10 years ago today - Jul 18, 2008

Utah is leading the world in genetic research because of the Utah Population Data Base (UPDB), a unique combination of state vital statistics, other medical profiles and genealogical records from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php]

55 years ago today - Jul 18, 1963

President David O. McKay is visited by astronaut Edward White. McKay quotes the words to "If You Could Hie To Kolob" to astronaut White. White is so impressed he asks for a copy of the words to take with him to read and study at home.

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

115 years ago today - Jul 18, 1903

[Joseph F. Smith Presidency]
In answer to the question, if members of the Church can enter the temple who do not keep the Word of Wisdom, we would say that that is a matter to be judged of by those who issue temple recommends. ...

[Source: Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund to Mrs. S. F. Zimmerman, July 18, 1903, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - Jul 18, 1893 (Tuesday)

The Utah Commission adopted a resolution advising that amnestied polygamists be allowed to vote.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

165 years ago today - Jul 18, 1853

The Walker War, a conflict between the Latter-day Saint settlers and local Native Americans, begins near Payson, Utah.

175 years ago today - Jul 18, 1843

Patriarchal Blessing of Sarah Brown given by Hyrum Smith ... you shall be blest in the new & everlasting Covenant [in] Common with your husband, having a right unto the benefits of the Priesthood, which shall be allotted unto you, & signs & tokens of affirmation, that you be not deceived by those that Saith they are apostles, & are not apostles but are liars, & that you be not deceived in the Spirit but shall come forth with the wise & be numbered with the pe[ople] of the Covenant ...

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

25 years ago today - Jul 17, 1993

Counselor Thomas S. Monson presides at the memorial service for the reinterred bodies of former apostle Abraham Owen Woodruff and his first wife Helen Winters Woodruff. Removed from their original 1904 burial sites in Texas and Mexico, respectively, the couple is buried side-by-side in Salt Lake City. This is the first reinternment of a Mormon leader and wife since that of Joseph and Emma Smith in 1928.

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

40 years ago today - Jul 17, 1978

John Singer marries a second wife, Shirley Black. She moves into his house along with her three children from a previous marriage. Shirley's ex-husband is granted custody of the children which John Singer refuses to allow. Six months later Singer is shot and killed after pointing a gun at police officers trying to serve an arrest warrant.

105 years ago today - Jul 17, 1913

[James E. Talmage]
... Bro[ther]. Talmage reported a visit made by him to the Dream Mine near Spanish Fork [Utah]. ... The shaft has been sunk between 1100 and 1200 feet at a cost of over $100,000. ... It was suggested that he express his findings to Bishop [John H.] Koyle, which he did in the presence of thirty workmen, telling them that if he were making a professional report he would advise those engaging his services not to put a penny into the mine, that from a geological standpoint there was no more promise of finding ore in that mine than there could be in a clay bank.

Bro[ther]. Talmage said he got the Bishop to tell his story as to how he came to open up the mine. He said that eighteen years ago he had a dream, and in his dream he found himself on that hillside, when it was made plain to him that there was a body of ore in that ground. He dreamed it a second time, also a third time, and then he said he was carried in the spirit into the mountain, and went on to describe the different stratas of material that he would strike before striking the ore, and the Bishop thinks now he is very near ore. ... He showed them that by going to the hillside and tunnelling in, they could easily have accomplished at an expenditure of $10,000 what had cost them over $100,000. But the Bishop explained that the shaft was sunk exactly where it had been shown him in his dream. The Bishop also remarked that it was made plain to him that they would have to work for a long period, and that only the faithful and those who remained true to the mine, would reap the benefits. President Smith now drew attention of the Council to what is called the Majestic Gold Mine near Brigham City [Utah], and suggested that Bro[ther]. Talmage and Bro[ther]. Fred J. Pack make it their business to examine that property, as he had reason to believe it was another such thing as the Dream Mine. ...

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

125 years ago today - Jul 17, 1893 (Monday)

The Utah Commission, in accordance with Pres. Harrison's amnesty proclamation, ruled that former polygamists, who, since Nov. 1, 1890, had not broken the Edmunds law, were entitled to vote at elections.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

175 years ago today - Jul 17, 1843 - Monday

[Joseph Smith]
4 days- last past in [purgatory[?]] says [Wm]. [Clayton, referring to Emma's reaction to the plural marriage revelation.]

