105 years ago today - Jul 27, 1911; Thursday

[Heber J. Grant]
I am going to try and get up to date with the several months I am behind and make an effort to stay up. There is nothing I dislike more than writing a record for my Journal. I like to work but do not like to sit down and write a record of what I have been doing no matter how brief it is.

[Source: Heber J. Grant, Diary]

145 years ago today - Jul 27, 1871

Brigham Young: "The Garden of Eden was where Jackson Co. is now in Mo. & when Adam was driven out, he crossed the river into what is now Daviess Co. The City of Enoch stood where the Gulf of Mexico is now, but these things are not written."

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

165 years ago today - Jul 27, 1851

Brother [Heber C.] Kimball addressed the meeting a part of the day. Among other remarks He said Jesus Christ was the first Born of the Father & He was the candidate & Elected to redeem the world. Lucipher set up as a candidate to run against Jesus Christ But He was overcome & thrust down to Hell with all that followed him. And we will have no more division Henceforth & forever in Israel. We will have but one candidate for office but No opposition. All will be Elected & proven. If a person is qualifyed to fill a greater station than He holds He will have a chance. The Presidency & Twelve will fill in Eternity those stations Appointed them. So with all men. But I expect to remain on this Earth untill I am able to create a world of my own & people it. The lord Has given us rich portions of the Earth to inherit. We have been driven from time to time from th[ere?]. We now inherit a goodly land the best land on the Earth for vegitation & it will be good for fruit & the people of the Earth will yet Come to us for fruit.

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

55 years ago today - Jul 26, 1961

A new set of six missionary discussions, A Uniform System for Teaching Investigators, issued, which missionaries were expected to memorize.

[Source: Correlation Timeline, Compiled by Lisle Brown]

110 years ago today - Jul 26, 1906

[George F. Richards]
Attended Prayer Circle meeting at 6:19 P.M. Pres[iden]t. [Francis M.] Lyman presiding. I related a dream or Visit I had wherein I saw and embraced the Savior on the 22nd or 23rd of March last. The seeing of him was something beautiful but that of itself would have been of little significance as compared with the results of my embracing him. My whole being seemed to be thrilled with the power of his love and I was in deed in heaven. The singing of the hymn''I Need Thee Every Hour' brings this vision fresh to my mind hence this my favorite hymn.

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

120 years ago today - Jul 26, 1896

At the funeral of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon, President Wilford Woodruff speaks upon the topic of "the plurality of wives and to the plurality of families that men possess in this Church. It is a subject I have left alone as a general thing in all my observations and instructions before the public. . . . We have had a plurality of wives and families. The principle was introduced to this people by the revelation of God through the Prophet Joseph Smith." Cannon had taken a secret post-manifesto plural wife, with Woodruff's permission, a few months before his death.

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

120 years ago today - Sunday, Jul 26, 1896

It was stated by Moses Thatcher [Jr.] that he was adicted to the Morphine habbit and part of the time insane and that they must do something for him. S. Jepson, who had been more with Moses St. than any one else, endorsed the statement. It was finally agreed to get him if possible to go of his own free will to a sanatarium in California, if he refused to do so then to insist on sending him any way.

[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 - Jul 26, 1876

[Wilford Woodruff]
I went to the Endowment House & had 40 dead persons sealed to me. Joseph F Smith sealed 11, & D H Wells sealed 29 persons to me also 22 to other person Total 51. W Woodruff sealed 10 persons.

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

70 years ago today - Jul 25, 1946

First counselor J. Reuben Clark speaks concerning embezzelment by a local bishop: "The Church could not use its funds for such a means as proposed to save any embarassment to the Church, and it could not and should not require the [local] brethren there to sacrifice unless their friendship for the [bishop's] family prompted them to do so on their own accord, and that he didn't worry about the resultant effect upon the Church if we did not attempt to cover up, but insisted upon justice."

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

105 years ago today - Jul 25, 1911

SECRET ORDERS

... "Dear Brethren:

... "Sometime before the death of President Wilford Woodruff, he announced to the priesthood meeting, consisting of the general, stake and ward authorities and others, that members of the Church who would join secret societies debarred themselves from the Temple, and ever since that time this policy has been maintained.

"Should, however, there be any member or members of your stake who have joined secret societies without knowing that the policy of the Church forbid their doing so, special consideration might be given to their cases, but in that event even, they should be advised to withdraw from such organizations...."

"ANTHON H. LUND, "On Behalf of the First Presidency."

