Today in Church History - Dec 31

On this day in Church History ...

Church Membership at end of year: 6
New Converts : 6
Percent Change from previous year: - (1)
-- 180 years ago - 1829

Church Membership at end of year: 4,372
New Converts : 1,232
Percent Change from previous year: 39.24% (1)
-- 175 years ago - 1834

Church Membership at end of year: 16,460
New Converts : -1,421
Percent Change from previous year: -7.95% (1)
-- 170 years ago - 1839

Church Membership at end of year: 57,038
New Converts : 1,283
Percent Change from previous year: 2.30% (1)
-- 150 years ago - 1859

Church Membership at end of year: 88,432
New Converts : 3,810
Percent Change from previous year: 4.50% (1)
-- 140 years ago - 1869

Church Membership at end of year: 128,386
New Converts : 3,340
Percent Change from previous year: 2.67% (1)
-- 130 years ago - 1879

Church Membership at end of year: 183,144
New Converts : 2,850
Percent Change from previous year: 1.58% (1)
-- 120 years ago - 1889

Church Membership at end of year: 377,279
New Converts : 5,807
Percent Change from previous year: 1.56% (1)
-- 100 years ago - 1909

Church Membership at end of year: 663,652
New Converts : 7,966
Percent Change from previous year: 1.21% (1)
-- 80 years ago - 1929

Church Membership at end of year: 730,738
New Converts : 13,119
Percent Change from previous year: 1.83% (1)
-- 75 years ago - 1934

Church Membership at end of year: 803,528
New Converts : 18,764
Percent Change from previous year: 2.39% (1)
-- 70 years ago - 1939

Church Membership at end of year: 1,078,671
New Converts : 36,701
Percent Change from previous year: 3.52% (1)
-- 60 years ago - 1949

Church Membership at end of year: 1,616,088
New Converts : 60,289
Percent Change from previous year: 3.88% (1)
-- 50 years ago - 1959

Church Membership at end of year: 2,807,456
New Converts : 123,383
Percent Change from previous year: 4.60% (1)
-- 40 years ago - 1969

Church Membership at end of year: 4,404,121
New Converts : 237,267
Percent Change from previous year: 5.69% (1)
-- 30 years ago - 1979

Church Membership at end of year: 5,641,054
New Converts : 289,330
Percent Change from previous year: 5.41% (1)
-- 25 years ago - 1984

Church Membership at end of year: 7,308,444
New Converts : 587,234
Percent Change from previous year: 8.74% (1)
-- 20 years ago - 1989

Church Membership at end of year: 9,024,368
New Converts : 335,200
Percent Change from previous year: 3.86% (1)
-- 15 years ago - 1994

Church Membership at end of year: 10,752,986
New Converts : 398,745
Percent Change from previous year: 3.85% (1)
-- 10 years ago - 1999

Church Membership at end of year: 12,275,822
New Converts : 290,568
Percent Change from previous year: 2.42% (1)
-- 5 years ago - 2004


1 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_history


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Today in Church History - Dec 30

On this day in Church History ...

Spencer W. Kimball became President of the Church. (1)
-- Dec 30, 1973

Monmouth, New Jersey. Joseph Smith left Philadelphia and spent several days visiting a branch of the Church in New Jersey. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 30, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Applying for membership at the second meeting of Nauvoo's Masonic lodge are Joseph, Willard Richards, Brigham Young, Sidney Rigdon, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, and others. They are admitted formally on 15 March 1842. (3)
-- Dec 30, 1841

Sidney Rigdon brings Baptist "teachers" Darwin Atwater and Zeb Rudolph from northern Portage Co. to Mentor, to attend his instructional classes -- the two students notice that Rigdon is frequently absent from that place (parts of Jan-Mar.) (4)
-- 1828 Winter


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chronology of Church History, http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Broadhurst, Dale R., History and Genealogy of Sidney Rigdon: The First Theologian of the Latter Day Saints, http://sidneyrigdon.com/Rigdchrn.htm


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Today in Church History - Dec 29

On this day in Church History ...

