100 years ago today - Dec 17, 1917

[George F. Gibbs to J. Garfield Bastow, Dec. 17, 1917] [S]hould circumstances arise in your army experience to justify you in ceasing to wear the garment, such deprivation will in no way affect your religious status, living or dead, taking it for granted of course that your worthiness to wear the garment remains unchanged, as it is ceasing to wear it of one's own free will and choice that constitutes the wrong-doing, not from doing it in obedience to legitimate authority or from justifiable circumstances .

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

5 years ago today - 5 years ago - 2012-12-16

Wear Pants to Church Day

This event attracted national media attention as women wore pants to church to highlight gender issues in the church. Some men wore purple ties and some women wore purple instead of wearing pants.

[Source: Mormon Women's History Timeline, http://www1.chapman.edu/~remy/MoFem/mormonwomen.html]

40 years ago today - 40 years ago - Dec 16, 1977

The mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, approves the naming of a street for Joseph Smith Jr.

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

140 years ago today - Dec 16, 1877

A Vision of the Apostle John Taylor: "…Some of the brethren have been asking me concerning [The Second] Coming events, and I will now tell you some of the things which will shortly come to pass.

I then found myself wandering about the streets of Salt Lake City and noticed on the doors of every house, including my own, badges of mourning… No one seemed to be passing along the streets and everything was as still as death… I then looked over the country; in every direction as far as I could see, a similar condition of sickness and death prevailed. The inhabitants of Illinois and Missouri were in dreadful condition, the men and women killing each other in the most brutal manner.

Next I visited the City of Washington, D.C., and found the place deserted and in ruins. From there I went to Baltimore and on the square, where stands the monument of 1812, dead bodies of the inhabitants of the place were piled in heaps. While there I saw mothers cut the throats of their own children and drink the blood in order to quench their thirst. The waters of the Chesapeake Bay were so befouled from the effect of dead bodies that the water could not be used. Sickness and death prevailed throughout the city and the stench was something awful. I thought surely that this must be the end of suffering, but when I visited the City of Philadelphia, I found the place in ruins and the smell from dead bodies was beyond anything one could imagine.

In New York I saw men crawl out of cellars, ravish beautiful women, kill them and rob them of their jewels. I saw parents eating the flesh of their own offspring and then roll over and die. Looking back while on my way to Central Park, I saw fire break out and a heavy wind carried the flames over the city, and all the buildings, wharfs and ships in the harbor were burned. The stench from the burning bodies was carried by the wind across the Hudson River spreading death and destruction wherever it went. The sights that met my view on all sides were so horrible to look upon that it would be impossible for me to describe them.

After these scenes had passed, I found myself standing on the left bank of the Missouri River, just opposite to where stood the City of Independence and soon discovered that the states of Illinois, Missouri, and part of Iowa had been swept clean of its inhabitants and the surrounding country was a complete wilderness.

A short distance across the river, I beheld twelve men dressed in their temple robes standing in a square with their hands raised, and it was made known to me that they represented the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem. They then consecrated the grounds and laid the cornerstones of the city and temple; and while they were doing so, I saw myriads of heavenly angels hovering over them. I heard the most beautiful music and singing that I ever listened to and these were the words they repeated: "Now is established the Kingdom of our God and His Christ which shall no more be thrown down or given to another people."

I then saw a multitude of people coming from various directions to take part in the upbuilding of the city and temple and even the angels were on hand to assist in the glorious work. A great cloud arose above them and many of the saints were clothed in their temple robes. All of a sudden I found myself standing at the pulpit of the Ogden Tabernacle, yet I could see the building of the city of Zion and temple going on and the cloud that hovered above the place.

I had become so animated by this time that I called upon the congregation to listen to the sweet music and singing of the angels that seemed to fill the house. Then I heard a voice say, "Now has come to pass that which was spoken by the mouth of Isaiah the Prophet, where he declares that `Seven women shall take hold of one man saying, We will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel, only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.'"

By this time I was so exhausted that I staggered backwards, and Brother Franklin D. Richards and some of the other brethren caught me before I fell. I then asked Brother Richards to apologize for me stopping so abruptly in my remarks, and to tell them that I had not fainted, but was overcome from exhaustion. I then rolled over in bed and the clock in the City and County Building struck twelve."

