Today in Mormon History - Mar 05

Today in Mormon History ...

Orson Pratt gives a "lecture upon Philosophy" at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. "He treated upon light and the two theories by which it is conveyed also vibration music, sound, its velocity in air & water and showed how the velocity of light was discovered by stars astronomer while taking an observation of the four moons of Jupiter. . . . He was followed by John Taylor concerning what the Lord says about his being the light of the Sun and of all worlds & the power by which all things were formed." Joseph Smith III writes: "I am soon going to take my father's place at the head of the Mormon Church." He becomes president of the RLDS church soon afterwards. (1)
-- 150 years ago - Mar 5, 1860

The Coalville Tabernacle, called "one of the four or five outstanding LDS buildings still standing" by the Utah Heritage Foundation, is officially listed on the Utah State Register of historic sites. (1)
-- 40 years ago - Mar 5, 1970

Nauvoo, Illinois. After his return from a fruitless visit to Washington, D.C., to seek redress for injustices the Saints suffered in Missouri, Joseph Smith proclaimed the iniquity and insolence of Martin Van Buren, the president of the United States, with whom he had visited. (2)
-- 170 years ago - about Mar 5, 1840

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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