135 years ago today - Oct 18, 1882 • Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
At 2 P.M. met with the Council of the Apostles. ... After prayer we separated to go and anoint. Bro. Chas. C. Rich. ... Bro. Woodruff's health did not permit of his taking any part, and I requested Bro. Jos. F. Smith to anoint Bro. Rich and Bro. F. M. Lyman to assist; after which we all gathered round his bed and bowed ourselves in prayer, laying hands upon him, I being mouth. The spirit of God rested down powerfully upon me in blessing him.

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

160 years ago today - Oct 18, 1857

William A. Hickman kills non-Mormon Richard Yates for trying to transport munitions to U.S. army. Hickman later implicates Britham Young, second counselor Daniel H. Wells, and Joseph A. Young in decision, and judge Hosea Stout in actual murder. In 1858 Mormon woman says that Yates "disappeared-'used up [killed] in the pocket of the Lord,' we call it-and Bill Hickman-one of the 'Destroyers'-passed through this very town, waved the overcoat of Yates, and riding his bay pony." Hickman later writes that he gave to President Young money he took from Yates's body. Despite arrest and pre-trial detention, all those indicted in 1871 for Yates murder are freed by U.S. Supreme Court in 1872 due to improper impaneling of juries. On the same day Heber C. Kimball preaches: "Brethren, our enemies never will inhabit these valleys if we do just as we are told from this time forth; and we will inhabit these valleys and will have power and victory over our enemies from this time henceforth and for ever. . . . I felt pretty well in Nauvoo, at the time brother Brigham was speaking of; though I did regret -perhaps I did wrong-but I did regret that peace was proclaimed so quick; for I tell you there were about one or two score of men I wanted to see under the sod; then I was willing to make peace: but I had to, as it was. We have made peace a great many times, and the United States have taken a course to make us do as they wished us; but let me tell you that day is past and gone, and we will now proclaim the course they will have to take; and they will have to make peace with us, and we never shall make peace with them again. Brother Brigham will designate the course they have got to take; and if they come here, they have got to give up their arms: they cannot come in here with a gun on their shoulders, or a pistol in their belts." Also on the same day Brigham Young preaches: "I would just as soon tell them as to tell you my mode of warfare. As the Lord God lives, we will waste our enemies by millions, if they send them here to destroy us, and not a man of us be hurt. That is the method I intend to pursue. Do you want to know what is going to be done with the enemies now on our borders? If they come here, I will tell you what will be done. As soon as they start to come hate our settlements, let sleep depart from their eyes and slumber from their eyelids until they sleep in death, for they have been warned and forewarned that we will not tamely submit to being destroyed. Men shall be secreted here and there and shall waste away our enemies, in the name of Israel's God. . . . I am going to observe the old maxim-'He that fights and runs away, Lives to fight another day.'"

160 years ago today - Oct 18, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended the prayer meeting in the evening. O P. Rockwell & Dunbar arived about [ ] oclok. Reported that there would be 700 Head of Cattle [stolen from the army] in in 2 days. Nothing decisive yet in relation to the army. He said some of the Brethren were ventersome and in danger of looseing their lives. He said one deserter informed him that the army were ownly fed on Quarter rations. The army are nearly starving to death.

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

45 years ago today - Oct 17, 1972

L. Patrick Gray, FBI director, offers to help the LDS church security to protect members of the First Presidency against assassination attempts by Ervil LeBaron's followers.

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

70 years ago today - Oct 17, 1947

[J. Reuben Clark]
Mr. Van Wagoner came in and Pres. Clark loaned to him a copy of his letter to George Bennion about marriage with a Japanese girl; he said he would copy it and send it. Pres. Clark requested that he omit names.

