25 years ago today - Sep 1, 1989.

Elder George P. Lee of the First Quorum of the Seventy is excommunicated "for apostasy" and "conduct unbecoming a member." Letters Lee releases to the press include criticisms of the church's neglect of Lamanites and incidents of personal discrimination against him by other general authorities. Deseret Book had issued Lee's biography in its ninth printing the week of the excommunication. A representative of the First Presidency orders KSL-TV news personnel to read the announcement with no contextual information, a ruling reversed only when the staff threatens to walk off the set "unless they were allowed to report the story according to their journalistic standards."

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

40 years ago today - Sep 01, 1974

The Church College of Hawaii is made a branch of Brigham Young University and is renamed Brigham Young Universityâ€"Hawaii Campus.

170 years ago today - Sep 1, 1844

[Brigham Young Journal] I went to the meeting ground in the fore noon B[rother] S[idney] Rigdon Preached his discource was compelecated [complicated] and and some what scattered he said he had all things shone to him from this time to the winding up sene or the grate Battle of gog and may gog, there was grate things to take place but he did not tel what the saints should due to save themselves

[Source: Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845]

60 years ago today - Aug 31, 1954

Herbert Salisbury, grandson of Cathrine Smith Salisbury, sister of Joseph Smith, says in an interview, "I was visiting my grandmother at her home in Hancock County, near Fountain Green, when I asked her for some recollections of her brother, the Prophet Joseph Smith. Catherine Smith Salisbury then told me that while dusting up the room where the Prophet had his study she saw a package on the table containing the gold plates on which was engraved the story of the Book of Mormon. She said she hefted those plates and found them very heavy like gold and also rippled her fingers up the edge of the plates and felt that they were separate metal plates and heard the tinkle of sound that they made. . . . the Prophet's sister, told me that she was there when he came in running and burst through the door carrying the plates; and that his hand was injured from striking one of the villains. He told her that he had jumped over a rail fence; when one of the villains grabbed for the plates, he knocked him down with his right fist while carrying the plates under his left arm clasped to his body. Then he ran the gauntlet with several more, and when he came in the house she said he was completely out of breath. She took the plates from him and laid them on the table temporarily, and helped revive him until he got breathing properly, and also examined his hand, and treated it for the bruises on his knuckles, where he had struck the villain and thus defended himself and the plates."

120 years ago today - Aug 31, 1894

As a result of the conference of the brethren engaged as ordinance workers in the several Temples, held at Salt Lake Temple, some time ago, the following slight corrections have been adopted by us, which you will please note: In the creation on the fifth day a grammatical error occurs. The word "their" is used instead of "its"; the word "their," therefore, is change[d] to its. In the lecture the words "next room" are used in the Terrestrial room when that same room is referred to; the words "the next" therefore have been changed to "this," as the appropriate form. In the placing of the girdle [sash], it should be placed on the outside of the apron strings. In the ceremonies at the veil, the practice has been to use the words, "this man Adam," while in the Logan Temple the words, "this man, representing Adam," are used. It was decided to drop the words, "this man representing," and say "Adam, &c." The word "christian," referred to in the lecture, in connection with [a person's given] name, is dropped and the word "given" is substituted. The words "and some have to go away on business," which occur at the end of the lecture, were expunged. The words, "new name," were substituted for the pronoun "it," to avoid ambiguity, where it reads in the lecture, "You must remember it," that is, your new name. The people, when being put under covenant, should signify their assent by bowing and saying, "yes." It was left optional with the Temple President to use persons as witnesses who were receiving endowments or to use workers as such. * It has been the practice to mark the shirt, but we think this unnecessary as it is not strictly a part of the Temple clothing. The marking of the garment should be done in the washing room and not at the veil; and the greatest care should be taken to see that no person is permitted to leave that room wearing an unmarked garment. In the Salt Lake Temple the practice in the Garden is for the couple at the altar to remain kneeling while the covenant relating to the * Aaronic Priesthood is being administered, while the practice in the other Temples is for the couple to arise. The reason given by the Salt Lake Temple for not arising is that the couple would have to descend three steps, and as a matter of convenience they were permitted to remain on their knees. It was decided that the couples should rise.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith to Lorenzo Snow, Aug. 31, 1894 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

