55 years ago today - Nov 22, 1962

Yoshihiko Kikuchi, the only native missionary at a zone meeting in Kyushu, Japan, suddenly begins speaking English (a language he does not know) while bearing his testimony. He becomes a general authority in 1977.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

65 years ago today - Nov 22, 1952

While [Ezra Taft] Benson was preparing to help divide a Provo stake, he was told that his wife, Flora, was on the telephone. Eisenhower's office was trying to reach him, she said. "There's really something to it," Benson told himself moments later, concluding "to get off by myself for a while"to "quietly considera course of action." He drove to the campus of nearby Brigham Young University, where he soon located a vacant office and knelt in prayer. Afterwards, he telephoned McKay, who again stressed that he should "accept if it was a clear offer." Nearly twenty-four years later, Benson recalled telling McKay: "I had hoped you'd have a different feeling. I don't want that job [Secretary of Agriculture]."

[Source: "Prophet Remembers Telephone Call from President Eisenhower in '53 (sic)," Church News , June 1, 1984, 6.; Gary James Bergera, '"Rising above Principle": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 1', Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Fall 2008, v 41)]

115 years ago today - Nov 22, 1902

[First Presidency Letter]
Yours of the 10th inst. is duly received. In it you desire to know if you who are of the pure blood of Israel should be permitted to adopt a child in the House of the Lord who is somewhat tinctured with negro blood. As you already know, the seed of Cain inherited the curse pronounced upon their progenitor by the Lord himself, and that curse will remain until He himself shall remove it. This unfortunate class of people are permitted to become members of the Church, but they are prohibited from bearing the priesthood, and therefore prohibited from entering the House of the Lord for ordinance purposes. But while this is the case we see no reason why the child referred to in your letter should not be permitted to be adopted into your family for the purpose of sharing your hospitality and protection.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to Samuel L. Moon and Virginia C. Moon, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

165 years ago today - Nov 22, 1852. Monday.

[William Clayton]
Augusta's sister Clarry called to see me, but was too mad and fiery to hold any conversation. Her husband came afterwards, and threatened to kill me on the spot. He was ordered out of the house, but he stood in the street opposite for sometime foaming and threatening dreadfully.

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

170 years ago today - Nov 22, 1847

Oliver Cowdery: Invited by Brigham Young 22 Nov. 1847 to be rebaptized

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

170 years ago today - Nov 22, 1847

Meeting of the Council of the Twelve .... [Presiding Bishop] N[ewell]. K. Whitney stated that his little child dreamed lately that he saw [2nd Bishop of the church] George Miller trying to drive a flock of Sheep into the River, but he could not succeed'some went one way & some another & he was left alone. W[illard] R[ichards].[: T]he dream is certain & the interpretation sure'

Pres[iden]t. [Heber C.] Kimball came in. Adjourned [at] 5 min[utes]: to 7 without signs & ceremonies'

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

65 years ago today - Nov 21, 1952

"Brother Benson," McKay said, "my mind is clear in the matter. If the opportunity comes in the proper spirit I think you should accept [an appointment from the U.S. President]." "I can't believe that it will come," Benson replied. "I've never even seen Eisenhower, much less met him or spoken with him.".

[Source: Gary James Bergera, '"Rising above Principle": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 1', Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Fall 2008, v 41)]

130 years ago today - Nov 21, 1887 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
We were notified that there was danger of the Marshal coming up and taking possession of the books and papers this morning, and we endeavored to exercise vigilance by having the brethren acting as guards keep on the lookout. ...

We intended to have left the office this evening; but there was so much work to be done that we concluded to stay another day, although at some risk. I had an interview with my son Abraham on business this afternoon... He has been very successful in managing the trials up there, and by spending a little money has succeeded in keeping a number of our brethren out of the clutches of our enemies. I felt to congratulate him very much on his own escape, he having been discharged from arrest.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

150 years ago today - Nov 21, 1867 (Thursday)

The first number of the Deseret Evening News was issued in G.S.L. City; Geo. Q. Cannon, editor.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

160 years ago today - Nov 21, 1857

Gov. Cumming wrote a letter to Brigham Young informing him that violent acts authorized and commanded are treasonable; that those involved are subject to the penalties accorded traitors; and the Territory is in a state of rebellion. He also issued a Proclamation to the people of Utah stating his duty "to enforce unconditional obedience." He assured that there would be no interference with their right to religious freedom.

[Source: Hale, Van, Mormon Miscellaneous, Utah War Chronology, http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html]

165 years ago today - Nov 21, 1852. Sunday.

[William Clayton]
We arrived at St. Louis at noon... Elder Orson Pratt is here and has been preaching on the plurality doctrine, and also read the revelation. I understand quite a number have sent in their resignation in consequence.

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

175 years ago today - Nov 21, 1842

[Wilford Woodruff]
Two of our Brethren was found frose to death on the prairie. Alpheus Harmon & his Nephew were the persons. They were found several miles apart.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

10 years ago today - Nov 20, 2007

In Utah polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, self-proclaimed prophet of a breakaway Mormon sect, was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for forcing a 14-year-old to marry her first cousin. In 2010 the Utah Supreme Court reversed the convictions of Jeffs and ordered a new trial saying a jury received incorrect instructions.

[Source: Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb, http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah]

85 years ago today - Nov 20, 1932

The report of total tithes received in 104 stakes during the nine months ending September 30 was submitted, showing a net decrease as compared with the previous year of $82,788 53 stakes reported an increase in tithes received. There was a net increase of 5,744 tithepayers. ... The attention of President Ivins was called to the action taken against Sister Elizabeth D. Barton by the Bishop's court of the 19th Ward of the Salt Lake Stake for alleged polygamy. The suggestion was made by the Bishopric that if the County Attorney were to be encouraged to prosecute some case of this kind it would have a salutary effect upon other individuals. President Ivins expressed approval of such a plan.

[Source: First Presidency, Meeting with Presiding Bishopric, Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

95 years ago today - Nov 20, 1922

[George F. Richards]
Spent a busy day there [Salt Lake temple] considering the ordinances and suggestive changes for harmony's sake and for clarification.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Nov. 20, 1922, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

115 years ago today - Thursday, Nov 20, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
The council took up a question from the Y.M.M.I.A general board, as follows: Apostle Merrill had recently advised the young ladies of the Benson Stake to meet in the afternoon instead of the evening as heretofore. The young ladies were rather opposed to this change as it would interfere with the preliminary program provided in the manual for conjoint use by both organizations. The question to be determined was this, should the young ladies be required to hold their meetings in the afternoon, thus interfering with the plan followed generally throughout the church or should they meet in the evening? Apostle Merrill said in defense of his position that the young ladies—his own daughters among them—through attendance at said meetings were often out until 11 and 12 o'clock at night, and he objected to it. He referred to the many evils that usually grow

out of the habit of keeping late hours. Apostle Jno. H. Smith spoke strongly in regard to the many evils practiced among the young people of the church. He endorsed Apostle Merrill's position. He thought some steps should be taken to stem the tide of evil.

Apostle Clawson said that he appreciated the fact that evils existed among the young, but he did not think that this unfortunate condition was enhanced by the Mutual Improvement organizations. He believed that the objection offered by Apostle Merrill might be met in part, if not altogether, by commencing the meetings at a uniformly early hour—6:30 or 7 p.m. instead of 8 and 8:30 p.m. Pres. Smith expressed the view that the sexual evils in our midst did not arise from or because of the M.I.A. meetings, but rather from other causes. These organizations certainly have a restraining influence upon the minds of the young.

After some further discussion, Apostle Clawson moved that the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. be instructed to make a special effort to establish a uniformly early hour for commencing the evening meetings throughout the stakes of Zion. The motion was seconded, but was not carried for the reason that Pres. Smith suggested that a committee be appointed to investigate the matter and report. Suggestion approved.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

135 years ago today - Nov 20, 1882 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
The last time I was in this place [Pettiville] Prest. Young in going out of the town saw a wolf and fired a pistol at it out of his carriage. The pistol in recoiling struck him in the nose making a severe wound, from the effect of which he fainted. The affair created great excitement in the company. This must be twelve or thirteen years since. ... I learned there were 125 members of the Sunday School in this place, which shows how prolific the parents must be, being a large number of children for the number of families.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

160 years ago today - Nov 20, 1857

[Mountain Meadows]
John D. Lee writes a fictionalized report of the massacre, attributing all the killing to the Indians, and sends it do Young.

