150 years ago today - Jan. 14th 1871

... Elder Sutton inquired if the fact of no issue justified divorcement giving his opinion that it did not.

Prest. Rich said in case of impotency in the man it is sometimes the practice for a woman to obtain a divorce and none of us he thought had the authority to say it is wrong. ...

[Paris ward - Bear Lake Stake - School of the Prophets minutes 1869-72, typescript by Michael Nielsen]

45 years ago today - Jan 14, 1976

Church president Spencer W. Kimball and other officials learn of the discovery of a 150-pound set of brass plates, bound by rings, that a man in England claims were brought from South America by his grandfather. The man, Bert Fuchs, also claims to have some parchments from ancient Hawaii (which had no written language), a sword with a jeweled handle, and an odd pair of spectacles. The artifacts are given to the Church. Fuchs and his family are baptized, later move to the United States, meet with President Kimball and are sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Paul Cheesman, a BYU religion professor interested in Book of Mormon artifacts, goes to England to collect the relics for investigation and brings them to Salt Lake City. The investigation of the relics is kept secret even from the Church Historian's Department and their existence is never announced publicly. After it is found that the supposed relics are fraudulent, modern creations, Fuchs is excommunicated.

60 years ago today - Jan 14, 1961

[Joseph Fielding Smith]

Why did Adam come here? Not subject to death when he was placed upon the earth, there had to come a change in his body through the partaking of this element---whatever you want to call it, fruit---that brought blood into his body; and blood became the life of the body instead of spirit. And blood has in it the seeds of death, some mortal element. Mortality was created through the eating of the forbidden fruit, if you want to call it forbidden, but I think the Lord has made it clear that it was not forbidden. He merely said to Adam, if you want to stay here this is the situation. If so, don't eat it.

[Address given at LDS Institute of Religion; Joseph Fielding Smith; Salt Lake City, Utah; January 14, 1961, in Quotations Dealing with the Relationship of Our First Earthly Parents to Our Heavenly Parents (1830-1978)]

65 years ago today - Jan 14, 1956

[David O. McKay]

At 4 p.m. went to the Salt Lake Temple where I went over the temple ceremony in the master book and also the various parts used by those taking part. Gord[o]n Hinckley who is getting a book ready for the Los Angeles Temple called my attention to minor discrepancies between the master book and the parts used by the various participants. Found that a few errors have been made in re-typing the parts.

[David O. McKay diary, Jan. 14, 1956, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

75 years ago today - Jan 14, 1946

European relief and call of Ezra Taft Benson as European Mission President...

In this position Elder Benson will attend to the spiritual affairs of the Saints in Europe as well as direct the work to make available food, clothing, and bedding for the members of the Church in these distressed areas. In excess of thirteen thousand packages have been shipped by the Church Welfare Program during the past several weeks. Plans are now being effected to send articles in carload quantities. Elder Benson takes to Europe his experience gained as secretary of the National Council of Farm Cooperatives.

[1946-January 14-Improvement Era 49:67, February, 1946, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

100 years ago today - Jan 14, 1921

[James E. Talmage]

In addition to other committee work I attended an afternoon session of the Book of Mormon committee, at which preliminary arrangements were made for hearing some of the proponents of different views on Book of Mormon geography. Many varied and conflicting views concerning the location of Book of Mormon lands have been advocated amongst our people; and not a few maps have been put out. With all the precautions taken to make plain the fact that these maps have been intended as suggestive presentations only, we find some people accepting one map and others another as authoritative. The matter was brought before the Council through the receipt of a communication from Elder Joel Ricks of Logan, who several years ago published a map, of which over 6000 have been disposed of. Brother Ricks and several other good brethren have voiced a sort of complaint that they have had no opportunity to present their views, with the fulness they would desire, before the Church authorities. The entire matter was referred to the Book of Mormon committee; and today appointments were made for the beginning of the series of hearings.

[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]

135 years ago today - Jan 14, 1886

Had an important meeting at Bro[ther] Jos[eph] F. Smith, Pres[iden]t Cannon & Woodruff, E[rastus]. Snow, F[ranklin]. D. Richard Richards B[righam]. Y[oung]. [Jr.] M[oses]. T[hatcher]. F[rancis]. M. L[yman]. J[ohn]. H[enry]. S[mith]. H[eber]. J. G[rant]. Jno. [John] W. Taylor talked business of saving church property from Gov[ernment] thieves.