[Source: 1911-July 25-Original circular. Church Historian's Library, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

125 years ago today - Jul 25, 1891

[Abraham H. Cannon]
SLC A Sister Parkinson asked why her new born babe died when A.H. Cannon blessed it and promised it should live to manhood and several weeks later it got pneumonia and the Elders promised it continued life? "I could not account for the failure of our promises that it should live except that sympathy instead of the Spirit of God prompted the utterance."

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

135 years ago today - Jul 25, 1881

[Heber J. Grant]
In the Evening ... [we] attended a dance in the City Hall. Had quite a pleasant time. I wanted to waltz very badly but knowing it was contrary to the wishes of the Genl. Church authorities I refrained from doing so.

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

145 years ago today - Jul 25, 1871

Brigham Young writes to his son Willard who is a cadet at West Point: "We would like to learn in detail the routine of your daily life; what your duties and exercises consist of; what the regulations are about visitors, whether ladies have access to the cadets & under what restrictions, if any. This last is a matter I am quite concerned to know about, as I understand you cadets are exceedingly popular with the fair sex & some of them are very, very dangerous when so dis posed, just for the sake of having a laugh at their victims; shun such as you would the very gates of hell! They are the enemy's strongest tools, & should be resisted as strongly. Beware of them! . . . With regard to your attending Protestant Episcopal service, I have no objections whatever. On the contrary, I would like to have you attend, and see what they can teach you about God and Godliness more than you have already been taught."

155 years ago today - Jul 25, 1861

Pres[ident] Young had some conversation with his Br. Joseph about the form and principles of a Republican Government. The President remarked in a republican government the people have a right to interfere when the Officers of the Government are taking a wrong course

[Source: Brigham Young Office Journals, 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 - Jul 25, 1841 (Sunday)

Wm. Yokum lost his leg by amputation, as the result of a wound received in the massacre at Haun's Mill.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

180 years ago today - (Mon) Jul 25, 1836

Joseph Smith and several leading Mormons (Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, etc.) leave Kirtland to seek buried treasure in Salem, MA

[Source: Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm]

15 years ago today - Jul 24, 2001

On Pioneer Day, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules Utah's ban on alcohol advertisements "irrational," saying it might be causing irreparable harm to local liquor, brewing and publishing companies.

[Source: Harward, Randy; Utah Brewing Timeline, Salt Lake City Weekly, Aug 24, 2011]

35 years ago today - Jul 24, 1981

Representatives of the National Organization of Women march in Salt Lake City's Pioneer Day parade as part of their "mission" to Utah in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. the Los Angeles Times reports that "some spectators heckled, threrw fruit and spat on ERA missionaries."

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

130 years ago today - Saturday, Jul 24, 1886

[John Henry Smith]
Minersville and Beaver

Bedbugs fearfully active.

[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]

145 years ago today - Jul 24, 1871

[Eliza R. Snow gives] an address carefully distinguished between the efforts of Latter-day Saint women to build the kingdom of God and the actions of national women's rights reformers. She likely was responding, at least in part, to the words of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton when they visited a month earlier. They came at the invitation of the anti-authoritarian Godbeite reformers, a group of intellectual dissenters from the Latter-day Saint community, but also met with Mormon women and spoke in the Salt Lake tabernacle. Anthony and Stanton praised the women for receiving the right to vote, but Stanton "did not skim the surface" in one address, voicing her opposition to early marriage and her support for family planning. From Salt Lake City, Stanton wrote a letter criticizing patriarchal religious leaders from Moses to Brigham Young and advocated that women establish "their own constitutions, creeds, and codes, and customs," without priestly male intermediaries, saying that women would not be in their current state of dependence and degradation except "by man's free and fraudulent use of the authoritative 'Thus saith the Lord.'" The continued subjection of Mormon women within a patriarchal religion, Stanton warned, would be their own fault if they did not vote to abolish the practice of plural marriage. In one Utah speech, Anthony remarked that "she had as good a right to receive revelations, direct from God" as did Joseph Smith or Brigham Young, and that "revelations which came exclusively to men would never satisfy her."

Though alarmed by the hostility toward religion of some women's rights reformers and suspicious of portions of the agenda of national women's rights activists, Snow approved of woman suffrage and of the political involvement of Mormon women...