[Source: Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html]

160 years ago today - Nov 20, 1857

Orrin Porter Rockwell leaves Salt Lake City with four members of Aiken party of six California emigrants whom Mormons arrest as "supposed spies." After camping near Nephi, Utah, Mormon guards murder two, then kill two survivors who had been nursed by Mormons at Nephi. In Salt Lake City William A. Hickman kills one of Aiken party, but last man escapes to California. Hickman claims he reported these killings to Brigham Young afterward. Rockwell is arrested but dies before trial begins for remaining Mormon defendant, who is acquitted due to lack of corpse as evidence. Russia's ambassador warns Czar's Foreign Minister of newspaper rumors, which U.S. presídent James Buchanan has implied are true, that Mormons are preparing to abandon Utah and "head North to settle on the lands of the Hudson Bay Company or in our American possessions" of Alaska. Russia's ambassador concludes that this "would force us either to offer armed resistance or give up a part of our territory" to Mormons. Czar Alexander II writes on this secret dispatch: "This supports the idea of settling right now the question of our American possessions." Thus, untrue rumor of Mormon intentions causes Czar to decide on disposing of Russia's only colony in North America, which Russia sells to United States in 1868.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

180 years ago today - Nov 20, 1837

The high council at Kirtland brings charges against several people who are following revelations given to Collins Brewster, supposedly translated by him from the book of Moroni. Moses Norris ordained Brewster a prophet. Fellowship is withdrawn.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

25 years ago today - Nov 19, 1992.

Timothy B. Wilson of Nephi, Utah, who is preparing Mormon's Book: A Modern English Rendering for publication in 1993, is called in by his stake president (Pioneer Stake in Provo) and asked about his project and whether he knows Avraham Gileadi. Tim does not, although Gileadi's wife is editing his book. His stake president also asks whether he would drop the project if he were so instructed. Tim has already received verbal confirmation from Church Copyrights and Permissions that his project does not infringe on the church's copyright and is awaiting written confirmation at the time of the interview. According to a Salt Lake Tribune article, Tim's bishop (Pioneer Third Ward of Provo) told him that the First Presidency "objected to the format of his book," which arranged the standard and modernized rendering verse by verse in parallel columns. Tim revised his rendering to a paragraph, rather than verse, format in an effort to resolve the problem. Inspired by President Benson's challenge to "flood the earth with the Book of Mormon," he has spent two years and $20,000 on this project, which he hopes will makes the Book of Mormon more accessible to millions of readers.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

50 years ago today - Nov 19,1967

BYU's administration discuss possibility of taking legal action to close down off campus student newspaper.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996, http://amzn.to/extensions-power]

125 years ago today - Nov 19, 1892 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
I also received a painful letter from Brother Wm. H. Shearman. He feels himself unworthy to bear the priesthood and desires to be dropped from it, and returns me his certificate. He is threatened with dementia, and I fear that he will lose his reason. He suffers dreadfully, it seems, from this depression, and has the idea that he is utterly unworthy of the Lord's favor.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

140 years ago today - Nov 19, 1877

Revelation to Apostle John Taylor, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, on 19 November 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.

I have been asking the Lord to show me how to adjust the property of the Church, held in the name of the late President Brigham Young, so as to do justice to his estate and yet not wrong the Church, and have received the following answer:

You have ask of me, and others of the Twelve have asked of me, that wisdom might be given you to adjust these property matters of the Church; Thus saith the Lord: Be one, be united, be honest, act upon the principles of justice and righteousness to the living and to the dead and to my Church, and I, the Lord, will sustain you and will acknowledge your labors. Amen.

(Joseph F. Smith Papers, LDS archives, as cited in Fred C. Collier, comp., Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

[Source: Salt Lake City: Collier's Publishing Co., 2nd ed., 1981], 1:119, at Marquardt, H. Michael, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm]

165 years ago today - Nov 19, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
We only went five miles to day in consequence of Br Jones health and encamped at the head of Los Vagus [Las Vegas] which is formed of a boiling Spring of pure water about blood heat. This Spring is some 20 feet in diamiter, of a circular form, the water about 2 feet deep, the bottom quick sand, boiling and heaving up like thick boiling soup, as the water forces its way through it. Held prayer circle & meeting & again prayers, for Br Jones after which he was better[.] Hard rain again to night.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

180 years ago today - Nov 19, 1837

[After describing a day of preaching, baptizing and confirming new members of the church, Wilford Woodruff writes in code:] <We will have the prince of darkness to command [-] the day. Power [of] darkness fails.>

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

45 years ago today - Nov 18, 1972

The Church News reports that one million "family group sheets" have been stolen from the LDS genealogical library by researchers: "We appeal to all those who may have archive sheets belonging to the society to return them. No questions will be asked."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

130 years ago today - Nov 18, 1887

[Marriner W. Merrill]
I wrote Jos. H. Parry, 26 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, for two copies of the Book of Jasher, one for Temple and one for myself.

[Source: Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

135 years ago today - Nov 18, 1882 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
I had a most delightful conversation with Prest. Taylor upon doctrine. Listened to his views about our Father in heaven (Adam) and Jesus, and gave him some of mine upon the same subjects.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

185 years ago today - Nov 18, 1832

[Zebedee Coltrin]
"18 the went to meating the Lord blest [blessed] us much and in the Eaving [Evening] had meatig [meeting] Br Green Speak in tongs [tongues] and Br Joseph Smith with tongs [tongues] also by the Holy ghost"

[Source: Zebedee Coltrin Journal]

105 years ago today - Nov 17, 1912

[Rudger Clawson]
Mobbed in Bristol, England.

[Source: Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

175 years ago today - Nov 17, 1842 (Thursday)

Alpheus Harmon was frozen to death on the prairie, between Nauvoo and Carthage, Ill., as he was returning home from a mission.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

25 years ago today - Nov 16, 1992.

The summer 1992 issue of Brigham Young University Studies (vol. 32, no. 3, 1992) arrives, including "a revision of portions" of Elder Maxwell's FARMS banquet address, and "the main part" of BYU Provost Bruce C. Hafen's address to the faculty in September 1992, "edited . . . for distribution to a wider audience." In it he warns "troubled" faculty, "Conscientious private communication may ultimately be of real help to the Church and its leaders, but public expression . . . may simply spray another burst of spiritual shrapnel through the ranks of trusting and vulnerable students." He adds, "The statement by the First Presidency and the Twelve . . . counseling against any participation in certain kinds of symposia . . . is not primarily a BYU matter--but it clearly speaks to BYU people. It is written in nondirective, nonpunitive terms, but its expectations are clear to those with both eyes open. . . . If a few among us create enough reason for doubt about the rest of us, that can erode our support among Church members and Church leaders enough to mortally wound our ability to pursue freely the dream of a great university in Zion."

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

50 years ago today - Nov 16, 1967

Following the presentation of the picture [new temple film] [,] Elder Evans stated that this is the first improvement that the committee had attempted to make since the President instructed them 12 years ago to prepare a film for the Swiss Temple, which film is now in use in several of the temples. ... President Brown commented that there is very little change, that the words are the same [and] there are a few modifications and refinements [but] nothing that changes the meaning, the wording[,] or the significance of the film [presentation]. President Brown and President Tanner had reviewed it yesterday and were greatly impressed by it and thought it should be presented to the President for his consideration. President McKay said that he approved it just as it is, and authorization was therefore given for the committee to go forward with the project...

[Source: Minutes of a meeting, Nov. 16, 1967, included in the David O. McKay diary, Nov. 16, 1967, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Nov 16, 1847 (Council Meeting)