[They decide "it was best to get rid of the Church property." Subsequently church property throughout Utah was put into newly formed corporations to avoid seizure by the federal government.]

[Brigham Young Jr., 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 - Jan 14, 1861

Brigham Young's office journal records: "Bp Edward E. Hunter asked the President if he did not think our dancing parties were Kept open too late. The President said he should say no more about it. He formerly had wished the Bps to close early and he had always left the dances early by way of example of himself but he did know that a Bp knew a word about it."

175 years ago today - Jan 14, 1846

[Hosea Stout]

... Just as dinner was ready an express came from the Temple for me forthwith whereupon Scott and I went immediately with out waiting for dinner. I was there notified by President B. Young to send spies out in different parts of the country to watch and report the proceedings of the mob –

I committed the business of sending spies out in Iowa to Sanford Porter who lives in Iowahe was to send some three or dour in different directions to watch their movements and let us know when anythings is going on among them against us...

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Jan 14, 1846

John Taylor: Nauvoo Temple sealing to Elizabeth Kaighin (born 1811 in Isle of Man) 14 January 1846.

[Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith]

175 years ago today - Jan 14, 1846

Brigham Young (aged 44) marriage to Margaret Alley (1825-1852) (aged 20) first marriage 2 children

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

185 years ago today - Jan 14, 1836

Joseph Smith writes of performing a marriage ceremony after which "We then took some refreshment and our hearts were made glad with the fruit of the vine. This is according to pattern Set by our Saviour himself and we feel disposed to patronize all the institutions of heaven."

160 years ago today - Jan 13, 1861

In speaking of the Government President Young said the United States Goverment was in the fix that the man was that had to swim a river or meet a Lion. If He swam the river He would drown. If he met the Lion he would be devoured. So with the United States they are bound to be destroyed. Those things which [they] wished to bring Upon us shall Come upon them.

...President Young spoke of one Bally who Cursed Joseph Smith & the God that Called him to be a prophet & the man was taken Crazy on the Ground was taken home & died insane.

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

165 years ago today - Jan 13, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]

On the return of the brethren from meeting they informed me that President Brigham Young had preached one of the greatest sermons he had ever deliverd on earth.

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

165 years ago today - Jan 13, 1856

Brigham Young preaches: "The Lamanites on this Continent are Manassehites almost exclusively. There is but little of the seed of Ephraim among them. They are counted as the seed of Abraham and they must be saved or they would not have become so loathsome as they are. They are punished in the flesh to make attonement in the flesh for their sins & transgressions . . . The seed of Abraham has not been counted for many years NOR NEVER WILL BE AGAIN. If an Angel as to commence now to number them all when he had got the numbers together before they could be compiled there would be a great number more born during the time of there numeration so they could not be numbered & this is the reason why his seed Cannot be numbered. . . . We will administer in the Temple which we have now begun & that is one point gained & we will seal men to men by the highest keys of the Holy Priesthood. This is the highest ordinance. It is the last ordinance of the kingdom of God on the earth and aboe all the endowments that can be given you. It is a finall sealing an Eternal Principle and when once made cannot be broaken by the Devel."

175 years ago today - Tuesday, Jan 13, 1846

Nauvoo Temple Attic

said that ["]the saying of the Prophets would never be verified unless the House of the Lord be reared in the Tops of the Mountains & the Proud Banner of Liberty wave over the Valley's that are within the Mountains & I know where the spot is & I know how to make the Flag. Jos[eph Smith] sent out the coulours (colors)-& said where ever the coulours settled there would be the spot. There is another thing that I wish to say to this council[,] let an influence go out = we intend that every worthy man will recieve his endowment if not here [Nauvoo] he will have it in the wilderness.["]

[John D. Lee diary, "1844 Supplement", as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

175 years ago today - Tuesday, Jan 13, 1846

Nauvoo Temple Attic

A council was held in the Temple. The Captains of Fifties and Tens made reports of the number in their respective companies, who were prepared to start West immediately, should the persecutions of our enemies compel us to do so: one hundred and forty horses and seventy wagons were reported ready for immediate service.

