July 8th

July 8, 1844 - Brigham Young, in Salem, Massachusetts, writes to Willard Richards, "Give my best love to Brothers Joseph and Hyrum. I cannot be there to see them, but I pray for them continually."

July 8, 1845 - William Clayton writes in his diary: "President Young and Elder Richards came to the office and brought a bag containing $2599.75 in Gold. Joseph Toronto, an Italian, came to President Young and said he wanted to give himself and all he had to President Young. He had this gold which was carefully wrapped up in old rags, tin Books &c which he freely and voluntarily gave up saying he should henceforth look to President Young for protection and council."

July 8, 1849 - Brigham Young preaches, "if any one was catched stealing to shoot them dead on the spot and they should not be hurt for it."

July 8, 1849 - James J. Strang is publicly crowned "King of Zion" at St. James, Beaver Island, Michigan. Ceremony is performed by Jeorge J. Adams, former member of Joseph Smith's Council of Fifty. Non-believers and apostates murder Strang in 1856.

July 8, 1855 - Brigham Young preaches that "the kingdom of God . . . grows out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it is not the church; . . ."

July 8, 1860 - Brigham Young preaches, "Children are now born who will live until every son of Adam will have the privledge of receiving the principles of eternal life."
He also preaches, "The birth of our Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action." Traditional Christians are infuriated by this rejection (dating to July 24, 1858) of the Virgin Birth and Young's assertion that God has body capable of sexual intercourse. Repeated publications of such assaults on Christian orthodoxy leads to near hysteria in Protestant rhetoric against Mormons.

July 8, 1862 - Enactment of Morrill Act, which prohibits polygamy in U.S. territories, disincorporates LDS church, and prohibits it from owning more than $50,000 of real estate in U.S. territory. There are only sporadic arrests of polygamists and no enforcement of disincorporation clause.

July 8, 1873 - Incorporation of Zion's Savings Bank and Trust, succeeded nearly century later by Zion's First National Bank.

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