Today in Mormon History - Dec 02

Today in Mormon History ...

[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon Journal] The question was asked if Temple work could be done for people who were once in the Church, but gradually grew cold and moved away. The answer was "Yes." This, of course, when they have not sinned against light and truth. By special permission of the President cases have even occurred of living wives who are in the Church being sealed to their husbands who died out of the Church. The question of forgiveness for the sin of adultery was considered at some length, and examples were given of the views entertained by the various Presidents who have led the Church. All consider it a most grievous sin, but the strictness with which the law of excommunication has been enforced has varied. There seems to be more leniency in this regard at present, and some of the brethren seem to feel that this laxity is doing injury among the people by causing them to look upon this sin as being of no very grave import. Bro. Snow said he expected to see the day whe
n a man's blood will be shed for the crime of adultery. (1)
-- 120 years ago - Tues., Dec. 2nd, 1890

The BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team claims the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship for the second year in a row. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Dec 02, 1995

Joseph Smith was harassed in the vicinity of Mentor, while on his way to Painesville, by two non-Mormons. They yelled to him "Do you get any revelations lately?" and added some "blackguard language" to the insult. Possibly the men were referring to allegations that Smith had commanded Mormons Davis and Denton to kill Mentor resident Grandison Newell, in the name of the Lord. Smith noted in his history of the harassment that he had "never laid a straw in their way," thus responding that their abuse of him was unwarranted. [LDS Church History Vol II, p. 323] (3)
-- 175 years ago - (Wed) Dec 2, 1835

1 - Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts
2 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
3 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,

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