[Source: Eliza R. Snow, Discourse, July 24, 1871, in "Celebration of the Twenty-Fourth at Ogden," Deseret News [weekly] (Salt Lake City, UT), July 26, 1871, vol. 20, no. 25, pp. 287–288, Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City as quoted in Matthew J. Grow, Jill Derr, Carol Madsen, and Kate Holbrook, editors, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women's History, The Church Historian's Press, 2016, https://churchhistorianspress.org/the-first-fifty-years-of-relief-society/]

155 years ago today - Jul 24, 1861

Pres[ident] Young mentioned about one John Karl a man who had written a book against the Church, and Joseph Smith (Prophet) had cursed him for it, this man died a very miserable death wasting away, and nothing but the curse could be assigned as the cause of his sickness. This man confessed on his dying bed to his former Sectarian friends, that he had no confidence in their religion, and if any religion was true it was the religion of the Mormons. -- Salt Lake City

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

165 years ago today - Jul 24, 1851

Wilford Woodruff describes Pioneer-day festivities: "The order of the day was kept up by the fireing of cannon 110 times. The organization & parading of Streets by an escort consisting of the Nauvoo Brass band the Military Band the Pioneers of 47 the Regency, the aged Fathers young lads, followed By the Mothers in Israel young girls, young men & young women the Presidency with the officers of State formed the escorted party. In their rear were 24 Bishops forming a Phalanx of the combined wisdom & strength of the Kingdom of God in the last days. The numerous flags & Banners the various Emblems of art agriculture & industry & the music accompanying the procession from the presidents residence to the Bowery could ownly be surpassed in the Armies of heaven."

170 years ago today - Jul 24, 1846

Oliver Cowdery writes to his sister referring to polygamy as a "folly and "abomination.

[Source: Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2013 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)]

170 years ago today - Jul 24, 1846

[Wilford Woodruff]
Met in council with the Twelve in a tent on a High prairie ridge. Eleven of the quorum of the Twelve were present. We put on our robes And offered up our prayers to God. Conversed upon principle. Decided in council that no man has a right to Attend to the ordinance of sealing except the President of the Church or those who are directed by him so to do And that the ordinance should be confined to Zion or her stakes. This was the last Council we were expecting to hold Altogether before O. Hyde, P. P. Pratt & J Taylor took there departure for England.

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

35 years ago today - Jul 23, 1981

Elder Gordon B. Hinckley is called as third counselor in the First Presidency due to the physical weakness of Presidents Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, and Marion G. Romney. Hinckley is referred to in the press as the "acting president of the church" because Kimball, Tanner, and Romney are largely out of the public eye.

[Neal A. Maxwell is called as an apostle to replace Gordon B. Hinckley]

[Source: Wikipedia, 20th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)]

115 years ago today - Jul 23, 1901

The question of a wife being sealed to a man who had committed suicide was discussed by the Presidency and other brethren. President Joseph F. Smith said that in his opinion people who commit suicide should be given the full benefit of doubt as to their sanity before the doors of the Temple should be closed against them. Those who take their own life wilfully of course are barred.

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

120 years ago today - Jul 23, 1896

Apostle John Henry Smith writes: "Presidency & Twelve met in Temple. I was opposed to writing to brethren of southern stake to support Mr. M. A. Smith for Congress. True, he has been our friend, but I said a few written lines from our leaders to political aspirants set the political parties on fire."