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

105 years ago today - Oct 17, 1912; Thursday

Pres[iden]t. Lyman remarked that the Twelve had been considering the case of Bro[ther]. [Judson] Tolman who had been deprived of his priesthood because he had performed unauthorized, illegal marriages, and had also entered into one himself. His family feel very bad about what has happened, and are pressing very much to have his priesthood restored to him. Bro[ther]. Lyman said that he reminded them that Bro[ther]. Tolman had not only acted without authority for others, but had married a woman himself since President Smith's declaration, and that personally he could not feel to put the seal of approval on what Bro[ther]. Tolman had done by restoring to him his priesthood, and it was very probable therefore that this could not be done during the lifetime of Bro[ther]. Tolman.

President Smith endorsed the position taken by Pres[iden]t. Lyman in regard to this matter. ...

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

125 years ago today - Oct 17, 1892

[Heber J. Grant]
Pres Geo Q. Cannon presented some letters from parties asking for employment, and stated that the question of furnishing employment for those of our people who were not able to secure it was becoming a very important one, and after a long discussion the matter was referred to the Presiding Bishopric to endeavor to secure employment for those who were willing to work, or try and get them located in some country settlement where there was a favorable opening for them.

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

125 years ago today - Oct 17, 1892

Iosepa Hawaiian Colony, Skull Valley, Utah-- As part of a new type of L.D.S. Church colonization in the late 1880's and the 1890's, joint stock companies were organized under the sponsorship of the Church. "The companies were incorporated, shares of stock were subscribed, dividends distributed and property rights precisely described and apportioned." The Iosepa Agricultural & Stock Company was one of those so formed, in 1889. This colony was founded in Skull Valley, Tooele County, Utah by a group of native Hawaiians who migrated from the Islands. This letter in 1892 appointed Harvey H. Cluff as the ecclesiastical leader and authority for the colony under the direction of the First Presidency but it is made plain that he was not to interfere in the temporal affairs of the colony which were being governed by the joint stock company. Church appointed leaders of colonies prior to this time usually had both ecclesiastical and temporal authority. ...

Salt Lake City, Oct. 17, 1892. Elder Harvey H. Cluff: DEAR BROTHER: You have been selected to take charge of the affairs of the settlement at Iosepa. ... ...

We remain your brethren,

WILFORD WOODRUFF, GEORGE Q. CANNON, JOSEPH F. SMITH.

[Source: 1892-October 17-Cluff Family Journal, pp. 365-366, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

135 years ago today - Oct 17, 1882

[Heber J. Grant]
The Question as to what constitutes the 1st Quorum of Seventies was asked by Bro. Eldredge. The question was referred to the 1st Presidency of the Church.

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

135 years ago today - Oct 17, 1882

Annie Gallifant Connelly, despite her pregnancy, is the first Mormon woman sentenced to penitentiary for refusing to answer questions from a grand jury seeking to indict her polygamous husband. For a similar refusal, better-known Belle Harris is in a penitentiary with her infant child from 18 May-31 Aug. 1883.

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

160 years ago today - Oct 17, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
The Brethren took 700 Head of Cattle from the Army while they were marching. I married & sealed Matthias Cowley & Sarah Elizabeth Foss at the Altar in the Bonds of matrimony at half past 7 oclock P.M.

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

165 years ago today - Oct 17, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
My son Hosea is now very sick and badly afflicted with canker and a high fever. It seems that the Destroyer is seeking to thwart the purposes of God by afflicting my family but I feel to say in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that the power of the destroyer shall be rebuked in my family that my children shall be healed and their lives and the life of my wife held precious before the Lord. That they shall be prospered and protected from all evil even untill I return from my mission because I know that it is the will of my heavenly father for it to be so. Which may God seal in the heavens. Amen.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

115 years ago today - Oct 16, 1902; Thursday

Bro[ther]s. James E. Talmage and George Reynolds had been appointed a committee to ascertain where a suitable place could be obtained for the museum properties until a home could be provided for the museum, the present quarters having to be vacated at the request of the State University, to whom it now belongs. These brethren reported in favor of the Social Hall or the Temple, and that the accommodation at the Temple were ample and highly recommended. It was decided to remove the museum to the upper room of the temple for the present, and to box the minerals and put them in the basement of the temple.

