20 years ago today - Dec 9, 1996

Church website initiated at lds.org.

[Source: Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://lds.net/forums/topic/10668-church-chronology-from-1800-2000-part-1/]

75 years ago today - Dec 9, 1941

On 9 December 1941 Henry H. Arnold, commanding the United States Army's Air Forces, directed that military resources be dispersed inland so that a single attack could not destroy significant military capability. In such an environment, decisions to locate training and other support facilities to inland areas was a natural extension. The greater security for bases in the Great Basin interior ensured that military efforts would not be impeded by possible enemy attack.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: World War II, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

90 years ago today - Dec 9, 1926

[George F. Richards]
Attended temple meeting at 8:15 a.m. and the Weekly Council meeting at 10:00 a.m. The latter continued until about 5 P.M. We had under consideration a revision of the Temple ordinances. The question of [the oath of ] Retribution took considerable time.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Dec. 9, 1926, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

110 years ago today - Dec 9, 1906; Sunday

Apostle [Francis M.] Lyman. ... There are people who seem to think that it is their business to regulate the church the stake, or the ward where he lives. There are others who feel that their rights are curtailed who cannot obtain the privileges which belong to them. We do not want men to trouble us. The bishop & high council must may take care of such characters & if necessary cast them out. No plural marriages are to be permitted. No man in the world is authorized to solemnise such marriages.

[Source: Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

135 years ago today - Dec 9, 1881

[Heber J. Grant]
The house was full. Many ladies & gentlemen having to stand. I was ashamed of myself for not giving some lady my seat. I looked behind me & saw some 'hard sticks' and concluded as I had come early for no other reason than to get a seat I would keep it. Just before the lecture was over the 2 parties sitting on my right got up & Misses Lottie Eldridge & Clarissa Young took their seats. I can truthfully say I never was much worse ashamed in my life. I would not have kept my seat for $1000 had I known these girls were standing behind me, but I felt hat it served me right for not getting up when I first looked around.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

170 years ago today - Dec 9, 1846

[Hosea Stout]
This morning about three oclock I was called up by S. A. Dunn one of the police then on guard. He said that there was a difficulty amongst the Omahas camped North of town & some had been shot.& I was wanted at President Youngs so I went there and called up some more of the police & some others as I went

When I got there I found this house crouded full of the Omahas who had fled there for shelter. One squaw had been shot through the arm which was shattered to atoms & an old Indian picking out the little bones with his fingers. Her arm was cut off the next day by Dr. Cannon

Old Big Head a chief was shot in the head arm & had his thumb shot off[.] He was badly wounded some were missing and supposed to be dead.

The utmost confusion reighned with them and they appeared frightened badly. I here learned that they had been attacted by a party of the Iowas who came to their lodges at this dead hour of the night and fired upon them & then fled[.] I in company with a party of police and some others went with some of the Indians to their Lodges to see if any thing more was done and to hunt for the missing

Their lodges were in a gore of blood but could not find any one. However after a long while one of the old Indians raised a howling yell & was answered not far off where we found the one we supposed to be dead[.] He was at Charles Pattenshe was very badly wounded a ball passing in near the left eye. The ball was started out of its socket[.] I did not think he would live.

We then went back and after seeing that all was put to rights came home & yet it was not day[.] While at their Lodges we could hear the Iowas howling on the other side of the river.

About the middle of the forenoon I went up again to see how matters were going on[.] I found the wounded Indians located in a sod house where they had been put by order of President Young and doing as well as could be expected.

The rest of the Indians moved their lodges by President Youngs house as they were afraid to stay any longer where they were least they should be attacted agan

I went and examined the Lodges and found that the assailants had shot through them and of course what had been done was by a random shot.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

