Today in Church History - Jan 04

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph F. Smith and his two wives "Receive their Second Anointing" with Brigham Young officiating. (1)
-- Jan 4, 1867

Apostle Orson Pratt preaches at Salt Lake Stake conference that "as a general rule it was the children who were attacked by diphtheria, and on investigation it would be found that the parents of such children as had been taken [by death] were neglectful of the word of wisdom or some of the commandments of God." (1)
-- 130 years ago - Jan 4, 1880

Kirtland, Ohio. In a letter to newspaper editor N. C. Saxton, Joseph Smith taught about the gathering of Israel and prophesied of pestilence and civil war. (2)
-- Jan 4, 1833

[Polygamy] Utah becomes a state
President Cleveland issues Utah statehood proclamation at 10 a.m. Two days later formal inaugural ceremonies held in Salt Lake City, and Utah's 47-year struggle for statehood was at an end with the successful 7th attempt. (Ivins, p. 116 Note that 15 of the 25 pages of the article are dedicated to the final statehood convention, which lasted 66 days and was much longer than other conventions. The first 10 pages document failed statehood attempts and its relationship to opposition to plural marriage, yet of the 15 pages of minutia on wrangling about setting up the constitution, the specific statute forever prohibiting plural marriage is not discussed.)
Article 3 Section 1: The following ordinance shall be irrevocable without the consent of the United States and the people of this State: First: -- Perfect toleration of religious sentiment is guaranteed. No inhabitant of this State shall ever be molested in person or property on account of his or her mode of religious worship; but polygamous or plural marriages are forever prohibited. (Utah Constitution art. III sec. 1)
Leadership continues to take plural wives (3)
-- Jan 4, 1896

1 - On This Day in Mormon History,
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy,

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