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

125 years ago today - Oct 16, 1892

[Lorenzo Brown]
Took Breakfast at the House & drove * through Leeds to Harrisburg to dinner then to St George before night. * For a few days looking around town then commenced work in the Temple. Wife has found a list of names to work for & I am assisting her. I find the ceremonies the same as ever & am informed that the ceremonies as revised & corrected [and] are used in Logan & Manti have not been altered one whit but [are] word for word & [are] the same [as] will be used in the Salt Lake [temple].

[Source: Lorenzo Brown diary, Oct. 16, 1892, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

135 years ago today - Monday, Oct 16, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
... I am satisfied that before another President over our Church is sustained The Twelve apostles will be compeled to have an understanding in relation to the duties of their respective quorums. The first President takes the whole business in his hands.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

135 years ago today - Oct 16, 1882

[Heber J. Grant]
Recd a telegram from Apostle F. M. Lyman last evening telling me not to failing in Coming to Salt Lake today to attend a Council at 330 P.M. [He gives an account of his ordination as an apostle by George Q. Cannon, in connection with the rest of the First Presidency, and in the presence of the Quorum of Twelve and First Council of Seventy. Part of Cannon's ordination prayer reads:] We ordain thee to be a Prophet, a Seer, a Revelator, to have every key of authority connected with this holy Apostleship'it embodying all the power and all the authority that God ever vouchsafed to His children upon the earth ...

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

135 years ago today - Oct 16, 1882

Ordination of the first Utah-born apostle, Heber J. Grant. Grant is also the first general authority who has previously experienced a nervous breakdown. As an apostle his debts result in chronic insomnia and nervousness that he frequently fears are pushing him toward another breakdown. Grant's concern for his emotional health is underscored by mental problems he later observes in four fellow general authorities.

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

165 years ago today - Oct 16, 1852

[Wilford Woodruff]
Brother Joseph Young & J M. Grant Assisted in Blessing the Elders [missionaries]. The spirit & power of God rested upon us in a great degree. The Heaven was opened unto us & our minds was filled with visions Revelations & Prophecy & we sealed great Blessings upon their heads as we were moved upon by the Holy Ghost & we told them things that would befal them by sea & by land. They will do a great work & gather many saints & much wealth to Zion.

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

165 years ago today - Oct 16, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
To day the Elders who are going on the Western missions met at the Council House to recieve their Blessings.... I recieved my blessing under the hands of Elder Wilford Woodruff one of the Twelve Apostles, which was as follows

Br Hosea ... the Lord thy God shall make thee as a flaming sword in his hand, thy toungue shall be loosed, and thy voice shall be as the voice of the angels of God, thou shalt have power to go forth to that nation, whose bars have been strong, and who have been secluded from all nations under heaven in the generations that have past and gone.

... thousands shall be brought into the kingdom of God through thy instrumentality.

Thou shalt have power to command the elements and they shall obey thee,Thou shalt have power to perform mighty miracles, and cast out divils heal the sick, and cause the blind to see, the lame to (walk [crossed out]) leap as an hart;... When snares are set for thy feet thou shalt have power to escape them, and be like Nephi and Alma who over came their enemies and every obsticle through their faith and the power of God. This shall be thy lot therefore go forth and and all shall be right with thee

We seal these blessings upon thy head and seal thee up to eternal life, and say no power shall take thy crown, and God shall give thee all thy heart desires. ...

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

170 years ago today - Oct 16, 1847

Nineteen-year-old plural wife Emmeline B. Woodward writes her fifty-two-year-old husband Newel K. Whitney after two years of marriage: "That portion of your affection which I enjoy is sweeter to me, than the whole love of another could be now...Like as a vine entwineth itself around an aged tree, so do my affections entwine about thy heart."

