45 years ago today - Oct 17, 1972

L. Patrick Gray, FBI director, offers to help the LDS church security to protect members of the First Presidency against assassination attempts by Ervil LeBaron's followers.

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

70 years ago today - Oct 17, 1947

[J. Reuben Clark]
Mr. Van Wagoner came in and Pres. Clark loaned to him a copy of his letter to George Bennion about marriage with a Japanese girl; he said he would copy it and send it. Pres. Clark requested that he omit names.

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

105 years ago today - Oct 17, 1912; Thursday

Pres[iden]t. Lyman remarked that the Twelve had been considering the case of Bro[ther]. [Judson] Tolman who had been deprived of his priesthood because he had performed unauthorized, illegal marriages, and had also entered into one himself. His family feel very bad about what has happened, and are pressing very much to have his priesthood restored to him. Bro[ther]. Lyman said that he reminded them that Bro[ther]. Tolman had not only acted without authority for others, but had married a woman himself since President Smith's declaration, and that personally he could not feel to put the seal of approval on what Bro[ther]. Tolman had done by restoring to him his priesthood, and it was very probable therefore that this could not be done during the lifetime of Bro[ther]. Tolman.

President Smith endorsed the position taken by Pres[iden]t. Lyman in regard to this matter. ...

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

125 years ago today - Oct 17, 1892

[Heber J. Grant]
Pres Geo Q. Cannon presented some letters from parties asking for employment, and stated that the question of furnishing employment for those of our people who were not able to secure it was becoming a very important one, and after a long discussion the matter was referred to the Presiding Bishopric to endeavor to secure employment for those who were willing to work, or try and get them located in some country settlement where there was a favorable opening for them.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

125 years ago today - Oct 17, 1892

Iosepa Hawaiian Colony, Skull Valley, Utah-- As part of a new type of L.D.S. Church colonization in the late 1880's and the 1890's, joint stock companies were organized under the sponsorship of the Church. "The companies were incorporated, shares of stock were subscribed, dividends distributed and property rights precisely described and apportioned." The Iosepa Agricultural & Stock Company was one of those so formed, in 1889. This colony was founded in Skull Valley, Tooele County, Utah by a group of native Hawaiians who migrated from the Islands. This letter in 1892 appointed Harvey H. Cluff as the ecclesiastical leader and authority for the colony under the direction of the First Presidency but it is made plain that he was not to interfere in the temporal affairs of the colony which were being governed by the joint stock company. Church appointed leaders of colonies prior to this time usually had both ecclesiastical and temporal authority. ...

Salt Lake City, Oct. 17, 1892. Elder Harvey H. Cluff: DEAR BROTHER: You have been selected to take charge of the affairs of the settlement at Iosepa. ... ...

We remain your brethren,

WILFORD WOODRUFF, GEORGE Q. CANNON, JOSEPH F. SMITH.

[Source: 1892-October 17-Cluff Family Journal, pp. 365-366, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

135 years ago today - Oct 17, 1882

[Heber J. Grant]
The Question as to what constitutes the 1st Quorum of Seventies was asked by Bro. Eldredge. The question was referred to the 1st Presidency of the Church.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

135 years ago today - Oct 17, 1882

Annie Gallifant Connelly, despite her pregnancy, is the first Mormon woman sentenced to penitentiary for refusing to answer questions from a grand jury seeking to indict her polygamous husband. For a similar refusal, better-known Belle Harris is in a penitentiary with her infant child from 18 May-31 Aug. 1883.

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

160 years ago today - Oct 17, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
The Brethren took 700 Head of Cattle from the Army while they were marching. I married & sealed Matthias Cowley & Sarah Elizabeth Foss at the Altar in the Bonds of matrimony at half past 7 oclock P.M.

[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 - Oct 17, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
My son Hosea is now very sick and badly afflicted with canker and a high fever. It seems that the Destroyer is seeking to thwart the purposes of God by afflicting my family but I feel to say in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that the power of the destroyer shall be rebuked in my family that my children shall be healed and their lives and the life of my wife held precious before the Lord. That they shall be prospered and protected from all evil even untill I return from my mission because I know that it is the will of my heavenly father for it to be so. Which may God seal in the heavens. Amen.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

115 years ago today - Oct 16, 1902; Thursday

Bro[ther]s. James E. Talmage and George Reynolds had been appointed a committee to ascertain where a suitable place could be obtained for the museum properties until a home could be provided for the museum, the present quarters having to be vacated at the request of the State University, to whom it now belongs. These brethren reported in favor of the Social Hall or the Temple, and that the accommodation at the Temple were ample and highly recommended. It was decided to remove the museum to the upper room of the temple for the present, and to box the minerals and put them in the basement of the temple.

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

125 years ago today - Oct 16, 1892

[Lorenzo Brown]
Took Breakfast at the House & drove * through Leeds to Harrisburg to dinner then to St George before night. * For a few days looking around town then commenced work in the Temple. Wife has found a list of names to work for & I am assisting her. I find the ceremonies the same as ever & am informed that the ceremonies as revised & corrected [and] are used in Logan & Manti have not been altered one whit but [are] word for word & [are] the same [as] will be used in the Salt Lake [temple].

[Source: Lorenzo Brown diary, Oct. 16, 1892, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

135 years ago today - Monday, Oct 16, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
... I am satisfied that before another President over our Church is sustained The Twelve apostles will be compeled to have an understanding in relation to the duties of their respective quorums. The first President takes the whole business in his hands.

[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]

135 years ago today - Oct 16, 1882

[Heber J. Grant]
Recd a telegram from Apostle F. M. Lyman last evening telling me not to failing in Coming to Salt Lake today to attend a Council at 330 P.M. [He gives an account of his ordination as an apostle by George Q. Cannon, in connection with the rest of the First Presidency, and in the presence of the Quorum of Twelve and First Council of Seventy. Part of Cannon's ordination prayer reads:] We ordain thee to be a Prophet, a Seer, a Revelator, to have every key of authority connected with this holy Apostleship'it embodying all the power and all the authority that God ever vouchsafed to His children upon the earth ...

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

135 years ago today - Oct 16, 1882

Ordination of the first Utah-born apostle, Heber J. Grant. Grant is also the first general authority who has previously experienced a nervous breakdown. As an apostle his debts result in chronic insomnia and nervousness that he frequently fears are pushing him toward another breakdown. Grant's concern for his emotional health is underscored by mental problems he later observes in four fellow general authorities.

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

165 years ago today - Oct 16, 1852

[Wilford Woodruff]
Brother Joseph Young & J M. Grant Assisted in Blessing the Elders [missionaries]. The spirit & power of God rested upon us in a great degree. The Heaven was opened unto us & our minds was filled with visions Revelations & Prophecy & we sealed great Blessings upon their heads as we were moved upon by the Holy Ghost & we told them things that would befal them by sea & by land. They will do a great work & gather many saints & much wealth to Zion.

[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 - Oct 16, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
To day the Elders who are going on the Western missions met at the Council House to recieve their Blessings.... I recieved my blessing under the hands of Elder Wilford Woodruff one of the Twelve Apostles, which was as follows

Br Hosea ... the Lord thy God shall make thee as a flaming sword in his hand, thy toungue shall be loosed, and thy voice shall be as the voice of the angels of God, thou shalt have power to go forth to that nation, whose bars have been strong, and who have been secluded from all nations under heaven in the generations that have past and gone.

... thousands shall be brought into the kingdom of God through thy instrumentality.

Thou shalt have power to command the elements and they shall obey thee,Thou shalt have power to perform mighty miracles, and cast out divils heal the sick, and cause the blind to see, the lame to (walk [crossed out]) leap as an hart;... When snares are set for thy feet thou shalt have power to escape them, and be like Nephi and Alma who over came their enemies and every obsticle through their faith and the power of God. This shall be thy lot therefore go forth and and all shall be right with thee

We seal these blessings upon thy head and seal thee up to eternal life, and say no power shall take thy crown, and God shall give thee all thy heart desires. ...

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

170 years ago today - Oct 16, 1847

Nineteen-year-old plural wife Emmeline B. Woodward writes her fifty-two-year-old husband Newel K. Whitney after two years of marriage: "That portion of your affection which I enjoy is sweeter to me, than the whole love of another could be now...Like as a vine entwineth itself around an aged tree, so do my affections entwine about thy heart."

[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 - Oct 16, 1842

[Helen Mar Kimball]
In a letter to husband Heber C. Kimball, Vilate Kimball writes about Heber's plural wife Sarah Noon,

"Our good friend S. [Sarah Noon] is as ever, and we are one. You said I must tell you all my feelings; but if I were to tell you that I sometimes felt tempted and tried and feel as though my burden was greater than I could bear, it would only be a source of sorrow to you, and the Lord knows that I do not wish to add one sorrow to your heart, for be assured my dear Heber, that I do not love you any less for what has transpired, neither do I believe that you do me; therefore I will keep my bad feelings to myself, as much as possible, and tell you the good. I can say with propriety that the most of my time I feel comfortable in my mind, and feel that I have much to be thankful for. I realize that the scenes we are called to pass through are calculated to wean us from the world, and prepare us for a better one...."

