45 years ago today - Dec 14, 1972

International Mission of the Church organized.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah]

95 years ago today - Dec 14, 1922

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve decide to end the performance of baptisms for health and renewal of covenants. The official announcement is on 18 Jan. 1923.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

110 years ago today - Dec 14, 1907

For the first time, European Church Members are urged not to immigrate to the United States, via a letter to the Saints in the the Netherlands. Prior to this Letter, new converts were encouraged to gather with other Saints in the Western Areas of the United States.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php]

120 years ago today - Dec 14, 1897; Tuesday

The First Presidency met with Bishop John R. Winder at their office this morning and spent considerable time in the investigation of the financial condition of the Church, with a view of taking steps to introduce a better system, to cut down expenses, so as to come within its income, and of devising means to meet demands and contingencies.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

135 years ago today - Dec 14, 1882

[Allen Foster]
We had a vary interesting report from Br C L Christiansen about the spirit that is working among the Lamanites of Late. He said there was one of the Lamanites that had been visited four different times And the Messenger gave him much valuable instruction and told him that the Mormons were their true friends and that they must listen to their teachings for they were their Brethren and would do them good and tell them what to do. That they had the History of your fathers forefathers.

On one occasion he was shown a large pile of Records and it was told him to Chuse one Book. He told the Messenger He Could not read but reached over and took one Book, and said He would Chuse that one. The Messenger said that was the right one for that was the one that The record of their forefathers that the Mormons had.

At another time He was Shown the Indians & the Mormons and the Devil between them like a great Big Ox or Bull. He was looking, pawing and Bellowing trying to keep the Mormons from the Indians but he Could not do it, for he saw the Mormons and Indians all together and all living as one people. He also saw them rise above their Enemies.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

175 years ago today - Dec 14, 1842

Joseph sends a delegation to Springfield. They call on Gov. Ford to present an affidavit from Joseph. Ford, who interprets the law much more literally than his predecessor, Gov. Carlin, states that in his interpretation the writ against Joseph by Carlin is illegal. Joseph, feeling he can trust Ford not to extradite him (as Carlin had tried to do), now feels free to come out of hiding.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

10 years ago today - Dec 13, 2007

The American Red Cross announced that through the combined efforts of many organizations, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, measles deaths in Africa have dropped 91 percent.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php]

55 years ago today - Dec 13, 1962

By the fall of 1962 members of the Birch Society's national council and editorial advisory committee had been speakers at BYU's "Forum" assemblies which were attended by a majority of students. This reflected the pro-Birch sentiments of BYU's president. On the other hand, anti- Birchers on the BYU faculty formally complained to Hugh B. Brown that the administration had arranged for national leaders of the Birch Society to address the student body.

[Source: Richard D. Poll to Hugh B. Brown, 13 Dec. 1962; "The Council," The John Birch Society Bulletin (Feb. 1960): 2; John Birch Society's American Opinion. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

115 years ago today - Saturday, Dec 13, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
[St. George Stake] Priesthood meeting. Pres. Snow presided. ... I dwelt upon the principle of union, the evil of self-abuse among the young, and punctuality, and the importance of keeping our promises.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

120 years ago today - Dec 13, 1897

Patriarchal Blessing of Louie May Savage by Lorenzo Hill Hatch ... I pray for this my grand-daughter, that she may live to see the wicked overthrown and to stand upon the earth, in the great day of Millennium, to enjoy the society of the redeemed, and witness the coming of our Lord and Savior.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

140 years ago today - Dec 13, 1877

Patriarchal Blessing of George Harman by E. R. Billingsley ... You will go to the Center Stake of Zion, and build and inhabit, and you will assist in building the Holy Temple there and you will have wives granted unto you, and you will have a posterity in the Holy Priesthood, and you and your wives will enter into that Holy Temple and do a great work for your father's house until it links back unto Adam.

You will have power to see the great sea rolling from the North, and the to great continents joined together and this great earth reeling reeling to and fro like a drunkin [drunken] man. Holy messengers will visit you from time to time, and acquaint you of the names [of] places of birth and ages of your dead, and you will have power unto God to see their graves open in the morning of the first resurrection. ... I seal upon you eternal life, and upon your head a crown of glory, in the name of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

160 years ago today - Dec 13, 1857

Heber C. Kimball declared, "Was every woman qualified to raise that child [Jesus]? No. You will find that Mary was of the Royal Priesthood, which is after the order of God "...

[Source: Journal of Discourses 6:125, as quoted at http://ordainwomen.org/quotes. See Quinn, "Mormon Political Conflicts" for full cite and context.]

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160 years ago - Dec 13, 1857

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180 years ago today - Dec 13, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Sophia Packard given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Sister Packard I lay my hands on thy head a second time ... Thy blessing shall be in common with thy husband. Thy life shall be as his life thy days as his days and thy years as his years and if thou continuest to persivere [persevere] in keeping the commandments of God as thou hast hither too don[e] thou shalt be blest.

And I confirm upon the[e] all the Power of the Priesthood as much as can be upon thy sex. thou mayest Call God thy father for thou shalt have faith to heal the sick when thy children are sick thou mayest lay thy hands upon them in faith and they shall recover. ... Thou shalt live til[l] thou art satisfyed with life. and shall see the Temple reared even in Jackson County and thou shalt see the Cloud rest upon it and the glory of God fill the house and shall be satisfyed and desire to Go hence and be with Jesus. Thy kindred flesh shal[l] yet come to the[e] and confess their [w]rong and those who have looked down upon the[e] as th[e]ir inferior; ... thou shalt receive of the good thing of the Earth, and shall be made rich Thou mayest live to see the fall of this Generation when wickedness shall be swept from the Earth ... I seal the[e] up against the destroyer and unto Eternal life.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:136-137, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Dec 13, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Noah Packard given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... I lay my hands upon thy head a second time to seal and confirm upon the[e] a Father[']s blessing a blessing that shall not be taken from the[e]; ... thou shalt have the riches of the Earth The destroyer shall not have power over the[e] to take thy life because of the sealing power, ... many shall rise up against the[e] to destroy the[e]. but they shall be smitten to the ground before the[e] and the arm that is lifted against against the[e] shall be palsied; ... Thou shalt have power over Prisons; for if thou art cast into Prisons, their walls shall be wrent [rent] that the Glory of God may appear in thy deliverance from their Dungeons; for God shall give the[e] great power, nothing shall be withheld from the[e]. ... Thou shalt have power to rais[e] the dead Mothers shall rejoice, having their children raised from the dead, and presented to them. ...

... Thou shalt stand when the Earth shall real to and fro like a drunken man. yea in that day when God shall bring forth all his saints; and if thou desirest it with all thy heart thou shalt have have power as Elijah, to waft thy self to Heaven thou shalt not sleep in the dust for God looks upon the[e] and loves the[e]. The Angel of his presents [presence] shall watch over the[e] and thou shalt stand in the flesh upon Mount Zion with the hundred forty and four thousand and sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. ... I seal the[e] up unto Eternal life, in the name of Jesus Christ even so Amen

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:135-136, in Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

15 years ago today - Dec 12, 2002

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirmed Wednesday it will not permit posthumous baptisms of any people known to be Jewish, including Holocaust victims, albeit with a minute number of exceptions.

The church's statement came a day after a meeting in New York with Ernest Michel, chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Victims and himself a Holocaust survivor, to revisit a 1995 agreement discouraging Mormons from submitting the names of deceased Jews to the faith's enormous genealogical database.

According to the 1995 agreement, no deceased Jews, particularly those who perished in the Holocaust, would be the subjects of baptism by proxy, a Mormon temple ordinance intended to offer those in the spirit world the opportunity to embrace the LDS faith.

The exceptions are for Mormons whose direct ancestors were Jewish, or when the immediate family of a deceased Jew agrees to the baptism.

[The previous day, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported evidence that as many as 20,000 holocaust victims had been posthumously baptized for the dead.]

[Source: Peg McEntee, The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS Church Reaffirms No Proxy Baptisms of Jews"; A chronicle of the Mormon-Jewish controversy; The LDS Agreement: A JewishGen InfoFile, http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/ldsagree.html]

60 years ago today - Thu Dec 12, 1957

[David O. McKay Office Journal]
Council Meeting--S.L. Temple Re: Baptism of Negro President[.] Joseph Fielding Smith said that he had received a letter marked personal in which the statement is made that someone had reported to the writer that President McKay had given consent that the temple endowment work be performed for a negro who is dead, and that therefore we were doing work for negroes in the temple. I related the following facts for the information of the Brethren, and said that I felt sure that I had previously brought this matter to the Council. A negro woman had called at the office some few years ago, she having her residency in Ogden. I stated that I think she said she was a Methodist; that her church could not do anything for her husband who was dead, and that before he died he wanted to join our Church; that inasmuch as our Church is the only Church that can do baptismal work for him, and he had requested that she see that his baptism was attended to if he did not recover from his illness, she wanted to have it done. I told her that that could be done. She explained that she knew that he could not receive the Priesthood. She said that the Ward teachers would do the work for him. I said that the thought came to me as to whether they could be baptized for him, and the matter was discussed in Council later. I gave consent for the Ward teacher to be baptized for this negro lady's husband. Now the report comes that the temple work was done for that negro, and therefore he was ordained an Elder. The facts are that the ward teachers were authorized to do baptism work for a colored man who had become converted but died before baptism could be performed, and there is no truth to the statement that he was ordained an Elder or permitted to have his endowments.

