Today in Mormon History - Jun 30

[William Clayton Journal] We have continued to labour very hard in splitting rails up to the present time. The wether now begins to be very hot almost more than we can bear. We are yet very far short of completing the fence and in danger of having the corn spoiled by cattle every day. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 30, 1841. Wednesday.

[J.D.T. McAllister Diary] Administered to Man with stomach trouble

called and administered to Casper Bryner. trouble with Something like a frog or Lizard in his stomach. had fasted four days. no food nor drink. (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Jun 30, 1881

An LDS missionary records in his journal Harold B. Lee's answer (given in the temple) to the question, "If the "second endowment" existed and "if so, what connection does it have with the Holy Spirit of Promise, and who receives it and why and how," Lee's answer: "You don't have to worry. You've received all the ordinances necessary for exaltation....It is a special blessing given by the President of the Church to men who have been called. It is not necessary to receive it, however. You have all the endowment you need to be exalted." (3)
-- 50 years ago today - Jun 30, 1961


1 - 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
2 - Diary Excerpts of J.D.T. McAllister, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 29

Gordon B. Hinckley named president and chairman of executive committee, Deseret News Publishing Company. (1)
-- 40 years ago today - Jun 29, 1971

[Joseph Smith] Clay County residents resolve to ask that the Mormons leave their county. Up to this time, Mormons in the county had not voted on local affairs nor been accused of any crimes. Residents assert that the differences between themselves and Mormon would not allow them to peaceably reside together. The resolution encourages the Mormons to settle in Wisconsin. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 29, 1836

[Hale, Van, Mormon Miscellaneous, Utah War Chronology, http:

www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html] Utah War (3)
-- 11


1 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984
2 - Wikipedia, Joseph Smith Chronology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Joseph_Smith,_Jr.
3 - 18560629

Today in Mormon History - Jun 28

[U.S. Religious History] Decided: Williams v. Lara

The Texas Supreme Court decided that an "all fundamentalist" prison section was unconstitutional, even though the prisoners volunteered to be there where other religious beliefs were excluded. (1)
-- 10 years ago today - Jun 28, 2001

Frederick G. Williams was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace in Kirtland township. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - (Tue) Jun 28, 1836

Assistant President of the Church John C. Bennett writes to Bodley Lodge No. 1, Quincy, Illinois, asking that it recommend that a Masonic lodge be established in Nauvoo. His request is denied because Mormons were "unknown to this lodge as Masons." (3)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 28, 1841


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

Today in Mormon History - Jun 27

Jens Frandsen and Henry Sudweeks were discharged from the Penitentiary. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 27, 1891 (Saturday)

[John Nuttle Diary] The funeral services were held at the house at 1 p.m. Bp Thos P. Taylor & G.N. Taylor addressed the assembly quite a goodly number of friends present who also went with us to the Cemetary. Sophia was not able to attend the services. (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Monday Jun 27, 1881

Musa Bey Alami in company with daughter of Jordanian ambassador to United States expresses gratitude to President David O. McKay and to BYU for their joint donation of large heard of cows for Jerico Dairy Project in Jordan. By 1996 400 Jordanian boys have graduated from project's dairy school, and 160 are enrolled in project which is providing mile to 111 Palestinian and Jordanian villages. Alami says that "there has not been anything done in Jordan, in spite of the millions of dollars spent there that has met the success of this gift." Church called L. Burt Bigler, LDS bishop and dairyman from Jordan, Utah, to select cattle, transport them to Jerico, and supervise dairy in Kingdom of Jordan. (3)
-- 50 years ago today - Jun 27, 1961


1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - Diary Excerpts of L. John Nuttall, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 26

At the first world seminar for mission presidents, "A Uniform System for Teaching Investigators" is introduced, as is the "every member a missionary" program. The conference in Salt Lake City lasts until July 27. (1)
-- 50 years ago today - Jun 26, 1961

[John Nuttle Diary] [DEL: at home all the day an :DEL] (sic) up most of the night waiting on John who is failing fast Dr Murphy told me this morning that professionally he could do nothing more for him. I consulted Prest Taylor as to calling other doctors he said no that all had been done that could be. I called on Bp Thos Taylor & other Elders who met prayed & administered to him he seemed much better but afterwards failed again. Prest Taylor called us & blessed him he continued to fail until 5.20 when he expired all our efforts having failed. The Lord seemed to want him -- Bro Hyrum Taylor took the matters in hand to call on Bp Taylor & Sister Jos E Taylor as to the funeral service -- My wife Sophia very much effected my own feeling also much wrought upon. (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Sunday Jun 26, 1881

