45 years ago today - Jun 24, 1978-Saturday

[Leonard Arrington]

Yesterday morning a group of thirteen research historians toiled up the slopes of Ensign Peak, north of Salt Lake City. ... Reaching the peak at 10 a.m., we unfurled the flag of the Kingdom, a copy of one which flew on Temple Square at the time of the death of Brigham Young which had been made by Jan Quinn (wife of Mike). ... [Ron Walker] pointed out the times when endowment services were performed there; and also Brigham Young's vision of the peak as he crossed the Plains in 1847 and of the angel (Joseph Smith) pointing due south where the city should be laid out and a temple erected. [[This refers to an account given on June 20, 1869, in the Salt Lake Tabernacle by apostle George A. Smith, alleging that twenty-four years earlier in the Nauvoo temple Brigham Young had been visited by the deceased Joseph Smith and shown Ensign Peak in vision.]] ... And indeed Main Street is due south of the peak. ... The flag has twelve stripes, representing the twelve tribes of Israel; a circle of twelve stars, representing the twelve apostles; and a central star representing the Prophet or President. We then sang "High On The Mountain Top, A Banner is Unfurled." ...

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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