190 years ago today - Jul 5, 1832

Second counselor Sidney Rigdon tries to seize control of the church and is disfellowshipped until Jul 28 when he is re-ordained a high priest. This is the first instance of apostasy by a general authority. He claims "that he had a revelation from the Lord & said that the kingdo<m> was taken from <the> Church and left with him." Joseph wrote that when he learned of the rebellious spirit in Zion he became "frantick" and "the advisary" took "the advantage" so that "he spake unadvisedly with his lips." Lucy recalls Sidney declared "the keys of the kingdom are re<wrent> from this <you> and you never will have them again untill you build me a new house."

[Joseph to W. W. Phelps, July 31, 1832; Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

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