175 years ago today - 1845 27 Jun.

On the anniversary of Joseph Smith's murder, the Quorum of Twelve prays for God's vengeance on those who shed the prophet's blood. Six months later this formal prayer (sometimes called an "oath") of vengeance would become part of the endowment ceremony. This same day, Lucy Mack Smith relates three visions that revealed to her that William Smith was already church president by virtue of his patriarchal office.

[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]

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