Br. Orson Pratt stated yesterday there is no difference between me and the Twelve only on account of my age... Must man be eternally grumbling because my stick is the longest? ... If my lot is to preside over the Church and I am the head of the Quorum-I am the mouth piece and you are the belly-Now tell the [occasion] where I failed-I chastised Brother Parley Pratt-I asked the Quorum if I had a right to chastise and I could not get a man to squeak- ... -I said in this room the other day that I would pledge that hand (striking the table) that Parley Pratt had committed adultery-It was shown to me in the valley-They committed an insult on the Holy Priesthood-and I say again, I will chastise you when I please, and how I please, and say what I please-Put some one else in my room-and I will do as Orson Pratt has done, teach my children, and suck my thumbs-and let you do all your load yourself-Brother Orson never felt the burden of the President...- Now to the subject: [Parley] Pratt came to this place and insulted me, and my Quorum, and the Priesthood-and insulted the Almighty-... I told the Saints and by the President/Priesthood. The very roads on the prairie show how they were led-Did Parley Pratt lead that body?-No-the Devil led it-I shall never have any rest until I get in that Valley and Parley Pratt and John Taylor bow down and confess that they are not Brigham Young. They are devoid of the authority-When they returned from England, they got the big head and said I am the Twelve-Did I ever say so? No, never-Why don't some of you get up and tell me the nature of my office. Brother Orson is as ignorant of it as he was ten years ago. I wonder if I am not hurt? Yes I am. I have scolded Brother Benson, he had a good team and was anxious to get home, but all in good nature. was it a private concern with PP and JT? No, it concerns the entire gathering - Brother Amasa was careless about hunting camping places, he manifested a careless spirit. If I had been able I would do it all the time - I had that care that no other man bore - that is the only time I ever spoke of him. What is Brother John Taylor's course?-I know it [and] I tell you a few points-He tried to gull every Sovereign and Shilling in England-and let the rest of the Twelve come home naked-Just as quick as he was in the Quorum-he said you are my niggers and you shall black my boots and he ride you all the time (voice: several, that's a fact). He will throw burdens on this Church and I will tell of it when I please-I feel Independent, and if you don't like it, just try titles-When I make decisions, the Spirit tells me to do so, and if you don't like it-well, just wrestle for it and see who is right-Yet I feel my nothingness as much as any of you, and if the Lord don't lead us we shall go wrong-W e should all go to the Devil-What does Orson Pratt do? Why, sit in his house all the time-... -But I have a carriage and can ride over you-but I will be untrammeled too-The question is I want the brethren to decide-But I should have told Parley, Brother Pratt, you have done wrong and you have insulted me [and God] as well as Brother Brigham-... Joseph's instructions were if one of the Twelve were to go and do wrong-just go and get him home and smother it up-But I talk to them because I want them to live-It is not because I want Brother Parley Pratt and John Taylor to die-but to live-and the only way to save those men is to talk as I do-... If a lot falls on a man to be King-is he not King? I just will be perfectly untrammeled... I believe when the President, if he was absolutely wrong, God would disown him and the Church would disown him too-Has eleven men the right to say- ... - I am the President of the Twelve-they are the head of the people. I am mouth-I will say as I please and do as I please and-if I am right, all lift up the right hand. (Up-Kimball, Richards, Smith, Woodruff, Benson, Lyman, Phelps, and Bullock.) Those who say Orson is right, lift up the right hand-Orson held a hand up. That is nine to one- ... I feel towards the twelve same as I do to my pet young ones, that I could put them in my pockets same as my wives and children. I mean to act according to the Holy Ghost. I want to put you in my pockets so that when I want to talk with you, I put my hand in my pocket, take you out and talk with you'- I have loved the twelve more than they have loved each other'- I have but one unruly member of my body, my tongue'- Any man who wants to stand where I am he must be a lion'-severe chastisement, and it is, but receive it kindly and it will do you good'- -- Winter Quarters, Nebraska

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Papers, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.. (A reference reading LJA 12-55-5, 10, means LJA Series 12, Box 55, Folder 5, page 10.) 9-12-3, 85-96, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

170 years ago today - Nov 16, 1847

Young claims that Apostles Taylor and Parley P. Pratt "had committed adultery" when "they committed an insult on the Holy Priesthood" by marrying plural wives to each other in 1846 and 1847 despite Young's refusal to authorize these marriages. When the Quorum of Twelve excommunicates William W. Phelps on Dec 5 for doing the same offense, the apostles agree that Apostles Pratt and Taylor were equally guilty but pursue no action against them.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

25 years ago today - Nov 15, 1992.

Cecilia Konchar Farr is called into a friendly meeting with her stake president, who explains candidly that he is acting on instructions from the area president to interview her on her general faithfulness and report back. He is not aware of Cecilia's harassed situation at BYU, that other BYU professors have been called in, or the associated issues of academic freedom. Cecilia describes a talk on Mormonism and feminism she gave in sacrament meeting soon after the lengthy interview with her in the Salt Lake Tribune. The stake president responds enthusiastically, "That's great with me. I'll report back that you're okay."

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

105 years ago today - Nov 15, 1912

[First Presidency to Samuel O. Bennion]
[Son of former First Presidency counselor George Q. Cannon, and first Utah Senator] Frank J. Cannon was excommunicated for apostasy, and not for apostasy and immoral conduct, and therefore the published leaflet entitled, 'Ex-Senator Frank J. Cannon's opinion of the Mormon Prophet Joseph F. Smith months after the prophet's selection and months prior to Cannon's excommunication from the Mormon Church for apostasy and immoral conduct,' may be construed as libelous, and doubtless would be; and therefore ... unless the words, 'for apostasy and immoral conduct' in the title page immediately after 'Mormon Church' can be FULLY obliterated by printing heavy black marks over these words. If this can be satisfactorily done, it would be all right to distribute the leaflet, otherwise it should be suppressed.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to Samuel O. Bennion, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

125 years ago today - Nov 15, 1892 • Tuesday

[George Q. Cannon]
I submitted the question to some of the brethren whether it was not a proper thing, now that President Woodruff was Trustee-in-trust for the church, that the amount allowed him for services should be increased. He receives now $5000 per annum, and my proposition was to increase that to $6000, as I knew he was cramped and had to incur debt, which everyone knew was abhorrent to him. President Woodruff for years and years labored as one of the Twelve traveling, preaching throughout the Territory, and never drew anything from the church to sustain himself and his family. Now that his life is so advanced, I felt that we should endeavor to make his days as easily as possible. President Joseph F. Smith heartily assented to it, as also did Brothers F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman and J. H. Smith.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

130 years ago today - Nov 15, 1887 • Tuesday

[George Q. Cannon]
[After the confiscation of church properties] They informed to us that the Temple Block was offered to [rent back to] us at $1/ per month. Brothers W. Woodruff and Jos. F. Smith expressed themselves emphatically at once that they would not pay it. I did not say anything upon the subject; for it was not clear to me whether a refusal of this kind would be prudent, under the circumstances. My natural feelings would prompt to say as they did, because it is an outrage that we should be required to pay rent for our property; but it is a very valuable property, and if, by paying $1/ per month and sacrificing our feelings somewhat, we could retain it in our own possession, it seems to me that it is worth considering. ... President Woodruff was very much exhausted.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

130 years ago today - Nov 15, 1887 (Tuesday)

Receiver Dyer took possession of the Historian's Office and the Gardo House. The Tithing Office and Historian's Office were leased to the Church. The marshal demanded the President's Office delivered to him.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

140 years ago today - Nov 15, 1877

[John Taylor to Utah Stake Presidents]
[Contrary to Brigham Young's policy, the Endowment House would be opened for marriage sealings because of the difficulty of travelling to the St. George temple] ... for the purpose of giving endowments to the very aged, sick or inform, such, and such only as their Bishops may think will probably not live until the Temple at Salt Lake City, Manti or Logan is completed and opened. Those desiring to receive the benefit of these ordinances must obtain a recommend from the Bishop of the Ward or settlement in which they reside, or in the absence of the Bishop the recommend may be signed by the President of the Stake ... No persons will be eligible to receive these blessings except they have been rebaptized.

[Source: John Taylor, Letter to Utah Stake Presidents, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

175 years ago today - Nov 15, 1842 (Tuesday)

Apostle John Taylor succeeded Joseph Smith as editor of the Times and Seasons.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

180 years ago today - mid Nov 1837

The [Kirtland Saftey Society] formally closed its doors in Kirtland and went out of business.

[Source: Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm]

55 years ago today - 55 years ago - Nov 14, 1962

Unknown persons plant a bomb at the Salt Lake temple and blow out its east doors and three floors of windows on its east wall.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

110 years ago today - 110 years ago - Nov 14, 1907

Howard W. Hunter, later a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the fourteenth President of the Church, is born in Boise, Idaho.

125 years ago today - 125 years ago - Nov 14, 1892 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
I was deeply impressed this morning before arising with the feeling that it was wrong for me to indulge in so much grief, and it seemed as though I was plainly told that I ought to dry up my tears, and not allow my feelings of sorrow to have the effect upon me they had had, that it was not pleasing in the sight of the Lord. My daughter Mary Alice has also been yielding to her grief, for he was very dear to her. I talked to her also in the same strain, for she had been going without food and sleep, and abandoning herself to her grief. I told her it was sinful and she must stop it.

I must say in relation to the honor paid to myself and family that I felt it was far beyond our deserts, and I almost felt humbled by the prominence that was given to the funeral and the multitudes that attended.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

130 years ago today - Nov 14, 1887 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
I disguised myself and was driven by Bro. Wilcken to Bro. Armstrong's in time for breakfast. Presidents Woodruff and Jos. F. Smith were there. We had a very busy day; took some time to listen to the reading of the correspondence, which had accumulated. ... It was decided best to rent the Tithing Office [now under government control] and premises, even if $200/ per month had to be paid for them.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

165 years ago today - Nov 14, 1852

[Heber C. Kimball]
When we escape from this earth, do we suppose we are going to heaven? Do you suppose you are going to the earth that Adam came from? that Eloheim came from? where Jehovah the Lord came from? No. When you have learned to become obedient to the Father that dwells upon this earth, to the Father and God of this earth, and obedient to the messengers He sends---when you have done all that, remember you are not going to leave this earth. You will never leave it until you become qualified, and capable, and capacitated to become a father of an earth yourselves.

