85 years ago today - 85 years ago - Mar 29, 1932

[Heber J. Grant]
George F. Richards, David O. McKay and James E. Talmage called and made a report that they thought it would be a serious matter to have Eldred Smith made the Presiding Patriarch. They gave a detailed account of what they had discovered regarding the Young Men's activities, and while they thought he was g good young man they were a unit that it would be a mistake to have him made the Presided Patriarch at least until after he has had years of training and development. We discussed the propriety of changing and having one of Joseph F. Smith's sons made the patriarch. The names of Calvin and Willard R. Smith were suggested. My own impression is that it is almost providential to have a faithful, diligent outstanding Latter-day Saint grandson of Hyrum Smith made the patriarch instead of having a great great-grandson of Hyrum Smith through the line of John Smith. We discussed the matter until nearly seven o'clock.

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

95 years ago today - 95 years ago - Late March 1922

Missionary Ezra Taft Benson reported that the "Town [was] in uproar about Mormons. All of vast assembly voted to have us put out of town."

[Source: Gary James Bergera, "Ezra Taft Benson's 1921-23 Mission to England", Journal of Mormon History 35:4 (Fall 2009)]

110 years ago today - 110 years ago - Mar 29, 1907

[First Presidency]
You should now take pains to fix the right name firmly in your mind, and having done so the memory of it should be sacredly kept locked up in your own heart. The name under which, you say, you acted by mistake served the purpose for which it was used merely as a password and inasmuch as your intent was honest and sincere the Lord will accept of what you have done as though no mistake had been made.

[Source: Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund to Joseph G. Allred, Mar. 29, 1907, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

125 years ago today - 125 years ago - Mar 29, 1892

[Wilford Woodruff]
29 Plesant this morning. I gave several Permits to go on to the Temple Tower. I went to the Temple & Examined the Bronze Angel for the Top Stone of the Temple 13 feet high & about 1,500 lbs in weight. I examind the Elevator to go to the top which looked safe. [The capstone is laid on Apr 6, exactly one year before the dedication.]

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

125 years ago today - 125 years ago - Tuesday, March 29th, 1892

[Abraham H. Cannon]
I asked Jos. F. Smith why it was that Ham's son Canaan was cursed instead of Ham for exposing his Father's person. He said that the Prophet Joseph is credited with saying that the sin of Ham consisted in trying to castrate his father, Noah, and kill his brothers, Shem and Japeth, so that he might become the head of the nations of the earth. Ham had married a daughter of Cain, and by him the curse was carried through the flood. The seed of this union is the Egyptians, who are not black, but after Ham's curse, his seed was entirely black. Hence the difference between the races who now inhabit Africa.

. . . We continued our meeting. Pres. Snow said he felt that when any question came up among us on which the majority were clear, should there be one who did not see as the others, that one should be willing to yield his views to those of the majority, and leave the responsibility of the course pursued with them. John W. Taylor spoke in relation to the Manifesto: "I do not know that that thing was right, though I voted to sustain it, and will assist to maintain it; but among my father's papers I found a revelation given him of the Lord, and which is now in my possession, in which the Lord told him that the principle of plural marriage would never be overcome. Pres. Taylor desired to have it suspended, but the Lord would not permit it to be done. At the close of John W.'s remarks our meeting adjourned till tomorrow at 10 o'clock. I closed with prayer.

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

130 years ago today - 130 years ago - Tuesday, Mar 29, 1887

[John Henry Smith]
In the evening I met Prest. Wilford Woodruff and we had an excelent visit. He read me a letter that he written to H. J. Grant in regard to the succession to the Presidency. His views are that we succeed in a regular order.

