Today in Mormon History - Jul 23

[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 23d I set 2 Hours for My Model. Met with Mr Ellis. I met with the Twelve for Prayer. I met with many persons to day. (1)
-- 120 years ago today - Jul 23, 1891

Elder Gordon B. Hinckley is called as third counselor in the First Presidency due to the physical weakness of Presidents Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, and Marion G. Romney. Hinckley is referred to in the press as the "acting president of the church" because Kimball, Tanner, and Romney are largely out of the public eye. (2)
-- 30 years ago today - Jul 23, 1981

W.W. Phelps writes a description of Missouri: "The inhabitants are emigrants from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and the Carolinas, etc., with customs, manners, modes of living and a climate entirely different from the northerners, and they hate yankees worse than snakes, because they have cheated them or speculated on their credulity, with so many Connecticut wooden clocks, and New England notions. The people are proverbially idle or lazy, and mostly ignorant; reckoning nobody equal to themselves in many respects, and as it is a slave holding state, Japheth will make Canaan serve him, while he dwells in the tents of Shem" (3)
-- 180 years ago today - Jul 23, 1831

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
2 - Wikipedia, 20th Century (Mormonism),
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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