Today in Church History - Oct 31

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith prepared a meeting place for the School of the Prophets. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Oct 31, 1834

[U.S. Religious History] Argued: Jimmy Swaggart Ministries v. Board of Equalization of California
Should religious organizations be totally exempt from taxation because the collection of such taxes violates both the Free Exercise and the Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment? (2)
-- 20 years ago - Oct 31, 1989

The group remained in Quincy, due to Rigdon's illness. Dr. Robert D. Foster joined the group to care for Rigdon. (3)
-- 170 years ago - (Thr) Oct 31, 1839

Work on documents for presentation. Rigdon sick. (4)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 31, 1839


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
3 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
4 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml


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Today in Church History - Oct 30

On this day in Church History ...

After spending the night at Elias Higbee's house in Carthage the carriage continued on to Quincy. Rigdon became ill. (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Wed) Oct 30, 1839

Joseph, et. al., arrive at Quincy. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 30, 1839

[Mark Hofmann] Wilford Cardon sends Hofmann a check for $12,000 for an 1807 Betsy Ross letter. (3)
-- 25 years ago - Oct 30, 1984

[U.S. Religious History] Outraged over Mormon attacks on the state militia, members of the militia attacked Haun's Mill, a community of Mormon refugees. Eighteen men and boys were shot dead. (4)
-- Oct 30, 1838


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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,
4 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe


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Today in Church History - Oct 29

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] Joseph travels to Washington D.C. to seek help from the President for the persecutions of the members in Missouri. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 29, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph leaves for Washington, D.C., to present grievances to the president. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr., Sidney Rigdon, Elias Higbee, and Orrin Porter Rockwell leave for Washington, D.C. (3)

Joseph Smith went to Washington, D.C., with redress petitions. (4)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 29, 1839-4 March

Stock Market crash precipitated great depression. (4)
-- 80 years ago - Oct 29, 1929


1 - More Good Foundation, Timeline, http://www.prophetjosephsmith.org/joseph_smith_timeline
2 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - 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 - Oct 28

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle John Henry Smith] Leaves Salt Lake City to preside over the European Mission. (1)
-- Oct 28, 1882

Oliver Cowdery arrived back in Kirtland from Buffalo. (2)
-- about (Mon) Oct 28, 1833

Missionary companions Gary S. Darley and Mark F. Fischer are murdered in Texas by LDS convert who had returned to Pentecostal church. In its most sensational coverage ever, CHURCH NEWS reports that "body parts" of the missionaries are discovered on Nov. 13 and that murderer is sentenced to death in 1975 for killing the missionaries and "cutting up their bodies with a saw." In 1977, murderer successfully appeals his conviction due to illegal search, but remains in prison on other charges until his parole in 1988. (3)
-- Oct 28, 1974


1 - White, Jean Bickmore, Church, State, and Politics, p.xviii, A John Henry Smith Chronology
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com


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Today in Church History - Oct 27

On this day in Church History ...

Funeral of David W. Patten (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 27, 1839

Commerce, Illinois. The high council voted that Joseph Smiths wife, Emma Smith, select and publish an updated hymnbook for the Saints. (2)

Brigham Young preaches at Lehi, Utah that "by marriage Lot's two daughters were sealed to him, and will be his to all eternity." Young adds that it might one day become necessary to seals a man's daughter to him as a wife, "but it is not likely ever again to occur." There are verified instances of LDS leaders performing polygamous marriages between men and their foster-daughters or step-daughters, but not actual daughters. (3)
-- 140 years ago - Oct 27, 1869

[Polygamy] President Woodruff says church will obey the law
Woodruff's attitude toward the law prohibiting polygamy, printed in the Salt Lake Herald, "We mean to obey it. We have not thought of evading or ignoring it. We recognize the laws as binding upon us." He repeated that he had not sanctioned any marriages since becoming president. (Van Wagoner, p. 138.) (4)
-- 120 years ago - Oct 27, 1889


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
4 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm


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Today in Church History - Oct 26

On this day in Church History ...