[Historian's Office history, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

185 years ago today - Jan 13, 1836

Joseph meets in council with the Missouri and Kirtland stake presidencies. Various changes in assignments in priesthood are made at this time; vacancies are filled. New officers are then set apart. Sidney Rigdon is administered to and healed from an ailment. Sidney then speaks on the subject of endowment and the meeting is concluded. Joseph records, "This has been one of the best days that I ever spent." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 2:364-68.)

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

190 years ago today - Jan 13, 1831

Missionaries arrive at Independence. Peter Whitmer works as a tailor and Ziba Peterson as a teacher to support the mission while Oliver, Parley, and Frederick cross into Indian territory to convert the Lamanites. (They are expelled in a few days by an Indian agent enforcing federal laws prohibiting unauthorized whites in the territory.)

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

55 years ago today - Jan 12, 1966

[David O. McKay]

Consideration was given to a letter from H---- B---- de E----, also a letter from Bishop K----F-------- S----- and Counselors * , these letters having reference to the problems involved in this sister's marriage to a Negro. She became a member in 1961, received her endowments in 1963, and was divorced from her former husband in 1965. She has subsequently married a Negro non-member, and has been told by the Bishopric that no further Temple visits would be allowed her, and that because of her marriage to a Negro her Temple endowments are ineffective. It was decided to write the bishopric asking that they inform this sister that the fact of her marriage to a Negro does not cancel her endowments; that, however, under the circumstances she should not be recommended to the Temple for further ordinance work. The Bishopric also are to be told that any children born of this marriage cannot hold the Priesthood; however, there is no reason why she cannot be active in the Ward and Stake.

[David O. McKay diary, Jan. 12, 1966; hyphens added to conceal names, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

135 years ago today - Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 1886

[General Authority Abraham H. Cannon]

Bro. Thatcher prophesied that if the people would do right they would be prospered here and would. . .

I dwelt on the return of the Saints to Jackson Co. and their final destiny. I felt quite free after getting started and several of the brethren said they were glad I had touched upon the subjects I did, for many of the Saints are beginning to lose sight of the fact that we are to return to Jackson Co. and there build up the Center Stake.

[Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]

140 years ago today - Jan 12, 1881

[Franklin D. Richards]

J[oseph]. F. S[mith]. Prayed and appointed next Wednesday to meet and wash our feet against certain of our enemies, and bearing witness against them before the Lord.

[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]

170 years ago today - Jan 12, 1851

President Brigham Young, preaching against "swareing or takeing the name of God in vain," says "the time might Come when the Lord would require him & the Elders of Israel to sharpen up their swords & go fourth & hew down the wicked in their midst. He said any Righteous man that Herd any one of his Children take the name of God in vain that He might whip them until He was satisfied."

[Wilford Woodruff Journal Vol 4, pg 3, also http://ogdenkraut.com/Wilford%20Woodruff%20Journal%20Excerpts.htm quoted here , [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

170 years ago today - Jan 12, 1851 (Afternoon)

[Brigham Young]

"I think more of men who are polite and do not come into the church - than those who do come in "

[Thomas Bullock Minutes, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

175 years ago today - Jan 12, 1846

[Hosea Stout]

This morning about 2 oclock A. m. I was awoke by Joseph Taylor who had come from the Temple to let me know that the troops from Carthage were coming in and I immediately arose and went to the Temple and found some of the guard present[.] The Twelve were some of them up and on the ground and so I sent out spies to see where they had gone to. Near daylight I was informed that they had taken Andrew Colton and sent him to carthage and a party remained till day for what we knew not. In the mein time I had sent for all the guard to be called together at the Temple and there be ready for an emergency...

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Jan 12, 1846

Apostle Parley P Pratt: accused by Apostle Orson Pratt the 12 Jan. 1846 before Twelve that while on mission he (Parley P Pratt ) would "seduce girls or females and sleep & have connexion with them contrary to the law of God," Parley P Pratt said this was a misunderstanding of cohabiting with plural wives, though he did not inform Brigham Young of an unauthorized relationship with Phoebe Soper

[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]

175 years ago today - Jan 12, 1846

Young tells a temple congregation that General instructed him in the colors and design of a flag that he intends to unfurl in the "valleys that are within the Mountains." The Flag of the Kingdom of God proved to be similar to the American flag but with twelve white stars encircling one large star, and blue and white stripes.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

175 years ago today - 12 [Jan 1846]

[Brigham Young]

