30 years ago today - Jan 16, 1988

Son-in-law of the deceased Fundamentalist John Singer bombs an LDS chapel in Kamas, Utah. This begins a several-week stand-off between this polygamous clan and law enforcement officers. This results in even more cooperation between law enforcement and Mormon Fundamentalists, who repudiate the Singer family's actions and seek a peaceful solution. One lawman dies in arresting the family.

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

35 years ago today - Jan 16, 1983

Ending a policy of 132 years and six months, the Deseret News (of which Counselor Hinckley is a senior director) begins printing a Sunday edition.

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

45 years ago today - Jan. 16-25, 1973

[George F. Ricards]
One of the practices in the temple when I first went to the temple was that you were expected to make a donation as you went in the door to help temple work. That was eliminated later. I don't remember a time when to my knowledge it wasn't customary to allow a certain amount of money for the indigent people who would spend their time in the temple, going through for the dead for endowment work. It used to be fifty cents for a man or fifty cents for a woman, I think. Then people like my father who didn't often have the privilege of going through the temple paid a lot of folks for doing that kind of service for them. It helped some of the elderly people to live, to have groceries to eat and places to rent.

[Source: George F. Richards Jr. oral history, Jan. 16-25, 1973; p. 58, excerpt in Buerger Papers, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

110 years ago today - Jan 16, 1908

President Joseph F. Smith dedicates the site for the Maeser Memorial Building, the first building on what would become known as Brigham Young Academy's "upper campus."

130 years ago today - Jan 16, 1888 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
We canvassed very thoroughly the names of the brethren who are eligible for office, with a view to selecting those who are most suitable to fill the City Council.

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

140 years ago today - Jan 16, 1878

'How is it that a Bishop comes between the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy Apostles, and can cut off an Apostle but an Apostle of the Seventies cannot cut off one of their Quorum;'Br Joseph Young Senr. replied that it was true that the decision of a full Quorum of Seventies, acting unanimously was equal to the Quorum of the Twelve. It is also true and that he had never known that when a man was cut off from the Church that it was ever done by the Seventies, but they could disfellowship them from their Quorum. He referred to the case of Theodore Turley who fell into transgression. The prophet told him to throw him out of his Quorum; having at that time a delicacy the Prophet said he would take him to the High Council. He said that the Seventies are under the jurisdiction of the Bishops. They take their Tithing and Offerings to the Bishops. They do not handle the Seventies except for misconduct. The Presidents of the Stakes have called upon the Seventies as Home Missionaries and they are generally satisfied with the kind treatment they receive from the Bishops. Many have to be sent on Missions and are generally ordained Seventies. Speaking of his own experience he said that he never knew that he was President of the Seventies until he came to Nauvoo and Br Brigham told him that that was his place and he took it. During the reformation he had surrendered his Presidency to Br Brigham and he did not take it.

[Source: Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015, Appendix 1: Minutes of the Seventies, 1837-1933, Excerpts]

160 years ago today - Jan 16, 1858

[Hosea Stout]
At one p. m. there was a mass meeting at the Tabernacle to memorialize Government &c and the citizens to express their views as to the course pursued by prest B. Young[.] Three memorials one to Prest Buckhannan one to Congress and one to the Govt & people of the U. S. all couched in the plainest and most determined language declaring that they not only approve of Gov Youngs course but that they will not submit to their hellish outrages and tyrannacle oppression any longer.

The Tabernacle was crouded and every vote was unanimous.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

160 years ago today - Jan 16, 1858

Bro. Brigham spoke on our situation as a people and the wrongs we had suffered from the U.S. in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, spoke of the army on our borders said that their intentions to uproot us and destroy the Everlasting Priesthood from the face of the Earth spoke of the time that Joseph Smith, Hyrum gave themselves up to go to Carthage said that he would never give himself up to the Damned Scoundrels and said that he carried a long Bowie knife and swore by the eternal Gods that if they came to take him he would sent them to hell across lots. Said if them and the Army persisted in trying to take the lives of him and his brethren by the help of God and his brethren that he would make millions of them bite the dust to which the congregation shouted Amen which rent the air as it went up to Heaven, said that it had grown from a neighborhood persecution to a National persecution, said the time will come when the Nations of the earth will be arrayed against this people just as much as the U.S. are at the present time; and said many more things which did my soul good. -- Salt Lake City

