Today in Church History - May 31

-- May 31, 1817
[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon baptized by Rev. Phillips and became a member of the Peter's Creek Baptist Church (Library, PA); may have studied some preparatory ministry under Rev. David Phillips. (1)

-- May 31, 1832
Sidney Rigdon moves to the Kirtland Flats. (2)

-- May 31, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Jacksonville, Illinois. Saturday, Zions Camp moved on to Jacksonville after a man from Springfield, Illinois, gave Joseph Smith $100 for their march. (3)

-- May 31, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith spoke for three hours on the subject: This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him. (3)

-- May 31, 1836
[Wilford Woodruff] Ordained seventy in Mormon church and sealed to eternal life by David W. Patten and Warren Parrish (4)

[Wilford Woodruff] Ordained a Seventy by David Patten. (5)

-- May 31, 1837
[Wilford Woodruff] Departs on mission to Maine with Jonathan Hale and Milton Holmes (4)

[Wilford Woodruff] Leaves Kirtland, Ohio, to serve a mission in the Fox Islands, off the coast of the state of Maine. (5)

-- May 31, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith administered to Sister Richards, who was sick; and he issued a warrant for the arrest of Thomas B. Johnson for threatening the peace of the city. (3)

-- May 31, 1847
[Black History] Appleby questions Brigham Young on doctrine, (6)


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
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 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
5 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
6 - http://www.xtimeline.com/events.aspx?q=Bif200802111550260291166

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Today in Church History - May 30

-- Saturday, May 30, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, Begin move to Whitmer Farm. (1)

-- about May 30, 1831
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 50, a revelation in response to Elder Parley P. Pratts descriptions of strange spiritual manifestations that were sweeping through the Church. (2)

-- May 30, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Springfield, Illinois. Zions Camp passed through Springfield, and Ezra Thayre administered his own concocted medicine to the sick horses. (2)

-- May 30, 1835
[Smith, George Albert] Appointed to serve mission to East 30 May 1835. (3)

-- (Tue) May 30, 1837
Joseph Smith, accompanied by his lawyers and potential witnesses, appeared before Justice of the Peace (Talcott?) Flint at Painesville. The prosecution (apparently conducted by James H. Paine, Esq.) did not have its case ready and the hearing was rescheduled for June 3rd. Probably Grandison Newell and his counsel were attempting to find Marvel C. Davis to testify in the case. Mr. Davis never was located during this period -- probably he was in Kirtland. (4)

-- May 30, 1837
"Summer" He [David Whitmer] arrived in Kirtland during the summer of 1837 . . . David . . . was not altogether satisfied with all things and in one instance while conversing with Joseph, David, while this spirit was upon him, insulted Joseph and he slaped David in the face and kicked him out of the yard and it had a good effect and brought David to his senses. (5)

Joseph and entourage travel to Painesville for trial, but prosecution is not ready, so date is moved to the following Saturday. (5)

-- c. 3o May (Thr) 1839
Smith was in Commerce until "the latter part of the week," when he went to Quincy with his "Counselors." (Hyrum Smith and Sidney Rigdon). Smith notes that he "continued to assist in making preparations to lay our grievances before the general government." As both Smith and Rigdon were in Quincy together at this time, it is possible that they hand delivered the Rigdon letter and other Mormon items for publication in the Whig. However, even a hand-delivered letter arriving near the end of the weeks might not make it into the Saturday newspaper. This may be why Rigdon's rebuttal letter was not published until the following Saturday (June 8th). (4)

-- May 30, 1845
[Joseph Smith] The Carthage court acquits Thomas C. Sharp and others accused of murdering Joseph and Hyrum Smith. (6)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy addresses a meeting of the Twelve, calling them "her children." Brigham Young promises that the Twelve "would do all that we could for them" [the Smiths]. (7)

-- 1848 May-June
Miracle of the seagulls in Salt Lake Valley. (8)

-- 1848, May-June
Crickets in the Salt Lake Valley devastated the crops. The fields were saved from complete destruction as flocks of seagulls consumed the crickets. (9)

-- May 30, 1854
[Wilford Woodruff] Returns to Salt Lake City (10)

-- May 30, 1994
Ezra Taft Benson died. (8)

[Joseph Smith] President Ezra Taft Benson dies. Howard W. Hunter becomes president. (11)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Ezra Taft Benson dies. (12)

[Utah] Mormon Church president Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at age 94. (13)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
8 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
9 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
10 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
11 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)
12 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
13 - http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah

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Today in Church History - May 29

-- Friday, May 29, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] D&C 12 received ? (1)

-- May 29, 1832
Conference: (Independence): Bishop Edward Partridge dedicates the Evening and the Morning Star office in Independence. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Mary, daughter of Hyrum and Jerusha Smith, dies a month before her third birthday. (3)

[Partridge, Edward] Dedicated office of Evening and Morning Star 29 May 1832. (4)

-- May 29, 1834
W. W. Phelps, John Corrill, A. S. Gilbert, and Edward Partridge write Governor Dunklin about his order for Colonel S. D. Lucas to return Mormon arms taken last November. They forwarded it to Lucas on the 17th. He replied that he would write by the next mail but moved to Lexington without writing. The "excitement, or rather spite of the mob, runs so high against our people," that we ask for Col. Allen or Captain Atchison to return the weapons. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Decatur, Illinois. Joseph Smith organized a sham battle for the Zions Camp marchers in order to alleviate growing tension and unrest due to low provisions in the camp. (5)

-- (Mon) May 29, 1837
Apostles Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson accused Joseph Smith. Jr., before the Kirtland Stake High Council, of lying, financial fraud, and extortion. In the same Council session First Counselor Sidney Rigdon and "Assistant President" Oliver Cowdery presided over a meeting to consider charges brought against Second Counselor F. G. Williams, David Whitmer, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman E. Johnson, and Warren Parrish. It was decided the Council was not the proper body to try President Williams. Shortly thereafter Williams joined Rigdon and Cowdery in presiding. The members of the High Council were divided in their assessment of these various opposing charges and the meeting broke up without taking disciplinary action against any member of the Church. This open conflict between two factions in the Church leadership marked the beginning of a public acknowledgment of the split between Smith loyalists and reformers which began months earlier. [LDS History of the Church, Vol. II, pp. 484,
485] (6)

At about this time, Joseph Smith came out of hiding and allowed himself to be arrested, probably at his attorney's office in Painesville. It is likely that he was placed under bond and allowed his freedom until his hearing on the 30th. (6)

-- May 29, 1837
Kirtland high council meets to try President Frederick G. Williams, President David Whitmer, Apostles Parley P. Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson, and Warren Parrish, a seventy. Cannot decide if the council has jurisdiction. Lyman and Orson accuse Joseph of misrepresentation and extortion. Dissidents meet in the temple, declare Joseph fallen; want to David to lead. (2)

Sidney Rigdon presides over charges against Frederick G. Williams, David Whitmer, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman E. Johnson, and Warren Parrish; meeting dispersed in confusion as members refused to judge each other [per Church history]. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Apostles Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson accuse Joseph Smith of lying, financial fraud, and extortion. The Kirtland High Council receives formal accusations against counselors Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, apostles Parley P. Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson, Smith's private secretary, Warren Parrish, and Book of Mormon witness David Whitmer. This is the beginning of an apostasy which would overwhelm church headquarters and causes its abandonment by Smith seven months later. (8)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Frederick G. Williams, David Whitmer, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman E. Johnson, and Warren Parrish are called to a church court, but it closes in confusion when Rigdon, Cowdery, and Williams leave. Johnson and Orson Pratt charge Joseph Jr. with misrepresentation and extortion. Dissidents meet in temple, declare that Joseph Jr. is a fallen prophet, and want to replace him with Whitmer. (3)

