45 years ago today - Oct 16, 1976

"10,000 concerned citizens" attend the "Rally for Decency" supported by the LDS church in its anti-pornography drive. By assignment from headquarters to local congregations, Mormons are picketing Salt Lake City's X-rated movie houses which soon close.

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

55 years ago today - Oct 16, 1966

[Drew Pearson, Washington Post] "David O. McKay, president of the Church and now 93 years old, once championed the principle of free discussion, of letting Mormons have and listen to sharply divergent views. He still stands by that principle in theory. But the Deseret News, the Church-owned newspaper which circulates throughout Utah, shies away from publishing views not approved by the Church elders. Chief reason for the new Mormon trend toward political and philosophical isolation is probably the influx of outsiders into Utah, plus the steady drumbeat of John Birch Propaganda from Ezra Taft Benson."

[Drew Pearson, "Mormons Reverse Clock," Washington Post as referenced in Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Write, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press (2005)]

70 years ago today - Oct 16,1951

Temple council of First Presidency, Quorum of Twelve Apostles and Patriarch to church decides to allow beer commercials on church-owned KSL television station. [This was over concerns that KSL would lose programing, and no longer be the dominant TV station in Utah.]

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996, http://amzn.to/extensions-power]

110 years ago today - Oct 16, 1911

[George F. Gibbs to Robert D. Young]

President [Joseph F.] Smith requests you to not send more than one family represented by the enclosed recommends for second blessings to the temple in one week, this as a precaution against it being known one by the other that they are recommended for the higher blessings, as strict privacy should be observed in regard to this matter.

[George F. Gibbs to Robert D. Young, Oct. 16, 1911, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

120 years ago today - Wednesday, Oct 16, 1901

[John Henry Smith]

President Joseph F. Smith and me had a talk over his Councillors. He will choose John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund.

I walked from the office to his home with him. He expressed his undying love for me and said he wanted me right by his side.

[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]

165 years ago today - Oct 16, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]

In Company with President Kimball I visited President B Young. We found him feeble but much recoverd. The sickness had mostly left President Young as soon as he came over the big mountain [on present-day highway 65 between Mountain Dell and East Canyon Resivour] this way. There seemed to be sumthing mysterious about his sickness. ... Presidents Kimball & Grant administered unto him & prayed for him & he began to recover.

The brethren felt that the valley was full of Devils. They had to go onto the mountain before they could get the spirit of prayer. They felt that there was a Legion of Devils in the valley congregated against them & trying to destroy them. They felt also that there was evil intended against them on the road & that they should leave the valley & return home. They hitched up their Horses in the morning & started for home & the nearer they drew to the City the better they felt. [They had travelled to Fort Supply & Fort Bridger.]

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

25 years ago today - Oct 15, 1996

Boyd K. Packer, the Twelve's acting-president, tells a BYU devotional assembly that bishops should exercise strict control over LDS funerals because families are conducting funerals where "we hear about the deceased instead of the Atonement." The Deseret News notes that he speaks about "unwritten laws" of church conduct, but does not quote or paraphrase Apostle Packer's statements against the content of LDS funerals by grieving families.

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

55 years ago today - Oct 15, 1966

A Church News article that current non-U.S. LDS chapels "range in architectural style from modern tile and stucco structures in Managua, Nicaragua, to the native-built 'Choza' made from plam trunks, limgs, and coconut fronds." However, as part of the Correlation Program's drive for church-wide uniformity, headquarters soon requires that chapels throughout the world be modeled on those in Utah. In Latin America this makes LDS chapels visual symbols of the often-hated "gringo" power and wealth.

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

125 years ago today - Oct 15, 1896

Met in Temple Bro[ther] M. Thatcher came, presidency had sent to door keeper Bro[ther] Salmon not admit him hence he was bard out. He said to S. after all the thousands I have paid to erect this building can't enter, and several other things. Met at eleven Presidency more than an hour late. Then a document was formulated for news stating M. Thatcher was suspended & to not exercise any functions of priesthood. ... The feeling in relation to Bro[ther] Moses transgression is unanimous with Pres. & 12. How could he be admitted to Temple and to other things in church where they do not fellowship him and rightly too.

