Today in Mormon History - Sep 23

First Presidency letter, "effective immediately," ending "missionary farewells" in LDS meetings. Letter asks local officers "that you counsel families against holding receptions for departing missionaries." Without single reference to war, this letter responds to disparity of holding joyous farewells for young missionaries, while also conducting funerals for young men who are drafted to serve in Vietnam without opportunity to serve mission. LDS missionaries at this time are granted draft deferments for full-time religious ministers. (1)
-- 45 years ago today - Sep 23, 1966

Frank E. "Ted" Moss, a Utah member of the U.S. Senate (1959â€"77), is born in Holladay, Utah. (2)
-- 100 years ago today - Sep 23, 1911

The last Church train of the season arrived in G.S.L. City, under the direction of Capt. Ansel P. Harmon. (3)
-- 150 years ago today - Sep 23, 1861 (Monday)

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

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