-- May 29, 1842
[Polygamy] Three women testify that Smith taught "spiritual wifery". Three women testify that Assistant President John C. Bennett and Apostle William Smith taught them that Smith approved of "spiritual wifery" wherein several men have sexual relations with the same woman. The women testifying were Margaret and Matilda Nyman and Catherine Fuller Warren. The report of the Nymans was later printed in the 29 May 1844 Nauvoo Neighbor. The sisters said that Elder Chauncy Higbee had advised them that Smith approved of "spiritual wifery" but gave instructions to keep the matter a secret because "there was no sin when there is no accuser." Catherine Fuller Warren in her 20 May 1842 testimony responded to charges of "unchaste and unvirtuous conduct with John C. Bennett and others" by admitting to having intercourse not only with him but with Chauncy Higbee and the prophet's younger brother, Apostle William Smith. Speaking in her defense, however, she insisted that the men had "taught t
he doctrine that it was right to have free intercourse with women and that the heads of the Church also taught and practised it which things caused her to be led away thinking it to be right." PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Minutes of The High Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24 May 1842, Nauvoo Neighbor 29 May 1844 edition (9)

-- May 29, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] 9 a.m. prayer circle of same men at Smith's old home, "when Joseph instructed us further in principles pertaining to the holy Priesthood" (HG, MHBY). Joseph Smith "sealed" for time and eternity the following couples: Hyrum Smith and his deceased wifeJerusha Barden Smith (by proxy), Hyrum Smith and his present wife Mary Fielding Smith. Hyrum Smith sealed Brigham Young and his deceased wife Miriam Works Young (by proxy), Brigham Young and his present wife Mary Ann Angel Young, Willard and Jennetta Richards, and Mercy Rachel Fielding Thompson and her deceased husband Robert B. Thompson (by proxy). (JS-F, EHAT, 63, MAQ, MRFT claimed that Newel K. Whitney and wife Elizabeth Ann were also sealed on this occasion). (10)

-- May 29, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Thursday evening prayer circle meeting "of the holly order" at Willard Richards's office with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Orson Pratt, Willard Richards, John Taylor, Amasa M. Lyman, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Joseph Young, and Levi Richards: "Prayed that the Lord would overrule the movements of [Patriarch to the Church] Win. Smith who is endeavoring to ride the Twelve down; also that the Lord would overrule the proceedings of the mob so that we may dwell in peace until the Temple is finished" (HC, HCK). (10)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Brigham Young, at a meeting of the Twelve, "prayed that the Lord would overrule the movements of William Smith who is endeavoring to ride the Twelve down." (3)

-- May 29, 1848
[Heber C. Kimball] Leaves Winter Quarters to return to the Salt Lake Valley. (11)

-- May 29, 1872
[Wilford Woodruff] Departs for Randolph (12)

-- May 29, 1884
[Wilford Woodruff] Departs for tour of Snake River (12)

-- May 29, 1903
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends address by U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt at Salt Lake tabernacle. (13)

-- May 29, 1943
[Quorum of the Twelve] Sylvester Q. Cannon dies. (14)

-- May 29, 1981
[Mark Hofmann] The Joseph Smith to Emma letter (dated 3 March 1833) is sold to Brent Ashworth, a Utah County lawyer-collector, for $6,000 ($4,000 in cash, $2,000 in trade). (15)

-- May 29, 2001
[U.S. Religious History] Decided: Elkhart vs. Brooks
The Supreme Court let stand a 7th Circuit Court ruling which found that a Fraternal Order of Eagles Ten Commandments monument at an Indian city hall was unconstitutional. (16)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
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 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
6 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
7 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
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 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
11 - 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
12 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
13 - 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
14 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
15 - 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
16 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm

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Today in Church History - May 28

-- Thursday, May 28, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] D&C 11 recieved ? (1)

-- 1830 May [last week]
David Whitmer baptizes Newel Knight (first of his family). (2)

-- May 28, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Decatur, Illinois. Joseph Smith continued to lead the brethren on the Zions Camp march, who suffered from want of food and water. (3)

-- late May 1835
Oliver Cowdery resigned his editorship of the Church's newspaper, the Messenger and Advocate. He was replaced in that office for a few months by John Whitmer. [RLDS "History of the Church, Vol. I, p. 570.] (4)

-- May 28, 1837
At Sunday services in Kirtland, Wilford Woodruff finds "the same spirits of murmering, complaining, & of mutiny," that he witnessed on February 19.
They have been brewing in the family Circle in the secret Chamber & in the streets untill many & some in high places had risen up against Joseph the servnt whom God had raised up to lead Israel. And they were striving to overthrow his influence & cast him down untill Joseph was grieved in spirit to stand in such perils among fals brethren.
, Joseph rises and speaks to the people "in the name of the Lord in his own defence. The Lord was with him by his power & spirit to the Convinceing of the honest that he would stand & his enemies fall.
[Sidney and others follow,] maintaining Joseph in his integrity. But; Alas, one [Warren Parrish] arose, once a friend, (not now) in the blackness of his face & corruption of his heart stretched out his puny arm and proclamined against Joseph. Joseph acted wisely while all saw the spirit of his foe. (2)

John Patten disfellowshipped. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Defended himself in worship service against accusations of dissenters, Kirtland. (6)

-- May 28, 1842
An anonymous contributor to The Wasp, a pro-Mormon newspaper in Nauvoo, writes that, "Boggs is undoubtedly killed according to report; but who did the noble deed remains to be found out." (7)

-- May 28, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] "I met with brothers Joseph, Hyrum, Heber, Willard, Bishop Whitney and Judge Adams when we administered to brother Joseph the same ordinances of Endowment, and of the holy priesthood which he administered unto us." Thus, this repeated the pattern established in May 1842 of endowing Smith the second day (MHBY, which again omitted Law's participation). (8)

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle "in the upper room" of Smith's old home. Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, Newel K. Whitney, and James Adams were present (HC), and the participants "attended to ordinances" (MAQ). Because of his recent conversion to polygamy, Hyrum Smith may have been the one who performed the sealing of Emma Hale Smith to Joseph Smith for time and eternity on this date. James Adams was also sealed to his first wife Harriet Denton Adams (JS-F, MAQ, EHAT-61). Because William Law attended the previous meeting of the Anointed Quorum, he probably also attended this one (DMQ). (8)

Joseph and Emma Smith sealed for time and eternity. (9)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph and Emma Smith were sealed as husband and wife for time and eternity. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph and Emma Smith are the first couple "sealed" in marriage for eternity. During the previous month, he had married as polygamous wives seventeen-year-old Lucy Walker, sixteen-year-old Flora Ann Woodworth, and fourteen-year-old Helen Mar Kimball who later testified that he had sexual relations with them. (10)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Sealed to Emma for time and eternity. (11)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Sealed to Emma for time and eternity. (12)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Emma is sealed to Joseph and admitted to the prayer circle. She is endowed sometime before autumn. (13)

[Polygamy] Joseph Smith and Emma are first couple "sealed" in marriage for eternity. Joseph and Emma Smith are the first couple "sealed" in marriage for eternity. During the previous month, he had married as polygamous wives seventeen-year-old Lucy Walker, sixteen-year-old Flora Ann Woodworth, and fourteen-year-old Helen Mar Kimball who later testified that he had sexual relations with them. PLACE: Nauvoo, IL (14)

-- May 28, 1847
[Joseph Smith] Young dictates a written revelation accusing the "brethren" of sins they would not admit to. He has the revelation recorded but stipulates that it not be officially published. (10)

[Uncannonized Post-Joseph Smith Revelation] Revelation to Brigham Young, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, between present Scottsbluff and Henry, Nebraska, on 28 May 1847
I, Brigham, am constrained by the Spirit to say to you, my brethren, in this Camp of Pioneers, who have gone; or who have come out of bondage to find a location for a Stake of Zion, Except you repent, and humble yourselves before the Lord, you shall not have power to accomplish your mission; And all your toils and labors will prove a curse instead of a blessing unto you. In vain do you think that your works will be accepted of the Lord, whilst your hearts are far from him.
The voice of the Spirit of the Lord, is unto the elders of Israel, prepare ye for the coming of the Son of Man in the Clouds of heaven; yea in a pillar of fire, to take vengeance on the ungodly; Yea, this is my commandment unto you mine Elders, saith the Lord Almighty, that you speedily repent, lest judgments overtake you, and you be numbered with the foolish virgins.
Let this suffice; take heed to your ways, and keep your former covenants; And I the Lord will deliver you from all your enemies, saith him who is your Advocate with the Father; even so, Amen.
(Brigham Young Papers, LDS archives, as cited in Fred C. Collier, comp., Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Salt Lake City: Collier's Publishing Co., 2nd ed., 1981], 1:109) (15)

