Today in Mormon History - Mar 31

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 31 I signed 23 Recommends. I received 14 Letters. I signed 4 public Letters. We had a hard snow Storm. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 31, 1891

The Emma mine, in Little Cottonwood Canyon, was sold for $1,500,000. (2)
-- 140 years ago today - Mar 31, 1871 (Friday)

[Finances] Gordon B. Hinckley announces the creation of the Perpetual Education Fund to make loans to members of the church in developing nations, enabling them to improve their job prospects by pursuing higher education and vocational training programs. (3)
-- 10 years ago today - Mar 31, 2001


1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/282148/

Today in Mormon History - Mar 30

[Polygamy] Helen Mar Kimball pens an autobiographical sheet that refers to her sealing to Joseph Smith. (1)
-- 130 years ago today - Mar 30, 1881

Charles Coulson Rich: Appointed member of Nauvoo State presidency 30 March 1841. (2)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 30, 1841

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Monday. I gave my son Alma the house on my lot known as the office. He expects to move it up to his lot. (3)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 30, 1891


1 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)
2 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith
3 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

Today in Mormon History - Mar 29

Charles C. Rich and Austin Cowles were chosen counselors to Wm. Marks, president of the Nauvoo Stake of Zion. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 29, 1841 (Monday)

A number of Church leaders and elders assemble in the Kirtland Temple where they participate in the sacred ordinance of the washing of the feet and afterward remain all night, prophesying and praising God. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 29, 1836

[Second Counselor John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

The forenoon was largely spent in reading some documents on John D. Lee by Josiah Rogerson who made the short hand report at Beaver at the time of Lees trial [for the Mountain Meadows Massacre]. (3)
-- 100 years ago today - Wednesday, Mar 29, 1911


1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
3 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith

Today in Mormon History - Mar 28

Quorum of Twelve Apostles excommunicates John W. Taylor for marrying plural wife in 1909 and for justifying it by 1886 revelation. His is last excommunication of general authority appointed in nineteenth century and first excommunication of general authority with service in twentieth century. (1)
-- 100 years ago today - Mar 28, 1911

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Saturday. I was at home. Snowed hard all day. In the afternoon I went up to reservoir and down to Maria's place and stayed to Willard's wedding reception. About 40 present of my own family and others had a good time. Went to town at 12 o'clock. Still storming hard. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 28, 1891

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Hardship not Evidence of Wickedness

Spirit of Man Eternal - Meaning of Abr. 3:22

More Powerful Spirits Overcome Lesser

Why Devil Wanted to Go into Swine - Matt. 8 (3)
-- 170 years ago today - 28Mar41


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/

Today in Mormon History - Mar 27

The High Council in Hanley, England considers "the case of a Brother Mumford who was ingaged in the Magic or Blackart fortune telling &c which prevails to a great extent in this Country. But as he persisted in his course after being laboured with the Council withdrew fellowship form him. He was holding the office of a Priest . . ." (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 27, 1841

[Catholic Church in Utah] On 27 March 1931 Rome removed the eastern Nevada counties from the diocese, declaring its boundaries contiguous with those of the state of Utah. (2)
-- 80 years ago today - Mar 27, 1931

Dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Hymns were sung by a choir directed by Marvel C. Davis. Solomon W. Denton reported "having seen a great vision, during the time of the washings and anointings" associated with the ceremony. (3)
-- 175 years ago today - (Sun) Mar 27, 1836


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Catholic Church in Utah, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/c/CATHOLIC.html
3 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm

Today in Mormon History - Mar 26

[Joseph Smith] "Furthermore, he and others had studied Hebrew in Kirtland, Ohio, with Professor Joshua Seixas for two hours a day from January 26 through March 26, 1836." (1)
-- 175 years ago today - January 26-Mar 26, 1836

Utah Supreme Court rules in decision written by Justice Christine Durham: "The fact that our [Utah] constitution requires the state to prohibit polygamy does not necessarily mean that the state must deny any or all civil rights and privileges to polygamists." Therefore, court rules that polygamists have right to adopt children. (2)
-- 20 years ago today - Mar 26, 1991

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Thursday. Willard Merrill married to Bessie Cluff today. I took dinner with them at our boarding house. Weather good and spring-like. (3)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 26, 1891


1 - Wikipedia, Joseph Smith Chronology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Joseph_Smith,_Jr.
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

