Today in Church History - Jul 31

On this day in Church History ...
[Knight, Vinson] Died in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, 31 July 1842. (1)
-- Jul 31, 1842

Philo Dibble tells meeting of high priests that "Joseph Smith had been to Prest John Taylor and conversed with him in his body about the crusade against us, and that he felt grieved at the course his son Joseph [III] was taking." Joseph Smith III preaches in Utah (June 17 - Dec. 21, 1885). This vision occurs during one of the nights Taylor stays at John Carlisle house: July 14, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 1885, or Jan. 10-19, 1886. (2)
-- Jul 31, 1886

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports that LDS missionary-couples in Nauvoo, Illinois have worked "for 88 consecutive hours without sleep" to help protect historical properties of RLDS church in Nauvoo from rampaging Mississippi River. (2)
-- Jul 31, 1993


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://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Jul 30

On this day in Church History ...
Samuel H. Smith dies from what is reported as "bilious fever," but which his daughter and brother later described as poisoning by Hosea Stout, ordered by Willard Richards. Stout had given "white powder" medicine to Samuel daily until his death. Later Council of Fifty member and physician John M. Bernhisel tells William Smith that anti-Mormons had somehow poisoned his brother. On news of his death, bishop George Miller and Alexander Badlam try to persuade Willard Richards, John Taylor, and George A. Smith to allow the Council of Fifty to organize a First Presidency. Before his death Joseph Smith had named his brother Samuel as his successor in case Joseph and Hyrum were suddenly taken. Apostle William Smith is now the only survivor of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith's five sons. (1)
-- Jul 30, 1844

Apostle Francis M. Lyman writes: "Pres Jos F. Smith called bro Moses Thatcher to task for some things he considered wrong in him. Pres Geo Q. Cannon and I were asked to listen. We did for two hours or more. Some of the charges made by Pres Smith against Moses, he seemed to clean up all right. In fact his explanations were generally plausible. There was finally some feeling shown by bro M[oses] when he declared that Pres Jos F. had been stuffed with lies about him for 14 years. Pres Smith told him that the day would come when he would regret the stand he had taken upon the question of church and state, which tends to prevent the Presidency from counseling the people in political matters." (1)
-- Jul 30, 1892

[Temple] Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple; Location: Yukon, Oklahoma, USA; Announcement: 14 March 1999; Dedication: 30 July 2000 by James E. Faust; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (2)
-- Jul 30, 2000


1 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - 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 - Jul 29

On this day in Church History ...
[Lucy Mack Smith] Eliza R. Snow becomes a plural wife of Joseph Smith. (1)
-- Jul 29, 1842

Joseph Fielding Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve writes to Belle S. Spafford, the Relief Society General President, and her counselors: "While the authorities of the Church have ruled that it is permissible, under certain conditions and with the approval of the priesthood, for sisters to wash and anoint other sisters, yet they feel that it is far better for us to follow the plan the Lord has given us and send for the Elders of the Church to come and administer to the sick and afflicted." This ends the practice of "washings and anointings" for women (usually preparatory to childbirth). A previous Relief Society President wrote of this ordinance, "this beautiful ordinance has always been with the Relief Society, and it is our earnest hope that we may continue to have that privilege, and up to the present time the Presidents of the Church have always allowed it to us.' (2)
-- Jul 29, 1946

[U.S. Religious History] Rev. Paul Hill shot and killed Dr. John Britton, an abortion provider. (3)
-- Jul 29, 1993


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


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Today in Church History - Jul 28

On this day in Church History ...
[Lucy Mack Smith] Birth of Catharine. (1)
-- Jul 28, 1812

