Today in Church History - Jun 30

[Lucy Mack Smith] Samuel Harrison Smith leaves as first official missionary of the Church. (1)
-- Jun 30, 1830

Joseph Smith returns from arrest [per Joseph Smith] ("rescued") [per Amasa Lyman]. (2)
-- Jun 30, 1843

W. Fugate writes an affidavit that he, Robert Wiley, and Bridge Whitton created the Kinderhook plates has a hoax. An analysis of a surviving plate confirms that it was produced in the 1840s by the method described by Fugate. (2)
-- Jun 30, 1879


1 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv


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Today in Church History - Jun 29

[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, Emma starts to recover (1)
-- about Sunday, Jun 29, 1828

[Joseph Smith] Dayton, Ohio. William W. Phelps wrote a letter to the Prophet, admitting the wrongs he had committed against him and asking for his forgiveness. (2)
-- Jun 29, 1840

[Utah War] (3)
-- Jun 29, 1856-30 The platform of the new Republican Party maintained that Congress had the right and duty to prohibit polygamy and slavery in the territories


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://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html


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Today in Church History - Jun 28

[Sydney Rigdon] Sydney Rigdon sold his inherited land near Library to James Means (1)
-- Jun 28, 1823

Frederick G. Williams was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace in Kirtland township. (2)
-- (Tue) Jun 28, 1836

[Anointed Quorum] "the adjourned council of Sunday evening met at the upper Room at Josephs [old home] & were agreed that a reinforcement go immediately to the pine country" (BLL). (3)
-- Jun 28, 1842


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, D. Michael Quinn, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45


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Today in Church History - Jun 27

While in jail, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum are shot and killed by members of a mob. No one will ever be convicted of the crime. (1)
-- Jun 27, 1844

[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Smith orders Nauvoo Legion to free him. Court/Jail The morning of 27 July, Smith sent an order (in his own handwriting) to Major-General Jonathan Dunham to lead the Nauvoo Legion in a military attack on Carthage "immediately" to free the prisoners. Dunham realized that such an assault by the Nauvoo Legion would result in two blood baths, one in Carthage and another when anti-Mormons (and probably the Illinois militia) retaliated by laying siege to Nauvoo for insurrection. To avoid civil war and the destruction of Nauvoo's population, Dunham refused to obey the order and did not notify Smith of his decision. One of his lieutenants, a former Danite, later complained that Dunham "did not let a single mortal know that he had received such orders." PLACE: Carthage Jail, Carthage IL SOURCE: Joseph Smith to Jonathan Dunham, 27 June 1844, in Jessee, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, xxv, 616-17; History of the Church, 6:529 referred to this order but neithe
r quoted nor summarized it. (2)

Churchwide auxiliary conferences discontinued. (3)
-- Jun 27, 1975


1 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/
2 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
3 - 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 - Jun 26

[Smith, George Albert] Settled in Adam-Ondi-Ahman 26 June 1838. (1)
-- Jun 26, 1838

Johnston's Army passed through Salt Lake City en route to Cedar Valley. (2)
-- Jun 26, 1858

[Council of Fifty Member] Budge, William (1828-1919). Considered 10 April 1880. Was voted in 24 June 1882. Admitted 26 June 1883. (3)
-- Jun 26, 1883


1 - 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
2 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, D. Michael Quinn, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)


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Today in Church History - Jun 25

Sidney, in behalf of the presidency, writes W. W. Phelps and others in Zion: No need to bind the Book of Commandments; get Books of Mormon from Brother Burket for the Literary Firm; ordain Isaac Morley and John Corrill bishops. Parley P. Pratt and Titus Billings to be counselors to Bishop Partridge; Christian Whitmer and Newel Knight to Bishop Morley; Daniel Stanton and Hezekiah Peck to Bishop Corrill. John Johnson has moved to Kirtland. Sidney's mother (age 75), recently baptized, now living with him. Draft of the city of Zion enclosed. House [temple] "to be built immediately for the Presidency, as well as for all purposes of religion and instruction." Wives must be interviewed separately and sign deeds to transfer property. Book of Commandments corrections (mostly technical, such as "respecter to" to "respecter of," "hands" to "heads," etc.). Letterbook-1, 44-50. (1)
-- Jun 25, 1833

[Kimball, Heber Chase] Arrived in Far West 25 June 1838. (2)
-- Jun 25, 1838

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph and Hyrum give themselves up to the civil authorities at 8:00 A.M. and are jailed. (3)
-- Jun 25, 1844


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 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books


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Today in Church History - Jun 24

[Book of Mormon Translation] Jacob 5:50 (1)
-- about Wednesday, Jun 24, 1829

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith rode from Nauvoo to Carthage, Illinois, turning back, however, to deliver up to Captain Dunn the state arms of the Nauvoo Legion before his final arrival in Carthage. (2)
-- Jun 24, 1844

[Heber C. Kimball] Funeral in Salt Lake Tabernacle. Buried in family graveyard on today's Gordon Place in Salt Lake City. (3)
-- Jun 24, 1868


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - 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


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Today in Church History - Jun 23

-- Jun 23, 1834
[Marsh, Thomas Baldwin] Chosen to receive "endowment" in Kirtland 23 June 1834. (1)

-- Jun 23, 1844
Joseph Smith sends message to Governor Ford that he'll return. (2)

-- Jun 23, 1994
Jeffrey R. Holland is ordained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (3)

1 - 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
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)

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Today in Church History - Jun 22

-- Jun 22, 1836
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith took his mother and aunt Clarissa Smith in a carriage to Painesville, Ohio, where they partook of the sacrament together before his father and uncle John Smith started on a mission to the branches in the eastern United States. (1)

-- Jun 22, 1844
[U.S. Religious History] Joseph Smith, accused of instigating a riot when Mormons smashed the presses of a newspaper critical of his secret doctrines on polygamy, fled from arrest. (2)

-- Jun 22, 1961 - 6 October 1961
[1st Presidency Changes] David O. McKay J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Henry D. Moyle Hugh B. Brown (Third Counselor) Hugh B. Brown called as Third Counselor (3)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency


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Today in Church History - Jun 21

-- Jun 21, 1639
[U.S. Religious History] American theologian Increase Mather was born. (1)

-- Jun 21, 1833
[Smith, John] Ordained high priest 21 June 1833. (2)

-- Jun 21, 1865
[Lucy Mack Smith] Brigham Young in Salt Lake City gives a slightly modified version of his Wellsville sermon against Biographical Sketches. (3)


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
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 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books


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Today in Church History - Jun 20

-- Jun 20, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Fishing River, Missouri. Joseph Smith counseled the brethren of Zions Camp to discharge all their firearms because of possible moisture; they then marched five miles onto the prairie where they could procure food and defend themselves from their enemies. (1)

