10 years ago today - 9/20/2008

Wall St Journal reports: The Yes on 8 campaign has received "more proportionally from the Latter-day Saints Church than from any other faith," said Mr. Schubert, 35% to 40% of the total. The Mormon Church encouraged its members to send their donations to a separate post-office box set up by a church member, said Messrs. Schubert and L. Whitney Clayton, a senior Mormon Church official involved in the campaign. Mr. Clayton said the church didn't keep track of how much individual Mormons donated, just the cumulative total. He said members bundled the donations and forwarded them to the campaign.

[Source: Mormons for Marriage: A Prop 8 Timeline, http://mormonsformarriage.com/?page_id=68]

110 years ago today - Sep 20, 1908

[George F. Gibbs to John F. Tolton]
... it is not in order for Bishops to sign such recommends [for "second blessings"], for the reason that you alone are responsible for the worthiness of the parties recommended by you. It is taken for granted that you yourself have had your second blessings. If not[,] you had better not sign any more such recommends until you have seen President [Joseph F.] Smith.

[Source: George F. Gibbs to John F. Tolton, Sept. 20, 1908, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

135 years ago today - Sep 20, 1883

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary]
Apostle B. Young addressed us. Second coming of Christ, progress of the Saints fullfilment of Prophecy, increase of the Saints from 143 pioneers. to one hundred and forty three thousand. and prophecied in 30 years our increase would be one hundred and forty three million.

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

165 years ago today - Sep 20, 1853

"Uncle John" Smith, Presiding Patriarch, confers upon his son, apostle George A. Smith, "all the keys of the Patriarchal Priesthood that ever was sealed upon any man on the earth." He also says in the blessing, "all the inhabitants of the earth shall know that the Lord did choose the Smith family to build up Zion & did by them lay the foundation of this Church which shall never be overthrown neither shall the name of the Smith family be blotted out under Heaven." Despite Presiding Patriarch's dying request in 1854 that his son be his successor, Brigham Young instead chooses oldest son of Martyred Hyrum Smith.

170 years ago today - Sep 20, 1848

Brigham Young returns to Salt Lake City and never again leaves Great Basin.

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

175 years ago today - Sep 20, 1843

Joseph marriage to Malissa Lott, age 19. (Allegations of sex). [Brian Hales reports this marriage may have been OKed by Emma Smith]

[Source: Affidavit of Melissa Willes, 3 Aug. 1893. Pages 98 and 105 of the Temple lot case; Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

175 years ago today - Sep 20, 1843

[Nauvoo Neighbor Newspaper]
Story: "Porter Rockwell" -- Editorial -- Describing the rumors of Rockwell's attempt to murder Gov. Boggs.

- Ordinances: "An Ordinance Concerning Marriages." -- John C. Bennett, Mayor -- Passed Feb 17, 1842, James Sloan is listed as the recorder. Age of consent is set at 17 for boys and 14 for girls.

[Source: http://boap.org/LDS/Nauvoo-Neighbor]

40 years ago today - Sep 19, 1978-Tuesday

[Leonard Arrington]
This morning Davis Bitton brought me a copy of "Book of Mormon Difficulties" by B. H. Roberts. He had obtained two copies from a friend; I did not ask him who the friend was, and he did not tell me. He was able to obtain one copy for me and one for himself. This document was apparently prepared by Roberts in 1921 and represents perhaps 300 pages. The pages are numbered as far as 280 and it looks like about another 100 or 150 pages after that. None of us have heard of the existence of this document until the last few weeks. As far as we are aware, it is not in our vault and we've never heard it mentioned in the vault of the First Presidency or the Joseph Fielding Smith safe. Last fall, about a year ago, Michael Marquardt telephoned to ask if I'd heard of it; I told him no. He said it does exist and he had seen a copy. [Discussion about who has seen it, and who has copies] ... In connection with what we had heard earlier from Michael Marquardt and attributed by him to Brigham Roberts the grandson, this was supposed to have been done near the end of his life and Roberts was about to leave the Church because his testimony had been destroyed as the result of this study. It is very clear that this could not have been the case. [A list of evidences that Roberts retained his testimony of the Book of Mormon] ...