145 years ago today - Jul 23, 1871

"While brother George A. Smith was referring to the circumstance of William Miller going to Carthage, it brought to my mind reflections of the past. Perhaps to relate the circumstance as it occurred would be interesting. I do not profess to be much of a joker, but I do think this to be one of the best jokes ever perpetrated. By the time we were at work in the Nauvoo Temple, officiating in the ordinances, the mob had learned that '"Mormonism'" was not dead, as they had supposed. We had completed the walls of the Temple, and the attic story from about half way up of the first windows, in about fifteen months. It went up like magic, and we commenced officiating in the ordinances. Then the mob commenced to hunt for other victims; they had already killed the Prophets Joseph and Hyrum in Carthage jail, while under the pledge of the State for their safety, and now they wanted Brigham, the President of the Twelve Apostles, who were then acting as the Presidency of the Church. I was in my room in the Temple; it was in the south-east corner of the upper story. I learned that a posse was lurking around the Temple, and that the United States Marshal was waiting for me to come down, whereupon I knelt down and asked my Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus, to guide and protect me that I might live to prove advantageous to the Saints. Just as I arose from my knees and sat down in my chair, there came a rap at my door. I said, '"Come in,'" and brother George D. Grant, who was then engaged driving my carriage and doing chores for me, entered the room. Said he, '"Brother Young, do you know that a posse and the United States Marshal are here?'" I told him I had heard so. On entering the room brother Grant left the door open. Nothing came into my mind what to do, until looking directly across the hall I saw brother William Miller leaning against the wall. As I stepped towards the door I beckoned to him; he came. Said I to him, '"Brother William, the Marshal is here for me; will you go and do just as I tell you? If you will, I will serve them a trick.'" I knew that brother Miller was an excellent man, perfectly reliable and capable of carrying out my project. Said I, '"Here, take my cloak;'" but it happened to be brother Heber C. Kimball's; our cloaks were alike in color, fashion and size. I threw it around his shoulders, and told him to wear my hat and accompany brother George D. Grant. He did so. I said to brother Grant, '"George, you step into the carriage and look towards brother Miller, and say to him, as though you were addressing me, 'Are you ready to ride?' You can do this, and they will suppose brother Miller to be me, and proceed accordingly,'" which they did. Just as brother Miller was entering the carriage, the Marshal stepped up to him, and, placing his hand upon his shoulder, said, '"You are my prisoner.'" Brother William entered the carriage and said to the Marshal, '"I am going to the Mansion House, won't you ride with me?'" They both went to the Mansion House. There were my sons Joseph A., Brigham, jun., and brother Heber C. Kimball's boys, and others who were looking on, and all seemed at once to understand and partake of the joke. They followed the carriage to the Mansion House and gathered around brother Miller, with tears in their eyes, saying, '"Father, or President Young, where are you going?'" Brother Miller looked at them kindly, but made no reply; and the Marshal really thought he had got '"Brother Brigham.'" Lawyer Edmonds, who was then staying at the Mansion House, appreciating the joke, volunteered to brother Miller to go to Carthage with him and see him safe through. When they arrived within two or three miles of Carthage, the Marshal with his posse stopped. They arose in their carriages, buggies and waggons, and, like a tribe of Indians going into battle, or as if they were a pack of demons, yelling and shouting, they exclaimed, '"We've got him! we've got him! we've got him!'" When they reached Carthage the Marshal took the supposed Brigham into an upper room of the hotel, and placed a guard over him, at the same time telling those around that he had got him. Brother Miller remained in the room until they bid him come to supper. While there, parties came in, one after the other, and asked for Brigham. Brother Miller was pointed out to them. So it continued, until an apostate Mormon, by the name of Thatcher, who had lived in Nauvoo, came in, sat down and asked the landlord where Brigham Young was. The landlord, pointing across the table to brother Miller, said, '"That is Mr. Young.'" Thatcher replied, '"Where? I can't see any one that looks like Brigham.'" The landlord told him it was that fat, fleshy man eating. '"Oh, hell!'" exclaimed Thatcher, '"that's not Brigham; that is William Miller, one of my old neighbors.'" Upon hearing this the landlord went, and, tapping the Sheriff on the shoulder, took him a few steps to one side, and said, '"You have made a mistake, that is not Brigham Young; it is William Miller, of Nauvoo.'" The Marshal, very much astonished, exclaimed, '"Good heavens! and he passed for Brigham.'" He then took brother Miller into a room, and, turning to him, said, '"What in hell is the reason you did not tell me your name?'" Brother Miller replied, '"You have not asked me my name.'" '"Well,'" said the Sheriff, with another oath, '"What is your name?'" '"My name,'" he replied, '"is William Miller.'" Said the Marshal, '"I thought your name was Brigham Young. Do you say this for a fact?'" '"Certainly I do,'" said brother Miller. '"Then,'" said the Marshal, '"why did you not tell me this before?'" '"I was under no obligations to tell you,'" replied brother Miller, '"as you did not ask me.'" Then the Marshal, in a rage, walked out of the room, followed by brother Miller, who walked off in company with Lawyer Edmonds, Sheriff Backenstos, and others, who took him across lots to a place of safety; and this is the real pith of the story of '"Bogus'" Brigham, as far as I can recollect. [Reported by Julia Young] -- Logan, Utah

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 14:218-219; Deseret News. Also Deseret Evening News, Deseret News Weekly, Deseret News Semi- Weekly, and Deseret News Extra. Salt Lake City; 1850-current. 20:311, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

165 years ago today - Jul 23, 1851 (Council Meeting)

