Today in Church History - Dec 31

On this day in Church History ...

Church Membership at end of year: 6
New Converts : 6
Percent Change from previous year: - (1)
-- 180 years ago - 1829

Church Membership at end of year: 4,372
New Converts : 1,232
Percent Change from previous year: 39.24% (1)
-- 175 years ago - 1834

Church Membership at end of year: 16,460
New Converts : -1,421
Percent Change from previous year: -7.95% (1)
-- 170 years ago - 1839

Church Membership at end of year: 57,038
New Converts : 1,283
Percent Change from previous year: 2.30% (1)
-- 150 years ago - 1859

Church Membership at end of year: 88,432
New Converts : 3,810
Percent Change from previous year: 4.50% (1)
-- 140 years ago - 1869

Church Membership at end of year: 128,386
New Converts : 3,340
Percent Change from previous year: 2.67% (1)
-- 130 years ago - 1879

Church Membership at end of year: 183,144
New Converts : 2,850
Percent Change from previous year: 1.58% (1)
-- 120 years ago - 1889

Church Membership at end of year: 377,279
New Converts : 5,807
Percent Change from previous year: 1.56% (1)
-- 100 years ago - 1909

Church Membership at end of year: 663,652
New Converts : 7,966
Percent Change from previous year: 1.21% (1)
-- 80 years ago - 1929

Church Membership at end of year: 730,738
New Converts : 13,119
Percent Change from previous year: 1.83% (1)
-- 75 years ago - 1934

Church Membership at end of year: 803,528
New Converts : 18,764
Percent Change from previous year: 2.39% (1)
-- 70 years ago - 1939

Church Membership at end of year: 1,078,671
New Converts : 36,701
Percent Change from previous year: 3.52% (1)
-- 60 years ago - 1949

Church Membership at end of year: 1,616,088
New Converts : 60,289
Percent Change from previous year: 3.88% (1)
-- 50 years ago - 1959

Church Membership at end of year: 2,807,456
New Converts : 123,383
Percent Change from previous year: 4.60% (1)
-- 40 years ago - 1969

Church Membership at end of year: 4,404,121
New Converts : 237,267
Percent Change from previous year: 5.69% (1)
-- 30 years ago - 1979

Church Membership at end of year: 5,641,054
New Converts : 289,330
Percent Change from previous year: 5.41% (1)
-- 25 years ago - 1984

Church Membership at end of year: 7,308,444
New Converts : 587,234
Percent Change from previous year: 8.74% (1)
-- 20 years ago - 1989

Church Membership at end of year: 9,024,368
New Converts : 335,200
Percent Change from previous year: 3.86% (1)
-- 15 years ago - 1994

Church Membership at end of year: 10,752,986
New Converts : 398,745
Percent Change from previous year: 3.85% (1)
-- 10 years ago - 1999

Church Membership at end of year: 12,275,822
New Converts : 290,568
Percent Change from previous year: 2.42% (1)
-- 5 years ago - 2004


1 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_history


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 30

On this day in Church History ...

Spencer W. Kimball became President of the Church. (1)
-- Dec 30, 1973

Monmouth, New Jersey. Joseph Smith left Philadelphia and spent several days visiting a branch of the Church in New Jersey. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 30, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Applying for membership at the second meeting of Nauvoo's Masonic lodge are Joseph, Willard Richards, Brigham Young, Sidney Rigdon, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, and others. They are admitted formally on 15 March 1842. (3)
-- Dec 30, 1841

Sidney Rigdon brings Baptist "teachers" Darwin Atwater and Zeb Rudolph from northern Portage Co. to Mentor, to attend his instructional classes -- the two students notice that Rigdon is frequently absent from that place (parts of Jan-Mar.) (4)
-- 1828 Winter


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chronology of Church History, http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Broadhurst, Dale R., History and Genealogy of Sidney Rigdon: The First Theologian of the Latter Day Saints, http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 29

On this day in Church History ...

This day Brother Calvin Stodard [Stoddard] came forward and gave up his licence to the Bishop and confessed that he had not magnified his office but had transgressed and been out of the way. (1)
-- Dec 29, 1832

Joseph Smith Sr. gives 15 patriarchal blessings, followed by a sumptuous feast. In the evening, Joseph Jr. delivers a lecture of 3 hours. Later he learns some Presbyterians were present, "and I expect that some of my saying's set like a garment that was well fited, as I expoused their abominations in the language of the scriptures, and I pray God that it may be like a nail in a sure place, driven by the master of assemblies." Orson Johnson charges William Smith with "unchristianlike conduct in speaking disrespectfully of President Joseph Smith Junr. and the revelations & commandments given through him," and "attempting to inflict personal violence on President J. Smith Junr." (1)
-- Dec 29, 1835

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Remarks to group delivered at "Captain Dutche's" on December 29,
Gen law asked why the Sun was masculine & ^moonfemini[n]e? ^JosephThe root of masculine is st[r]onger & of feminine weaker - Sun is a governing planet to certain planets while the moon borrows her light from the sun & is less or weaker - &c - Let the Government of Mo. redress the wrongs she has don to the mormons or let the curse follow them from generation to generation till the do - when ^Iwasw [sic] going up to Missouri in Co with Elder Rigdon & our families we arrived at Paris. Illinois on a extreme cold day. to go forward was 14 miles to a house. & back was nearly as far we applied to all the taverns for admission in vain. we were mormons & could not be received such was the cold that in one hour we must have perished. we plead for our women & children in vain we councelled together & the brethern agreed to stand by me.
& we concluded we might as well die fighting as freeze to death. I went into a tavern & plead our cause to get admission. The Landlord said he could not keep us for love or money. I told him we must & would stay let the consequence be what it might. for we must stay or perish. the Landlord said they had heard the mormons were very bad people & the inhabitants of the Paris had combined not to have any thing to do with them but we might stary. I told him we would stay but no thanks to him.
& we went in & all the taverns, I have enough to take the town & if we must freeze we will freeze by the burning of these houses = The taverns were then opened & we were accomadated. & received many apologies in the morning from the inhabitants for their abusive treatment. (2)
-- 29Dec42

[Sermon] Orson Pratt: True Christmas and New Year, JD 15:253 - 265 (3)
-- Dec 29, 1872


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 29

On this day in Church History ...


1 -


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 28

On this day in Church History ...

A survey of Exponent II readers shows that 66 percent rate themselves "very active" with an additional 18 percent reporting themselves as "above average" in activity; 43 percent are employed; 95 percent have attended college; 95 percent subscribe to the Ensign, 35 percent subscribe to Dialogue, and 22 percent subscribe to Sunstone. They average 3. children. (1)
-- 30 years ago - Winter 1979-80.

