Today in Church History - Aug 31

On this day in Church History ...

[U.S. Religious History] During his trial for fraud and conspiracy, Jim Bakker suffered a breakdown in his attorney's office. (1)
-- 20 years ago - Aug 31, 1989

Sally Rand dies at age 75. Her "fan dance" scandalized visitors at the 1933 Chicago World's fair and brought herself national recognition. In 1934 she scandalized St. Louis with a Lady Godiva horseback ride. "It was my form of social protest," she said according to UPI, "People were starving during those depression days and here the aristocratic women were spending a thousand dollars for a dress to go to a party." She appeared at fairs, nightclubs, and on the burlesque stage. At age 61 she was arrested for dancing nude behind the five-foot ostrich fan which became her trademark. She celebrated her seventieth birthday with a fan dance at the Los Angeles Music Center. She joined the Mormon Church in June 1978, baptized by her son Sean who had joined the Church at her urging. (2)
-- 30 years ago - Aug 31, 1979

Heber C. Kimball arrives in Kirtland from mission. (3)
-- 175 years ago - Aug 31, 1834

[Joseph Smith] Young warns non-Mormon Thomas L. Kane (whom Young had just met) "that we had more influence with the indians than all other nations on the earth, & if we were compelled we would use it." (4)
-- Aug 31, 1846


1 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"


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Heber J. Grant and 'Brigham Young,' the movie

70 years ago today in Utah History  ---  Heber J. Grant writes Twentieth Century Fox "I hope we shall not appear to you to be over anxious ...  but we are tremendously concerned..." But nearly a year later the Mormon church president declared "This is one of the greatest days of my life."  His involvement in helping with the film "Brigham Young" influenced the making of the movie and subsequently the public perception of the LDS Church.

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Today in Church History - Aug 30

On this day in Church History ...

The First Presidency reminds Latter-day Saints of the Blessings that come to families who hold Family Home Evening each week. (1)
-- 15 years ago - Aug 30, 1994

LDS Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to President George Bush, presents U.S. Presidential Citizens Award to Ezra Taft Benson. (2)
-- 20 years ago - Aug 30, 1989

Church published a new edition of the King James Version of the Bible with study aids. (3)
-- 30 years ago - 1979 August-September

President Heber J. Grant writes to Kenneth Macgowen, associate producer of Twentiety-Century-Fox's film "Brigham Young:" "I hope we shall not appear to you to be over anxious, and we have no disposition to be oversensitive, but we are tremendously concerned that this picture shall be a true picture, and, while we are not, any of us, playwrights, or dramatists, or Movie technicians, we can appreciate the war which must constantly go on in one preparing a picture, between the highly dramatic and the sober fact." The LDS Church provided constant input to the making of the film. (2)
-- 70 years ago - Aug 30, 1939


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550


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Today in Church History - Aug 29

On this day in Church History ...

Mormon Polygamy is publicly announced
The revelation on celestial marriage was first made public. It was read during a conference held in Great Salt Lake City, and Apostle Orson Pratt delivered the first public discourse on the principle. (Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, August 29, 1852, Journal of Discourses, Vol.1, p.53, Orson Pratt.). This is the first time that the specific wording of the revelation now known as D&C Section 132 was known. Note that a document was read in August of 1843 to the Nauvoo High Council, but the wording of that document has not survived. Most Mormons assume that the two documents were identical, but there is little basis for that assumption even though we know from surviving evidence that the ideas appear to be similar. (1)
-- Aug 29, 1852

[Wilford Woodruff] Brigham Young dies (2)
-- Aug 29, 1877

[Polygamy] After being on the run for two years, Warren Jeffs and two other people are arrested while driving through Nevada. Investigators recover about $50,000 in cash from the vehicle, as well as a large number of cellphones, laptop computers and wigs. (3)
-- Aug 29, 2006


1 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm
2 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah
3 - Gartner, Hana, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Timeline: History of Polygamy, http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/bustupinbountiful/timeline.html


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Today in Church History - Aug 28

On this day in Church History ...

