115 years ago today - Feb 18, 1903; Wednesday

A meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles was held in the Temple.

Brother James Sharp, while attending the meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. at Rexburg [Idaho] on the 25th of last month, was informed that it was the practice in the Fremont [Idaho] Stake to send a brother holding the lesser priesthood with an elder to administer to the sick, and he was asked this question: Is it proper for an elder to take with him a brother holding the Aaronic priesthood to assist in administering to the sick?

After general remarks, it was the sense of the Council, expressed in a motion by Bro[ther]. John Henry Smith, that the practice be confined to the elders; but in case of absolute necessity, that is where an elder finds himself in the situation that he cannot avail himself of the company of another elder, he may, if opportunity affords, avail himself of the company of a member of the Aaronic priesthood, or even a lay member, but for the purpose only of being supported by the faith of such member or members, the elder alone to officiate in the ordinance of administration; or the elder may administer alone without such assistance of a lay member or one holding the Aaronic priesthood. ...

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

145 years ago today - Feb 18, 1873

Mormon mob lynches Charles A. Benson for murder in Logan, Utah, under circumstances in which his LDS apostasy is a contributing factor. He is the son of the former Cache Valley president, deceased apostle Ezra T. Benson, whose official biography states that "no further record of his life is available" after Charles's endowment date.

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

175 years ago today - Feb 18, 1843

Joseph Smith teaches, "When the earth was sanctified and became like a sea of glass it would be one great Urim and Thummim [and] the Saints could look in it and see as they are seen."

180 years ago today - Feb 18, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
Elder Townsend and myself had an interesting time in secret Prayer in a snow bank. I Preached again upon the gospel. The spirit of God rested [upon] me.

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

185 years ago today - Feb 18, 1833

Orson Pratt returns to Kirtland after a long mission and washes his hands and feet "as a testimony unto the Lord that I had warned this wicked generation, and that my garments were clean of their blood," and is admitted to the School of the Prophets.

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

75 years ago today - Feb 17, 1943

[J. Reuben Clark]
D O M'Agreed that we would meet request of F.B.I. for missionary information regarding towns and cities in Axis countries, [Nazi Germany, Facist Italy, Imperial Japan and territories counquered by them] by giving them lists of missionaries and permitting them (FBI) to interview them and get such information as they could. We were to make clear there was to be no espionage in Axis countries by our missionaries.

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

135 years ago today - Feb 17, 1883

[Wilford Woodruff]
Alma Moroni Blanchard Called on me to day And professed to have found some plates Containing records in addition to the Book of Mormon. He had translated them by the Urim and Thummim and He wanted to Publish them. I think it all fals.

[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 - Feb 17, 1843

[Josiah Stowell Jr. recollection]
I will give you a Short history of what I know about Joseph Smith Jr I have binn Intemetely acquainted with him about 2 years[.] he then was about 20 years old or there about[.] I also went to schoal with him one winter[.] he was a fine likely young man & at that time did not Profess religion[.] he was not a Profain man although I did once in a while hear him sware[.] he never gambled to my knowledge[.] I Do not believe he Ever did[.] I well know he was no Hoars [Horse] Jocky for he was no Judge of Hoarses[.] I Sold him one[.] that is all I ever knewd he dealt in the kind[.] I never new him to git drunk I believe he would now and then take a glass[.] he never Pretend=ed to Play the Slight of hand nor Black leg, it was fashionable at that time to drink Liquor[.] ...

I am yours truly

Josiah Stowell Jr.

[Source: Josiah Stowell, Jr., to John S. Fullmer, 17 February 1843, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: Josiah Stowell, Jr., To John S. Fullmer]

75 years ago today - Feb 16, 1943

[Heber J. Grant]
Brother Moyle is writing a history of his life to leave to his children. Really I would like to have a copy of it before the book is published. I am afraid there will be some things in it that he will regret. ... I hope he will not publish a book that will reflect upon the leaders of the Church. He is intensely Democratic and I am afraid of what he might write. I feel the same way toward my associate Apostle Reed Smoot, I think if he had written a book it would have been colored too much Republican. ... The same was the trouble with B. H. Roberts. When Roberts ran for Congress he knew that the Presidency of the Church, seeing that he had three wives, did not want him to run, and so did Brother Moyle. I was sitting with Brother Moyle in the convention that nominated Roberts.

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

145 years ago today - Feb 16, 1873

President Young said ... to the mechanics, farmers, cotton raisers, and others that feel willing, to build up Zion and nothing else, to raise their right hands and covenant that they will build up the Kingdom of God and nothing else. (All hands were raised to the square). Said to the Bishops and others to sever those from the Church who will not cease their wickedness. -- St. George, Utah

[Source: James G. Bleak. "Annals of the Southern Utah Mission," Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

150 years ago today - Feb 16, 1868

[Brigham Young]
One of the first objections that was urged against Joseph Smith was that he was a money digger; and now the digging of gold is considered an honorable and praiseworthy employment. They are hunting for gold all over the country, doing the very thing which they condemned in him. The next fault they found with Joseph and the Saints was that they were stirring up the slaves to rebellion against their masters; and this was published abroad. Have they not done, and are they not now doing, the very thing for which they falsely blamed the Saints? The next accusation was that the Saints took more wives than one. Whether they will make one grand sweep of it in the future, and all conclude to take more wives, I cannot say. I wish they might; I do not, however, wish this for any private benefit it will be to me or to God's people, but that they may make women honorable wives whom they now destroy, and conduct themselves more like human beings who bear the image of God than they now do before Him. It is for their own sakes that I wish this, and for the sake of the unfortunate females whom they outrage. ... Supposing that the Latter-day Saints had possessed the city of New York for the last twenty years, as they have these valleys of Utah, and the young women of that city from sixteen years of age to twentyone had been in the hands of Mormon Elders as wives, how many would have now been living and honorable mothers of a bright, intelligent, and vigorous race of men and women, that have met an untimely grave, husbandless, childless, friendless, disgraced, and forgotten? ...

It is absolutely necessary that the Saints should receive the further ordinances of the house of God before this short existence shall come to a close, that they may be prepared and fully able to pass all the sentinels leading into the celestial kingdom and into the presence of God. ...

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 12:161-167; Deseret News. Also Deseret Evening News, Deseret News Weekly, Deseret News Semi- Weekly, and Deseret News Extra, Salt Lake City, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

180 years ago today - Feb 16, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
I left the Simonton district in company with Elder Ball & J. Townsend. We repaired to a grove and held a Council and the Holy Ghost said seperate unto me James to the ministry. So we ordained Brother James Townsend unto the office of an Elder. We had a good time & the spirit of God rested upon us although we were alone in a grove surrounded by a snow storm.

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

40 years ago today - Feb 15, 1978

First Presidency letter: "The great religious leaders of the world such as Mohammed, Confucius and the reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato and others, received a portion of God's light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to individuals."

