40 years ago today - Dec 7, 1981-Monday

[Leonard Arrington]

Answers to Questions from Lavina [Fielding Anderson] about 197462

... I think Reed Durham gave that [Mormon History Association] presidential address because we were meeting in Nauvoo and he had done a good deal of research on the topic.65 We didn't know what he was going to discuss; when we [History Division] heard the talk we were disappointed that he did not consult us in advance. For one thing he was incorrect on some key matters that we could have set him straight on, for another thing we could have helped him word certain materials in a way that would have been more discreet and helpful. He showed great courage but also a lack of good judgment. We found it impossible to defend him very strongly because we could not defend what he said. It simply was incomplete and misleading. He was required by his superior to write a letter of apology to those attending MHA [Mormon History Association] bearing his testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet. He did write such a letter. All of us regarded it as unnecessary and rather silly. In fact, he bore his testimony at the MHA meeting in Nauvoo the very next morning and in my judgment that took care of it. Reed has never been an effective Church history researcher since that date.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

80 years ago today - Dec 7, 1941

Mervyn Bennion is the first Mormon to die during the U.S. military participation in World War II. As captain of the battleship 'West Virginia,' Bennion is killed on its bridge during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He is the son-in-law of first counselor J. Reuben Clark and receives a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor.

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

110 years ago today - Dec 7, 1911; Thursday

... Jacob F. Gates related the visit of his father to Oliver Cowdery in 1850, the occasion being a renewal of Oliver's covenants by baptism at the frontier. On this occasion Brother Gates is said to have asked Oliver what he had to say in reference to the Book of Mormon? Instead of answering directly Oliver went to the book case and took out a copy of the Book of Mormon and read the testimony of the three witnesses, and after doing so said, Jacob, every word I have read to you is true. Then Jacob is said to have asked Oliver how he could reconcile his position now with that testimony? Oliver answered that he could not reconcile it at all, and acknowledged that he had gone wrong, adding that at the time he did go wrong he had the spirit of murder in his heart, but he said he saw differently and repented. Jacob then asked him what he had to say about the visit to Joseph [Smith] and himself of Peter, James and John,--that is, did you actually see these personages, and did they really lay their hands on your head? Oliver answered in the most emphatic way, that he saw them and they laid their hands upon his head, just as naturally and as real as ever hands were laid upon the head of men.

President Smith, referring to the subject of the calling of Patriarchs, said he would like President Lyman and any of the brethren of the Apostles he might wish to have associated with him, to take up the question of a successor to the presiding patriarch, John Smith; and he would like then to go and talk personally with John's family, not with a view to selecting any one member of his family unless it be ascertained that he is worthy to act; and should it be found that neither of John's sons is capable and worthy for this position, it may be possible, President Smith said, that one of his grandsons may be found worthy and capable. As it is the duty of the Twelve to look after these evangelical matters, the President said he would like President Lyman and the Twelve to consider the matter of a successor to the Presiding Patriarch...

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

110 years ago today - Dec 7, 1911

Shortly after 4 o'clock this afternoon, I learned of a call for me which must mark a great change in my work. This is no less than a call to the Holy Apostleship. Action was taken at this day's council meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve, whereby Apostle Cha[rle]s. W. Penrose was sustained as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to succeed the late President John Henry Smith. ... The selection creates a present vacancy in the Council or Quorum of the Twelve and to this exalted and special office I am called. The announcement of my having been chosen came as a wholly un-heralded action. I was with President Joseph F. Smith until a late hour yesterday, but by no word, act or intimation was such action suggested to my mind. ... Apostle Anthony W. Ivins, called upon me about 4 p.m. on a matter of business and there told me with evidences of affection and emotion of the action taken by the Council. He testified to me that the call was from the Lord. Even at this time the announcement had been printed in the Deseret News, and within a few minutes I had many calls by phone from brethren who assured me of their support. May the Lord grant me His, and enable me to be a true witness of Him.... I have looked upon myself as a lay member in the Church though I know that a patriarch Jesse Martin of Provo [Utah] gave me to understand that, and I would be called and ordained one of the Twelve Apostles.

