155 years ago today - May 30, 1862

Joseph Morris, prophet and leader of the LDS splinter group, Morrisites, claimed to have received numerous spiritual manifestations… Morris told his followers that the Second Coming was imminent and not to bother with planting crops. They may have trampled some of their crops into the ground as evidence of their faith. Morris had received revelations indicating that Christ would come and deliver his followers just a few days after a spectacular pageant called "The Foreshadowing of the Kingdom of God Day," which was scheduled for 30 May 1862. Therefore Joseph Morris saw the appearance of the army lead by Robert T. Burton, in the middle of June as a certain sign that the time of the Second Coming was imminent. Burton killed Morris in the skirmish. Most of the remaining Morrisites who wished to be saved were escorted by Connor's army to Soda Springs in Idaho Territory. George Williams, who declared himself to be the "Prophet Cainan" and Morris's rightful successor. In January 1879, Williams prophesied that Deer Lodge County, Montana, would be the site of the Second Coming of Christ.

[Source: The Last Days and December 1890 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ, y George D. Speer Sr., privately circulated]

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