170 years ago today - Aug 31, 1844

[Brigham Young Journal] ... attended a Cort marshel at the seventies hall the cort marshel Elected me for their Leutenant General [of the Nauvoo Legion] and Charles C. Rich for their Major General it was don with out a decenting voice in the evening at 6 o.c. we held a school meeting chose 3 trustees

[Source: Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845]

130 years ago today - Aug 31, 1884

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] ... a report that the Indians of this western world were going to unite to gerber & make war upon the United States.

Presidet Taylor persued the same policy that Presidet Young did. He Presidet Taylor sent word By Brother Spencer to tell all the Indians that we have any influence with not to have any thing to do with going to war or sheding Blood to keep out of Everything of that kind for it was not right to shed Blood. It was wicked. ...

[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 - Aug 31, 1844

[Patriarchal Blessing of Louisa M. Hemenway] ... thou shalt have the ministry of angels and converce with them as with a Friend shall see thy Saviour come in the clouds of heaven and shall converce with him while in the flesh. ...

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

170 years ago today - Aug 31, 1844

[Patriarchal Blessings] .... The Lord hath given his Angels charge concerning thee, they will deliver thee from all dangers, although thousands may fall on thy right hand and on thy left - therefore fear not, for thou have faith to waft thy self through the air, rebuke the raging sea, and warring elements shall obey thy voice, and no power on earth shall stay thy hand. Thou shalt return to Zion when thou hast finished thy mission with an exceeding multitude bringing their riches of gold and precious things in abundance, and have an inheritance among thy brethren, and shall dwell in peace. Thou shalt have a numerous posterity and this blessing and priesthood shall be perpetuated to them through all their generation, so that one of thy sons shall choose a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight. Thou shalt have power to save all thy dear friends, clear back to Able, there shall not be a link broken in the chain, and thy desires concerning the living ones according to the desire of thy heart shall thy days be even to see the fulfillment of all the prophets have spoken concerning Zion since the worlds began, and shall be satisfied with the riches of the earth, the riches of Eternity shall not be withheld from thee....

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

170 years ago today - 1844: 31 August

[Patriarchal Blessing of Daniel E. Williams given by John Smith] ... thou art of Gentile desent never the less because of thy obediance to the Gospel thou shalt have an inheritance with the Sons of Joseph thou art entitled to the blessings of the Melchiesidic Priesthood it is thy privelige to be a Savior to save thy dead and liveing friends and many others and bring them up to a State of exaltation and Glory with thy former companion and reign over them to all eternity ... thou shall [have] a numerous posterity upon the Earth the weakest of thy Sons shall be like David and thy Daughters like Deboriah ...

[Source: Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

120 years ago today - Aug 31, 1894

First Presidency letter to "Elder Lorenzo Snow, Prest. Salt Lake Temple" includes the instructions: "The words 'that my tongue be torn from its roots in my mouth,' were substituted for 'from the roof of my mouth.' In giving the sign and token of the Aaronic priesthood that Salt Lake Temple use the word, 'index', meaning the fore-finger. It was decided to use the words, 'fore finger,' instead of 'index finger,' the latter being more easily understood. It has been the practice to mark the shirt, but we think this unnecessary as it is not strictly a part of the Temple clothing. The marking of the garment should be done in the washing room and not at the veil; and the greatest care should be taken to see that no person is permitted to leave that room wearing an unmarked garment." The letter is signed by Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, and Jos. F. Smith

60 years ago today - Aug 31, 1954

The First Presidency approved a plan to ordain young men of the Aaronic Priesthood to the office of teacher at age 14 and priest at age 16. The previous ages were 15 and 17.