[Source: "President Joseph Smith’s Journal," Journal, 4 vols., Dec. 1842â€"June 1844 (Williard Richards)]

105 years ago today - 105 years ago - Jul 16, 1913

[James E. Talmage]
The purpose of my visit [to Spanish Fork] is to examine the 'Relief Mine,' commonly known as the 'Dream Mine.' Many rumors of this alleged mine have reached me and much has been said concerning supposed inspiration by which the work has been undertaken and prosecuted. ... I found thirty men engaged in the work, each of whom is working for stock in the company, all having faith in the divine direction by which they say the mine was located. ... The shaft penetrates the limestone of the region and is absolutely devoid of any evidence of mineralization in the mining sense of the term. ... I considered it would be well for them to abandon this work and to take themselves to useful and profitable labor. It is astounding to see the great effort they have made in what I believe to be an undertaking directed by the spirit of misguided zeal, which I believe to be the spirit of evil. Work has been in progress here for about 18 years, and on the statement made by the men themselves, the expenditure in labor and money is largely in excess of $100,000.00. ... The whole undertaking appeals to me to be lacking in the ordinary elements of common sense;...

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

115 years ago today - 115 years ago - Thursday, Jul 16, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
There was a little informal talk regarding socialism and the United Order. It was remarked by one of the brethren that the claim is made by many socialists that the acceptance of the doctrines of socialism would lead to the introduction of the United Order. It was asserted by one of the brethren that the socialists have many sympathizers among our people.

[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]

115 years ago today - 115 years ago - Jul 16, 1903

President Joseph F. Smith and First Counselor John R. Winder refuse to allow Approved Pattern labels to be used on Z.C.M.I. knitted garments. Garments made by The Salt Lake Knitting Company, of which Joseph F. Smith is president, contain a label saying, "Approved by the Presidency. No knitted garment approved which does not bear this label."

175 years ago today - 175 years ago - Jul 16, 1843. Sunday.

[William Clayton]
P.M. went to the Grove and heard President Joseph preach on the law of the priesthood. He stated that Hyrum held the office of prophet to the church by birthright and he was going to have a reformation and the saints must regard Hyrum for he has authority. He showed that a man must enter into an everlasting covenant with his wife in this world or he will have no claim on her in the next. He said that he could not reveal the fulness of these things untill the Temple is completed &c.

[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]

185 years ago today - 185 years ago - Jul 16, 1833

An "Extra" edition of the Church's EVENING AND MORNING STAR states: "Having learned with extreme regret, that an article entitled, 'Free People of Color,' in the last number of the Star, has been misunderstood, we feel in duty bound to state, in this Extra, that our intention was not only to stop free people of color from emigrating to this state, but to prevent them from being admitted as members of the Church. . . . To be short, we are opposed to having free people of color admitted into the state; and we say, that none will be admitted into the Church; . . ." This "Extra," is printed in the form of a handbill and circulated as promptly as possible.

175 years ago today - Jul 16, 1843

Joseph Smith creates confusion by declaring that he "would not prophesy any more, and proposed Hyrum to hold the office of prophet to the Church, as it was his birthright" as Presiding Patriarch. Stake president and former Nauvoo resident Abraham O. Smoot would tell the Provo School of the Prophets in 1868 that HyrumSmith "used to say [about] prophecy if you hit once in 10 times that is alright." In the same sermon Joseph Smith also "showed that a man must enter into an everlasting covenant with his wife in this world or he will have no claim on her in the next. He said that he could not reveal the fulness of these things untill the Temple is completed &c." The temple was not completed until after Joseph's death.

75 years ago today - Jul 16, 1943

"I had a most pleasant conference with Pres. David O. McKay [second counselor] about various stake matters but particularly about conditions in Wash., D.C., ... It was a pleasure to be in his sweet inspiring presence. He is truly a great man. How I wish we had a man at the head of this great country of his stature and character. I am looking forward to dinner with Pres. McKay and family on July 26th at their home on my way east."

[Source: Ezra Taft Benson diary as quoted in Gary James Bergera, '"This Great Thing Which Has Come to Me a Humble, Weak Farmer Boy": Ezra Taft Benson's 1943 Call to the Apostleship', Mormon Historical Studies (Fall 2008, v.9)]

70 years ago today - Jul 16, 1948

Returning missionaries to be interviewed at stake conferences-- Salt Lake City, Utah.

