15 years ago today - 15 years ago - Jun 27, 2002

Nauvoo Illinois temple rededicated.

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

70 years ago today - 70 years ago - Jun 27, 1947

[J. Reuben Clark]
[In conversation with Orval Adams:] He also said that the Burroughs Adding Machine people wanted to put something in their July issued about Utah and he had a $10.00 1837 Kirtland Safety Society bill and thought of letting them use that for a cut. Pres. Clark suggested that there was more scandal about that society than anything in the Church. Mr. Adams then said he thought perhaps he had better not let them use it. ...

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

120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Jun 27, 1897 • Sunday

[George Q. Cannon]
This being the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Joseph, my mind dwelt on that event, and I read from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants the account of the martyrdom. It was with difficulty that I read, my emotions almost prevented me from speaking.

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

135 years ago today - 135 years ago - Tuesday, Jun 27, 1882

[Revelation to the Council of Fifty]
Verily, thus saith the Lord, I have instituted my Kingdom and my laws, with the keys and power thereof, and have appointed you as my spokesman and my Constitution, with President John Taylor at your head ... Thus saith the Lord God who rules in the heavens above and in the earth beneath, I have introduced My Kingdom and my government, even the Kingdom of God [IE Council of Fifty], that my servants have heretofore prophesied of, and that I taught my disciples to pray for, saying, "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," for the establishment of my rule, for the introduction of my law, for the protection of my Church, and for the maintenance, promulgation and protection of civil and religious liberty in this nation and throughout the world; and all men of every nation, color and creed shall yet be protected and shielded thereby; ... And now I speak unto you who are members of this council and of my Kingdom ... Ye are my Constitution, and I am your God; ... Is this Kingdom not called, "the Kingdom of God, and His laws, with the keys and power thereof, and judgment in the hands of his servants, Ahman Christ." ...

[Source: John Taylor revelation, June 27, 1882, Unpublished Revelation in Fred C. Collier, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

135 years ago today - 135 years ago - [circa 27 June - 7 July] 1882

[Revelation to John Taylor]
... I will make use of the Kings of the earth, And the rulers and powers of the earth to accomplish my purposes, saith the Lord God your Redeemer, and none shall stay my hand.

And I will build up my Kingdom as I have heretofore decreed and made Known through the mouth of mine holy Prophets, do [so] far as they have declared my purposes pertaining thereto ...

And again, it required this Gospel, this Priesthood, this revelation, this unity, this Spirit, to introduce the Kingdom of God, the law of God, the authority and dominion of God, that the will of God might be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

... if they fight against me and my laws, and my Church, and my Kingdom, they shall be overthrown in mine own due time, for I have so decreed. Even so, Amen.

[Source: Manuscript in John Taylor Papers, LDS archives, typed copy, at Marquardt, H. Michael, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm]

135 years ago today - 135 years ago - Tuesday, Jun 27, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
The C. of F. [Council of Fifty] met twice today and discused various plans as bearing upon Election matters.

Bros. L. W. Hardy and H. B. Clawson were received members of this society. Two revelations were acepted as the word and will of God. They were given through President John Taylor, and in the same the Lord has promised to fight our battles for us.

We adjourned subject to the call of the President.

[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]

180 years ago today - 180 years ago - Jun 27, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Polly Johnson given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... if thou art faithfull in all thy duties, and live by faith on the Son of God thou mayest tarry untill the Savior comes in the clouds of heaven.

You then shall abide his coming and meet with his Son Jesus Christ. ...

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 2:226-227, in Patriarchal Blessings]

175 years ago today - Jun 27, 1842

John C. Bennett writes the first of six letters to be published in the Sangamo Journal. The last would be printed in the September 2nd edition. In his letters he accuses Joseph Smith of numerous sexual improprieties.

[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 - Jun 27, 1847

Pioneer company crosses the flat, almost imperceptible 7,750-foot-high continental divide at South Pass. The elevation is measured by Orson Pratt's barometer to assure they have crossed the high point.

25 years ago today - Jun 27, 1992.

A Salt Lake Tribune article by Peggy Fletcher Stack reports "ongoing intimidation of Mormon intellectuals," including hate mail received by Martha Sonntag Bradley, BYU faculty member and new coeditor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. That night the Mormon Alliance, organized by Paul J. Toscano and Frederick W. Voros to document and in some cases take action on instances of "spiritual abuse," holds its first meeting. It defines spiritual abuse as "the persistent exercise of power by spiritual or ecclesiastical leaders that serves the interests of the leaders to the detriment of the members."