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

50 years ago today - Aug 31, 1964

First Presidency letter "TO PRESIDENTS OF STAKES and BISHOPS OF WARDS . . . Where the military regulations are of a character that 'hinders', that is, makes impossible the wearing of the regulation garments, either in training on the drill grounds or in combat zones, effort should be made to wear underclothing that will approach as near as may be the normal garment. Where military regulations require the wearing of two-piece underwear, such underwear should be properly marked, as if the articles were of the normal pattern. If circumstances are such that different underwear may be turned back to the wearer from that which he sends to the laundry, then the marks should be placed on small pieces of cloth and sewed upon the underwear while being worn, then removed when the underwear is sent to the laundry, and resewed upon the underwear returned."

25 years ago today - Aug 30, 1989

LDS Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to President George Bush, presents U.S. Presidential Citizens Award to Ezra Taft Benson.

70 years ago today - Aug 30, 1944

[Ezra Taft Benson] This is a day I shall never forget. Flora [Amussen Benson]7 and I met in the Celestial Room of the [Salt Lake] temple at 12:30 [p.m.] and in line with the recommendation of Pres[ident] [Heber J.] Grant received our second blessings under the hands of Elders Geo[rge] F. Richards and Jos[eph] Fielding Smith of the Council of Twelve. Our hearts swelled to overflowing with gratitude for the Lord's rich blessings.

[Source: Ezra Taft Benson diary, Aug. 30, 1944 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

70 years ago today - Aug 30, 1944

First Presidency authorizes stake president and bishops to join "AS INDIVIDUALS a civic organizaton whose purpose is to restrict and control negro settlement in his stake" (emphasis in original)

75 years ago today - Aug 30, 1939

[President Heber J. Grant] [In conversation with a man] I told him that when my first wife came to die she said: 'I can die happy because the woman you love and I love can raise my baby boy and my five daughters.'

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

75 years ago today - Aug 30, 1939

President Heber J. Grant writes to Kenneth Macgowen, associate producer of Twentiety-Century-Fox's film "Brigham Young:" "I hope we shall not appear to you to be over anxious, and we have no disposition to be oversensitive, but we are tremendously concerned that this picture shall be a true picture, and, while we are not, any of us, playwrights, or dramatists, or Movie technicians, we can appreciate the war which must constantly go on in one preparing a picture, between the highly dramatic and the sober fact." The LDS Church provided constant input to the making of the film.

75 years ago today - Aug 30, 1939

President Heber J. Grant writes to Kenneth Macgowen, associate producer of Twentiety-Century-Fox's film "Brigham Young:" "I hope we shall not appear to you to be over anxious, and we have no disposition to be oversensitive, but we are tremendously concerned that this picture shall be a true picture, and, while we are not, any of us, playwrights, or dramatists, or Movie technicians, we can appreciate the war which must constantly go on in one preparing a picture, between the highly dramatic and the sober fact." The LDS Church provided constant input to the making of the film.

175 years ago today - Aug 30, 1839

The word Nauvoo appears officially in print, published on the city plat, for the first time. Some time previous to this the word had been chosen as the new name of Commerce.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

170 years ago today - Aug 30, 1844

William Clayton writes: "At the Temple all day. Talked with L[ydia] but she don't seem disposed to do what is councilled." The previous day Heber C. Kimball counseled Clayton "to take L[ydia Moon] for time." Lydia was a sister of two of Clayton's wives and Joseph Smith had proscribed marrying more than two women from the same family.

20 years ago today - Aug 30, 1994

The First Presidency reminds Latter-day Saints of the Blessings that come to families who hold Family Home Evening each week.

[Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, United Kingdom, "On This Day," https://www.lds.org.uk/show_oda.php]

180 years ago today - Aug 30, 1834

[Joseph Smith Diary] August 30th 1834 Received of the Church by the hand of Jared Carter from the east of consecrated money $3.00.

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1832-34, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

50 years ago today - Aug 29, 1964

Joseph F. Smith II dies. At the time of his death he is serving as a stake high counselor. He had been Presiding Patriarch to the Church but is released in 1946 due to homosexual activities. No church trial is ever held, and no formal action is taken against him but for ten years his local leaders are instructed that he is not to assume any responsibilities or callings. This restriction is lifted by President David O. McKay in 1957.

