Today in Church History - Sep 30

On this day in Church History ...

[Critical Books] Belisle, Orvilla S. (September 30, 2004). Mormonism unveiled; or, a history of Mormonism from its rise to the present time. C.H. Clarke. (1)
-- 5 years ago - Sep 30, 2004

Elder Paul H. Dunn, age 65, of the Presidency of the First Quorum of Seventy is given emeritus status "in consideration of factors of age and health." He continues, however, to participate in money-making ventures including tours of major-league baseball parks throughout the United States. (2)
-- 20 years ago - Sep 30, 1989

[Joseph Smith] President N. Eldon Tanner reads Official Declaration2 to the General Conference, and it is unanimously adopted as the word and will of the Lord on the same day. This is the declaration released publicly earlier in 1978, allowing blacks to receive the priesthood. (3)
-- Sep 30, 1978

[Utah War] Harris, Brandebury and Brocchus soon left their offices and wrote very negative reports of their experience making serious accusations against Brigham Young and other Mormons. (4)
-- Sep 30, 1850


1 - Wikipedia, List of Publications Critical of the Latter Day Saint Movement, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_publications_critical_of_the_Latter_Day_Saint_movement
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Wikipedia, 20th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_(Mormonism)
4 - Hale, Van, Mormon Miscellaneous, Utah War Chronology, http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html


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Joseph Smith's 2nd visit to the Hill Cumorah

Joseph Smith's 2nd visit to the Hill Cumorah

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

185 years ago today in Mormon history . . . . on Sept. 29th, 1824, Joseph Smith Sr. published the 1st of 6 articles denying that his son Joseph Smith Jr. went to extraordinary means to meet the request of the angel Moroni by using the body of his dead brother ... Read more »


Today in Church History - Sep 29

On this day in Church History ...

First Regional Representatives called, to begin January 1, 1968. (1)
-- Sep 29, 1967

Brigham Young vacates the First Quorum of the Seventy by ordaining it's 63 members as presidents of local quorums. This removes a quorum specified in the 1835 revelation as "equal in authority" with the Twelve." (2)
-- Sep 29, 1844

Publication of first LDS edition of King James Bible. (2)
-- 30 years ago - Sep 29, 1979

The Church publishes the LDS edition of the King James version of the Bible. It includes a topical guide, Bible dictionary, and extensive footnotes, to aid in studying the scriptures. (3)


1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php


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Today in Church History - Sep 28

On this day in Church History ...

DESERET NEWS advertises sale of BOOK OF MORMON "In Phonetics." Apostle Orson Pratt reports he translated it into the Deseret Alphabet in "four months of continuous labor." (1)
-- 140 years ago - Sep 28, 1869

Baptism at Salt Lake City of Martin Harris, second of three BOOK OF MORMON witnesses to return to church as led by Brigham Young. (1)
-- Sep 28, 1870

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was chosen president over a special council of elders that met above the Red Brick Store. (2)
-- Sep 28, 1843

[Same-sex Marriage] MormonsFor8.com reports that Mormon donations make up the largest group of donors to Prop 8 at 40.4% of contributions. (3)
-- September 28


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Latter-Day Army: Details of Mormons and Prop 8, http://www.stopthemormons.com/?p=486


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Today in Church History - Sep 27

On this day in Church History ...

New Language Training Mission complex dedicated in Provo, Utah (see Missionary Training Centers). (1)
-- Sep 27, 1976

I attended meeting. Elders Thomas B. Marsh , David W. Patten , Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball preached and broke bread. The Lord poured out His Spirit and my soul was edified. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 27, 1834

Peter Whitmer Jr. Born in Fayette, NY. (3)
-- 200 years ago - Sep 27, 1809

[Smith, William B] Left Kirtland 27 September 1837. (4)
-- Sep 27, 1837


1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
4 - 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


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Today in Church History - Sep 26

On this day in Church History ...