[Source: Diary of Charles Lowell Walker. Andrew Karl Larson, ed. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1980, 14, 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 - Jan 16, 1838

In Dublin, Indiana, Joseph Smith "destitute of money" says to Brigham Young, "You are one of the Twelve who have charge of the kingdom in all the world; I believe I shall throw myself upon you, and look to you for counsel in this case." Brigham Young helps "Brother Tomlinson" sell his farm and Joseph "got three hundred dollars from Brother Tomlinson, which enabled me to pursue my journey."

Jan 15, 2018

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[Source: http://www.theculturalhallpodcast.com/category/mormon-news-report-podcast/]

115 years ago today - Thursday, Jan 15, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
The Apostles' Room in the temple has been thoroughly renovated: the walls painted, the ceiling calcimined, the woodwork repainted, and the carpet cleaned. The portraits of the Presidency and Twelve by [George H.] Taggart have been substituted for the pictures previously seen in the said room. The improvement is very marked and the room is certainly most delightful and attractive.

[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]

180 years ago today - Jan. 15-16, 1838

The printing press in Kirtland, formerly owned by the Church but attached for debt payment in December [to Grandison Newell], burns down. Those loyal to Joseph blame the apostates. The apostates, of course, blame those loyal to Joseph.

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

110 years ago today - Jan 14, 1908

[George Gibbs to Alma Merrill]
Please find enclosed recommends for second blessings endorsed by President [Joseph F.] Smith. The First Presidency direct me to call your attention to the printed form used by you in this instance recommending for second blessings, and would thank you to let them know if this particular form was prepared by yourself, or purchased by you of the printer already prepared? Their reason for eliciting this information is this, the form is unauthorized, and not in accordance with their mind in recommending for the second anointing. In other words the word "second" should not be in the recommend at all, and you are therefore requested to discard this particular form, and in fact to destroy it. Instructions have been given so many times in regard to this matter, that it has been taken for granted that every Stake President is fully informed in relation to it. The way to do it is to use the common form of temple recommend, and write a letter in connection with it explaining who the people are [who are] thus recommended, and giving, as near as you can, their ages and a brief account of their lives so that the presidency may by this means gather some idea of their suitableness and worthiness to receive the endorsement of the President. And it is taken for granted that you take pains to become personally acquainted with everybody recommended by you for second blessings, and you are of course at liberty to adopt every necessary means to acquire the information; and strict privacy should be enjoined by you and all so recommended by you.

[Source: George F. Gibbs to Alma Merrill, Jan. 14, 1908, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

120 years ago today - Jan 14, 1898 • Friday

[George Q. Cannon]
... we had some further conversation with him about my son Frank J. Cannon. I told him that I felt very badly at his talking the way he had done in the Council, when our relations had been such that he might have come to me and told me, as a friend, what he knew about my sons. I said, "I did that with you, Brother Brigham, only a few weeks ago. Brother Joseph F. and myself heard stories about your son, B. S. Young, and I went and told you privately." I said I did not like to hear such stories being circulated about him; ... Our friendship has been such that you ought to have come to me. You have been in my house, and I have been in yours, and I never had a feeling against you in the world. I looked upon you as one of my dearest friends. In fact, one of the brethren who has access to the Office Journal was astonished, he told me, when he read what you have said: 'for', said he, 'I always supposed that Brigham was your pet.'

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

135 years ago today - Sunday, Jan 14, 1883

[John Henry Smith]
Liverpool and Manchester

... I spoke upon the history of Joseph Smith and also upon the baptism for the dead and also upon the doctrine of plural marriage, stating that we do not teach that principal in England as it is contrary to the law. [Plural marriage was contrary to the law in the U.S.] I was asked to quote the scripture to sustain me and I answered Rohoboam had several wives and three score concubines. The Voice again called out for a passage from the New Testament. I answered that Christ the son of God was decended [from] that old polygamist David. Seeing that the party was simply trying to make a disturbance I requested the brethren to put him outdoors. As he went he said I was preaching against the English and American government. I retorted I respect the English government and that I loved my own as the apple of my eye. The Congregation seemed to be in sympathy with me.