Today in Mormon History - Mar 25

At Parowan's School of Prophets, "speaking of the apostacy in the Church," one of local Seventy's presidents says that "there were many who are beginning to think they do not worship the same God that Brigham Young does." (1)
-- 140 years ago today - Mar 25, 1871

[Joseph Smith Diary] 25th Friday the 25th Attendled] School with the morning class, also at 5 o'clock P.M. and rec[eive]d a lecture upon the Hebrew Grammar. We have pleasant weather and good Sleighing. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 25, 1836

[Daughters of Utah Pioneers] Ground was broken for the Museum on March 25, 1946. (3)
-- 65 years ago today - Mar 25, 1946


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries
3 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/d/DAUGHTERSUTPIO.html

Today in Mormon History - Mar 24

Utah's chief justice Zane writes: "Polygamy has demoralized the people of Utah. I presume there are more sexual crimes here in proportion to the population than anywhere else." (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 24, 1891

[William Clayton Journal] This night the constable brought me a summons to appear before Justice Spain to answer to Wm. Miller for trespass on his premises. (2)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 24, 1841. Wednesday.

[Joseph Smith Diary] 24th Thursday the 24th Attended School as usual. In the evening, met with my class at the printing office and rec[eive]d a lecture from Professor Seixas upon the Hebrew language.

After we were dismissed, we called at the School room to hear the quire /choir/ of Singers perform, which they did admirably. On this day 5 more were rec[eive]d into the Church by baptism. (3)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 24, 1836


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton
3 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries

Today in Mormon History - Mar 23

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Monday. Went out to South Farm and arranged about land matters with my son Willard and agreed to pay for him $600.00 for 20 acres of land he bought from Frank Lewis, $400.00 now and balance in 4 months from this date. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 23, 1891

[David O. McKay Office Journal] At 8:15 a.m. held a brief consultation with Joseph Fielding Smith regarding our imperative duty to attach more reverence for Temple apparel by withdrawing the garment from commercial institutions. Gave him my views and suggestions in writing on Reverence for the Garment. (2)
-- 75 years ago today - Mon Mar 23, 1936

[Brigham Young] --23-- I walked fifteen miles to Chester, and from thence by rail to Liverpool.

--25, 26, and 27-- Brother Richards and myself were detained at the Liverpool Post-office, as witnesses in the case of "The Queen v. Joseph Holloway," for not delivering letters in due season. We were also engaged packing and sending off Books of Mormon to pay those who had loaned us money to carry forward the printing and binding. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 23, 1841


1 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - McKay, David O., Office Journal
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).

Today in Mormon History - Mar 22

[Patriarchal Blessings] Kirtland, Ohio, Patriarchal Blessing to Ethan Barrows given by Joseph Smith Sr. stated "Thou shalt have power to translate thyself from land to land and from country to country, from one end of heaven to the other, and when thy work is done thou shalt translate from earth to heaven." (1)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 22, 1836

Painesville, Ohio TELEGRAPH claims there is "a very striking resemblance between masonry and mormonism. Both systems pretend to have a very ancient origin, and to possess some wonderful secrets which the world cannot have without submitting to the prescribed ceremonies." It also mentions, "Smith and his father belonged to a gang of money-diggers, who had followed that business for many years, Jo pretending he could see the gold and silver by the aid of what they called a 'peep stone.'" (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Mar 22, 1831

[Brigham Young] --22-- I preached; congregation attentive. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 22, 1841


1 - Marquardt, H. Michael, "Excerpts from a few Patriarchal Blessings given by Joseph Smith, Sr." http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/patb2.htm
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).

Today in Mormon History - Mar 21

[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location:

Source: McIntire Minute Book -Words of Joseph Smith, 67) Sabath Meetingâ€"Joseph Read the 2 & 3d Chapters of Malichi & stated that there was a priestHood Confered upon the sons of Levi throughout the Jenerations of the Jews, & he also said they was born heirs to that priestHood By Linage or Decent & held the Keys of the first principles of the Gospelâ€"for thisâ€"he quoted concerning Jesus coming to John to be Baptized of Jhon that he -Jesus- Might Enter into the Kingdom as Jhon held the Keys, suffer it to be so now &c he also Brought up Zacharias pleading with the Lord in the temple that he might have seed so that the priestHood might be preserved

he also prophesyed that all those that made Light of the Revelations that was Given and him & his wordsâ€"would ere Long Cry & Lement (when the servant of God would be imprizened) say O!! that we had harkened to the words of God & the Revelattions Givenâ€"But all opertunity is Cut off from them. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 21, 1841 (Sunday)

