Today in Church History - Feb 28

-- Feb 28, 1831
It is well known that Joe Smith never pretended to have any communion with angels, until a long period after the pretended finding of his book. Palmyra Reflector, Feb. 28, 1831. (1)

-- Feb 28, 1833
It is well known that Jo Smith never pretended to have any communion with angels, until a long period after the pretended finding of his book, and that the juggling of himself or father, went no further than the pretended faculty of seeing wonders in a "peep stone," and the occasional interview with the spirit, supposed to have the custody of hidden treasures; and it is also equally well known, that a vagabond fortune-teller by the name of Walters, who then resided in the town of Sodus, and was once committed to the jail of this country for juggling, was the constant companion and bosom friend of these money digging imposters. "Gold Bible, No. 5," Palmyra Reflector, Feb. 28, 1831. (1)

-- Feb 28, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Wesleyville, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith stayed with kind strangers on his journey to New York to gather volunteers for Zions Camp. (2)

-- Feb 28, 1835
First Council of the Seventy organized, Kirtland, OH. (3)

Original Quorum of Seventy organized. (4)

Joseph, David, Martin, and Oliver meet with members of Zion's Camp and select members of the First Quorum of the Seventy. (1)

and March 1 Ordination and blessing meetings of the Seventy. (1)

The organization of the First Quorum of the Seventy commenced, Kirtland, Ohio (see HC 2: 201-2). (5)

The organization of the Quorums of Seventies commenced. (6)

The Quorum of the Seventy is organized. Joseph Young, Hazen Aldrich, Levi W. Hancock, Leonard Rich, Zebedee Coltrin, Lyman Sherman, and Sylvester Smith are called as the seven presidents. (7)

[Hancock, Levi Ward] Ordained seventy 28 February 1835. Ordained president of First Quorum of Seventy shortly thereafter; served in position until death. (8)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith organized the First Quorum of the Seventy. (2)

[Joseph Smith] The Council of Seventy and First Quorum of Seventy are organized. (9)

[Joseph Smith] Organized Quorum of the Seventy, Kirtland. (10)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph organizes the First Quorum of the Seventy. (11)

[Joseph Smith] Organizes a Quorum of the Seventy. (12)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Organization of the Quorum of the Seventy. (13)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The Seventy are chosen from those who went on Zion's Camp. Joseph Young, Hazen Aldrich, Levi W. Hancock, Sylvester Smith, Leonard Rich, Zebedee Coltrin, and Lyman Sherton are the seven presidents. (14)

-- Feb 28, 1836
Two Irvingites from Scotland call on Joseph, "to make inquiry about the work of the Lord in these last days." They treat Joseph respectfully and express satisfaction with what they hear at Mormon services. (One is J. Hewitt.) (1)

-- (Thr) Feb 28, 1839
Democratic Association of Quincy joined by other Quincy Gentiles in a second meeting with the Mormons. (15)

-- ca. Feb 28, 1839
[Lucy Mack Smith] Samuel moves his family from the crowded dwelling where Joseph Sr., Lucy, and his sisters are living. About this time, Lucy's and Joseph's daughter Lucy becomes very sick. Mother Lucy, while nursing daughter Lucy, becomes painfully ill with cholera but is cured through the herbal remedies of a botanic physician. (14)

-- Feb 28, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith saw a notice in the Chicago Express about the signs of the Son of Man and wrote to the editor of the Church newspaper Times and Seasons on this topic. (2)

-- Feb 28, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Special prayer circle of men to "pray for Brother [Joseph W.] Coolidge's sick child" (HC, also last entry in MAQ). (16)

-- Feb 28, 1847
[Joseph Smith] Young relates to the high council his vision of Joseph Smith in the spirit world and the prophet's statements about the law of adoption and the need for Mormons to obtain individual revelation. (9)

-- Feb 28, 1850
University of Deseret (later University of Utah) founded. (4)

-- Feb 28, 1982.
At a meeting of the B. H. Roberts Society, James L. Clayton of the University of Utah denounces the archival restrictions and challenges Elder Packer's position: "Selecting only those topics and historians that are comfortable in order to lead the membership more easily into the promised land is, to put it bluntly, intellectually and morally irresponsible from the historians' point of view." (17)

-- Feb 28, 1993
[U.S. Religious History] The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) along with the FBI and other federal agents staged a raid the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. (18)

-- Feb 28, 1996
More than half of 9.4 million Saints now lived outside the United States. (4)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
4 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
5 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
6 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
7 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
8 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
9 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
10 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
11 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
12 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
14 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
15 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
16 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
17 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
18 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 27

-- Feb 27, 1819
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon Presented Dismission from the Peters Creek Church and accepted into the Providence Regular Baptist Church of North Sewickley (1)

-- Feb 27, 1831
Orson Pratt arrives in Kirtland with Samuel Smith. Joseph to Hyrum, Mar. 3-4, 1831 (2)

[Smith, Samuel Harrison] Sent with Orson Pratt to preach in Kirtland, Ohio; arrived 27 February 1831. (3)

-- Feb 27, 1833
Revelation known as the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89) received by Joseph Smith. (4)

Word of Wisdom revealed (D&C 89). (5)

D&C 89 (Kirtland): Word of Wisdom: health guidelines with promise of health, wisdom, and deliverance from the destroying angel. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 89, a revelation containing the dietary code for the Saints known as the Word of Wisdom. (6)

[Joseph Smith] The "Word of Wisdom" discourages use of tobacco, wine, and "strong drink" but encourages the use of "mild drinks" made from barley (beer). (7)

[Joseph Smith] Revelation on dietary code that became known as Word of Wisdom, Kirtland. (8)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Revelation known as the Word of Wisdom given at Kirtland (D&C 89). (9)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph receives the Word of Wisdom. (10)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 89. Not a commandment. Use wine for sacrament, strong drink for washing, tobacco for bruises, no hot drinks, herbs useful, meat sparingly, grain the staff of life, fruit, mild barley drinks. Promise: health, hidden treasures of knowledge, endurance, destroying angel pass by.
Kirtland Revelations Book heading: A Revelation for the benefit of the saints & -.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 80 heading: A word of wisdom for the benefit of the council of high priests assembled in Kirtland and church; and also the saints in Zion: to be sent greeting: not by commandment or constraint: but by revelation and the word of wisdom: showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days. Given for a principle with promise adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints who are or can be called saints.
Kirtland Revelations Book.
A Revelation for the benefit of the saints & KRB, 49-51. (11)

-- Feb 27, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Elk Creek, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith stayed at Shadrach Roundys home while traveling to New York to gather volunteers for Zions Camp. (6)

-- Feb 27, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith met with nine of the Twelve Apostles at home and gave them counsel on the authority of the apostleship and the importance of keeping records. (6)

-- (Wed) Feb 27, 1839
Sidney Rigdon preaches a funeral sermon in or near Quincy. he mentions that there will be a meeting at the Adams Court House that evening. After Rigdon speaks the meeting is postponed for 24 hours. (12)

-- Feb 27, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Thursday prayer circle meeting of "the brethren" who prayed for John Smith's recovery from sickness (HC). (13)

[Joseph Smith] At a meeting of apostles with several Council of Fifty members, W. W. Phelps says, "B. Young has found out that we are in Eternity, the Millennium has now commenced." In the "evening some person or persons took Washington Peck and bedaubed him all over with privy dirt. This is one of those mean traitors who lurks about continually in our midst communicating with our enemies & seeking to have the twelve destroyed. He is marked as a mean conspirator." Apostle John Taylor, in the Nauvoo Neighbor, soon writes: "But one person [Washington Peck] has been introduced to 'Queen Peggy's privy cabinet,' and so every man minds his own business." William Marks hurriedly leaves Nauvoo to avoid similar treatment. (7)

-- Feb 27, 1846
[William Clayton] Leaves Nauvoo, following the first Mormon emigrants who had crossed the Mississippi River on February 4. (14)

-- Feb 27, 1858
Henery Jones reportedly Castrated. (15)

-- After Feb 27, 1858
Henery Jones and his mother are killed, with Bishop Hancock's involvement [per affidavit of Nathaniel Chase]. (15)