"I must leave room for Sister S. to write you a few lines."

Sarah Noon writes: "My very dear friend: Inasmuch as I have listened to your counsel hitherto I have been prospered, therefore I hope that I shall ever adhere to it strictly in future."

"Your kind letter was joyfully received. I never read it but I receive some comfort and feel strengthened, and thank you for it. You may depend upon my moving as soon as the house is ready. I feel anxious as I perceive my infirmities increasing daily. Your request with regard to Sister Kimball I will attend to. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to add to the happiness of my friends; I only wish that I had more ability to do so. I am very glad we are likely to see you soon, and pray that nothing may occur to disappoint us. When you request Vilate to meet you, perhaps you forget that I shall stand in jeopardy every hour, and would not her absent for worlds. My mind is fixed and I am rather particular, but still, for your comfort, I will submit."

"I am as ever"

[Source: Whitney, Helen Mar, Jeni Broberg Holzapfel, and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, A Woman's View: Helen Mar Whitney's Reminiscences of Early Church History, Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1997]

35 years ago today - Oct 15, 1982

A First Presidency instruction to all stake and mission leaders that letters from church members "indicate clearly that some local leaders have been delving into private, sensitive matters beyond the scope of what is appropriate... Also, you should never inquire into personal, intimate matters involving marital relations between a man and his wife." The letter continues that even if a church member volunteers such intimate information, "you should not pursue the matter but should merely suggest that if the member has enough anxiety about the propriety of the conduct to ask about it, the best course would be to discontinue it." In response to widespread complaints from married couples being asked if they have oral sex, this returns the First Presidency's stance to what it was prior to the presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, now incapacitated.

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

40 years ago today - Oct 15, 1977

Church News feature story that "three LDS men serve their community as members of the five-man committee that controls and regulates the state's [Nevada's] billion-dollar-a-year casino industry."

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

80 years ago today - Oct 15, 1937

[Heber J. Grant]
Evening spent at home reading from a new book, the '1/2Life of Parley P. Pratt.'| My wife has read considerable in it, and I think from what she tells me it is too bad the book was ever published. It is endeavoring to magnify Parley P. Pratt and belittle Brigham Young.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

130 years ago today - Oct 15, 1887

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Pres. Woodruff at Marshall Dyers request granted him an interview at 9:30. At 2 p.m. Dept. U. S. Cannon [?] came to the office to serve a subpoena on Pres[iden]t Woodruff but that individual could not be found [was in constant expectation that the Marshalls would search the office] We are of the opinion that Pres[iden]t W. W. has given the enemy an opportunity [receiving him ?].

[Source: Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

165 years ago today - Oct 15, 1852. Friday.

[William Clayton]
President Orson Pratt ... brought forth proofs sufficient from revelations already given to satisfy any reasonable mind, that the Gods do not eternally progress in knowledge, or wisdom, but shewed that when they arrive at a fulness they have learned all there is to learn. He then referred to the peace and union and the desire after knowledge there is in this camp; and also demonstrated that the Lord is pleased to see us search after the mysteries of his kingdom, for this is eternal life to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. He further showed that there is no difference in opinion between him and President Young in regard to the Gods progressing in knowledge, but the apparent difference arises from our not taking time to connect the ideas. When President Young speaks by the power of the spirit there is frequently such a flood of revelation that he has not time to explain every particular, and unless we have the spirit of God resting upon us, it is easy to get wrong ideas. [Brigham believed God continued to progress, and repeatedly chastized Orson for teaching otherwise.]

[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]

170 years ago today - Oct 15, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
To night was the most sad and gloomy time which we had. Not knowing where the Twelve and those with them were or what had become of them. Perhap they were broke down, & robbed of all their animals and now near Larimie coming slow afoot. Distressed & nearly exhausted. We sat pondering over these things[.] Some of our own company were sick. While in this melencholy mood Bishop Calkins took me out aside and said that he felt like he wanted to speak in toungs which he said was an uncommon thing for himand if it was right & any one here who could interpret he would be glad to speak.

I spoke to the company about who all were anxious to hear him. Saying if there was any intelligence for us in toungs there would be an interpretation also.

He spoke some time vehemently. Levi Nickerson only understood enough to know that it was relative to our situation and those we were in pursuit of & that all was well.

Bishop Calkins then gave us the interpretation which in substance was that our mission was of God, whose eyes & the eyes of angels were over us for our good.

That the Lord had turned away our enemies from us & we had not been seen

For us to press on & be faithfull and our eyes should see those who we sought and we all should return to our homes in peace.

We all felt the force of what was said & agreed to try and do better if we could & press on untill we met them if we had to go to the valley.

This was a very singular circumstance for there was not one of us who was given to enthusiastic notions of this sort which is so common with some brethren[.] But now we all felt an assureance that we would realize what had been spoken.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

175 years ago today - Oct 15, 1842

In the 15 October Times and Season, Joseph wrote strongly against coveting other men's wives. As Editor, he republished an 1830 revelation in which it was revealed to him: Smith condemns coveting other men's wives . "And again: I command thee, that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife." (Times and Seasons 3 [October 15,1842]: 944) However, according to LDS authors, by the fall of 1842 Joseph was married to Mary Elizabeth Rollins, wife of Adam Lightner, and Zina Diantha Huntington, wife of Henry B. Jacobs. Both women were living with their husbands at that time.

[Source: Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline, http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/JS_Polygamy_Timeline.htm]

175 years ago today - Oct 15, 1842

The Times and Seasons announces that the Book of Mormon and hymnbook have just been published and are for sale.

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

120 years ago today - Oct 14, 1897

[George F. Gibbs to Lorenzo Snow, Oct. 14, 1897] The question was considered today in the council of First Presidency and apostles, whether adults who had not received their endowments should be permitted to enter the temple to be sealed to their parents. The question was decided in the negative.

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Oct 14, 1847

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]
14th We travled 15 miles & camped on the Platt or rather a slew runing into it. It was cool & windy. 15.

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

75 years ago today - Oct 14, 1942

Literature for those in the military service-- Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Additional pocket-size literature of the Church to be published for the benefit and strengthening of members of the Church serving in the armed forces during World War II. {1942-October 14-Original circular letter, L.D.S.}

[Source: Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

120 years ago today - Oct 14, 1897

[George F. Gibbs to Lorenzo Snow, Oct. 14, 1897] The question was considered today in the council of First Presidency and apostles, whether adults who had not received their endowments should be permitted to enter the temple to be sealed to their parents. The question was decided in the negative.

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

75 years ago today - Oct 14, 1942

Literature for those in the military service-- Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Additional pocket-size literature of the Church to be published for the benefit and strengthening of members of the Church serving in the armed forces during World War II. {1942-October 14-Original circular letter, L.D.S.}

[Source: Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

70 years ago today - Oct 14, 1947

The first missionaries called to the Uruguay Montevideo Mission arrive in the country.

25 years ago today - Oct 13, 1992.

Avraham Gileadi teaches his regular Tuesday night class on the book of Isaiah, a class on-going since at least the spring of 1991 that has been attracting ever larger groups. Before the next class on 20 October, class members are notified by the director of the Hebraist Foundation, which sponsors Gileadi's research, that the classes are "postponed indefinitely" at the request of Gileadi's stake president, who has also instructed him not to lecture or write on scriptural topics. Gileadi obediently cancels the class and agrees to comply with the instructions not to write more, after completing two books now in progress.

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

100 years ago today - Oct 13, 1917

The Deseret News reports that "Bishop Robert McQuarrie has resigned from the bishopric of the Ogden Second ward after rendering efficient service as bishop for a period of 40 years." During Mormonism's first century, presiding officers have the option to honorably resign for personal reasons such as family stress, business problems, ill health, or simply weariness of the position. It is customary to tell their congregation.

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

110 years ago today - Oct 13, 1907; Sunday

[Anthony Ivins]
Today's [Salt Lake] Tribune contained a libelous article setting forth that I was a polygamist, etc.

[Source: Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

120 years ago today - Oct 13, 1897

[Anthon H. Lund]
"The meeting in the Temple began at 3 p.m. Bro[ther]s. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff spoke. There was much talk on the sayings of Pres[iden]t Young in regard to Adam."

[Source: Diary of Apostle Anthon H. Lund, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Oct 13, 1892 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Thursday, October 13, 1892.

At the office this morning with health somewhat improved, though still quite unwell.

A dispatch was received from J. S. Clarkson and Isaac Trumbo informing the Presidency that President Harrison would sign the general amnesty proclamation this week. In this dispatch also was a request that we would offer up our prayers in behalf of his wife, for her recovery if it should be God's will.