The remainder of the day I spent at the alter officiating in the ordinances of sealing -- In the evening Evan M. Greene: my clerk through sickness was compelled to retire from his labour Br. John D. Lee I appointed to take his place there being a few records to be kept sepperately & apart containing the first Sealings of the living & of Proxy of adoptions & also that of the 2nd anointings which I found to be quite a task for one man to perform therefore I employed Bro. Franklin D. Richard to assist in keeping those Records above aluded too- Such was the anxiety manifested by the Saints to receive the ordinances of Endowment & no less on our part to have them get the keys of the Priesthood- that I gave myself up entirely to the work of the Lord in the Temple almost night & Day I have spent not taking more than 4 hours upon an average out of 24 to Sleep- - - & but seldom ever allowing myself the the time & opportunity of going home once in a week---

[Brigham Young Journal # 4 in the handwriting of: William Clayton, Evan Greene, John D. Lee, Willard Richards. First person account kept by others. 'Lieut. Genl Brigham Young's Journal 1844']

180 years ago today - Jan 12, 1841

Joseph Smith teaches that not all sin is vice and that murders cannot be redeemed in this life.

[http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/1841/12Jan41.html The McIntire Minute Book , [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

185 years ago today - Jan 12, 1836

The Kirtland High Council nominates a committee to draft rules for the soon-to-be-dedicated Kirtland temple. The committee consists of Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, W.W. Phelps, David Whitmer, and Hyrum Smith. The rules drafted include: "1st It is according to the rules and regulations of regular & legal organized bodies to have a president to keep order. "2nd The body thus organized are under obligations to be in subjection to that authority." ". . .No man shall be interrupted who is appointed to speak by permission of the Church, by any individual person or persons in the congregation, by whispering, by laughing, by talking, by menacing gestures, by getting up and running out in a disorderly manner, or by offering indignity to the manner of worship, or the religion, or to any officer of said Church while officiating in his office, in any wise whatever by any display of ill manners or ill breeding from old or young, rich or poor, male or female, bond or free, black or white, believer or unbeliever and if any of the above insults are offered, such measures will be taken as are lawful to punish the aggressor or aggressors and eject them out of the House. . . ." "6th All persons are prohibited [from] cutting, marking or maiming the inside or outside of the House with a knife, pencil or any other instrument whatever, under pain of such penalty as the law shall inflict. "7th all children are prohibited from assembling in the House above or below or in any part of it to play or for recreation at any time and all parents, guardians or masters shall be amenable for all damage that shall occur in consequence of their children. "8th All persons whether believer or unbelievers shall be treated with due respect by the authorities of the Church."

190 years ago today - Jan 12, 1831

Dispatched from New York in accordance with a now-unknown revelation, John Whitmer arrives in Kirtland with the newly revealed book of Moses and other revelations designating Kirtland as the eastern edge of the land of Zion—which extends to the Pacific Ocean—and directing the Saints not to sell their lands, but rather to purchase as much as they can.

[Painesville [Ohio] Telegraph, Eber D. Howe, ed.http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/OH/paintel2.htm#011831 copy here , [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

30 years ago today - Jan 11, 1991

The Church News publishes an official statement that in special circumstances LDS couples "should consider abortion only after consulting with each other, and their bishop, and receiving divine confirmation through prayer." This returns to the First Presidency's flexible policy on abortion prior to J. Reuben Clark's death thirty years ago.

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

75 years ago today - Jan 11, 1946

Bro Hunter Has invitation from an historical society to review [Fawn] Brodie book ["No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith"}. Bro Smith asked me to talk with him which I did, giving some general ideas I had about the Prophet and his work.'Pres Smith suggested that we let Bro Hunter try his hands and see how it looked.

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

135 years ago today - Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 1886

[Abraham H. Cannon]

After supper and the presenting of our recommends, Bros. Snow and Thatcher went into the south room of Bro. Johnson's house and about 8:30 o'clock married D. C. Young and M. P. Hardy, after which M. E. C. and I were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Apostle Snow. Bro. Thatcher acting as a witness. I gave the former $10.00 for his kindness. We then made our beds in wagons, as there was no room in the house for us, and my bridal chamber was Bro. Snow's light wagon which was made quite comfortable with a feather bed and the curtains being all fastened down. Altogether our union has been rather romantic.

[Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]

175 years ago today - Jan 11, 1846

[Nauvoo Temple]

First sealings of children to parents administered, but only for the living.

[Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple]

175 years ago today - Jan 11, 1846

Brigham Young receives second anointing from Heber C. Kimball

[The Temple Timeline (Masons, Ancient Temples, Garments and a Lot More), http://www.exploringmormonism.com/the-temple-timeline-masons-ancient-temples-garments-and-a-lot-more/]

175 years ago today - Jan 11, 1846

Sarah Pratt (legal wife of Orson Pratt) told Mary Ann Pratt (legal wife of Parley P. Pratt, Orson's brother) that Parley was the father of Belinda Marden's baby's. Belinda was living at the Pratt home and had been secretly sealed to Parley without Mary Ann's knowledge. Parley confronted Sarah during the temple session, accusing her of "influencing his wife against him, and of ruining and breaking up his family," as well as "being an apostate, and of speaking against the heads of the Church and against him." Orson strongly defended his wife and after a vote, they were both expelled from the temple.

[Richard S. Van Wagoner, "Sarah M. Pratt: The Shaping of An Apostate," Dialogue, Vol.19, No.2, p.85]

175 years ago today - Sunday, Jan 11, 1846

Nauvoo Temple Attic

About this time Brigham Young proposed leaving the United States, [saying] that if the Mormons were let [to] remain in peace, that he would leave the State, taking with him all the official members, and this exodus should begin before the springing of the grass in the ensuing spring. The remainder of the fall [winter] was taken up in negotiations with the people who wished us out of the country. From this time forward all was hurry and bustle, active preparations going on for the early exodus of the Saints from the city that the God of heaven had chosen to establish them in righteousness, if they would but keep his commandments.

[George Miller letter, Northern Islander, Michigan, 1855, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

40 years ago today - Jan 10, 1981

Fawn McKay Brodie, niece of David O. McKay and author of NO MAN KNOWS MY HISTORY (for which she was excommunicated) dies of cancer in Santa Monica, California at age 65. During her last months she refuses pain medication fearing that it will interfere with her final work - a biography of Richard Nixon. She does, however, ask for and receive a blessing from her active, LDS brother. This later leads to the false rumor that she returned to the Church at the end. At the time she states, "any exaggeration about my requests for a blessing meaning that I was asking to be taken back into the Church at that moment I strictly repudiate and would for all time." Her remains are cremated and the ashes scattered to the wind over the Pacific Palisades area she loved and protected.

90 years ago today - Jan 10, 1931

[Joseph Fielding Smith]

At the H[istorian's] O[ffice] preparing reply to B H Roberts' paper on the Pre-Adamites.

[Joseph Fielding Smith, 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 - Jan 10, 1906

First Council of Seventy instructs B.H. Roberts to go to Los Angeles for "recuperation" from "a weakness for liquor that had fastened itself upon him." Roberts confessed his problem to the Council in 1901, and its senior president writes in 1908 that he "has been many times much the worse for Liquor in so much that his brethren of the Council have had to take up a labor with him."

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

120 years ago today - Thursday, Jan 10, 1901

Apostle Reed Smoot ... Referred to some of the fast meetings in Provo last Sunday and said the spirit and power of testimony rested upon the people and the gifts of the gospel were manifested. One brother spoke in tongues to the effect that the impressions given to Pres. Snow of late regarding the redemption of the center stake of Zion and the building of the great temple were from the Lord and such event would transpire much sooner than many supposed.

[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]

175 years ago today - Jan 10, 1846

Two twelve year olds sealed together in Nauvoo Temple each married other spouses in Utah

"On about January 10, 1846, I was privileged to go in the temple… I was sealed to a lovely young girl named Mary, who was about my age, but it was with the understanding that we were not to live together as man and wife until we were 16 years of age. The reason that some were sealed so young was because we knew that we would have to go West and wait many a long time for another temple".

[Mosiah Lyman Hancock Autobiography (1834-1865), typescript, BYU-S; published version by Pioneer Press, Salt Lake City, undated, 20-21; Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

180 years ago today - Jan 10, 1841

[Wilford Woodruff]

Sister Redman thinks it is the hand of God to bring her to London to help rool on the work of God in this city. She has tried to find us many days, but no one would tell her. On Saturday night she dreamed if she would go to Goswell Road she would see two women & if she followed them it would lead her to the place of meeting. She did so & herd my voice while I was speaking & came into meeting & communed with us. It was a joyful meeting indeed.