Brigham Young's office journal records: "Br. [Samuel] Murphy called upon the President and mentioned to him that his eyes were bad and his stomach out of order. The President told him to take care of himself, and to wear a good shade to his eyes, and take some medicine to cleanse his stomach. The President noticed the effects of the first dose of lobelia he took, the lobelia poked the phlegm, but not his food. he observed persons have formed a prejudice against lobelia, because their stomachs were not properly prepared with warm drinks until they ware in a perspiration before they took the lobelia, if there is no disease the lobelia will not cause a vomit but will pass off the same as any thing else taken into the stomach, but if there is disaese then the lobelia will cause a puke." (3)
-- 150 years ago today - Jun 26, 1861


1 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
2 - Diary Excerpts of L. John Nuttall, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 25

[Plains] Homer Duncan Company begins crossing plains (1)
-- 150 years ago today - Jun 25, 1861

[Apostle Franklin D. Richards Diary] Franklin from City informs me that Presidency have been away for California last 3 or 4 days. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 25, 1891

DESERET NEWS editorial praises non-combatant conscientious objectors but opposes the "craven draft-dodger." (3)
-- 60 years ago today - Jun 25, 1951


1 - Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, Chronological Company List, http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanylist-chronological/0,15765,3968-1,00.html
2 - Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 24

William "Billy" Earl Casper, later a professional golfer, PGA champion, and winner of the Masters, is born in San Diego, California. (1)
-- 80 years ago today - Jun 24, 1931

Counselor J. Reuben Clark advises Mormon "against your assuming as truth the most of the criticism you see leveled against Hitler and his regime in Germany. I visited Germany twice within the last half-dozen years . . . Hitler is undoubtedly bad from our American point of view, but I think the Germans like him." Because of such statements, federal intelligence agencies investigate Clark in Utah as possible pro-Nazi subversive. (2)
-- 70 years ago today - Jun 24, 1941

An editorial in The Vermont Chronicler discussing Mormon revelation noted: "Our readers will recollect a similar delusion which raged soms [sic] ten years ago today in the case of the 'Pilgrims.' Their Prophet - Old Isaac, as he was called - came from Canada with a few, and encamped in Woodstock. Here outraging not Christianity only but humanity, by their absurd opinions and absurder practice - by taking the assertions of their infatuated leader for divine revelation, ... they induced many decent people who should have known better to join them, under the empty promise of being led to the holy land..."

"From the resemblances between the Pilgrims and Mormonites in manners and pretensions, we should think Old Isaac had re-appeared in the person of Joe Smith, and was intending to make another speculation...."

"They are daily receiving new revelations - sometimes by letters dropped from the skies, written in a round Italian hand, and in letters of gold; which, if it is attempted to transcribe them, vanish." (3)
-- 180 years ago today - Jun 24, 1831


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 - Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source

Today in Mormon History - Jun 23

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 23 We took Breakfast. Had an interview with A Bablam. We then had a Meeting with Judge Estee. We took Dinner of Raw Oysters.

We had an interview with Gov Zulic of Arizona who spok Well of that Territory And of Massi City. He set out the first orange tree there & they were doing [ ]. We had a Busy day. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 23, 1891

Broke ground, on his 96^th birthday, for the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on the BYU campus (2)
-- 5 years ago today - Jun 23, 2006

[Emma Smith] Son Alexander Hale Smith marries Elizabeth Agnes Kendall. (3)
-- 150 years ago today - Jun 23, 1861


1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - 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
3 - Emma Smith, Woman of Faith, http://emmasmithmormon.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 22

Theodore Curtis, who had been under arrest in Gloucester, England, five days for preaching the gospel, was acquitted. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 22, 1841 (Tuesday)

John Smith: Left Kirtland 22 June 1836. Preached in Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 22, 1836

First Presidency supports plan to persuade U.S. Army to send its "colored contingents" to California rather than to Utah. At its same meeting Presidency agrees to allow baptism of Nigerians seeking membership in church. (3)
-- 50 years ago today - Jun 22,1961