-- Feb 27,1889
[Utah] LDS political newspaper Salt Lake Herald: "In 1870 Utah had second highest rate of divorce and in 1880 the tenth highest for all states and territories." (16)

-- Feb 27, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Visits 350-year-old Catholic church at Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (17)

-- Feb 27, 1981
[Mark Hofmann] Schmidt and associates in the LDS church historical department inform President Hinckley of the Joseph Smith III blessing document. The Church decides to obtain it. (18)

-- Feb 27, 2000
[Temple] Ciudad Juarez Mexico Temple; Location: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico; Announcement: 7 May 1998; Dedication: 27 February 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (19)

[Temple] Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple; Location: Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico; Announcement: 20 July 1998; Dedication: 27 February 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (19)

-- Feb 27, 2003
[U.S. Religious History] United States Representative Lucas from Oklahoma introduced House Joint Resolution 27 which would add an amendment to the United States Constitution asserting that it is not "an establishment of religion for teachers in public school to recite, or to lead willing students in the recitation of" the The Pledge of Allegiance when it contains the phrase "under God." This was essentially an admission that the Constitution, as it stands, does not permit such recitation. (20)


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
4 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
5 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
6 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
7 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
8 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
9 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
10 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
11 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
12 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
13 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
14 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
15 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
16 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
17 - A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, Edited by Stan Larson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993. A Rudger Clawson Chronology
18 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker
19 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
20 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 26

-- Feb 26, 1732
[U.S. Religious History] In Philadelphia, Mass was celebrated for the first time at St Joseph's Church the only Roman Catholic church built and maintained in the American colonies before the Revolutionary War. (1)

-- about Tuesday, Feb 26, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] New York City, M Harris departs New York City for Harmony. (2)

-- "Latter part of February" 1831,
[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 44. Call the elders together and the Lord will pour out his Spirit. They will convert many so the church will have "power to organize yourselves according to the laws of man. " Then the church's enemies will be thwarted. Care for the poor and needy.
Book of Commandments 46 heading: A Revelation to Joseph, and Sidney, given in Kirtland, Ohio, February, 1831.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 62 heading: Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr. and Sidney Rigdon, given February, 1831.
"The latter part of February I received the following revelation which caused the church to appoint a conference to be held on the 6th of June ensuing. It was given at Kirtland February, 1831, To [DEL: me :DEL] <Joseph Smith jr. > and Sidney Rigdon. " MH-A, 103. (3)

-- Feb 26, 1833
Kirtland. Burr Riggs is cut off for neglecting his duty. (4)

Zion. High priests discuss Joseph's January 11 letter to W. W. Phelps <, the Olive Leaf revelation (D&C 88:1-126), the letter of Orson Hyde and Hyrum Smith in behalf of the conference of high priests. Oliver Cowdery, W. W. Phelps, and John Corrill write an epistle for the conference to the brethren in Kirtland. (4)

-- 26 Feb.-Mar 28, 1834
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. and Parley P. Pratt go east to obtain volunteers for Zion's Camp. (5)

-- Feb 26, 1834
Those designated to raise men for Zion's camp on February 24 leave on their assignments. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith started from Kirtland to gather volunteers for Zions Camp. (6)

[Joseph Smith] Departed Kirtland on journey to Pennsylvania and New York to raise funds and recruit volunteers for Zions Camp. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Those designated to raise men for Zion's camp on February 24 leave on their assignments. (8)

-- Feb 26, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith stayed at home all day nursing his mother, who was sick with inflammation of the lungs. (6)

-- Feb 26, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle meeting "over the store"second anointing for John and Clarissa Smith, and for Isaac and Lucy Morley (HC, JS-F, WW). (9)

-- Feb 26, 1849
[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver's father, William Cowdery, Jr. died in Kirtland, Lake, OH in his 82nd year. William was a supporter of James J. Strang before he died but was too elderly to "gather" to Strang's headquarters in Voree, Walworth, WI. His sons, Lyman and Oliver did move to Walworth Co. after his death, however. (10)

-- Feb 26, 1980.
Ezra Taft Benson as president of the Quorum of the Twelve gives a controversial speech at Brigham Young University titled, "Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophets," including: ". The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything. 2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works. 3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. 4. The prophet will never lead the church astray. 5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time. 6. The prophet does not have to say `Thus Saith the Lord' to give us scripture. . . . 11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich."
J. D. Williams, a professor in the University of Utah political science department, calls "Benson's speech `a plea in anticipation' of his becoming church president." Don LeFevre, public communications spokesman, responding to press inquiries, agrees that "Benson's speech accurately portrayed the church's position that a prophet can receive revelations from God on any matter--temporal or spiritual" and that "the prophet's word is scripture, as far as the church is concerned, and the living prophet's words take precedence in interpreting the written scripture as it applies to the present." However, he denies as "simply not true" a newspaper report which says the president of the church "is God's prophet and his word is law on all issues-- including politics." (11)

-- Feb 26, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Christensen again writes to President Hinckley about the Harris letter. (12)


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
2 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
4 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
5 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
6 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
7 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
8 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
9 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
10 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
11 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
12 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker

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Today in Church History - Feb 25

-- about Monday, Feb 25, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] New York City, M Harris visits with Professor Charles Anthon. (1)

-- about Feb 25, 1831
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 44, a revelation about the duties of elders. (2)

-- Feb 25, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith visited and blessed Sidney Rigdons wife, Phebe, who was ill. She began to recover within the hour that the blessing was given. (2)

[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver Cowdery's older brother Warren, along with his family, arrived in Kirtland. They relocated there from Freedom, Cattaraugus, NY. Warren may have assisted his father and step-mother, William Cowdery, Sr. and Keziah, in their move from Arcadia, Wayne, NY, sending William along ahead of his own family by several days or weeks. (3)

[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver Cowdery's sister, Olive Cowdery Wilbur and her husband Winslow Shepherd Wilbur, were living in Kirtland by this time living. They probably accompanied Warren A. Cowdery when he moved there from Freedom, Cattaraugus, NY. They had earlier lived in Ellery, Chautauqua, NY. Winslow Wilbur (and perhaps Olive) was baptized into the LDS Church at about this time Winslow was a member of the Seventy in 1837 and he accompanied the Kirtland Camp to Missouri in 1838. (3)

-- ca. Feb 25, 1843
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy becomes ill "with inflammation of the lungs" and Joseph nurses her himself for the next three days. (4)

-- Feb 25, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening "Prayer Meeting over the store"political meeting, no ordinances; "We prayed that 'General Joseph Smith's Views of the Powers and Policy of the United States,' might be spread far and wide, and be the means of opening the hearts of the people. I gave some important instructions, and prophesied that within five years we should be out of the power of our old enemies, whether they were apostates or of the world; and told the brethren to record it, that when it comes to pass they need not say they had forgotten the saying" (HC, JS-F, MAQ, WC-S, WW). (5)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith prophesied at a temple block prayer meeting that within five years the Saints would be out of the power of old enemies. (2)

[Joseph Smith] The regular prayer meeting of the Anointed Quorum's men and women approve Joseph Smith's political platform and its distribution. (6)

[Polygamy] John Taylor polygamous marriage to Jane Ballantyne (7)

[Taylor, John] Sealed to Jane Ballantyne 25 February 1844. Three children: Richard James, Annie Maria, and David John. (8)

-- Feb 25, 1858
[Mountain Meadows] Thomas Kane, sent to Utah by President Buchanan to attempt to work out a peaceful solution to the Utah problem, arrives in Salt Lake City. (9)

[Utah War] Thomas L. Kane arrived in SLC and met with the First Presidency and the Twelve. He said that he came as an ambassador from the President and encouraged that they assist the "poor suffering soldiers" to come to SLC and "bid them a hearty welcome." (Wilford Woodruff diary) (10)

[Wilford Woodruff] Thomas L. Kane arrives in Utah to settlement with U.S. Army (11)

-- Feb 25, 1881
[Wilford Woodruff] Departs for St. George (11)

-- Feb 25, 1882
After a bitter dispute between George Q. Cannon (who won a decisive victory) and Liberal Party candidate Allen G. Campbell over who was allowed to represent Utah territory in the House of Representatives, both are denied the position. George Q. Cannon's practice of polygamy was the deciding issue and re-sparks national controversy on the topic. (12)