[James E. Talmage, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

140 years ago today - Dec 7, 1881

[James E. Talmage]

Talmage delivers a dramatic chemistry lecture/demonstration to his students at Brigham Young Academy where a controlled explosion bursts every lamp in the room and causes a few minor injuries, including to one young girl who was struck in the forehead with a shard of glass.

In his journal Talmage writes:

When she discovered traces of blood, she fainted very nicely, and I changed at once my occupation from that of a public lecturer to an attendant physician. She recovered, however, when 'twas found that the large amounts of blood filling the bowl from which I was bathing her head came from my own hand. Two pieces of glass had struck the index finger of my right hand, one fragment burying itself in the knuckle joint.

[MSS 229, Journal, 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]

160 years ago today - Dec 7, 1861

John W. Dawson arrives in Salt Lake as the newly appointed governor. Within three weeks he alienates Mormons by vetoing the bill for statehood convention.

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

165 years ago today - Dec 7, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]

Elder Orson Hyde calls for 100 more men. Thinks there will be a prospect of a fight with the Calafornians. President Young said He wished all the men were at home & that Elder Hyde was at home in his Store & that He would not take any Mission while he lived for He had lost the spirit of his office & was of no account. It made the President feel sorrowful to see the Twelve & others not feel the Spirit of their office.

At the Close of the meeting I went home & with my family went to the 14 ward meeting in the Music Hall. I was much pressed in spirit. After listening to the speeches of Brothers Hunt, Candland, & Pack I was requested to speak. I arose upon my Feet though heavily pressed in spirit. Yet the spirit of God was in my tabernacle like fire shut up in my bones and I spoke to the people about 3/4 of an hour and I scearsly knew whether I was in the body or out of [it]. Neither can I remember but little what I said. ...

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

185 years ago today - Dec 7, 1836

Bishop Edward Partridge defines tithing as 2% of net worth, to cover operating expenses of the Church.

[Chronology of Mormon History (Mormon Stories), http://www.mormonstories.org/truth-claims/chronology-of-mormon-history/]

185 years ago today - 1836: 7 December

[Patriarchal Blessing]

Oliver Boardman Huntington. (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)... thou shalt have power with God even to translate thyself to Heaven, & preach to the inhabitants of the moon or planets, if it shall be expedient, if thou art faithful all these blessings will be given thee, & now by the authority of the priesthood I seal thee unto eternal life in the name of Jesus, even so. Amen."

[From typescript, private collection. Although the typescript lists his father, William, as the officiator, Oliver's later account confirms that Joseph Smith, Sr. was the patriarch. See Oliver B. Huntington, "Resurrection of My Mother," Young Woman's Journal 5(7):345-347, 1894, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

120 years ago today - Dec 6, 1901

The First Presidency discusses "a letter from Sister Hendricksen [-] she is anxious to get word from us in regard to her being the Holy Ghost!" Nevertheless, first counselor Anthon H. Lund regards her as "gentle and good."

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

125 years ago today - Dec 6, 1896

The First Presidency changes the monthly day of fasting from the first Thursday of the month to the first Sunday. This signals the secularization in Mormon society (particularly in Salt Lake City) where Mormons can no longer expect employers to close businesses for regular "fast and testimony" meeting or to allow LDS employees to attend without loss of pay.

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

160 years ago today - Dec 6, 1861

[Brigham Young]

Told this story: A woman, a strong fatalist sent her son for some whiskey, the boy broke the bottle and spilt the whiskey, the woman beat the boy, the boy excused himself by saying it was foreordained; Lorenzo Dow would mention circumstances of this Kind to disprove the Arguments of the fatalists. The Conversation then turned upon the character of Joseph Smith. Br[other] Joseph Young remarked in the days of Joseph I did not sense the greatness of his character. The President remarked he did sense his worth, but very few men did, and he loved him. He said Joseph would be indignant with men that would limit him to what they thought was sufficient for him. Upon one occasion Joseph told Edward Partridge, the Presiding Bishop, that he must not measure his belly. The President remarked, I would make this people rich if they would take my counsel. -- Salt Lake City

[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 - Dec 6, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]

I was requested to speak by Bishop Hoagland I arose & said that Bishop Hoagland & the missionaries had appointed Men as teachers to the gentile stores to preach the gospel to them. But the spirit said to me it was not wisdom to send men to preach the gospel to them. I considered they were wicked & Corrupt & it was like casting pearls before swine. When I closed F. D Richards Backed me up & bore testimony that [what] I said was true.

