185 years ago today - Jul 27, 1838 - Friday

[Joseph Smith]
They have come up hither Thus far, according to the ord[e]r of the Dan -Ites, we have a company of Danites in these times, to put to rights physically that which is not righ[t], and to clense the Church of verry great evils which hath hitherto existed among us, inasmuch as they cannot be put to rights by teachings & persuaysons, [[The Danites, a Mormon paramilitary organization, were organized in conjunction with Sidney Rigdon's "Salt Sermon" and the warning out of dissenters in mid-June.]] This company or a part of them exibited on the fourth day of July They come up to consecrate, by companies of tens, commanded by their Captain over ten. [[The Danite organization incorporated some features of the ancient Israelite organization outlined in the Bible. Dissenters later claimed that the Danites applied implicit coercion to fellow Saints to consecrate, or donate, their surplus property to the church as directed in an 8 July 1838 revelation.]]

[Joseph Smith, “The Scriptory Bookâ€"of Joseph Smith Jr.â€"President of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latterday Saints In all the World,” Journal, Mar.â€"Sept. 1838]

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