170 years ago today - 1852 January 1

Jan 1st 1852 Govornor B. Young Had made a proclamation of thanksgiving for the inhabitants of the Territory of Utah to set apart the 1st day of Jan for the purpose of thanksgiving & prayer. The following is a portion of the proclamation:

"... That they rise Early in the morning of the first day of the New Year and wash their bodies with pure water. That all men attend to their flocks & herds with carefulness & see that no creature in their care is Hungry thirsty or Cold while the women are preparing the best of food for their Housholds & their Children [are] ready to receive it in Cleanliness & with cheerfulness. ...

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

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