A 10-reel film of the history of the Church was completed. (2)
-- 80 years ago today - Mar 21, 1931

The First Presidency appoints Rodney H. Brady as president and chief executive officer of Deseret Management Corporation, the holding company that oversees businesses owned by the Church. (3)
-- 15 years ago today - Mar 21, 1996


1 - The Woodland Institute, http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
2 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html
3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com

Today in Mormon History - Mar 20

The DESERET NEWS prints a sermon by Brigham Young: "There are scores of evil spirits here, spirits of the old Gadianton robbers, some of whom inhabited these mountains and used to go into the south and afflict the Nephites. There are millions of these spirits in the mountains, and they are ready to make us covetous, if they can; they are ready to lead astray every man and woman that wishes to be a Latter-day Saint." The talk is later printed in the JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES. (1)
-- 150 years ago today - Mar 20, 1861

[Joseph Smith] Upon inquiry by some local brothers, Joseph receives a revelation explaining the details for selling stock for the Nauvoo House. He also inquires about the will of the Lord concerning the Saints in Iowa, and receives D&C 125. (2)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 20, 1841

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 49. Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley are called on a mission to the Shakers. Jesus now rigns in heaven, will return soon, but no one knows when. Unknown holy men. Christ will not return as a woman. Marriage is ordained of God (one wife) for procreation. Be equal in all. Lamanites to blossom as the rose and Zion flourish upon the hills. (3)
-- 180 years ago today - March 20-26, 1831


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
3 - Kenny, Scott; Saints Without Halos, 'Doctrine and Covenants,' http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml

Today in Mormon History - Mar 19

An exchange agreement was signed by LDS and RLDS officials, and a blessing by Joseph Smith naming his son as his successor is turned over to the RLDS Church in exchange for one of the few existing copies of an 1833 Book of Commandments, conservatively valued at $10,000. The exchange was to be conditional for ninety days, pending further authentication by the RLDS. Spokesmen of both churches agreed that the discovery of the blessing had done little to improve chances of reconciliation. The NEW YORK TIMES on this day runs an article headlined "Mormon Document Raises Doubts on Succession of Church's Leaders." On May 18th, 1981, the RLDS Church announces that the document is authentic and the trade is finalized. The document later it turns out to have been forged by Mark Hofmann. (1)
-- 30 years ago today - Mar 19, 1981

[Gold Plates] "In the first place, it was roundly asserted that the plates on which Mormon wrote his history, (in the reformed Egyptian language) were of gold, and hence its name; gentlemen in this vicinity were called on to estimate its value from its weight, (something more than 20 lbs) Smith and Harris gave out that no mortal save Jo could look upon it and live". The Reflector, (Palmyra, NY), 19 March 1831 (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Mar 19, 1831

The first meetinghouse constructed by the Church in Malaysia was dedicated in Miri, Sarawak. (3)
-- 5 years ago today - Mar 19, 2006


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Antley, Joseph, Early Mormon Writings, Appearance of the gold plates, http://earlymormon.com/wiki/index.php?title=Appearance_of_the_gold_plates
3 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html

Today in Mormon History - Mar 18

[Bibliography on the Negro Doctrine] Dyer, Alvin R., "For What Purpose?" Address to a missionary conference, Oslo, Norway, 18 March 1961. Widely distributed in typescript. LDS Church Archives. (1)
-- 50 years ago today - Mar 18, 1961

Formation of Missionary, Priesthood, and Temple and Genealogy Executive Councils. (2)
-- 30 years ago today - Mar 18, 1981

[Hinckley] Dedicated Montevideo Uruguay Temple (3)
-- 10 years ago today - 2001 18-Mar


1 - Neither White nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church: Chronological Bibliography on the Negro Doctrine [1900-1983], Edited by Lester E. Bush, Jr., and Armand L. Mauss
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 - LDS Newsroom, Time line of Significant Events as President, http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/time-line-of-significant-events-as-president

Today in Mormon History - Mar 17

James D. Morask, paraplegic for four years after automobile accident, regains feeling and movement in his legs immediately after his LDS baptism. Eight months later, CHURCH NEWS reports that he is now walking "with braces to give his legs support and has learned to drive again." (1)
-- 40 years ago today - Mar 17, 1971

Isaac Galland: Wife Hannah died 17 March 1831. (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Mar 17, 1831

[Brigham Young] --17-- The Alesto sailed with 54 Saints. With Brother R. Hedlock I visited the Saints in Harden; he preached in the evening. Stayed all night with Brother Joseph Ellis. --20-- Went to Overton, and on Sabbath, 21st, preached in the morning, and in the evening at Brother Price's. Had a large congregation. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 17, 1841


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).