-- Jun 20, 1836
[Lucy Mack Smith] Frederick Granger Williams Smith, the fifth biological child and third son of Joseph Jr. and Emma, is born. (2)

-- Jun 20, 1853
[Pratt, Orson] Sealed to Sarah Louisa Lewis 20 June 1853. One child: Willow. (3)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
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


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Today in Church History - Jun 19

-- Jun 19, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Between Little and Big Fishing Rivers, Missouri. A violent hailstorm came upon a large mob of about 300 who had just commenced their attack on Joseph Smith and the brethren of Zions Camp. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Vigilantes assembled to attack Zions Camp but abandoned venture because of severe rainstorm, Fishing River Township, Clay County. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Arrival of Zions Camp in Clay County, Mo. (3)

-- Jun 19, 1844
Joseph Smith reportedly appoints James Jesse Strang to be his successor. [Per a Yale University document.] (4)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith met the Nauvoo Legion at the front of his home and gave orders to have a picket guard posted on all the roads leading out of the city, to have all the powder and lead in the city secured, and to have all the arms put into use. (1)

-- Jun 19, 1884
[Wilford Woodruff] Returns to Salt Lake City (5)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
3 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
4 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
5 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology


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Today in Church History - Jun 18

-- Jun 18, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Outside of Richmond, Missouri. On the Zions Camp march, Joseph Smith was in poor health and had no provisions, but he managed to travel 17 miles before eating. (1)

-- Jun 18, 1844
Joseph Smith (mayor) declares martial law in Nauvoo and calls out the Nauvoo Legion to prepare for mob attacks [per Joseph Smith]. (2)

Joseph Smith says the Holy Ghost is waiting to take a body like Jesus Christ and the Gods before him. (2)

Amid threats of violence concerning the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor, Joseph Smith, Jr., as mayor, declares martial law in Nauvoo and activates the Nauvoo Legion, a private militia of about 5,000 men. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith stood in full military uniform on the frame of a building and gave his final address to the Nauvoo Legion. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith declares martial law and, in speaking to the Nauvoo legion, gives his last public address. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Nauvoo placed under martial law. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph proclaims martial law. (6)

[Polygamy] to 18 Jun 1844 Smith declares martial law, gives last public address to Nauvoo Legion. Smith declares martial law and, in speaking to the Nauvoo legion, gives his last public address. PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p.497-500 (7)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
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 - 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://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm


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Today in Church History - Jun 17

-- Jun 17, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Wakenda River, Carroll County, Missouri. The Zions Camp marchers, led by Joseph Smith, experienced some divisions while trying to decide where to camp after crossing the Wakenda River. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Zion's Camp ferry across the Wakenda. HC 2:100. (2)

-- Jun 17, 1844
Joseph Smith (and others) arrested for riot and destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor; no plea entered, prisoners discharged [per Joseph Smith]. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was arrested again (see June 12) along with 15 others for the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor and taken before Daniel H. Wells, justice of the peace, who discharged the prisoners. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to John Smith. (1)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
3 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv


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Today in Church History - Jun 16

-- Jun 16, 1834
Martin Harris boasts that he can handle snakes, gets bit by one [per Joseph Smith]. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Grand River, Missouri. Joseph Smith and the Zions Camp marchers suffered from thirst and fatigue as they went from the Chariton to the Grand River. (2)

[Joseph Smith] 800-1000 residents of Clay county, including Mormons, meet at Liberty court house at request of Judge Ryland. Non-Mormons argue Mormons should leave the county. General Doniphan argues on their behalf. Battle averted when one Missourian stabbs another. Mormons write Samuel C. Owens that they do not intend violence and will discourage other Mormons from entering Jackson county. HC 2:97100. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Cross Grand river in a ferry. Martin Harris handles a black snake with his bare feet and is bitten. Joseph reproves him and admonishes the brethren "never to trifle with the promises of God when a man designedly prokes a serpent to bite him, [96] the principle is the same as when a man drinks deadly poison knowing it to be such. In that case no man has any claim on the promises of God to be healed." HC 2:95-96. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Owens and James Campbell start for Independence to raise army to oppose Zion's Camp, but boat sinks in Missouri. Campbell drowns, Owens floats downstream and survives. (3)

-- Jun 16, 1844
Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Willford Woodruff, and Lyman Wight in Boston [per Brigham Young]. (1)

Joseph Smith describes doctrine of multiple Gods: ...head of the Gods appointed one God for us. Claims he always believed in multiple Gods. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith gave a sermon in the grove east of the Nauvoo Temple about the Godhead. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote letters to Thomas Ford, governor of Illinois, and Isaac Morley. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Smith gives his last public discourse, on "the doctrine of multiple gods and his authority as a latter-day prophet." Richard L. Anderson points out that this was one of the two main points on which the Expositor had launched its editorial attack on 7 June, the other one being "the plurality of wives, for time and eternity. For the second doctrine, the Prophet chose calculated silence" ("Final," 322). (4)


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
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 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books


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Today in Church History - Jun 15

-- Jun 15, 1834
Orson Hyde and Parley P. Pratt return from Jefferson City: Governor Dunklin says it is impractical to restore the Saints in Jackson county. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Chariton River, Missouri. While on the Zions Camp march, Joseph Smith received word that Daniel Dunklin, governor of Missouri, would not fulfill the expectation to reinstate the Saints to their lands in Jackson County, Missouri. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Orson Hyde and Parley P. Pratt return from Jefferson City: Governor Dunklin says it is impractical to restore the Saints in Jackson county. HC 2:89, 94. (3)

-- Jun 15, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was at home examining Benjamin Wests painting Death on the Pale Horse, which had been in his reading room for three days. (2)

[Joseph Smith] The Presiding Patriarch publishes an announcement signed as "HYRUM SMITH, President of the Church." (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 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
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"


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Today in Church History - Jun 14

-- Jun 14, 1829
[Joseph Smith] Oliver Cowdery writes to Hyrum Smith. [FAYETTE,] (1)

-- June 14-30, 1829
[Revelations] Fayette, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 17. Instructions to the Three Witnesses prior to their viewing the Book of Mormon plates. Must have faith.
In October 1831 Ezra Booth saw this revelation while visiting Missouri with Joseph and other leaders the preceding summer. Ezra Booth Letters (1-3).
Kirtland Revelations Book, 119-120, heading: {A} Revelation to Oliver <Cowdery> David <Whitmer> and Martin Harris given Fayett, Senica Co. New York [DEL: given :DEL] previous to them having a view of the plates &c.
Not printed in Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 42 heading: Revelation to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris, June, 1829, given previous to their viewing the plates containing the book of Mormon:. (2)