[U.S. Religious History] Jim Bakker's fraud and conspiracy trial began. (1)
-- 20 years ago - Aug 28, 1989

Kirtland, Ohio. During a special council assembled for the trial of Sylvester Smith, Joseph Smith was cleared of Sylvester Smiths false accusations from the Zions Camp march. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Aug 28, 1834

High council tries Sylvester Smith. The prophet's conduct in Zion's Camp is upheld and Sylvester is rebuked. (3)
-- 175 years ago - Aug 28, 1834-29

Sidney ordains Oliver to the High Priesthood. FWR, 10; John Whitmer's history in (3)
-- Aug 28, 1831


1 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml


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Today in Church History - Aug 27

On this day in Church History ...

Edward Partridge born in Pittsfield, MA. (1)
-- Aug 27, 1793

LDS newspaper THE WASP denounces "John C. Bennett, the pimp and file leader of such mean harlots as Martha H. Brotherton and her predecessors from old Jezebel." Brotherton had gone public about being approached regarding polygamy. This is part of a pattern, extending to Nancy Rigdon and Sarah Pratt, to attack the moral character of women who have publicly told of being approached regarding the still-secret practice of polygamy. (2)
-- Aug 27, 1842

U.S. President Cleveland issues amnesty for previous violations of anti-polygamy laws and restores civil rights to disenfranchised polygamists. (2)
-- Aug 27, 1884


1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 26

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] The apostles privately excommunicate James Strang, a repetition of the Michigan branch's action. He is publicly excommunicated again in the Nauvoo temple 1 Feb. 1846. (1)
-- Aug 26, 1844

[Utah] Apostle Moses Thatcher begins treatment with Keeley Institute for his addiction to opium and morphine. First Presidency and apostles tolerated Thatcher as a "morphine fiend" and "opium eater", but on 26 07y his family and friends considered involuntary commitment to treatment. His is most prominent drug addict in Mormon history. Twelve drop Thatcher from quorum membership on 19 11 because of four year conflict over his insubordination in political matters, but Thatcher's drug addiction aggravates that conflict. (2)
-- Aug 26,1896

During church's first area conference in Manchester, England, there is formal meeting of joint council of First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles. This is first such council meeting outside United States in Mormon history. (3)
-- Aug 26, 1971


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 25

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] Indenture is made between Martin Harris and Egbert Grandin on land and property for enough money ($3,000) to print the Book of Mormon. [PALMYRA,] (1)
-- Aug 25, 1829

Brigham Young preaches: "I remember once, when a boy, Jedediah M. Grant saw me chewing tobacco, and said be, 'You chew tobacco, do you?' 'Yes, sir.' 'Well, I never had any taste for it; it is no virtue in me that I do not use it, I tried hard enough, but it made me sick.'" (2)
-- Aug 25, 1872

First Presidency cables missionaries to leave France and Germany immediately, due to outbreak of war. LDS missionaries leave in safety. (2)
-- Aug 25, 1914


1 - Marquardt, H. Michael and Walters, Wesley P., Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 24

On this day in Church History ...

William Clayton writes in his journal: "At night I asked mother [his mother in law] if M[argaret Moon-his plural wife] might sleep with Ruth [Moon-his legal wife and sister of Margaret] and me. She appeared very rebellious and would not consent but said we might do as we had a mind." (1)
-- Aug 24, 1843

George H. Hudson is first Mormon to die in combat during U.S. War. As private in Battery B of Utah Light Artillery, he is killed by Filipinos during Philippine Insurrection at conclusion of Spanish-American war of 1898. Filipinos want true independence, not to be new colony of the United States. (1)
-- Aug 24, 1898

Twin Falls Idaho Temple; Location: Twin Falls, Idaho, USA; Announcement: 2 October 2004; Dedication: 24 August 2008 by Thomas S. Monson; Notes: Fourth temple dedicated in Idaho and, during 2008, the second temple dedicated in Idaho that year. (2)
-- Aug 24, 2008


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


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Today in Church History - Aug 23

On this day in Church History ...

