Mormonism ready for E.T. An overview of Mormonism and extra-terrestrial thought


 Symbol of the star Kolob from the Book of Abraham

Mormonism ready for E.T.  An overview of Mormonism and extra-terrestrial thought

A new survey suggests the beliefs of the Mormon Church may be the most likely to survive an encounter with extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI).

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Note how high Mormons score. Many Mormon respondents added comments to the effect that belief in ETI is already a part of Mormon doctrine. "My religion (LDS, Mormon) already believes in extra-terrestrials."

Mormon Origins of ETI belief

After Joseph Smith translated and published the Book of Mormon in 1830, he began translating the Bible. The text included "and he [Moses] beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof." Then the Lord explained to Moses "there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man." (Book of Moses 1:28-35) This was later canonized as scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His translation also stated that many sought "the city of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world." (Inspired Version, Genesis 14:34 [not canonized]) Joseph Smith's grand-nephew, apostle Joseph Fielding Smith affirmed this idea in 1954, "we are taught that portions of this earth have been taken from it, such as the city of Enoch, which included the land surface as well as the people. Yet the earth has maintained its steady course." (Doctrines of Salvation 2:316 & 1:62).

An 1832 revelation received by Joseph Smith stated   .........

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Today in Mormon History - Jan 31

Today in Mormon History ...

Brigham Young and George A. Smith took a steamboat and stage to travel from New Haven, CT to New York City, where they stayed with Parley P. Pratt. (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Fri) Jan 31, 1840

Apostle Abraham H. Cannon writes: "The question arose this morning as to whether the face of a woman who has had her endowments should be veiled or not when her coffin is closed on her dead body. Pres. Woodruff did not decide in absence of any written law on the subject, but Bro. Joseph F. [Smith] thought the face should be covered as this was the course pursued in the early days of the Church, and it was doubtless done in accordance with some instructions of the Prophet." (2)
-- 120 years ago - Jan 31, 1890

LDS Vernon Law receives Cy Young Award for best pitcher in baseball from Baseball Writers Association of America, and he wins Lou Gherig award (1965). Harmon Killebrew is voted Most Valuable Player of American League (1969), and Dale Murphy is MVP of National League (1982, 1983). (2)
-- 50 years ago - Jan 31, 1960


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html


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Today in Mormon History - Jan 30

Today in Mormon History ...

First Presidency letter urges Church members to have their sons and daughters attend post-high school institutions of learning near their home, "so that our young can benefit from the influence of the home, especially during their first two years of post-high school education." It also urges leaders and parents to make full use of seminary and institute programs to supplement the home. In addition, the letter says that the Presidency believes the enrollment at BYU should not exceed 25,000. CHRISTIANITY TODAY article, "Mormons and Blacks", commends the Church for "refusing to let popular protest shape its doctrines." However it says blacks should not feel deprived because they are not eligible for the Mormon priesthood since the Church itself is "tragically misguided." (1)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 30, 1970

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Jr. returns to Manchester to force Cole to stop publishing extracts from the Book of Mormon. (2)
-- 180 years ago - late Jan. 1830

Sidney Rigdon preaches in Kirtland, Ohio that Joseph Smith, their latter-day oracle, is en route to Kirtland. During his sermon he challenges the world to "refute the divine pretensions of the Book of Mormon." In the audience is the father of Alexander Campbell, who writes to his son. Alexander Campbell, Ridgon's former mentor, writes to Rigdon taking up the challenge: "I, therefore, as in duty bound, accept the challenge, and shall hold myself in readiness, if the Lord permit, to meet you publicly, in any place, either in Mentor or Kirtland, or in any of the adjoining towns that may appear most eligible for the accommodation of the public. The sooner the investigation takes place the better for all concerned." When the letter is delivered to Rigdon he, after coming to the line "the infernal book of Mormon" throws the letter into the fire. Rigdon never meets Campbell in open debate. (1)
-- Jan 30, 1831


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


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Today in Mormon History - Jan 29

Today in Mormon History ...

At Sunday meeting in the tablernacle Orson Pratt "quite unexpectedly arose before his Brethren and made a vary humble full Confession before the whole assembly for his op[p]osition to President Young and his Brethren and He said he wished all the Church was present to hear it. He quoted Joseph Smiths revelation to prove that President Brigham Young was right and that all was under obligation to follow the Leader of the Church." Pratt and Young had differed over whether we worship God's attributes or God Himself. (1)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 29, 1860

Salt Lake City School of Prophets "turn[s] into a caucus meeting, for the purpose of nominating our City officers, preparatory to the forthcoming Election." (1)
-- 140 years ago - Jan 29, 1870

At Sunday meeting in the tablernacle Orson Pratt "quite unexpectedly arose before his Brethren and made a vary humble full Confession before the whole assembly for his op[p]osition to President Young and his Brethren and He said he wished all the Church was present to hear it. He quoted Joseph Smiths revelation to prove that President Brigham Young was right and that all was under obligation to follow the Leader of the Church." Pratt and Young had differed over whether we worship God's attributes or God Himself. (1)
-- Jan 29, 1860


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html


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Today in Mormon History - Jan 28

Today in Mormon History ...

[David O McKay] 8:30 to 9 a.m. Bruce R. McConkie's book. Was engaged in the meeting of the First Presidency. I reported to my counselors that I had talked with President Joseph Fielding Smith about the decision that the book "Mormon Doctrine" should not be republished and about handling the matter to avoid undermining Elder McConkie's influence. President Smith agreed that the book should not be republished, and said that he would talk with Brother McConkie. It was decided that the First Presidency should inform Brother McConkie before he learns of our decision from some other source, so Brother McConkie was asked to come into our meeting this morning. When he arrived I informed him of the desire of the First Presidency with reference to his book not being republished, to which he agreed. The recommendation was also made that he answer inquiries on the subject with care. Brother McConkie said, "I am amenable to whatever you Brethren want. I will do exactly what you
want. I will be as discreet and as wise as I can." In answering letters he said that he would express no views contrary to views which the First Presidency has expressed. He said that he would conform in every respect.
10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Was engaged in the meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve in the Salt Lake Temple. At Council meeting I reported to the Brethren our decision regarding Elder Bruce R. McConkie's book "Mormon Doctrine," statine that it had caused considerable comment throughout the Church, and that it has been a source of concern to the Brethren ever since it was published. I said that this book had not been presented to anyone for consideration or approval until after its publication. I further said that the First Presidency have given it very careful consideration, as undoubtedly have some of the Brethren of the Twelve also, and that the First Presidency now recommend that the book not be republished; that it be not republished even in corrected form, even though Brother McConkie mentions in the book that he takes all responsibility for it; and that it be not recognized as an authoritative book. I said further that the question has arisen as to
whether a public correction should be made and an addendum given emphasizing the parts which are unwisely presented or misquoted or incorrect; but it is felt that that would not be wise because Brother McConkie is one of the General Authorities, and it might lessen his influence. The First Presicdency recommend that the situation be left as it is, and whenever a question about it arises, we can answer that it is unauthoritative, that it was issued by Brother McConkie on his own responsibility, and he must answer for it. I reported that the First Presidency had talked with Brother McConkie this morning, and he said he will do whatever the Brethren want him to do. He will not attempt to republish the book, nor to say anything by letter, and if he answers letters or inquiries that he will answer them in accordance with the suggestions made by the Brethren, and not advocate those things concerning which question has been raised as contained in the book. The Brethren unanim
ously approved of this. I then said that the First Presidency further recommend that when any member of the General Authorities desires to write a book, that the Brethren of the Twelve or the First Presidency be consulted regarding it. While the author need not get the approval of these Brethren, they should know before it is published that a member of the General Authorities wants to publish a book. I said it may seem all right for the writer of the book to say, "_I_ _only_ am responsible for it," but I said "you cannot separate your position from your individuality, and we should like the authors to present their books to the Twelve or a Committee appointed." I asked the Brethren of the Twelve to convey this information to the other General Authorities. On motion this became the consensus of the Council. (1)
-- 50 years ago - Thu Jan 28, 1960