[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 - 155 years ago - Mar 29, 1862

[Heber C. Kimball Revelation]
It was told me the time was near when I Heber should be lifted up in the Eyes of Israel and Daniel H. Wells should see sorrow Even as he had caused sorrow to come on his servent HCK becaus he sat on me and oppressed me when he had power to do me good. Even so Amen. HCK. [Kimball and Wells were both counselors to Brigham Young]

[Source: "H. C. Kimball Memorandum" book, On the Potters Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanley B. Kimball, editor, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

160 years ago today - 160 years ago - Mar 29, 1857

Brigham Young preaches: "I can tell the people that once in my life I felt a want of confidence in brother Joseph Smith, soon after I became acquainted with him. It was not concerning religious matters-it was not about his revelations-but it was in relation to his financiering-to his managing the temporal affairs which he undertook. A feeling came ever me that Joseph was not right in his financial management, though I presume the feeling did not last sixty seconds, and perhaps not thirty. But that feeling came on me once and once only, from the time I first knew him to the day of his death. It gave me sorrow of heart, and I clearly saw and understood, by the spirit of revelation manifested to me, that if I was to harbor a thought in my heart that Joseph could be wrong in anything, I would begin to lose confidence in him, and that feeling would grow from step to step, and from one degree to another, until at last. I would have the same lack of confidence in his being the mouthpiece for the Almighty, and I would be left, as brother Hooper observed, upon the brink of the precipice, ready to plunge into what we may call the gulf of infidelity, ready to believe neither in God nor His servants, and to say that there is no God, or, if there is, we do not know anything about Him; . . ."

180 years ago today - 180 years ago - Mar 29, 1837

Joseph Smith Jr ... prophesied that unless the church acts in perfect greater union than they had for the winter past it Should be Scourged until they Should feel it four fold to that of the dispersion of Zion.

[Source: Kirtland Elder's Quorum Record, http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=414]

185 years ago today - 185 years ago - Mar 29, 1832

The infant Joseph Murdock, caught in the attack on his surrogate father, Joseph Smith, dies, apparently from exposure during the mobbing.

[Source: 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]

95 years ago today - Mar 15, 1922

B. H. Roberts writes a letter to President Heber J. Grant and the Twelve Apostles: "You will perhaps remember that during the hearing on 'Problems of the Book of Mormon' reported to your Council Jan, 1922, I stated in my remarks that there were other problems which I thought should be considered in addition to those submitted in my report. Brother Richard R. Lyman asked if they would help solve the problems already presented, or if they would increase our difficulties. My answer was that they would very greatly increase our difficulties, on which he replied, 'Then I do not know why we should consider them.' . . . It is not necessary for me to suggest that maintenance of the truth of the Book of Mormon is absolutely essential to the integrity of the whole Mormon movement, for it is inconceivable that the Book of Mormon should be untrue in its origin or character and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints be a true Church." However he does not send the letter.

105 years ago today - Mar 15, 1912

[First Presidency letter]
... a revelation given to the Church, to be binding, must be given to and accepted by the Church in conference assembled. And of course it should be written and published, so that the whole Church may know of it and have access to it, a thing which in this instance was never done. Our understanding is that this revelation [i.e., the Word of Wisdom] stands today in the same light as it did when it was first given, and must so remain until the Lord shall see fit to supplement it in any way deemed fit and proper by Him... In this sense the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom is a commandment. But it should be borne in mind that the revelation was not given by commandment or constraint. ...

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to J. Z. Stewart, 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 - Mar 15, 1892 (Tuesday)

The taking of depositions of "Mormons" regarding the ownership of the Temple lot at Independence, Mo., was commenced ... It was part of a suit "brought by the Reorganized church, commonly called Josephites, against the Church of Christ, commonly called Hedrickites, to obtain possession and title to a piece of land in Independence, Jackson Co., Mo., known as the Temple Lot."

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

130 years ago today - Mar 15, 1887

[Wilford Woodruff]
I dreamed again last night of Attending another General Conference. President Taylor was present but seemed in poor health. He seemed to think he should soon pass away. There was an immense body of the saints gathered together. I dream almost Evry night of these great Meetings. I do not now understand what those Dreams Mean. ... Presidet Taylor Died July 25/87.

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

140 years ago today - Mar 15, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
We gave Endowments to 222 persons the most we ever gave in one day in that Temple. President Brigham Young spent the day in the Temple. I washed and Anointed him, and gave him his Endowments for [ ] Peirce. I gave Presidet Brigham Young his seconed Anointing for and in Behalf of Moses Whitesides Also Sister Amelia Young her 2d Anointing for her Mother.

