70 years ago today - Oct 24, 1950

[George Albert Smith]
After giving the matter consideration asked Arthur to tell my counselors, President Clark and President McKay, that it was quite all right with me for them to sign letters of the First Presidency with two signatures on most routine matters, saving only the more important and policy matters for the signature of three, thus husbanding my strength.

[George Albert Smith 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]

110 years ago today - Oct 24, 1910

[Thomas A. Clawson]
"Bro B.H. Roberts has again attacked Senator Reed Smoot through polaticks (Sic) and is a very bad thing for him."

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

110 years ago today - Monday, Oct 24, 1910

[John Henry Smith]
Salt Lake City

The day was spent in the office. Politics is getting exceedingly hot all over the land.

The Prohibition one is burning fiercely here. My son George [Albert Smith] is gaining a little.

[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]

110 years ago today - Oct 24, 1910

[George Albert Smith]
at Grays [sanitarium], "had a bad night am very nervous."

[Journals of George Albert Smith]

120 years ago today - Oct 24, 1900; Wednesday

The Historian, Anthon H. Lund met with the Presidency for the purpose of giving a title to the History of the Church now being prepared. It was agreed on motion of President George Q. Cannon that it should be called "The History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." The history will be printed from the journals kept by the Prophet [Joseph Smith] and his clerks with notes and additions in the form of footnotes, it having been previously agreed to follow the account as recorded in the manuscripts on file in the archives of the Church, which will compose four or five volumes when published. President Cannon suggested that there be a preface written explaining that part of the work known as the "History of Joseph Smith," these being the personal writings of the Prophet or his dictations to his scribes or clerks. This was approved.

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

145 years ago today - Oct 24, 1875; Sunday

[Anthony Ivins]
Today being Sunday we did not travel.

[Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

160 years ago today - Oct 24, 1860

[Brigham Young]
I had a couple of teeth extracted night before last, went out of door soon after and got cold. ... I would try to keep off the jaw and teeth with all my might to prevent my teeth from aching, and then talked some two hours to the people, as hard as I could preach, and, when I would get through, feel as though I would die during the following night. ... I have suffered more than to die a thousand times over. I have felt deaths iron grasp many and many a time, but I have so far over come the grim Messenger so far ...

[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 - Oct 24, 1845

[Anointed Quorum]
Male prayer circle at John Taylor's house .

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

185 years ago today - Saturday, Oct 24, 1835

[Joseph Smith]
"Mr. Goodrich and his lady called to see the ancient records. They also called at Dr. Frederick G. Williams to see the mummies." (An American Prophet's Record, p.40)

[Joseph Smith's Diary Statements Regarding Translation of His Egyptian Papyri and the Book of Abraham, Instutite for Religious Research]

25 years ago today - Oct 23, 1995

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that during a formal meeting with the Univesity of Utah's president, nine Utah legislators from Utah County (home of BYU) criticize coursework at the state campus. Utah County legislators (including several members of the appropriations committee for the University of Utah) complain about "topics being taught that are inconsistent with the beliefs of the predominant religion, particularly in the Graduate School of Social Wrok and the department of philosophy." these legislators (eight Republicans out of nine) also have "concerns about the Women's Resource Center."

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

55 years ago today - Oct 23, 1965

After their work at the Church's pavilion at the New York World's Fair, the First Presidency appoints Irene Edwards Staples as the official hostess of the Church.

95 years ago today - Oct 23, 1925

[Heber J. Grant]
Brother Joseph J. Daynes called with a Brother Joseph L. Broadbent, and after questioning Brother Broadbent, I felt it would be a mistake for him to respond to a call to go on a mission. As near as I could judge he is more or less in sympathy with people who have entered into plural marriage since the declaration of President Smith that no more marriages should be allowed.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Oct 23, 1895

[Apostle Brigham Young Jr.]
Dem. Con. adjourned having issued a long address to all good Dem. to resist affiliation of Church and state. There has been no interfering with politics by church authorities, but if some does not interfere with before long I shall be surprised. Bro[ther] [Apostle Moses] Thatcher & [Seventy B. H.] Roberts have declared their intention of standing by their party. I am sorry that they have taken this stand for they have thrown up their rights sacrificed their rights to the Priesthood having trampled their first duty under their feet.

[Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

135 years ago today - Oct 23, 1885

A letter from Brother Richard Bridge was read also a written statement made by Bro John W Taylor from statements made to him by Bro Bridge. This statement accused Apostle Albert Carrington of having committed adultery with his wife before and since her marriage. Sister Bridge was housekeeper at the church offices in Liverpool (42 Islington) at the time that Albert Carrington was presiding and she claims that he then seduced her and that he was the first man that had ever had intercourse with her.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

185 years ago today - Oct 23, 1835

Joseph, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Hyrum Smith, John Whitmer, Sidney Rigdon, Samuel H. Smith, Frederick G. Williams, and W. W. Phelps pray for relief from debt, deliverance of Zion without bloodshed, protection from the Missourians, and the means to buy inheritances in Zion to accomplish the Lord's work there, "all this easily and without perplexity and trouble; and finally, that in the end He would save us in His celestial kingdom."

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

15 years ago today - 10/22/2005

First Ex-Mormon Foundation Conference held.

[Standing for Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn: Appendix D, Modern True History Timeline of the LDS Church, by Lindon Lamborn, http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Something-More-Excommunication-ebook/dp/B004R1PYEK]

125 years ago today - Oct 22, 1895

[Brigham Young Jr.]
... I am sick of the extravagant sayings & doings of both [political] parties; let us be gentlemen & christians.

[Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

140 years ago today - Oct 22, 1880

Lucy Grant (Cannon), later the fourth general president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (predecessor to the Young Women organization), is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

160 years ago today - Oct 22, 1860

President Young observed no man can speak as a Mormon Elder can, no man dared to do so. there was a power that whispered to him tell them of their meanness. -- Salt Lake City

[Brigham Young Office Journals, 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 - Oct 22, 1845

[Wilford Woodruff]
I sent one letter to Elder Dan Jones containing the first copies of the Proclamation of the Twelve Apos-ties. I ordered Twenty thousand to be printed in English. The first Copy came to me to day which I immediately sent to Capt Dan Jones to be published in the welch language.

This is the proclamation to All the Kings of World & rulers & people of All nations. May the Lord make it a blessings to All nations. This Proclamation is made by the Twelve Apostles in fulfillment of the Revelations & Commandments of God. ... This is A warning to the whole gentile world that they may be left without excuse in the day of Gods Judgment upon the nations. I thank God that I am an instrument in his hands of printing & Circulating this important Proclamation through Britain & Europe.

[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 21, 1900

Alexander F. Macdonald performs a plural marriage in Mexico, his first since 1890. Second counselor Joseph F. Smith authorizes this without the knowledge of church president Lorenzo Snow, who later threatens to excommunicate this patriarch.

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

140 years ago today - Oct 21, 1880

[Wilford Woodruff]
Br Henry Charles Fowler Baptized my Daughter Susan C Scholes in the font for the Renewal of her Covenants and her health.

[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 21, 1860

Orson Hyde asked President [Brigham] Young if there would be any women in a terrestral Kingdom. President Young said I will say that man must be an heir to the Celestial Kingdom of God in order to have wives & increase in the Eternal world and in order to do this He may keep a Celestial Law.

[Wilford Woodruff, Historian's Private Journal, 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 - Oct 21, 1860 (Morning)

Bro Brigham showed how we should return to Jackson Co Mo. The Lord would open up the way before us. ... Said also that the time would come when there would not be as much as a dog to wag his tongue in all the mountains of Ephraim. And they extended from East to West, from North to South, yea [the] whole length and breadth of this vast American Continent

[Diary of Charles Lowell Walker. Andrew Karl Larson, ed. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1980, 143, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

165 years ago today - Oct 21, 1855

[Wilford Woodruff]
Some think that we have not as much faith as we used to have. I cannot believe this. I believe we are advanceing in the kingdom of God.

Some are much tryed because all are not healed that they lay hands upon but I do not feel so. I had a Case during Conference concerning the case of Sister Baris. She was sick & I laid Hands upon her & blessed her with life & helth & went to meeting. In an hour I had word that she was dead. It did not try me. The Lord saw fit to take her & all is right.

...Shall we be in these mountains when Christ Comes? No at least head quarters will not be here. It will have to be on more ground. It will be in Jackson Co Mo. We may leave some Millions here but the Head quarters will be on More ground....

How will it be with the Lamanites? They will be the most important actors in the scene. We shall be secondly in that work. They will be so delightful & have such great knowledge of Architecture that they will be able to build up a New Jerrusalem. Then we shall go out throughout all the land to gather all the remnant of Jacob the Lamanits to come to the New Jerrusalem. What For? Why that they may be prepared to be Caught up to meet Christ in the clouds of Heaven.