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal, June 15, 1878, A Vision, Salt Lake City, Night of Dec 16, 1877, in The Last Days and December 1890 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ, y George D. Speer Sr., privately circulated]

150 years ago today - Dec 16, 1867

[Wilford Woodruff]
... I met with the school of the Prophets in the Evening at the City Hall. This school was organized on the 9 Dec 1867 in the City Hall. President Brigham Young was appointed Presidet Heber C. Kimball & Daniel H Wells vice Presidents. ...

President Young spoke of the first organization of this school By Joseph Smith the Prophet. The word of wisdom was given in this school. Presidet Young said Adam was Michael the Ark angel & he was the Father of Jesus Christ & was our God & that Joseph taught this Principle.

[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 - Dec 16, 1857

Ben Simons offered to give to President Young one half of the money He made [through sales to the U.S. army]. Presidet Young told him He did not want any of his money. He had Enough of his own. ...

Lines Written to Miss E. R. Snow

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Eliza had I the talent of a poet, or the gifts which thou Hast I would write to Thee and spread my thoughts on paper. ... Thou hast spread thy thoughts on Paper for men to read: I have read them many an hour. They have stired my soul with thoughts, deep thoughts, thoughts which Could not be born. Thy soul hath been inspired with the spirit of God, and Eternal light and truth ...

Why hath this talent this Choice gift been given unto thee Eliza? Ah the spirit whispers it was to Cheer the heart of A Prophet A Patriarch, An Apostle in the dark hours of Gloom. It was to give the Lords Anointed a ray of light and a Consoleing thought while Hells dark Billows rolled around in the midst of wicked men and Devils who Continually cry out and say that no kingdom on the Earth shall belong to God....

But who can tell the best deeds of a true friend in time of need? No one. They are not told in time, but like gold in the mine are Concealed from human view. If known at all the Judgment must reveal them. Thou hast been a true Friend and Comforted the Heart of Joseph, Hiram, Brigham, Heber, Willard, Jedediah, Thy Brother Lorenzo and thousands of the saints. I need not name them. Thy words and testimony will live and speak in flames of Holy fire to inspire the Hearts of Prophets Apostles and Holy men of God to noble Deeds, and steel the nerve of many a Noble Son of Zion to avenge the Blood of the Prophets and martyrs of Jesus Christ, long after thou art with thy Father in heaven Clothed with Immortality and Crowned with Light.

Thy Pen hath pierced many a wicked heart with barbed darts which no Earthly power Could remove. ....

God Bless Thee Noble Muse. Thy soul is as pure as the crystle stream that flows from its snowy bed. ....

W. Woodruff

Great Salt Lake City July, AD 1857

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To Elder Wilford Woodruff By E. R. Snow

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With true respect and as a tribute due

To friendship Brother Woodruff unto you

As one more Blessed than most your fellow men

I now address the Effusion of my pen.

You was Appointed ere your mortal birth

To an Apostleship upon the Earth.

The Lord Our God has had his Eye on thee

With watchful Care from Earliest infancy.

You was preserved midst Babylonish night

From Atheistic and sectarian blight....

[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 - Dec 16, 1852

Thomas Ellerbeck writes that Young requests "the privilege of going in and out of the House without being molested by their rising" in his honor. About 100 years later this practice reemerges among Mormons to honor LDS president.

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

165 years ago today - Dec 16, 1852

Brigham Young, as Utah governor, issues "free Pardon for Jerome Owens who had been condemned to die for murder ín the first degree by Judge of first Judicial District."

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

165 years ago today - Dec 16, 1852

Brigham Young (aged 51) marriage to Mary Oldfield (1793-1875) (aged 59) widow of Eli Kelsey

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

170 years ago today - Dec 16, 1847

[Brigham Young]
I met in council with the Twelve & High council. The subject of tithing, taxation, Police &c was brought up. President Young remarked that there was A great difference between the tithing & taxes for tithing was A standing law of God for one tenth was required of every man & woman who was the head of the family & that would probably [be the law] of the Church until the coming of Christ. But taxes was levied according to circumstances.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 3:297, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

10 years ago today - Dec 15, 2007

Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and head of the LDS Public Affairs Committee, delivers speech at Brigham Young University—Hawaii urging members to participate in Internet conversations about the church, and to use new media to share the gospel and support the work of the church. (He delivers similar message several times within the next several months at BYU-Idaho, to the BYU Management Society in Washington, D.C., and in the Ensign.)