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

180 years ago today - Oct 15, 1841

Without the Quincy Lodge's recomendation, Grand Master Jonas issues a dispensation authorizing the organization of a lodge in Nauvoo (perhaps to obtain Mormon votes)

[Homer, Michael, 'Similarity of Priesthood in Masonry':The Relationship Between Freemasonry and Mormonism, Dialogue, Vol. 27, No. 3]

185 years ago today - mid Oct 1836

Joseph Smith purchased a safe -- probably intended for bank use.

[Dale W. Adams; BYU Studies Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 468-470, referenced in Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm]

95 years ago today - Oct 14, 1926

[J. Golden Kimball speaking:] On Thursday /Oct 7/ morning was present at the council meeting at 11 A.M. As stated in the former minutes, the First Council for the Seventy by invitation from the Presidency of the Church met with the Presidents of the Church and the Council of the Twelve to discuss matters pertaining to the seventy organization which has been before the Presidency and the Twelve for the past four years. The First Council of the Seventy at their morning's meeting, decided that Elder B. H. Roberts be our spokesman and represent our views regarding the revelations found in the Doctrine and Covenants pertaining to the seventies organization, as the First Council felt that the proposition to give to the Presidents of Stakes the same control over the affairs of the seventies that they now have over the quorums of Elders and High Priests would be in violation of the revelations of the Lord, constituting the constitution upon which the seventies organization rest...

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

120 years ago today - Oct 14, 1901; Monday

Worked most of the day at the Office taking an inventory of the personal property of the late Pres[iden]t. Lorenzo Snow. We find about $10,000. in cash and bonds and about $5,000.00 in stocks.

[Abraham Owen Woodruff, Diary]

135 years ago today - Thursday, Oct. 14th, 1886

The following are words spoken by Apostle Moses Thatcher at Lewiston, Cache Co., Utah, 1886. "It is my belief that every city, county, precinct and territorial office in this Territory will be in the hands of our enemies; that we shall be so burdened with taxes that it will be almost more than human nature can endure. That we shall cry to the Lord by night and by day for deliverance. That when our hearts are sufficiently subdued that our entire trust will be in the Lord, then shall. that man like unto Moses be raised up, and shall lead us out of bondage back to Jackson County in the state of Missouri. There will be no hesitation; everything will be decisive and prompt. The mountains shall tremble before him and if there be a tree or anything else in the way of their progress, it shall be plucked up by the power of God. Then is the time the scriptures will be fulfilled that says: 'One shall chase a thousand and two shall put ten thousand to flight."'

"It is my belief that the time of our deliverance will be within five years, the time indicated being February 14th, 1891. And that the man raised up will be no other than the Prophet Joseph Smith in his resurrected body. The power to lead Israel in the latter days as Moses led them anciently having been sealed upon his head by his father, Joseph Smith, the Patriarch of the Church at that time. If Father Smith had the power to bless, and that he had the power is most certain from the fact that he was ordained to this office and calling by his son, the Prophet, before the above blessing was pronounced upon the head of Joseph, no other man can perform this mission but the Prophet Joseph Smith. I do not say all the people of the nation will be destroyed within the time mentioned, but I do say, that in consequence of the wickedness and corruption of the officers of the nation, the government will pass into the hands of the Saints, and that within five years. There will not be a city in the Union that will not be in danger of disruption by the Knights of Labor, who are becoming a formidable power in the land. You people in quiet Lewiston need not be surprised if within the next four years the rails are torn up from Ogden to the Missouri River and to San Francisco and into Montana in the North, leaving us as isolated as we were when we first came to this Territory. There is a power to do this and a disposition to meaning the Knights of Labor." (A servant of God, holding the power and keys of the Holy Apostleship does not speak in this manner for mere pastime. There is more in these utterances than we are apt to attach to them, unless we are aided by the Spirit of God.) Salt Lake City, Aug. 3rd, 1886.

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

140 years ago today - Oct 14, 1881

In regard to finding the plates, he [David Whitmer] was told by Smith that they were in a stone casket, and the place where it was deposited, in the hill Cumorah, was pointed out to him by a celestial personage, clad in a dazzling white robe, and he was informed by it that it was the history of the Nephites, a nation that had passed away, whose founders belonged to the days of the tower of Babel. The plates which Mr. Whitmer saw were in the shape of a tablet, fastened with three rings, about one-third of which appeared to be loose, in plates, the other solid, but with perceptible marks where the plates seemed to be sealed, and the guide that pointed it out to Smith very impressively reminded him that the loose plates alone were to be used; the sealed portion was