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

190 years ago today - Oct 21, 1830

Joseph translates Gen. 5:28-37, which becomes Moses 5:43-51. The translation of Genesis continues sporadically throughout the following three years.

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

30 years ago today - Oct 20, 1990

LaRae Orullian is elected national president of Girl Scouts of America. She is Mormon president of the Women's Bank in Denver, Colorado.

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

95 years ago today - Oct 20, 1925

[Heber J. Grant]
This evening Brother Widtsoe read to Brother Ivins and myself some extracts from the sermons of Brigham Young. We made some suggestions as to eliminating certain parts from a book that is to be published of his sermons, for the Priesthood to study. We suggested that some parts be left out as they would create a great deal of discussion, in our judgement.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Oct 20, 1890

I understand that Bro[ther] Solomona Piipiilani and Sister Maria Kamalo [Hawaiians] have gone to Logan to do some work for themselves and their dead. They are THE FIRST who have been privileged to receive their 2d An[oin]t[ing]s. And this will authorize you to allow Solomona and John Kamalo (deceased husband of Maria) to be adopted or sealed to Joseph [Smith] the Prophet if it reaches you in time, which I hope will be the case.

[Joseph F. Smith to Marriner Wood Merrill, Oct. 20, 1890; emphasis in original, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Oct 20, 1850

[Wilford Woodruff]
I spoke of my dream I dreamed of dying & going to the place of the departed spirits. I saw Brother Joseph & Hyram Smith & many of the Saints who had died. They all appeared to be in a Hurry. I thought Strange to find them in A Hurry And I enquired the Cause. They informed me that the time was set for Christ to Come as the great Bridegroom to the Earth to meet the Bride the Lambs wife & they had not had time to prepare as those of other dispensations & Had to be in a Hurry in order to get ready. And when I awoke I was overwhelmed with a peculiar sensation at the view of the work the Latter Day Saints Had to perform in order to prepair the Bride for to meet the Bridegroom.

[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 - 1840: 20 October

[Patriarchal Blessing]
Howard Coray (Given by Hyrum Smith)

... You are of the Tribe of Caleb according to the manifestation of the Spirit; or a descendant of Caleb; and according to the blessings of thy lineage, are entitled to the blessings made to that Tribe ...

If you were sent to spy the land, you would not be afraid of the sons of Amos notwithstanding your infirmity; ... When you have power to heal, your enemies will say, heal yourself; and this is a word to strengthen your memory. You are entitled to the gift of prophecy; and shall have power to preach the Gospel of the kingdom unto many kindreds, nations and Tongues. For you shall have power to speak in a language which you know not... And in your day, shall the plates containing the Record of Mormon, and the Brass Plates, be brought into the bosom of the church; and also many other sacred records for the benefit of the Saints. ...

[Howard Coray autobiography, LDS Archives, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

85 years ago today - Oct 19, 1935

[Heber J. Grant]
In early years from the time I was made President of the Tooele Stake, when I had a complete breakdown and was a nervous wreck for six full months, and for 20 days after the nervous convulsion that caused me to be insensible all day long and could not lift myself up without assistance while lying in bed, I went to St. George to recuperate. I have gone to California time and time again to keep from breaking down completely because of insomnia. Thirty-two years ago I went to Europe, and I got a new lease of life and learned to take a nap in the day-time after my lunch, and today I am thankful beyond expression that I am in better health, can do mor work, feel better, sleep better than I did when I left for my mission. I have only had two serious attacks of insomnia since I returned from Europe. When I wake up not at 4 o'clock as I did yesterday morning and this morning, I try for a few minutes to go to sleep; failing, I sit up and talk to my dictaphone for two or three hours, then, I turnover and take a nap of an hour, sometimes of two hours.

[Heber J. Grant, Letter to Mary Smith Ellsworth, 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]

110 years ago today - Oct 19, 1910; Wednesday

There are so many rumors afloat just now in relation to some of the brethren having been dealt with by the Apostles quorum for being guilty of having gone contrary to the instructions of the Authorities in taking plural wives since the declarations of the church that such must cease. I hope the time will come when we can proclaim that grand principle without fear from the courts and the

rabble who are in a position to cause the church so much trouble at present.

[James D. Cummings, Diary]

175 years ago today - Oct 19, 1845

William Smith: Publicly excommunicated 19 Oct. 1845, offered reinstatement in Quorum 28 Oct. by Orson Hyde , declined offer 12 Nov. and called Brigham Young despot

[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 - Oct 19, 1835

[Joseph Smith]
Ex[h]ibited the records of antiquity [Egyptian Papyri] to a number who called to see them.

[Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

40 years ago today - Oct 18, 1980

A Church News article about the LDS institute of religion at university: "Kim R. Rogers was warmly received despite [his] long hair, liberal attitudes."

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

75 years ago today - Oct 18, 1945

Ranking LDS General Authorities adopted an ambitious program—the first large-scale humanitarian outreach in Mormon history—to initiate overseas shipments of desperately needed food and clothing [following WWII]. They assigned Elders John A. Widtsoe, the Church's only living Europe-born apostle, and Thomas E. McKay, former European Mission president, to "make contact with all European missions" and to find "ways and means to send food and clothing to those [Saints] in need."

[Gary James Bergera, "Ezra Taft Benson's 1946 Mission to Europe" Journal of Mormon History 34:2 (Spring 2008)]

120 years ago today - Oct 18, 1900; Thursday

Brother Isaac Riddle, of Provo [Utah], in a communication to the Presidency, offered to donate $25,000. to a fund for the redemption of the center stake of Zion, this donation to be largely in real estate.

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

145 years ago today - Oct 18, 1875

Patriarchal Blessing of Horatio Morrill by John L. Smith ... thou are ... entitled to all he gifts blessings and promises pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant the Priesthood or fullness with wives and children a mighty host which will be stars in thy crown given thee of thy Saviour for thou shalt stand on Mount Zion with the 140 and four thousand Thy name recorded among the righteous. Thy guardian angel hath and will continue to watch thy feet that they slip not... At thy command mountains be removed springs break forth in dry places the dead raised, prison walls burst assunder [asunder], the captives set free. ...

[Patriarchal Blessings]

180 years ago today - Oct 18, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
... I felt the spirit of God bear testimony that there would be a work in London.

We retired to rest in good season & I felt well in my mind & slept untill 12 at night. I awoke & meditated upon the things of God untlll near 3 oclock & while forming a determination to warn the people in London & overcome the powers of Darkness by the assistance of God; A person appeared unto me which I considerd was the Prince of Darkness or the Devel. He made war with me & attempted to take my life. He caught me by the throat & choaked me nearly to death. He wounded me in my forehead. I also wounded him in a number of places in the head. As he was about to overcome me I prayed to the father in the name of Jesus for help. I then had power over him & he left me though much wounded.

3 personage dressed in white Came to me & prayed with me & I was immediately healed & delivered me from all my troubles.

[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 - Oct 17, 1965

The New York World's Fair concludes. The Mormon Pavilion, with a 127-foot-high replica of the triple east towers of the Salt Lake Temple, was visited by millions during the fair.

130 years ago today - Oct 17, 1890

[Wilford Woodruff]
I visited the Saltair works in the Afternoon. They had made 36,000 tons in 1890. They take out 500 tons a day. They have now 20,000 piled for shiping. It is the greatest salt works in the world.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 17, 1890

[Abraham H. Cannon]
Uncle David [Cannon] came in about noon and told me that he had just had a conversation with Lindsey Sprague, a deputy marshal, who told him that there were papers out for my arrest, but it was not the intention to serve them until my family were located and where they could be captured. I got Chas. H. Wilcken to investigate the matter for me and he learned that it was indeed a fact that a warrant was issued and in Doyle's hands for my arrest. I therefore kept in my room all the afternoon.

[Abraham H. Cannon (Author), Edward Leo Lyman (Editor), Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895, Signature Books]

155 years ago today - Oct 17, 1865 (Tuesday)

[Seven women and men] were killed by Indians, under the chief Black Hawk, near Ephraim, Sanpete Co.

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

190 years ago today - Oct 17, 1830

Oliver Cowdery signs a statement with an addendum signed by Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Peterson declaring their intention to preach as missionaries to Lamanites "to rear up a pillar as a witness where the Temple of God shall be built, in the glorious New-Jerusalem."

[Mark Lyman Staker, Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith's Ohio Revelations: A Selective Chronology of Significant Events in Ohio's LDS History]

35 years ago today - Oct 16, 1985

Mark Hofmann injured by bomb in his car. Some speculate that the bomb was intended for Brent Ashworth or Christensen's attorney.

