40 years ago today - Apr 21, 1978

Robert Stevenson, an African-American Mormon, marries Susan Bevan, a white Mormon.. They had met at Brigham Young University as students, but her Mormon family questions the viability of the relationship. Stevenson later notes that "everybody from the garbage man to the stake president had told her that marrying me would be to her eternal detriment." They seek an interview with a general authority, Boyd K. Packer. Packer calls in Marion D. Hanks. According to Stevenson, "Elder Packer squared off on one side, and Elder Hanks squared off on the other." Packer argued that Stevenson "could accomplish [his] mission in life and be more effective without being married to a white woman." Hanks said, "I think it's the best thing in the world that you marry Susan. I think that you'll be more effective and you'll be able to break down racial barriers easier."

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

105 years ago today - Apr 21, 1913

[First Presidency to J. S. Page and Counselors]
We are informed that Bishop [John H.] Koyle is at the head of a company known as the Dream Mining Company; that the mine is being operated by revelation, and that the company is selling stock on the strength of a promise that the mine is going to yield immense wealth, which is to be used for the redemption of Zion; that it has already issued and sold large quantities of stock ... and that from time to time as the treasury has become depleted more stock has been issued ... thus presuming on the credulity of innocent members. Bishop Koyle and associates are carrying on their fruitless mining operations.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to J. S. Page and Counselors, 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 - Apr 21, 1898

Arrival in the British Mission of Amanda Inez Knight and Lucy Jane Brimhall, the first unmarried women to serve as full-time missionaries. Previously lady missionaries were married women who were set apart as companions to their husbands, usually mission presidents. On 16 Mar. George Q. Cannon had said that through the missionary service of unmarried young women, "some kind of solution would be found to the problem so often discussed, 'What shall we do with our girls?'"

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

120 years ago today - Apr 21, 1898; Thursday

Meeting of Council at 11 a.m. Temple. Pres[ident]. [George Q.] Cannon remarked to me this morning that "Our young men might distinguish themselves in this war." "Yes, they would undoubtedly extinguish themselves." "If I knew of any young men who wanted to

go to this war I would call them on a mission to preach the gospel of peace." Our mission is peach and to save souls.

[Source: Brigham Young Jr., Diary]

120 years ago today - Apr 21, 1898

Elder M[atthias]. F. Cowley reported that at a meeting in Preston [Idaho] at which Br[other]. Moses Thatcher was present, some of the members of the Church found fault with B[isho]p. William Parkinson because he did not invite Bro[ther]. Thatcher to take a seat on the stand. Bro[ther]. Cowley also stated that in a conversation with Bro[ther]. Thatcher, the latter took the ground that he was still an Apostle, although he was silenced and suspended for the time being from exercising his calling. After some conversation the sense of the meeting was expressed that B[isho]p. Parkinson was perfectly right in not inviting Bro[ther]. Thatcher to the stand in a religious meeting and that he be so informed.

[Source: Journal History, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

125 years ago today - Apr 21, 1893

[John Nuttall]
I found the President [Woodruff] very sick. he was dosing, when he awoke he was flighty. I spoke to him and he grasped me around the neck like he was in a spasm. I got him quiet. I was alone. His wife came in and was much alarmed. He had another attack in 3/4 af an hour and then another about the same time after. The family were much excited. Bro Clawson went for the Doctor. Pres[iden]t Geo[rge] Q. Cannon & Pres[iden]t L[orenzo]. Snow & John Henry Smith came in a hurry and administered to him. he revived. I went home to let my folks know where I was and back again. I staid with the President all night Bro[ther] Asahel Woodruff with me. I bathed the Pres[iden]t with alcohol & oil and he slept very nicely.

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

185 years ago today - Apr 21, 1833

Joseph writes to the brethren in Zion, telling them not to print any of the new translation of the Bible in the Star, that it will be printed in a volume by itself, and the New Testament and Book of Mormon will be bound together in one volume.