50 years ago today - Feb 15, 1968

Not until President McKay specifically instructed him to do so in February 1968 did Ezra Taft Benson report to the Twelve about the behind-the-scenes efforts on behalf of his presidential candidacy. This was more than two years after he began exploring this possibility with McKay and with the national leaders of the Birch Society who headed "The 1976 Committee."

... He attended their weekly meetings without once mentioning the efforts being made to propel him out of quorum activity and into the White House. What the apostles learned about Benson's candidacy, they read in the newspapers. When he finally informed a quorum meeting of those efforts in February 1968, Benson made it clear he did so only upon McKay's insistence. That was the day after the church president had privately ended Benson's political hopes by confidentially reaffirming to George Wallace that the apostle was unavailable as his vice-presidential candidate.

[Source: Dew, Ezra Taft Benson, 397-98; The 1976 Committee, Vie Team You Can Trust To Guide America; Epstein and Forster, The Radical Right, 53-55, 142. 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.]

55 years ago today - Feb 15, 1963

T]he church president instructed his secretary, Clare Middlemiss, to send a reply to Mormon Birchers [far right conservatives] who criticized the First Presidency statement. The letter affirmed: "The Church is not opposing the John Birch Society or any other organization of like nature; however, it is definitely opposed to anyone using the Church for the purpose of increasing membership for private organizations sponsoring these various ideologies."

[Source: "Bircher" and "Birchers" are terms members of the Birch Society apply to themselves, as in Vie John Birch Society Bulletin (Oct. 1992): 6,14, 20. 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 - Feb 15, 1918

President John R. Winder was not ordained an apostle when he was set apart as first counselor to President Joseph F. Smith, nor afterwards, nor at any other time. He was a 'presiding high priest' and so filled the requirement in Section 107, par 22, Doctrine and Covenants. There is no such order as you mention, that persons called as counselors to the president must first be ordained apostles and then set apart as counselors.

[Source: Anthon H. Lund and Charles W. Penrose, Letter to Clarence Gardner, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

180 years ago today - Feb 15, 1838

The PAINESVILLE REPUBLICAN prints a letter from Warren Parrish: "I have performed a pilgrimage with him [Joseph Smith], (not to Mecca,) but to Missouri, a distance of 1000 miles, for the redemption of Zion, in company with about two hundred others, called the camp of Israel. When we arrived in Clay County adjoining Jackson County, Mo., in which Zion was located by revelation, and from which our brethren had been driven, we were informed through the Prophet that God had revealed to us that we need not cross over and fight as we had expected, but that God had accepted our sacrifice as he did that of Abraham, ours being equal to his when he offered up his Son. Therefore, we were sealed up unto eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ, as a reward for our suffering and obedience. I have set by his side and penned down the translation of the Egyptian Hieroglyphicks as he claimed to receive it by direct inspiration of Heaven. I have listened to him with feelings of no ordinary kind, when he declared that the audible voice of God, instructed him to establish a Banking-Anti Banking institution, which like Aaron's rod should swallow up all other Banks (the Bank of Monroe excepted,) and grow and flourish and spread from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and survive when all others should be laid in ruins. I have been astonished to hear him declare that we had 60,000 Dollars in specie in our vaults, and $600,000 at our command, when we had not to exceed $6,000 and could not command any more; also that we had but about ten thousand Dollars of our bills in circulation, when he, as Cashier of the institution, knew that there was at least $150,000." The truth of the letter is attested to by two former apostles, Luke Johnson and John Boyington and two former Presidents of Seventy, Sylvester Smith and Leonard Rich.

190 years ago today - about Feb 15, 1828

Joseph Smith gave Martin Harris a transcript of characters from the plates of Mormon, which Brother Harris took to show scholars in New York City.

[Source: BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith, http://byustudies.byu.edu]

45 years ago today - 45 years ago - Feb 13, 1973

Twenty-one-year-old Almir S. Dutra is ordain bishop in Porto Allegre, Brazil as one of the youngest (if not the younest) bishops in twentieth-century Mormonism.

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

50 years ago today - 50 years ago - Feb 13, 1968

General Authority Paul H. Dunn, in a speech at BYU, says of Baseball great Ted Williams, "He was no slouch. I know; I have pitched to him a time or two." Dunn also says "When I was eighteen, a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals, I reported to spring training." However when Dunn graduated from High School in 1942, at age 18, spring training camps had already been over for a month. Later a spokesman for the Cardinals says that no Paul Dunn played for that club or for any of its farm clubs.

105 years ago today - 105 years ago - Feb 13, 1913

I attended regular weekly council meeting from 10:30 to 3:30 P.M. At this meeting it was decided to try putting two companies [sessions] through the temple in one day commencing tomorrow and word was given to the temple workers to that effect. This on account of the crowded condition of the temple.

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

120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Feb 13, 1898

While visiting Mesa, Arizona for stake conference Apostle John Henry Smith "met with the presidency and high Council in the Circle room and made an examination of the brethren and found three that were using tobacco."

130 years ago today - 130 years ago - Feb 13, 1888 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
We received the following telegrams from Bro. John W. Young [church representative in Washington, D.C.]:

"Telegram 13th received. Matters chrystalized to-day so that we must place, by Wednesday afternoon without fail, 15,000 to keep [bribe, Senator] Cullom silent and [Senator] Davis to vote with us in Committee and another Republican Senator advocate and vote openly. Amount contingent on faithful performance. Other ten needed to make sure of the majority of the committee to be successful. Telegraph money for Wednesday morning. Answer." ...

We made the follow reply:

"We think better await arrival friends [including Joseph F. Smith] who left here eleventh before you present any document to Senate or its Committee or doing anything about twenty-five thousand." [This is not the first time money was sent to influence legislators.]

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

165 years ago today - Feb 13, 1853

Jedediah M. Grant preaches, "Some wonder why we don't have revelation now in our day as well as in the days of Joseph. In his day the brethren would not build a log cabin till they went to Joseph to ask counsel how they should set it where they should put the door etc. But at the present day men have learned to do something themselves without troubling the president or the Lord about it." Lack of "thus sayeth the Lord" revelations since the death of Joseph Smith lead to over a thousand Mormons breaking away and following Joseph Morris who receives such revelations eight years later.

170 years ago today - Feb 13, 1848

Senior president of the of the Seventy Joseph Young and Apostle Wilford Woodruff chastise the First Quorum of Seventy for spending too much time "fiddleing and dancing."

175 years ago today - Feb 13, 1843

At Orson Hyde's house Joseph Smith says that those who come to Nauvoo but don't buy their land through the church "must be cut off." At this time Joseph Smith is chief land agent for the Church, and had contracted debt associated with land purchases. William Law is now competing with Joseph Smith.

175 years ago today - Feb 13, 1843

[Wilford Woodruff]
Spent the time in the printing Office. Get along well with the doctrins & covenants [2nd edition].

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

80 years ago today - Feb 12, 1938

[Heber J. Grant]
Brother Richard L. Evans called and we visited for an hour and a half or two hours. He is very anxious to have me write my memoirs and have them published in the ERA. I told him I thought it would be intensely interesting if I would write up my courting of three women and marrying them. I told him all about it. He said, 'That is going to be intensely interesting.'