Two days after the death of former Apostle Moses Thatcher, who had been removed from the Quorum of Apostles, the DESERET NEWS publishes an obituary claiming that Moses Thatcher "lived to acknowledge the justness of the action of his brethren of the Twelve." Two weeks later Thatcher's son, Moses Thatcher Jr. responds: "There is a wide difference between accepting the decision of that council, and even fulfilling its every requirement, and acknowledging the justice of the decision or the justice of the action of his brethren in the twelve in making the complaint. So far as I understand my father's position, or so far as his family and near friends understand it, he accepted the decision of the high council and complied with its requirements because it was the only thing he could do and retain his membership in the church, and to lose his standing in the church for him was not to be thought of. But the truth of the statement 'he lived to acknowledge the justice of the action of
his brethren of the Twelve,' should be denied, for no such acknowledgement was ever made so far as I know or can find out."* (1)
-- Aug 23, 1909

Sylvester Smith rescinds his confession, but tried, and again agrees to sign a confession. (2)
-- Aug 23, 1834

Apostle Wilford Woodruff tells congregation in Logan, Utah that within thirty years New York City will be destroyed by "the Sea Heaving itself behond its bounds & washing the inhabitants into the Sea," Albany, New York will be "utterly Destroyed by fire," Boston will be "sunk with an Earthquake," and Chicago will be "burned with fire." As for United States, it will be "broken to peaces [sic]." Brigham Young says Woodruff's remarks are "given By Revelation." Although Mormons regard Chicago fire of 1871 as fulfillment of this prophecy, they donate "for the relief of the sufferers." (1)
-- Aug 23, 1868

Premiere of Twentieth-Century-Fox motion picture "Brigham Young" at the Centre Theater and six other theaters in Salt Lake City. All seven theaters completely sell out to nearly 9,000 people at the then high ticket price of $1.10. Such unprecedented response to a film premiere sets an industry record for the number of theatres used simultaneously for the premiere of one film.. Ten days previously, the First Presidency was given a private screening. Emerging from the screening, President Heber J. Grant says to waiting reporters. "I endorse it with all my heart and have no suggestions. This is one of the greatest days of my life. I can't say any more than 'God Bless You'." Utah's Governor Henry H. Blood and Salt Lake City Mayor Ab Jenkins declare the 23rd as "Brigham Young Day" complete with parade, window display competition amongst the downtown merchants, and special advertising campaigns based on the pioneer theme. Actor Dean Jagger, who played the part of Brigham Young, con
verts to Mormonism later in life. (1)
-- Aug 23, 1940


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


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Today in Church History - Aug 22

On this day in Church History ...

Mormons in New York City ask: "Is it right for a priest to be appointed to accompany a teacher to the house of each member." Brigham Young responds, "Yes, any officer from a high priest to a deacon may visit the Church or members, and be set apart for this purpose." This is the earliest instruction on what would become known in pioneer Utah as "block teaching" or "ward teaching." Now called "home teaching." (1)
-- Aug 22, 1843

[Wilford Woodruff] Departs for northern settlements with Brigham Young party; goes on to Randolph (2)
-- Aug 22, 1873

[Mark Hofmann] Utah Lighthouse Ministry publishes The Money-Digging Letter. (3)
-- Aug 22, 1984


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah
3 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,


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Today in Church History - Aug 21

On this day in Church History ...

[Quorum of the Twelve] Moses Thatcher dies.* (1)
-- Aug 21, 1909

Joseph Smith's personal secretary, William Clayton, writes: "E[mma] asked if I handed 2 letters to Joseph which she showed me. I had not done it. I satisfied her I had not. They appeared to be from E[liza] R[oxcy] Snow and President Joseph found them in his pocket. E[mma] seemed vexed and angry." Joseph had taken Eliza R. Snow as a plural wife on June 29, 1842. (2)
-- Aug 21, 1843

[Quorum of the Twelve] Moses Thatcher dies. (1)
-- Aug 21, 1909

CHURCH NEWS article features Egide Nzojibwami, university dean of engineering and branch president of Burundi, Africa. (2)
-- Aug 21, 1993


1 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 20

On this day in Church History ...