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith baptized Sidney Rigdon for and in behalf of Elder Rigdons parents. The Prophet also baptized Reynolds Cahoon and others. (2)
-- Dec 28, 1841

[Joseph Smith] Cowdery writes to Joseph Jr. from Manchester: "it may look rather strange to you to find that I have so soon become a printer." (3)
-- 180 years ago - Dec 28, 1829

[Same Sex Marriage] An announcement is made that Jack Hoag (the Church's lawyer in Hawaii, CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, the President and Chairman of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., and member of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Manoa) is working on something important, possibly the creation of Hawaii's Future Today (personal communication from Bill Woods, organizer of GLEA (Gay and Lesbian Education and Advocacy) FOUNDATION and the HAWAII MARRIAGE PROJECT that brought together the three couples that initiated the court case in behalf of same-sex marriage.) (4)
-- late Dec 1995


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Marquardt, H. Michael and Walters, Wesley P., Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
4 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Of Mormon / LDS Involvement In Same-Sex Marriage Politics http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 27

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Oliver Cowdery. (1)
-- 175 years ago - about Dec 27, 1834

Joseph Smith exhibits to the Twelve what Young calls the "seer stone" but what Woodruff calls the "Urim and Thummim." Young says that at Nauvoo Smith finds two more seer stones on the banks of the Mississippi River. (2)
-- Dec 27, 1841

[Sermon] Orson Pratt: America a Choice Land - Its Aborigines, JD 12:338 - 346 (3)
-- Dec 27, 1868

[Utah] Apostle Wilford Woodruff tells stake conference in Snowflake, Arizona, "There will be no United States in the year 1890." (4)
-- 130 years ago - Dec 27,1879


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - 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"
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
4 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 24

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Begins to use the title Elder instead of Apostle. (1)
-- Dec 24, 1902

About this time Porter Rockwell and Elias Higbee arrive at Philadelphia with Smith's carriage from Washington, PA, where they had been some time, leaving Elder Rigdon there sick, and Dr. Robert E. Foster to take care of him. (2)
-- 170 years ago - c. (Mon) Dec 24, 1839

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smiths history reported the expulsion of four elderly families by the mobs from Independence, Missouri. (3)
-- Dec 24, 1833

Nauvoo, Illinois. In the evening, Joseph Smith consulted with President [Brigham] Young and Bishop [Newel] Whitney about establishing an agency in England for the cheap and expeditious conveyance of the Saints to Nauvoo. (3)
-- Dec 24, 1841


1 - Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 23

On this day in Church History ...

Most Saints fled from Missouri. (1)
-- 1839 Winter-Spring

Church dedicated Joseph Smith memorial cottage and monument in Vermont. (1)
-- Dec 23, 1905

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although a small branch had been organized already in Philadelphia, Joseph Smith established a more extensive organization there. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 23, 1839

[Polygamy] Mormons observe day of fasting
Mormons observe a church-wide day of fasting and prayer, seeking God's intervention on their behalf. Church leaders issue an appeal to the nation for greater understanding and tolerance. President Woodruff was "viewed by some of his colleagues as a better fisherman than administrator ..." (Van Wagoner, 1986, pp. 138-139.) (3)
-- 120 years ago - Dec 23, 1889


1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 22

On this day in Church History ...

Armed dissenters seized the Kirtland Temple. Apostle Brigham Young left Kirtland on account of the LDS reformers, who reportedly threatened to kill him because publicly supported Joseph Smith as a prophet. (1)
-- (Fri) Dec 22, 1837

Heber C. Kimball starts attending a six-week grammar school taught by Sidney and William E. McLellin.
William was reproved for complaining about Sidney to his wife. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 22, 1834

Heber C. Kimball starts attending a six-week grammar school taught by Sidney and William E. McLellin.
William was reproved for complaining about Sidney to his wife. (2)
-- Dec 22, 1834

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Remarks at Nauvoo, Ill. to Daniel Shearer December 22,
.22--- Heard his correspondence with Gov Carlin. as prepared for Gen Bennet. Recited in German to Elder Hyde, Bro Shearer asked the meaning of the Little leaven in 3 measures of meal. Joseph. - said italludes expessly to the last days. when there about be little faith on the earth & itleaven the whole world. There shall be safity in Zion & Jerusalem & the remnants whom the Lord shall call. It refers to the Priesthood. - Truth springing up on a fixed principle3 measures refers to the 3 in the grand Presidency confining the oracles to a certainhead on the principle of 3. (3)
-- 22Dec42


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 21

On this day in Church History ...

Smith arrives in Philadelphia by train from Washington, D.C. Parley P. Pratt also arrives in Philadelphia, having traveled there from NYC. Pratt remains in Philadelphia until Jan 1st. (1)
-- (Sat) Dec 21, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. reaches Philadelphia and preaches there for a week; then he and Orson Pratt go to New Jersey, return to Philadelphia on 9 January 1840, then return to Washington on 5 February for a short time. Joseph Sr. is bedfast and terminally ill. Lucy assures him by the Spirit that he will not die without his children around him. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 21, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] William Smith marries Rosanna/Rosa Jewitt Surprise. (According to some sources, the marriage year is 1891.) (2)
-- 120 years ago - Dec 21, 1889

[Wilford Woodruff] Appointed clerk and historian of twelve apostles (3)
-- Dec 21, 1852


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 19

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Receives important letter, which makes him happy, then sends important Christmas present to unidentified "special" friend. (1)
-- Dec 19, 1903

According to his lawyer, James A. Briggs, D. P. Hurlbut "was present with the committee" when it assembled for its next meeting in Mentor, "and had Spaulding's original manuscript with him. We compared it, chapter by chapter with the Mormon Bible. It was written in the same style; many of the names were the same, and we came to the conclusion, from all the testimony before us, that the Rev. Sidney Rigdon, the eloquent Mormon preacher, made the Mormon Bible from this manuscript. Of this the committee had no doubt whatever." (2)
-- about (Thr) Dec 19, 1833

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spoke about the parable of the vine and its branches at a meeting with the Twelve Apostles in his home. (3)
-- Dec 19, 1841

William Clayton Marries ninth wife, Elizabeth Ainsworth. (4)
-- 140 years ago - Dec 19, 1869


1 - Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 18

On this day in Church History ...

D. P. Hurlbut arrived back in Kirtland and made arrangements to meet with the anti-Mormon "Committe" at the Corning house in Mentor. With or without their permission he scheduled a lecture in the Methodist chapel located a few yeards north of the Temple. (1)
-- about (Wed) Dec 18, 1833

Joseph Smith, Jr. ordains his father, Joseph Smith, Sr. as Presiding Patriarch and assistant to the President of the High Priesthood. (2)
-- Dec 18, 1833

[Sermon] Orson Pratt: Second Coming of Christ - Preparatory Work Thereto, JD 15:53 - 62 (3)
-- Dec 18, 1870

Raleigh North Carolina Temple; Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA; Announcement: 3 September 1998; Dedication: 18 December 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- 10 years ago - Dec 18, 1999


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 17

On this day in Church History ...