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

10 years ago today - Jun 26, 2007

Announced one-millionth missionary since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830

[Source: LDS Newsroom, Time line of Significant Events as President, http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/time-line-of-significant-events-as-president]

35 years ago today - Jun 26, 1982

Marie Osmond marries Steve Craig in the Salt Lake Temple. Elder Paul H. Dunn of the First Council of Seventy, who performed the ceremony, wryly estimates there are 5,000 uninvited guests surrounding Temple Square. Among the crowd are anti-Mormon demonstrators who pass out pamphlets with a drawing of Marie Osmond and Steve Craig in temple clothes. After the wedding the 22- year-old bride emphatically declares, "I'm definitely Marie Craig," and leaves four days later on a tour that does not include her new husband. Elder Dunn, a close friend of the Osmond family is quoted by the Latter-day Sentinal as saying: "I really feel for Steve Craig. He's marrying a three-ring circus." The couple divorces a few years later.

115 years ago today - Thursday, Jun 26, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
Pres. [Reuben G.] Miller of the Emery Stake had addressed a letter to the Presidency, desiring to know what action should be taken against members of the church who keep saloons for the sale of liquor. Pres. Smith asked for an expression of the brethren regarding this matter. Apostles Smoot, Cowley, Grant, Woodruff, and Clawson expressed themselves strongly upon the subject and said that they felt it should be made a test of a man's fellowship. Apostle Woodruff moved that members of the church who engage in the saloon business and those who frequent such places be tried for their fellowship. Carried by unanimous vote.

[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]

135 years ago today - Jun 26, 1882

In morning John Taylor finished dictating revelation he began previous night concerning Celestial Law of plural marriage. The revelation states: "No person, or people, or nation, can enter into the principle of celestial marriage unless they come in by me, saith the Lord, and obey the law of my Gospel through the medium of him who is appointed unto this power . . . Thus saith the Lord God: obey my law, and seek not to become a law unto yourselves, nor trust to outside influences; . . . Concerning the course taken by the United States, they have a right to reject this law themselves, as they have a right to reject the Gospel; but it is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, for them to prohibit you from obeying it." The revelation is never canonized

135 years ago today - Monday, Jun 26, 1882

[Franklin D. Richards]
... The President [John Taylor] had a communication read & lengthily discussed on Revelation pending which adjourned.

[Source: Franklin D. Richards journal, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

170 years ago today - Jun 26, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
+ During our travels to day I walked most of the way with Professors Pratt, & Carrington And our conversation turned upon the subject of the original formation of God, Angels, men, & Devils the beget-ting of Spirits in the eternal world, & who by, the begetting of Children on the earth, the Death of men & children & the resurrection of All. Each one gave his views, opinions, & reasoning & many interesting remarks were truly made And Any person who should chance to read these lines I wish them to understand that the Ideas given upon these points were not given as doctrin but opinion untill sum thing better should present itself or be decided by revelation.

One of the most important Items If true was presented by Professor Pratt upon A Subject that Heretofore has been entirely out of the reach of All mankind from the days of Adam to the present time As far as is revealed to us. It was upon the subject of the original formation of the first God. We all admitted in the first place that which we believed to be an important truth ie the eternal formation of matter spirit, intelligence in some form or other. We also Agreed in the opinion that Neither God nor man Always had from all eternity the same formation that they now have but did exhist in some form for if we Admitted the fact that one being exhisted in the present form all might have exhisted in the same form as well as one.

Then the question arose how did God recieve his present formation? The Answer given by Professor Pratt was sumthing in the following language:

He sayes I throw out my Ideas not as doctrin but for you to look at. You know when A Chemist goes to work to Analize or try new experiments they often have to try many times before they put a thing perfect & take certain processes which are unnecessary and are afterward laid aside And pursue the most perfect Course that can be [pursu]ed. It may reasonably have been the case with the first being [form]ed which may be Called God. As eternity was filled as it were with particles of intelligence who had there Agency, two of these particles in process of time might have joined their interest together exchanged ideas found by persueing this course that they gained [double?] strength to what one particle of intelligence would have & afterwards were joined by other particles & continued untill they formed A combination or body though through a long process.