[Source: 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]

175 years ago today - Oct 16, 1842

[Helen Mar Kimball]
In a letter to husband Heber C. Kimball, Vilate Kimball writes about Heber's plural wife Sarah Noon,

"Our good friend S. [Sarah Noon] is as ever, and we are one. You said I must tell you all my feelings; but if I were to tell you that I sometimes felt tempted and tried and feel as though my burden was greater than I could bear, it would only be a source of sorrow to you, and the Lord knows that I do not wish to add one sorrow to your heart, for be assured my dear Heber, that I do not love you any less for what has transpired, neither do I believe that you do me; therefore I will keep my bad feelings to myself, as much as possible, and tell you the good. I can say with propriety that the most of my time I feel comfortable in my mind, and feel that I have much to be thankful for. I realize that the scenes we are called to pass through are calculated to wean us from the world, and prepare us for a better one...."

"I must leave room for Sister S. to write you a few lines."

Sarah Noon writes: "My very dear friend: Inasmuch as I have listened to your counsel hitherto I have been prospered, therefore I hope that I shall ever adhere to it strictly in future."

"Your kind letter was joyfully received. I never read it but I receive some comfort and feel strengthened, and thank you for it. You may depend upon my moving as soon as the house is ready. I feel anxious as I perceive my infirmities increasing daily. Your request with regard to Sister Kimball I will attend to. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to add to the happiness of my friends; I only wish that I had more ability to do so. I am very glad we are likely to see you soon, and pray that nothing may occur to disappoint us. When you request Vilate to meet you, perhaps you forget that I shall stand in jeopardy every hour, and would not her absent for worlds. My mind is fixed and I am rather particular, but still, for your comfort, I will submit."

"I am as ever"

[Source: Whitney, Helen Mar, Jeni Broberg Holzapfel, and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, A Woman's View: Helen Mar Whitney's Reminiscences of Early Church History, Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1997]

35 years ago today - Oct 15, 1982

A First Presidency instruction to all stake and mission leaders that letters from church members "indicate clearly that some local leaders have been delving into private, sensitive matters beyond the scope of what is appropriate... Also, you should never inquire into personal, intimate matters involving marital relations between a man and his wife." The letter continues that even if a church member volunteers such intimate information, "you should not pursue the matter but should merely suggest that if the member has enough anxiety about the propriety of the conduct to ask about it, the best course would be to discontinue it." In response to widespread complaints from married couples being asked if they have oral sex, this returns the First Presidency's stance to what it was prior to the presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, now incapacitated.

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

40 years ago today - Oct 15, 1977

Church News feature story that "three LDS men serve their community as members of the five-man committee that controls and regulates the state's [Nevada's] billion-dollar-a-year casino industry."

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

80 years ago today - Oct 15, 1937

[Heber J. Grant]
Evening spent at home reading from a new book, the '1/2Life of Parley P. Pratt.'| My wife has read considerable in it, and I think from what she tells me it is too bad the book was ever published. It is endeavoring to magnify Parley P. Pratt and belittle Brigham Young.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 15, 1887

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Pres. Woodruff at Marshall Dyers request granted him an interview at 9:30. At 2 p.m. Dept. U. S. Cannon [?] came to the office to serve a subpoena on Pres[iden]t Woodruff but that individual could not be found [was in constant expectation that the Marshalls would search the office] We are of the opinion that Pres[iden]t W. W. has given the enemy an opportunity [receiving him ?].

[Source: Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Oct 15, 1852. Friday.

[William Clayton]
President Orson Pratt ... brought forth proofs sufficient from revelations already given to satisfy any reasonable mind, that the Gods do not eternally progress in knowledge, or wisdom, but shewed that when they arrive at a fulness they have learned all there is to learn. He then referred to the peace and union and the desire after knowledge there is in this camp; and also demonstrated that the Lord is pleased to see us search after the mysteries of his kingdom, for this is eternal life to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. He further showed that there is no difference in opinion between him and President Young in regard to the Gods progressing in knowledge, but the apparent difference arises from our not taking time to connect the ideas. When President Young speaks by the power of the spirit there is frequently such a flood of revelation that he has not time to explain every particular, and unless we have the spirit of God resting upon us, it is easy to get wrong ideas. [Brigham believed God continued to progress, and repeatedly chastized Orson for teaching otherwise.]