NEW YORK DAILY TRBUNE publishes Horace Greeley's recent interview with Brigham Young: "H.G. What is the position of your church with respect to slavery? B.Y. We consider it of divine institution, and not to be abolished until the curse pronounced on Ham shall have been removed from his descendants."* (1)
-- Aug 20, 1859

[Utah] Brigham Young regarding slavery: "We consider it of divine institution, and not to be abolished until the curse pronounced on Ham shall have been removed from his descendants.* (2)
-- Aug 20,1859

[Joseph Smith] Three apostles excommunicate Orson Pratt and ordain his replacement in the Quorum of the Twelve. (3)
-- Aug 20, 1842

Caracas Venezuela Temple; Location: Caracas, DC, Venezuela; Announcement: 30 September 1995; Dedication: 20 August 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- Aug 20, 2000


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
4 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


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Today in Church History - Aug 19

On this day in Church History ...

[Wilford Woodruff] Arrives in Fox Islands, Maine (1)
-- Aug 19, 1837

Apparent date Wilford Woodruff marries Lydia Mountford as plural wife aboard U.S. vessel. He authorizes Apostle Anthon H. Lund to perform polygamous marriage for Apostle George Teasdale under same circumstances in October. On Apostle Lund's return from that trip, President Woodruff confides the Mountford marriage to him while authorizing the apostle to perform another shipboard polygamous marriage. Federal law applies to U.S.-flagged vessels, and therefore these shipboard marriages violate letter and spirit of 1890 Manifesto. As Salt Lake temple president and Presidency first counselor, Lund ratifies Woodruff's out-of-temple 1897 sealing by re-performing it as proxy sealing on Nov. 23, 1920. Woodruff's son stands as his proxy, and Woodruff's former sister-in-law stands as proxy for the 1897 polygamous wife. (2)
-- Aug 19, 1897

First Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple near Portland, Oregon. (2)
-- Aug 19, 1989


1 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 18

On this day in Church History ...

D&C 98 raise standard of peace, not revenge.
it is the will of the Lord that the Store shou[ld] be kept and that <not> one foot of <land> [DEL: the :DEL] perchased should <be> be given to the enimies of god or sold to them but if any is sold let it be sold to the chirch we cannot git the consent of the Lord that we shall give the ground to the enemies we wait the Comand of God to do whatever he plese and if <he> shall say go up to Zion and defend thy Brotheren by <the sword> we fly Joseph to W. W. Phelps and others. PWJS, 311. (1)
-- Aug 18, 1833

[Wilford Woodruff] Brigham Young speaks on authority of Twelve (2)
-- Aug 18, 1844

First Presidency rules that Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith's anti-evolutionary MAN: HIS ORIGIN AND DESTINY should not be used for study in LDS seminaries and institutes. McKay expresses from 1954 on: "On the subject of organic evolution the Church has officially taken no position. The book 'Man, His Origin and Destiny' was not published by the Church, and is not approved by the Church." (3)
-- Aug 18, 1954


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 17

On this day in Church History ...

[Black History] Thomas S. Williams sells Dan,* (1)
-- Aug 17, 1859

A General Assembly of LDS Church quorums approved the text of the newly compiled Doctrines and Covenants, including Sec. 101, in which the Church adopted the rule of monogamous marriage. The text says that the LDS Church had "been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy." As no known allegations of Mormon polygamy had been published at this time, it appears that the "reproach" came from within the Church itself. (2)
-- (Mon) Aug 17, 1835

[Joseph Smith] Church conference approved publication of Doctrine and Covenants, Kirtland. (3)
-- Aug 17, 1835