[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Marriage - Joseph to Nancy Maria Winchester, age 15 ,. According to Mormon Church Historian Andrew Jenson, Nancy married Joseph sometime before his death in June of 1844. In addition, Orson Whitmney, son of Nacy Maria's friend, Helen, also identified her as sSmith's wife. These two witnesses, taken together, make a good case for NAncy as a plural spouse of Josepoh. Though there is no exac date for her marriage to the prophet, the best hypothosis is that the cereony took place in 1843. LOCATION: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Elder Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 1 Page: 697 Marriages in Nauvoo Region 1839-45. See also In Sacred Lonliness, page 606. (2)
-- Jul 28, 1843

DESERET NEWS reports one of meetings where apostles preach United Order: "The vote to renew their covenants by baptism was very general by the people." (3)
-- Jul 28, 1875


1 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
2 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
3 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Jul 27

On this day in Church History ...
[Joseph Smith] Departed Kirtland on journey to Toronto, Upper Canada, to visit Latter-day Saints. (1)
-- Jul 27, 1837

DESERET NEWS publishes March 12 sermon of second counselor Jedediah M. Grant: "But if Latter Day Saints should put to death the covenant breakers, it would try the faith of the very meek, just, and pious among them, and it would cause a great deal of whining in Israel . . . and it is also their right to kill a sinner to save him, when he commits those crimes that can only be atoned for by shedding his blood." (2)
-- Jul 27, 1853

Revolutionary followers of Emiliano Zapata execute Mexican branch president Rafael Monroy and Vincente Morales, also LDS, after each tells Zapatistas: "I cannot renounce my religion." (2)
-- Jul 27, 1915


1 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
2 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Jul 26

On this day in Church History ...
William Clayton writes: " . . . M[argaret, (Clayton's secret plural wife)] seems quite embittered against me in consequence of which I called her to me and asked her if she desired the covenant to be revoked if it were possible. To this she would not give me a satisfactory answer only saying if it had not been done it should not be. (meaning our union). I then asked if she would consent if A[aron Farr, (Margaret's recently-returned fiancée)] would take her under all circumstances; but she would not consent to have it revoked, saying she did it not for her sake but for the sake of the peace of my family. Under these circumstances I could not rest until I had ascertained w[h]ether the clovenant] could be revoked and although contrary to her wish I went to see President Joseph. I took A[aron] to talk with him and asked him some questions whereby I ascertained that he would be willing to take her under all circumstances. I reasoned considerable with him to prove that I had done
right in all these matters so far as I knew it. I called the President [Joseph Smith] out and briefly stated the situation of things and then asked him if the C[ovenant] could be revoked. He shook his head and answered no. . . . I sympathize with her in her grief, but can't console her for she will not speak to me." (1)
-- Jul 26, 1843

At the funeral of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon, President Wilford Woodruff speaks upon the topic of "the plurality of wives and to the plurality of families that men possess in this Church. It is a subject I have left alone as a general thing in all my observations and instructions before the public. . . . We have had a plurality of wives and families. The principle was introduced to this people by the revelation of God through the Prophet Joseph Smith." Cannon had taken a secret post-manifesto plural wife, with Woodruff's permission, a few months before his death. After the funeral Apostle John Henry Smith attends a meeting concerning Apostle Moses Thatcher, "It was stated by Moses Thatcher [Jr.] that he was adicted to the Morphine habbit and part of the time insane and that they must do something for him. . . . It was finally agreed to get him if possible to go of his own free will to a sanatarium in California, if he refused to do so then to insist on sending him any way." (1
)
-- Jul 26, 1896

[Temple] Standardized temple building period begins (2)
-- Jul 26, 1998


1 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - 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 - Jul 25

On this day in Church History ...
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr., Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum, and Oliver Cowdery and companions go to Salem, Massachusetts, via Buffalo, New York City, and Boston, searching for treasure in a basement. (1)
-- Jul 25, 1836

First Counselor in First Presidency George Q. Cannon preaches: "It [the Word of Wisdom] appeals to our sense of right that a commandment does not, because a commandment comes with strict injunctions which leaves no alternative but to obey; but this is a word of counsel by a kind father. . . ." (2)
-- Jul 25, 1880