-- May 28, 1857
[Deseret] Winfield Scott, General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, announces the creation of the Military Department of Utah, to be assembled at Fort Leavenworth (Poll & MacKinnon 1994, p. 30). (16)

U.S. President James Buchanan sent 2,500 troops to Utah under Albert Sidney Johnston, beginning the Utah War. (17)

[Utah War] Against Scott's counsel, Floyd ordered 2500 troops to assemble at Fort Leavenworth (1200 miles from SLC) to escort the new governor to Utah. Gen. William S. Harney, Commander of Fort Leavenworth, was appointed Commander of the Utah Expetition, receiving his orders from Secretary of War, John B. Floyd. No indication of the Army's mission was included. (18)

-- May 28, 1925
[Quorum of the Twelve] Anthony W. Ivins set apart as First Counselor to President Heber J. Grant, with Charles W. Nibley as Second Counselor. (19)

-- May 28, 1925 - 11 December 1931
[1st Presidency Changes] Heber J. Grant Anthony W. Ivins Charles W. Nibley (never ordained an apostle) Anthony W. Ivins called as First Counselor; Charles W. Nibley called as Second Counselor (20)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
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 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
6 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
7 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
8 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
9 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
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 - http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
12 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
13 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
14 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
15 - http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm
16 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War#Timeline_of_events
17 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
18 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
19 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
20 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency

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Today in Church History - May 27

-- May 27, 1664
[U.S. Religious History] At the age of 24, colonial theologian Increase Mather became the minister of Boston's Second (Congregational) Church. He would serve there until his death in 1723. (1)

-- Wednesday, May 27, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] Title Page D&C 10:6-70 received ? (2)

-- May 27, 1831
1831 Several families, numbering about fifty souls, took up their line of march from this town last week for the "promised land," among whom is Martin Harris, one of the original believers in the "Book of Mormon." Mr. Harris was among the early settlers of this town, and has ever borne the character of an honorable and upright man, and an obliging and benevolent neighbor. He had secured to himself by honest industry a respectable fortune-and he has left a large circle of acquaintances and friends to pity his delusion. "Mormon Emigration," Wayne Sentinel, May 27, 1831. (3)

Early June Newspapers report earthquake in Peking. Symonds Ryder is baptized. (3)

last week: The Sentinel publishes on Fridays, the Telegraph on Tuesdays. If the Palmyra/Manchester company left on the Erie Canal on Saturday, May 21, they might have reached Painesville in time to be counted in a May 24 Telegraph estimate. (3)

-- May 27, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Okaw branch of the Kaskaskia River, Illinois. As Joseph Smiths history records, he and the brethren of Zions Camp experienced the protection of angels on their journey. (4)

-- May 27, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smiths grandmother Mary Duty Smith died. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Grandmother Mary Duty Smith dies; Sidney Rigdon gives funeral address. (5)

-- May 27, 1837
[Lucy Mack Smith] Parley P. Pratt, greatly disillusioned by economic problems, writes a harshly critical letter to Joseph Smith for which he later apologizes. (6)

-- (Mon) May 27, 1839
Sidney Rigdon writes his attack on proponents of the Spalding theory. (7)

-- May 27, 1840
Millennial Star, first LDS periodical produced outside North America began publication in Manchester, England, with Parley P. Pratt as editor. (8)

The first number of "The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star was published at Manchester, England. (9)

[Joseph Smith] The Latter-Day Saints Millennial Star, the first LDS periodical outside the U.S., is published in England. (10)

[Partridge, Edward] Died 27 May 1840 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. (11)

-- May 27, 1842
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith stayed at home and took medicine for a bilious attack. (4)

-- May 27, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith tells a council meeting, "The patriarchal office is the highest in the church, and father Joseph Smith conferred this office, on Hyrum Smith, on his death bed." (10)

-- May 27, 1844
Joseph Smith goes to Carthage (after avoiding arrest) to face indictments for perjury and adultery. Returned same day, as they were not ready for a trial [per Joseph Smith]. (12)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith, accompanied by friends, went to Carthage, Illinois, to attend the circuit court in answer to certain indictments against him. (4)

-- May 27, 1850
[Taylor, John] Arrived in Liverpool 27 May 1850. (11)

-- May 27, 1854
[Smith, Joseph Fielding] Mission to Hawaii 27 May 1854-24 February 1858. (11)

-- May 27, 1858
[Utah War] Gen. Harney reported 2,588 troops under Col. Johnston with reinforcement 3,912 troops to be added (complete text of his report: CHC 4:373) (13)

-- May 27, 1888
[Quorum of the Twelve] Erastus Snow dies. (14)

[Snow, Erastus] Died 27 May 1888 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (11)

[Wilford Woodruff] Erastus Snow dies (15)

-- May 27, 1924
[U.S. Religious History] At a meeting in Maryland, the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church repealed a ban on dancing and theater attendance for church members. (1)

-- May 27, 1986.
LDS Historical Department officials announce that researchers must apply for admittance, be interviewed by an archives official, and sign a statement agreeing to abide by archival rules which include submitting a pre-publication copy of quotations and their context to the Copyrights and Permissions Office. A typical letter granting such permission uses the following language: "After reviewing your request, we have decided to raise no objections to your proposed use of the requested material." Physical remodeling of the facilities puts patrons using archival materials in a small glass-walled room. (16)

-- May 27, 1987
[Mark Hofmann] Interviews conducted with Hofmann in prison. (17)

-- 1996 27-28 May
Gordon B. Hinckley became first Church president to visit mainland China. (8)


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
2 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
5 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
6 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
7 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
8 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
9 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
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 - 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
12 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
13 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
14 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
15 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
16 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
17 - 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 - May 26

-- May 26, 1831
In June they are all to meet, and hold a kind of [jubilee] in this new 'land of promise,' where they are to work diverse miracles-among others that of raising the dead. It is said there are soon to be miraculous births among them, and the number it is expected, will [be] materially increased after the general meeting. According to Dale Broadhurst, there was a rumor that "one of Joseph Smith's sisters was secretly impregnated by Sidney Rigdon." (1)

Strange as it may appear, it is an unquestionable fact, that this singular sect have, within three or four weeks, made many proselytes in this county. The number of believers in the faith, in three or four of the Northern Townships, is said to exceed one hundred-among whom are many intelligent and respectable individuals. The prospects of obtaining still greater numbers in this county, is daily increasing. (1)

We understand that a new arrival of Mormonites has taken place-some two hundred men, women and children having lately landed in Geauga county, their holy land, from New York. They have commenced a new settlement, in the township of Thompson, near the line of Ashtabula county, thus extending the holy land farther east than the limits originally fixed.They have full faith in the Mormon doctrine, having as they say, worked a miracle in clearing a passage through the ice at Buffalo, by which they sailed several days sooner than other vessels. Western Courier (Ravenna, Ohio), May 26, 1831. (1)

-- May 26, 1832
Conference (Independence) investigates of Oliver Cowdery's 1830 "transgression" of proposing to another woman while engaged to Elizabeth Ann Whitmer. (1)

Saturday. Sidney Rigdon arrives in Kirtland from Zion. (1)

-- May 26, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Paris, Illinois. Joseph Smith demonstrated great care for the wild animals the brethren encountered on the Zions Camp march and then tested the readiness of the brethren by sounding a false alarm. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Resume journey, "and at night were aroused by the continual threats of our enemies," but "Notwithstanding our enemies were continually breathing threats of violence, we did not fear neither did we hesitate for God was with us, and His angels went before us, and the faith of our little band was unwavering. We know that angels were our companions, for we saw them." History JS, MS 15 no. 5, (Jan. 29, 1853): 69. Note: "resume our journey, {which we did on monday the 26th and at night were aroused by the constinued threats of our enemies.}" Pencil lines indicate the text beginning "Notwithstanding" and ending "we saw them." place the passage after "Tuesday {the} 27th". , 481. (3)

-- (Fri) May 26, 1837
The Painesville Telegraph published an open letter to Sidney Rigdon, written by Grandison Newell. In the letter Newell outlined his charges that Smith had conspired with two other Mormons to have him murdered. (4)

-- May 26, 1837
John Corrill named "an agent of the Church and Keeper of the Lord's Store House." (1)