1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
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 - 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, http://amzn.to/extensions-power

Today in Mormon History - Jun 21

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 21 Sunday At 4 oclock we took Cars for San francisco. We rode all day & night. We passed Sira Nevada Mountains in the night. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 21, 1891

[Joseph Smith] Mormon missionaries are tried for preaching. Apostle David W. Patten and future apostle Wilford Woodruff (hereafter Woodruff), among the missionaries in the Tennessee court, are assessed court costs and released. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 21, 1836

This evening from about 9-30 to 12 O.C[lock], my wife and I attended to the second part of the ordinance of second anointings. We besides the ordinance itself sang "We thank thee O God for a prophet," conversed concerning our duties to each other and children, read from John XII:1-8 verses, read the Rev[elation] on the Eternity of the Marriage Covenant, Section 132. We dedicated [the] room [in our house] for the purpose of this meeting [and] closed by singing: "Oh my father thou that dwellest." Anna was mouth in [the] preliminary prayer [and] I gave the dedicatory prayer and the benediction. The spirit of the Lord was with us and we felt nearer together than usual: were much encouraged in pressing onward in an endeavor to succeed in life. We fasted during the day and broke our fast together a little after 12 O.C[lock]. [William Henry Smart diary, June 21, 1901, Marriott Library] (3)
-- 110 years ago today - Jun 21, 1901


1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
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, http://amzn.to/origins-power
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 20

[Apostle Franklin D. Richards Diary] Went to Brigham City with Franklin and Charles called on Pres[iden]t Snow he concluded to go & I accompanied him to the Factory Hall where Charles gave an excellent resume of the rise and progress of the American Govt till the present with the origins of the several Parties that have arisen with the distinguishing Doctrines Franklin followed on the Tarriff, with many ilucidations.

The audience was enthusiastic all through with plentious(?) applause. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 20, 1891

[Emma Smith] Son Frederick Granger Williams Smith is born at Kirtland, Ohio. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 20, 1836

About 6 [p.m.] went to the Temple to pray. Tarelton Lewis [presided][,] Pres. Isaac Higbee mouth. [Thomas Bullock journal, June 20, 1846] (3)
-- 165 years ago today - Jun 20, 1846


1 - Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Emma Smith, Woman of Faith, http://emmasmithmormon.com
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 19

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 19 I spent the day at home. Was poorly through the day. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 19, 1891

[Plains] Elias Asper Freight Train begins crossing plains (2)
-- 150 years ago today - Jun 19, 1861

Book of Mormon witnesses Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, John Whitmer, Apostle Lyman E. Johnson, and Mormon editor William W. Phelps flee for their lives after receiving a written death-threat signed by Danite chief Sampson Avard, two members of the First Presidency, and eighty other Danites. This is two days after Sidney Rigdon announced that the church will now fulfill the commandment to treat dissenters as "salt" to be "trodden under the foot of men." (3)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 19, 1836


1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, Chronological Company List, http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanylist-chronological/0,15765,3968-1,00.html
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 18

President Kimball spoke at three area conferences in England and Scotland, which were attended by more than a total of 17,000 members. (1)
-- 35 years ago today - Jun 18, 1976-22

Sarah Lawrence, polygamous widow of Joseph Smith, formally divorces Heber C. Kimball. Two years later she marries Joseph Mount who "had come from the gold mines of California where he made quite a fortune." On this same day Mary Ann Clark Powers, plural wife of Brigham Young since Jan 15, 1845, writes from Kanesville, Iowa: "I wish you to release me from all engagements with you for time and eternity." This request is granted. (2)
-- 160 years ago today - Jun 18, 1851

Niels C. Andersen was discharged from the Penitentiary. (3)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 18, 1891 (Thursday)


1 - 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
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology

Today in Mormon History - Jun 17

A commemorative wagon train crossed Iowa, retracing the path of the 1846 exodus from Nauvoo, Ill. (1)
-- 15 years ago today - Jun 17, 1996-July 12

[Plains] Edward Creighton Company begins crossing plains (2)
-- 150 years ago today - Jun 17, 1861

