Today in Church History - Dec 06

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Joseph Smith, Sr., and son Hyrum are the first Freemasons to become general authorities, although they had not been active since the 1826 murder of anti-Masonic crusader William Morgan. Before his own death Joseph Smith would marry the anti-Masonic martyr's widow Lucinda. First Presidency ordains Hyrum Smith as an additional assistant president (counselor) and Joseph Sr. as assistant president and Presiding Patriarch. Joseph Jr. had ordained Brigham Young's father John Young as patriarch to his family a few weeks earlier. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 6, 1834

Appointed brother Hyrum Smith and father, Joseph Smith Sr., as additional assistant presidents of the church, Kirtland. (2)
-- Dec 6, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 86. Parable of the wheat and the tares: Satan rules through Babylon the whore. Apostles have spread the seed and it begins to grow but is still tender. Priesthood passes to one generation to the next. Priesthood remains until all is restored. Saviors to Israel through the priesthood.
Kirtland Revelations Book heading: A Revelation explaining the parable of the Wheet & <the> Tears.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 6 heading: Revelation explaining the parable of the wheat and tares December 1832. / ON PRIESTHOOD.
Kirtland Revelations Book. (3)
-- Dec 6, 1832

[Sermon] John Taylor: The Saints' Need of the Spirit - The Priesthood - Vitality and Growth of the Work of God - Accomplishment of God's Purposes and Designs, Etc., JD 6:105 - 114 (4)
-- Dec 6, 1857

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
2 - Jessee, Dean, Esplin, Ronald and Bushman, Richard Lyman (editors), The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants,"
4 - Journal of Discourses,

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