[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]

170 years ago today - Jan 14, 1848

[Hosea Stout]
... Mr Long now that he found he was in no danger about stealing Calkins girl, had began to boast about what he had done. That he could outwit even the police &c

We concluded to give him a round on the subject of outwitting tonight. So several of the police ... [got] a pint of whiskey as an excuse but to arrest Long. He went in got the whiskey & started and as it happened Long came out with him. Not proceeding for Miller took hold of him saying "You are my prisoner. We entend to learn you what it is to kidnap young girls in this place as you have doneyou now have got to atone for it now before you leave this place". This spoken in an austerere and commanding tone had the desired effect. It scared Long almost to death[.] He trembled like a leaf in the wind.

... At length he was taken into Cox Shop where we were assured at the same time that his time had come[.] He need not expect to have friends to help him now. The atonement must be made. He must go before the Council & stand his trial but pretending to have some sympathy for him they undertook to plead with me not to report him if he would do anything fair.

After a long consultation in which all agreed that they would not divulge any thing that had passed we agreed to let him go in case he would pay four gallons of whiskey which amounted to 3.75[. ]He gave Calkins orders to let us have it & he would pay it

After all this was over & the bargain fairley made we ran upon him without mercy to suppose that we cared anything about a man marrying a girl whenever they could agree themselves. That we only wanted to let him know that we could outwit him. He was badly plagued & confessed that he did expect to die. We were bamboosing him around in this way till midnight.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

185 years ago today - Jan 14, 1833

A conference is held in the Kirtland Mills (Kirtland, Ohio). Orson Hyde and Hyrum Smith are appointed to write a letter to Zion (Missouri) telling the people not to complain against Joseph, to repent, that they are loved by the Kirtland Saints, and that the School of the Prophets will commence in two or three days. Joseph writes to W. W. Phelps in Independence, sending him D&C 88, the "Olive Leaf," and telling him to make the Star more interesting: "For if you do not render it more interesting than at present, it will fall, and the Church suffer a great loss thereby."

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

120 years ago today - Jan 13, 1898; Thursday

Elder H[eber]. J. Grant reported remarkable and gratifying success resulting from the labors of the missionaries sent out through the Stakes of Zion, under the Y.M.M.I. Associations. Great interest had been aroused and many of the young people had been induced to attend meetings and join the associations. ...

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

120 years ago today - Thursday, Jan 13, 1898

[John Henry Smith]
It was voted by the Council [members of the First Presidency and Twelve] the Church purchase Bro. H[eber] J. Grant's interest in the Salt Lake Theatre.

[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]

125 years ago today - Jan 13, 1893

[Francis M. Lyman]
Before entering into our [apostles'] meeting I took bro[ther] Moses [Thatcher] to one side and labored to get him to see that he was in error in striking out in politics on his own hook. He would not see with me on that matter. ... Pat Lanan's request to see the Presidency, to get assurances from them as to whether gentiles and particularly our enemies would receive fair treatment if Utah is admitted as a state in the union. It was decided on motion of Pres[ident] [George Q.] Cannon as follows: 'I move that these brethren, F[rancis]. M. Lyman and John Henry Smith be authorized to say to Mr. Lannan for the Presidency and Apostles that we are willing to make and pledge which honorable men could be asked to give, or honorable men be willing to receive that whatever influence we may have will always be exerted in favor of the equal rights of all classes of citizens before the law. and that we feel fully warranted in giving the strongest pledge that no non Mormon whatever his past attitude towards the Mormon people may have been shall ever be disturbed in his person of business in any way whatever in the event of our territory being admitted into the Union.' Armed with a copy of the above with Bro[ther] Smith and B[isho]p [Hiram B.] Clawson met Mr. Lannan in ZCMI office and deliberately talked the situation over. Lannon was not satisfied with the above so concluded to formulate a list of questions to be answered concerning the 'Kingdom of God,' which he will let us have later on. He says statehood is coming and no mistake and he and his friends are very much frightened. He says they will pack up their means and get out of the country. We reported to Pres[iden]ts Cannon & [Joseph F.] Smith the result of the interview. They were pleased.