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

170 years ago today - Oct 15, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
To night was the most sad and gloomy time which we had. Not knowing where the Twelve and those with them were or what had become of them. Perhap they were broke down, & robbed of all their animals and now near Larimie coming slow afoot. Distressed & nearly exhausted. We sat pondering over these things[.] Some of our own company were sick. While in this melencholy mood Bishop Calkins took me out aside and said that he felt like he wanted to speak in toungs which he said was an uncommon thing for himand if it was right & any one here who could interpret he would be glad to speak.

I spoke to the company about who all were anxious to hear him. Saying if there was any intelligence for us in toungs there would be an interpretation also.

He spoke some time vehemently. Levi Nickerson only understood enough to know that it was relative to our situation and those we were in pursuit of & that all was well.

Bishop Calkins then gave us the interpretation which in substance was that our mission was of God, whose eyes & the eyes of angels were over us for our good.

That the Lord had turned away our enemies from us & we had not been seen

For us to press on & be faithfull and our eyes should see those who we sought and we all should return to our homes in peace.

We all felt the force of what was said & agreed to try and do better if we could & press on untill we met them if we had to go to the valley.

This was a very singular circumstance for there was not one of us who was given to enthusiastic notions of this sort which is so common with some brethren[.] But now we all felt an assureance that we would realize what had been spoken.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Oct 15, 1842

In the 15 October Times and Season, Joseph wrote strongly against coveting other men's wives. As Editor, he republished an 1830 revelation in which it was revealed to him: Smith condemns coveting other men's wives . "And again: I command thee, that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife." (Times and Seasons 3 [October 15,1842]: 944) However, according to LDS authors, by the fall of 1842 Joseph was married to Mary Elizabeth Rollins, wife of Adam Lightner, and Zina Diantha Huntington, wife of Henry B. Jacobs. Both women were living with their husbands at that time.

[Source: Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline, http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm]

175 years ago today - Oct 15, 1842

The Times and Seasons announces that the Book of Mormon and hymnbook have just been published and are for sale.

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

120 years ago today - Oct 14, 1897

[George F. Gibbs to Lorenzo Snow, Oct. 14, 1897] The question was considered today in the council of First Presidency and apostles, whether adults who had not received their endowments should be permitted to enter the temple to be sealed to their parents. The question was decided in the negative.

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Oct 14, 1847

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]
14th We travled 15 miles & camped on the Platt or rather a slew runing into it. It was cool & windy. 15.

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

75 years ago today - Oct 14, 1942

Literature for those in the military service-- Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Additional pocket-size literature of the Church to be published for the benefit and strengthening of members of the Church serving in the armed forces during World War II. {1942-October 14-Original circular letter, L.D.S.}

[Source: Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

120 years ago today - Oct 14, 1897

[George F. Gibbs to Lorenzo Snow, Oct. 14, 1897] The question was considered today in the council of First Presidency and apostles, whether adults who had not received their endowments should be permitted to enter the temple to be sealed to their parents. The question was decided in the negative.

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

75 years ago today - Oct 14, 1942

Literature for those in the military service-- Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Additional pocket-size literature of the Church to be published for the benefit and strengthening of members of the Church serving in the armed forces during World War II. {1942-October 14-Original circular letter, L.D.S.}

[Source: Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

70 years ago today - Oct 14, 1947

The first missionaries called to the Uruguay Montevideo Mission arrive in the country.

25 years ago today - Oct 13, 1992.

