115 years ago today - Feb 18, 1903; Wednesday

A meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles was held in the Temple.

Brother James Sharp, while attending the meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. at Rexburg [Idaho] on the 25th of last month, was informed that it was the practice in the Fremont [Idaho] Stake to send a brother holding the lesser priesthood with an elder to administer to the sick, and he was asked this question: Is it proper for an elder to take with him a brother holding the Aaronic priesthood to assist in administering to the sick?

After general remarks, it was the sense of the Council, expressed in a motion by Bro[ther]. John Henry Smith, that the practice be confined to the elders; but in case of absolute necessity, that is where an elder finds himself in the situation that he cannot avail himself of the company of another elder, he may, if opportunity affords, avail himself of the company of a member of the Aaronic priesthood, or even a lay member, but for the purpose only of being supported by the faith of such member or members, the elder alone to officiate in the ordinance of administration; or the elder may administer alone without such assistance of a lay member or one holding the Aaronic priesthood. ...

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

145 years ago today - Feb 18, 1873

Mormon mob lynches Charles A. Benson for murder in Logan, Utah, under circumstances in which his LDS apostasy is a contributing factor. He is the son of the former Cache Valley president, deceased apostle Ezra T. Benson, whose official biography states that "no further record of his life is available" after Charles's endowment date.

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

175 years ago today - Feb 18, 1843

Joseph Smith teaches, "When the earth was sanctified and became like a sea of glass it would be one great Urim and Thummim [and] the Saints could look in it and see as they are seen."

180 years ago today - Feb 18, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
Elder Townsend and myself had an interesting time in secret Prayer in a snow bank. I Preached again upon the gospel. The spirit of God rested [upon] me.

[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 - Feb 18, 1833

Orson Pratt returns to Kirtland after a long mission and washes his hands and feet "as a testimony unto the Lord that I had warned this wicked generation, and that my garments were clean of their blood," and is admitted to the School of the Prophets.

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

75 years ago today - Feb 17, 1943

[J. Reuben Clark]
D O M'Agreed that we would meet request of F.B.I. for missionary information regarding towns and cities in Axis countries, [Nazi Germany, Facist Italy, Imperial Japan and territories counquered by them] by giving them lists of missionaries and permitting them (FBI) to interview them and get such information as they could. We were to make clear there was to be no espionage in Axis countries by our missionaries.

[Source: The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

135 years ago today - Feb 17, 1883

[Wilford Woodruff]
Alma Moroni Blanchard Called on me to day And professed to have found some plates Containing records in addition to the Book of Mormon. He had translated them by the Urim and Thummim and He wanted to Publish them. I think it all fals.

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

175 years ago today - Feb 17, 1843

[Josiah Stowell Jr. recollection]
I will give you a Short history of what I know about Joseph Smith Jr I have binn Intemetely acquainted with him about 2 years[.] he then was about 20 years old or there about[.] I also went to schoal with him one winter[.] he was a fine likely young man & at that time did not Profess religion[.] he was not a Profain man although I did once in a while hear him sware[.] he never gambled to my knowledge[.] I Do not believe he Ever did[.] I well know he was no Hoars [Horse] Jocky for he was no Judge of Hoarses[.] I Sold him one[.] that is all I ever knewd he dealt in the kind[.] I never new him to git drunk I believe he would now and then take a glass[.] he never Pretend=ed to Play the Slight of hand nor Black leg, it was fashionable at that time to drink Liquor[.] ...

I am yours truly

Josiah Stowell Jr.

[Source: Josiah Stowell, Jr., to John S. Fullmer, 17 February 1843, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: Josiah Stowell, Jr., To John S. Fullmer]

75 years ago today - Feb 16, 1943

[Heber J. Grant]
Brother Moyle is writing a history of his life to leave to his children. Really I would like to have a copy of it before the book is published. I am afraid there will be some things in it that he will regret. ... I hope he will not publish a book that will reflect upon the leaders of the Church. He is intensely Democratic and I am afraid of what he might write. I feel the same way toward my associate Apostle Reed Smoot, I think if he had written a book it would have been colored too much Republican. ... The same was the trouble with B. H. Roberts. When Roberts ran for Congress he knew that the Presidency of the Church, seeing that he had three wives, did not want him to run, and so did Brother Moyle. I was sitting with Brother Moyle in the convention that nominated Roberts.