The Painesville Telegraph publishes Grandison Newell's letter to the editor charging that Joseph Smith had sent two men to murder him. (1)

-- (Sun) May 26, 1839
By this date (at the very latest) Rigdon had the May 18 issue of the Quincy Whig, with its "Origin of Mormonism" article quoting the Matilda Spalding Davison statement. (4)

-- May 26, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] "Met with the Prophet Joseph, the Patriarch Hyrum, brothers Kimball and Richards, Judge James Adams, and Bishop N. K. Whitney, receiving our endowments and instructions in the Priesthood. The Prophet Joseph administered to us our first ordinances of endowment, and gave us instructions on the Priesthood and the new and everlasting covenant." Thus, Joseph Smith re-performed the endowment ceremony he had originally given these same men a year ago (MHBY, which inaccurately omitted William Law). Smith reconferred the endowment for two reasons. First, to prepare for the next day's sealing of marriages for time and eternity, which he explained to the men in attendance. Second, because the Presiding Patriarch had stopped his opposition to polygamous marriages (DMQ). (5)

[Anointed Quorum] prayer circle in Joseph Smith's old home. First entry in document titled, "Meetings of anointed Quorum[]Journalizings" (MAQ) which listed participants in this order: Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, James Adams, Newel K. Whitney, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, and William Law (also JS-F, HC). Patriarch Hyrum Smith accepted plural marriage (EHAT, 57-59). (5)

[Joseph Smith] Hyrum Smith accepts the doctrine of plural marriage, and Joseph Smith begins re-performing the endowment ceremonies for previously endowed men. (6)

[Polygamy] to 26 May 1843 Hyrum Smith receives endowment and associated polygamy doctrine. Joseph Smith begins re-performing the endowment ceremonies for previously endowed men and for others who have accepted polygamy. PLACE: Nauvoo, IL (7)

-- May 26, 1844
[Lucy Mack Smith] In a public discourse, "Joseph Smith denied specific rumors [about polygamy] but did not deny that he had had a revelation on plural marriage and had begun that practice. Afterward the Expositor published details of the revelation, but again the Prophet said nothing publicly to refute it" (R. L. Anderson, "Joseph Smith's Final," 331n12). (8)

[Polygamy] to 26 May 1844 Smith denies polygamy, boasts he has done more than Jesus Christ. In a now famous speach, Smith publicly denies he has any plural wives. Smith boasts to a congregation "Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet. You know my daily walk and conversation. I am in the bosom of a virtuous and good people. How I do love to hear the wolves howl! When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go." PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p.408 (
7)

-- May 26, 1846
[Uncannonized Post-Joseph Smith Revelation] Revelation to Brigham Young, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, received at Mount Pisgah of the Camp of Israel, Middle Fork of the Grand River, Iowa Territory [about two miles west of present Thayer, Iowa] on 26 May 1846
I told Daniel and Orson Spencer that the Spirit said to me,
Tell Daniel [Spencer] to gather up what teams, tools, seeds, and men he can and go on and let Orson [Spencer] stay and take care of the families and bring them on.
(Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 26 May 1846, typed copy, quotation marks omitted, LDS archives) (9)

-- May 26, 1848
[Young, Brigham] Left Winter Quarters for Salt Lake Valley 26 May 1848. (10)

-- May 26, 1857
[Utah War] Gen. Winfield Scott advised John B. Floyd against the expedition at that time for several reasons, including the lateness of the start. (11)

-- 1996 26-27 May
Hong Kong Temple dedicated. (12)

-- May 26, 1996
[Temple] Hong Kong China Temple; Location: Hong Kong, China; Announcement: 3 October 1992; Dedication: 26 May 1996 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Hong Kong colonial, single-spire design (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 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
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 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
8 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
9 - http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm
10 - 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
11 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
12 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
13 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - May 25

-- May 25, 1816
Ebenezer Robertson born in Floyd, NY. (1)

-- May 25, 1829
[Lucy Mack Smith] Hyrum visits Joseph Jr. and Emma in Harmony, followed by Joseph Knight Sr., who brings them provisions, plus a pair of shoes, lined paper, and $3. About this time, Lucy Harris initiates a hearing before the magistrate at Lyons, county seat of Wayne County (organized in 1823). Lucy Smith remembers this event as after August 1829 with Oliver still acting as Joseph's scribe and when Joseph was on the point of moving to the Whitmer home; however, the move came about 1 June 1829 and the translation was finished before August. Martin Harris dates this legal hearing in March. (2)

-- May 25, 1833
Uncle John Smith arrives in Kirtland, the first of Joseph Sr.'s relatives to join the church. (3)

[Smith, John] Moved to Kirtland, arriving 25 May 1833. (4)

-- May 25, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Edgar County, Illinois. Joseph Smith and the other brethren on the Zions Camp march spent Sunday in camp, not on the road. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Arrive at Illinois border. Rest, but no Sunday services. Heber's Zion's Camp (6)

-- May 25, 1837
Oliver Cowdery is elected a Justice of the Peace in Kirtland without opposition. Painesville Republican, May 25, 1837. (3)

-- (Sat) May 25, 1839
Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith wrote their letter on Church and politics to be published in the Quincy Whig. While they probably had the Matilda Spalding Davison statement before them by this time, the contents of their letter does not indicate that they were responding to any element of that statement. (7)

-- May 25, 1839
William Smith is dropped from the Quorum of the Twelve (3)

[Quorum of the Twelve] William Smith restored to Quorum by vote of the Church. (8)

[Smith, William B] Restored to fellowship 25 May 1839. (4)

-- May 25, 1842
[Bennett, John Cook] Excommunicated 25 May 1842 for adultery and teaching that illicit intercourse was condoned by Church leaders. While in Nauvoo wrote articles defending Church under pen name of Joab. (4)

Chauncey L. Higby cut off form Church for licentious conduct toward females. (1)

John C. Bennett's fellowship with the Church is withdrawn. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith disfellowships John Bennett who quickly publishes the first exposé of Mormon polygamy. It is not clear whether Bennett is disfellowshipped for sexual misconduct or for using Joseph Smith's name in justifying seduction. Bennett's excommunication on 18 June would be for his intention to publish against Smith who prevents Young from disciplining his brother William for adultery. George A. Smith later referred to "Wm Smith committing iniquity & we have to sustain him against our feelings" as an apostle. (9)

[Polygamy] John Bennett disfellow-shipped
John Bennett was disfellowshipped. He then publishes the first expose of polygamy. On 18 June 1842, he is excommunicated. (10)

-- May 25, 1842 - 4 February 1843
[1st Presidency Changes] Joseph Smith, Jr. Hyrum Smith (Assistant President) Sidney Rigdon (never ordained an apostle) William Law (never ordained an apostle) John Smith (never ordained an apostle, Assistant Counselor) John C. Bennett (never ordained an apostle) disfellowshipped (11)

-- May 25, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Anointed Quorum "council" meeting at Joseph Smith's house in the afternoon (WC-S). (12)

Sidney Rigdon resigns his office as the Postmaster of Nauvoo and recommends Joseph Smith as his successor. (1)

-- May 25, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle at Willard Richards's office until 11:30 p.m. (or "12 Oclock," according to HCK) with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, Amasa M. Lyman, John E. Page, Orson Pratt, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Levi Richards, John Smith, Joseph Young, and William Clayton (HC, HCK, WC-S). (12)

-- May 25,1962
[Utah] Boyd K. Packer is first to earn regular doctorate while serving as general authority. He receives Ed.D. degree from Brigham Young University. (13)

-- May 25, 1984
[Temple] Boise Idaho Temple; Location: Boise, Idaho, USA; Announcement: 31 March 1982; Dedication: 25 May 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Rededication: 14 February 1987 by James E. Faust; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design; Notes: The rededication in 1987 was for the addition only (14)

-- May 25, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Ronald Vern Jackson displays forgery of Neeley court docket to support claim that Harris letter is a fake. (15)

-- May 25, 2006
[Temple] Vancouver British Columbia (under construction) Temple; Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada; Announcement: 25 May 2006; Groundbreaking: 4 August 2007 by Ronald A. Rasband; Notes: Completion expected in early 2010. (14)


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
6 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
7 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
8 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
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 - http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
11 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
12 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
13 - 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
14 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
15 - 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 - May 23