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

95 years ago today - Apr 20, 1923

[George F. Richards]
I had the unwritten ordinances of the Endowments typed today by Bro[ther] Jos[eph] Anderson under the direction of Duncan M. McAllister. This is done by the authority of the First Presidency. A copy is to be kept in the Presidents' Book at each temple.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Apr. 20, 1923, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - Apr 20, 1893

[L. John Nuttall]
Pres[iden]t Geo[rge] Q Cannon. I have seen the Savior Jesus Christ. & conversed with him face to face & he has talked with me. While we are in this house we feel the power of God & the good influences of His spirit. But we go away from here to our homes to the world & its ways, will we forget what we have felt?'The burden of carrying on and directing the affairs of the Church is now placed upon the First Presidency & this is a great responsibility'spoke 35 mintes. ...

B. Preston blessed & break the bread which was handed to each. B[isho]p R[obert]. T. Burton blessed the wine and it was placed upon the tables and all partook of the Sacrament'30 persons were here who were present at the laying of the corner stones of the Salt Lake Temple I being one of the number; 27 who were acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith in his day & time, 8 who had eaten with the Prophet at his table 6 who were in Kirtland [Ohio] Temple in the Prophets time, 1 baptized by the Prophet.'(Elder C. F. Middleton). Several of the brethren related brief incidents in the early days of the Church & of the Prophet Joseph Smith. ...

Pres[ident] Jos[eph]. F. Smith arose and blessed the brethren 'May peace bu unto you, may the Holy Ghost never forsake you, may you be true & faithful; & come up on the morning of the first resurrection with your wives, children & your children's children to reign among the Gods.' The Circle formed today was the largest ever formed in this dispensation. He said the sins of the brethren were forgiven them, they would remember this day and that they were one of the 115 privileged and blessed.

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

125 years ago today - Apr 20, 1893

[Anthon H. Lund]
[At a meeting of the apostles held in the SLC temple and before adjourning to the celestial room to form the first Prayer circle in the temple] "Geo[rge] Q. Cannon My mind has been wrapt in vision since I came into this house and I have seen the glories of Eternity. I bear witness that Jesus lives for he has condescended to talk to me. I want the young to seek for this witness and to know for themselves our[?] God is a God of revelation. When you leave this meeting will you retain the Spirit you have now? I would to God that you did all feel as we do, and make the people feel the same. We do not want to dictate in politics, but we think we have a right to indicate the policy which the people ought to follow. We must use wisdom in not antagonizing the Democrats nor discourage the Republicans. The Republicans are still a power in the land."

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

155 years ago today - Apr 20, 1863

[Brigham Young]
We shall never see the time when we shall not need to be taught, nor when there will not be an object to be gained. I never expect to see the time that there will not be a superior power and a superior knowledge, and, consequently, incitements to further progress and further improvement.

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 10:221-229; 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]

165 years ago today - April 20th, 1853

Patriarchal Blessing by B. F. Johnson, given in Tempe, A. T. [Arizona Territory] May 25, 1889, upon Benjamin Samuel Johnson, son of Benjamin F. and Mary Ann Johnson ... And the meek of the earth shall rejoice in thee, and gather around thee as flocks unto their shepherds. The winds and the waves shall obey thee. Devils shall flee before thee, while the sick and the lame, the blind and the halt, shall be healed by thy command. ... Thy arm shall be strong to resist oppression and to avenge the blood of the innocent. The poor shall ever rejoice in thee, for the Lord will open unto thee the treasures of the earth, & thou shalt feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and be mighty in assisting to rear the temples, cities and bulwarks in Zion and in gathering her children. Wives and children shall be multiplied unto thee...

