15 years ago today - Oct 24, 1999

President Gordon B. Hinckley breaks ground for the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple.

25 years ago today - Oct 24, 1989

Tonga's princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Vaha'i is baptized.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

50 years ago today - Oct 24, 1964

Australian judge comments that "it seems a particularly extraordinary way of bringing religion to the notice of the housewife," as he imposes criminal fines on two LDS missionaries for impersonating government inspectors in order to enter the home of potential investigators. From mid-1950's to 1980's there are published complaints in various parts of Australia that LDS missionaries force their way through partly opened doors and refuse to leave until householder listens to message about LDS church.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

120 years ago today - Oct 24, 1894

[Apostle Heber J. Grant] ... we listed to a political speech by B. H. Roberts of a hour and fifty minutes. I have never in my life heard a better talk than Roberts gave this evening. I think he is without any exception the best political speaker that I have ever listened to.

[Source: Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

120 years ago today - Wed., Oct 24, 1894

[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon] The Presidents Woodruff and Smith both say they were willing for such a ceremony (sealing David to a wife) to occur, if done in Mexico, and Pres. Woodruff promised the Lord's blessing to follow such an act. Father said Uncle Angus could sound Annie on the matter, and I was willing to leave it in that way. [In all, ten general authorities marry post-Manifesto plural wives by permission of church president or his counselors during next ten years.]

[Source: Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4; Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996]

130 years ago today - Oct 24, 1884 (Friday)

Lydia Spencer, [Apostle] Rudger Clawson's alleged second wife, having been arrested, a new trial was commenced, and Lydia Spencer, who refused to testify, was sent to the Penitentiary.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

155 years ago today - Oct 24, 1859

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff] I was still in great distress. Presidents H C. Kimball D. H. Wells & F. D. Richards & Samuel Richards Called and administered to me. H. C. Kimball was mouth. He promised me that I should live. In the afternoon President Brigham Young & Lorenzo Young Called to see me. President Young spoke about my hard labor, doing to much. Did not think I would ever Stop hard work unless I was shut up. I was vary sick and in great distress. President Young laid hands upon me and again promised me that I should be delivered and live, but it would be through Suffering.

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

170 years ago today - Oct 24, 1844

[Hosea Stout] ... in relation to affairs at Carthage, the brethren who had gone there as before related having came home the evening before, heard a letter read from the Governor authorizing the Lieutenant General of the Legion to call out the Legion to protect the Court at Carthage and suppress all mobs which might rise in Hancock County, if necessary.

At the time the mob was gathering at Carthage very fast with the express purpose of depriving the brethren from having the benefits of a fair trial and also to deprive the grand jury from hearing those who had assassinated Brothers Joseph and Hyrum Smith; for they had sworn that they would murder any one who dared to appear against them ...

It was decided by the Council that the Legion be put in immediate readiness for actual service and I was ordered to call out my Regiment forthwith which I did and at 4 oclock P. M. ....

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

45 years ago today - Oct 23, 1969

President [N. Eldon] Tanner mentioned proposed changes in the dialogue in the temple rituals, some of which he said had been implemented and some will be implemented on the tape and film that are being prepared. He said that some of these are intended to save repetition and others to clarify the statements made. He said the changes proposed were minor, and mentioned one or two changes as an illustration of what it is proposed to do.

President Tanner said that a few of these suggested changes had been presented to President McKay some time ago by Elder ElRay L. Christiansen and had received his approval.

Elder [Harold B.] Lee said that we must assume that all that has been done is under the inspiration of the Almighty to the Presidency and the Twelve, which is the legislative body of the Church. He said, "If you will tell us that you have that inspiration and you now bring that for our approval, I will have no question, but when you sit down to make changes in some things that we have had for a whole century, I have some reservations."

The brethren discussed at some length the various parts of the ceremony and proposed changes, but there was some opposition expressed to the proposal to make changes at this time, especially without reading carefully and discussing the proposed changes.

Elder [Marion G.] Romney said he had confidence in the President, and that everything he says he would sustain. He also had great confidence in President Tanner and the other brethren, and was willing to rest on their judgment, but he did not want to pass on anything without knowing what it is. He said he was willing to leave it to the committee if it is thought that is what should be done, but if they wanted his opinion on it he had to know what it is, and wouldn't want to vote to pass this as long as there was one person in the Council who questioned it.

[Source: David O. McKay diary, Oct. 23, 1969 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

65 years ago today - Oct 23, 1949

President of the Brazilian Mission, Rulon S. Howells, meets with the elders. He announced that the only way the Church would grow in a certain city would be to separate the two blacks and whites, with a white branch using the chapel and the blacks meeting in a home of one of the members. They could be brought back together when the white branch was stronger and the idea of integrated meetings was more acceptable.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

130 years ago today - Thursday, Oct 23, 1884

[Apostle John Henry Smith] Liverpool

Tonight Miss A. came to see me. She confessed that her Father had been guilty of incest with her when she was only twelve years old. She feels very bad. What is the world coming to, it seems to be one vast charnel house of sin and wickedness.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]

135 years ago today - Oct 23, 1879

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff] 23 We drove our waggon and Camped at the well of the Oribes. We were soon Surrounded By about 20 Oribes Children from 3 to 18 years of age. All the unmarried girls from 10 years upwards had their hair done up on the side of the head like a pair of horns or large pair of Ears which gives them a strange appearance. This is a sign to the young men that they are ready to marry. ..