Acting on reports that the Mormons had burned Gallatin and Millport, Governor Boggs orders 5 divisions of state militia (1200 men) to rendezvous at Fayette on November 3. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 26, 1839

Brigham Young writes to Thomas L. Kane in that the constitution of the State of Deseret had been amended so that "all male citizens of the United States over 21 years of age having residence of 6 months in this state (State of Deseret) shall be entitled to vote; the words 'free, white male,' having been struck out. The number of votes polled on this amendment was 14,000 for, and 30 against." (2)
-- 140 years ago - Oct 26, 1869

Apostle George Albert Smith instructs Salt Lake stake prayer circle: "Among some women the practice of removing the garments from the neck and arms and tying them behind the back was common. These were serious faults, and might result in the offenders being disfellowshipped." (2)
-- Oct 26, 1904

Hiram, Ohio. En route from Orange, Ohio, to Hiram, Joseph Smith healed William McLellins ankle. (3)
-- Oct 26, 1831


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


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Today in Church History - Oct 25

On this day in Church History ...

First Presidency publicly establishes Religion Classes. America's first experiment in separate weekday religious training for public school students. This elementary level program merges with LDS Primary program in May 1929. Seminaries for LDS high school students are spin-off which lasts longer than the innovative Religion Classes. (1)
-- Oct 25, 1890

[Lucy Mack Smith] At the Battle of Crooked River, between forces led by David W. Patten and Samuel L. Bogart, three Mormons and one non-Missourian are killed. It is reported to Boggs as a massacre. (2)
-- Oct 25, 1838

[Smith, William B] Ordained priest 25 October 1831. (3)
-- Oct 25, 1831

[Wilford Woodruff] William S. Godbe, E. L. T. Harrison, and Eli B. Kelsey excommunicated for political and economic dissent and for spiritualism (4)
-- 140 years ago - Oct 25, 1869


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 - 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 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


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Today in Church History - Oct 24

On this day in Church History ...

Tonga's princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Vaha'i is baptized. (1)
-- 20 years ago - Oct 24, 1989

[U.S. Religious History] Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000. Many considered this judgement to be particularly harsh and, 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison. (2)

Spencer W. Kimball dedicates Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens in Jerusalem. (1)
-- 30 years ago - Oct 24, 1979

[Spencer W. Kimball] Dedicates the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden in Jerusalem. (3)


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
3 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City, Utah


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Today in Church History - Oct 23

On this day in Church History ...

Heber J. Grant dedicates temple in Mesa, Arizona. (1)
-- Oct 23, 1927

President of the Brazilian Mission, Rulon S. Howells, meets with the elders. He announced that the only way the Church would grow in a certain city would be to separate the two blacks and whites, with a white branch using the chapel and the blacks meeting in a home of one of the members. They could be brought back together when the white branch was stronger and the idea of integrated meetings was more acceptable. (1)
-- 60 years ago - Oct 23, 1949

Colburn, Upper Canada. At a candlelight meeting, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were challenged by a Wesleyan Methodist who exhibited a great lack of reason, knowledge, and wisdom, and gave [them] no opportunity to reply. (2)
-- Oct 23, 1833

Detroit Michigan Temple; Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA; Announcement: 10 August 1998; Dedication: 23 October 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)
-- 10 years ago - Oct 23, 1999


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 - 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 - Oct 23

On this day in Church History ...