[Source: McKay, David O., Office Journal]

75 years ago today - Dec 12, 1942

The LDS book publisher Bookcraft is established. Its first publication is The Gospel Kingdom: Selections from the Writings and Discourses of John Taylor, selected, arranged, and annotated by G. Homer Durham.

130 years ago today - Dec 12, 1887

Rudger Clawson pardoned by US President Grover Cleveland, cutting 4 months and 20 days off his 3 1/2 year sentence.

[Source: Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm]

130 years ago today - Dec 12, 1887

[Wilford Woodruff]
I arose at 6. Came down to the Dining room. Found the Looking glass that had hung there 10 years had fallen to the floor & brok all to peaces. It affected Emma as a Bad omen.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

250 years ago today - Dec 12, 1767

A great ... uncle of Joseph Smith's neighbor and fellow treasure seeker John Stafford writes "December the 12 day 1767 Joseph Stafford for treasures hid by one wing in Sandwitch And 2 question by Beziah hammon for treasures hid by Indians ..."

[Source: Brooke, John L. The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. p.52]

305 years ago today - Dec 12, 1712

The colony of South Carolina passed a "Sunday Law" which required everyone to attend church each Sunday and to refrain from both skilled labor and traveling by horse or wagon beyond what was absolutely necessary. Violators received a fine and/or a two hours in the village stocks.

[Source: Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline]

110 years ago today - Wednesday, Dec 11, 1907

[John Henry Smith]
I received a wig today from Wolf of Chicago.

[Source: 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]

125 years ago today - Dec 11, 1892 • Sunday

[George Q. Cannon]
I had a conversation with my daughter Mary Alice yesterday concerning my son David. It arose in consequence of my looking through his papers and letters, and being alone she said she had had it in her mind to speak to me on the subject of some one taking a wife for David, and she felt that it would be more appropriate for her husband to do so, because there was no woman that she knew that would bear with the patience that she herself would on David's account. She said her love for him was so great that she would willingly have her husband take another wife, if it were permissible, so that David might have children raised to his name. While speaking to me on this subject she wept considerably. I told her I was pleased with the manifestation of love that she exhibited in this case; but to begin with, I did not know that such a thing would be possible under the present circumstances; then again, I scarcely thought it would be appropriate for her husband to perform such a duty as it would be for one of David's own brothers. I felt greatly pleased at this devotion that she exhibited. The love of these children is one of the most delightful things of my life.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

150 years ago today - Dec 11, 1867

[Wilford Woodruff]
I went down the Jordon with Ezra & Browen Pettet to shoot some ducks. Brother Ezra Pettet sen. took two Boats crossed the Hot Spring lake & Browen went with me in the waggon & met him there. We shot 6 ducks then drove down the Jordon with the team some 4 Miles further. I then left my team with my Indian Boy Sarroquetts & we went down 3 Miles near the Mouth of Jordon [and continued hunting ...]

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

160 years ago today - Dec 11, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
He [George A. Smith] there [Australia] met Dr Andrews and other Apostate mormons and they gathered a mob and tried to kill him But He boldly maintained his ground & got away from them, and Came on with the mail and his Company ...

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Dec 11, 1852 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. [Kimo] Pelio had promised me a horse to go; he hunted all day yesterday in company with Bro. Maiola unsuccessfully; they again started this morning and succeeded in finding it, but could not catch it; Bro. M. came down to tell me of their ill success. I then proposed for Bro. Hy. [Henry Bigler] & I to accompany them to help catch it; we found her and soon ascertained that she was very wild and had no disposition to let us catch her. Bro. Hy. & I prayed that she might become tractable that we might be able to catch her. She broke through once and came again towards me with apparently the same intention. I then prayed for the Lord to enable me to catch her if it was his will that I should go, and she stopped running and stood stock still while I went up and caught her. I felt very much pleased and thankful to the Lord for his goodness in hearkening unto my prayer. The Natives were much surprised.

I started for Lahaina and after crossing the mountain when close to a place called Ukumehame, it thickened up and the clouds gathered around as though in discharging their contents they would give me a severe drenching. I called upon the Lord to deliver me from the rain as I had a good distance to ride; the Lord heard my prayer and the rain was taken all inland and a few drops only reached me.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

170 years ago today - Dec 11, 1847

William Wines Phelps: Rebaptized 11 December 1847. [Excommuniated earlier in the week for "adultry" (IE taking unauthorized wives)"]

[Source: 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]

170 years ago today - Dec 11, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
Sixteen of our Brethren who went in the army returned today from the valley.

They had an uncommon hard time. Suffered extreemly with cold and hunger,Was detained ten days at the Loup fork by floating ice. They report more on the way. All was well in the valley.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

75 years ago today - Dec 10, 1942

[George F. Richards]
... the matter of allowing the administration of second blessings was considered. ... it was decided that the four members of the Council, viz. J. Reuben Clark Jr., Albert E. Bowen, Harold B. Lee and the Patriarch Jos[eph] F. Smith should be privileged to receive theirs and others whom the members of this council may recommend and the Council sustain. Pres. [Heber J.] Grant appointed me to administer these blessings. I suggested that Jos[eph] Fielding Smith be appointed to assist me in this work. ... The records show that there have been 32,495 3 such blessings administered in the Church and that during the last 12 years there have been but 8 administrations. [Thirteen of the 32 General Authorities had not had theirs and at least two others who have had them with their first wives have later wives not yet anointed to their husbands.]

[Source: George F. Richards diary, Dec. 10, 1942, Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

110 years ago today - Dec 10, 1907

[George Albert Smith]
At Dublan, Mexico, "Held Priesthood meeting at 1 P.M. and Reorganized the Bishopric. Bishop Samuel John Robinson having disregarded the advice of the Church regarding new marriages and it is believed and accepted as a fact that he has taken a new wife."

[Source: Journals of George Albert Smith]

155 years ago today - Dec 10,1862

Deseret News reports that Church Historian's Office is displaying sample of tobacco crops grown in Provo during past summer.

[Source: 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]

180 years ago today - Dec 10, 1837

Joseph reaches Kirtland. While he was gone, Warren Parrish, John F. Boynton, Luke S. Johnson, Joseph Coe, and others had tried to overthrow the Church. Under the name "Church of Christ," and calling themselves the "Reformers" or the "Old Standard," they called those who supported Joseph heretics, took over the temple frequently, and tried to run Joseph's followers out of town. Those who defended Joseph are sharply criticized and, according to one testimony, "there were not 20 persons on earth that would declare that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God." At one point, someone claimed that Moses was a rascal, the prophets were tyrants, Jesus a despot, Paul a liar, and all religion "a fudge." Shortly after returning to Kirtland, Joseph calls a meeting of elders in the temple. Joseph and Sidney give forceful speeches against the apostates. This group, led by Oliver Cowdery, John Whitmer, and David Whitmer, as well as Boynton, Parrish, and the Johnsons, speak against Joseph. The meeting breaks up in confusion. Nearly 50 leaders of the apostates are excommunicated. Threats of violence continue.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

120 years ago today - Dec 9, 1897; Thursday

The subject of building a temple at Juarez, Mexico, was suggested by the reading of a letter from Bro[ther]. James H. Martineau. He stated that it cost about $750 in Mexican money for a couple to come from that place to Salt Lake City, to be married or do other Temple work. Pres[ident]. L[orenzo]. Snow favored the building of an Endowment House in Mexico, and perhaps another in Canada and one also in Arizona. If the people in those parts had faith and means enough to build them without calling upon the Church for funds.

Pres[ident]. G[eorge]. Q. Cannon favored increasing facilities for the solemnization of marriages, and he thought Temples might be built at some time in those places, costing very much less than our present Temples. The subject was postponed for the present. ...

A communication from Elder H[eber]. J. Grant was read, showing that the Mutual Improvement League was financially running behind at the rate of $100 per month; that it was in debt for borrowed money with interest in the sum of $2,000, and he was authorized to obtain the mind of the First Presidency in relation to the continuing of the organization, which had been established for young people of our Church to render unnecessary their joining the Young Men's Christian Association. The sentiment of the Council was in favor of continuing the League, but it was agreed that the Church could not furnish funds to maintain it, but would give its moral support to the institution. ...

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

130 years ago today - Dec 9, 1887

[Franklin D. Richards]
Regarding a statement of the daughter of Vinson Knight and Martha McBride Knight: "Her mother was sealed to the Prophet Joseph. Her father [Vinson Knight] received another wife--widow Merrick whose husband was martyred at Haun's Mill." An affidavit by Martha McBride's made no mention of Vinson, nor referred to his death (31 July 1842) but stated only that her marriage to Joseph Smith occurred in "the summer of the year 1842." [Quinn regards this imprecise date as an intentional effort to obscure the fact that she married Joseph Smith before her husband died.]

