180 years ago today - Jun 6, 1844

[Heber C. Kimball diary]
.... Last nite I clothed my self and offered up the Sines [signs] of the Holy Preasthood and called one the name of the Lord. He hurd me fore my heart was /mad[e]/ comfortable. I inquired by the rod. It was said my family was well, that my wife would come to me in the East, and that Congress would not do anny thing fore us. I do not care wheather they do or not. It is none of thares to give. My Father in heaven owns it all and he will give it to, so let them go to thare own place. ...

[Quinn notes: 'Kimball clothes himself in endowment robes, prays in the "true order," while holding a divining "rod," and asks yes-no questions. Movement of the rod means "yes" and no movement "no." This is the first verified use of a divining rod in Mormonism since an 1829 revelation commended Cowdery's use of his "rod of nature...behold it has told you things."']

[Kimball, Stanley B. ed, On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball; 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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