Returning missionaries will now be interviewed by a General Authority of the Church at Stake Conference in the home stake of the missionary rather than the previous policy of having missionaries report to Church headquarters. Identical but separate letters were sent to Stake Presidents and to Mission Presidents bearing this date. {1948-July 16-Original circular letter, L.D.S. Church Archives,}

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

25 years ago today - Jul 15, 1993

INSIDE RADIO reports: "New York's finest summoned to the mailroom [of station WABC] Tuesday morning. Somebody heard a beeping or ticking noise coming from a pouch. Played it safe and called the cops. Actual contents of the package: the latest PSA package from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). Seems the press kit contained a chip designed to emit an attention-getting signal. It worked."

110 years ago today - Jul 15, 1908; Wednesday

A letter was read from President Serge F. Ballif, stating that he had that day received a telegram from the attorney employed by him at Bern, informing him that the Supreme Court of Switzerland had reversed the decision of the court at Chur, where our elders had been arrested and imprisoned on a charge of preaching immoral doctrine, that is, polygamy and emigration. ...

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

175 years ago today - Jul 15, 1843. Saturday.

[William Clayton]
Made Deed for 1/2 S[team] B[oat] Maid of Iowa from Joseph to Emma. Also a Deed to E[mma] for over 60 city lots... [This was three days after Emma angrily rejected the revelation on plural marriage, and two days after Joseph and Emma came to an agreement after a long, tearful discussion.]

[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]

185 years ago today - Jul 15, 1833

The vigilance committee of Jackson County residents openly advocates driving the Saints from the county. In a lengthy epistle they charge Mormons with a multitude of offenses, including religious fanaticism, introducing to Missouri the "dregs of that society from which they came lazy, [i]dle and vicious," tampering with slaves, and "enviting free negroes and mulatoes from other States to become Mormons, and remove and settle among us."

185 years ago today - 15-Jul 20, 1833

The great haystack, common property of the church, set on fire. During the next few days dissension arose within the church between those who argued that the haystack was God's and He had allowed it to burn, and those who argued that if God couldn't protect his own haystack, what was the use of the members praying to Him for protection? As a consequence, some left the church.

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: The Law of Consecration Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/the-law-of-consecration-timeline/]

60 years ago today - Jul 14, 1958

Apostle Hugh B. Brown formally recommends that the First Presidency not ask Salt Lake City Public Library to remove books on a list. Brown notes: "Many of the books on this list are only mildly critical or objectionable from the Church standpoint." In 1954 the First Presidency assigned Apostle Adam S. Bennion, another well-known liberal within the Twelve, to assess this list of books. He delayed fulfilling the assignment until his death in 1958. Joseph L. Wirthlin of the Presiding Bishopric sent the original 1953 list of books "not favorable to the Church" to the Presidency, "pursuant to your request."

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

120 years ago today - Jul 14, 1898; Thursday

Pres[ident]. Cannon was administered to by the brethren, Elder Lyman being mouth. He promised Pres[ident]. Cannon that his life should not be cut short, and that he should be fully restored.

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

120 years ago today - Jul 14, 1898

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Met at 10 talk was excellent on spiritual matters, what were our ideas on former lives. Bro[ther]. [Francis M.] Lyman said we were always men never had a beginning of existence. So we all think but not quite so pronounced as Bro[ther]. L[yman]. The conversation opened our eyes a little. ...

[Source: Brigham Young Jr. 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]

125 years ago today - Friday, Jul 14, 1893

[John Henry Smith]
Prest. Wilford Woodruff said to me today that if he was to be adopted [by] any man aside from his own father that man would be George A. Smith as he was the most fully honest man he ever knew and that he was a virtuous man in every respect.

[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]

155 years ago today - Jul 14, 1863

General Patrick Edward Connor and Federal Indian superintendent James D. Doty meet with the Southern Utes. After the chiefs had expressed some apprehensions, Connor is able to dissuade them from the idea that the army wanted to fight or exterminate them. The Utes had been told this by Mormon leaders.

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

175 years ago today - Jul 14, 1843

"4 Apr[il] [18]42 Marinda Johnson [Hyde] to Joseph Smith 1843" {Listed Marriage}. [This is one of two possible dates for this marriage.]