[Source: Franklin D. Richards journal, 9 December 1887; "Evidence For The Sexual Side of Joseph Smith's Polygamy," Comments by D. Michael Quinn on Session #2A "Reconsidering Joseph Smith's Marital Practices," Mormon History Association's Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 29 June 2012 (unabbreviated version, revised during July)]

160 years ago today - Dec 9, 1857

The greatest fear I have is that the people of this Church will accept what we say as the will of the Lord without first praying about it and getting the witness within their own hearts that what we say is the word of the Lord. [Deseret News, 317]

[Source: WikiQuotes: Brigham Young, http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Brigham_Young]

170 years ago today - Dec 9, 1847

11 A.M. A Special Council At a meeting of the Council of the Twelve & Presidency of Seventies ... J[ohn]. D. Lee appeared to answer to his past misconduct'- ... [T]his is a Council of enquiry'-Documents have been written to me, from Sis Nancy Bean, Martha Berry & I want to know if these things are so'- ...

Jos[ep]h. Young [:] ... I know by the Sp[irit] of the Lord that bro Lee got some of those women [wives] by fraud'-& I know he ought to be whipt'-[M]y Soul is wrung out of me by these things & he ought to feel the smart of it. ... -I know that his course is most dastardly, calling every woman bitches, strumpets, & every thing nasty about the privates'-[H]e has got to walk up to virtue & chastity & lead his women by a thread, instead of driving them with a cable'-[H]e has been too big for his Cloth. ... - [B]r Lee has not denied those charges, he has threatened to cut one of his women's throats'-& drove another out of his house'...

J. D. Lee[:] ... -[E]very thing about Sis Berry is to get her awa[y] from me & to seal her to Amasa Lyman'...

- B. Y.[: W]hat we do here is for anoth each others good'-[W]e must not quench the Sp[irit]. of the L[or]d., if it comes like forked lightning let it come... '- B Y.[: I] ask J. D. Lee, did you sa[y] to M. Bean what you had done for her was by bro. Brigham's council[?]'

-Ans[we].r.[:] I have had a deal of trouble with that woman'-she wo[ul]d. curse & swear like a trooper'-I told her to go away if she was dissatisfied'-[and] she caused Louisa to be dissatisfied'-I struck Louisa with a switch'-[S]he humbled herself'-I was sorry'-[and] she acknowledged it was all for her good'

- Jos[ep]h. Young[:] Did you whip your old wife[?]'-J D Lee[:] No Sir.'-I am satisfied we never sho[ul]d. have any trouble'-I never threw the brick at her as God is my judge. ...

J. Y.[:] I move that bro Lee puts himself in the attitude to his family. that B. Y.[:] /I move that/ The best way is to call a family meeting & talk to them, tell them he is frank & free & wants to do right. ...

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

170 years ago today - Dec 9, 1847

[George D. Grant testimony at John D. Lee trial]
Bro John D Lee said to me that Brigham told him if he would give up Emeline to him he would uphold him in time and in eternity & he never should fall, but that he would sit at his right hand in his kingdom' Bro Lee also said he had frigged Louisa Free 20 times in one night and I told him I did not believe it, [but] he called God and Angels to witness that he told the truth'I then told him he was a bigger fool than I thought he was if he would allow his arse to run away with his head, [and] he said he believed he had the Devil in him for he could not get satisfied, [and] he went home from here after frigging so often and frigged all the women he had in his house. [He] also told him me that Emeline Woolsey was a dirty little strumpet & if she went of[f] to St Louis or St Joseph where her Bro[ther]: was that she would allow everybody to frigg her & he would not take her when she came back. G[eorge]. D. Grant

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Dec 8, 1897; Wednesday

Elder Tho[ma]s. Allen in charge of the Branch at Park City [Utah], called on the First Presidency to-day, and informed them that the closing down of the mines at Park City had forced many persons to leave that place, and the Churches had to close down, as the ministers could get no pay. This caused a larger attendance at the meetings of the Saints, and Bro[ther]. Allen desired continued missionary assistance. ...

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

145 years ago today - 145 years ago - Dec 8, 1872

Brigham Young (aged 71) marriage to Hannah Tapfield (1807-1886) (aged 65) married to non-Mormon Thomas O. King Sealed to Brigham Young for eternity but remained living with husband King.

[Source: Wikipedia, List of Brigham Young's Wives, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives]

150 years ago today - 150 years ago - Dec 8, 1867

Relief Society reestablished with Eliza R. Snow as president. The societies had been disbanded during the Utah War.

165 years ago today - 165 years ago - Dec 8, 1852 • Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
Had a conversation to day with Bro. Maiola on the barrenness of the females of the Islands, he told me that he believed one cause of it was on account of the dreadful habit they had of killing their young; they not liking the trouble &c. necessarily attendant upon child bearing; they very frequently destroying their children by the connivance of their parents without the knowledge of the husband. We have endeavored to instil into them an abhorrence of all such devilish practices and inspire them with a desire to raise children and to teach and instruct them right—the fact is, the nation is decreasing fast and unless there is an effort speedily made to stop their downward progress they must speedily be extinguished. [[It was estimated by foreigners who first resided among the people, that two thirds of the infants born, died thus by the hands of their parents"]] The <Male> Saints at Kula, met the place where the first branch of the Church was established, met some time lately to pray to the Lord to bless their wives that they might be fruitful and raise seed unto them, and the Lord had heard their prayers and <had> blessed them <very much> in the thing they had desired.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

175 years ago today - 175 years ago - Dec 8, 1842

Thomas Ford is inaugurated as governor of Illinois, replacing Gov. Carlin. During the elections the previous summer, the Whig candidate, Joseph Duncan, ran on a furiously anti-Mormon campaign, urging repeal of the Nauvoo charter and the Nauvoo Legion. Because of John C. Bennett's articles against Joseph Smith, the anti-Mormon feeling in the state had been rising. It was thought that the Democratic nominee, Adam Snyder, who had been friendly to the Saints, would lose the election. When Snyder died suddenly, the Democrats took the opportunity to choose a candidate from northern Illinois, Thomas Ford, who could honestly claim he was neither for nor against them. The Saints voted overwhelmingly for Thomas Ford and he was elected, although he made no special concessions to the Mormons. Ford's basic campaign promise was to improve the miserable economy of the state. During these elections the Saints were often accused of voting as a bloc, but as they saw it, when one candidate was devoutly against Mormonism, they had no choice.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

25 years ago today - Dec 7, 1992

Concerning recent pressures against Mormon ultra-conservatives, [James 'Bo" Gritz, a Mormon] observes: "The critics I'm talking about are not little people but church authorities [who] have said what Ezra Taft Benson says before he was a prophet doesn't count."

[Source: "Ultraconservative Gritz Remains as Bold as Ever," Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Dec. 1992, B-2; also "LDS Zealots Muzzling Outspoken to Protect Tax Status, Gritz Says," Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Jan. 1993, B-l. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

40 years ago today - Dec 7, 1977

President Kimball resolved "spy scandal" with a decisiveness lacking in the more famous episode of 1966. He made the following statement to the school's Board of Trustees in December 1977: "We understand that a member or members of the Board directly, or through others, have sought evidence about alleged statements made by faculty members in courses taught on the BYU campus and have stated or implied that such evidence is to be used by a Church official in a so-called `hearing.'" The church president's blunt statement concluded with a clear disapproval of such "surveillance of BYU employees."

[Source: Minutes of Combined Boards of Trustees, 7 Dec. 1977, archives, Lee Library; Bergera and Priddis, Brigham Young University, 223. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

50 years ago today - Dec 7, 1967

A First Presidency letter that "we are now reaching over 80 percent of our available boys in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Exploring."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

110 years ago today - Dec 7, 1907

Charles W. Nibley became presiding bishop and began implementing several financial changes, including a shift to an all-cash policy in collecting tithing.

[Source: Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000," http://lds.net/forums/topic/10668-church-chronology-from-1800-2000-part-1/]

125 years ago today - Dec 7, 1892

[Wilford Woodruff]
I met with Wm. F Cody Buffalo Bill and Company English & Major [M?]ild way of the Grenadiers Guards. George F McKnight & wife visited us to day. Mrs McKnight was Deeply taken with Mormonism. I gave her permission to visit the Temple which she Considered a great Blessing. Buffalo Bill and English Company they were vary much pleased with their visit to Salt Lake City.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Dec 7, 1887 • Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bp. Clawson told me this evening that he had credible information that two detectives had been employed to find Brother Jos. F. Smith and myself and a reward of $2000/ for each had been offered for our arrest.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

175 years ago today - Dec 7, 1842 - Wednesday

[Joseph Smith]
This day dined with E[lde]r Orson Hyde & family. E[lde]r Hyde has this day returned home from his Mission to Jerusalem, [[Hyde left Nauvoo on 15 April 1840 to serve a mission to Europe and the Holy Land, where on 24 October 1841 he dedicated the land of Jerusalem for the return of the Jews.]] ...

[Source: Joseph Smith, Journal, Dec. 1841–Dec. 1842 in "The Book of the Law of the Lord," Record Book, 1841–1845]

180 years ago today - Dec 7, 1837

Bishop Edward Partridge and counselors officially define tithing as 2 percent of the net worth of each Mormon after deducting debts. An 1838 revelation would define tithing as a donation of all surplus property at conversion and a tenth of annual income thereafter. By 1843 the initial donation would be reduced to one-tenth of net worth.