Police identify Hofmann as suspect in Christensen and Sheets murders, motive linked to dealing in fraudulent documents. Police with search warrant go through Hofmann's house, find a green high school letterman'sjacket, and, in a locked basement room, books and manuscripts and note cards containing words from the Book of Mormon.

[Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

45 years ago today - Oct 16, 1975

BYU publishes a half-page newspaper advertisement, "Notification of Brigham Young University Policy of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Sex," to counter protests that BYU gender discrimination. Two days later BYU places an advertisement in various newspapers that the university refuses to comply with six regulations of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Title IX regulations for non-discrimination on the basis of gender.

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

145 years ago today - Oct 16, 1875

Establishment of Brigham Young Academy in Provo, renamed "University" in 1903. This is the first of the church's thirty-seven academies which until 1900 offer primarily elementary level education with some secondary coursework. However, academies also develop college-level "normal" curriculum for teacher-training. By 1934 only four remain LDS institutions. Other major LDS academies are Brigham Young College at Logan, Utah, in 1877 (closed in 1926), Salt Lake Stake Academy in 1886 (now LDS Business College), Bannock Stake Academy in 1888 (now BYU-Idaho), St. George Stake Academy in 1888 (now Utah state-operated Dixie College), Sanpete Stake Academy in 1888 (now Utah state-operated Snow College), Weber Stake Academy in 1888 (now Utah state-operated Weber State University), St. Joseph Stake Academy in 1891 (now state-operated Eastern Arizona College), and Juarez Stake Academy in 1897 (later Academia Juarez).

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

180 years ago today - Oct 16, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
Sister Charlotte Turley was sick. I lade hands upon her & she was healed. I visited a Mr Parrott who was sick but he had an evil spirit in him that rejected the truth & I did not lay hands upon him.

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

35 years ago today - Oct 15, 1985

[Mark Hofmann]
Steven Christensen and Kathleen Sheets killed by bombs. Police warn Ashworth that he may be on the same hit list. As the Ashworths hurriedly go into hiding, their son is involved in a tragic accident that proves fatal.

[Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

50 years ago today - Oct 15, 1970

The Deseret News ceases advertising films rated "X" or "R."

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

150 years ago today - Oct 15, 1870

[Joseph F. Smith]
Prest. Young [advised] the brethren to meditate on the subject [of Adam], pray about it and keep it to yourselves. -- Salt Lake City

[Joseph F. Smith Journal, 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 - Oct 15, 1870

[Wilford Woodruff] President Young asked me to speak upon the Character of Adam who he was. I proved that Adam was Michael the Archangel, the Seventh Angel, & the Ancient of Days, The Father of all, & the prince of All. I quoted the 7 Chapter of Daniel 9 to 14 verse, Doctrine & Covenants 79 page 28 Paragraph 106 Page 35 P. 201 P. 2d Paragraph. I was followed by G Q. Cannon, President Young & G. A Smith. ...

[School of the Prophets Minutes] Elder George Q. Cannon fully endorsed the doctrine that Father Adam was our God and Father....the above doctrine had been revealed to him, so that he knew it was true. -- Salt Lake City

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 6:576, 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 - Oct 15, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
I arose refreshed by sleep but had a wait upon my mind, which has been upon me for many days the spirit of which manifests great trouble & persecutions of the Saints in general, throughout Europe & America & that many will fall away, that the U.S.A will rise against the church & that they will be driven from whare they are & that great trouble awaits the world universally.

I had a long conversation with Catherine the Prophetess upon these things while in Manchester. ...

I herd a letter read while in Manchester from Doctor Foster to O. Pratt which contained many important items. He speaks of some of the prophesies of Joseph concerning the building of the house of the Lord in Nauvoo many trials of the Saints perils among fals brethren &c.

... I had an interview with Sister Eliza Bromley during the afternoon, & she related to me the following vision which she had on the 8th inst:

Lane End Statfordshire Oct 8th 1840

At one oclock at noon there came a deep sleep upon me & I slept one hour. I was awoke with a hand touching me. I looked around me & saw one s a personage standing by the side of me clothed in linen. His face had the appearance of much meekness love & light. I said Oh. He Said fear not. He came & touched me with his hand. Then fear departed from me. I said doth the Lord love me so much? He said it is thy faith in the servents of the God of heaven. ... No weapon shall prosper against thee for thou art sealed up unto the Lord.

Think it not strange when you see many fall away & some of the Elders of this Church for the Scriptures must be fulfilled. ... If the Father gives a desire that will be the assurance of the gift, & as desire increases there will be the greater love to the servants of God. This is the mark the servants of God have to go by & is a mark Satan Cannot give.

... I said tell me sumthing els before you go. He smiled & said keep these from the world. I said must I not tell no one? He said thou wilt know by the spirit of God that is within thee who to tell. Thou hast asked for wisdom & it will be given thee. He turned around from me & a greater light overshadowed me & he disappeared.

Eliza Bromley

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

190 years ago today - Oct 15, 1830

The four missionaries arrive in Mentor, Ohio, and introduce the gospel to Sidney Rigdon. Within a week they preach in Mentor, Euclid, and Kirtland and baptize 17. Sidney Rigdon refuses to debate his former follower, Parley P. Pratt, but agrees to study the Book of Mormon alone, and after two weeks Rigdon also is converted.

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

60 years ago today - Oct 14, 1960

[First Presidency letter to Roy Disney]
We have been most earnestly grateful for the use of this footage [a clip from "Fantasia"], and our need for it is urgent and will continue to be so into the future as far as we can foresee. For your information, this brief excerpt is used without identification in small restricted instruction classes, in which it introduces a discussion on the creation of the earth. The public is never invited to these classes; no publicity is ever given, and no admission charge is ever made. This most excellent footage has become inseparably a part of the brief introduction to this instruction in establishing a mood of reverence and awe for the Creator's work.

[LDS First Presidency to Roy Disney, Oct. 14, 1960 , typed excerpt in Buerger Papers, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

85 years ago today - Oct 14, 1935

Canadians elect Church member John Horne Blackmore to the Canadian Parliament, making him the first Latter-day Saint to serve in that capacity.

125 years ago today - Oct 14, 1895

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Politics has made many foolish brethren, they have lost their heads & are more foolish than the wicked gentiles. I fear for many who have been faithful men but are now blatant politicians [who] 'don't know a saints face from a gentiles backside.'

[Brigham Young Jr. 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]

130 years ago today - Oct 14, 1890

[Wilford Woodruff]
We have decided to have the Bank loan the Hedrick[ite]s $20,000 in Jackson County Mo & take the Temple Block as security. They will build a Meeting House on the Block.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 14, 1890

[Franklin D. Richards]
Rec[eive]d letter from Bro[ther]. Jos[eph]. Leairy, London [England] asking counsel of the recent action at home in relation to polygamy [IE the Manifesto], All the elders there were dumbfounded and could not satisfy the saints nor stand against sinners.

[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 - Oct 14, 1860

[Brigham Young]
Many of the sisters grieve because they are not blessed with offspring. You will see the time when you will have millions of children around you. If you are faithful to your covenants, you will become mothers of nations. You will become Eves to earths like this; and when you have assisted in peopling one earth there are millions of earths still in the course of creation.

[J. D. 8:208, in Quotations Dealing with the Relationship of Our First Earthly Parents to Our Heavenly Parents (1830-1978)]

165 years ago today - Oct 14, 1855

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended prayer meeting at a Circle & herd President Young Prophesy that the Lamanites would not Conquer their Enemies nor get much Advantage over them in ther battles but they would continue to be destroyed & distressed untill they sought unto the Lord & his servants for assistance & Embraced the Gospel & became a righteous people. Then they will begin to prosper & not before.

[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 - Oct 14, 1855 (Council Meeting)

[Brigham Young]
I can tell you the Lord has a hand in it. (The war between the Indians and Whites). I will prophesy the Indians will overcome the whites but the whites will continue to progress, until the Indians turn unto the Lord. I would rather have 1000 Latter-day Saint warriors trained to the Lord, than all the Indians, as they now are. -- Evening.

[Thomas Bullock Minutes, 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 - Oct 14, 1845

"Mary Gout was sealed to Lewis Dana a Lamanite by B. Young--being the first Lamanite having a Wife sealed to him under the New & Everlasting Covenant for Time & all eternity--she being a White Woman, he being the first [native American] Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--having been an Elder about four years."

[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]

35 years ago today - Oct 13, 1985

Mark Hofmann tries to sell papyrus (supposedly Facsimile 2), for $100,000. By now Hofmann's debts are at least $1,300,000.

[Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

40 years ago today - Oct 13, 1980

The "Anthon Transcript" is sold by Mark Hofmann to the LDS church. In exchange the Church gives him a five dollar Mormon gold coin minted in 1850, a first edition of the Book of Mormon, and several examples of pioneer Mormon Currency. Total value: $20,000.

[Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

105 years ago today - Oct 13, 1915

[James E. Talmage]
At a conference today attended by the First Presidency, Brother Horace G. Whitney, Business Manager of the Deseret News, and myself, Brother Whitney explained the need of an early beginning on a second edition of the book 'Jesus the Christ'. This day marks the end of the first month since the book was placed on sale and according to Brother Whitney's written report over half the edition has already been sold. As the book is to be used in the Advanced Theology classes in the Sunday Schools beginning January next, and as it has also been adopted in the quorum classes of the Melchizedek priesthood, it appears that a second edition must be issued before the beginning of the coming year. The decision was reached today that plans for the second edition be proceeded with immediately.

[James E. Talmage 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]

120 years ago today - Saturday, Oct 13, 1900

[Rudger Clawson]
In the afternoon I assisted Pres. J. F. Smith in ordaining Elder Squire Coop an elder and in setting him apart and blessing [him] for a musical mission to Europe—namely, to pursue the study of music.

[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 - Oct 13, 1895

[Wilford Woodruff]
13 Sunday There is a terrible Stir to day through Utah over the Meeting Held in the Tabernacle Assembly Hall on Oct 7. The Democrats are trying to break up the State Government over [it].

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

125 years ago today - Sunday, Oct 13, 1895

We returned home in the evening to find that Prest. Jos. F. Smith's speach at the Priesthood meeting had thrown the Democracy into Confusion.

[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 - Oct 13, 1860

Apostle Orson Hyde intervenes to spare William A. Hickman from excommunication and tells bishopric: "a man may steal and be influenced by the spirit of the Lord to do it, that Hickman had done it in years past." The bishop reluctantly acquits him.

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

175 years ago today - Oct 13, 1845

A non-Mormon in Auga, Illinois writes his brother: "there are hundreds of good farms, that the Mormons would sell cheap, go in the Spring they must. They talk of going over the rocky mountains, but I dont believe it. But wherever the wretches can go, I dont know. They have no right to go or stay any where, on earth. They are not fit to be among men!"

[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 - Oct 13, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
I conversed much with Catherine the Prophetess.

[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 - Oct 12, 1980

While organizing stake in Brasilia, Brazil, Apostle Ezra Taft Benson givese a blessing to the new stake president's daughter who "had a large growth on her neck," that the "growth would disappear" without the surgery recommended by the physicians. Five days later the growth is gone.

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

45 years ago today - Oct 12, 1975

Presidency counselor N. Eldon Tanner dedicates the LDS dormitory and classroom building at Michigan State University, "the first of its kind at a non-Church school outside of Utah."

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

110 years ago today - Oct 12, 1910; Wednesday

[Joseph W. Summerhays speaking:] ... I take the stand that you have no right to excommunicate me from the Church for the reasons which I will state further. ... I am at liberty now to say some things which I was not at liberty to say before. In the year 1905, after President [Joseph F.] Smith had issued his statement on plural marriages in 1904, he took a party to Mexico, the occasion being the dedication of the Juarez Academy. Among the party were President Smith and wife, his son Joseph F[ielding]. Jr., and myself. ... President Smith called me to him and took me up into one of the upper rooms in President Ivins' home and he told me this man whom he had met in the garden was married, but had no children and had made all arrangements before the President's declaration to marry a girl and he said I don't know how this can be done, but if you know how it can be done you have it done; you say that it can be done. I spoke to President Ivins about it and he said that he had been told by President Smith on a previous occasion that unless a bigger man than he came along that he was not to marry any one unless so instructed by this bigger man. I asked President Ivins to let me see his ceremony and he did I have had invitations from twenty or more people to go and officiate and in every instance I have told them no as I had no authority. My conscience is free before God and I had the authority and if told to do it tomorrow I would do it. That is one reason why I think you cannot cut me off the Church. ... I went to President Ivins and said President Smith wants Brother Sears married, and then is when he made the remark that he had instructions that unless a great man came he was not to perform any marriages.... President Smith has said further on several occasions that he didn't want to know anything about this. ...

Summerhays: In February of 1898, President Smith who was then counselor to President [Wilford] Woodruff, Brother Spence and others were in New York, and I asked for an interview with him. I told him some of the brethren were getting wives and I asked him if it would be alright if I took one. He said it would under certain conditions. But my marriage did not take place for five years afterwards on the 25th of September 1903. ... [Not excommunicated].

[Excerpt from the Minutes of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles]

115 years ago today - Oct 12, 1905

Angus M. Cannon, in a letter to Joseph Smith, III, and his son Frederick, answers a question about Joseph Smith's polygamy. In response to the elder Smith's inquiry, "Where is the issue in evidence of my father's having married plural wives," Cannon replies: "I will now refer you to one case where it was said by the girl's grandmother that your father has a daughter born of a plural wife. The girl's grandmother was Mother Sessions, who lived in Nauvoo and died here in the valley. She was the grand-daughter of Mother Sessions . . . Aunt Patty Sessions, asserts that the girl was born within the time after your father was said to have taken the mother." Cannon was president of the Salt Lake Stake and a brother of Apostle and First Presidency counselor George Q. Cannon.

140 years ago today - Tuesday, Oct 12, 1880

City Hall, Salt Lake City

[Orson Pratt:] In the Church we take the Law of God & his Priesthood as the Constitution of his Church-here in this Council [of Fifty] we have a living constitution not a written one-which we must conform to.

[L. John Nuttall minutes, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

175 years ago today - Oct 12, 1845

Rigdon's supporters in Pittsburgh publicly sustain him as "first president of the church" which is formally organized as a new "Church of Christ" on 6 Apr. 1845.

[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]

175 years ago today - Oct 12, 1845

[Brigham Young]
[On moving west] We calculate to go three months journey into the wilderness - let every man learn to hold his tongue and I will say to you there are a great many good places not yet settled by whites - and large enough as England, France, etc. - There are many countries not yet explored - excellent islands well watered, good mill privileges - some say Vancouver Island is very fruitful, and would make an excellent beginning for a kingdom when we get ready to start we can say, we are from ev- ery place but this and we will soon be from this. but where we go we know not - Vancouver Island is perfectly healthy - plastered - outside - and if we should float down stream - we shall like to see them look well. -- Nauvoo, Illinois

[Thomas Bullock Minutes, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

35 years ago today - Oct 11, 1985

Mark Hofmann offers to sell President Hinckley a Kinderhook plate and Joseph's translation of it. The offer is declined.

[Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

180 years ago today - Oct 11, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
... We took tea with Sister Katherine Betes the Prophetess....

[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 - Oct 11, 1835

Sunday, 11th Visited my Father /again/ who was verry sick./ In secret prayer in the morning the Lord said, "My servant thy Father shall live." ...

At Evening Bro[ther] David Whitmer came in. We called on the Lord in mighty prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, laid our hands on him [Joseph Smith, Sr.], and rebuked the diseas[e]. God heard and answered our prayers to the great Joy and satisfaction of our souls. Our aged Father arose and dressed himself, shouted, and praised the Lord. ...

[Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

195 years ago today - Oct 11, 1825

The WAYNE SENTINEL, published in Palmyra New York, prints an article stating: "Those who are conversant with the public and private economy of the Indians, are strongly of [the] opinion that they are the lineal descendants of the Israelites, and my own researches go far to confirm me in the same belief." The article lists a number of reasons for this belief: "The Indians worship one Supreme Being as the fountain of life, and the author of all creation. Like the Israelites of old, they are divided into tribes. . . . their language and dialect are evidently of Hebrew origin. They compute time after the manner of the Israelites. . . . They have their prophets, High Priests, and their sanctum sanctorum. . . . They have their towns and cities of refuge. . . . If the tribes could be brought together, could be made sensible of their origin, could be civilized, and restored to their long lost brethren, what joy to our people, what glory to our God, how clearly have the prophecies been fulfilled, how certain our dispersion, how miraculous our preservation, how providential our deliverance."

130 years ago today - Oct 10, 1890

[Within days of the Manifesto being presented in General Conference, Apostle] John W. Taylor marries 3rd wife

[Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

140 years ago today - Oct 10, 1880

Oct 10 1880 Sunday This is a great day to Israel. ... The various Quorums of the Priesthood were seated in the following Order: The first Presidency in the upper Seat The Twelve Apostles in the 2d seat. On the South of the Stand the Patriarchs & Presidets of the Stakes & their Councillors and the High Councils. On the North of the Stand the Bishops and their Councillors, Presiding Bishop Hunter & his Councellors in front of them. The High Priest on the North Benches of the house. The Quorum Presidets in the front. The Elders immediately Behing the High Priest. The Seventies on the Benches of the South side of the House And the Quorum Presidets in the front. The Lesser Priesthood in the North side of the House.