Then Bishop Hoagland arose & opposed me vary strongly & said He presided over the 14 ward [&?] had Sent the Teachers to preach to the Gentiles & he wished them to go & do it. I at once saw the gentiles were devil had ensnared him.

When He sat down the Teacher arose & said what shall I do? Brother Woodruff says do not go to those Gentiles Bishop Hoagland says go. I arose & said to the teachers obey your Bishop for He says he will take the responsibility upon himself in sending teachers to them. Many of the Priesthood were fired up upon the subject but the meeting Closed & we went home.

... Presidet Young was asstonished at the position which Brother Hoagland had taken. He said the devil was leading him into dificulty which he could not extricate himself without Help.

He immediately sent for Bishop Hoagland who Came up & the subject was all talked over & President Young showed him his Error & he saw it. President Young told him that the Twelve held the keys of the Kingdom of God in all the world whare the presidency are not, & that No Bishop presided over any one of the Twelve in any place. The Bishop Made his Confession and went home.

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

190 years ago today - Dec 6, 1831

[Ezra Booth]

Though their plans had hitherto failed, they were unwilling to abandon the Indian enterprize; and in a commandment it was stated, that Cowdery and others should receive a written recommendation... Another method has been invented, in order to remove obstacles which hitherto had proved insurmountable. "The Lord's store-house," is to be furnished with goods suited to the Indian trade, and persons are to obtain license from the government to dispose of them to the Indians in their own territory; at the same time they are to disseminate the principles of Mormonism among them. From this smug[g]ling method of preaching to the Indians, they anticipate a favorable result. In addition to this, and to co-operate with it, it has been made known by revelation, that it will be pleasing to the Lord, should they form a matrimonial alliance with the Natives; and by this means the Elders, who comply with the thing so pleasing to the Lord, and for which the Lord has promised to bless those who do it abundantly, gain a residence in the Indian territory, independent of the agent. It has been made known to one, who has left his wife in the State of N. Y. that he is entirely free from his wife, and he is at liberty to take him a wife from among the Lamanites. It was easily perceived that this permission, was perfectly suited to his desires. I have frequently heard him state, that the Lord has made it known to him, that he is as free from his wife as from any other woman; and the only crime that I have ever heard alleged against her is, she is violently opposed to Mormonism. ...

[Ohio Star]

120 years ago today - Thursday, Dec 5, 1901

Apostle Reed Smoot reported that Brother [James E.] Hall was stirring up considerable excitement in the Utah Stake in reference to the gift of healing, which he claimed he was able to exercise in a miraculous manner. In his (Brother Smoot's) judgment a spirit of darkness was actuating and influencing Brother Hall, and should be rebuked. Apostle Smoot was directed by the council to see the president of the Utah Stake and instruct him to investigate the matter and take such action as the facts will warrant.

[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 - Dec 5, 1891

Stake President relates "incident of the Prophet Joseph telling Dimick B Huntington.....that Noah built the Ark in the land where South Carolina is now.

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

180 years ago today - Dec 5, 1841

Joseph proofreads the Book of Mormon for a new edition.

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

60 years ago today - Dec 4, 1961

The establishment of the language-training program known as the Language Training Mission (LTM) at Brigham Young University. Originally for Spanish, it expands in 1963 to all Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking missions and in 1964 to German-speaking. In 1968 the LTM expands to sixteen languages, with branches at Ricks College for Dutch and Scandinavian languages and at the Church College of Hawaii for Polynesian and Asian languages. In visiting missions general authorities find the LTM graduate to be more disciplined than other missionaries, who have received only one week's orientation and training at the Salt Lake Missionary Home since 1925.