Church College of Hawaii (later Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus) opened. (1)
-- Sep 26, 1955

PROSPECTUS / For re-printing the first and second volumes of THE EVENING AND THE MORNING STAR.
F. G. WILLIAMS and Company will reprint the first and second volumes of the Star, in octavo form, commencing in the month of November, next
The first volume, and two numbers of the second, were printed at Indipendence, Missouri, commencing, June, 1832.
The remaining part of the second volume has been published at this place,
There are many typographical errors in both volumes, and especially in the last, which we shall endeavor carefully to correct, as well as principle, if we discover any.- It is also proper for us to say, that in the first 14 numbers, in the Revelations, are many errors, typographical, and others, occasioned by transcribing manuscript; but as we shall have access to originals, we shall endeavor to make proper corrections. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 26, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Silas Smith at Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, New York. (3)
-- Sep 26, 1833

[Mark Hofmann] Hofmann learns from Kenneth Rendell that forensic examiner of paper, William G. Krueger, has determined there are no indications of forgery in the 1830 Harris letter. (4)
-- 25 years ago - Sep 26, 1984


1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - 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 - Sep 25

On this day in Church History ...

Peter Whitmer Farm in Fayette, New York, acquired by the Church. (1)
-- Sep 25, 1926

Richard Miller, a twenty-year FBI counter-intelligence veteran, is called into his Los Angeles field office subjected to polygraph tests, fired, then arrested and charged with espionage. Miller is described by his stepfather-in-law as an "active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" who "served well" in a variety of positions, including Sunday School instructor and home teacher. However, LDS church headquarters confirms Miller was excommunicated previous summer for reasons unnamed. The national press reports Miller was engaged in a "sexual affair" with Soviet spy and KGB "major" Svetlana Ogordnikov. Miller had asked for $65,000 in cash and gold in exchange for classified information. twenty-one months later Miller, a BYU graduate and returned missionary, is convicted of expionage and bribery and is sentenced to two consecutive life terms. He is the only (former) FBI agent ever convicted of espionage. In 1989 his conviction is overturned when the admission
of polygraph results is deemed an error. A third trial is held and Miller is convicted again and sentenced to 20 years. He is released in 1994 following a reduction of his sentence by a federal judge. (2)
-- 25 years ago - Sep 25, 1984

Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple near Manila, the Philippines. (2)

Manila Philippines Temple; Location: Quezon City, Philippines; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 25 September 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (3)


1 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
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 - Sep 24

On this day in Church History ...

Article on Marriage read at General Assembly stating that "...one man should have one wife, except for death." (1)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 24, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Oliver Cowdery. (2)

[Murdock, John] Left for Ohio 24 September 1834. (3)

Heber J Grant writes: "I am free to confess that I am disappointed with the Yosemite valley. It seems only about one-half as grand as the American Fork canyon" of Utah. (4)
-- 80 years ago - Sep 24, 1929

Heber J. Grant writes: "I am free to confess that I am disappointed with the Yosemite valley. It seems only about one-half as grand as the American Fork canyon of Utah." (5)
-- 80 years ago - Sept 24,1929


1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - 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
4 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
5 - 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 - Sep 23

On this day in Church History ...

[Quorum of the Twelve] Anthony W. Ivins dies. (1)
-- 75 years ago - Sep 23, 1934

[1st Presidency Changes] Heber J. Grant J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Death of Anthony W. Ivins (2)
-- 75 years ago - Sep 23, 1934 - 11 October 1934

[Same-sex Marriage] LDS Church Prop 8 campaign strategy "update" memo surfaces at WikiLeaks. (3)
-- 1 year ago - September 23

First Presidency Secretary L. John Nuttall records in his journal: "Prest. Joseph F. Smith had some very plain talk with Bro. Angus M. Cannon in regard to his persistent claim to the land known as the Barn Lot, west of the Lion House, which Bro. Cannon claims he purchased, bonafide. While Pres. Smith claims (it) was only in trust for its safety to the church. Pres. M. Thatcher and Bp. Wm. B. Preston held the same views as Bro. Smith and repudiated Bro. Cannon's claim. No decision was arrived at." (4)
-- 120 years ago - Sep 23, 1889


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 - Wikipedia, First Presidency (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
3 - Latter-Day Army: Details of Mormons and Prop 8, http://www.stopthemormons.com/?p=486
4 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Sep 22

On this day in Church History ...