-- May 23, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Belleville, Indiana. Joseph led the Zions Camp march from Belleville to Greencastle, Indiana, and they encamped about four miles from Greencastle after a hard drive. (1)

-- (Tue) May 23, 1837
Parley Pratt wrote an angry letter to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, accusing them of wrongful dealings with certain Church members, including himself. Pratt said that the LDS leaders took advantage over members like himself, "by undue religious influence," and insinuated that the "scheme of speculation" underlying the operations of the KSS was "of the devil." [Letter printed in Richard Livesey, "An Exposure of Mormonism," (1838), p. 9; original in the Lake County Historical Society Library]. (2)

-- May 23, 1841
[Phelps, William Wines] Appointed to preach in Ohio and East 23 May 1841. (3)

-- May 23, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Emma Hale Smith witnessed stake patriarch James Adams perform the polygamous marriage ceremonies for Joseph Smith and two of her house-servants, Emily D. Partridge and Eliza M. Partridge. This was the first occasion Smith's wife authorized him to marry other women (WR, EHAT, 60-61). (4)

[Joseph Smith] First occasion when Emma Smith approves her husband's polygamous marriages, two of which she witnesses on this day. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Emma gives permission for Joseph to be sealed to Emily and Eliza Partridge, not knowing that they are already his plural wives. (6)

[Polygamy] to 23 May 1843 Smith's first wife, Emma, first approval of polygamy. First occasion when Emma Smith approves her husband's polygamous marriages. See D&C 132 where Emma is told to accept polygamy or be "destroyed." PLACE: Nauvoo, IL (7)

-- May 23, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith prophesied to his brother Hyrum Smith that their enemies would lie about him the same as they had about Joseph. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spoke with the Sac and Fox Indians who had arrived the previous day. (1)

[Joseph Smith] William Law files a formal complaint with the Hancock County circuit court charging Joseph Smith was living "in an open state of adultery" with Maria Lawrence, Smith's foster daughter and polygamous wife. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] William Law accuses Joseph of adultery/polygamy. Joseph H. Jackson and Robert Foster swear a writ against Joseph on 24 May for false swearing. For the next few weeks, Joseph and Hyrum Smith engage in a flurry of accusations and counteraccusations with William and Wilson Law, charging each other with counterfeiting, sexual immorality, and other illegal acts, including alleged attempts by both Joseph and William to hire Joseph H. Jackson to kill the other. (6)

[Polygamy] Suit filed against Smith for adultery with foster daughter. William Law files a formal complaint with the Hancock County circuit court charging Smith was living "in an open state of adultery" with Maria Lawrence, Smith's foster daughter and polygamous wife. Maria Lawrence was a teenaged orphan who was living in the Smith household. In fact, Smith had secretly married both Maria, age 19 ,and her sister Sarah, age 17 on 11 May 1843 and was serving as executor of their $8,000 estate. William Law apparently hoped that disclosing Smith's relationship with the young girls might lead him to abandon polygamy, but Smith immediately excommunicated Law, had himself appointed the girls' legal guardian, and rejected the charge in front of a church congregation on 26 May 1844, denying that he had more than one wife. PLACE: Hancock County Circuit Court, IL SOURCE: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p.403, Mormon Polygamy: A History, p.66 (7)

[Polygamy] Law files suit
William Law filed suit in Hancock County Illinois against Joseph Smith for living in adultery with Maria Lawrence, one of Joseph Smiths plural wives. Maria is also his foster daughter. (8)

-- May 23, 1845
[William Clayton] Commissioned by the Council of Twelve Apostles to document the construction of the Nauvoo Temple. This was later published in the Juvenile Instructor as "An Interesting Journal" (9)

-- May 23, 1854
Patriarch John Smith died. (10)

[Smith, John] Died in Salt Lake City, Utah, 23 May 1854. (3)

-- May 23, 2004
[Temple] Copenhagen Denmark Temple; Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark; Announcement: 17 March 1999; Dedication: 23 May 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Neo-classical, detached single-spire design (11)

-- May 23, 2007
[Temple] Manaus Brazil (under construction) Temple; Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; Announcement: 23 May 2007; Groundbreaking: 20 June 2008 by Charles A. Didier; Notes: Ground was broken on 20 June 2008. The temple will serve approximately 44,000 members. (11)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
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 - 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 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
7 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
8 - http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
9 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
10 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
11 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - May 22

-- May 22, 1810
[Sydney Rigdon] William Rigdon died, leaving Sidney 100 acres of land -- at about this time Sidney evidently began occasional training as an apprentice tanner (such an apprenticeship would have been required before he was accepted as a "journeyman tanner" in 1824) (1)

-- May 22, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Indianapolis, Indiana. The Zions Camp march, led by Joseph Smith, went from Indianapolis to Belleville, Indiana, and encamped near a small stream of water in a grove. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Revelation in Washington Township, Clay County, indicating that redemption of Zion must wait for a little season until elders were endowed with power from on high in Kirtland temple. (3)

-- (Tue) May 22, 1838
Heber C. Kimball returned to Kirtland, at a time when Smith loyalists were very much unwelcome there. (4)

-- May 22, 1838
Heber C. Kimball returns to Kirtland, OH. (5)

[Heber C. Kimball] Returns to Kirtland from first English mission. (6)

[Kimball, Heber Chase] Returned to Kirtland 22 May 1838. With companions baptized nearly fifteen hundred. (7)

-- May 22, 1843
[Polygamy] to 22 May 1843 Emma discovers Smith in bedroom with Eliza Partridge. Joseph Smith's personal secretary records that on May 22nd, 1843, Smith's first wife Emma found Joseph and Eliza Partridge secluded in an upstairs bedroom at the Smith home. Emma was devastated. SOURCE: William Clayton's journal entry for 23 May (see Smith, 105-106) (8)

-- May 22, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Thursday evening prayer circle at Willard Richards's office, with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, John E. Page, George A. Smith, George Miller, Levi Richards, and Joseph Young (HC; HCK describes this meeting in his entry of 23 May). (9)

[Brigham Young] Brigham Young, aged 43, marries Mary Elizabeth Rollins (1818-1910) (aged 26); married to non-Mormon Adam Lightner and plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.; sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr. for eternity and Young for time; remained living with Lightner (10)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Caroline Grant Smith dies, leaving two daughters. (11)

[Smith, William B] Wife, Caroline, died 22 May 1845. (7)

-- May 22, 1846
[Benson, Ezra Taft] Pisgah 22 May 1846. (7)

[Wilford Woodruff] Leaves Nauvoo to join Iowa encampment, eventually settling in Winter Quarters on banks of Mississippi River (12)

-- May 22, 1872
[Marks, William] Died in Plano, Kendall County, Illinois, 22 May 1872. (7)

-- May 22,1925
[Utah] Deseret News editorializes in favor of new Utah law which legalizes horse racing and pari-mutual betting. Legislature has appointed Brigham F. Grant as chair of Racing Commission. He is manager of Deseret News and brother of church president, Heber J. Grant. (13)

-- Wed May 22, 1957
[David O McKay] 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Eldred G. Smith, Patriarch to the Church, called at the office and gave his side of what seems to him to have been a censure given to him by Elders Spencer Kimball and LeGrand Richards. He then took a great deal of time referring to unpleasant conditions existing in his office. He said that inasmuch as Sister Timmons was employed as a secretary in the office of the Patriarch before he (Brother Smith) was ordained as Patriarch to the Church, she still "assumes" the right to make his appointments. I answered: "Well, haven't you asked her to make your appointments, and to keep a record of them?" He admitted that that was the case. I further said to Brother Smith: "That spirit should not exist in any office in the Church, and you should plan the affairs of your office so that there should be complete harmony and good will." Brother Smith said that he had another matter about which he wished to talk to me, but inasmuch as an hour's time had
gone by, and that I had an appointment, I told him that he would have to see me at some future time. (14)