E Snow sealed 41 Couple & W Woodruff 26 Couple. I gave President Brigham Young his second Anointing for Br Morris Whiteside And Amelia Young her 2d Anointing for her Mother.

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

140 years ago today - Mar 15, 1877

Romania Bunnell Pratt is the first Mormon woman to obtain an M.D. degree (from Women's Medical College in Philadelphia). On 1 Nov. she opens a school of obstetrics in Salt Lake City where she trains Mormon midwives and nurses for twenty-two years.

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

160 years ago today - Mar 15, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended the prayer Circle. President Young said he had the following dream: I thought we had a great crop of wheat. The whole Earth was filled with it all around. The Heads were vary long & there was so much of it that people did not seem to care any thing about it. Did not try to save it. I had to Continually urge the people to save the wheat. They said they had more than they wanted for this year. I told them to go to & save all the wheat they had then next year they could work on the Temple."

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

160 years ago today - Mar 15, 1857

First counselor Heber C. Kimball testifies of healing people with his special handkerchief, cane and cloak.

160 years ago today - Mar 15, 1857

Brigham Young preaches: " Joseph [Smith] is not resurrected; and if you will visit the graves you will find the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum yet in their resting place. Do not be mistaken about that; they will be resurrected in due time." Heber C. Kimball preaches: "How much would you give for even a cane that Father Abraham had used? or a coat or ring that the Saviour had worn? The rough oak boxes in which the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum were brought from Carthage, were made into canes and other articles. I have a cane made from the plank of one of those boxes, so as brother Brigham and a great many others, and we prize them highly, and esteem them a great blessing. I want to carefully preserve my cane, and when I am done with it here, I shall hand it down to my heir, with instructions to him to do the same. And the day will come when there will be multitudes who will be healed and blessed through the instrumentality of those canes, and the devil cannot overcome those who have them, in consequence of their faith and confidence in the virtues connected with them."

175 years ago today - Mar 15, 1842

The Church's official newspaper Times and Seasons formally apologized for a sexual joke that had appeared within a wedding announcement the month before. Blaming "the boys" who had previously been compositor and typesetter, this apology insisted that Joseph Smith (the newspaper's editor) had never written "a single indecent or unbecoming word or sentence" in his life. Referring to the bride and groom, the newspaper's offending word-play had stated: "... and they find a peaceful abode in the `narrow house,' may the many outs and ins they have made, leave to the world an abundant posterity to celebrate their glorious example" (emphasis in original).

[Source: "MARRIED--In this city on the 6th inst. by the Rev. Erastus H. Derby, Mr. Gilbert H. Rolfe, to Miss Eliza Jane Bates," Times and Seasons 3 (15 February 1842): 701, with the following statement on page 702: "The Times and Seasons, IS EDITED BY Joseph Smith" (emphasis in original). This announcement was immediately followed by another "MARRIED"-notice, signed "Ed.", in "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 - Mar 15, 1842

Joseph's 1838-39 version of the First Vision was published for the first time. Two personages appeared. One pointed to the other and said, "This is my beloved Son, hear him."

[Source: Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, no. 10, p. 748; A Documented History of Joseph Smith's First Vision, http://beggarsbread.org/2013/04/01/a-documented-history-of-joseph-smiths-first-vision/]

175 years ago today - Mar 15, 1842

Joseph publicly announces that he is editor of the Times and Seasons and will be responsible for all material published in the paper from this day forward. The second half of the book of Abraham (2:19—5:21, and facsimile No. 2) is published in the March 15 Times and Seasons (which, like the previous issue, may have come out a few days late).

The Masonic Lodge of Nauvoo has now grown to 33 members, and more than 50 others have made application to become Masons. The meeting on Feb. 17, 1842, decided upon this date as the formal installation date of all new Masons in Nauvoo. Abraham Jonas, "Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois," comes to Nauvoo with several other prominent Masons from throughout the state. The Nauvoo Lodge of Free Masons is officially installed. Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are installed as [Entered] Apprentice Masons. Jonas gives special permission to confer the three degrees of Ancient York Masonry on Joseph and Sidney "asspeedily as the nature of the case will admit."