[Same-sex Marriage] Plans for "One million signs will be put up in yards around the state at 7 (1)
-- 1 years ago - September 22

Joseph speaks on the "other Comforter." (2)
-- 170 years ago - Sep 22, 1839

[Joseph Smith] Joseph receives the gold plates from the angel Moroni at the Hill Cumorah and begins translation of the Book of Mormon with the help of the Urim and Thummim. (3)
-- Sep 22, 1827

[Same-sex Marriage] Plans for "One million signs will be put up in yards around the state at 7 (1)
-- September 22


1 - Latter-Day Army: Details of Mormons and Prop 8, http://www.stopthemormons.com/?p=486
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - More Good Foundation, Timeline, http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline


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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Battle Hymn

50 years ago today in Mormon history  . . .  September 21st, 1959, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's release of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"  moved into the top 40 of "Billboard's Hot 100."  Eventually it reached... Read more »

Today in Church History - Sep 21

On this day in Church History ...

Mormon Tabernacle Choir's recording of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" enters Top 40. It remains in Top 40 (and on popular radio stations throughout nation) for eleven weeks, during which it reaches its highest ranking of thirteen. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awards Tabernacle Choir a "Grammy" for best Choral Performance that year. Other Mormon singers to win individual awards are Donny and Marie Osmond who receive American Music Association award as vocal duo (1976), Marie Osmond who shares vocal duo award from Country Music Association (1986), and Hans Choi who receives Russia's Tchaikovsky Prize (1990). (1)
-- 50 years ago - Sep 21, 1959

First Presidency secretary L. John Nuttall writes: "Read a very interesting letter from Bro Wilford Woodruff of his journey among the "Zunies", "Lagoonies", and "Islatus" Indians, who he believes are the Nephites Jacobites. Josephites and the Zoramites as recorded in the Book of Doctrine & Covenants Sect. 3. par 17th." (1)
-- 130 years ago - Sep 21, 1879

[Oliver Cowdery] This is the date Joseph Smith, Jr. claimed to have received the "golden plates" from which the text of the Book of Mormon was derived -- the eve of the fall equinox. Sidney Rigdon's whereabouts were unaccounted for between Sep. 13 (when he was in Ashtabula, OH) and Oct. 9 (when he was in Mentor, OH). (2)
-- Sep 21, 1827

Second counselor J. Reuben Clark reluctantly agrees not to oppose First Preidency's decision to set aside two-thirds of tithing income to invest in government bonds, even though in previous months church had already lost $1 million on its investments in government securities. (1)
-- Sep 21, 1956


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Oliver Cowdery Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm


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Today in Church History - Sep 20

On this day in Church History ...

Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple near Sydney, Australia. (1)
-- 25 years ago - Sep 20, 1984

Sydney Australia Temple; Location: Carlingford, Hornsby Shire, New South Wales, Australia; Announcement: 2 April 1980; Dedication: 20 September 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, single-spire design (2)

Heber C. Kimball tells William Clayton that he "shall yet have Sarah Crooks." Clayton had fallen in love with Crooks while on a mission in England. Clayton was married so did not pursue the relationship. Joseph Smith encouraged Clayton to send for Crooks after revealing plural marriage to him. Crooks arrived in Nauvoo but did not agree with polygamy or Joseph Smith and had already married another man by this date. (1)
-- Sep 20, 1844

[Harold B. Lee] Organizes the Jerusalem Branch at the Garden Tomb. (3)
-- Sep 20, 1972


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
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah


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Today in Church History - Sep 19

On this day in Church History ...