Wilford Woodruff writes in his journal: "I was again wrapped in vision during a good part of the night concerning the destiny of our nation and of Zion. It was strongly manifest to me the duty of the Apostles and Elders to go into our holy places & Temples and wash our feet and bear testimony to God & heavenly hosts against the wickedness of this nation. My pillow was wet with the fountain of tears that flowed as I beheld the judgments of God upon the wicked." (2)
-- 130 years ago - Jan 28, 1880


1 - McKay, David O., Office Journal
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html


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Today in Mormon History - Jan 27


Today in Mormon History ...

[David O McKay] Conference with Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith re: Bruce R.  McConkie's book, "Mormon Doctrine." At the request of the First Presidency, I called President Joseph Fielding Smith, and told him that we are a unit in disapproving of Brother Bruce R. McConkie's book, "Mormon Doctrine," as an authoritative exposition of the principles of the gospel.  I then said, "Now, Brother Smith, hs is a General Authority, and we do not want to give him a public rebuke that would be embarrassing to him and lessen his influence with the members of the Church, so we shall speak to the Twelve at our meetingt in the Temple tomorrow, and tell them that Brother McConkie's book is not approved as an authoritative book, and that it should not be republished, even if the errors (some 1,067 of them) are corrected." Brother Smith agreed with this suggestion to report to the Twelve, and said, "That is the best thing to do." I then said that Brother McConkie is advocating by letter some of the
 principles as printed in his book in answer to letters he receives.  Brother Smith said, "I will speak to him about that."  I then mentioned that he is also speaking on these subjects, and Brother Smith said, "I will speak to him about that also." I also said that the First Presidency had decided that General Authorities of the Church should not publish books without submitting them to some member of the General Authorities, and President Smith agreed to this as being wise. (1)
-- 50 years ago - Wed Jan 27, 1960

Smith, Higbee, Rockwell, and Foster went to Washington by railroad, having sold Smith's carriage. They left Sidney Rigdon sick in Philadelphia for about another six weeks. (2)
-- 170 years ago - (Mon) Jan 27, 1840

Quorum of Twelve investigates Apostle Orson Pratt for rejecting Brigham Young's Adam-God teachings. Pratt states that he cannot see the Adam-God doctrine in Joseph's revelations. Young replies, "it was Joseph's doctrine that Adam was God" and that Joseph Smith privately taught the Adam-God doctrine to himself and a select few. This repeats similar trial in Mar. 1858, and the apostles vote to drop Pratt. Young intercedes to prevent Twelve from disfellowshipping or excommunicating Pratt, but apostles do not restore him to full fellowship until Apr 5. On Jul 25, DESERET NEWS publishes confession as Twelve require Pratt to revise it. (3)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 27, 1860


1 - McKay, David O., Office Journal
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html


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Today in Mormon History - Jan 26

Today in Mormon History ...

Brigham Young's office journal records: " Pres[ident] Young observed to W. C. Staines he had read an article of this weeks 'Valley Tan' Jan. 25, 1860. which branded the whole Mormon Hierarchy as murderers and observed the Pres[ident] I wonder how the brethren submit to be tamely [or namely] insulted by the Editor of the Tan Mr. De Wolf. In course of the day Br[other] W. C. Staines informed us he had seen De Wolf, and told him, he would kick his arse and cow hide him if he ever inserted another article against this people". (1)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 26, 1860

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED article "Other Side of the Y: Attitude Toward Negroes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," recounts the gathering wave of protest leveled against a recent statement by the First Presidency that it expected no change in the practice of denying priesthood to blacks. It then quoted several non-Mormon athletes at B.Y.U. who expressed similar dissatisfaction. The author contended that no one would be happier to see the Church change its policy on blacks than BYU's athletic department. (1)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 26, 1970

