45 years ago today - Nov 3, 1978

Democratic president Jimmy Carter signs the repeal of the provision in the 1862 Morrill anti-polygamy law which prohibits the church from owning more than $50,000 worth of real estate in U.S. territory. LDS leaders ask Congressmen to enact this as a protection for the LDS temple in American Samoa, yet one of the bill's Democratic co-sponsors is Roman Catholic Dennis Deconcini of New Mexico.

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

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