-- Feb 25, 1903
[Smoot Hearings] John L. Leilich adds to the above complaint. (13)

-- Feb 25, 1949
[David O McKay] Pres. Nielsen then discussed the race question that is coming before the Arizona State Legislature. I said that no American citizen can say that legally the Legislature or any political organization has any right to have special legislation against any class; that it had been debated up here, and there were threats to punish any Hotel Manager who would discriminate against colored people, etc. I said, the Church, however, cannot come out opposing the question, but the fact is that no matter what the law says, there is going to be discrimination against the colored people, and I advised Pres. [Lucian M., of Mesa Stake] to simply take the stand to let conditions remain as they are for the present without involving the Church in any way. As it is we take the Negroes into the Church by baptism and let them come to meetings, but so far as intermarriage is concerned, legally they have the same right that every citizen has, but in practice we cannot affiliate, an
d for their own good they should not want to intermarry with the whites, and that I believe they do not want to, and let us not force that union upon them and upon us, but let us use our influence quietly. I said further that the South knows how to handle them and they do not have any trouble, and the colored people are better off down there--in California they are becoming very progressive and insolent in many cases. (14)

-- Feb 25, 1982.
Jack and Linda Newell accept the editorship of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, effective that summer. I agree to be associate editor. (15)

-- Feb 25, 1994
[Joseph Smith] Elder Marvin J. Ashton dies. (16)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Marvin J. Ashton dies. (17)

-- Feb 25, 2004
[U.S. Religious History] Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ" opens in theaters in the United States. (18)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
5 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
6 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
7 - Smith, George D (Spring 1994), "Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27
8 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
9 - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
10 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
11 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
12 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
13 - The Mormon Church on Trial: Transcripts of the Reed Smoot Hearings, Michael Harold Paulos, Editor
14 - David O. McKay Office Journal
15 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
16 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)
17 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
18 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 24

-- Feb 24, 1831
Parley reaches St. Louis (300 miles from Independence) in 9 days. (1)

-- Feb 24, 1834
D&C 103 (Kirtland): Jackson County saints to be restored to their lands. They were driven from Jackson because they were not entirely obedient. Now Zion to be redeemed to power; one will be raised up like Moses to lead the people back; Parley and Lyman to gather a hundred men, also Joseph, Sidney, Hyrum, Frederick, Orson Hyde, Orson Pratt. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 103, a revelation about the persecution and redemption of Zion in Missouri, with instructions to organize companies to go to the relief of the Saints in Jackson County. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland high council elects Joseph Smith as commander-in-chief of the armies of Israel, and he announces a revelation which commands God's "friends" to "avenge me of mine enemies." This document also commands that Mormon dissenters be "cast out and trodden under the foot of men" by "my friends." (3)

[Joseph Smith] Revelation in Kirtland commanding organization of expedition (later known as Zions Camp) to relieve Saints driven from Jackson County and to help them return to their properties. (4)

[Joseph Smith] D&C 103 (Kirtland): Jackson county saints to be restored to their lands. They were driven from Jackson because they were not entirely obedient. Now Zion to be redeemed to power; one will be raised up like Moses to lead the people back; Parley P. Pratt and Lyman to gather a hundred men, also Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Frederick G. Williams, Orson Hyde, Orson Pratt. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. receives a revelation (D&C 103) ordering the organization of Zion's Camp. (6)

[Pratt, Orson] Appointed to assist in gathering volunteers for Zions Camp 24 February 1834. Member of Zions Camp. (7)

[Pratt, Parley Parker] Arrived in Kirtland before 24 February 1834. (7)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 103. Members driven out of Jackson county because of disobedience. Now Zion to be redeemed with power ; one will be raised up like Moses to lead the return. Parley & Lyman not to return to Jackson until 500 volunteers are raised, or 300, or at least 100. Parley to travel with Joseph , Lyman with Sidney, Orson Hyde with Orson Pratt.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 108-111, heading: Kirtland February 24 1834. Recorded by Orson Pratt, August 18, 1834.
Book of Commandments, Book C Recorded by Orson Pratt, August 18, 1834.
Newel Kimball Whitnery Papers (BYU), Box 1, fd. 15 [verses 15-20], heading: Excerpt of a revelation given at Kirtland when L Wight & P. P. Pratt went down & helped gather the army in 1834 being commanded by revelation [Revelation of Dec. 25, 1835 follows immediately. ].
First published in the 1844 Doctrine and Covenants, Section 101. (8)

-- Feb 24, 1836
[Murdock, John] Returned to Kirtland 24 February 1836. (7)

-- Feb 24, 1838
Far West high council direct two wagons and funds be sent to meet Joseph and Sidney. (1)

-- Feb 24, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a note of authorization for Ebenezer B. Robinson. (2)

-- about Feb 24, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith dictated a 78-stanza poem written for William W. Phelps that was based on the revelation in Doctrine & Covenants 76. (2)

-- Feb 24, 1873
President Smith and party arrived in Jerusalem. (9)

-- Feb 24, 1978.
Elder Durham's title is changed from "managing director of the Historical Department" to "director of the History Division of the Historical Department," the title formerly borne by Leonard Arrington. Sometime between this date and 1 June 1978 portraits of Church Historians from John Whitmer to Elder Durham are hung in the second-floor hallway leading to the administrative offices. They include photographs of Elders Alvin R. Dyer and Joseph Anderson, managing directors of the Historical Department during Arrington's tenure but never referred to as Church Historians. Leonard Arrington is conspicuously omitted. In the summer of 1990, a separate grouping of division heads' portraits is hung, including those of Donald Schmidt, Earl Olsen, Florence Jacobsen, and Leonard Arrington. Portraits of succeeding Church Historians Dean L. Larsen and Loren C. Dunn are also hung, but that of intervening Church Historian John Carmack (1989-92) is not, at his own request. (10)

-- Feb 24, 1981
[Mark Hofmann] Hofmann informs Howard of the Joseph Smith III blessing. Several days later Howard calls Hofmann, at which time Hofmann promises not to sell it before 8 March. (11)

-- Feb 24, 1988
[U.S. Religious History] The United States Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that Jerry Falwell could not collect damages for a parody that appeared in the magazine Hustler. (12)

-- Feb 24, 1989
[Utah] In Utah a 150-million-year-old fossil egg, still inside the mother, was found by CAT scan to contain the oldest dinosaur embryo. (13)

-- Feb 24, 2001
[U.S. Religious History] The Supreme Court let stand a ruling from the 7th Circuit Court which barred Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon from placing a Ten Commandments marker in front of the Indiana State Capitol. (12)

-- Feb 24, 2006
[Utah] Judge Walter Steed, a small-town judge with three wives, was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court for violating the state's bigamy law. (13)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
4 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
5 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
6 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
7 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
8 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
9 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
10 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
11 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker
12 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
13 - http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah

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Today in Church History - Feb 23

-- Feb 23, 1814
[Sydney Rigdon] Partnership of Silas Engles & Co. in Pittsburgh was dissolved and replaced by the Silas Engles Printing Shop (1)

-- about Saturday, Feb 23, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] New York City, M Harris visits with Dr. Samuel Mitchill. (2)

-- Feb 23, 1831
D&C 42:78-93 (Kirtland): Methods for dealing with transgressors; murderers, thieves, and liars to civil authorities; adulterers to be tried before the church, bishop should be present, two witnesses required; other offenders rebuked in secret if offense was private. The BC, Book B refers only to males, females added in 1835. (3)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 42:74-93. Deliver murderers to the law of the land. Two or more elders, and the bishop if possible, are to try adulterers. The testimony of two members of the church will convict after the presiding authorities submit the case to the church. Follow the same pattern in all other cases. Deliver robbers, thieves, and liars to the law, but workers of iniquity to the law of God. Reconcile with members privately , elders court if needed. Public reprimands for public offenses.
Evening and Morning Star 1, no. 5 (Oct. 1832): {2} heading: "Revelations: Items of Law for the Government of the Church of Christ, Given February 23, 1831".
Book of Commandments 47 heading: A Revelation to seven elders of the church, assembled in Kirtland, Ohio, given February 1831.
The Kirtland Revelations Book, 117-118 also contains a copy of this revelation. (4)