Thou shalt assist in rearing the holy temple in Zion, and thou shalt minister therein with thy companion, when the glory of the Lord shall rest upon its towers and fill its courts: and when Israel returns from the north country to receive their crowing in Zion, thou and thy companion shalt minister unto them. ... and I seal thee up unto eternal life, to come forth in the morning of the first ressurrection [resurrection], to be crowned with glory, immortality and eternal lives, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

180 years ago today - Apr 20, 1838

Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde leave Liverpool for America, leaving Joseph Fielding as mission president' and Willard Richards and William Clayton as his counselors. Since they arrived in Great Britain nine months earlier, about 1500 people have been converted and 26 branches established. Until the return of the Twelve two years later, almost as many would leave the Church in England as would join, due to a series of internal problems.

[Source: James B. Allen and Thomas G. Alexander, Manchester Mormons: The Journal of William Clayton 1840-42 7-11; Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

70 years ago today - Apr 19, 1948

The Church Board of Education announces that, beginning in the 1949-50 school year, Ricks College will begin granting four-year degrees. Ricks later reverts to a junior college.

95 years ago today - Apr 19, 1923

[George F. Richards]
I read in the council meeting [the parts] which [are] known as the unwritten ordinances of the temple[,] prepared by me[,] and it was decided to have copies made and one each entered inside the Presidents' Book of each Temple.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Apr. 19, 1923, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - 19 April 1893 ¿ Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
... President Jos. F. Smith then followed, and he spoke at some length. President Woodruff became quite wearied and he said to me he wished that he would stop, and I ventured to pull Brother Smith¿s coat-tail, for which I afterwards apologized to him by explaining to him what President Woodruff had said and how anxious he was for the meeting to close. ...

[Wilford Woodruff became very sick "which Lasted me one Month & 14 days before I went to my Desk in the office".]

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

125 years ago today - Apr 19, 1893

First Presidency and Council of Apostles meet with "the Stake Presidents, Bishops, and other Priesthood leaders" in the newly dedicated Salt Lake Temple. On the first day of meetings "the Twelve Apostles were called upon to express their feelings towards the First Presidency and each other and to the Church and all the world." Francis M. Lyman says, "The Prophet never goes astray, counselors always right when they are one with the head." There is general gladness expressed that the Apostles and presidency are united again.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

125 years ago today - Apr 19, 1893

[John Nuttall]
Pres[iden]t Woodruff said Oliver Cowdery was with Jos[eph] Smith when he received the manifestations of God through Moses &c. he was a powerful man. yet he apostatized through not sustaining the Priesthood'David Whitmer had many manifestations & testimonies. he apostatized and died out of the Church. In the Apostacy at Kirtland [Ohio] many of the leading Elders apostatized and denied the faith and died out of the Church'I have received the administration of angels'When the Lord sends Angels it has been for a purpose and to accomplish something which cannot be done otherwise'In the Kirtland [Ohio] Temple many personages appeared and it was necessary for them to do so. Peter, James & John appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Was it necessary for Angels to appear in the Temple now to impart the same things which have been given to the Church? When Joseph Smith gave his last address, he stood, upon his feet for three ours, the place was filled with the Spirit of God. You want the Holy Ghost to leave & guide you. You do not need the administration of Angels. There is not a man who has the Holy Ghost that the adversary can make him do anthing wrong'You teach the people to get the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord, and keep it with you and you will prosper. President [Brigham] Young & others have come to me in vision'While in Arizona they came to me in a splendid conveyance'The visions made to me during the dedication of this Temple have been marvelous in the union of the Saints'The Lord is desirous that this people shall rise. There will be union among us and we will not do as we have been doing.

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

160 years ago today - Apr 19, 1858

[Hosea Stout]
Gov Cuming declared it was his intentions to make favorable reports to government for us and do all he could to prevent a colission between us and the U. S. He expresses to be dissatisfied with the doings of Col Johnson and the troops at Bridger &c &c &c &c &cahem!He was very much astonished to find that the Utah Library and the Court records were not burned as reported to government and wondered how such utterly false reports could be raised ect ect ect

We very courteously recieved and treated by both them and left with an invitation to "call again when convenient"

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Apr 19, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith located a site in Nauvoo for a music hall.