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

145 years ago today - Feb 16, 1873

President Young said ... to the mechanics, farmers, cotton raisers, and others that feel willing, to build up Zion and nothing else, to raise their right hands and covenant that they will build up the Kingdom of God and nothing else. (All hands were raised to the square). Said to the Bishops and others to sever those from the Church who will not cease their wickedness. -- St. George, Utah

[Source: James G. Bleak. "Annals of the Southern Utah Mission," Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

150 years ago today - Feb 16, 1868

[Brigham Young]
One of the first objections that was urged against Joseph Smith was that he was a money digger; and now the digging of gold is considered an honorable and praiseworthy employment. They are hunting for gold all over the country, doing the very thing which they condemned in him. The next fault they found with Joseph and the Saints was that they were stirring up the slaves to rebellion against their masters; and this was published abroad. Have they not done, and are they not now doing, the very thing for which they falsely blamed the Saints? The next accusation was that the Saints took more wives than one. Whether they will make one grand sweep of it in the future, and all conclude to take more wives, I cannot say. I wish they might; I do not, however, wish this for any private benefit it will be to me or to God's people, but that they may make women honorable wives whom they now destroy, and conduct themselves more like human beings who bear the image of God than they now do before Him. It is for their own sakes that I wish this, and for the sake of the unfortunate females whom they outrage. ... Supposing that the Latter-day Saints had possessed the city of New York for the last twenty years, as they have these valleys of Utah, and the young women of that city from sixteen years of age to twentyone had been in the hands of Mormon Elders as wives, how many would have now been living and honorable mothers of a bright, intelligent, and vigorous race of men and women, that have met an untimely grave, husbandless, childless, friendless, disgraced, and forgotten? ...

It is absolutely necessary that the Saints should receive the further ordinances of the house of God before this short existence shall come to a close, that they may be prepared and fully able to pass all the sentinels leading into the celestial kingdom and into the presence of God. ...

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 12:161-167; Deseret News. Also Deseret Evening News, Deseret News Weekly, Deseret News Semi- Weekly, and Deseret News Extra, Salt Lake City, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

180 years ago today - Feb 16, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
I left the Simonton district in company with Elder Ball & J. Townsend. We repaired to a grove and held a Council and the Holy Ghost said seperate unto me James to the ministry. So we ordained Brother James Townsend unto the office of an Elder. We had a good time & the spirit of God rested upon us although we were alone in a grove surrounded by a snow storm.

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

40 years ago today - Feb 15, 1978

First Presidency letter: "The great religious leaders of the world such as Mohammed, Confucius and the reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato and others, received a portion of God's light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to individuals."

50 years ago today - Feb 15, 1968

Not until President McKay specifically instructed him to do so in February 1968 did Ezra Taft Benson report to the Twelve about the behind-the-scenes efforts on behalf of his presidential candidacy. This was more than two years after he began exploring this possibility with McKay and with the national leaders of the Birch Society who headed "The 1976 Committee."

... He attended their weekly meetings without once mentioning the efforts being made to propel him out of quorum activity and into the White House. What the apostles learned about Benson's candidacy, they read in the newspapers. When he finally informed a quorum meeting of those efforts in February 1968, Benson made it clear he did so only upon McKay's insistence. That was the day after the church president had privately ended Benson's political hopes by confidentially reaffirming to George Wallace that the apostle was unavailable as his vice-presidential candidate.

[Source: Dew, Ezra Taft Benson, 397-98; The 1976 Committee, Vie Team You Can Trust To Guide America; Epstein and Forster, The Radical Right, 53-55, 142. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

55 years ago today - Feb 15, 1963

T]he church president instructed his secretary, Clare Middlemiss, to send a reply to Mormon Birchers [far right conservatives] who criticized the First Presidency statement. The letter affirmed: "The Church is not opposing the John Birch Society or any other organization of like nature; however, it is definitely opposed to anyone using the Church for the purpose of increasing membership for private organizations sponsoring these various ideologies."

[Source: "Bircher" and "Birchers" are terms members of the Birch Society apply to themselves, as in Vie John Birch Society Bulletin (Oct. 1992): 6,14, 20. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

100 years ago today - Feb 15, 1918

President John R. Winder was not ordained an apostle when he was set apart as first counselor to President Joseph F. Smith, nor afterwards, nor at any other time. He was a 'presiding high priest' and so filled the requirement in Section 107, par 22, Doctrine and Covenants. There is no such order as you mention, that persons called as counselors to the president must first be ordained apostles and then set apart as counselors.

