190 years ago today - Feb 24, 1834

Kirtland high council elects Joseph Smith as commander-in-chief of the armies of Israel, and he announces a revelation [D&C 103] which commands God's "friends" to "avenge me of mine enemies." This document also commands that Mormon dissenters be "cast out and trodden under the foot of men" by "my friends."

[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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