Davis has and he is impressed with two things: 1. B. H.'s absolute honesty in pursuing the difficult questions, with courage and determination. 2. That he came to grips with every aspect of it and did not hesitate in coming to conclusions warranted by the evidence despite what they might do to traditional beliefs. For example: he admits quite candidly that the Book of Mormon could have been the production of one mind. There are in the back of the book some memos, one to Bob [Ben] Roberts from Mark Cannon-no date-and three memos of Michael Marquardt written last fall. Chapter 13 of the book is missing for some reason not explained except that it is mentioned as being missing in the document obtained from Brigham Roberts the grandson. The title of the chapter was "The Messiah in the New World-Quetzoquoatal." The document gives every appearance of being authentic. ...

Richard Roberts, head of the Department of History at Weber [State College] and a grandson of Brigham H. Roberts... told me a number of important and interesting things: 1. That the first wife [Sarah] Louisa [Smith Roberts] did not approve of B. H. taking plural wives, and she was largely alienated from him after he married the second wife. And she brought up her children to be alienated from him. It is his understanding that B. H. did not spend very much time with the first wife and family after the first plural marriage. The first wife more or less left the Church and her children were more or less brought up outside the Church, not only as non-Mormons but in practical respects as anti-Mormons. 2. If this general attitude was not true during the first years of plural marriage, it became definitely true when Roberts married just before [[actually, after]] the [1890] Manifesto Maggie Shipp. ....

The Way, the Truth and the Life, which is probably the single most brilliant work by a Latter-day Saint mind to this day.

The most important lesson indicated by this experience [a discussion with a board member of the Relief Society] is that the Relief Society are not very autonomous, even within their own organization. The brethren are not only directing Relief Society policy but also getting into the actual administration of the organization. ...

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

55 years ago today - Sep 19, 1963

The First Presidency and apostles decide to prevent the performance of BYU professor Clinton F. Larson's play 'The Redeemer' because of its portrayal of Mary Magdalene as the wife of Jesus. "President McKay [is] very much concerned about it, he having said there was no authoritative basis for such a conclusion-that we just didn't know." The performance occurs because it is sponsored by the Provo Recreation Department rather than BYU.

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

125 years ago today - Sep 19, 1893

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacob Smith Young leads a prayer circle for Mary Ann Burnham Freeze in the Salt Lake Temple, who is then baptized for her health, confirmed, and administered to by male temple healers in the garden room.

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

125 years ago today - Sep 19, 1893

[Francis M. Lyman]
[Minersville-Milford] On the train we found the following brethren on their way to the penitentiary to serve sentences for living with their wives ... [Dalley, Jones, Barton] each for adultery with their own wives ... Judge Fudd was also on the train. I plead with him to use his influence with Marshall Brigham not to have the brethren shaved, He promised me he would do his best.

[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Sep 19, 1853

John Alpheus Cutler: Organized "The True Church of Jesus Christ" 19 September 1853.

[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]

40 years ago today - Sep 18, 1978-Monday

[Leonard Arrington]
Earl Olson was visited by a security official who asked that the Library-Archives be closed down at noon on Saturday... Security had heard that there was to be a sit-in of women during the afternoon. Apparently there was a reception at 3:00 o'clock in advance of the evening meeting for women. This was a reception for General Authorities and wives, the officers and spouses of Relief Society and Young Women, and perhaps general boards. ... Gordon says there was absolutely no sign of anybody wanting to sit-in and that this was a false alarm. It reminds me of the many false alarms that came during the period of black difficulties, when we kept hearing that many carloads of blacks from California were headed for Salt Lake City and they were going to "take over" Temple Square. This got so far that priesthood members in various wards in Salt Lake City were mobilized to meet the problem, in case it developed. Of course nothing happened.