[Uncannonized Post-Joseph Smith Revelation] Revelation to Wilford Woodruff, member of the Quorum of the Twelve, in the Wilderness of San Francisco Mountain, Arizona Territory on 26 January 1880
       A Revelation given to Wilford Woodruff in the Wilderness of San Francisco Mountain in Arizona On the 26 day of Jan 1880:
       Thus saith the Lord unto my servant Wilford Woodruff. I have heard thy Prayers, And will answer thy Petitions. I will make Known unto thee my will Concerning the Nation who encumber the land of promise, And also Concerning Zion and her inhabitants.
       I have already revealed my will Con[cern]ing the Nation through the mouth of my Servant Joseph [Smith], who sealed his Testimony with his own Blood, which Testimony has been in force upon all the world from the hour of his death. What I the Lord have revealed in that Testiment [Testament] and decreed upon this Nation, and all the Nations of the Earth shall be fulfilled, Saith the Lord of Hosts.
       I the Lord have spoken and will be obeyed. My Purposes shall be fulfilled upon this Nation, and No power shall stay my hand. The hour is at the door when my wrath and indignation shall be poured out upon the wicked of this Nation. Their murders, blasphemies, Lyings, whoredoms and abominations have Come up before my face and before the heavens and the wrath of mine indignation is full. I have decreed Plagues to go forth and lay waste mine Enemies and not many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage. The Devil is ruling over his Kingdom and my spirit has no Place in the h[e]arts of the Rulers of this Nation, and the Devil stirs them up to defy my Power, and to make war upon my Saints. Therefore let mine Apostles and mine Elders who are faithful obey my Commandments which are already written for your profit and guideance [guidance].
       Thus saith the Lord unto my servant John Taylor and my servant Wilford Woodruff and my servant Orson Pratt and to all the residue of mine Apostles. Have you not gone forth in my name without Purse or scrip and declared the Gospel of Life and Salvation unto this Nation and the Nations of the Earth and warned them of the judgments which are to Come as you have been moved upon by the power of the Holy Ghost and the inspiration of the Lord? You have done this year by year for a whole Generation as Men Count time. Therefore your garments are Clean of the Blood of this generation and Esspecially of this Nation.
       Therefore as I have Said in a former Commandment so I the Lord say again unto mine Apostles go ye alone by your selves whether in heat or in Cold and Clens [Cleanse] your feet with water pure water. It matters not whether it be by the running stream or in our Clossetts [Closets] but bear their testimonies befor[e] the Lord and the Heavenly Hosts.
       And when you have all done this Then gather yourselves to gether in your Holy places and Cloth yourselves in the Robes of the Holy Priesthood and there offer up your Prayers according to my Holy Law. Let him who Presides be mouth and kneel upon the Holy Altar and there let mine Apostles bring all there [their] testimonies before my face and before the Heavenly Hosts and before the justified spirits made perfect.
       And thus saith the Lord unto you mine Apostles when you bring these testimonies before me let them be presented by Name as far as the spirit shall present them unto you, The Preside[n]ts of the United States, The Supreme Court, The Cabinet, The Senate & House of Con[g]ress of the United States The Governors of the States and Territories The Judges & Officers sent unto you and all men & persons who have taken part in persecuting you or Bringing distress upon you or your families or have sought your lives or sought to hinder you from keeping my Commandments or from Enjoying the rights which the Constitutional Laws of the Land guarantee unto you.
       And what I the Lord say unto you mine Apostles I say unto my servants the Seventies, The High Priests The Elders and The Priests And all my Servants who are pure in h[e]art and who have born [bore] testimony unto this Nation. Let them go forth & Cle[a]nse their feet in pure water and bear testimony of it unto your Father who is in heaven.
       And thus saith the Lord unto mine Apostles and mine Elders when ye do these things with Purity of heart, I the Lord will hear your Prayers and am bound by oath and Covenant to defend you and fight your battles as I have said in a former Commandment it is not my will that mine Elders should fight the Battles of Zion for I will fight your Battles. Nevertheless Let no Man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake for He that layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again and have Eternal life.
       The Nation is ripened in iniquity and the Cup of the wrath of mine indignation is full, and I will not Stay my hand in Judgment upon this Nation or the Nations of the Earth. I have Decreed wars and Judgments upon the wicked and my wrath and indignation are about to be poured out upon them. And the wicked and rebellious shall know that I am God. As I the Lord have spoken so will I the Lord fullfill. I will spare none who remain in babylon but I will burn them up Saith the Lord of Hosts. As I the Lord have suffered so will I put all Enemies under my feet, for I the Lord utter my word, and it shall be obeyed and the day of wrath and indignation shall Come upon the wicked.
       And I say again wo unto that Nation or House or people, who seek to hinder my People from obeying the Patriarchal Law of Abraham which leadeth to a Celestial Glory which has been revealed unto my Saints through the mouth of my servant Joseph [Smith] for whosoever doeth these things shall be damned Saith the Lord of Hosts and shall be broaken [broken] up & washed away from under Heaven by the Judgments which I have sent forth and shall not return unto me void.
       And thus with the sword and By Blood shed and with famine & Plagues and Earthquakes and the Thunders of Heavens and the vivid lightnings shall this Nation and the Nations of the Earth be made to feel the Chast[e]ning hand of an Almighty God untill they are broaken [broken] up and Destroyed, and wasted away from under heaven, and No power Can Stay my hand. Therefore let the wicked tremble. Let them that blasphene [blaspheme] my name hold their lips, for destruction will swiftly over take them.
       All that I the Lord have Spoken through the Mouth of my Prophets and Apostles since the world began concerning the Last dispensation and fulness of times, Concerning my Church which has been Called out of the wilderness of darkness and Error, and Concerning the Zion and Kingdom of God and Concerning Babylon the Great, And what I have spoken through the Mouth of My servant Joseph [Smith] shall all be fulfilled. And though Heaven and Earth Pass away my words shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled Saith the Lord.
       These revelations and testimonies you have before you. Let my Saints search the word of the Lord and treasure up wisdom and be prepared for that which is to Come. As I have decreed so shall my Judgments begin at the House of God. There are those in my Church who have a name among you who are Adulterers and Adulteresses and those who blasphene [blaspheme] my name and those who love and make a lie, and those who revel and Drink with the Drunken. If they do not speedily repent of their wickedness and Abominations They shall be severed from the ordinances of my house Saith the Lord.
       There are many who have need to repent whose hearts are set upon the things of this world, who asspire [aspire] to the honors of men, and do not honor the Priest[h]ood, nor seek to build up the Kingdom of God as they Should. Neither do they learn or Comprehend that the rights of the Priesthood are inseparably Connected with the Powers of heavens and that the powers of heaven Cannot be Controlled nor handled ownly [only] upon the principles of Righteousness. Such should repent and turn unto the Lord and seek for the Holy Spirit to guide them. Judgments will begin at my House, and from thence will they go forth unto the wicked, and the wicked Cannot Escape. Blessed are the pure in heart, for my Blessings await them in this life and Eternal Life in the world to Come.
       Thus Saith the Lord unto you my servants the Apostles who dwell in the flesh fear ye not your Enemies. Let not your hearts be troubled. I am in your midst. I am your Advocate with the Father. I have given mine Angels Charge Concerning you. Mine Eyes are upon you. And the Eyes of your Heavenly Father and the Heavenly Hosts, and all Justified Spirits made perfect are a watching over you. Your works are manifest befor[e] the face of my servants who have sealed their Testimony with their Blood and before all of my servants of the Twelve Apostles whom I have taken unto myself. The veil is taken from off their faces and they Know your works. They await your Coming when you have finished your testimony in the flesh. Therefore be ye faithful untill I Come. My Coming is at the Door.
       Call upon the Lord in mighty Prayer. Ask and you shall receive whatever you agree as touching any thing and ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you. Seek dilligently to build Up Zion and magnify your high Calling and your Enemies shall not prevail over you. Zion shall not be moved out of her Place. Zion shall prevail against her Enemies. My People shall not be hindered in the building of my Temples unto my Holy Name if they will h[e]arken to my voice and do as I Command them.
       The blood of my servant[s] Joseph & Hyrum [Smith] and of mine Apostles and Elders which have been shed for the word of God & Testimony of Jesus Christ Cries from the ground for vengeance upon the Nation who have shed their blood but the Blood shall spe[e]dily be avenged and shall scease [cease] to Cry unto me for the hour of God[']s Judgme[n]t is fully Come and shall be poured out without measure upon the wicked.
       But H[e]arken & hear O ye Apostles Elders & people of my Church to the word of the Lord Concerning you that for all the Blessings that I will pour out upon you and the Inhabitants of Zion, and the Judgments and destructions upon the wicked that I will be inquired of by you to ask the Father in my name to do and to perform these things for you, As I told all the House of Israel by my servant Moses that they should ask at my hand for all those blessing[s] which I the Lord had promised Unto Israel in the Latter Days, And as I the Lord Ordained mine Apostles who were with me in my ministry, and Promised them that they should sit upon Twelve Thrones Judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel So I say unto you mine Apostles whom I have raised up in these last days that I have ordained you to bear Record of my name and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles first and then to the House of Israel. I have also Ordained you to set [sit] upon Thrones and Judge the Gentiles and all
       of the inhabitants of the Earth unto whom you have borne Testimony of my name in the day and Generation in which you live.
       Therefore how great is your Calling and Responsibility befor[e] me. Therefore gird up the Loins of your minds and Magnify your Callings in the fear of God and prepare ye for the Coming of the Son of Man which is nigh at the Door. No man knoweth the day nor the hour but the Signs of Both Heaven and Earth indicate his Coming as promised by the Mouth of my deciples [disciples]. The fig trees are leaving and the hour is nigh. Therefore prepare yourselves O ye Saints of the Most High God with Oil in your Lamps, for Blessed is he that watcheth for the Coming of the Son of man Again hear ye the word of the Lord O ye mine Apostles whom I have Chosen in these last Days to bear record of my Name and to Lead my People Israel untill the Coming of the Son of Man.
       I the Lord have raised up unto you my Servant John Taylor to preside over you and to be a Law Giver unto my Church. He has mingled his Blood with that of the Martered [Martyred] Prophets. Nevertheless while I have taken my Servants Joseph & Hyrum Smith unto myself I have preserved My Servant John Taylor for a wise purpose in me. I have also taken many others of the Apostles unto Myself for I take whom I will take and preserve in life them whom I will preserve according to the Council [Counsel] of my own will.
       And while my servant John Taylor is your President I wish to ask the rest of my servants of the Apostles the Question Although you have one to Preside over your Quorum and over the Church which is the order of God in all Generations, Do you not all of you hold the Apostleship which is the Highest Authority ever given to man on Earth? You do. Therefore you hold in Common the keys of the Kingdom of God in all the world. You each of you have power to unlock the veil of Eternity and hold Convers[ation] with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, and to have the Administration of Angels. It is your right privilege & duty to inquire of the Lord his mind & will Concerning yourselves the inhabitants of Zion and their interest.
       And whenever any one of you receive the word of the Lord Let it be written and Presented in your Councils and whatever by a united Consent you deem wisdom to be presented unto the people let it be presented by the Preside[n]t my servant John Taylor as the word of the Lord. In this way you will uphold him & Strengthen his hands as all the burthen [burden] should not rest upon one man. For thus Saith the Lord All of mine Apostles should be full of the Holy Ghost of Inspiration and Revelation and know the mind & will of God and be prepared for that which is to Come. Therefore let mine Apostles keep my Commandments and obey my laws And the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against you. Fear not for lo I am with you untill I Come. I Come quickly Even so Amen.
       (Scott G. Kenney, ed., Wilford Woodruff's Journal [Midvale: Signature Books, 1985], 7:615-21, entry after "Synopsis of my labors in 1880.") (2)
-- 130 years ago - Jan 26, 1880