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

65 years ago today - Dec 4, 1956

[David O. McKay]

Brother Petersen inquired as to the subject of the editorial, and I told him that it was an editorial criticizing the President of the United States. He stated that he was amazed. I told him that I was greatly grieved, and that this is the last thing we ought to be doing. I also stated that there is not one constructive thought in the whole editorial. Brother Petersen stated that in a meeting recently, Frank Browning had mentioned that some little criticism ought to be made. =However, Brother Petersen had not taken it seriously as so little was said about it. He was surprised that anyone else had taken it so seriously, and I answered that it was a very unfortunate leading editorial. ... I mentioned further that the President of the United States would be grieved if he read this editorial, and it is possible that somebody will send it to him. I stated that maybe we should sent a note to the President, however, that I would leave the matter in his hands.

[McKay, David O., Office Journal]

115 years ago today - Dec 4, 1906

[Thomas A. Clawson Diary]

"The Presidents (Sic) Message was read to Congress today and among the items mentioned was "That the Constitution should be amended so that the Government could regulate Divorces and Marriages and that the handling of Polygamy should not be left to the States." Of course this is a very dangerous stand to take because it is lifting one's hand against the people and institutions of the Almighty and the Lord has said he who does it shall not prosper. I fear that this is the beginning of Prest. Roosevelt ['s] decline as a statesman who has heretofore been honored of the Lord but now that he has take [n] up the poplar (Sic) warfare gainst the people and principles of the Gospel, unless he repents he will surely parish (Sic)."

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

140 years ago today - Dec 4, 1881

[John Taylor's Interview with Abraham O. Smoot]

John Taylor: Brother Smoot, did you see on the top of a hill, in a place called Adam-ondi-Ahman, the remains of what Joseph Smith said had been an altar built by Adam, upon which he offered

sacrifice?

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. I first saw it in 1837, and the spring of 1838, when assisting to survey the town called by that name.

John Taylor: What was the condition of the stones of which the altar had been built?

Abraham Smoot: I remember well. The stones which lay scattered around looked as though they had been torn from a wall.

John Taylor: Yes, my remembrance is too that the stones were scattered as you say they were, having no particular form, except in one place. You remarked that you helped to make the survey; and prior to this particular conversation, you told me that you assisted in making an excavation.

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. I helped to excavate around the base of the altar, some 2 to 3 feet, and from 6 to 8 feet in length, which was sufficient to thoroughly satisfy us that the foundation of the wall was still there.

John Taylor: Did you examine the wall further at any later period?

Abraham Smoot: No, sis; but we intended to do so after the war, or as some called it, the "Mormon War," was over. The opportunity, however, to do so did not present itself afterwards.

John Taylor: Do you know the name of the hill where the Altar was?

Abraham Smoot: I do not recollect that. I will say that I heard Joseph say that it was the remains of an altar built by Adam; and that he offered sacrifice on it, and called his family and blessed them there.

John Taylor: That was on the point of the hill that formed a curvature?

Abraham Smoot: Yes, sir. And that point commanded a beautiful view of the country.

[John Taylor's Interview with Abraham O. Smoot on December 4, 1881]

140 years ago today - Dec. 4th 1881

[Abraham H. Cannon]

In Leipsig: "In the evening I took a cup of coffee and read the papers."

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

165 years ago today - Dec 4, 1856

[Hosea Stout]

To day the funeral obsequies of President J. M. Grant took place[.] The concourse of people was very large As a Major General he was buried in the honors of war[.] As a Master Mason he was buried as such and above all as a Saint he lived, died and was buried as such.

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

185 years ago today - Dec 4, 1836

President RIGDON called a vote of the Church to discountenance the use intirely of all liquors from the Church in Sickness & in health except wine at the Sacraments & for external Washing. The vote was Carried eunanimously.

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

190 years ago today - Dec 4, 1831

Kirtland. D&C 72 (Kirtland): Newel K. Whitney is called as Kirtland's bishop: keep the Lord's storehouse; record all transactions for bishop in Zion; provide for literary stewards. Those going to Zion must take certificate of worthiness.

[Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

65 years ago today - Mon Dec 3, 1956

[David O. McKay]

At 10 a.m. called O. Preston Robinson into my office and expressed to him my great displeasure at the leading editorial which appeared in the Deseret News last Saturday, finding fault with the President of the United States. I stated to him that there was not one constructive suggestion in the editorial.