-- Tue Jun 14, 1949
[David O McKay] As I had no appointment this evening, deciided to cut the lawn. Just as I was finishing this job, a tall young man, with lunch box in hand, came up to me. He held out his hand in some sort of a sign and said "this is the sign of the Priesthood." Sensing something wrong with him I immediately told him that I had an appointment and would not have time to talk to him. I think he is one of the "Sons of Aaron" cult. I learned later that he had also called at Pres. Clark's home two or three times, and said that he had been in the Mental Hospital. This young man's name is Clark. (3)

[David O McKay] As I had no appointment this evening, deciided to cut the lawn. Just as I was finishing this job, a tall young man, with lunch box in hand, came up to me. He held out his hand in some sort of a sign and said "this is the sign of the Priesthood." Sensing something wrong with him I immediately told him that I had an appointment and would not have time to talk to him. I think he is one of the "Sons of Aaron" cult. I learned later that he had also called at Pres. Clark's home two or three times, and said that he had been in the Mental Hospital. This young man's name is Clark. (3)


1 - Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, H. Michael Marquardt Wesley P. Walters. A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
3 - David O. McKay Office Journal


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Today in Church History - Jun 13

-- Jun 13, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Near the Salt River, Missouri. On the Zions Camp march led by Joseph Smith, Elder Heber C. Kimballs horses got loose through the negligence of the guards, and he had to pursue the horses for 10 miles. (1)

-- Between Jun 6, 1844 and 13-Jun 1844
Hyrum Smith reportedly offers reward for the destruction of the Warsaw Signal. Hyrum Smith reportedly threatens the life of Warsaw Signal editor, Thomas C. Sharp. (2)

-- Jun 13, 1844
Warsaw Signal prints report of destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor and announces resolve and area support to protect it's press to the death. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith received the report that a mob of about 300 was assembled at Carthage, Illinois, and was ready to attack Nauvoo. (1)

-- Jun 13, 2004
[Temple] Manhattan New York Temple; Location: New York City, New York, USA; Announcement: 7 August 2002; Dedication: 13 June 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley (3)


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - 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 - Jun 12

-- Fri Jun 12, 1959
[David O McKay] President Clark's call to be First Counselor to President McKay. 8:30 a.m.--Following Brother Moyle's departure, I called President Clark and asked him to come to my private office. I said to him: "President Clark, I think the time has come when we should reorganize the First Presidency, and I should like to have you as my First Counselor." "Well, now," he said, "I do not want you to feel obligated to take me, but I feel honored in being asked, and I pledge you my wholehearted suport, and all that I have I want to give to the Cause and to the support of the Church and the First Presidency, and I pledge my allegiance to you." I thanked him, and then told him that I should like to have Brother Henry D. Moyle as my second counselor. President Clark was agreeable and said that Brother Moyle would give good support. (1)

-- Jun 12, 1959
[Quorum of the Twelve] J. Reuben Clark is called as First Counselor to President David O. McKay. Henry D. Moyle is called as Second Counselor. (2)

-- Jun 12, 1959 - 22 June 1961
[1st Presidency Changes] David O. McKay J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Henry D. Moyle J. Reuben Clark, Jr. called as First Counselor; Henry D. Moyle called as Second Counselor (3)


1 - David O. McKay Office Journal
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency


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Today in Church History - Jun 11

-- Jun 11, 1789
[U.S. Religious History] Richard Allen was ordained a deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Allen would later go on to found the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and become the first African-American bishop in the United States. (1)

-- Jun 11, 1829
[Oliver Cowdery] Joseph Smith, Jr. deposited the title page of the Book of Mormon at the office of the Northern District of New York (in Rochester?) and obtained a copyright for his not quite completed "translation." Oliver Cowdery finished transcribing the "printer's manuscript" at about the end of July. (2)

-- Thursday, Jun 11, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 20 BoM copyright registered, Palmyra (3)

-- (Tue) Jun 11, 1839
Smith began dictating a new autobiography and Church history to his clerk, James Mulholland. Just as when the 1834-35 History was begun in the "Messenger and Advocate" in Kirtland, the writing of this 1839 History may have been spurred in part by the appearance of the Spalding authorship claims as an alternative explanation for the origin of Mormonism. (4)

-- Jun 11, 1839
Joseph begins work on what becomes the Manuscript History of the Church. (5)

The first house was put up by the Saints in Commerce, afterward named Nauvoo. (6)

[Joseph Smith] Commerce, Illinois. Joseph Smith began dictating his personal history to James Mulholland. (7)

[Joseph Smith] James Mulholland records that Joseph Smith "commenced to dictate and I to write history" based on the 1838 history by clerk George Robinson. The new manuscript contains Smith's well-known account of his first vision "early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty." (8)

[Joseph Smith] Resumed recording history with scribe James Mulholland, Commerce. (9)

-- Jun 11, 1869-26
[Wilford Woodruff] Visits northern settlements, including Bear Lake and Soda Springs, with Brigham Young (10)


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
3 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
4 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
5 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
6 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
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 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology


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Today in Church History - Jun 10

-- Early Jun 10, 1844
Marshall John P. Greene reports to Joseph Smith that the Legion (about 200 men) destroyed the Nauvoo Expositor. (1)

-- Jun 10, 1844
Nauvoo Expositor declared public nuisance and destroyed. (2)

Joseph Smith, orders destruction of Nauvoo Expositor press, office, and papers. (1)

Willard Richards accuses William Law of seducing his daughter. (1)

After being declared a public nuisance by the Nauvoo City Council, the printing press of the Nauvoo Expositor is destroyed. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. The Nauvoo City Council passed an ordinance declaring the Nauvoo Expositor a public nuisance, and Joseph Smith, as mayor, agreed to have that newspaper destroyed. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Hyrum tells Nauvoo City Council that the 1843 revelation pertains to ancient polygamy, not to modern times. By Joseph Smith's order as mayor the council destroys the Expositor as "a public nuisance." (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph, as mayor, orders destruction of Expositor press. (6)

[Polygamy] to 10 Jun 1844 Smith as mayor of Nauvoo orders destruction of Nauvoo Expositor press. Nauvoo City Council discusses Nauvoo Expositor accusation of polygamy against Joseph Smith. Hyrum Smith tells Nauvoo City Council that Smith's 1843 revelation pertains to ancient polygamy, not to modern times. By Joseph Smith's order as mayor the council destroys the Expositor as "a public nuisance." PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p.432-434 (7)

[William Clayton] Witnesses destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor printing press. (8)


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
7 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
8 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology


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Today in Church History - Jun 09

-- about Tuesday, Jun 09, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 16 Oliver Cowdery handwriting (1)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm


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Today in Church History - Jun 08

-- about Monday, Jun 08, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 14:1 John Whitmer ? handwriting (1)