[Joseph Smith] William Smith preaches in favor of "spiritual wifery," to which Taylor gives an immediate rebuttal. William's niece Mary (orphaned daughter of Samuel Smith) later writes: "He was ordered to discontinue his discourses, but he did not obey orders." His relatives helped build wooden seats to accommodate a crowd near his house. On the first Sunday "every seat in that grove had been fouled with outhouse refuse." Within months his mother Lucy Mack Smith would angrily tell Strang's followers about this incident. (4)
-- Aug 17, 1845


1 - http://www.xtimeline.com/events.aspx?q=Bif200802111550260291166
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - Jessee, Dean, Esplin, Ronald and Bushman, Richard Lyman (editors), The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
4 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"


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Today in Church History - Aug 16

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote instructions to the high council of the Church in Missouri and urged them to sign a petition to Governor Daniel Dunklin of Missouri requesting his protection. (1)
-- Aug 16, 1834

Nauvoo, Illinois. In a letter to his wife, Emma Smith, Joseph Smith mentioned how he, through dream and vision, was persuaded against traveling to the Pine Country in Wisconsin. (1)
-- Aug 16, 1842

First Presidency instructs its Hotel Utah to stop serving liquor. (2)
-- Aug 16, 1944


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 15

On this day in Church History ...

News of the Missouri Mormons being "regulated" by a "committee" in Jackson county spread among Kirtland area anti-Mormons. They discussed the pros and cons of this kind of action. Although the Ohioans did not elect to resort to the extreme illegalities and outrages perpetrated by the Jackson county "committee," they were no doubt impressed by the successful results of concerted group action against the congregating of large numbers of impoverished Mormons. (1)
-- mid-Aug 1833

[Joseph Smith] The first baptism for a deceased person is performed. Joseph pronounces that the ceremony is valid. (2)
-- Aug 15, 1840

Emma Smith says that "secret thingscost Joseph and Hyrum their lives" and that the same would befall the Twelve. The Quorum of Twelve issues an epistle requiring members to pay "a tenth of all their property and moneyand then let them continue to pay in a tenth of their income from that time forth." Young performs the second anointing ceremony for George Miller and his wife Catherine Fry Miller. This is the first such ordinance since the death of Joseph Smith. Bishop Miller is the last of the original men endowed by Joseph Smith in 1842 to receive the second anointing at Nauvoo. (3)
-- Aug 15, 1844


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - More Good Foundation, Timeline, http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"


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Today in Church History - Aug 14

On this day in Church History ...

Apostle Orson Pratt preaches: "The Lord now saw that there was one nation upon the earth where he could venture to begin the great work-where a theocracy could exist in an ecclesiastical form, being legally and lawfully entitled to all the rights and protection guaranteed in the great American Constitution, in common with all religious parties."* (1)
-- Aug 14, 1859

[Lucy Mack Smith] Eliza R. Snow moves into Joseph's and Emma's home and teaches in their family school. (2)
-- Aug 14, 1842

Elder Yeates of Church of Christ, Temple Lot, asks Heber J. Grant for permission to solicit donations for construction of temple at independence, Missouri. President Grant declines "to assist in erecting a temple for a church with which we have no connection whatever." (1)
-- Aug 14, 1929

Jack and Linda Newell write to Elder Russell M. Nelson requesting "the opportunity to review [our] own files so that misleading or erroneous items might be properly challenged." (3)
-- Aug 14, 1992.


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1


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Today in Church History - Aug 13

On this day in Church History ...

[Mountain Meadows] A report from the scene of the massacre, accompanied by a grisly cover sketch, appears in Harper's Weekly.* (1)
-- Aug 13, 1859

D&C 62 (Chariton, Missouri) to John Murdock, Hyrum, Harvey Whitlock, and David Whitmer: Missions are not finished, but they may go to Zion, before returning to their labors. Joseph, Sidney, and Oliver continue overland journey to St. Louis, where they meet W. W. Phelps and Sidney Gilbert. Joseph, Sidney, and Oliver take the stage to Kirtland, while William and Sidney Gilbert travel by water [probably steamboat down the Mississippi to the Ohio, then east on the Ohio to Wellsville, 90 miles southeast of Kirtland]. (2)
-- Aug 13, 1831