Alice Smith telephoned this morning, quite discouraged. She called to tell me she did not think the time was ripe to publish a history of the Relief Society. She thought this would be too damaging to the testimonies of LDS women who would read it because, if it tells the truth, it will relate the deterioration of the power and position of women in the Church and will be very depressing to women who care. She gave as examples the following: [First,] in 1964 when she went on the [general] board, the Relief Society visited every stake at least once a year; then as the number of stakes multiplied, they were given permission to visit 60 stakes each year, then still later 24, and the new instructions give them the opportunity of visiting only 12 stakes per year. Second, the Relief Society has lost its money, its magazine, its lessons, and its semi-annual conferences. The Church correlating group in charge of writing manuals has taken over their manual; the Presiding Bishopric has taken over their money; the Ensign has taken over their magazine; and in no case have they had a substitution for any of these. When she was visiting the stake in Virginia, she assured the women that they might phone up Barbara Smith and invite her to meet with them, but as they were about to do so, they received a letter which informed them that they were not to invite any member of the board or any member of the presidency without clearing it with the stake president. The stake president had to clear it with the regional representative; the regional representative had to clear it with the area supervisor; the area supervisor had to clear it with the Quorum of Twelve. And because of all this bureaucratic arrangement, it will be impossible now for any stake to be directly in touch with the central organization of the Relief Society. Not only will they not be able to visit the various stakes, but they can't even correspond with them directly. She says that plans are now to do things at the ward level, which will make it more difficult for the Relief Society to function. She did not reveal what those were, but said that it would occur soon. She is very discouraged. She has accumulated over the years a large supply of Relief Society instructions and materials and has written notes and kept a diary, and she called to know what to do with these. I made a number of suggestions to her; the one which seemed most attractive to her was to give them to BYU or USU so they could be used by girls doing masters theses at the university. Alice said the deterioration of the Relief Society began under President [Harold B.] Lee, under his Correlation program, and that many of his appointees are still functioning and still operating under his philosophy. Dean Larsen, for example, was a Lee protegee, and is now the advisor to the Relief Society. He and those with him are continuing to trim and trim power and authority from the Relief Society.

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

130 years ago today - Sep 18, 1888

[Wilford Woodruff]
The Tribune is full of wrath this morning because George Q Cannon gave himself up yesterday without the ring having Power to arest him and be made a Marter of. The ring are Mad Becaus the New Govornor does not persecute the saints the same as Judge Zane.

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

150 years ago today - Sep 18, 1868

Presidet Young spoke 35 minuts & said He read from the Book of Life keep the word of wisdom, Lay up the grain, Stop traiding with the Gentiles or I will Cut you off from the Church for it is time. Let Every one stop drinking Coffee, tea, whiskey, Tobaco for this is the word of God unto you & you will be Cut off if you do not.

[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 - Sep 18, 1843. Monday.

[William Clayton]
...Joseph and I rode out to borrow money, drank wine at Sister Lyons. P.M. I got $50 of Sister Lyons and paid it to D. D. Yearsley. [Silvia was legally married to Windsor P. Lyon, and also married to Joseph Smith.]

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

180 years ago today - Sep 18, 1838

[Missouri War]
After receiving reports of disturbances, Governor Boggs orders out two thousand troops and prepares to lead march to western Missouri.

[Source: LeSueur, Stephen C., The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri, Appendix: Chronology of Events in Missouri, 1838-1839]

30 years ago today - Sep 17, 1988

The LDS church joins the VISN television network (Vision Interfaith Satellite Network) sponsored jointly by different religious organizations; renamed the "Faith and Values Channel."

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

40 years ago today - Sep 17, 1978

The first episode of the TV series Battlestar Gallactica, created, written, and produced by Church member Glen A. Larson, airs on ABC. The story line of the series incorporates many LDS beliefs and doctrines.

125 years ago today - Sep 17, 1893

[Francis M. Lyman]
... I also bore down very heavy on the Word of Wisdom. Declared that the filthy stinking tobacco smokers and chewers should not be permitted to enter the presence of the Savior at his coming.

[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Sep 17, 1888

[Wilford Woodruff]
President George Q. Cannon was indicted on saturday again for Cohabitation and this Morning He went into Court and Delivered himself up to the Court & Plead guilty to the Indictment and the Court sentenced him on the first Count 75 days imprisionment & $200 dollars fine and the second Count 100 days & $250 dollars fine total 175 days imprisionment & $450 dollars fine. He was taken in to the Penetentiary by Marshal Dyer who was accompanied by C. W. Wilkin H. B. Clawson & James Jack. The Marshal told the Warden to treat him Kindly. He will have all the Privileges the rules Can afford. We Parted in good spirits. This leaves me in a Measure alone for 5 Months but I will do the best I Can.

