July 5th

July 5, 1832 - Second counselor Sidney Rigdon tries to seize control of the church and is disfellowshipped until July 28 when he is re-ordained a high priest. This is the first instance of apostasy by a general authority.

July 5, 1835 - Joseph Smith writes: "Soon after this, some of the Saints at Kirtland purchased the mummies and papyrus, . . . I commenced the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics, and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham, another the writings of Joseph of Egypt, etc., a more full account of which will appear in its place, as I proceed to examine or unfold them."

July 5, 1845 - William Clayton writes in his diary: "At 4 P.M. met at Dr. Richards . . .We conversed till about 7 o clock and then clothed and offered up prayers for general subjects. It was decided that the Trustees give to President Young a deed for the S.W. 25 7 N. 8 W and S.W. fr 10 7 N. 8 W. free of charge."

July 5, 1846 - John C. Bennett is baptized into James J. Strang's Church of Jesus Christ and ordained high priest.

July 5, 1857 - Brigham Young preaches: " If men come here and do not behave themselves, they will not only find the Danites, whom they talk so much about, biting the horses' heels, but the scoundrels will find something biting their heels. In my plain remarks, I merely call things by their right names."

July 5, 1861 -Brigham Young's office journal records: "President Young mentioned that he enjoyed his dancing last evening it caused him to perspire, he said it rested his mind and did him good, and relieved him from his onerous every day duties."

July 5, 1877 - Wilford Woodruff seals five single women to his deceased son Brigham Young Woodruff who died in a drowning accident three weeks earlier.

July 5, 1885 - Plural wife of Miles P. Romney (great-grandfather of Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney), Annie, writes to her sister: "I would find it very lonesome here if I had any spare time, but I have too much to do to think about it very often. I generally feel worst when I try to write, for a long time I always had to have a good cry, but I am getting hardened now so that I don't mind it so much. . . ."

July 5, 1887 - L. John Nuttall, President John Taylor's secretary, records: " Pres. Taylor arose early this morning, and dressed and sat with his clothes on most of the day. He said he was some better and felt quite hopeful. He, however, don't eat anything Sister Pricilla Jennings sent a letter accompanied by two bottles of homemade wine to the President. He tasted the wine and seemed to enjoy it."

July 5, 1899 - Apostle Rudger Clawson records: "I spent the day in getting out a statement of the revenue and expenses of the Church for the year 1898. In round numbers the revenue amounted to about $837,000.00, and the expenses, to $514,000.00, leaving a margin of about $323,000.00. The revenue is chiefly derived from tithing, $22,000.00 is derived from dividend-paying stocks, and $2,000.00 from rents."

July 5, 1906 - First Presidency, Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and Presiding Patriarch begin consistently using "water and not wine" in their own sacrament. Apostle John Henry Smith specifically notes in his diary: " We partook of the Sacrament, Prest. Joseph F. Smith blessing it. Water and not wine was used." Joseph F. Smith personally stopped drinking wine at temple meeting sacrament in Dec. 1902. When this first came up for discussion by apostles on Jan. 7, 1903, Hyrum M. Smith criticized this practice. However, most apostles in 1903 preferred to continue using wine in temple.

July 5, 1932 - First Counselor in the First Presidency Anthony W. Ivins writes to a woman in Mexico who has been excommunicated for polygamy: "I am speaking thus plainly in order that you may know the truth. You have my sympathy. Nothing that I could do justly would I refuse to do. I realize the unfortunate condition in which this has placed you and your family. It is heart-breaking and heart-rending. The difference between these people (those who performed plural marriages after 1904) and myself and others is that we acted with authority from the Church. No person who ever received these ordinances at the hands of men who were authorized has ever been molested." Ivins performed dozens of post-manifesto plural marriages in Mexico between 1897 and 1904.

July 5, 1974 - Sandra Haggerty, a black columnist and a frequent contributor to the LOS ANGELES TIMES writes: "Although I have met a few Mormons who attempt to use their religious stance to justify outright racist attitudes and actions, others are somewhat embarrassed by that portion of the doctrine and feel it should be reversed."

July 5, 1990 - Mormon pianist Kevin Kenner wins bronze in International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and also wins Rachmaninoff Prize. Hyun Soo Choi, known professionally as Hans Choi, receives first prize in male vocal Tchaikovsky competition. He is first non-Russian, first Asian, and first Mormon to receive this vocal prize.
In Phoenix, arizona, gunman fires several bullets at 120 LDS young women and their leaders as they board busses for summer camp, wounding one woman adviser. He explains that he wasn't to kill "religious" people.

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