Patriarch Joseph Smith Senior gives blessings to Amos B. Fuller: "Thy years shall be many for thou shalt stand on the Earth and proclaim the Gospel to the Nations of the Gentiles, and the seed of Abraham, as long as the earth shall stand." And to Betsy Smith: " Thy children and thy children's children shall be saved and reign with thee in the kingdom of father and thou shall see the fourth generation and thou shall not see death but shall be grave thou must see tribulation but thou shalt have power to prevail over all thy enemies and shall see thy the Holy One of Israel while yet in the flesh" (3)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 17, 1836


1 - 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
2 - Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, Chronological Company List, http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanylist-chronological/0,15765,3968-1,00.html
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 16

[Brigham Young] --16-- We started very early and, after proceeding about three miles, we ran on a sandbar; got off about 4 p.m., and soon arrived at Wheeling, where we stayed all night. Captain Thomas O'Connor was very kind to us. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 16, 1841

[Joseph Smith] Church courts are held in which two elders are tried for lack of charity and want of benevolence to the poor. Orson Hyde writes the "first genuine Mormon missionary tract," which is published in August 1836 in Toronto, Canada, under the title: "A prophetic warning to all the churches, of every sect and denomination, and to every individual into whose hands it may fall." (Brigham Young University Studies (various issues), Su '72, 510-11.) (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 16, 1836

Jared Carter writes in his diary: "there was one of our Sisters healed from blindness by his [Joseph Smith's] instrumentality," (3)
-- 180 years ago today - Jun 16, 1831


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

Today in Mormon History - Jun 15

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15 I signed 15 Recommends. I receivd 6 Letters. I met with the Z.C.M.I. Board. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 15, 1891

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 55. W. W. Phelps called to be baptized, ordained, preach and baptize, assist Oliver with printing. Go with Joseph, Sidney, and Joseph Coe to Missouri.

Book of Commandments 57 heading: A Revelation to William, given given in Kirtland, Ohio, June, 1831.

1835 Doctrine and Covenants 68 heading: Revelation to William W. Phelps, given June, 1831.

Book of Commandments 57. (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Jun 15, 1831

Letter, Orson Hyde to Joseph Smith Smith, London: "I retired to my bed one night ... the vision of the Lord, like clouds of light burst into my view. The cities of London, Amsterdam, Constantinople, and Jerusalem, all appeared in succession before me; and the spirit said unto me, 'Here are many of the children of Abraham whom I will gather to the land that I gave to their fathers; and here also, is the field of your labors. Take therefore proper credentials from my people, your brethren, ... and go ye forth to the cities which have been shown you, and declare these words unto Judah, and say. 'Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, assemble yourselves and let us go into the defended cities. Set up the standard towards Zion ..." (3)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 15, 1841


1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Kenny, Scott; Saints Without Halos, 'Doctrine and Covenants,' http://saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml
3 - Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source

Today in Mormon History - Jun 14

[Brigham Young] --14-- Spent the time agreeably. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 14, 1841

Dear Brother: applications are, as you are aware, being constantly made for the privilege of having women sealed to their husbands who have heretofore been sealed to other men who were not their husbands. Similar applications are being made in the cases of sealing children to parents who have heretofore been sealed to men who were not their natural fathers. I have been unofficially informed that when such cases are plain, and when the applications are at harmony with the teachings given at the last April Conference, the rule in the Temple should be to proceed without application to President [Wilford] Woodruff. If this be the decision of the First Presidency, I would be obliged if I could be so informed officially by the placing of a plain "yes" or "no" upon this sheet. [There is a pencil-written "yes" at the bottom.] [John Nicholson to Wilford Woodruff, June 14, 1894] (2)
-- 117 years ago today - Jun 14, 1894

President McKay rejects proposal to merge Assistants to the Twelve with the First Councilof Seventy, now that the latter are also high priests. (3)
-- 50 years ago today - Jun 14, 1961


1 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
2 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 13

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Joliet Courier and Times and Seasons 2 (2 August 1841): 498.