[Source: 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]

70 years ago today - Dec 6, 1947

[George F. Richards]
[In Honolulu, Hawaii:] I called on Joseph F. Smith [III] & family. ... Pres. Woolley showed me a letter from the First Presidency instructing him that J. F. S. is to not be used in any church capacity. This closed my mouth on the subject, and the further fact that he will see the Presidency the latter part of this month. [Presiding Patriarch Joseph F. Smith III had been engaging in homosexual relations.]

[Source: George F. Richards, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

100 years ago today - Dec 6, 1917

James E. Talmage investigates a fire at the Logan Temple.

[Source: Chronology of the Life and Work of James E. Talmage, J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJsHY83JZL_n6CjWq11y1trT_CVXMMXAx2uYOWAwn0c/edit#heading=h.2zfdaoa]

115 years ago today - Saturday, Dec 6, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
I made remarks [to a Stake] ... upon the evil of self-abuse among our boys and advised parents to enquire into the habits of their children.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

160 years ago today - Dec 6, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
Brother Wells said that Brother Maxfield had the Command of a small scouting party. They took a horse from the Enemy & was fired at by the Enemy, but no one hurt. They went back to their encampment. Brother Maxfield had an impression that their was Danger in their path and ought to leave their Camp. He told his Brethren so but some of them did not think so & all went to Bed. But these feelings increasing upon Brother Maxfield He arose from his bed & told his Brethren He was agoing to leave that place immediately & they all gathered up their Horses and went several Miles Back & Camped for the night & soon the Encampment which they had Just left was surrounded by a Hundred men & had it not been for their warning they would probably have been all taken prisioners.

President Young said Concerning the Enemy I know they will begin to waste away before spring and I think they will get orders to return back. If they attempt to come in Col Johnson will ride the best Horse He Can get & will say to Col Allexander & Cook & the other Officers now you go ahead. Now you had better all get killed than to loose your next president thinking that He would stand a Chance to be President.

... D Spencer spoke ... A woman would try to gain the Effections of her husband but would pull down some member of her family.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

170 years ago today - Dec 6, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
Several subjects were conversed upon. One was our posterity in this world & the osprings of immortal Celestial & Resurrected beings in the world to come. President Young remarked that our children in this life did not look just like their parents but was A variety in looks &c & the ospring of Celestial beings were spiritual Bodies.

Wm. W. Phelps was cut off from the church for Breaking the laws of God. It was decided in Council that if a man lost his wife He was at liberty to marry again whare He pleased and was Justifyed.

Father John Smith was Appointed by the quorum of the Twelve As the first patriarch over the whole Church. ...

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - 1837: 6 December

[Luman Andros Shurtliff]
"On the sixth of December, 1837, my wife and myself met at a blessing meeting in the Temple where I received a Patriarchal Blessing.

When the Patriarch took his hands off my head and stepped back, he turned to me and said, 'Brother Shurtliff, how do you expect to go to your field of labor?' I replied, 'I do not know.' 'I will tell you, you will baptize a sea captain and he will carry you to the uttermost parts of the earth. We had an interesting time and after the meeting was over I made the Patriarch a present of four or five dollars with which he was well pleased."

[Source: Typescript: "Life of Luman Andros Shurtliff," p. 27, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - Dec 6, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Luman Andros Shirtliff given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou shalt be mighty in the Earth the time shall come when mountains shall fall down at thy word if it shall be calculated to bring forth the Glory of God and the furtherance of his work in the Earth The time come when thou shall say to the winds and waves be still and they shall obey you yea Prisons Bars and Gates shal[l] give way at thy word ... And speaking a language which you didst not know whose speech you neaver [never] did hear If thou wilt look to God by Faith he will give you his spirit and thou shall prevail thou shall preach in Tongues and have the interpretation of tongues ... Thou shall be able to circumscribe the Earth and understand its Formation. I seal thee against the destroyer Nothing shall hurt thee beneath the Heavens ... Thou shall preach much and Travel much by Land and water Preach much in the world among the Nations of the Earth. Finally thou shalt settle down in Zion with thy Family and have an inheritance in Zion Live thein [therein] seeing the Great Glory of God till the Savior comes Thy children shall have an inheritance with the children of Joseph ...

... Thou shall stand with the one hundred and forty four Thousand which shall stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion shall sing their song Thou shall have thy Father[']s name sealed on thy forehead Thou shall tune thy voice and sing with Angels Thou shall have treasures of the Earth This is thy Blessing I seal it on thy head and Forward By the power of the Holy Priesthood I seal the[e] up to Eternal Life. Amen and Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

220 years ago today - Dec 6, 1797

Joseph Smith, Sr., with his father Asael, older brother Jesse, and thirteen others, signed a declaration of membership in the Tunbridge Universalist society. The major tenet, according to their convention in New Hampshire in 1803, was belief in "one God, whose nature is love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of Grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness". The signers, in compliance with Vermont law, declared exemption from "any tax towards the support of any teacher of any different denomination whatever," meaning the usual town tax for support of the Congregational church. This is the only known document that identifies Joseph Smith, Sr., with the Universalists.

[Source: Tunbridge Town Record, 6 December 1797, Book A, 188, Tunbridge Town Clerk's Office, Tunbridge, Vermont., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: Tunbridge (Vt) Universalist Society]

170 years ago today - Dec 5, 1847

Parley P Pratt: Brigham Young accused by Parley P Pratt and John Taylor 16 Nov. and 5 Dec. 1847 of having "committed an insult on the Holy Priesthood" for defying instructions "not to meddle with women….committing adultery" by marrying without Brigham Young 's authorization in Nauvoo temple after it closed 1846 then again at Winter Quarters 1847, but no disciplinary action taken

[Source: 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, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

170 years ago today - Dec 5, 1847

John Taylor: Condemned by Brigham Young 16 Nov. and 5 Dec. 1847 for defying instructions "not to meddle with women" and "committing adultery" by marrying the women in Nauvoo temple after it closed 1846 and at Winter Quarters 1847, no action taken

[Source: 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, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

170 years ago today - Dec 5, 1847

B. Young[: A]s we are now as many of the Qu[orum] of the 12 as can be gathered tog[e]t[her]. I feel disposed to open my mind and feelings in regard to a question we have talked over, & I want to have a decision'1st on the death of Jos[eph]. [T]he 12 had to step forw[a]rd. to lead the Ch[urch] & I felt then as now as when duty prompts me I mean to do it, let consequences be what they ma[y]' ... [[A]t the time I had some understand[in]gs. as to organ[izatio]n. of its perfect[io].n. I never mouthed it till lately [as] it was not time to broach the subject until I felt it duty'& I knew the Sp[irit]. wo[ul]d. not let me do it'[F]rom [that] time I have been in [the] G[rea]t. Sa[lt] Lake City till now, [and] the tap[pin]gs. of [the] Sp[irit]. to me is the Ch[urch] ou[gh]t. to be now org[anize]d.' ... [I]f that qu[estion] can be settled by 9 of 12 then it can be carr[ie]d. bef[ore] auth[or]s. of Ch[urch] & it can be settled in their own minds & then'the feeling that I have & the Sp[irit] that guides leads & protects me is'if this is not right, right it'[B]ut [the] Sp[irit] prompts me to obe[y] those Steps'... I am going to roll that responsibility of[f] my Shoulders & roll it on these my bre[thre]n'[W]e can organize [a] 1st Pres[idenc]y. ...

O H 'I move that bro /Brigham/ Young be acknowledged by us as Pres[iden]t. not only of the Quo[rum] /of the 12/ but of the whole Ch[urch] & that he have the privilege of selecting /nominating/ his two councillors /to form/ as the First Presidency of the Church''W. Woodruff sec[onde]d. O Hyde[:] I move that bro Brigham Young be the President of the Church of J[esus]. C[hrist]. of L[atter] D[ay] S[aints]. & that he nominate his /two/ Councillors who will constitute a First Presidency. W. Woodruff seconded'all hands up'B. Young'H. C. Kimball'O Hyde'O Pratt, W Richards'G. A. Smith'A. Lyman, W. Woodruff, & E T Benson'& T Bullock'(20 min[utes] to 10) O. Pratt[:] I suggest that bro Young appoint his two Councillors to night. B. Y.[:] I should nominate bro. Heber /C. Kimball/ as my first councillor. O. Pratt[:] I second it.

All hands up again. B. Y.[:] I nominate brother Willard Richards as my other councillor. O. Hyde[:] I second it'All hands up again'(5 min[utes] to 10) [T]hen adjourned to bro Hydes [and] partook of Supper & followed by rich Wines'[We] sat up till 1/41/4 past 11 &c then retired to bed [and] sang the Pioneer song &c drank of Jerusalem Wine & delightful Strawberry Wine, our souls all rejoicing in the Lord for his mercy [he] endures towards his Saints continually.