[McKay, David O., Office Journal]

110 years ago today - Dec 3, 1911

[George Albert Smith]

he dreams of meeting his father John Henry Smith and grandfather Lorin Farr, both deceased, at the conclusion of which he remarks on p. 105: "After I was awake I could feel the warmth of his hand and the thrill of the pleasure that I had when I found he could shake hands and had a body of flesh & bone. It was a great comfort to me. I have never dreamed of seeing him or Father before."

[Journals of George Albert Smith]

185 years ago today - Dec 3, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Susan Mills Rogers given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... thou shalt live to behold thy Savior in the flesh if thou shalt desire it: and thou shalt desire it and shall behold him. Thou shalt behold the winding up scene and live to be satisfied with life. Angels shall minister unto thee and the desire of thy heart shall be given thee: ... [her children] shall be filled with the spirit and shall stand upon the earth and be mighty prophets before the Lord. The treasures of the earth shall be given thee ... I seal thee up to eternal life ...

[Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:110, 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]

185 years ago today - Dec 3, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Isaac Rogers given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... No prison shall contain thee, and when those of the enemy shall be hired to seek thy destruction. God shall make known to thee the means of escape and shall set his holy angels to watch over thee. Thou shalt stand to behold the winding up scene, and shall stand on the earth at the coming of Christ if faithful. Thou shalt stand on Mount Zion with the hundred and forty four thousand. This Blessing I seal upon you, and by the authority of the priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ I seal you up unto eternal life, even so Amen.

[Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:109, 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]

130 years ago today - Dec 1, 1891

[Heber J. Grant]

It is 35 years ago today since father died. I was but nine days old when father died and it has been a great cross to me never to have known a father's love. My father left a reputation that I am proud of and which I hope to be able to follow.

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

140 years ago today - Dec 1, 1881

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary]

Telegraphed President John Taylor. about it also Telegraphed Lars Sandive concerning Making Temple suits for the Brethren.

[Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Dec 1, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]

F. D. Richards & myself started down to see how President [Jedediah M.] Grant was. {President Jedediah Morgan Grant Died Dec 1st 1856; 20 minuts past 10 oclok PM. Aged 40 years 9 months & 7 days.} I met Dr. S. L. Sprague who informed me that He was dead. Had Just breathed his last. ...

He had a great vision while He was sick which he told to the brethren. He preached nearly all the time that He was sick & he related all that he saw in the spirit world.

Soon after I entered his house his wife Rosetta was seized with great trembling & nervous excitement & it seemed as though her frame would shake to peices. We lade hands upon her & rebuked the Devil which seemed to sieze her tabernacle & she became more calm.

[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 - 1856. December 1

(Jedediah M. Grant) : After baptizing hundreds in the cold waters of City Creek, forty-year-old Jedediah M. Grant collapsed of exhaustion and exposure. He died a few days later of pneumonia.

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

180 years ago today - Dec 1, 1841

[Wilford Woodruff]

After retiring to rest at night I was Called upon by Brother Meeks to go with him to lay hands upon his wife who was possessed with a devil. I went with him to his house & found his wife foaming in great agony. I lade hands upon her & rebuked the devil & he came out of her & she soon fell asleep & I returned home & If I had judged from outward appearances I should have thought the devil followed me home & entered into our Cat for she made the most awful noise through the night I ever herd. I also had a disagreeable dream <[between?] Joseph and myself> which I considerd to be from the devil.

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

185 years ago today - Dec 1, 1836

[Wilford Woodruff]

Dec 1st Repaired to the house of the Lord whare Father Smith met a number of Saints to Pronounce upon them a Patriarchal Blessing. This was the first meeting of the kind that I ever attended & I found it to be highly edefying & interesting as their was great & glorious things pronounced upon their heads by the spirit of Prophesy & Revelation.