Brigham Young preaches, "Many received heavenly visions, revelations, the ministering of holy angels, and the manifestations of the power of God . . . before the ordinances of the house of God were preached to the people." He also preaches: "Look for instance at Adam. LISTEN, YE LATTER-DAY SAINTS! Supposing that Adam was formed actually out of clay, out of the same kind of material from which bricks are formed; that with this matter God made the pattern of a man, and breathed into it the breath of life, and left it there, in that state of supposed perfection, he would have been an adobie to this day. He would not have known anything. Some of you may doubt the truth of what I now say, and argue that the Lord could teach him. This is a mistake. The Lord could not have taught him in any other way than in the way in which He did teach him. You believe Adam was made of the dust of this earth. This I do not believe, though it is supposed that it is so written in the Bible; but it i
s not, to my understanding." (1)
-- Oct 23, 1853

President of the Brazilian Mission, Rulon S. Howells, meets with the elders. He announced that the only way the Church would grow in a certain city would be to separate the two blacks and whites, with a white branch using the chapel and the blacks meeting in a home of one of the members. They could be brought back together when the white branch was stronger and the idea of integrated meetings was more acceptable. (1)
-- 60 years ago - Oct 23, 1949

[Mark Hofmann] In a news conference, Elders Hinckley, Oaks, and Pinnock give details about their contacts with Hofmann. (2)
-- Oct 23, 1985

Detroit Michigan Temple; Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA; Announcement: 10 August 1998; Dedication: 23 October 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)
-- 10 years ago - Oct 23, 1999


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - 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,
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 - Oct 22

On this day in Church History ...

Brigham Young arrives back Nauvoo [per Brigham Young]. (1)
-- Oct 22, 1843

The WAYNE SENTINAL in Palmyra, New York publishes an account of a vision "seen and received by Asa Wild, of Amsterdam, (N. Y.)" In the vision "the Great Jehovah" appeared and "He also told me, that every denomination of professing christians had become extremely corrupt; . . .He told me further, that he had raised up, and was now raising up, that class of persons signified by the angel mentioned by the Revelator XIV. 6, 7, which flew in the midst of heaven; having the everlasting gospel to preach, that these persons are of an inferior [social] class, and small learning; that they were rejected by every denomination as a body; but soon, God will open their way, by miracles, judgments, &c. that they will have higher authority, greater power, superior inspiration, and a greater degree of holiness than was ever experienced before . . ." (2)
-- Oct 22, 1823

First Presidency send a letter to Apostle John W. Taylor in Canada and to Apostle George Teasdale in Mexico informing them of the decision of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve on 26 September to withdraw the authority that "President Woodruff and President Snow, each in his time, authorized some of the Apostles, and perhaps others to perform sealings for time and eternity" in places other than the temples. (2)
-- Oct 22, 1904


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 - Oct 21

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland Township Overseer of the Poor, Roswell D. Cottrill, began serving a writ of "warning out of town" upon 49 Mormon families in Kirtland. The process was not completed until Dec. 20. Among the first names on his list were Joseph Smith, Jr., Hyrum Smith, and Sidney Rigdon (1)
-- (Mon) Oct 21, 1833

Oliver Cowdery travels to meet Church (heading for West) at Council Bluffs, Iowa and granted request to be re-baptized. (2)
-- Oct 21, 1848

[Mark Hofmann] Hofmann sells Ashworth a half-page fragment from the "Book of Mosiah" for $5,000. Later Ashworth buys a second fragment, a full page from the "Book of Helaman," for $25,000. Both are featured in the Ensign 13 (October 1983): 77. (3)
-- Oct 21, 1982


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
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 - Oct 20

On this day in Church History ...

Pontiac, Michigan. Joseph Smith and his company arrived in Pontiac, completing their journey from Kirtland. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Oct 20, 1834

The Nauvoo High Council makes Joseph Smith treasurer of the Church, empowered to set prices and to sell real-estate lots in Nauvoo as well as to discharge other business functions. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 20, 1839

President Woodruff says church not performing plural marriage.
The Salt Lake Tribune quoted President Woodruff as saying, "I have refused to give any recommendations for the performance of plural marriages since I have been President ... and have instructed that they should not be solemnized." (Woodruff had only been sustained President for 6 months before making this statement. "Mormon Polygamy a History", Richard S. Van Wagoner, 1986, p. 138.) President Woodruff authorized the destruction of the Endowment House because the new temples could perform marriages and he needed those doing the demolition to become Mormon voters to vote against the anti-Mormon party in the upcoming city elections. (3)
-- 120 years ago - Oct 20, 1889

While BYU's basketball team is playing University of Wyoming in Laramie, fourteen African-Americans are disqualified from Wyoming's team for wearing black armbands in protest of LDS church's priesthood restriction. Game continues despite objects thrown by spectators at playing floor and audience shouting accusations of racism against BYU's athletes. Wyoming defeats BYU by 33 points. (2)
-- 40 years ago - Oct 20, 1969


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 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm


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Today in Church History - Oct 19

On this day in Church History ...

Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple at Dallas, Texas. (1)
-- 25 years ago - Oct 19, 1984

Dallas Texas Temple; Location: Dallas, Texas, USA; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 19 October 1984 by Gordon B. Hinkley; Rededication: 5 March 1989 by Gordon B. Hinkley; Style: Sloping roof, six spire; Notes: The rededication in 1989 was for the addition only (2)

[Cahoon, Reynolds] Appointed counselor in Iowa Stake 19 October 1839. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 19, 1839

The Iowa high council for meets for the first time, in Nashville, Iowa. Reynolds Cahoon and Lyman Wight are appointed counselors to John Smith. (4)

[Wight, Lyman] Selected counselor in Zarahemla Stake presidency 19 October 1839 in Lee County, Iowa. (3)


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


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Today in Church History - Oct 18

On this day in Church History ...

Thomas B. Marsh returns in snowstorm; tells Orson Hyde that Joseph had ordered retaliatory strikes, which had been carried out.Thomas and Orson move their families to Richmond. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 18, 1839

Wilford Woodruff records: "while forming a determination to warn the people in London & overcome the powers of Darkness by the assistance of God; A person appeared unto me which I considerd was the Prince of Darkness or the Devel. He made war with me & attempted to take my life. He caught me by the throat & choaked me nearly to death. He wounded me in my forehead. I also wounded him in a number of places in the head. As he was about to overcome me I prayed to the father in the name of Jesus for help. I then had power over him & he left me though much wounded. 3 personage dressed in white Came to me & prayed with me & I was immediately healed & delivered me from all my troubles." (2)
-- Oct 18, 1840

Apostle Abraham H. Cannon writes concerning bribery of federal officials: "Thus with a little money a channel of communications is dept open between the government offices and the suffering and persecuted Church members." The DESERET WEEKLY NEWS states, concerning the recently issued Manifesto, "There is nothing in President Woodruff's declaration in regard to faith, or doctrine, or tenets, but it contains a volume in a few words as to practice." (2)
-- Oct 18, 1890

[Revelations] Fayette, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 33. Ezra Thayer and Northrop Sweet are called to declare the gospel to a crooked and perverse generation.
Book of Commandments 35 heading: A Revelation to Ezra, and Northrop, given in Fayette, New-York, October, 1830.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 55 heading: A Revelation to Ezra Thayer and Northrop Sweet, given October, 1830. (3)
-- October 18-31, 1830


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 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants," http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml


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Today in Church History - Oct 17

On this day in Church History ...

The Transcontinental Telegraph is completed to Salt Lake City. (1)
-- Oct 17, 1861

En route to Michigan. While on board the steamer Monroe, a man called Ellmer claimed to know about Joe Smith and insisted, even in the Prophets presence, that Joseph Smith was a liar and that he was dead. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Oct 17, 1834

[Joseph Smith] In Manchester a missionary covenant to preach to native Americans (Lamanites) is issued. [MANCHESTER,] (3)
-- Oct 17, 1830

[Quorum of the Twelve] The First Presidency is reorganized with Joseph F. Smith President John Rex Winder as First Counselor and Anthon H. Lund Second Counselor. Brigham Young, Jr. becomes President of the Quorum. (4)
-- Oct 17, 1901


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 - Marquardt, H. Michael and Walters, Wesley P., Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi
4 - 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 - Oct 16

On this day in Church History ...