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

170 years ago today - Dec 5, 1847 (Council Meeting)

The voice of God came from on high, and spake to the Council. Every latent feeling was aroused, and every heart melted. What did it say unto us? '"Let my servant Brigham step forth and receive the full power of the Presiding Priesthood in my Church and Kingdom.'" This was the voice of the Almighty unto us at Council Bluffs, before I [Orson Hyde] removed to what was called Kanesville. It has been said by some that Brigham was appointed by the people, and not by the voice of God. I do not know that this testimony has often, if ever, been given to the masses of the people before; but I am one that was present, and there are others here that were also present on that occasion, and did hear and feel the voice from heaven, and we were filled with the power of God. -- Kanesville, Iowa

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 8:234, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

170 years ago today - Dec 5, 1847

Orson Pratt: From 15 Nov. to 5 Dec. 1847, led opposition to Brigham Young 's proposal to form a separate First Presidency

[Source: 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, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

180 years ago today - Dec 5, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Roxanna Freeman given by Joseph Smith, Sr. I dont say unto thee Sister, but that thou mayest full- Yet thou shalt stand, in the flesh with thy Saviour, when he shall Preside at that great and last feast - the enemy shall not prevail against thee - I seal thee against the destroyer - This is thy blessing - I seal it on thy head - It is given the[e] on condition of keeping the Commandments and the words of Wisdom - I seal thee up to Eternal life, Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

180 years ago today - Dec 5, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of Isaac Farwell Freeman given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ...

Thou shalt have power to remove Mountains - haveing the mighty power of God on thee. Thou hast a right to the Priesthood and will extend its Powers - Thou shalt be an heir of God, and a joint heir with Jesus Christ - speak the word and evil spirits will obey thee -

... Thou shalt have the Riches of the Earth - yea the things of the Ea[r]th shall minister to thee - Thou shalt witness the winding up scene of this Generation - shall stand in the midst of the One hundred and forty four thousand that shall stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion - This is thy blessing - I seal it on thy head and Forward - it is given thee on conditions of keeping the commandments and the "word of wisdom" by the power of the Holy Priesthood I seal thee up to eternal life Amen and Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

185 years ago today - 1832 ca. December 5-6

[Joseph Smith Translation]
Review of already translated Matt. 1-13. Additional revisions written as notes which were were pinned onto the appropriate manuscript page.

[Source: Marquardt, H. Michael, The Four Gospels According to Joseph Smith, Xulon Press (2007), Chronology: Joseph Smith's Bible Revision, 1830-1835]

110 years ago today - Dec 4, 1907

The First Presidency and Twelve agree to immediately release Presiding Bishop William B. Preston because he has "been for some time past mentally incapable of attending to the duties of his office." He is the first general authority to be released due to mental illness.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

125 years ago today - Dec 4, 1892

[Abraham H. Cannon]
Went to Aunt Amanda's for supper, and spent the evening with [wife] Mina, who is here on the underground. She and [wife] Mame had to move last week because of some rumors concerning them which were being circulated, and I was somewhat afraid they would come to the ears of our new marshal, I[rving] A. Benton, who was installed on Dec. 1st. I think the scare is only temporary.

[Source: Abraham H. Cannon (Author), Edward Leo Lyman (Editor), Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895, Signature Books]

170 years ago today - Dec 4, 1847

John Taylor: Sealed to Harriet Whitaker (born 1825 in England) 4 December 1847 in Salt Lake Valley. Three children: Sophia Elizabeth, William Whitaker, and John.

[Source: 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]

175 years ago today - Dec 4, 1842

An anti-Mormon bounty-hunter in Keokuk, Iowa, reports to Missouri's governor Thomas Reynolds: "All of our efforts to seize the renegade Joseph Smith, have proved fruitless....He keeps constantly around him as body guard some 12 to 14 enthusiastic fanaticks which makes a secret approach impossible."

[Source: 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]

185 years ago today - Dec 4, 1832 - Tuesday

[Joseph Smith]
December 4th this day I been unwell done but litle been at home all day regulated some of my things this Evening feel better in my mind then I have for a few days back Oh Lord deliver out thy servent out of temtations and fill his heart with wisdom and understanding

[Source: Joseph Smith, "Joseph Smith Jrs Book for Record," Journal, Nov. 1832–Dec. 1834]

55 years ago today - 55 years ago - Dec 03, 1962

The Mexico Stake, the first Spanish-speaking stake, is organized in Mexico City, with Harold Brown as president.

65 years ago today - 65 years ago - Wed Dec 3, 1952

[David O. McKay]
. I reported that Francis W. Kirkham recommends that Dr. Harvey Fletcher or Dr. Henry Eyring be commissioned by the Church to write a book on the place of science and religion in human life. The brethren felt that there are so many fundamental advances being made in science that it was questionable wisdom to have a book of that kind. I said that I had heard very fine reports of the good work Dr. Eyring is doing with young people in fireside and group meetings.

[Source: McKay, David O., Office Journal]

135 years ago today - 135 years ago - Dec 3, 1882

Second counselor Joseph F. Smith's sermon says, "I think of two or three hundred thousand people wending their way across the great plain... back to Jackson County[, Missouri]." The Mormon population in the stakes of Utah, Idaho, and Arizona is 128,779 at this time.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

140 years ago today - 140 years ago - Dec 3, 1877

Patriarchal Blessing of Mercy Harman given by E. R. Billingsley

You will be like Sarah of old, Through the enlightenment of your mind by the Spirit of the Lord, you will give unto your husband wives, and you will live to go back with him to the Center Stake of Zion and you will live to see the Temple of the Lord compleated [completed] and you and your husband and posterity in the holy Priesthood will enter into it and do a great work for your dead. You will have revelation and visions given unto you, and Holy Messengers will visit you and acquaint you of your dead. ...

You will live to see the Ten Tribes comming [coming] from the North. You will be with your husband n the crowning of Ephraim and with him. You will stand as Saviours upon Mount Zion. And you will have your lamp trim[m]ed and burning and be at the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb," There you will see Jesus in His glory and you will be permit[t]ed to talk with Him. And partake in par of His glory. ... I seal you up to eternal life and upon your head a crown of celestial glory in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

170 years ago today - Dec 3, 1847

Brigham Young became aware of a black priesthood-holding Mormon man married to white LDS woman. Speaking of this interracial couple, he shared his thoughts about the couple and their child:

"If they [the couple and child] were far away from the Gentiles they wo[ul]d all have to be killed[.] [W]hen they mingle seed it is death to all."

"If a black man & white woman come to you & demand baptism can you deny them? [T]he law is their seed shall not be amalg[a]mated. Mulattoes are like mules[,] they cant have the children, but if they will be Eunuchs for the Kingdom of God's Heaven's sake they may have a place in the Temple."

Young states his belief that the couple's mixed-race child, or mulatto is like a mule, unable to reproduce. He points out that when such couples reproduce, "it is death to all" indicating either that all interracial families should be killed, or perhaps that the seed of mulattos that were able to reproduce would spread infertility through the population and eventually bring "death to all" (also believed at the time). He says the preferred solution would be to kill the family, but he fears gentile (non-Mormon) reprisal. He affirms interracial couples can be baptized, but could only have access to the temple as eunuchs (probably meaning celibate).

[Source: Clair Barrus, "The Policy on Gay Couples, and the Priesthood Ban: A Comparison", http://www.withoutend.org/policy-gay-couples-priesthood-ban-comparison/; LDS (or related) Documents on Walker Lewis, the Lowell, Mass. Branch of the Mormon Church and its missionaries and members, and the Priesthood Ban against Blacks, Compiled by Connell O'Donovan, http://people.ucsc.edu/~odonovan/Mormon_Chronology.html]

170 years ago today - Dec 3, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
We Also learned that many who had been enemies to the church were dead. Jackson who had A hand in the death of the Prophet died in Mexico with the black vomit. Mr Eagle is also dead. We were informed that Gen Harding, Maj Warren & capt Morgan with Half of the Quincy grays were killed in the Mexican war.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

180 years ago today - Dec 3, 1837

[Heber C. Kimball]
/Thare/ ware sevral preas that did not h[a]ve a good carictor coming [to] interfere with hare [our] Metings and tride to brack them up menny times till the Sperrit of God was greived with them. After Brother Hide speking [spoke] to the people about one [h]our; I got up and bore testamony to the congration and shock [shook] my garments before them and told them that my garments ware clean of blo[o]d. Thare was menny preas that ware thare at that time but had Rejected our testamony and cold [called] us evry thing but good and shoock thare fist at us and sisced [hissed] at us and gnashed thare theth at us and thretned us evry way that they could. The nex[t] day we felt by the Spirrite of the Lord that we would gow and wash our feet against them and that we would not have now [any] more to dow with [them] for we was clean of thare blod and that we would have now [no] more to dow [do] with them hare after; then we went and washed our feet and hands and shuck our garments against them and bore testamony to our Father who art in heaven.

[Source: Kimball, Stanley B. ed, On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball]

185 years ago today - Dec 3, 1832

Jesse Gause, First Presidency counselor excommunicated. He was sent on mission and kept on walking, denying Mormonism.

[Source: Chronology of Mormon History, http://followtheprophets.com/chronology-of-mormon-history/]

25 years ago today - Dec 2, 1992.