[Source: Francis M. Lyman Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

165 years ago today - Jan 13, 1853 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Translating [the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian] &c. Visiting and administering to sick and the Lord confirming the administration by healing. ... Hawkins arrived from Makawao. This evening just as <we> were about going to bed one of the brethren came and wanted us to accompany to him to administer to his sister who was in travail. She did not belong to the Church but had faith to believe in our administration and was willing to covenant with the Lord to keep his commandments henceforth; her pains had commenced rather early in the day yesterday. We accompanied him and I took the oil with me. We found her in great pain; after informing her of the object of the ordinance &c., and causing her to enter into a covenant with the Lord, we administered unto her by giving her a dose inwardly, and anointing her head, and rebuking all unnatural pains &c. &c. by the laying on of hands; we afterwards prayed with them before leaving, and told them to have faith for we felt that she would soon be relieved. As we went home we prayed in a secret place in her behalf. We afterwards heard that she gave birth to a fine daughter directly after we left the house, and we thought that it must have been about the time we were praying.

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

185 years ago today - Jan 13, 1833-14

Hyrum Smith and Orson Hyde write the bishopric of Zion (Edward Partridge, Isaac Morley, and John Corrill) objecting to their "accusing Brother Joseph in rather an indirect way of seeking after monarchial power and authority."

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

65 years ago today - Jan 12, 1953

Having suggested that the new cabinet's pre-inaugural first meeting begin with prayer, Ezra Taft Benson was overjoyed when Eisenhower invited him on January 12, 1953, to offer the invocation. For Benson, "beseeching the Lord for spiritual strength was as necessary . . . as eating or sleeping."

[Source: Gary James Bergera, '"Rising above Principle": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 1', Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Fall 2008, v 41)]

70 years ago today - Jan 12, 1948

[J. Reuben Clark]
Albert Bowen: asked him if he could check up on the status of the New Polygamists appeal to the Supreme Court without it being known who was making the inquiry. He reported back that Calvin Rampton, one of the Assistant District Attorneys, argued it last month. ...

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

90 years ago today - Jan 12, 1928

[Heber J. Grant]
After our bank meeting Franklin S. Richards and Arthur Winter read to us a long statement that has been prepared to send to the attorneys in the Hawaiian Islands. It seems that some of the natives have entered a protest against the Church having the right to deed its beach property, which it recently sold for something over a quarter of a million dollars, they claiming that the property really belonged to the natives. Inasmuch as the natives never paid for it I do not know whether they can win out, but they have won in the first court in which the case came up. We approved the statements that Brother Richards had prepared. ...

Dr. Joseph Amussen called and read to me a short statement that he had written regarding the Prophet Joseph. He also stated that he had prepared an article along scientific lines in defense of plural marriage, as advantage would be taken of it, claiming that we were still preaching and practising it.

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

125 years ago today - Jan 12, 1893 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
The four artists whom we had assisted to go to Paris, and who, with Brother Dan Weggeland, had been selected to paint the scenery of the Garden and the World in the Temple, met with the Presidency and Apostles, on invitation, this morning, to hear our views concerning the proposition which they had made respecting their work in the [Salt Lake] Temple. They had submitted a proposition offering to do the work for $17500. We thought this figure exorbitant, and there was quite a plain talk given to the artists, President Jos. F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, F. M. Lyman and myself making remarks to them. President Woodruff came in during this discussion. On my motion, the brethren were allowed to withdraw their proposition and make another one. [[Approximately 680 words redacted.]] ...