This day Brother Calvin Stodard [Stoddard] came forward and gave up his licence to the Bishop and confessed that he had not magnified his office but had transgressed and been out of the way. (1)
-- Dec 29, 1832

Joseph Smith Sr. gives 15 patriarchal blessings, followed by a sumptuous feast. In the evening, Joseph Jr. delivers a lecture of 3 hours. Later he learns some Presbyterians were present, "and I expect that some of my saying's set like a garment that was well fited, as I expoused their abominations in the language of the scriptures, and I pray God that it may be like a nail in a sure place, driven by the master of assemblies." Orson Johnson charges William Smith with "unchristianlike conduct in speaking disrespectfully of President Joseph Smith Junr. and the revelations & commandments given through him," and "attempting to inflict personal violence on President J. Smith Junr." (1)
-- Dec 29, 1835

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Remarks to group delivered at "Captain Dutche's" on December 29,
Gen law asked why the Sun was masculine & ^moonfemini[n]e? ^JosephThe root of masculine is st[r]onger & of feminine weaker - Sun is a governing planet to certain planets while the moon borrows her light from the sun & is less or weaker - &c - Let the Government of Mo. redress the wrongs she has don to the mormons or let the curse follow them from generation to generation till the do - when ^Iwasw [sic] going up to Missouri in Co with Elder Rigdon & our families we arrived at Paris. Illinois on a extreme cold day. to go forward was 14 miles to a house. & back was nearly as far we applied to all the taverns for admission in vain. we were mormons & could not be received such was the cold that in one hour we must have perished. we plead for our women & children in vain we councelled together & the brethern agreed to stand by me.
& we concluded we might as well die fighting as freeze to death. I went into a tavern & plead our cause to get admission. The Landlord said he could not keep us for love or money. I told him we must & would stay let the consequence be what it might. for we must stay or perish. the Landlord said they had heard the mormons were very bad people & the inhabitants of the Paris had combined not to have any thing to do with them but we might stary. I told him we would stay but no thanks to him.
& we went in & all the taverns, I have enough to take the town & if we must freeze we will freeze by the burning of these houses = The taverns were then opened & we were accomadated. & received many apologies in the morning from the inhabitants for their abusive treatment. (2)
-- 29Dec42

[Sermon] Orson Pratt: True Christmas and New Year, JD 15:253 - 265 (3)
-- Dec 29, 1872


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


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Today in Church History - Dec 29

On this day in Church History ...


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Today in Church History - Dec 28

On this day in Church History ...

A survey of Exponent II readers shows that 66 percent rate themselves "very active" with an additional 18 percent reporting themselves as "above average" in activity; 43 percent are employed; 95 percent have attended college; 95 percent subscribe to the Ensign, 35 percent subscribe to Dialogue, and 22 percent subscribe to Sunstone. They average 3. children. (1)
-- 30 years ago - Winter 1979-80.

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith baptized Sidney Rigdon for and in behalf of Elder Rigdons parents. The Prophet also baptized Reynolds Cahoon and others. (2)
-- Dec 28, 1841

[Joseph Smith] Cowdery writes to Joseph Jr. from Manchester: "it may look rather strange to you to find that I have so soon become a printer." (3)
-- 180 years ago - Dec 28, 1829

[Same Sex Marriage] An announcement is made that Jack Hoag (the Church's lawyer in Hawaii, CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, the President and Chairman of Hawaii Reserves, Inc., and member of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Manoa) is working on something important, possibly the creation of Hawaii's Future Today (personal communication from Bill Woods, organizer of GLEA (Gay and Lesbian Education and Advocacy) FOUNDATION and the HAWAII MARRIAGE PROJECT that brought together the three couples that initiated the court case in behalf of same-sex marriage.) (4)
-- late Dec 1995


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1
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 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Of Mormon / LDS Involvement In Same-Sex Marriage Politics http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59


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Today in Church History - Dec 27

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Oliver Cowdery. (1)
-- 175 years ago - about Dec 27, 1834

Joseph Smith exhibits to the Twelve what Young calls the "seer stone" but what Woodruff calls the "Urim and Thummim." Young says that at Nauvoo Smith finds two more seer stones on the banks of the Mississippi River. (2)
-- Dec 27, 1841

[Sermon] Orson Pratt: America a Choice Land - Its Aborigines, JD 12:338 - 346 (3)
-- Dec 27, 1868