Bismarck North Dakota Temple; Location: Bismarck, North Dakota, USA; Announcement: 29 July 1998; Dedication: 19 September 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (1)
-- 10 years ago - Sep 19, 1999

[Returns from Burlington.] Brother Duel carried Elders Young and Kimball in his wagon to Lima, sixteen miles, where another brother received them and carried them to Father Mikesell's near Quincy, about twenty miles; the fatigue of this day was too much for their feeble health; they were prostrated, and obliged to tarry a few days to recruit. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Sep 19, 1839

Orson Pratt born in Hartford, NY. (3)
-- Sep 19, 1811

Chester A. Arthur becomes U.S. President. (3)
-- Sep 19, 1881


1 - 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
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


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Today in Church History - Sep 18

On this day in Church History ...

Went to Burlington, Iowa Territory. Elders Young and Kimball left Sister Kimball and all her children sick, except little Heber; fn went thirteen miles on their journey towards England, and were left at Brother Osmon M. Duel's, who lived in a small cabin near the railway between Commerce and Warsaw. They were so feeble as to be unable to carry their trunks into the house without the assistance of Sister Duel, who received them kindly, prepared a bed for them to lie on, and made them a cup of tea. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Sep 18, 1839

Elder Brigham Young, accompanied by H. C. Kimball, left Nauvoo on his first mission to England. (2)

[Heber C. Kimball] Leaves for fifth mission, his second to England. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Solomon Jenkins Salisbury, the third child and first son of Katharine Smith Salisbury and Wilkins J. Salisbury, is born at Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio. (4)
-- Sep 18, 1835


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
3 - Kimball, Stanley B. (editor), On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1987
4 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books


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The impact of Brigham Young's English mission

170 years ago today in Mormon history, Sep 16, 1839   . . .   a sick and feeble Brigham Young began his Journey to England.  Unforeseen at the time, his mission would lay the groundwork for Brigham Young and his fellow apostles... Read more »

Today in Church History - Sep 17

On this day in Church History ...

Visits sick. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Sep 17, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] 109 missionaries are called from Kirtland. (2)
-- Sep 17, 1837

[Lucy Mack Smith] Wilford Woodruff in a sermon announces that all of Joseph Smith's family died as martyrs, then, remembering that William was still alive, pronounced him not "fit to live or die." (2)
-- Sep 17, 1865

Elder Russell M. Nelson writes to Jack and Linda Newell that the files of the Strengthening Church Members Committee are not "secret but confidential," pointing out that members should counsel with local priesthood leaders who may then "request advice from General Authorities through established channels of Church government," and suggesting that they "may wish to consult" their bishop. Jack and Linda transmit their request formally through their bishop on 18 September. (3)
-- Sep 17, 1992.


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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 - Sep 16

On this day in Church History ...

[Black History] Thomas Coleman found guilty of manslaughter, (1)
-- 150 years ago - Sep 16, 1859

President Brigham Young started from his home at Montrose, for England. His health was very poor; he was unable to go thirty rods to the river without assistance. After he had crossed the ferry he got Brother Israel Barlow to carry him on his horse behind him to Heber C. Kimball's where he remained sick until the 18th. He left his wife sick with a babe only ten days old, and all his children sick, unable to wait upon each other. I returned home this evening. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Sep 16, 1839

President Brigham Young started from his home at Montrose, for England. His health was very poor; he was unable to go thirty rods to the river without assistance. After he had crossed the ferry he got Brother Israel Barlow to carry him on his horse behind him to Heber C. Kimball's where he remained sick until the 18th. He left his wife sick with a babe only ten days old, and all his children sick, unable to wait upon each other. I returned home this evening. (2)
-- Sep 16, 1839

[Polygamy] Hoar Amendment
Hoar amendment to the Edmonds Act. The non-Mormon Governor of the Territory of Utah was authorized to appoint any vacancies of office that were not filled by the election of August 1882 in consequence of the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act, and filled the vacancies with his own appointees. (3)
-- Sep 16, 1882


1 - http://www.xtimeline.com/events.aspx?q=Bif200802111550260291166
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm


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Today in Church History - Sep 15

On this day in Church History ...