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
2 - Marquardt, H. Michael, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm


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Today in Mormon History - Jan 25

Today in Mormon History ...

[Joseph Smith Sermon] On Saturday last (Jan. 25) a conference of elders was held in the Brandywine branch;  pres't. [President] Joseph Smith Jr. being present, was called to preside, and James Rodeback appointed  clerk. Two elders and two priests were ordained; great harmony prevailed in the meeting, and  much important instruction was given to the elders and members present by pres't Smith.
        The saints in that place appear determined to keep the commandments of God; and the visit of  brother Smith among them, I trust has tended much to strengthen, and confirm them in the faith  of the everlasting gospel. (1)
-- 170 years ago - 25Jan40

[Council of Fifty Members] Kimball, Charles S. (1843-1925). Was voted in 23 January 1867. Admitted 25 January 1867. (2)
-- Jan 25, 1867

[Anointed Quorum] Thursday prayer circle meeting at Brigham Young's house, "eight of the Twelve Apostles present," second anointing for Orson Hyde (HC, JS-F, MAQ, MHBY, WW). (3)
-- Jan 25, 1844


1 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45


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Today in Church History - Jan 24

On this day in Church History ...

Fayette, New York. Joseph Smith and others saw in vision the growth of the Church. (1)
-- Jan 24, 1831

[U.S. Religious History] On this night, William Murray (son of American atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair) had a dream which he interpreted as a religious vision from God, leading to his conversion to a fundamentalist brand of Christianity. He gave up drinking and smoking and engaged in efforts to undue the separation of church and state which his mother had long struggled for. (2)
-- 30 years ago - Jan 24, 1980

[Uncannonized Post-Joseph Smith Revelation] Revelation to Brigham Young, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, received at Nauvoo, Illinois, on 24 January 1845
I inquired of the Lord whether we should stay here [Nauvoo] and finish the temple
the ansure [answer] was we should
(Brigham Young Journal, 24 Jan. 1845, LDS archives, typed copy) (3)
-- Jan 24, 1845


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 - Marquardt, H. Michael, http://www.xmission.com/~research/central/revel2.htm


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Today in Church History - Jan 23

On this day in Church History ...

[1st Presidency Changes] Joseph Fielding Smith Harold B. Lee N. Eldon Tanner Reorganization of First Presidency after death of David O. McKay (1)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 23, 1970 - 2 July 1972

Joseph Fielding Smith became President of Church. (2)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 23, 1970

Joseph Fielding Smith ordained and set apart as tenth president of the Church. (3)


1 - Wikipedia, First Presidency (LDS Church), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Presidency_(LDS_Church)#Chronology_of_the_First_Presidency
2 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History
3 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://www.lds.net/forums/scripture-study-forum/12108-church-chronology-1800-2000-part-1-a.html#post214550


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Today in Church History - Jan 22

On this day in Church History ...

Brigham Young teaches, "What is spoken in a prayer Circle should never be Named out of the Circle not [to] a wife or any body els[e]. If there is any thing to be said I will say it. I Could preach all about the Endowments in Public and the world know nothing about it. I Could preach all about Masonry & None but a mason know any thing about it. And the ma[in] part of Masonry is to keep a secret." (1)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 22, 1860

Brandywine, Pennsylvania. In response to false rumors, Joseph Smith wrote a letter to the editor of the Chester County Register and Examiner relating the Churchs beliefs concerning civil governments. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 22, 1840

[U.S. Religious History] Jerry Falwell attended a prayer breakfast at the White House prayer with Jimmy Carter. Falwell would later claim, incorrectly, that he asked Carter why there were "well known practicing homosexuals" on his staff and received the answer that Carter considered himself the president of all citizens. (3)
-- 30 years ago - Jan 22, 1980


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe


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Today in Church History - Jan 21

On this day in Church History ...

Appointment of David Hsao Hsi Chen, native of Chinese mainland and professor at BYU-Hawaii, to serve as First Presidency's "traveling elder" for People's Republic of China. (1)
-- 20 years ago - Jan 21, 1990

On This Day, The worldwide Church membership count reaches nine million. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Jan 21, 1995

[Lucy Mack Smith] Martha Jane Knowlton receives her patriarchal blessing at Nauvoo from Joseph Smith Sr., in Lucy's presence. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 21, 1840


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
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


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Today in Church History - Jan 20

On this day in Church History ...

In England Wilford Woodruff performs and exorcism: "I was called upon with my Brethren to visit a child possessed of the Devil that endeavored to destroy the child. It was the child of the Woman that was possessed with the Devil upon whome we lade hands Saturday evening. (Jan 29, 1840). We lade hands upon the child that was reathing under the power of the Deavil & commanded the Devil to Depart in the name of Jesus Christ & it was instantly done & the child fell asleep." (1)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 20, 1840

Concerning Mormon woman who commits suicide due to chronic illness, Brigham Young says, "she had done wrong but by no means had committed the unpardonable sin and in course of time a proxy could be appointed who could be baptized for her." (1)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 20, 1860

Salt Lake City School of Prophets "turn[s] into a caucus meeting, for the purpose of nominating our City officers, preparatory to the forthcoming Election." (1)
-- 140 years ago - Jan 20, 1870

Utah Supreme Court rules that polygamous children cannot inherit from their father, even though Utah law since 1852 guaranteed: "Illegitimate children and their mothers inherit in like manner from the father, whether acknowledged by him or not." (1)
-- 120 years ago - Jan 20, 1890


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html


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Today in Church History - Jan 19

On this day in Church History ...

Hyrum Smith is ordained Presiding Patriarch in place of his deceased father. He remains functioning as a part-time Counselor in the First Presidency until April 6th -- but William Law is ordained to replace him as Counselor on Jan 19th. (1)
-- Jan 19, 1841

Joseph Smith received revelation to build Nauvoo Temple and Nauvoo House; Hyrum Smith called as assistant president of the Church and to succeed his father as patriarch (D&C 124). (2)

[Polygamy] 2nd Wilford Woodruff revelation on polygamy
Wilford Woodruff submitted a revelation to church president John Taylor and the Twelve promising the Apocalypse and God's interventions into the affairs of the saints. Woodruff was asked to draw up the list of enemies and to write the prayer of damnation , which he did, which contained 400 names of the enemies of the church. The First Presidency and Twelve met together for this reverse prayer in the temple and "we all performed the ordinance of washing our feet against Our Enemies And the Enemies of the Kingdom of God according to the Commandment of God unto us." (Susan Staker, "Waiting for World's End" p. XVII.) (3)
-- Jan 19, 1881

[Smith, Don Carlos] Appointed by revelation to preside over high priests quorum in Nauvoo area 19 January 1841. (4)
-- Jan 19, 1841


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
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 - Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.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 - Jan 18

On this day in Church History ...

