180 years ago today - May 18, 1843

Joseph Smith tells Judge Stephen Douglas, "you will aspire to the presidency of the United States: and...you will feel the weight of the hand of the Almighty upon you." Douglas would seek and lose the U.S. presidency in 1860.

[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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