[Source: Anthon H. Lund and Charles W. Penrose, Letter to Clarence Gardner, 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 - Feb 15, 1838

The PAINESVILLE REPUBLICAN prints a letter from Warren Parrish: "I have performed a pilgrimage with him [Joseph Smith], (not to Mecca,) but to Missouri, a distance of 1000 miles, for the redemption of Zion, in company with about two hundred others, called the camp of Israel. When we arrived in Clay County adjoining Jackson County, Mo., in which Zion was located by revelation, and from which our brethren had been driven, we were informed through the Prophet that God had revealed to us that we need not cross over and fight as we had expected, but that God had accepted our sacrifice as he did that of Abraham, ours being equal to his when he offered up his Son. Therefore, we were sealed up unto eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ, as a reward for our suffering and obedience. I have set by his side and penned down the translation of the Egyptian Hieroglyphicks as he claimed to receive it by direct inspiration of Heaven. I have listened to him with feelings of no ordinary kind, when he declared that the audible voice of God, instructed him to establish a Banking-Anti Banking institution, which like Aaron's rod should swallow up all other Banks (the Bank of Monroe excepted,) and grow and flourish and spread from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and survive when all others should be laid in ruins. I have been astonished to hear him declare that we had 60,000 Dollars in specie in our vaults, and $600,000 at our command, when we had not to exceed $6,000 and could not command any more; also that we had but about ten thousand Dollars of our bills in circulation, when he, as Cashier of the institution, knew that there was at least $150,000." The truth of the letter is attested to by two former apostles, Luke Johnson and John Boyington and two former Presidents of Seventy, Sylvester Smith and Leonard Rich.

190 years ago today - about Feb 15, 1828

Joseph Smith gave Martin Harris a transcript of characters from the plates of Mormon, which Brother Harris took to show scholars in New York City.

[Source: BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith, http://byustudies.byu.edu]

45 years ago today - 45 years ago - Feb 13, 1973

Twenty-one-year-old Almir S. Dutra is ordain bishop in Porto Allegre, Brazil as one of the youngest (if not the younest) bishops in twentieth-century Mormonism.

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

50 years ago today - 50 years ago - Feb 13, 1968

General Authority Paul H. Dunn, in a speech at BYU, says of Baseball great Ted Williams, "He was no slouch. I know; I have pitched to him a time or two." Dunn also says "When I was eighteen, a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals, I reported to spring training." However when Dunn graduated from High School in 1942, at age 18, spring training camps had already been over for a month. Later a spokesman for the Cardinals says that no Paul Dunn played for that club or for any of its farm clubs.

105 years ago today - 105 years ago - Feb 13, 1913

I attended regular weekly council meeting from 10:30 to 3:30 P.M. At this meeting it was decided to try putting two companies [sessions] through the temple in one day commencing tomorrow and word was given to the temple workers to that effect. This on account of the crowded condition of the temple.

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

120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Feb 13, 1898

While visiting Mesa, Arizona for stake conference Apostle John Henry Smith "met with the presidency and high Council in the Circle room and made an examination of the brethren and found three that were using tobacco."

130 years ago today - 130 years ago - Feb 13, 1888 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
We received the following telegrams from Bro. John W. Young [church representative in Washington, D.C.]:

"Telegram 13th received. Matters chrystalized to-day so that we must place, by Wednesday afternoon without fail, 15,000 to keep [bribe, Senator] Cullom silent and [Senator] Davis to vote with us in Committee and another Republican Senator advocate and vote openly. Amount contingent on faithful performance. Other ten needed to make sure of the majority of the committee to be successful. Telegraph money for Wednesday morning. Answer." ...

We made the follow reply:

"We think better await arrival friends [including Joseph F. Smith] who left here eleventh before you present any document to Senate or its Committee or doing anything about twenty-five thousand." [This is not the first time money was sent to influence legislators.]

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

165 years ago today - Feb 13, 1853

Jedediah M. Grant preaches, "Some wonder why we don't have revelation now in our day as well as in the days of Joseph. In his day the brethren would not build a log cabin till they went to Joseph to ask counsel how they should set it where they should put the door etc. But at the present day men have learned to do something themselves without troubling the president or the Lord about it." Lack of "thus sayeth the Lord" revelations since the death of Joseph Smith lead to over a thousand Mormons breaking away and following Joseph Morris who receives such revelations eight years later.

