July 19th

July 19, 1840 - Joseph Smith preaches in Nauvoo: "I prophecy in the name of the Lord that the state of Illinois shall become a great and mighty mountain as [a] city set upon a hill that cannot be hid and a great that giveth light to the world. The city of Nauvoo als[o] shall become the greatest city in the whole world."

July 19, 1841 - Excommunicated Apostle Lyman E. Johnson meets with the Twelve Apostles. He tells them, "If I could believe 'Mormonism' as I did when I traveled with you and preached, if I possessed the world I would give it."

July 19, 1847 - Orson Pratt's advance scouting company sights the Great Salt Lake Valley.

July 19, 1863 - Heber C. Kimball preaches: "Think of your holy endowments and what you have been anointed to become, and reflect upon the blessings which have been placed upon you for they are the same in part that were placed upon Jesus; he was the one that inducted his Apostles into these ordinances; it was he who set up the kingdom of which we are subjects."

July 19, 1874 - Brigham Young preaches: "when the mother feels life come to her infant it is the spirit entering the body preparatory to the immortal existence. But suppose an accident occurs and the spirit has to leave this body prematurely, what then? All that the physician says is--'it is a still birth,' and that is all they know about it; but whether the spirit remains in the body a minute, an hour, a day, a year, or lives there until the body has reached a good old age, it is certain that the time will come when they will be separated, and the body will return to mother earth, there to sleep upon that mother's bosom"

July 19, 1894 - News of failure of Cannon, Grant, and Company, holding company for church finance: "Every dollar we invested is swept away and we are left penniless." General authorities recon their losses at $100,000 for George Q. Cannon, $75,00 for Heber J. Grant, and $25,000 each for Joseph F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, and Abraham H. Cannon. Unable to shoulder such losses, the men keep company technically afloat until July 20, 1898, when they ask Trustee-in-Trust to save it.

July 19, 1900 - Apostle Heber J. Grant reports after a trip to Arizona that he "Found the South American Expedition from the Brigham Young Academy, Ben J. Cluff in charge, at Thatcher. Said that in the expedition were some young men of inexperience, who were not fitted for exploration into South America, and he felt that, unless the matter were investigated and some changes made and men of experience appointed to join the party, the expedition would end disastrously." Cluff, President of Brigham Young Academy (later BYU) left the main body of the "Expedition" at Thatcher, Arizona while he took a plural wife in Mexico. The Expedition's stated purpose was to gather evidence of the Book of Mormon in South America.

July 19, 1964 - Norman Vincent Peale writes in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "I will defy anyone, however callous, to come unmoved out of the Mormon exhibit. They show a marvelous motion picture done by top-flight actors that depicts the journey of the human soul from birth to immortality. So glorious is it that the viewer comes out with tears in his eyes, but walking on air." He is speaking of the Church's exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

July 19, 1975 - LDS church and its Bonneville Productions receive national advertising award ("Clio") for its "Homefront" advertising on television. Church also receives Clio awards in 1979, 1980, 1984, 1992, and 1993.

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