105 years ago today - Dec 8, 1911

At 11:30 this forenoon I was ordained an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ ... Before proceeding with the ordination, President Smith asked President Lyman if he had anything to say to Bro[ther]. Talmage. ... He also said that he had instructed Bro[ther]. Talmage with respect to the necessity of his being in perfect accord with the brethren of the Twelve, informing him also that in all their private councils it would be his privilege to freely express his own individual views but that after doing so it would become his duty to be united with this brethren on the conclusions and decisions arrived at, even should the conclusions and decisions be contrary to his own views and judgment. ... Bro[ther]. Talmage now received his ordination which was as follows: [']Dear Brother James E. Talmage, as your fellow servants and as Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, in authority of the holy priesthood, which is after the order of the Son of God, we lay our hands upon your head, and ordain you an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also set you apart to be one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and confer upon you all the keys, rights, privileges, blessings, ministries and authority, pertaining to this high and holy calling, to the end that you may be, as you have been heretofore, but more abundantly, a living witness to the divinity of the lord Jesus Christ'a special witness of Him unto all the world, knowing and understanding as though you had seen by the sight of your eyes, and heard by the hearing of your ear, that the Lord God Almighty, our Heavenly Father, sent forth His Son unto the world, to become the Savior and redeemer of mankind; and that He did come, that he did live and die and rise again, and ascend on high, and that He does now sit enthroned with power and dominion on the right hand of the Father, and He has chosen His own brethren from time to time to be his fellow-laborers in the world, to administer to the children of men for their own salvation & exaltation, and they and all mankind through them might be brought to a knowledge of the Father and the Son. 'Now our dear brother in the Lord, we bless you and ordain you, conferring upon you the holy Apostleship, with all that pertains to this high and holy calling; and we pray God to bestow upon you the spirit of this calling abundantly and continue unto you the spirit of humility and meekness even more abundantly than you have ever experienced it heretofore, that you may be most exemplary and most efficient in the performance of your duties, and be an honor to the cause of God.

'Father, bless this thy servant and accept of him and fill him with the light of truth, the gift of the Holy ghost, and the testimony of Christ, that he may labor diligently for the salvation of souls, and that his labors may be acceptable in thy sight. 'We seal upon you Brother Talmage, all these things, by authority of the Holy Priesthood vested in us; and this we do in the name of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, even so, Amen.' This being done President Smith and all the brethren present congratulated Brother Talmage, and extended to him the right hand of fellowship. (Signed) Geo[rge]. F. Gibbs The occasion is to me one of irrepressible reverence and sanctity. To me the calling of an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ has always been one of special sanctity requiring the unreserved devotion of the man so honored. It is a calling above any office, station or title that man can confer.

[Source: James E. Talmage, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

105 years ago today - Dec 8, 1911

James E. Talmage is ordained an apostle. Although Apostle Orson Pratt had self-taught interests in mathematics and astronomy, Talmage is the first apostle with university training in the sciences (geology). He is also the first general authority and first apostle with a Ph.D. degree (from Illinois Wesleyan University). However, as a non-resident, correspondence doctorate, his degree lacks full academic stature. Nevertheless, Talmage's appointment heralds a forty-year era when scientifically trained intellectuals serve in the Quorum of the Twelve. Succeeding appointments of Richard R. Lyman, John A. Widtsoe, Joseph F. Merrill, and (to a lesser extent) Sylvester Q. Cannon have a considerable impact on the LDS church administration. From 1921 until 1952 there are always two (and sometimes four) scientifically-trained intellectuals at the highest levels of decision-making. There are no scientific doctorates in the Twelve from 1952 until 1984, when Russell M. Nelson (physician with a Ph.D.) becomes an apostle. On nuclear engineering becomes church patriarch in 1947, and another becomes an apostle in 1988. Theodore M Burton (with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue) serves as an Assitant to the Twelve (1960-76) and in the First Quorum of the Seventy (1976-89), George R. Hill III (with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell) serves in the First Quroum of the Seventy (1987-92), and Alexander B. Marrison (with a Ph.D. in food sciences, Cornell) serves in the Seventy (1987-... some time after Quinn complied this list).

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

150 years ago today - Dec 8, 1866

While in the Endowment House President Heber C Kimball said that God had revealed to him that whare A Blessing was sealed upon him by the Holy Priesthood and the man forfeited that Blessing that the Blessing would descend to his children & they would obtain it.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff, Historian's Private Journal, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

180 years ago today - 1836: 8 December

[Patriarchal Blessing]
Abel Butterfield. (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)

" ... thou shalt be a mighty Man in the earth--the earth shall tremble at the sound of thy voice thou shalt have such great power that the inhabitants shall acknowledge thee to be a man of God... Thou shalt teach the Lamanites the wonderful things of God in their tongue thou shalt baptize many and they shall rejoice in the Lord Thou hast been in earnest to receive thy blessing.... thou shalt live to see the winding up scene of this generation... --by authority of the Priesthood I seal thee up to eternal life Amen."

[Source: From typescript; William Smith Patriarchal Blessings Book, pp. 133-134, RLDS Archives, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - Dec 8, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Esther Loraine Brown given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... thou shalt be blessed in thy posterity thou shalt be a mother in Israel shall have children who shalt be prophets and prophetesses. God has raised thee up for this purpose. ...

