July 11th

July 11, 1823 - An opposition faction of the First Baptist Church of Pittsburg excludes Pastor Sidney Rigdon for teaching heresies. Three months later Ridgon is released as pastor.

July 11, 1842 - The U.S. Government obtains a judgment against Joseph Smith for $5,184.31 in the U.S. District Court for Illinois. The debt may have been for a steamship that Joseph bought but was behind in paying for.

July 11, 1851 - Willard Richards compiles and publishes the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE in London, England.

July 11, 1860 - DESERET NEWS favorably reports lynching of horse-thief A.B. Baker by possee deputized to arrest him. He is "buried by those who thus meted out to him summary justice not exactly according to law, but upon a more speedy, economical and salutary principle. . ." In territorial Utah, there are eleven judicial executions, and same number of lynchings by mobs (primarily Mormons).

July 11, 1877 - First Presidency's letter to bishops and stake presidents includes: "It would be excellent for the young men if they had the opportunity of acting in the offices of the lesser priesthood." This mild suggestion does not result in widespread practice of ordaining teenage boys , so adults continue to be deacons, teachers, priests of most wards.

July 11, 1887 - L. John Nuttall, secretary to President John Taylor writes in his diary: "Pres. Taylor's wives spent most of the day with him, but he was not able to converse with them and only occasionally recognized them. About 7 o'clock he seemed to have a sinking spell, but rallied again. He has no pain but gradually growing weaker, as he takes no food.'

July 11, 1889 - "Laroy Harris of Glendale, son of Silas Harris, called and represented that he had received manifestations calling to go to Tonto Basin, Arizona, and there obtain the Plates of Nephi which have not been translated. That he was directed to come to the Presidency of the Church to be ordained and set apart for this work. After conversing with him by Pres. Woodruff and Cannon, Prest. Woodruff told him that he had not received any manifestations of this kind and he did not (think) those that Bro. Harris had received were from the right source. It was not necessary for him to be ordained to get those plates. Bro. Harris insisted that he was not mistaken, but no further action was taken."

July 11, 1899 - At meeting of First Presidency and Twelve, Apostle Marriner W. Merrill says he Apostle Merrill "Predicted that the time would never be in this Church when children from plural marriages will not be born."

July 11, 1900 - At meeting of First Presidency and Twelve, "Apostle M. W. Merrill related a dream or vision given to Brother [Samuel] Roskelly in the Logan Temple during the "raid" when the enemy threatened to search our temples. A personage, who in appearance was seven or eight feet tall, appeared to him and said that he was once a Nephite warrior and that he had come to defend the temple. He assured Brother Roskelly that the enemy would not be permitted to enter the house of the Lord. Apostle Merrill said that later on a bitter anti-Mormon by the name of [Charles C.] Goodwin and several others organized a "raid" on the temple, but through fear abandoned their project."

July 11, 1901 - At meeting of First presidency and Twelve "[John Henry Smith] Had devoted considerable thought during the night to the question of selling beer at Saltair and wondered if we were not inclined to take rather an extreme view of the case--whether, if we cut off the privilege entirely, we were not to some extent invading the rights of the Latter-day Saints. The revelation on the Word of Wisdom speaks of barley for mild drinks [D&C 89:17]. It is a question that demands serious thought. Have we taken an extreme view of the word of God? Where can we strike the limit, where can we reach the spirit of the Word of Wisdom? (Apostle Heber J. Grant asked Apostle Smith if beer that is intoxicating is to be considered a mild drink. The revelation, he said, forbids the use of strong drink.) Apostle Smith continued and said that the German beer was very light and mild and would not intoxicate, though he conceded that the beer of the United States is of a very different character and will cause drunkenness. Apostle Brigham Young [Jr Spoke]. Topics treated[:] Said that he believed the temperance movement among our people a proper movement. If we give an inch, the people and the world will take advantage of it--and drunkenness is the crying evil of the age. The Word of Wisdom! "Who can cut it off and patch it on for me?" Each must be judge for himself. Many times water, he said, would distress him, while a little Danish beer would bring a feeling of comfort and ease. However, he believed in the Word of Wisdom as we teach it. As to the matter of selling liquor, said that he was simply disgusted with what he saw at Saltair on the occasion of the "old folks" excursion. He came across a lot of old men—members of the church—smoking old pipes and guzzling beer." First Presidency and apostles agree that Danish beer is not harmful or in violation of Word of Wisdom and release an official statement to the same affect.
President Lorenzo Snow tells the Quorum of Apostles, "Some of the brethren are worrying about the matter, and feel that they ought to have other wives. Brethren do not worry; you will lose nothing.... Brethren, don't worry about these things, and if you don’t happen to secure the means you would like, don’t feel disappointed." In these remarks, President Snow referrs specifically to Heber J. Grant who concluds that these instructions to the entire Quorum repealed the private authorization to take a plural wife the Church president had given him in May; he "dropped the matter" and left within a few days for Japan."

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