-- (Sat) Jun 8, 1839
Sidney Rigdon's letter of May 27th is published in the "Quincy Whig." (2)

-- Jun 8, 1889
[Utah] Apostle Lorenzo Snow says that "his sister, the late Eliza R. Snow Smith, was a firm believer in the principle of reincarnation and that she claimed to have received if from the Joseph the Prophet, her husband. He said he saw nothing unreasonable in it, and could believe it, if it came from the Lord or His oracle." (3)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - 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


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Today in Church History - Jun 07

-- about Sunday, Jun 07, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 12:18 John Whitmer ? handwriting (1)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm


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Today in Church History - Jun 06

-- about Saturday, Jun 06, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 8:24 unknown hand (1)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm


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Today in Church History - Jun 05

-- Jun 5, 1833
George A. Smith hauls the first load of stone for the House of the Lord, Hyrum Smith and Reynolds Cahoon commence digging the trench for the walls. (Hyrum's diary for June 7: "... commenced making Preparation for the Building the House of the lord...") (1)

-- Jun 5, 1835
[Smith, George Albert] Left 5 June 1835 with second cousin Lyman Smith. (2)


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

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Today in Church History - Modifications

Starting tomorrow, the number of items listed in *Today In Church History* will be reduced to just a few items rather than every item that happened on a particular day. I believe the sheer volume of information has been a bit too much, and this will be more readable with fewer items listed per day.


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Today in Church History - Jun 04

Today in Church History - Jun 04

-- about Thursday, Jun 04, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 3:9 O Cowdery & [J Whitmer ?] (1)

-- Jun 4, 1831
Nineteen men are ordained High Priests, including Joseph Smith, Jr., Lyman Wight, and Edward Partridge. Isaac Morley and John Corrill are ordained assistants to Bishop Partridge. (2)

-- Jun 4, 1833
Conference of high priests is unable to decide how to dispose of the French farm. D&C 96: Ahashdah [Newel K. Whitney] to take manage it; Zombre [John Johnson] is to be admitted to "the order," is promised eternal life, is ordained "and he shall seek diligently to take away incumbrances that are upon the house named among you, that he may dwell therein." (3)

John Johnson is ordained to the High Priesthood, admitted to United Firm. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. At a conference assembled in the translating room, Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 96, a revelation concerning the Lords order for dividing certain properties. (4)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 96. Newel K. Whitney to supervise the use of the French farm, where the House of the Lord is to be built. He is to divide the land into lots for inheritances as divided by the council. John Johnson, is promised eternal life. He is to be ordained, pay mortgage.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 96 heading: A Revelation to Enoch, showing the order of the city or stake of Zion, Shinehah, given for a sample to the saints in Kirtland, June, 1833.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 96. (5)

[Whitney, Newel Kimball] Appointed to take charge of Peter French farm 4 June 1833. (6)

-- Jun 4, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Mississippi River, Missouri. Joseph Smith and the Zions Camp marchers went from Atlas, Illinois, to the banks of the Mississippi River, where it took two days to cross into Missouri because they had only one ferry. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Mississippi River, Missouri. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to his wife, Emma Smith. (4)

[Joseph Smith] -5 Camp crosses the Mississippi into Missouri. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph writes Emma that the Camp has reached the Mississippi in good condition, but needs more men. He enjoys the journey, especially "wandering over the plains of the Nephites, recounting occasionaly the history of the Book of Mormon, roving over the mounds of that once beloved people of the Lord, picking up their skulls & their bones, as a proof of its divine authenticity " 1834
Joseph to Emma, June 4, 1834 (7)

-- Jun 4, 1837
Orson Hyde pleads for forgiveness and is set apart with Heber C. Kimball and Joseph Fielding for first mission to England. (3)

[Heber C. Kimball] Is called on fourth mission, to England. (8)

[Kimball, Heber Chase] Appointed to preach in England 4 June 1837. (6)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Perhaps on this date, at a meeting in the temple, Warren Parrish tries to drag Joseph Sr. from the stand, while John Boynton threatens to stab William Smith. Lucy says Joseph is in Cleveland; no trip to Cleveland is recorded in his history. (9)

-- Jun 4, 1838
Joseph, Sidney, Hyrum, and others travel to Adam Ondi Awman. Despite the rain, they survey the city plot, and build houses day after day ..." (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph, Hyrum, and Sidney Rigdon leave Far West for Adam-ondi-Ahman. (9)

-- Jun 4, 1840
[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy Smith (daughter) marries Arthur Millikin. (9)

-- Jun 4, 1841
[Joseph Smith] Quincy, Illinois. After an agreeable meeting with Thomas Carlin, the governor of Illinois, Governor Carlin betrayed Joseph Smith by sending Sheriff Thomas King of Adams County to arrest him. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Arrested on old Missouri charges. (10)

-- Jun 4, 1842
Dr. John C. Bennett expelled from Masons. (11)

-- Jun 4, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith sent a letter to Abijah Tewksbury of Boston, Massachusetts. (4)

-- Jun 4, 1845
[Joseph Smith] Young and Kimball learn that Warren Snow and Dominicus Carter have been jailed in Quincy, Illinois, for passing counterfeit money. Bishop Joseph L. Heywood confirms that they are guilty. In Utah Snow would become a bishop and Carter a member of a stake presidency. (12)

-- Jun 4, 1852
[Murdock, John] Left for Utah 4 June 1852. (6)

-- Jun 4, 1870-24
[Wilford Woodruff] Visits northern settlements with Brigham Young party (13)

-- Jun 04, 1873
[U.S. Religious History] Charles F. Parham was born. Parham was an early leader amon charismatic Christians in America and, in 1898, he founded the Bible training school in Topeka, Kansas, where the American Pentecostal movement started in 1901. (14)

-- Jun 04, 1878
[U.S. Religious History] Frank N. Buchman is born. Buchman was an early leader of the social gospel movement. (14)

-- June 4,1879
[Utah] John Taylor and apostles decline to allow Elijah Abel to receive temple endowment because he is Negroid, even though Abel received Melchizedek priesthood with Joseph Smith's authorization in 1836. This African American regularly attends his Seventy's quorum meetings and serves proselyting mission just before his death in 1888. (15)