Ronald Garff, of the Utah South Area, is instructed by his stake president, Leland Wright, to stop selling his popular series of videotapes, "Today through Armageddon," which dates the second coming of Christ near 6 April 2000. The lifelong member protests, "I'm not speaking for the church. I never have." Wright counters: "He quotes from the prophets, but his evaluations lead people to believe the ideas are from the church" and admits "put[ting] his membership on hold." Apparently the same day, church spokesman Don LeFevre issues a statement announcing that "disciplinary matters are . . . strictly between the individual and . . . local ecclesiastical leaders," stating that Elder Jeppsen "said he had never provided any such list," denying that high church officials are "sedating" Ezra Taft Benson, and denying that there has been "any increase in the number of people excommunicated from the Church."

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

60 years ago today - Dec 2, 1957

[J. Reuben Clark]
Sister Spafford and Sister Helen Anderson came in to see me. Sister Spafford has been invited to go to New York to attend a meeting of the National Council of Women in the United States with representatives of the Council along with the head of the National organization to shape up a program that will control the activities of the Council for the next three years....

However, at that time the question came up regarding color, which they called human relations. The Japanese did not want their color to stand against them, nor the Chinese, nor the East Indians. I interposed to say that all of these people were accepted by us and that the only people that we had anything contrariwise, so far as I knew, were the negroes. Then they said that they were very sure that the question of equality of negroes would come up, whether so titled or otherwise ...

I told her I thought this was no time to stir the negro question in the United States, having in mind the situation in Arkansas and the resulting feeling that has come from that; that to stir that question now would cause great injury to the negroes themselves and might eventuate into a situation that would be regretable to everybody, and therefore I thought she should do what she could to keep the National Council from going on record in favor of what in the last analysis would be regarded as negro equality.

[Source: The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

115 years ago today - Dec 2, 1902 (Saturday)

Pres. Joseph F. Smith stated to the Associated Press that the Church did not sanction, authorize or perform marriages contrary to law.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

125 years ago today - Dec 2, 1892

Wilford Woodruff instructs Lorenzo Snow, the next-ranked apostle, to organize the new First Presidency immediately after the church president's death.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

130 years ago today - Dec 2, 1887 • Friday

[George Q. Cannon]
We had some conversation about commencing to receive and disburse tithing at cash rates on Jany. 1^st. I took this opportunity of explaining to the brethren my views on this question. I have no aversion to bringing our tithing to cash rates, but I have felt very strongly concerning receiving the people's tithing at cash prices. I do not think it would be satisfactory; I do not think it would be fair and according to the intention of the Lord. ... President Woodruff expressed himself in favor of giving the brethren credit for that which they paid in, regardless of its cash prices.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

135 years ago today - Dec 2, 1882

[Wilford Woodruff]
The power of God rested upon me. I felt wraped in the visions of heaven. I never deliverd such a speech in my life. I never before saw the Priesthood in the same light. I do not know what I said But I know I spoke the truth. I was followed By Joseph F Smith who spoke 40 Minuts. We were all Clothed with the power of God and Strong testimony was Delivered.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

140 years ago today - Dec 2, 1877

Joseph F. Smith writes about the newly limited compensation for the apostles: "One man [probably John W. Young], for instance, who has drawn $16,000 per year from the tithing office for his support, has been cut down to 2,000 per year. Thus some of the leaks are plugged up and we hope to be able by and by to build the temple."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

150 years ago today - Dec 2, 1867

President Young met this Morning in the Council House with the Twelve, his Councilors, the Bishops & many others & opened the school of the Prophets By remarks a prayer & an Address. Spoke of the first Establishment of the school of the Prophets By the Prophet Joseph himself. He wished the School now renewed. Brother D.O. Calder was appointed to take Charge of a Class to study Book keeping & Commercial Business George Taylor to take Charge of Geography & Grammar Classes. Many Excellent remarks were made By President Young & others. -- SLC Council House

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 6:378-379, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

160 years ago today - Dec 2, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
We Can now clearly see the Hand of God made visably bear in our behalf Concerning the Campaign of our Enemies against us this season past. The American Government with James Bucannan at their head as president, have sent forth An Armey of 2,500 men fully armed and Equipt for war for the sole purpose of destroying the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & the Kingdom of God from off the Earth. This Church and kingdom of God has been driven from the midst of the people in the United States into the vallies of the Rocky Mountains a thousand miles from the Confines of what is Called Gentile Civilization whare they were in hopes we would perish. But as soon as they found that we would live & prosper they became alarmed & were resolved upon our destruction and Hence they send their armies out to accomplish their Hellish purpose.

As soon as it was known unto us Presidet Brigham Young the prophet Seer and Revelator & leader of the Church and kingdom of God Rose up in the strength of Israel God and proclaimed Israel Free and said they should be Free from that hour if they would obey his Council & follow his precept. His Councillors Heber C Kimball & Daniel H Wells and also the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles backed up his Testimony & sustained him in his decissions And all the people said Amen. So let it be.

Presidet Young testified unto the people in the name of God if they would be United with him in their faith prayers & works that the Enemy Should not have power to come into our valley that the Lord would hedge up their way & we should not be Called to shed their Blood neither should they have power to shed ours. ...

From two to three thousand of the servants of God armed themselves & went into the mountains according to the Council of Presidet Young & they were lead by the valient & Noble General Daniel H Wells to Hedge up the way of the Enemy should they attempt to Come in. They formed large Entrenchments & ditches & pilled up large masses of Rocks in narrow passes so as to roll them down upon the Enemy & destroy them should they attempt to Come in.

But as the Prophets Brigham & Heber had said so it came to pass. The Lord fought our Battles & hedged up the way of our Enemies. When they Got on Hams Fork 150 miles from our City the storms & cold killed their Horses, Mules, & Cattle by Hundreds so that when the whole armey got together with the Govornor & Judges who had been sent by the Government to rule & tyranize over us they had not got team enough left alive to draw one third of their trains.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

190 years ago today - about Dec 2, 1827

Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith spent much of the month copying characters off of the plates and translated them using the Urim and Thummin.

[Source: BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith, http://byustudies.byu.edu]

115 years ago today - Dec 1, 1902; Monday

President [Joseph F.] Smith had asked Brother [Charles W.] Penrose to put into form for publication by the Associated Press certain questions... :

"Question: Does the Church solemnize or permit plural marriages?

Answer: Certainly not. The Church does not perform or sanction or authorize marriage in any form that is contrary to the laws of the land.

Question: Why then is it asserted that prominent Mormons practice polygamy?

Answer: That is done evidently to mislead the general public.

... (Signed) Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund."

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

125 years ago today - Dec 1, 1892 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bishop H. B. Clawson received an intimation from the U.S. Marshal that Elders Abraham H. Cannon and Heber J. Grant were in danger, and that they should take precautions. They were both in to see the First Presidency this morning, and we talked over the situation and gave them counsel.

... I brought to the attention of the Council the fact that there was some feeling among the people of this city concerning the meetings in the Tabernacle. There were many Sundays when there was none of the First Presidency or of the Twelve present, and sometimes even the Presidency of the Stake were absent, and there were only a few aged men in the stands, and the meetings are therefore felt not to be so interesting, and some had expressed the view that many became careless in their attendance because of this. I said there are probably four or five times as many persons present in our Tabernacle every Sunday as there are at any of the quarterly conferences of the Stakes that we attend, and I asked, would it not be a good idea for us to make appointments for brethren to be here on each Sunday—not always to speak, but to show the people that some of the authorities were there. The brethren all felt the importance of this. President Woodruff said he hoped I would be able to attend next Sunday, and if I felt like it, to preach. Brother Grant said he would be there also.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

140 years ago today - Dec 1, 1877

Woman's Exponent publishes Presiding Bishop Edward Hunter's sermon concerning LDS women: "Our Relief Societies are doing much good; they have saved much suffering, and have been a great help to the bishops. They have the Priesthood--a portion of the priesthood rests upon the sisters."

[Source: http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/WomansExp/id/5738 The Women's Exponent , [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

150 years ago today - Dec 1, 1867

PRESIDENTS Brigham Young and Daniel H. Wells with Elders George Q. Cannon, David O. Calder, Thomas Ellerbeck, and seven others spent the dayin the office, counting over and burning up $100,000 of the Deseret Currency as it had been redeemed and did not wish to put it in circulation any more. The Presidency and Twelve attended the prayer circle;...

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

175 years ago today - Dec 1, 1842

Orrin P. Rockwell writes Joseph a letter from Philadelphia, where he has gone to escape the law officers who were seeking his arrest. Rockwell, sad and lonely, asks Joseph to write him as soon as it is safe for him to return.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

190 years ago today - about Saturday, Dec 01, 1827

Manchester, Joseph and Emma begin their move to Harmony. They transport the plates in a barrel of beans.