70 years ago today - Apr 18, 1948

[Dream Mine]
John Koyle negotiated a repudiation of his claims, in 1947 and then reversed himself almost immediately and was excommunicated from the Church 18 April 1948.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Dream Mine, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

115 years ago today - Apr 18, 1903

RLDS church purchases Book of Mormon printers manuscript from Whitmer family.

[Source: Chronology of Mormon History, http://followtheprophets.com/chronology-of-mormon-history/]

150 years ago today - April 18 and 20, 1868

[Eliza R. Snow]
... FEMALE RELIEF SOCIETY ... is the name of a Society which was organized in Nauvoo, on the 17th of March, 1842, by President Joseph Smith, assisted by Elders Willard Richards and John Taylor. Although the name may be of modern date, the institution is of ancient origin. We were told by our martyred prophet, that the same organization existed in the church anciently, allusions to which are made in some of the epistles recorded in the New Testament, making use of the title, "elect lady."/This is an organization that cannot exist without the Priesthood, from the fact that it derives all its authority and influence from that source. When the Priesthood was taken from the earth, this institution as well as every other appendage to the true order of the church of Jesus Christ on the earth, became extinct, and had never been restored until the time referred to above.

...."The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo," was organized after the pattern of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a Presidentess, who chose two Counselors. These were ordained and set apart by the Priesthood, and were to fill those offices so long as they faithfully discharged the trust committed to them. This quorum was fully authorized to appoint such officers, committees and assistants as were requisite from time to time, either to fill permanent offices or to perform any temporary agency that circumstances might demand. But, to make these appointments legal they had to be sanctioned by vote of the majority of the meeting when such appointments were made. ...

As its name indicates, the first grand object of the Society is to seek out, and relieve the wants of the poor. ...

[Source: Eliza R. Snow, “Female Relief Society,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City, UT), Apr. 18, 1868, vol. 1, no. 127, p. [2]; Apr. 20, 1868, vol. 1, no. 128, p. [2], in 3.6 Eliza R. Snow, “Female Relief Society,” April 18 and 20, 1868, as quoted in Matthew J. Grow, Jill Derr, Carol Madsen, and Kate Holbrook, editors, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History, The Church Historian's Press, 2016, https://churchhistorianspress.org/the-first-fifty-years-of-relief-society/]

165 years ago today - 18 April 1853 ¿ Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
Transcribing the revelation on marriage, &c. [later canonized as D&C 132] to send to the brethren on Oahu.

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

170 years ago today - Apr 18, 1848

Brigham Young (aged 46) marriage to Sarah Malin (1804-1858) (aged 43) first marriage later divorced

[Source: Wikipedia, List of Brigham Young's Wives, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives]

185 years ago today - Apr 18, 1833

A mob of 300 "old settlers" gathers at Independence to decide on plans to destroy or expel the Mormons from Jackson County. After they spend all day trying to decide on various plans, their liquor gets the worst of them and they break up in a "Missouri row." These "old settlers," largely from the southern states, came to Jackson County before the Saints, and could not move on because anything west of Missouri had been designated by President Jackson as Indian territory. They watched with some resentment as ever-increasing numbers of the religiously oriented northerners flocked into Jackson County claiming that God had given the county exclusively to them. Acts of violence began as early as the spring of 1832, when the homes of some Saints were stoned and windows broken. In the fall of 1832, some haystacks were burned, houses shot into, and people insulted; and as recently as February 20, a mob of 50 or 60 men armed with whips and guns attacked at least one household. Thegroup on this date constitutes the first organized resistance to the Mormons in Missouri.

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

80 years ago today - Apr 17, 1938

[Heber J. Grant]
Bishop Marion G. Romney called for me and also brought me home after the meeting. I had a nice visit with him at my home, sitting in the auto. He told me that he was very much perturbed over the editorial that was published before the last election when Roosevelt was reelected, being an official in the Democratic party, that it was a hard blow; but he said Monday was a holiday and he went to his office, and he prayed to the Lord, and he never got anything straighter than that that editorial was just what ought to be published. I was delighted to hear that from him. I am delighted when I find that a bishop's church comes first and foremost with him, and that his politics has not warped his judgment spiritually.