[Utah] Apostle Wilford Woodruff tells stake conference in Snowflake, Arizona, "There will be no United States in the year 1890." (4)
-- 130 years ago - Dec 27,1879


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - 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"
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
4 - 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 - Dec 24

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Begins to use the title Elder instead of Apostle. (1)
-- Dec 24, 1902

About this time Porter Rockwell and Elias Higbee arrive at Philadelphia with Smith's carriage from Washington, PA, where they had been some time, leaving Elder Rigdon there sick, and Dr. Robert E. Foster to take care of him. (2)
-- 170 years ago - c. (Mon) Dec 24, 1839

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smiths history reported the expulsion of four elderly families by the mobs from Independence, Missouri. (3)
-- Dec 24, 1833

Nauvoo, Illinois. In the evening, Joseph Smith consulted with President [Brigham] Young and Bishop [Newel] Whitney about establishing an agency in England for the cheap and expeditious conveyance of the Saints to Nauvoo. (3)
-- Dec 24, 1841


1 - 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
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


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Today in Church History - Dec 23

On this day in Church History ...

Most Saints fled from Missouri. (1)
-- 1839 Winter-Spring

Church dedicated Joseph Smith memorial cottage and monument in Vermont. (1)
-- Dec 23, 1905

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although a small branch had been organized already in Philadelphia, Joseph Smith established a more extensive organization there. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 23, 1839

[Polygamy] Mormons observe day of fasting
Mormons observe a church-wide day of fasting and prayer, seeking God's intervention on their behalf. Church leaders issue an appeal to the nation for greater understanding and tolerance. President Woodruff was "viewed by some of his colleagues as a better fisherman than administrator ..." (Van Wagoner, 1986, pp. 138-139.) (3)
-- 120 years ago - Dec 23, 1889


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 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm


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Today in Church History - Dec 22

On this day in Church History ...

Armed dissenters seized the Kirtland Temple. Apostle Brigham Young left Kirtland on account of the LDS reformers, who reportedly threatened to kill him because publicly supported Joseph Smith as a prophet. (1)
-- (Fri) Dec 22, 1837

Heber C. Kimball starts attending a six-week grammar school taught by Sidney and William E. McLellin.
William was reproved for complaining about Sidney to his wife. (2)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 22, 1834

Heber C. Kimball starts attending a six-week grammar school taught by Sidney and William E. McLellin.
William was reproved for complaining about Sidney to his wife. (2)
-- Dec 22, 1834

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Remarks at Nauvoo, Ill. to Daniel Shearer December 22,
.22--- Heard his correspondence with Gov Carlin. as prepared for Gen Bennet. Recited in German to Elder Hyde, Bro Shearer asked the meaning of the Little leaven in 3 measures of meal. Joseph. - said italludes expessly to the last days. when there about be little faith on the earth & itleaven the whole world. There shall be safity in Zion & Jerusalem & the remnants whom the Lord shall call. It refers to the Priesthood. - Truth springing up on a fixed principle3 measures refers to the 3 in the grand Presidency confining the oracles to a certainhead on the principle of 3. (3)
-- 22Dec42


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 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/


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Today in Church History - Dec 21

On this day in Church History ...

Smith arrives in Philadelphia by train from Washington, D.C. Parley P. Pratt also arrives in Philadelphia, having traveled there from NYC. Pratt remains in Philadelphia until Jan 1st. (1)
-- (Sat) Dec 21, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. reaches Philadelphia and preaches there for a week; then he and Orson Pratt go to New Jersey, return to Philadelphia on 9 January 1840, then return to Washington on 5 February for a short time. Joseph Sr. is bedfast and terminally ill. Lucy assures him by the Spirit that he will not die without his children around him. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 21, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] William Smith marries Rosanna/Rosa Jewitt Surprise. (According to some sources, the marriage year is 1891.) (2)
-- 120 years ago - Dec 21, 1889

[Wilford Woodruff] Appointed clerk and historian of twelve apostles (3)
-- Dec 21, 1852


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


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Today in Church History - Dec 19

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Receives important letter, which makes him happy, then sends important Christmas present to unidentified "special" friend. (1)
-- Dec 19, 1903