50 years ago today - Nov 30, 1967

[Mark Garff]
I asked the President to listen me out and see if I was foolish in what I was suggesting. He said he would be glad to listen and I told him I had just returned from the Far East; this is about the only time I have left my desk for the two and [a] half years I have been working for President [David O.] McKay and in my mind I tried to conceive a plan whereby we could bring Temple work to our people. I said cautiously to President McKay: "If you think I am out of bounds I want you to tell me, but I am proposing to you now, that The Church obtain or build a ship sufficient in size to run the oceans and we equip 1939. ... this ship as a temple ship; that we take the ship and outfit it as a temple, then take the ship into the ports and harbors where our people live. We could do this around the entire continent of South America, Europe, along the coast of China, Japan, Australia and even Africa if we wanted to.["] I was sure the cost would not amount to any more than what the cost of some of our temples has been.... After I explained to the President my thinking he said to me: "That is not foolish thinking and I want you to pursue this thought and pursue the feasibility of it and make a report to me." He seemed to be greatly intrigued with the idea, he seemed to grasp it very quickly and thought it would be a good idea, so I am going to pursue it a little further as fast as my time will allow.

[Source: Minutes of a Meeting, Nov. 30, 1967; included in the David O. McKay diary on the same date, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

130 years ago today - Nov 30, 1887

[Samuel Bateman]
Got up at half past 6 o'clock. After breakfast we all went to the [Logan] Temple. I was ordained an elder by Bro[ther] A. Peterson in behalf of my dead Father and got endowments for him and took my Mother through the veil and also stood proxy for my Father at the altar for my mother to be sealed to him; also took both of my wives through the veil; also my daughter, Marinda, and had our 4 old est children sealed to us. And my wives and I received our second anointings under the hands of President [Marriner W.] Merrill and Bro[th er] Moore.

[Source: Samuel Bateman diary, Nov. 30, 1887 , Perry Special Collections, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Nov 30, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
Tues Nov. 30th 1847. Went to a council today which had been called to investigate the cases of H. B. Jacobs & W. N. Phelps while they were East on a mission

It appeared that Phelps had while East Last summer got some new ideas into some three young women & they had consented to become his wives & he got Jacobs to marry them to him in St Louis and he lived with them as such all the way to this place[.] After a long and tedious hearing of the matter which was altogether their own admissions, President Young decided that Phelps had committed addultery every time that he had lain with one of them & that Jacobs should be silenced for that part he had taken in marrying them.

Phelps had the privilege granted to him of being baptized again as his deeds did naturally cut him off from the Church.adjd at 2 ocl[.] Not well in the evening.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

170 years ago today - Nov 30, 1847

[Brigham Young]
A woman is the dirtiriest creature, dirtier than a man. It is perfectly right that you enjoy a woman all you can to overflowing & tell her to keep all about her clean & neat. B. Y.[: If one is] consenting in his heart to do it if he had the chance, I wont say how often I have kept the been guilty of adultery'but I will say I never did the act.

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

170 years ago today - Nov 30, 1847 (Council Meeting)

[Brigham Young]
The subject of Appointing three of the Twelve As the Presidency of the Church. Br Young said by pursuing this course it would liberate the quorum of the Twelve that they might go to the Nations of the earth to preach the gospel.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 3:293, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

25 years ago today - Nov 29, 1992

Mormon advocates of Ezra Taft Benson's ultra-conservativism found themselves in a religious quandary. LDS church officers were suspicious of "those obsessed with the early speeches of LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson and who believe the ailing, 93-year-old leader has been silenced because his opinions no longer are politically popular." Such ultra- conservative Mormons were being excommunicated or disciplined in Utah and surrounding states. One of them protested, "We support President Benson 100%," but "there are some brethren who speak 180 degrees against him."

[Source: "It's Judgment Day for Far Right: LDS Church Purges Survivalists," Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 1992, A-l, A-2. In "LDS Deny Mass Ouster of Radicals," Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Dec. 1992, 1, an official LDS spokesman denied only the estimate of "hundreds" of excommunications. See also "LDS Church Downplays Reports On Discipline," Deseret News, 4 Dec. 1992, B-l. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

25 years ago today - Nov 29, 1992

As the ultra-conservative presidential candidate in the national election of 1992, most of the support for [James "Bo" Gritz, a Mormon] was in the "Mormon Culture Region" centering on the state of Utah which alone gave him 28,000 votes.

[Source: "Hero-Turned Heretic? Gritz May Be Leading LDS Flock Into Wilderness," Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 1992, A-2. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

70 years ago today - Nov 29, 1947

The First Presidency announces to the Saints in North America that the regular December fast day will be dedicated to relieving the suffering of the people in Europe resulting from World War II. About $210,000 is collected and distributed to Europeans of all faiths by an agency not connected with the Church.

120 years ago today - Nov 29, 1897; Monday

The First Presidency were waited upon at their office this morning by Bro[ther]. J. E. King, a Cherokee Indian belonging to the Church, who had been visiting his tribe also the Otto Indians. ... Bro[ther]. King reported that he had baptized all of White Horse's band, also 86 Wahtangos in Oklahoma. The Ottos he said were on their way to Mexico, where they had bought lands, having sold their possessions because the Government officials required them to give up their plural wives. This they refused to do, and hence their migration.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

130 years ago today - Nov 29, 1887 • Tuesday

[George Q. Cannon]
Brother Wilcken's daughter Emma brought us our mail to-day. She is a fine looking girl, large and well-developed, which I notice the more because she is one of three children born at one time. ... John Q. has written me about Brother Bishop, who is a very successful artesian well-borer. He uses a divining rod to find the best places. I have heard of his success, and I wrote to John Q. to employ him.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

160 years ago today - Nov 29, 1857

The First Presidency have of right a great influence over this people; and IF WE SHOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LEAD THIS PEOPLE TO DESTRUCTION, WHAT A PITY IT WOULD BE! How can you know whether we lead you correctly or not? Can you know by any other power than that of the Holy Ghost? If have uniformly exhorted the people to obtain this living witness each for themselves; then no man on earth can lead them astray.

[Source: Journal of Discourses, Vol.6, p.100, Brigham Young, November 29, 1857]

160 years ago today - Nov 29, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
Early in the morning G. A. Smith & myself was Called upon to go to the Governors office as an expressed had arived from the Enemy. ... Brother Carrington read a Proclamation from A Cumming. Called himself Govornor of Utah & said that the President Appointed him Govornor of Utah but did not say what Presidet appointed him whether it was Presidet Young or Buchannan. He Commands all armed people to dispersed to their Homes & said all that opposed them would be treated as traitors.

He also wrote a Letter to Governor Young accusing him of treason & said that He should Esstablish his quarters in Green river County & organize a temporary Government that all will be tried for treason that oppose them.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

185 years ago today - Nov 29, 1832 - Thursday

[Joseph Smith]
this Evening Brother Fr ederic [Frederick G. Williams] Prophcyed tha[t] next spring I should go to the city of Pitts Burg to establish a Bis hopwrick and within one year I should go to the city of New York the Lord spare me the life of thy servent Amen [[A month earlier, JS visited New York City, and Sidney Rigdon had recently organized a branch in Pittsburgh, where he had formerly served as the pastor of a congregation of Regular Baptists. In 1845, Rigdon claimed that while on this mission to Pittsburgh he received a revelation that it would become a gathering center, which would require a bishopric there.]]

[Source: Joseph Smith, "Joseph Smith Jrs Book for Record," Journal, Nov. 1832–Dec. 1834]

10 years ago today - 2007-11-28

LDS feminists post online response to Julie B. Beck's conference talk, "Mothers Who Know"

[Source: Mormon Women's History Timeline, http://www1.chapman.edu/~remy/MoFem/mormonwomen.html]

65 years ago today - Nov 28, 1952

David O. McKay aided by Second Counselor J. Reuben Clark, placed his hands on the apostle's head and set him apart ... as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "You will have a responsibility, even greater than your associates in the cabinet," McKay prayed, because you go . . . as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are entitled to inspiration from on high, and if you so live and think and pray, you will have that divine guidance which others may not have. . . . We bless you, therefore, dear Brother Ezra, that when questions of right and wrong come before the men with whom you are deliberating, you may see clearly what is right, and knowing it, that you may have courage to stand by that which is right and proper. . . . We seal upon you the blessings of . . . sound judgment, clear vision, that you might see afar the needs of this country; vision that you might see, too, the enemies who would thwart the freedom of the individual as vouchsafed by the Constitution, . . . and may you be fearless in the condemnation of these subversive influences, and strong in your defense of the rights and privileges of the Constitution.

[Source: McKay, Diary, November 28, 1952. Unlike most entries in McKay's diary, which are typed, this one is in McKay's handwriting; Dew, Benson , 259; Gary James Bergera, '"Rising above Principle": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 1', Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Fall 2008, v 41)]

75 years ago today - Nov 28, 1942

A Deseret News Church Section cover article "L.D.S. Japanese Aid U.S. Soldiers."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

165 years ago today - Nov 28, 1852. Sunday.

[William Clayton]
Brother Glover has had some conversation today with a Baneemyite. He was able to show the folly of his faith in such a doctrine; but like all other apostates he cherished his errors, although he cannot sustain them either by reason or revelation. They believe that all the Revelations which were given through the Prophet Joseph to the day of his death are true and binding upon this generation. They are decidedly opposed to the plurality; (what will they do with the revelation of July 12, 18437). They believe that the President Brigham Young, and the Patriarch are the two horns of the beast. They believe in three orders of Priesthood; and that Baneemy is the man to gather the armies of Israel and redeem Zion, or Jackson County, Missouri. Charles B. Thompson is evidently Baneemy altho' they say it has not been told who Baneemy is.