[Knight, Newel] Wife, Sally, died 15 September 1834. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 15, 1834

[Same-sex Marriage] MormonsFor8.com reports (2)
-- 1 years ago - September 15

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph announces that the Mansion House will operate as a hotel. The Relief Society prays that Emma's life will be spared. (3)
-- Sep 15, 1843

Memorial service at Mountain Meadows, Utah, for descendants of victims and descendants of perpetrators. (4)
-- Sep 15, 1990


1 - 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
2 - Latter-Day Army: Details of Mormons and Prop 8, http://www.stopthemormons.com/?p=486
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Sep 14

On this day in Church History ...

Brigham Young, Heber, C. Kimball, George A. Smith, and Theodore Turley started out for mission to England. (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Sat) Sep 14, 1839

Joseph Smith, Sr., d. Nauvoo, age 69. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Sep 14, 1839

Brigham Young, Heber, C. Kimball, George A. Smith, and Theodore Turley start out for mission to England. (3)

Joseph Smith Sr. died at Nauvoo, leaving the office of Patriarch empty. (1)
-- (Mon) Sep 14, 1840


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


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Today in Church History - Sep 13

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spoke a few words in reply to a lecture at a grove near the temple by Mr. John Finch, a socialist from England. (1)
-- Sep 13, 1843

Quorum of Twelve Apostles sustains Lorenzo Snow as church president with two counselors. Snow then tells them "that he had heard rumors of people thinking that plural marriages could be contracted. He wanted it understood that this can not be done." Concerning post-manifesto plural marriages authorized by his predecessor Snow adds, "As to things which have happened in the past, I do not want to talk about them." (2)
-- Sep 13, 1898

[Mark Hofmann] Hofmann admits to Wilding and Syd Jensen that their money had not purchased the "Oath of Freeman" or Dickens manuscript, that Brigham Young papers he had offered to sell did not exist, and that he cannot return their money. Hofmann spends the day trying to raise money. One angry investor hits Hofmann in face. Increasing pressure put on Hofmann. (3)
-- Sep 13, 1985


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 - 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 - Sep 12

On this day in Church History ...

William Morgan is abducted by Masons in Batavia, New York and is never seen again. Morgan had written a book exposing the rituals of Freemasonry, ILLUSTRATIONS OF MASONRY which is published two months later. Morgan's abduction and murder spark the Anti-Masonic movement and party. Reviewers of the first edition of the Book of Mormon notice parallels between the Masons and the Book's Gadianton robbers. Exact phrases and "grips" in Morgan's book later become part of the LDS endowment ceremony and Morgan's widow, Lucinda, later becomes a plural wife of Joseph Smith. (1)
-- Sep 12, 1826

Snider leaves England, leaves the Church and reportedly burns 200 copies of the (2)
-- After Sep 12, 1837

[Mountain Meadows] Col. Dame and Lt. Col. Haight visit the massacre site with John Lee. Dame seemed appalled at what he saw and said, "I did not think there were so many of them [women and children], or I would not have had anything to do with it." Dame's comment angered Haight, who expressed concern that Dame might try to throw the blame on him for an action that he ordered. (Lee's account) The men pledge to keep Mormon participation in the massacre secret. (3)
-- Sep 12, 1857


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
3 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html


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Today in Church History - Sep 11

On this day in Church History ...

[Mountain Meadows] Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the LDS Church, dedicates a new monument to the victims of the 1857 massacre. He says, "[The past] cannot be changed. It is time to leave the entire matter to God." (1)
-- 10 years ago - Sep 11, 1999

[Partridge, Edward] Acknowledged as presiding officer of Church in Missouri 11 September 1833. (2)
-- Sep 11, 1833

[U.S. Religious History] Mormon fanatic John D. Lee, angered over President Buchanan's order to remove Brigham Young from governorship of the Utah Territory, led a band of Mormons in a massacre of a California-bound wagon train of 135 (mostly Methodists) in Mountain Meadows, Utah. (3)
-- Sep 11, 1857

One hundred and fifty years to the day that 120 emigrant men, women and children were massacred at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah, hundreds of people gathered today in a communal memorial service at the grave site, some 35 miles from Cedar City, Utah, USA. (4)
-- Sep 11, 2007


1 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
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 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
4 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php


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Today in Church History - Sep 10

On this day in Church History ...