At our meeting of the Presidency and Twelve, there being present, besides the Presidency, Elders F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant and A. H. Cannon, President Woodruff offered the prayer, and Mrs. Harrison was remembered before the Lord. This is the first time that I know of in our history where the Presidency of the Church have been requested to exercise faith in behalf of any of the family of the President of the United States, and it was gratifying to us to know that President Harrison entertained such a friendly regard as to feel like making this request.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 13, 1887 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
I disguised myself [Cannon had a warrent out for his arrest] and rode up in the daylight ... where President Woodruff was stopping. President Woodruff, myself and F. D. Richards had a conversation with Le Grand Young about his going East for the purpose of having an interview with Jay Gould and endeavoring to get him to aid us in our State movements, and if he could not aid us, at least to not oppose us. He has newspapers under his control which are influential and we would like to get them to speak in favor of the movement, or, at least, not oppose it. Bro. Young expressed his willingness to go as soon as he could shape the cases that he had in hand, so as to permit him to leave. We afterwards had a meeting of the Deseret News Co. There were present three directors and the secretary. There being a quorum, we proceeded to elect a President and Vice President. I was elected President and Bro. F. D. Richards Vice President.

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

135 years ago today - Friday, Oct 13, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
President Taylor presented a revelation he had received in which the Lord presented the names of George Teasdale and H[eber]. J. Grant to fill the vacancies in the quorum of the Twelve and S. B. Young to fill a vacancy in the Seventies. The revelation embodies some nice doctrinal points.

... I am not clear on one of these brethren proposed for position. Bro. Teasdale is distastefull to me in his sycophantic manner. H. J. Grant I love, but he should have the testimony of the truth, and he is physically ruined. S. B. Young is choice in every way, but on the doctrine of celestial marriage [plural marriage] I am afraid he is lame.

[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]

135 years ago today - Oct 13, 1882

REVELATION given through President John Taylor ...

Thus saith the Lord to the Twelve, and to the Priesthood and people of my Church: Let my servants George Teasdale and Heber J. Grant be appointed to fill the vacancies in the Twelve... You may appoint Seymour B. Young to fill up the vacancy in the presiding quorum of Seventies, if he will conform to my law [plural marriage]; for it is not meet that men who will not abide my law shall preside over my Priesthood; ... you shall be my people and I will be your God; and your enemies shall not have dominion over you, for I will preserve you and confound them, saith the Lord, and they shall not have power nor dominion over you; for my word shall go forth, and my work shall be accomplished, and my Zion shall be established, and my rule and my power and my dominion shall prevail among my people, and all nations shall yet acknowledge me. Even so, Amen. Gardo House, Salt Lake City Friday morning, 13 October 1882

[The revelation is published as a pamphlet in Salt Lake City, and in these editions of the Doctrine and Covenants: Swedish in 1888; German in 1893, 1903, and 1920; Danish in 1900.]

[Source: 1882-October 13-Copy of Original document in L. John Nuttall Papers, Brigham Young University Library, Special Collections, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

175 years ago today - Oct 13, 1842 (Thursday)

Some of the brethren arrived at Nauvoo from the Pineries, Wisconsin, with 90,000 feet of lumber and 24,000 cubic feet of timber for the Temple and Nauvoo House.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

40 years ago today - Oct 12, 1977

[Spencer W. Kimball]
This is an official invitation from the President of the Church for you and your wife to receive the most holy second anointings which it is planned will be given to you in the Salt Lake Temple on Sunday, October 23, 1977, at 3:00 p.m. For this you should arrange to bring your temple clothing and come also with a temple recommend. Other instructions will be given to you at that time. If you wish to receive these blessings, please advise me immediately by letter. These blessings are to be given only upon your total worthiness. We would like you to indicate in your reply regarding this matter. This whole program should be totally confidential; and as a reply to family members as a reason for your leaving home that day, you may say you are going to a special meeting at the temple. * P.S. If you do accept, please complete and return the enclosed form.

[Source: Spencer W. Kimball, letter dated Oct. 12, 1977, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

45 years ago today - Oct 12, 1972

Bruce R. McConkie is ordained an Apostle, replacing Marion G. Romney, who had been called to the First Presidency.

100 years ago today - Oct 12, 1917

[George Albert Smith]
"Sold my house to Trustee in Trust for $11,000 and Mothers for (over) $17,000 net to us. It is probably worth more money but would rather the church had it at a less price."

[Source: Journals of George Albert Smith]

120 years ago today - Oct 12, 1897

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Twelve met in Temple all present but Bro[ther]s Grant & Merril ... Pres[ident] Snow led out on Adam being our father and God. How beautiful the thought it brought God nearer to us. Bro[ther] Franklin said it made him thrill through his whole body it was new & it was inspiring.

[Source: Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

125 years ago today - Oct 12, 1892 (Wednesday)

Articles of incorporation of the National Woman's Relief Societies were filed with the county clerk, in Salt Lake City; Zina D.H. Young, president; Jane S. Richards, Bathsheba W. Smith and Sarah M. Kimball, vice-presidents; Emmeline B. Wells, secretary; M. Isabella Horne, treasurer. [The name was again changed in 1945 to Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.]

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

140 years ago today - Oct 12, 1877

[Wilford Woodruff]
I spent most of the day in Council. It was voted to give the Twelve $1,500 a year Except Orson Pratt was to have $3,600 a year.

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

155 years ago today - Oct 12, 1862

[Wilford Woodruff]
Sunday I went to Coones Canyon to see about my flock of sheep. Moroni my Indian Boy has left them. After finding my flock & making arangements about them I returned Home.

[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 - Oct 12, 1857

Officer in U.S. army expedition at Fort Laramie, Wyoming writes: "Two men by the name of Hickman, brothers to Bill Hickman who is celebrated in this country as one of thc 'Destroying Angels,' came into our camps yesterday. . . . One of them had a sword belt in his possession which had belonged to the man (Vilkins) who went out gunning on the 7th inst and had not been heard from since."

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

170 years ago today - Oct 12, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
I had A question put to me by President Young what my opinion was concerning one of the Twelve Apostles being appointed as the President of the Church with his two Councellors. I Answered that A quorum like the Twelve who had been appointed by revelation & confirmed by revelation from time to time I thought it would require A revelation to change the order of that quorum.

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

40 years ago today - Oct 11, 1977

[We]could see the auxiliaries running the Church as it were. . . . We had no Priesthood board but they had large and talented and powerful Mutual boards and Sunday school boards and Relief Society boards and Primary boards. And they scattered throughout the Church teaching their message, and they were talented people and taught so well that the auxiliaries of the Church were far more effective and powerful in the members' idea and view than the were the Priesthood quorums. . . . So I would say, to characterize the Church prior to Correlation, that the auxiliaries ran it and everything took second place to them.

[Source: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Greg Prince, chapter 4 footnote 15. A. Theodore Tuttle interview, October 11, 1977]

45 years ago today - Oct 11, 1972

A First Presidency letter authorizes young men to be ordained to the office of elder at age eighteen, no longer limiting the elder's office to the age for missionaries.

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

135 years ago today - Oct 11, 1882

[James E. Talmage]
[Talmage's reasons for not attending a dance:]

[...] 1-One must know how to dance: I do not; 2-one must wear a dress suit: I have none; 3-one must have a lady: I have none; 4-one must hire a carriage and pair for going and coming, etc.: I cannot afford it.

[Source: The Journals of James E. Talmage—Excerpts, Compiled by J. Trevor Antley, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dOE6pgN6OkBJIq-X73JGpCdt0p5b8_UdfTfLREz4uTg/]

135 years ago today - Wednesday, Oct 11, 1882

[Council of Fifty]
... Recorder [George Q.] Cannon spoke on the necessity of having a committee to instruct delegates as to who to vote for, suggesting J. F. Smith as chairman. The following Co[untie]s were represented[:] ....

[Source: Selected Minutes of the Council of Fifty, Quinn Papers, Beinecke Library, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

135 years ago today - Oct 11, 1882

The First Presidency and apostles vote privately that John T. Caine be a candidate for Utah's delegate to Congress. Three hours later the Council of Fifty convenes, discusses who should be the delegate, and also nominates Caine. This is the clearest example of the hierarhcy directing the meetings of the Fifty to arrive at pre-determined decisions.

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

155 years ago today - Oct 11, 1862

Brigham Young writes his son Brigham Jr.: "It is now going on two years and a half since I have used a particle of tobacco. . ."

185 years ago today - Oct 11, 1832

Mormon Missionary Orson Hyde, after visiting a group he calls "Cochranites" describes them in his journal as having a "Wonderful lustful spirit, because they believe in a 'plurality of wives' which they call spiritual wives, knowing them not after the flesh but after the spirit, but by the appearance they know one another after the flesh."

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60 years ago today - Thu Oct 10, 1957

[David O. McKay Office Journal]
In Council meeting this morning I referred to the attempted expansion in Huntsville by the Catholics; that they had purchased some additional property on the west, and price seems to be no question to them . . . . I mentioned this just to let the Brethren know what the Catholics are trying to do there. Sometime ago they tried to buy the Bingham property just a short distance from their present holdings for the purpose of establishing a nunnery, and it may be that is the purpose they have in mind in trying to get this property in the middle field. I hope to purchase 50 acres of the land for myself in order to help the Bishop secure possession of the property. I said, "The Catholic Church is against us, and wherever they can prevent our growth they are going to do it."