110 years ago today - Aug 29, 1904

Joseph Smith's youngest son, David Hyrum Smith dies in the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane in Elgin, Illinois. Although David was born after his father's martyrdom Joseph had prophesied that his unborn son would be male and would be named "David" and would be "president and king of Israel. David did not go with Brigham Young to Utah. However as an apostle and later first presidency member in the Reorganized church he went on two missions to Utah to convert the "poor decieved souls." The Utah Mormons returned the favor by trying to convince him that polygamy was instituted by his father rather than by Brigham Young as his mother (and Joseph widow) Emma had claimed. He gradually accepted that his father practiced polygamy but considered it to be adulterous rather than of divine revelation. This realization was accompanied by a decent into severe mental illness. He spent the final 27 years of his life in the Asylum for the Insane.

125 years ago today - Aug 29, 1889

[Apostle Heber J. Grant] [Wilford] Woodruff, [George Q.] Cannon, [John Henry] Smith and I were the only ones present After prayers we had quite a talk as to the ideas that were entertained by some of the brethren on the coming of a man like unto Moses to lead the saints out of bondage, and also the idea of some that this man had already come and that he was Brigham Young.

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

175 years ago today - Aug 29, 1839

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff] ...The enemy made a powerful grasp upon the life of Elder John Taylor. He fainted several times & it seemed as though he would die...

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

180 years ago today - Aug 29, 1834

[Brigham Young Sermon] ... in relation to a certain difficulty which took place relative to a dog [in Zion's Camp], that on a certain evening after crossing the Mississippi River, brother Sylvester came up with the remaining part of the camp when the dog came out and [insulted] him, he knew not whether he touched him or not. The next morning after hearing considerable complaint and murmuring concerning the dog, Brother Joseph spoke to several brethren present and said, I will descend to the Spirit that is in the camp to show you the spirit you are of for I want to drive it from the camp. '"The first man that kills that dog, (or my dog) I will whip him!'" He thought about this time that brother Sylvester came up who said, '"If that dog bites me I will kill him.'" '"If you do,'" said brother Joseph, '"I will whip you.'" '"If you do,'" said brother Sylvester, '"I shall defend myself the best way that I can.'"'- Brother B. Young further said, relative to a certain difficulty arising out of a circumstance concerning some bread. That brother J. S. Carter on their journey to Missouri on the line between Ohio and Indiana said to brother Joseph is this thing right? '"What thing? concerning brother Parley. P. Pratt's asking brother Sylvester for some bread for supper. He then learned that brother Pratt had asked brother Sylvester for some bread, that brother Sylvester had bread at the time, but directed him to some one else, who he (brother Sylvester) said had a sufficient. That brother Pratt called upon that individual and could not obtain any. That he was present when brother Joseph told brother Sylvester that he had not conducted right in the matter. That he ought to impart when he had in preference to directing one where he was not certain he could obtain. That by so doing some might be deprived of food at times. He further said that brother Sylvester contended he had been right and justified his own conduct in the matter. That brother Joseph reasoned with brother Sylvester to convince him that he, brother Sylvester, was in a fault, but he continued to justify his course till brother Joseph reproved him sharply. He frequently heard the brethren speak of this circumstance, and all (whom he heard say any thing on the subject) manifested a satisfaction with brother Joseph and thought his observations correct, and the principles which he advanced to be just'...

[Source: The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

60 years ago today - Aug 28, 1954

Joseph Fielding Smith speaks, at a lecture for Seminary and Institute teachers, for two hours on his recently published book, MAN HIS ORIGIN AND DESTINY, repeating many of the points in previous classes at the summer session. He insists on the view that the earth was only 6,000 years old and that no one and nothing had died before Adam and Eve's transgression. He concludes, 'I hope you take what I'm saying [literally], because if you don't you have no business in the church school system.'"