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle meeting at 4 p.m. of "the Quorum" in upper room of Joseph Smith's store; anointing and endowment for Samuel H. Smith, and Joseph Smith gave instructions (HC, JS-F, MAQ, MHBY, WW). (1)
-- Dec 17, 1843

Kirtland, Ohio. After Orson Hyde read aloud a letter of complaint to the Prophet, Joseph Smith explained the objections he had set forth in it, and satisfied his mind upon every point, perfectly. (2)
-- Dec 17, 1835

[Smoot Hearings] The committee meets at 10:00 a.m. Present Senators Burrows, Dubois, McComas, Overman, Pettus, and Smoot, with attorneys Richards, Tayler, Van Cott, and Worthington. Jackson continues; Nicholson and Hickman are recalled. The committee recesses from 12:55 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Charles W. Penrose testifies. Ellis is recalled, followed by William Budge and John Henry Smith. The committee adjourns at 4:30 p.m. (3)
-- Dec 17, 1904

Quetzaltenango Guatemala (Under Construction) Temple; Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Announcement: 17 December 2006; Groundbreaking: 14 March 2009 by Don R. Clarke; Notes: Announced by President Hinckley at the groundbreaking of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. (4)
-- Dec 17, 2006


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Paulos, Michael Harold (editor), The Mormon Church on Trial: Transcripts of the Reed Smoot Hearings
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 17

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo charter signed by Illinois Governor Thomas Carlin. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 16, 1839

The Church announces that worldwide membership reaches 750,000 on this day in history. (2)
-- 70 years ago - Dec 16, 1939

The petition is delivered to the state legislature by David H. Redfield, who also meet with General Atchison, Governor Boggs, and others. (3)
-- Dec 17, 1838

Las Vegas Nevada Temple; Location: Sunrise Manor, Nevada, USA; Announcement: 7 April 1984; Dedication: 16 December 1989 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, six-spire design (4)
-- 20 years ago - Dec 16, 1989


1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 16

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo charter signed by Illinois Governor Thomas Carlin. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 16, 1839

The Church announces that worldwide membership reaches 750,000 on this day in history. (2)
-- 70 years ago - Dec 16, 1939

[Mark Hofmann] Lyn Jacobs, fronting for Hofmann, offers to sell LDS church an 1830 Martin Harris letter to W. W. Phelps (the "white salamander" letter). President Hinckley declines, indicating that the price is too high. Brent Ashworth also rejects the offer. Hofmann, "fronting" for Jacobs, approaches LDS Church Archivist Donald Schmidt, eventually suggesting that perhaps a wealthy Church member could be found to buy it and then donate it to the Church. This middleman idea proves to be attracive. Brent Metcalfe tells Hofmann of Steven Christensen. (3)
-- Dec 16, 1983

Las Vegas Nevada Temple; Location: Sunrise Manor, Nevada, USA; Announcement: 7 April 1984; Dedication: 16 December 1989 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, six-spire design (4)
-- 20 years ago - Dec 16, 1989


1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - 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,
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 15

On this day in Church History ...

Oliver Cowdery and N K. Whitney arrived back in Kirtland, with a printing press they had obtained in New York. (1)
-- mid Dec. 1833

Nauvoo, Illinois. After becoming ill in the morning, Joseph Smith was administered herbs and mild drinks by Levi Richards and was considerably revived by evening. (2)
-- Dec 15, 1843

[Sermon] John Taylor: All Intelligence Comes From God - Life and Immortality Brought to Light Through the Gospel - Gathering - Temple - Building - The Elders Messengers of Salvation to the Nations, JD 20:219 - 229 (3)
-- Dec 15, 1878

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple; Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 14 December 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (4)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 14, 1984


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 14

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith began unpacking and sorting the dry goods for his Red Brick Store on the corner of Granger and Water Streets. (1)
-- Dec 14, 1841

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple; Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 14 December 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (2)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 14, 1984

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple; Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 14 December 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (2)
-- Dec 14, 1984

[Wilford Woodruff] Departs for Randolph (3)
-- Dec 14, 1872


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
3 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 13

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] Young adds Peter, James, and John to the cast of the acted portion of the endowment ceremony. (1)
-- Dec 13, 1845

"Mike Hansen" leaves Mark Hofmann fingerprint, which police later find, on receipt at Salt Lake Stamp Company. (2)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 12, 1984

[Mountain Meadows] Indian Superintendent Forney arrives in Washington, D.C. with the two oldest surviving boys from the massacre. Forney hopes the boys will be allowed to testify before Congress. (3)
-- 150 years ago - Dec 12, 1859

[Whitmer, Peter, Jr] Arrived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, 13 December 1830; there employed as tailor. (4)
-- Dec 13, 1830


1 - 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"
2 - 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,
3 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
4 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 12

On this day in Church History ...

"Mike Hansen" leaves Mark Hofmann fingerprint, which police later find, on receipt at Salt Lake Stamp Company. (1)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 12, 1984

"Mike Hansen" leaves Mark Hofmann fingerprint, which police later find, on receipt at Salt Lake Stamp Company. (1)
-- Dec 12, 1984

[Mountain Meadows] Indian Superintendent Forney arrives in Washington, D.C. with the two oldest surviving boys from the massacre. Forney hopes the boys will be allowed to testify before Congress. (2)
-- 150 years ago - Dec 12, 1859

[Taylor, John] Sealed to Elizabeth Kaighin 12 December 1843. Three children: Josephine, Thomas Edward, and Arthur Bruce. (3)
-- Dec 12, 1843


1 - 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,
2 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
3 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 11

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends gathering in celestial room of Salt Lake temple in honor of John R. Winder. (1)
-- Dec 11, 1901

2,000th stake of the Church organized, at Mexico City. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Dec 11, 1994

[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Marriage - Joseph to Prescendia Lathrop Huntington, age 31, already married. Elder Dimick B. Huntington officiating PLACE: Smith's Store, Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: FamilySearch.com record for Joseph Smith Jr. (3)
-- Dec 11, 1841

Edmonton Alberta Temple; Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Announcement: 11 August 1998; Dedication: 11 December 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- 10 years ago - Dec 11, 1999


1 - Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993
2 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline, http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 10

On this day in Church History ...

At 3 p.m. Anointed Quorum members began re-performing for each other in the Nauvoo temple the first washing and anointing they had previously received in various non-temple buildings. At 7:40 p.m., they began "to commence and go through with the ordinances" of the endowment ceremony. The re-performance of these ordinances continued until 3 a.m. for these previously endowed members of the Anointed Quorum (WC-S). HC emphasizes females as the officiators, specifically Mary Ann Young, Vilate Kimball, and Elizabeth Ann Whitney, and itemizes the joint participation of females and males: Brigham and Mary Ann Young, Heber and Vilate Kimball, Orson and Nancy Marinda Hyde, Parley and Mary Ann Pratt, John and Leonora Taylor, George and Bathsheba Smith, Willard Richards (whose only endowed wife had died), Amasa and Maria Louisa Lyman, John and Mary Page, John and Clarissa Smith, Lucy Mack Smith, Newel and Elizabeth Ann Whitney, George and Catharine Miller, William and Sally Phelps,
John M. Bernhisel, Alpheus and Lois Cutler, Levi Richards, Reynolds and Thirza Cahoon, William Clayton (whose endowed wives were inexplicably not present), Lucien and Phebe Woodworth, Orson and Catharine Spencer, and widows Agnes M. Smith, Mercy R. Thompson, and Mary Fielding Smith. (1)
-- Dec 10, 1845

[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, Joseph and Emma move into the old Jesse Hale house. (2)
-- about Monday, Dec 10, 1827

Joseph returns to Kirtland. Thomas B. Marsh (3)
-- Dec 10, 1837

Joseph Smith III dies, Kirkland, OH. (4)
-- Dec 10, 1914


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - Watson, Elden, Approximate Book of Mormon Translation Timeline, http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 09

On this day in Church History ...