Twelve of my sons have been circumcised by Dr. W. F. Anderson yesterday and today. The oldest is Brigham, who is 18 years of age; the youngest is Georgius, who is not quite a year old. I have 18 sons now who have been circumcised; there are 5 of the older boys who have not. I am very much in favor of circumcision not on religious grounds, but for sanitary reasons.

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

125 years ago today - Jan 12, 1893

[Marriner W. Merrill]
Went to President's office to meeting with Twelve and First Presidency where matters relating to Apostle Thatcher's recent campaign speeches were discussed as not being with the Presidency in sentiment and feelings. After a 6-hour meeting I moved that we all forgive one another and hereafter work in harmony with the First Presidency; seconded and carried unanimously.

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

135 years ago today - Jan 12, 1883 • Friday

[George Q. Cannon]
I obtained a printed copy of the new Edmunds bill, which is a most infamous and outrageous attack upon our liberties. He evidently means to destroy us politically and religiously. In speaking about it in the presence of Bro^s Caine, Peery, F. S. Richards, and W. D. Johnson I called it an unconstitutional law. This led to a discussion with Bro. Richards who challenged me to show wherein it was <un>constitutional, saying that if I was a lawyer I would not say so, that I would find lawyers would not fight this bill as they had the former because it did not conflict with the constitution &c. It made me angry to hear such talk, and I said I was thankful I was not a lawyer if by being one I would take such a view of this bill. It would just be as proper to cut a man's toe off and let him bleed to death and not call it murder, when the design was to kill him. We both grew warm.

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

180 years ago today - Jan 12, 1838

Joseph flees from Kirtland on his horse, "Old Charley," with Sidney Rigdon and rides 60 miles the first day. According to one story, a repentant apostate warns Joseph of a plot to assassinate him. The mob appears before Joseph can escape. He is quickly placed in a box nailed onto an ox cart. He is then driven out of town to safety, gets his horse, and rides off.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology; Ivan J. Barrett, Joseph Smith and the Restoration 355]

180 years ago today - Jan 12, 1838

Fleeing from creditors, civil authorities, and dissenters, Joseph Smith, deeply in debt, leaves Kirtland for Far West, Missouri. The day he leaves Kirtland he receives three revelations. They are read publicly to the congregation at Far West but no copy of them survives to this day.

180 years ago today - January 12th, 1838

[Luke Johnson]
I learned that Sheriff Kimball was about to arrest Joseph Smith, on a charge of illegal banking, and knowing that it would cost him an expensive lawsuit, and perhaps end in imprisonment, I went to the French farm, where he then resided, and arrested him on an execution for his person, in the absence of property to pay a judgment of $50, which I had in my possession at the time, which prevented Kimball from arresting him. Joseph settled the execution, and thanked me for my interference, and started that evening for Missouri: this was the last time I ever saw the Prophet.

[Source: Autobiography and History of Luke Johnson, Millennial Star 26 (1864), http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

5 years ago today - 2013-01-11

Let Women Pray campaign launches

This campaign encouraged individuals to write letters to General Authorities asking them to schedule a woman to pray in General Conference.

[Source: Mormon Women's History Timeline, http://www1.chapman.edu/~remy/MoFem/mormonwomen.html]

15 years ago today - Jan 11, 2003

The first-ever global leadership training meeting in the Church by satellite transmission was held for priesthood leaders and transmitted in 56 languages to more than 97 percent of the Church's priesthood leaders.

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

35 years ago today - Jan 11,1983

Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley pays document dealer Mark Hofmann $15,000 for alleged Joseph Smith letter about his treasure digging activities. He has Hofmann agree not to mention the transaction to anyone else and then he sequesters document in First Presidency's vault. First Presidency does not acknowledge its existence until Los Angeles Times is about to release story about document, which Hofmann later admits he forged.

[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]

45 years ago today - Jan 11, 1973

BYU student and returned LDS missionary Thomas Gregory admits to Congress that he was recruited by Watergate co-conspirator E. Howard Hunt to infiltrate and spy o the office of the Democratic candidate for U.S. presidency, George McGovern, from February to June 1972. At the time of this political espionage, Gregory is a student in BYU's intern/study program at Washington, D.C.