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

85 years ago today - Apr 17, 1933

[First Presidency to Stake Presidents]
... At a recent meeting of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve it was decided that women who are in good standing in the Church and have been faithful and devoted members, but whose husbands are not members of the Church or are not worthy of a temple recommend, may, with the written consent of their husbands, be granted the privilege of receiving their endowments and doing temple work for the dead. The written statement of the husband should be presented at the temple together with the usual temple recommend from the Bishop of the Ward and the President of the Stake, and filed with the recommend. We neither urge nor request women to take advantage of this ruling, and it is a privilege that should be given to those only who have proven themselves worthy and are desirous of receiving these blessings.

[Source: Heber J. Grant, Anthony W. Ivins, and J. Reuben Clark Jr. to Stake Presidents, Apr. 17, 1933, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - Apr 17, 1893

[Francis M. Lyman]
L. Snow then spoke nicely referring much to Elder Thatchers condition. He prepared our minds not to be shocked if the Lord does not always do for us all we ask. Pres[ident] Jos[eph] F. Smith spoke most powerfully. He also mentioned bro[ther] Moses as being in the hands of the Lord as well as we. ...

[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Apr 17, 1893

[Anthon H. Lund]
"In the evening the apostles met in their room. J. W. Taylor I and Abraham spoke and were followed by L. Lund[?] We mentioned how pleased we were that Pres[iden]t Woodruff prophesied about us that none of us should lose the faith."

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

140 years ago today - Apr 17, 1878

[John Taylor]
EXCOMMUNICATIONS. When it has been found necessary for the well-being of the Church of Christ to withdraw fellowship from any of its members, on account of their misdoings or apostacy, and such members have ben duly tried by the Bishop and his counselors and the case decided upon, and no appeal taken, then such action should be made public by announcement at a meeting of the Saints in the ward in which the offending parties reside. This public announcement will in the great majority of cases satisfy the demands of justice and the law of the Lord, and it is only in extraordinary cases where the public weal makes it necessary, that there is any need of publishing such excommunications in the DESERET NEWS or other newspaper.... JOHN TAYLOR, President of the Council of the Apostles.

[Source: 1878-April 17-DN 27:168 (April 17, 1878), in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

165 years ago today - Apr 17, 1853 (Evening)

[Brigham Young]
Question: is there any law in any of the writings of the prophets and apostles that intimates there should not be any more ordained apostles, only the 12? Is there any impropriety to men being ordained apostles outside the quorum of the 12. We want to ordain a man in China and set him as an apostle to build up the kingdom there and then go through to the end. 1st Presidency, 12 apostles, then the 70 is the order of the priesthood'- If I am faithful who knows but the Lord will give me a Urim and Thummim'- The Urim and Thummim belongs to [-] the lesser priesthood by right Moses was the P S and Rev. but Aaron had the Urim and Thummim. I do know [-] things - Joseph put the U.T. back with the plates when he had done translating - I have Josephs first seer stone which he had from OC [Oliver Cowdery], the one found in the well by which he got the plates of the B of Mormon - Joseph had 3 which Emma has - 2 small ones and one large one... When duty demands it - Where any of the 12 apostles are they hold the keys over the 70s and the other priesthood - the 12 have the keys, the 70s are ordained apostles and when they have their endowments - if the 70s are not under the direction of the 12 - Their priesthood is preparatory'- -- SLC Tabernacle

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Papers, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.. (A reference reading LJA 12-55-5, 10, means LJA Series 12, Box 55, Folder 5, page 10.) 9-13-4, 42, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

65 years ago today - Thu Apr 16, 1953

[David O. McKay]
at meeting of Presidency and Twelve in the Temple: Expressed the feeling that the family ties are fundamental, that the family is the foundation of society. Stated that the First Presidency have suggested to the auxiliary organizations that in choosing members of the General Boards women should be chosed whose family ties will not interfere and that frequently the First Presidency refuse to approve sisters whose names have been submitted because those recommended were rearing young families.