[Source: J.D. 1:356; Tabernacle SLC; President Heber C. Kimball; November 14, 1852. See also Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney, p. 460; "Concepts Quotations Dealing With the Origin, Identity Position of Adam Eve"]

170 years ago today - Nov 14, 1847

[Brigham Young]
President Young spoke against the present practice of dancing. Mingling with all manner of people in the dance. The control of dancing was left to the bishops as they were the judges and had the over sight of their wards and for them to always be present at all such parties in their wards. -- Winter Quarters, Nebraska

[Source: On the Mormon Frontier, the Diaries of Hosea Stout. Juanita Brooks, ed. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1964. 1:288, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

185 years ago today - Nov 14, 1832

In Kirtland Smith "speak[s] with Tongues and Sing[s] in Tongues also," having learned about speaking with "unknown tongues" from Young a week earlier.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

25 years ago today - 13-Nov 14, 1992.

Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen, president of the Utah South Area, addresses the area priesthood leadership meeting. Elders Henry B. Eyring and Joseph B. Wirthlin are also in attendance. According to an attendee, Elder Jeppsen defines "a spectrum" of church members including "an increasing number . . . who still cling to their membership" but "are pursuing paths to apostasy." In the center are "the mainstream of the Saints, whose who follow the guidance of the latter-day prophets." To the right are four groups: "the priestcrafters who sell their services of gospel understanding for money, the latter-day gnostics who believe that they are endowed with special knowledge of the mysteries and that the veil has been rent for them, the doomsayers who forecast future events, and the cultists who practice polygamy or other doctrines that are not taught by the Church." To the left are "the feminists: those who advocate a mother in heaven and women holding the priesthood, the intellectuals who advocate a naturalistic explanation for the Book of Mormon and other revelations, and the dissenters: those who challenge the interpretation of the leadership of the Church." According to this report, Elder Jeppsen also characterizes Satan as "the great multiplier of perspectives in this earth" while "Jesus Christ is the great consolidator of all truth. . . He is asking us that we follow the brethren unquestionably [sic]." Also in the same priesthood meeting, one speaker (not identified) gives a list of fifteen "false teachings," including specific dates for the Second Coming, "praying to a Mother in Heaven," explicit preparations for attacks by Russians and others, and teaching where and when the ten tribes will return.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

115 years ago today - Thursday, Nov 13, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
Pat. Jno. Smith [Presiding Patriarch John Smith] remained home all day Sunday to write letters and on Monday went to Provo to see his sick boy. He said that Black Jane [i.e., Jane Manning James] had called on him and wanted to know when the curse would be taken off that she might have her endowments. Brother John was instructed to tell her to be patient and wait a little longer; that the Lord has his eye on her and would be far better to her than ever she had dreamed.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

165 years ago today - Nov 13, 1852 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. Keeler returned this morning from Honua<u>la and was rejoiced to see and hear the news; ... I had received was a postscript in Bro. Cain's letter dated Aug 31st; stating that the doctrine [of plural marriage] was published to the world; Bro. O. [Orson] Pratt read the revelation and preached on it Sunday, 29th Aug., and the revelation together with his sermon was to be published. This is what I have been expecting and looking for some time; it is all right and I think it will be apt to bring things to a focus—I believe it to be the proper time therefore the Lord will sustain his servants.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

60 years ago today - Nov 12, 1957

After his first meeting with John F. Kennedy, David O McKay recorded "I enjoyed my visit with him, although [I was] not too much impressed with him as a leader."

A little more than two years later, however, McKay had warmed up to the Massachusetts senator: "We had a very pleasant interview with Senator Kennedy, talking on various domestic and international subjects. I was very much impressed with him, and think that the country will be in good hands if he is elected as he seems to be a man of high character"

[Source: McKay diary, November 12, 1957, January 30, 1960.; Gary James Bergera, "Weak-Kneed Republicans and Socialist Democrats": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 2, Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought, (Winter 2008, vol 41)]

165 years ago today - Nov 12, 1852 (Friday)

Elder John A. Ahmanson was brought as a prisoner to Frederikstad, Norway. Thus all the missionaries in that country were in jail.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

55 years ago today - Nov 11, 1962

A few days after Benson publicly endorsed the Birch Society, [Hugh B.] Brown himself wrote in November 1962 that he was "disgusted" by Benson's activities "in connection with the John Birch Society," and if they did not cease, "some disciplinary action should be taken."

[Source: Brown to Gustive O. Larson, 11 Nov. 1962, in answer to Larson's letter of 1 Nov., folder 12, box 10, Larson Papers, archives, Lee Library. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

100 years ago today - Nov 11, 1917

[James E. Talmage]
After not being able to find the Latter-day Saints in Buffalo, New York, Talmage attends church services at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He also visits Niagara Falls, writing in his journal that "I felt that I was worshiping at God's own shrine".

[Source: Chronology of the Life and Work of James E. Talmage, J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJsHY83JZL_n6CjWq11y1trT_CVXMMXAx2uYOWAwn0c/edit#heading=h.2zfdaoa; MSS 229, Box 5, Folder 6. Journal 22 ]

140 years ago today - Nov 11, 1877

Apostle Charles C. Rich preaches: "When I first received the gospel [in 1832] I did not expect forty-seven years to pass away before the prophecies would be fulfilled concerning the second coming of the Savior, and the end of the world." (published in the Deseret News, 17 Jan. 1878)

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

145 years ago today - Nov 11, 1872

Maude Ewing Adams, later a popular stage actress in the early twentieth century and particularly noted for her title role in Peter Pan, is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

145 years ago today - Nov 11, 1872

Brigham Young re-establishes the School of the Prophets in Salt Lake City, with tighter controls on membership and attendance to protect confidentiality. At this meeting, second counselor Daniel H. Wells says, "The violation of the Word of Wisdom is not a matter of fellowship and will not clip a man in his glory; but he will not have the blessings which are promised."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

40 years ago today - Nov 10, 1977

Pope Paul VI abolished the automatic excommunication imposed on divorced American Catholics who remarried. This penalty of excommunication was first handed down by the Plenary Council of American Bishops in 1884.

[Source: Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline]

105 years ago today - Nov 10, 1912

[Thomas A. Clawson Diary]
"Went to High Priests (Sic) Quorum Meeting at 10 A.M. It was very interesting bro Jos. E. Taylor [brother of President John Taylor] read an account of some predictions made by Joseph Smith the Prophet in Nauvoo in 1844 [White Horse Prophecy] in which he said that the Ottoman Empire would be the first great nation to crumble away in order that the gospel might be preached to the inhabitance (Sic) of that country. He said also that he would speak in parables and would liken the Saints to the White horse of Peace who should be established in the Valleys of the Mountains That the Greek and Roman Church should become united and would eventually be lead (Sic) by the Czar of Russia who would be represented by the Black horse or war. and he would lead his armies against Jerusalem and is the God and Magog of the scriptures. THat England is represented by the Red horse and would be the last of the great nations to fall because of great amount of the blood of Isreal (Sic) that was sprinkled among her people and who would be gathered out first. She would hold the balance of power among the nations and would assist the White horse when in need. It would be the while horse that would save the constitution when it was held only by a thread as fine as the finest filiment (Sic) of a silken cord. That there would [be] a great famin (Sic) in the Land of the White horse, not due to the ground failing to yielding (Sic) up her bounties but to the great multitude who flock her (Sic) for peace and perservation from the great unrest of the world. The reading of these predictions were brought out by the present crisis in the affairs of Europe by the defeat of the Turkish Army and the threatened fall of Constantinople."

[Source: Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

160 years ago today - Nov 10, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
It snowed all day & was Cold. 1,300 men are ordered into the mountains in addition to those already there Col Phileman C Merrill Commanding. The Davis County troops past the governor office for the mountains with 242 men 56 of which were mounted 17 offercers of the line & 4 of the col staff. They had 23 Baggage waggons. After stoping a short time in front of the Gov office they Continued their march towards the mountains of snow as near 2,000 of their Brethren had done before to meet the Enemy [U.S. troops]. Many went with wet feet poor shoes & straw hats on without tents or fire at night as they Could not reach timber untill next day. Yet it shoes the willingness the saints have to maintain the kingdom of God & defend themselves against our Enemies. It was a cold night.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - Nov 10, 1837

[Wilford Woodruff]
... Mr Crockett in some respects is a wonderful man. <I dreamed a wonderful dream at his house.> In dreams and visions &c.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

45 years ago today - Nov 09, 1972

The International Mission is organized for members of the Church living in areas where no formal missionary work is being conducted.

