Today in Church History - Dec 05

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph, Sidney, Frederick G. Williams, and Oliver Cowdery meet to discuss "the welfare of the Church." Joseph ordains Oliver Assistant President:.

My brother, in the name of Jesus Christ who {died} was crucified for the sins of the world, I lay my hands upon thee, and ordain thee an assistant President of the high and holy priesthood in the Church of the Latter Day Saints (1)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 5, 1834

William Smith: Dictated revelation 5 Dec. 1845 rejecting Brigham Young (2)
-- Dec 5, 1845

Washington, D.C. Joseph Smith sent a letter to his brother Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, reporting his visit with United States president Martin Van Buren. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 5, 1839

[Utah] Feminist Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the Mormon Church because of her outspoken support for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. (4)
-- 30 years ago - Dec 5, 1979

1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb,

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