[Source: David E. and Della S. Miller, Nauvoo: The City of Joseph 101-3.; Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

185 years ago today - Mar 15, 1832

Joseph Smith receives a revelation (D&C 81) confirming Jesse Gause's role as a counselor to Joseph Smith "unto whom I have given the keys of the Kingdom." Joseph retains his sole role in the presidency of the Church while Jesse Gause and Sidney Rigdon are both made counselors to the president but not part of a "presidency."

[Source: 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]

25 years ago today - 25 years ago - Mar 14, 1992.

All twenty members of BYU's sociology faculty sign a three-page letter to BYU president Rex Lee on 14 March affirming their support of the church and of BYU but protesting the ecclesiastical interrogations of some members about participating in scholarly symposia. Since a temple recommend is required as a condition of employment at BYU, ecclesiastical action can affect academic standing and job security. An unspecified number of "individual faculty members, department chairs, and groups wrote memos supporting the rights outlined in the sociology department memo," according to a follow-up article in Sunstone. Four days later the Daily Universe publishes an unsigned editorial by the Daily Universe Editorial Board," claiming that Sunstone is not an academic forum. According to Sunstone, the editorial is "ghost-written in part by a professor." Edward Kimball and Eugene England jointly write a letter to the editor defending Sunstone as both academic and professional. David Knowlton, whose remarks at B. H. Roberts Society (not Sunstone) were quoted anonymously in the editorial, also writes a letter of good-humored protest at the editorial's position. The next month the Universe publishes an article quoting three faculty members from religious education agreeing with the anti-symposium statement.

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

50 years ago today - 50 years ago - Mar 14, 1967

BYU President "Wilkinson Admits 'Spy Ring' Existence at 'Y,'" Provo Daily Herald

[Source: D. Michael Quinn, "Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992)]

65 years ago today - 65 years ago - Mar 14, 1952

A First Presidency letter states that the minimum age for male missionaries is twenty and for female missionaries is twenty-three.

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

75 years ago today - 75 years ago - Mar 14, 1942

The First Presidency orders bullet-proof glass for windows of its office to protect against an air attack by the Japanese.

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

85 years ago today - 85 years ago - Mar 14, 1932

B. H. Roberts writes to Elizabeth Skolfield, his former secretary in the Eastern States Mission: "I am forwarding you with this mail an introductory chapter to a work of mine which is in typewritten form under the title "Book of Mormon Study." It makes 435 pages of typewritten matter. It is from research work I did before going to take charge of the Eastern States Mission. I had written it for presentation to the Twelve and the Presidency, not for publication, but I suspended the submission of it until I returned home, but I have not yet succeeded in making the presentation of it, although a letter of submission was made previous to leaving the E.S.M. I have made one feeble effort to get it before them since returning home, but they are not in a studious mood."

110 years ago today - 110 years ago - Mar 14, 1907

First Presidency letter: "it is not customary for woman to be anointed to men, to whom they may have been sealed after death, but with whom they had not lived in their lifetime as husband and wife in the marriage relation. . . . the second anointing consists of positive blessings bestowed only upon people who are known, and who can be recommended, for their long and steadfast faithfulness in the Church. And indeed, so particular have the Presidencies been at administering second anointings, that they drew the line between faithful members of the Church who died without gathering with the Church, and faithful members who gathered with the body of the Church and remained faithful afterwards, leaving the faithful people who have died in a scattered condition to be dealt with by the authority on the other side of the veil. But the main thought intended to be conveyed by us in this particular case is that the parties receiving the blessings must not only be known for their fidelity and faithfulness, but they must be, or have been, husband and wife as well, or one flesh, to use the scriptural expression. Your brethren, Joseph F. Smith John R. Winder Anthon H. Lund

130 years ago today - 130 years ago - Mar 14, 1887

Wife of Seventy's president Abraham H. Cannon goes to "Madam Mizpah," fortune-teller. He opposes this.

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

135 years ago today - Mar 14, 1882

[Wilford Woodruff]
This Bill [Edmunds] is entirely a Breach of the Constitution of the United States. Condemns Men before trial or Conviction by a Court or Jury, take away the rights of a trial by a Jury of their Peers. Makes an Expose-facto law, and a Bill of the Attainder, and takes away the rights of Franchise of Latter Day Saints for their Religin and are Deprived of Sitting on Juries for their opinions sake.