85 years ago today - Nov 9, 1932

[Heber J. Grant]
I got up this morning at 2:30 and phoned the Tribune to learn how the election had gone and was informed that practically all of the Republicans had been defeated, Senator Smoot among the number. My heart goes out in deep sympathy to Senator [and apostle] Smoot. After thirty years of the most splendid labor, the most diligent work that I think any man ever performed in the Senate, to have the people be so ungrateful for all he has done for Utah as to leave him home, it must be a terrible disappointment to him.

I had a poor night's rest. ...

I called on John F. Fitzpatrick'met him in Mr. Kearns' office'and thanked them for the splendid treatment given by the Tribune during the election campaign and told them that I was delighted with their support of Senator Smoot, without mentioning any names. ...

Senator Reed Smoot and Isaac M. Stewart called on me. The Senator was greatly disappointed because of the outcome of the election. The only consolation that can come to him is that practically all the Republicans throughout the nation were defeated; he is no exception to the general rule.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

125 years ago today - Nov 9, 1892

[Franklin D. Richards]
Papers report a most wonderful Democratic majorityin most of the largest states in the Union as well as in Utah. Like a tidal wave it has swept the whole country landing the Republican party high & dry. I called on Junior [i.e., Francis M. Lyman Jr.] at his office and from him learned of the crushing defeat of the republicans throughout the United States. It is a Perfect landslide for the Democratic party in Utah as well as throughout the Nation. It comes as the voice of a great people in thunder tones. Republicans bow humbly to the sovereign will. We all acknowledge the ha[n]d of God in it all.

[Source: Franklin D. Richards Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

160 years ago today - Nov 9, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
I also found that the City had been alive with soldiers since mid night preparing to go into the mountains to meet with our Enemies. An express arived during the night saying that the Cavalry was advanceing upon Bridger under a gallop and the picket guard had to run their Horses to get out of the way.

Col Johnson Arived in Camp of the main Armey. He said to Maj Allen whom they held a prisioner "God damn you when I get to Bridger I will hang you." Maj Allen thinking there was not much Chance for his life & prefered shooting to Hanging during the same evening being Closely guarded by 24 men He pulled off his Boots & walked up to a fire to warm his toes. While steping around to warm his feet He made a spring & cleared himself from the guard. He run into the midst of a heard of Cattle so they Could not shoot him. Horsmen immediately started in persuit of him but in the darkness of the night they Could not over take him. He run in his stocking feet in the snow for 30 miles Carrying his Boots in his hand not dareing to stop to put them on & arived in our Camps in safety.

Our men took 100 head of Cattle one night & 300 head another which were now coming in.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Nov 9, 1852

Patriarchal Blessing of Matthias Cowley ... I continue the Blessing which I Sealed upon you in former days - thou art of the blood of Judah, ... you shall also visit the land of Palestine and proclaim the Gospel to the Jews, the Lord[']s ancient covenant people, and you shall be esteemed as a Mighty Prophet amongst them, - thousands will receive thy testimony, and confess that Jesus is the true Messiah, you shall see Jerusalem established in the hands of the Jews, according to the revelations of the Lord. you shall also see the Temple built in Jackson County, Missouri, and shall receive the fulness of the Priesthood with thy companions - you shall receive an endowment in that Temple, which is the greatest blessing you ever have received - your companions shall be many, and your children shall be numerous; shall increase upon the Mountains of Israel so numerous that they cannot be numbered. You shall live to see the closing scene of wickedness on the earth - be satisfied with riches, and inherit all the blessings of the Redeemer[']s Kingdom, with all your Father[']s house, even so, Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

180 years ago today - --9 [November, 1837].

[Willard Richards]
--Met at Mr. Ingra's, and confirmed those baptized. During the night my lodgings were surrounded by hundreds of persons, yelling and howling.

[Source: Willard Richards Journal]

85 years ago today - Nov 8, 1932

Utah Mormons overwhelmingly vote for Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt as the U.S. president and for all other New Deal candidates. Defeated after nearly thirty years in the U.S. Senate, Apostle Reed Smoot is resentful that Heber J. Grant decided not to ask Mormons at the October conference to re-elect him. He never forgives Democratic counselor Anthony W. Ivins for persuading Grant against an official endorsement.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

105 years ago today - Nov 8, 1912

The First Presidency organized the Correlation Committee, under the direction of Apostle David O McKay as the chairman of the committee. This was apparently the first use of the term "correlation." Although the committee worked for several years, it failed to accomplish its assignment of correlating the curricula of the various Priesthood quorums and Auxiliaries, but it was more successful in implementing age specific quorums in the wards.

[Source: Correlation Timeline, Compiled by Lisle Brown]

115 years ago today - Nov 8, 1902

Joseph F. Smith tells a congregation how he was once ready to stab a man to death on the suspicion that this man approved afterwards of the killing of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

125 years ago today - Tuesday, Nov 8, 1892

[John Henry Smith]
Salt Lake City

The World is on fire today. I went to Republican headquarters in the evening and soon learned that everything all over the land was going Democratic.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

160 years ago today - Nov 8, 1857

[Heber C. Kimball]
Now, brethren, you have got a spirit in you, and that spirit was created and organized---was born and begotten by our Father and our God before we ever took these bodies; and these bodies were formed by him, and through him, and of him, just as much as the spirit was; for I will tell you, he commenced and brought forth spirits; and then, when he completed that work, he commenced and brought forth tabernacles for those spirits to dwell in. I came through him, both spirit and body.

"God designs we should be pure men, holding the oracles of God in holy and pure vessels; but when it is necessary that blood should be shed, we should be as ready to do that as to eat an apple . . . we will let you know that the earth can swallow you up, as it did Korah with his host; and as brother Taylor says, You may dig your graves, and we will slay you, and you may crawl into them...

But they cannot whore it here; for, gentlemen, if there is anything of that kind, we will slay both men and women. We will do it, as the Lord liveth—we will slay such characters. Now, which would be the most worthy to be slain—the woman that had had her endowments and made certain covenants before God, or the man that knew nothing about it? The woman, of course."

[Source: Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, pp. 31, 34-35, 38]

160 years ago today - Nov 8, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
President Brigham Young related the circumstances of their seeing a Circle of about 40 persons dressed in white robes & caps in the upper Story of the Temple in kirtland during the spring of 1835 after the Endowments. Their was no person in that room at the time that was mortal yet the room was filled with light & many personages did appear Clothed in white & freequently went to the windows and looked out So that the Brethren in the street Could see them plainly. Brother Young & Truman Angel stood to gether in the street & looked at them a long time. W W Phelps says he saw them for 3 hours. They were visable by all the Brethren Present. Brother Angel said they must have stood some 2 feet from the floor if they were ownly the size of common men they Could not have been seen from the place whare they stood except it should be the head & those personages appeared nearly down to the waist as they looked out of the window with a front view.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Nov 8, 1852

[A number of couples gathered] in the Temple room. The brethren annointed each other. The wives were annointed by Sister [Elizabeth Ann] Whitney and [Eliza R.] Snow; afterwards all partook of cakes and wine. Some spoke in tongues, etc.

[Source: Journal History, Nov. 8, 1852, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Nov 8, 1847

[Winter Quarters]
... [Orson Hyde]: I now offer a vote of thanks from the bottom of my heart /to my brethren/ for finding us a place in the Rocky mountains'

B. Young[:] I accept the same with thankfulness' Adjourned at 10 min[utes] past 2'till 9 tomorrow A.M.

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

185 years ago today - Nov 8, 1832

We immediately repaired to the woods, where we found the Prophet, and two or three of his brothers, chopping and hauling wood. Here my joy was full at the privilege of shaking the hand of the Prophet of God, and receiving the sure testimony, by the spirit of prophecy, that he was all that any man could believe him to be as a true prophet. He was happy to see us and bid us welcome. We soon returned to his house, he accompanying us. In the evening, a few of the brethren came in, and we conversed upon the things of the kingdom. He called upon me to pray; in my prayer I spoke in tongues. As soon as we arose from our knees, the brethren flocked around him, and asked his opinion concerning the gift of tongues that was upon me. He told them it was the pure Adamic language. Some said to him they expected he would condemn the gift Brother Brigham had, but he said, '"No, it is of God.'" -- Kirtland, Ohio

[Source: History of the Church. 7 Vols. B. H. Roberts, ed. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, Co., 1902. 1:295, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

85 years ago today - Nov 7, 1932

[Heber J. Grant]
I concluded that it would not be wise for me to attend the meeting in the Tabernacle in honor of President Hoover, for fear I would have to go out, which would create comment, and I could not very well explain, so I decided to visit my daughter Rachel Taylor and listen to the President's talk, by radio, and then go to my office, as I understood President Hoover was going to pay me a visit, which he did'he and his wife. My wife Gusta was with me when they called. There accompanied him secret service men, Reed Smoot and wife and some others. I assured the President that I felt highly honored that he should take the time to call at my office. I was very favorably impressed indeed with his talk, in fact I have been favorably impressed with all his talks that I have heard during this campaign. I certainly hope that he will be reelected.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

165 years ago today - Nov 7, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
In the evening [apostle] G[eorge]. A. Smith delivered an address Specially for the missionaries, in which discourse he delivered the following prophecy which however in only an extract of what he said viz:Speaking of the Missionary elders present.