Today in Mormon History - Mar 16

A large group of students publish a petition, signed by 80% of the student body, in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE to keep professor Henry Peterson at BYU. Peterson is being removed for teaching Evolution. The next day Peterson is fired and the DESERET NEWS prints an editorial chastising the students for publishing the petition in an "anti-Mormon" newspaper. (1)
-- 100 years ago today - Mar 16, 1911
[Apostle Franklin D. Richards Diary] Attended a meeting of 2 of presidency 5 of the 12 and several of the ZCMI Directors where it was considered whether to become part owners in the Salt Lake Times concluded favorably if it can be carried out safely as a Republican paper. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 16, 1891
Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 48, a revelation for the Saints gathering in Kirtland about purchasing land. (3)
-- 180 years ago today - about Mar 16, 1831

1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith

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Today in Mormon History - Mar 15

Brigham Young's office journal states: "The President remarked that Abel Lincoln had expressed a determination to Keep the Union in as good condition as he received it. He remarked that Abel Lincoln was no friend to Christ, particularly, he had never raised his voice in our favor when he was aware that we were being persecuted. He was acquainted with Joseph & Hyrum, and had been a master freemason, and that time would show what course he would pursue Abel Lincoln is in the hands of the Lord and he would control him to carry out his designs. He further remarked that Pres. Buchanan had been raised up as much as Pharaoh [sic] was. Buchanan was raised up to split up the Union." (1)
-- 150 years ago today - Mar 15, 1861

[Joseph Smith] The Kirtland Saints inquire of Joseph about where the New York Saints will settle. Joseph receives D&C 48. Parley P. Pratt reaches Kirtland from Missouri to find hundreds of Saints now in the Church. At this time Leman Copley, of the sect called Shaking Quakers (Shakers), has joined the Church and Joseph receives a revelation about Leman's former sect. (See D&C 49.) (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Mid-Mar. 1831

[Brigham Young] --15-- Attended a blessing-meeting at Brother Domville's. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - March 15, 1841


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).

Today in Mormon History - Mar 14

Ninety BYU students present a petition to President Brimhall asking the administration not to accept professor Henry Peterson's resignation. Peterson had been forced to resign two days earlier because of having taught evolution at BYU. (1)
-- 100 years ago today - Mar 14, 1911

In the St. George temple, Wilford Woodruff has 41 single, dead women sealed to him. (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Mar 14, 1881

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14 I spent the day at the farm reading. (3)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 14, 1891


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 13

William Smith, brother of Joseph Smith born at Royalton, Vermont; he is the only male in the Smith family to live beyond 1844. He dies Nov 13, 1893. (1)
-- 200 years ago today - Mar 13, 1811
Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith met with the First Presidency and some of the Quorum of the Twelve to discuss moving to Jackson County in Missouri. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 13, 1836
[U.S. Religious History] L. Ron Hubbard, science-fiction author and founder of Scientology, was born. (3)
-- 100 years ago today - Mar 13, 1911

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

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Today in Mormon History - Mar 12

First non-English-speaking stake organized at The Hague in Netherlands, which is also first stake in continental Europe. (1)
-- 50 years ago today - Mar 12, 1961

[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] Pres[iden]t Cannon said that Mr Estey of California, who is a great friend of ours had some prospects of becoming the United States Senator from that state and he suggested we pray for him. Pres[iden]t Woodruff then requested brother Cannon to offer a prayer in Mr. Estey's behalf. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 12, 1891

[Brigham Young] --12-- Attending to the brethren about to sail for America, and in the evening attended a blessing-meeting at Brother Mitchell's. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - March 12, 1841


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Diary Excerpts of Heber J. Grant,
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 11

President David O. McKay dedicates the Los Angeles Temple (later the Los Angeles California Temple), which was one of only four temples erected during the 1950s.
-- 55 years ago today - Mar 11, 1956    

Apostle and St. George Temple president Wilford Woodruff finds that he cannot find records for many second anointing that have been performed in the St. George Temple. (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Mar 11, 1881

[Brigham Young] --11-- Elder Kimball and I went to Liverpool, where we met Elders Richards and Taylor, and appointed Thomas Smith and William Moss to take charge of the Saints about to sail on the ship Alesto. In the evening attended a blessing-meeting. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - March 11, 1841

1 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).