Joliet Courier and Times and Seasons 2 (2 August 1841): 498: 13 or 20 June 1841 (Sunday), On Sunday I attended one of their meetings, in front of the Temple now building, and one of the largest buildings in the state. There could not have been less than 2,500 people present, and as well appearing as any number that could be found in this or any state. Mr. Smith preached in the morning, and one could have readily learned, then, the magic by which he has built up this society, because, as we say in Illinois, "they believe in him," and in his honesty. [Alexander Neibaur Diary] (1)
-- 170 years ago today - 13 or Jun 20, 1841

David Whitmer writes to the KANSAS CITY JOURNAL to correct some items in a recently-published interview: "I did not say that Smith used 'two small stones' as stated nor did I call the stone 'interpreters.' I stated that 'he used one stone (not two) and called it a sun stone.' . . .My statement was and is that in translating he put the stone in his hat and putting his face in the hat so as to exclude the light and that the light and characters appeared in the hat together with the interpretation which he uttered and was written by the scribe and which was tested at the time as stated." (2)
-- 130 years ago today - Jun 13, 1881

... Temple recommends should not be issued to a young man being considered for a call as a missionary until he has received his mission call in a letter from the First Presidency. [Priesthood Bulletin, June 13, 1975] (3)
-- 36 years ago today - Jun 13, 1975


1 - The Words of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 12

[Abraham H. Cannon Journal] Another case of rebaptism. "After meeting, Bro. Bloesch, the president of the branch, expressed the desire to be rebaptized. He is guilty of having intercourse with another man's wife, but he asked forgiveness for this, and made everything right as near as possible. We therefore went down to the Bieler Canal, where I rebaptized Bro. Bloesch and baptized Elsie Bangeter, Bro. Alder confirming the former and I the latter." (1)
-- 130 years ago today - June 12th, 1881

We are informed that the rules of the [United States] Navy do not permit its men to wear any other clothing than that provided by the Navy, and it is quite possible, therefore, that our brethren who have received their endowments who join the Navy may not be permitted to wear the temple garment. In that event there would be no wrongdoing on their part in ceasing to wear the garment while serving in the Navy, as it is ceasing to wear the garment from choice that constitutes the wrong. But of course it will be their duty to wear the garment whenever free to do so. [Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose to Hans P. Ipson, June 12, 1917] (2)
-- 94 years ago today - Jun 12, 1917

Brigham Young's office journal records: "Pres Young & his brother Phineas, had some conversation about the death of Stephen A. Douglass the President remarked he should be president in the lower world and Tom Benton should be his first counsellor. ..." (3)
-- 150 years ago today - Jun 12, 1861


1 - Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4
2 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 11

President Gordon B. Hinckley breaks ground for the Madrid Spain Temple. (1)
-- 15 years ago today - Jun 11, 1996

After supper I, Henrietta and Lucy [Thomas Bullock's wives] robed ourselves, prayed, and had sacrament. I gave them much instruction in regard to their duty. [Thomas Bullock journal, June 11, 1846] (2)
-- 165 years ago today - Jun 11, 1846

President David O. McKay begins ordaining members of First Council of Seventy to office of high priest so that they can ordain high priests, bishops, and organize wards and stakes. This is done in spite of the Prophet Joseph Smith's pronouncement that it is "contrary to the order of heaven" for members of the Council of Seventy to be high priests. (3)
-- 50 years ago today - Jun 11, 1961


1 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
2 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 10

Heber C. Kimball joins the Baptists. (1)
-- 180 years ago today - After Jun 10, 1831

Dissolution of church-controlled People's Party which instructs its members to join one of the two national parties, Democratic or Republican. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 10, 1891

[Temple] [Rudger Clawson] asked my opinion as to whether a man was violating his covenants who having once married a wife in the temple, wife being now dead, he married a second wife civilly. I asked what he thought. He said he thought he was not violating his covenants but was weak in the faith. I agreed. [J. Reuben Clark office diary, June 10, 1940 , Perry Special Collections] (3)
-- 71 years ago today - Jun 10, 1940


1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
2 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 09

Tegucigalpa Honduras (Under Construction) Temple; Location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Announcement: 9 June 2006; Groundbreaking: 12 September 2009 by Don R. Clarke; Notes: Ground was broken in a small ceremony on 12 September 2009 after a new site was selected. Previously ground had been broken on 9 June 2007 by Spencer V. Jones, excavation was halted because of opposition from Tegucigalpa city officials and citizens, who felt the temple would overshadow and block the view of the Catholic Our Lady of Suyapa Basilica on adjacent land. After negotioations failed to resolve the issue, the church announced on Wednesday, 28 January 2009, that out of respect for the city officials and citizens, the church would relocate the temple. (1)
-- 5 years ago today - Jun 9, 2006