"Every people to whom they preach, their words shall (kindle [crossed out]) tingle in their ears, every language they shall engage to learn, they shall learn it, and shall learn it quicker than any one who has learned it hitherto. – and they shall, many of them, be called to stand before the kings and princes of the earth, and shall bear that testimony to them which will bring to pass the saying that kings shall be their nursing fathers and Queens their nursing mothers,In the name of Israels God – amen.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

180 years ago today - Nov 7, 1837

The First Presidency ordains Isaac Morley a stake patriarch in Missouri. Although the president of the Quorum of Twelve is present, he is not invited to join in the ordination since apostles in the 1830s are not authorized to function in stakes or to ordain stake patriarchs. [Morley had been temporarily incarcerated for treason, arson and murder.]

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

180 years ago today - Nov 7, 1837

Far West "general assembly" elects Joseph president of the whole church and Sidney as a counselor. Counselor Frederick G. Williams is rejected and Hyrum is voted in. Opposition to David Whitmer, W. W. Phelps, and John Whitmer, but ultimately they are elected. A high council is elected, as are members of the Quorum of the Twelve (including the Johnsons and John F. Boynton who had been rejected in Kirtland), bishopric, patriarch, keeper of the Lord's storehouse, presidents of seventies.

[Source: Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

185 years ago today - Nov 7, 1832

Joseph Smith writes letter scolding Edward for use of leases. Becomes D&C 51. Apostate who leaves can retain property. Edward Partidge said to be struck dead if he is not successful.

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: Kirtland Safety Society Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/kirltand-safety-society-timeline-note-this-was-built-back-in-january-2013/]

5 years ago today - 2012-11-06

Mitt Romney, a Mormon, lost to Barack Obama in the general election.

[Source: Mormon Women's History Timeline, http://www1.chapman.edu/~remy/MoFem/mormonwomen.html]

175 years ago today - Nov 6, 1842

Martin Harris: Rebaptized 6 November 1842.

[Source: Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith]

180 years ago today - Nov 6, 1837

Oliver Cowdery: Allowed by leading quorums 6 Nov. 1837 to resolve difficulty with Joseph Smith Jr. over polygamy without involving the church council

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

185 years ago today - Nov 6, 1832

William E. McLellin dates the Fanny Alger "Transaction" to this date in a letter to Joseph Smith III, written 70 years later about his conversation with Emma about Fanny Alger

"Your father [written to Joseph Smith III] committed an act with a Miss Hill—a hired girl. Emma saw him, and spoke to him. He desisted, but Mrs. Smith refused to be satisfied. He called in Dr. Williams, O. Cowdery, and S. Rigdon to reconcile Emma. But she told them just as the circumstances took place. He found he was caught. He confessed humbly, and begged forgiveness. Emma and all forgave him."

An author pseudo named "Historicus" also writes that it occurred on this day

She [Emma Smith] discovered that Joseph had been celesitalizing with this maiden, Fanny, who acknowledged the truth, but Joseph denied it in toto and stigmatized the statement of the girl as a base fabrication. Emma, of course, believed the girl, as she was very well aware that no confidence could be placed in her husband, and she became terrible worked up about it. She was like a mad woman, and acted so violently that Oliver Cowdery and some of the elders were called in to minister to her and 'cast the devil out of sister Emma."

[Source: Letter to Joseph Smith, III, July 1872, Community of Christ Archives, reprint in Stan Larson and Samuel J. Passey, eds., The William E. McLellin Papers, 1854-1880; in Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

185 years ago today - Nov 6, 1832

Emma gives birth to Joseph III. [Joseph Smith III] was born in a house put up for his father on Isaac Morley's farm. His mother had hard labor and the blood went to her head which became black. The prophet became frightened and sent to Willoughby for Dr. Card, and told the messenger to run his horse. The doctor came and bled her and delivered the son.

[Source: Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

115 years ago today - Wednesday, Nov 5, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
During the day I took what to me is a very important step, namely, the closing up of all my accounts at the stores. I shall now make a very strong effort to pay as I go. The evil of running accounts is quite apparent to me, but I presume it will be difficult to overcome the habit of years. It is so easy to say "charge it," and withal so pleasant, that the day of reckoning, which will come with unerring certainty, is lost sight of. In order to carry out the resolution herein referred to, I was under the necessity of borrowing $80.00.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

115 years ago today - Wednesday, Nov 5, 1902

[John Henry Smith]
Salt Lake City

The Country has gone Republican. Utah, Idaho and Montana are said to be all right.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

130 years ago today - Nov 5, 1887

[Wilford Woodruff]
The Court finally decided to appoint a Receiver And the Government sews [sues] me & the Twelve for abot $3,000,000 dollars. I dont think they will get that much.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

175 years ago today - Nov 5, 1842 - Saturday

[Joseph Smith] had a very pleasant visit from some of the Indians who were accompanied by a negro interpreter. They expressed great friendship with the Mormon people, and said they were their friends. After considerable conversation and partaking of victuals they departed evidently highly gratified with their visit.—

[Source: Joseph Smith, Journal, Dec. 1841–Dec. 1842 in "The Book of the Law of the Lord," Record Book, 1841–1845]

45 years ago today - Nov 4, 1972

New 28-story Church Office Building opened.

[Source: Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://lds.net/forums/topic/10668-church-chronology-from-1800-2000-part-1/]

55 years ago today - Nov 4, 1962

After giving a "political" talk to a multi-stake meeting of BYU students in November 1962, religion professor Glenn L. Pearson told one of his students that Elder Benson's support of the Birch Society was a mission from God. Then, described by BYU's president as "the most untactful person I have heard," Pearson said that [Hugh B.] Brown was "a Judas in the First Presidency." The student concluded that a church court should excommunicate Counselor Brown.

[Source: Wilkinson diary, 4 Nov. 1962; conversation reported to Michael Quinn by the student in November 1962, during which time Quinn was also enrolled in Pearson's missionary preparation course. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

165 years ago today - Nov 4, 1852. Thursday.

[William Clayton]
The doctrine of Baneemyism appear to have a many advocates here. The system has Charles B. Thompson as its leader. They are bitterly opposed to President Young and call him the beast. They say Joseph lived and died a Prophet of God, and that all the Revelations which came through him to the day of his martyrdom are true, and binding upon this generation. They preach much against the plurality doctrine, and teach that it is got up by the Twelve to gratify their lusts. How will they get along with the Revelation of July 12, 1843[?] I saw [Libeus] T. Coons, Joseph W. Coolidge, Luke Johnson, Dustin Amy and others of the old Saints, but could find none who were willing to offer the least assistance for our mission. There is a great difference between the Spirit of the Saints here, and those at Salt Lake City.

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

10 years ago today - Nov 3, 2007

A thundering four-color press at a sprawling printing facility located in west Salt Lake City has been running hundreds of thousands of pages per hour, 24 hours a day, six days a week preparing the 2008 curriculum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php]

120 years ago today - Nov 3, 1897

[Heber J. Grant]
Bros. John W. Taylor and Matthias F. Cowley called during conference week [i.e., October 1897] and blessed me. Bro. Taylor seemed particularly inspired while he had his hands on my head, and among other things promised me that I should live to have a son. I felt the spirit burning within me during Bro. Taylor's administration, bearing witness of the inspiration attending the same. After Bro. John W. had confirmed the anointing bestowed upon me, he, Brother Cowley, said he felt impressed to bear testimony that the confirmation delivered by Bro. John W. was inspired by the Lord, and that the promises made should all be fulfilled.

[Grant had lost his only two sons and wanted another son for his namesake. None of his wives produced another son for him.]

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

125 years ago today - Nov 3, 1892

[Francis M. Lyman]
Had some talk with the Bishop upon politics. Find our people nearly all democrats and its dangerous to try to shape their votes to assist the Republicans even in state and national affaires. ... After meeting three of the brethren came down to the Bishops with us and we drew their attention to the vote of our people two years ago and asked that they be consistent and not to go back on their former friends the Republicans in the state and national election. They seem generally to be so thoroughly democratic that we can hardly hope to turn them. Those three and the Bishop seemed willing to do their best in a quiet way. There is such jealousy about the movements of Apostles that we thought it unwise to speak politically before all the brethren. It may be a sorry day when our people get in their democratic work and turn Wyoming over to the Democratic column.

