155 years ago today - Aug 23, 1865

The First Presidency and Twelve publish a proclamation against Lucy Mack Smith's Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet and against some of Apostle Orson Pratt's published teachings. Concerning Mother Smith's biography of her son: "Every one in the Church, male or female, if they have such a book, to dispose of it." Proclamation threatens excommunication against anyone espousing doctrines such as Pratt's statement: "The Father and Son do not progress in knowledge and wisdom, because they already know all things past, present, and to come" (reprinted Oct. 1865 in England).

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

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