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

180 years ago today - Jul 14, 1838

Carroll citizens meet to oppose Mormon settlement at DeWitt [Missouri]. Meetings and threats against Mormons at DeWitt continue throughout the summer.

[Source: LeSueur, Stephen C., The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri, Appendix: Chronology of Events in Missouri, 1838-1839]

175 years ago today - Jul 13, 1843

Joseph Smith writes in his diary: "I was in conversation with Emma most of the day." The previous day Joseph's brother Hyrum had presented Emma with the revelation on plural marriage. Emma "said she did not believe a word of it and appeared very rebellious." On This Day William Clayton records: " This A.M. Joseph sent for me and when I arrived he called me up into his private room with E[mma] and there stated an agreement they had mutually entered into. They both stated their feelings on many subjects and wept considerable. O may the Lord soften her heart that she may be willing to keep and abide by his Holy Law-" Three days later Joseph's diary records that he "preached . . . concerning a mans foes being they of his own house"

120 years ago today - Jul 13, 1898

[Apostle Brigham Young Jr.]
Met at 10 a.m. Still we are talking on financial matters and the burden of it is Presidency should trust the Twelve just as I have felt all the time. 2 p.m. Our talk was on love for each other and our determination to sustain the presidency but we do desire them to be a .

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

60 years ago today - Jul 13, 1958

[J. Reuben Clark]
Came in from Grantsville. Had lunch'felt bum'Called Dr. Reiser who came in late. Went over me thoroughly. Have "summer flu." A bit of water in lower lungs Gave me penecillin'double dose'Some swelling in feet. He telephoned his father that there was nothing serious. I had a temp. of 100 . Heart "fluttery." (a little worse "missing" than usual). Gave me something to eliminate water.

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

175 years ago today - Jul 13, 1843

Joseph Smith writes in his diary: "I was in conversation with Emma most of the day." The previous day Joseph's brother Hyrum had presented Emma with the revelation on plural marriage. Emma "said she did not believe a word of it and appeared very rebellious." On This Day William Clayton records: " This A.M. Joseph sent for me and when I arrived he called me up into his private room with E[mma] and there stated an agreement they had mutually entered into. Property held by Joseph is deeded into Emma's name. They both stated their feelings on many subjects and wept considerable. O may the Lord soften her heart that she may be willing to keep and abide by his Holy Law-" Three days later Joseph's diary records that he "preached . . . concerning a mans foes being they of his own house"

185 years ago today - 1833 July [13]

The July issue of the Evening and Morning Star contains a controversial article by W. W. Phelps quoting Missouri state law and constitution regarding freed blacks entering the state and freedom of religion.

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

15 years ago today - Jul 12, 2003

The SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports, "Utah ranks among worst in forcible rape-The report and rankings from the Charleston, S.C.-based National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center put Utah No. 1 in the continental United States for its estimated percentage of rape victims - 20.6 percent of the state's adult female population-.The only state ahead of Utah was Alaska, where 20.9 percent of the state's female population are estimated to have been rape victims, according to the rankings."

40 years ago today - Jul 12, 1978

Elaine Anderson Cannon is called as the eighth general president of the Young Women, with Arlene Barlow Darger and Norma Broadbent Smith as counselors.

125 years ago today - Jul 12, 1893

[Heber J. Grant]
[Letter from Joseph F. Smith:] For the first time, this month the Church could not pay its employees, not the Presidency and Twelve. Well do not think I have lost hope'for I have not. I believe that Providence has something better in store for us than bankruptcy and ruin, but it will be a close shave in my opinion. May the Lord help us!

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

120 years ago today - Jul 12, 1898

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Meeting of Twelve at 10 a.m. at Temple. Pres[ident] [Lorenzo] Snow opened with stormy refference to our financial Condition. Others followed in same line. Pres[ident]. [George Q.] Cannon is feeble but he will not trust the Twelve in financial matters. Bro[ther]. [Abraham] Owen Woodruff asked the Quorum to take action in behalf of his father that his name might not rest under this load of in-debtedness of which he was innocent.