[Lucy Mack Smith] Abner Cole, using the name Obediah Dogberry, announces in his new weekly Palmyra Reflector (first issued on 2 September), that he will publish sections of the Book of Mormon. Extracts appear on 2, 11, 13, and 22 January 1830. (1)
-- 180 years ago - Dec 9, 1829

[Patriarchal Blessings] Patriarchal Blessing of Joseph Smith, Jr., given by Joseph Smith, Sr. stated "thou shalt stand on Mount Zion when the tribes of Jacob come shouting from the north, and with thy brethren, the sons of Ephraim, crown them in the name of Jesus Christ: Thou shalt see thy Redeemer come in the clouds of heaven (2)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 9, 1834

[U.S. Religious History] Because of her controversial and outspoken opinions on sex education and drub abuse, U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is forced to tender her resignation. (3)
-- 15 years ago - Dec 09, 1994

[Utah] ZCMI Drug Stores advertises that is has just opened on Main Street with "Liquors, Draught and by the case." (4)
-- 140 years ago - Dec 9,1869


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
2 - Marquardt, H. Michael, "Excerpts from a few Patriarchal Blessings given by Joseph Smith, Sr." http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/patb2.htm
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
4 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 08

On this day in Church History ...

Relief Society reorganized under the direction of President Brigham Young. (1)
-- Dec 8, 1867

Today in 1999 President Gordon B. Hinckley presides over the sealing of a fifty year time capsule which will be opened in 2049. (2)
-- 10 years ago - Dec 8, 1999

[Lucy Mack Smith] Thomas Ford is inaugurated as governor of Illinois. (3)
-- Dec 8, 1842

[Same Sex Marriage] Report of the Governor's Commission on Sexual Orientation and the Law is issued. The 400+ page report concludes that the state of Hawaii has no compelling interest in refusing to recognize same-sex marriages. (4)
-- Dec 8, 1995


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chronology of Church History, http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Of Mormon / LDS Involvement In Same-Sex Marriage Politics http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 07

On this day in Church History ...

Elder O. Hyde returned from his mission to Jerusalem. (1)
-- Dec 7, 1842

Washington, D.C. Joseph Smith consulted with the Illinois delegation about how to get the Churchs petition for redress brought before Congress. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 7, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. and Emma come to Waterloo for a preaching meeting at Lucy's home. (3)
-- Dec 7, 1830

[Sermon] George Q. Cannon: The Second Coming of Our Savior - Preaching of the Gospel and the Signs Following - the Gathering - Hatred of the World Toward the Latter - Day Saints - No Power Can Overthrow the Work of God - Exhortations to Faithfulness, JD 26:39 - 47 (4)
-- Dec 7, 1884


1 - Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 06

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph Smith, Sr., and son Hyrum are the first Freemasons to become general authorities, although they had not been active since the 1826 murder of anti-Masonic crusader William Morgan. Before his own death Joseph Smith would marry the anti-Masonic martyr's widow Lucinda. First Presidency ordains Hyrum Smith as an additional assistant president (counselor) and Joseph Sr. as assistant president and Presiding Patriarch. Joseph Jr. had ordained Brigham Young's father John Young as patriarch to his family a few weeks earlier. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 6, 1834

Appointed brother Hyrum Smith and father, Joseph Smith Sr., as additional assistant presidents of the church, Kirtland. (2)
-- Dec 6, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 86. Parable of the wheat and the tares: Satan rules through Babylon the whore. Apostles have spread the seed and it begins to grow but is still tender. Priesthood passes to one generation to the next. Priesthood remains until all is restored. Saviors to Israel through the priesthood.
Kirtland Revelations Book heading: A Revelation explaining the parable of the Wheet & <the> Tears.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 6 heading: Revelation explaining the parable of the wheat and tares December 1832. / ON PRIESTHOOD.
Kirtland Revelations Book. (3)
-- Dec 6, 1832

[Sermon] John Taylor: The Saints' Need of the Spirit - The Priesthood - Vitality and Growth of the Work of God - Accomplishment of God's Purposes and Designs, Etc., JD 6:105 - 114 (4)
-- Dec 6, 1857


1 - 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"
2 - Jessee, Dean, Esplin, Ronald and Bushman, Richard Lyman (editors), The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants," http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
4 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 05

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph, Sidney, Frederick G. Williams, and Oliver Cowdery meet to discuss "the welfare of the Church." Joseph ordains Oliver Assistant President:.

My brother, in the name of Jesus Christ who {died} was crucified for the sins of the world, I lay my hands upon thee, and ordain thee an assistant President of the high and holy priesthood in the Church of the Latter Day Saints (1)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 5, 1834

William Smith: Dictated revelation 5 Dec. 1845 rejecting Brigham Young (2)
-- Dec 5, 1845

Washington, D.C. Joseph Smith sent a letter to his brother Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, reporting his visit with United States president Martin Van Buren. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 5, 1839

[Utah] Feminist Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the Mormon Church because of her outspoken support for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. (4)
-- 30 years ago - Dec 5, 1979


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb, http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Dec 04

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph:] this day I been unwell done but litle been at home all day regulated some things this Evening feel better in my mind then I have for a few days back Oh Lord deliver [DEL: out :DEL] thy servent out of temtations and fill his heart with wisdom and understanding PWJS, 22. (1)
-- Dec 4, 1832

[Utah] 50 years ago - Budget Committee reports that church spent $8 million more than its revenues that year. As result, church permanently stops releasing annual reports of expenditures. (2)
-- 19591204

William Clayton Dies, leaving four wives and thirty-three children. (3)
-- 130 years ago - Dec 4, 1879

William Clayton Dies, leaving four wives and thirty-three children. (3)
-- Dec 4, 1879


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - 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
3 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Mormon opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and same-sex marriage

Thirty years ago today in Mormon history ... Mormon feminist Sonia Johnson was excommunicated from the LDS church for her outspoken support of the Equal Rights Amendment.  The LDS Church had launched a concerted effort to prevent the amendment from passing, and Johnson led efforts to promote the amendment.

Today the Mormon Church is waging a similar battle against same-sex marriage by supporting and coordinating anti-gay marriage efforts around the country.  Today's efforts have parallels in the church's battle against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In October 1976, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement against the Equal Rights Amendment, ..fearing it would promote "an increase in the practice of homosexual and lesbian activities." ....

Read the rest of the article here.

Today in Church History - Nov 30

On this day in Church History ...