Yet they had power over other intelligences in consequence of their combination, organization & strength And in process of time this being body or God seeing the the Advantage of such an organization desires company or A companion And Having some experiance goes to work & organizes other beings by prevailing intelligences to come to gether & may form sumthing better than at the first. And After trials of this kind & the most perfect way sought ought it was found to be the most expeditious & best way to recieve there formations or bodies either spiritual or temporal through a womb.

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

170 years ago today - Jun 26, 1847

Orson Pratt records in his journal: "We obtained much information from him [Major Moses Harris whom the pioneers had met en route] in relation to the great interior basin of the Salt Lake, the country of our destination. His report like that of Captain Fremont's is rather unfavorable to the formation of a colony in this basin, principally on account of the scarcity of timber."

180 years ago today - Jun 26, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Samuel Parker given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou mayest yet stand on distant lands. and teach the catholic the true gospel. Thou hast a great and mighty work to do among the catholics and on account of thy strong reasoning powers of mind thou art to go among the priests. ... Thou canst not travel much by land, but thou canst travel by water. Thou shalt have power over floods to divide and turn rivers. Thou shalt have power over fire that it shall not harm thee. Thou shalt do great things for the kingdom. Thou shalt be blessed like the brother of Jared and like him see God. ... Thou shalt have power over death. Thou shalt have no cause to weep for thy friends. Thou shalt strike hands with the Savior when he comes. ... Thou shalt have the treasures of the earth. Thou shalt feed thy thousands at thy table. May the angel of the presence of God stand with thee. ... I seal this blessing on thy head. I seal thee up to eternal life. Amen. Joseph Pine, Scribe.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:139-140, 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]

35 years ago today - Jun 25, 1892

[Boyd K. Packer]
"The spiritual part of us and the emotional part of us are so closely linked that is possible to mistake an emotional impulse for something spiritual. We occasionally find people who receive what they assume to be spiritual promptings from God, when those promptings are either centered in the emotions or are from the adversary."

[Source: Elder Boyd K. Packer, The Candle of the Lord, seminar for new mission presidents]

80 years ago today - Jun 25, 1937

[David O. McKay]
Reports received at this office indicate that there is an increasing practice in some districts of baptizing and confirming children and adults in temples even where baptismal fonts are conveniently accessible. This matter was recently considered by members of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve, and after due deliberation it was unanimously decided to confirm a former ruling that baptisms for the living should not be performed in any temples where there is a convenient place for baptisms outside of the temple, and that temple fonts, excepting in case of real necessity, be used only for the purpose of baptizing for the dead.

[Source: David O. McKay to "Dear Brethren", June 25, 1937, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

115 years ago today - Jun 25, 1902; Wednesday

George Teasdale spoke of how President [Lorenzo] Snow had labored to bring about perfect union in this Council. When the Manifesto came he considered it the most disasterous [sic] thing that ever struck the Church and it is something we will some day have to meet. Spoke of the conditions which had brought it about and what he considered its disasterous [sic] effects.

[Source: Excerpt from the Minutes of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles]

115 years ago today - Wednesday, Jun 25, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
Apostle Teasdale. ... The union of the apostles and the love they bear each other is productive of good in the midst of the people. He had suggested sometime ago that Saturday of each week be set apart as a holiday for the Presidency, because he felt that the President was overworked. Desired to be a minute man. Every blessing pronounced upon his head in taking various missions had been realized. With regard to Bro. Smoot, felt just as he did some time ago. If the Lord wants him in congress, he will open the way.... Said he knew there would be great rejoicings among our people when plural marriage is restored, but that time will never come so long as the saints rob the Lord of tithes and offerings.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith said ... There was one thing that rather perplexed him and that was this: in a sermon of Pres. Young's published in the Times and Seasons it was stated that if Hyrum Smith had survived the Prophet, he would have become President of the church, but afterwards and later Pres. Young took a different view. He understood that Patriarch John Smith feels that his name should by right follow the Presidency. The question is this, "Do the spirit and letter of the gospel indicate that anything or anybody can come between the Presidency and Twelve." His own judgment, shorn of the spirit of revelation, was that the Almighty when he named the presidency of Three and council of Twelve fixed the order of government for all time to come, and that nothing should come between them. ...

Pres. Young said that the matter was plain to his mind. The succession to the Presidency had been fully determined, and no matter where the patriarch's name was presented, nothing could come between the Presidency and Twelve. Apostle Hyrum M. Smith took a little different view to some of the brethren. He understood that Brother [Patriarch] John Smith lost his place in the line of presentation because of a failure to magnify his calling. If that be true, and he repents, should he not be brought back into line?