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

115 years ago today - Thursday, Feb 12, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
In view of Elder Smoot's early departure for Washington (namely, next Monday) he knelt at the altar and received a special blessing, in which the blessing and favor of the Lord was sought for his success in obtaining a seat in the senate of the United States Congress, Pres. Smith being mouth.

[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]

125 years ago today - Feb 12, 1893

Edmund Ellsworth says "he heard Joseph Smith say in Nauvoo that the outsiders would not let the Saints stay there. Said they would remove to the Rocky Mountains... and they will finally cast us out from the United States... We shall pass down through Mexico and back up through Texas to build up the center Stake of Zion [at Independence, Missouri]. He marked the profile of the journey in the sand. Bro. Averett [Everett] in speaking of the matter afterward said the route of the journey was shaped like a horseshoe. He haveing seen Joseph mark it out before." The published diary of Jesse N. Smith deletes this reference to the Horse Shoe Prophecy.

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

150 years ago today - Feb 12, 1868

Deseret News editorial "Marry and Be Happy" says that if men continue to refuse to marry, "we would be inclined to favor the revival of the Spartan custom of treating bachelors [by flogging]."

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

165 years ago today - Feb 12, 1853 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. Napela and I baptised a woman for her health.

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

175 years ago today - By Feb 12, 1843

Some followers of William Miller (who had predicted the end of the world in 1843) came to Joseph Smith's attention during a visit by several young men from New York. Joseph "preached them quite a sermon. Shewed them that the error is in the Bible or translation and that Miller is in want of information."

[Source: Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source]

185 years ago today - Feb 12, 1833

Illinois outlaws polygamy [six years before the saints migrate to Nauvoo].

[Source: Mormon Chronology, N. R. Tidd, http://www.exmormon.org/mhistory.html]

35 years ago today - Feb 11, 1983.

Paul Richards, BYU Public Communications director, informs Dean Huffaker, editor of Seventh East Press, that the paper cannot be "sold at the campus bookstore or on campus newsstands after Feb. 16. [Richards] declined to say whether the ban was ordered by church officials in Salt Lake City." An unofficial student newspaper at Brigham Young University that had drawn considerable criticism for its articles on Mormon history and doctrine, it had published an interview with Sterling McMurrin, Mormon philosopher, on 11 January in which he expressed disbelief about the First Vision and ancient origins for the Book of Mormon. The newspaper ceases publication on 12 April and is followed very briefly by the University Post, which also folds. The McMurrin interview is reprinted in Dialogue, Spring 1984.

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

65 years ago today - Feb 11, 1953

[J. Reuben Clark]
[In conversation with Ernest L. Wilkinson:] On the matter of Weber College, had talked with Harold B. Lee, and they felt that there would be certain political repercussions if the Church took it over at the present time. Pres. Clark said that Pres. McKay had reserved judgment and he thought Pres. McKay would let the matter take its own course.

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

65 years ago today - Feb 11, 1953

The First Presidency purchases $5,000 in bonds of the State of Israel.

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

110 years ago today - Feb 11, 1908

[First Presidency to David H. Cannon letter]
... you stated that there was a certain person working in the [St. George, Utah] temple whose sister was married to a man said to have had negro blood in him, and because of this suspicion you decided that her children (who are dead) could not be sealed to their mother and the man she was to be sealed to. But as the friends of the deceased woman did not feel altogether satisfied with your decision, and that injustice might not be done to the deed, you referred the question to us for our consideration. But in your letter of the 3rd inst., you refer to these children as possessing, without question, a taint of negro blood, and to the oldest as a negro. In the first place we felt to give the children the benefit of the doubt which your letter carried; and in the second place, even if the blood of the children were tainted, and the sealing ordinance performed in their behalf, they could not become heirs of the priesthood without ordination; and we took it for granted that the authority behind the veil is beyond question competent to judge in all questionable cases, and that ordination will not be bestowed on any not entitled to it. Having expressed our views in regard to this matter, we leave it now entirely with you to perform the sealing or otherwise as you may elect, in the understanding of course that, if you decide to withhold the sealing ordinance from the children, it must be done on your own responsibility. But, should you conclude to perform the sealing ordinance in their behalf, it will not be necessary to endow the oldest child, he, according to your last letter, having reached the age of twenty-one at his death.

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

85 years ago today - Feb 11, 1933

A notice calling for the centennial commemoration of the giving to Joseph Smith of the revelation known as The Word of Wisdom. NOTICE On Monday, February 27, 1933, it will be 100 years since the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom was received by the Prophet Joseph Smith. We call this to the attention of the stake and ward officers with the hope that they will commemorate this great event by a discussion of the subject matter of this revelation in all services on Sunday, February 26. HEBER J. GRANT, ANTHONY W. IVINS, First Presidency.

[Source: 1933-February 11-Deseret News, Church Section, p. 1, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

130 years ago today - Feb 11, 1888

Frank J. Cannon takes the manuscript for his book "History of Joseph Smith the Prophet" to his father First Presidency Counselor George Q. Cannon. The elder Cannon approves it with a few alterations and gives permission "to get the manuscript into type." The book is later published under George Q. Cannon's name. Frank later becomes a U.S. Senator, an apostate and an anti-Mormon publisher.

145 years ago today - Feb 11, 1873

[Patriarchal Blessing of Elizabeth D. Kane given by William G. Perkins]
... You will have a mansion prepared for you that will be beautiful to behold. You will keep it neat and in good order. ... Holy Angels will visit and dine with you. They will acquaint you of your Dead. They will give you all the information you desire. They will bless you with a Holy Touch that will run through your whole system; they will anoint your eyes that they shall not grow dim by age.

You will go to the centre Stake [Jackson County] and go with your Husband into the House of the Lord, and there you will redeem your Dead. You will see that Temple finished and be at the dedication thereof. There you will see your Redeemer coming and His Holy Saints with Him. You will be caught up to meet Him and return with Him to His Temple. You will be with Him at that great feast even the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. You will sit down and partake of its bounties. There you will see Jesus in the power of His glory and it will fall upon you. Your body will become like a sea of glass your whole body will be like unto an eye.... And I seal you up unto Eternal Life that you may be with your Saviour through the thousand years reign upon the earth. I seal upon your head a crown of Celestial Glory. This I do in the name of the Lord Jesus, your Redeemer. Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

145 years ago today - Feb 11, 1873 • Tuesday

[George Q. Cannon]
The Agent of the Associated Press at Salt Lake city is the champion liar in his class. Every day we have a batch of inflammatory and lying dispatches from there, sent with a view to influence the action of Congress in our case.

