Today in Mormon History - May 27

Today in Mormon History ...

Millennial Star, first LDS periodical produced outside North America began publication in Manchester, England, with Parley P. Pratt as editor. (1)
-- 170 years ago - May 27, 1840

Missionary Gale Stanley Critchfield, age twenty, is stabbed to death in Dublin by eighteen-year-old Irishman who follows missionaries to their apartment for sole purpose of attack. "We wonder why, when a young man is called to serve the Lord, he isn't watched over so closely [that] his life is protected," says First Presidency counselor Gordon B. Hinckley at funeral. "We don't know why some things happen." (2)
-- 20 years ago - May 27, 1990

[Blacks] Minutes of the Council of the Twelve and of the First Presidency: Interesting letter read from President H.L. Steed of the South African Mission ... In some cities, he says, the natives have become interested in the gospel, and elders have held meetings with them. This however he had not encouraged, as the elders could not meet the demands made upon them by the white population, and he asked to be instructed on the question of laboring among the natives, by whom he evidently meant negroes.
The question of preaching the gospel to the native negro population was now considered, President [Joseph F.] Smith remarking that all we could do for that class of people was to preach the gospel of repentence a to them, as they would be entitled to Church membership, and where they receive the gospel they should be encouraged to form branches composed of their own class of people.
(Adam S. Bennion Papers) (3)
-- 102 years ago - May 27, 1908

1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"
2 - On This Day in Mormon History,
3 - Marquardt, H. Michael, Mormon Central: Excerpts From Minutes of the Council of the Twelve and of the First Presidency, 1879-1947

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