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:121, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

185 years ago today - Dec 8, 1831

Ezra Booth in Ohio Star mentions a revelation that may confirm the July 17, 1831 revelation

"revelation [that the Mormon Elders] form a matrimonial alliance with the Natives"

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

75 years ago today - Dec 7, 1941

Mervyn Bennion is the first Mormon to die during the U.S. military participation in World War II. As captain of the battleship 'West Virginia,' Bennion is killed on its bridge during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He is the son-in-law of first counselor J. Reuben Clark and receives a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor.

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

105 years ago today - Dec 7, 1911; Thursday

... Jacob F. Gates related the visit of his father to Oliver Cowdery in 1850, the occasion being a renewal of Oliver's covenants by baptism at the frontier. On this occasion Brother Gates is said to have asked Oliver what he had to say in reference to the Book of Mormon? Instead of answering directly Oliver went to the book case and took out a copy of the Book of Mormon and read the testimony of the three witnesses, and after doing so said, Jacob, every word I have read to you is true. Then Jacob is said to have asked Oliver how he could reconcile his position now with that testimony? Oliver answered that he could not reconcile it at all, and acknowledged that he had gone wrong, adding that at the time he did go wrong he had the spirit of murder in his heart, but he said he saw differently and repented. Jacob then asked him what he had to say about the visit to Joseph [Smith] and himself of Peter, James and John,--that is, did you actually see these personages, and did they really lay their hands on your head? Oliver answered in the most emphatic way, that he saw them and they laid their hands upon his head, just as naturally and as real as ever hands were laid upon the head of men.

President Smith, referring to the subject of the calling of Patriarchs, said he would like President Lyman and any of the brethren of the Apostles he might wish to have associated with him, to take up the question of a successor to the presiding patriarch, John Smith; and he would like then to go and talk personally with John's family, not with a view to selecting any one member of his family unless it be ascertained that he is worthy to act; and should it be found that neither of John's sons is capable and worthy for this position, it may be possible, President Smith said, that one of his grandsons may be found worthy and capable. As it is the duty of the Twelve to look after these evangelical matters, the President said he would like President Lyman and the Twelve to consider the matter of a successor to the Presiding Patriarch...

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

105 years ago today - Dec 7, 1911

Shortly after 4 o'clock this afternoon, I learned of a call for me which must mark a great change in my work. This is no less than a call to the Holy Apostleship. Action was taken at this day's council meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve, whereby Apostle Cha[rle]s. W. Penrose was sustained as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to succeed the late President John Henry Smith. ... The selection creates a present vacancy in the Council or Quorum of the Twelve and to this exalted and special office I am called. The announcement of my having been chosen came as a wholly un-heralded action. I was with President Joseph F. Smith until a late hour yesterday, but by no word, act or intimation was such action suggested to my mind. ... Apostle Anthony W. Ivins, called upon me about 4 p.m. on a matter of business and there told me with evidences of affection and emotion of the action taken by the Council. He testified to me that the call was from the Lord. Even at this time the announcement had been printed in the Deseret News, and within a few minutes I had many calls by phone from brethren who assured me of their support. May the Lord grant me His, and enable me to be a true witness of Him.... I have looked upon myself as a lay member in the Church though I know that a patriarch Jesse Martin of Provo [Utah] gave me to understand that, and I would be called and ordained one of the Twelve Apostles.

[Source: James E. Talmage, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

135 years ago today - Dec 7, 1881

[James E. Talmage]
Talmage delivers a dramatic chemistry lecture/demonstration to his students at Brigham Young Academy where a controlled explosion bursts every lamp in the room and causes a few minor injuries, including to one young girl who was struck in the forehead with a shard of glass.

In his journal Talmage writes:

When she discovered traces of blood, she fainted very nicely, and I changed at once my occupation from that of a public lecturer to an attendant physician. She recovered, however, when 'twas found that the large amounts of blood filling the bowl from which I was bathing her head came from my own hand. Two pieces of glass had struck the index finger of my right hand, one fragment burying itself in the knuckle joint.

[Source: MSS 229, Journal, Chronology of the Life and Work of James E. Talmage, J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJsHY83JZL_n6CjWq11y1trT_CVXMMXAx2uYOWAwn0c/edit#heading=h.2zfdaoa]

155 years ago today - Dec 7, 1861

John W. Dawson arrives in Salt Lake as the newly appointed governor. Within three weeks he alienates Mormons by vetoing the bill for statehood convention.

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

160 years ago today - Dec 7, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]
Elder Orson Hyde calls for 100 more men. Thinks there will be a prospect of a fight with the Calafornians. President Young said He wished all the men were at home & that Elder Hyde was at home in his Store & that He would not take any Mission while he lived for He had lost the spirit of his office & was of no account. It made the President feel sorrowful to see the Twelve & others not feel the Spirit of their office.