The Hotel Utah was built as a cooperative effort by the business and ecclesiastical leaders of the Salt Lake community to bring everyone together. It succeeded. Shares in the venture were sold and the hotel's prominent location on the corner of South Temple and Main Street, previously the site of the Bishop's Tithing Office and the Deseret News, was donated by the LDS Church. After two years of construction and a $2 million price tag, the Hotel opened 9 June 1911 "in a blaze of splendor" with a grand party for 500 of Utah's notables. (2)
-- 100 years ago today - Jun 9, 1911

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports that LDS headquarters has acknowledged it has been calling specific people (such as advertising executives) on short-term missions to assist in campaign against legalization of same-sex marriages in Hawaii. (3)
-- 15 years ago today - Jun 9, 1996


1 - Wikipedia, List of Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#List_of_temples
2 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Hotel Utah, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/h/HOLTELUTAH.html
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 08

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE story that, contrary to recommendation of her department and college, BYU has fired English professor Gail Houston for expressing feminist views off campus. In support of this decision, university spokesman notes that 5 percent of her student-evaluations complain that Houston's courses in English literature do not offer "gospel insights" and are not "spiritually uplifting," even though 90 percent of student evaluations rank her highly. In Oct the American Association of University Professors begins investigation of this action in terms of due process and academic freedom. (1)
-- 15 years ago today - Jun 8, 1996

[Utah] First counselor J. Reuben Clark tells annual conference of youth and their leaders: "When I was a boy it was preached from the stand, and my father and mother repeated the principle to me time and time again. They said, 'Reuben, we had rather bury you than to have you become unchaste.' and that is the law of this Church." This doctrine continues in the church and is included in all editions of Bruce R. McConkie's great work Mormon Doctrine under the heading "Chastity." (2)
-- 70 years ago today - Jun 8,1941

Sunset I went to the Temple. J[udge] Higbee [presided][,] Pres. Z[ebedee] Coltrin mouth. [blank] present. There is quite a revival in attendance. [Thomas Bullock journal, June 8, 1846] (3)
-- 165 years ago today - Jun 8, 1846


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996, http://amzn.to/extensions-power
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 07

First Presidency appoints three apostles to administer second anointings to designated couples. (1)
-- 60 years ago today - Jun 7, 1951

[Joseph Smith] The new bishop and several others are called to settle Jackson County, Missouri to build the city of Zion. A small group travels to Independence, Missouri. (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Jun 7, 1831

At the regular meeting of the First Presidency and apostles on Thursday last, it was learned that a rule existed in the Logan temple, established by President John Taylor at the opening of that temple, permitting endowments to be given on behalf of deceased children who had attained the age of eight years before their death. At the opening of the St. George temple[,] this age was fixed by President Brigham Young at fifteen, and is still in force there, and the same rule was adopted by and is in force at the Salt Lake temple. That uniformity may obtain in all the temples, [and] I give it as my opinion that the age fixed by President Young should be adhered to, and this became the sense of the council by formal action. [Wilford Woodruff to Temple Presidents, June 7, 1898] (3)
-- 113 years ago today - Jun 7, 1898


1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Wikipedia, Joseph Smith Chronology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Joseph_Smith,_Jr.
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 06

[Utah War] The Democratic Party Platform adopted "squatter sovereignty," the position that when territories become states they enter as slave or non-slave as elected by the people. (1)
-- 155 years ago today - Jun 6, 1856

Miss Emma Thursby sang at the musical festival given in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City. (2)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 6, 1891 (Saturday)

Jared Carter writes, "Brother Joseph notwithstanding he is not naturally talanted for a Speaker yet he was filled with the power of the holy Ghost." In 1833 Joseph Smith announces a revelation appointing Sidney Rigdon as his "spokesman." Joseph confers the Melchizedek priesthood for the first time. Although the office of Elder existed prior to this it was not considered an office of the Melchizedek priesthood. (3)
-- 180 years ago today - Jun 6, 1831


1 - Hale, Van, Mormon Miscellaneous, Utah War Chronology, http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 05

[Gold Plates] "They appeared to be of gold, about six by nine inches in size, about as thick as parchment, a great many in number, and bound together like the leaves of a book by massive rings passing through the back edges. The engravings upon them were very plain and of very curious appearance". David Whitmer, Kansas City Daily Journal, (Kansas City, MO), 5 June 1881 (1)
-- 130 years ago today - Jun 5, 1881

Sidney Rigdon asks Levi Hancock to build a desk and an office for him. Levi Hancock gives money to Sidney Rigdon, as Sidney has none. (2)
-- 180 years ago today - After Jun 5, 1831

Joseph Smith is arrested as a fugitive from Missouri Justice but not extradited. Judge Stephen A. Douglas dismisses the case on procedural grounds. (3)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 5, 1841


1 - Antley, Joseph, Early Mormon Writings, Appearance of the gold plates, http://earlymormon.com/wiki/index.php?title=Appearance_of_the_gold_plates
2 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 04

Quincy, Illinois. After an agreeable meeting with Thomas Carlin, the governor of Illinois, Governor Carlin betrayed Joseph Smith by sending Sheriff Thomas King of Adams County to arrest him. (1)
-- 170 years ago today - Jun 4, 1841

Nineteen men are ordained High Priests, including Joseph Smith, Jr., Lyman Wight, and Edward Partridge. Isaac Morley and John Corrill are ordained assistants to Bishop Partridge. (2)
-- 180 years ago today - Jun 4, 1831

[Temple] You evidently misunderstood Brother [George] Reynolds in regard [to] recommending for the temple. What he aimed to convey to you was that it was not in order for presidents of missions to recommend for temple work; this prerogative is confined to bishops and presidents of stakes. How long this rule will obtain we do not know, but for the present it must be adhered to. [Lorenzo Snow to Franklin S. Bramwell, June 4, 1900] (3)
-- 111 years ago today - Jun 4, 1900


1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith, http://amzn.to/BYUStudies-JSChron
2 - Wikipedia, Joseph Smith Chronology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Joseph_Smith,_Jr.
3 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple

Today in Mormon History - Jun 03

[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] Called at the Gardo this AM Had a long chat on the political situation. John H[enr]y Smith, FS Richards, CW Penrose, and others there. After our chat Brothers Cutler and Jennings Manager and Secy of the sugar Co came in and we had a long chat on the condition of that business, Brother Cutler reported his trip to San Francisco and he was well pleased with the outlook for our business. The main thing was that we need about $150,000 before we would have any sugar for sale. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jun 3, 1891

[Temple] [Y]ou desire to know if it would be proper to give a temple recommend to a faithful brother to receive his endowments whose wife is not a member of the Church, and who is about to make his home in Idaho. Our answer is, yes, provided he married his wife before gathering to Zion; and no, if he married her after coming to Utah. [John R. Winder to Stephen L. Chipman, June 3, 1903] (2)
-- 108 years ago today - Jun 3, 1903

the first annual YMMIA inter-stake track meet is held at Wandamere park south of Salt Lake City. This is part of a trend of athletic and recreational programs replacing the cultural and educational emphasis on the ward and stake level. (3)
-- 100 years ago today - Jun 3, 1911


1 - Diary Excerpts of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/mo-temple
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 02

[Hinckley] Announced the Vancouver British Columbia Temple in Canada (1)
-- 5 years ago today - Jun 2, 2006

[Joseph Smith] Oliver Cowdery receives a letter from W. W. Phelps noting that Far West, Missouri, is a good place for the Saints to settle. (2)
-- 175 years ago today - Jun 2, 1836

BYU Board of Trustees adopts a policy of not hiring mothers with small children and of replacing "where possible working mothers that are presently employed." (3)
-- 40 years ago today - Jun 2, 1971


1 - 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
2 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
3 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com

Today in Mormon History - Jun 01

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph Sr., Lucy, and their families move to a farm a little outside Kirtland (current site of the temple). (1)
-- 180 years ago today - ca. Jun 1, 1831

[Hinckley] Hosted and spoke at Brigham Young's 200th birthday celebration, held in the Tabernacle (2)
-- 10 years ago today - 2001 1-Jun

In Sang Han, first Korean general authority, called to Second Quorum of Seventy. (3)
-- 20 years ago today - Jun 1, 1991


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