185 years ago today - Dec 13, 1835

Joseph Smith writes that he "sealed" a matrimonial ceremony "in the name of God." This conventional use of the word "seal" would gain specialized meaning in Mormonism seven years later.

[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]

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