...

Pres. [Brigham] Young [Jr.] said that when Pres. Smith, the head, indicated what is right in this matter we would be ready to sustain him. Nevertheless, if he desires our views upon the subject, we will give them. Said, "If I were John Smith, I would work where I am until the Lord calls me to stand before the Twelve. By urging his own claims, he only hurts himself and lessens rather than strengthens his influence." When the matter comes up and Pres. Smith indicates what is right, let us accept the decision and be one.

[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]

135 years ago today - 25-Jun 26, 1882

[Revelation to John Taylor]
... Celestial Marriage

Question[:] Is the law of Celestial Marriage a law given to this nation or to the world?

Answer[:] No. In no other sense than as the Gospel is given, and in accordance with the laws thereof. So far as it is made known unto men, it is made known unto them as the Gospel is made known unto them and is a part of the New and Everlasting Covenant, and it is only those who receive the Gospel that are able to, or capable of, entering into this covenant. ...

No person, or people, or nation can enter into the principle of Celestial Marriage unless they come in by me, saith the Lord, and obey the law of my Gospel through the medium of him who is appointed unto this power as made known unto my people through my servant Joseph [Smith] in a Revelation on "The Eternity of the Marriage Covenant, including Plurality of Wives."

I have therein stated that "all those who have this law revealed unto them must obey the same; ... Therefore such must be sanctified from all unrighteousness that they may be prepared for the Celestial Glory, "for he that is not able to abide The Law of a Celestial Kingdom, cannot abide a Celestial Glory...

You ask, what shall we do? Thus saith the Lord God, Obey my law, and seek not to become a law unto yourselves, nor trust to outside influences; but seek in the way appointed to the Lord your God. Ye are my spokesmen, I am your God; and as I have before said, I now again say, Henceforeth do as I shall command you.

Concerning the course taken by the United States they have the liberty a right to reject this law themselves, as they have the liberty a right to reject the Gospel; but it is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, for them to prohibit you from obeying it. Therefore abide in my law which I have revealed unto you, saith the Lord God, and contend for your rights by every legal and constitutional method and in accordance with the institutions, laws, and Constitution of the United States. Be humble, be faithful, be diligent, seek unto me and it shall be made known unto you from time to time what my will is pertaining to this matter. I am the Lord your God, hearken to me, and obey my law, and your enemies shall be confounded, and my Kingdom shall be victorious. Even so, Amen.

[Source: Manuscript, John Taylor Papers, LDS archives, typed copy, in Marquardt, H. Michael, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm]

160 years ago today - Jun 25, 1857

C[harles]. C. Rich ... said that David Patten & T[homas]. B. Marsh Came to kirtland in the fall of 1837. He said as soon as they came I got Marsh to go to Joseph, But Patten would go to W Parrish. He got his mind prejudiced & when He went to see Joseph[.] David in[sult?]ed Joseph & Joseph slaped him in the face & kicked him out of the yard.

This done David good. ...

[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 - Jun 25, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
Presidet Young asked G. A. Smith if it was not Hard to Acknowledge the hand of God in the death of Parley P Pratt by as wicked a man as McLain. Yet we will have to do it.

T[homas] B Marsh pleads for Mercy & askes if it is not to late for him to fill his mission. B Young says it is but I am willing to forgive him & that he may be baptized & Confirmed. Then let him Come here....

BY ... then said if the Lord our God does not visit the United States then I am no prophet & we shall find that all good men will come to the mountains for safety.

[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 - Jun 25, 1852 • Friday

[George Q. Cannon]
[After a contentious discussion with a man earlier inthe day ...] In evening Bro. P. and I, the other brethren being present, attended to the commandment of the Lord and the ordinance given for such cases.

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

30 years ago today - Jun 24, 1987

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the LDS church, as well as any other religious organization, can discriminate against employees on the basis of religious persuasion and behavior. This ends a $5 million lawsuit against the church by five former employees.

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

65 years ago today - Jun 24, 1952

Apostle Albert E. Bowen has debilitating stroke during Council of Twelve's temple meeting. He dies next year.

70 years ago today - Jun 24, 1947

Mark Petersen Left message for President McKay that the Ness has been doing some investigating on gambling places, and that they have learned that Pres. McKay is being blamed, as Chairman of the Centennial Commission, for the Bingo Game at the Exposition Grounds.