170 years ago today - Feb 13, 1848

Senior president of the of the Seventy Joseph Young and Apostle Wilford Woodruff chastise the First Quorum of Seventy for spending too much time "fiddleing and dancing."

175 years ago today - Feb 13, 1843

At Orson Hyde's house Joseph Smith says that those who come to Nauvoo but don't buy their land through the church "must be cut off." At this time Joseph Smith is chief land agent for the Church, and had contracted debt associated with land purchases. William Law is now competing with Joseph Smith.

175 years ago today - Feb 13, 1843

[Wilford Woodruff]
Spent the time in the printing Office. Get along well with the doctrins & covenants [2nd edition].

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

80 years ago today - Feb 12, 1938

[Heber J. Grant]
Brother Richard L. Evans called and we visited for an hour and a half or two hours. He is very anxious to have me write my memoirs and have them published in the ERA. I told him I thought it would be intensely interesting if I would write up my courting of three women and marrying them. I told him all about it. He said, 'That is going to be intensely interesting.'

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

115 years ago today - Thursday, Feb 12, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
In view of Elder Smoot's early departure for Washington (namely, next Monday) he knelt at the altar and received a special blessing, in which the blessing and favor of the Lord was sought for his success in obtaining a seat in the senate of the United States Congress, Pres. Smith being mouth.

[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 - Feb 12, 1893

Edmund Ellsworth says "he heard Joseph Smith say in Nauvoo that the outsiders would not let the Saints stay there. Said they would remove to the Rocky Mountains... and they will finally cast us out from the United States... We shall pass down through Mexico and back up through Texas to build up the center Stake of Zion [at Independence, Missouri]. He marked the profile of the journey in the sand. Bro. Averett [Everett] in speaking of the matter afterward said the route of the journey was shaped like a horseshoe. He haveing seen Joseph mark it out before." The published diary of Jesse N. Smith deletes this reference to the Horse Shoe Prophecy.

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

150 years ago today - Feb 12, 1868

Deseret News editorial "Marry and Be Happy" says that if men continue to refuse to marry, "we would be inclined to favor the revival of the Spartan custom of treating bachelors [by flogging]."

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

165 years ago today - Feb 12, 1853 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. Napela and I baptised a woman for her health.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

175 years ago today - By Feb 12, 1843

Some followers of William Miller (who had predicted the end of the world in 1843) came to Joseph Smith's attention during a visit by several young men from New York. Joseph "preached them quite a sermon. Shewed them that the error is in the Bible or translation and that Miller is in want of information."

[Source: Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source]

185 years ago today - Feb 12, 1833

Illinois outlaws polygamy [six years before the saints migrate to Nauvoo].

[Source: Mormon Chronology, N. R. Tidd, http://www.exmormon.org/mhistory.html]

35 years ago today - Feb 11, 1983.

Paul Richards, BYU Public Communications director, informs Dean Huffaker, editor of Seventh East Press, that the paper cannot be "sold at the campus bookstore or on campus newsstands after Feb. 16. [Richards] declined to say whether the ban was ordered by church officials in Salt Lake City." An unofficial student newspaper at Brigham Young University that had drawn considerable criticism for its articles on Mormon history and doctrine, it had published an interview with Sterling McMurrin, Mormon philosopher, on 11 January in which he expressed disbelief about the First Vision and ancient origins for the Book of Mormon. The newspaper ceases publication on 12 April and is followed very briefly by the University Post, which also folds. The McMurrin interview is reprinted in Dialogue, Spring 1984.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

65 years ago today - Feb 11, 1953

[J. Reuben Clark]
[In conversation with Ernest L. Wilkinson:] On the matter of Weber College, had talked with Harold B. Lee, and they felt that there would be certain political repercussions if the Church took it over at the present time. Pres. Clark said that Pres. McKay had reserved judgment and he thought Pres. McKay would let the matter take its own course.

[Source: The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

65 years ago today - Feb 11, 1953

The First Presidency purchases $5,000 in bonds of the State of Israel.