President David O. McKay d. Salt Lake City, age 96. (1)
-- Jan 18, 1970

In Manchester England Wilford Woodruff performs an exorcism: "We found the sister possessed of the Devel & a burning fever on the brain. She was rageing & trying to tare herself although in the hands of three or four men." Woodruff anoints her head with oil and then administers the oil to her internally. William Clayton writes, "after washing her forehead with rum she appeared better and we left her." (2)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 18, 1840

David O. McKay's death at age 96 years 4 months and 10 days, oldest age to which any LDS president has lived, but not oldest general authority. His is longest service as general authority, sixty-three years and nine months. Heber J. Grant and Joseph Fielding Smith have next longest tenures of sixty-two years and a few months as general authorities. (2)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 18, 1970

[Oliver Cowdery] Joseph Smith, Jr. and Emma Hale were married at S. Bainbridge, Chenango, NY. Sideny Rigdon's whereabouts between mid-Dec. and Jan. 27 were unaccounted for. (3)
-- Jan 18, 1827


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://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Oliver Cowdery Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm


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Today in Church History - Jan 17

On this day in Church History ...

More people arrive at the Salt Lake Temple to perform endowments than the temple can handle. People are turned away due to overcrowding. (1)
-- Jan 17, 1924

Reynolds Cahoon and Thomas B. Marsh excommunicate several in the Orange area. (2)
-- Jan 17, 1832, 1832

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith performed three marriages to establish the Churchs right to marry by proclamation. (3)
-- Jan 17, 1836

[Snow, Lorenzo] Nauvoo Temple sealing 17 January 1846. Two children: Leonora Charlotte and Roxcy Armatha. (4)
-- Jan 17, 1846


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
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 - 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 - Jan 16

On this day in Church History ...

[Benson, Ezra Taft] Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Adaline Brooks Andrus 16 January 1846. (1)
-- Jan 16, 1846

In Dublin, Indiana, Joseph Smith "destitute of money" says to Brigham Young, "You are one of the Twelve who have charge of the kingdom in all the world; I believe I shall throw myself upon you, and look to you for counsel in this case." Brigham Young helps "Brother Tomlinson" sell his farm and Joseph "got three hundred dollars from Brother Tomlinson, which enabled me to pursue my journey." (2)
-- Jan 16, 1838

Heber J. Grant writes in his diary: "Spent the evening at Emily's. I will be a happy man when the time comes that I can live with her as a husband and not have to simply call and spend a few hours, and never stop over night at her home." (2)
-- Jan 16, 1895

[Joseph Smith] An agreement between Joseph Sr. and Martin Harris on selling the Book of Mormon is witnessed by Oliver Cowdery. [MANCHESTER,] (3)
-- 180 years ago - Jan 16, 1830


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 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Marquardt, H. Michael and Walters, Wesley P., Inventing Mormonism:Tradition and the Historical Record, A Chronology of Mormon Origins, p.xxvi


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Today in Church History - Jan 15

On this day in Church History ...

Time & Seasons. (Vol. 1. No. 3. Commerce, Illinois, January, 1840): [p. 43] "In this No. will be seen an article which we copy from the New York Era," Signed P. P. Pratt, it's in contradiction to the foolish simple priest fabricated tale that has been going the rounds, charging Sidney Rigdon with the crime of making the Book of Mormon, out of the romantic writings of one Solomon Spaulding &c." This editorial notice written by Ebenezer Robinson and/or Don Carlos Smith. This issue also reprinted "A Cunning Device Detected" from the Quincy Whig of Nov. 16, 1839. (1)
-- 170 years ago - mid-Jan 1840

Salt Lake Tribune publishes statement from David O. McKay's son who verifies accuracy of following statement LDS president made to philosophy professor Sterling M. McMurrin in 1958: "There is no doctrine in this Church and there never was a doctrine in this Church to the effect that the Negroes are under any kind of a divine curse." (2)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 15, 1970

Fayette, New York. Joseph Smith reportedly saw in vision the face of Newel K. Whitney, who would later receive him and his wife, Emma Smith, in Kirtland, Ohio, on February 1. (3)
-- about Jan 15, 1831

[Smith, John] Sealed to Ann Carr 15 January 1846. (4)
-- Jan 15, 1846


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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 - Jan 14

On this day in Church History ...

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle meeting in the upper room of Joseph Smith's store, but he "did not go." Wilford Woodruff said it was a meeting "with the quorum of the Twelve. Conversed upon a variety of subjects building the Temple, the endowment &c." (HC, JS-F, MAQ, ww). MHBY and JS-1857 state that Brigham and Mary Ann Young received the second anointing on this date. If true, this was a repetition of the ceremony the couple originally received on 22 Nov. 1843. Someone besides Joseph Smith performed this repeated second anointing for Brigham and Mary Young (DMQ). (1)
-- Jan 14, 1844

[David O McKay] Was engaged in the meeting of the First Presidency. Among matters discussed at this meeting were the following: Elder Mark E. Petersen's proposed editorial on books by General Authorities. A draft of a proposed editorial for the Improvement Era, prepared by Elder Mark E. Petersen, on the subject of selecting good books, and upon the approval of the publication of books by the First Presidency, was read. After consideration it was decided that the general statement, without the reference to "Mormon Doctrine" and "Ancient America and the Book of Mormon," which should be handled separately, would be a suitable editorial on the subject of selecting good books. Further action on the matter of publishing a statement relating to the approval of books by the First Presidency was deferred awaiting consideration of the subject by me with President Joseph Fielding Smith. (2)
-- 50 years ago - Thu Jan 14, 1960

[Sermon] Charles W. Penrose: Revealed Religion and Man - Made Methods of Worship - Only One True and Acceptable Way to Worship God - Ancient and Modern Revelations Corroborate Each Other - God's Spirit the Light and Life of the Whole World - Men Generally Choose Darkness Rather Than Light - The Coming Forth of the Light in the Latter Days - Joseph Smith: and His Doctrines - The Speaker's Personal Experience - The Operations of the Spirit - The Way to Obtain Knowledge From God - The Necessity of Priesthood and Church Government - The Head of the Church God's Mouthpiece to the Church - The Perfection, Beauty, and Harmony of the Lord's Work, JD 23:343 - 356 (3)
-- Jan 14, 1883

The US federal government announced the return of 84,000 acres in northern Utah to the Ute Indians. The land was taken in 1916 for the rights to oil shale reserves. (4)
-- 10 years ago - Jan 14, 2000


1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45
2 - McKay, David O., Office Journal
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
4 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb, http://www.timelinesdb.com/listevents.php?subjid=201title=Utah


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Today in Church History - Jan 13

On this day in Church History ...