Conference Called to order By Presidet John Taylor. Prayer By Albert Carrington. This is the third time the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been Called upon to organize a first Presidency of the Church. First the Prophet Joseph Smith & Councillors. Seconed when President Brigham Young & Councillors were Appointed. Third when President John Taylor & Councillors are now Presented to the Assembly.

Elder Orson Pratt then Presented the following Authorities of the Church to the Conference all of which were unanimously sustained without a dissenting vote By Each Quorum of the Priesthood rising in their order with uplifted hands to heaven.... After which George Q Cannon said I hold in my hand the Doctrins & Covenants and I present them to the Conference to see if the people will vote for them. He had also the Pearl of Great Price in Connexion with the Covenants and all the Conference voted to sustain the Revelations Contained therein.

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

140 years ago today - Oct 10, 1880

John Taylor: Sustained Trustee-in-Trust and president of church 10 Oct. 1880 without setting apart or ordination

[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]

140 years ago today - Oct 10, 1880

Joseph Smith—History becomes part of the Pearl of Great Price as Church members vote on the canonized scripture in General Conference. Pearl of Great Price becomes fourth standard work of Church. By this date, the Church officially had four standard works of scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

[Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984]

145 years ago today - Oct 10, 1875 (Afternoon, Conference)

[Brigham Young]
When the earth was framed, made, and brought forth and man placed in the Garden of Eden, the earth was placed at his disposal, and man, not woman, is the King, lord and governor of the earth; and if men, since the fall, had done right, had kept the commandments of God, women would have been willing to go with them and be Saints; and at the present time there are thousands and millions of females who will receive the gospel whose husbands, fathers, and brothers will reject it, and it crowds the necessity of taking more wives than one upon the elders of Israel; for if they were not to do so a great many women never could attain to the same exaltation hereafter they would not have the glory of propagating their species and filling worlds and being associated with the Gods. But to prevent them being thus cut off hereafter, the Elders of Israel, who are obedient to the priesthood, are under the necessity of taking those that present themselves and who wish to be sealed to men. Now, O ye inhabitants of the earth, repent of your sins, become sons of God by adoption, by entering the Kingdom of God upon the earth, keep his commandments, glorify his name, sanctify yourselves before the Lord, and every one of you take a wife to save us this care and share with us in this blessing....

[Deseret News, 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 - Oct 10, 1845

[Hosea Stout]
... selected a Temple guard out of Hunter company & regulated the Commissary department. While there recieved orders from the Lieutenant General by A. P. Rockwood to have the Second Cohort ready to be called out at a moments warning – for them not to be far from home and to rally as usual at the hoisting of the flag at the Temple, for them not to give up their gains to our enemies but first to Shoot....

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

190 years ago today - Oct 10, 1830

Sunday, Samuel Smith is able to visit Joseph Sr. in prison but cannot effect his release to the jail yard.

[Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books, http://bit.ly/lucys-book]

195 years ago today - 10-Oct 24, 1825

The Smith family meets Josiah Stowell, who hires Joseph Jr. to locate a lost Spanish mine in Harmony (PA) with seer stone.

[Vogel, Dan, Early Mormon Documents, Appendix B: Chronology, 1771-1831, http://amzn.to/T5nY8w]

115 years ago today - Oct 9, 1905

The President instructed Patriarchs about keeping with the legitimate line of blessing when giving patriarchal blessings. For instance, some patriarchs had told people they should live in the flesh and never taste of death. It was very questionable, he said, that the Lord revealed such things to them to make known to individuals receiving blessing under their hands, they should not make such promises. This should be understood: that whatever promises are made which do not come to pass are made by the patriarch and not by the Lord through the patriarch. The President thought it would be very proper for the Presiding Patriarch to visit stakes and review the blessings given by local patriarchs, and where necessary, to correct extravagances of every kind. The President also said the Lord had not revealed to him when He is coming to earth; but He has commanded all to be ready when He shall come, and all who are ready will be worthy when he does come. ... By unanimous vote it was decided that the present condition under which waltzing is not permitted in our social parties continue in force. ...

[Minutes, 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]

135 years ago today - Oct 9, 1885

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary]
Erotic revelations of Herman Fascher Conference. Apostle Erastus Snow addressed us ... and referred to the pretended and exotic Revelations of Herman Fascher.

[Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

140 years ago today - Oct 9, 1880

[Joseph F. Smith]
... The rest of the time was used in discussing the propriety of organizing the First Presidency. The council are not unanimous. Did not conclude. ... The Twelve met at 6 p.m. in the Endowment House when the motion of C[harles]. C. Rich and seconded by O[rson]. Pratt that we organize the council of the First Presidency was put and carried. Then on motion of W[ilford]. Woodruff, John Taylor was chosen president. He then chose G[eorge]. Q. Cannon and J[oseph]. F. S[mith]. as counsellors.

[Joseph F. Smith 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]

140 years ago today - Oct 9, 1880

... The Apostle then met in Council at 6 oclok and Decided to Organize the first Presidency of the Church. Wilford Woodruff Nominated John Taylor to be the Presidet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it was Carried unanimously. Presidet John Taylor then Chose George Q Cannon as his first Councillor and Joseph F Smith as his second Councillor. It was then Moved seconded & Carried Unanimously that Wilford Woodruff Should be the Presidet of the Twelve Apostles.

We then Met in the Assembly Hall with the Priesthood Meeting and at the Meeting after documents were read upon the priesthood Presidet John Taylor was then Presented before the Priesthood Meeting as the Presidet of the Church and his two Councillors And Wilford Woodruff as the Presidet of the Twelve Apostles and Receivd the unanimous vote of all the Priesthood Assembled upon the occasion.

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

145 years ago today - Oct 9, 1875

Last evening the 12 met at Presidet Youngs and after Discussing the Subjet of the Presidency & Twelve voted to drop John Smith from the Patriarchal Office & put in his place Joseph F Smith but during the day John & Joseph F Smith had Seen Presidet Brigham and pled vary hard to try John another six month to see if he would magnify his calling any better than he had done in the past....

John Taylor offered up the dedication prayer which was printed in the Deseret News and Herald. The Tabernacle was then Dedicated. It took 40 Minuts to read it. ...

W. Woodruff said I feel to bear my testimony to what the Apostles have said to you. I have had vary peculiar feelings for the last 3 months of my life. I view in the vision of my mind Forty thousand men in these mountains bearing the Holy and Everlasting Priesthood of the Son of God and these men were fore ordained before the world was Created to Come here on the Earth in this dispensation on purpose to labor with the Lord to build up his kingdom on the Earth. And then I view in the vision of my mind forty Million Devels, fallen spirits gathered to gether to make war against these forty thousand priest of the Lord and strive to hender their building up the kingdom of God.

...I will also say we have many Bishops & Elders who have but one wife who are abundantly able to support more but their wives will not let them do it. Any man who will permit a woman to lead him and bind him down is of but little account in the Church & kingdom of God..

[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 - Sep 17, 1870

[Martin Harris]
Rebaptized in Endowment House

[Martin Harris Chronology, Michael Marquardt, Sunstone Symposium 2016]

155 years ago today - Oct 9, 1865

President B. Young spoke of the calling and ordination of the Twelve Apostles. They were called by revelation, through the Prophet Joseph, and Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris officiated in the ordination in the beginning of 1835. He referred to the washing of feet, in the solemn assembly held in the Temple of Kirtland that was called together by the Prophet. Gave instructions on the principle of adoption, teaching that a man by being adopted, to connect the chain of the Holy Priesthood, loses nothing which he has; and treated on the continued growth and increase in capacity to receive and enjoy given blessings, and of the continued blessings bestowed upon those who live according to the principles of the holy gospel. -- SLC Bowery

[Deseret News, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

155 years ago today - Oct 9, 1865

THE SPIRIT

* * *

O may the Saints be perfect

As God our Father was,

When he got back to Eden,

By her celestial laws. ...

He [Elder Richards] dwelt at length on some of the principles of theology, showing that duties of a temporal nature were the first that were enjoined upon our first parents when they were placed in the garden of Eden;. . .