-- Fri May 22, 1959
[David O McKay] [Note by secretary:] It was very evident to all present that it was extremely difficult for the grieving President to conduct the funeral services. However, he brought his emotions under control, and handled the situation masterfully--the services proceeded smoothly and efficiently. His emotions, however, were near the breaking point when he publicly said farewell to President Richards. There was hardly a dry eye in the whole audience. General Authorities on the stand were seen wiping their eyes with their handkerchiefs as the President said: "Goodbye for the present, Stephen L, my beloved friend. We shall miss you--Oh! how we shall miss you! But we will continue to carry on until we meet again. God bless you, Irene, and your choice sons and daughters. During this inevitable separation may there ever echo in your hearts, as if they had come from the voice of your beloved husband and father, the words of the Savior to his disciples when he had to leave
them . . . ." (14)

-- May 22, 1977
Church Activities Committee organized. (15)

-- Sunday, May 22, 1983.
Dawn Tracy publishes an article in the Provo Daily Herald reporting that she talked to fourteen37 Mormon writers in four states who "had been questioned" by local ecclesiastical leaders. All had contributed to Dialogue, Sunstone, or the Seventh East Press. Roy Doxey, former BYU dean of religious education, says that Apostle Mark E. Petersen "ordered the investigations." Elder Petersen, whose assignment has long been the investigation and suppression of fundamentalist Mormons, has apparently expanded his mandate to include other individuals whom he defines as enemies of the church. In 1962 he told a conference of seminary and Institute faculty, "In teaching the gospel there is no academic freedom. . . . There is only fundamental orthodox doctrine and truth."
Three of the writers who were investigated are faculty members at BYU. Jack Newell, co-editor of Dialogue, comments, "We are gravely concerned that the faith of any Latter-day Saint would be questioned including the basis of his or her commitment to legitimate scholarship and the free exchange of ideas."
Scott Faulring's stake president chastised him for his writings but admitted he had never read the offending articles. This stake president also "warned him to be cautious in his writing" and refused to tell him "who asked him to talk to me," said Faulring. Gary James Bergera of Provo, also interviewed, commented: "My stake president told me that if the prophet told me to do something wrong, I would be blessed if I obeyed. . . . He said what I had written was anti-Mormon because it wasn't uplifting." The stake president, Penrod Glazier, singled out an article about Jerald and Sandra Tanner published in Seventh East Press and a news story Gary had co-authored on an anti-Mormon conference in Alta published in Sunstone Review. According to Bergera, the stake president "said it was clear in the article that I didn't support the Tanners. . . . But because I interviewed them I came close to supporting them." Bergera's stake president denies that he is acting on orders from anyone
else but several years later confirms to another stake president that he was asked to "watch over" Bergera by Elder Mark E. Petersen. Other writers questioned are Armand Mauss, Thomas G. Alexander, David John Buerger, Lester Bush, Edward A. Ashment, Jeff Keller, and Richard Sherlock. Carlos Whiting, a Mormon writer from Silver Spring, Maryland, is quoted as saying the writers who were interviewed are upset and adds, "Anti- intellectualism being manifest in the church is contrary to basic doctrine. . . . More serious, however, seems to be the inept approach of the various leaders involved in the inquiries."
J. D. Williams denounces the proceedings as "an inquisition" and adds, "Passing ecclesiastical judgment on writers who have conducted serious, historical research is a denial of everything the church stands for." When Peggy Fletcher learns that her bishop also received a call, she goes to a "high church official to complain. It was later learned on good authority, she said, that the Council of Twelve Apostles was asked to lay off and, indeed, the calls abruptly ended."
During this same period, Maxine Hanks, a returned missionary who is working on Seventh East Press and teaching Sunday classes at the Mission Training Center, is released with no reason being given. When she insists on meeting with her supervisor, he denies that her release has anything to do with the Seventh East Press. "It wasn't that you weren't good enough or smart enough--and it wasn't that you weren't pretty enough," she remembers him saying. "If I had to give a reason, I would say that you are perhaps a little too intelligent for the elders. You are perhaps a little too intellectual." He will not discuss the possibility of a revised approach or reengaging her to teach.
These episodes are not without their comic side. Linda King Newell is under ecclesiastical investigation both for her prize- winning and controversial biography of Emma Hale Smith, co- authored with Valeen Tippetts Avery (New York: Doubleday, 1984) and for her co-editorship of Dialogue. She is at the time serving in her ward's Relief Society presidency while Jack is serving in the bishopric. An unnamed man, identifying himself as "the director of correlation," calls the other counselor in the bishopric, asks whether Linda has a temple recommend, and, upon being informed that she does, asks someone in the background to "hand me the file on Linda Newell." After a few more questions about Linda's worthiness, the caller terminates the conversation. The following Sunday the counselor takes Linda aside and asks, "Now, which general board have you been called to?" Peggy Fletcher's bishop reportedly assumes that the call to him is also for clearance for a general board calling and
recommends her in enthusiastic terms.
Ron Priddis learns from a relative as early as 1976 that Elder Petersen "has a file" on him. But these episodes, known collectively as the Petersen Inquisition or the Petersen Witch Hunt, are important for establishing (1) that files are being kept systematically on writers for independent LDS publications and (2) that others besides Petersen are involved in creating and maintaining these files. (16)

-- May 22, 1986
[Mark Hofmann] Hofmann bound over to Utah Third District Court for trial on charges of murder and fraud. On 6 June he pleads not guilty to all charges. Judges rule that Hofmann would face five separate trials; the first, for murder, scheduled for 2 March 1987. (17)

-- May 22, 2005
[Temple] San Antonio Texas Temple; Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA; Announcement: 24 June 2001; Dedication: 22 May 2005 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (18)


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
6 - 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
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://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives
11 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
12 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
13 - 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
14 - David O. McKay Office Journal
15 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
16 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
17 - 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
18 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - May 21

-- May 21, 1832
Near Greenville, Indiana-a dozen miles from the Ohio river-the stagecoach horses bolt and start to run away. Joseph and Newel jump. Newel but gets a foot caught in a wheel,breaking his leg and foot. Sidney remains in the coach and continues on to Kirtland, where his nine-year-old daughter, Nancy, is seriously ill. Joseph remains with Newel while he recovers. Joseph in Greenville (1)

-- May 21, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Indianapolis, Indiana. By temporarily dispersing, Joseph Smith and the Zions Camp brethren passed through Indianapolis without problems. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Pass through Indianopolis without incident, despite hostile threats. , 480; Heber's Zion's Camp 1834
Heber's Zion's Camp mistakenly has the 19th. (3)

-- May 21, 1838
[Hyde, Orson] Arrived in Kirtland 21 May 1838. (4)

-- May 21, 1839
[Joseph Smith] Montrose, Iowa. With the First Presidency and several others, Joseph Smith rode out on a land excursion to view the territory for many miles in the regions round about Montrose. (2)

-- May 21, 1844
Brigham Young, Keber C. Kimball, and Lyman Wight start on a mission [per Brigham Young] (5)

[Joseph Smith] The apostles and most other LDS leaders leave Nauvoo to campaign for Joseph Smith. (6)

[Wight, Lyman] On 21 May 1844 left Nauvoo on mission to advocate Joseph Smith for President of United States. Preached and campaigned in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Baltimore. (4)

[Young, Brigham] Left on mission east to campaign for Joseph Smith as president of United States 21 May 1844. (4)

-- May 21, 1845
[Wight, Lyman] Left for Texas 21 May 1845. (4)

-- May 21, 1852
[Joseph F. Smith] Joseph F. Smith baptized by President Heber C. Kimball. (7)

[Pratt, Parley Parker] Returned to San Francisco 21 May 1852. (4)

[Wilford Woodruff] Returns to Salt Lake City (8)

-- May 21, 1888
[Temple] Manti Utah Temple; Location: Manti, Utah, USA; Announcement: 25 June 1875; Dedication: 21 May 1888 by Lorenzo Snow; Rededication: 14 June 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Castellated Gothic/French Renaissance - designed by William H. Folsom; Notes: Wilford Woodruff performed a private dedication on May 17, 1888. (9)

-- May 21, 1945
George Albert Smith became President of Church. (10)

George Albert Smith ordained and set apart as eighth president of the Church. (11)

George Albert Smith became President of the Church. (12)

[Quorum of the Twelve] The First Presidency is reorganized, with George Albert Smith President, J. Reuben Clark First Counselor, and David O. McKay Second Counselor. George F. Richards becomes President of the Quorum. (13)

-- May 21, 1945 - 4 April 1951
[1st Presidency Changes] George Albert Smith J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay Reorganization of First Presidency after death of Heber J. Grant (14)