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

75 years ago today - Oct 10, 1942

[Heber J. Grant]
In one of my conversations with him [i.e., Presiding Patriarch Joseph F. Smith] he told me that President Smith's widow, Mary T. Smith, mother of Dr. Silas Smith, told him that he had a conversation with her and that President Joseph F. Smith had told her that the Patriarch belonged in his line. I was very happy to have that information. It is a great satisfaction to me to know President Joseph F. Smith felt that the patriarchal line should go to his family instead of John Smith's line.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

100 years ago today - Oct 10, 1917

145th Field Artillery regiment departs Utah for duty in the "Great War" (World War I). Nearly all of its 1,300 to 1,500 officers and enlisted men are LDS, so the unit is nicknamed "the Mormon regiment." Seventy's president B.H. Roberts serves in the regiment as a chaplain. He is the first active general authority since 1846 to participate in a U.S. war and is among the first three Mormons to serve as U.S. military chaplains. There are 665 deaths (including missing-in-action) among the 21,000 Utahns (primarily Mormons) who serve in World War I.

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

125 years ago today - Oct 10, 1892

[John Nuttall]
It was represented that there are five large windows needed [for the Salt Lake Temple] which will cost $1500.00 each. Bro[ther]s. John R Winder, M[oses] Thatcher, Geo[rge] Romney, H[eber] J Grant & J[ohn] R Murdock agreed to each furnish 1 window. Pres[iden]t Jos[eph] F Smith moved that we accept the offer of these brethren. Sec[onded] & Car[rie]d. Elder B. H. Roberts suggested that a Bureau of Information be established at the Worlds Fair so that Elders can be appointed and printed matter provided to give information to the thousands who will attend there. Elder A[ngus]. M Cannon also suggested such a bureau at Salt Lake City. On motion of Elder Moses Thatcher the consideration of these suggestions was left to the First Presidency for such action as they deem proper. On motion a few of the brethren were requested to take the names and amounts which each one present felt to give to the completion of the Temple. $50,000.00 was subscribed at this meeting.

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

135 years ago today - Tuesday, Oct 10, 1882

[Franklin D. Richards]
At 10-met with Council of Kingdom [Fifty]. Morning spent reading lengthy minutes & Revelations & adopting them. ...

[Source: Franklin D. Richards journal, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014)]

135 years ago today - 1882. October 10

(Heber J. Grant) : Accepted as member of the Council of Fifty—its youngest member—just days before the revelation naming him as one of the new members of the Quorum of the Twelve.

[Source: Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

150 years ago today - Oct 10, 1867

[Wilford Woodruff]
We all Met with a party of Zions Camp. There were some 40 members of Zions Camp preset Out of 205 who went off to Missouri to redeem Zion in 1834, thirty three years ago. We had Addresses from several of the Brethren. Presidet Young said when they returned to kirtland some said they had been on a Tomfools Errand. Presidet Young said he would not sell the Experience & knowledge he gained upon that Mission for this whole world in its present State. He watched Joseph while upon that Mission, & it was there that he learned how to govern rule & direct this Church & kingdom.

[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 - Oct 10, 1842

Missionary (and later president) Lorenzo Snow delivers two ornamentally bound copies of the Book of Mormon to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert through Sir Henry Wheatly. Queen Victoria probably never read, and may never have handled this presentation copy, but it has since resided in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.

[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 - 70 years ago - Oct 9, 1947

[Spencer W. Kimball]
In the 10 o'clock meeting with the First Presidency and the Council of the 12 the matter of the negro was brought up for discussion again. I think I felt in this meeting the spirit of revelation more pronounced than in any meeting I have attended. The spirit of unity was manifest. All the Brethren seemed to see alike through the sweet spirit throughout the meeting, and I was almost overcome with the delightful experience. The Brethren seemed unified in feeling that we could not withhold the regular gospel blessings from the colored people, and that though we were unable yet to give them the Priesthood, perhaps we should not withhold from the m the other blessings of the gospel which are available to them ... [Note: Ezra Taft Benson related the experiences of the Hope family, black members of the Church who were ostracized by their LDS congregation at Cincinnati and were asked by the branch president not to come back, so they held their own Sunday services in their home.]

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

70 years ago today - 70 years ago - Oct 9, 1947

Letter read from Evan A. Borrowman, a stake missionary in the Los Angeles stake, asking questions regarding the Church's attitude toward the negro. Attention was also called to correspondence with O. J. Umondak of Nigeria, Africa, asking that missionaries be sent to the people of that land. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith called attention to the report of the Council of the Twelve under the date of April 23, 1940, reporting on an assignment given by this Council regarding permitting a person to receive the Priesthood who has any degree of negro blood, at which time it was the recommendation of the Twelve that the ruling of the past being that a person with the slightest degree of negro blood cannot receive the Priesthood. President [J. Reuben] Clark called attention to the sentiment among many people in this country to the point that we should break down all racial lines, as a result of which sentiment negro people have acquired an assertiveness that they become impudent. President Clark again repeated what he had previously said on a number of occasions that in South America, and particularly Brazil, we are entering into a situation in doing missionary work among these people where it is very difficult if not impossible to tell who has negro blood and who has not. He said that if we are baptizing Brazilians we are almost certainly baptizing people of negro blood, and that if the Priesthood is conferred upon them, which no doubt is, we are facing a very serious problem. President Clark said that his heart bleeds for the negroes, that he had had them in his home and some of them were very fine people, that he felt we should give them every right and blessing to which they are entitled. He said he was wondering whether we could not work out a plan whereby, while not conferring the Priesthood as such upon them, we could give them opportunity to participate in the work certainly of the Aaronic Priesthood grades. In connection with this discussion Brother [Joseph] Anderson, at the request of the First Presidency, read to the Council ex[c]erpts from minutes of the Council meeting held May 28, 1879 and June 4, 1879, in which this matter of ordaining to the priesthood brethren with colored blood in their veins was discussed at considerable length and which minutes give among other things [a] copy of a blessing under the hands of Joseph Smith Sr. upon Elijah Abel, a negro. The suggestion was made that a compilation be made for the Brethren of the Council of all material that can be brought together upon this subject. Elder Stephen L Richards moved that this material be prepared under the direction of the First Presidency in any way they may see fit. Motion seconded and unanimously approved. It was decided to postpone answer to the letter from Brother Borrowman and also to correspondence from O.J. Umondak of Nigeria, Africa, until the material regarding the negro question has been assembled and the Brethren have had an opportunity to look it over and digest it. President George F. Richards presented to the Council a question as to whether or not there would be any objection to a Brother Hope and his family (negroes), faithful members of the Church who live in Cincin[n]ati, receiving patriarchal blessing. On motion, duly seconded, it was the decision of the Council that negroes who are faithful members of the Church are entitled to patriarchal blessings.

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

125 years ago today - 125 years ago - Oct 9, 1892 • Sunday

[George Q. Cannon]
In the afternoon [of General Conference], the sacrament was administered, and President Woodruff desired me to occupy the whole time. I spoke for 85 minutes and was listened to with great attention.

I was very heated in speaking, and while walking up to the office I was seized with a violent pain in my bowels. It was so severe that I almost lost consciousness once or twice while in the closet. Brother L. John Nuttall heard me groan and came to me. He procured some Jamaica ginger and gave me, and helped me on to a lounge, when President Woodruff and the brethren administered to me. I was freed from pain immediately.

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

145 years ago today - Oct 9, 1872

Brigham Young and his counselors are each sustained as "Prophet, Seer and Revelator." This is the first conference in 1859 which sustains anyone with that title. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are not presented in this manner at this conference, and from 8 Apr. 1873 until his death Young is the only church officer sustained by conferences as "Prophet, Seer and Revelator."

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

150 years ago today - Oct 9, 1867

President Young said I wish to present a subject that has never been presented to the public to my knowledge. In ordaining a man into the Quorum of the Twelve I have omited to appoint one man to take the place of Another, or to take his Crown. One man Cannot take the Crown of another. Evry man must wear his own Crown if he has one. Thomas B Marsh once was the Presidet of the Quorum of the Twelve. I now occupy that place. I Certainly would not like to take or wear Brother Marsh's Crown. (G. A. Smith says Neither would I.) Each one will have his own Crown if he has one at all, & not the Crown of another. Evry man will be rewarded according to the life he lives.

[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 - Oct 9, 1837

[Heber C. Kimball]
I had a dreem that I [went on] bord of [a] strong chip in a narrow channel, thare was menny things heaped before it to hinder the progress of the chip but it went threw all oposition and brother Hide hade the same [dream] at the same time. The preas [priests] have com-bined agains[t] us and have praid [to the] /Lord/ to drive us out of the plase and if this would not dow they praid that the Lord would smite us but it seames that there God has gon [gone] a circuit for he dont hear them while our God is power [pouring] out His blessings upon us. After this combination of preas twock place in Preston we have bapised fifty in about eight days. The Lord has sed Evry wepon that is formed against us should not prosper and this we have found to be fulfill[ed] in evry instance what ever they dow it work for the glory of God, and in our favour and praies the Lord for his kindness to me and His servents for He is all ways with us.