Apostle Abraham H. Cannon writes: "A Sister Parkinson asked why her new born babe died when A.H. Cannon blessed it and promised it should live to manhood and several weeks later it got pneumonia and the Elders promised it continued life? 'I could not account for the failure of our promises that it should live except that sympathy instead of the Spirit of God prompted the utterances.'" (2)
-- Jul 25, 1891


1 - Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson, 2001, Signature Books
2 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Jul 24

On this day in Church History ...
[Deseret] William Carter broke the first ground and laid the first furrow in the Valley. (1)
-- Jul 24, 1847

Word received of Utah Expedition. (2)
-- Jul 24, 1857

Representatives of National Organization of Women march in Salt Lake City's Pioneer Day parade as part of their "mission" to Utah in support of Equal Rights Amendment. LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that "some spectators heckled, threw fruit and spat on ERA missionaries." (3)
-- Jul 24, 1981


1 - http://historytogo.utah.gov/timeline/pioneersandcowboys.html
2 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Jul 23

The leaders of the Missouri Mormons agreed to leave Jackson county, most of them by Jan., 1834 and all of them before by Apr. 1, 1834. This agreement was made without the knowledge of Joseph Smith. (1)
-- (Tue) Jul 23, 1833

Joseph Smith has a revelation, rebuking Thomas B. Marsh, and that the 12 should not rebel against him. (2)
-- Jul 23, 1837

Apostle John Henry Smith writes: "Presidency & Twelve met in Temple. I was opposed to writing to brethren of southern stake to support Mr. M. A. Smith for Congress. True, he has been our friend, but I said a few written lines from our leaders to political aspirants set the political parties on fire." (3)
-- Jul 23, 1896


1 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
3 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Jul 22

Joseph heals many of the Saints who have been stricken with malaria because of the poor living conditions along the river in Illinois. (1)
-- Jul 22, 1839

Orson Pratt votes against a public resolution in defense of Joseph Smith's virtuous conduct. (2)
-- Jul 22, 1842

Having emigrated from Nauvoo following the death of Joseph Smith, the first companies of Latter-day Saints, under the leadership of Brigham Young, arrive in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. On July 28, Young selects the site for the Salt Lake Temple and proposes the layout of a new city. (3)
-- July 22-24, 1847


1 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
2 - 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"
3 - http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/282148/


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The Deseret Alphabet

Have you ever wondered why "enough" isn't spelled with an "f" or why "knew" needs a "k"? Brigham Young imagined an easier way of writing English. He charged a committee with creating a new, simpler method, and in 1854, the Deseret Alphabet was born. A primer was written, a gold coin was minted - and today, one of the rare Books of Mormon printed in the alphabet goes for thousands. Wednesday, we're talking about the Deseret Alphabet - the reasons it  was created and why it didn't last.

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Today in Church History - Jul 21

[Joseph Smith] Performed faith healing of sick Latter-day Saints, Commerce, Illinois, and Montrose, Iowa. (1)
-- Jul 21, 1839-23

[Joseph Smith] Advance scouts Orson Pratt and Erastus Snow are the first Mormons to enter Salt Lake Valley, and a day later the "advance company of Pioneers" arrive and begin planting crops. (2)
-- Jul 21, 1847

Hill Cumorah Monument dedicated by Heber J. Grant. (3)
-- Jul 21, 1935


1 - Joseph Smith Papers: Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
2 - 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"
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 - Jul 20

[Joseph Smith] Revelation, site for city in Zion. (1)
-- Jul 20, 1831

Following a mass meeting of Jackson County citizens, a mob destroys the office and press of the Evening and Morning Star, W. W. Phelps' home. They tar and feather Edward Partridge and Charles Allen, and force Gilbert and Whitney to close their store. Nearly all copies of the Book of Commandments, then in production, are destroyed. (2)
-- Jul 20, 1833