Sidney Rigdon and Dr. Foster arrived in Philadelphia and a Church conference was held there, hosted by local mission president, Benjamin Winchester. About this time Smith reportedly informed Pratt about the principle of polygamy. Winchester later recalled that Smith was engaged in an illicit affair with a female member, while staying in Philadelphia. (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Mon) Jan 13, 1840

The PALMYRA REFLECTOR publishes an extract from the Book of Mormon. This is the second of three times the REFLECTOR does this. Joseph Smith stops the practice by threatening to take the editor to court over copyright violation. (2)
-- 180 years ago - Jan 13, 1830

"The Ladies of Salt Lake City held a Mass Meeing in the Tabernacle at 1 oclok to Express their indignation at the Course Congress was taking in receiving such Bills as Culloms Bill upon Poligamy." (2)
-- 140 years ago - Jan 13, 1870

[Wilford Woodruff] Departs on church mission to Tennessee and Kentucky; companions include Warren Parrish and Abraham O. Smoot (3)
-- 175 years ago - Jan 13, 1835


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Kenny, Scott (editor), Wilford Woodruff's Journals 1833-1898, Chronology Signature Books, Midvale, Utah


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Today in Church History - Jan 12

On this day in Church History ...

President Brigham Young, preaching against "swareing or takeing the name of God in vain," says "the time might Come when the Lord would require him & the Elders of Israel to sharpen up their swords & go fourth & hew down the wicked in their midst. He said any Righteous man that Herd any one of his Children take the name of God in vain that He might whip them until He was satisfied." (1)
-- Jan 12, 1851

At the weekly meeting in the Salt Lake Temple of the First Presidency and Apostles, Rudger Clawson writes that "the tables were spread and the brethren partook of the sacrament. After the bread and wine were blessed by Pres. Snow, [they] ate and drank freely until satisfied. It was indeed a time of refreshing and one long to be remembered." (1)
-- Jan 12, 1899

Joseph Smith Jr. and others flee Kirtland, fearing their safety in wake of assertions dealing with the legality and financial viability of the Kirtland Safety Society. (2)
-- Jan 12, 1838

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Shows Papyri Unitarian Preacher (3)
-- 12Jan36


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
2 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_century_(Mormonism)
3 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/


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Today in Church History - Jan 11

On this day in Church History ...

Eber D. Howe, publisher of the Painesville Telegraph, writes William W. Phelps in Canandaigua, New York, for information on Mormonism--probably not knowing Phelps had received a Book of Mormon on April 9, 1830 and had met Joseph on December 24. (1)
-- Jan 11, 1831

[Sermon] Heber C. Kimball: The Body of Christ - Parable of the Vine - A Wild Enthusiastic Spirit not of God - The Saints Should not Unwisely Expose Each Others' Follies, JD 4:164 - 181 (2)
-- Jan 11, 1857

[Taylor, John] Arrived Liverpool 11 January 1840. (3)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 11, 1840

[Taylor, John] Arrived Liverpool 11 January 1840. (3)
-- Jan 11, 1840


1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
2 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org
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 - Jan 10

On this day in Church History ...

[Corrill, John] Baptized 10 January 1831. (1)
-- Jan 10, 1831

Sixty-eight-year-old Brigham Young drives the last spike to complete the Utah Central Railroad connecting Ogden to Salt Lake City. An "elegantly" engraved "large steel Mallet was used on the occasion . . . There was Engraved a Bee-hive surmounted by the inscription Holiness to the Lord." Wilford Woodruff offers the final prayer: "O, God, our Eternal Father we have assembled on this occasion to Celebrate one of the greatest & grandest Events of the generation in which we live, . . . " The completion of this last link connected Salt Lake City to the Union Pacific lines and thus by rail to the rest of the country. (2)
-- 140 years ago - Jan 10, 1870

N. Eldon Tanner, chair of LDS Personnel Committee, writes all leaders "in Wasatch Front Stakes" to invite members to serve as unpaid volunteers at headquarters. Follow-up letter Apr. 16, 1981 comments: "Their work has resulted in significant savings to the Church" and asks for more volunteers "with managerial, technical, or clerical skills." (2)
-- 30 years ago - Jan 10, 1980

[Sermon] Joseph F. Smith: The Sacrament - A Saint of God - The Eternity of Our Religion - Matrimony, JD 12:346 - 351 (3)
-- Jan 10, 1869


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 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


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Today in Church History - Jan 09

On this day in Church History ...

Smith returned to Philadelphia after having visited outside of the city. (1)
-- 170 years ago - (Thr) Jan 9, 1840

In the Salt Lake Tabernacle Wilford Woodruff preaches "in our day God has revealed unto us the Patriarchal order of Marriage & has said if we do not obey it we shall be damned. Congress has said if [we] do obey it we shall be damned. Now which shall we obey God or Congress?" The congregation shouts "we will obey God." (2)
-- 140 years ago - Jan 9, 1870

Apostle Orson Pratt writes to his children that city of New Jerusalem will be constructed by Apr 1950. (2)
-- 130 years ago - Jan 9, 1880

St. Paul Minnesota Temple; Location: Oakdale, Minnesota, USA; Announcement: 29 July 1998; Dedication: 9 January 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design (3)
-- 10 years ago - Jan 9, 2000

[U.S. Religious History] After 140 years of unofficial discrimination, the Mormon Church officially declared that blacks could not become priests "for reasons which we believe are known to God, but which He has not made fully known to man." (4)
-- 40 years ago - Jan 09, 1970


1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
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
4 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe


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Today in Church History - Jan 08

On this day in Church History ...

LDS political newspaper "Salt Lake Herald" reports George Q. Cannon's interview with pro-Mormon Omaha "Herald," in part "Polygamous marriages have ceased entirely so far as I know." In fact, in Endowment House alone, 107 men married polygamously in 1879 and 136 in 1880, most performed by general authorities. (1)
-- 130 years ago - Jan 8, 1880

Kirtland, Ohio. During the month of January, Joseph Smith was engaged in the School of the Prophets and in preparing a set of lectures on theology for publication in the Doctrine and Covenants. (2)
-- 175 years ago - about Jan 8, 1835

Bountiful Utah Temple; Location: Bountiful, Utah, USA; Announcement: 6 April 1991; Dedication: 8 January 1995 by Howard W. Hunter; Style: Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Allen B. Erekson (3)
-- 15 years ago - Jan 8, 1995

[Utah] First Presidency decides that Bruce R. McConkie's Mormon Doctrine "must not be re-published, as it is full of errors and misstatements, and it is most unfortunate that it has received such wide circulation." They are exasperated that McConkie and his publisher released the book without pre-publication publicity or notifying First Presidency. Even his father-in-law, senior apostle, Joseph Fielding Smith, "did not know anything about it until it was published." This is McConkie's way to avoid repetition of Presidency's stopping his pre-announced Sound Doctrine three years earlier. Committee of two apostles (Mark E. Petersen and Marion G. Romney) report that McConkie's Mormon Doctrine contains 1,067 doctrinal errors. For example, page 493 said: "Those who falsely and erroneously suppose that God is progressing in knowledge and gaining new truths cannot exercise sufficient faith in him to gain salvation until they divest themselves of their false beliefs." However, McCo
nkie is affirming doctrine of omniscience officially condemned by previous First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1865. In announcing their decision to the Twelve on 28 Jan 1960, First Presidency says there should be no revised edition of Mormon Doctrine. Presidency reverses initial decision on 7 Jan. "that the book should be officially repudiated." (4)
-- 50 years ago - Jan 7-8,1960


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
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
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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Rough beginnings of "Mormon Doctrine"

This Sunday, adult Mormons will begin using an updated "Gospel Principles" manual, which has been revised, removing references to the book Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.