According to his lawyer, James A. Briggs, D. P. Hurlbut "was present with the committee" when it assembled for its next meeting in Mentor, "and had Spaulding's original manuscript with him. We compared it, chapter by chapter with the Mormon Bible. It was written in the same style; many of the names were the same, and we came to the conclusion, from all the testimony before us, that the Rev. Sidney Rigdon, the eloquent Mormon preacher, made the Mormon Bible from this manuscript. Of this the committee had no doubt whatever." (2)
-- about (Thr) Dec 19, 1833

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spoke about the parable of the vine and its branches at a meeting with the Twelve Apostles in his home. (3)
-- Dec 19, 1841

William Clayton Marries ninth wife, Elizabeth Ainsworth. (4)
-- 140 years ago - Dec 19, 1869


1 - 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
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology


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Today in Church History - Dec 18

On this day in Church History ...

D. P. Hurlbut arrived back in Kirtland and made arrangements to meet with the anti-Mormon "Committe" at the Corning house in Mentor. With or without their permission he scheduled a lecture in the Methodist chapel located a few yeards north of the Temple. (1)
-- about (Wed) Dec 18, 1833

Joseph Smith, Jr. ordains his father, Joseph Smith, Sr. as Presiding Patriarch and assistant to the President of the High Priesthood. (2)
-- Dec 18, 1833

[Sermon] Orson Pratt: Second Coming of Christ - Preparatory Work Thereto, JD 15:53 - 62 (3)
-- Dec 18, 1870

Raleigh North Carolina Temple; Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA; Announcement: 3 September 1998; Dedication: 18 December 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- 10 years ago - Dec 18, 1999


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
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 - Dec 17

On this day in Church History ...

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday prayer circle meeting at 4 p.m. of "the Quorum" in upper room of Joseph Smith's store; anointing and endowment for Samuel H. Smith, and Joseph Smith gave instructions (HC, JS-F, MAQ, MHBY, WW). (1)
-- Dec 17, 1843

Kirtland, Ohio. After Orson Hyde read aloud a letter of complaint to the Prophet, Joseph Smith explained the objections he had set forth in it, and satisfied his mind upon every point, perfectly. (2)
-- Dec 17, 1835

[Smoot Hearings] The committee meets at 10:00 a.m. Present Senators Burrows, Dubois, McComas, Overman, Pettus, and Smoot, with attorneys Richards, Tayler, Van Cott, and Worthington. Jackson continues; Nicholson and Hickman are recalled. The committee recesses from 12:55 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Charles W. Penrose testifies. Ellis is recalled, followed by William Budge and John Henry Smith. The committee adjourns at 4:30 p.m. (3)
-- Dec 17, 1904

Quetzaltenango Guatemala (Under Construction) Temple; Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Announcement: 17 December 2006; Groundbreaking: 14 March 2009 by Don R. Clarke; Notes: Announced by President Hinckley at the groundbreaking of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. (4)
-- Dec 17, 2006


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Paulos, Michael Harold (editor), The Mormon Church on Trial: Transcripts of the Reed Smoot Hearings
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 - Dec 17

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo charter signed by Illinois Governor Thomas Carlin. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 16, 1839

The Church announces that worldwide membership reaches 750,000 on this day in history. (2)
-- 70 years ago - Dec 16, 1939

The petition is delivered to the state legislature by David H. Redfield, who also meet with General Atchison, Governor Boggs, and others. (3)
-- Dec 17, 1838

Las Vegas Nevada Temple; Location: Sunrise Manor, Nevada, USA; Announcement: 7 April 1984; Dedication: 16 December 1989 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, six-spire design (4)
-- 20 years ago - Dec 16, 1989


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, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
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 - Dec 16

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo charter signed by Illinois Governor Thomas Carlin. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 16, 1839

The Church announces that worldwide membership reaches 750,000 on this day in history. (2)
-- 70 years ago - Dec 16, 1939

[Mark Hofmann] Lyn Jacobs, fronting for Hofmann, offers to sell LDS church an 1830 Martin Harris letter to W. W. Phelps (the "white salamander" letter). President Hinckley declines, indicating that the price is too high. Brent Ashworth also rejects the offer. Hofmann, "fronting" for Jacobs, approaches LDS Church Archivist Donald Schmidt, eventually suggesting that perhaps a wealthy Church member could be found to buy it and then donate it to the Church. This middleman idea proves to be attracive. Brent Metcalfe tells Hofmann of Steven Christensen. (3)
-- Dec 16, 1983

Las Vegas Nevada Temple; Location: Sunrise Manor, Nevada, USA; Announcement: 7 April 1984; Dedication: 16 December 1989 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern, six-spire design (4)
-- 20 years ago - Dec 16, 1989


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, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
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 - 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 - Dec 15

On this day in Church History ...