-- Jun 4, 1992.
Eugene Kovalenko is tried by a high council court in Ventura, California, for apostasy. Part of the evidence against him is a transcription of a 1990 Sunstone presentation. During the question and answer period, Eugene said: "We have the right to sustain or not sustain our leaders. I believe that we have defaulted powerfully with that process. It's become a rubber stamp. . . . We deserve the leaders we have. If they are old, decrepit, and carrying on with stuff that's a hundred years old, that's our fault." Later at a stake conference, Kovalenko votes not to sustain general and stake leaders.
Rex Mitchell, a professional mediator, is allowed to accompany Eugene but not to supply information or ask clarifying questions. According to his notes of the almost-six-hour disciplinary council, "Pres. Bryce was the central player and asked at least 90% of the questions. . . . It seemed much like a professional police process, done skillfully--e.g., do extensive investigation; bring in the suspect into a tightly controlled situation in which he is at a numerical/logistical/emotional disadvantage; give a minimal description of the charges; interrogate the witness in great detail, going over the same material in several ways, gradually inferring by your questions that you have inside/intimate information from many sources that the suspect did not anticipate; do not go into detail about your sources and do not show any documentation; continue the interrogation long/late enough to produce fatigue and possibly mistakes from the suspect; assume that the suspect is not telling th
e truth and ask questions designed to demonstrate discrepancies between what the suspect tells you then and past actions (writings); alternate, as convenient, between extremely literal interpretation of the suspect's writings and stretched inferences from the writings--in each case asking the suspect to justify your interpretation; profess to be interested in the well-being of the suspect; conceal any reactions to what the suspect says (minimize verbal or nonverbal cues to the suspects); do not give the suspect any information before, during, or after the session re the process or what happens next." Three weeks after the trial, Kovalenko receives a letter from the stake president announcing his excommunication for "`not sustaining' the Mormon leaders, showing insufficient remorse, and disobeying his local leaders." (16)

-- Jun 04, 1998
[U.S. Religious History] Religion in Public Schools: The previously mentioned Istook constitutional amendment had passed through the committee stage, but did not receive the 2/3 majority vote which would have been needed in the House to allow it to proceed to the Senate. (14)

-- Jun 4, 2000
[Temple] Montreal Quebec Temple; Location: Longueuil, Quebec, Canada; Announcement: 6 August 1998; Dedication: 4 June 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (17)

[Temple] San Jose Costa Rica Temple; Location: San Jose, Costa Rica; Announcement: 17 March 1999; Dedication: 4 June 2000 by James E. Faust; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (17)


1 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
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/s/_dc.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 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
8 - 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
9 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
10 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
11 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
12 - 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"
13 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
14 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
15 - 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
16 - Lavina Fielding Anderson, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
17 - 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 - Jun 03

-- Jun 3, 1814
[Oliver Cowdery] Lucy Pearce Cowdery born to William & Keziah Cowdery in Poultney, Rutland, VT. Within a year or two the family moved to Middleton, Rutland, VT. (1)

-- Jun 3, 1821
[Lucy Mack Smith] Martha Jane Knowlton is born at Covington, Boone County, Kentucky. (2)

-- 1829 early June
[Oliver Cowdery] David Whitmer arrived at Harmony, Susquehanna, PA and offered to move Oliver Cowdery, along with Joseph Smith, Jr. to the Whitmer home in Fayette, Seneca, NY. Joseph and Oliver temporarily settled with the Whitmer family, where they finished the "translation" and transcription for their planned printing of the Book of Mormon. (1)

-- Jun 03, 1829 to June 25, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] , Translation of the small plates of Nephi (3)

-- Jun 3, 1829
[Lucy Mack Smith] The translation of the Book of Mormon recommences and is finished by the month's end. (2)

-- about Wednesday, Jun 03, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] 1 Nephi 1:1 Oliver Cowdery handwriting (3)

-- 1831 3-6 June
First high priests ordained. (4)

-- 3-Jun 6, 1831
[Lucy Mack Smith] At the fourth general conference of the church, held at Kirtland, about 200 attend. Among the mission assignments, Hyrum is commanded to go to Missouri by way of Detroit. Samuel Smith and Reynolds Cahoon are instructed to be companions. (2)

-- Jun 3, 1831
[Booth, Ezra] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831 by Lyman Wight. (5)

[Cahoon, Reynolds] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831 by Joseph Smith. (5)

[Corrill, John] Ordained high priest and set apart as assistant to Bishop Edward Partridge 3 June 1831. (5)

Conference (Kirtland): First ordinations to the High Priesthood, Lyman Wight has a vision of the Father and the Son, prophesies that the Second Coming will occur in this generation, some will be martyred. (6)

[Harris, Martin] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831. Member of Literary and United firms. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ at a conference of elders where the first high priests were ordained. (7)

[Joseph Smith] The Melchizedek priesthood and the office of high priest are conferred on previously ordained elders. Lyman Wight, the first ordained high priest, ordains Joseph Smith to that office. (8)

[Partridge, Edward] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831. (5)

[Pratt, Parley Parker] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831. (5)

[Smith, Samuel Harrison] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831. (5)

[Thayer, Ezra] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831 by Lyman Wight. In Section 52 directed to accompany Thomas B. Marsh to Missouri; unable to prepare in time and did not go. (5)

[Whitmer, John] Ordained high priest 3 June 1831 by Lyman Wight. (5)

[Wight, Lyman] Ordained to High Priesthood 3 June 1831. (5)

-- Jun 3, 1831-6
Fourth general Conference of Church held, Kirtland township. Brethren first ordained to the High Priesthood. [See High Priest; Conferences: General Conference.] (9)

-- Jun 3, 1833
Council excommunicates Doctor P. Hurlbut. (6)

D&C 95 (Kirtland): Dimensions of the house of the Lord. For the endowment of power, Sunday services, school of the prophets. (6)

Dr. Philastus Hurlbut excommunicated for unchristian-like conduct with females. Also, Daniel Copley cut off for not going on a mission (claiming to be too weak). (10)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. A conference of high priests convened in the translating room, where Joseph Smith received a revelation on the size of the house to be built for worship and for the School of the Prophets. (7)

-- Jun 3, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Illinois River, Illinois. While the Zions Camp marchers were encamped on the banks of the Illinois River, Joseph Smith visited a burial mound and examined a skeleton. He identified the man as a righteous Lamanite warrior who had been called Zelph. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Zion's Camp members discover skeletal remains at an Indian mound in Missouri, and "by visions" Smith announces that "the person whose skeleton was before us was a white Lamanite, a large, thick-set man, and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the Hill Cumorah, or eastern sea to the Rocky Mountains." Smith's childhood home and the Hill Cumorah were at the western side of the Finger Lakes region, while Onondaga County and the Onondaga tribe were on the eastern side. (8)

-- Jun 3, 1836
[Marks, William] Ordained elder before 3 June 1836. (5)

[Murdock, John] Left for Missouri 3 June 1836. (5)

-- (Sat) Jun 3, 1837
Smith's pre-trial hearing for conspiracy to commit the murder of Grandison Newell, was conducted before Judge Flint in Painesville. LDS Apostles Orson Hyde and Luke S. Johnson testified, acknowledging that "Smith seemed much excited and declared that Newell should be put out of the way, or where the crows could not find him." They claimed Smith had said "destroying Newell would be justifiable in the sight of God, that it was the will of God, &c." Hyde and Johnson also insisted that Smith was "tender-hearted." Warren Parrish did not offer the corroborating testimony Newell expected, and his case was not a strong one after all. Nevertheless, the Judge found enough reason to bind Smith and some witnesses over to the next session of the county court. (11)