[Anointed Quorum] The first Sunday morning prayer circle in the temple: "No ones admired only those that had recieved [sic] the Preasthood," including Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, John Taylor, George A. Smith, Willard Richards, Amasa M. Lyman, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Alpheus Cutler, Reynolds Cahoon, William W. Phelps, William Clayton, John Smith, Cornelius P. Lott, Orson Spencer, Isaac Morley, Lucien Woodworth, Joseph Young, Levi Richards, and Joseph C. Kingsbury. In the prayer circle Brigham Young "offered up prayer and dedicated the attic story of the Temple and ourselves to God, and prayed that God would sustain and deliver us his servants from the hands of our enemies, until we have accomplished his will in this house." After a hymn, the circle resumed and Heber C. Kimball prayed "that the Lord would hear and answer the prayers of his servant Brigham, and break off the yoke of our enemies and inasmuch as they lay traps for the fee
t of his
servants that they may fall into them themselves and be destroyedthat God would bless his servant Joseph Young, heal his wife, and bless his familythat God would bless and heal his own [Kimball's] family and asked for the same blessings on all our families which he had asked for Joseph Young and himself." After performing a priesthood administration on Apostle Amasa M. Lyman, the circle resumed a third time, and "Joseph Young prayed that our enemies might have no power over our leaders, he prayed for our brethren in England and on the Islands of the Sea: Brothers Babbitt, Turley and the Reddensalso that the Trustees might have means to liquidate all the debts" (HC, HCK, WC-S, with different ordering of names in each). (1)
-- Nov 30, 1845

While reflecting upon the goodness and mercy of the Lord, this evening, a prophecy was put into our hearts, that in a short time the Lord would arrange his providences in a merciful manner and send us assistance to deliver us from debt and bondage. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Nov 30, 1834

While reflecting upon the goodness and mercy of the Lord, this evening, a prophecy was put into our hearts, that in a short time the Lord would arrange his providences in a merciful manner and send us assistance to deliver us from debt and bondage. (2)
-- Nov 30, 1834

William Clayton Marries seventh wife, Sarah Ann Walters. (3)
-- Nov 30, 1856


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 29

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] Joseph and Judge Higbee meet with President Martin Van Buren and tell him their petition. The President says he cannot help them. Joseph spends a few more days in Washington trying to find someone who will help the Saints but no one will. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 29, 1839

[Joseph Smith] Visits Martin Van Buren, the president of the United States, in Washington, D.C., seeking redress for Missouri injustices. While there, he also petitions the United States Congress for help. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph visits President Martin Van Buren: "Your cause is just . . ." (3)

[Sermon] Charles W. Penrose: The Word of the Lord to the Church Given Through the Authorities - Authorities Should Be Sustained - Powers of the Priesthood - Sphere of Woman, JD 21:45 - 53 (4)
-- 130 years ago - Nov 29, 1879

At the First Televised Grammy awards in Los Angeles, California, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir receives an award for it's recording of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." (5)
-- 50 years ago - Nov 29, 1959


1 - More Good Foundation, Timeline, http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah
3 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
4 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
5 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 28

On this day in Church History ...

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph arrives in Washington, D.C. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 28, 1839

Young Ladies' Retrenchment Association organized by Brigham Young, forerunner of modern Young Women organization. (2)
-- 140 years ago - Nov 28, 1869

Young Women program initiated under the title Young Ladies' Retrenchment Association. (3)

Young Ladies Retrenchment Association organized, forerunner of Young Women program. (4)

[Sermon] John Taylor: Eternal Nature of the Gospel - The Principle of Life and Increase - The Source of All Intelligence - Right of the Creator to Govern the Creature - Duties of the Saints, JD 21:111 - 120 (5)
-- 130 years ago - Nov 28, 1879


1 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
2 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
4 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chronology of Church History, http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
5 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 27

On this day in Church History ...

Wilford Woodruff reported that Orson Hyde was still in Kirtland on Nov. 27 1836. Hyde probably left for Columbus at the end of the month. By that time it was known that the Whigs had control of the Ohio Legislature, and that the Mormon political allies had little power to help them in Columbus. (1)
-- (Sun) Nov 27, 1836

Heber J. Grant dedicated Hawaii Temple. (2)
-- Nov 27, 1919

Joseph Smith writes (in a ledger) that when he was 16, the Lord appeared and said his sins were forgiven. (3)
-- Between Jul 20, 1832 and 27-Nov 1832

En route to Washington, D.C. Just before arriving in Washington, D.C., the horses on the stagecoach ran off at full speed while the coachman was getting a drink. Joseph Smith climbed outside the door of the coach and regained control of the horses after a two to three mile run, saving the passengers from injury. (4)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 27, 1839


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Thanksgiving beginnings in Utah


Thanksgiving depicted in an LDS Sunday School Magazine
Ardis E. Parshall

Thanksgiving Day in Utah had a unique Mormon beginning, eventually splitting into two holidays.

Salt Lake's first Thanksgiving occurred on Thursday, August 10th, 1848 .....

Two years later, Brigham Young declared January 1st, 1852 "a day of praise & thanksgiving".....

Thirty-two years later .. Utah Territorial Governor Eli Murray issued a proclamation setting Thanksgiving Day in Utah to Thursday, November 27th ...


Read the entire article here



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Today in Church History - Nov 26

On this day in Church History ...

[Book of Mormon Translation] Manchester, Martin Harris gives Joseph Smith $50 in silver (1)
-- about Monday, Nov 26, 1827

The First Presidency announces that Full-time Single Elders would return to serving missions for 24 months. This followed a period of several years, where many had been called to serve 18 months, instead of the usual 24. (2)
-- 25 years ago - Nov 26, 1984

[Joseph Smith] Aboard ship during a storm, Young writes in his diary: "I set to command the winds to sees a and let ous [us] goe safe on our Jorney[, and] the winds abated." (3)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 26, 1839

[Utah] 25 years ago - First Presidency announces that as of 1 Jan mission service for young men will return to 24 months. (4)
-- 19841126


1 - Watson, Elden, Approximate Book of Mormon Translation Timeline, http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - 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"
4 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 25

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 106, a revelation calling Warren Cowdery as a high priest in the Church. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Nov 25, 1834

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Revelation of November 25, 1834. (2)

[Financial] The church announces that the expenditures of local units -- wards and stakes -- will now be paid by annual budget allowances from church tithing funds, ending the established practice of having members pay many local costs. (3)
-- 20 years ago - Nov 25, 1989

Church announced discontinuance of stake and ward budget assessments; budgets to be funded entirely by tithing. (4)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants," http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
3 - http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/282148/
4 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Evolution and Mormonism: An internal debate

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles's Darwin's On the Origin of Species.  It has invoked vigorous discussion about science and the creation in Mormon thought.

 
In 1930, LDS General Authority B. H. Roberts submitted the copy of a manual he had been assigned to write for adult men of the church containing a chapter attempting to reconcile the scientific understanding of the origin of life to Mormon teachings.  It included a discussion of  "pre-Adamites," human-like beings that lived before Adam and Eve.  It also taught that death had occurred for millions of years before Adam's fall.

Junior apostle Joseph Fielding Smith disagreed .....

Continue reading here.

Today in Church History - Nov 24

On this day in Church History ...