[Conference Report, October 1865, Semi-Annual General Conference; Monday, October 9th, 1865, 10 a.m. [See also Millennial Star XXVII, pp. 770-771; Deseret News XV, 5 (October 12, 1865); "Journal History", 9 October 1865; and "Documentary History", p. 924-- in Quotations Dealing with the Relationship of Our First Earthly Parents to Our Heavenly Parents (1830-1978)]

155 years ago today - Oct 9, 1865

[Brigham Young]
I am addressing myself to the ladies of the kingdom of God, to those who know how to keep their houses, furniture and beds pure and clean, who can cook food for their husbands and children in a way that it will be clean, tasteful and wholesome. The woman that can do this I call a lady. In this view I differ from the world generally; for the lady of the world is not supposed to know anything about what is going on in the kitchen; her highest ambition is to be sure and be in the fashion, at no matter what cost to her husband or father; she considers that she may as well be out of the world as out of the fashion...

[The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

160 years ago today - Oct 9, 1860

W. W. Phelps came in, and made a statement about the revelation which says the Southern States shall be divided against the north, he said after this revelation was given it was locked up in a desk and the key got lost. Joseph said it was the will of the Lord. Joseph prayed and afterwards ascertained from the Lord that he did not want it published just then; the Pres[ident] remarked he was glad he did not call him to the stand. -- Salt Lake City

[Brigham Young Office Journals, 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 - 1840: 9 October

[Patriarchal Blessing]
Wilford Woodruff

"... thou shall be instrumental of Thousands being brought to the knowledge of the truth ..."

[Ms d 7074, LDS Archives, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

60 years ago today - Oct 8, 1960

N. Eldon Tanner and Theodore M. Burton are sustained as Assistants to the Twelve. Tanner is the first general authority who had prominent office in a non-U.S. government, three terms as Minister of Lands and Mines in the cabinet of Canada's premier. Burton is the first Ph.D. appointed as an Assistant.

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

110 years ago today - Oct 8, 1910; Saturday

Certain apostles seeming to be perfectly conscien[t]ious in their position, by authority of their priesthood solemnized such marriages. Subsequently after death of Pres[ident]. Woodruff & Pres[ident]. [Lorenzo] Snow, Pres[ident]. Smith endorsed manifesto and endeavored to make it plain that the church isnot sanctioning further plural marriages. But some men holding the Melchisedick priesthood and claiming to thus have the right to marry still has performed such marriages persumably taking licence from what had been done by certain apostles. There has been a kind of secret company of brethren mosto f whom good men in other respects have either willfuly or innocently said that they First Presidency are in sympathy with these plural marriages but it must not be known as the government forbids such. ...

[William H. Smart, Diary]

110 years ago today - Oct 8, 1910; Saturday

President [Joseph F.] Smith made clear his attitude on the question. He said, "There is not a man in all Israel who is authorized to perform plural marriages. If any man shall say there is tell him he lies. The Lord has revealed that there is but one man at a time who has that authority. Any man who assumes that authority is a falsifyer and trying to injure me and the church and should you knock such an one down I shall not feel badly about it. Now is this clear? Do you see any loophole? If so tell me. If there is any way to make it plainer I wish you would tell me how to do it.["]

[George F. Richards, Diary]

115 years ago today - Oct 8, 1905

Saml. W. Richards saidhe was intimate with the prophet Jos. In the winter of 1843-44 a messenger came and asked me if I would be one of the party to go and explore the Rocky Mountains with 23 other men to find a place where the Church could be established. He related a vision in which he saw the vallies of the Mountains, California & Northern Mexico, & then the building of a temple at Jackson Co. & the earth redeemed and filled with towns & villages & producing all that was necessary for sustenance of men. -

[Diary Excerpts of Anthony W. Ivins, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

120 years ago today - Monday, Oct 8, 1900

Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon said the Saints must guard against extreme partisanship in politics.

[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]

120 years ago today - Monday, Oct 8, 1900

L. S[now]. He said ... When Jesus came to the earth, he was a God without knowing it—he did not comprehend his

former greatness, neither did we comprehend ours. We are scarcely out of our infancy. We ought to be up and doing, and when people come for counsel, be prepared to give it to them.

... We are giving the brethren their second anointings, and anyone who receives them, I should think, would never apostatize. ... Presidents of stakes and bishops of wards should be very careful in recommending people for their second anointings. They should be sure, so far as it is possible to be sure, that they will not afterwards apostatize. Do not recommend those who are not worthy.

As to some presidents of stakes who have not received their second anointings, he said, if they were worthy to be presidents of stakes, they were worthy of this blessing and could have it upon application.

...J. W. T[aylor]. Warned the authorities against hastily cutting people off the church. We should seek rather to convert than to cut off.

[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]

140 years ago today - Oct 8, 1880

[George Q. Cannon]
Elder [Wilford] Woodruff's motion [that John Taylor be church president] was then called for and carried unanimously. Pres[ident]. Taylor said he was prepared to name his counselors and being requested to do so, named me as his first and Jos[eph]. F. Smith as his second. The mention of my name was a great surprise to me. As I had been nominated again for congress and would be absent this winter and probably half at least of the next two years, I had felt free in expressing my feelings upon the subject of the first presidency in favor of it, not thinking for a moment that my name would be mentioned for this position and feeling satisfied that no one could suspect me under the circumstances of having any person ambition with this matter. I could scarcely express my feelings. Before the names of the counselors were called Ihad a presentiment that myname would be mentioned and I trembled all over. My nerves twitched all over my body and I could scarcelycontrol myself. When my name was mentioned I rose to my feet and begged of the brethren to excuse me from filling that position. I told them that I would much rather remain in the quorum of the Twelve. I could think of at least 12 or 13 men who could fill that position in my opinion better than Icould. My agitation was extreme and I was completely overcome. Pres[ident]. Taylor said it was not a matter of personal choice. Several of the brethren also spoke very kindly approving of the nomination and it was carried unanimously on motion of Bro[ther]. Woodruff.

[George Q. Cannon 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]

145 years ago today - Oct 8, 1875

Brigham Young is sustained again as Trustee-in-Trust, following the death of his replacement, George A. Smith. He has no assistants, and the office remains with the presiding apostle or church president from now on.

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

145 years ago today - Oct 8, 1875 (Afternoon, Conference)

[Brigham Young]
... The people to abandon whiskey, wine and beer; when used according to the spirit and meaning of the word of wisdom. ... store up grain; if you do not you will be sorry; this is the word of the Lord. The ten tribes will soon come in from the north; Babylon will fall. He was afraid the people would sleep too long....

[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 - Oct 8, 1870

[Joseph F. Smith]
Met with the quorum at Prest. Young's office. John D. Lee and I[saac]. Haight and Geo[rge]. Wood were cut off [from] the church because of extreem wickedness or for having been engaged in the M[ountain]. M[eadows]. M[asscre].

[Joseph F. Smith 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]

150 years ago today - Oct 8, 1870 (Afternoon, Conference)

When the motion was put to the Conference to sustain President Brigham Young as Trustee-in-Trust for the Church, he arose and tendered his resignation of that office. At this the congregation manifested strong signs of disapproval. And, when Elder Cannon stated that there were two motions before the Conference, one to sustain President Young as Trustee-in-Trust, and the other to accept of his resignation of that office, thousands of the people shouted '"no,'" '"no;'" and, when the first motion was put, the vast congregation, agitated by one common feeling, moved and surged for a few moments, and, not satisfied with merely holding up the right hand in token of sustain the motion, great numbers rose to their feet and held up both hands and a murmur went up from the human sea. Many of the strangers present held up their hands as if impelled by the same spirit that moved the great assembly. The scene was one which will never be forgotten by those who beheld it, and but few persons present could prevent feelings of intense emotion swelling up in their bosoms. There stood the veteran, faithful leader of a people who had been led by him through the most trying scenes that have proved him to be their best earthly friend as well as spiritual guide, and the people uttering a united protest against his resigning to act for them in a position of trust. ...

[Deseret News Extra, Salt Lake City; 1850-current. 19:419, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

160 years ago today - Oct 8, 1860

Brigham Young preaches "he was contending against a principle in many of the Bishops to use up all the Tithing they could for their own families."

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

160 years ago today - Oct 8, 1860

[Brigham Young]
'"My policy is to let the men who labor hard have the beef, and those who sit in their easy chairs and do nothing, can do very well with lighter food. Said he wished to build the Temple, not for the people to meet in [as had been done in prevous temples], but for the priesthood to meet in and receive instruction in the things of God.'" -- SLC Bowery

[The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

165 years ago today - Oct 8, 1855 (Afternoon, Conference)

Pres Young said there were spirits of a nobler class waiting to take bodies and it was the duty of every man to be taking to himself more wives ...

[Lorenzo Brown Diary, 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]

175 years ago today - Oct 8, 1845

Lucy Mack Smith is the first woman to speak at general conference. Church authorities do not invite another woman to address conference for 143 years.

