July 9th

July 9, 1840 - Wilford Woodruff writes from England of his dealings with a sect called The United Brethren: "I also baptized about forty preachers of the same order, and several others belonging unto other churches, and about one hundred and twenty members of the United Brethren, which opened about forty doors or preaching places, where the fullness of the Gospel would meet a welcome reception, and all this during the term of one month and five days."

July 9, 1841 - Joseph Smith receives a revelation (later section 126 of D&C) at Brigham Young's house: "Dear and well-beloved brother Brigham Young, verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Brigham, it is no more required at your hand to leave your family as in times past, for your offering is acceptable to me; I have seen your labour and toil in journeyings for my name. I therefore command you to send my word abroad, and take special care of your family from this time, henceforth, and forever. Amen." Young is called to leave his family and go on a mission three years later.

July 9, 1842 - Illinois Supreme Court Justice, Thomas Ford, a replacement candidate on the Democratic ticket for governor, gives a campaign speech at Mt. Carmel calling Joseph Smith an impostor and a scoundrel, and pledges himself to support the repeal or revision of the Nauvoo charters. In spite of this he carries Handcock County by 1,174 to 711.

July 9, 1845 - Brigham Young and the rest of the Twelve give a banquet for William Smith, his daughters and new bride, and every other living member and spouse of the extended Smith family. William gives this after-dinner toast: "In the name and in behalf of all my relatives here assembled, the whole Smith family, I present my thanks to the President [Brigham Young] and Bishops for the kind manifestation of their good feelings toward the remnants of that family." The church's New York Messenger prints a full description of this dinner as a refutation that there is "a division of the House of the Lord," referring to stories in New York newspapers about the disaffection of Emma Smith and William. William is dropped from the Quorum of Apostles and excommunicated three months later.
A "Holy Order" prayer circle of Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, Levi Richards, John Smith, and John Taylor is held to anoint Jennetta Richards for healing blessing. Kimball records: "She died in about half an hour after this"

July 9, 1847 - The Pioneers, on their way to the Salt Lake Valley, quit the Oregon Trail, which turned north, and begin the last leg of their journey, following Hastings Cutoff, the barely visible track left through the Rockies by the Reed-Donner party of 1846, which perished in the Sierra snows.

July 9, 1861 - Brigham Young's office journal records: "Pres[ident] Young remarked to H.C. Kimball who had come in that Old Abe the President of the U.S. has it in his mind to pitch in to us when he had got through with the South. President Kimball observed that men that he had met with whether they had little or much of the Spirit of God were in favor of the South. Pres[ident] Young, as of [the] opinion the sympathy of the people for the South was in case they should be whipped, and the Northern party remain in power he thought they -wanted the War to go that both parties might be used up."

July 9, 1877 - Apostle Erastus Snow says, " when we can get time, we will give [the] Endowment for Each Priesthood separate, and after a while when Temples is built we will give [the] Endowment to each according to what Priesthood they hold; then we will give men the Endowment of the Aronic Priesthood and nothing else."

July 9, 1887 - L. John Nuttall, President John Taylor's secretary writes in his journal: "The constitution for a State was about completed, and it is necessary that proper steps be taken to bring it fairly before the people so that a full expression of their will by vote concerning it may be obtained. It is absolutely necessary that every pain be taken to get this subject fairly before the people and this will have to be done in the most careful manner. Prest. Cannon suggested that the Presidents of Stakes, their Counselors, and Bishops and their counselors be seen and be told, that the first Presidency and Twelve see no reason why the Latter-day Saints who are eligable to vote, should not vote for this State constitution, and that in doing so they would not offend God nor violate His laws. He thought that the giving of reasons and the indulging in argument should be avoided. That our newspapers should say but little, and that our public speakers should be exceedingly careful in their utterances, lest our enemies should take advantage of that which might be said. There was danger in treating upon this subject publicly, of saying too much. The proper way, he thought, was for the people to be visited individually." The proposed state constitution contained an anti-polygamy section. Many non-Mormons had expressed the opinion that it was only a ploy to gain statehood and would not be taken seriously by mostly-Mormon state officers if statehood were granted.

July 9, 1892 - A directive is issued by the St. George Stake Presidency to abandon wine in favor of water in sacrament services.

July 9, 1896 - The Apostles appoint Franklin D. Richards and Brigham Young Jr. as a committee of two to visit fellow apostle Moses Thatcher "and ascertain from him what he had made his mind up to do." Later that day Richards and Young report that "they found him [Thatcher] dressed to go out to the Lake. He received them kindly but said he had undergone no change of sentiment as to the address. Both brethren were impressed with his cold, cunning spirit." Thatcher is unable to accept the recent "political manifesto" which requires all church leaders to get permission from the "proper authorities" before seeking political office. Thatcher felt that this was a means for the "proper authorities" to favor the Republican party over the Democrats. The Apostles "finally agreed to say to Bro. Moses he could meet us on the 22nd to answer to the charge of apostacy."

July 9, 1903 - First Presidency and Twelve agree that it would be "a disastrous thing for the country, should the time ever come when Senators would be elected by popular vote. The popular vote is a very uncertain quantity." Their primary concern is preserving hierarchy's influence on senatorial elections by Utah's legislature. Amendment to U.S. Constitution in 1913 requires that U.S. Senators be elected directly by U.S. citizens, but by that time Apostle Reed Smoot is in his second term as U.S. senator.

July 9, 1904 - Apostle Francis M. Lyman writes to recalcitrant polygamist and fellow-apostle George Teasdale: "Every member of our council, must sustain the stand taken by President Smith and must not talk nor act at cross purposes with the Prophet. What has already been done is shaking the confidence of the Latter-day Saints. We are considered as two-faced and insincere. We must not stand in that light before the Saints or the world. . . The Presidency hold me responsible to see to it that the members of our council be thoroughly advised that we will not be tolerated in anything out of harmony with the stand taken by President Joseph F. Smith before the Senate Committee on the subject of Plural marriage. We must uphold his hands and vindicate the Church"

July 9, 1963 - Joseph Fielding Smith, president of the Quorum of the Twelve, openly criticizes "the spending proclivities of President [Henry D.] Moyle, also concerning the unorthodox way with which youngsters had been baptized in the Church. . . ." This last part refers to the "kiddie-dip" program in which missionaries baptize children as part of initiation onto a sports team.

July 9, 1966 - CHURCH NEWS reports that general authority Marion D. Hanks recently participated in U.S. Army War College National Strategic Seminar with "100 other civilian and military leaders across the nation."

July 9, 1972 - THE NEW YORK TIMES calls the newly ordained President of the Church, Harold B. Lee, a "veteran administrator of church affairs who is credited with developing and forwarding many innovations." It suggests that one of the major issues confronting Lee is controversy over blacks. TIME magazine later quotes a Lee associate as saying that he was a "genius for organization. The Church runs like a great beautiful computer, clicking away. Everything is in its place." Although Lee, at 73, is the youngest Church President in 40 years he lives only a year and a half after assuming the Church presidency.

July 9, 1977 - As part of the Church's coordinated effort to defeat the Equal Rights Ammendment (ERA) the International Woman's Year (IWY) conference in Hawaii is taken over by anti-ERA Mormons, who elected an anti-ERA slate of candidates to attend a national IWY meeting in Houston. Apparently, the anti-ERA forces had targeted Hawaii because it was the first state to ratify ERA and had a state equal rights law. The previous month approximately fourteen thousand Mormon women and men crowded the IWY conference at Salt Lake City and voted down all the proposals brought forward in the meeting, including those in favor of world peace.

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