[Source: Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984]

70 years ago today - Dec 15, 1947

[Frank Evans]
... President [George Albert] Smith asked me to reduce the monthly allowance received by him from $500 to $400 so as to make it equal with the lowest received by apostles.

[Source: Frank Evans 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]

120 years ago today - Dec 15, 1897

"Can a man (white) be permitted to receive the priesthood, who has a wife who is either black or is tainted with negro blood?"

President [George Q.] Cannon said he had understood President [John] Taylor to say that a man who had the priesthood who would marry a woman of the accursed seed, that if the law of the Lord were administered upon him, he would be killed, and his offspring, for the reason that the Lord had determined that the seed of Cain should not receive the priesthood in the flesh; and that this was the penalty put upon Cain, because if he had received the priesthood the seed of the murderer would get ahead of the seed of Abel who was murdered. The point, President Cannon said, which President Taylor sought to make was that if a white man who had received the priesthood should have children by a negro woman, he could go back and act for his dead ancestors on his wife's side, and he therefore thought it would be improper for a man, as for instance the case referred to, to receive the priesthood for the reasons assigned as being those given by President Taylor.

While there was no formal action taken, this seemed to be the mind of the Council, President [Lorenzo] Snow adding that the way might be opened for the man referred to in the case under consideration to get a divorce from his present wife and marry a white woman, and he would then be entitled to the priesthood.

[Source: Marquardt, H. Michael, Mormon Central: Excerpts From Minutes of the Council of the Twelve and of the First Presidency, 1879-1947, George Albert Smith Papers, Manuscripts Division, Marriott Library, University of Utah, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/chorg2.htm]

125 years ago today - Dec 15, 1892

The First Presidency informs the apostles that "our success in the Church suits was in a great measure due to the fact that we have a partner of Justice Field of the Supreme Court of the United States in our employ, who is to receive a percentage of the money if the suits go in our favor, and the property is returned to us." Aside from Justice Field (1863-97), U.S. Supreme Court justice Samuel Blatchford (1882-93) has also been bribed by the church's intermediaries, even though he is an inconsistent ally.

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

140 years ago today - Dec 15, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
Resigns after fifteen years as president of Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society

[Source: Kenney, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah, http://bit.ly/wwjournal]

160 years ago today - mid-December 1857

Orson Pratt/Ezra T. Benson Company begins crossing plains

[Source: Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, Chronological Company List, http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanylist-chronological/0,15765,3968-1,00.html]

165 years ago today - Dec 15, 1852

Parley P. Pratt correlates exclusion of African Americans from the priesthood with the Book of Abraham

[Source: Homer, Michael W., Joseph's Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism, Chronology]

190 years ago today - Circa mid-December 1827

Joseph, Emma, and Alvah Hale arrive in Harmony (PA). Joseph and Emma live briefly with Isaac Hale, who forbids Joseph from keeping the plates in his house.

[Source: Vogel, Dan, Early Mormon Documents, Appendix B: Chronology, 1771-1831, http://amzn.to/T5nY8w]

45 years ago today - Dec 14, 1972

International Mission of the Church organized.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah]

95 years ago today - Dec 14, 1922

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve decide to end the performance of baptisms for health and renewal of covenants. The official announcement is on 18 Jan. 1923.

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

110 years ago today - Dec 14, 1907

For the first time, European Church Members are urged not to immigrate to the United States, via a letter to the Saints in the the Netherlands. Prior to this Letter, new converts were encouraged to gather with other Saints in the Western Areas of the United States.

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

120 years ago today - Dec 14, 1897; Tuesday

The First Presidency met with Bishop John R. Winder at their office this morning and spent considerable time in the investigation of the financial condition of the Church, with a view of taking steps to introduce a better system, to cut down expenses, so as to come within its income, and of devising means to meet demands and contingencies.

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

135 years ago today - Dec 14, 1882

[Allen Foster]
We had a vary interesting report from Br C L Christiansen about the spirit that is working among the Lamanites of Late. He said there was one of the Lamanites that had been visited four different times And the Messenger gave him much valuable instruction and told him that the Mormons were their true friends and that they must listen to their teachings for they were their Brethren and would do them good and tell them what to do. That they had the History of your fathers forefathers.