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://bit.ly/WilliamClayton]

175 years ago today - Nov 28, 1842

[Nauvoo Temple]
The stonecutters again brought complaints to Joseph Smith against the Temple Committee, who were accused of making unequal distribution of provisions to the workers, as well as allowing Reynolds Cahoon's sons to receive more tools than the others. After a ten hour meeting the Prophet resolved the issues to everyone's satisfaction.

[Source: Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple]

50 years ago today - Nov 27, 1967

By coincidence or design, the transfer of the the Joseph Smith Papyri to the church occurred at almost exactly the same time that the Metropolitan Museum of Art received an inquiry from anti-Mormon Wes Walters.

[Source: Boyd Jay Peterson, Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life (thanks to Christopher Smith for pointing this out)]

50 years ago today - Nov 27,1967

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art gives to LDS church the original Egyptian papyri upon which Joseph Smith based "Book of Abraham" in Pearl of Great Price. Scholars and church officials authenticate papyri as the same used by Smith. Apostle N. Eldon Tanner states the discovery of the papyri will finally prove Joseph Smith could translate ancient documents. Unfortunately, Egyptologists, LDS and non-LDS, verify that these papyri are typical "Book of Breathings" in form and content. Church officials begin repressing the story that the original papyri have been discovered and are in their possession.

[Source: 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]

85 years ago today - Nov 27, 1932

Representatives of the Church first appear on Columbia Church of the Air broadcasts (CBS). The program started on CBS radio network in 1931.

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

125 years ago today - Nov 27, 1892 • Sunday

[George Q. Cannon]
I was carried to the Franklin station by Brother Wilcken to catch the 4:17 train for Provo, I having promised Bishop J. P. R. Johnson and S. S. Jones that I would come down some evening and see them, with the view to the settling of some property matters between Brother Johnson and his first wife's children. He had deeded his property to his wives before he went into the penitentiary, thinking thereby to save it from being seized for fines. He did so with the understanding that they were to deed it back if needed. But his first wife had died, and before dying had told her children that she wanted them to retain this property.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

135 years ago today - Nov 27, 1882

[Wilford Woodruff]
I Met in Council in the Gardo House with the Presidency & Twelve. Discussed the policy of yiealding any principal [particularly plural marriage] for a State Governmet. We then went to the Office & met with our delegates to washington And Presidet Taylor with the rest of us Come to the Conclusion that we Could not swap of the Kingdom of God or any of its Laws or Principals for a State Governmet.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

135 years ago today - Monday, Nov 27, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
R. R. Anderson is acting very queer. He has never prayed in the family or returned thanks for his food, but he does kneel down in secret prayer. He has an idea that when a man prays in public he is a hypocrit and is in danger of apostacy. He feels very unhappy because I desire him to take part in the family and said he wished me to get another book keeper as soon as I could as he is not in harmony with my wishes in regard to that duty of prayer. He is nervous and acts like a mad man. He is a monomaniac on the subject of the faults of his brethren.

[Source: 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]

185 years ago today - Nov 27, 1832 - Tuesday

[First entry in Joseph Smith diary]
Joseph Smith Jrs— Record Book Baught for to note all the minute circumstances that comes under my observation Joseph Smith Jrs Book for Record Baught on the 27th of November 1832 for the purpose to keep a minute acount of all things that come under my obsevation &c— — oh may God grant that I may be directed in all my thaughts O bless thy Servent Amen

[Source: Joseph Smith, "Joseph Smith Jrs Book for Record," Journal, Nov. 1832–Dec. 1834]

185 years ago today - Nov 27, 1832

Doctrine and Covenants 85. Duties of the church clerk, historian, recorder. They track members, life style, and activity-including apostates. Those who don't consecrate, don't get an inheritance, and they, their ancestors, and their parents won't be included among the Lord's people. One mighty and strong will come to set the church in Zion in order and arrange inheritances. Anyone who tries to interfere, will be smitten and die. Those whose names are not recorded in the book of the law of God will be treated like unbelievers.

This section was originally excerpted from a letter Joseph wrote to W. W. Phelps in 1832 (Joseph Smith to W. W. Phelps, November 27, 1832) and included in the January 1833 Evening and Morning Star article titled "Let Every Man Learn His Duty. " ... It was added to the Doctrine and Covenants in 1876.

[Source: Kenney, Scott; Saints Without Halos, 'Doctrine and Covenants,' http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml]

55 years ago today - Nov 26, 1962

[Hugh B. Brown]
"It is certainly regrettable [that Reed Benson, son of Ezra Taft Benson] is permitted to continue to peddle his bunk [conspiratorial, conservative political philosophy] in our Church houses. The matter was brought sharply to the attention of the President by Brother Moyle during my absence . . ."

[Source: Hugh B. Brown to Richard D. Poll, 26 Nov. 1962, in response to Poll to Brown, 20 Nov. 1962. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

115 years ago today - Wednesday, Nov 26, 1902

[Rudger Clawson]
Pres. Smith read a subpoena signed by U.S. Marshal [Benjamin B.] Heywood, summoning Jno. Nicholson to appear before the grand jury and bring with him the temple marriage records No. A. and No. A-1. Pres. Smith remarked that he did not know what the grand jury had in view but presumed they sought some evidence that might be used against Reed Smoot, prospective senator from Utah. ...

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

125 years ago today - Nov 26, 1892 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Busied myself about various matters; among other things, sent for Brother F. S. Richards to speak to him about getting up a petition to be signed by the leading citizens, asking the Attorney General to dismiss the appeal from the Supreme Court of this Territory to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the matter of the [confescated] Church personal property.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

130 years ago today - Nov 26, 1887 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
Bro. D. R. Bateman called for me in a buggy, and I disguised myself and went with him to President Woodruff's, where we met with Bros. Waddell & Le Grand Young. Our conversation was on legal points connected with the securing of our [confescated] Church property... In the evening I called upon my wives Martha and Eliza. ... Being compelled to be away from home, as I am, is a great loss to my children. I notice that when I can spend a little time with them they work with diligence and take pleasure in doing so; but when left to themselves, having no experience and no one to guide them, they do not accomplish much.

[Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

160 years ago today - Nov 26, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
In Company with G. A. Smith I called upon President Brigham Young and asked Council about publishing the Endowments or an outline of it telling the time when the Twelve Received their 2d Anointing & also the organization of the Council of 50. He gave his Concent for us to publish an account of it so that the Saints might understand it <but not the world>. He gave into our hands all the records of the council of 50 and all of his own private Letters Notes, Receipt, Pocket Books, &c which I took to the Historians Office & spent the day and Evening in examining & fileing. All that was not for Historical purposes I done up carefully on file to return to him.

While with President Young Ben Simons a Cherikee Called into President Youngs office. Had been two days in the Camp of the Enemy [U.S. troops]. He related his travels there. Said they wanted salt vary much. Their Animals were dying vary Fast. They were Cutting timber & diging holes in the Earth. That looks a little like their going into winter Quarters. The Merchants were Suffering for the want of food. They ought to suffer for they have been the means of Bringing on this war in a great measure.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

175 years ago today - Nov 26, 1842

Patriarch Hyrum Smith appoints a man to spy on suspected polygamists in order to accuse them before the Nauvoo high council. By May 1843 Kimball and Joseph Smith's private secretary would call this "a plot that is being laid to entrap the brethren of the secret priesthood."

[Source: 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]

175 years ago today - Nov 26, 1842

[Brigham Young]
--26-- I was suddenly attacked with a slight fit of apoplexy. Next morning I felt quite comfortable; but in the evening, at the same hour that I had the fit the day before, I was attacked with the most violent fever I ever experienced. The Prophet Joseph and Elder Willard Richards visited and administered unto me; the Prophet prophesied that I should live and recover from my sickness. He sat by me for six hours, and directed my attendants what to do for me. In about thirty hours from the time of my being attacked by the fever, the skin began to peel from my body, and I was skinned all over. I desired to be baptized in the river, but it was not until the 14th day that Brother Joseph would give his consent for me to be showered with cold water, when my fever began to break, and it left me on the 18th day. I laid upon my back, and was not turned upon my side for eighteen days.

I laid in a log house, which was rather open; it was so very cold during my sickness, that Brother Isaac Decker, my attendant, froze his fingers and toes while fanning me, with boots, greatcoat and mittens on, and with a fire in the house from which I was shielded by a blanket.

When the fever left me on the 18th day, I was bolstered up in my chair, but was so near gone that I could not close my eyes, which were set in my head--my chin dropped down and my breath stopped. My wife, seeing my situation, threw some cold water in my face; that having no effect, she dashed a handful of strong camphor into my face and eyes, which I did not feel in the least, neither did I move a muscle. She then held my nostrils between her thumb and finger, and placing her mouth directly over mine, blew into my lungs until she filled them with air. This set my lungs in motion, and I again began to breathe. While this was going on I was perfectly conscious of all that was passing around me; my spirit was as vivid as it ever was in my life, but I had no feeling in my body.

[Source: Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).]