[Bennett, John Cook] Appointed quartermaster general of State of Illinois by Carlin 20 July 1840. (3)
-- Jul 20, 1840


1 - http://josephsmithpapers.org/TimelineOfEvents.htm
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelation of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985


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Today in Church History - Jul 19

Joseph begins translating the papyrus. It will be known as the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price. (1)
-- Jul 19, 1835

[Benson, Ezra Taft] Baptized 19 July 1840 in Quincy, Illinois. (2)
-- Jul 19, 1840

Joseph Fielding Smith born in Salt Lake City. (3)
-- Jul 19, 1876


1 - http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
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 - 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 - Jul 18

Lucy Smith (Joseph's sister) born in Palmyra, NY. (1)
-- Jul 18, 1821

Joseph Smith claimed further revelation on tithing. (2)
-- (Wed) Jul 18, 1838

Lucy Mack Smith's History is copyrighted. (1)
-- Jul 18, 1845


1 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv
2 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm


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Today in Church History - Jul 17

[Sydney Rigdon] Silas Engles died at age 46 (probably in or near Pittsburgh); if Engles had been aware of Lambdin, or anybody else, having once loaned Rigdon a Spalding MS, he was nolonger alive to tell of that transaction (1)
-- Jul 17, 1827

[U.S. Religious History] William White, the first American Anglican bishop, died at the age of 88. White was the person who coined the term "Protestant Episcopal" for the new Anglican denomination. (2)
-- Jul 17, 1836

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spent much of the day at home with his brother Hyrum Smith conversing about the priesthood. (3)
-- Jul 17, 1843


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


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Today in Church History - Jul 16

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith rode out to the prairie with his clerk, William Clayton, hoed some potatoes, and dined with Cornelius P. Lott, who maintained Joseph Smiths farm. (1)
-- Jul 16, 1842

Mormon Battalion mustered into U.S. service in Iowa. (2)
-- Jul 16, 1846

[Temple] Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple; Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Announcement: 14 October 1998; Dedication: 16 July 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)
-- Jul 16, 2000


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
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 - Jul 15

Saints in Zion, MO receive notice from the citizens of Jackson County, accusing them of planning to take over all the Jackson County land, tampering with their slaves, and inviting free negroes and mulattos to join; the citizens instruct Mormons to leave or they will remove them. (1)
-- Jul 15, 1833

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith went with his family and 100 others on a pleasure excursion on the steamship Maid of Iowa. (2)
-- Jul 15, 1843

[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] First nationwide radio broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word with Ted Kimball, announcer, originating from KDYL, predecessor of todays KSL radio in Salt Lake City. (3)
-- Jul 15, 1929


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://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=036eb2987ff92110VgnVCM100000176f620aRCRDvgnextchannel=9ae411154963d010VgnVCM1000004e94610aRCRD


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Today in Church History - Jul 14

(Thursday) Joseph, Edward Partridge , Martin Harris, W. W. Phelps, and Joseph Coe reach Independence . (1)
-- Jul 14, 1831

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith was continually engaged in translating the book of Abraham and arranging a grammar of the Egyptian language as practiced by the ancients. (2)
-- about Jul 14, 1835

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle of "the Council. [William W.] Phelps and [Willard] Richards and P[arley] P. Pratt stated that they had conduded to appoint 4 Trustees when a majority of the Twelve returned" (WC-s). (3)
-- Jul 14, 1844


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 - 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 - Jul 13

About this time, a bout of sickness fell upon many of the Mormons living at Commerce. (1)
-- (Sat) Jul 13, 1839

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle meeting at 4 p.m. at Willard Richards's office (HCK, WC-S). (2)
-- Jul 13, 1845

[U.S. Religious History] President James Buchanon selected Alfred Cumming to replace Brigham Young as governor for the territory of Utah. (3)
-- Jul 13, 1857


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


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Today in Church History - Jul 12

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Smith Sr. born in Topsfield, Mass. (1)
-- Jul 12, 1771