But if the Nation Can Stand it we Can. We have been looking for this for the Nation to take a Stand against the Saints And the Church and Kingdom of God on the Earth. The Nation is taking a Stand against God, against Christ against the Church the Kingdom & Zion of God on the Earth. They are ripening in iniquity and turning the last keys that will seal their Condemnation that lingers not and preparing themselves for Destruction.

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

135 years ago today - Tuesday, Mar 14, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
Washington, D.C.

... The yeas for the [Edmunds] bill were 199. All the republicans, Independents and Greenbackers and some few democrats voted for the bill. 42 democrats voted no.

There are 51 who did not vote at all. The democrats who voted yea were opposed to the bill but their constituents had petitioned them to act and they could not in their judgement vote against the bill without ruining their chances for reelection.

The Republicans were filled with venom and were bent upon the acomplishment of their purpose. Haskell acted like a fiend, and I felt while he was talking down in front of the speakers desk, I should have been pleased to have been turned loose with him and fought in words or in a manly fight. God our father must judge these men for their evel design and doubt not he will do so in his own due time. I did not get excited or worried but felt I would like to fight it out with Mr. Haskell and the Republicans single and alone.

The work is done and all polygamists are disfranchised and turned out of office. Now we must wait and see whether persecution and all kinds of trickery is to follow this bill. Father thy will be done.

[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]

140 years ago today - Mar 14, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
I washed And Anointed Presidet Brigham Young for and in behalf of John Sanderson Twiss to get Endowments for his [him] the first time that Presidet Young has Ever got Endowments for any person on Earth. I also gave Presidet Young his Second Anointing for John Sanderson Twiss.

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

165 years ago today - Mar 14, 1852

Brigham Young rolled out revelation upon revelation in regard to the creation of the world. Adam came to the Earth when he assisted to form it, he then partook of the fruits of the Earth and became Earthy, and they which are after shall receive our resurrected bodies and shall all have the privilege of going as Adam's to form an Earth and do likewise. -- Salt Lake City

[Source: Historians Office Journal, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah., 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 - Sunday, Mar 14, 1847.

[Brigham Young]
I feel all the time like Moses. I would to God that all these, my brethren, were prophets, seers, and revelators. Then live to them and glorify our Father in Heaven. Have you seen anything but a quiet, meek spirit while I've been here. I am just what God has made me and I pray that I may be an instrument in gathering up Zion.

[Source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]

170 years ago today - Mar 14, 1847

Eliza R. Snow writes in her journal: "with Mother Chase & [Patty] Sessions. Father [Heber C.] Kimb[all] called in and gave us much beautiful instruction, after which we had some glorious communications of the spirit of God both by way of prophecy and the gift of tongues, and our hearts were made to rejoice and praise the name of God."

170 years ago today - Mar 14, 1847

[Brigham Young]
I instructed the brethren to cease dancing and commence prayer meetings and administer the sacrament.

[Source: 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 - Mar 14, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
In the evening I met in council with the Twelve & High Council. President Young Preached loud to the High Council after giving a decision upon the head of Bishop John Murdock. He prayed that God would let him live to see the day when the High Council would pass a righteous decision & have light & understand things.

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

185 years ago today - Mar 14, 1832 (Saturday)

Brigham Young was baptized by Eleazer Miller at Mendon, Monroe Co., N. Y.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

35 years ago today - Mar 13, 1982

LOS ANGELES TIMES article: "Faith Makes Mormons Mark for Con Artists."

50 years ago today - Mar 13, 1967

Stephen Hays Russell, the student-leader of [the BYU spy-ring], signed a 1967 statement which made no reference whatever to the John Birch Society or to Ezra Taft Benson, even though the Birch connection appears in other sources.

Russell's 1967 statement acknowledged on page 3 that "if I 'got caught' at this, official university reactions would be that I was acting on my own," and on page 9 that Ernest Wilkinson expected Russell to be the "scapegoat". Although he implicated Wilkinson and two of Wilkinson's assistants already named by fellow-spy Hankin, all of Russell's other statements about BYU espionage were obviously intended to shield others beyond the BYU administrators who were involved.