-- Jun 3, 1837
Church court in the temple. Parrish testifies. (6)

Preliminary hearing held at the Methodist chapel in Painesville. Joseph charged with plotting the murder of Grandison Newell. Orson Hyde testifies in behalf of the prosecution. (6)

-- Jun 3, 1838
[Joseph Smith] Emma gives birth to a son; he is named Alexander Hale. (12)

[Snow, Erastus] Returned 3 June 1838. (5)

-- Jun 3, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith took his family and a large group on a pleasure voyage on the steamboat Maid of Iowa to Quincy, Illinois, with a live band on board. (7)

-- Jun 3, 1859
[Mountain Meadows] The federal case against 38 Mormons for the massacre is essentially dropped when the U. S. Marshal declares his unwillingness to make arrests without federal troops to protect him from local citizens, and that help is not provided. (13)

-- Jun 3,1871
[Utah] Salt Lake Tabernacle service: "Pres D.H. Wells spoke 25 minutes following President Young's remarks. Not very good attention. Considerable moving about, passing out, and drowsiness." (14)


1 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
2 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
3 - http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
4 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
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 - 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 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
10 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
11 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
12 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
13 - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
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

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Today in Church History - Jun 02

-- Monday, Jun 02, 1828
[Book of Mormon Translation] Book of Lehi, 095 (1)

-- Tuesday, Jun 02, 1829
[Book of Mormon Translation] Fayette, Arrive at Whitmer Farm (1)

-- Jun 2, 1830
New Bible-A fellow by the name of Joseph Smith, who resides in the upper part of Susquehanna county, has been, for the last two years we are told, employed in dictating, as he says, by inspiration, a new Bible. He pretended that he had been entrusted by God with a golden bible which had been always hidden from the world. Smith would put his face into a hat in which he had a white stone, and pretend to read from it, while his coadjutor transcribed. The book purports to give an account of the "ten tribes" and strange as it may seem, there are some who have full faith in his divine commission. The book, it seems is now published. Fredonia Censor. (2)

-- Jun 2, 1832
Saturday. Martin Harris reaches Greenville with a letter for Newel from his wife, but no letter from Emma for Joseph. (2)

-- Jun 2, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Jacksonville, Illinois. Joseph Smith and the Zions Camp marchers went from Jacksonville to the banks of the Illinois River and ferried over without difficulty, despite threats from enemies that the company would not cross the river. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Camp crosses Illinois river. "The ferryman counted, and declared there were five hundred of us; yet our true number was only about one hundred and fifty." History JS, MS 15 no. 5, (Jan. 29, 1853): 69. (4)

-- Jun 2, 1835
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Almira Mack Scobey, daughter of his maternal uncle, Stephen Mack. (3)

-- Jun 2, 1837
Conference designates Heber C. Kimball to lead mission to England. (2)

John F. Boynton calls Joseph Smith a fallen prophet. (5)

Lyman E. Johnson leaves Church. (5)

-- (Sat) Jun 2, 1838
Alexander Hale Smith (son of Joseph and Emma)was born, Far West, MO. (6)

-- Jun 2, 1838
Alexander Hale Smith (son of Joseph and Emma) born, Far West, MO. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Far West, Missouri. Joseph and Emma Smiths son Alexander Hale Smith was born. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Son Alexander Hale Smith born, Far West. (7)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph and Emmas Alexander Hale born at Far West, Mo. (8)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Emma gives birth to Alexander Hale Smith at Far West. He is her sixth biological child and fifth son. (9)

-- Jun 2, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith paid Dan Jones $1,375 to become half-owner of the steamboat Maid of Iowa. (3)

[Snow, Erastus] Arrived 2 June 1843. (10)

-- Jun 2, 1844
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was visited by John C. Calhoun Jr. and his brother Patrick, sons of John C. Calhoun, a senator from South Carolina who Joseph had met in Washington, D.C., in February 1840 and was now a candidate for United States president. (3)

[Polygamy] Dominicus Carter polygamous marriage to Mary Durfee (11)

-- Jun 2, 1857
Brigham Young says the day would come when thousands would be made eunuchs in order for them to be saves in the Kingdom of God [per Wilford Woodruff]. (5)

-- 1985 Early June
[Mark Hofmann] Brent Metcalfe, who earlier had passed to John Dart, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, information from an anonymous source [Hofmann] about the existence of an Oliver Cowdery history hidden by the First Presidency, now meets with Hofmann and Dart in Salt Lake City. Hofmann tells Dart he has seen the Oliver Cowdery history in the vault of the First Presidency, that this history contains a different account of the origins of the Church, and that it credits Alvin Smith with a key role in obtaining the Book of Mormon plates. (12)


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://saintswithouthalos.com/c/1834_zc.phtml
5 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
6 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
7 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
8 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
9 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
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 - Smith, George D (Spring 1994), "Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27
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 - Jun 01

Events occuring in the month of June, but with no day specified


Footnotes

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Events specific to June 1st
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-- Jun 01, 1801
[U.S. Religious History] Brigham Young is born. (1)

-- Jun 1, 1801
[Brigham Young] Born in Whittingham, Widdham County, Vermont. (2)

Brigham Young (1801-1877) b. Whitingham, Windham Co., VT. (3)

Brigham Young born in Whitingham, Vermont. (4)

Brigham Young is born in the town of Whitingham to a family of Vermont farmers. (5)

Brigam Young born in Whitingham, VT. (6)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Brigham Young is born at Whitingham, Vermont; he is four years older than Joseph Jr. (7)

-- About Jun 1, 1829
David Whitmer arrives at Harmony and brings Oliver Cowdery, Joseph Smith, and Emma Smith to Fayette, NY. Translation resumed. (6)

-- Jun 1, 1829
Martin Harris reproved in a revelation for hesitating to dispose of his land to meet the obligations entered into with the printer. (6)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph moves to Fayette, New York and stays with the Peter Whitmer family. Translation of the Book of Mormon continues. (8)

[Lucy Mack Smith] David Whitmer arrives to take Joseph and Oliver to his father's house in Fayette township, New York. (7)

-- June 1-14, 1829
[Revelations] Fayette, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 14. Great and marvelous work, white field. Whoever will, is called. Ask, knock. Establish Zion, keep commandments for eternal life. Ask for Holy Ghost. Bring gospel from Gentiles to Israel. Great reward.
Book of Commandments 12 heading: A Revelation given to David [Whitmer], in Fayette, New-York, June, 1829.
Book of Commandments 12. (9)