The high council in Clay County meets. Joseph letter to council and W. W. Phelps petition to the governor are read. First elders for Kirtland endowment are nominated. Zion's Camp members are to apply for discharges from Lyman Wight and missionary certificates from Edward Partridge. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 10, 1834

John Taylor and apostles vote to officially encourage Mormon polygamists to go into hiding ("the Underground") rather than be arrested. (2)
-- 130 years ago - Sep 10, 1879

The high council in Clay County meets. Joseph letter to council and W. W. Phelps petition to the governor are read. First elders for Kirtland endowment are nominated. Zion's Camp members are to apply for discharges from Lyman Wight and missionary certificates from Edward Partridge. (1)
-- Sep 10, 1834

[Joseph Smith] The Nauvoo high council releases William Marks as stake president because he favors Rigdon's claim. (3)
-- Sep 10, 1844


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 - 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 - Sep 09

On this day in Church History ...

Commerce, Illinois. Joseph Smith spent much of his time attending to the settlement of the Saints in the Hotchkiss purchase in the northwest part of the city. (1)
-- 170 years ago - about Sep 9, 1839

First Counselor George Q. Cannon writes "President Woodruff, in reply, said . . . I feel that it is not proper for any marriages of this kind to be performed in this territory at the present time . . . He intimated, however, that such marriages might be solemnized in Mexico or Canada . . . I made no reply; for I was not fully prepared to endorse these remarks, and therefore thought it better to say nothing. . . . This is the first time that I have heard President Woodruff express himself so plainly upon this subject, and therefore I was not prepared to fully acquiesce in his expressions; for, to me, it is an exceedingly grave question, and it is the first time that anything of this kind has ever been uttered to my knowledge, by one holding the keys" Woodruff had previously made public statements that no more plural marriages were to be performed. This is the first time Cannon had heard him express it privately. (2)
-- 120 years ago - Sep 9, 1889

Official establishment of Territory of Utah by federal government which also appoints Brigham Young as Utah's first governor. (2)
-- Sep 9, 1850

An entrepreneur purchases the only LDS chapel in Washington D.C. from the Church for $300,000 and the same day, sells the building Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church for $475,000. The building, dedicated in 1933 by Heber J. Grant, had been abandoned for two years. Local church leaders felt the building was too costly to refurbish. Rev. Moon, who is accepted by his followers as the new messiah, "sanctifies" the building on September 12. (2)
-- Sep 9, 1977


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 - Sep 08

On this day in Church History ...

BYU president Ernest L. Wilkinson writes: "If the gospel were not true, some of the [church's] authorities with their internal disputes would have ruined it long ago" (1)
-- 40 years ago - Sep 8, 1969

At New Portage, Joseph and Oliver heal a sick woman. Joseph explains the gift of tongues is for missionary work, not administrative hearings. Several disciplinary actions. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 8, 1834

Joseph Smith rules that the use of the "gift of tongues" in giving testimony in church disciplinary proceedings is "contrary to the rules and regulations of the Church." (1)

New Portage, Ohio. At a conference of elders, Joseph Smith answered questions regarding the gift of tongues and told the brethren that it was particularly instituted for the preaching of the Gospel to other nations, and not for governing the Church. (3)

William Law born. (4)
-- 200 years ago - Sep 8, 1809


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


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Today in Church History - Sep 07

On this day in Church History ...

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[Lucy Mack Smith] Calvin Stoddard dies at Kirtland. Sophronia marries William McCleary on 11 February 1838. (2)
-- Sep 7, 1836

Emigrating party led by John T. Baker and Alexander Fancher besieged by Indians at Mountain Meadows; killed by Indians and Mormon militia. [See Mountain Meadows Massacre.] (3)
-- Sep 7, 1857-11

London England Temple; Location: Lingfield, Surrey, United Kingdom; Announcement: 17 February 1955; Dedication: 7 September 1958 by David O. McKay; Rededication: 18 October 1992 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern contemporary, single spire (4)
-- Sep 7, 1958


1 - years-ago.sh + days -inc increment
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
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 - Sep 06

On this day in Church History ...