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

185 years ago today - Dec 1, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Elisha Wright given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou mayest be a special witness to many nations, may sail in Ships and preach the gospel to their crews. All this thou mayest do by being faithful and claiming the priesthood. Thou shalt have the power of God sealed upon thee. Thou shalt have power over unclean spirits, power over sickness, shalt command the destroyer to stand back say Satan get hence, power to preach in tongues and interpret languages. power to open the heavens, power to stand in the midst of Judgements, stand in courts.

thou shalt have power to translate thyself like Enoch, power over fires & flood power to instruct the Saints and bring them to Zion, power over the treasures of the earth, have powers of mind and powers of the body shall stand on Mount Zion with the one hundred & forty four thousand and sing their Song. ... If thou art faithful thou shalt have all things of heaven and earth, shalt see the end of this generation, see the tribes enter Zion and see Jesus come in the clouds of heaven. ... by the authority of the holy priesthood I seal thee up unto eternal life. Amen

[Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:97-98, 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]

190 years ago today - Dec 1, 1831

D&C 71 (Hiram): time to [stop work on Bible revisions and] proclaim the gospel, expound the mysteries, "confound your enemies [Ezra Booth]."

[Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

130 years ago today - Dec 1, 1891

[Heber J. Grant]

It is 35 years ago today since father died. I was but nine days old when father died and it has been a great cross to me never to have known a father's love. My father left a reputation that I am proud of and which I hope to be able to follow.

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

140 years ago today - Dec 1, 1881

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary]

Telegraphed President John Taylor. about it also Telegraphed Lars Sandive concerning Making Temple suits for the Brethren.

[Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Dec 1, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]

F. D. Richards & myself started down to see how President [Jedediah M.] Grant was. {President Jedediah Morgan Grant Died Dec 1st 1856; 20 minuts past 10 oclok PM. Aged 40 years 9 months & 7 days.} I met Dr. S. L. Sprague who informed me that He was dead. Had Just breathed his last. ...

He had a great vision while He was sick which he told to the brethren. He preached nearly all the time that He was sick & he related all that he saw in the spirit world.

Soon after I entered his house his wife Rosetta was seized with great trembling & nervous excitement & it seemed as though her frame would shake to peices. We lade hands upon her & rebuked the Devil which seemed to sieze her tabernacle & she became more calm.

[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 - 1856. December 1

(Jedediah M. Grant) : After baptizing hundreds in the cold waters of City Creek, forty-year-old Jedediah M. Grant collapsed of exhaustion and exposure. He died a few days later of pneumonia.

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

180 years ago today - Dec 1, 1841

[Wilford Woodruff]

After retiring to rest at night I was Called upon by Brother Meeks to go with him to lay hands upon his wife who was possessed with a devil. I went with him to his house & found his wife foaming in great agony. I lade hands upon her & rebuked the devil & he came out of her & she soon fell asleep & I returned home & If I had judged from outward appearances I should have thought the devil followed me home & entered into our Cat for she made the most awful noise through the night I ever herd. I also had a disagreeable dream <[between?] Joseph and myself> which I considerd to be from the devil.

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

185 years ago today - Dec 1, 1836

[Wilford Woodruff]

Dec 1st Repaired to the house of the Lord whare Father Smith met a number of Saints to Pronounce upon them a Patriarchal Blessing. This was the first meeting of the kind that I ever attended & I found it to be highly edefying & interesting as their was great & glorious things pronounced upon their heads by the spirit of Prophesy & Revelation.

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

185 years ago today - Dec 1, 1836

Patriarchal Blessing of Elisha Wright given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou mayest be a special witness to many nations, may sail in Ships and preach the gospel to their crews. All this thou mayest do by being faithful and claiming the priesthood. Thou shalt have the power of God sealed upon thee. Thou shalt have power over unclean spirits, power over sickness, shalt command the destroyer to stand back say Satan get hence, power to preach in tongues and interpret languages. power to open the heavens, power to stand in the midst of Judgements, stand in courts.

thou shalt have power to translate thyself like Enoch, power over fires & flood power to instruct the Saints and bring them to Zion, power over the treasures of the earth, have powers of mind and powers of the body shall stand on Mount Zion with the one hundred & forty four thousand and sing their Song. ... If thou art faithful thou shalt have all things of heaven and earth, shalt see the end of this generation, see the tribes enter Zion and see Jesus come in the clouds of heaven. ... by the authority of the holy priesthood I seal thee up unto eternal life. Amen

[Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:97-98, 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]

190 years ago today - Dec 1, 1831

D&C 71 (Hiram): time to [stop work on Bible revisions and] proclaim the gospel, expound the mysteries, "confound your enemies [Ezra Booth]."

[Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]