Joseph Smith accuses Sidney Rigdon of conspiring with John C. Bennett and other anti-Mormons, and a Church conference temporarily disfellowshipps him. (3)
-- Aug 13, 1843

[Mountain Meadows] A report from the scene of the massacre, accompanied by a grisly cover sketch, appears in Harper's Weekly. (1)
-- Aug 13, 1859


1 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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A vision of the destroyer

While camped by a river, several Mormon travelers heard a strange noise.  One of them, William Wine Phelps, had a remarkable vision of "The Destroyer" riding upon the waters "with horrible power."  The next day, (178 years ago today) an explanation was given to  their leader Joseph Smith Jr..

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Today in Church History - Aug 12

On this day in Church History ...

Alexander Hale Smith dies.* (1)
-- Aug 12, 1909

[Wight, Lyman] Arrived in Jackson County, Missouri, 12 August 1831. (2)
-- Aug 12, 1831

[Miller, George] Authorized to take Pinery Company to Texas 12 August 1844. (2)
-- Aug 12, 1844

While in Mormon colonies of Mexico, Joseph F. Smith instructs men of Brigham Young Academy's expedition to Latin America that theirs is a "scientific not a Church mission." Some return to Utah, but most of original volunteers continue their quest to locate BOOK OF MORMON sites. This expedition returns to provo in February 1902. (3)
-- Aug 12, 1900


1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
2 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 11

On this day in Church History ...

U.S. army sergeant Ralph Pike is shot in Salt Lake City just before his trial for assaulting LDS youth, Howard O. Spencer. A diary notes that murderer is "seen by hundreds and no one knew him and no two gave the same description of him." At trial in 1889 Spencer pleas temporary insanity and jury acquits him. DESERET NEWS editorializes on May 11, 1889 that murdered man "richly deserved his fate."* (1)
-- Aug 11, 1859

At about this time, Joseph and Hyrum Smith, accompanied by F. G. Williams, departed Kirtland on a trip to Michigan. (2)
-- (Tue) Aug 11, 1835

Joseph Smith performs a marriage for his brother Hyrum and his first plural wife and tells William Clayton, "you have a right to get all you can." (3)
-- Aug 11, 1843

Heber J. Grant says, "There was no other people in the world that has a kindly a feeling toward the Jews as do the Latter-day Saints, as we believe in the final destiny of the Jew." This repeats similar statement to general conference of Apr. 1921. Among Jewish candidates elected by primarily Mormon voters during this period of national anti-Semitism are Simon Bamberger (Utah's governor, 1917-21), Louis Marcus (Salt Lake City mayor, 1931-35), and Herbert M. Schiller (district judge, 1933-39). (1)
-- Aug 11, 1927


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"


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Today in Church History - Aug 10

On this day in Church History ...
Oliver Cowdery writes Missouri brethren: gratitude for their willingness to lay down their lives; Lord "well pleased" with treaty calling for them to leave Jackson; no other way to save lives; tribulation "would not have come uopn Zion had it not been for rebelion"-rebellion against Joseph and all officers down to the least. Oliver to W. W. Phelps, John Whitmer, Edward Partridge, Issac Morley, John Corrill, and Sidney Gilbert, and others (Independence), Aug. 10, 1833. Copy in hand of Edward Partridge.
therefore, brethren purge them out, & have no confidence in any except as such as will lay down their lives for this sacred cause for none others are worthy of it. there was no other way to cleanse the church. yet the elect will be saved, & Zion will be the joy of al saints & they will possess her forever & ever; the Son of righteousness will soon appear with healing in his wings, & he will apare his people as a man spareth his own son who serveth him. (1)
-- Aug 10, 1833