There was about to be a marriage in the village and all the men were gathered into the work Shops to spin Cotton warp for a pair of Blankets for the marriage Couple. They spun on spindles they held in their hands and rolled the spindle on their legs. They raised the Cotton themselves and when the Blanket is used the pair sleep under it the first night then laid it away as a sacred garment & never used again until the man dies. Then he is buried in it....

I saw one white Indian Called Albinos man vary white. There are some of this Clan in nearly all of the villages. They are milk white much whiter than Americans. Whether they are Blood of the Anicient Nephites or a freek of Nature I cannot say. They are not vary popular among the Indians. ...

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

150 years ago today - Oct 23, 1864

George Q. Cannon - A temple shall be reared in the Center Stake of Zion in the generation in which the the revelation was given. (cf. D&C 84 prediction of temple to be built in Zion, Missouri.)

[Source: Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 344 as referenced at the Instutite for Religious Research]

155 years ago today - Oct 23, 1859

Brigham Young said, Brethren, this Council has been called for the purpose of selecting a man to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve, and the vacancy in the first presidency of the Seventies. ... The brethren can write their names The brethren can suggest names and the Clerk will write them and read them to us, or they can write their suggestions on paper and hand them to the Clerk. ... There are but few of the Twelve here whom I saw when receiving their charge at the time the Quorum was first organized in Kirtland. Jared Carter, at that time, objected to bro. Brigham said he was like an apple one half of which was sweet, the other half sour.' ...

O. Pratt[:] 'If office in the Priesthood is hereditary as we have instances of anciently, we might select Parley Jun to fill his fathers place.' E. Snow. 'The question arises /are offices/ in the Priesthood hereditary like the Patriarchal office....

Pres[iden]t. Y.[: ']Brethren, if you feel it would be just as right as not for me to nominate, I'll do so. Unanimous vote. I nominate Geo. Q. Cannon to fill the place vacancyin for one of the Twelve and Jacob Gates for one of the Presidency of Seventies.' Amen, responded by several. If you all feel that it is right for Jacob Gates George Q. Cannon to fill the vacancy in the Twelve /signify it by uplifted hand./ [U]nanimous vote. 'If you all feel that it is right for Jacob Gates to fill the vacancy in the Seventies, signify it by the same sign.['] Unanimous vote....

[Source: Minutes, 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]

45 years ago today - Oct 22, 1969

The First Presidency has assigned to the Relief Society the exclusive distribution of authorized pattern garments.

[Source: David O. McKay, Hugh B. Brown, and N. Eldon Tanner to General Authorities and Regional Representatives of the Twelve as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

110 years ago today - Oct 22, 1904

[First Presidency letter to John W. Taylor] As you are aware, until within a few years ago, the custom prevailed in Canada, Arizona and Mexico for our young people residing in those countries to marry for time only on account of the inconvenience and expense attending a journey to a temple, and that in order to save this great expense, and to encourage marriages among our young people, President [Wilford] Woodruff and President [Lorenzo] Snow, each in his time, authorized some of the Apostles, and perhaps others, to perform sealings for time and eternity in behalf of young couples of those places, and that this authority has been exercised quite freely to the present time. The Council of First Presidency and Apostles have now deemed it expedient and wise to withdraw this authority form those brethren, leaving it solely in the hands of him who holds the keys thereof, and a resolution to this effect has been unanimously passed by the Council. We write you, in connection with all the other members of the Council not present when this action was taken, that you may be informed of the same, and with the request that you will, on receipt of this letter, strictly govern yourself accordingly. We may say also in this connection that there is no objection whatever to your performing the common marriage ceremony in behalf of any who may desire you to serve them in this respect; but in doing so all such couples should be given to understand that their marriage is simply a legal marriage for time only, performed under the laws of the land, and they should be urged to look forward to the time when the way shall be opened for them to come to a temple to be properly sealed and to have their children also sealed to them. [Note: A copy of this letter was sent also to George Teasdale on October 26, 1904.]

[Source: Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, Letter to John W. Taylor, 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]

120 years ago today - Oct 22, 1894

Apostle Abraham H. Cannon records in his journal: "In the forenoon Prince Galatzin of the Russian Imperial Council of State, and Lieutenant General of the Russian army came into the News Office to purchase some books. I was asked in German, which language he speaks fluently, as well as French, where he could see Pres. Woodruff. He desired me to show him the office, which I did, and introduced him to the President and Father, with whom he had some conversation. He was accompanied by a local Catholic priest. To my astonishment he was given permission by Pres. Woodruff to visit the [dedicated Salt Lake] temple under my guidance, and both these gentlemen passed through the holy place, Bishop Winder going with us. They were much struck with the elegance of the place..."

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

135 years ago today - Oct 22, 1879 (Wednesday)

The murderers of Elder Joseph Standing were acquitted by the Circuit Court of Whitfield County, Georgia, after a short trial.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

135 years ago today - Oct 22, 1879

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff] ... When I arived at the well I found an + Ass or Donkey had walked down to the stone steps looking down into the water and Braying for some one to Come & water him. His Call was louder than any animal but an ass Could make. I took my bucket and Carried him several Buckets of water which he drank greedily and when He was Satisfied, He bowed his head as much as to say thank you sir and went off happy. We watered our team returned to the waggon & Camped. 25 M.

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

140 years ago today - Oct 22, 1874 (Thursday)

The first number of the Utah Scandinav, an anti-Mormon weekly newspaper, was issued in Salt Lake City, in the Danish-Norwegian language. After about three years' run it ceased publication.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]