After the plates had been translated, which process required about six months, the same heavenly visitant appeared and reclaimed the gold tablets of the ancient people, informing Smith that he would replace them with other records of the lost tribes that had been brought with them during their wanderings from Asia, which would be forthcoming when the world was ready to receive them. At that time Mr. Whitmer saw the tablet, gazed with awe on the celestial messenger, heard him speak and say: "Blessed is the Lord and he that keeps His commandments;" and then, as he held the plates and turned them over with his hands, so that they could be plainly visible, a voice that seemed to fill all space, musical as the sighing of a wind through the forest, was heard, saying: "What you see is true: testify to the same." And Oliver Cowdrey and David Whitmer, standing there, felt, as the white garments of the angel faded from their vision and the heavenly voice still rang in their ears, that it was no delusion--that it was a fact; and they so recorded it....

The tablets or plates were translated by Smith, who used a small oval or kidney-shaped stone, called Urim and Thummim, that seemed endowed with the marvelous power of converting the characters on the plates, when used by Smith, into English, who would then dictate to Cowdrey what to write. Frequently one character would make two lines of manuscript, while others made but a word or two words. Mr. Whitmer emphatically asserts, as did Harris and Cowdrey, that while Smith was dictating the translation he had

NO MANUSCRIPT NOTES OR OTHER MEANS OF KNOWLEDGE save the seer-stone and the characters as shown on the plates, he being present and cognizant how it was done.

["The Last Man. Of the Men Who Attested to the Truth of the `Book of Mormon,' David Whitmer Only Is Left. In the Sunset of Life He Bases His Hopes of Heaven on the Records of the Lost Tribe. And Solemnly Reiterates All that He Has Ever Said Regarding Them," Chicago Times, 17 October 1881; reprinted in the Saints' Herald 28 (15 November 1881): 346-47., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: David Whitmer Interview With Chicago Times]

145 years ago today - Oct 14, 1876

"It having been given out at Conference that the Endowment House would be closed after this week, for the past few days hundreds of persons have been going through the House, in fact, great numbers have to be refused, the authorities not having time or room for them." Closing the Endowment House in Salt Lake City is Brigham Young's way of guaranteeing the use of the distant St. George temple.

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

110 years ago today - Oct 13, 1911 - 7 December 1911

[1st Presidency Changes]

Joseph F. Smith Anthon H. Lund due to the Death of John Henry Smith

[Wikipedia, First Presidency (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency]

140 years ago today - Oct 13, 1881

[Heber J. Grant]

Last evening Apostle F. M. Lyman & I were in the Coop Office, for a few minutes. While there I had a talk with Hamilton G Park, he said among other things that he had heard a great many names mentioned to fill up the Quorum of the Twelve, but he would much sooner see me in the quorum than any one he had heard mentd. After he said this I told him what Bro Savage had said'He hoped Bro Savages words would come true. I told him had Charley Savage said 10 years instead of one, I might have had some faith in his remarks.

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

150 years ago today - Oct 13, 1871

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]

Meetings are held in the old Tabernacle & other places to Collect subscriptions for the suffers of the great fire in Chicago. President Brigham Young gave $1,000. D H Wells & Capt Hooper gave $500 each. D. H. Wells sent a Draft of $12,000 Dollars to the Mayor of Chicago. The outsiders also sent donations. All the United States are sending in their subscription for their relief.

[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 - Oct 13, 1831

The first attack by a Mormon apostate is published when Ezra Booth's letters to the Ohio Star are printed through Dec. 8. They are republished in the first anti-Mormon book, Mormonism Unvailed. Booth makes reference to the revelation on polygamy, and to the twelve unordained apostles of the church.

[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]

60 years ago today - Oct 12, 1961

Henry D. Moyle set apart as First Counselor, Hugh B. Brown Second Counselor to President David O. McKay.

[Wikipedia, Chronology of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)]

100 years ago today - Oct 12, 1921

[James E. Talmage]

Talmage finishes reading the Doctrine and Covenants proofs

[Chronology of the Life and Work of James E. Talmage, J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJsHY83JZL_n6CjWq11y1trT_CVXMMXAx2uYOWAwn0c/edit#heading=h.2zfdaoa]

130 years ago today - Oct 12, 1891

I went to Salt Lake to day attended a Meeting with the First Presidency & Twelve also Church Atorneys were present'LeGrand Young & F[ranklin]. S. Richards where Matters pertaining to the Manifesto were freeley discused by the at[t]orneys and Others, preparitory to appearing before the Master in Chancery in the Church confiscation Suit, and adj[ourned] at 1.30 to Meet At[t]orney W[illia]m. H. Dixon at 2.45 at Lyon House Office.