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

175 years ago today - Feb 11, 1843 - Saturday

... When the Mayor [newly elected Joseph Smith] came in and said he had been doing a good deed. had been conversing with Elder [Sidney] Rigdon — & he & his family were willing to be saved, good feelings prevaild.— & we have shaken hands togethr [Rigdon and Smith had a falling out, primarily over Smith's proposal to Rigdon's daughter Nancy] ...

prophecid to James Sloan Recorder— that it would be better for him 10 years hence not to Say any thing more about fees.——

Mayor Made his Inaugural Address— & <in which he> urged the necessity of the city council acting upon the principle of liberality & of relievi[n]g the city f[r]om all unnecessary expences & burthens. Not to attempt to improve the city but enact such laws as will promote peace & good order. & the people will improve the city, capitalist will come in from all quarters & mills factories. & machinery of all kinds & buildings will arise on every hand this will become a great city. & prophecid that if the council would be liberal in their proceedings they would become rich. ...

[Source: Joseph Smith, "President Joseph Smith's Journal," 4 vols., Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843 (Willard Richards)]

45 years ago today - Feb 10, 1973

Boy Scouts of America's director for Mormon relations reports that one of every twenty Scouts in the U.S. is LDS.

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

140 years ago today - Feb 10, 1878

[Charles C. Rich]
It was a long time after the Prophet Joseph Smith had received the keys of the kingdom of God, and after Hyrum [Smith] and others had received many blessings, that the Lord gave Joseph a revelation, to show him and others how they could ask for and receive certain blessings. We read in the [R]evelations of St. John, that the Saints are to receive a white stone, "and in the stone a new name, which no man knoweth save him that receiveth it." Joseph tells us that this new name is a key-word, which can only be obtained through the endowments. This is one of the keys and blessings that will be bestowed upon the Saints in these last days, for which we shall be very thankful.

[Source: Charles C. Rich discourse, Feb. 10, 1878 , Journal of Discourses, 19:250, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

160 years ago today - Feb 10, 1858

The DESERET NEWS publishes the ""History of Brigham Young," and quotes Joseph Smith as saying " . . . the time will come when bro. Brigham Young will preside over this church." However, the first handwritten version of the "History of Brigham Young" makes no reference to the prophecy.

175 years ago today - Feb 10, 1843 - Friday

[Oliver] Olney confessed before the Mayors court that he had been visited many times by the Ancient of days. sat with him on the 9. 10. & 11 days of June last.— & shall sit in council with ancient of Days on tuesday next— have had a mission from him to the 4 Quarters of the world. & have been have establishd the 12 stakes of Zion — I have visited them all but one in. the South. ... Olney was cut off from the chu[r]ch some time Since [disfellowshipped from the church on 17 March 1842 for "setting himself up as a prophet & revelator."]

[Source: Joseph Smith, "President Joseph Smith's Journal," 4 vols., Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843 (Willard Richards)]

130 years ago today - Feb 9, 1888

[Franklin D. Richards]
The Apostates and sorehead Liberals are terrible wrathy at the fusion that was adapted in our ticket for the next municipal election.

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

170 years ago today - Feb 9, 1848

[Wilford Woodruff]
I finished reading the Book of Jasher & found it to be an interesting work.

[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 - Feb 9, 1843 - Thursday

Joseph explai[ne]d the followi[n]g there are 3 adminitater [administrators] Angels. Spirits Devils— one class in heaven Angels the spir[i]ts of Ju[s]t men made perfect.— innumerable co[mpany] of angels & Spirits of Ju[s]t Men made perf[e]ct. An angel appears to you how will you prove him. ask him to shake hands if he has flesh & bones— he is an Angel. "spirit hath not fl[e]sh & bones" spirit of a Ju[s]t man made perf[e]ct. person in its tabernacle could hide its glory. if David Patten or the Devil came. how would you determi[n]e should you take hold of his hand you would not feel it. if it were a false administrtin [[TEXT: Possibly "administrtor".]] he would not do it. true spirit will not give his hand the Devil will. 3 Keys— [this teaching would become D&C 129]

a man came to me in Kirtland & told me he had seen an angel dressed so & so. I told him he had seen no angel there was no such dress in heaven he got mad & went out in the street & commanded fire to come down out of heaven & consume me I laughed at him & told him he was one of Baals prophets his God did not not hear him. Jump up & cut yourself— & he comma[nde]d fire f[r]om heaven to consume my house.

— when I was preaching in Philadelphia a quaker wanted a sign— I told him to be still. after sermon he wanted a sign. I told the congregati[o]n the man was an adulterer, "A wicked & adulterous geneatin [generation]." & the Lord to me in a revelation that any man who. wantd a sign was adulteros person.— "It is true said one for I caught him in the very act.— which he afterwards confessed when he was baptized

[Source: Joseph Smith, "President Joseph Smith's Journal," 4 vols., Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843 (Willard Richards)]

50 years ago today - Feb 8, 1968

Lacking sufficient support from the Republican leadership, Ezra Taft Benson had negotiated to become the vice-presidential candidate in George C. Wallace's third-party challenge. Wallace formally announced his third party candidacy on 8 February.

[Source: Willard S. Voit announcement, 17 Nov. 1967, in The John Birch Society Bulletin (Dec. 1967): 26-28; "Wallace In Race; Will 'Run To Win,'" New York Times, 9 Feb. 1968,1; "Benson Backs Wallace Stand," Christian Science Monitor, 13 Feb. 1968, 3, based on an undated interview with Benson by a reporter with Reuters news service. 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.]

55 years ago today - Feb 8, 1963

[Harold B. Lee to Douglas Stott]
Your letter expressed your concern over the statement of the First Presidency in a letter to Elder Samuel O. Bennion; and again, a statement by Elder John A. Widtsoe in his book 'Evidences and Reconciliations' to the effect that Brigham Young never did teach that God, the Eternal Father is Adam. If you will read carefully these letters you will find that what they do say is that in the sermon contained in Vol. 1, page 50, of the Journal of Discourses Brigham Young did not intend to teach the doctrine that Adam was our God. Whether or not at other times he did or did not, was not the subject of these particular writings to which you have made reference. ...

[Source: Harold B. Lee, Letter to Douglas W. Stott, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

110 years ago today - Feb 8, 1908

[First Presidency to Joseph Shepherd]
As you know, the presidency of the Church from the beginning have advised against round dancing in the social gatherings of our people, and that restrictions have been placed upon it as the demands for that form of dancing have been made from time to time by our up; but so strong has been their desire to indulge in round dancing that in some places, as you say, the restrictions have been removed altogether, while in other places a check is still held upon it. We fully appreciate what you say that to undertake to regulate the dances with a view to restraining round dancings is a very difficult thing to do; and in view of the circumstances we know of no better way than to place the subject squarely before the young people of the several wards of your stake, and then leave the responsibility of their action with themselves. But in doing this we would like you to say to them, with our compliments, that the First Presidency have had naught but their very best interests at heart, and foreseeing the evil tendencies of round dancing they considered it a matter of duty to exclude it altogether from our dancing halls and afterwards to regulate it as best they could when it was found that rather than be permitted to have any such dances some would patronize public dancing halls run in the interest of money making in opposition to Church control.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to Joseph R. Shepherd, 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 - Feb 8, 1893

[Wilford Woodruff]
I Borrowed Ten thousand dollars of Asahel H Woodruff as trustee in trust to pay a Church debt And I gave him a Note of $10,000 at 10 per cent interest for two /one/ years.

