180 years ago today - 1840 15 Aug.

Joseph Smith preaches baptism for the dead at the funeral of Seymour Brunson who died 10 Aug. "General George Washington" is among the first for whom a vicarious baptism for the dead occurs in the Mississippi River, his proxy ("friend") Smith's brother Don Carlos. After 1841 baptisms for the dead would occur only in specially constructed temple fonts.

[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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