Secretary to the First Presidency L. John Nuttall records: "Bro. Fred W. Taylor called and expressed his desires to go to New York for the purpose of entering some college there to study and graduate in Medicine and Surgery, and wished the counsel and sanction of the Presidency. The brethren consented to his going for the propose desired, and hoped he would be firm to the principles of his religion, and not allow his studies or associations to weaken his faith in the Gospel. I suggested to him if he found there was any possibility of his losing his faith, that he come home right away." (1)
-- 120 years ago - Sep 6, 1889

Other apostles vote against presiding apostle John Taylor's proposal to organize First Presidency. DESERET NEWS editorial "What Shall the Mormon Church Do?" quotes recommendation of pro-Mormon OMAHA HERALD: "Let the Mormon people renounce all future polygamous marriages by an open and honest declaration, and there are not a baker's dozen of decent people in America who would ask that any such a brand [of abandonment] as is mentioned by the NEWS should be put upon the women and children." NEWS replies: "If the authorities of the Church were to take any such stand as some friends suppose possible, their enunciation [pronouncement] would in all probability be repudiated by the people." Apostles restate this fear in 1890. (1)
-- 130 years ago - Sep 6, 1879

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to the Church containing further instruction concerning baptisms for the dead, which was later canonized as Doctrine & Covenants 128. (2)
-- Sep 6, 1842

Apostle John Henry Smith writes, while visiting Nauvoo, "Mr. Chas. E. Bidamon showed us a medal said to have been carved by Joseph Smith with this inscription on It Confirms O Dius Potentessemus." This is Joseph Smith's "Jupiter Talisman" which he had with him at the time of his assassination. (1)
-- Sep 6, 1902


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


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Today in Church History - Sep 05

On this day in Church History ...

In Rochester, N.Y. THE GEM reports: "A man by the name of Martin Harris was in this village a few days since endeavoring to make a contract for printing a large quantity of a work called the Golden Bible. He gave something like the following account of it. In the autumn of 1827, a man named Joseph Smith of Manchester, in Ontario County, said that he had been visited by the spirit of the Almighty in a dream, and informed that in a certain hill in that town was deposited a Golden Bible, containing an ancient record of divine origin. He states that after the third visit from the same spirit in a dream he proceeded to the spot, removed the earth, and there found the Bible, together with a large pair of spectacles. He had also been directed to let no mortal see them under the penalty of immediate death, which injunction he steadfastly adhered to. The treasure consisted of a number of gold plates, about eight inches long, six wide, and one-eighth of an inch thick, on which were eng
raved hieroglyphics. By placing the spectacles in a hat and looking into it, Smith interprets the characters into the English language. Harris states that he went in search of some one to interpret the hieroglyphics, but found that no one was intended to perform that all-important task but Smith himself. Smith has interpreted the whole, and it is now in press in Palmyra, Wayne County." (1)
-- 80 years ago - Sep 5, 1929

Joseph and Oliver leave for conference in New Portage. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 5, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith traveled with Oliver Cowdery to New Portage, Ohio, to attend a conference of the Church. (3)

Rochester Gem prints Martins Harris' description of the plates as 8" x 6" x 1/8." . (4)
-- Sep 5, 1829


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


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Today in Church History - Sep 04

On this day in Church History ...

Columbus Ohio Temple; Location: Columbus Ohio; Announcement: 25 April 1998; Dedication: 4 September 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (1)
-- 10 years ago - Sep 4, 1999

Heber J. Grant gives "little or no encouragement" for proposal that LDS church join World Fellowship of Faith. (2)
-- 75 years ago - Sep 4, 1934

First Counselor Anthony W. Ivins computes that church lost $6 million in stock investments and $900,000 in loans and business transactions with Presiding Bishop Charles W. Nibley before his appointment as second counselor in First Presidency in 1925. (2)
-- 80 years ago - Sep 4, 1929

John N. Sapp, a Danite, estimated their number between 800 and 1000. (3)
-- (Tue) Sep 4, 1838


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


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Today in Church History - Sep 03

On this day in Church History ...