[Revelations] Fayette, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 15. John Whitmer called to the ministry.
D&C 15 and 16 are identical except the names.
Book of Commandments 13 heading: A Revelation given to John, in Fayette, New-York, June, 1829.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 40 heading: Revelation given to John Whitmer, jr. [sic] June, 1829. (9)

[Revelations] Fayette, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 16. Peter Whitmer called the work. Identical to D&C 15 except the name.
Book of Commandments 14 heading: A Revelation given to Peter, in Fayette, New-York, June, 1829.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 41 heading: Revelation given to Peter Whitmer, June, 1829.
Book of Commandments 14/. (9)

[Revelations] Fayette, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 18. What Oliver has written is true. Joseph baptized you as I commanded him. Oliver and David have the same calling as the apostle Paul. Mission of Jesus Christ. These are my words, so you can say you have heard my voice. Twelve disciples. Show them this revelation. They are to declare repentance and baptism, ordain priests and teachers, keep commandments.
Part of the revelation is based on Oliver's June 14, 1829 letter to Hyrum copied into Letterbook-1, 5-6, and part on his Articles of the Church of Christ as indicated below.
Book of Commandments 15 heading: A Revelation to Joseph, Oliver and David, making known the calling of the twelve disciples in these last days, and also, instructions relative to building up the church of christ, according to the fulness of the gospel: Given in Fayette, New-York, June, 1829.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 43 heading: Revelation to Joseph Smith jr. , Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, making known the calling of the twelve apostles in these last days, and also, instructions relative to building up the church of Christ, according to the fulness of the gospel: Given in Fayette, New York, June, 1829. (9)

-- After Jun 1, 1829
Joseph Smith reveals that three witnesses to the gold plates are required (in the presence of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris); the three of them request to be the witnesses, Smith relents. (6)

Martin Harris reports a vision of the gold plates three days after Cowdery and Whitmer. After their visions, Smith writes the witness statement and the three sign it. (6)

Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer report a vision by an angel of the gold plates. (6)

-- Jun 1, 1830
Jemima Wilkinson (1707-1819), "the Publick Universal Friend," taught that she died in October 1776 and returned to life, experienced visions and revelations. Founded settlement of Jerusalem near Pen Yann at the north end of Keuka Lake, Yates County, New York. (10)

Joseph Knight and family, and others, are baptized. Joseph confirms them. (10)

The apostle to the NEPHITES (Cowdery) has started for the EAST, on board a boat with a load of "GOLD bibles," under a command, (as he says) to declare the truth (according to JO SMITH,) "in all the principal cities in the Union." We must, however, caution this second Mohomet, (Jemima Wilkinson,) to be careful how he treds upon the old Saybrook Platform. Oliver (he left out two middle names in the "Book of Mormon") may find his way to the Simsbury mines. The Reflector (Palmyra), June 1, 1830. (10)

[Joseph Smith] The first proselytizing mission is conceived and is to be directed toward native Americans. The Palmyra Reflector calls Cowdery "the apostle to the NEPHITES." Cowdery and others of the "Lamanite mission" leave New York Oct. 1830 and preach to the Catteragus tribe in New York, the Wyandot tribe in Ohio, the Shawnee tribe in Missouri, and the Delaware tribe in what is now Kansas. Instead of native Americans, the most prominent converts of this 1830-31 mission are Sidney Rigdon (hereafter Rigdon), Frederick G. Williams, and Newel K. Whitney. (11)

-- Jun 1, 1830-9
D&C 20: Joseph is the seer called of God and ordained an apostle, an elder of the church; and Oliver, is an apostle, an elder of the church. Joseph's sins were forgiven but he became "entangled again in the vanities of the world." When he repented an angel gave him commandments and power to translate the Book of Mormon. All must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ. Duties of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members. Bless children, baptize at age of accountability. Baptismal prayer, procedure. Church to meet to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus Christ. (10)

-- ca. Jun 1, 1831
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr., Lucy, and their families move to a farm a little outside Kirtland (current site of the temple). (7)

-- Jun 1, 1832
The Evening and the Morning Star began publication at Independence, Missouri. (4)

-- Jun 1, 1833
[Black History] W.W. Phelps publishes anti-slavery editorial, (12)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 95, a revelation giving instructions for building the temple in Kirtland. (13)

[Joseph Smith] Revelation chastising Latter-day Saints for failure to build Gods house as earlier mandated, Kirtland. (14)

[Joseph Smith] Work begins on the temple in Kirtland. (8)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph announces the construction of the Kirtland temple. (7)

-- June 1 or 3, 1833
[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 95. Many ordained, few chosen. Build a house (dimensions) where the chosen can be endowed with power from on high. Contentions arose in the school of the prophets. Jesus Christ's titles.
The Kirtland Council Minute Book dates this revelation June 3, 1833.
Kirtland Revelation Book, 59-60 heading: Kirtland June 1st 1833.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 95 heading: Revelation given June, 1833. (9)

-- Jun 1, 1834
[Joseph Smith] Jacksonville, Illinois. Joseph Smith and some of the brethren in Zions Camp preached all day to a good-size crowd just outside of Jacksonville. (13)

[Joseph Smith] Camp services in Jacksonville, Indiana (near Decater). Five Elders-former Baptist, Campbellite, Reformed Methodist, and Restorationist preachers-speak throughout the day. Local citizens ask questions, "but no one could learn our names, profession, business, or destinatin; and, although they suspected we were 'Mormons,' they were very civil." History JS, MS 15 no. 5, (Jan. 29, 1853): 69. Not in . (15)

-- Jun 1, 1837
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph sets Heber C. Kimball apart as president of the British Mission; seven of the Twelve leave from New York 1 July. Perhaps about this time, Joseph Jr. accuses Parrish of stealing $25,000. When Frederick G. Williams, as justice of the peace, refuses to give him a search warrant, Joseph drops him from the First Presidency. (7)

-- about Jun 1, 1837
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith set apart Elder Heber C. Kimball to preside over a mission to England, the first foreign mission of the Church outside continental North America. (13)

-- Jun 1, 1838
[Joseph Smith] Returned to Far West from journey to Daviess County. (14)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. returns to Far West. (7)

-- (Sat) Jun 1, 1839
Letter of Robert B. Thompson (then working as a writer for the "Argus" ) and associates, probably written about May 31, 1839: "To the Editors of the Argus Gentlemen - Observing in the last weeks Whig, a communication over the names of Messrs. Rigdon and J. and H. Smith, in relation to the letters of Mr. Lyman Wight, which have lately appeared in that paper, and believing that the sentiments therein expressed, are in unison with those entertained by the body, of which we form a part, and feeling desirous to give publicity to the same, we should esteem it a favor if you would give it a place in your columns, and by so doing, you will oblige, Yours, Respectfully, JOHN P. GREENE, REYNOLDS CAHOON, R. B. THOMPSON. (16)