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

150 years ago today - Feb 8, 1868 (Morning)

[Brigham Young]
When they assembled together in this room after breakfast, the first they did was to light their pipes, and, while smoking, talk about the great things of the kingdom and spit all over the room, and as soon as the pipe was out of their mouths a large chew of tobacco would then be taken. Often when the Prophet entered the room to give the school instructions he would find himself in a cloud of tobacco smoke. This, and the complaints of his wife at having to clean so filthy a floor, made the Prophet think upon the matter, and he inquired of the Lord relating to the conduct of the Elders in using tobacco, and the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom was the result of his inquiry.

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 12:157-160; Deseret News. Also Deseret Evening News, Deseret News Weekly, Deseret News Semi- Weekly, and Deseret News Extra, Salt Lake City, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

... when danger approached you the Angel of life shall be with [you] to forewarn you of those things, and your feet shall stand in sure places, and everlasting light shall shine upon you. If you are faithful br. William you shall live till your hair is as white as pure wool, you shall assist in avenging the blood of the prophets of God, and assist in accomplishing the great work of the last days, be an honor and a blessing to your family, and to your father’s house, and to your progenitors, be prepared to be a savior upon mount Zion, and to help to carry out the glorious work of the redemption of mankind.

[Patriarchal Blessing of William Adams by John Young]


[Source: 18580208]

165 years ago today - Feb 8, 1853 • Tuesday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. Napela received a letter from Bro. Uaua stating that his wife had been dead three hours when he returned to house and found her relatives wailing; he anointed her and laid hands on her and she recovered instantly.

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

175 years ago today - Feb 8, 1843

An unsigned document in the Joseph F. Smith's 1869-1870 Affidavit Books specifies this date for the sealing of Joseph Smith to Sylvia Session. Several additional documents support a sealing date after the excommunication of Sylvia's legal husband, Windsor Lyon, which occurred on November 19, 1842.

[Source: Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2013 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)]

175 years ago today - Feb 8, 1843

Joseph Smith "talked with a brother and sister from Michigan, who thought that 'a prophet is always a prophet;' but I told them that a prophet was a prophet only when he was acting as such." Joseph Smith also writes: "One Gentleman said he understood it was very fruitful at Nauvoo. Two women from his neighborhood who had no children went to Nauvoo and since have families."

25 years ago today - Feb 7, 1993

Cody Robert Judy holds Apostle Howard W. Hunter hostage for ten minutes in front of 17,000 students at BYU as president of Twelve starts to give Sunday evening sermon at Marriott Center. Judy claims to hold a bomb but is physically attacked and subdued by male students and BYU security personnel.

Salt Lake stake president Paul A. Hanks writes a letter to historian D. Michael Quinn requesting Quinn to explain his "personal feelings about the church" in an apostasy investigation. Quinn is charged with apostasy in connection with his recent writings suggesting that Joseph Smith taught that women receive the priesthood as part of the sacred temple ritual, and for an article "150 Years of Truth and Consequences About Mormon History" in which Quinn chronicled the punitive actions taken through history against those who write about controversial topics of Mormon history."

85 years ago today - Feb 7, 1933

[Heber J. Grant]
John W. Silver called about doing temple work for his father, Joseph Silver. I told him of his father's dishonesty and of his misrepresenting things in connection with plural marriage and that we did not feel justified in allowing temple work to be done for him. Were we to do so it would be an acknowledgment that he and others who had violated the rules of the Church had done nothing very serious. I told him I was afraid we would have to leave his case in the hands of the Lord.

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

125 years ago today - Feb 7, 1893

[President Wilford Woodruff]
I Appointed Joseph F Smith Lorenzo Snow & Abram H Cannon A Committee to see to the finishing the [Salt Lake] Temple to Employ Architects to furnishing patterns & specifications for the workmen to work to to its finishing inasmuch as J. D. Carloss Young is sick and not able to furnish Patterns to finish the work. They went to the Temple to Meet with the Architeck.

[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 - Feb 7, 1853

Orson Spencer writes from Berlin that "upon obtaining an interview, or an investigation before the President of the King's Police, he and Elder Houtz were required to leave the Kingdom of Prussia the next morning at 8 o'clock under penalty of Banishment. Upon asking permission to remain 1 or 2 days as visitors and close a little business it was denied them; not one moment was granted past the hour of eight o'clock; . . ."

170 years ago today - Feb 7, 1848

William A. Hickman's affidavit in first issue of church's FRONTIER GUARDIAN: "I do hereby solemnly declare that Mr. [Orson] Hyde never induced me to commit violence on the person of any man, either white or red." Apostle Hyde is editor.

175 years ago today - Feb 7, 1843

In the afternoon sent a warrant to Hiram Kimball's for the book of [patriarchal] blessings given by Father Smith [Joseph Smith Sr.] which was stolen from Far West. The affidavit /warrant/ was issued on affidavit of Johnathan Holmes and the book obtained.

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1842-43, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

25 years ago today - Feb 6, 1993

The Church News, "Barriers Crumble: Interfaith Activities Build Bridges of Friendship."

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

25 years ago today - Feb 6, 1993

At a meeting of the B. H. Roberts Society, David P. Wright, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Brandeis University and former professor at Brigham Young University until his dismissal, gives a talk "Do What is Right, Let the Consequence Follow: Telling the Truth about Our Scriptures." He describes his researches and concludes "A critical study of the Book of Mormon, as I have indicated, shows that Joseph Smith was its author, . . ." He concludes, "The spirit will generate in us commitment to our community, a sense of the relevance of our developing religious tradition, and a perception of the divine in our own and our spiritual ancestors' history But reasoned critical study must be allowed to guide us in our search for historical understanding and matters related thereto." Wright is excommunicated the next year for publishing such results of his research.

90 years ago today - Feb 6, 1928

The First Presidency approves the $50,000 purchase of the Hill Cumorah and farms in Palmyra, N.Y.

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

95 years ago today - Feb 6, 1923

[Heber J. Grant]
Met. Joseph E. Richards, who is working in prohibition matters. He says the Ku Klux Klan are organizing in Salt Lake County. I regretted to hear this.

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

135 years ago today - Feb 6, 1883

[John Nuttall]
... Can we receive Second Anointings for our dead fathers and mothers and others who we are proxy for? If your fathers and mothers were members of the Church in their lives and died as faithful members, Yes you can obtain Second Anointings for them, but if they and others who you are proxy for were NOT members of the Church in their lives, and for whom you have had certain ordinances performed in their behalf, it will be well to let that suffice for the present, as further opportunities may be granted hereafter.

