45 years ago today - Winter 1969

[Bibliography on the Negro Doctrine] [p.230] Bush, Lester E., Jr. "A Commentary on Stephen G. Taggart's Mormonism's Negro Policy: Social and Historical Origins." Dialogue 4 (Winter 1969): 86-103.

[Source: Neither White nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church: Chronological Bibliography on the Negro Doctrine [1900-1983], Edited by Lester E. Bush, Jr., and Armand L. Mauss, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

115 years ago today - Dec 21, 1899; Thursday

Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith were at the office.

President Cannon informed President Snow that he desired to pay a certain amount on account of tithing, but he did not have the money, and therefore proposed to pay it in Grand Central Mining stock at six dollars a share.

President Snow hesitated, for the reason that he did not know the value of such stock.

President Cannon remarked that he did not have to pay it, perhaps, but in order to satisfy his feelings he felt that he ought to do so.

President Snow answered that he did not see why President Cannon should pay tithing unless it was a tenth of his income.

President Cannon explained that his practice had been, whenever he was in a tight place, to overpay his tithing, and he had found that in doing this he had been prospered.

President Snow: "Then, President Cannon, you make the Lord your debtor, and obligated to you".

President Cannon: "No, not in that light."

After further talk on the subject President Snow said that he should leave such matters to President Cannon himself, as he knew what to do, and did not need any counsel from him.

President Smith, however, saw no reason why the Church should not receive President Cannon's tithing in this stock.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

115 years ago today - Dec 21, 1899

Last Thursday [i.e., December 21, 1899] I went to Salt Lake and had the pleasure of laying before President [Lorenzo] Snow my ideas regarding a trip to South America. ... appointed another meeting with me at 3 p.m. At this second meeting there were present Presidents Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith, and Apostles [Francis M.] Lyman Brigham Young [Jr.] and John Henry Smith. After fully explaining matters and answering the many questions put to me, I was authorized by vote to organize my party.

[Source: Benjamin Cluff Jr. Diary, December 24, 1899, 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]

115 years ago today - Thursday, Dec 21, 1899

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] There was some talk as to the propriety of the brethren of the Twelve being authorized to marry our people by the sealing ordinance in Mexico. It was the mind of the President, and the sense of the meeting that it be done. It seemed to be the mind of President Snow that an endowment house be provided for Mexico and points in the south.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

135 years ago today - Sunday, Dec. 21st 1879

[Abraham H. Cannon] I slept very well during the night. On arising I found my foot so sore that I could not wear my shoe; it is a gathering on the heel of my left foot, and together with the gathering I have on my left hand, which is still very bad, makes me think of the afflictions of Job, and wonder if these things are on purpose to try me; if so I hope I will be able to endure them.

[Source: Abraham H. Cannon Mission Journal]

155 years ago today - Dec 21, 1859

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff] President Young said a Letter was received by Musser by the last Mail from Brother Gibson who was on his mission to England saying while travelling on a rail road they had a Collission with another train and mashed up the engine and care that he was in & yet not a soul was hurt. As they walked out of the ruins one man said there must be some man of God on that Care by which they were saved. Brother Gibson remarked it was in fulfillment of prophecy for Brigham Young said when He Blessed me that I should go in safety by rail road & steemboat and this is in fulfillment of his Blessing.

The question was asked Presidet Young if he did not think the Nations were inspired to go North as Columbus was to find this Continent. President Young said they have had vary bad luck at it. No they are not inspired ownly by there own desire to open a North west passage to China. Some think it is to open the way for the 10 tribes but it is not so. The Nations will have Nothing to do with preparing the way for there return. But when the time has Come for there return the Lord will do the work. They are on a portion of Earth seperated from this globe in the North which Cannot be seen from this Earth and when the time Comes the Lord will unite their land with ours & prepare the way for there return.

President Young said there was an exertion made to separate the union without war but it Cannot be done. The union Cannot hold together but a few years. It must soon part. The southern people have more fears of there own servants than anybody els. Many other remarks were made.

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

165 years ago today - Winter 1849

The first Sunday School in the Rocky Mountains is organized by Richard Ballantyne. (Church-wide Sunday School is established in the 1860‘s.)

[Source: Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984]

175 years ago today - Dec 21, 1839

Joseph Smith arrives in Philadelphia, returning to Nauvoo in February. Benjamin Winchester would later accuse the Prophet of fathering a child with a "Miss Smith (Hannah Dubois Smith) during his stay. Winchester alleged that Joseph arranged for her to marry Philo Dibble to cover it up. However that marriage didn't occur until twelve months after Joseph left the East and Hannah and Philo's first child was not born until eleven months after the marriage.

[Source: Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2013 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)]

125 years ago today - Dec 19th, 1889

[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon] During our meeting a revelation was read which Pres. Woodruff received Sunday evening, Nov. 24th. Propositions had been made for the Church to make some concessions to the Courts in regard to its principles. Both of Pres. Woodruff's counselors refused to advise him as to the course he should pursue, and he therefore laid the matter before the Lord. The answer came quick and strong. The word of the Lord was for us not to yield one particle of that which He had revealed and established. He had done and would continue to care for His work and those of the Saints who were faithful, and we need have no fear of our enemies when we were in the line of our duty. We are promised redemption and deliverance if we will trust in God and not in the arm of flesh. We were admonished to read and study the Word of God, and to pray often. The whole revelation was filled with words of the greatest encouragement and comfort, and my heart was felled with joy and peace during the entire reading. It sets all doubts at rest concerning the course to pursue.