Fifty years ago today in Mormon Church history, on Jan. 7, 1960 top church leaders met to discuss the findings of a yearlong investigation into the content and production of Mormon Doctrine

President of the church David O McKay and his counselors met with Mormon apostles Mark E. Peterson and Marion G. Romney who led the investigation.  President McKay's office journal noted:


They submitted their report upon their examination of the book "Mormon Doctrine" by Elder Bruce McConkie.  These brethren reported that the manuscript of the book "Mormon Doctrine" had not been read by the reading committee, that President [of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and father-in-law of Bruce R. McConkie] Joseph Fielding Smith did not know anything about it until it was published."


The committee had taken issue with much of the content of the book and carefully classified problems into four major categories:  Statements that offended other religions and "evolutionists"; over-use of terms such as "apostate" in a "discourteous" manner; controversial doctrines; and "miscellaneous interpretations."  Each category was divided into sub-categories backed up with exhibits.

Three years earlier the First Presidency had stopped the publication Elder McConkie's book "Sound Doctrine" but were unaware he was working on another book.  Elder McConkie was a member of the Council of the Seventy at this time, the 3rd highest quorum of the church.

On the 27th, President McKay met with Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith regarding his son-in law. .....


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Today in Church History - Jan 07

On this day in Church History ...

[David O McKay] 10:15 to 12:45 p.m. RE: The Book--"Mormon Doctrine" The First Presidency met with Elders Mark E. Petersen and Marion G. Romney. They submitted their report upon their examination of the book "Mormon Doctrine" by Elder Bruce McConkie. These brethren reported that the manuscript of the book "Mormon Doctrine" had not been read by the reading committee, that President Joseph Fielding Smith did not know anything about it until it was published. Elder Petersen states that the extend of the corrections which he had marked in his copy of the book (1067) affected most of the 776 pages of the book. He also said that he thought the brethren should be under the rule that no book should be published without a specific approval of the First Presidency. I stated that the decision of the First Presidency and the Committee should be announced to the Twelve. It was agreed that the necessary corrections are so numerous that to republish a corrected edition of the book w
ould be such an extensive repudiation of the original as to destroy the credit of the author; that the republication of the book should be forbidden and that the book should be repudiated in such a way as to save the career of the author as one of the General Authorities of the Church. It was also agreed that this decision should be announced to the Council of the Twelve before I talk to the author. Elder Petersen will prepare an editorial for publication in the Improvement Era, stating the principle of approval of books on Church doctrine. A rough draft will be submitted to us for approval.
Jan. 7, 1960 [part of a letter addressed to David O. McKay from Marion G. Romney, dated January 28, 1959] The author is an able and thorough student of the gospel. In many respects he has produced a remarkable book. Properly used, it quickly introduces the student to the authorities on most any gospel subject. As to the book itself, notwithstanding its many commendable and valuable features and the author's assumption of "sole and full responsibility" for it, its nature and scope and the authoritative tone of the style in which it is written pose the question as to the propriety of the author's attempting such a project without assignment and supervision from him whose right and responsibility it is to speak for the Church on "Mormon Doctrine." Had the work been authoritatively supervised, some of the following matters might have been omitted and the treatment of others modified.
A. References to churches and other groups who do not accept "Mormon Doctrine." 1. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who sometimes refer to themselves as "Josephites." (Exhibit II-1, pages 50, 141, 362) 2. "Christian Churches" generally. (Exhibit II-2, pages 139, 455) 3. "Catholic Church." (Exhibit II-3, pages 13, 66, 129, 130, 216, 241, 242, 314-315, 342, 346, 350, 422, 499, 511, 697) 4. Communists and Catholics. (Exhibit II-4, pages 26-7, 131) 5. Evolution and Evolutionists (Exhibit II-5, pages 37, 77, 136, 180, 228, 238, 659)
B. Declaration as to "Mormon Doctrine" on controversial issues. 1. "Pre-Adamites." (Exhibit III-1, pages 17, 262) 2. Status of Animals and Plants in the Garden of Eden. (Exhibit III-2, pages 36, 234-35) 3. Meaning of the various accounts of Creation. (Exhibit III-3, pages 157-8, 167-8) 4. Dispensation of Abraham. (Exhibit III-4, page 203) 5. Moses as a translated being. (Exhibit III-5, pages 206, 445, 466, 727-8) 6. Origin of Individuality. (Exhibit III-6, page 404)` 7. Defiling the priesthood. (Exhibit III-7, page 437) 8. Manner in which Jesus was Begotten. (Exhibit III-8, page 494) 9. Written sermons. (Exhibit III-9, pages 634-5, 716) 10. Resurrection of stillborn children. (Exhibit III-10, page 694)
C. Miscellaneous Interpretations. (Exhibit IV) Frequency of Administrations, page 22 Baptism in the "molten sea," page 98 II Peter 1;19, page 102 Paul married, page 112 Status of those "with Christ in His Resurrection," page 128 Consecration of oil, page 147 Councils and schools among the Gods, page 151 Limitations on Deity, page 154 Sunday not a proper day for family reunions, page 254 Geological changes at the time of the deluge, page 268 The Holy Ghost a spirit man, page 329 Facing east in temples when giving the Hosanna Shout, page 337 Details on family prayer and asking the blessing on food, page 526 Women to be gods, page 551 Interpretation of Doctrine and Covenants 93:1, page 581 Interpretation of "Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning," page 606 Status of little children in the celestial kingdom, page 607 Resumption of schools of the prophets, page 613 Time of beginning of seasons, page 616 Interpretation of III Nephi 21:20, page 618
D. Repeated use of the word "apostate" and related terms in a way which to many seems discourteous and to others gives offnese. (Exhibit V, pages 123, 125, 160, 169, 212, 223, 383, 528, 538, 548, 596) (1)
-- 50 years ago - Thu Jan 7, 1960

At the beginning of a proselytizing meeting in Massachusetts "three sons of sectarian deacons" throw sulpher on a hot stove. After opening doors and windows to air out the building Brigham Young and George A. Smith continue their meeting. (2)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 7, 1840

At funeral of a man who died six weeks after his appointment as stake president, Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith tells Apostle Harold B. Lee: "If you have called a man to a position in this church and he dies the next day, that position will have a bearing on what he will be called to do when he leaves this earth." Lee will eventually serve barely seventeen months as LDS president. (2)
-- 60 years ago - Jan 7, 1950

Orson Pratt: Again investigated by Twelve 27 Jan. 1860 for rejecting Brigham Young doctrines (3)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 7, 1860


1 - McKay, David O., Office Journal
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - 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


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Today in Church History - Jan 06

On this day in Church History ...

Green Flake is born into slavery on the Jordan Flake plantation in North Carolina. Green was the African-American slave who drove the wagon carrying Brigham Young across the plains. Green was owned by Mormon James M. Flake who lent him along with a wagon and two mules to the Church for the 1847 trek west. Upon the death of James M. Flake in 1850 his widow moved to California, a free state, but first donated her "Negro slave Green Flake" to the Church as tithing. Green worked two years for Brigham Young and for Heber C. Kimball, and was then granted his freedom. After his wife's death he moved to Idaho. He returned to Salt Lake in 1897 to attend the 50th anniversary "jubilee" celebration of the arrival of the pioneers, where he was given a certificate honoring him as a surviving member of the original pioneer company. He is one of three slaves listed on the plaque on the Brigham Young monument in downtown Salt Lake City under the category of "Colored Servants." (1)
-- Jan 6, 1828

Wilford Woodruff writes in his diary: "There is a great Exhertion Now making By the wicked & Esspecially By the Congress of the United States to get up a Crusade or war against the Saints under pr[etense] of [opposition to] Polygamy. A Bill is Before Congress to deprive the Latter Day Saints of keeping the Commandments of God. The Lord has Revealed the Law on the Patriarchal order of Marriage & the Lord says we shall be damned if we do not obey it & Congress says we shall be damned if we do. So it is the Lord & Congress for it. I would rather obey the Lord than Congress." (1)
-- 140 years ago - Jan 6, 1870

[Lucy Mack Smith] The first Kirtland Safety Society banknotes begin circulating; redemption in specie stops 23 January. By 1 February the notes are discounted at one bit (12.5 cents) on the dollar. (2)
-- Jan 6, 1837

[Sermon] Heber C. Kimball: Unity - Commandments of God, Etc., JD 8:327 - 334 (3)
-- Jan 6, 1861


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


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Today in Church History - Jan 05

On this day in Church History ...