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

125 years ago today - Jan 11, 1893

[Franklin D. Richards]
At 10 met with the same Apostles as yesterday'-10 of us all & hope that we may soon have Brothers Brigham Young [Jr.] & Geo[rge] Teasdale with us, as the Amnesty seems to release them from Exile.

Pres[ident] [Lorenzo] Snow spoke against bro[ther] Moses [Thatcher]'s course on having given offence to Pres[ident] Jos[eph] F Smith. Pres[ident] Jos[eph] F. was inclined to not eat with us but did finally.

[Source: Franklin D. Richards Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

155 years ago today - Jan 11, 1863

President Young Preached in the Afternoon. He read the Vision [D&C 76] ... He said all Children who died in childhood would go to the Celestial kingdom and their Mothers if they do not keep the Celestial law [plural marriage?] will not go whare there children are & will never see them again. But the Children will be given to others. He said many interesting things....

I attended Meeting at the 14 ward school House. O Pratt Preached A vary singlar discourse. He spoke of building the New Jerrusalem in Missouri. Said we must not build log Houses as the City would be translated & they would be Everlasting Habitations & would remain forever.

He spoke of the Starry Heavens. He did not think the sun or any star which mortal Eye Could see were Celestial Bodies but as soon as a world became Celestial it Could not be seen by man no more than a spirit Could be seen or a Resurrected body by mortal Man.

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

170 years ago today - Jan 11, 1848

... Talking, of the law made by the High Council, authorizing Bishop and Police to take away the liquor from individuals & let them have their pay. so that none but the Bishops sell liquor. ...

J. Y. [John Young:] Bro Braley I want you to make a statement of things as they are for we have taken this method to have the Brethren, tell instead of challenging them, & trying to prove'

Married a woman in Nauvoo, Rachael Taylor, (after having buried my first wife who was sealed to somebody else as I thought, & after I was adopted, she said she would leave me, but got me another girl to live, Polly Brally, with me, this, P B, other girl took her to the temple, & wanted Brigham to seal us. but he said hurried & would attend to it in the wilderness when we came to the Bluffs she said she meant to be married to a young woman, and the Sprit rested on me & said I should go & get my cattle, & hitch to my waggon & drove to the river & see a wife to be mine in time and all eternity. drove up side of waggon, saw a woman, Sarah Frazier, took my attention more than any other woman in my life, told Brigham I wantd that woman to live with me. he said take care of her. do what you will but take good care of her, she lived with me. & the other woman all the time saying she would leave me, told her not to leave me for she would be exposed, she said never would live with me at all, left me, then brought her back, got over here talked with Brigham, he told me to let her go where she has a mind to, he told me the other woman, might be sealed to me when opportunity presented, read the Peacemaker, & drew the idea that covenants sacred, told Brigham, that the ppl did not like us to live single & be together. Brigham then told me to get married & I was by an Elder who pronounced some kind of a Gentile ceremony

Had an Intercourse with this woman, Sarah Frazier, before married

Polly Brailey, said she would not live with me, and swore to it & this because I welcomed a destitute girl to my waggon

Did Brigham not tell you to go to Mo & take care of Polly as she was big with a child & had no clothes for herself & baby. J C B I never understood Brigham so.

Supposed I was doing right when intercourse with the woman before married

B. L. C. I feel pretty strict about these matters I do not see where Braley has erred so far, only has one woman. Polly was only covenanted to him, so in this one, & if sin with this one, sin with the other hid, if you go to the strictness of the Law. You have a winters work before you. if a man is allowed to have a wife by a Gentile ceremony. why Braley not have that privilege, may be some things in it as I don't see'has only but one at a time.

... B.Y. [Brigham Young:] I conciled Bro Braily, when his wife in Mo & family very poor & gave Braley such a severe lecture thought he would never speak to me, told him to go & get that wife from Mo. & never have anything to do with his present woman, don't believe Bro. Braly capable of taking care of a woman, & he need not bring the present wife to me to get sealed for I wont do it, & unless he takes care of the wife bearing child & make her happy he cannot have another

... B Y. ... Go & try my woman & see if you can make a covenant with her, no man can make a covenant with a woman, if her husband uses her as he ought to.