-- Thu May 21, 1959
[David O McKay] President McKay did not return to the office--was very shocked to learn that Sister Richards has suffered a mild heart attack--the shock of losing her husband has been too much for her. (15)

-- May 21, 1963
[U.S. Religious History] The highest governing body of the United Presbyterian Church stated for the record its opposition to mandatory prayers in public schools, Sunday closing laws, and special tax privileges accorded to both churches and the clergy. (16)

-- May 21, 1996
[Same Sex Marriage] Hawaii's Campaign Spending Commission mails a complaint to Hawaii's Future Today that indicates that the ads are in violations of Hawaii's regulations governing spending in political campaigns, indicates the fines for such a violation and explains that Hawaii's Future Today must file the required papers to register as a political-action committee. Follow-up letters dated 20 Jun repeats the information about the complaint. Hawaii's Future Today does not respond by registering as a political-action organization, but asserts that it does not plan to involve itself in lobbying or campaigning for candidates. (17)

-- May 21, 2000
[Temple] Nashville Tennessee Temple; Location: Franklin, Tennessee, USA; Announcement: 9 November 1994; Dedication: 21 May 2000 by James E. Faust; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (9)

[Temple] Villahermosa Mexico Temple; Location: Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico; Announcement: 30 October 1998; Dedication: 21 May 2000 by Thomas S. Monson; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (9)


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 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
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://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
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 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
8 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
9 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
10 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
11 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
12 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
13 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
14 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
15 - David O. McKay Office Journal
16 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
17 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59

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Today in Church History - May 20

-- May 20, 1831
D&C 51 (Thompson, Ohio): Instructions to Edward Partridge on organizing the Colesville Branch, which had settled on Leman Copley's farm in Thompson; consecration and stewardship. Not included in Book of Commandments. D&C 51:1-19 (1)

[Revelations] Thompson, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 51. Consecration and stewardship. Bishop Edward Partridge deeds what is needed to families. Excommunicants retain deeded property but bishop retains their surplus for the poor and for his own family's needs. Be one. Behave as though this were a permanent settlement until the Lord directs otherwise. This is a church-wide policy. Eternal life promised to participants.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 87-89 (copied before August 27, 1834), heading: Thompson [DEL: August :DEL] May 20, 1831.
Not in the printed the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 23 heading: Revelation given May, 1831.
"Not long after - the saints from the state of New York began to come on, and it seemed necessary to settle them, at the solicitation of Bishop Partridge, I inquired and received the following. " Joseph Smith draft history (1839) in Joseph Smith Papers 1:352.
Kirtland Revelations Book/1835 Doctrine and Covenants 23.
Bishop's instructions. (2)

-- May 20, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Franklin, Indiana. Joseph Smith led the Zions Camp march from Franklin to Greenfield, Indiana. (3)

-- May 20, 1837
[Whitmer, Peter, Jr] ; last child born 20 May 1837, after Whitmers death. (4)

-- May 20, 1841
[Wilford Woodruff] Arrives in New York (5)

-- May 20, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith sent an explanation of the word Mormon to the Church newspaper Times and Seasons in response to erroneous views held by men that profess to be learned. (3)

-- May 20, 1857
[Utah War] President James Buchanan, relying upon the negative accusations of several, while ignoring Mormon denials, and without any investigation, was convinced that the Mormons were in rebellion against the United States. He decided to replace Gov. Brigham Young, and without giving him any notice, and without the required Congressional approval (Congress was in recess), proceeded to make his new appointments and issued orders for a large military escort. (6)

-- May 20, 1864
[Wilford Woodruff] Ezra T. Benson and Lorenzo Snow report on mission to Hawaii (5)

-- May 20, 1891
[Apostle John Henry Smith] Helps organize the Republican Party of Utah, followed by dubs in other cities. (7)

-- May 20, 1958
New Zealand Temple, the first in southern hemisphere, dedicated by David O. McKay. (8)

-- Wed May 20, 1959
[David O McKay] The regular meeting of the First Presidency--the first without my dear friend, companion, and advisor--President Stephen L. I could not believe that he had gone, and kept looking for him to come in.
May 20, 1959: [This is a note by McKay's secretary.] President McKay is deeply grieved and shocked over President Richards' death--it is very noticeable that the passing of his beloved counselor and friend is weighing heavily on him. (9)

-- May 20, 1985
[Mark Hofmann] Time magazine publishes "Challenging Mormonism's Roots" about the documents controversy. Kenneth Rendell verifies, based on his examination and tests, and based on ink and paper tests done by others, "that there is no indication that this [Harris] letter is a forgery." (10)

-- May 20, 1988
[Joseph Smith] President Marion G. Romney, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dies. (11)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Marion G. Romney dies. Howard W. Hunter becomes President of the Quorum. (12)

-- May 20, 1992.
Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society for arts and sciences, rejects BYU's application for a chapter. Phi Beta Kappa's reasons for refusing the chapter application are that the "dogmatic religious assertion[s]" in its mission statements "preclud[e] other possibilities" and hence oppose Phi Beta Kappa's promotion of "a liberal arts education which . . . foster[s] free inquiry." The reason for the decision is not religion per se: Notre Dame, a Catholic-sponsored university, has a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. (13)

-- May 20, 2000
[Temple] Tampico Mexico Temple; Location: Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Announcement: 8 July 1998; Dedication: 20 May 2000 by Thomas S. Monson; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (14)

-- May 20, 2001
[Temple] Perth Australia Temple; Location: Stirling, Western Australia; Announcement: 11 June 1999; Dedication: 20 May 2001 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (14)


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.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 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
6 - http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
7 - Jean Bickmore White, Church, State, and Politics, p.xviii, A John Henry Smith Chronology
8 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
9 - David O. McKay Office Journal
10 - 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
11 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)
12 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
13 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
14 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - May 19

-- May 19, 1810
[Sydney Rigdon] Adamson Bentley became Minister of Concord Baptist Church at Warren, OH (1)

-- May 19, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Richmond, Indiana. Zions Camp, led by Joseph Smith, traveled 31 miles, going from Richmond to Franklin, Indiana. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Mormonites, Daily National Intelligencer, May 31, 1834 (reprint from Richmond Palladin (Richmond, Indiana). Link to source at UDR. (3)

[Joseph Smith] a caravan of about two hundred Mormonites, with a long train of wagons, passed through this place, on their way to the "far west." There were but few women among them, and the men were generally, if not all, supplied with fire-arms. A stout, hardy set of looking fellows they were too, and many of them quite intelligent. From their equipments, it has been suspected that they intend joining and defending their brethren in Jackson county, Missouri. They professed to be in search of new lands, whereon to form a settlement, either in Illinois or farther west. (3)

-- May 19, 1838
Adam-ondi-Ahman selected for settlement in Daviess County, Missouri. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Spring Hill, Missouri. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 116, a revelation that identified Spring Hill as the site of Adam-ondi-Ahman and the place where Adam would again come to meet with his people. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Planned Mormon settlement at Spring Hill (soon renamed Adam-ondi-Ahman), Daviess County. (5)

-- (Sun) May 19, 1839
Joseph Smith arrived back home in Commerce in the evening. (6)

-- About 19-May 20, 1839
Joseph Smith is in Commerce, laying out the city [Brigham Young]. (6)

-- May 19, 1842
John C. Bennett resigns as mayor of Nauvoo; Joseph Smith elected as mayor by City Council. Bennett reportedly competed with Joseph Smith for wives, taking those that Smith was planning on. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was elected by the Nauvoo City Council to replace the discredited John C. Bennett as mayor. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith becomes Nauvoo's mayor. His Nauvoo "Lifeguards" are headed by former Danire Albert P. Rockwood and include Danites Hosea Stout and Orrin Porter Rockwell. (8)

[Joseph Smith] [Joseph Smith] Elected mayor of Nauvoo. (9)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph is elected mayor of Nauvoo. (10)

[Joseph Smith] Elected mayor of Nauvoo. (11)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph elected mayor of Nauvoo. (12)

[Smith, George Albert] Elected to Nauvoo city council 19 May 1842. (13)

-- May 19, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Richmond, Indiana. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to his wife, Emma Smith. (2)

-- May 19, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle meeting "was dispensed with on account of mud and rain"; "About 19 men [and] 2 women attending" (HC, JS-F). (14)