[Marriner Wood Merrill, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

145 years ago today - Oct 12, 1876

We Baptized 603, And Daniel H Wells sealed at the altar 175 Couple mostly for the dead and Wilford Woodruff sealed at the Altar for the Dead 125 Couple. Total sealed at the Altar 300 Couple in one day the most sealings Ever performed in one day by two men in this dispensation, if not during the age of the world.

[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 - Oct 12, 1856

I met with the Circle in prayer being 17 persons present. At the Close of prayer Elder Leonard Wilford Hardy was called forward & presidents. B. Young H. C. Kimball J M Grant F D. Richards & W Woodruff laid hands upon his head & ordained him to the office of an High Priest and a Bishop & also the first Councellor to Bishop Edward Hunter. The following is a synopsis of his blessing. President Young was mouth.

Brother Leonard Wilford Hardy in the name of Jesus Christ & by virtue of the Holy Priesthood we lay our hands upon your head & ordain you to be a High Priest & a Bishop in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints And we also ordain you to be the first Councellor to Bishop Edward Hunter, who is the Chief Bishop in the Church & we seal upon your head all the power & Authority of this priesthood & Bishopprick & we seal upon you the spir[it] of Council & Revelation that you may Council the people to pay their tithing & we bless you with the gift of Disernment that you may have power to magnify your Calling & you shall have the spirit of Prophesy & revelation visions Dreams & the Administering of Angels & you shall be filled with wisdom & shall assist in building up the kingdom of God on the Earth & shall be an active assistance unto Bishop Hunter in gathering the Tithing of the people that the Temples of our God may be built & his works carried on.

Let your heart be comforted. You shall be blessed with evry good thing your heart shall desire & your words shall be like a two Edged sword among the people & we seal you up unto Eternal Life & no man shall take your Crown. We seal all these Blessings upon your head in the name of Jesus Christ Amen….

President Kimball remarked that it was no use to baptize the people untill they had made restitutions to those whom they had injured. He also said that the men who had been to work for him He had given $1.50 cts per day & they were dissatisfied & went away to prove whare they said they could get $2 per day.

Elder F. D. Richards said that he had found the people more ready to carry out the principles of this kingdom who had been taught it in the English Language than those who ownly understood the welsh & other Languages. It has seemed like speaking through a quill to the welsh Churches all the time.

[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 - Oct 12, 1856

You might as well deny "Mormonism," and turn away from it, as to oppose the plurality of wives. Let the Presidency of this Church, and the Twelve Apostles, and all the authorities unite and say with one voice that they will oppose that doctrine, and the whole of them would be damned. What are you opposing it for? It is a principle that God has revealed for the salvation of the human family. He revealed it to Joseph the Prophet in this our dispensation; and that which he revealed he designs to have carried out by his people.

[Journal of Discourses, Vol.5, p.204 - p.205, Heber C. Kimball, October 12, 1856]

175 years ago today - Oct 12, 1846

The main body of the Mormon Battalion arrives in Santa Fe. The men meet with their new commander, Col. Philip St. George Cooke. Cooke begins preparations to lead the battalion on the second leg of its march, to California.

[Mormon Battalion Timeline, Herald Extra, March 25, 2010]

180 years ago today - Oct 12, 1841

Epistle from the Twelve regarding the Nauvoo temple makes first reference to baptisms for health. "The time has come when the great Jehovah would have a resting place on earth, a habitation for his chosen, where his law shall be revealed, and his servants be endued [endowed] from on high, to bring together the honest in heart from the four winds; where the saints may enter the Baptismal Font for their dead relations ... a place, over which the heavenly messengers may watch and trouble the waters as in days of old, so that when the sick are put therein they shall be made whole."