At the Close of the meeting I went home & with my family went to the 14 ward meeting in the Music Hall. I was much pressed in spirit. After listening to the speeches of Brothers Hunt, Candland, & Pack I was requested to speak. I arose upon my Feet though heavily pressed in spirit. Yet the spirit of God was in my tabernacle like fire shut up in my bones and I spoke to the people about 3/4 of an hour and I scearsly knew whether I was in the body or out of [it]. Neither can I remember but little what I said. ...

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - 1836: 7 December

[Patriarchal Blessing]
Oliver Boardman Huntington. (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)... thou shalt have power with God even to translate thyself to Heaven, & preach to the inhabitants of the moon or planets, if it shall be expedient, if thou art faithful all these blessings will be given thee, & now by the authority of the priesthood I seal thee unto eternal life in the name of Jesus, even so. Amen."

[Source: From typescript, private collection. Although the typescript lists his father, William, as the officiator, Oliver's later account confirms that Joseph Smith, Sr. was the patriarch. See Oliver B. Huntington, "Resurrection of My Mother," Young Woman's Journal 5(7):345-347, 1894, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

115 years ago today - 115 years ago - Dec 6, 1901

The First Presidency discusses "a letter from Sister Hendricksen [-] she is anxious to get word from us in regard to her being the Holy Ghost!" Nevertheless, first counselor Anthon H. Lund regards her as "gentle and good."

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

120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Dec 6, 1896

The First Presidency changes the monthly day of fasting from the first Thursday of the month to the first Sunday. This signals the secularization in Mormon society (particularly in Salt Lake City) where Mormons can no longer expect employers to close businesses for regular "fast and testimony" meeting or to allow LDS employees to attend without loss of pay.

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

120 years ago today - Dec 6, 1896

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill]
Sunday. This is fast day, the first fast day (on Sunday) under the recent instructions of the First Presidency of the Church. I fasted and left for Lewiston (from Franklin) at 12 noon.

[Source: Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

115 years ago today - Thursday, Dec 5, 1901

Apostle Reed Smoot reported that Brother [James E.] Hall was stirring up considerable excitement in the Utah Stake in reference to the gift of healing, which he claimed he was able to exercise in a miraculous manner. In his (Brother Smoot's) judgment a spirit of darkness was actuating and influencing Brother Hall, and should be rebuked. Apostle Smoot was directed by the council to see the president of the Utah Stake and instruct him to investigate the matter and take such action as the facts will warrant.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

125 years ago today - Dec 5, 1891

Stake President relates "incident of the Prophet Joseph telling Dimick B Huntington.....that Noah built the Ark in the land where South Carolina is now.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996, http://amzn.to/extensions-power]

175 years ago today - Dec 5, 1841

Joseph proofreads the Book of Mormon for a new edition.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

55 years ago today - Dec 4, 1961

The establishment of the language-training program known as the Language Training Mission (LTM) at Brigham Young University. Originally for Spanish, it expands in 1963 to all Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking missions and in 1964 to German-speaking. In 1968 the LTM expands to sixteen languages, with branches at Ricks College for Dutch and Scandinavian languages and at the Church College of Hawaii for Polynesian and Asian languages. In visiting missions general authorities find the LTM graduate to be more disciplined than other missionaries, who have received only one week's orientation and training at the Salt Lake Missionary Home since 1925.

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

60 years ago today - Dec 4, 1956

[David O. McKay]
Brother Petersen inquired as to the subject of the editorial, and I told him that it was an editorial criticizing the President of the United States. He stated that he was amazed. I told him that I was greatly grieved, and that this is the last thing we ought to be doing. I also stated that there is not one constructive thought in the whole editorial. Brother Petersen stated that in a meeting recently, Frank Browning had mentioned that some little criticism ought to be made. =However, Brother Petersen had not taken it seriously as so little was said about it. He was surprised that anyone else had taken it so seriously, and I answered that it was a very unfortunate leading editorial. ... I mentioned further that the President of the United States would be grieved if he read this editorial, and it is possible that somebody will send it to him. I stated that maybe we should sent a note to the President, however, that I would leave the matter in his hands.

[Source: McKay, David O., Office Journal]

110 years ago today - Dec 4, 1906

[Thomas A. Clawson Diary]
"The Presidents (Sic) Message was read to Congress today and among the items mentioned was "That the Constitution should be amended so that the Government could regulate Divorces and Marriages and that the handling of Polygamy should not be left to the States." Of course this is a very dangerous stand to take because it is lifting one's hand against the people and institutions of the Almighty and the Lord has said he who does it shall not prosper. I fear that this is the beginning of Prest. Roosevelt ['s] decline as a statesman who has heretofore been honored of the Lord but now that he has take [n] up the poplar (Sic) warfare gainst the people and principles of the Gospel, unless he repents he will surely parish (Sic)."

