July 22nd

July 22, 1839 - Joseph Smith heals church members of sickness and gives a red silk handkerchief to Wilford Woodruff to heal people by touching them with it.

July 22, 1842 - Orson Pratt votes against a public resolution in defense of Joseph Smith's virtuous conduct.
George W. Robinson, a prominent Nauvoo citizen and brother-in-law of Nancy Rigdon, writes to James A. Bennett, a New York friend to the church, that "Smith sent for Miss Rigdon to come to the house of Mrs. [Orson] Hyde, who lived in the under rooms of the printing-office." According to Robinson, Nancy "inquired of the messenger . . . what was wanting, and the only reply was, that Smith wanted to see her." Robinson says that Smith took her into a room, "locked the door, and then stated to her that he had had an affection for her for several years, and wished that she should be his; that the Lord was well pleased with this matter, for he had got a revelation on the subject, and God had given him all the blessings of Jacob, &c., &c. and that there was no sin in it whatever." Robinson states that Nancy "repulsed him and was about to raise the neighbors if he did not unlock the door and let her out."

July 22, 1843 - William Clayton writes in his journal: "M[argaret] and A[aron] had a long conversation together. She. has stood true to her covenant with W[illiam] C[layton]. I also had some talk with him and although the shock is severe he endures it patiently. And I pray the Great Eloheem to make up the loss to him an hundred fold and enable him to rejoice in all things. My heart aches with grief on his and M[argaret]'s account and could almost say O that I had never known h[er]." Aaron Farr had just returned from a mission to find his fiancé, Margaret Moon, pregnant and secretly married to Clayton as a plural wife.

July 22, 1844 - Illinois governor Thomas Ford writes to Willard Richards and W.W. Phelps: "The naked truth then is, that most well informed persons condemn in the most unqualified manner the mode in which the Smiths were put to death, but nine out of every ten of such accompany the expression of their disapprobation by a manifestation of their pleasure that they are dead. The disapproval is most unusually cold and without feeling . . . called for by decency, by a respect for the laws and a horror of mobs, but does not flow warm from the heart. The unfortunate victims . . . were generally and thoroughly hated throughout the country, and it is not reasonable to suppose that their deaths has produced any reaction in the public mind resulting in active sympathy; if you think so, you are mistaken."

July 22, 1847 - In Immigration Canyon William Clayton writes: "While the brethren were cutting the road I followed the old one to the top of the hill [Donner hill from which he could view the Great Salt Lake, as well as entire Great Salt Lake Valley] and on arriving there was much cheered by a handsome view of the great Salt Lake laying as I should judge, from 25 to 30 miles to the west of us, and at 11 o'clock I sat down to contemplate and view the surrounding scenery. There is an extensive, beautiful, level looking valley from here to the Lake which I should judge from the numerous deep green patches must be fertile and rich. . . . The ground seems literally alive with the very large black crickets crawling round, up grass and bushes. They look loathsome but are said to be excellent for fattening hogs which would feed on them voraciously."
An advance party led by Orson Pratt arrives in the Salt Lake Valley and begins planting crops.

July 22, 1883 - Wilford Woodruff writes: "[July] 22 Sunday I Attended the Sabbath School Conference .... Joseph F Smith spoke One hour & 25 M. He spoke upon the Marriage in Cana at Galilee. He thought Jesus was the Bridgegroom and Mary & Martha the brides. He also refered to Luke 10 ch. 38 to 42 verse, Also John 11 ch. 2 & 5 vers John 12 Ch 3d vers, John 20 8 to 18. Joseph [p.361] Smith spoke upon these passages to show that Mary & Martha manifested much Closer relationship than Merely A Believer which looks Consister. He did not think that Jesus who decended throug[h] Poligamous families from Abraham down & who fulfilled all the Law even baptism by immersion would have lived and died without being married , , ,"

July 22, 1884 - In Tullahoma, Tennessee, Missionary J. Golden Kimball asks a couple named Sharp for lodging and finds himself in the middle of a marital storm. Mr. Sharp seems to have been running around with a girl of nineteen, and after J. Golden's arrival Mrs. Sharp ventures the opinion that Mormonism would suit Mr. Sharp just fine.

July 22, 1888 - Abraham H. Cannon telegraphs to his father: "Tell Louis confidentially his case is fixed alone." "Louis" was a code name for First Counselor George Q. Cannon who was hiding out in the Mormon Underground. His son had made a special effort to help his father, who was in hiding on the underground, securing from government officials a promise that if George Q. Cannon would voluntarily submit to trial for polygamy and plead guilty, he would receive a light sentence.

July 22, 1897 - Organization of State Historical Society of Utah on fiftieth anniversary of arrival of first Mormon pioneer wagons in Salt Lake Valley. Its first president is apostle and church historian Franklin D. Richards. In 1923 general authority Levi Edgar Young becomes first professionally trained historian to serve as president.

July 22, 1909 - Suspected "dissident" Joseph W. Musser is questioned by eight Apostles in the Salt Lake Temple. Musser had previously been told by President Lorenzo Snow to "to take more wives, and help keep the law of Celestial marriage alive among the Saints." He is questioned for two hours. When Apostle Anthony W. Ivins says, "If anybody comes to you for information or encouragement, tell them it can't be done, that it is wrong to desire and that no attentions whatever should be bestowed upon the sisters with this in view." Musser replies, "President Lyman, I cannot do that, but I suggest if you have any instructions to give me, it should be done through my Stake President, with whom I am in harmony and I will endeavor to remain so." Musser is disfellowshipped five months later for his continued belief in plurality of wives although he is still called to preside over the India mission. He becomes a focus for the emerging "Mormon fundamentalist movement" and is finally excommunicated in 1921.

July 22, 1936 - First counselor J. Reuben Clark recommends that Communist candidate for U.S. president be denied use of Salt Lake Tabernacle for speech. Also recommends to "confidentially" advise Utah's governor to have Mormon members of American Legion armed with "Picks and ax-handles" to attend Communist Party's rally in Liberty Park.

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