[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]

175 years ago today - Oct 8, 1845

[Brigham Young]
Joseph once said, with outstretched arms, '"If I fall in battle in Missouri, I want you to bring my bones back and deposit them in the sepulcher, I command you to do it in the name of the Lord.'" ... And we will petition Sister Emma, in the name of Israel's God, to let us deposit the remains of Joseph according as he commanded us. And if she will not consent to it, our garments are clear. Then when he awakes in the morning of the resurrection, he shall talk with them, not with me; the sin shall be upon her head, not ours. -- Nauvoo, Illinois

[History of the Church. 7 Vols. B. H. Roberts, ed. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, Co., 1902. 7:472, 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 - Oct 8, 1840

[Brigham Young]
I had organized the priesthood in Manchester to meet every Sabbath morning, and distribute themselves throughout the different parts of the city to preach in the streets. In this way they occupied about forty preaching stations, at each one of which the congregation were notified of our regular meetings in the Carpenter's Hall. This so annoyed the sectarians, particularly the Methodists, that they made complaints to the mayor, who issued an order to have all street preachers arrested. I went to the priesthood meeting in the morning and felt impressed to tell the brethren to go home. The police, who had been instructed to arrest all street preachers that morning, took up about twenty, who all proved to be Methodists. When the magistrate learned they were not "Mormons," they were dismissed.

[Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).]

20 years ago today - Oct 7, 2000-8

The new 21,000-seat Conference Center, across the street north of Temple Square, was dedicated during general conference by President Hinckley.

[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]

35 years ago today - Oct 7, 1985

Radio Shack outlet in Cottonwood Mall sells to "M. Hansen" [Mark Hoffman alias] a battery holder and a mercury switch.

[Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

80 years ago today - Oct 7, 1940

[Heber J. Grant]
Joseph F. Smith III wrote me a letter expressing his loyalty to me and had it delivered by special delivery mail Saturday afternoon.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

115 years ago today - Oct 7, 1905

[Thomas A. Clawson]
"Joseph Smith [III] and Frederick M Smith of the Reorganized Church are in attendance (Sic) at conference and will hear some strong testimonies of the truth of this work. I hear from common rumor that Joseph Smith [III] is here at the instance of Kearns and Cannon all his expenses being paid, the hope being that there will be a split in the Church and he will step in and gather them into the Reorganized Church. Another report is circulated to the effect that Joseph Smith [III] hoped to be appointed a receiver for the Church &c. All of which if their (Sic) is any truth whatever in them are the very highth (Sic) of folly."

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

125 years ago today - Oct 7, 1895

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Priesthood meeting, 7 Oct., "Bro[ther] Jos[eph] F. S. said one of the Twelve & one of Presidency of Seventies were not doing their duty in the church [engaging in politics without approval] and they should make right what was wrong. We all seconded his remarks tho' some thought them premature I did not think so for the brethren have neglected their ecclesiastical duties for years."

[Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Oct 7, 1890

President George Q. Cannon spoke of the necessity of the sisters being encouraged under the difficulties incident to the issuance of the President's Manifesto, and that the local authorities should do their utmost to shield the women and children. Pres[iden]t. Cannon felt that he could prophesy that the course that the Church was pursuing was the path of safety, and that it would lead to political success. President Woodruff drew the attention of the brethren to the fact that the Manifesto did not affect our present family relations, but it simply stated that all plural marriages had ceased. He had the mind and will of God before he took any action, and called upon the brethren not to desert their families but continue to do their duty by treating them with kindness. ...

[First Presidency Office Journal, 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]

150 years ago today - Oct 7, 1870

Presidet Young gave the following Revelations:

It is the mind & will of God that the Elders of Israel should take the Utah Central Rail Road Bonds & own the road & Pay for it so that He Could pay the debts of the Union Pacific which He owes to the Brethren. It is the will of God that C. C. Rich & Lorenzo Snow should Call for 50 Men to strengthen the Settlemets in Bear lake valley. It is the will of God that Erastus Snow should Call upon the People to Strengthen the Southern Settlemets.

[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 - Oct 7, 1855

William Smith: Called conference in Kirtland, Ohio, 6-7 Oct. 1855 with Martin Harris to organize church of the Bride the Lamb's Wife (no connection to George Hinkle's church), and received revelations through Miss Sexton, Cleveland spiritualist

[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 - 1835 7 Oct.

Joseph Smith uses his white seer stone to give blessings to Newel K. and Elizabeth A. Whitney. The Whitneys have a seer stone of their own shortly afterwards.

[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]

185 years ago today - Wednesday, Oct 7, 1835

[Joseph Smith]
"This afternoon I re-commenced translating from the ancient records."

[Joseph Smith's Diary Statements Regarding Translation of His Egyptian Papyri and the Book of Abraham, Instutite for Religious Research]

190 years ago today - Oct 7, 1830

Joseph Sr. is arrested for debt and jailed for thirty days.

[Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books, http://bit.ly/lucys-book]

25 years ago today - Oct 6, 1995

[Paul Dunn]
Here I am a you buck coming into the system and the circulation is "lets excommunicacte the Sterling McMurrins of the church and weed out the liberals" that got throuwn around a lot. Even poor Lowell Bennion got thrown into some of that. If it hadn't been for President McKay, we'd have had a fiasco on Lowell Bennion. There's one of the sweetest, great Christians of the world. I would be totally surprised if all of heaven isn't a Lowell Bennion philosophy. There isn't a kinder, more gentle Christian in the world. And yet there were those in the system who tried to weed him out, because he kept the President McKay kind of vision open.

The George Boyds and the Lowell Bennions kept people in the church whom nobody else could have. Philosophically, they could go with you on the trip through your frustration in thinking, and bring you back. Not many people could do that. I worked with George for many years down at the University of Southern California. i watched him save kids that nobody else could. And yet there was the element in the Church that tried to get him bumped, because he didn't teach what they taught. I've found in the Church and this is what gave me great comfort with President McKay, that there is room for all of them, not just a few, not just those here or there, but the whole spectrum. President McKay would say, and two or three times I heard him say privately, and once or twice publicly in meetings where I sat, that "if you would have to take action on that kind of a person thinking that way, you'd better take action on me, too."

[Paul Dunn Interview in David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Greg Prince, p. 44-45, footnote 15]

130 years ago today - Oct 6, 1890

[Marriner W. Merrill]
Monday. Conference convened at 10 a. m. Singing. Prayer by President A. O. Smoot. Singing, after which President George Q. Cannon presented the Authorities of the Church, who were unanimously sustained. Bishop Orson F. Whitney then read the Articles of Faith, when they were adopted by the Conference by vote. Then President Woodruff's late Manifesto regarding the cessation of plural marriages in the Church was read, and on motion of Apostle Lorenzo Snow President Woodruff was declared by the Conference as the only man in the Church holding the keys of the sealing power; hence has the right to issue or put forth such Manifesto to the people, and it was carried by a weak vote, but seemingly unanimous; after which President George Q. Cannon spoke on the plural relations for 30 minutes. Then President Woodruff spoke on the necessity of his issuing such Manifesto and said it was the impression of the Spirit of the Lord to him...

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

130 years ago today - Oct 6, 1890

[Heber J. Grant]
[After Articles of Faith read] Bishop Orson F. Whitney then read the Manifesto of Prest. Woodruff. Prest. Lorenzo Snow then read a motion that we approve of the action of Prest. Woodruff in issuing the Manifesto. Some did not hear the motion and it was read a second time by brother Whitney and the presented by Pres[iden]t Cannon and unanimously sustained by the people ... Pres[iden]t Woodruff among other things said that no man at the head of the Church would ever be permitted to lead the people astray. He said that were he to attempt any such thing the Lord would remove him out of his place ... The meeting this morning is one of the most important that has ever happened in the Church and there were many wet eyes in the congregation when the vote was called to sustain the action of Pres[iden]t Woodruff in his issuing the Manifesto. There were some of the people that did not vote. There were not many as I noticed that the votes was as large if not large than that which had been given to the authorities when they were sustained.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Oct 06, 1890

This [1890] Manifesto only refers to future marriages, and does not affect past conditions. I did not, I could not, and would not promise that you would desert your wives and children. This you cannot do in honor." (Marriner W. Merrill, diary entry, 1890-10-06, in LDS Church archives, cited in B. Carmon Hardy, "Solemn Covenant: The Mormon Polygamous Passage" (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1992) p. 141)

[Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

130 years ago today - Oct 6, 1890

Wilford Woodruff signs recommends for seven men to have plural marriages performed in Mexico by Alexander F. Macdonald, the local stake president.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 6, 1890

In a major effort to reassure the Saints and decrease apocalyptic concern, no fewer than seven Church authorities spoke on the second coming in the same general conference in which the Manifesto was presented. Some advised the Saints not to expect Christ's advent in 1891- Gibson Condie recorded in his journal, "Some of the speakers referred to the year 1891, as a great many of the saints have an Idea that the Lord was to come and reign on earth." George Q. Cannon told members that there was too much "agitation" associated with the 1891 prophecy and that "no man knoweth the day nor the hour."