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

100 years ago today - Oct 8, 1917

[Heber J. Grant]
At ten attended special Priesthood meeting in the Assembly Hall. President Smith referred to the fact that there were men still preaching that plural marriages could be solemnized. He branded this kind of teaching simply infamous, and said that the statement was absolutely false; that it puts the authorities of the Church in a false light before the world. He suggested to the bishops that they let Brother Cowley alone and not call on him to preach when he happens to visit their wards.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

125 years ago today - Oct 8, 1892 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
... President Joseph F. Smith, who spoke concerning ... the Word of Wisdom. In speaking upon this he confessed a good deal concerning his own inclinations, and related that he was naturally fond of tea and coffee, of tobacco (to which he said he had been a slave at one time) and of wine and spirits. His statements were so broad that I felt the people were liable to draw wrong conclusions from what he said...

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

130 years ago today - Oct 8, 1887 • Saturday

[George Q. Cannon]
... we have learned that those of the Twelve against whom there are no indictments may go to Conference in safety. There are, at the present time, Bros. Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Heber J. Grant and John W. Taylor at liberty to go and come as they please. President Woodruff, Bros. Erastus Snow and John H. Smith have been restrained somewhat and have kept in seclusion, out of the way of deputies, as they have been threatened with arrest and have been sought for. It is now arranged that these three brethren shall have liberty to attend to Conference without danger. We look upon this as a great point gained and I would be delighted myself to have the same privilege; but myself, Bros, Jos. F. Smith, B. Young, M. Thatcher and F. M. Lyman are all in danger of arrest if we make our appearance. Bro. Woodruff has determined to go to Conference to-morrow afternoon. Bro. E. Snow is there to-day and spoke this morning to the people. Bro. John H. Smith has attended all of the meetings. I hope this will lead, in awhile, to all of us being permitted to go free on some terms.

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

135 years ago today - Oct 8, 1882

Theodore B. Lewis is the first Civil War soldier and former prisoner to be sustained as a general authority, and he is also the only Confederate Army veteran appointed. Despite being publicly sustained as a new member of the First Council of the Seventy, Lewis's appointment is cancelled the next day when the First Presidency learns he is also a high priest.

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

135 years ago today - Sunday, Oct 8, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
Erastus Snow said that in the Kirtland Temple some of the brethren complained because Don C. Smith was chosen to preside over the High priests. The Prophet said my family have been chosen to preside over the quorums of the Priesthood.

[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]

135 years ago today - Oct 8, 1882

Conference ... W Woodruff Spoke 5 M and Exhorted the Saints to present all their wants before the Lord in their Prayer Circles.

W Woodruff said the sixts Angel who would blow the sixts Trumped would be some Man who held the keys of the Kingdom of God in the Last Dispensation. Erastus Snow Said that while they were receiving their Endowments in the Temple in kirtland that A young Man Clothed with the power of God prophesied that the sixts [sixth] Angel would be Joseph Smith and there was a testimony to all that it was true.

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

155 years ago today - Oct 8, 1862 (Morning, Conference)

President Brigham Young said no man had any business to enquire whether he would apostatize or not, nor should any Latter Day Saint ask what the Almighty was going to do with him when he got him into the kingdom of heaven. He had made some remarks relative to the blood, or lineage of individuals, and he would further say that there were a very few in the Church who had in their veins the blood of Judah, but they could not stay in unless that was purged out, but if they were faithful the Holy Ghost would come upon them of the Ishmaelitish blood that br. John spoke of, as well as those of Judah, and it would purge that blood -- SLC Bowery

[Source: Deseret News. Also Deseret Evening News, Deseret News Weekly, Deseret News Semi- Weekly, and Deseret News Extra. Salt Lake City; 1850-current. 12:125, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

165 years ago today - Oct 8, 1852 (Evening, Conference)

[Genral]
President B. Young moved that all who had been ordained High Priests and had come to the valley, and were re-baptized, should be received as members of the quorum, by their giving in their names to the clerk.

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

165 years ago today - Oct 8, 1852 (Afternoon, Conference)

President Young spoke on the sin of shedding the blood of Joseph the Prophet, etc, rests upon the nation; the state of Missouri might have redeemed themselves from the shedding of blood, if the governor and generals had come and had us to cut off their heads and let their blood be shed on the ground to atone for their sin. The nation might have redeemed themselves, if they had taken those murderers and spilt their blood, but they held their peace, and by their silence have sanctioned the deed, the spilling of innocent blood, tis the only way a nation can wipe the sin from their escutcheon, but now it must remain. -- SLC Tabernacle

[Source: Thomas Bullock Minutes, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

110 years ago today - 110 years ago - Oct 7, 1907; Monday

[Anthony Ivins]
As I noted the exercises of the conference yesterday I wrote the names of the [First] Presidency as they were presented by Prest. [Joseph F.] Smith. He then presented the name of F[rancis] M. Lyman as prest. of the quorum of apostles & then to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Geo[rge] Teasdale presented my name. I was so overcome that I ceased to write. Immediately after conference adjourned I walked with the Presidency and quo- rum of Apostles to the Presidents Office and after instructing me in regard to my duties as a member of the quorum[,] the Twelve and Presidency and Twelve laid their hands on me and Prest. Smith ordained me a member of the quorum.

[Source: Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

115 years ago today - 115 years ago - Oct 7, 1902; Tuesday

[Special priesthood meeting for General Authorities and Stake Presidents] ... Prest. Jno. [John] R. Winder. No girl or woman over the age of 18 years or man under 21 yrs. can do work in the temple unless they have had their endowments, except to be baptized. Persons who are married outside of the church cannot be admitted to the temple for ordinance work of any time [kind]. ...

Second anointings should be kept secret & not be noticed talked about. Prests. of stakes should give recommends for second anointings & not bishops....

Prest. Smith. Recommends for Second anointings are in the hands of the presidents of Stakes and not bishops. Prests. of Missions

... The church divorce is not given to a legal wife till she has been legally divorced. All marriages are free, but divorces should be worth $10.00.

[Source: Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Oct 7, 1897; Thursday

Pres[ident]. Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon said ... It was the privilege of an Apostle to live so as to have the revelations of Jesus personally. In Council, each Apostle should come with his mind as free as a child, without caucusing or planning how to have certain things done, so as to be free for the spirit of God to operate upon their minds. It was proper for each Apostle to express his views freely, but not his right to contend. When all had expressed themselves freely, it was the prerogative of the President of the Council to have the mind of the Lord and to decide that which was right; then all should be agreed and submit to that decision, and treat the President with the deference due to the man chosen to be the mouthpiece of God. ...

Pres[ident]. Wilford Woodruff said God had set in the Church, first, Apostles. This was the greatest authority bestowed upon man in the flesh....

All the members of the Council laid their hands upon the head of Bro[ther]. Cowley, Pres[ident]. Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon being mouth, and he was ordained to the Apostleship and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, with all the keys and powers and authority pertaining thereunto. The Council then laid their hands upon Bro[ther]. A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff, Pres[ident]. Wilford Woodruff being mouth, and he was similarly ordained, after which they were congratulated by all the brethren present.

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

140 years ago today - 140 years ago - Oct 7, 1877

John Taylor tells general conference that the Trustee-in-Trust's office will begin giving "reasonable recompense for their services" to the Twelve and their two counselors.

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

145 years ago today - 145 years ago - Oct 7, 1872

Apostle John Taylor tells general conference: "And if we have Presidents or Apostles or anybody that we do not like, let us vote them out, and be free men."

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

150 years ago today - 150 years ago - Oct 7, 1867

[Wilford Woodruff]
At the Close of the Church [meeting] Presidet Young talked vary Plain to O Pratt about his saying that such & such were the doctrins of the Church & about his telling what would have Been if Christ had not died & if Adam had not have fallen. If there had not been a savior prepared the world would not have been Created.

The Conference opened at 10 oclok ... [Brigham Young:] the Deserett Alphabet should be taught that our Children should understand.

... All young Men & Madens old Enough to Marry are required to Marry & fulfill the Law of God. All young men who are 25 years old who do not Get Married in one Month will be required to Pay $200 in cash into the perpetual Emigrating Fund.

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

155 years ago today - 155 years ago - Oct 7, 1862 (Afternoon, Conference)

[Brigham Young]
It is all folly to suppose that there are Jews in this Church; they will be believe the gospel at present; they are in the same position as the Cainites are, they cannot come in until the rest of the family come in and receive their blessings, then they can have an opportunity. Let us not trouble about our trials, but be determined to overcome them. Counseled the brethren to look at their blessings, and not occupy all their time in looking at their troubles and trials. He had been in the habit of using tobacco, but he had left it off; he did not drink whisky, brandy, rum, wine, tea nor coffee, and he felt so much better for his abstemiousness that he would recommend others to follow his example. -- SLC Bowery

[Source: The Latter-day Saints Millennial Star. Also Millennial Star Supplement, Manchester- Liverpool, England, 1840-1970. 24:755, 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 - Oct 7, 1857

Mormons and "Indians" steal cattle from the Dukes train.