Fayette, New York. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 39, a revelation calling James Covill to be baptized and labor in Zion. (1)
-- Jan 5, 1831

Joseph Smith organizes the Nauvoo Lyceum where men could give presentations on theology "for the benefit of the Elders who are calculated to proclaim the Gospel to this Generation." He also announces a revelation against phrenology, text unavailable. (2)
-- Jan 5, 1841

[Revelations] Fayette, Seneca county, New York. Doctrine and Covenants 39. James Covill called to be baptized, preach, go to Ohio, gathering, signs of second coming (near).
Book of Commandments 41 heading: A Revelation to James (C. ,) given in Fayette, New-York, January, 1831.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 59 heading: Revelation to James Covill given New-York, January, 1831. (3)
-- Jan 5, 1831

[Sermon] Brigham Young: Sufferings of the Saints - Overcoming Evil With Good, &c, JD 9:101 - 108 (4)
-- Jan 5, 1860


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 - 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 - Jan 04

On this day in Church History ...

Joseph F. Smith and his two wives "Receive their Second Anointing" with Brigham Young officiating. (1)
-- Jan 4, 1867

Apostle Orson Pratt preaches at Salt Lake Stake conference that "as a general rule it was the children who were attacked by diphtheria, and on investigation it would be found that the parents of such children as had been taken [by death] were neglectful of the word of wisdom or some of the commandments of God." (1)
-- 130 years ago - Jan 4, 1880

Kirtland, Ohio. In a letter to newspaper editor N. C. Saxton, Joseph Smith taught about the gathering of Israel and prophesied of pestilence and civil war. (2)
-- Jan 4, 1833

[Polygamy] Utah becomes a state
President Cleveland issues Utah statehood proclamation at 10 a.m. Two days later formal inaugural ceremonies held in Salt Lake City, and Utah's 47-year struggle for statehood was at an end with the successful 7th attempt. (Ivins, p. 116 Note that 15 of the 25 pages of the article are dedicated to the final statehood convention, which lasted 66 days and was much longer than other conventions. The first 10 pages document failed statehood attempts and its relationship to opposition to plural marriage, yet of the 15 pages of minutia on wrangling about setting up the constitution, the specific statute forever prohibiting plural marriage is not discussed.)
Article 3 Section 1: The following ordinance shall be irrevocable without the consent of the United States and the people of this State: First: -- Perfect toleration of religious sentiment is guaranteed. No inhabitant of this State shall ever be molested in person or property on account of his or her mode of religious worship; but polygamous or plural marriages are forever prohibited. (Utah Constitution art. III sec. 1)
Leadership continues to take plural wives (3)
-- Jan 4, 1896


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
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 - Jan 03

On this day in Church History ...

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received a portion of Doctrine & Covenants 88, the revelation that he designated as the olive leaf . . . plucked from the Tree of Paradise, the Lords message of peace to us. (1)
-- Jan 3, 1833

Springfield, Illinois. While in Springfield awaiting trial, Joseph Smith called upon Sister Crane and blessed her baby, Joseph Smith Crane. (1)
-- Jan 3, 1843

Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 88:127-141. Greetings in the "house of God. ".
This revelation was edited and appended to the December 27, 1832 revelation (D&C 88:1-126) in 1835 Doctrine and Covenants 7.
Kirtland Revelations Book, 47-48, heading: Kirtland January 3d 1833. <Revelation given to [DEL: organize :DEL] for a [portion/pattern &c?]>.
Evening and Morning Star 1, no. 12 (March 1833) heading: Revelation Given Kirtland, Ohio, January 3, 1833.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 7 heading: Revelation given December 27, 1832. (2)
-- Jan 3, 1833

[Sermon] George A. Smith: True Government, Union, and Progress - The Priesthood the Channel of Divine Revelation, JD 6:159 - 162 (3)
-- Jan 3, 1858


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Kenny, Scott, "Doctrine and Covenants," http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
3 - Journal of Discourses, http://jod.mrm.org


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Today in Church History - Jan 02

On this day in Church History ...

U.S. district court in Idaho dismisses indictments against Mormons for voting. (1)
-- Jan 2, 1892

"If this book be of God, it must have sufficient evidence accompanying it to convince the minds of all reasonable persons that it is a Divine revelation...the testimony establishing the truth of the Book of Mormon is far superior to that establishing the Bible in its present form...any person who will carefully examine the subject will be obliged in their hearts to say there is a hundredfold more evidence to prove the Divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon than what we have to prove the Palestine records." -- Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, pp. 22, 36, 37 (2)
-- 150 years ago - Jan 2, 1859

[U.S. Religious History] Aimee Elizabeth Semple, who would later found the Foursquare Gospel church, was ordained to the ministry in Chicago with her husband Robert Semple. (3)
-- 100 years ago - Jan 02, 1909

[Wilford Woodruff] Ordained a teacher by Zera Pulsipher. (4)
-- 175 years ago - Jan 2, 1834


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
2 - LDS Quotations, http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline, http://bit.ly/Fwgbe
4 - 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 - Jan 01

On this day in Church History ...

[Critical Books] Wood, Charles L. (2004-01-01). The Mormon Conspiracy. Black Forest Press. ISBN 1-58275-036-X. (1)
-- 5 years ago - 2004-01-01

Russian Author Leo Tolstoy writes in his journal, "I got up, cut wood, it was warm, and I went to breakfast. My thoughts were brighter. A beautiful letter from an American woman." The "American woman" was Susa Young Gates, daughter of Brigham Young, who also sent a copy of the Book of Mormon and a copy of George Q. Cannon's LIFE OF JOSEPH SMITH. (2)
-- 120 years ago - Jan 1, 1889

Presiding Bishopric instructions "that as near as circumstances will permit boys be ordained as follows: Deacons at twelve, Teachers at fifteen and Priests at eighteen years of age." For first time Aaronic Priesthood officers are conferred generally on teenage boys, although age intervals later change to twelve, fourteen, and sixteen. (2)
-- 100 years ago - Jan 1, 1909

End of congregational hymn-singing and general meeting prior to individual Sunday School classes, as per First Presidency announcement on 25 Sept. 1993. (2)
-- 15 years ago - Jan 1, 1994

Deadline for all Mormons to leave Jackson county. Clay county conference resolves to send Lyman Wight and Parley P. Pratt to Kirtland for advice. Parley and Lyman leave Jackson county for Kirtland. (3)
-- 175 years ago - Jan 1, 1834

Liberty, Missouri. Joseph Smiths history proclaimed the irony that he was imprisoned in a land of liberty due to his worship of God. (4)
-- 170 years ago - Jan 1, 1839


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://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html
3 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith


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