[Source: Stephen Hays Russell statement, 13 Mar. 1967, typescript, signed at the bottom of each page by Stephen Hays Russell, folder 9, Hillam Papers, and box 34, Buerger Papers. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

80 years ago today - Mar 13, 1937

The Deseret News Church Section article "Introducing The Home Evening," is an indication of the inability of headquarters for two decades to persuade LDS members to adopt this practice.

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

115 years ago today - Thursday, Mar 13, 1902

Pres. Jos. F. Smith made some remarks upon the authority invested in the apostles. He said he had known of instances where some of the brethren of the quorum, under a sudden inspiration, would ordain a man a patriarch or perhaps a bishop. He did not feel that this method of procedure was exactly right, as it infringed upon the principle of common consent ...

The matter of calling some missionaries to labor in the mining camps of Juab Stake was referred to the Twelve with power to act ...

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

130 years ago today - Mar 13, 1887

[Wilford Woodruff]
<I wrote a revelation [-] given> to <me in the> wilderness And I see its fulfillment is upon us & the Nation. [Angled brackets indicate text written in code.]

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

135 years ago today - Monday, Mar 13, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
Washington, D.C.

I presented the memorial of the Utah legislature to Congress to Speaker Keifer who presented them to the House. Mr. Haskell of Kansas called for Senate file 353 or more properly known as the Edmunds bill. ...

[After discussion] The Speaker made a most dastardly ruling, both cowardly and Wicked. It was a strictly party vote, the democrats standing by law and order and the Republicans by misrule and misgovernment. It was a manly fight on the part of the democrats in the face of popular clamor. The democrats have resolved not to let the bill pass in its present form. What amendments they will secure is hard to tell, for the Republicans are bent on its going through just as it is. Today has been one of the most exciting of my life. The liberties of my people hanging on a thread and I powerless to do anything only sit and look on and ask the Lord to strengthen our friends and make them equal to the task.

[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]

140 years ago today - Mar 13, 1877

Charles L. Walker writes, "Today I took Abigail and Sarah into the Temple and we received great and glorious blessings and powers which few of the children of Adam ever attained to." He and his two wives received their second anointing.

155 years ago today - Mar 13, 1862

... Brother Dodge had arived from Calafornia & said that Col Tarlton had a ridgment of 1,200 soldiers at San Bernadeno on there way to Utah. He was put under guard for several days because he belonged in Southern Utah. He accuses the mormons of puling down the mountain meadow monument. Said he would learn the mormons to let dead men alone.

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

160 years ago today - 1857. March 13

Birth of B. H. Roberts, Brigham Henry Roberts, named after Brigham Young, was born in Warrington, England. His mother emigrated to Centerville, Utah, after separating from her husband, leaving five-year-old Henry in England in the care of friends. Four years later, he emigrated to Utah with his sister Polly. As an adult, Roberts summed up his youth: "My childhood was a nightmare; my boyhood was a tragedy."

[Source: Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

170 years ago today - Mar 13, 1847

While keeping close watch on a dissenter by Young's instructions, policeman and former Danite Hosea Stout writes that the appropriate outcome would be to "cut him off--behind the ears--according to the law of God in such cases."

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

155 years ago today - Mar 12, 1862

[Heber C. Kimball Revelation]
March the 12, 1862

That I Heber should live 25 years if I desired it and should become a mighty man of God in the house of Israel and His power should increase on me more and more.

[Source: "H. C. Kimball Memorandum" book, On the Potters Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanley B. Kimball, editor, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

25 years ago today - Mar 11, 1992

Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley presents a copy of the five-volumen Encyclopedia of Mormonism to the Vatican Library.

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

50 years ago today - Mar 11, 1967

BYU's president writes: "Frankly, if they [general authorities] concerned themselves 1/100th as much with teachers as they do with the basketball coach, I would feel much better." Stan Watts is the NCAA Basketball Coach of the Year (1957, 1972) and inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and into Helms Hall of Fame (1972). Lavell Edwards is the NCAA Football Coach of the Year (1984). Beyond BYU, Dick Motta is the National Basketball Association's Coach of the Year (1971), and Tom Chambers is the NBA's All-Star MVP in 1987.