-- About Feb 23, 1834
William W. Phelps, Edward Partridge, John Corrill and others subpoenaed by State. (5)

-- Feb 23, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith blessed the sisters who were sewing the veil for the Kirtland Temple for their liberality in giving their services so cheerfully. (6)

-- (Sat) Feb 23, 1839
During a meeting of the Quincy Democratic Association, a committee was appointed to seek relief for the Mormon refugees. Sidney Rigdon writes to the U.S Attorney General, Felix Grundy, saying: "...I am one of that number who has been driven by violence from my home after being held in prison for near four months and all my property destroyed. My object in writing to you is to assertain if recourse can be had to the federal and whether or no we can enter suit in the court not only against individuals inhabitants of Missouri but against the state also for the unconstitutional acts of the executive of said state..." (7)

-- Feb 23, 1839
Many refugee Saints arrived at Quincy, IL, and local citizens adopted relief measures. (8)

-- Feb 23, 1841
[Foster, Robert D] Member of Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association 23 February 1841. Appointed county magistrate for Hancock County, Illinois. Appointed surgeon-in-chief and brevet brigadier-general of Nauvoo Legion. Purchased land for speculation in Nauvoo. (9)

[Miller, George] Elected member of Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association 23 February 1841. (9)

[Miller, George] Nauvoo House Association was incorporated 23 February 1841. (9)

[Smith, Don Carlos] Officer of Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association 23 February 1841. (9)

-- Feb 23, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith visited the printing office and gave instructions regarding the book of Abraham to be printed in the Church newspaper Times and Seasons. (6)

-- Feb 23, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith met with the Twelve Apostles in the assembly room above the Red Brick Store and gave them specific instructions regarding supplies for the Oregon and California Exploring Expedition. (6)

-- Feb 23, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle of "Apostles and others" (HC). (10)

[Lucy Mack Smith] At a meeting at "Bishop Hale's," Lucy "gave a recital of the persecutions endured by her family." (11)

-- Feb 23, 1851
[Lyman, Amasa Mason] Appointed 23 February 1851 to join with Charles C. Rich in leading company of Saints to San Bernardino, California. (9)

[Oliver Cowdery] Oliver's brother, Warren A. Cowdery, died in Kirtland, Lake, OH in his 63rd year. He was survived by his wife Patience and 8 of their 9 children. (12)

-- Feb 23, 1982.
Don Schmidt announces to the Archives Search Room staff that nobody will see any papers of former apostles until further notice. Although this policy is later modified, rules governing access continue to bob and weave over the next ten years. (13)

-- Feb 23, 1995
[Same Sex Marriage] The Hawaii Public Affairs Council issues a news release under LDS Church letterhead. In it church spokesperson Ms. Napua Baker announced that the Church had decided to petition the court to be admitted as "codefendants" with the state in the Baehr v. Lewin case in order to "protect freedom of religion to solemnize marriages between a man and a woman under Hawaiian law." LDS Regional Representative Donald Hallstrom reinforced the importance of this move by the church, saying "There are times when certain moral issues become so compelling that the churches have a duty to make their feelings known." (14)

-- Feb 23, 1997
[U.S. Religious History] The birth of Dolly the sheep, which actually occurred the previous year, was announced to the world. Dolly was the first mammal cloned from an adult. (15)


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
5 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
6 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
7 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
8 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
9 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
10 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
11 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
12 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
13 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
14 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59
15 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 22

-- Feb 22, 1831
The Painesville Telegraph reprints article from the February 14, 1831 Palmyra Reflector, recounting Joseph's obtaining the Book of Mormon plates and asserting "no divine interposition had been dreamed of at the period." (1)

-- Feb 22, 1834
Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight arrive in Kirtland. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Notified of condition of exiled Latter-day Saints in Clay County by Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight, Kirtland. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight arrive in Kirtland <. J. Whitmer, 72n4. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight arrive at Kirtland, destitute, having traveled all 800 miles on foot from Missouri to report conditions there. (4)

[Wight, Lyman] On 1 January 1834 sent with Parley P. Pratt to Kirtland, Ohio, to counsel with Church leaders concerning Saints regaining Jackson County lands; arrived about 22 February 1834. Traveled with Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and others through Pennsylvania and New York to recruit for Zions Camp. (5)

-- Feb 22, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith baptized John O. Waterman and filled out records on 11 marriages that he, Joseph, had performed in the last three months. (6)

-- (Fri) Feb 22, 1839
Quincy Whig article announces the arrival of Sidney Rigdon. (7)

-- about Feb 22, 1840
[Joseph Smith] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith wrote an autograph in the family album of the Wilkinsons, non-members in Philadelphia who later joined the Church. (6)

-- Feb 22, 1845
[Joseph Smith] Bishop George Miller and two Nauvoo police officers (former Danites, including Hosea Stout) discuss "the manner to pursue to rid ourselves of traitors who are in our midst seeking our lives." (8)

-- Feb 22, 1906
[U.S. Religious History] Black evangelist William J. Seymour arrived in Los Angeles and began a series of revival meetings. This "Azusa Street Revival" which would later grow at the Apostolic Faith Mission located at 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles was key in the development of American Pentecostalism. (9)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
4 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
5 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
6 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
7 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
8 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
9 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 21

-- Feb 21, 1831
[Lucy Mack Smith] Martin Harris's note to Grandin to pay for printing the Book of Mormon falls due. (1)

-- Feb 21, 1835
Parley P. Pratt, Thomas B. Marsh, and Orson Pratt, are ordained. Oliver delivers the charge to the Twelve. (2)

Apostles appointed. (3)

Parley P. Pratt is ordained an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith ordained Parley P. Pratt as one of the Twelve Apostles and blessed him with great promises of health and capability in his calling. (5)

[Pratt, Parley Parker] Ordained apostle 21 February 1835. (6)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Parley P. Pratt ordained. (7)

-- Feb 21, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith spent the day at home in meditation and prayer. (5)

-- Feb 21, 1839
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy and her family reach the swampy banks of the Mississippi in continual storms of snow, sleet, and rain. Samuel and Seymour Brunson take them across the river to Quincy on 22 February. Back in Far West, a committee is appointed to sell Joseph's and Lucy's tavern to a buyer from Clay County. (1)

-- about Feb 21, 1841
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Taylor remembers that Joseph Smith prophesied to his worried mother that her son John would safely return from jail within a week after having been imprisoned in Missouri for six months; he returned six days later. (5)

-- Feb 21, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith preaches concerning a wife-beater in Palmyra, New York: "I whipped him till he cried enough." (8)

[Polygamy] to 21 Feb 1843 Smith tells temple workers to stop gossiping about polygamy. By early 1843 there was much speculation in Nauvoo as to whether or not Joseph Smith was secretly practicing polygamy. More and more were learning that members of the Twelve and others had secret plural wives, and the saying became more popular, "There cannot be so much smoke without some fire." On February 21,1843, the Prophet spoke to those who were building the Temple a group consisting of both men and women, and told them that he knew what people were saying about him. According to Official Church History, Joseph told them: "There is a great noise in the city, and many are saying there cannot be so much smoke without some fire. Well, be it so. If the stories about Joe Smith are true, then the stories of John C. Bennett are true about the ladies of Nauvoo; and he says that the Ladies' Relief Society are all organized of those who are to be the wives of Joe Smith. Ladies, you know whether
this is true or not. It is no use living among hogs without a snout. This biting and devouring each other I cannot endure. Away with it. For God's sake, stop it." SOURCE: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.286 (9)

-- Feb 21, 1844
Joseph Smith directs the 12 to select a company (of 25) to explore California for a settlement of the Saints [per Brigham Young]. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith attended a lecture in the assembly room above the Red Brick Store given by an Episcopalian reverend, Mr. De Wolfe, and spoke afterwards on the importance of obeying all commandments in order to receive salvation. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith instructs the Quorum of Twelve to select men to explore the west outside of U.S. territories for a new LDS headquarters. (8)