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

70 years ago today - Apr 16, 1948

[J. Reuben Clark]
Bro. Petersen reported on the excommunication of the Dream Mine man; said he showed up with four other men who had been active in the Church; he admitted the statements about the meeting; as Koyle was leaving he called the curses of God on the High Council; they all heard it and it certainly showed the feeling of the men, and those who were a little bit in sympathy with him afterwards definitely said that they were now sure he should have been excommunicated. There was others, some active in the Emerson Ward, and he wanted permission to proceed against them. He thought he would ask Pres. Elbert Curtis to talk with this man and see if the excommunication has changed his attitude. Pres. Clark cautioned they ought to be careful about the insubordination or disloyalty question, because they ought to be permitted to think, you can't throw a man off for thinking.

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

85 years ago today - Apr 16, 1933

[Heber J. Grant]
Had a little chat with Edward P. Kimball after meeting and he said he was very glad that I gave the rebuke I did to his Uncle Golden at the April Conference. He said he felt humiliated for Golden to talk the way he did.

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

95 years ago today - Apr 16, 1923

[George F. Richards]
I spent [the day] at the temple writing what ha[ve] heretofore been [the] unwritten ceremonies of the temple. My son George assisted me all the afternoon.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Apr. 16, 1923, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - Apr 16, 1893

[Anthon H. Lund]
[the first meeting of the apostles in their new room in the temple] Geo[rge] Teasdale... The Lord had shown him many manifestations that had been strengthening to him. He loved Bro[ther] Woodruff like a father yet the Lord had shown him that he was to be adopted to the Prophet and on a new-years day he was given to Eliza R. Snow, wife of Joseph as son. He had at once felt a love as sone to a mother. [H. J. Grant then spoke; he ad wondered why he had been called to this office, and while riding over the burning lands of Arizona on a mule it came to him that he had net been so placed on account of his merit.]; but on account of his father's merit and of that of the prophet, his mother being a wife of Joseph."

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

130 years ago today - Apr 16, 1888

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Very little raiding done by the Depts. [deputies] and wonderful to relate the leaders of the people are unmolested. Quite a lull in prosecutions for unlawful Cohab [polygamy]. ... Depts very quiet, they fear to frighten capitol away from the Territory." [[Yet on 2 April he says [from Logan] "The Depts are busy arresting north and south of this city. I don't think that I could remain here very long safely."]]

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

145 years ago today - Apr 16, 1873

Brigham Young, depicted as the "Mormon Moses," appears on the cover of the Daily Graphic, a national newspaper.

Apr 16 1843

President J. Smith Addressed the assembly of the saints ... He Considered Nauvoo would be a burying place of the saints & should he die he Considered it would be a great Blessing to be buried with the saints & esspecially to be buried with his father.

Yes he wanted to lie by the side of his father that when the trump of God should sound & the voice of God should say ye Saints arise that when the tomb should birst he could arise from the grave & first salute his father & say O my father; & his father say O my Son!! as they took each other by the hand. He wished next to salute his brothers & sisters & then the saints & he said it was upon this principle that the ancients were so particular to have an honorable burial with their fathers as in the case of Joseph.

.... It is true that in the resurrrection the bodies will be caught up to meet the Lord & the Saints will all be brought together though they were scattered upon the face of the whole earth. Yet they would not as readily Salute each other as though they lay down & rose up together from the same bed. To bring it to the understanding it would be upon the same principle as though two who were vary friends indeed should lie down upon the same bed at night locked in each other embrace talking of their love & should awake in the morning together. They could immediately renew their conversation of love even while rising from their bed. But if they were alone & in seperate apartments they could not as readily salute each other as though they were together.