On one occasion he was shown a large pile of Records and it was told him to Chuse one Book. He told the Messenger He Could not read but reached over and took one Book, and said He would Chuse that one. The Messenger said that was the right one for that was the one that The record of their forefathers that the Mormons had.

At another time He was Shown the Indians & the Mormons and the Devil between them like a great Big Ox or Bull. He was looking, pawing and Bellowing trying to keep the Mormons from the Indians but he Could not do it, for he saw the Mormons and Indians all together and all living as one people. He also saw them rise above their Enemies.

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

175 years ago today - Dec 14, 1842

Joseph sends a delegation to Springfield. They call on Gov. Ford to present an affidavit from Joseph. Ford, who interprets the law much more literally than his predecessor, Gov. Carlin, states that in his interpretation the writ against Joseph by Carlin is illegal. Joseph, feeling he can trust Ford not to extradite him (as Carlin had tried to do), now feels free to come out of hiding.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

10 years ago today - Dec 13, 2007

The American Red Cross announced that through the combined efforts of many organizations, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, measles deaths in Africa have dropped 91 percent.

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

55 years ago today - Dec 13, 1962

By the fall of 1962 members of the Birch Society's national council and editorial advisory committee had been speakers at BYU's "Forum" assemblies which were attended by a majority of students. This reflected the pro-Birch sentiments of BYU's president. On the other hand, anti- Birchers on the BYU faculty formally complained to Hugh B. Brown that the administration had arranged for national leaders of the Birch Society to address the student body.

[Source: Richard D. Poll to Hugh B. Brown, 13 Dec. 1962; "The Council," The John Birch Society Bulletin (Feb. 1960): 2; John Birch Society's American Opinion. 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.]

115 years ago today - Saturday, Dec 13, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
[St. George Stake] Priesthood meeting. Pres. Snow presided. ... I dwelt upon the principle of union, the evil of self-abuse among the young, and punctuality, and the importance of keeping our promises.

[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]

120 years ago today - Dec 13, 1897

Patriarchal Blessing of Louie May Savage by Lorenzo Hill Hatch ... I pray for this my grand-daughter, that she may live to see the wicked overthrown and to stand upon the earth, in the great day of Millennium, to enjoy the society of the redeemed, and witness the coming of our Lord and Savior.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

140 years ago today - Dec 13, 1877

Patriarchal Blessing of George Harman by E. R. Billingsley ... You will go to the Center Stake of Zion, and build and inhabit, and you will assist in building the Holy Temple there and you will have wives granted unto you, and you will have a posterity in the Holy Priesthood, and you and your wives will enter into that Holy Temple and do a great work for your father's house until it links back unto Adam.

You will have power to see the great sea rolling from the North, and the to great continents joined together and this great earth reeling reeling to and fro like a drunkin [drunken] man. Holy messengers will visit you from time to time, and acquaint you of the names [of] places of birth and ages of your dead, and you will have power unto God to see their graves open in the morning of the first resurrection. ... I seal upon you eternal life, and upon your head a crown of glory, in the name of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

160 years ago today - Dec 13, 1857

Heber C. Kimball declared, "Was every woman qualified to raise that child [Jesus]? No. You will find that Mary was of the Royal Priesthood, which is after the order of God "...

[Source: Journal of Discourses 6:125, as quoted at http://ordainwomen.org/quotes. See Quinn, "Mormon Political Conflicts" for full cite and context.]

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160 years ago - Dec 13, 1857

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180 years ago today - Dec 13, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Sophia Packard given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Sister Packard I lay my hands on thy head a second time ... Thy blessing shall be in common with thy husband. Thy life shall be as his life thy days as his days and thy years as his years and if thou continuest to persivere [persevere] in keeping the commandments of God as thou hast hither too don[e] thou shalt be blest.