-- Feb 21, 1853
[Wilford Woodruff] Supervises labor on construction of Salt Lake temple (10)

-- Feb 21, 1965
[U.S. Religious History] Malcolm X was assassinated by three Black Muslims while he was speaking to an audience in Harlem, New York City. (11)

-- Feb 21, 1988
[U.S. Religious History] During a live TV broadcast, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart admitted that he had visited a prostitute and announced that he would leave his ministry for an unspecified length of time. In April of that same year his Assemblies of God denomination defrocked him and ordered him to stay off television for a year, but he returned much sooner. (11)

-- Feb 21, 2002
[U.S. Religious History] On his "700 Club" program, Pat Robertson stated that Islam "...is not a peaceful religion that wants to coexist. They want to coexist until they can control, dominate and then if need be destroy." (11)


1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
4 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
5 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
6 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
7 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
8 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
9 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
10 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
11 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 20

-- Feb 20, 1832
Orson Hyde and Samuel H. Smith baptize the first three in Springfield, Erie county, Pennsylvania. Orson Hyde journal. The Springfield branch is organized by mid-March. (1)

-- Feb 20, 1833
[Higbee, Elias] Returned to Cincinnati area by 20 February 1833; there ordained elder by brother, Isaac Highee. (2)

-- Feb 20, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. At a high council meeting Joseph Smith attended, the brethren discussed whether or not a transgression of the Word of Wisdom should deprive an official member from holding office in the Church. (3)

-- (Mon) Feb 20, 1837
At about this time, a special "meeting" was held to consider accusations made against Solomon W. Denton. It is likely that this was a late February session of the High Priests' Quorum, presided over by Don Carlos Smith. If so, Denton may have shown his "contempt of the quorum" by not appearing at what must have been essentially a Church court trial examining his loyalty to the LDS leadership. (4)

At about this time, the Feb. 2 writ (issued on Roundy's charging Smith and Rigdon with illegal banking) was probably served upon Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in Kirtland. The two probably posted bond (perhaps before a Kirtland Justice of the Peace) and agreed to appear at a pre-trial hearing scheduled for March 24. The venue of this hearing is unknown, but perhaps it was Painesville. (4)

-- Feb 20, 1839
[Bennett, John Cook] Appointed brigadier general of Second Division of Illinois Militia by Governor Thomas Carlin 20 February 1839. (2)

-- Feb 20, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith stopped two boys from fighting in the street and instructed them about their inappropriate behavior, after which he lectured bystanders for not interfering. (3)

-- Feb 20, 1844
[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Instructs the Twelve to select a location for the Saints in California or Oregon. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Instructions given to Twelve to investigate place of refuge for the Saints. (6)

-- Feb 20, 1872
[Polygamy] 4th try for statehood
Territorial legislature calls for the 4th convention to draft a new constitution. They elected one non-Mormon Senator and one non-Mormon Congressman who made an ardent plea for statehood, but still it failed in the U.S. Congress. The document contained a concession that was an attempt to "swap polygamy for statehood". (Ivins, p. 97, Deseret Evening News, January 16th 1879.) (7)

-- Feb 20, 1904
[Utah] First verified suicide of full time LDS missionary. He shoots himself as he is returning to Utah. (8)

-- Feb 20, 1907
[Quorum of the Twelve] A motion to remove Reed Smoot from the U.S. Senate is defeated. (See Smoot Hearings) (9)

[Smoot Hearings] The Senate fails to sustain the resolution against Smoot, who retains his Senate seat. (10)

-- Feb 20, 1937
Wilford Wood purchased a portion of the Nauvoo Temple lot for the Church. (11)

-- Feb 20, 1938
[Spencer W. Kimball] Called as president of the Mount Graham Stake. (12)

-- Wed Feb 20, 1952
[David O McKay] at Presidency meeting: I called attention to a growing tendency in the Church to feel that no member of the Church should hold the sacrament while he himself partakes of it; further, that it is a breach of proper procedure to partake of it with the left hand. The Brethren felt we should keep away from formalities and leave it to the custom or development of the custom. They felt that while the partaking of the sacrament is a covenant and it is the custom to use the right hand in making covenants, failure to do so would not vitiate the covenant. (13)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
6 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
7 - http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
8 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
9 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
10 - The Mormon Church on Trial: Transcripts of the Reed Smoot Hearings, Michael Harold Paulos, Editor
11 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
12 - http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=da135f74db46c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRDlocale=0sourceId=a3f9862384d20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____hideNav=1contentLocale=0
13 - David O. McKay Office Journal

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Today in Church History - Feb 19

-- Feb 19, 1793
Sidney Rigdon born in Piny Fork, PA. (1)

[Sydney Rigdon] Sidney Rigdon born near Library, (Peter's Creek area) PA (2)

-- Feb 19, 1834
Letter sent to Judge Ryland requesting protection [per John Whitmer]. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. During a meeting with the high council, Joseph Smith blessed other members of the council and received a blessing from his father. (3)

-- (Sun) Feb 19, 1837
Joseph Smith preached in the Kirtland Temple and informed the audience that the First Presidency had purchased the charter of the Bank of Monroe. In other words, they had purchased the controlling interest in a chartered bank. (4)

-- By Feb 19, 1837
Joseph Smith returns to Kirtland [per Wilford Woodruff]. (1)

-- Feb 19, 1837
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith addressed the Saints in the Kirtland Temple by the power of God. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Spoke in temple denouncing dissenters, Kirtland. (5)

-- Feb 19, 1852
[Pratt, Orson] Sealed to Marion Ross 19 February 1852. Six children: Marian Agnes, Larinda Marissa, Milson, Irintha, Ray, and Ruby. (6)

-- Feb 19, 1887
[Wilford Woodruff] Edmunds-Tucker Act passes Senate (7)

[Wilford Woodruff] The United States Congress passes the Edmunds-Tucker Act, another antipolygamy law, allowing the federal government to confiscate much of the Churchs real estate. The act becomes law on March 3, 1887. (8)

-- Tue Feb 19, 1957
[David O McKay] In telephone conversation with Stephen L Richards from Nevada]: President Richards stated that he had something to report to me. He had attended church at Logandale Sunday upon invitation of the peoplee, and while there he learned that the members of the Church had just finished one of these "store strikes," and had tried to live for two weeks on the supplies they had on hand, not buying anything from the store. I asked President Richards how this had affected the little store in that locality, and he answered that the store did not sell much for two weeks. Then President Richards went on to say further that he had learned that the members of the Church in Las Vegas are just about to go on a "store strike," and live for a period of two weeks without buying anything from the store. I told President Richards to tell the people at this place not to do it. These projects have gone to the extreme, and have been carried too far. President Richards felt that th
e Welfare Committee should send out instructions pertaining to this, that the people in the stakes have apparently gotten this idea from some of the Welfare Committee visitors at the Stake Conferences. He felt that it would be better for the General Welfare Committee to send out instructions. He said it is his feeling that these visitors had gone to the Conferences with such enthusiasm that the people had obtained these ideas from them. I said that I felt that the rumors which have been circulated about the revelation I had supposedly had has also contributed to this situation. President Richards said that this is all stimulating to a feeling that the end of things is very near. (9)

-- Feb 19, 1981.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie writes to Eugene England, rebuking him for his views on "The Perfection and Progression of God," ordering him to stop speaking or publishing on the topic, and announcing: "It is my province to teach to the Church what the doctrine is. It is your province to echo what I say or to remain silent." England dutifully ceases speaking on that topic for several years. (10)

-- Feb 19, 2002
[U.S. Religious History] Speaking before the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Attorney General John Ashcroft stated that "Civilized people - Muslims, Christians and Jews - all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator. Civilized people of all religious faiths are called to the defense of His creation," implying that atheists. simply aren't civilized. (11)


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
6 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
7 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
8 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
9 - David O. McKay Office Journal
10 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
11 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 18

-- Feb 18, 1833
Orson Pratt returns to Kirtland after a long mission and washes his hands and feet "as a testimony unto the Lord that I had warned this wicked generation, and that my garments were clean of their blood," and is admitted to the School of the Prophets. (1)

-- Feb 18, 1835
[Heber C. Kimball] At Kirtland, is called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (2)