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

110 years ago today - Jun 24, 1907

[Patriarchal Blessing of Emma Wirthlin by Charles D. Evans ... And thou has sought to redeem thy sex. And to lift up the erring and turn them from the downward course like Elizabeth of old. ...

And by care of thy body thou shalt live to see the great Temple of Jackson County reared, when the kings of the gentiles bow and the pillar of fire rests upon it. And a cloud over every dwelling place on Mount Zion.

I seal upon thee the gift of prophecy and the visions of eternity will rest upon thee. All shall be well with thee and thou shalt prosper in the land. And thou shalt dwell as a queen and princess in Israel after the wicked are cut off. And I seal thee up unto thrones and dominions and to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

115 years ago today - Jun 24, 1902

John Henry Smith presented the matter of the order in which Patriarchs of the Church should be presented. He stated it had been the custom formerly to present the name of the Patriarch after the Presidency and before the twelve and he read from the Doc[trine]. and Covenants Sec[tion]. 124. He spoke of the delicacy of this subject and recounted the experience of Lyman Wight. Referred to statements of President Brigham Young and George A. Smith bearing on this subject and recounted the experience of Lyman Wight. This question had caused him a degree of anxiety. The question revolved itself to this: Can anyone come between the Presidency and Apostles, either in being presented or in any other way? Shall we now return to the first order of presenting the Patriarch's name next to the presidency or shall we continue to follow the prescedent set by the last four Presidents of the Church? [Note: The apostles then offered their views on the subject, and Brigham Young Jr., quorum president, concluded that the question should be decided by Joseph F. Smith.]

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

115 years ago today - Tuesday, Jun 24, 1902

Apostle Marriner W. Merrill ... Spoke in reference to the calling of a patriarch and looked upon it as very different to that of a high priest or elder, as it was his especial duty to bless; there was a time when the patriarchal priesthood and second anointings were conferred only upon those who had entered into the practice of plural marriage. This rule had afterwards been changed by the authority that had the right to decide such matters.

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

130 years ago today - Jun 24, 1887

[Heber J. Grant]
Tuesday evening I called at the Prest's office where I met Apostle Moses Thatcher and we had a long talk regarding church matters. We did not feel to approve the way Prest Cannon had acted in the fall of his son John Q. In fact we found a good deal of fault with the way he had treated his brethren the Apostles, and with many of his official acts. We felt a lack of confidence in his official acts that I sincerely wish was not the case. Unless brother Thatcher and myself have greatly misjudged Prest. Cannon I am confident the Twelve Apostles will object to his succeding Prest Taylor and I am of the opinion that he expects to be his successor. Unless my present opinions shall undergo a wonderful change I can't possibly vote to have him succeed Prest Taylor, I am inclined to think nothing short of a revelation from the Lord will make me feel like sustaining him. I regret more than words of mine can tell that my confidence in the second official of our Church should be so limited. ... Prest Cannon, unless I have misjudged him likes power very much and this is why I hope he will not succeed Prest. John Taylor.

Prest Woodruff holds in his letter to me of March 28/87 that the Prest of the Apostles must be made the Prest of the Church in case of the death of our present president. I don't care to express an opinion publicly or even to him but I feel very strongly impressed that Joseph F. Smith will be the successor to Prest John Taylor, and I will wait patiently to see whether I am mistaken. My impressions may be more than half brought about by my wishes to have him made our next President. The Spirit may have nothing to do with them but I think It has.

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

130 years ago today - Jun 24, 1887

[Mrs. S. F. Anderick]
... Uncle Earl's farm was four miles south of Palmyra village, and his house was nearly opposite old Jo Smith's, father of the Mormon prophet. ... Jo was pompous, pretentious and active at parties. He claimed, when a young man, he could tell where lost or hidden things and treasures were buried or located with a forked witch hazel. He deceived many farmers, and induced them to dig nights for chests of gold, when the pick struck the chest, someone usually spoke, and Jo would say the enchantment was broken, and the chest would leave. Williard Chase, a Methodist who lived about two miles from uncle's, while digging a well, found a gray smooth stone about the size and shape of an egg. Sallie, Williard's sister, also a Methodist, told me several times that young Jo Smith, who became the Mormon prophet, often came to inquire of her where to dig for treasures. She told me she would place the stone in a hat and hold it to her face, and claimed things would be brought to her view. Sallie let me have it several times, but I never could see anything in or through it. I heard that Jo obtained it and called it a peep-stone, which he used in the place of the witch hazel. Uncle refused to let Jo dig on his farm. I have seen many holes where he dug on other farms."