...In speaking of the resurrection I would say that God hath shown unto me a vission of the resurrection of the dead & I saw the graves open & the saints as they arose took each other by the hand even before they got up or while getting up & great Joy & glory rested upon them.

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

175 years ago today - Apr 16, 1843

Joseph receives a letter supposedly by the order of John Tyler, the president of the United States, which accuses him of high treason. It turns out to be a farce.

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

35 years ago today - Apr 15, 1983

"University Post: The Unofficial Newspaper of Brigham Young University" reports an interview with the director of the Standards Department. He acknowledges that students suspected of cheating, illegal drug use, stealing, or homosexuality are expelled from BYU if they refuse to take a polygraph examination. BYU Security has a licensed polygraph examiner. In a separate article, the newspaper's photographer reports observing Church Security using specially trained dogs to search for bombs prior to public meetings attended by general authorities in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

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

90 years ago today - Apr 15, 1928

Anthony Ozodimma Obinna, later the first West African baptized by missionaries following the 1978 revelation on priesthood and the first to preside over a branch composed entirely of black members, is born in Aboh Mbaise, Nigeria.

150 years ago today - Apr 15, 1868

Meeting held at Meeting House by special invitation of Pres. Young for the organization of the School of the Prophets. ... I wish we should start right, and the Brethren may nominate Pres. Bro. A. O. Smoot was nominated President, Bro. A. Johnson was nominated vice President, A. F. MacDonald was nominated secretary. L. John Nuttall assistant secretary. ...

[Source: Manuscript Addresses of Brigham Young. 7 Vols. Elden J. Watson, ed. Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1979-84. 5:115-116, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

160 years ago today - Apr 15, 1858

President B Young said If the US Troops make a war of extermination against this People they will have all the Indians on this Continent to Fight for they are of Israel and the Course which the army are now taking towards them will have a tendency to cause the Indians to make war upon them. If Gov Cummings Comes into the City I do not want any man to go and see him without a permit. If I am not especially required to go & see him He will stop a long time before I shall go to see him. President Young said this war will dry up for the present I think but should it not be so, should I have to burn up my Buildings and if we are driven to lay waste our Cities & fields, I will tell you that we should not build much more here but it will be a great war and we should live in tents & Shanties till we go back to Jackson County, Mo. The Catholics are laying deep plans to overthrow the Protestant Nations who are watching us but the Catholics say but little about us. -- Salt Lake City

[Source: Wilford WoodruffÂ's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 5:305, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

170 years ago today - Apr 15, 1848

[Wilford Woodruff]
I rode over the river. Went to the Log tabernacle with G A Smith. On our way there we learned that there was much excitement at the Point.

The inhabitants had laid off Council Point into a town or town lots. One line fence run through John Geens house And the people pulled down his fence to move it. He went to put it up & took his rifle & swore He would Kill the first man that crossed the line of his fence or offered to touch it. While the company stood looking at him Brother [ ] Condit A shoemaker came out of his shop & walked up to see what was going on & in doing so walked over the line & John Geen shot him through the heart and he fell dead. A Frenchman then Struck Geen across the head with a Club And He fell as if he was dead but afterwards came to. They buried the dead man & took John Geen to Ioway City to be tried for his crime. /Geen shot himself at G S L City./

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

180 years ago today - Apr 15, 1838

Stephen Burnett writes to former Apostle Lyman E. Johnson (who had been excommunicated two days earlier), "I have reflected long and deliberately upon the history of this church & weighed the evidence for & against it loth to give it up - but when I came to hear Martin Harris state in public that he never saw the plates with his natural eyes only in vision or imagination, neither Oliver [Cowdery] nor David [Whitmer] & that the eight witnesses never saw them & hesitated to sign that instrument for that reason, but were persuaded to do it, the last pedestal gave way, in my view our foundation was sapped & the entire superstructure fell in heap of ruins." Burnett was called by revelation to preach