110 years ago today - Aug 28, 1904

[Patriarchal Blessing of Gertrude Martineau Taylor by Winslow Farr] ...Thou art a chosen vessel of the Lord, selected from the Courts of heaven, and given the privilege to choose thy parentage and dispensation to come forth on the earth, and thy Guardian Angel that was given thee at thy birth has watched over thee and for a wise purpose thy life has been preserved. ...

[Source: Patriarchal Blessings]

125 years ago today - Aug 28, 1889

A group of Hawaiian Saints arrives at the Church-owned ranch in Skull Valley, Utah, and names the settlement Iosepa (Joseph in Hawaiian) in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Joseph F. Smith, who had served in Hawaii as a missionary.

170 years ago today - Aug 28, 1844

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Upon the head of Phoebe W. Woodruff

...Thou art Sealed up unto eternal life & we Seal all these blessings upon thy head & all others which thou shall desire in righteouness even so, Amen...

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

60 years ago today - Aug 27, 1954

With specific reference to U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision of BROWN vs. BOARD OF EDUCATION which declared segregation unconstitutional, Apostle Mark E. Petersen instructs all LDS "college level" religion teachers: "I would be willing to let every Negro drive a Cadillac if they could afford it. I would be willing that they have all the advantages they can get out of life in the world. But let them enjoy these things among themselves. I think the Lord segregated the Negro and who is man to change that segregation?" After stating that marriage with African-American is impossible for faithful caucasian Mormons, Apostle Petersen extends his opposition to racial intermarriage by affirming that it is God's will that "the Hawaiians should marry Hawaiians, the Japanese ought to marry the Japanese, and the Chinese ought to marry Chinese, and the Caucasians should marry Caucasians."

120 years ago today - Aug 27, 1894

President Grover Cleveland issued a proclamation granting pardons and restoring civil rights to those who had been disfranchised under anti-polygamy laws.

[Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/58765/Historical-chronology-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints.html]

125 years ago today - Aug 27, 1889

DESERET NEWS describes as "Organized Tyranny" a labor strike at construction site of Zion's Savings Bank. "We feel ashamed to know that many of these men who have combined [in] this improper manner are 'Mormons,'" NEWS observes. "On general principles we are opposed to 'strikes,' because they usually result in much more harm than good to all parties affected and are often started on incorrect principles."

170 years ago today - 27 August 1844, Tuesday

[William Clayton Diary] "...Thus has ended the earthly career of an innocent sufferer [Clayton's son via secret polygamous wife] who has known no comfort in this life but has suffered since his birth to his death. The tongue of slander has swung freely against him and many which his death /sic/. He is gone to rest with the just and will come forth again to inherit thrones, kingdoms, dominions principalities and powers in the mansions of his father. /Same day Cahoon went to get the Secretary but she returned it empty of its important papers/ ''She did this by means of a false key which will unlock it. Her [Emma's] treachery seems unbounded Rigdon, Marks, Emma, and some others are trying to draw of [off] a party They say there is no church."

[Source: Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries]

170 years ago today - Aug 27, 1844

[Heber C. Kimball] ...At 10 in the morning I met at the Masonick Hall with the officers of the Legion with the Twelve. Elder Young was nominated Liutenant General and Charls Rich Major Genral. ...

[Source: Kimball, Stanley B. ed, On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball]

170 years ago today - 1844 27 Aug.

A private council meeting votes to sustain Young's resolution to fulfill all of Joseph Smith's Nauvoo innovations.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

170 years ago today - Aug 27, 1844

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff before leaving for England] ... we walked to the Temple of the Lord in Nauvoo, and as we approached it we lifted up our eyes and beheld the greatness grandure and glory that presented itself to our view in a conspicuous manner. While she was coverd with the silver rays of the Queen of the night who was pouring the whole strength of the brighness of her glory upon her it presented an imposing, grand, and sublime senery to the beholder.