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Today in Mormon History - Mar 10

Brigham Young preaches: "Many of the brethren chew tobacco, and I have advised them to be modest about it. Do not take out a whole plug of tobacco in meeting before the eyes of the congregation, and cut off a long slice and put it in your mouth, to the annoyance of everybody around. Do not glory in this disgraceful practice. If you must use tobacco, put a small portion in your mouth when no person sees you, and be careful that no one sees you chew it. I do not charge you with sin." (1)
-- 150 years ago today - Mar 10, 1861
Gordon B. Hinckley interviewed a second time by CBS‘s Mike Wallace. (2)
-- 15 years ago today - Mar 10, 1996
[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, 10th Attended School in the morning. In the after noon read Hebrew in the office. At evening went down to [the] Professor['s] room to be instructed by him in the language. On the account of the Storm the class did not meet. (3)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 10, 1836

1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984
3 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36

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Today in Mormon History - Mar 09

[Joseph Smith Sermon] When Holy Ghost Given
Godhead - Nature of God
True Order of Prayer - Names
Preaching
Time for God - Book of Abraham (1)
-- 170 years ago today - 9Mar41
The Deseret Philharmonic Society was organized in Salt Lake City, with David O. Calder as president. (2)
-- 140 years ago today - Mar 9, 1871 (Thursday)
Jacob Gates, later one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventy, is born in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. (3)
-- 200 years ago today - Mar 09, 1811

1 - The Parallel Joseph, http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com

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Today in Mormon History - Mar 08

John Whitmer is officially called as church historian. He begins a history of the church titled "The Book of John Whitmer" which includes his own excommunication on Mar of 1838, in chapter 19. Joseph Smith, with Sidney Rigdon, begins his "translation" of the New Testament. At the top of the very first page of manuscript is inscribed "A Translation of the New Testament translated by the Power of God." The "translation" is done with no reference to any source documents. (1)
-- 180 years ago today - Mar 8, 1831
[William Clayton Writings] We got our house part raised by the 8th of March William Poole assisting us. At this time William Poole moved over the river to seek employment and left us. (2)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 8, 1841, Thursday
[Joseph Smith Diary] 8th Tuesday the 8th Attended school and translated most of the 22nd chapter of Gen[esis]. After my class were dismissed, retired to the printing office and translated 10 verses of Ex[odus] 3d [chapter] which with the 1st and 2nd Psalms are our next lesson. (3)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 8, 1836

1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries
3 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1835-36

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Today in Mormon History - Mar 07

Apostle Anthony W. Ivins writes to his son, Grant, "You can count on it[-]I have never performed a marriage seremony [sic] without proper authority" Apostle Ivins performed numerous post-manifesto plural marriages. The First Presidency "visited the [Salt Lake] Temple and gave orders for the placing of more toilets in that building." (1)
-- 100 years ago today - Mar 7, 1911

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 7 Sunday I spent the day reading. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 7, 1891

President Spencer W. Kimball breaks ground for the Atlanta Georgia Temple. (3)
-- 30 years ago today - Mar 07, 1981


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 06

Joseph Smith goes to Hebrew teacher Joshua Seixas for private instruction. The next two days the "first class" (of which Joseph is a member) translates, from the Hebrew, chapters 17 and 22 of Genesis, both of which deal with Abraham. (1)
-- 175 years ago today - Mar 6, 1836

Church responds to questions on TV Series,Big Love that is aired by HBO depicting a family of polygamists living in Salt Lake City. (2)
-- 5 years ago today - Mar 6, 2006

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 45. The Son reminds the Father of his blood and suffering. Believers become his sons, perform miracles. Reasons with followers. City of Enoch. Jews to gather to Jerusalem. Fulness of gospel revealed at beginning of the times of the Gentiles. Scourge and desolation at end of times of the Gentiles. Signs of second coming. Resurrection followed by destruction , conversion of the Jews, who weep for persecuting their king. Satan bound , Jesus' return. Wicked will be cast into the fire, righteous receive earthly reward. Joseph to translate the New Testament. Wars begin soon in America. Gather out of the east. Collect funds to purchase inheritance. New Jerusalem a land of peace, safety.