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

110 years ago today - Feb 11, 1908

[First Presidency to David H. Cannon letter]
... you stated that there was a certain person working in the [St. George, Utah] temple whose sister was married to a man said to have had negro blood in him, and because of this suspicion you decided that her children (who are dead) could not be sealed to their mother and the man she was to be sealed to. But as the friends of the deceased woman did not feel altogether satisfied with your decision, and that injustice might not be done to the deed, you referred the question to us for our consideration. But in your letter of the 3rd inst., you refer to these children as possessing, without question, a taint of negro blood, and to the oldest as a negro. In the first place we felt to give the children the benefit of the doubt which your letter carried; and in the second place, even if the blood of the children were tainted, and the sealing ordinance performed in their behalf, they could not become heirs of the priesthood without ordination; and we took it for granted that the authority behind the veil is beyond question competent to judge in all questionable cases, and that ordination will not be bestowed on any not entitled to it. Having expressed our views in regard to this matter, we leave it now entirely with you to perform the sealing or otherwise as you may elect, in the understanding of course that, if you decide to withhold the sealing ordinance from the children, it must be done on your own responsibility. But, should you conclude to perform the sealing ordinance in their behalf, it will not be necessary to endow the oldest child, he, according to your last letter, having reached the age of twenty-one at his death.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to David H. Cannon, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

85 years ago today - Feb 11, 1933

A notice calling for the centennial commemoration of the giving to Joseph Smith of the revelation known as The Word of Wisdom. NOTICE On Monday, February 27, 1933, it will be 100 years since the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom was received by the Prophet Joseph Smith. We call this to the attention of the stake and ward officers with the hope that they will commemorate this great event by a discussion of the subject matter of this revelation in all services on Sunday, February 26. HEBER J. GRANT, ANTHONY W. IVINS, First Presidency.

[Source: 1933-February 11-Deseret News, Church Section, p. 1, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

130 years ago today - Feb 11, 1888

Frank J. Cannon takes the manuscript for his book "History of Joseph Smith the Prophet" to his father First Presidency Counselor George Q. Cannon. The elder Cannon approves it with a few alterations and gives permission "to get the manuscript into type." The book is later published under George Q. Cannon's name. Frank later becomes a U.S. Senator, an apostate and an anti-Mormon publisher.

145 years ago today - Feb 11, 1873

[Patriarchal Blessing of Elizabeth D. Kane given by William G. Perkins]
... You will have a mansion prepared for you that will be beautiful to behold. You will keep it neat and in good order. ... Holy Angels will visit and dine with you. They will acquaint you of your Dead. They will give you all the information you desire. They will bless you with a Holy Touch that will run through your whole system; they will anoint your eyes that they shall not grow dim by age.

You will go to the centre Stake [Jackson County] and go with your Husband into the House of the Lord, and there you will redeem your Dead. You will see that Temple finished and be at the dedication thereof. There you will see your Redeemer coming and His Holy Saints with Him. You will be caught up to meet Him and return with Him to His Temple. You will be with Him at that great feast even the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. You will sit down and partake of its bounties. There you will see Jesus in the power of His glory and it will fall upon you. Your body will become like a sea of glass your whole body will be like unto an eye.... And I seal you up unto Eternal Life that you may be with your Saviour through the thousand years reign upon the earth. I seal upon your head a crown of Celestial Glory. This I do in the name of the Lord Jesus, your Redeemer. Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

145 years ago today - Feb 11, 1873 • Tuesday

[George Q. Cannon]
The Agent of the Associated Press at Salt Lake city is the champion liar in his class. Every day we have a batch of inflammatory and lying dispatches from there, sent with a view to influence the action of Congress in our case.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

175 years ago today - Feb 11, 1843 - Saturday

... When the Mayor [newly elected Joseph Smith] came in and said he had been doing a good deed. had been conversing with Elder [Sidney] Rigdon — & he & his family were willing to be saved, good feelings prevaild.— & we have shaken hands togethr [Rigdon and Smith had a falling out, primarily over Smith's proposal to Rigdon's daughter Nancy] ...

prophecid to James Sloan Recorder— that it would be better for him 10 years hence not to Say any thing more about fees.——

Mayor Made his Inaugural Address— & <in which he> urged the necessity of the city council acting upon the principle of liberality & of relievi[n]g the city f[r]om all unnecessary expences & burthens. Not to attempt to improve the city but enact such laws as will promote peace & good order. & the people will improve the city, capitalist will come in from all quarters & mills factories. & machinery of all kinds & buildings will arise on every hand this will become a great city. & prophecid that if the council would be liberal in their proceedings they would become rich. ...

[Source: Joseph Smith, "President Joseph Smith's Journal," 4 vols., Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843 (Willard Richards)]