MH-B, 557 has Whitney for Whitmer and omits Amos Orton. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Oct 16, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith left Kirtland with his brother Hyrum Smith and others to visit some Saints in Pontiac, Michigan, arriving there four days later. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Departed Kirtland on journey to Pontiac, Michigan, to meet with Latter-day Saints and proselytize in area. (3)

Columbia South Carolina Temple; Location: Hopkins, South Carolina, USA; Announcement: 11 September 1998; Dedication: 16 October 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- 10 years ago - Oct 16, 1999

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends trial in Georgia of the three men accused of Standing's murder, resulting in verdict of not guilty. (5)
-- 130 years ago - Oct 16, 1879


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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 - 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
5 - Larsen, Stan (editor), A Ministry of Meetings:The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 6, A Rudger Clawson Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City 1993


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Today in Church History - Oct 15

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph heads a hundred men from Far West to defend Saints at Di-Ahman (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 15, 1839

[Quorum of the Twelve] Howard W. Hunter ordained. (2)
-- 50 years ago - Oct 15, 1959

[Quorum of the Twelve] Howard W. Hunter ordained. (2)
-- Oct 15, 1959


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


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Patriarch of the Church: Establishment of the office


Joseph Smith Sr. (George E. Anderson Collection, BYU)
Thirty years ago in Mormon church history .... the office of Presiding Patriarch of the LDS church was effectively ended when the Presiding Patriarch of the church was granted emeritus status.  This is the first of three articles reviewing the history of this office.

On Dec. 18th, 1833, Joseph Smith Jr., "first elder and first patriarch of the Church" gave patriarchal blessings to family members and Oliver Cowdery.  He set apart his father Joseph Smith Senior as a "Patriarch, and President of the high Priesthood."  During this meeting, Joseph Smith reported a vision of Adam giving patriarchal blessings to his descendants (often referred to as the Patriarchs of the the Old Testament).  The vision indicated Adam's descendants were also High Priests who gathered together in Missouri near the Garden of Eden three days before Adam's death.

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Today in Church History - Oct 14

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph Smith made his "... religion by the sword" statement at Far West, MO. Rigdon said that any Mormon who refused fight the Missourians should be forced to do just that, in the front ranks of battle. (1)
-- 14-Oct 15, 1838

Salt Lake County attorney declines to issue warrant for President Lorenzo Snow due to insufficient evidence of unlawful cohabitation. (2)
-- Oct 14, 1899

Joseph Smith is defeated in his first attempt for elective office, coroner of Kirtland. (3)
-- 175 years ago - Oct 14, 1834

[Joseph Smith] "Mary Gout was sealed to Lewis Dana a Lamanite by B. Youngbeing the first Lamanite having a Wife sealed to him under the New & Everlasting Covenant for Time & all eternityshe being a White Woman, he being the first [native American] Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saintshaving been an Elder about four years." (3)
-- Oct 14, 1845


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
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 - Oct 13

On this day in Church History ...

A non-Mormon in Augusta, Illinois writes his brother: "there are hundreds of good farms, that the Mormons would sell cheap, go in the SPRING THEY MUST. They talk of going over the rocky mountains, but I don't believe it. But wherever the wretches can go, I don't know. They have no right to go or stay any where, on earth. They are not fit to be among men!" (1)
-- Oct 13, 1845

[Same-sex Marriage] Idaho television reports about organizing by the Mormon church in their area to operate phone banks to reach California voters. (2)
-- October 13

[Snow, Lorenzo] President of Church 13 October 1898-10 October1901. (3)
-- Oct 13, 1898


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Latter-Day Army: Details of Mormons and Prop 8, http://www.stopthemormons.com/?p=486
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


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Today in Church History - Oct 12

On this day in Church History ...

