April 2nd

Apr 2, 1836 - Kirtland Council Minutes record, "The following individuals comprising the firm of F. G. Williams & Co (viz.) Joseph Smith Junr., Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, W. W. Phelps, John Whitmer, and F. G. Williams, met in the upper room in the printing office to take into consideration the situation of the firm in a pecuniary point of view [in order] to devise ways & means to discharge the debts, to make a partial division of stock and to release form responsibility of the company Messrs. Wm. W. Phelps & John Whitmer."

Apr 2, 1843 - Joseph Smith preaches, "There are no angels who administer to this earth but who belong or have belonged to this earth. The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth, but they reside in the presence of God, but on a Globe like a sea of glass and fire." 'Sea of glass before the throne &c.' where all things are manifest past, present, and to come. The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummin. This earth in its sanctified and immortal state will be a Urim and Thummin for all things below it in the scale of creation, but not above it. . . . I prophecy in the Name of the Lord God that the commencement of bloodshed as preparatory to the coming of the Son of Man will commence in South Carolina. (It probably may come through the slave trade) This the voice declared to me while I was praying earnestly on the subject 25 December 1832.. . . I earnestly desired to know concerning the coming of the Son of Man and prayed, when a voice Said to me, 'Joseph my son, if thou livest until thou art 85 years old thou shall see the face of the Son of Man. Therefore let this suffice and trouble me no more on this matter"
William Clayton performs a secret plural marriage of Joseph Smith to Almera Johnson.

Apr 2, 1847 - Presiding Bishop George Miller "gave his views relative to the church removing to Texas, to the country lying between the Neuces and Rio Grande rivers." Brigham Young writes that he "informed Bishop Miller that his views were wild and visionary,--that when we moved hence it would be to the great Basin, where the Saints would soon form a nucleus of strength and power sufficient to cope with mobs."

Apr 2, 1859 - Non-Mormon judge convicts three Mormons (two of them policemen) for conspiracy in Parrish family's murder. Under immunity two LDS men testify that Springville bishop ordered the killings because Parrishes were leaving Utah with unpaid tithing. Shot to death, the bodies are left with slit throats as "blood atonement."

Apr 2, 1881 - In meeting of stake presidents with First Presidency and apostles: "Before parties can be recommended to the Temples or house of the Lord, they must be rebaptised & must be tithing payers."

April 2, 1891 - At a meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve President Wilford Woodruff says, concerning the necessity of the Manifesto "The Lord God will hold this Nation responsible for the persecutions of the saints have had to pass through. He will yet open doors that the principle of plural marriage can and will be restored."

Apr 2, 1892 - At a meeting of the Twelve Apostles they discuss whether or not to continue to cohabit with their plural wives. Heber J. Grant records that Apostle John Henry Smith said that "cohabitation was all right. The Lord had revealed to him that plural marriage was true and he did not want to throw off any of his responsibilities. He felt the brethren should take their wives out of Utah so that they would not be liable to the law in case they lived with them." Grant also writes, " [Quorum] Pres[iden]t Lorenzo Snow had nothing to day about the brethren living with their wives."

Apr 2, 1896 - At a meeting of First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles in the Salt Lake Temple the First Presidency and presiding Bishop resolve decade of controversy over who controls church finances in practical terms. Trustee-in-Trust resumes governance. They also "decided to cease the payment of all salaries to ecclesiastical officers. This motion was also made by Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon." Apostle John Henry Smith writes, "I feel that we will find ourselves much plagued with our action today at some time in the future."

Apr 2, 1899 - Lorenzo Snow presides at Salt Lake temple monthly fast meeting: "Sister Maria Y Dougall bore her testimony and wound up by speaking in tongues which struck me as the finest expression of that beautiful gift to which I had ever listened and when Aunt Zina (H. Young) interpreted it[.] it was sweet in deed."

Apr 2, 1908 - Church auditors report that the Church "has over Seven Millions worth of property."

Apr 2, 1932 - Heber J Grant launches campaign against use of tobacco as part of his emphasis on observing Word of Wisdom by total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee.

Apr 2, 1948 - George Albert Smith’s announcement (later described as "a revelation") that mission presidents are to have counselors. Apostle Spencer W. Kimball later says revelation's text exists but is not to be published.

Apr 2, 1952 - David O. McKay dedicates church’s new Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, with half its cost raised in "penny drive" by children. It began in 1922 as remodeled residence. After Primary Hospital moves near University of Utah, the penny-built hospital is sold to developers in 1995 to be razed so land can be used for condominiums.

Apr 2, 1959 - First temple meeting apostle Spencer W. Kimball attends since his return from touring missions in South America. He emphasizes to First Presidency and Twelve the special problem in Latin America's "Catholic countries [where] divorce could not be obtained" and "some set up new households without legal sanction. . . .When such people wished to join the [LDS] Church the missionaries would not baptize them, since technically they lived in adultery." Kimball’s authorized biography notes that he successfully persuaded First Presidency to adopt policy that "such couples could be baptized if they showed that they had done what they could to legalize their relationship, had been faithful to one another, and had met responsibility to their previous [and only legal] family, and had conformed to the expectations of custom." From 1959 onward it is LDS church policy to baptize, ordain, and give temple ordinances to any Latin American man complying with above requirements, even though he is living with a woman in legally unmarried relationship defined as adulterous by "the law of the land" where they live.

Apr 2, 1974 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives "Oscar" to two Mormons: Keith Merrill (director, documentary "The Great American Cowboy") and James Payne (set design, "The Sting"). They are first Mormon winners in 33 years, but LDS nominees are Leigh Harline (music scores, 1943, 1944, 1963), Arnold Friberg (art work, "The Ten Commandments," 1956), Russ Tamblyn (supporting actor, "Peyton Place," 1957), Tamblyn also receives Golden Globe award in 1956 as "most promising newcomer," as does LDS Ruth Buzzi in 1973 for her supporting role in television's "Laugh in." Within days, Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE) gives its "Golden Eagle" award to Brigham Young University for "Cipher In the Snow," which receives international distribution among schools and various religious denominations. In 1989 LDS church and Bonneville International also receive two Golden Eagle awards for their "Homefront" public-service advertisements. Individual Mormons who win Golden Eagle include Curt Bestor (1988) and Martin L. Andersen (1994).

Apr 2, 1977 - Richard G. Scott is sustained to First Quorum of Seventy. He is first general authority with extensive experience in what U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower called "the military-industrial complex." Scott served as nuclear engineer at weapons research laboratory in Oakridge, Tennessee, and developed nuclear submarines for twelve years on staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover. Scott becomes member of Twelve in 1988.

Apr 2, 1982 - First Presidency announces two changes to lessen financial burdens on church members. First, church headquarters henceforth pays for all costs of meetinghouse construction. This relieves local members of requirement to finance construction in addition to paying tithing. Second, service of male missionaries is reduced from 24 months to 18 months. "It is anticipated that this shortened term will make it possible for many to go who cannot go under present [financial circumstances]," counselor Gordon B Hinckley explains. "This will extend the opportunity for missionary service to an enlarged body of our young men." Instead annual number of new missionaries level off. Annual convert baptisms decline more than 7 percent each year rather than increase by same proportion as before.

Apr 2, 1986 - BYU's administration prepares document for its external accreditation review, including: "BYU administrators are advised not to publish in 'Dialogue, a Journal of Mormon Thought,' nor to participate in 'Sunstone' symposia."

Apr 2, 2005 - The General Conference annual statistical report shows that the number of convert baptisms in the Church has dropped for the third year in a row.

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