Manuscripts in the Church Archives, one in the hand of Edward Partridge and another in the hand of William E. McLellin, date the revelation March 6, 1831. (3)
-- 180 years ago today - March 6 or 7, 1831


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984
3 - Kenny, Scott; Saints Without Halos, 'Doctrine and Covenants,' http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 05

The Coalville Tabernacle is demolished by the LDS Church. (1)
-- 40 years ago today - Mar 5, 1971

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary] Bore testimony against wicked at Temple Sat.

At the Temple. Prayer circle. a Meeting of the Priesthood we went forth and washed our feet and bore testimony against the wicked, who have shed the blood of the Prophets and Saints. And those of the present day who desire to make war on the Saints. (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Mar 5, 1881

Zachariah S. Taylor was discharged from the Penitentiary. (3)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 5, 1891 (Thursday)


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister
3 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 04

Brigham Young "remarked that Joseph Smith Jun. had predicted 20 years ago today that 70 years from that time not one stone would remain on another in the City of New York." (1)
-- 150 years ago today - Mar 4, 1861

William Harrison becomes first Whig U.S. President. (2)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 4, 1841

The Old Folks, widows and orphans of Salt Lake County, were treated to a free entertainment in the Salt Lake Theatre. (3)
-- 120 years ago today - Mar 4, 1891 (Wednesday)


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm
3 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 03

BYU paper DAILY UNIVERSE article, "Archaeologists Explore Probable City Bountiful," claims that BYU expeditions into Central America from 1947 to 1956 have "discovered important evidence bearing on the location of the Book of Mormon city of Bountiful in the Xicalango jungle of western Campeche [as well as] the location of the major Book of Mormon city of Zarahemla in the middle Usumacinta valley" (1)
-- 50 years ago today - Mar 3, 1961

(Elijah Abel) : Ordained an elderâ€"the first black to hold priesthood office in the Church. At the time of his ordination, he was given a patriarchal blessing by Church Patriarch Joseph Smith, Sr.: "Thou has been ordained an Elder. … Thou shalt be made equal to thy brethren, and thy soul shall be white in eternity and thy robes glittering: thou shalt receive these blessings because of the covenants of thy fathers." (2)
-- 175 years ago today - 1836. March 3

Josiah Butterfield Death: 3 Mar. 1871, Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., California , Estate: No record (3)
-- 140 years ago today - Mar 3, 1871


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons
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 Mormon History - Mar 02

At Joseph Smith's request, Bishop George Miller reported from John C. Bennett's former residence that "his wife left him under satisfactory evidence of his adulterous connections." (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 2, 1841

A bill was approved by U.S. President James Buchanan that provided for the organization of the Nevada Territory out of the western portions of Utah. (2)
-- 150 years ago today - Mar 2, 1861

[Mark Hofmann] The Joseph Smith III blessing is sold to LDS church for about $20,000 in trade. (The Church trades this document to the RLDS church on 18 March for an 1833 Book of Commandments.) Soon after, Hofmann donates to LDS church a Thomas Bullock letter to Brigham Young, dated 27 January 1865, to add credibility to the blessing. About the same time of the blessing transaction, LDS church purchases some "White Notes" from Hofmann. Hofmann also sells some to Al Rust, a coin dealer in Salt Lake City. (3)
-- 30 years ago today - Mar 2, 1981


1 - http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached)
2 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html
3 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,


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Today in Mormon History - Mar 01

[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo city ordinance that "the Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Latter-day Saints, Quakers, Episcopals, Universalists, Unitarians, Mohammedans, and all other religious sects and denominations, whatever, shall have free toleration, and equal privileges." This law provided for a $300 fine and 6-month imprisonment for anyone convicted of ridiculing a person's religious beliefs. At this time, several states of the U.S.A. prohibited Jews and other non-Christians from voting or holding public office. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Mar 1, 1841

Church forms an Audiovisual Department, consolidating all Church-owned audiovisual facilities and the audiovisual efforts in areas such as missionary work, Church education, and curriculum. (2)
-- 20 years ago today - Mar 1, 1991

Parley Parker Pratt: Returned to Kirtland, Ohio, before 1 March 1831. (3)
-- 180 years ago today - Mar 1, 1831


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 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984
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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