Oliver Cowdery and N K. Whitney arrived back in Kirtland, with a printing press they had obtained in New York. (1)
-- mid Dec. 1833

Nauvoo, Illinois. After becoming ill in the morning, Joseph Smith was administered herbs and mild drinks by Levi Richards and was considerably revived by evening. (2)
-- Dec 15, 1843

[Sermon] John Taylor: All Intelligence Comes From God - Life and Immortality Brought to Light Through the Gospel - Gathering - Temple - Building - The Elders Messengers of Salvation to the Nations, JD 20:219 - 229 (3)
-- Dec 15, 1878

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple; Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 14 December 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (4)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 14, 1984


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
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 - Dec 14

On this day in Church History ...

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith began unpacking and sorting the dry goods for his Red Brick Store on the corner of Granger and Water Streets. (1)
-- Dec 14, 1841

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple; Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 14 December 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (2)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 14, 1984

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple; Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Announcement: 1 April 1981; Dedication: 14 December 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Modern adaptation of six-spire design (2)
-- Dec 14, 1984

[Wilford Woodruff] Departs for Randolph (3)
-- Dec 14, 1872


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


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Today in Church History - Dec 13

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph Smith] Young adds Peter, James, and John to the cast of the acted portion of the endowment ceremony. (1)
-- Dec 13, 1845

"Mike Hansen" leaves Mark Hofmann fingerprint, which police later find, on receipt at Salt Lake Stamp Company. (2)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 12, 1984

[Mountain Meadows] Indian Superintendent Forney arrives in Washington, D.C. with the two oldest surviving boys from the massacre. Forney hopes the boys will be allowed to testify before Congress. (3)
-- 150 years ago - Dec 12, 1859

[Whitmer, Peter, Jr] Arrived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, 13 December 1830; there employed as tailor. (4)
-- Dec 13, 1830


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
2 - 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 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
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 - Dec 12

On this day in Church History ...

"Mike Hansen" leaves Mark Hofmann fingerprint, which police later find, on receipt at Salt Lake Stamp Company. (1)
-- 25 years ago - Dec 12, 1984

"Mike Hansen" leaves Mark Hofmann fingerprint, which police later find, on receipt at Salt Lake Stamp Company. (1)
-- Dec 12, 1984

[Mountain Meadows] Indian Superintendent Forney arrives in Washington, D.C. with the two oldest surviving boys from the massacre. Forney hopes the boys will be allowed to testify before Congress. (2)
-- 150 years ago - Dec 12, 1859

[Taylor, John] Sealed to Elizabeth Kaighin 12 December 1843. Three children: Josephine, Thomas Edward, and Arthur Bruce. (3)
-- Dec 12, 1843


1 - 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,
2 - Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre Trials, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTRIALS/mountainmeadows/leechrono.html
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 - Dec 11

On this day in Church History ...

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Attends gathering in celestial room of Salt Lake temple in honor of John R. Winder. (1)
-- Dec 11, 1901

2,000th stake of the Church organized, at Mexico City. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Dec 11, 1994

[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Marriage - Joseph to Prescendia Lathrop Huntington, age 31, already married. Elder Dimick B. Huntington officiating PLACE: Smith's Store, Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: FamilySearch.com record for Joseph Smith Jr. (3)
-- Dec 11, 1841

Edmonton Alberta Temple; Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Announcement: 11 August 1998; Dedication: 11 December 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (4)
-- 10 years ago - Dec 11, 1999


1 - 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
2 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550
3 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline, http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm
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 - Dec 10

On this day in Church History ...