She had a vision a few nights since of being called before her Majesty, the Queen Victoria & confined in London Tower because of her religion.

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

190 years ago today - Before Jan 10, 1831

John Corrill, later a convert, visited Kirtland where he said he heard Mormons "speak in tongues unknown to me," and was informed by some non-Mormons who were present "that the tongues were regular Indian dialects, which I was also informed, on inquiry, the persons who spoke had never learned."

[John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Commonly Called Mormons) . . . (St. Louis: John Corrill, 1839), 9; Dan Vogel and Scott C. Dunn, '"The Tongue of Angels": Glossolalia among Mormonism's Founders,' Journal of Mormon History Vol. 19, No. 2, 1993]

125 years ago today - Jan 9, 1896

[Marriner W. Merrill]

Thursday. I went to Savage's Art Gallery and paid $6.00 cash for a picture frame for my photo to hang up in the Annex of the Salt Lake Temple, the Twelve Apostles all having their photos there. I went to the President's office to get my over shoes, as President Woodruff had taken them in mistake and left his, which were too small for me. I found he had gone home and worn them, so I had to buy another pair at Z. C. M. I., which cost me $1.50.

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

125 years ago today - Jan 9, 1896

Apostle John W. Taylor is assigned by the Quorum of Twelve to speak to fellow apostle Moses Thatcher "and talk over with him his condition or views on the question of insubordination in regard to running for office without an understanding with his brethren." Three months later Thatcher is dropped from the quorum for refusing to sign the "political manifesto" which requires every leading official to get permission from the proper authorities before accepting any position "political or otherwise." The "political manifesto" was seen as aimed at Moses Thatcher and B. H. Roberts, democrats, who had run for office without first getting permission from the brethren, while leaving certain other church officers free to engage in republican politics.

130 years ago today - Jan 9, 1891

Refutation of falsehoods appearing in the Illustrated American-- also Der Stern 21:97-116 (April 1, 1891).

This document or article is an answer to a series of articles which had appeared in the magazine, Illustrated American. The author of the articles (seemingly unsigned) claimed to be a "Mormon." Wilford Woodruff, as President of the Church, points out the historical inaccuracies and plagiarisms in the articles. The articles and President Woodruff's reply devote considerable space to the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Salt Lake City, Utah, January 9th, 1891.

Editor Illustrated American:

My attention has been called to articles in your magazine of December 27th and January 3rd concerning the "Mormon" Church. I have neither the time nor the inclination to notice the numerous misstatements and vile aspersions that frequently appear in the public prints in reference to the "Mormons." ...

We do not believe, as stated by the pretended "Mormon," that divulging the secrets of the Endowment House, marital unfaithfulness on the part of the wife, leaving the Mormon Church, are unpardonable, or that "the only atonement that can be made for any of these offences is the atonement of blood." The statement that "this doctrine is part of our duty" is another proof that the writer is not a "Mormon," and that he does not understand, or else that he wilfully misrepresents the faith which he pretends to explain.

The connection drawn between this alleged doctrine and the murders committed at Mountain Meadows, also proves the falsity of the claim that the writer is a "Mormon," and demonstrates his misapprehension of his own subject. The company that fell victims to Indian ferocity and white vengeance and rapacity were not "Mormons." They had revealed no secrets, they had not left the Church, they had done nothing to justify their slaughter, even on the false theory of Blood Atonement copied by the writer in the American from old newspaper fiction. This should be evident even to the casual reader.

... There is no pretext for a collision between the Mormons and the government. The only dispute that has arisen of late years between them was a question of law. That has been settled by the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States and the action of the Church in general conference. Plural marriage has been judicially decided to be unlawful. The Church has accepted the decision as legally final, and by my official advice as President of the Church has in the most solemn and authoritative manner decided not to enter into any marriages in future that are contrary to the laws of the land. ...

WILFORD WOODRUFF. President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Typewritten letter, Church Historian's Library, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

130 years ago today - Jan 9, 1891

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill]

I received from Samuel Roskelly, Temple Recorder, the yearly bulletin showing the amount of work done in Logan Temple for 1890, which is as follows: Baptisms, 30,788; endowments, 12,748; ordinations, 4,465; sealings, 3,831, children to parents, 1,492; adoptions, 53; second anointings, 207.