[Source: L. John Nuttall to J. Crosley, Feb. 6, 1883, emphasis in original, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

160 years ago today - Feb 6, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]
I Called upon president Young and found a company in his office reading the scraps sent from the states against Mormonism. There appears to be a fixed determination by the General Government to annihilate the saints of God from off the Earth & to destroy the last vestage of righteousness from among men.

O Hyde received a letter from Lucky Bill at Carson valley stating that there was a Company fitting out at Carson valley and at placerville to Come into our settlements for the purpose of robing and plundering. O Hyde wrote him a letter stating that He advised our friends if we had any [ ] not to ingage in a Contest against our people for God would smite them with Blindness and our Enemies would be given into our hands.

[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 - Feb 6, 1853

Brigham Young exhorts the Saints to "observe the Mormon Creed. Let everyone mind their own business." This "Mormon Creed" was first published by Joseph Smith in the Jun 11, 1842 edition of THE WASP: "Mormon Creed - To mind their own business and let everyone else DO LIKEWISE." When the Logan temple was dedicated in 1884 it contained an ornate, backpainted, glass fixture with the words: "Mormon Creed/Mind/Your Own Business/Saints/Will/Observe This/All Others Ought To." This piece has been displayed in the Museum of Church History and Art.

175 years ago today - Feb 6, 1843

City elections are held and Joseph is elected mayor by a unanimous vote.

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

115 years ago today - Thursday, Feb 5, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that Brother Brigham Young, whom he had recently visited, besides being extremely sick, was distressed and worried about his financial condition. Besides the usual expenses of his family, he was extending assistance to a sick son in Mesa, Arizona. After some discussion it became the sense of the council that Brother Brigham be not allowed to suffer from financial embarrassment, and that, therefore, his wants be relieved.

[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]

120 years ago today - Feb 05, 1898

[James E. Talmage]
According to previous appointment I went by morning train to Logan. During the afternoon I delivered a lecture in the Temple, under the auspices of the Temple Association; subject "Scientific methods and Motives."

[Source: MSS 229, Journal; 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]

135 years ago today - Feb 5, 1883 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
Reached Washington early in the morning. ... I received a dispatch from Prest. Taylor stating that my letter had not been received concerning the libel case and therefore my dispatch could not be understood and telling me to use my judgment. I sent him another dispatch to which he replied in the evening in cipher – "Your letter received. Will guarantee five thousand on total expenses."

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

140 years ago today - Feb 5, 1878

[Zebedee Coltrin]
"[I] First saw the Prophet Joseph at a prayer meeting at the house of father Morley. He was then a beardless young man. During the meeting the powers of darkeness were made manifest in a remarkable degree, causing some to make horrid noises, and others to throw themselves violently around, One man by the name of Lemon Copley, standing at the back side of the house was taken by a supernatural power, and thrown into the window. Then Joseph said to Lyman `Go and cast the devil out of Lemon'. He did so, and the devil entered into a brother by the name of Harvey Green and threw him upon the floor in convulsions. Then Joseph laid hands upon him and rebuked the spirit from him and from the house, upon which the spirit left him, and went outside among a crowd of men standing near the door and made a swath among them several feet wide, throwing them violently to the ground. . . . "

At Kirtland we were called to the school of the prophets, and at one time when Joseph was in the translating room, myself and others were talking about the gift of tongues, when the spirit of tongues fell upon me and I spoke under its influence. joseph came into the room and said, `God bless you Brother Zebedee, that is the spirit of God.' He told me to continue, and the gift of tongues and prophecy rested upon the greater part of the brethren present and we continued speaking in tongues and prophesying through that day and the greater part of the following night. ....

"In the Kirtland Temple I have seen the power of God as it was in the day of Pentecost and cloven tongues as of fire have rested on the brethren and they have spoked with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance. I say the Lord high and lifted up, and frequently through the solemn assemblies. The angeles of God rested upon the Temple and we heard their voices singing heavenly music. At another time while consecrating a bottle of oil, we saw visibly the finger of God enter the mouth of the bottle.

[Source: Thomas Matley (Wark Clerk) notes of address of Zebedee Coltrin address, High Priests meeting in Spanish Fork, UT]

140 years ago today - Feb 5, 1878

[Wilford Woodruff]
James G Bleak gave an interesting lecture on the life of Joseph Smith. I followed him. There were Baptized in the Temple to day 1,132 the most Ever Baptized in the Temple in one day.

[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 - Feb 5, 1838

A Far West meeting of the "whole Church in Zion" votes to remove David Whitmer, John Whitmer, and W. W. Phelps from their positions as "Presidents of the Church" in Missouri. David Whitmer was accused of persisting "in the use of tea, coffee, and tobacco." All three men allegedly encouraged the sale of Jackson County lands, a transgression which Joseph Smith had earlier declared "a denial of our faith, as that is the place where the Zion of God shall stand, according to our faith and belief in the revelations of God."

Joseph Smith's secretary accuses him of "a system of hereditary tyranny." Several church leaders sign a statement that Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon "lie by revelation, swindle by revelation, cheat and defraud by revelation, runaway by revelation

45 years ago today - Feb 4, 1973

The Marriott Activities Center at BYU was dedicated. Seating 22,000, it was the largest such arena on any university campus in the United States.

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

130 years ago today - Saturday, Feb 4, 1888

[John Henry Smith]
In the evening we had the high Council together and agreed to accept the resignation of Bp. Edward Hunter on account of bad health. We then tried to find another man for a bishop but we failed to find one who suited.

[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]

135 years ago today - Sunday, Feb 4, 1883

[John Henry Smith]
I feel better this morning than I have done for several days. ...

6:30 p.m. we met with the saints. I spoke 50 minutes. I did the talking and the Lord left me, I was dry and wearisome.

[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]

140 years ago today - Feb 4, 1878

First ad in the Deseret News for "JACKSON'S BEST SWEET NAVY Chewing Tobacco," which appears directly under a large advertisement for "St. Louis Excelsior Lager Beer! Which we offer at LOWER RATES than any other first class beer in the market." Ads for chewing tobacco appear in the Deseret News (sometimes on the front page) through 2 Feb. 1880.

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

150 years ago today - Feb 4, 1868

Deseret News editorializes that "it is a pity" an LDS father did not succeed in killing his daughter's seducer when the father "drew a revolver and shot him down in the court room."

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

155 years ago today - Feb 4, 1863

[Wilford Woodruff]
In Company with G. A. Smith Jacob Hamblin & Wm. B Maxwell with the 3 Moquitch Indians I visited Presidet Brigham Young who seemed pleased with the interview. President Young gave them Each an Apple which they Eat with a good relish. The Moquitch Indians live in New Mexico about 125 Miles South East of the Colorado & 335 miles from St George. ... They are vary intelligent and light Colored. There are some with blue Eyes & Hazel Eyes and vary light hair but they have never mixed blood with any white men or other Indian tribes. ...

After leaving President Youngs I took them to the printing Office & showed the process of printing & Bookbinding & the telegraph Office. They were much pleased with what they saw. I took them home & gave them some dinner & Apples and Apricotts & plum pitts. Brother Hamblin took them to the stores & to the Theater in the Evening. They were much pleased with the scenery. They have Theaters at home & give good representations.