DESERET NEWS reports that representative of Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company confirms that Utah has highest per-capita use in nation of anti-depressant Prozac. (1)
-- 20 years ago - Oct 12, 1989

Deseret News reports that representative of Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company confirms that Utah has highest per-capita use in nation of anti-depressant Prozac. (2)
-- 20 years ago - Oct 12,1989

Brigham Young's father, John Young, Sr., died at Quincy. (3)
-- 170 years ago - (Sat) Oct 12, 1839

[Smith, John] Moved to Nashville, Iowa, 12 October 1839. (4)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 12, 1839


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 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
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 - Oct 11

On this day in Church History ...

[1st Presidency Changes] Heber J. Grant J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay J. Reuben Clark, Jr. called as First Counselor; David O. McKay called as Second Counselor (1)
-- 75 years ago - Oct 11, 1934 - 14 May 1945

[1st Presidency Changes] Heber J. Grant J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay J. Reuben Clark, Jr. called as First Counselor; David O. McKay called as Second Counselor (1)
-- Oct 11, 1934 - 14 May 1945

Conference continues: Committee of six is authorized to raise funds in the branches so Joseph and Sidney can continue work on the Bible. David Whitmer and Reynolds Cahoon are appointed; Simeon Carter, Orson Hyde, Hyrum Smith, and Emer Harris called later. (2)
-- Oct 11, 1831

[Quorum of the Twelve] J. Reuben Clark and Alonzo A. Hinckley ordained. J. Reuben Clark set apart as First Counselor, David O. McKay Second Counselor to President Heber J. Grant. (3)
-- 75 years ago - Oct 11, 1934


1 - Wikipedia, First Presidency (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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 - Oct 10

On this day in Church History ...

President Lorenzo Snow d. Salt Lake City, age 87. (1)
-- Oct 10, 1901

John Taylor sustained as President of the Church. The Pearl of Great Price accepted as a standard work. (2)
-- Oct 10, 1880

First Presidency and newly apointed apostle Alonzo A. Hinckley agree that Heber J. Grant should ask Los Angeles stake president Leo J. Muir to "stop working for [Upton] Sinclair," Socialist Party candidate for California governor. Grant publicly opposes Sinclair's election. (3)
-- 75 years ago - Oct 10, 1934

[Quorum of the Twelve] M. Russell Ballard ordained. (4)
-- Oct 10, 1985


1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chronology of Church History, http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
4 - 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 - Oct 09

On this day in Church History ...

[Council of Fifty Members] Cannon, Abraham H. (1834-1915). Admitted 9 October 1884. (1)
-- Oct 9, 1884

Salt Lake stake high council excommunicates elder for having local bishop perform unauthorized plural marriage for him four years earlier. Stake authorities had not authorized marriage because the young woman has " blood in her veins." First counselor says her father is "about 1/6 Nigger from his appearance." (2)
-- 120 years ago - Oct 9, 1889

Howard W. Hunter dedicates temple near Orlando, Florida. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Oct 9, 1994

Orlando Florida Temple; Location: Windermere, Florida, USA; Announcement: 6 April 1991; Dedication: 9 October 1994 by Howard W. Hunter; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
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 - Oct 08

On this day in Church History ...

Brigham Young, aged 23, marries Miriam Angeline Works (1806-1832) (aged 18); first marriage; 2 children; died prior to Young becoming a Latter Day Saint (1)
-- Oct 8, 1824

Oliver Cowdery: Died, according to David Whitmer, disaffected from Utah Mormons. Proxy endowment 18 Oct. 1934 (2)
-- 75 years ago - Oct 8, 1934

Brigham Young from the pulpit tells bishops to give Melchizedek priesthood to eighteen-year-old boys, even if they "have been sowing their wild oats for years." (3)
-- 150 years ago - Oct 8, 1859

Kirtland, Ohio. Despite limited funds and means, Joseph Smith spent the first half of the month furthering the work on the Kirtland Temple. (4)
-- 175 years ago - about Oct 8, 1834


1 - Wikipedia, List of Brigham Young's Wives, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives
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 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


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Today in Church History - Oct 07

On this day in Church History ...