[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Nov 3, 1887

[Heber J. Grant]
Called at the office for a few minutes, and then attended fast meeting in the Eighteenth Ward. Among the speakers was Brother Abinadi Pratt, who prophesied that next October the Church would undergo a very important change. Just what this change would be, he did not say. He also prophesied that President Woodruff would live until after 1891. His prophecy did not strike me as being very definite, or being of very much force.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

135 years ago today - Nov 3, 1882 • Friday

[George Q. Cannon]
[Not feeling well,] My wives Sarah Jane & Eliza waited on me, and I took a foot bath and a sweat. My wife Martha was with me during the evening.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

135 years ago today - Nov 3, 1882

[Wilford Woodruff]
writes in code "<I visited the theater for the first time.>"

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

160 years ago today - Nov 3, 1857

Safe conduct pass signed by Brigham Young that bearer "is hereby granted permission to pass freely and safely through this Territory on his way to California." Since early 1850s there are claìms that it is dangerous for Mormons to attempt to leave Salt Lake City for the East without a pass from Brigham Young.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

180 years ago today - early Nov 1837

Oliver Cowdery confronted Joseph Smith over the matter of Smith's having carried on sexual relations with Miss Fanny Alger in Kirtland. Smith called in witnesses and shook hands with Cowdery, their both having agreed "to drop every past thing."

[Source: Oliver Cowdery Letterbook, Jan. 21, 1838; Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm]

35 years ago today - Nov 2, 1982

Idaho votes to rescind its constitutional "Test Oath" which still technically desfranchises all Mormons.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

75 years ago today - Nov 2, 1942

[J. Reuben Clark]
Mr. Theodore Waller came to see me, stating that he was from the War Re-Location Authority, out of San Francisco, and he wished to get my ideas as to the number of Japanese we could absorb here. I told him that while personally I had no antipathy toward the Japanese, we did not want the war to leave us with a Japanese problem in this State; we preferred no Japanese.

[Source: The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

120 years ago today - Nov 2, 1897

[Franklin D. Richards]
The parties political are badly disintegrated Democratic Republican, Peoples party-Washakies, Dem[ocratic] Silverites, Rep[ublican] Silverites, McKinley Goldbugs, Bryan silverites. I took the liberty to scratch & make up a Ticket of such names as I felt willing to vote & did not inform my friends or my family who I voted for.

[Source: Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

155 years ago today - Nov 2, 1862

Br Brigham spoke in a clear and lucid manner on the unbelief of the Jews, the folly of man compared with the wisdom of God. Showed that truth, virtue, and intelligence would prevail.

[Source: Diary of Charles Lowell Walker. Andrew Karl Larson, ed. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1980, 240, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

175 years ago today - Nov 2, 1842

[Freemasonry]
Abraham Jonas reinstated Nauvoo Lodge's dispensation.

[Source: Homer, Michael W., Joseph's Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism, Chronology]

25 years ago today - Nov 1, 1992.

At the instruction of Elder Russell M. Nelson, Jack and Linda Newell's stake president, Ted M. Jacobsen, informs them that they may not see their files maintained by the Strengthening Church Members Committee.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

45 years ago today - Nov 1, 1972

(November) The church's bureaucracy ("administrative departments") begins moving into the new 28-story Church Office Building. LDS bureaucracy is already larger than the building's capacity, and some unites never move in. Other administrative departments stay in "the tower" only until they establish their own separate quarters. The Church Office Building is not dedicated (and therefore not paid for) until 1975.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

95 years ago today - Nov 1, 1922

The day after Heber J. Grant joins in a public appeal for the election of a man as county sheriff, the First Presidency issues a statement that the church feels "free to use its influence in the promotion of good legislation, honest administration of government and matters calculated to benefit the state and its people."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

130 years ago today - Nov 1, 1887

[Heber J. Grant]
John W. Taylor called on me this evening after the City Council and stopped until a late hour conversing with my wife and I.

He advised me to stop getting into as many business transactions and to close up my affairs so that I would have less care. He thought it was not pleasing in the sight of God for me to work so hard to make means and to carry such a heavy load of debt. He advised me to get rid of a good share of my business, to work less, sleep more, & visit with my family more, and take time enough to eat so that I would not eat as a duty but because I really enjoyed my food. Thought I was killing myself by degrees and was as guilty before God as thought I took my life by a single act.

I am now borrowing something like $75,000. Lucy said she felt impressed that Jno. W. had given us the mind and will of the Lord and that if I did not follow it that I would live to see the day that I sincerely regretted not doing so. Jno W. advised me to make it the great aim and object of my life to get the financial affairs of the people of God arranged in some manner that the opposition of our enemies would be as nothing and could not stand. He thought something in the shape of a United Order was our only hope for salvation temporaly and that if I went to get out of business personally and give my mind to it I might hit upon a plan that would unite and save the people financially.

While John was talking I felt very strongly impressed that his advice was what I actually needed and with the help of our Heavenly Father I shall try and start from this my tenth wedding day, to closing up my affairs. I will make less and live on less.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

130 years ago today - Nov 1, 1887

[Albert Carrington]
Heeding his pleas for clemency, the Council of Twelve Apostles finally allowed his rebaptism into the church on 1 November 1887.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Albert Carrington, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

140 years ago today - Nov 1, 1877

First Presidency Secretary L. John Nuttall records that John Taylor's birthday celebration was attended by "Prest. John Taylor, 6 wives, 17 sons, 8 daughters, 5 daughters-in-law, 3 sons-in-law, 7 grand sons and 6 grand daughters. Total 53."

155 years ago today - Nov 1, 1862

[Recently reebaptized, former apostle] Thomas Baldwin Marsh: Received endowment and sealed to Hannah Adams in Endowment House 1 November 1862. Moved to Ogden, Utah.

[Source: Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith]

175 years ago today - Nov 01, 1842

Joseph Smith republishes in the Times and Seasons an earlier 1831 revelation condemning plural marriage

[Source: Times and Seasons, Vol.4, No.24, p.369; Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

175 years ago today - Nov 1, 1842 - Tuesday

President & sister E. [Emma Smith] rode up to Temple [to be baptized] for the benefit of her health she is rapidly gaining. ... When going down the hill near Caspers the carriage got overbalanced and upset. President Joseph was thrown some distance from the carriage and the children all three almost under it. He arose and enquired if any of the children were killed but upon examination there was no one seriously hurt, Frederic G. W. [Frederick Smith] had his cheek bruised which was about the worst injury received. ... It seemed miraculous how we escaped serious injury from this accident.

[Source: Joseph Smith, Journal, Dec. 1841–Dec. 1842 in "The Book of the Law of the Lord," Record Book, 1841–1845]

115 years ago today - Oct 31, 1902

[Joseph F. Smith and counselors]
[Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund to John W. Hess, Oct. 31, 1902] Very old men in whom the tobacco habit may have become part of their nature, and who may regard it as a great hardship to be required to abstain from its use in order to receive your recommendation to the temple, should at least be willing to curtail themselves as much as they possibly can, and promise to cleanse themselves from the tobacco odor and not to use it at all the days they do work in the temple. As to drunkenness, we certainly think you should draw the line there.

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

130 years ago today - Oct 31, 1887

[Heber J. Grant]
[The apostles discuss [[excommunidated First Presidency member]] Albert Carrington's rebaptism; the motion to approve carries.]

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

135 years ago today - Oct 31, 1882

[John Taylor to Lot Smith]
Regarding the Lamanites [Native Americans] receiving their endowments, we should like to receive further details from you with regard to them before answering definitely. Certainly none but entirely reliable ones should have this privilege, those whom you know to be worthy according to the light they possess.

[Source: John Taylor to Lot Smith, Oct. 31, 1882, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

140 years ago today - Oct 31, 1877

John Taylor tells the apostles that it is wrong for some local patriarchs "to be underbidding the others" in giving patriarchal blessings.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

160 years ago today - Oct 31, 1857

(John Taylor: What was your object in coming here? Was it to rebel against the general government?) President Young: To get away from Christians'- Pres. Brigham Young: Try the vote. All you that are willing to set fire to your property and lay it in ashes, rather than submit to their military rule and oppression, manifest it by raising your hands. (The congregation unanimously raise their hands) I know what your feelings are. We have been persecuted and robbed long enough; and in the name of Israel's God, we will be free! (The whole congregation responded, '"Amen'" and Pres. Brigham Young said, '"I say Amen all the time to that.'" The great God has set this hand to roll forth his purposes, and the hand that opposes it shall be palsied. The power of God shall be felt among the nations that reject the truth. All is right in Israel and we do not want to hurt anybody, but we feel to bless everybody and our hearts are full of blessings for all who will work righteousness. Shall we still bless the human family? Yes. Shall we rally around the Constitution of the United States and protect it in its purity? Yes, we will save it when others forsake it. -- Salt Lake City

[Source: Journal History of the Church, Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints DVD 2 (2002), in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

170 years ago today - Oct 31, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff on the return of some of the first pioneer company from Salt Lake Valley to Winter Quarters]
We had A hard days drive As our Horses were worn down. We travled hard through the day. When within About one mile of Winter Quarters We made A Halt And the company was drawn up in order & Addresed by President Young & dismissed.