...J. C. Braley. I will never have intercourse with a woman who is not given to me if I should want 90 years.

Welcome Chapman, moved & Joseph G Hovey That Jos. C Braily be cut off form his standing in the church. carried unanimously. ... B.Y. Brother Lewis, I want you to understand that all business, in the Priesthood done by cutting off, with uplifted hand, you know that sign don't you for the first act of adultery you may forgive a man, but if a man beds with woman & does 10 times, ten times, he guilty

B.Y. Braley not under our control now, well he has one woman the law of the land allows him that Believe you are deserving of the chastisement & receive it kindly be humble affl., if you want to be baptized don't be in a hurry but after you have received chastisment enough & feel so get baptized, a committee go & see Polly Braley & see if she needs help, then Braly see to her.

[Source: Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015, Appendix 1: Minutes of the Seventies, 1837-1933, Excerpts]

55 years ago today - Jan 10, 1963

Some Mormon members of the Birch Society criticized the First Presidency for its January 1963 statement. For example, one pro-Birch Mormon informed President McKay that she loved him as a prophet, but that the church president had inadvertently "given much aid and comfort to the enemy." She concluded that "this statement by the First Presidency regarding the John Birch Society and Reed Benson . . . might have an ill effect on the Missionary work." Such letters stunned even the normally hard- crusted first counselor Henry D. Moyle, who wrote: "When we pursue any course which results in numerous letters written to the Presidency critical of our work, it should be some evidence we should change our course." Only five days after the statement's publication, the first counselor apparently now had second thoughts about the First Presidency's anti-Birch statement.

[Source: Nancy Smith Lowe to David O. McKay, 10 Jan. 1963, MS 5971 #1, LDS archives. 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.]

115 years ago today - Saturday, Jan 10, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
The legislature is about to convene, and it is expected that Elder Reed Smoot will be elected United States Senator. A strong effort is being made to defeat him, President [Theodore] Roosevelt having sent word to the Utah legislature through Senator [Thomas] Kearns that he hoped an apostle would not be sent to Congress. If this be true, and the papers so report the matter, it is an unwarrantable interference on the part of the president and deserves to be treated with cold indifference (as doubtless it will be).

[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]

130 years ago today - Jan 10, 1888 (Tuesday)

Delegate John T. Caine presented the constitution of the proposed State of Utah, with a memorial asking for admission into the Union, in the U.S. Congress. The measure met with much opposition in the House, and was bitterly opposed by Geo. F. Edmonds in the Senate.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

135 years ago today - Jan 10, 1883

[Wilford Woodruff, code in angled brackets]
I attended the Council in the Afternoon and a vote was taken to raise the wages of Erastus Snow to $2,500 a year and that he send up his back account and it should be allowed him. <Erastus Snow answered [--] in an [excited?] [-] caused a wound that time cannot heal. It made me ache. I could not [-] he slandered [--] his eyes [-] for it.>

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

135 years ago today - Jan 10, 1883

[Franklin D. Richards]
Labors of Auditing committee were discussed which led to altercation between Br[other] E[rastus]. Snow & Pres[iden]t [Wilford] Woodruff about accounts & doing generally at St George [Utah] & in the Temple'-decided that Br[other] E[rastus]. Snow report his own arrears in a/cs [accounts] till end of last year & that from Jan[uary] 1-1883 he have $2,500. per year.

[Source: Franklin D. Richards Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

140 years ago today - Jan 10, 1878

William Smith: Attempted to blackmail Joseph Smith III for office 10 Jan. 1878, who invited William Smith to join RLDS "leaving the question of apostleship, and the patriarchate, to be settled subsequently

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

150 years ago today - Jan 10, 1868

Deseret News editorial: "In this Territory we jealously close the door against adultery, seduction and whoredom. Public opinion here pronounces the penalty of death as the fitting punishment for such crimes."

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