However, during the same conference, Moses Thatcher warned the Saints to "prepare themselves for 1891" as "the day of calamity is approaching. It is at the doors," and Apostle Francis M. Lyman told the Saints to "pray twice a day" to "be prepared for what is to come in 1891" Perhaps most tellingly, after the Manifesto's presentation at general conference, Woodruff promised the members: I will say to the Latter-day Saints, as an Elder in Israel and as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are approaching some of the most tremendous judgments God ever poured out upon the world. You watch the signs of the times, the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. They are beginning to be made manifest both in heaven and earth. . . . and when you get through you will understand many things that you do not today.

[Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 22, No. 2, 1996, p. 27, 28 http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1027&context=mormonhistory, as quoted in The Last Days and December 1890 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ, y George D. Speer Sr., privately circulated]

130 years ago today - Oct 6, 1890

The Presidency in the office. Before the morning's meeting the Presidency prepared the motion endorsing the President's Manifesto, for presentation to the Conference. [An account of the presentation of the Manifesto follows.] The vote to sustain the foregoing was unanimous. Between the meetings the Presidency met with Elders A[lexander]. F. McDonald, Elders F[ranklin]. D. Richards, F[rancis]. M. Lyman and G[eorge]. Reynolds being also present, at which it was decided to stop, for the time being, the performance of plural marriages in Mexico. ... He [Woodruff] told me afterwards that a great weight had been lifted from him by the acceptance by the conference of his manifesto. ...

[First Presidency Office Journal, 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]

140 years ago today - October 6-9, 1880

[Moses Thatcher]
... Regarding some things, however, which transpired among the Apostles, in reference particularly to the Organization of the Quorum of the 'First Presidency,' I will record a few items. The subject was presented to the twelve present, Elder Erastus Snow and Brigham Young [Jr.] being absent, south, by Pres[ident]: [John] Taylor himself who evidenced a desire that that Quorum (ie 'the first presidency') be organized, during the present conference. I think the subject was first presented in a meeting of the Council of the Apostles, on the 7th of October. There was not much said about it at this meeting as it was a matter of very weighty importance, but one at the same time, upon which few of the Quorum I think had seriously pondered; indeed the majority seemed to be like myself almost wholy unprepaired for its consideration. Elder [Orson] Pratt referred in a few remarks to the advanced age of many of the Apostles and expressed the bilief that the Quorum could if theythought propper choose a young man to fill the highest office in the Church, that is to be president of the Church. Upon this subject others made no remark. At a subsiquent meeting the matter of the Organization being again brought forward, (this I believe was on the 8th) one of the brethren I think Elder Wilford Woodruff expressed the view that it was Elder John Taylors right if he choose to claim it, to be president of the Church, by virtue of his calling and position as the Chief and oldest Apostle. The question which seemed to be in the minds of the brethren, at this time, was not as to who was entitled to Nomenation for the office of president, but as to the wisdom or non-wisdom of Organizing at the present time the Quorum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And in reference to it, many of the brethren seemed unsettled, that is, the Spirit of God had not up to this time specially impressed all that it was a duty, the performance of which was now required at our hands. It was evident however, that our esteemed president Elder Taylor was very anxious to have the Organization perfected at this Conference. He was asked by one of the brethren if he (Elder Taylor) had the mind of the Lord on the matter; to which he declined an answer, saying it should be left with the Quorum of th Twelve to decide'-it rested upon them. Elder Orson Pratt said it would be folly to seek the mind of the Lord upon a subject upon which we already have his mind'-referring to that contained in the Book of Doctrine & Covenants relating to the Organization of the First Presidency ... The brethren expressed themselves in turn according to age, not upon the point touched by Elder Pratt, particularly but upon what should be done at this time. Some expressed the belief that the organization should be perfected at this Conference, not knowing but that the Lord would hold us responsible for neglect of duty if we failed. Among those who entertained these views was, I think, Elders [Albert] Carrington [Wilford] Woodruff, [Charles c.] Rich, [George Q.] Cannon and [Albert] Carrington. Elders Lorenzo Snow, [Franklin D.] Richards wanted to do just what was right, though did not feel the presure that others perhaps did, at this time for a movement in this direction. Elder D[aniel] H Wells thought it should have been done long ago. Elder Joseph F. Smith expressed doubt, saying that the Spirit had not impressed on him that the organization at this time was either very important or required: thought that every thing in the church was moving harmoneously and that the Saints were not only satisfied but happy under the administration of the Twelve. He for one did not want to live to see repeated what had occurred in the Church, in ignoring the quorum of Apostles and other quorums of the Church. Referred to a prediction which was said to have been made, by our late president Brigham Young, when he was last at the Saint George [Utah] Temple. He had been credibly informed that president Young said, referring to the Saints 'You think I have been hard in many things but I want to say to you that the little finger of my successor will rest more heavily upon this people, than my whole body has ever done.' Elder Smith asked the brethren present if any of them had heard that uttered by president Young. None appeared to have done so: Elder Cannon thought he had heard him say that 'John Taylor would be his successor.' Elder Wells said that he did not believe that any man ever heard president Young say that,'-for he knew, that he never thought so. President Taylor observed that we had nothing to do with what president Youngs successor might or might not do. It was our place to do our duty and leave the consequences with God. Being the youngest member of the quorum I spoke last; not however until I was asked direct for an expression of my views. I gave them honestly; saying that if the 'necessity' referred to in the Book of Covenants, had arisen there was but one course to persue and that was to organize the quorum now. But I must honestly confess, though I had most earnestly sought in prayer for light, since the subject had been introduced, that I was not impressed with any necessity for such a move at this time; for I did not believe that the people either expected it, or desired it now. ... On the following day the subject again being brought up, was further discussed and finallyon motion of Elder C[harles]. Rich Elder John Taylor was nomenated and sustained as president by the vote of all present. He chose Elders George Q Cannon and Joseph F Smith as his counsellers. Proceeding at once to a general priesthood meeting being held in the Assembly Hall (Evening) the brethren wee also voted for there and unanimously sustained; it having been explained by Elder Pratt, that the Twelve had taken action on the matter. Two of the vacancies made thus in the Quorum were filled by the choice of Francis Marion Lyman and John Henry Smith. May the blessings of the Almighty rest upon the moves made by us in this direction this day; that Israel may rejoice and be glad under the approval of our Heavenly Father, is my earnest prayer in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord Amen.

[Moses Thatcher 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]

140 years ago today - Oct 6, 1880

Most of the apostles oppose John Taylor's proposal to organize the First Presidency during a series of meetings but finally accepts his motion the evening of 9 Oct.

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

145 years ago today - Oct 6, 1875

William McLellin is quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune alleging one extra-marital relationship by Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio.

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

150 years ago today - Oct 6, 1870 (Afternoon, Conference)

... Brother Orson Hyde referred to a few who complained about not getting revelations. I will make a statement here that has been brought against me as a crime, perhaps, or as a fault in my life. Not here, I do not allude to anything of the kind in this place, but in the councils of the nations'"that Brigham Young has said '"when he sends forth his discourses to the world they may call them Scripture.'" I say now, when they are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible, and if you want to read revelation read the sayings of him who knows the mind of God, without any special command to one man to go here, and to another to go yonder, or to do this or that, or to go and settle here or there. In the early days of the Church, if a man was going to sell a farm he must have a revelation'"Joseph must receive and give a revelation. Many men would not do one thing until God had given them a revelation through the prophet. It must be: '"Thus saith the Lord, sell your farm, devote such a portion of your means to education, or printing, or for distributing knowledge to the world. Devote such a portion of your means to do this, and such a portion to do that.'" I have known a good many men in the early days of the Church who had property, that must have revelation to know what disposition to make of their substance; but who, when they received it, were sure not to strictly obey it. What did revelation do for such persons? Nothing but seal their condemnation....

[Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 13:261-268 in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

160 years ago today - Oct 6, 1860 (Evening, Conference)

The President [Brigham Young] enquired of him [Br. Budge] his birthplace and ascertained from [him that] it was Scotland, and remarked most of the Anglo-Saxon races will be found to be of the blood of Israel. -- SLC Tabernacle

[Brigham Young Office Journals, 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 - Oct 6, 1845 (Monday)

The first general conference of the Saints for three years was commenced in the Temple, the Prophet Joseph having ordered that they should not hold another general conference until they could meet in that house. The conference continued for three days. Wm. Smith was dropped as an Apostle and Patriarch.

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]