Today in Mormon History - Feb 14

Today in Mormon History ...

Joseph Smith tells a meeting of Zion's Camp veterans and others about "The coming of the Lord, which was nigh-even fifty-six years should wind up the scene [in the year 1891]." The newly organized Quorum of Twelve Apostles includes astrologer John F. Boynton, rodsman Heber C. Kimball, amulet-wearer Brigham Young, and treasure-quest enthusiasts Luke S. Johnson and Orson Hyde. They are ordained apostles by the BOOK OF MORMON's three witnesses, rodsman Oliver Cowdery, seer stone enthusiast David Whitmer, and treasure-quest participant Martin Harris. 41 years later Wilford Woodruff notes in his Journal that six of the original Twelve apostatized. The three witnesses bless Lyman Johnson "that he shall live until the gathering was accomplished according to the Holy Prophets. And that he should be like unto Enoch. And your faith shall be like unto his, and he shall be called great among all the living and Satan shall tremble before thee, and that he shall see the Saviour come and st
and on the Earth with power and great glory." They bless Brigham Young "that he may do wonders in the name of Jesus, that he may cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, open the eyes of the blind, go forth from land to land and from sea to sea, and that heathen nations shall even call him God himself, if he did not rebuke them." Heber C. Kimball is blessed "That many millions may be converted by his instrumentality. That Angels may waft him from place to place and that he may stand unto the coming of our Lord and receive a crown in the kingdom of our Lord, that he be made acquainted with the day when Christ shall come, . . ." William McLellin is blessed "He shall be mighty in the hands of God, and shall convince thousands that God has sent him; and his days may be prolonged until the coming of the Son of Man. He shall be wafted as on eagles' wings, from country to country, and from people to people; and be able to do wonders in the midst of this generation." (1)
-- 175 years ago - Feb 14, 1835

First Presidency and Presiding Bishopric launch first organized effort to "provide sufficient security for the Church headquarters building." Next day First counselor Lee meets with Salt Lake City officials "to discuss the coordination between Church security personnel and the city police in handling emergencies that might arise." (1)
-- 40 years ago - Feb 14, 1970

[U.S. Religious History] In the United States, the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism formally announced that they would begin to accept women as rabbis. (2)
-- 25 years ago - Feb 14, 1985

1 - On This Day in Mormon History,
2 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline,

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