[Source: Naked Truths About Mormonism (January 1888): 2., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: S. F. Anderick Statement]

160 years ago today - Jun 24, 1857

[William Hickman]
He quickly travelled from Missouri to the territory to report to Brigham Young on 24 June 1857 that the U.S. Army was coming to Utah to take over the local government. Brigham Young kept this report confidential until a month later when it was dramatically confirmed by the arrival of Orrin Porter Rockwell at the 24 July picnic.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: William Hickman, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

170 years ago today - Jun 24, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
Soon after we camped Br Holman was driving up the [-] with his gun in his hand. He went to punch a Horse with the musel of his gun. The lock Caught in his cloths & discharged into the best Horse there was in camp owned by president Young called his John Horse. He lived A few hours & died. There are many Accidents happen in that way by caring loaded guns with caps upon their tubes.

[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 - Jun 23, 1942

[First Presidency to Ezra Taft Benson]
In a letter to "President Ezra T. Benson, Washington [D.C.] Stake," dated 23 June 1942, the First Presidency issued him a directive to segregate the races during Mormon class time:

"Dear President Benson:

"Through the General Board of the Relief Society, who reported to the Presiding Bishopric, and they to us, it comes to us that you have in the Capitol Reef Ward in Washington two colored sisters who apparently are faithful members of the Church.

"The report comes to us that prior to a meeting which was to be held between the Relief Societies of the Washington Ward and the Capitol Ward, Bishop Brossard of the Washington Ward called up the President of the Relief Society of the Capitol Ward and told her that these two colored sisters should [not] be permitted to attend because the President of the Capitol Ward Relief Society failed to carry out the request made of her by the Bishop of the other ward.

"We can appreciate that the situation may present a problem in Washington, but President Clark recalls that in the Catholic churches in Washington at the time he lived there, colored and white communicants used the same church at the same time. He never entered the church to see how the matter was carried out, but he knew that the facts were as stated.

"From this fact we are assuming that there is not in Washington any such feeling as exists in the South where the colored people are apparently not permitted by their white brethren and sisters to come into the meeting houses and worship with them. We feel that we cannot refuse baptism to a colored person who is otherwise worthy, and we feel that we cannot refuses to permit these people to come into our meeting houses and worship once we baptize them.

"It seems to us that it ought to be possible to work this situation out without causing any feelings on the part of anybody. If the white sisters feel that they may not sit with them or near them, we feel very sure that if the colored sisters were discreetly approached, they would be happy to sit at one side in the rear or somewhere where they would not wound the sensibilities of the complaining sisters. We will rely upon your tact and discretion to work this out so as not to hurt the feelings on the part of anyone.

"Of course, probably each one of the sisters who can afford it, has a colored maid in her house to do the work and to do the cooking for her, and it would seem that under these circumstances they should be willing to let them sit in Church and worship with them.

"Faithfully your brethren,

[signed]

"Heber J. Grant J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay"

[Source: Letter from First Presidency to President Ezra T. Benson, Washington D.C. Stake]

125 years ago today - Jun 23, 1892 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Today I went to the Temple and climbed to the top with Bishop Winder.

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

125 years ago today - Thursday, Jun 23, 1892

[John Henry Smith]
My son George Albert [Smith] left for his mission to the Southern States this morning. I went to Ogden with him.

[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]

160 years ago today - Jun 23, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
The Eastern mails arived at 5 past 2 oclok 23 days from Indipendance. Ferrimore Little & Ephraim Hanks came with it the shortest trip on record. We learn that all Hell is boiling over against the saints in Utah. We also are informed that Elder Parley P Pratt was Murdered By [ ] MCLain who shot him in Arkansaw. This was painful news to his Family. The papers of the United States are filled with bitter revileings against us. The devil is exceding mad.

[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 - Jun 23, 1842

June 23, 1842 • Thursday

Minutes of the Proceedings

of the

Twelfth meeting of the Society.

... Mrs. Chase prophesied that henceforth, if the sisters are faithful, the gifts of the gospel shall be with us, especially the gift of healing— &c. &c.] ...