After gazing a few moments upon her magnus walls, and examining her capitols which were Completed, standing on the ground, we all as of one accord assended the laders unto the top of the walls. Several of the policee and friends followed our example ... we bowed our knees upon the top corner stone which was prepaired to recieve its Capitol, And their with up lifted hands towards heaven, I called upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph by Prayer and supplication to except the gratitude of our hearts for his mercies and blessings unto us in preserving our lives giving us power to build the Temple thus far. Prayed that the Saints might have power to finish the Temple according to the Patern given, and accepted at their hands, that the Saints might recieve their endowment, and be prepared to plant the work of God in all the world.

I asked my heavenly father in the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood and the Keys of the kingdom of God that he would spedily avenge the blood of Joseph the Prophet Seer and Revelator, and Hiram the Patriarch, which had been shed by the hands of the American gentile nation, upon all the heads of the Nation and State that have aided, abeted or perpetrated the horid deed, of sheding the blood of those righteous men even the Lords anointed.

...After Prayers we again desended to the ground returned to our homes with Joy and peace in our hearts.

A Blessing given under the hands of B. Young

And H. C. Kimball

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

1 year ago - 2013-08-26

Ordain Women sponsored the Equal in Faith Fast

Ordain Women and the Catholic Women's Ordination Conference, along with women from several other religious traditions met in Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City to fast for gender justice.

[Source: Mormon Women's History Timeline, http://www1.chapman.edu/~remy/MoFem/mormonwomen.html]

65 years ago today - Aug 26, 1949

[George Albert Smith] Dr. John A.Widtsoe came to my office about 12:45, at my invitation, and I went over with him a letter which I just received from Francis Kirkham having reference to some research work which he has been doing and also the forth coming publication of a book by Dale Morgan which will have much anti-Church information in it. Brother Widtsoe said that he would follow through on this matter with Brother Kirkham looking to an early publication of the material which has been compiled by Brother Kirkham. This material should do much to refute and off set the information contained in Dale Morgan's book.

[Source: George Albert Smith 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]

75 years ago today - Aug 26, 1939

[President Heber J. Grant ] After lunch had a long interview with Preston D. Richards and Albert E. Bowen. They are both alarmed for fear Mr. Louis Bromfield, who has prepared the scenario for the Brigham Young picutre (sic) will have some very unfavorable comments as he was one of the committee that awarded the Harper Prize of $5,000 to a very unfavoarble (sic) book, the outstanding book of the year according to Harper-'Children of God.' This book gives an account of the Mormon people, Brigham Young, etc. is very unfavorable. I thought I would buy a copy of it, but Brother Bowen said he didn't think it would be worth my while to even read it that it is simply rotten. Colonel Joy of the Twentieth Century-Fox assured us that we should have a company of the story before the picture is made and we were given to understand in all our interviews with officials of the company that we would find nothing objectionable in the story . It was practically understood that we were to have the privilege of reading the story before the picture is completed.

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

105 years ago today - Thursday, Aug 26, 1909

[Apostle John Henry Smith ] At 2 p.m. the funeral of [former Apostle] Moses Thatcher was held in the Tabernacle. The building was filled to suffocation. ... Brigham H. Roberts spoke very intensely and to my mind quite defiantly.

[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]

115 years ago today - Saturday, Aug 26, 1899

[Apostle John Henry Smith ] ...President Franklin D. Richards spoke 37 minutes. His mind would not work and he stood for four minutes at a time without saying a word. All were much distressed by his evident growing weakness of Intelect. He seemed very nervious. He, however, stuck to the text. ...

[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]

120 years ago today - Aug 26,1894

"First time a woman has spoken in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on the Sabbath at the regular service- the people don't know what to make of it-it must bode good for women." The speaker is a non-Mormon.

[Source: 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, http://amzn.to/extensions-power]

170 years ago today - 1844 26 Aug.

The apostles privately excommunicate [hopeful successor to Joseph Smith] James Strang, a repetition of the Michigan branch's action. He is publicly excommunicated again in the Nauvoo temple 1 Feb. 1846.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]