-- Feb 18, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. In a city council meeting, Joseph Smith expressed his confidence in the Nauvoo Charter, a document outlining the principles of living for the Saints in Nauvoo. (3)

-- Feb 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith taught that the earth would eventually be a urim and thummim. (3)

-- Feb 18, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle meeting at 7 p.m., "I attended Prayer Meeting over the store. Sister Hyde was there"; Marinda Nancy Johnson (Hyde, Richards, Smith) was anointed and endowed (JS-F, MAQ, WR, WW). [MHBY wrongly implies that this was a male-only meeting. (4)

[Joseph Smith] William Clayton's polygamous wife bears a child Daniel Adelbert who dies six months later, and his father comments that "the tongue of slander has swung freely against him." Smith had performed this marriage. (5)

-- Feb 18, 1855
[Utah War] Having heard that Pres. Pierce had appointed Col. Steptoe as governor to replace Brigham Young, Young spoke highly of Steptoe and endorsed his appointment in a sermon delivered at the Tabernacle: "...to the praise of the gallant gentleman referred to, if there was going to be a gentleman called upon to be our Governor, there is not a man, out of the Kingdom of God, that I would listen to sooner, and feel more confidence and cordiality towards, than to him." (JD 2:187-188) (6)

-- Feb 18, 1855-6 November 1911
[Church Patriarch] John Smith Son of Hyrum Smith (7)

-- Feb 18, 1887
Congress passed Edmunds-Tucker Act dissolving the LDS church. 30-Mar 1887 William Law intervied by Dr. Wyl, says: Joseph Smith told him that he sent Rockwell to kill Boggs, Rockwell was Smith's lackey - combed and shaved Smith, blackened his boots and drove his carriage. Suspected Hyrum Smith of planning to poison him, Smith's secretaries Mulholland and Blashel Thompson died under suspicious circumstances, Dr. Foster thought that 6 -7 men were poisoned, Emma complained of the girls Joseph kept in the house, Joseph took in the orphaned Lawrence girls (16 & 17) and kept their $8,000, and was later sealed to them, Emma was dishonest, all of Joseph's property was put in her name, Bennett was smart and clever but a thorough scoundrel, Smith planned to ruin Sarah Pratt's character, Joseph Smith, Sr. sold blessings, Hyrum Smith proposed a scheme of revenge on the Missourians by buying goods from them on credit and not paying, Joseph Smith said if you take away a man's money, you can
do with him as you will, Joseph Smith explained his reversal on polygamy saying the Church had to be fed milk before you get the meat. (8)

-- Thu Feb 18, 1960
[David O McKay] 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Was engaged in the meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve in the Salt Lake Temple. One matter considered at this meeting wasBrother Mark E. Petersen's report on an assignment given him to investigate a game called "Exaltation," which has been prepared by the Bookcraft Company, and which is being sold in various stores, Z.C.M.I., Deseret Book Company, etc., and said that he had made an investigation of the game and explained to the Brethren just what the nature of it is. I commented that the Church is a sacred institution, that it is the only "Light" that the world has today, the only means by which peace can be established and the world saved, and anything that will cast reflection upon it should be avoided. I said I certainly did not think such games are uplifting when played in a group of people who are assembled for pleasure and recreation. I said that devotion and reverence are elements that need to be developed
. Humor, amusement, recreation, are elements intended to build character also, but the name of deity should not be associated with amusement and pleasure. I feel that the association used in this game is not reverential. and I think it would be well to let the Bookcraft Company know that we look upon the selling of this game in that way. (9)

-- Feb 18, 1979
1,000th stake organized at Nauvoo, Illinois, by Ezra Taft Benson. (10)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Stanely B. Kimball editor. Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1987. Chronology
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
5 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
6 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
7 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presiding_Patriarch#Chronology_of_the_Presiding_Patriarchs_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints
8 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
9 - David O. McKay Office Journal
10 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550

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Today in Church History - Feb 17

-- Feb 17, 1792
William W. Phelps born. (1)

-- Feb 17, 1833
Joseph ordains John Johnson an elder. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith ordained John Johnson an elder during an assembly in a schoolroom with a conference of elders. (3)

[Pratt, Orson] Returned to Kirtland 17 February 1833, having baptized 102 persons. (4)

-- (Mon) Feb 17, 1834
The first High Council of the Church was organized at Kirtland (5)

-- Feb 17, 1834
First Stake and High Council of Church organized, Kirtland, OH. (6)

First stake and high council organized in Kirtland, Ohio. (7)

D&C 102 (Kirtland): "Presidents church Council" (aka "standing council in Kirtland" and "high council") is organized to settle "important difficulties" that cannot be settled by the church or bishop's council. Minutes of February 17, (2)

D&C 102 (Kirtland): "Presidents church Council" (aka "standing council in Kirtland" and "high council") is organized to settle "important difficulties" that cannot be settled by the church or bishop's council. Minutes of February 17, Charles Anthon replies to Eber D. Howe: "The whole story about my having pronounced the Mormonite inscription to be 'reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics' is perfectly false." Mormonism unvailed, 270; (2)

A First Presidency of three and a High Council of twelve were first organized. (8)

First High Council of Church organized in Kirtland. (1)

A High Council in the Kirtland, Ohio area is organized. The Kirtland Stake of Zion is simultaneously organized. (9)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 102, a revelation containing minutes from a meeting of high priests held at his home where he organized the first high council of the Church. (3)

[Joseph Smith] The first stake high council is organized at Kirtland, Ohio. Two days later, the oldest members of the high council, Joseph Smith, Sr, and John Johnson give patriarchal blessings to their adult sons. Neither were ordained patriarchs. (10)

[Joseph Smith] Organized first high council, Kirtland. (11)

[Joseph Smith] The first stake of the Church is organized in Kirtland, Ohio; Joseph is the stake president. (12)

[Joseph Smith] D&C 102 (Kirtland): First high council is organized to settle "important difficulties" that cannot be settled by the church or bishop's council. Minutes of February 17, 1834 1834
Heber's Histories of Zion's Camp (13)

[Lucy Mack Smith] High council is organized at Kirtland (D&C 102). (14)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph organizes the first high council at Kirtland. (15)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 102. High council: presidents and twelve counselors. Settle important difficulties. Presidents (First Presidency). Church president is president of council. Counselors casts lots. Rights of accused. President renders decision. Council majority can override. Councils abroad. Appeals. No appeal from the traveling high council (the Twelve) except to general authorities. Council members.
Several changes were made in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants to reflect the addition of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to church administration. Of the changes noted below, only those in vs. 10, 11 were made after 1835. They were made in or before the 1876 edition. For a comparison of the original and revised minutes, see Minutes of February 17, 1834.
Revised minutes are from the Kirtland Council Minutes.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 5 heading: Minutes of the organization of the High Council of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kirtland, February 17, 1834.
Revised Minutes/Doctrine and Covenants 102.
Council of 24 high priests organize high council. (16)

[Smith, John] Appointed member of Kirtland high council 17 February 1834. Worked on Kirtland Temple. (4)

-- Feb 17, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith and his counselors approved the publication of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. (3)

-- (Fri) Feb 17, 1837
At about this time Joseph and Hyrum Smith returned to Kirtland from their trip to the west. Brigham Young and William Smith met their stagecoach, (probably near Mentor) and informed Joseph of a possible plot against his life. William took Joseph's place in the coach, and all arrived in Kirtland without incident. Once back in the town, Joseph and Hyrum met Solomon W. Denton in the Kirtland Bank and confronted him with accusations saying that he had borrowed a pair of pistols with the intention of ambushing and killing Joseph Smith upon his return to Kirtland. Denton denied the accusations. (5)

-- Feb 17, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith produced an article called Pacific Innuendo, which explained the Churchs desire for peace with all peoples. (3)

-- Feb. 17-18, 1887
[Financial] Following passage of the anti-polygamy Edmunds-Tucker Act by the U.S. Congress, the church is disincorporated and much of its property and assets are seized by federal officials. Church property is eventually returned on Oct. 25, 1893, about three years after the church had formally renounced the practice of polygamy. In 1896, a few months after Utah is admitted to the Union as the 45th state, church real estate holdings are also restored.
At the time of the disincorporation of the church in 1887, the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company is also dissolved, never to be reformed. It is estimated that, over the lifetime of the program, the church expended about $12.5 million in goods, livestock and currency to assist Latter-day Saints in traveling to the Utah Territory from points around the globe. (17)