[Source: 1.2.13 June 23, 1842, Minutes of the Proceedings of the Twelfth Meeting of the Society, 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/]

45 years ago today - Jun 22, 1972 - Thursday

[Leonard J. Arrington]
He said that Dr. Widstoe had discussed with him one controversy. Apparently The Twelve had debated, again sometime in the 20's or early 30's the question of whether Adam was the first living thing on earth. Brother Joseph Fielding Smith took a strong attitude based upon reading Genesis and other scriptures that Adam was the first living thing. Brother James E. Talmage took the attitude that one must accept, where scriptures do not especially say differently, the findings of science that life preceded Adam for many thousands of years. Apparently Brother Talmage lost the scriptural debate. Not long afterward, he visited Adam Ondi Ahman in Missouri and in scratching around at that location found the fossil of a trilobite. He carried it back triumphantly to the next meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve as proof to them that there had existed trilobites--living things--before Adam had built his alter. A nice story {DEL:explanation}.

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Diary (typescript)]

45 years ago today - Jun 22, 1972 - Thursday

[Leonard J. Arrington]
At dinner I sat next to Homer Durham with interesting conversation. I asked him if he had ever heard Dr. Widstoe tell about the controversey in the Quorum of the Twelve in regard to whether Temple garments should be worn only in the Temple or also outside the Temple. He said Dr. Widstoe had never discussed it with him, but he had heard the full story from Franklin L. West. It appears that sometime in the late 1920's or early 1930's the Quorum of the Twelve had discussed this matter and had finally concluded that garments were designed to be worn only in the Temple. Brother Joseph Fielding Smith was not satisfied with this decision and returned to the next meeting saying that he had had a manifestation that the decision was wrong and that Temple garments should be worn all the time. He presented this matter so strongly and earnestly that apparently the decision was reversed and we have the policy which has continued to present.

[Source: Leonard J. Arrington Diary (typescript)]

120 years ago today - Jun 22, 1897

First plural marriages are performed in Mexico by (verified) written authority of the First Presidency since 1892 and the first performed by stake president Anthony W. Ivins. He is the best-known officiator for post-Manifesto polygamous marriages in Mexico.

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

130 years ago today - Jun 22, 1887 • Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
President Taylor is not so well to-day. His mind is not as clear as usual. I answered the correspondence of the First Presidency.

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

140 years ago today - Jun 22, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
... my Son Brigham has lost his life apparently for a trifle. We Cannot always Comprehend the ways of Providence. There is a mystery hanging over this affair to me. I never saw a person more anxious to obtain an Education than he was. He has studied untill midnight a good deal of the time for the last two years. He has just finished his Education and gone home to his Mother in Smithfield Cash Co and Drowned in Bear river. He was a good young Man, virtuous, Temperate, Honest, and lived his Religion.

He had received his Endowments. I have felt Calm, Composed, and reconciled in this bereavement. I have thought that as I was doing so much for the dead here in the Temple in St George, that it might be necessary to have one of the family in the spirit world. Brigham Y Woodruff was born Jan [ ] 1857,Drowned June 16, 1877 Aged 20 years.

[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 - Jun 22, 1857

[Brigham Young to Issac Haight]
Bishop I.C. Haight -- I this morning received your letter ... also a letter from Richard Palmer, dated June 10th. Bro. Richard is at liberty to marry whenever he had an opportunity, provided his former wife was not Sealed to him; if She was he will have to wait until a "Bill" can be obtained from this office; Even, if you think proper, you may marry him previous to getting a "bill" from here, provided he makes immediate application for one.

[Source: Letters of Brigham Young--Excerpts, 1856-1866, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

170 years ago today - Jun 22, 1847

[William Smith ot Orson Hyde]
Be assured Brethren - that I am with you in Spirit - heart and hand & [illegible] willing to do every thing that lies in my power to help the Brethren of my Corum to build up the Church and kingdom of god and wherein I have offended to heal every wound god being my helper I hope Brother Brigham will forgive me for I have said many hard things . . . I know him to be a man of god he Shall never Complain of me hearafter [hereafter] ...

[Source: William Smith to Orson Hyde]

80 years ago today - Jun 21, 1937

[George F. Richards]
Pres[ident] [David O.] McKay also said that he would formulate a letter to all Stake Presidents informing them that living baptisms in the Temples should be discontinued. I suggested that Temple Presidents be also notified.

[Source: George F. Richards diary, June 21, 1937, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

100 years ago today - Jun 21, 1917

[James E. Talmage]
Administers to the afflicted, including to one girl whom Talmage writes in his journal is in the "possession [of] evil powers"

[Source: MSS 229, Box 5, Folder 6. Journal 22; 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]

120 years ago today - Jun 21, 1897

[President Wilford Woodruff]
I got out my monthly allowance for my wives & families while at the office.