We drove into the city in order. The streets were lined with people to shake hands as we drove along. Each one drove to his own home. I drove up to my own door & was truly rejoiced to once more behold the face of my wife & children again after being absent over six months And having travled with the Twelve & the Pioneers near 2,500 miles & sought out a location for the Saints And Accomplished one of the most interesting mishions ever accomplished at the last days.

Mrs Woodruff had been confined with A daughter 3 days previous to my arival. Mother & daughter doing well. All was cheerful Happy & we felt it A blessing to again meet. Distance from the Horn 30 m[iles].

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

120 years ago today - Oct 30, 1897 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
In the afternoon Brother Roberts spoke, and in the evening he occupied the entire time and spoke with great power. His style is somewhat dramatic, but I think that he is without doubt the best orator in the Church – at least, I have heard no one that, in my opinion, equals him in oratory. His past operations in politics have created in my mind some distrust of his judgment and soundness; and while I think him very talented and capable of doing great good, I have had in my feelings some fear respecting the policy of pushing him forward as he has been of late....

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

140 years ago today - Oct 30, 1877

[Weber Stake Relief Society Minutes]
Sister Sarah Kimball said— ... When the Nauvoo Temple was about a foot from the ground, there was a great want of means— A few of the sisters thought they would organize themselves into a society of some kind, that they might be better able to assist the brethren in the work of building the temple— We met, drew up a constitution and Sister Snow showed it to Bro. Smith. He said the Lord accepts your offering—but you shall have something better— He then organized us into a Relief Society—Sister Emma Smith being elected president—(The Book of Covenants [Doctrine and Covenants] calls her elect lady, she was then elected.) We were seven in number, but Joseph said we should become a great society. We see his words fulfilled to day.

I remember being here some years ago.— Sister Richards was then sick. Sister Snow washed and annointed her, and told her if she would take charge of the Relief Society in Ogden—she should have health and the Lord would bless her. We can testify that her words have proved true— I ask the Lord to continue his blessing upon her and upon you all...

[Source: 3.28 Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, October 30, 1877, as quoted in Matthew J. Grow, Jill Derr, Carol Madsen, and Kate Holbrook, editors, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women's History, The Church Historian's Press, 2016, https://churchhistorianspress.org/the-first-fifty-years-of-relief-society/]

175 years ago today - Oct 30, 1842

[Nauvoo Temple]
The Saints met for the first time in the unfinished temple "and notwithstanding its largeness it was well fill'd." John Taylor was the first to preach in the Temple.

[Source: Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple]

55 years ago today - Oct 29, 1962

In October, first counselor Henry D. Moyle said that second counselor Brown spoke to a Democratic convention in Utah only "because Brother Benson had given a political tirade that needed answering."

[Source: Wilkinson diary, 29 Oct. 1962, referred to a Democratic state convention "two years ago." However, in Buchanan diary, 27 Oct. 1961, Brown said that in response to Benson's conference address that month, "he'd be speaking to the States Democratic leaders in order to set them straight on the position of politics in the church." From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

60 years ago today - Oct 29, 1957

[J. Reuben Clark]
[Mark E. Peterson] said they (the [Deseret] News) had asked if the[y] should print the adverse comment on Sec'y [Secretary Ezra Taft] Benson and he told them to go ahead. I agreed this was right.

[Source: The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

125 years ago today - Oct 29, 1892

[Francis M. Lyman]
Showed them our dire need of more Republicans. Of 100 men present there were 48 democrats, 38 mugwumps and 11 republicans. It is remarkable how generally our people have gone off democratic.

[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Oct 29, 1887 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. W^m White, Sr., the butcher, and Bro. Milando Pratt came down to my house this afternoon to administer to Grace. They then proceeded to my wife Sarah Jane's and administered to Joseph. Joseph has not been able for four weeks to touch the ground with his foot. The disease seems to have settled in that limb. He has been unable to use it and could scarcely bear it to be touched part of the time. My wife told me this evening that the brethren administered with unusual power. She felt every word thrill her. Bro. Milando Pratt anointed and Bro. White was mouth. After they departed, my son Hugh said to Joseph, "Joseph, get up and walk." Annie also said, "Yes, Joseph, why can't you walk." At this he arose from where he was and walked a distance of about 25 feet into the other room, without any aid. When he reached the bed, he threw himself on it sobbing for joy. His mother, also, was deeply affected by witnessing the remarkable effect which followed the administration of the Elders. I found them full of joy at the blessing that the Lord had bestowed.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

135 years ago today - Oct 29, 1882

Second counselor Joseph F. Smith's sermon denies that there have even been Danites in Utah but acknowledges that "a few horse thieves and murderers have perchance been summarily dealt with by officers of the law."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

135 years ago today - Oct 29, 1882

Apostle George Q. Cannon seemed to start Joseph's call with the vision of Moroni. He did mention that Joseph saw Jesus and God but did not put those experiences in the framework of the first vision:"He [Joseph] was visited constantly by angels; and the Son of God Himself condescended to come and minister unto him, the Father having also shown Himself unto him; and these various angels, the heads of dispensations, having also ministered unto him. Moroni, in the beginning, as you know, to prepare him for his mission, came and ministered and talked to him from time to time…"

[Source: A Documented History of Joseph Smith's First Vision, http://beggarsbread.org/2013/04/01/a-documented-history-of-joseph-smiths-first-vision/; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 23, p.362]

180 years ago today - Oct 29, 1837

The Elders quorum met in the Lords house

1st Opened by Singing and prayer motioned by Elder [Reuben] Hedlock and Carried by unanimous vote that all the Elders that traveled to preach Should observe and teach the Word of wisdom [D&C 89] to others or be reported to this the Elders quorum and their License be Demanded.

[Source: Kirtland Elder's Quorum Record, http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=414]

115 years ago today - Oct 28, 1902; Tuesday

Mr. Isadore Morris called in company with two Jewish friends named Levy and Louis, representing themselves as representing the orthodox Jews of this city who were now without a synagogue to worship in. It has been found that a majority of the Jews of this city had joined what is known as the reform Jews, being in the majority in this city, had laid claim to the synagogue, rendering it necessary for the orthodox portion of the community to provide themselves with another place of worship. They were now soliciting subscriptions for this purpose, and presented a list with a number of subscribers for $200. each and less. The Presidency subscribed $200., and paid the amount.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

120 years ago today - Oct 28, 1897; Thursday

The subject of exclusion from the Temple of persons not qualified to receive their endowments was further considered, with the result that the following rule was adopted by the Council:

"That no one of either [sex] be admitted to the Temple to be sealed to their parents when they exceed the age of 18 in the case of girls, and 21 in that of boys, without having received their endowments; but that parents shall have the privilege of having their children receive their endowments younger than those ages and also sealed to them, provided they come properly recommended".

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

160 years ago today - Oct 28, 1857

President Young said ... We will not have any Cursed scoundrel forced upon us to Judge or rule over us and they shall not Come among us.

If Johnson Comes with troops & intends to Come in I expet they will leave their baggage Battery & a company to guard it and come in on a forced march without it. Then we must not let them sleep but use them up [kill them] as soon as we Can. Work night and day & not let them sleep. ... I have sent word that if General Harney is on the way to get into Camp & kill him if Possible and take the Animals from Johnson if Possible & take Charge of the Goods train.

Presidet Young said I am glad of one thing ie this thing will be Just as the Lord wants it. If He wants them to Come & get killed it will be so. ... You will find when the Lord sees that we are willing to fight & get Just ready to shoot that He will fight our battles. ...

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

160 years ago today - Oct 28, 1857

George Albert Smith: Married Susan Elizabeth West 28 October 1857. Five children: Clarissa West, Margaret, Elizabeth, Priscilla, and Emma Pearl.

[Source: Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith]

175 years ago today - Oct 28, 1842

About this time a 37-page pamphlet titled "An Israelite, and a Shepherd of Israel. An Extract from a Manuscript entitled The Peace Maker, or the Doctrines of the Millennium" is published in Nauvoo by "J. Smith, printer." The pamphlet uses the scriptures to defend the practice of polygamy, and is published about a month after John C. Bennett's expose of Mormonism (with its lurid tales of "spiritual wifery") has been published. The author of the pamphlet, Udney Hay Jacob, is a nonmember. When there is a negative uproar about the contents of the pamphlet, Joseph Smith, on Dec. 1, 1842, denies that he knew the content of the pamphlet before publication, but defends the author's right to publish his opinions.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]