[Source: Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

135 years ago today - Dec 4, 1881

[John Taylor's Interview with Abraham O. Smoot]
John Taylor: Brother Smoot, did you see on the top of a hill, in a place called Adam-ondi-Ahman, the remains of what Joseph Smith said had been an altar built by Adam, upon which he offered

sacrifice?

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. I first saw it in 1837, and the spring of 1838, when assisting to survey the town called by that name.

John Taylor: What was the condition of the stones of which the altar had been built?

Abraham Smoot: I remember well. The stones which lay scattered around looked as though they had been torn from a wall.

John Taylor: Yes, my remembrance is too that the stones were scattered as you say they were, having no particular form, except in one place. You remarked that you helped to make the survey; and prior to this particular conversation, you told me that you assisted in making an excavation.

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. I helped to excavate around the base of the altar, some 2 to 3 feet, and from 6 to 8 feet in length, which was sufficient to thoroughly satisfy us that the foundation of the wall was still there.

John Taylor: Did you examine the wall further at any later period?

Abraham Smoot: No, sis; but we intended to do so after the war, or as some called it, the "Mormon War," was over. The opportunity, however, to do so did not present itself afterwards.

John Taylor: Do you know the name of the hill where the Altar was?

Abraham Smoot: I do not recollect that. I will say that I heard Joseph say that it was the remains of an altar built by Adam; and that he offered sacrifice on it, and called his family and blessed them there.

John Taylor: That was on the point of the hill that formed a curvature?

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. And that point commanded a beautiful view of the country.

[Source: John Taylor's Interview with Abraham O. Smoot on December 4, 1881]

135 years ago today - Dec. 4th 1881

[Abraham H. Cannon]
In Leipsig: "In the evening I took a cup of coffee and read the papers."

[Source: Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]

160 years ago today - Dec 4, 1856

[Hosea Stout]
To day the funeral obsequies of President J. M. Grant took place[.] The concourse of people was very large As a Major General he was buried in the honors of war[.] As a Master Mason he was buried as such and above all as a Saint he lived, died and was buried as such.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

180 years ago today - Dec 4, 1836

President RIGDON called a vote of the Church to discountenance the use intirely of all liquors from the Church in Sickness & in health except wine at the Sacraments & for external Washing. The vote was Carried eunanimously.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

185 years ago today - Dec 4, 1831

Kirtland. D&C 72 (Kirtland): Newel K. Whitney is called as Kirtland's bishop: keep the Lord's storehouse; record all transactions for bishop in Zion; provide for literary stewards. Those going to Zion must take certificate of worthiness.

[Source: Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

60 years ago today - Mon Dec 3, 1956

[David O. McKay]
At 10 a.m. called O. Preston Robinson into my office and expressed to him my great displeasure at the leading editorial which appeared in the Deseret News last Saturday, finding fault with the President of the United States. I stated to him that there was not one constructive suggestion in the editorial.

[Source: McKay, David O., Office Journal]

105 years ago today - Dec 3, 1911

[George Albert Smith]
he dreams of meeting his father John Henry Smith and grandfather Lorin Farr, both deceased, at the conclusion of which he remarks on p. 105: "After I was awake I could feel the warmth of his hand and the thrill of the pleasure that I had when I found he could shake hands and had a body of flesh & bone. It was a great comfort to me. I have never dreamed of seeing him or Father before."

[Source: Journals of George Albert Smith]

180 years ago today - Dec 3, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Susan Mills Rogers given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... thou shalt live to behold thy Savior in the flesh if thou shalt desire it: and thou shalt desire it and shall behold him. Thou shalt behold the winding up scene and live to be satisfied with life. Angels shall minister unto thee and the desire of thy heart shall be given thee: ... [her children] shall be filled with the spirit and shall stand upon the earth and be mighty prophets before the Lord. The treasures of the earth shall be given thee ... I seal thee up to eternal life ...

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:110, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Dec 3, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Isaac Rogers given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... No prison shall contain thee, and when those of the enemy shall be hired to seek thy destruction. God shall make known to thee the means of escape and shall set his holy angels to watch over thee. Thou shalt stand to behold the winding up scene, and shall stand on the earth at the coming of Christ if faithful. Thou shalt stand on Mount Zion with the hundred and forty four thousand. This Blessing I seal upon you, and by the authority of the priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ I seal you up unto eternal life, even so Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:109, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]