And I confirm upon the[e] all the Power of the Priesthood as much as can be upon thy sex. thou mayest Call God thy father for thou shalt have faith to heal the sick when thy children are sick thou mayest lay thy hands upon them in faith and they shall recover. ... Thou shalt live til[l] thou art satisfyed with life. and shall see the Temple reared even in Jackson County and thou shalt see the Cloud rest upon it and the glory of God fill the house and shall be satisfyed and desire to Go hence and be with Jesus. Thy kindred flesh shal[l] yet come to the[e] and confess their [w]rong and those who have looked down upon the[e] as th[e]ir inferior; ... thou shalt receive of the good thing of the Earth, and shall be made rich Thou mayest live to see the fall of this Generation when wickedness shall be swept from the Earth ... I seal the[e] up against the destroyer and unto Eternal life.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:136-137, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Dec 13, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Noah Packard given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... I lay my hands upon thy head a second time to seal and confirm upon the[e] a Father[']s blessing a blessing that shall not be taken from the[e]; ... thou shalt have the riches of the Earth The destroyer shall not have power over the[e] to take thy life because of the sealing power, ... many shall rise up against the[e] to destroy the[e]. but they shall be smitten to the ground before the[e] and the arm that is lifted against against the[e] shall be palsied; ... Thou shalt have power over Prisons; for if thou art cast into Prisons, their walls shall be wrent [rent] that the Glory of God may appear in thy deliverance from their Dungeons; for God shall give the[e] great power, nothing shall be withheld from the[e]. ... Thou shalt have power to rais[e] the dead Mothers shall rejoice, having their children raised from the dead, and presented to them. ...

... Thou shalt stand when the Earth shall real to and fro like a drunken man. yea in that day when God shall bring forth all his saints; and if thou desirest it with all thy heart thou shalt have have power as Elijah, to waft thy self to Heaven thou shalt not sleep in the dust for God looks upon the[e] and loves the[e]. The Angel of his presents [presence] shall watch over the[e] and thou shalt stand in the flesh upon Mount Zion with the hundred forty and four thousand and sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. ... I seal the[e] up unto Eternal life, in the name of Jesus Christ even so Amen

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:135-136, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

15 years ago today - Dec 12, 2002

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirmed Wednesday it will not permit posthumous baptisms of any people known to be Jewish, including Holocaust victims, albeit with a minute number of exceptions.

The church's statement came a day after a meeting in New York with Ernest Michel, chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Victims and himself a Holocaust survivor, to revisit a 1995 agreement discouraging Mormons from submitting the names of deceased Jews to the faith's enormous genealogical database.

According to the 1995 agreement, no deceased Jews, particularly those who perished in the Holocaust, would be the subjects of baptism by proxy, a Mormon temple ordinance intended to offer those in the spirit world the opportunity to embrace the LDS faith.

The exceptions are for Mormons whose direct ancestors were Jewish, or when the immediate family of a deceased Jew agrees to the baptism.

[The previous day, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported evidence that as many as 20,000 holocaust victims had been posthumously baptized for the dead.]

[Source: Peg McEntee, The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS Church Reaffirms No Proxy Baptisms of Jews"; A chronicle of the Mormon-Jewish controversy; The LDS Agreement: A JewishGen InfoFile, http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/ldsagree.html]

60 years ago today - Thu Dec 12, 1957

[David O. McKay Office Journal]
Council Meeting--S.L. Temple Re: Baptism of Negro President[.] Joseph Fielding Smith said that he had received a letter marked personal in which the statement is made that someone had reported to the writer that President McKay had given consent that the temple endowment work be performed for a negro who is dead, and that therefore we were doing work for negroes in the temple. I related the following facts for the information of the Brethren, and said that I felt sure that I had previously brought this matter to the Council. A negro woman had called at the office some few years ago, she having her residency in Ogden. I stated that I think she said she was a Methodist; that her church could not do anything for her husband who was dead, and that before he died he wanted to join our Church; that inasmuch as our Church is the only Church that can do baptismal work for him, and he had requested that she see that his baptism was attended to if he did not recover from his illness, she wanted to have it done. I told her that that could be done. She explained that she knew that he could not receive the Priesthood. She said that the Ward teachers would do the work for him. I said that the thought came to me as to whether they could be baptized for him, and the matter was discussed in Council later. I gave consent for the Ward teacher to be baptized for this negro lady's husband. Now the report comes that the temple work was done for that negro, and therefore he was ordained an Elder. The facts are that the ward teachers were authorized to do baptism work for a colored man who had become converted but died before baptism could be performed, and there is no truth to the statement that he was ordained an Elder or permitted to have his endowments.

[Source: McKay, David O., Office Journal]

75 years ago today - Dec 12, 1942

The LDS book publisher Bookcraft is established. Its first publication is The Gospel Kingdom: Selections from the Writings and Discourses of John Taylor, selected, arranged, and annotated by G. Homer Durham.