Avraham Gileadi teaches his regular Tuesday night class on the book of Isaiah, a class on-going since at least the spring of 1991 that has been attracting ever larger groups. Before the next class on 20 October, class members are notified by the director of the Hebraist Foundation, which sponsors Gileadi's research, that the classes are "postponed indefinitely" at the request of Gileadi's stake president, who has also instructed him not to lecture or write on scriptural topics. Gileadi obediently cancels the class and agrees to comply with the instructions not to write more, after completing two books now in progress.

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

100 years ago today - Oct 13, 1917

The Deseret News reports that "Bishop Robert McQuarrie has resigned from the bishopric of the Ogden Second ward after rendering efficient service as bishop for a period of 40 years." During Mormonism's first century, presiding officers have the option to honorably resign for personal reasons such as family stress, business problems, ill health, or simply weariness of the position. It is customary to tell their congregation.

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

110 years ago today - Oct 13, 1907; Sunday

[Anthony Ivins]
Today's [Salt Lake] Tribune contained a libelous article setting forth that I was a polygamist, etc.

[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]

120 years ago today - Oct 13, 1897

[Anthon H. Lund]
"The meeting in the Temple began at 3 p.m. Bro[ther]s. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff spoke. There was much talk on the sayings of Pres[iden]t Young in regard to Adam."

[Source: Diary of Apostle Anthon H. Lund, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Oct 13, 1892 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Thursday, October 13, 1892.

At the office this morning with health somewhat improved, though still quite unwell.

A dispatch was received from J. S. Clarkson and Isaac Trumbo informing the Presidency that President Harrison would sign the general amnesty proclamation this week. In this dispatch also was a request that we would offer up our prayers in behalf of his wife, for her recovery if it should be God's will.

At our meeting of the Presidency and Twelve, there being present, besides the Presidency, Elders F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant and A. H. Cannon, President Woodruff offered the prayer, and Mrs. Harrison was remembered before the Lord. This is the first time that I know of in our history where the Presidency of the Church have been requested to exercise faith in behalf of any of the family of the President of the United States, and it was gratifying to us to know that President Harrison entertained such a friendly regard as to feel like making this request.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 13, 1887 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
I disguised myself [Cannon had a warrent out for his arrest] and rode up in the daylight ... where President Woodruff was stopping. President Woodruff, myself and F. D. Richards had a conversation with Le Grand Young about his going East for the purpose of having an interview with Jay Gould and endeavoring to get him to aid us in our State movements, and if he could not aid us, at least to not oppose us. He has newspapers under his control which are influential and we would like to get them to speak in favor of the movement, or, at least, not oppose it. Bro. Young expressed his willingness to go as soon as he could shape the cases that he had in hand, so as to permit him to leave. We afterwards had a meeting of the Deseret News Co. There were present three directors and the secretary. There being a quorum, we proceeded to elect a President and Vice President. I was elected President and Bro. F. D. Richards Vice President.

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

135 years ago today - Friday, Oct 13, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
President Taylor presented a revelation he had received in which the Lord presented the names of George Teasdale and H[eber]. J. Grant to fill the vacancies in the quorum of the Twelve and S. B. Young to fill a vacancy in the Seventies. The revelation embodies some nice doctrinal points.

... I am not clear on one of these brethren proposed for position. Bro. Teasdale is distastefull to me in his sycophantic manner. H. J. Grant I love, but he should have the testimony of the truth, and he is physically ruined. S. B. Young is choice in every way, but on the doctrine of celestial marriage [plural marriage] I am afraid he is lame.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

135 years ago today - Oct 13, 1882

REVELATION given through President John Taylor ...