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

170 years ago today - Jan 9, 1851

Salt Lake City was incorporated.

[Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306, http://www.amazon.com/Compendium-Doctrines-Gospel-ebook/dp/B002LTY4Z0?ie=UTF8tag=mormonchronic-20link_code=btlcamp=213689creative=392969]

175 years ago today - Jan 9, 1846

[Hosea Stout]

When we came to the Temple some what a considerable number of the guard were assembled and among them was William Hibbard son of the old man Hibbard. He was evidently come as a spy. When I saw him I told Scott that we must "bounce a stone off of his head."to which he agreedwe prepared accordingly & I got an opportunity & hit him on the back of his head which came very near taking his life[.] But few knew any thing about what was the matter he left the ground out of his senses when he came to himself he could not tell what had happened to him &c

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Jan 9, 1846

[Brigham Young]

I observed to the brethren that it was my wish that all dancing and merriment should cease, lest the brethren and sisters be carried away by levity; and that the name of the Deity should be held in reverence, with all the due deference that belongeth to an infinite being of his character.

[Elden J. Watson, ed. Brigham Young Addresses, 1801-1877: A Chronological Compilation of Known Addresses of the Prophet Brigham Young, 6 vols. (Salt Lake City: Privately published, 1971)]

185 years ago today - Jan 9, 1836

Saturday, 9th Attended School in the fore noon. At about 11 o'clock received the following note:

Thus saith the voice of the Spirit to me, if try Brother Joseph Smith, J[unio]r will attend the feast at thy house this day (at 12 o'cl[ock]) the poor and lame will rejoice at his presence and also think themselves honored.

Yours in friendship and Love,

N[ewel] K. W[hitney]

[Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

50 years ago today - Jan 08, 1971

Lenora Taylor, post manifesto plural wife of faithful Apostle Cowley, passes away, officially ending LDS Polygamy. (in U.S., unsure about Mexico).

[Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

55 years ago today - Jan 8, 1966

In order that there may be no misunderstanding in regard to the matter of the sealing in the temple of children to persons other than natural parents, we are pleased to give you the following information for your guidance. Children who have not been born in the covenant or sealed to their natural parents may be sealed to a natural parent and stepparent. ... Children born in the covenant cannot be sealed to persons other than their natural parents. This rule is not altered by adoption, consent of the natural parents, or request of the child after becoming of age. Illegitimate children may be sealed to their natural mother and the husband to whom she is sealed without the consent of the natural father, and only the natural mother's consent is necessary for illegitimate children to be sealed to foster parents. No sealing of children to persons other than natural parents will be permitted except as set forth above without written authorization of the First Presidency.

[David O. McKay, Hugh B. Brown, N. Eldon Tanner, and Joseph Fielding Smith, circular letter, Jan. 8, 1966, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

65 years ago today - Jan 8, 1956

The first campus wards and stakes in the Church were organized at BYU.

[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]

120 years ago today - Tuesday, Jan 8, 1901

Apostle Woodruff said that in their trip to Mexico, Pres. J. F. Smith counseled the saints everywhere not to sell to the gentiles.

...Apostle Grant spoke briefly and said he was contemplating a move to start a local life insurance company and would do so, if the idea met with the approval of the First Presidency and Twelve. Said that within the past three years using the property' he now owned, through the providences of the Lord, he had paid and would be able to pay off $100,000 of indebtedness.

[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]

120 years ago today - Jan 8, 1901

Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. The Trustee-in-trust appropriated $102.25 towards assisting Marcus Lowell and a Mrs. Mathews and son to Honolulu [Hawaii]. Mr. Lowell has been experimenting on some of the natives of the Hawaiian Islands who are located at Iosepa Colony, in Tooele county [Utah] and are afflicted with the leprosy. His experiments were unsuccessful, and being without means the Church assisted him to this amount in order that he might go to Hawaii where he expects to benefit the lepers of the Islands. It was decided by the brethren today, that the Pearl of Great Price should be printed as arranged into chapters and paragraphs by Dr. James E. Talmage.

[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 - Jan 8, 1896

A telegram was sent by the First Presidency to William Thompson of St. George [Utah] in reply to a letter from him in relation to the bath tubs in the St. George Temple. They were getting almost beyond repair but a man of means had promised to donate new ones providing the Church would pay the freight. The offer was accepted.