[U.S. Religious History] Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was first published. All 1,250 copies of the first printing were sold out on the very first day. (1)
-- 150 years ago - Nov 24, 1859

[Polygamy] Woodruff receives revelation of defiance
Wilford Woodruff, as church president, receives revelation, which continued the defiant discourse with the church's enemies. He says that Jesus Christ himself promised protection for the church's practice of polygamy: "I, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, am in your midst ... Awake, O. Israel, and have faith in God and His promises, and he will not forsake you. I the Lord will deliver my Saints from the domination of the wicked, in my own due time and way." (Stacker, p. XVII.) (2)
-- 120 years ago - Nov 24, 1889

[Uncannonized Post-Joseph Smith Revelation] Revelation to Wilford Woodruff at Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, on 24 November 1889
I Attended A meeting with the Lawyiers [Lawyers] at the Gardo [House] in the Evening. They wanted me to Make some Concessi[o]n to [the] Court upon Poligamy [Polygamy] & other Points and I spent Several Hours alone & Enquired of the Lord and received the following:
Revelation given to Wilford Woodruff, Sunday Nov 24, 1889.
Thus Saith the Lord, to my Servant Wilford [Woodruff], I the Lord have heard thy prayers and thy request, and will answer thee by the voice of my spirit. Thus Saith the Lord, unto my Servants the Presidency of my church, who hold the Keys of the Kingdom of God on this earth. I the Lord hold the destiny of the courts in your midst, and the destiny of this nation, and all other nations of the earth in mine own hands, and all that I have revealed, and promised and decreed concerning the generation in which you live, shall come to pass, and no power shall stay my hand.
Let not my servants who are called to the Presidency of my church, deny my word or my law, which concerns the salvation of the children of men. Let them pray for the Holy Spirit, which shall be given them to guide them in their acts. Place not yourselves in jeopardy to your enemies by promise. Your enemies seek your distruction [destruction] and the distruction [destruction] of my people. If the Saints will hearken unto my voice, and the counsel of my Servants, the wicked shall not prevail.
Let my servants, who officiate as your counselors before the courts, make their pleadings as they are moved upon by the Holy spirit, without any further pledges from the Priesthood. I the Lord will hold the courts, with the officers of government, and the nation responsible for their acts towards the inhabitants of Zion.
I, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, am in your midst. I am your advocate with the Father. Fear not little flock, it is your father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Fear not the wicked and ungodly. Search the Scriptures, for they are they which testify of me, also those revelations which I have given to my servant Joseph [Smith], and to all my servants since the world began, which are recorded in the records of divine truths. Those revelations contain the judgments of God which are to be poured out upon all nations under the heavens which include great Babylon.
These judgments are at the door. They will be fulfilled as God lives. Leave judgment with me, it is mine saith the Lord. Watch the signs of the times, and they will show the fulfillment of the words of the Lord.
Let my servants call upon the Lord in mighty prayer, retain the Holy Ghost as your constant companion, and act as you are moved upon by that spirit, and all will be well with you. The wicked are fast ripening in iniquity, and they will be cut off by the judgments of God. Great events await you and this generation, and are nigh at your doors. Awake, O, Israel, and have faith in God, and His promises, and he will not forsake you. I the Lord will deliver my Saints from the dominion of the wicked, in mine own due time and way. I cannot deny my word, neither in blessing nor judgments.
Therefore let mine Anointed gird up their loins, watch and be sober, and keep my commandments. Pray always and faint not, exercise faith in the Lord and in the promises of God; be valient [valiant] in the testimony of Jesus Christ. The eyes of the Lord and the Heavenly Hosts are watching over you and your acts. Therefore be faithful until I come. I come quickly to reward every man according to the deeds done in the body. Even so, amen.
(Scott G. Kenney, ed., Wilford Woodruff's Journal, 9:67-69, entry of 24 Nov. 1889) (3)

[Wilford Woodruff] Receives revelation on politics and polygamy (4)


1 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
2 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
3 - Marquardt, H. Michael, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm
4 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 23

On this day in Church History ...

[Heber J. Grant] Set apart as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (1)
-- Nov 23, 1916

[Heber J. Grant] Set apart as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (1)
-- Nov 23, 1918

[Lucy Mack Smith] At the Richmond judicial proceeding, presided over by Judge Austin A. King, of the eighty arrested by General John B. Clark at Far West, fifty-three are taken to court. Joseph, Hyrum, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, Alexander McRae, and Sidney Rigdon are sent to Liberty Jail; Parley P. Pratt, Morris Phelps, Luman Gibbs, Darwin Chase, and Norman Shearer are jailed at Richmond. The others are released. (2)
-- 23-Nov 28, 1838

[Sermon] Henry W. Naisbitt: Salvation Dependent Upon Effort and Progress - We Should not Be Discouraged By Difficulty, JD 21:38 - 44 (3)
-- 130 years ago - Nov 23, 1879


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, Salt Lake City, Utah
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 22

On this day in Church History ...

[Heber J. Grant] Heber Jeddy Grant is born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Rachel Ridgeway Ivins Grant and Jedediah Morgan Grant. Hebers father, who served as Second Counselor to President Brigham Young, dies nine days later. (1)
-- Nov 22, 1856

[Joseph Smith] Learns of expulsion of Saints from Jackson County, Missouri. (2)
-- Nov 22, 1833

[Lucy Mack Smith] Enoch Tripp visits Lucy in Nauvoo. She kisses him and sends her love to Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and other friends. (3)
-- Nov 22, 1855


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, Salt Lake City, Utah
2 - Joseph Smith Papers, Timeline of Events, http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 21

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith and the other members of his Hebrew class decided to request a Jewish teacher from New York. (1)
-- Nov 21, 1835

Nauvoo, Illinois. The first baptisms for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple were performed in the temple font in compliance with Joseph Smiths instructions regarding the ordinance. (1)
-- Nov 21, 1841

[Mark Hofmann] "Mike Hansen" orders printing plate for Emma Smith hymnal back page from Debouzek Engraving, Salt Lake City. (2)
-- 25 years ago - Nov 21, 1984

[U.S. Religious History] Alfred Cumming, selected by President James Buchanon to replace Brigham Young as governor for the territory of Utah, took office. He immediately ordered armed Mormon groups in the territory to disband, but he was generally ignored. (3)
-- Nov 21, 1857


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - 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,
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 20

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Released as president of Box Elder Stake. (1)
-- Nov 20, 1899

Smith receives a letter from Rigdon who is recuperating from his illness at his brother Carvel's house in Washington Co., PA. (2)
-- 170 years ago - (Wed) Nov 20, 1839

A general conference was held in NYC on Tues. & Wed. Elders present: Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, Samuel James, Benjamin Winchester, Elders Foster, Layne, Jenks, Brown, Benedict, and Parley P. Pratt. (2)
-- 170 years ago - 20 & Nov 21, 1839

Billings Montana Temple; Location: Billings, Montana, USA; Announcement: 30 August 1996; Dedication: 20 November 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)
-- 10 years ago - Nov 20, 1999


1 - Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 19

On this day in Church History ...

(c. Mon.) Parley P. Pratt arrives in New York City. (1)
-- 170 years ago - c. (Tue) Nov 19, 1839

(c. Mon.) Parley P. Pratt arrives in New York City. (1)
-- c. (Tue) Nov 19, 1839

Alvin Smith, Joseph Smith's older brother dies. On his deathbed, he tells Joseph to keep the Lords commandments, so that he will be able to obtain the Gold Plates for translation. (2)
-- Nov 19, 1823

[Joseph Smith] President Joseph F. Smith passes away, and Heber J. Grant leads the church. (3)
-- Nov 19, 1918


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - Wikipedia, 20th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 18

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Death of son, Rudger Remus Clawson. (1)
-- Nov 18, 1904

Devery Anderson of Longview, Washington, who earlier requested a meeting with his area president (Elder Joe J. Christensen), is called in for an unexpectedly "friendly" meeting with his stake president. The stake president, who forwarded the request to Elder Christensen with a cover letter of his own summarizing the situation from his perspective, tells Devery that Elder Christensen has requested that Devery write him a complete account directly. The stake president expresses willingness to return Devery's recommend, if that is Elder Christensen's decision. In response to Devery's letter, President Christensen expresses his hope that continued efforts at understanding may lead to a satisfactory resolution. As of mid- January 1993, the matter remains unresolved. (2)
-- Nov 18, 1992.