[Stapley, Jonathan and Wright, Kristine, '"They Shall Be Made Whole": A History of Baptism for Health,' Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2008]

185 years ago today - Oct 12, 1836

[Wilford Woodruff]

12th Retired in company with Elder A. O. Smoot unto the banks of Blood River aside from the abodes of men to spend some time in Prayer & Praise to God & to Perform a solemn duty that is rquired of all the Elders of Israel whose testimony is rejected by this generation while they are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ & bearing testimony of his NAME. After we had Cleansed our Bodies with Pure water & also with strong drink or spirits this not by Commandment but from Choice we then according to Commandment clensed our hands and feet and bore testimony unto God against the Benton County mob & also against Paris & many others who had rejected our testimony. We enjoyed a solumn, spiritual, & interesting Season.

We retired from that Water in the spirit of God & spent the night for the last time at Brother Levi Taylors & Sister Tailors With the Brethren & Sisters Beneath this roof I have spent some of the most interesting seasons of my life for the last two years. Receieved 4 subscribers for the M & Ad.

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

45 years ago today - Oct 11, 1976

Wendell J. Ashton, Managing Director of Public Communications for the Church, states in an interview: ". . . public communications is not a matter of reacting, but of taking the initiative in dealing with the public and particularly with the news media. So, since 1972 we've been trying to take the initiative in letting the world know the Mormon people for what they are and for what they stand. We now have approximately 1,000 people in church service as public communications coordinators and directors who are making contacts with the news media."

70 years ago today - Oct 11, 1951

[Marion G. Romney]

It seems incredible that this great honor [i.e., the apostleship] should come to me, and yet I was not entirely surprised. For some years I have been tormented with the thought that I might be so chosen. I have sought the Lord in mighty prayer to take the thought out of my heart, but somehow it has persisted. I am grateful beyond expression for the call and I intend to give my whole might, mind and strength to it.

[The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015, Appendix 2, The Diaries of Marion G. Romney, 1941-1961, Abridged]

75 years ago today - Oct 11, 1946

[J. Reuben Clark]

Called Harold Bennett about Phillip Tadje, manager of the Drug Store, and his connection with the Dream Mine (he is a vice-president) Mr. Bennett said he would talk to him about it, would not be hasty but would find out where he stood.

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

85 years ago today - Oct 11, 1936

Lowell L. Bennion, an instructor at the institute of religion at the University of Utah, establishes the first chapter of Lambda Delta Sigma, a fraternity/sorority group for young Latter-day Saints.

120 years ago today - Friday, Oct 11, 1901

[Apostle Rudger Clawson]

It was decided that [details f the funeral] ... at 10 a.m. the funeral cortege should take up its march to the tabernacle as follows: police; band; Presidency; Twelve, and Patriarch Jno. Smith; pallbearers; casket; family of deceased; Presiding Bishopric; presidents of stakes; bishopric of 18th ward, the ward where Pres. Snow resided; wives of the general authorities; general board of Relief Societies, general board of the Y.M.M.I.A., general board of the Y.L.M.I.A.; general board of the Deseret Sunday School Union; general board of the Primary Associations; general board of education; church school boards; general board of Religion Classes; directorates: Z.C.M.I., Zion's Saving Bank, Utah Light and Power Co., Salt Lake and Los Angeles Ry. Co., Saltair Beach Co., Grass Creek Coal Co.; general public.

...It was decided by unanimous vote that the counselors of Pres. Snow should act as such in the First Presidency, being in charge of the affairs of the church, until after the funeral. Myself and Apostle Woodruff were appointed as a committee to arrange for a floral offering of the Twelve—the design to be, in a general way, three columns in white representing the First Presidency, with Twelve stars to represent the Twelve Apostles (which duty, we afterwards fulfilled). Benediction by Apostle Jno. W. Taylor.

[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]

135 years ago today - Oct 11, 1886

John W. Woolley marries his first plural wife just before President Taylor leaves his home. She is mother of future Seventy's president B. H. Roberts.

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

135 years ago today - Oct 11, 1886

John W. Woolley marries his first plural wife just before President Taylor leaves his home. She is mother of future Seventy's president B. H. Roberts.

145 years ago today - Oct 11, 1876

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]

11 Oct 1876 I spent this day in the Endowment House. Brother Samuel H. B. Smith Baptized this day Persons 1,207 times for the dead, the most ever Baptized in this last dispensation in one day by one man, and probably the most Ever Baptized since the world began in one day by one man.

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

150 years ago today - Oct 11, 1871 (Wednesday)

A mass meeting convened in answer to the mayor of Salt Lake City, to adopt measures for the relief of the sufferers by the Chicago fire.

[Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

155 years ago today - Oct 11, 1866

During Dr. J. King Robinson's lawsuit against Salt Lake City, a mob of twenty to thirty men destroy his "bowling-saloon" in the city. Police chief Andrew Burt and two policemen are identified as members of the mob, and Robinson tells Mayor Daniel H. Wells on 20 Oct. that he will sue the city for damages. He is ejected from the mayor's office.

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

190 years ago today - Oct 11, 1831

Hiram, Ohio. At a conference at John Johnson's, Joseph Smith taught the brethren about the -"ancient manner of instructing meetings.-",

[BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith, http://byustudies.byu.edu]

70 years ago today - Oct 10, 1951

Meeting of the Twelve discusses the previous "controversy" between President Joseph F. Smith and his second counselor Charles W. Penrose over whether it is necessary to confer the priesthood before ordaining to an office. This does not become churchwide policy again for almost six years.

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

75 years ago today - Oct 10, 1946

Benjamin E. Roberts, son of B. H. Roberts, addresses the Timpanogos Club at the Hotel Utah, discussing his father's studies on the Book of Mormon. He presents a manuscript by B. H. Roberts titled "A Parallel" which lists 18 parallels between the Book of Mormon and Ethan Smith's "VIEW OF THE HEBREWS" which was published in New York in 1823 and again in an enlarged edition in 1825. One of B. H. Roberts striking "parallels" is a passage from Ethan Smith's book that gives a capsule outline of the Book of Mormon: "It is highly probable that the more civilized part of the tribes of Israel, after they settled in America, became wholly separated from the hunting and savage tribes of their brethren: that the latter lost the knowledge of their having descended from the same family with themselves; that the more civilized part continued for many centuries; that tremendous wars were frequent between them and their savage brethren, till the former became extinct." B. H. Roberts adds: "Let it be remembered that the work from which this is quoted existed from five to seven years before the publication of the Book of Mormon. And the two editions of the work flooded the New England states and New York."

105 years ago today - 1916. October 10

(John W. Taylor) Prior to his death, he had told his wives, "No tears … I will be waiting for you over there. I must go now to prepare a place. And when I leave I want no mourning, I want no flowers, no public display. No funeral. I am a nomad. Let the ashes of this wandering body blow with the winds from some mountain peak."

Speculation as to whether the ex-apostle would be buried in his temple clothes caused curious onlookers to attempt to view the body. Family security prevented this. His wife Nettie related that on the night of Taylor's death, President Joseph F. Smith, regretting his role in Taylor and Cowley's dismissal, called privately at her home and gave her a package containing temple robes. He was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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

120 years ago today - Oct 10, 1901

[Apostle Rudger Clawson]

Lorenzo Snow dies; as a result Clawson is never set apart as counselor in presidency.

[Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

120 years ago today - Oct. 10th, 1901

[Apostle Brigham Young Jr.]

Salt Lake City, Thurs., Oct. 10th, 1901.

What a day--long to be remembered by us all. At 6:00 a.m. Bro. McDonald came in buggy for me. Pres. Snow very much worse Saw him awake, knew me. He was lying in S.W. room of Beehive. His family were sent for. I came home, rested and returned to Temple, clothed and prayed for Pres. Snow. While discussing business, … Pres. Lorenzo Snow looked mild and happy. Two hours before his death, I put my hand on his brow and said, "Pres. do you recognize me?" He replied, "I should rather think I did," with a twinkle in his eyes and his usual attractive smile about his lips.