William Clayton writes in his journal of the progress the pioneers have made since their arrival 18 days ago: "in addition to the plowing done week before last they have plowed about 30 acres which is mostly planted, making a total of about 80 acres. . . . the brethren are now making adobies, hawling logs &c. Elder [Henry] Sherwood continues surveying the City. [Thomas] Tanner and [Burr] Frost are setting wagon tire and have set 52 today. The brethren who went to the Lake on Monday to boil down salt have returned this evening and report that they have found a bed of beautiful salt ready to load onto wagons. It lays between two Sand bars and is about 6 inches thick. They suppose they can easily load ten wagons without boiling. I have received from Elder Kimball a pair of buckskin pants, as a present I suppose, but as I have on similar occasions been branded with the idea of receiving a great many kindnesses without consideration, I will for this once state a little particular
on the other side of the question. I acknowledge that I have had the privilege of riding in a wagon and sleeping in it, of having my victual cooked, and some meat and milk, and occasionally a little tea or coffee furnished. My flour I furnished myself." (2)
-- Aug 10, 1847

[Mark Hofmann] Doralee Olds Hofmann files for divorce. (3)
-- Aug 10, 1988


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,


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Today in Church History - Aug 09

On this day in Church History ...
[Anointed Quorum] council of apostles "& 11 others" met and "voted no women [or] men to be admitted in [anointed] Quorum till times will admit" (WR). (1)
-- Aug 9, 1844

Brigham Young preaches: "Just ask yourselves, historians, when was monogamy introduced on to the face of the earth? When those buccaneers, who settled on the peninsula where Rome now stands, could not steal women enough to have two or three apiece, they passed a law that a man should have but one woman. And this started monogamy and the downfall of the plurality system. In the days of Jesus, Rome, having dominion over Jerusalem, they carried out the doctrine more or less. This was the rise, start and foundation of the doctrine of monogamy; and never till then was there a law passed, that we have any knowledge of, that a man should have but one wife." (2)
-- Aug 9, 1868

[Utah] Salt Lake Tribune article, "Of LDS Women, 58% Admit Premarital Sex." (3)
-- Aug 9,1991


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996


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Today in Church History - Aug 08

On this day in Church History ...
Joseph Smith declares that angels have flesh and bones. (1)
-- Aug 8, 1839

Sidney Rigdon: Offer to be church's guardian rejected by conference 8 Aug. 1844, but sustained as counselor to Quorum of Twelve (2)
-- Aug 8, 1844

[Quorum of the Twelve] George F. Richards dies. (3)
-- Aug 8, 1950


1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47
3 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_(LDS_Church)


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Today in Church History - Aug 07

On this day in Church History ...
[Joseph Smith] Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith went with a group of about 15 brethren to Colonel Lyman Wights in Gallatin, Missouri, and met with the Saints who had been beaten while trying to vote. (1)
-- Aug 7, 1838

The Apostles choose their lots in Salt Lake City. Wilford Woodruff writes: "In the afternoon the Twelve went onto the Temple Block & picked out there inheritances. President Young took a block east of the temple & runing S.E. to settle his friends around him. Br H. C. Kimball took A Block North of the Temple. Will settle his friends on the north. O. Pratt south of the Temple Joining the temple Block & runs south. W. Woodruff took A Block Cornering on the Temple lot at the S. west Corner Joining O Pratts Block & will settle his friends on the south. A Lyman took A Block 40 rods Below & west of W. Woodruff Block & runs S West of the Temple to settle his friends. G. A. Smith took A Block Joining the Temple on the west & runs due west. It was supposed Br Richards would take his inheritance on the east near Br Young. None others of the Twelve were present in the Camp." (2)
-- Aug 7, 1847

[Temple] Aba Nigeria Temple; Location: Aba, Abia, Nigeria; Announcement: 2 April 2000; Dedication: 7 August 2005 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)
-- Aug 7, 2005


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples


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Today in Church History - Aug 06

On this day in Church History ...
A fight broke out when Mormons tried to vote in Gallatin. Some Mormons were injured. They were finally able to vote and then left town. (1)
-- (Mon) Aug 6, 1838

Wilford Woodruff records that Brigham Young said the fullness of the priesthood was yet to be given: "If any in the Church had the fullness of the Melchisedec Priesthood, he [Brigham Young] did not know it. For any person to have the fullness of that priesthood, he must be a king and a priest . . . . A person may be anointed king and priest long before he receives his kingdom." (2)
-- Aug 6, 1843