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

120 years ago today - Jun 21, 1897; Monday

[Angus M. Cannon]
I received a call from Sister Agness Olsen Thomas and her mother. The former told me her mother was desirous of having her son Hyrum & and [sic] daughters Angess & [blank] (the latter of whom lived in Price, Em[e]ry County [Utah]) sealed to her before the latter departed upon his mission, early in July. I went with her to see President [Wilford] Woodruff and Councilors,--who said it could not be done until she was herself sealed to some man under the Covenant. The man she desired to be sealed to,--having a wife living she was told it could not be permitted at the present time.

[Source: Angus M. Cannon, Diary]

125 years ago today - Jun 21, 1892

Sister Sarah M. Kimball, signs the following statement: "At a Relief Society Meeting held Apr 28, 1842, I heard the Prophet Joseph make this statement. While other leading men of the Church have been unrighteously aspiring, Heber C. Kimball has been true and is to me what John was to Jesus, my beloved disciple. Brother Kimball showed me a rod that the Lord through the Prophet Joseph had given to him. He said that when he wanted to find out anything that was his right to know, all he had to do was to kneel down with the rod in his hand, and that sometimes the Lord would answer his questions before he had time to ask them. My mother and my sister, Helen Mar, told me the same thing and added to it, that Pres. Young received a similar rod from the Lord at the same time. They claimed that these rods were given to them because they were the only ones of the original Twelve who had not lifted up their heels against the Prophet."

160 years ago today - Jun 21, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
I attended the prayer Circle. Many remarks were made by President Young upon various subjects. He said the devil was mad to be called by his right name by a saint. but if the devil or a wicked man was to call the devil by his right name all would be well.

Presidet Young said when speaking of the Constitution of the U.S that it was got up by inspiration. It gives all men the rights of Conscience. So it will be in the Millennium. It will be like the Constitution. All will have to bow the knee & acknowledge the Lord that it is his right to reign but they must not Blaspheme but they may enjoy there own religion.

Men talk about making a Law to stop Poligamy in Utah. That would be an expose facto law & the Constitution declairs that Congress shall not make any such law & if the time Comes when the United States do make a law & send men to punish me for poligamy or having more than one wife as there is no law against it you make up your mind that I shall send them to Hell. I do not think they will do it, but if they do you may tell them they had better send 100,000 men with provision for 5 years & they may make their Calculations upon it & they will want to make forts from one end of the route to the other so they Can step from one to the other.

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

170 years ago today - Jun 21, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
21st June 1847 {INDEPENDANCE ROCK) I arose early this morning took breakfast And in company with Br Brown we rode clear around Independance Rock. I should judge the distance to be about 3/4 of A mile. We exhamined the many names & lists of names of the trappers, traders, travellers, & eme-grants which are painted upon these rocks. Nearly all the names were put on with read, Black & yellow paint. Some had washed out & defaced. The greatest number was put on within A few Years. Some of them were quite plain of about 30 years standing. Nearly all the Companies pass by put some of their names on the rock.

After going around and exhamining it we staked our horses And mounted the rock. I went forward & gained the highest point of the South end of the Rock which contains the names. After exhamining it I then went to the North end which is the highest part of the rock. Here is An opening or cavern that would contain 30 or 40 persons And A rock stands on the highest peak of about 3 tons wait. We got upon this rock & offered up our prayers according to the order of the priesthood. We prayed earnestly for the blessings of God to r[est?] upon President Young & his brethren the Twelve & all of the Pioneer Camp & the whole Camp of Israel & House of Israel, our wives & children, & relatives the Mormon Battalion, all the Churches Abroad And that the Lord would hasten the time of the fulfillment of his promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Lehi, Nephi, Alma, & Moroni And all the sayings of the Lord concerning the building up of Zions in the last days And Avenging the blood of the Prophets. And while offering up our prayers the spirit of the Lord desended upon us and we truly felt to rejoice.

And while we were attending to our prayers the Missourians was burying A woman A little distance from the rock by the name of Rachel Morgan 25 years of Age being the third one of the family buried on the road. They were supposed to be poisoned by cooking in new Copper vessels.

After surveying the rock what we wished we again desended to the ground. I was the first Latter Day Saint that ever went onto that Rock or offered up prayers according to the order of the Priesthood.

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