Rebecca Fuller Cowdery died in Wells, Rutland, VT, leaving Oliver Cowdery and his siblings without a mother. (1)
-- 200 years ago - Sep 3, 1809

[Quorum of the Twelve] John F. Boynton disfellowshipped. He was excommunicated later that year. (2)
-- Sep 3, 1837

According to John D. Lee, Stake President Isaac Haight tells him that the massacre of the emigrants "is the will of all in authority. The emigrants have no pass from any one to go through the country, and they are liable to be killed as common enemies, for the country is at war now. No man has a right to go through this country without a written pass." (3)
-- Sep 3, 1857

Sacramento California Temple; Location: Rancho Cordova, California, USA; Announcement: 21 April 2001; Dedication: 3 September 2006 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- Sep 3, 2006


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Oliver Cowdery Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm
2 - 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)
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
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 - Sep 02

On this day in Church History ...

[Lucy Mack Smith] The residents of Hancock County issue a "Notice of Expulsion." (1)
-- Sep 2, 1843

Wilford Woodruff notes the cost for the yet uncompleted Manti Temple: "Total up to date $890,662.95. Almost one half of this Expense was in Moving a Mountain to get a place to build a Temple on." Brigham Young had said that the site had been chosen by Moroni. (2)
-- Sep 2, 1887

[Wilford Woodruff] Dies in San Francisco, California, after a brief illness. (3)
-- Sep 2, 1898


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, Salt Lake City, Utah


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Today in Church History - Sep 01

On this day in Church History ...

Brigham Young preaches: "I have flattered myself, if I am as faithful as I know how to be to my God, and my brethren, and to all my covenants, and faithful in the discharge of my duty, when I have lived to be as old as was Moses when the Lord appeared to him, that perhaps I then may hold communion with the Lord, as did Moses. I am not now in that position, though I know much more than I did twenty, ten, or five years ago. But have I yet lived to the state of perfection that I can commune in person with the Father and the Son at my will and pleasure? No-though I hold myself in readiness that he can wield me at his will and pleasure. If I am faithful until I am eighty years of age, perhaps the Lord will appear to me and personally dictate me in the management of his Church and people. A little over twenty years, and if I am faithful, perhaps I will obtain that favour with my Father and God." (1)
-- 150 years ago - Sep 1, 1859

Excommunication of Navajo general authority George P. Lee for "apostasy," first excommunication of a general authority in almost 40 years. He has written letters to First Presidency accusing them of promoting racist policies. Deseret Book had issued Lee's biography in its ninth printing the week of the excommunication. A representative of the First Presidency orders KSL-TV news personnel to read the announcement with no comment or contextual information, a ruling reversed only when, forty minutes before air time, both news anchors and other staff decided to walk off the set unless they were allowed to report the story according to their journalistic standards. (1)
-- 20 years ago - Sep 1, 1989

Elder George P. Lee of the First Quorum of the Seventy is excommunicated "for apostasy" and "conduct unbecoming a member." Letters Lee releases to the press include criticisms of the church's neglect of Lamanites and incidents of personal discrimination against him by other general authorities. Deseret Book had issued Lee's biography in its ninth printing the week of the excommunication. A representative of the First Presidency orders KSL-TV news personnel to read the announcement with no contextual information, a ruling reversed only when the staff threatens to walk off the set "unless they were allowed to report the story according to their journalistic standards." (2)
-- 20 years ago - Sep 1, 1989.

World War II began with German invasion of Poland. (3)
-- 70 years ago - Sep 1, 1939

David Whitmer leaves Missouri for Kirtland. (4)
-- 175 years ago - Sep 1, 1834

[Joseph Smith] Joseph personally works on the temple in Kirtland. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph works as the foreman in the temple's stone quarry. (6)

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith labored with other Church members to build the Kirtland Temple, acting as the foreman in the stone quarry. (7)
-- 175 years ago - about Sep 1, 1834


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
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
4 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
5 - More Good Foundation, Timeline, http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
6 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


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