Today in Mormon History - Feb 17

Today in Mormon History ...

First Counselor George Q. Cannon meets with the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Senator Calvin S. Brice. He argues against Brice's recommendation that the Church make a public announcement of the cessation of plural marriages by saying that plural marriages have ceased in the church and that older polygamists will eventually die off. He does not mention that church-sanctioned plural marriages are being conducted in Mexico by Alexander McDonald. Later at home, he writes in his diary, "How could any man come out and say that it [polygamy] was not right or that it must be discontinued, and set themselves up in opposition to God." (1)
-- 120 years ago - Feb 17, 1890

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith and his counselors approved the publication of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Feb 17, 1835

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith ordained John Johnson an elder during an assembly in a schoolroom with a conference of elders. (2)
-- Feb 17, 1833

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

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