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: Mountain Meadows Massacre Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/mountain-meadows-massacre-timeline/]

160 years ago today - Oct 7, 1857

[Brigham Young]
Some have grumbled because I believe our God to be so near to us as Father Adam. There are many who know that doctrine to be true. Where was Michael in the creation of this earth? Did he have a mission to the earth? He did. Where was he? In the Grand Council, and performed the mission assigned him there. Now, if it should happen that we have to pay tribute to Father Adam, what a humiliating circumstance it would be! Just wait till you pass Joseph Smith; and after Joseph lets you pass him, you will find Peter; and after you pass the Apostles and many of the Prophets, you will find Abraham, and he will say, '"I have the keys, and except you do thus and so, you cannot pass;'" and after a while you come to Jesus; and when you at length meet Father Adam, how strange it will appear to your present notions. If we can pass Joseph and have him say, '"Here; you have been faithful, good boys; I hold the keys of this dispensation; I will let you pass;'" then we shall be very glad to see the white locks of Father Adam. But those are ideas which do not concern us at present, although it is written in the Bible'"'"This is eternal life, to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.'"

[Source: Journal of Discourses. Liverpool, England, 1853-86. 5:327-333; Deseret News. Also Deseret Evening News, Deseret News Weekly, Deseret News Semi- Weekly, and Deseret News Extra, Salt Lake City, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

5 years ago today - 2012-10-06

Church lowers missionary age for men and women

New missionary ages are announced. Men can serve at 18 and women can serve at 19.

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

45 years ago today - Oct 6, 1972

[Harold B. Lee]
Sustained as President of the Church in a solemn assembly.

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

105 years ago today - Oct 6, 1912

The first written statement by Lorin C. Woolley about the circumstances of John Taylor's 1886 revelation at the home of his father John W. Woolley. This statement makes no reference to Lorin Woolley's later claim that John Taylor ordained men in 1886 to continue plural marriage no matter what the church's official position might be. However, since 1904 diaries have mentioned such claims, though without mentioning 1886 or Woolley.

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

110 years ago today - Oct 6, 1907

At sustaining of church officers a man votes against Joseph F. Smith because of his admitted violation of Utah's cohabitation law. Smith has him ejected from Salt Lake Tabernacle. Conference sustains new apostle Anthony W. Ivins, who performed dozens of plural marriages in Mexico after 1890 Manifesto. Francis M. Lyman instructs newly ordained Ivins: "The Twelve are the Special witness of Jesus Christ & should be able to testify that he lives even AS IF he had been seen by them" (emphasis added). At general conference Apostle and U.S. Senator Reed Smoot tells of a traveling medicine salesman: "in order to hold the crowd until he could convince some of them that they had worms, or something worse, he had three or four niggers sing songs-by the way, I have been told that the niggers furnished the best part of the entertainment."

135 years ago today - Oct 6, 1882

President Taylor again refuses to accept the Twelve's nomination for two men as apostles, with the result that another conference passes without filling the vacancies.

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

135 years ago today - Friday, Oct 6, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
Prests. John Taylor and George Q. Cannon were the speakers and they both held the doctrine of explicite obedience by the Latter-day saints in spiritual and temporal matters. I don't quite agree.

[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]

140 years ago today - Oct 6, 1877

For the first time, conference sustains John Taylor as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, an office not presented for a vote since the release of Orson Hyde. Conference also sustains the Twelve as "Prophets, Seers and Revelators" for the first time in 41 years. John Taylor is sustained as the Trustee-in-Trust with the rest of the Twelve as "Counselors." [John Nuttle records "I never experienced such pleasurable sensations in my life as when the voting was progressing"]

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

150 years ago today - Oct 6, 1867 (Sunday)

The first conference held in the large Tabernacle, in G.S.L. City, was commenced. ... This structure, which had just been completed, was 250 feet long and 150 feet wide, with its immense roof, arched without a pillar. Height of interior, 68 feet from floor to ceiling. During the conference 163 missionaries were called to strengthen the settlements in southern Utah, and the Saints were called upon to assist liberally the following year towards emigrating all the poor Saints from Great Britain.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

150 years ago today - Oct 6, 1867 (Noon)

[Wilford Woodruff]
The Presidency & Twelve held a Council at Noon & Cut off Amasa Lyman from the Quorum of the Twelve [for denying the ateonement] & Set apart Joseph Fielding Smith as one of the Twelve Apostles. He had been ordained an Apostle before. President Young said He did not wish to Ordain Joseph F Smith to take Amasa's Place or to take his Crown But He ordain him an Apostle to take his own Crown & his own place. He viewed all the Apostles in the Same light. President Young was mouth in setting Joseph F Smith Apart as one of the Twelve & as a Special witness to all Nations. -- Salt Lake City

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal. 9 Vols. Scott G. Kenney, ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1983-85. 6:367-368, 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 - Oct 5, 1992.

Jim and Elaine Harmston are excommunicated in Manti, Utah, for apostasy. Their offenses include refusing the stake president's instructions to refrain from "discuss[ing] the gospel in your own home with anyone except your own family" and conducting the true order of prayer outside the temple.

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

50 years ago today - Oct 05, 1967

Alvin Rulon Dyer is ordained an Apostle but is not placed in the Quorum of the Twelve. He acts as an additional Counselor in the First Presidency.

110 years ago today - Oct 05, 1907

Because of concerns that his first baptism (which took place in the family bathtub) might not have been performed appropriately, Spencer W. Kimball is baptized a second time, this time in the Union Canal in Thatcher, Arizona. (He is twelve years and six months old.)

120 years ago today - Oct 5, 1897

At 2 PM conference continued. ... The Authorities of the Church were then sustained. ... Joseph McMurrin was sustained to fill the Vacancy in the 1st Council of Seventy, caused by the death of Bro[ther] [Edward] Stevenson. ... The bretheren of the Authorities did not give us any chance to select anyone, neither did they inform our council, until it was made known to the people. There was great surprise in the persons chosen as Apostles. I know not the reasons, only that Gods ways are not as mans. Believe the bretheren feel that if they are not represented while living, they may not be after they are dead. I shall try to accept of whatever comes along, although it is hard to see why men who have been tried and tested are passed by.

[Source: J. Golden Kimball, Diary, 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 - Oct 5, 1897

I had expected to be sustained as an assistant historian; but was disappointed, though Bro[ther]. Franklin D. Richards and Pres[iden]t. Joseph F. Smith had advocated it. It seemed to be Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon who interposed.

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

130 years ago today - Oct 5, 1887

[Brigham Young Jr.]
Met with Quorum at 10 a.m. which necessitated our being at the rendevous before daylight. I find the brethren are not united, but I am quite sure that they will soon see their error & become one Meeting lasted from 10 a.m. ti[ll] 2 a.m. next morning. We were all worn out & yet entire peace did not perch upon our hearts.

[Source: Diary of Apostle Brigham Young Jr., http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

130 years ago today - Oct 5, 1887

[Franklin D. Richards]
Pres[iden]t W. W. thought there were feelings in the Council unbecoming & wished the brethren to speak freely that the same might be removed M. T. H. J. G. still had feelings against G. G. Cannon as before & now against others which were plainly expressed & at length & answered by G. Q. C. seriatem which lasted till past midnight M. T. even faulted me for correcting public sentiment about his ideas that our Lord will come 1891 & all wound warmed up also for the part I took in helping to restore Frank J Cannon to the church in his time of trouble.

[Source: Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

160 years ago today - Oct 5, 1857

Lot Smith leads the Nauvoo Legion on a guerrilla-style attack on the provision wagons of the U.S. Army. Fifty-two wagons belonging to outfitters Russell, Majors and Waddell are burned. The government never reimburses the outfitters and in 1860 they form the Pony Express to earn a government mail contract to keep them from falling into bankruptcy.

[Source: Wikipedia, Utah War, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War#Timeline_of_events]

175 years ago today - Oct 5, 1842

Joseph Smith Diary, "Sister E[mma]. is worse, many fears are entertained that she will not recover. She was baptised twice in the river which evidently did her much good."

[Source: Stapley, Jonathan and Wright, Kristine, '"They Shall Be Made Whole": A History of Baptism for Health,' Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2008]

75 years ago today - Oct 4, 1942

[Heber J. Grant]
[Apparently the General Authorities administered and passed the sacrament to a congregation in the Tabernacle in the afternoon, after which they divided into groups for testimony bearing, and Grant began with his testimony of his calling to the apostleship, in which he said in part:] I have never prayed to see the Savior, I know of men'Apostles'who have seen the Savior more than once. I have prayed to the Lord for the inspiration of His Spirit to guide me, and I have told him that I have seen so many men fall because of some great manifestation to them, they felt their importance, their greatness.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

110 years ago today - Oct 4, 1907

[David O. McKay]
Just at the opening of the meeting [general conference] Elder Orson F. Whitney handed me a letter, saying, 'In strict confidence.' The letter was from Elder Heber J. Grant to Bro[ther]. Whitney, expressing feelings of love and admiration for Bro[ther]. Whitney. It was prompted by the remarks made by Bro[ther]. Whitney at the quarterly meeting of the Apostles, held last Tuesday. At this meeting Bro[ther]. Whitney deplored the fact that he has not financial ability, and incidentally referred to a mortgage on his home for $400.00. Bro[ther]. Whitney referred to Bro[ther]. Grant's ability in the financial world, and also eulogized his other admirable qualities. Bro[ther]. Grant in his letter expresses his love for Bro[ther]. Whitney and his admiration for Bro[ther]. Whitney's 'God-given talents.' In conclusion, he said to 'accept this letter as a receipt for the $446.50 mortgage on your home, which I want to pay.' That is an expression of true friendship.