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

105 years ago today - Mar 11, 1912

[Thomas A. Clawson]
"Our Bishops (Sic) Meeting was held at 9 P.M. and the matter of bro. Ridge having Negrow (Sic) bleed in him came up and bro Pennock was invited to tell us what he knew. He said that his wife's sister who had married bro Ridge in England had told her that, he bro Ridge, said that his great grandmother on his Mothers (Sic) side was a negress. Of course this news came as a great blow and surprise to her and going to the Temple she had ask (Sic) Prest Anthon H. Lund if they would ever be able to go to the Temple and he answered "I am afraid not." She then ask (Sic) him if she should leave her husband and he replied "I cannot advise you upon that subject."

[Source: Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

120 years ago today - Mar 11, 1897; Thursday

Meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles at the Temple at 11 A.M. ..

The subject of the removal of the Catawba Indians was considered. It was decided that Brother Lyman communicate with Elder A[nthony]. W. Ivins to learn what inducements could be offered for the removal of the Indians to Mexico, as it was decided that the climate would be suitable, and they would be free there from race prejudices.

Pres[ident]. L[orenzo]. Snow introduced the subject of the Word of Wisdom, expressing the opinion that it was violated as much or more in the improper use of meat as in other things, and thought the time was near at hand when the Latter Day Saints should be taught to refrain from meat eating and the shedding of animal blood. ...

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

175 years ago today - Mar 11, 1842

[Brigham Young]
Attended the high council, at the trial of Francis Gladden Bishop, who had set himself up as a prophet and revelator to the Church. After his revelations were read, which were a bundle of nonsense and folly, they were committed to the flames, and he was cut off from the Church, and delivered over to the buffetings of Satan.

[Source: Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).]

85 years ago today - Mar 10, 1932

[George F. Richards]
Five of the members of the First Council of Seventy, by appointment, came into our [temple] meeting at 12:00 o'clock Pres [B. H.] Roberts occupied 1 hr 50 min trying to magnify the Seventy above the H[igh]. Priest &c. He said a High Priest holds the Melchizedek Priesthood but the Seventy is more; he is an apostle [as per Brigham Young] &c.

[Source: George F. 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]

115 years ago today - Mar 10, 1902

Apostle John Henry Smith leaves for Washington D.C. to lobby against a constitutional amendment banning polygamy. He had been set apart for this by President Joseph F. Smith.

140 years ago today - Mar 10, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
Presidet Young was with us to day in the Temple of the Lord And I feel thankful for it. The Blessing of God Rested upon the people. <President Young gave his daughter Eudora to me in marriage and sealed us together at the altar in the temple of the Lord this day and I thank the Lord for it.>

[Angeled brackets indicate text written in code. Woodruff was 77, and Eudora Lovina (divorced) 25. They consummate their marriage the next day. Eudora later divorces Woodruff and elopes to Seattle with Judge Albert Hagan, breaking up his marriage.]

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

155 years ago today - Mar 10, 1862

[Heber C. Kimball]
The Lord told me the time was near when I Heber would be esteemed by His Servant Brigham more than any man that lives in the flesh.

[Source: "H. C. Kimball Memorandum" book, On the Potters Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanley B. Kimball, editor, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

170 years ago today - Wednesday, Mar 10, 1847.

President Young stated he had seen Father Neff, who said he would do just as President Young told him. He wanted salvation, and B. Y. [Young] told him what the Lord required.

Dr. [Richards] read the "Hedge Hog Doggrel," written by W. W. Phelps. A conversation took place about putting the cannon in good order and fixing the cannon ready for action. President Young wants the whole company organized into a military capacity ... B.Y. [Young], we want a host of tobacco that will want to be given to the Indians, also a little calico, and hire the Indians to kill buffalo.

[Source: Apostle Willard Richards Journal]

190 years ago today - Mar 10, 1827

Joseph Smith receives a receipt for credit of $4.00 on the account of Abraham Fish, who is known to have financed some of Smith's treasure expeditions.

[Source: Marquardt & Walters 1994, pp. xxix, 64, 67; Wikipedia: Chronology of Mormonism, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Mormonism]