August 6th

Aug 6, 1833 - Joseph Smith announces a revelation regarding government and war. This establishes Mormonism's theocratic prerogatives.

Aug 6, 1836 - In Salem, Massachusetts, a city where Joseph lived as a boy while recovering from a leg operation, Joseph Smith receives a revelation: "I have much treasure in this city for you, for the benefit of Zion; and many people in this city whom I will gather out in due time for the benefit of Zion, through your instrumentality. . . . And it shall come to pass in due time, that I will give this city into your hands; that you shall have power over it, insomuch that they shall not discover your secret parts; and its wealth pertaining to gold and silver shall be yours."

Aug 6, 1838 - Danites skirmish with anti-Mormons who try to prevent Mormons from voting at Gallatin, Missouri. A civil war breaks out in four counties. Anti-Mormon mobs, supported by the Missouri militia, loot and burn Mormon settlements. Mormon Danites respond by looting and burning non-Mormon farms and settlements.

Aug 6, 1842 - While attending a Masonic ceremony Joseph Smith prophesies that Mormons would settle in the Rocky Mountains.
NILES NATIONAL REGISTER reportes that the Mormons have "six thousand votes under their immediate control, sufficient to give them the balance of power between the parties in the state. It is alleged they have found out how to make profitable use of this power...."

Aug 6, 1843 - Wilford Woodruff records that Brigham Young said the fullness of the priesthood was yet to be given: "If any in the Church had the fullness of the Melchisedec Priesthood, he [Brigham Young] did not know it. For any person to have the fullness of that priesthood, he must be a king and a priest . . . . A person may be anointed king and priest long before he receives his kingdom."

Aug 6, 1844 - Brigham Young arrives in Nauvoo and in private meetings begins defending the succession right of the Twelve.

Aug 6, 1847 - Apostles in Salt Lake Valley rebaptize, reconfirm, and reordain each other and the next day begin rebaptizing and reconfirming all pioneers in the valley. The rebaptizims are done in the dammed-up City Creek.

Aug 6, 1862 - DESERET NEWS publishes a sermon by Brigham Young: "Monogamy, or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy of heaven among men. Such a system was commenced by the founders of the Roman empire....Rome became the mistress of the world, and introduced this order of monogamy wherever her sway was acknowledged. Thus this monogamic order of marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a holy sacrament and divine institution, is nothing but a system established by a set of robbers....
“Why do we believe in and practice polygamy? Because the Lord introduced it to his servants in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, and the Lord's servants have always practised it. 'And is that religion popular in heaven?' It is the only popular religion there,..."

Aug 6, 1879 - Under headline "Another Whipping Affair," DESERET NEWS reports that A. Milton Musser (Presiding Bishop's Agent) and others beat U.S. Solicitor's son in Salt Lake City police court in retaliation for his previous assault on Musser. On Aug 8 DESERET NEWS editorial "Let the Issue Come," announces: "We shall protect our lives as best we may from the murderous assaults of imported assassins," and alludes to Musser incident as "one small act of retaliation which, if they do not desist, will be but the first drop of the drenching shower to come."

Aug 6, 1887 - Wilford Woodruff reprimands assistant church historian Andrew Jenson for publishing a list of the known plural wives of Joseph Smith. "We do not think it is a wise step to give these names to the world at the present time in the manner in which you have done in this 'Historical Record.' Advantage may be taken of their publication and in some instances, to the injury, perhaps, of families or relatives of those whose names are mentioned."

Aug 6, 1903 - Joseph F. Smith rules that no European Mormons should emigrate unless they have relatives in U.S. to take care of them.

Aug 6, 1906 - Samuel W. Richards tells high priest quorum that he "was the last of the original company of young men organized by Joseph Smith the Prophet to go and explore the Rocky Mountains for a dewlling place for the saints. He spoke of a night vision he had . . . wherein he came west all over these regions down into California, Mexico and back up to Jackson Co where he helped to build the Great Temple there." This is another version of the "Horse Shoe Prophecy."

Aug 6, 1938 - First letter to First Presidency from Nigerian S. G. Bada, Baptist minister who for next year requests church publications and information. He is interested in Mormonism because in other Christian churches Nigerian polygamists "are not to be regarded as full members at all." First Presidency politely informs him of church's current ban on polygamy and sends him publications. When he announces he has resigned his pastorate and desires LDS baptism and ordination, First Presidency again sends him publications but does not inform him of church's refusal to ordain black Africans to priesthood.

Aug 6, 1967 - First counselor Hugh B. Brown receives "a call from the Salt Lake City police advising me that four car loads of negroes armed with machine guns and bombs [are] reported coming to Salt Lake City for the purpose of inciting a riot and particularly to destroy property on the temple block." He orders all entrances to Salt Lake Temple Square to remain padlocked, and armed guards turn away all visitors this morning. For first time Choir performs its regular Sunday broadcast in otherwise empty Tabernacle.

Aug 6, 1982 - First Presidency letter: "The Church organization formerly identified as The Development Office will henceforth be known as LDS Foundation . . . to encourage and facilitate voluntary philanthropic contributions to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its related organizations and activities, with primary fund-raising emphasis relating to Church institutions of higher education."
BYU's public television station KBYU cancels last in a three-part series on homosexuality in Utah because "it did not meet the standard of accuracy set by the station." The third part of the student production contained interviews with homosexual students at BYU with lighting techniques used which darkened the faces of the students being interviewed. The DAILY UNIVERSE quotes KBYU's news director Louise Degn as saying, "Nothing was wrong with the story journalistically, and I told [KBYU's General Manager] Joe White I felt he was wrong in his decision to cancel the story."

Aug 6, 1994 - CHURCH NEWS article "Asian LDS Celebrate Pioneer Day."

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