[Source: David O. McKay Diary, 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]

115 years ago today - Oct 4, 1902; Saturday

[Anthony Ivins]
Semi-Annual Conference. ... Ben. E. Rich reported the Middle States Mission, or rather he preached a sermon on the subject of blood atonement, taking for his text the recent murder committed at N.Y. Had better talked on some other subject.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. The problem is not How may we make converts, but how can we keep them. We cannot compromise. There is no meeting the world half way. We will go all the way to teach the truth, but we cannot compromise the truth, they must accept the whole truth or none of it.

Prest. Smith announced that people would not be permitted to go out of the building while the services are in session. Persons must remain seated till the services are closed. ...

missionaries should be carefully made. No physical disability should impair the usefulness of any missionary. Rheumatism, Deafness, defective sight and other disabilities are sufficient to disqualify a man for a mission. ... Young men who are following out a course of study in a school or academy should not be interfeared with. Let them alone. ...

[Source: Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

120 years ago today - Oct 4, 1897 (Monday)

On the 5th, when the general authorities of the Church were submitted to the vote of the conference, Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff were sustained as members of the council of Twelve Apostles, to fill vacancies caused by the death of Abraham H. Cannon and the rejection of Moses Thatcher.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

125 years ago today - Oct 4, 1892

[Heber J. Grant]
[In apostles' meeting] Prest Woodruff said he would like to make a few remarks. Said it was the Kingdom of God or nothing with him. Did not care for any political party. I am for the Kingdom of God so also are my brethren of the Presidency and the Apostles. If we are united earth or hell cannot overthrow us, and we will prevail and the warfare against us shall not prevail. Believe I shall live to be with you at the dedication of the Temple. God bless you my brethren.

... I noticed tear came in Prest. Woodurff's eyes a time or two while the brethren were expressing their love for the Kingdom of God and their desire to know the wishes of the Presidency and determination to carry the same out even if it were in opposition to their own feelings. ...

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

125 years ago today - Oct 4, 1892

[Franklin D. Richards]
We ate and drank the sac[rament]. of the Lord's supper with bread and Utah Wine.'-much promiscuous conversation about Union Politics ...

[Source: Franklin D. Richards Diary, 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]

160 years ago today - Oct 4, 1857

Daniel Wells, adjutant general of the militia and a counselor to Brigham Young, issues the following statement to Joseph Taylor: "On ascertaining the locality or route of the troops, proceed at once to annoy them in every possible way. Use every exertion to stampede their animals and set fire to their trains. Burn the whole country before them and on their flanks. Keep them from sleeping by night surprises . . . God bless you and give you success." A few days later, army soldier Eugene Banal reports, "On the east side of Green River we found ironworks of 25 burned wagons-chains, axles, and other wagon parts-covering the trail, on the west side of the Green River, the remains of fifty more wagons."

160 years ago today - Oct 4, 1857

Apostle Erastus Snow preaches, -Do you uphold your husband before God as your lord? -What! -my husband to be my lord?- I ask, Can you get into the celestial kingdom without him? Have any of you been there? You will remember that you never got into the celestial kingdom without the aid of your husband. If you did, it was because your husband was away, and some one had to act proxy for him. No woman will get into the celestial kingdom, except her husband receives her, if she is worthy to have a husband; and if not, somebody will receive her as a servant.-

25 years ago today - Oct 3, 1992

The announcement of the temple to be constructed for Hartford, Connecticut; this is cancelled on 30 Sept. 1995.

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

25 years ago today - 3-Oct 4, 1992.

Although not identifying specific issues, several general conference talks seem targeted at specific audiences. Possibly in response to right-wing survivalists, Elder M. Russell Ballard warns, "We must be careful not to . . . be caught up in extreme preparations" for the end of the world. President Gordon B. Hinckley, perhaps responding to right-wing beliefs of a "silenced" prophet,116 explains the "unique and tremendous system of redundancy and backup which the Lord has structured into His kingdom so that without interruption it may go forward, meeting any emergency that might arise and handling every contingency. . . . We have moved without hesitation when there is well-established policy. Where there is not . . . we have talked with the President and received his approval before taking action. Let it never be said that there has been any disposition to assume authority or to do anything or say anything which might be at variance with the wishes of him who has been put in his place by the Lord." Elder Boyd K. Packer adds: "There are some among us now who have not been regularly ordained by the heads of the Church who tell of impending political and economic chaos, the end of the world . . . . They are misleading members to gather to colonies or cults. Those deceivers say that the Brethren do not know what is going on in the world or that the Brethren approve of their teaching but do not wish to speak of it over the pulpit. Neither is true." Remarks possibly directed against intellectuals are made by Elders Russell M. Nelson ("Paul's warnings describe apostasy and other dangers of our day. Some of those perils are . . . championed by persuasive people possessing more ability than morality, more knowledge than wisdom. . . . Individuals with malignity of purpose often wear the mask of honesty"), Joseph B. Wirthlin ("Some in the Church may believe sincerely that their testimony is a raging bonfire when it really is little more than the faint flickering of a candle. Their faithfulness has more to do with habit than holiness, and their pursuit of personal righteousness almost always takes a back seat to their pursuit of personal interests and pleasure"), and Neal A. Maxwell (". . . some who cast off on intellectual and behavioral bungee cords in search of new sensations, only to be jerked about by the old heresies and the old sins"). Elder Packer also includes in his remarks a warning to faculty members at BYU protesting strictures on academic freedom: "A Church university is not established to provide employment for a faculty, and the personal scholarly research [sic] is not a dominant reason for funding a university. . . . For those very few whose focus is secular and who feel restrained as students or as teachers in such an environment, there are at present in the United States and Canada alone over 3,500 colleges and universities where they may find the kind of freedom they value."

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

35 years ago today - Oct 3, 1982

Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve and a member of the Scriptures Publication Committee announced that a subtitle was being added to the Book of Mormon: "Another Testament of Jesus Christ."

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

75 years ago today - Oct 3, 1942

LDS President Heber J. Grant states in General Conference: "On Oct 3, 1942, LDS President Heber J. Grant, said in general conference: "I had always understood and known that my mother was sealed to the Prophet, and that Brigham Young had told my father that he would not marry my mother to him for eternity, because he had instructions from the Prophet that if anything happened to him before he was married to Rachel Ivins she must be sealed to him for eternity, that she belonged to him."

135 years ago today - Tuesday, Oct 3, 1882

[John Henry Smith]
President John Taylor gave us his views on the duties of the first Presidency and the duties of the Twelve and showed by statistics that it was the prerogative of the president of the church to select candidates for the apostleship, and the Council of the apostles to confirm. I beleive it is the twelve's right to confirm or reject.

I do not beleive in the doctrine that the president of the Church should select all candidates for civil office.

[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]

140 years ago today - Oct 3, 1877

In a meeting of the Twelve with Brigham Young's former counselors, Daniel H. Wells proposes that junior apostle Joseph F. Smith should become the church president. Wells denies that Young ever intended for John Taylor to succeed him as church president. This is the first time a general authority proposes ending the automatic succession of the senior apostle. In 1880 Wells and Apostle Orson Pratt again urge this. In 1887 Apostle Heber J. Grant wants lower-ranked apostle Joseph F. Smith to become church president instead of Wilford Woodruff or four other senior apostles.

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

165 years ago today - Oct 03, 1852

Brigham Young marries Eliza Burgess, age 25

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

170 years ago today - Oct 03, 1847

The Salt Lake Stake, the first stake in Utah, is organized, with John Smith (an uncle of the Prophet Joseph Smith) as president.

65 years ago today - 65 years ago - Oct 2, 1952

Second counselor J. Reuben Clark warns the women of the Relief Society general conference against "self-pollution," prostitution, and "homosexuality, which, it is tragic to say, is found among both sexes." He cautions LDS women against allowing homosexually oriented males to use them as male-substitutes in dating or marriage: "I wonder if you girls have ever reflected on the thought that was in the mind of the man who first began to praise you for your boyish figures." Clark also tells the ladies, "I forebear to more than mention that abomination of filth and loathsomeness of the ancients-carnal knowledge with beasts." The Relief Society magazine publishes this talk in full.