U.S. government grants first patent to Mormon, John M. Browning for rifle. Two years after that invention is marketed as Winchester Single shot rifle of 1885, Browning becomes full-time missionary. Among later inventions of this "father of modern firearms," are Winchester Repeating Rifle of 1886, Winchester Leer Action Shotgun Model of 1887, Winchester Pump-action Shotgun of 1890, Winchester .22-caliber Single Shot Rifle of 1900, Cold .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol (standard U.S. military sidearm since 1911), .30-caliber machine gun used in World War I. his Browning automatic rifle (BAR) is later used in World War II. (1)
-- 130 years ago - Oct 7, 1879

At priesthood leadership meeting, President Wilford Woodruff prophesies, "In the name of Israel's God there shall be no peace in the nation. There is no need to look for prosperity and peace because it will not come." (1)
-- 120 years ago - Oct 7, 1889

Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, and Abraham H. Cannon are ordained apostles and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (2)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, and Abraham H. Cannon ordained. (3)

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar are ordained Apostles and join the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles after being sustained on October 2. (4)
-- 5 years ago - Oct 7, 2004


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
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)
4 - Wikipedia, 21st Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_century_(Mormonism)


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Today in Church History - Oct 06

On this day in Church History ...

[Snow, Erastus] Appointed member of Iowa high council 6 October 1839. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 6, 1839

[Whitney, Newel Kimball] Appointed bishop of Nauvoo Middle Ward 6 October 1839. (1)

[Wilford Woodruff] Albert Carrington called as member of Quorum of Twelve (2)
-- 140 years ago - Oct 6, 1869

[Quorum of the Twelve] Sylvester Q. Cannon becomes a member of the Quorum. (3)
-- 70 years ago - Oct 6, 1939

Patriarch to the Church Eldred Gee Smith granted emeritus status; no successor was appointed. (4)
-- 30 years ago - Oct 6, 1979


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 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah
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)
4 - 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 - Oct 05

On this day in Church History ...

John C Gaylord: Baptized again 5 Oct. 1839, priesthood reconfirmed (1)
-- 170 years ago - Oct 5, 1839

[Marks, William] Appointed president of Nauvoo Stake 5 October 1839. (2)

[Partridge, Edward] Appointed bishop of upper ward in Nauvoo 5 October 1839. (2)

[Smith, John] Appointed president of Church in Lee County, Iowa, 5 October 1839. (2)

Apostle Gordon B. Hinckley, chair of Special Affairs Committee, instructs "all of Missouri and Illinois stake presidents and state[wide] ERA coordinators" about how to conduct LDS inti-ERA campaign, including: "Church building[s] may be used for ERA education." (3)
-- 30 years ago - Oct 5, 1979


1 - 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
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 - Oct 04

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph Smith arrives at Harmony, PA. (1)
-- 180 years ago - Oct 4, 1829

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. arrives back at Harmony, Pennsylvania, from Manchester. (2)

The Contributor began publication. (3)
-- 130 years ago - Oct 4, 1879

3rd District Court decrees that $999,632.90.of Brigham Young's estate actually belongs to the LDS Church. (4)

[Change in Presiding Church Patriarch Office] Eldred G. Smith
(Patriarch emeritus) Honorably released from duties and granted emeritus status (5)
-- 30 years ago - Oct 4, 1979 -


1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
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 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
5 - Wikipedia, Chronology of the Presiding Patriarchs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presiding_Patriarch#Chronology_of_the_Presiding_Patriarchs_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints


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Today in Church History - Oct 03

On this day in Church History ...