[Journal History, 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 - Jan 8, 1896; Wednesday

Obtained manifesto also the Governor's Message to the Secretary of the Interior for 1890 containing the manifesto so as to correct the error. Traced up the copy of the error to see if it was typographical; found it was in the Governor's type written duplicate. Called the attention of Pres[ident]. G[eorge]. Q. Cannon to the error.

[Charles W. Penrose, Diary]

125 years ago today - Jan 8, 1896

[Brigham Young Jr.]

Excellent feeling among the Twelve. I believe we are united except Bro[ther] Thatcher who ignores the Counselors of President & most of the Quorum.

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

140 years ago today - Jan 8, 1881

John Taylor preaches that "President Brigham Young had adopted the system of asking one-tenth of the property of the new comers in lieu of the surplus spoken of in the [1838] revelation." Taylor says that from now on tithing should be only "one tenth of our interest annually," and says local bishops must bear responsibility for giving temple recommends to non-tithers. A clerk in the Presiding Bishopric's office records that Taylor has a meeting vote to continue previous requirement of "one tenth of the property on entering the church." Thus a new convert is required to pay 1/10th of his/her property, but a new arrival in Utah is not required to repeat lump-sum tithing.

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

140 years ago today - Jan 8, 1881 (Saturday)

Notwithstanding the fact that Geo. Q. Cannon was elected delegate to Congress with 17,211 majority, Gov. Eli H. Murray issued a certificate of election to the minority candidate, Allen G. Campbell.

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

175 years ago today - Jan 8, 1846

[Hosea Stout]

This evening William Taylor came across the prairie from the North of Carthage & said he saw seven men going from towards Appanoose towards Carthage with a cannon and bearing a large red flag[.] The cannon was drawn by four horses.

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Jan 8, 1846

Assembled in President Brigham Young's room, no. 1: President Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, John Taylor, Amasa Lyman, Newel K. Whitney, Vilate Kimball, Elizabeth Ann Whitney, Sarah Marinda Pratt, and Leonora Taylor.

Dressed themselves in holy robes.

The hymn, "Now Let Us Rejoice in the Day of Salvation," was sung, and Elder Heber C. Kimball offered prayer at the altar after offering up the signs of the priesthood.

President Brigham Young proceeded to anoint Brother Heber C. Kimball and Vilate, his wife, and pronounced the following blessings, namely:

Brother Heber Chase Kimball, in the name of Jesus Christ we pour upon thine head this holy oil, and we anoint thee a king and a priest unto the most high God, in and over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also Israel, in this, the holy temple of the Lord at Nauvoo, the City of Joseph, State of Illinois.

And I seal upon you power to bind on earth and it shall be bound in heaven, and whomsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and whomsoever thou shalt curse shall be cursed, and whomsoever thou shalt bless shall be blessed.

I anoint thine head, that it may be sound, and thy brain shall be quick to think and to regulate thy whole body; and thine ears to hear the cries of the poor and needy of thy brethren, who shall come to thee for counsel; and thine eyes, that thou mayest see and understand the things of God, and that thou mayest behold angels; and thy mouth, that thou mayest speak forth the great things of God. And I seal upon you all the blessings of thy progenitors, even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and even as far back as the priesthood. And I say that thou shalt live to a good old age, even to threescore and ten and longer if thou desire it. And thou shalt have power to redeem thy progenitors, and thou shalt have power over thy posterity and shall save all of them and bring them into thy kingdom.

We also seal upon thee all the power and blessing of the holy resurrection, even to the eternal Godhead; and no blessing that thine heart can conceive will be withheld from you. And in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen.

He then anointed Sister Vilate Kimball a queen and priestess unto her husband (Heber C. Kimball), in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in Israel, and pronounced all the blessings upon her head in common with her husband.

[Book of Anointings (reformatted for readibility)]

175 years ago today - Jan 8, 1846

Young anoints Kimball and his wife Vilate as the first couple to receive the second anointing in a temple, in which they are ordained as eternal "king and queen, priest and priestess unto God."

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

190 years ago today - After Jan 8, 1831

Joseph Smith leaves for Ohio by sleigh, bringing a wagon of goods and copies of the Book of Mormon. Many of his companions hurry to Kirtland on horseback.

[Mark Lyman Staker, Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith's Ohio Revelations: A Selective Chronology of Significant Events in Ohio's LDS History]