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

75 years ago today - 75 years ago - Oct 2, 1942

While attending general conference Eldred G. Smith is handed a note from President Heber J. Grant asking him to go immediately to the president's office. President Grant advised Eldred that he was calling Joseph F. Smith III to the office of Patriarch the next day instead of Eldred who, as eldest son of the previous Church Patriarch, Hyrum G. Smith, was the traditional candidate for this hereditary office. Joseph F. Smith II is ordained patriarch but is removed after only four years in office when it is found that he has been involved in homosexual relationships. Eldred G. Smith is ordained Patriarch of the church on Apr 10, 1947.

115 years ago today - 115 years ago - Oct 2, 1902; Thursday

A good deal of bitter opposition was being met from the Reorganites who made it a practice to attend their outdoor meetings and at the close of which they would harangue the people with a tirade of abuse and falsehood, their favorite method being to poison the public mind by giving distorted extracts from sermons preached by Presidents [Brigham] Young and [Heber C.] Kimball on the Adam-God theory, blood atonement and polygamy.

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

175 years ago today - 175 years ago - Oct 2, 1842

The non-Mormon Masons of Illinois, hearing of the rapid growth of the Masonic lodge in Nauvoo, meet on this day to discuss this growth. The original dispensation granted by Grandmaster Jonas the previous October (which was to last only one year) is not renewed, and the Nauvoo lodge is placed under suspension until further investigation can be made. When the investigative committee reports its findings in October of 1843, the Saints are accused of advancing new Masons too rapidly, nominating and advancing a whole group of men without any indication of individual worthiness. Joseph Smith is also accused of copying Masonic ritual in the temple ordinances, and when the endowments are given to women, he is accused of initiating women into Masonry. Joseph's comment concerning this is that "free masonry was the apostatereligion." In October 1844 the Grandmaster decides that the Nauvoo Lodge has still not reformed; therefore, all official fellowship is cut off with the Nauvoo lodges. Thus, when Joseph is murdered by a mob, some of whom were certainly Masons, Joseph has been cut off from all official Masonic vows of fellowship and loyalty.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology; David E. and Della S. Miller, Nauvoo: The City of Joseph 104-5.]

175 years ago today - 175 years ago - Oct 2, 1842

Bathsheba Smith wrote to her missionary husband about their three-month-old son: "George Albert was sick last saterday and sunday. He had quite a feavor. I was vary uneaseey about him . . . I took him to the fount and had him baptised and sinse then he has not had any feavor. He is about well now."

[Source: Bathsheba B. Smith, Letter to George A. Smith, October 2, 1842, in Stapley, Jonathan and Wright, Kristine, '"They Shall Be Made Whole": A History of Baptism for Health,' Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2008]

180 years ago today - 180 years ago - Oct 2, 1837

Patriarchal Blessing of William McClerry given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... No enemy shall get the masters over thee Thou shalt have power over the winds & waves at thy command they shall be stilled, thou shalt be able to command Storms & Tempests & raging fires, Prisons Gates & bars shall not hold thee if thou wilt live close to the Lord ...

Thou shalt have an inheritance in Zion ... Thou Shalt live to se[e] the winding up s[c]ene of this generation, to See Jesus Christ come in the clouds of heaven with power & Great Glory, thou Shalt Stand in the flesh with one hundred forty & four thousands and sing their song, ... By the power & authority of the Holy Priesthood I seal the[e] up to eternal Life, Amen.

G. W. Robinson Clerk & Recorder

[Source: Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:134-135, 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]

190 years ago today - 190 years ago - Oct 2, 1827

Emma Smith rides to Macedon, New York and tells Joseph about the money diggers' plan to take the plates. Joseph looks in to his seer stone and says the plates are safe. Joseph and Emma return to the Smith home. Joseph walks to the hill and retrieves the plates from his hiding place. While carrying them back through the woods (off regular path), he is attacked by a man who sprang up and hit him with a gun, knocking him down. Joseph leveled him and ran home, knocking several more men down as he ran. He dislocates his thumb, which is reset by Joseph Smith, Sr. Joseph relays the story to Joseph Knight and Josiah Stowell then goes to Willard Chase's house and tells him the story [per Joseph Smith per Lucy Mack Smith]. Smith tells Willard Chase that it was two men that attacked him and that, if not for the stone that he got from Chase's well, he would not have obtained the book [per Willard Chase]. Smith tells Martin Harris that he was attacked and struck with a

club by what appeared to be a man who wanted the plates [per Martin Harris interview]

[Source: Palmyra Magic Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/palmyra-magic-timeline/]

150 years ago today - Oct 2, 1867

[Lorenzo Brown diary, Oct. 2, 1867 , Perry Special Collections] Went with wife to President B[righam] Youngs Mansion to receive our blessings or second anointings which is a fullness of our endowments. President E[rastus] Snow presided[,] assisted by Robert Gar[d]- ner[,] John M Moody[,] [and] F[ranklin] B. Wool[l]ey[,] J[esse] W Crosby assisting.

[Source: Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

175 years ago today - Oct 2, 1842

Missouri's governor Thomas Reynolds offers a $300 bounty for returning Joseph Smith to Missouri, Illinois's governor adds a $200 bounty.

100 years ago today - Oct 2, 1917

The Church Administration Building at 47 E. South Temple was completed.

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

60 years ago today - Oct 1, 1957

General conference is cancelled due to a flu epidemic.

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

60 years ago today - October 1-2, 1957

The American ambassador to Italy had suggested that Ezra Taft Benson meet with the Pope. Benson raised the possibility with President David O. McKay, who asked that he avoid such an encounter. McKay worried about the image of a Mormon apostle paying his respects to the leader of the Catholic church.

"Really they [Catholics] have everything to gain and nothing to lose," he told Benson, "and we have everything to lose and nothing to gain." "I am in fully harmony with that feeling," Benson replied.

[Source: McKay, Diary, October 1–2, 1957; Gary James Bergera, "Weak-Kneed Republicans and Socialist Democrats": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 2, Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought, (Winter 2008, vol 41)]

75 years ago today - Oct 1, 1942

[Heber J. Grant]
At 9 o'clock met George Albert Smith at his home. ... I had a chat with him and he heartily approved of Joseph F. Smith, Hyrum M. Smith's son as Patriarch to the Church. That makes the unanimous vote of all of the Apostles for this young man, for which I am grateful.

It is about ten years since [former Presiding Patriarch] Hyrum G. Smith died and during that period I have never had the impression to call Eldred G. Smith, the oldest son of Hyrum G. Smith, to the position. I have prayed earnestly for any impression the Lord had to give me as to whom to choose. I finally felt impressed to call Joseph F. Smith, and now the First Presidency and all the members of the Quorum are a unit on the matter. I shall submit his name for the position at our coming Conference. ...

... also talked with Joseph F. Smith [III] and told him he had been selected to be the Patriarch to the Church. He apparently was very greatly surprised, had to wipe his eyes a time or two in talking to me, but of course he felt to accept the office, and I feel sure that he will give perfect satisfaction to the people and will be blessed of the Lord in his labors.

[Source: The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

105 years ago today - Oct 1, 1912

(in Oct.) Joseph F. Smith publishes an editorial in the Improvement Era favoring the election of Republican William H. Taft as U.S. president. When criticized by Democratic Mormons, Smith replies he is only exercising his rights as a private citizen. Utah's vote goes for Taft, but the nation elects Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

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

160 years ago today - Oct 1, 1857-3

[Utah War]
With the approach of the Army imminent, Fort Supply and Fort Bridger, two Mormon outposts twelve miles apart in now southwest Wyoming, the hopeful winter quarters for the Army, were burned by the Mormons.

[Source: Hale, Van, Mormon Miscellaneous, Utah War Chronology, http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/utahwar/id2.html]

175 years ago today - Oct 1, 1842

Times and Seasons 3 :939-940 publishes affidavits that Sarah Pratt lied and had an affair with Bennett

[Source: Joseph Smith, Orson and Sarah Pratt- A timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/joseph-smith-orson-and-sarah-pratt-a-timeline/]

175 years ago today - Oct 1, 1842

We the undersigned members of the ladies' relief society, and married females do certify and declare that we know of no system of marriage being practised in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints save the one contained in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants [the "Article on Marriage from the 1835 D&C denying polygamy and stating 'that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband'], and we give this certificate to the public to show that J. C. Bennett's "secret wife system" is a disclosure of his own make.

Emma Smith, President,

Elizabeth Ann Whitney [who was aware of Joseph Smith's marriage to her daughter], Counsellor,

Sarah M. Cleveland [a plural wife of Joseph Smith's], Counsellor,

Eliza R. Snow [a plural wife of Joseph Smith's], Secretary,

Mary C. Miller, Catharine Pettey [Petty], Lois Cutler, Sarah Higbee, Thirza Cahoon, Phebe Woodruff, Ann Hunter, Leonora Taylor, Jane Law, Sarah Hillman, Sophia R. Marks, Rosannah Marks, Polly Z. Johnson, Angeline Robinson, Abigail Works.

[Source: 1.6 Emma Smith and Others, Statement, October 1, 1842, as quoted in Matthew J. Grow, Jill Derr, Carol Madsen, and Kate Holbrook, editors, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women's History, The Church Historian's Press, 2016, https://churchhistorianspress.org/the-first-fifty-years-of-relief-society/]