-- May 19, 1845
The following were indited for the murder of Joseph Smith but acquited on 22-May: Colonel Levi Williams, Thomas C. Sharp, Jacob C. Davis, Mark Aldrich, and William N. Grover. (7)

-- May 19, 1890
The Supreme Court upholds the Edmunds-Tucker Act in The Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v. United States (15)

[Wilford Woodruff] U.S. Supreme Court upholds Edmunds-Tucker Act (16)

-- Sun May 19, 1957
[David O McKay] Spent several hours in the Temple this morning in meditation, study, and planning for the Church. (17)

-- May 19, 1959
[Quorum of the Twelve] Stephen L. Richards dies. (18)

-- May 19, 1959 - 12 June 1959
[1st Presidency Changes] David O. McKay J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Death of Stephen L Richards (19)

-- Tue May 19, 1959
[David O McKay] The news of [Stephen L Richard's] passing was a terrible shock to me.
May 19, 1959: [Part of telephone conversation between McKay and Ezra Taft Benson:] Brother Benson: It [the death of Richards] is an awful shock, and I know what a shock it is to you! President McKay: He has been as close to me as a brother could be, a friend of the truest kind. He has been wonderful, and of great value to me. It is a great loss to the Church. He was a great intellect, a great soul. He was as loyal to me as his grandfather was to the Prophet and just as close.
May 20, 1959: The regular meeting of the First Presidency--the first without my dear friend, companion, and advisor--President Stephen L. I could not believe that he had gone, and kept looking for him to come in.
May 20, 1959: [This is a note by McKay's secretary.] President McKay is deeply grieved and shocked over President Richards' death--it is very noticeable that the passing of his beloved counselor and friend is weighing heavily on him.
May 21, 1959: President McKay did not return to the office--was very shocked to learn that Sister Richards has suffered a mild heart attack--the shock of losing her husband has been too much for her.
May 22, 1959: [Note by secretary:] It was very evident to all present that it was extremely difficult for the grieving President to conduct the funeral services. However, he brought his emotions under control, and handled the situation masterfully--the services proceeded smoothly and efficiently. His emotions, however, were near the breaking point when he publicly said farewell to President Richards. There was hardly a dry eye in the whole audience. General Authorities on the stand were seen wiping their eyes with their handkerchiefs as the President said: "Goodbye for the present, Stephen L, my beloved friend. We shall miss you--Oh! how we shall miss you! But we will continue to carry on until we meet again. God bless you, Irene, and your choice sons and daughters. During this inevitable separation may there ever echo in your hearts, as if they had come from the voice of your beloved husband and father, the words of the Savior to his disciples when he had to leave
them =. . . ." (17)

-- May 19, 2002
[Temple] Asuncian Paraguay Temple; Location: Asuncian Paraguay; Announcement: 2 April 2000; Dedication: 19 May 2002 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (20)


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
4 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
5 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
6 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
7 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
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://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
10 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
11 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
12 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
13 - 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
14 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
15 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
16 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
17 - David O. McKay Office Journal
18 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
19 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
20 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples

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Today in Church History - May 18

-- May 18, 1631
[U.S. Religious History] The General Court of the Massachusetts issued the decree that "no man shall be admitted to the body politic but such as are members of some of the churches within the limits" of the colony. (1)

-- May 18, 1783
Martin Harris born in Easttown, NY. (2)

-- May 18, 1832
Reynolds Cahoon moves Phebe Rigdon into his house. (3)

-- May 18, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Richmond, Indiana. Joseph Smiths warning to the brethren in Zions Camp concerning their disobedience was evidenced when their horses foundered. (4)

[Joseph Smith] During the night, the horses foundered in the river. Joseph promises they will be all right if the brethren repent. All are better by noon, except Sylvester's, which soon dies. Sunday services are held as usual, and the sacrament administered. Heber's Zion's Camp (5)

-- May 18, 1835
[Whitmer, John] Appointed editor of Messenger and Advocate in Kirtland 18 May 1835, contrary to his wishes. (6)

[Wight, Lyman] Returned to Clay County 18 May 1835. (6)

-- May 18, 1838
Joseph, Sidney, Thomas B. Marsh , and others visit Oliver Cowdery, Lyman E. Johnson and others in Daviess county who are also exploring northward on Grand River. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Departed Far West on journey to Daviess County, Missouri, to select sites for new Mormon settlements. (7)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. and his party choose the site of Adam-ondi-Ahman on the Grand River. (8)

-- (Sat) May 18, 1839
Lyman Wight's "Missouri-ism" series began in the Quincy Whig. (9)

Matilda Spalding Davison statement from the Boston Recorder (reprinted in the New York Observer) was published in the Quincy Whig. (9)

Smith finished his business at Quincy and starts back for Commerce. He probably leaves before the newspaper is printed that day. Thus he probably left town unaware of the Matilda Spalding Davison article in the Whig. (9)

-- May 18, 1839
Joseph Smith in Commerce, laying out the city [per Brigham Young]. (2)

[Wilford Woodruff] Moves family to Montrose, Iowa (10)

-- May 18, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Carthage, Illinois. Joseph Smith dined with Judge Stephen A. Douglas and prophesied that the Judge would aspire to the presidency of the United States, but that if he ever turned against the Saints, he would feel the hand of the Almighty. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith tells Judge Stephen Douglas, "you will aspire to the presidency of the United States: andyou will feel the weight of the hand of the Almighty upon you." Douglas would seek and lose the U.S. presidency in 1860. (11)

-- May 18, 1844
[Lucy Mack Smith] James Blakesley, Francis M. Higbee, and Austin Cowles are excommunicated. (8)

-- May 18, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle of the "Holy Order" at Willard Richards's office, with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, and Joseph Young; "adjourned at 2 a.m." (HCK; HCsays apostles only). (12)

-- 18/May 19, 1847
[Lucy Mack Smith] William Smith marries Caroline's younger sister, Roxie Ann Grant. After the births of two children, Thalia and Hyrum Wallace, they separate. (8)

-- May 18, 1894
[Black History] Jane M. James sealed as eternal servant to Joseph Smith,
Bathsheba W. Smith as proxy for Jane Elizabeth Manning James (living)
Joseph F. Smith as proxy for Joseph Smith (dead)
Jane Elizabeth Manning (a Negro Mormon) do you wish to be attached as a Servitor for eternity to the prophet Joseph Smith and in this capacity be connected with his family and be obedient to him in all things in the Lord as a faithful Servitor? (Answer Yes)
Pres. Joseph F. Smith acting for and in behalf of the Prophet Joseph Smith: do you wish to receive Jane James as a Servitor to yourself and family? (Answer Yes)
By the authority given me of the Lord I pronounce you, Jane James, a Servitor to the Prophet Joseph Smith (President Joseph F. Smith acting for an [sic] in his behalf) and to his household for all eternity, through your faithfulness in the new and everlasting covenant, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
John Nicholson
(Adoption Record, Book A, Temple Record, LDS Archives, p. 26) (13)

-- May 18,1894
[Utah] In Salt Lake Temple, "01e Elizabeth Manning (a Negro woman) is sealed as a servitor for eternity to the Prophet Joseph Smith." Joseph F. Smith acts as proxy. (14)

-- May 18, 1925
[U.S. Religious History] At the age of 34, American evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared while on a trip to the beach. She reappeared five weeks later, claiming to have been kidnapped and held prisoner, before managing to escape. (1)

-- May 18, 1958
New Zealand Stake, in Auckland, became the first outside North America and Hawaii. (15)

-- May 18, 1982
[U.S. Religious History] Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church, is found guilty in federal court of four separate counts of income tax evasion. (1)

-- May 18, 1984
[Mark Hofmann] "Mike Hansen" [Hofmann alias] orders printing plates from Cocks-Clark Engraving in Denver, Colorado, for Deseret currency. (16)

-- May 18,1993
[Utah] Apostle Boyd K. Packer tells All-Church Coordinating Council that LDS church faces three major threats: "The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals." (14)


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
5 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
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 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
8 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
9 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
10 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
11 - 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"
12 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
13 - http://www.xtimeline.com/events.aspx?q=Bif200802111550260291166
14 - 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
15 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
16 - 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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