Thus saith the Lord to the Twelve, and to the Priesthood and people of my Church: Let my servants George Teasdale and Heber J. Grant be appointed to fill the vacancies in the Twelve... You may appoint Seymour B. Young to fill up the vacancy in the presiding quorum of Seventies, if he will conform to my law [plural marriage]; for it is not meet that men who will not abide my law shall preside over my Priesthood; ... you shall be my people and I will be your God; and your enemies shall not have dominion over you, for I will preserve you and confound them, saith the Lord, and they shall not have power nor dominion over you; for my word shall go forth, and my work shall be accomplished, and my Zion shall be established, and my rule and my power and my dominion shall prevail among my people, and all nations shall yet acknowledge me. Even so, Amen. Gardo House, Salt Lake City Friday morning, 13 October 1882

[The revelation is published as a pamphlet in Salt Lake City, and in these editions of the Doctrine and Covenants: Swedish in 1888; German in 1893, 1903, and 1920; Danish in 1900.]

[Source: 1882-October 13-Copy of Original document in L. John Nuttall Papers, Brigham Young University Library, Special Collections, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

175 years ago today - Oct 13, 1842 (Thursday)

Some of the brethren arrived at Nauvoo from the Pineries, Wisconsin, with 90,000 feet of lumber and 24,000 cubic feet of timber for the Temple and Nauvoo House.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

40 years ago today - Oct 12, 1977

[Spencer W. Kimball]
This is an official invitation from the President of the Church for you and your wife to receive the most holy second anointings which it is planned will be given to you in the Salt Lake Temple on Sunday, October 23, 1977, at 3:00 p.m. For this you should arrange to bring your temple clothing and come also with a temple recommend. Other instructions will be given to you at that time. If you wish to receive these blessings, please advise me immediately by letter. These blessings are to be given only upon your total worthiness. We would like you to indicate in your reply regarding this matter. This whole program should be totally confidential; and as a reply to family members as a reason for your leaving home that day, you may say you are going to a special meeting at the temple. * P.S. If you do accept, please complete and return the enclosed form.

[Source: Spencer W. Kimball, letter dated Oct. 12, 1977, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

45 years ago today - Oct 12, 1972

Bruce R. McConkie is ordained an Apostle, replacing Marion G. Romney, who had been called to the First Presidency.

100 years ago today - Oct 12, 1917

[George Albert Smith]
"Sold my house to Trustee in Trust for $11,000 and Mothers for (over) $17,000 net to us. It is probably worth more money but would rather the church had it at a less price."

[Source: Journals of George Albert Smith]

120 years ago today - Oct 12, 1897

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Twelve met in Temple all present but Bro[ther]s Grant & Merril ... Pres[ident] Snow led out on Adam being our father and God. How beautiful the thought it brought God nearer to us. Bro[ther] Franklin said it made him thrill through his whole body it was new & it was inspiring.

[Source: Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Oct 12, 1892 (Wednesday)

Articles of incorporation of the National Woman's Relief Societies were filed with the county clerk, in Salt Lake City; Zina D.H. Young, president; Jane S. Richards, Bathsheba W. Smith and Sarah M. Kimball, vice-presidents; Emmeline B. Wells, secretary; M. Isabella Horne, treasurer. [The name was again changed in 1945 to Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.]

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

140 years ago today - Oct 12, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
I spent most of the day in Council. It was voted to give the Twelve $1,500 a year Except Orson Pratt was to have $3,600 a year.

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

155 years ago today - Oct 12, 1862

[Wilford Woodruff]
Sunday I went to Coones Canyon to see about my flock of sheep. Moroni my Indian Boy has left them. After finding my flock & making arangements about them I returned Home.

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

160 years ago today - Oct 12, 1857

Officer in U.S. army expedition at Fort Laramie, Wyoming writes: "Two men by the name of Hickman, brothers to Bill Hickman who is celebrated in this country as one of thc 'Destroying Angels,' came into our camps yesterday. . . . One of them had a sword belt in his possession which had belonged to the man (Vilkins) who went out gunning on the 7th inst and had not been heard from since."

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

170 years ago today - Oct 12, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
I had A question put to me by President Young what my opinion was concerning one of the Twelve Apostles being appointed as the President of the Church with his two Councellors. I Answered that A quorum like the Twelve who had been appointed by revelation & confirmed by revelation from time to time I thought it would require A revelation to change the order of that quorum.

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