[Brigham Young]
"There is not a man in the Senate or House who is perfect - to be told that I must do this or that I will just as soon cut their throat - to say we have got all over the mountains again - I wont bear it and wont bear the insults of any two penny man - I will do my duty and no one shall put his nose in my dish - I would rather stand up and cut throats than suffer law suits and technicalities so help me the Gods - I will take my sword and cut them down... Bigger men than you have been abused - I am for right and righteousness - I am of the righteousness of heaven ... If you [Almon Babbitt] interfere with any of my dictation in the elections it will be the last - now I don't want to hear you say this is not right and that is not right, you are nothing but a stinking politician ... - you acknowledge to say that Mormonism is my controller - any man who interferes with nasty smearing will be daub himself ... - Now Brother Babbitt don't go off with bad feelings... I am sorry for that - I wish you had kept it to pay for your grog - You put yourself in a position to make us bow to you. I ask you what you have to do with our elections? You say it is illegal. I say damn it - that is your foolery - ... if your law questions is correct our election must be overturned - I just wont have the election postponed two weeks ... Why could not you say that it was not any of your business to dictate about the elections - you are shitting in my dish and I will kick (you) out and you all [-]." -- Salt Lake City

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

185 years ago today - Jul 23, 1831

W.W. Phelps writes a description of Missouri: "The inhabitants are emigrants from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and the Carolinas, etc., with customs, manners, modes of living and a climate entirely different from the northerners, and they hate yankees worse than snakes, because they have cheated them or speculated on their credulity, with so many Connecticut wooden clocks, and New England notions. The people are proverbially idle or lazy, and mostly ignorant; reckoning nobody equal to themselves in many respects, and as it is a slave holding state, Japheth will make Canaan serve him, while he dwells in the tents of Shem"

80 years ago today - Jul 22, 1936

First counselor J. Reuben Clark recommends that the Communist candidate for U.S. president be denied use of the Salt Lake Tabernacle for a speech. He also recommends to "confidentially" advise Utah's governor to have Mormon members of the American Legion armed with "picks and ax-handles" to attend the Communist Party's rally in Liberty Park.

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

120 years ago today - Jul 22, 1896

Presidents George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith (President [Wilford Woodruff] being at home unwell) had an interview with Elder Marriner W[ood]. Merrill, President of the Logan Temple. Some complaint had been made in regard to the salaries of some of the Temple hands, who had been paid only half their salary during the two months vacation. It was shown that the hands did not work at all on Saturdays, but they were provided with dinner at the Temple, and that the work on Mondays was very light. Taking all things into consideration, the salaries were ample for services rendered. President Cannon said that if the brethren employed in the Recorder's office could obtain more remunerative labor they should be at liberty to make the change, and he believed that lady scribes could be obtained at an much less salary than that now paid. The conclusion was that the brethren had no good grounds of complaint.

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

90 years ago today - Jul 21, 1926

[Heber J. Grant]
[Concerning the request of Abraham H. Cannon's two widows, Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Young, for compensation as widows of an apostle:] I told them of the work I had done in paying a note of Abram Cannon's with interest to the Utah Loan & Trust Co., with the assistance of some friends, thus saving his honor. I did not care to tell them that the church had paid $15,000. to save the bank from failure, Abram being president of this bank at the time of his death. I explained to them that Abram had not borrowed the $45,000. from the bank originally but had assumed the note of other people. Told them I spent nearly three years of my time in raising funds to save this institution.

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

100 years ago today - Jul 21, 1916

The propriety of permitting 'helps' (so named) to be bound with the Book of Mormon was duly considered by the council of First Presidency and Twelve at our meeting yesterday, resulting in an action that this should not be done for the reason that 'helps' contains in the main your personal views, and to permit it to be inserted in and bound with the Book of Mormon would be construed to mean that it had received the official sanction of Church authority, which, as you know, is not the case ... our Book of Mormon students do not agree among themselves nor with you on some of the important points referred to in 'helps.' It was therefore the mind of the council, unanimously expressed, that sales be suspended and immediate steps taken to call in the copies disposed of; that the insert be taken out and the books rebound and sold, the Church to share whatever loss may arise from this venture.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to Joel Ricks, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

105 years ago today - Jul 21, 1911; Friday

[Charles W. Penrose]
Prof[essor] O[sborne]. J[ohn]. P[eter] Widtsoe came ... Had Talk with him on Man's Origin.

[Source: Charles W. Penrose, Diary]

175 years ago today - Jul 21, 1841

The WARSAW SIGNAL in Warsaw, Illinois: "How MILITARY these people are becoming! Every thing they say or do seems to breathe the spirit of military tactics. Their PROPHET appears, on all great occasions, in his splendid regimental dress, signs his name Lieut. General, and more titles are to be found in the Nauvoo Legion, than any one book on military tactics can produce; and now comes a public journal, the name of which is composed of two military words. Truly FIGHTING must, be a part of the creed of these Saints!"

215 years ago today - Jul 21, 1801

Mary Fielding (Smith), later the wife of Hyrum Smith and mother of Joseph F. Smith, is born in Bedfordshire, England.