[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 - Sep 17, 1843. Sunday.

[William Clayton]
I had some talk with Lydia. She seems to receive it kindly but says she has promised her mother not to marry while her mother lives and she thinks she won't.

 [Clayton had asked Joseph Smith if he (Clayton) could marry Lydia Moon. Clayton was already married to two Moon sisters. Smith replied with a revelation stating that more than two wives was likely to cause "wrangles." After informing Clayton of the revelation, Smith asked if Clayton minded if he (Smith) married Moon instead, to which Clayton agreed. Clayton asked Moon on behalf of Smith. The preceding is Clayton's synopsis of his conversation with Lydia Moon.]

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

175 years ago today - Sep 17, 1843

Joseph Smith instructs the Sunday congregation that it is wrong to have "men among women, and women among men," and segregates the congregation by gender.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

40 years ago today - Sep 16, 1978

The first conference for LDS females over age eleven is broadcast over closed-circuit radio to meeting houses. Although not part of general conference, as is the male equivalent, this is the first step in giving LDS females a meeting similar to that which Mormon males have experienced since 1830. In Sept. 1993 this is divided into the Relief Society's and Young Women's "general meeting."

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

85 years ago today - Sep 16, 1933

A Deseret News Church Section full-page article, "The Problem of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon" by Sidney B. Sperry and H. Grant Vest. This is an example of the LDS leadership's delayed acceptance of B.H. Robert's recommendation a decade earlier to openly confront the textual problems in Mormon scriptures. Roberts dies eleven days after this article. On 30 Sept. the Church Section prints "The Synoptic Problem in Its Relation To Modern Revelation," and "The Johannine Problem In Its Relation To Modern Revelation" on 7 Oct.

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

110 years ago today - Sep 16, 1908; Wednesday

[George F. Richards]
The question of necessity for ordaining Presidents of Seventies considered and decided that it is not necessary to ordain a President of Seventy. It is sufficient to set them apart.

[Source: George F. Richards, Diary]

135 years ago today - Sep 16, 1883

[Patriarchal Blessing of William Wadley given by Zebedee Coltrin] ... And thou shalt enter the courts of the kings and many of the nobles of the earth shall have and reverence that gospel thou shalt preach unto them. ...

And thou shalt become a mighty prophet in the midst of the Zion of the Lord. And thou shalt be wrapped in the visions of the heavens and shall be clothed with salvation as with a garment. And the Angels of the Lord shall administer unto thee, and converse with thee face to face, and shall make known unto thee the high laws of heaven. ...

And thou shalt become a mighty tiller of the earth, and shall understand all the princiiples [principles] of the cultivation of the soil. ... And thy sons shalt become mighty men before their Lord, and shall be filled with the wisdom of the heavens, and many of them shall become Prophets, and Apostles, Seers and revelators before the Lord, and be kings and priests unto the most high. ... And thy daughters shall be women of great renown, clothed upon with all the principles of eternal salvation, and their sons shall become mighty men before the Lord, and shall remain and reign upon the earth a Thousand years with the Lord, And their daughters shall be holy women and become the mothers of holy, sanctified men and shall dwell in the midst of the sanctified of the Lord.

... I seal all these blessings upon thy head and thee up unto all the powers of exaltation, of thrones, and dominions and powers of eternal lives, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . . Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

30 years ago today - Sep 15, 1988

Mark Hofmann attempts suicide by way of a drug overdose. He is rushed to the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

[Source: Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,]