[Source: Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]

125 years ago today - Dec 19, 1889

[Apostle Franklin D. Richards] [Gardo House Council meeting] A revelation received by Pres[iden]t WW on Sunday Nov 24 was read giving to those now first hearing great joy as it did the others who heard when first given.

[Source: Diary Excerpts of Franklin D. Richards, 1887-1897, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

115 years ago today - Dec 19, 1889

[Apostle John Henry Smith] The following brethren met in Council: W. Woodruff, J. F. Smith F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Cannon, J. W. Young and myself. We had prayers and Bro. Woodruff had Bro. L.J. Nuttall read a revelation the Lord had given him in which we his servants were told to remain true to our coilors and he would protect his little flock. How happy I am.

[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]

145 years ago today - Dec 19, 1869 (Sunday)

The "Godbeite Movement" began to take definite shape.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

145 years ago today - Dec 19, 1869

Orson Pratt taught:“By and by an obscure individual…proclaimed the startling news that God had sent an angel to him… This young man, some four years afterwards, was visited again by a holy angel.”

[Source: “Journal of Discourses”, Vol.13, pp.65-66 as quoted in A Documented History of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, http://beggarsbread.org/2013/04/01/a-documented-history-of-joseph-smiths-first-vision/]

155 years ago today - Dec 19, 1859

[Brigham Young ] said if a man met you with drawn sword, if you throw your sword away, in nine cases out of ten it would bring about reconciliation.

[Source: Brigham Young Office Journals, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.; Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.; New Mormon Studies CD-ROM as quoted in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

170 years ago today - Dec 19, 1844. Thursday.

[William Clayton] ...Read 2 letters from Elder Woodruff to President Young concerning [apostle] W[illia]m Smith and G[eorge] J. Adams showing that they are in opposition to the Twelve and have collected money in the east for the Temple and have used it. There are warrants out for them in N[ew] York and Boston and all seems confusion and sorrow wherever they go.

[Source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton]

80 years ago today - Dec 18, 1934

In answer to the questions submitted by you in your letter of December 15, we are pleased to give you the following information:

1. 'Should a person who is sick be anointed with oil more than once a day?' No.

2. 'If the Elders are called in several times a day during severe illness, what should be the procedure when they have been called to administer to them?' The Elders should bless them by virtue of their Priesthood, but frequent administrations are not necessary.

3. 'Should oil be drunk that has been consecrated; if not, what are the objections?' There is no objection to one who is ill taking consecrated oil internally if he or she desires to do so. The drinking of the oil has no connection whatever with the administration ordinance, however.

4. 'Is it advisable to drink olive oil that has not been consecrated, as a cure or help in sickness?' Olive oil, whether consecrated or not, is generally considered a very good remedy. Many people claim to have avoided surgical operations by drinking olive oil. However, in cases of severe illness one should not drink olive oil except upon the prescription of a physician.

[Source: Heber J. Grant and David O. McKay, Letter to Alfred Fallows, 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]

110 years ago today - Dec 18, 1904

[Carl A. Badger] I just told the Senator [Reed Smoot] that I was discouraged with the Church leaders, and that unless something was done I did not know what the effect would be upon the young people'that is, something must be done with those who have violated the pledge against the taking of new wives. The Senator answered, 'Nothing will be done; I believe they were authorized to take the wives.'

[Source: Carl A. Badger Diary, 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]

125 years ago today - Dec 18, 1889 (Wednesday)

Judge Zane denied the People's Party [of the church] mandamus against the Salt Lake City registrars, some of whom were charged with crooked work in their official capacity, calculated to harm the People's Party and favor the Liberals at the approaching election.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

100 years ago today - Dec 17, 1914; Thursday

While in Rexburg [Idaho], Bro[ther]. Whitney said, a young couple called to see him named Bergner. The young woman had been a plural wife of Bro[ther]. [former apostle] M[atthias]. F. Cowley, whom he married in 1905, the result of this union being one child. She had since left Bro[ther]. Cowley and married Bergner. They told Bro[ther]. Whitney that Bro[ther]. Cowley had spoken to Pres[iden]t. Austin, asking him to see that this child was baptized in his own name, that of Cowley and not Bergner, but Bro[ther]. and Sister Bergner wanted the name of the child changed, and in fact they had had him baptized under the name of Bergner and confirmed under that name, he having been baptized in one ward and confirmed in another. Bro[ther]. Whitney said he told them he could not give any council regard to this matter.

President Smith now raised the question of the right of Bro[ther]. M[atthias]. F. Cowley to claim Sister Bergner's child, she not having been sealed to him by the authority of the Church.

On motion of Bro[ther]. Joseph F[ielding]. Smith Jr., seconded by Bro[ther]. Talmage, the council sustained the claim of the mother, that the child belonged to her, and that she therefore had the right to call it after her name. ....

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

125 years ago today - Dec 17, 1889

[President Wilford Woodruff] The whole City Country & Nation is stired up & moved to Destroy the Latter Day Saints.

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