-- Jun 1, 1839
[Joseph Smith] Quincy, Illinois. Joseph Smith held a conference and taught that bishops are the authorities God appointed to take care of the poor. (13)

-- Jun 1, 1841
[Lucy Mack Smith] Hyrum and William Law leave on a mission to the East. From Pittsburgh, they report that John C. Bennett has abandoned his wife and child. Bennett takes poison in an apparent suicide attempt dramatizing his remorse but recovers and is allowed to retain his positions. (7)

-- Jun 1, 1842
[Benson, Ezra Taft] Left Nauvoo 1 June 1842. (17)

-- Jun 01, 1843
[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Marriage - Joseph to Elvira Anie Cowles, age 29 ,. PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Affidavit, Joseph F. Smith Affidavit Books, 1 :78, 4:80; Historical Record 6:234. (18)

-- Jun 1, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Jewish convert Alexander Neibauer begins publishing a two-installment discussion of Kabbalist views of spirit transmigration or rebirth. His article cites ten Kabbalistic authors and works available only in Hebrew. The Kabbala is Judaism's mystical and magical tradition. (11)

[Polygamy] Elvira Annie Cowles (Holmes) age 29, already married. (23 November 1813 in Unadilla, New York - 10 March 1871 in Farmington, Utah) (19)

-- Jun 1, 1844
Heber C. Kimball and Lyman Wight go to Washington; Brigham Young in Pittsburgh [per Brigham Young]. (6)

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Joel Hamilton Walker of Boston, Massachusetts. (13)

[Joseph Smith] "Drank a glass of beer at Moissers," reads an entry in Joseph Smith's manuscript diary in reference to Frederick G. Moesser's "grog shop," which Smith had condemned in a sermon 13 Aug. 1843. (11)

-- Jun 1, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle meeting of "the Holly order" at Willard Richards's office with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Willard Richards, John E. Page, John Taylor, George A. Smith, Amasa M. Lyman, John Smith, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Levi Richards, Joseph Young, and William Clayton: "Voted that the Trustees give George D. Watt a quarter of a lot and build him a house and employ him as a reporter for the church and let his labors go towards paying for his house and lot. We prayed that justice might overtake the murderers of Joseph and Hyrum and that George J. Adams be stopped in his mad career" (HC, HCK, WC-S). (20)

-- ca. Jun 1, 1845
[Lucy Mack Smith] William, in an issue of the Times and Seasons dated 15 May (it appeared late), reviews the sufferings of the Smith family in founding the church and asks for the support of the community; he gives qualified endorsement to the Twelve. (7)

-- Jun 1, 1851
[Black History] Brigham Young affirms that blacks should be servants, not slaves, (12)

-- Jun 1, 1860
[Black History] 1860 Census lists 29 slaves in Utah, (12)

-- Jun 1, 1872
The first number of the "Woman's Exponent" was issued in Salt Lake City. (21)

-- Jun 1, 1883
[Wilford Woodruff] Departs on Colorado tour (22)

-- Jun 1, 1915
[Joseph F. Smith] Dedicates the site for the Hawaii Temple. (23)

-- Jun 1, 1933
Church opened a large exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair. (4)

-- Jun 01, 1970
[U.S. Religious History] Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr died at the age of 78 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (1)

-- Jun 1, 1978
[Black History] Revelation is received granting the Priesthood to those of African Negro descent. Concerning the revelation Kimball states, "I offered the final prayer and I told the Lord if it wasn't right, if He didn't want this change to come in the church, that I would be true to it all the rest of my life, and I'd fight the world against it if that's what He wanted.... But this revelation and assurance came to me so clearly that there was no question about it. . . . I knew that the time had come." (24)

Revelation received to extend priesthood to all worthy males; made public on 9 June (see Official Declaration 2). (4)

[Joseph Smith] President Spencer W. Kimball receives confirmation and revelation after supplicating the Lord regarding blacks and the priesthood. Moved by the exceeding faith of the Genesis Group, and moved by the dedication and perseverance of the mulattos in Brazil in building the São Paulo temple, he takes the matter before the Lord, as many previous presidents of the church have done. (25)

-- Jun 1, 1980.
Speaking at a fourteen-stake fireside at Brigham Young University, Elder Bruce R. McConkie identifies "Seven Deadly Heresies," including: "God is progressing in knowledge and is learning new truths," "Revealed religion and organic evolution can be harmonized." "There is progression from one kingdom to another in the eternal worlds or, if not that, lower kingdoms eventually progress to where higher kingdoms once were." (26)

-- Jun 1, 1983
[Temple] Atlanta Georgia Temple; Location: Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA; Announcement: 2 April 1980; Dedication: 1 June 1983 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Rededication: 14 November 1997 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Notes: The rededication in 1997 was for the addition of a new baptistry, two new sealing rooms, and remodeling. (27)

-- Jun 1, 1997
[Joseph Smith] The St. Louis, Missouri, Temple is dedicated and becomes the Church's 50th operating temple. (25)

[Temple] St. Louis Missouri Temple; Location: Town and Country, Missouri, USA; Announcement: 29 December 1990; Dedication: 1 June 1997 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (27)

-- ca Jun 1, 1997
[Same Sex Marriage] Duane D. Feekin, President and CEO of Bank of Hawaii, writes to Governor Cayetano requesting a veto of HB 118 because of its "flawed language that will create much confusion and mistrust within our communities", its early effective date (1 July 1997) "which does not allow for adequate research to fully understand the impact on the many sectors which make up the Hawaii community", and "the full [economic] impact of this Bill has yet to be determined." The financial impact concern is due to the fact that the bill has been expanded to cover more than the small number of same-sex couples that the bill was originally aimed at. Feekin's letter is written in his role as chair of the Hawaii Business Health Council and the letterhead lists thirty prominent businesses (mostly tourist-related) as members. The council is not listed in the telephone directory or registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii or Small Business Hawaii, raising the suspicion that the c
ouncil was formed to create the appearance of business opposition to the Reciprocal Beneficiaries legislation by an organization other than First Hawaiian Bank, the actual initiator of the letter (a charge made by an unidentified bank officer to Bill Woods.). Jack Hoag, cochair of HFT, is a member of the Board of the First Hawaiian Bank and its previous CEO. (28)

-- Jun 1, 2008
[Temple] Curitiba Brazil Temple; Location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil; Announcement: 23 August 2002; Dedication: 1 June 2008 by Thomas S. Monson; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design; Notes: Temple dedicated on 1 June 2008 following an open house from 10 May to 24 May 2008. (27)


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28 - http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59

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