While we all bel[ie]ve in the integrity of Pres[ident]. Geo[rge] Q. Cannon still we bel[ie]ve that he has nearly ruined the credit of the church with schemes which have failed, and the responsibility rest upon Pres[ident]. [Wilford] W[oodruff]. Poor man, his faith is unbounded in Bro[ther]. Cannon, but we now find ourselves with a very aged man at the head and a badly paralyzed man to arrange all his public affairs. ... Now it seems to me that the saf[e]ty of his own health and the welfare of the church demanded his complete isolation from all business cares and a strong hand to guide church business considering Pres[ident]. Woodruff's enfeebled condition. The Twelve should now enter fully into the councils of the First Presidency It has been delayed too long and now necessity demands that, this reform be inaugerated.

[Source: Brigham Young Jr. 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]

125 years ago today - Jul 12, 1893

[Apostle, and Logan Temple president Marriner W. Merrill]
At a Quorum meeting in the Salt Lake Temple today President Woodruff and President Joseph F. Smith, after Temple ordinance matters were discussed, ruled that the Endowment House and St. George Temple practices should prevail in all the Temples, viz., that those persons, male or female, who had not been sealed for themselves could represent the dead in being sealed for them. I demurred against the ruling as I do not think it right, but will adopt it in the Logan Temple on the responsibility of the Presidency. It was moved by President Joseph F. Smith and carried unanimously that Lorenzo Snow and M. W. Merrill, Presidents of the Salt Lake and Logan Temples, should be the judges and decide whether women in the Church having husbands deceased out of the Church should be sealed to said husbands.

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

175 years ago today - July 12th 1843

D&C 132 repeatedly conferred divine immunity upon Joseph Smith for any "sin" or "transgression" he had committed in the past regarding other women. The document simply mentioned them as "all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph" (D&C 132: 52), but repeatedly introduced these unnamed women within the context of "wives and concubines" (D&C 132: 1, 37, 38, 39). The revelation also conferred divine immunity from sin, transgression, or earthly condemnation for anything Joseph Smith might do with other women after July 12th 1843. ...

[Source: "Evidence For The Sexual Side of Joseph Smith's Polygamy," Comments by D. Michael Quinn on Session #2A "Reconsidering Joseph Smith's Marital Practices," Mormon History Association's Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 29 June 2012 (unabbreviated version, revised during July)]

175 years ago today - Jul 12, 1843, Wednesday

[William Clayton]
On the morning of the 12th of July, 1843, Joseph and Hyrum Smith came into the office in the upper story of the `brick store,' on the bank of the Mississippi River. They were talking on the subject of plural marriage. Hyrum said to Joseph, ``If you will write the revelation on celestial marriage, I will take it to Emma, and I believe I can convince her of its truth, and you will hereafter have peace.'' Joseph smiled and remarked, ``You do not know Emma as well as I do.'' Hyrum repeated his opinion and further remarked, ``The doctrine is so plain, I can convince any reasonable man or woman of its truth, purity or heavenly origin,'' or words to their effect. Joseph then said, ``Well, I will write the revelation and we will see.'' He then requested me to get paper and prepare to write. Hyrum very urgently requested Joseph to write the revelation by means of the Urim and Thummim, but Joseph, in reply, said he did not need to, for he knew the revelation perfectly from beginning to end. ...

Hyrum then took the revelation to read to Emma. Joseph remained with me in the office until Hyrum returned. When he came back, Joseph asked him how he had succeeded. Hyrum replied that he had never received a more severe talking to in his life, that Emma was very bitter and full of resentment and anger.

Joseph quietly remarked, ``I told you you did not know Emma as well as I did'' ... [additional copies of the revelation are made] ... Two or three days after the revelation was written Joseph related to me and several others that Emma has so teased, and urgently entreated him for the privilege of destroying it, that he became so weary of her teasing, and to get rid of her annoyance, he told her she might destroy it and she had done so, but he had consented to her wish in this matter to pacify her, realizing that he knew the revelation perfectly, and could rewrite it at any time if necessary. ...

After the revelation on celestial marriage was written, Joseph continued his instructions, privately, on the doctrine, to myself and others, and during the last year of his life we were scarcely ever together, alone, but he was talking on the subject, and explaining that doctrine and principles connected with it. He appeared to enjoy great liberty and freedom in his teachings, and also to find great relief in having a few to whom he could unbosom his feelings on that great and glorious subject.

[Source: Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries]