Today in Mormon History - Aug 23

President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency dedicates the national headquarters of the Sons of Utah Pioneers in Salt Lake City, Utah. (1)
-- 30 years ago today - Aug 23, 1981

A company for building the Utah and Northern Railway was organized, with John W. Young as president and general superintendent. (2)
-- 140 years ago today - Aug 23, 1871 (Wednesday)

First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles, by infrequently used format of joint declaration, issue statement which refers to the Sunstone Symposium's annual meetings on 7-10 Aug. It condemns "recent symposia" for presentations which are "offensive . . . in bad taste . . . and publicized in such a way as to injure the Church or its members or to jeopardize the effectiveness or safety of our missionaries." In following weeks church authorities instruct local leaders to meet with Mormons, particularly BYU faculty, who participated in Sunstone to persuade them to cease such activities. (3)
-- 20 years ago today - Aug 23, 1991

1 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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