Revelation on celestial marriage (including plural marriage) recorded (D&C 132). (2)
-- Jul 12, 1843

[Joseph Smith] (age 37)Records a revelation on the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternal nature of the marriage covenant (see D&C 132). (3)


1 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
2 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah


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Today in Church History - Jul 11

[Sydney Rigdon] Winter's group excluded Rigdon and denied him the "liberty of speaking in self defense;" the Rigdon group of "seventy to eighty members and the smaller Winter group each claimed to be the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh;" declaring "non-fellowship" and expelling each other. (1)
-- Jul 11, 1823

[Polygamy] James Adams polygamous marriage to Roxena Repshire (2)
-- Jul 11, 1843

John Whitmer dies. (3)
-- Jul 11, 1878


1 - http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm
2 - Smith, George D (Spring 1994), "Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27
3 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv


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Today in Church History - Jul 10

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith clarified to the Saints that the hot drinks spoken of in the Word of Wisdom included tea and coffee. (1)
-- about Jul 10, 1833

Martin Harris died in Clarkston, Utah. (2)
-- Jul 10, 1875

[David O McKay] 8:45 a.m.--Case of Joseph Smith III Bishop Lowell Christensen of the Waikiki Ward, Honolulu Stake, called at the office. He asked if Joseph F. Smith III may be given responsibility and assignment in the ward. Sinc no official action to excommunicate or disfellowship had ever been taken, and in view of the steadfast faithfulness of his wife and children, and the punishment Brother Smith has suffered, and that he has confessed, asked to be forgiven, and has forsaken his sins, the duty to forgive him was recognized. I presented this matter at our meeting of the First Presidency this morning, and it was agreed that Bishop Christensen be so informed. Later, when Bishop Christensen returned to the office, I told him of our decision this morning--that Brother Smith is to be forgiven and that he may now be given responsibility in the ward. (3)
-- Wed Jul 10, 1957


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - David O. McKay Office Journal


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Today in Church History - Jul 09

The Twelve meet in Far West (Thomas B. Marsh president) and resolve to fill vacancies with Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt , Willard Richards . Sidney counsels concerning provisions for the Twelve. (1)
-- Jul 9, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff] Learns of martyrdom of Joseph Smith (2)
-- Jul 9, 1844

[Harris, Martin] Died 9 July 1875 in Clarkston, Cache County, Utah. (3)
-- Jul 9, 1875


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
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 - Jul 08

[Phelps, William Wines] Chosen counselor in presidency of Church in Missouri 8 July 1834. Directed to return to Kirtland temporarily to assist in Church printing affairs. (1)
-- Jul 8, 1834

[Joseph Smith] Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith received four revelations: Doctrine & Covenants 119 and 120 on tithing; Doctrine & Covenants 117 concerning the duties of William Marks, Newel K. Whitney, and Oliver Granger; and Doctrine & Covenants 118 on the will of the Lord concerning the Twelve Apostles. (2)
-- Jul 8, 1838

[Snow, Erastus] Left Salt Lake City 8 July 1853. (1)
-- Jul 8, 1853


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 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


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Today in Church History - Jul 07

On or shortly after this date, "some of the saints at Kirtland" purchased the mummies and scrolls for $2400. Joseph Smith then began a serious review of the scroll contents and reported that "the rolls contained the writings of Abraham..." etc.bought four Egyptian mummies and two or more papyrus rolls from Michael H. Chandler [LDS Church History Vol II]. (1)
-- (Tue) Jul 7, 1835

[William Clayton] Named as temporary trustee-in-trust for the church. (2)
-- Jul 7, 1844

[Spencer W. Kimball] Becomes President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (3)
-- Jul 7, 1972


1 - http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
3 - http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=da135f74db46c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRDlocale=0sourceId=a3f9862384d20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____hideNav=1contentLocale=0


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Today in Church History - Jul 06

