July 6th

July 6, 1830 - Priesthood restoration by Peter, James, and John occurs shortly after dawn near Harmony, Pennsylvania, as Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery are fleeing a mob at Colesville, New York.

July 6, 1835 - Michael H. Chandler gives Joseph Smith the following certificate: "KIRTLAND, July 6, 1835. This is to make known to all who may be desirous, concerning the knowledge of Mr. Joseph Smith, Jun., in deciphering the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic characters in my possession, which I have, in many eminent cities, showed to the most learned; and, from the information that I could ever learn, or meet with, I find that of Mr. Joseph Smith, Jun., to correspond in the most minute matters. MICHAEL H. CHANDLER, Traveling with, and proprietor of, Egyptian mummies.'

July 6, 1844 - William Clayton writes: "The greatest danger that now threatens us is dissensions and strifes amongst the Church. There are already 4 or 5 men pointed out as successors to the Trustee and President, and there is danger of feelings being manifest. All the brethren who stand at the head seem to feel the delicacy of the business. [W. W.] Phelps and Dr. [Willard] Richards have taken a private course and are carrying out many measures on their own reponsibility without council."

July 6, 1857 - The NEW YORK HERALD observes that Mormons "do not confine themselves to sacred music. All the popular songs of the day--English glees, negro melodies, and even sentimental ballads--they bring into their service. Their hymns are for the most part sung to familiar 'profane' airs."

July 6, 1862 - Brigham Young preaches: "Monogamy, or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy of Heaven among men. Such s system was commenced by the founders of the Roman empire. . . .The scarcity of women gave existence to laws restricting one wife to one man. 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 practise polygamy? Because the Lord introduced it to his servitors in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, and the Lord's servants have always practiced it. 'And is that religion popular in heaven?' It is the only popular religion there, for this is the religion of Abraham, and, unless we do the works of Abraham, we are not Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise."

July 6, 1876 - Concerning Custer massacre a few days before, DESERET NEWS editorializes that it is doubtful if possessin of Black Hills country by whites can be justified. If it cannot, "the Indians [rather than Custer's men] must consequently have the sympathy of every just man in the area of the civilized world." Such pro-Indian sentiments contribute to hostility of U.S. army and federal governnment toward Mormons.

July 6, 1887 - Apostle John Henry Smith writes: "A letter dated July 1st from Bro. Geo. Q. Cannon says President John Taylor is dangerously sick and requesting us to not get out of the range of easy communication. We answered we would not and told them to send the word 'come' if we should go by team, and 'come quickly' if Rail. The message to be sent to Jesse N. Smith." Both Taylor and Cannon are wanted for violating polygamy laws and are in hiding.

July 6, 1899 - At meeting of First Presidency and Twelve Apostles "The question of colonization, in a general way, was discussed at some length. Apostle J. H. Smith thought Nevada ought to be colonized by our people, and it would be but a short time, in his opinion, when the saints would control that state. Pres. Snow expressed the view that we ought to colonize in places where the Church would acquire political power and influence, and thought Nevada was just such a place. Canada did not offer any opportunities to obtain political power and influence, and he was not, therefore, in favor of colonizing that country any more than was necessary, . . ."

July 6, 1967 - Jose gabriel Alferez, Benedictine monk for twenty-four years and father-superior, is baptized as Mormon in Costa Rica.

July 6, 1986 - Announcement of "Improved missionary discussions [which] put aside the specific dialogue of the past. Missionaries will now use their own words and follow an outline to share the gospel." This ends twenty-five years of requiring LDS missionaries to memorize and speak word-for-word dialogue when teaching non-Mormons.

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