At 3 p.m. Anointed Quorum members began re-performing for each other in the Nauvoo temple the first washing and anointing they had previously received in various non-temple buildings. At 7:40 p.m., they began "to commence and go through with the ordinances" of the endowment ceremony. The re-performance of these ordinances continued until 3 a.m. for these previously endowed members of the Anointed Quorum (WC-S). HC emphasizes females as the officiators, specifically Mary Ann Young, Vilate Kimball, and Elizabeth Ann Whitney, and itemizes the joint participation of females and males: Brigham and Mary Ann Young, Heber and Vilate Kimball, Orson and Nancy Marinda Hyde, Parley and Mary Ann Pratt, John and Leonora Taylor, George and Bathsheba Smith, Willard Richards (whose only endowed wife had died), Amasa and Maria Louisa Lyman, John and Mary Page, John and Clarissa Smith, Lucy Mack Smith, Newel and Elizabeth Ann Whitney, George and Catharine Miller, William and Sally Phelps,
John M. Bernhisel, Alpheus and Lois Cutler, Levi Richards, Reynolds and Thirza Cahoon, William Clayton (whose endowed wives were inexplicably not present), Lucien and Phebe Woodworth, Orson and Catharine Spencer, and widows Agnes M. Smith, Mercy R. Thompson, and Mary Fielding Smith. (1)
-- Dec 10, 1845

[Book of Mormon Translation] Harmony, Joseph and Emma move into the old Jesse Hale house. (2)
-- about Monday, Dec 10, 1827

Joseph returns to Kirtland. Thomas B. Marsh (3)
-- Dec 10, 1837

Joseph Smith III dies, Kirkland, OH. (4)
-- Dec 10, 1914


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - Watson, Elden, Approximate Book of Mormon Translation Timeline, http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology," http://bit.ly/14Qt5F


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Today in Church History - Dec 09

On this day in Church History ...

[Lucy Mack Smith] Abner Cole, using the name Obediah Dogberry, announces in his new weekly Palmyra Reflector (first issued on 2 September), that he will publish sections of the Book of Mormon. Extracts appear on 2, 11, 13, and 22 January 1830. (1)
-- 180 years ago - Dec 9, 1829

[Patriarchal Blessings] Patriarchal Blessing of Joseph Smith, Jr., given by Joseph Smith, Sr. stated "thou shalt stand on Mount Zion when the tribes of Jacob come shouting from the north, and with thy brethren, the sons of Ephraim, crown them in the name of Jesus Christ: Thou shalt see thy Redeemer come in the clouds of heaven (2)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 9, 1834

[U.S. Religious History] Because of her controversial and outspoken opinions on sex education and drub abuse, U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is forced to tender her resignation. (3)
-- 15 years ago - Dec 09, 1994

[Utah] ZCMI Drug Stores advertises that is has just opened on Main Street with "Liquors, Draught and by the case." (4)
-- 140 years ago - Dec 9,1869


1 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
2 - Marquardt, H. Michael, "Excerpts from a few Patriarchal Blessings given by Joseph Smith, Sr." http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/patb2.htm
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
4 - 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 - Dec 08

On this day in Church History ...

Relief Society reorganized under the direction of President Brigham Young. (1)
-- Dec 8, 1867

Today in 1999 President Gordon B. Hinckley presides over the sealing of a fifty year time capsule which will be opened in 2049. (2)
-- 10 years ago - Dec 8, 1999

[Lucy Mack Smith] Thomas Ford is inaugurated as governor of Illinois. (3)
-- Dec 8, 1842

[Same Sex Marriage] Report of the Governor's Commission on Sexual Orientation and the Law is issued. The 400+ page report concludes that the state of Hawaii has no compelling interest in refusing to recognize same-sex marriages. (4)
-- Dec 8, 1995


1 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chronology of Church History, http://scriptures.lds.org/chchrono/contents
2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Of Mormon / LDS Involvement In Same-Sex Marriage Politics http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59


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Today in Church History - Dec 07

On this day in Church History ...