Mummies and papyrus purchased, and Joseph Smith commenced translation. [See [Level Bookshelf/Encyclopedia of Mormonism][Level Entry/tithing]Tithing received (D&C 119). (1)
-- Jul 6, 1835

515 Saints left Kirtland for Missouri. (2)
-- Jul 6, 1838

[Anointed Quorum] Thursday, but no specific reference to prayer meeting (MAQ). (3)
-- Jul 6, 1843


1 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Richards - Little, Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
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 - Jul 05

[Joseph Smith] Second counselor Rigdon tries to seize control of the church and is disfellowshipped until 28 July when he is re-ordained a high priest. This is the first instance of apostasy by a general authority. (1)
-- Jul 5, 1832

I was dictating history, I say dictating, for I seldom use the pen myself. I always dictate all my communications, but employ a scribe to write them. (2)
-- Jul 5, 1839

[Deseret] Brigham Young refers in a sermon to "rumors" that the U.S. is sending 1,500 to 2,000 troops into the Utah Territory, and warns them, possibly sarcastically, that if people enter the territory and don't "behave themselves", they will be subject to a "Vigilance Committee", and the Danites will "bite[] their heels" (Young 1857a, p. 5). (3)
-- Jul 5, 1857


1 - 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"
2 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War#Timeline_of_events


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Today in Church History - Jul 04

John Whitmer assists Joseph arrange and copy what becomes Book of Commandments 227. Inventing, 154. (1)
-- Jul 4, 1830-31

While giving a patriotic oration, Rigdon promises that Mormons will defend themselves and warns of a "war of extermination" with hostile neighbors. (2)
-- Jul 4, 1838

Parley P. Pratt escapes from Richmond. (3)
-- Jul 4, 1839


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - http://www.pbs.org/mormons/timeline/
3 - http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgv482t8_0d5hdn5cv


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Today in Church History - Jul 03

Clay County. Joseph organizes the first high council in Missouri. (1)
-- Jul 3, 1834

Oliver Cowdery's letter of Dec. 22, 1835 reports that the antiquities "were purchased by certain gentlemen in this place, last summer." "Egyptian Mummies," (1)
-- Jul 3, 1835

[Brigham Young] Brigham Young, aged 68, marries Elizabeth Jones (1814-1895) (aged 55); widow of David T. Lewis and Dan Jones (2)
-- Jul 3, 1869


1 - http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives


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Today in Church History - Jul 02

First draft of Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible completed. (1)
-- Jul 2, 1833

[Polygamy] to 02 Jul 1842 Church newspaper publishes phrenoloy chart of Smith, described as 'passionately fond of the company of the other sex. ' . The church newspaper The Wasp publishes a phrenology chart of Smith's head and personality. The first trait is "Amativeness-11, L[arge]. Extreme susceptibility; passionately fond of the company of the other sex." The official History of the Church still publishes this chart, along with the caution that such a high score indicates "extreme liability to perversion" in the trait. SOURCE: Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.53 PLACE: Nauvoo, IL (2)
-- Jul 02, 1842

[Temple] Stockholm Sweden Temple; Location: Haninge, Sweden; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 2 July 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (3)
-- Jul 2, 1985


1 - http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
2 - http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
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 - Jul 01

[U.S. Religious History] The first Quakers (Mary Fisher and Ann Austin) to arrive in Boston are arrested. Five weeks later they were deported back to England. (1)
-- Jul 01, 1656

[Wilford Woodruff] Baptizes father, mother, and sister in Farmington, Connecticut (2)
-- Jul 1, 1838

[Anointed Quorum] "Holly Order" prayer circle with Heber C. Kimball, Newel K. Whitney, Elizabeth Ann Whitney, Joseph Young, Jane Bicknell Young, Amasa M. Lyman, and Willard Richards to heal a child (HCK). (3)
-- Jul 1, 1845


1 - http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_amrel_chron.htm
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898: Typescript Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books, Midvale, Utah. Chronology
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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