock. I went forward & gained the highest point of the South end of the Rock which contains the names. After exhamining it I then went to the North end which is the highest part of the rock. Here is An opening or cavern that would contain 30 or 40 persons And A rock stands on the highest peak of about 3 tons wait. We got upon this rock & offered up our prayers according to the order of the priesthood. We prayed earnestly for the blessings of God to r[est?] upon President Young & his brethren the Twelve & all of the Pioneer Camp & the whole Camp of Israel & House of Israel, our wives & children, & relatives the Mormon Battalion, all the Churches Abroad And that the Lord would hasten the time of the fulfillment of his promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Lehi, Nephi, Alma, & Moroni And all the sayings of the Lord concerning the building up of Zions in the last days And Avenging the blood of the Prophets. And while offering up our prayers the spirit of the Lord desended upon us and we truly felt to rejoice.

And while we were attending to our prayers the Missourians was burying A woman A little distance from the rock by the name of Rachel Morgan 25 years of Age being the third one of the family buried on the road. They were supposed to be poisoned by cooking in new Copper vessels.

After surveying the rock what we wished we again desended to the ground. I was the first Latter Day Saint that ever went onto that Rock or offered up prayers according to the order of the Priesthood.

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

35 years ago today - Jun 20, 1982

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings in Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

40 years ago today - Jun 20, 1977

Henry R. Eliason, age 77, is fatally stabbed in El Cajon, California, the oldest LDS missionary to be murdered.

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

130 years ago today - Monday, Jun 20, 1887

[Heber J. Grant / Council of Fifty meeting]
Prest Cannon stated that it would take quite an amount of money for us to get into the Union [IE Statehood for Utah]. Said we were not going to purchase our way in, but that there would be large sums of money needed to spend in a legitimate way.... Some said we would need $1,000,000. What on earth we need of so much unless we are going to purchase our way into the Union is something I can't understand.

[Source: Heber J. Grant diary, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

170 years ago today - Jun 20, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
At meeting today [Apostle Orson] Hyde preached his celebrated bogus sermon, denouncing all bogus makers, counterfeiters thieves &c & commanding all such & all who knew of any such to come forth with and tell him & also absolved them from all former acts and covenants to keep secrets.

This made quite a stir & caused some to "confess their sins"

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

115 years ago today - Thursday, Jun 19, 1902

Pres. Smith spoke strongly against the policy adopted by the town and county authorities, granting a right of way through Davis County along the county road. Said that the Presidency had called attention of the county commissioners to the folly of this and had counseled them against trifling away such a valuable right, but they have ignored the counsel. He wanted the visiting apostles to talk the matter up.

Elder Jas. G. Duffin, president of the S.W. States Mission, made brief report by letter of the mobbing of two elders in Van Buren County, Arkansas. He said that he was seeking redress from the governor of the state.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

125 years ago today - Jun 19, 1892 • Sunday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bishop Jones of Paragoonah, Adams of Parowan, Dalley of Summit, Corry of Cedar, and Counselor Roundy of Kanarra made reports. Taking the reports in general, it left the impression that the Wards were not in as healthy a condition spiritually as they should be. Drunkenness was increasing, the use of tobacco was increasing, a disposition to seek for pleasure on the Sabbath day was increasing, neglect of family prayers was common, and Bishop Adams described the existence of sexual sins in his Ward and a disposition on the part of some members to pay their tithing after their living expenses had been deducted from their income.

... Before the meeting adjourned, I announced to the conference that I could not conscientiously permit the sacrament to be administered until a better understanding was had concerning their condition. I wished them to understand, and I desired to explain to them, my feelings concerning certain things that the Bishops had alluded to, and I therefore suggested that the administration of the sacrament be suspended, at least today.

In the afternoon meeting I occupied an hour and a quarter in speaking to the people upon the subjects that had been mentioned by the Bishops...

A vote was taken as to whether the sacrament should be administered tomorrow and a large number held up their hands as being willing to partake of the sacrament. A number, however, did not lift their hands. As Brother David Ward proposed to leave for home after the forenoon meeting in order to meet President Woodruff at his place, I suggested that the sacrament be administered in the forenoon, as he desired to have the privilege of partaking of it.

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