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

135 years ago today - Oct 10, 1886

.... He [David Whitmer] did say, however, that the prophet gradually began to receive revelations upon any trivial matters as were brought to his attention. … All of a sudden, Mr. Whitmer says, he beheld a dazzlingly brilliant light that surpassed in brightness even the sun at noonday and which seemed to envelope the woods for a considerable distance around. Simultaneous with the light came a strange entrancing influence which permeated him so powerfully that he felt chained to the spot, while he also experienced a sensation of joy absolutely indescribable. While trying to realize what had come over him, there appeared immediately in front of the little party a personage clothed in white and near him a table containing a number of gold plates, some brass plates, the urim and thummum, the sword of Laban (a distinguished Nephite), and some other articles. Whitmer and Cowdery were requested by the personage to examine these things, and after the inspection they were told that the Lord would demand of them that they bear witness to all the wor[l]d. Mr. Whitmer describes every detail of the "vision" with great precision and much fervency, and insists that he handled and scrutinized the plates, and that the form and appearance of the strangely engraved characters were so impressed upon his memory that he would never forget them. At this particular state of the recital an inspection of a copy of the hieroglyphics made from the first of the gold plates by Joseph Smith and preserved with the same solicitude that is thrown around the original manuscript, becomes of curious interest. The accompanying cut is a perfect fac-simile of the little sheet which took Joseph Smith a whole week to copy so particular was he that the characters should be perfectly reproduced, and that the "reformed Egyptian" language should be shown up in all its native simplicity, for, it must not be forgotten, there was a singular significance in the errand which this scrap of paper was destined to perform. … Much of the translation of the plates was accomplished at the house of Peter Whitmer, the father of David, and the latter witnessed demonstrations, on more occasion than one, of the prophet's manipulation of the stone spectacles. He states that the work of translation occupied fully eight months, and that at times this peculiar instrument would refuse to perform its functions. On such occasions the prophet would resort to prayer, and after a short season he would return to his work to find that the urim and thummum reflected the words of the translation with its wonted power. This rigorous exactment required him to be humble and spotless in his deportment in order that the work might progress. On one occasion the prophet had indulged in a stormy quarrel with his wife. Without pacifying her or making any reparation for his brutal treatment, he returned to the room in the Whitmer residence to resume his work with the plates. The surface of the magic stone remained blank, and all his persistent efforts to bring out the coveted words proved abortive. He went into the woods again to pray, and this time was gone fully an hour. His friends became positively concerned, and were about to institute a search, when Joseph entered the room, pale and haggard, having suffered a vigorous chastisement at the hands of the Lord. He went straight in humiliation to his wife, entreated and received her forgiveness, returned to his work, and, much to the joy of himself and his anxious friends surrounding him, the stone again glared forth its letters of fire. The urim and thummum, in this strange process of translation, would reflect a number of words in pure English, which would remain on its face until the party acting as scribe had got it correctly written, and the occasional disposition of the characters to remain long after they had been so written was always an infallible evidence that there was something wrong in the translation of the record, and a close comparison would invariably reveal this fact. When the necessary corrections has been made the words would instantly disappear from the urim and thummum and new ones take their place. ... By fervent prayer and by otherwise humbling himself, the prophet, however, again found favor, and was presented with a strange oval-shaped, chocolate-colored stone about the size of an egg, only more flat, which, it was promised, should serve the same purpose as the missing urim and thummim (the latter was a pair of transparent stones set in a bow-shaped frame and very much resembled a pair of spectacles). With this stone all of the present Book of Mormon was translated. It is the only one of these relics which is not in the possession of the Whitmers. ...

["Revelations. A Flood of Light Upon a Much Disputed Point of Mormon Faith. Extraordinary Privileges Granted a Herald Correspondent By David Whitmer, Who Was One of the Original `Three Witnesses' to Prophet Smith's Discoveries. ... Interesting Statements Made By Mr. Whitmer Concerning the Manner in Which Revelations Were Made to Order," Omaha (NE) Herald 22 (17 October 1886): 4. Simultaneously released to various dailies, including Des Moines Daily News, 16 October 1886; Chicago Inter-Ocean, 17 October 1886; Salt Lake City Daily Tribune, 17 October 1886; and Philadelphia Press, 17 October 1886; and reprinted in the Saints' Herald 33 (13, 20 November 1886): 705-708, 721-25. , as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: David Whitmer Interview With Omaha (Ne) Herald]

145 years ago today - Oct 10, 1876

John D. Lee sentenced to death for Mountain Meadows Massacre. Judge Jacob Boreman gives Lee the choice between hanging, firing squad or being beheaded. By choosing firing squad over beheading Lee seems to indicate he feels no need of blood atonement. At the sentencing Judge Boreman says LDS authorities had "inaugurated and decided upon the wholesale slaughter of the emigrants" and had been "a persistent and determined opposition to an investigation of the massacre." OGDEN JUNCTION newspaper calls Boreman's remarks "disgraceful" and an attack on prosecutor Sumner Howard. Howard had made a secret deal with the LDS leaders to prosecute only Lee in exchange for LDS cooperation. John D. Lee is the only person ever tried in connection with Mountain Meadows Massacre.

180 years ago today - Oct 10, 1841

[Brigham Young]

--10-- Met with the Twelve for the purpose of holding a council, but spent most of the day in visiting the sick.

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