Mentor, Ohio. Joseph Smith preached about the resurrection at the funeral of Martin and Preserved Harriss father, Nathan Harris. (3)
-- Nov 18, 1835

Columbus, Ohio. Because of illness among the group traveling to petition the government, Joseph Smith and Judge Elias Higbee went on ahead in order to make better time by stagecoach to Washington, D.C. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 18, 1839


1 - Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 17

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith published a journal entry in the first issue of the Church newspaper Times and Seasons. (1)
-- 170 years ago - about Nov 17, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of David Hyrum Smith, son of Joseph and Emma. (2)
-- Nov 17, 1844

Seattle Washington Temple; Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA; Announcement: 27 May 1978; Dedication: 17 November 1980 by Spencer W. Kimball (3)
-- Nov 17, 1980

Taipei Taiwan Temple; Location: Taipei, Taiwan; Announcement: 31 March 1982; Dedication: 17 November 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Rededication: 13 November 2006 by L. Tom Perry; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (3)
-- 25 years ago - Nov 17, 1984


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
3 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 16

On this day in Church History ...

[Hancock, Levi Ward] Baptized by Parley P. Pratt 16 November 1830. Ordained elder soon thereafter by Oliver Cowdery. (1)
-- Nov 16, 1830

[Revelations] Joseph receives a letter of contrition from Harvey Whitlock and immediately replies "your letter gave sensations that are better imagined than described, let it suffice that I say the very flood-gates of my heart were broken up: I could not refrain from weeping. I thank God that it has entered into your heart to try to return to the Lord and to his people, if it so be that he will have mercy upon you. I have inquired of the Lord concerning your case. These words came to me:". Revelation of November 16, 1835. .
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you: Let him who was my servant Harvey, return unto me, and unto the bosom of my Church, and forsake all the sins, wherewith he has offended against me, and pursue from henceforth a virtuous and upright life, and remain under the direction of those I have appointed to be pillars, and heads of my Church,/Papers 1:140-142.
and behold saith the Lord your God, his sins shall be blotted out from under Heaven, and shall be forgiven from among men, and shall not come up in mine ears nor be recorded as a memorial against him. /forgiven: HC 1:315 has forgotten. (2)
-- On Nov 16, 1835

[Spencer W. Kimball] Marries Camilla Eyring. (3)
-- Nov 16, 1917


1 - 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
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants," http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City, Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 15

On this day in Church History ...

[Anointed Quorum] Thursday prayer circle meeting at 4 p.m. at Willard Richards's office, with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, Parley P. Pratt, George Miller, William W. Phelps, Orson Spencer, Lucien Woodworth, and Newel K. Whitney: "It was decided that Mother Lucy Smith should be furnished with food, clothing, and wood for the winter" (HC, HCK). (1)
-- Nov 15, 1845

D. P. Hulbut went to Onondaga Valley, Onondaga Co., NY to consult with William H. Sabine. There he secured a letter of introduction from Sabine to his sister, the widow of Solomon Spalding. Hurlbut also obtained the directions on how to locate the widow in western Massachusetts. (2)
-- prob. mid-Nov 1833

[Lucy Mack Smith] The first issue of the Times and Seasons is published at Nauvoo. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 15, 1839

[Wight, Lyman] Moved family to Augusta, Iowa, 15 November 1839. (4)


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 14

On this day in Church History ...

Halifax Nova Scotia Temple; Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Announcement: 7 May 1998; Dedication: 14 November 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (1)
-- 10 years ago - Nov 14, 1999

Regina Saskatchewan Temple; Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Announcement: 3 August 1998; Dedication: 14 November 1999 by Boyd K. Packer; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (1)

After four months of fever and ague, Orson Hyde leaves Commerce for Philadelphia on his mission. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 14, 1839

[Hyde, Orson] Left on mission to East 14 November 1839. Met George W. Robinson enroute; decided to assist Robinson in publishing history of Church written by Sidney Rigdon. (3)


1 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 13

On this day in Church History ...

Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen, president of the Utah South Area, addresses the area priesthood leadership meeting. Elders Henry B. Eyring and Joseph B. Wirthlin are also in attendance. According to an attendee, Elder Jeppsen defines "a spectrum" of church members including "an increasing number . . . who still cling to their membership" but "are pursuing paths to apostasy." In the center are "the mainstream of the Saints, whose who follow the guidance of the latter-day prophets." To the right are four groups: "the priestcrafters who sell their services of gospel understanding for money, the latter-day gnostics who believe that they are endowed with special knowledge of the mysteries and that the veil has been rent for them, the doomsayers who forecast future events, and the cultists who practice polygamy or other doctrines that are not taught by the Church." To the left are "the feminists: those who advocate a mother in heaven and women holding the priesthood, the intellectuals wh
o advocate a naturalistic explanation for the Book of Mormon and other revelations, and the dissenters: those who challenge the interpretation of the leadership of the Church." According to this report, Elder Jeppsen also characterizes Satan as "the great multiplier of perspectives in this earth" while "Jesus Christ is the great consolidator of all truth. . . He is asking us that we follow the brethren unquestionably [sic]." Also in the same priesthood meeting, one speaker (not identified) gives a list of fifteen "false teachings," including specific dates for the Second Coming, "praying to a Mother in Heaven," explicit preparations for attacks by Russians and others, and teaching where and when the ten tribes will return. (1)
-- 13-Nov 14, 1992.

Joseph F. Smith born in Far West, Missouri. (2)
-- Nov 13, 1838

[Snow, Erastus] Ordained priest 13 November 1834. (3)
-- 175 years ago - Nov 13, 1834

[Wilford Woodruff] Called to write script of temple endowment ceremony (4)
-- Nov 13, 1876


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
2 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - 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
4 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 12

On this day in Church History ...

[Anointed Quorum] At 4 p.m., a prayer circle and meeting of "the Council" at Willard Richards's office with Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, John Taylor, George Miller, William W. Phelps, Orson Spencer (HC, HCK). (1)
-- Nov 12, 1845

D&C 70: Those in charge of printing the commandments are worthy of their hire; members are to be temporally equal. (2)
-- Nov 12, 1831

Joseph tells the Twelve that he thought that he had placed the church on a permanent foundation by organizing the stake of Zion. But he is still alive, so there must be something more for him to do, and that is the ordinance of washing of feet, which he then administers.
(2)
-- Nov 12, 1835


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 11

On this day in Church History ...