35 years ago today - Sep 15, 1983-Thursday

[Leonard Arrington]
Took Harriet to the B. H. Roberts Symposium last night. ... Brooke Hopkins: Mormons are unusually interested in what they look like to outsiders. It would be a relief if, when someone discovers a fault, it would be openly discussed. When individuals become so concerned with their image that they try to fix the image instead of dealing with the problems underneath, what they [other people] think of us is more important than what we think of ourselves or what God thinks of us. Mormon history suggests that we began as radicals, non-conformists. Exciting to be a Mormon then. Deeply opposed to American culture. ... Now the Mormons seek acceptance, yearn for a good image. An ambivalent situation, a contradiction: inordinately concerned with their image to others-spend $12 million on a Reader's Digest series. Yet claim to be the true religion which is different from that of "the world." An inordinate fear of disclosure with a cost in emotional and spiritual terms. A public relations church. Masks the fear of facing truth. How we must appear to God, how we can reconcile with the New Testament which would give us self respect. The need to find approval is comic. Even if we convince others that we are great, it only puts dealing with the real problems off.

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

55 years ago today - Sep 15, 1963

President Joseph Fielding Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicates the new Liberty Jail Visitors' Center on the site where his grandfather, Hyrum Smith, and great-uncle, Joseph Smith, were incarcerated with others during the winter of 1838–39.

120 years ago today - Sep 15, 1898

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Attended meeting at Temple. It did look grand to see Presidency intact and well. all feel thankful to have Pres[idents]. [George Q.] Cannon & [Joseph F.] Smith in their old places. It seems to me that Pres[ident] Cannon does not have confidence in me as he used to have. He may have reason for it. I know that I do not follow his suggestions without question as I used to do. I know that God loves him and I know that we all love him and we pray for his health and long life.

[Source: Brigham Young Jr. 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]

130 years ago today - Sep 15, 1888

[Heber J. Grant]
Bro George Q Cannon informed me a few days ago that it was his intention to surrender himself to the court and go to the penitentiary for '2unlawful cohabitation'. He said he had had assurances that he should not be sentenced for more than six months. I certainly think it is wisdom for him to purchase his liberty at this price.

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

175 years ago today - Sep 15, 1843

William Clayton writes in his journal: "President Joseph told me he had lately had a new item of law revealed to him in relation to myself. He said the Lord had revealed to him that a man could only take 2 of a family except by express revelation and as I had said I intended to take Lydia he made this known for my benefit. To have more than two in a family was apt to cause wrangles and trouble. He finally asked if I would not give L[ydia] to him. I said I would so far as I had anything to do in it. He requested me to talk to her." Lydia Moon, who had just turned 17, was the younger sister of two of Clayton's wives: legal wife Ruth Moon and his first plural wife Margaret Moon. Clayton had been courting Lydia to become his plural wife until Joseph Smith told him of the recently-revealed "new item of law." Clayton talked to Lydia Moon about becoming Joseph's plural wife but she never would agree to it. She later apostatized from the Church.

175 years ago today - Sep 15, 1843

Joseph puts up a sign in front of the Nauvoo Mansion stating that because of "cruel and untiring persecution," he is no longer able to provide free room and board to so many visitors, as he has been doing in the mansion. "I have been reduced to the necessity of opening 'The Mansion' as a hotel. I have provided the best table accommodations in the city; and the Mansion, being large and convenient, renders travelers more comfortable than any other place on the Upper Mississippi." The mansion also has a 75-horse stable.

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

40 years ago today - Sep 14, 1978-Thursday

[Leonard Arrington]
Reminiscences Things I Have Done as Church Historian Since 1972 That I Am Most Proud Of

... Proud that we were able to break the old rule of personnel and Church employment which required women to be terminated after six months of pregnancy. We were able to break this rule through Maureen [Ursenbach] Beecher. Once having been broken, it is now general policy that women may work until they wish to quit. But the next step was even more difficult-to get Church personnel to agree to allow women a few weeks leave, after which they might resume employment. We were able to get them to do this for Maureen and thus the pattern was set for other women in Church employment as well. ...

Proud that we were able to produce the wonderful one-volume history The Story of the Latter-day Saints, by Jim Allen and Glen Leonard. I recognize that this has been under somewhat of a cloud because of Brother [Ezra Taft] Benson's and Brother [Mark E.] Petersen's objections, but others of the Quorum of the Twelve and other General Authorities are very complimentary, and this includes President [Spencer W.] Kimball himself, who says he read it, thought it was splendid, and could not understand why Brother Benson and Brother Petersen did not like it. This is a major step forward in understanding this book and a major step forward in LDS history and is a milestone in LDS historiography.