[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 - Feb 4, 1858

Brigham Young writes to missionaries in Hawaii, "You are all, without regard as to when you were sent, counselled to start for home as speedily as you can wind up your affairs and obtain passage money, not even leaving one Elder who has been sent there . . . Try to inform br Alvares Hanks and the Elders in Australia . . . that they are all recalled". He warns of the mounting threat of Johnston's Army, who, according to Young, intended to kill "every man, woman, and child" who would not renounce the religion.

165 years ago today - Feb 4, 1853

The temple site for the Salt Lake Temple is dedicated.

[Source: Wikipedia: Chronology of Mormonism, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Mormonism]

180 years ago today - Feb 4, 1838

Oliver Cowdery writes to his brothers Warren and Lyman: "The radical principles taught by Messrs. Smith and Rigdon here [are] subversion of the liberties of the whole church.- I told them if I had property, while I live and was sane, I would not be dictated, influenced, or controlled by any man or set of men, by no tribunal of ecclesiastical pretenses whatsoever.- My soul is sick of such scrambling for power and self-aggrandisement.- I came to this country to enjoy peace. If I cannot I shall go where I can."

10 years ago today - Feb 3, 2008

President Thomas S. Monson, a counselor to Presidents Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter and Gordon B. Hinckley, was ordained and set apart as the 16th president of the Church. Set apart as his counselors were President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

65 years ago today - Feb 3, 1953

Amateur historian Lamar Peterson was interviewing Levi Young when he mentions a "strange account of first vision", but says it must remain confidential.

[Source: Chronology of Mormon History, http://followtheprophets.com/chronology-of-mormon-history/]

85 years ago today - Feb 3, 1933

[Heber J. Grant]
This morning had a chat with David O. McKay and Richard R. Lyman about Emily Smith Stewart and Vilate S. Raille's troubles. I feel that Brothers George Albert Smith and Richard R. Lyman are all wrong in their attempt to belittle May Anderson, that it is a very great mistake. The matter had been decided by Brother McKay and Bishop Sylvester Q. Cannon; and if the father and husband and relatives would tell these girls to behave themselves and quit talking it would be a great blessing. I fear serious consequences if they do not do it.

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

130 years ago today - Feb 3, 1888

Apostle John Henry Smith and one of his two wives "attended a party at which a number of underground people [polygamists in hiding] met and had a nice party." Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, plural wife of stake president Angus Cannon, writes to her husband from Europe, that the trials of polygamy would be unendurable without "a thorough knowledge from God, that the principle for which we are battling and striving to maintain in purity upon the earth is ordained by Him, and that we are chosen instruments in His hands to engage in so great a calling." She adds that "even with this assurance grounded in one's heart, we do not escape trials and temptations, grievious at times in their nature."

150 years ago today - Feb 3, 1868

President Young declared [to the School of the Prophets] that there were witches in the midst of the people by whose influence, suffering and distress were wrought upon many. -- 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]

150 years ago today - Feb 3, 1868

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended the School of the Prophets and herd many interesting remarks made upon the subjets of Asstrology and it was decided that Asstrology was in oposition to the work of God. Hence Saints Should not be ingaged in it.

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

155 years ago today - Feb 3, 1863

[Wilford Woodruff]
The subject of the late fight with the bear River Indians was spoken of the History of which is as follows as far as we Can learn:

A Party of the Bannocks & Snakes have Joined to gether North of Bear River & have been killing gold diggers & Emigrants the past summer. The fore part of Winter Col Cornor sent a part of his Command to the Indians to get a white Boy that was among them. They got the Boy & killed 3 indians then returned to Camp Douglass near this City. Then the Indians Commenced killing more men. Col Cornor sent some 60 infantry & 13 Baggage waggons on the 22d Jan and on Sunday the 24 Jan some 300 Cavalry followed. They found the Indians Encamped near Bear river. They had to Ford the river in order to get to them. The Indians were Encamped in a Deep ravene. The Cavalry made a Charge upon them but were driven back by the Indians. They then left their Horses and made a Charge on foot & were again repulsed. The third time they made a Charge & rushed right into their midst & used there revolvers & shot as long as they Could find any thing to shoot at and the result of the Battle is reported to be 225 Indians killed 400 Horses taken and the Indian Encampment taken. The loss in Col Cornors Command is 17 dead, 40 wounded, & 70 badly frozen, 2 officers wounded.

It is reported that Lieut Darwin Chase (once a Mormon Elder) [was] Mortally wounded. ...

Col Cornor is bringing his dead & wounded into his Encampment to bury & doctor. It is Said that Bear Hunter the Chief of the band was killed & his scalp now in Camp Douglass.

[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 - Feb 3, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]
President Buchanan recommends a strong force against the saints and that 4 new regiments of men be raised against us. ... The United States are determined to anhilate the mormons. The war is now between God and the Devil and between Saints & Sinners. ... What trials and sacrafizes the Saints may be Called to pass through I do not know but I pray the Lord to give us grace equal to our day.

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

170 years ago today - Feb 3, 1848

[Wilford Woodruff]
3d I attended A feast prepared by the defenders of Nauvoo or those who were in the Battle of Nauvoo. ...

It was ascerted that there was not more than 100 saints at any one time in the fight while the mob that was fighting against the Saints numbered from 800 to 1,000. And their was but three of the Saints killed and one or two slightly wounded while there was several waggon loads of the mob killed & many wounded & the enemy driven from the field. But the Lord was with the Saints & saved their lives.

The Saints wore a read badge on the left arm to distinguish them from their enemies in the battle. They wore the same to day at the feast. At the opening of the performences President Kimball deliverd an Address upon the subject of the Battle of Nauvoo & was followed by Col Johnson, After which their was feasting singing music & some dancing. A figure was got up called the Battle of Nauvoo which was danced & the Saints felt to praise the Lord for their deliverance.

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

55 years ago today - Feb 2, 1963

The Church News recommends the official biography of Hyrum Smith, which describes his family artifacts as including "Emblematic parchments" and a steel dagger with "Masonic symbols on blade." Photographs of these artifacts published in 1982 demonstrate that the parchments are "lamens" or parchments of ceremonial magic: one to summon a good spirit, another to ward off evil spirits and witches, and a third against thieves. Instead of "Masonic symbols," the Smith family's dagger is inscribed with the astrological sign of Mars, the magic sigil or seal for the Intelligence of Mars, and the zodiac sign for Scorpio. In astrology Mars is the governing planet for Joseph Smith Sr., whose non-Mormon neighbors claim he dug for treasure by drawing magic circles and using books of ceremonial magic.

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

85 years ago today - Feb 2, 1933

[George Albert Smith]
"Met with Council in temple. Was much distressed at the attitude of President Grant with reference to Vilate Raile and my daughter Emily. I feel that the mistake that has been made should be corrected and the girls vindicated. My nerves are all frayed out with anxiety."