130 years ago today - Dec 12, 1887

Rudger Clawson pardoned by US President Grover Cleveland, cutting 4 months and 20 days off his 3 1/2 year sentence.

[Source: Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm]

130 years ago today - Dec 12, 1887

[Wilford Woodruff]
I arose at 6. Came down to the Dining room. Found the Looking glass that had hung there 10 years had fallen to the floor & brok all to peaces. It affected Emma as a Bad omen.

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

250 years ago today - Dec 12, 1767

A great ... uncle of Joseph Smith's neighbor and fellow treasure seeker John Stafford writes "December the 12 day 1767 Joseph Stafford for treasures hid by one wing in Sandwitch And 2 question by Beziah hammon for treasures hid by Indians ..."

[Source: Brooke, John L. The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. p.52]

305 years ago today - Dec 12, 1712

The colony of South Carolina passed a "Sunday Law" which required everyone to attend church each Sunday and to refrain from both skilled labor and traveling by horse or wagon beyond what was absolutely necessary. Violators received a fine and/or a two hours in the village stocks.

[Source: Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline]

110 years ago today - Wednesday, Dec 11, 1907

[John Henry Smith]
I received a wig today from Wolf of Chicago.

[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]

125 years ago today - Dec 11, 1892 • Sunday

[George Q. Cannon]
I had a conversation with my daughter Mary Alice yesterday concerning my son David. It arose in consequence of my looking through his papers and letters, and being alone she said she had had it in her mind to speak to me on the subject of some one taking a wife for David, and she felt that it would be more appropriate for her husband to do so, because there was no woman that she knew that would bear with the patience that she herself would on David's account. She said her love for him was so great that she would willingly have her husband take another wife, if it were permissible, so that David might have children raised to his name. While speaking to me on this subject she wept considerably. I told her I was pleased with the manifestation of love that she exhibited in this case; but to begin with, I did not know that such a thing would be possible under the present circumstances; then again, I scarcely thought it would be appropriate for her husband to perform such a duty as it would be for one of David's own brothers. I felt greatly pleased at this devotion that she exhibited. The love of these children is one of the most delightful things of my life.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

150 years ago today - Dec 11, 1867

[Wilford Woodruff]
I went down the Jordon with Ezra & Browen Pettet to shoot some ducks. Brother Ezra Pettet sen. took two Boats crossed the Hot Spring lake & Browen went with me in the waggon & met him there. We shot 6 ducks then drove down the Jordon with the team some 4 Miles further. I then left my team with my Indian Boy Sarroquetts & we went down 3 Miles near the Mouth of Jordon [and continued hunting ...]

[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 - Dec 11, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
He [George A. Smith] there [Australia] met Dr Andrews and other Apostate mormons and they gathered a mob and tried to kill him But He boldly maintained his ground & got away from them, and Came on with the mail and his Company ...

[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 - Dec 11, 1852 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. [Kimo] Pelio had promised me a horse to go; he hunted all day yesterday in company with Bro. Maiola unsuccessfully; they again started this morning and succeeded in finding it, but could not catch it; Bro. M. came down to tell me of their ill success. I then proposed for Bro. Hy. [Henry Bigler] & I to accompany them to help catch it; we found her and soon ascertained that she was very wild and had no disposition to let us catch her. Bro. Hy. & I prayed that she might become tractable that we might be able to catch her. She broke through once and came again towards me with apparently the same intention. I then prayed for the Lord to enable me to catch her if it was his will that I should go, and she stopped running and stood stock still while I went up and caught her. I felt very much pleased and thankful to the Lord for his goodness in hearkening unto my prayer. The Natives were much surprised.

I started for Lahaina and after crossing the mountain when close to a place called Ukumehame, it thickened up and the clouds gathered around as though in discharging their contents they would give me a severe drenching. I called upon the Lord to deliver me from the rain as I had a good distance to ride; the Lord heard my prayer and the rain was taken all inland and a few drops only reached me.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

170 years ago today - Dec 11, 1847

William Wines Phelps: Rebaptized 11 December 1847. [Excommuniated earlier in the week for "adultry" (IE taking unauthorized wives)"]

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

170 years ago today - Dec 11, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
Sixteen of our Brethren who went in the army returned today from the valley.

They had an uncommon hard time. Suffered extreemly with cold and hunger,Was detained ten days at the Loup fork by floating ice. They report more on the way. All was well in the valley.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]