115 years ago today - Apr 28, 1909

A letter was read from Thomas E. McKay ... The letter also stated there was no change in what he terms the banishment situation, referring to the recent banishment of some of our elders. ... These missionaries are arrested and expelled generally on the charge of disorderly conduct, or for preaching emigration; both of which they strenuously disclaim, the proof for these charges, particularly the former, not being, so far as is publicly known, in evidence. The Lutheran and Catholic religions are largely state institutions in Germany, and as Mormonism appeals more especially to the orthodox mind, the converts are made in these circles. Whenever the effect of Mormon missionaries' activity noticeably touches the membership of these churches, more directly the Lutheran, the authorities of that church awaken and the police are instigated to make the arrests and expulsions. ...

[Journal History, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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