[Source: Journals of George Albert Smith]

85 years ago today - Feb 2, 1933

[Heber J. Grant]
Had a talk with David O. McKay and Richard R. Lyman regarding Emily Smith Stewart and Vilate Schofield Raille's complaints against Sister May Anderson.

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

130 years ago today - Feb 2, 1888 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Council met at 10 o'clock this morning and the following dispatch, which was received this morning from Washington, was read:

These questions will be asked by Senate Committee Friday morning. How shall we answer? Will delay do, or shall we evade or equivocate? First: Do you think it is the honest intention of your people or of the majority of the people to abolish and suppress polygamy? Second: When you say your people acted in good faith in adopting Constitution, do you mean that it is their intention to abolish and suppress polygamy, or that it is merely their intention to prosecute those who violate the provision of the Constitution on that subject? Must be answered by Thursday sure.

... Bro. Penrose drew up a dispatch ... it was voted for unanimously:

"You know the situation. Answer as guided by Spirit at the time. Be firm and courageous. If by suppression of polygamy is meant the outrages now committed, answer should be No. If full enforcement of the law against future polygamy is meant, the answer is Yes. Intentions can only be deduced from actions and guarantees. Make interrogators define their questions, then your replies can be made suitable. You have our faith and support. You represent monogamous and voting citizens and can speak as we cannot. Go as far as may be necessary consistently and you will not be censured. Preserve political as distinct from Church attitude. Penrose says desired head will come sure."...

... Bro. M. Thatcher reported to the Council a proposition of Sister Lucy D. Young to sell the Bee Hive House and property to the Church. The price last named was $30,000./. This question was referred to the Committee ...

Discussion followed about an amendment to the U. S. Constitution prohibiting polygamy. I opposed this and gave my reasons therefor, and Bro. Jos. F. Smith made a motion that it be the sense of the Council that we do not favor such an amendment to the Constitution. Another motion was made that an Enabling Act be prepared to present whenever necessary.

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

170 years ago today - Feb 2, 1848

The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed. This ends the Mexican War and transfers the Great Basin to the United States. The Mormons find themselves again under U.S. jurisdiction after less than a year away from it.

170 years ago today - Feb 2, 1848

[Hiram Page to William Mclellin]
... when Joseph was first visited by the angel and had the promise of the plates, it was told him no one should have them to get gain and in concequence of not being satisfied with wisdom from on high by the mouth of the angel he was deprived of the privilege of obtaining those plates for 2 years. here we find Joseph erred by his over anxious desire for filthy lucre, again we find in conciquence of the same caus[e] he lost the 116 pages of the first of his translating ... This was an error in him altho[ugh] it was a permit by revelation as also that of going to Canada. ... Joseph he[a]rd that there was a chance to sell a copyright in canada for any useful book that was used in the States[.] Joseph thought this would be a good opertunity to get a handsom[e] Sum of money which was to be (after the expencis were taken out) for the exclusive benefit of the Smith famaly and was to be at the disposal of Joseph accordingly Oliver Cowdery[,] Joseph Knights, Hiram Page and Joseah Stoel [Josiah Stowell] were chosen (as I understood by revilation) to do the buisaness; we were living some 30 to 100 miles apart[.] the necesary preporation was made (by them) in a Sly manor So as to keep martin Har[r]is from drawing a Share of the money, it was told me we were to go by revilation but when we assembled at father Smiths; there was no revilation for us to go but we were all anctious to get a revilation to go; and when it came we were to go to kingston where we were to Sell if they would not harden their hearts; but when we got their; there was no purcheser neither were they authorized at kingston to buy rights for the provence; but little york was the place where Such buisaness had to be done; we were to get 8,000 dollars[.] we were treated with the best of respects by all we met with in kingston--by the above we may See learn how a revilation may be rece[i]ved and the one person rece[i]ving it not be benefited. ... pleas[e] read this to all the bretharin & in peticular to brother Martin Haris he can testafy to the truth of some things here in mentioned which perhaps you may be ignorant of, ...

Hiram Page

[Source: Hiram Page to William E. McLellin, 2 February 1848, typescript, Accretion Papers, Community of Christ Library-Archives, Independence, Missouri., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: Hiram Page To William E. Mclellin]

180 years ago today - Feb 2, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
Left Capt Hopkins & as we walked by the Schoolhouse No 5th the children came out and hooted & mocked at us as they did Elisha when they said go up thou bald head. As with the Parent so with the child.

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

185 years ago today - 1833 ca. February 2 - May 6

[Joseph Smith bible translation]
Manuscript: OT 2 (Dictated MS), 86-111

Text: About Psalm 17 to about Isaiah.

Scribe: Frederick G. Williams

Notes: "The Songs of Solomon are not Inspired writings". Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio [Joseph records, "I completed the translation and review of the New Testament, on the 2nd of February, 1833 and sealed it up, no more to be opened till it arrived in Zion."

[Source: Marquardt, H. Michael, The Four Gospels According to Joseph Smith, Xulon Press (2007), Chronology: Joseph Smith's Bible Revision, 1830-1835]

130 years ago today - Feb 1, 1888

Brother [Charles W.] Penrose reminded the Council that it was time to suggest names for Probate Judges for the President to appoint ... John Henry Smith moved that President [Wilford] Woodruff appoint a committee of three to seek for proper persons form various counties to submit to the President for nomination. [Note: The committee was composed of Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, and John Henry Smith.]

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

140 years ago today - Feb 1, 1878

Under threat of excommunication by John Taylor, apostles George Q. Cannon, Brigham Young Jr., and Albert Carrington (as Brigham Young's legal executors) agree to transfer 2/3 of his estate to Taylor as the Trustee-in-Trust.

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

160 years ago today - Feb 1, 1858

President Young told a dream which he had last saturday night. He said I saw two United States officers and I told them the History of this Church and our doctrins and I told them that the United States must not send any more armies here. If they did I should let loose the dogs of war upon them and I told them they must remove the army now upon our borders or we should destroy them.

[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 - Feb 1, 1843

In a poetic exchange with W. W. Phelps ("The Answer. To W. W. Phelps, esq. A Vision") Joseph Smith paraphrased D&C 76 in verse form, and it was printed in the Times and Seasons [IV:6], pp. 82-85. In stanza 20, Joseph Smith, speaking of all the worlds created by Christ, adds:

Whose inhabitants, too, from the first to the last,

Are sav'd by the very same Saviour of ours ...

[Source: Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source]

175 years ago today - Feb 1, 1843

In the Times and Seasons, John Taylor announces that he expects to print "further extracts from the Book of Abraham" by Joseph Smith. (This never happens.)

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

180 years ago today - Feb 1, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
We saw a sign in the heavens. It had the appearence of a full Moon about ten feet under the Sun.

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

185 years ago today - Feb 1, 1833

Temperance society eliminates distillery in Kirtland and nearby Mentor.

[Source: Chronology of Mormon History, http://followtheprophets.com/chronology-of-mormon-history/]