-- Feb 17, 1889
[U.S. Religious History] The famous American evangelist Billy Sunday held his first public crusade in Chicago. Over the course of his career as a popular religious speaker, at least 100 million Americans are estimated to have attended his sermons. (18)

-- Feb 17, 2004
[U.S. Religious History] According to a CNN survey, children made more than 11,000 allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The 4,450 priests involved constitute about 4 percent of the 110,000 priests who served during the 52 years covered by the study. (18)

[U.S. Religious History] Bishop Thomas O'Brien, former head of Arizona's largest Roman Catholic diocese, was convicted of a hit and run. He thus became the first Catholic bishop in the United States to ever be convicted of a felony. (18)


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
5 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
6 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
7 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
8 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
9 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
10 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
11 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
12 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
13 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
14 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
15 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
16 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
17 - http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/282148/
18 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - Feb 16

-- Feb 16, 1791
[Oliver Cowdery] Stephen Fuller Cowdery born to William & Rebecca Cowdery in Wells, Rutland, VT. (1)

-- Feb 16, 1801
[U.S. Religious History] The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church officially separated from its parent, the Methodist Episcopal Church. (2)

-- Feb 16, 1831
Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith have vision of Father and Son while translating the Old and New Testaments (with Rigdon transcribing). Levi Hancock says he was with Rigdon during the translation of the Bible. (3)

-- Feb 16, 1832
Revelation known as "The Vision" (D&C 76) received by Joseph Smith, Hiram, OH. [See Visions of Joseph Smith; Degrees of Glory.] (4)

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon received vision of the three degrees of glory (D&C 76), in Hiram, Ohio. (5)

D&C 76 (Hiram): While revising John 5:29, Joseph and Sidney see a vision of the heavenly kingdoms. First published in EMS 1, no. 2 (July 1832). Philo Dibble and others were present. Philo describes Joseph's and Sidney's vision conversation. Joseph Remembered (6)

[Joseph Smith] Hiram, Ohio. Joseph Smith worked through John 5:2040 in his work on the inspired translation of the Bible. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Hiram, Ohio. While at the John Johnson home, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon received a vision recorded in Doctrine & Covenants 76, in which they saw the Son of Man on the right hand of God as well as events in the premortal life and postmortal glories. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith and Rigdon see and record a vision of three degrees of heavenly glory (see 9 May 1832). (8)

[Joseph Smith] Vision of nearly universal salvation in three levels of heaven, Hiram, Ohio. (9)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph and Sidney Rigdon see a vision concerning life after death. This vision is now found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 76. (10)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Vision of the three degrees of glory given. (11)

[Revelations] Hiram, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 76 Sources. The eyes of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are opened. They see the history of the world and converse with Jesus Christ. Pre-existence, fall of Lucifer. Fate of the rebellious, sons of perdition. Celestial, terrestrial, and telestial glories.
Several others were in the room during the vision, including Philo Dibble, who reports that one would describe what he saw and the other would reply, "I see the same. " Joseph Remembered: Philo Dibble.
Evening and Morning Star 1, no. 2 (July 1832): {2-3}, heading: A Vision.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 1-10, heading: The Vision / A vision of Joseph & Sidney February 16th 1832 given in Portage County Hiram Township state of Ohio in North America which they saw concerning the church of the first born and concerning the economy of God and his vast creation throughout all eternity.
Not printed in Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine & Covenants 91 heading: A Vision. (12)

[Revelations] Hiram, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 76. Eyes of Joseph and Sidney are opened. They see the history of the world and converse with Jesus Christ. Pre-existence, fall of Lucifer. Fate of the rebellious, sons of perdition. Celestial, terrestrial, and telestial glories.
Several others were in the room during the vision, including Philo Dibble, who reports that one would describe what he saw and the other would reply, "I see the same. " Joseph Remembered: Philo Dibble.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 1-10, heading: A vision of Joseph & Sidney February 16th 1832 given in Portage County Hiram Township state of Ohio in North America which they saw concerning the church of the first born and concerning the economy of God and his vast creation throughout all eternity.
1835 Doctrine & Covenants 91 heading: A Vision. (12)

-- February 16-Mar 24, 1832
[Revelations] Hiram, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 74. Circumcision not needed now. Children are sanctified through the atonement.
Kirtland Revelation Book, 94-95, heading: An explanation of the 14th verse of the 7 chap. of the first corinthians.
Not referenced in 1834-1836 History nor printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 73 heading: An explanation of the epistle to the first Corinthians, 7th chapter, 14th verse.
Joseph translated John 5:20-40 on February 16 and Revelation 11:4-12 by March 24, 1832. Presumably Corinthians would have been translated during this period and this revelation received. /JS Bible translation, 69, 70. (12)

-- about Feb 16, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith saw in vision the order of the priesthood and the postmortal condition of those who died in Zions Camp. (7)

-- (Sat) Feb 16, 1839
Sidney Rigdon arrives in Quincy, IL and resides with Judge John Cleveland (at the same residence as where Emma Smith and her family were then staying). (13)

-- Feb 16, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle meeting "at the Trustees' Office" (HC). (14)

-- Feb 16, 1847
[Joseph Smith] Young proclaims that "I am entitled to the Keys of the Priesthood according to lin[e]age and Blood, so is Brother H.C. Kimball & many others." (8)

-- Feb 16, 1858
[Lucy Mack Smith] George A. Smith expresses skepticism to Brigham Young about David Whitmer's ability to do two days worth of harrowing in one. George A. writes letters to David Whitmer, Solomon Mack, and John Bear by 23 February inquiring about the accuracy of some points. He hears only from Bear, who confirms inaccuracy. (15)

-- Feb 16, 1874
[William Clayton] Defends practice of polygamy in anotarized statement. (16)

-- Feb 16, 1882
[Utah Statehood] the U.S. Senate passed the Edmunds Act, and it was approved in the House on March 14 and soon signed by Chester A. Arthur. It made the offense of unlawful cohabitation much easier to prove than polygamy misdemeanor and made it illegal for polygamists or cohabitants to vote, hold public office, or serve on juries. It also provided for a five-man Utah Commission appointed by the president to supervise all aspects of the electoral process in Utah Territory. Against this background Utahns nevertheless decided to mount another statehood drive. A constitutional convention authorized by the legislature met during April 10-27, 1882, in Salt Lake City and framed a constitution for Utah, abandoning the name Deseret and retooling the document. On May 22 the constitution was ratified by a vote of the people. Although a delegation was dispatched to Washington with the new constitution to present to Congress, no action was taken on the matter until February 23, 1883, when
it was introduced in the Senate; a statehood bill was later introduced in the House, but both bills were referred to committees where they were quickly put on hold. (17)

-- Tue Feb 16, 1960
[David O McKay] at meeting of Presidency: Billboard advertising of "Mormon Church" The billboard advertising soliciting attendance at "Mormon Church" meetings was considered, and it was agreed that since it does not comport with the dignity of the Church that this billboard advertising should be discontinued. (18)

-- Feb 16, 1981
[Mark Hofmann] Hofmann shows Church Archivist Donald Schmidt a photocopy of a faded 1844 document that appears to be the text of a blessing Joseph Smith gave to his son Joseph Smith III, 17 January 1844. Schmidt is noncommittal. Hofmann then decides to approach Richard Howard, Church Historian of the RLDS church. (19)

-- Feb 16, 1989
[Mark Hofmann] Salt Lake Tribune announces that the LDS church public relations department is working on a full account of the Hofmann case. Rumors also circulate that a book-length history of the Hofmann case is being researched by members of the LDS church historical department. (19)