Elder O. Hyde returned from his mission to Jerusalem. (1)
-- Dec 7, 1842

Washington, D.C. Joseph Smith consulted with the Illinois delegation about how to get the Churchs petition for redress brought before Congress. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 7, 1839

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. and Emma come to Waterloo for a preaching meeting at Lucy's home. (3)
-- Dec 7, 1830

[Sermon] George Q. Cannon: The Second Coming of Our Savior - Preaching of the Gospel and the Signs Following - the Gathering - Hatred of the World Toward the Latter - Day Saints - No Power Can Overthrow the Work of God - Exhortations to Faithfulness, JD 26:39 - 47 (4)
-- Dec 7, 1884


1 - Richards, Franklin Dewey and Little, James A., Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, Church Chronology, Ch.66, p.306
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


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Today in Church History - Dec 06

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph Smith, Sr., and son Hyrum are the first Freemasons to become general authorities, although they had not been active since the 1826 murder of anti-Masonic crusader William Morgan. Before his own death Joseph Smith would marry the anti-Masonic martyr's widow Lucinda. First Presidency ordains Hyrum Smith as an additional assistant president (counselor) and Joseph Sr. as assistant president and Presiding Patriarch. Joseph Jr. had ordained Brigham Young's father John Young as patriarch to his family a few weeks earlier. (1)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 6, 1834

Appointed brother Hyrum Smith and father, Joseph Smith Sr., as additional assistant presidents of the church, Kirtland. (2)
-- Dec 6, 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 86. Parable of the wheat and the tares: Satan rules through Babylon the whore. Apostles have spread the seed and it begins to grow but is still tender. Priesthood passes to one generation to the next. Priesthood remains until all is restored. Saviors to Israel through the priesthood.
Kirtland Revelations Book heading: A Revelation explaining the parable of the Wheet & <the> Tears.
Not printed in the Book of Commandments.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 6 heading: Revelation explaining the parable of the wheat and tares December 1832. / ON PRIESTHOOD.
Kirtland Revelations Book. (3)
-- Dec 6, 1832

[Sermon] John Taylor: The Saints' Need of the Spirit - The Priesthood - Vitality and Growth of the Work of God - Accomplishment of God's Purposes and Designs, Etc., JD 6:105 - 114 (4)
-- Dec 6, 1857


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
2 - Jessee, Dean, Esplin, Ronald and Bushman, Richard Lyman (editors), The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Chronology for the Years 1832-1839
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants," http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
4 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


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Today in Church History - Dec 05

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph, Sidney, Frederick G. Williams, and Oliver Cowdery meet to discuss "the welfare of the Church." Joseph ordains Oliver Assistant President:.

My brother, in the name of Jesus Christ who {died} was crucified for the sins of the world, I lay my hands upon thee, and ordain thee an assistant President of the high and holy priesthood in the Church of the Latter Day Saints (1)
-- 175 years ago - Dec 5, 1834

William Smith: Dictated revelation 5 Dec. 1845 rejecting Brigham Young (2)
-- Dec 5, 1845

Washington, D.C. Joseph Smith sent a letter to his brother Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, reporting his visit with United States president Martin Van Buren. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 5, 1839

[Utah] Feminist Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the Mormon Church because of her outspoken support for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. (4)
-- 30 years ago - Dec 5, 1979


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb, http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah


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Today in Church History - Dec 04

On this day in Church History ...

[Joseph:] this day I been unwell done but litle been at home all day regulated some things this Evening feel better in my mind then I have for a few days back Oh Lord deliver [DEL: out :DEL] thy servent out of temtations and fill his heart with wisdom and understanding PWJS, 22. (1)
-- Dec 4, 1832

[Utah] 50 years ago - Budget Committee reports that church spent $8 million more than its revenues that year. As result, church permanently stops releasing annual reports of expenditures. (2)
-- 19591204

William Clayton Dies, leaving four wives and thirty-three children. (3)
-- 130 years ago - Dec 4, 1879

William Clayton Dies, leaving four wives and thirty-three children. (3)
-- Dec 4, 1879


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
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 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology


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Mormon opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and same-sex marriage

Thirty years ago today in Mormon history ... Mormon feminist Sonia Johnson was excommunicated from the LDS church for her outspoken support of the Equal Rights Amendment.  The LDS Church had launched a concerted effort to prevent the amendment from passing, and Johnson led efforts to promote the amendment.

Today the Mormon Church is waging a similar battle against same-sex marriage by supporting and coordinating anti-gay marriage efforts around the country.  Today's efforts have parallels in the church's battle against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In October 1976, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement against the Equal Rights Amendment, ..fearing it would promote "an increase in the practice of homosexual and lesbian activities." ....

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