At general conference, Apostle George Albert Smith stops speaking after three minutes as he begins to "tremble and perspire." Apostle Reed Smoot referred two weeks earlier to Smith's "mental trouble." Since January Smith's diary has described symptoms of his eventual collapse. At age thirty-nine he is first general authority whose debilitating mental problems cannot be attributed to senility. Hospitalized for ten weeks at Gray's Sanitarium in Salt Lake City, Smith does not recover from this emotional breakdown until 1913. Problem re-emerges in 1930's and in 1949-51. (1)
-- 100 years ago - Oct 3, 1909

[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy Salisbury, the second child and second daughter of Katharine Smith Salisbury and Wilkins J. Salisbury, is born at Willoughby, Lake County, Ohio (or at Lebanon, Madison County, New York). (2)
-- 175 years ago - Oct 3, 1834

[Quorum of the Twelve] Orson Pratt, the last surviving member of the original quorum, dies. (3)
-- Oct 3, 1881

[Wilford Woodruff] U.S. vice-president Schuyler Colfax visits (4)
-- 140 years ago - Oct 3, 1869


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 - 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)
4 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


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Today in Church History - Oct 02

On this day in Church History ...

Paul Toscano's bishop tells him that he has received a telephone call from "someone at headquarters" informing him that he read his Sunstone paper, "A Plea to the Leadership of the Church: Choose Love Not Power," that the paper is "harsh and judgmental" but that Paul is not to be disciplined. Uncertain about the identity of the caller, the bishop gives Toscano the return phone number and the instructions, "You call back. I don't want to get into the middle of this." The caller is Elder John Carmark, area president, who eventually agrees to a lunch meeting with Paul. Paul describes the meeting as "amiable," even though "we didn't see eye to eye on a number of issues." (1)
-- 20 years ago - Fall 1989.

Paul Toscano is called to teach elders' quorum and then released. When he asks why, the elders' quorum president tells him the reason is a secret but, believing such a procedure to be unfair, tells him that Paul Taft Fordham, the stake president, ordered the release. Fordham received a call from Elder Hugh Pinnock who read a newspaper report of a Sunstone- sponsored debate between Paul and Margaret Toscano and two Episcopal ministers on the question, "Is God Married?" Neither Fordham nor Pinnock has ever met the Toscanos.
From a general authority contact, the Toscanos learn that their membership records have been "tagged" with a computer code instructing any bishop or stake president calling for their records to contact the previous bishop or stake president about their activities and standing in the church. The Toscanos are never officially informed of this "tagging." (1)
-- 25 years ago - Fall 1984.

Neal and Rebecca Chandler of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, respond to a request from the National Organization of Women to host a discussion group of Mormons with Sonia Johnson, known nationally as a Mormon equal rights activist. A few weeks later at stake conference, Elder James E. Faust outlines the church's stand against the Equal Rights Amendment. After the meeting he and two members of the stake presidency overhear Neal expressing distress about the church's "dissembling about organized lobbying campaigns in Virginia and Florida and Missouri." For the next several years, Chandler later discovered, each time his bishop, Peter Gail, proposed him for executive positions, he "was told that this was not a possibility and was admonished to stop raising it as though it were." (1)
-- 30 years ago - Fall 1979.

Paul and Margaret Toscano are asked to speak in sacrament meeting on reverence. Before the meeting begins, Bishop Sheldon Talbot tells them their former stake president, Curtis Van Alfen, telephoned Talbot and warned him they had "apostate" leanings. "If you say one word I disagree with," Talbot states, "I will close the meeting." Shaken, the Toscanos deliver their talks without incident. (1)

[Quorum of the Twelve] Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar added to Quorum. (2)
-- 5 years ago - Oct 2, 2004


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
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)


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Today in Church History - Oct 01

On this day in Church History ...

Hazen Aldrich: Preparing to move to Mormon headquarters at Far West, fall 1838, before outbreak of violence with non-Mormons, unaffiliated 8 years (1)
-- fall 1838

Eight men are honorably released from recently established Second Quorum of the Seventy, cease to be general authorities, but do not have "emeritus" status of those released form First Quorum of the Seventy. This administrative difference continues to present. (2)
-- 20 years ago - Oct 1, 1989

Utah's Earl Miller is inducted into U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Oct 1, 1994

[Lucy Mack Smith] Samuel leaves on a mission to Livonia, New York. (3)
-- 180 years ago - Oct 1, 1829


1 - 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
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books


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