5. Proud of our arranging the contracts for the 16-volume sesquicentennial history-that each of the sixteen persons we asked agreed to sign; and proud despite the cloud over the work of the History Division that these contracts have been reaffirmed and the work is proceeding satisfactorily. We have one of these manuscripts already completed and others expected to be completed by the end of the year, the remainder in 1979 and 1980. [This project was cancelled by Boyd K. Packer]

6. Proud that we have been instrumental in the preparation of other books which make important contributions to LDS history [books listed] ... this with full knowledge and approval of my associates and all of us have felt that this tactic was for the good of the Church and kingdom. Nevertheless it is my desire to be open and honest and it has troubled my conscience to have to resort to the diplomatic deception. ... 10. I regret that my own services or the services of my colleagues have not been used by the First Presidency, Church authorities, and Church departments as consultants on historical matters. We have not been invited, for example, to give historical addresses at the dedication of important buildings, plaques, sites, etc. These have usually been given by the prophet, by Elder Petersen, or by Wendell Ashton, and these have not consulted us in the preparation of the talks they have given. This seems to me unthinkable and inexcusable-that those of us who know intimately our history have not been involved in the preparation of historical addresses. This means that many myths have been perpetrated and perpetuated, which means that the next generation of historians will have the problem of correcting these myths.

[Regrets the failure of organizing a 'Friends of Church History' group] ... Bro. Hunter telephoned me and told me not to do anything until we got the approval of the First Presidency. I then presented this matter at our next meeting with President Lee and counselors and they gave us some counsel but did not caution us against organizing, just expressed some misgivings. ... So the whole "brilliant idea" was dropped and the momentum of enthusiasm that had been built up fell like a ton of lead. We were embarrassed, humiliated, and set back in our public relations and good will and simply not able to get the idea back to the First Presidency for their stamp of approval because of the misgivings and cautions of our advisers and our managing directors. ...

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

55 years ago today - Sep 14, 1963

President David O. McKay dedicates a monument in Kansas City, Missouri, commemorating the establishment of the city's first school, which was erected by the Colesville Saints in 1831.

85 years ago today - Sep 14, 1933

[Minutes of the Seventies]
Elders Albert J. Southwick and Richard L. Evans came to the office today for the purpose of being ordained seventies but upon consulting with them, Pres. [B. H.] Roberts stated that they were loathe to accept the responsibility of the office of seventy and in discussing their cases it was learned that their KSL broadcasting and Tabernacle choir work would prevent them from attending their quorum meetings. Their ordination will be left to the one who will ordain those who were not present on September 3, 1933, to be ordained in the 18th ward.

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

120 years ago today - Sep 14, 1898 (Wednesday)

The State Democratic convention held in Salt Lake City nominated [General Authority] Brigham H. Roberts for Congress...

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

120 years ago today - Sep 14, 1898; Wednesday

[Franklin D. Richards]
There are said to be 3 or 5 detectives from the East in Utah seeking out our condition as to Polygamy & illegal cohabitation.

[Source: Franklin D. Richards, Diary]

130 years ago today - Friday, Sep 14, 1888

[John Henry Smith]
Bp. R. T. Burton and I had an interview with Bp. John Taylor and J. H. Martineau about his, Bro. Martineau's, immoral conduct.

We held three meetings today, one being that of the High Council. It was unanimously agreed that Bro. J. H. Martineau should make a public confession of his wrong doing and if forgiven by the people to renew his covenants by Baptism. He said he would do so.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

140 years ago today - Sep 14, 1878

First Primary established by Aurelia Spencer at the direction of the Relief Society. At first the Primary function under the Relief Society, but by 1890 the Primary Association became a separate Church auxiliary with its own general board.

[Source: Correlation Timeline, Compiled by Lisle Brown]

180 years ago today - Sep 14, 1838

William Dryden tells Governor Boggs that he, with ten men as guards, has tried to serve a writ against certain Saints for the incident of Aug. 8 with Adam Black, but the "Mormons" are so well armed that it is impossible to enforce any laws in Caldwell or Daviess counties.

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