First letter to First Presidency from Nigerian S. G. Bada, Baptist minister who for next year requests church publications and information. He is interested in Mormonism because in other Christian churches Nigerian polygamists "are not to be regarded as full members at all." First Presidency politely informs him of church's current ban on polygamy and sends him publications. When he announces he has resigned his pastorate and desires LDS baptism and ordination, First Presidency again sends him publications but does not inform him of church's refusal to ordain black Africans to priesthood. (2)
-- Aug 6, 1938


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 05

On this day in Church History ...
[Joseph Smith] Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 27, a revelation concerning the sacrament: It mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink when ye partake of the sacrament, if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory." (1)
-- about Aug 5, 1830

Governor Brigham Young placed Utah Territory under martial law and forbade U.S. troops to enter Salt Lake Valley. (2)
-- Aug 5, 1857

LDS church's World Conference on Records whose hundreds of participants include representatives of national archives of Soviet Union, Jewish Historical Archives in Jerusalem, UNESCO, U.S. national archives, and Japan's parlimentary library. Internationally famous for his book ROOTS, Alex Haley (Also ghost-writer of AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X) speaks at World Conference on Records in 1980. (3)
-- Aug 5, 1969


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 04

On this day in Church History ...
Sylvester Smith accuses Joseph Smith of criminal conduct during his journey to and from Missouri; but later agrees to publish a confession, denying charges, in the Star. (1)
-- Aug 4, 1834

Sidney Rigdon preaches baptism for the dead. However his influence in Nauvoo has waned to an all time low. (2)
-- Aug 4, 1841

Ezra Taft Benson born in Whitney, Idaho. (3)
-- Aug 4, 1899


1 - Tidd, N. R., http://www.exmormon.org/mhistory.html
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - Hemidakaota, 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 - Aug 03

On this day in Church History ...
Temple site, Independence, MO, dedicated by Joseph Smith. (1)
-- Aug 3, 1831

Oliver Cowdery visited a firm in New York City to discuss the acquisition of bank notes. During this visit, he may have arranged a line of credit, through a New York branch, with a firm in Philadelphia that later printed the Kirtland Bank script: Underwood, Bald, Spencer and Huffy. [Dale W. Adams; BYU Studies Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 468-470.] (2)
-- early Aug 1836

Mormon SALT LAKE HERALD reports that "not one-fourth of the registered voters" vote. (3)
-- Aug 3, 1880


1 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 02

On this day in Church History ...
Saints laid first log for a schoolhouse as a foundation of Zion, Kaw Township, Jackson Co., MO. Sidney Rigdon consecrated land of Zion by prayer. (1)
-- Aug 2, 1831

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 97, a revelation about the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, who were suffering great persecutions. (2)
-- Aug 2, 1833

Hosea Stout records in his diary that he went to Davis County in order to persuade the people to withdraw the name of a popular bishop, Anson Call, for nomination for the impending election to the Legislature and place John D. Parker in his stead. The change was apparently made without much protest. But what Stout does not mention, and what the people of Davis County apparently did not know, was the reason the change was implemented-that Parker belonged to the Council of Fifty while Call did not. (3)
-- Aug 2, 1855


1 - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Aug 01

On this day in Church History ...
[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. returns to Kirtland. (1)
-- Aug 1, 1834

[Deseret] the first kiln of earthenware was burned at the Deseret Pottery located near Emigration Canyon. (2)
-- Aug 1, 1851,

Vandal attacks "Christus" statue in Visitor's Center on Salt Lake Temple Square and breaks off its fingers. On Dec. 16, 1982 same mentally-ill vandal breaks off its arms. (3)
-- Aug 1, 1981


1 - History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced by Scot Facer Proctor Maurine Jensen Proctor
2 - http://historytogo.utah.gov/timeline/pioneersandcowboys.html
3 - http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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