Armistice ended World War I. (1)
-- Nov 11, 1918

General Clark, who had hoped for a military tribunal, turns fifty-three prisoners over to civil authorities accused of high treason, murder, burglary, arson, robbery, and larceny. HC 3:208-209 (2)
-- Nov 11, 1838

Revelation is received directing the church to organize presidencies over each quorum in the priesthood (D&C 107:60-92, 99-100). (3)
-- Nov 11, 1831

[U.S. Religious History] Charles Edward Coughlin founded the National Union for Social Justice (Union Party). (4)
-- 75 years ago - Nov 11, 1934


1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
4 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 10

On this day in Church History ...

Ezra Booth letter #5 published: Joseph, Sidney, and Martin travel in comfort, by boat, and the others overland on foot. Disappointed by Independence-little civilization, unfulfilled promises of miracles and spiritual gifts. Joseph tells the Saints they must purchase the land, which they believed would be given to them. His vision of a large congregation proves false. Ezra Booth Letters (4-6) (1)
-- Nov 10, 1831

First issue of the Messenger and Advocate is published in Kirtland, Oliver Cowdery, editor, F. G. Williams & Co., publisher. Includes Oliver's letter to W. W. Phelps from Norton, Ohio, September 7, 1834, recounting translation of the Book of Mormon, angelic restoration of "the holy a priesthood" in the name of the Messiah; and Oliver's letter from Pontiac dated October 20, but referring to the company's arrival at Pontiac, November 8. Oliver's 18341835 History (1)
-- 175 years ago - Nov 10, 1834-20

Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and others charged with High Treason, murder, burglary, arson, robbery, and larceny. (2)
-- Nov 10, 1838

[U.S. Religious History] Pope Paul VI abolished the automatic excommunication imposed on divorced American Catholics who remarried. This penalty of excommunication was first handed down by the Plenary Council of American Bishops in 1884. (3)
-- Nov 10, 1977


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 09

On this day in Church History ...

[U.S. Religious History] Carl Sagan was born. (1)
-- 75 years ago - Nov 09, 1934

Smith writes his wife, saying he and Higbee will leave Rigdon behind. Elias Higbee and Joseph Smith then leave Rigdon, Dr. Foster and Porter Rockwell behind with the carriage and the two of them take the stagecoach to Washington. (2)
-- 170 years ago - (Sat) Nov 9, 1839

Springfield, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to his wife, Emma Smith. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 9, 1839

Parley P. Pratt arrived in Detroit and then "went on to New York City by steamboats, the canal and railway." (2)
-- 170 years ago - c. (Sat) Nov 9, 1839


1 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 08

On this day in Church History ...

About this time the travellers neared Columbus, Ohio and proceeded on poor roads. Rigdon's health was so bad that Smith and Higbee decided to take "the most expeditious route to Washington City, leaving Brothers Rockwell, Rigdon, and Foster, to come on at their leisure in the carriage." (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Fri) Nov 8, 1839

Parley P. Pratt, the first missionary to South America, arrived in Chile. (2)
-- Nov 8, 1851

The word of the Lord cam[e] unto me saying that President Phelps & President J. Whitmer are under condemnation before the Lord, for their errors <for which they made satisfaction the same day> (3)
-- Nov 8, 1835

The Baptismal Font in the Nauvoo Temple was dedicated. (4)
-- Nov 8, 1841


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 07

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle John Henry Smith] Elected a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1895. (1)
-- Nov 7, 1894

Springfield, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Henry G. Sherwood at Nauvoo, Illinois. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 7, 1839

[Joseph Smith] The First Presidency, three apostles, four presidents of Seventy, and fifty-nine others signed a petition to Kirtland's justice of the peace to "depart forthwith out of Kirtland." (3)
-- Nov 7, 1836

[Joseph Smith] Held church conference, Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, at which Frederick G. Williams was removed from the presidency and Hyrum Smith appointed in his place. (4)
-- Nov 7, 1837


1 - White, Jean Bickmore, Church, State, and Politics, p.xviii, A John Henry Smith Chronology
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - 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"
4 - Jessee, Dean, Esplin, Ronald and Bushman, Richard Lyman (editors), The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Chronology for the Years 1832-1839


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 06

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] Cowdery writes from Manchester that Harris will pick up the horse in two or three weeks. [MANCHESTER,] (1)
-- 180 years ago - Nov 6, 1829

[Lucy Mack Smith] Oliver Cowdery at Manchester writes to Joseph Jr. at Harmony, reporting that he has copied the Book of Mormon manuscript up to Alma 36 and that the printing is continuing slowly. (2)

About this time the group departed Springfield, headed for Indiana. Rigdon was still ill. (3)
-- 170 years ago - (Wed) Nov 6, 1839

Albert P Rockwood Death: 26 Nov. 1879, Sugar House, Salt Lake Co., Utah , Estate: $16,850.15 appraised; $14,307.74 net (4)
-- 130 years ago - Nov 6, 1879

[Utah] Apostle M. Russell Ballard tells 25, 000 students at BYU that general authorities "will not lead you astray. We cannot." This claim of infallibility is officially published, and he repeats it to another BYU devotional meeting in 03ch 1996. (5)
-- 15 years ago - Nov 6,1994


1 - Marquardt, H. Michael and Walters, Wesley P., Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
4 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47
5 - 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


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 05

On this day in Church History ...

Oliver Cowdery: Recanted letter to Whitmer 5 Nov. 1848 (1)
-- Nov 5, 1848

[Sidney Rigdon] Patterson & Hopkins Booksellers firm in Pittsburgh was dissolved and replaced by the Robert & Joseph Patterson Book and Stationery Store; Robert Patterson had a close association with the job-office print shop of Butler & Lambdin, established after 1817. Silas Engles was the printer for Patterson & Hopkins, as well as for R. & J. Patterson 1812 Fall At about this time, Solomon Spalding, newly arrived from OH, apparently approached Joseph Patterson in regard to having Butler & Lambdin print a book he had written. Silas Engles told Robert Patterson "that a gentleman from the East originally" had left a manuscript written "in the style" of "the Bible" for publication. Patterson looked at the MS and approved it publication, provided the author pay the costs. (2)
-- Nov 5, 1812

[Wilford Woodruff] Ordained priest in Mormon church by Simeon Carter in Clay County (3)
-- 175 years ago - Nov 5, 1834

[Wilford Woodruff] Ordained a priest by Simeon Carter in Clay County, Missouri. (4)


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., History and Genealogy of Sidney Rigdon: The First Theologian of the Latter Day Saints, http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
3 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah
4 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, Salt Lake City, Utah


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com

Today in Church History - Nov 04

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph Smith returned to Kirtland from his travels to Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada. Oliver Cowdery wrote his diary enntry that day, (1)
-- (Mon) Nov 4, 1833

The group arrived in Springfield, capital of Illinois. (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Mon) Nov 4, 1839

We arrived at Springfield, and put up with Brother John Snider. When within one mile of the city, we met William Law and company with seven wagons from Canada, who returned with us to Springfield, and tarried while we did, until the 8th. I preached several times while here. General James Adams, judge of probate, heard of me, sought me out, and took me home with him, and treated me like a father. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Nov 4, 1839

Springfield, Illinois. Joseph Smith and his company arrived in Springfield on their journey to Washington, D.C., and met up with William Law and a number of Saints coming from Canada. (3)


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


-- Tour through Mormon history: http://mormon-church-history.blogspot.com