-- Feb 16, 1991.
The Arizona Republic publishes a long article based on Lynn Packer's research documenting that Elder Paul H. Dunn, who was given emeritus status 30 September 1989 for "age and health" reasons, fabricated some of his most popular and most profitable war and baseball stories. Packer's teaching contract at BYU is not renewed. Elder Dunn first justifies his fabrications as "parables"; but about two weeks after Sunstone's thorough coverage, he publishes a letter in the Church News, acknowledging, "I have not always been accurate in my public talks and writings. Furthermore, I have indulged in other activities inconsistent with the high and sacred office which I have held. For all of these I feel a deep sense of remorse, and ask forgiveness of any whom I may have offended." (20)

-- Feb 16, 1996
[Same Sex Marriage] Rex E. Lee, issues a position paper arguing for the limitation of marriage to opposite-sex partners. (21)


1 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
2 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
3 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
4 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
5 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
6 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
8 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
9 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
10 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
11 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
12 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
13 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
14 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
15 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
16 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
17 - http://www.onlineutah.com/statehoodchronology.shtml
18 - David O. McKay Office Journal
19 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker
20 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
21 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59

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Today in Church History - Feb 15

-- Feb 15, 1831
Lengthy letter from M. S. C. [Matthew S. Clapp] in the Painesville Telegraph reports early Lamanite missionary efforts in the fall of 1830. They arrived "about the last of October, 1830" from Manchester and Palmyra, New York, "Mormonism," PT, Feb. 15, 1831.
bringing a pretended revelation, entitled the "Book of Mormon." They came to the brethern of the reformation in Mentor, saluted them as brethern, and professed to rejoice at finding a people walking according to the scriptures of truth, and acknowledging no other guide. brethern of the reformation: Campbellites, recently officially separated from the Regular Baptists, were formally known as Reformed Baptists.
Sidney lets them stay with him, reads the book, and "partly condemned it," but two days later, declares it is true. Only after the missionaries see they have prospects for converts do they announce "that their book contained a new covenant, to come under which the disciple must be re-immersed."
Immediately they made a party-seventeen persons were immersed by them in one night. At this Mr. Rigdon seemed much displeased, and when they came next day to his house, he withstood them to the face-showed them that what they had done was entirely without precedent in the holy scripturesfor they had immersed those persons that they might work miracles as well as come under the said covenantshowed them that the apostles baptized for the remission of sinsbut miraculous gifts were conferred by the imposition of hands.
However, about two days after, Mr. R. was persuaded to tempt God by asking this sign, which he knew to be contrary to his revealed will; he received a sign, and was convinced that Mormonism was true and divine. The Monday following he was baptised. two days: the same two days mentioned above?
On the morning of the preceding day he had an appointment to preach in the Methodist chapel at Kirtland. He arose to address the congregation apparently much affected and deeply impressed. He seemed exceedingly humble, confessed the sins of his former life, his great pride, ambition, vainglory, &c. &c. After he was baptized, he professed to be exceedingly joyful, and said he would not be where he was three days ago for the universe.
"[A]bout three weeks" after Sidney was baptized, he went to New York to meet Joseph Smith, while Oliver Cowdery and his companions proceeded on to "the western Indians."
[Re: last December: "At other times they are taken with a fit of jabbering that which they neither understand themselves nor anybody else, and this they call speaking foreign languages by divine inspiration." (1)

The same issue of the paper includes a challenge from Thomas Campbell (father of Alexander) to debate the Book of Mormon with Sidney Rigdon. (Sidney burns the letter.)
Rigdon was formerly a disciple of Campbell's and who it is said was sent out to make proselytes, but is probable he thought he should find it more advantageous to operate on his own capital, and therefore wrote, as it is believed the Book of Mormon "Mormonism-or Grand Pugilistic Debate," Cleveland Advertiser, Feb. 15, 1831. (1)

-- Feb 15, 1835
The Three Witnesses ordain Orson Hyde, David W. Patten, Luke Johnson, William E. McLellin, John F. Boynton, and William Smith apostles. (1)

David W. Patten, Orson Hyde, William E. M'Lellin, Luke S. Johnson, William Smith, and John F. Boynton are ordained apostles and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (2)

[Hyde, Orson] Ordained apostle 15 February 1835. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Though he never spoke to his associates about his ethnic heritage, William E. McLellin, whose mother was Cherokee, is ordained an apostle to become the first general authority of native American extraction. Twenty-three-year-old John F. Boynton is ordained to the apostleship as the first and only never-married bachelor in the hierarchy. He remains a bachelor eleven months. (4)

[Patten, David Wyman] Ordained apostle 15 February 1835. (3)

[Quorum of the Twelve] David W. Patten, Orson Hyde, William E. M'Lellin, Luke S. Johnson, William Smith, and John F. Boynton ordained. (5)

[Smith, William B] Ordained apostle 15 February 1835. (3)

-- Feb 15, 1838
Painesville Republican publishes Warren Parrish's February 5 letter to the editor, asserting that Joseph said "that the audible voice of God instructed him to establish a Banking-Anti-Banking Institution, which, like Aaron's rod, should swallow up all other banks and grow and flourish and spread from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and survive when all others should be laid in ruins". (1)

-- (Fri) Feb 15, 1839
Emma Smith crosses the frozen Mississippi River to Quincy, IL on foot, walking behind her wagon full of family possessions. She brings with her Joseph III, Alexander, Frederick, and Julia, her children. Emma finds shelter at the farm of Judge John Cleveland, 4 miles east of Quincy. John was apparently at this time a Mormon sympathizer. His wife seems to have already been baptized a Mormon. She later became Emma's counselor in the Female Relief Society in Nauvoo. The Clevelands probably exchanged their Quincy farm for a house and lot in Nauvoo c, 1841-42. (6)

-- Feb 15, 1839
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy and her familyapparently the same family group that had come to Missourileave Far West for Illinois. (7)

-- c. (Fri) Feb 15, 1839
Sidney Rigdon arrives on the banks of the Mississippi and crosses in a canoe. His family probably crossed with a day or two by ferry. (6)

-- mid-Feb 1839
Sidney Rigdon hides in the family wagon as it moves toward Illinois. The trip from Tenny's Grove probably took about 10 days. (6)

-- Feb 15, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. After the Church purchased the newspaper Times and Seasons in January, its first issue with Joseph Smith as the editor was published. (8)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph becomes the editor of the Nauvoo paper, The Times and Seasons. (9)

-- Feb 15, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith published a letter in the Times and Seasons containing a parable about the libel and persecutions he had received from the press. (8)

-- Feb 15, 1846
[Joseph Smith] Young leaves Nauvoo with his family, reaching Sugar Creek, Iowa, in the evening. (4)

[Young, Brigham] Left Nauvoo 15 February 1846. (3)

-- Feb 15,1927
[Utah] Apostle George F. Richards notifies temples that it is decision of First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve to immediately omit from prayer circles "all references to avenging the blood of the Prophets. Omit from the ordinance and lecture all reference to retribution." Letter also instructs to "omit the kissing" at the end of the proxy sealings. (10)

-- Fri Feb 15, 1957
[David O McKay] Some man who would not give his name and who sounded like a Jew called at 1:15 p.m. He said: "Tell President McKay that the 'Professor' called, and if he and his stooges do not keep out of other peoples' business there is going to be trouble--buying up railroads, mining companies, etc." I answered: "The church has not bought up railroads, mining companies, etc." "Oh, yes, they have, and if they don't stop there will be trouble." The secretary answered: "You are insulting to say the least," and hung up the receiver. (11)

-- Feb 15,1978
[Utah] First Presidency letter that Mohammed and Confucius "received a portion of God's light." (10)

-- Feb 15, 1982.
A story by Kenneth L. Woodward, religion editor of Newsweek, reports the Packer/Quinn conflict, pointing out that Quinn "violated the Mormon taboo that proscribes the faithful from publicly criticizing `the Lord's Anointed' by name." Elder Packer's address, originally scheduled to appear in the February issue of the Ensign, is withdrawn but is later published in Brigham Young University Studies. (12)

-- Feb 15, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Steven Christensen receives a report from Albert H. Lyter, III, a forensic chemist in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lyter had examined the ink on the Harris 1830 letter and reported: "There is no evidence that the examined document was prepared at other than during the stated time period." (13)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
3 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
4 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
5 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
6 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
7 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
8 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
9 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
10 - D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
11 - David O. McKay Office Journal
12 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
13 - BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80, The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case by David J. Whittaker

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